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Secluded & Unique Artist' Mountain Home

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom on 5 acres with Mountain Views

The Mescalero House is 'rustic luxe' at it's finest and is a gem nestled in Ponderosa and pinon pines on 5 acres in the foothills of southeast Santa Fe. This unique mountain home is furnished with textiles and decor from around the world making it an exotic & private romantic getaway for two or perfect for a family looking to do something out of the ordinary while on vacation. Built of adobe bricks, the house is a cool haven in the summer and cozy in the winter.

Accommodations include a queen bed in the master suite with attached master bathroom, and a queen bed in the guest suite with access to the guest bathroom. All bedrooms are supplied with high quality linens, down comforters, pillows, and overhead fans.

The artist' home features high viga ceilings throughout, acid-stained concrete floors with radiant floor heat in the winter, several kiva-style fireplaces, plenty of overhead fans, and a bright and open floor plan that lets the Santa Fe sunshine in!

In the living room, there is a large HDTV with an Apple TV streaming device (Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Now accounts included, however, there is no cable TV!!!), a Denon surround-sound system/DVD/stereo, as well as an extensive DVD/CD music library, games and books for you to enjoy while relaxing here. The home is fully equipped with high-speed internet access, including wireless networking throughout the house & grounds.

Surrounded by flagstone patios and colorful perennial gardens in the summer & fall, there are several outdoor living areas where you can enjoy the beautiful weather day and night. Curl up with a book or your morning coffee in one of the many chaise lounges & chairs, take a siesta in one of the hammocks, or enjoy great star gazing at night from the hot tub and patio areas.

Unique features include an outdoor gas grill and a dining/seating area for 6, an outdoor hot tub, and an exotically furnished tipi with a full bed and hanging Moroccan lights where you may be lulled to sleep by the night sounds of chirping crickets and the soft glow of the moon.

You will have no problem relaxing and entertaining here while enjoying all the many sites and wonderful things to do in Santa Fe! Come and see for yourself!

More Details

Kristen Hoke
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Kristen Hoke

My name is Kristen Hoke and I built this home in the year 2000, fulfilling a life long dream to design and build a home in the mountains. I lived in New Mexico as a child and returned here again in 1986. I have been an Emergency Room nurse for most of my life until recently and am now pursuing my love for textiles through my own business Posh By Gosh, Inc. My passions are traveling, design, music, and nature.

This photo was taken with my dear friends' children, Alexandre and Claire, who were visiting from France.

Kristen Hoke purchased this house in 2000

Why Kristen Hoke chose Santa Fe

I was drawn to this particular area after house-sitting for a friend years ago. In my search for land in 1999, my realtor brought me out here (by my surprise) and I knew as soon as I drove up on top of my knoll that I had found my spot. I love that it is close and an easy drive to town but that it feels like you are miles from nowhere!

What makes this house unique

I love the setting for its' beauty and tranquility. It is a true haven and special place.


Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Small guest bath with antique clawfoot tub/shower.
    Master bathroom - toilet , shower , Single sink, mosaic tiled walk-in shower, & dressing room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Notes: Includes ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen , Notes: Attached guest bathroom with antique clawfoot bathtub
  • Master bedroom features include a kiva-style fireplace, an overhead fan, and French doors which open onto a semi-enclosed split-level patio with outdoor fireplace, hammock (summer only), and lounge furniture. Guest bedroom features include a sunken (step down) round room through a beaded curtain entry, and an overhead fan.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
In addition, this property features an 18-foot diameter tipi which is delightfully furnished with a double-size bed, Moroccan light fixtures, rugs, and furnishings for an unforgettable sleeping experience! Ask the owner for more details. There is also a full-size trampoline on the premises which you may enjoy for exercise or simply viewing the magnificent sky & stars at night! (Renters will be asked to sign an agreement/waiver assuming all responsibility for its use during their stay). Driving and/or renting a four-wheel drive vehicle is MANDATORY while renting this property during winter months (typically Dec, Jan, and Feb) due to snow-packed roads and/or mud.


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Secluded & Unique Artist' Mountain Home
average rating of 4.97561 based on 41 reviews

Artist’s paradise

  • 5 of 5

This property is truly a paradise in the clouds. We couldn’t have been happier with our location in Santa Fe. The house is just 15 minutes from the plaza and totally worth the drive to stay in a remote location with the most beautiful 360 views. Harry’s Roadhouse, a local restaurant, is just 8 minutes away. Kristen was such a hospitable host and we will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A unique and lovely mountaintop home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I live on the east coast, and chose Santa Fe as a meeting place to spend time with our west coast daughter and her boyfriend. We spent six magical nights at this lovely home and were sad to leave! The attention to detail in this very private retreat is unparalleled. There is loving attention and an artist’s eye for color, shape and thoughtful detail everywhere you look. We were drawn by the promise of outdoor spaces, but will have to come back to enjoy the outdoor fire (unfortunately the wind kicked up!). Not to worry - it was cozy inside, with a fireplace crackling, fully stocked kitchen (we love to cook), terrific walks/hikes right out of the house, and the most wonderful, friendly breakfast place two miles away. Drive to downtown Santa Fe was an easy 25 minutes. Sunrise and sunset from the large windows was gorgeous. The hot tub (with plush robes provided) was magical. Kristen was a great host, meeting us on arrival to show us the ropes (and a curated volume of favorite places/restaurants), and with great communication during our stay. We will forever treasure our memories of this fabulous place!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City

Zen haven in a quiet forest away from it all

  • 5 of 5

I loved everything about staying in Kristen's beautiful home!!! I planned this trip specifically to meditate, read, soak in the hot tub and relax and I could not have imagined a more perfect environment. The home is far enough from town to be completely peaceful and have perfect views of the stars at night. The dirt road was easy to navigate and Kristen's directions were perfect. She gave me a detailed tour when I arrived, including how to use the Apple TV, hot tub and various other amenities in the home.

From the moment you walk into the house, it is clear that this is a home that Kristen spent years building and detailing it perfectly. It is a a bit art gallery, a lot southwestern and a touch of bohemian. It's hard to say what I liked best about the house, but at the top of the list would be huge windows making daytime electric lights unnecessary, smooth radiant heat floors, shabby chic chandeliers and buddha/kwan yin statues (love, love, love) or the beautiful and oh-so comfy master bedroom bed. Plus the home is truly a home, complete with books, music, videos, tons of cooking accessories. It is easy to feel like you are at home and on vacation at the same time - the best of both worlds! I cooked most nights and had everything I needed. At night unwinding in the jacuzzi under the stars as so perfect I didn't want to get out. When it was chilly outside the fireplaces inside are perfect to warm up. If you are reading this you have already fallen in love with the gorgeous patio in the pictures which Kristen painstakingly built. After staying here the only thing I want more than returning is to have Kristen come and work on my home... Definitely plan to return!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cypress, Texas

Beautiful mountain escape yet close to downtown. The perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish this vacation home was everything and more! Kristen the owner met us at her beautiful home and guided us through every amenity and answered all our questions. She was available 24/7 with any additional questions and a pleasure all around. The home itself is fantastic and our kids loved the trampoline and hot tub. The views from every angle are scenic and relaxing and our kids would lay on the trampoline and watch the sunset. This is the perfect getaway and we highly recommend it and plan on returning soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Antonio, TX

Amazing Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! Pictures don't do it justice. We are a super busy family and needed to get away and spend quality time together this Christmas. This was the ticket! We loved the drive on the dirt road out to the house and felt like we were on a retreat together. The views were beautiful, it was private, and It was still close enough to town that we could go in and do some sight seeing and family activities. We took advantage of all the amenities--the fireplace, the hot tub, and the trampoline. The kids loved the trampoline and my husband and I acted like kids again on it :) At night, we would lay down on the trampoline with blankets to look at the amazing view of the stars. The kitchen is fully stocked to make meals, and we took advantage of that several times. Kristen met us at the house to welcome us and show us around. She had a book with lots of recommendations for restaurants and activities, as well as instructions for some of the house's amenities. She had a Christmas tree set up for us and let us decorate it with the kids, which was great. We had a couple of questions during our stay and she was quick to respond. We'd love to go back again! When we got back home, our son told us he doesn't like our house anymore, he likes the house on the mountain (he's four). LOL

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super views, inside and outside

  • 5 of 5

Open and airy, lots of museum quality art including furniture pieces and decor. Outside has great sunrises and three sides of the house offer differing landscapes to contemplate and relax. If you want to "get away from it all," you'll have an adventure over a rippled, dusty dirt road (November); the route narrows to one lane nearer the home but it's worth the drive for the seclusion and closeness of nature. Lots of wildlife like deer and ravens. The ravens may have some interaction with surrounding residents: They seem to have some interest in what goes on at the house. The house was very clean. Vacationers should be family or well-acquainted: One bedroom has a beaded entrance with easy entry into the kitchen/dining area. The attached bathroom is convenient. The other bedroom has "latticed" doors with easy access to its separate bathroom facilities. Again, the plan is very open with easy access to the outside from almost every spot in the house. There is a nice TV/audio system. Nice collection of books. The owner does a great job of providing directions and instructions on how to enjoy the property and the surroundings. Great breakfast burrito right off the freeway. Owner also provides A TON of tourist information about Santa Fe and all of New Mexico. Hot tub is HOT but adjust it down if it's too much. Brush the sand and rocks off your feet, first.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Santa Fe Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
7.8 Miles
The Bourbon Grill at El Gancho
Nearest Golf
16.3 Miles
Santa Fe Country Club & Golf
Nearest Train
10.6 Miles
Amtrak (Lamy station)
Nearest Motorway
2.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.6 Miles
Cafe Fina
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Santa Fe Ski area
Car: necessary

This property is located 18 miles from the Pecos National Monument which showcases amazing Indian ruins. It is also close to one of the major entry points into the Pecos Wilderness and many hiking trails.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Cancellation policy: If guest wishes/needs to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows: 45 days 100%, 30 days 75%, 15 days 50%, and 7 days 25%
Payment: Acceptable payment methods are personal check, PayPal, MC, VISA, Discover, or e-check.
Christmas & holiday rates apply - please inquire of owner for rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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