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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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

Why Gordon Hirsch chose Youngsville

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!

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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Extraordinary, Custom, Luxurious Home on Abiquiu Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 86 reviews
Buffalo, Texas
5

The greatest stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

Gordon, you are probably going to be in trouble with New Mexico Tourism Board for having a place so nice for people to stay, they won't want to go anywhere else! I had scads of day trips and side trips planned, but...we enjoyed your house so much we kept changing or putting off plans to be elsewhere. We are very frequent visitors to the Taos and Northern New Mexico area for many years and have fallen in love with the Abiquiu area. We have stayed at many places in the Red River, Taos, Arroyo Seco, Rancho de Taos areas...from B&Bs and inns to houses. Yours is the nicest, most peaceful and relaxing of all we have ever been exposed to. Once we got the directions down to and from the house...we were good to go (or stay)! The only problem we had was (as we discovered on our first full day)...our Toyota Rav4 couldn't make it up the hill from your house to about where the people behind you are located. We solved the problem by backing up to their driveway, turning and then heading on out. After a few times it became rote. We enjoyed the outdoor fireplace so much at night. The hot tub was marvelous, the beds so comfortable...the views unreal! Our little chihuahua, Sally, had the best time chasing (futilely) for rabbits, birds, prairie dogs and anything else that moved or flew. Unfortunately we lost her brother to heart problems before we came. He would have loved it! We ate most of our meals at the Abiquiu Inn...wonderful food (especially breakfast)! The service was exceptional and the Thanksgiving buffet was a marvel in itself!!! We picked up some burgers and groceries from Bodes (good food, questionable service) and picked up necessities from the nearby Family Dollar. We really tried to go to Santa Fe and Taos but just couldn't tear ourselves away from the house. That just means we came back from vacation more rested and a little richer from not spending money on stuff we didn't really need (but wanted...I'm a shop-a-holic on vacation).

We did manage to visit Plaza Blanca which is a breathtaking site and easy hike. Highly recommended! The Art Cave @ Origins (Rancho de San Juan) not recommended at all...totally not worth the 89.00 fee!!!! Feel free to ask me about the cave and the people operating there!

Last year we explored the Ghost Ranch and that is what brought us back to this area. Inspiration for O'Keefe's paintings is everywhere you turn. I have several of her prints that help keep my memories of this area alive until I can travel back again!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you and Rick (and Sally) enjoyed your stay at Abiquiu lake. I know that there are many amazing vacation rentals in the area and I am honored when someone who has traveled as much as you describes Casa del Rio with superlatives. I am quite familiar with that feeling of coming to the lake with all sorts of ambitious plans for exploring - and then deciding that there in no where else as nice as right here. Thank you, Rhonda, for taking the time to write. You are all very welcome the next time you feel the need for peace and relaxation. Best!
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5

Wow! Prepare to be blown away!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! If you like the photos then don't hesitate, because they don't do justice. Gordon was such a wonderful host and made sure our stay was trouble free. Thanks Gordon!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome, Greg. It was great to have you and your family - you are wonderful people and I am glad everything worked out so well!
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5

Enjoyed every minute... comfortable quality private property

  • 5 of 5

If you want to escape for a few days. this is the place. The privacy and remote location provide a perfect setting to decompress and become one with nature. There are many outdoor oriented activities within a couple hours or less round trip drive. The house is very accommodating with all the necessities and the host is a pleasure. Highly recommend for those who want an experience that is off the beaten path.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chad - I could not have said it any better! Thank you for your visit - hope to have you and Catherine back some day!
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Everything we wanted. Couldn't have been better.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Timothy. I am glad that your travel plans worked out and that you and Janel enjoyed your experience in the southwest!
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5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been VRBO customers for many years now. Every home has a few negatives that can be annoying. Casa del Rio had none.

The inside and outside living areas where immaculate. The kitchen was well equipped with actual working appliances and utensils.

The views and solitude were amazing. There were plenty of activities on the property, and the lake area.

The surrounding areas had so much to see, do, eat, and drink, that it can't be done in a week. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan - I am very appreciative of your compliments - sounds like you and your husband enjoyed the place! I enjoy spending time at Casa del Rio between guests and I try to make sure everything is in good, working order. As you mentioned, there are many fun things to do in the Abiquiu area and I look forward to having you two back.
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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: September 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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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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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