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Extraordinary, Custom, Luxurious Home on Abiquiu Lake

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Exclusive site at the Waters Edge

'Breathtaking,' 'Fabulous,' 'Stellar,' 'Magical' - Casa del Rio, a unique southwestern home awaits those who seek a glimpse into what the West was like – before it was “won.”

Completed in April of 2014, Casa del Rio offers timeless views of the Rio Chama, Abiquiu Lake, Ghost Ranch - with no other habitation to confound the imagination. The house rests on a mesa about 100 feet above the narrowest part of the Rio Chama, just before it empties into Abiquiu Lake. Unique to this area, a private path winds its way directly to the water. Four circles of stones (tipi rings) found on the land are silent proof that these vistas have been enjoyed by people for hundreds of years.

Inside the 1500 square foot house you will find all the luxuries and amenities of the 21st century. An open floor plan includes great room, dining area and kitchen; all under hand-hewn vigas harvested from the San Juan forest. Leather couches, swivel chair, Taos-made furniture - all make it a pleasure to take in the ever changing landscape in any direction. (Be sure to catch the dawn when the morning light descends upon the water). Hand painted retablo and santos, Navaho and Zapotec rugs, prints by RC Gorman, and Georgia O'Keefe all enhance the experience of being immersed in the southwest.

The kitchen features granite countertops, energy saving appliances, and an island with cooktop. A 42” LED satellite TV, WiFi, and sound bar provide connection to the modern world. (for those who must) Soft foam, queen size mattresses, resort quality bedding ensure your night’s rest – so you can be prepared for your next day’s adventure...

Located in the heart of the Piedra Lumbre (Valley of the Shining Stones) Casa del Rio was designed for outdoor living. Covered portales on the east, north and west sides provide shade from the ever bright New Mexico sun. The concave shape of the house provides shelter from wind and wraps around an additional 800 square feet of a Colorado red flagstone courtyard. On the courtyard, or under the portal, you will find; a moveable chiminea (fireplace), a four burner gas grill, two lounge chairs, a love seat, and table and dining chairs for four.

To complete your Abiquiu experience there is an outdoor hot tub positioned for panoramic river and mountain views. For those who prefer, there is also a two-person, heart shaped bath. Full moon nights are are so bright you can see colors on the walls of the river canyon. On moonless nights the stars seem so close you could almost reach up and touch them...

The waters of Abiquiu provides an important resting place for migratory birds; a virtual oasis in a land of desert and mountains. Eagles, osprey, geese, and many other species take time to have their needs met on their way to other destinations. Perhaps this description may one day apply to you!

More Details

Owner
Gordon Hirsch
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

Why Gordon Hirsch chose New Mexico

A 15 minute drive from the highway, Casa Rio is situated at 'the end of the trail' leading to Abiquiu lake. When you look to the East, North, or West there is no sign of human habitation to distract the eye. The landscape has remained this way for millions of years.

Hollywood crews have been coming to this area for decades to shoot films requiring vivid scenery typical of the wild west. Some movies made in the area include: the Lone Ranger, Brothers, Silverado, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, No Country for Old Men, The Missing, Wyatt Earp, 3:10 to Yuma, Red Dawn, the Last Outlaw, and City Slickers.

What makes this house unique

It offers sensational, undisturbed views of the lake, river canyon, and mountains.

This is the only lakefront property with a private trail to Abiquiu Lake, opening up a whole new world to be discovered.

This is also a great 'base camp' for exploring more of northern New Mexico.

An ideal location for nature lovers, anglers, paddlers, astronomers, archaeologists, paleontologists, botanists, geologists, historians, birders, artists, writers, musicians, hikers - of all skill sets. This is an amazing place for anyone with a sense of wonder!

Map

Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
NM 96
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Abiquiu Inn
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Rafting on the Chama, Georgia O'Keefe studio tour, Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch conference center and museums (and horseback riding), Christ in the desert monastary, Abiquiu music festivals and studio tour, Abiquiu dam visitor center, Pueblo ruins and petroglyphs, Ojo Calliente mineral spa, Healing with Horses (empowerment training), Echo ampitheater, Toltec-Cumbres scenic railroad, Mount Pedernal, the continental divide trail, the Valle Caldera, the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests: Unlimited places to explore

Amenities

Youngsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • No motorized watercraft, trailers, motor homes, or recreational vehicles are allowed without permission of the owner.
  • Please respect 20 mph speed limit.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Hall Bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , jetted tub , Shower and two person jacuzzi tub.
  • Master bath with shower and two person, heart shaped jacuzzi tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen , Ceiling fan, dimmable lights, trombe wall.
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling fan, dimmable lights, trombe wall.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 81 reviews
5

A Great Time In Abiquiu (again)

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time at Casa del Rio. Although the weather was not so good this time, we still had an excellent time.

The home is so nicely located - even when it was a bit overcast, we could still sit in the hot tub and look across the way at Ghost Ranch and the beautiful scenery. Sitting in the hot tub in the dark when there is clear sky, looking at the stars, makes one think about the universe, time, creation, infinity - a real connection with life and nature. One evening after a light rain, there was a bright, full-arc, double rainbow that seemed so close you could touch it.

As always, the home is very clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Gordon is a wonderful host, and we thank him for sharing his wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim - thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your stay - I really enjoyed reading your description of viewing the double rainbow from the hot tub. I am glad that you and Jackie found worthwhile things to do when the weather was inclement. It makes me very happy to have returning guests such as yourselves - thanks for the visit!
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Lubbock, TX
5

Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful owner, wonderful house! The setting is beyond description. We have visited the area three times now and will certainly return. Highly recommend!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Scotty, for your visit and for your review. The valley of the shining stones is such an extraordinary place and I am very glad to share Casa del Rio with people like yourself. Hope to host you again!
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5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Casa del Rio. Besides the incredible views in every direction, the house is beautiful, and equipped with everything we have needed. The lake access is close, enabling us to kayak each visit. We are already planning our next visit! Thank you Gordon for sharing this awesome place.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa. The nicest compliment I receive is when people like yourself return for more than one visit. Look forward to hosting you again!
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Kennedale TX
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Best views I've ever had in a vacation home. Had a wonderful time over Labor day weekend with my huband and bother and sister in law. We did lots of hiking at ghost ranch but could of stayed the entire time just enjoying the house and property. We walked down the path to the lake and enjoyed the hot tub. Would defiantly like to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Misti - thanks for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time at the lake. The views from the house are pretty compelling - other guests have compared them to ever changing postcards. Be delighted to have you all back!
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5

New Favorite Place

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is situated in one of the most breathtaking locations in New Mexico. We fell in love with the house and the surrounding views. Every time of day was magical. The lake, the red cliffs, the clouds.....it was easy to spend all day taking in the spectacular views from the comfortable patios. Beautiful landscaping around the house attracted hummingbirds and butterflies. We also enjoyed kayaking. There is easy lake access very near by. The house is clean, comfortable and has all the amenities. Perfect New Mexico adobe style. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa, I am looking forward to accommodating and your friends on your next adventure. I am glad you got to explore the lake by kayak. It is pretty magical when the water is calm and reflects the clouds - kind of like paddling across the sky, eh? Remember, the lake is great place to paddle almost all year round!
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5

Perfecto!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful! Best place we stayed at.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Crystal. I am glad things worked out so well for you and your party - you are really nice guests. Thanks for the visit. Perhaps we will see you in December!
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee. $95
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.