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Adobe casita on 13 acres of high desert

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Get-away-from-it-all traditional adobe-style home south of Santa Fe.

Our vacation property is a wonderful adobe-style home on 12 private acres just south of Santa Fe. For those who want to enjoy both "the city different" and the wonderful high desert country, this home is ideal. Just off of the Turquoise Trail, a Scenic Byway, the property is close to Galisteo, Cerrillos and the old mining town of Madrid. Just 4 miles away, on the road to town, one can enjoy the best New Mexican breakfasts and lunches at the San Marcos Cafe while watching hens, turkeys and peacocks roam the property.

Our casita is cozy and carefully designed in the traditional local adobe style with hand-plastered interior walls, beautiful viga ceilings, and a wonderful kiva fireplace. The interior photos of the casita were taken by a professional photographer, so they are terrific, but we'd like to emphasize our casita is a cozy 700 square feet total. With amazing sunset views of the surrounding Cerrillos Hills, the casita is nestled into the landscape with 360 degrees of complete privacy.

The landscape is completely natural, with two large sand-lined arroyos (dry creek beds) on two of our property borders. Tranquility, fresh air, unforgettable sunsets and clear starry nights are everyday treats, and the sound of coyotes howling in the distance make this a very special and unique place.

The casita sleeps two in the queen bedroom, one in the single bedroom, and two on the double futon in the living room. A picnic table, hammock and lounge chair are outside on the slate patio. A stone fireplace is available for outdoor barbeques, and a pile of firewood can be used outdoors or indoors in the traditional fireplace. A large bathroom has a shower, and a washer/dryer. The kitchen has all appliances. Linens, towels, extra blankets, etc. are available. CD player/radio with CDs, a telephone (but no Internet) and only a few TV channels on a small TV. Games, puzzles, books and kids' toys are in the small bedroom. Portable air conditioner and area fans available. Internet access in town.

In 25 minutes you can be in downtown Santa Fe. Bandolier and Petroglyph National Monuments, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Pecos, Sangre de Christo, Sandia and Jemez mountains are all nearby. The mountains offer hiking and fishing in summer, and skiing in winter (Ski Santa Fe in the Sangre de Christos; and ski the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque). Art fairs and the famous Zozobra Festival take place all summer in town. Albuquerque is an hour to the southwest. The longest tram in the world climbs up the Sandia Mountains, which lie east of Albuquerque.

Christmas is very nice, the town is decorated with lots of candelarias. A special thing to do all year long is to visit a nearby pueblo when they are having a feast or celebration day. There will be dancing, arts, food and other traditional Native American culture to be enjoyed.

The neighborhood around the casita features beautiful New Mexico high desert scenery, with amazing sunsets and views of surrounding mountain ranges. Built low in the landscape, it feels like no one else is around. All adjacent properties are at least 12 acres so there are neighbors, but lots of space in between. Explore our own 12 acres as well as walk in the neighborhood and adjacent properties. Our land encompasses two arroyos which are great for a walk.

The Lone Butte grocery store and gas station is a few miles away on Hwy 14, as is the San Marcos Cafe for all of your breakfast, lunch, hardware and feed store needs!

Climate: cold (20°-40°F) in winter, and as warm as 80°-100°F in summer, but it cools down at night and often there are short thunderstorms in the late afternoon in July and August. The air is very dry and the altitude is approximately 7,000 ft. Spring and fall are ideal seasons to visit. Skiing nearby in winter.

Access: fly into Albuquerque International Airport and rent a car; drive north on highway 25. Or fly into Santa Fe County Municipal Airport. Amtrak stops in nearby Lamy.

Getting around: a car is needed and a navigation device/GPS is helpful. Mapping ahead of time is a good idea as well. All nearby roads are dirt roads in good condition; local weather conditions apply.

Communication: cellular phone service can be good or bad depending on your provider, but the house has a landline telephone for local and long-distance calls. No high-speed Internet is available in this area as of yet.

We are available for contact via phone, email, texts, before, during and after stay.

Please sign our guest book!

More Details

George and Julie Kalmar
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, russian, czech, hungarian, Hebrew
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About George and Julie Kalmar

George and I have lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years. We now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We have two children, ages 14 and 24, and we work in international education and other creative fields.

We enjoy sharing our homes with visitors to the wonderful cities of San Miguel de Allende and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Our home in San Miguel is a spacious, traditional Mexican-style casa, with a large veranda and yard, and an adjacent casita.

We rent them separately or together.

Our traditional Santa Fe-style adobe casita is located on 13 acres of high desert, 30 minutes southeast of Santa Fe.

Like many of our guests, we love to explore the world, and hosting people from all over the world enriches our own experience. We always provide attention that is both professional and personal.

George and Julie Kalmar purchased this house in 1991

Why George and Julie Kalmar chose Santa Fe County

We each have a history of living in, or visiting New Mexico since 1990. We love New Mexico and its unique aspects: cultures, landscapes and cuisines.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful high desert countryside, privacy, quiet, lots of stars at night.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the casita! Julie made us feel very welcome and provided us with lots of great information about the Santa Fe area. The casita is nicer than we expected and was very clean and well stocked with everything we needed. The location is a bit out of town but was perfect for us as we were seeking a more peaceful and serene setting. We will definitely be back.
May 2015
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Santa Fe County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Lots of space, includes a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • The futon in the living room opens as a double bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is a rural area with charming rustic appeal. The roads in the surrounding area are all dirt roads, and road conditions, while usually very good, are subject to weather conditions. Hiking nearby in the Pecos Mountains, and further away in the Sangre de Christos, Jemez and Sandia mountain ranges. Historic and tourist attractions refer to those in nearby Santa Fe!


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Adobe casita on 13 acres of high desert
average rating of 4.9375 based on 22 reviews

Exactly what we were hoping for!!

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely pleased when we approached the casita and saw how very private and beautiful the setting was. We were just as happy when we entered the casita as it was just what we were hoping for...quaint, comfortable, full of southwestern charm and extremely clean!

Coming to New Mexico to get away from the Michigan winter weather, it was not real warm when we were there, but the sun was out 90% of the time so it felt much warmer and we were able to do a lot of hiking. The casita is not a long drive to downtown Santa Fe where we enjoyed browsing the seemingly unending art and craft shops. We also spent some time in the quaint little town of Madrid; be sure to visit Sugarman's, a unique chocolate shop featuring a variety of delicious and exotic chocolate concoctions. At the end of a long day hiking or shopping, we spent the evenings in front of the kiva fireplace reading and relaxing with a glass (or 2 ) of wine. What a perfect way to end the days!

We would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting a cozy, private, and conveniently located vacation spot.

Wayne and Lenore

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We loved George and Julie's Casita! We were looking for a New Years trip that could be partly spent exploring Santa Fe and partly spent relaxing in front of a fire at night. This was just perfect! It's close enough to be able to access everything but removed enough away to feel like you are leaving it all behind. The place was very comfortable and and cozy and the such a beautiful setting to see sunrise, sunset and to take some strolls.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelly, I'm so glad your visit was nice--hope you had a great multiple birthday celebration! I'm sure the drive from Denver was amazing! You are welcome back anytime--Julie
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Casita was very comfortable and well equipped. Very quiet. We enjoyed hearing the coyotes in the evening. Was close to Santa Fe yet far enough out to be private. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home for a small family.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A sweet little casita, with privacy and convenience.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the quiet mornings, the beautiful scenery and convenience to Santa Fe. Couldn't ask for a better spot to have a get-away. Hosts are super communicative and caring. Would recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful, relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property and a great home base to explore the greater Santa Fe area. You will love the gorgeous sunsets and amazing stars!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you, Robyn. Sounds like you got some good sunsets and views of the night sky! You are welcome back anytime.
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Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Hwy 14
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
San Marcos Cafe and Lone Butte Grocery Store
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A two-night stay requires an additional $75 cleaning fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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