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Big Studio - Loft - Farm Kitchen

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

A recent guest described 'Serenity' as 'a small NYC loft transplanted to a mountain paradise garden.

It is our great pleasure to make this very cool compound available to you.

Everything you need in a base camp fully supporting your Taos adventure.

Experience serenity, or peace of mind, here in your own elegant private separate building surrounded by lovely mountain views and extensive flower gardens.

Located in a small, historic farm / ranch neighborhood ('Talpa') just off the road from Santa Fe, about fifteen minutes south of downtown. We're at a kind of node or hub in Taos which puts us about equidistant between Taos Ski Valley to the north, Angel Fire and Sipapu to the east and southeast. (About 20-30 minutes weather permitting.)

Which is great for the all seasons. All three of those ski resort roads (588, 64 and 518) just happen to pass through some of the most gorgeous mountain country you ever saw. Right off these same roads are numerous access trailheads: easy gateways winter sports plus hiking, biking, fishing, or just river rambling under the pines.

The space itself:

One of its best features, among many, is its flexibility. It offers both spaciousness and intimacy. The studio provides a roomy comfortable communal area and the adjacent kitchen with its big tables doubles for not only food prep but rec room (Monopoly? Art projects?) And the loft works for getting away from everybody as well as for superlative sleeping, especially on rainy nights.

Up to six people can enjoy sweet mountain dreams with choice of standard queen mattress downstairs, new convertible couch (with memory foam) in loft upstairs, or on the pull-out couch. Extra blankets, pillows at hand. Aerobed twin-size inflatables available. Foam jigsaw-style 'dojo' mats snap together for your morning stretch. Ample privacy curtains.

Loft is easily accessible via Doug's beautiful hand-built stairs and is a powerful kid magnet. Also is a romantic hideaway with beautiful views of Taos Mountain and the surrounding foothills.

Or it's just a good place to check your email. If you insist.

1300 square feet hand-built by owners from ground up. Major renovations completed in 2013, making it 100% custom. You won't find a cabin like this anywhere else in the world.

Relax, breathe deep, spread out inside an open space design with high ceilings and big sunny windows. Plenty of room to lay out your gear: Play - work - scheme - dream.

Lean, green, dander and odor-free. No pesticides or herbicides used inside, outside or anywhere else on the property. No scented cleaning or "freshening" products, fabric softeners or industrial chemicals. No need to stray far from soap, water, vinegar and an occasional drop or two of essential oils. It's relatively sparse and clear, no "poof" for miles. Big windows open wide.

A word on Pets: many people travel with their beloved 4-leggeds, we understand. But we believe that many other people value a dander-free, non-allergenic space. We offer an immaculate sleeping / working / cooking / entertaining arena; this is a major amenity.

Having said that, you should know that we are owned by two house cats in the yard. You'll probably see them around.

Other features:

Reliable Wi-Fi. Also, "smart" DVD setup with monitor and a binder full of movies to borrow. Bring your Netflix password along with your devices. No cable. Movie rental store just around the corner with guest arrangements possible.

Utility room with full-sized HE washer/drier, wooden drying rack for parkas etc, hanging rod, bedding shelving. Ironing board and iron available upon request.

Beverage Center offers complimentary coffee, tea, soups, snacks.

Pure well water (not on city water): no fluoride or chlorine.

Pure mountain air. Dark starry skies.

Quiet. Except for birdsong. Occasional traffic.

Privacy absolutely honored. Upon your arrival we activate a special force field around your compound: You Shall Not be Disturbed. Not by nobody nohow.

All-season covered portal around two sides with garden and mountain views. You can smoke outside if you like, absolutely not indoors.

We the owners live and work here on these 1.5 acres full-time, have been here since April Fool's Day 1996. We raised our two sons here, now ages 31 and 27.

Farm Kitchen: 600 sq. ft. of modern, full-sized appliances, artfully-painted concrete floors, wooden country dining table. Great for entertaining family, friends, clients. Quite an amazing room, actually. Cooks will immediately recognize its goodness.

One lovely Labor day we enjoyed a full weekend of food preparation with two of our guests. Together we bottled (and sampled) a new apple / plum wine blend, processed a burlap bag of fresh-roasted chiles, and cranked up a batch of peach ice cream from peaches just picked from one of our trees just off the kitchen door.

Nothing dissolves barriers between strangers faster than peeling hot green chile on a hot August afternoon!.

You don't HAVE to cook in the Kitchen. We recycle a lot of take-out boxes. Why cook when you can pick up a delectable breakfast burrito with your coffee, just down the street? You're on vacation, right? You're also in Taos, NM, Restaurant Heaven. We enjoy playing the concierge role, and recommend a lot of restaurants to a lot of people, but we're realizing that it mostly doesn't matter where you go eat, it will be delicious.

Outdoors: extensive edible landscaping, trees, grass lawns and perennial flower borders offer one of the most beautiful hidden gardens in Taos. Or so we modestly claim. Wander and enjoy.

We grow most of the fruit that will grow here: apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, grapes, currants, chokecherries and elderberries. Have been known to add yeast and sugar with the fruit in a bucket to use up the bounty.

It should be said that our gardens aren't really playgrounds. Most of it is working for a living. We also grow a lot of rocks along with the snowball viburnum and tomatoes, watch your step out there. "Manicured" is not the word. However, our lovely front lawn beckons a blanket, and bare feet delight in the wooly thyme out back. For active kids needing to move: take them into the mountains or a river, just down the road! We provide many pages of suggestions for the many places kids can run, climb, swim, skate, play frisbee golf: check the House Guestbook or the Hospitality Manager app. or ask.

If you're here between March and October, you'll have a chance to be among the fortunate few to experience a genuine colonial-era irrigation system called the "acequia" (ah say key ah). It's what makes it possible for Serenity to be such an oasis here in this high mountain desert country.

We could tell you all about it. But enough about us. What about you?

Theresa and Douglas Webb
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1300 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Below age 21 must be accompanied by adult....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children would love this place. No play equipment but plentiful grass lawns, flowers, trees. Toddlers should be supervised: grounds vary between lawns and rock paths...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Can smoke outside, never indoors...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have two cats on the premises. No proper fenced area for dogs on property; no indoor dogs in deference to our allergenic guests....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Loft: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    convertible couch sleeps 2 ...moreless

  • Main bed: 1 queen

    Conventional mattress...moreless

  • Couch: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen sleeper couch downstairs...moreless

  • Open-space studio design, privacy curtains. Queen bed, desk, bookcase, bedside tables. Loft: queen bed, storage shelves, upstairs mountain views. Memory Foam. Downstairs couch pulls out into queen bed.....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom : toilet, shower


  • Sparkling clean. Ample towels. Amenities: hair dryer, shampoo.

Other Amenities

  • Local spas and fitness clubs provide short-term memberships; there's one right around the corner....moreless


  • Books:

    A good selection of New Mexico information ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    We can set up a smart-DVD player and monitor upon request. Most guests bring their own devices and our Internet works very well....moreless

  • Games:

    A nice variety of family games available upon request....moreless

  • Toys:

    Lots of toys available upon request....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have our own DVD library and are happy to share it with you....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mountains or foothills to the North, South, East and West....moreless

  • Resort:

    Nearby Taos Ski Valley is a world-class resort, there are three others well within reach...moreless

  • Rural:

    One of the oldest communities in New Mexico, dating back to the Spanish Conquistador days in the 1600s....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    2 dining tables: breakfast table in studio seats 4, big country table in kitchen seats 6 - 8...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas wall heater, very efficient, portable heaters available...moreless

  • Internet:

    Fast wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    In front for a few cars...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Wireless. Have landline in Main House....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Huge,gorgeous, immaculate farm kitchen. Entertain friends, family, clients. Or just make breakfast to fuel up for the ski mountain....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Some staples: many good grocery stores nearby...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Nice wide covered space or 'portal' with tables and seating right outside the door...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Extensive flower and vegetable gardens around entire property...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Have one here at the Main House that we can roll over for a party...moreless

Building Type

  • House


Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$750 $2,852

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150


Rates are subject to change until reservation confirmed

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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137 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Old Martina's
1000 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Los Angeles
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Taos Country Club
70 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Fe
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
NM 68
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Trading Post
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley
1000 Miles
Nearest Beach
Los Angeles

Car: Necessary

We're in a small rural neighborhood on a maintained county dirt road easily accessible to the two main roads heading into town.

You're within 15 minutes of everything you could desire, from hiking to shopping to fine dining to museums.

A full-service fitness spa is just around the corner and they accept guests for a small fee.

Some of the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, galleries and antique stores are at this south end of town. We even have our own plaza including the famous St. Francis de Assis' cathedral, one of the oldest and most-painted/photographed in the state.

Because you're in a rural area, instead of right in the middle of the crowds and traffic of downtown, you can more readily experience the beauty of Taos and our blessed 4-season lifestyle in peace and harmony.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: Originally from West Texas (El Paso and San Angelo,) lived many years throughout East Coast (New York, Maryland, North Carolina) before returning to native bioregion of Texas / New Mexico. We live on site, working as video producers, photographers, writers, and developers of alternative energy projects.

Why the Owner Chose Ranchos de Taos, NM, USA:
We honeymooned in Taos in November, 1981. We could have saved a lot of time and money if we had just stayed here instead of returning to Dallas. We finally arrived 'home' on April Fool's Day 1996. This property started as a rental, we made it our own a year later and have been working on it ever since.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Lots of space indoors and out. Great for groups. Green and non-toxic. Farm Kitchen. Homemade wine. Fertile land with water rights growing a huge variety of edibles and flowers, surrounded by mountains, close enough to downtown.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, danish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Sweet mountain dreams

    Sweet mountain dreams

  • From the bed through main studio area into the kitchen

    From the bed through main studio area into the kitchen

  • Warm, comfortable, quality bedding, privacy curtains

    Warm, comfortable, quality bedding, privacy curtains

  • Loft:  High-speed internet wi-fi upstairs and down

    Loft: High-speed internet wi-fi upstairs and down

  • Storm lifting off Taos mountain, north:  from Loft window

    Storm lifting off Taos mountain, north: from Loft window

  • From kitchen, looking across to main bed

    From kitchen, looking across to main bed

  • Great for friends, dinner parties, events

    Great for friends, dinner parties, events

  • From outside looking in, over tulips

    From outside looking in, over tulips

  • Taos Mountain, wild plum blossoms

    Taos Mountain, wild plum blossoms

  • This is how all stays so green, periodic irrigation, a genuine old-Taos treat

    This is how all stays so green, periodic irrigation, a genuine old-Taos treat

  • Let


  • Welcome!


  • Looking out towards the portal and beyond

    Looking out towards the portal and beyond

  • Nice big sparkling bathroom

    Nice big sparkling bathroom

  • From Loft, commanding view of most of the place

    From Loft, commanding view of most of the place

  • Fab Farm Kitchen!

    Fab Farm Kitchen!

  • We catered a fajita party in here recently

    We catered a fajita party in here recently

  • Another angle, late summer storm moving in

    Another angle, late summer storm moving in

  • Hawthorne and giant allium

    Hawthorne and giant allium

  • June Delphinia

    June Delphinia

  • 4-season portal

    4-season portal

  • Serene Winter Rest

    Serene Winter Rest

VRBO #553356

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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