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Old World Hacienda In Arroyo Seco, Main House with Guest House Rental Option

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Main House (sleeps 6-7) w/ Guest House Rental Option (sleeps 2 Adults/2 Kids)

This beautiful old adobe hacienda is the real deal with some rooms over 100 years old, featuring authentic hand plastered mud walls, wide pine plank floors and original hand hewn vigas (beams). The living room floor has its original mud floor which has been painted and sealed to a hard finish. Set under large cottonwoods that shade the compound, the house lies along the Acequia Madre del Rio Hondo, the venerable 'mother ditch' that runs down off Wheeler Peak and provides water to the communities of Des Montes and Upper Hondo. The Main House sleeps up to 8 people. The Guest House is available for an additional nightly fee in order to accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 small children. Both houses together can accommodate up to 12 people. Across the street from Casa de Musica is the ditch trailhead, a lovely 45 minute walk that takes you along the rim of the Arroyo Seco 'llano' (high plain), with dramatic views of the Valdez Valley on one side and the sweet sounds of the rushing waters of the Acequia on the other side. It is the perfect morning walk before you gear up for the National Forest Trails just minutes further up the road towards Taos Ski Valley.

The Main House is 2000 square feet and sleeps up to 8 people. It has a formal dining room for entertaining, a large, inviting sunken living room with a kiva fireplace, 2 well-separated bedrooms with comfortable King and Queen beds, 2 full bathrooms with Talavera tile, and a bedroom/den with a comfortable foldout Queen size futon bed with memory foam mattress topper as well as a "full" size platform bed with a comfortable mattress. There is also a long single couch/daybed in the living room that can be converted to a single bed. If your party consists of more than 8 people, or you want to spread out, then we offer the Guest House option that can sleep up to two more adults and two smaller children for an additional $100 per night including an additional $85 cleaning fee.The Main House kitchen is large and well equipped with dishes/utensils, 2 ovens, gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster, coffeemaker, blender, and high quality pots and pans. The entire compound is on a whole house water filtration system at the well-site, and the kitchen has an additional high quality under-the-counter-system for further water filtration. The attached Guest Apartment is available for an additional nightly fee of $100/night. It is capable of sleeping 2 adults and 2 smaller sized children. It is 2 stories with a separate entry and is 700 square feet. It offers lovely tree-filled views upstairs with a comfortable California King sized bed, full bathroom with Talavera tile and a sunny, open living area. Downstairs it offers a small efficiency kitchen (microwave, fridge, sink, coffeemaker) with 2 comfortable built-in smaller kid-sized beds with colorful cotton sleeping bags for a "campout" feel. All beds in both houses have cotton bedding and we use eco-friendly cleaning products wherever possible at Casa de Musica. The Main House and Guest House have good Wifi reception in every room and there is a widescreen TV in the den in the Main House which is set up for wireless streaming from your computer and also for DVD viewing. The TV does not offer cable or any local channels. There is a diverse collection of family oriented DVD's and music CD's in the Main House for your use and we suggest you bring your own supplemental favorites for the kids. There is no TV in the Guest House. There is a telephone for incoming or local outgoing calls, or you may use a prepaid phone card for outgoing long distance calls. As with many areas in Northern New Mexico our Taos cell phone reception is inconsistent. The house has a garage with remote control opener and plenty of room for one vehicle and your ski equipment There is also ample parking in the driveway.

There is a fire pit and a charcoal fired grill on the patio and plenty of comfortable chairs for lounging with friends and family. You can stroll out into the orchard, take a nap in the hammock, have a picnic lunch under the plum trees, and if the season is right help yourself to the apples, apricots and wild plums. We are located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood with wonderful neighbors, however we do have BEARS in the Fall. The previous owner was an elderly woman who installed bars on the windows for this reason. They are black bears and are extremely shy, but in the Fall months they sometimes will traverse the Village at night looking for fruit in the orchards, bird feeders to raid, and accessible trash cans. For this reason we have left the bars on the windows and always ask that people not leave food out on the patio overnight during the Fall months. We have decorated Casa de Musica with our personal collection of antique Native American and Persian rugs, traditional Mexican Saltillo blankets, and beautiful Native American art. We are sharing our extensive library collection of books on topics from local wildflowers and birds to Native art and architecture, plus a large collection of fiction. There is plenty of great bike riding right out the driveway and we can provide several cruiser bikes for your use. This property offers a very unique, peaceful getaway for anyone who loves being outdoors and wants to enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

More Details

Property Manager
Delia Castillo
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Delia Castillo

Eliza Gilkyson is a well known folk singer-songwriter who spent many years living and performing in Northern New Mexico before relocating to Austin Texas, where she enjoys a successful career as an international recording artist and touring performer. She purchased Casa de Musica in 2013 to reconnect with her beloved New Mexico roots and escape the Texas heat and fast pace. Her intention with Casa de Musica is to share a space for artists, writers and musicians as well as those who want an outdoors experience and cultural stimulation. For several weekends in the summer she hosts Casa de Musica Songwriting Workshops with well-known songwriters such as John Gorka and Kevin Welch, where songwriters of all ages get a hands-on and intensive writing experience. She also performs in Northern New Mexico and Taos on an ongoing basis.

Delia Castillo purchased this house in 2013

Why Delia Castillo chose New Mexico

Eliza searched many years throughout northern New Mexico for the perfect sanctuary and as soon as she saw Casa de Musica she knew she had found her New Mexico home. The house is no cookie cutter 'Santa Fe style' faux adobe. It is authentic down to its sealed mud living room floor, hand hewn beams, mud plastered walls and wide pine plank floorboards. Eliza liked the attached apartment because she thought it offered more options for her songwriting classes and possible vacation renters. She loved the old orchard and is working hard to get it back into thriving condition, as well as joining the New Mexico Acequia association and activating her water rights. The water running through the front of the property was another reason she loved the place because it makes the grounds more lush, the trees larger and shadier, and attracts more birds and wildlife. You can hear the rushing Acequia out the windows in the front rooms of the house, and that makes the 3rd bedroom/den one of her favorite rooms at Casa de Musica.

Eliza fell in love with the master bedroom which gets beautiful morning sunlight and looks out into the far pasture where she can hear the coyotes at night when the windows are open. She also appreciated the Mexican Talavera tile in the bathrooms that add to the old world 'hacienda' feel of the home.

The real 'deal clincher' for her in buying the property was the 'ditch trail' across the street, because it gave her the chance to take a 45 minute walk daily without driving anywhere, and the view from it was so dramatic down into the Valdez Valley, along with the wildflowers, rushing Acequia water and birds. Once she walked down that trail she put in her offer!

What makes this house unique

- Trail head across the street.

- Large shaded and fully walled-in patio with comfortable seating, fire pit and grill.

- Well separated bedrooms for privacy.

- Wi-Fi in every room.

- Producing apple orchard.

- Easy access to the Village of Arroyo Seco

- Equidistant to Taos Ski Valley and Town of Taos.

- Large comfortable kitchen.

- Sunken living room with small 'performance' area.

- Authentic architecture and old world ambiance.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Old World Hacienda In Arroyo Seco, Main House with Guest House Rental Option
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Great House

  • 5 of 5

This was such a great house. Bedrooms nice and spread out, with large connecting family rooms. Out door fire pit area was perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Fantastic get away home !!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay so much at this lovely home.....we hope to make it an annual event. The home was large enough that everyone could have their private space and then be able to all be together in the beautiful well stocked kitchen ,lovely dining room and cozy tranquil living room

We enjoyed our last night with a fire in the fire pit in the spacious out door living space.

Great Home,


  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Northern New Mexico Get-Away at Casa de Musica = MUY BUENO!

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Musica is a beautiful example of traditional New Mexico architecture, and the home's artful decor and scenic views complete the package. The home is so comfortable and well-appointed that you may be tempted to spend at least a day just relaxing there, making your meals in the large kitchen, reading one of the books offered in its library, listening to one of the CDs (particularly NOCTURNE DIARIES), enjoying a beverage on the patio, and napping in one of the lovely beds. glance out any of the windows and it's hard to resist venturing out. The sky! The air! It's the Land of Enchantment! There is a great trail right across the street that provides amazing views of the Valdez Valley. It is a short drive into the village of Arroyo Seco, where there is more than enough to occupy an afternoon. I had wondered about staying outside of Taos, instead of in the city, but I know now about the somewhat-secret charms of Seco and the Valley and El Salto! You will too if you stay here. Casa de Musica is just a short drive into Taos, a wonderful place unto itself, but how glad I was to head back to Rim Road come night fall. The stars! The night air! The quiet! My partner and I thoroughly loved our time at CdM and, in short: we hope to return. Again and again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ski Trip

  • 5 of 5

This house was great! The location was perfect for either going to Taos Ski Valley or into town. The house was large and felt very private. Everything worked well and the kitchen was great! We we're very happy with our stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Exceptional Retreat Convenient to Taos

  • 5 of 5

We started off our new year at Casa de Musica, and what a wonderful experience it was! The style and ambience are uniquely New Mexican and were exactly as we expected. The layout was well suited to 4 adults with 2 teens and accomodations were very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with only a few items missing (ie: paper plates, paper towel) but all in all delivered on what was presented by VRBO. The most pleasant surprise to me were the plentiful and diverse activities available all year long. Casa de Musica iis conveniently located to all winter activities and numerous summer activities. Why go anywhere else? Loved the fact that there was no cable service or video games. How fun it was to play board games and have engaging, multi generational conversations each evening! If we ever have the opportunity to return, Casa de Musica would be a natural fit for us again.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Peaceful and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Our family so enjoyed our time at Casa de Musica. The hacienda has been tastefully decorated to reflect the authenticity of the culture of Northern NM. It was fun to wander through the house and imagine who lived in the original adobe walled house with mud floors.

Our plan was to ski most of the week but unfortunately two of our five came down ill. The house was a cozy place to recuperate though! There was skiing for two days and it was amazing.

The kitchen sink view in the mornings almost always had several deer running across the pasture and sometimes down the driveway.

The owner and her daughter were excellent to work with and we couldn't have asked for a better response time to our questions.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Santa Fe Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Arroyo Seco
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 230
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Several Arroyo Seco Restaurants
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: recommended

Casa de Musica is located just a 5 minute drive or easy bike ride to the charming artist community of Arroyo Seco with its shops, nightlife, cafes and restaurants. The historic town of Taos is a quick 15 minute drive. The Taos Ski Valley is just 10 miles further up the road. The area offers a wide range of activities for individuals, couples and families including hiking, biking, rock climbing, river rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing/snowboarding, golf, tennis, spas, live music, beautiful art, shopping, amazing food (try some native green or red chile dishes), historical sites (Taos Pueblo is not to be missed). Home to the Tiwa Tribe of Taos Pueblo, the area is one of the first areas inhabited and settled by Spanish explorers and settlers, and conveys an historic aesthetic, with its adobe architecture, ancient acequia systems, old orchards and outbuildings. Painters and photographers have always praised the light and incredible views found in Northern New Mexico.

No matter what time of year you visit Taos, there is so much to do, from strolling around the plaza and visiting the many shops, galleries, or museums, the Mable Dodge Lujan house, Taos Pueblo. The focus is on Native American history, art and culture and there is an abundance of that everywhere you turn.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are guided river rafting adventures on the Rio Grande, horseback riding, hiking , and mountain biking (3 bike shops in the town of Taos). The Taos ski Valley operates year round, so the lift is perfect for fall leaf viewing or a fun day excursion into the mountains.

There is plenty of nightlife in Taos, with its many restaurants and microbreweries and the famous Taos Inn where locals and tourists gather to hear music and make friends.


Rates & Availability

Arroyo Seco House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 6 2017 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 20 2017 - Jun 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee Guest House $85
Cleaning Fee Main House $145
Tax Rate 7.12%

Please note that the Main House only sleeps up to 8 people. If you would like to rent the Guest House for an additional fee ($150/night plus cleaning fee) you may request that option. The Guest House is not available for rental by itself, only as an addition to renting the Main House.

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Arroyo Seco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main House Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main House Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest House Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • There are 2 bathrooms in the Main House and 1 bathroom in the Guest House.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main House Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Main House 2nd Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest House Main Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest House Bunkie Beds for Kids - 2 child bed , small sized children only - these are small beds
    Main House 3rd Bedroom/Den - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , platform bed is full-size
  • The Main House offers 3 comfortable bedrooms. The third bedroom can be used as a den with futon couch and full size bed, or as a bedroom with a queen futon bed with foam mattress topper, plus the full-size platform bed. The Guest House (additional nightly rate plus cleaning fee) offers one large Bedroom upstairs and a smaller sleeping option for two small children downstairs. Both houses together can sleep a total of 12 people.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
One of the best things about staying in this area is the access it offers to the outdoors. You can literally walk across the road and take a 45 minute hike along the Acequia. You can bike, walk, ski, snowboard, kayak, raft or climb your way around! There is so much to enjoy about the outside in Northern New Mexico. The second best thing has to be the amazing culture and art in this area. You will not see a more beautiful pueblo than Taos Pueblo. Arroyo Seco Village & Taos are both full of amazing art galleries and shops. Don't forget the tasty New Mexican food! Take the time to go out and enjoy some red or green chile enchiladas or rellenos. There are an abundance of restaurants that offer foods for every palate and budget. Enjoy your stay!

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