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

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Last updated: 09/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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 $150 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 $150/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.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We have a minimum age limit of 25 years of age on all rentals....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The Main House is set up to accommodate adults and children of any size. The Guest House can accommodate 2 adults and small sized children due to the size of the bunkie beds....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking of any kind inside the houses please. If you must smoke outside, please dispose of all litter....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

  • 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...moreless

  • Main House 3rd Bedroom/Den: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    platform bed is full-size...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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!...moreless


  • Books:

    Books for adults and children. in an enclosed area...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    There is a widescreen TV in the Main House den which is set up for wireless streaming and DVD viewing but has NO local or cable channels....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A small variety of movies for adults and kids....moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Gorgeous views of the Taos Mountains....moreless

  • Village:

    Views of the Valdez Valley Village and a short drive or bike ride to the quaint Village of Arroyo Seco....moreless

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


  • Dining:

    There is a beautiful Dining Room in the Main House that can seat up to 8 people, and a small eat-in table in the kitchen. The Guest House has no dining area, but there is a table to dine at upstairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There are 2 Kiva fireplaces in the Main House and an outdoor fire pit on the patio....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Cruiser bikes available for use....moreless

  • Garage:

    There is a remote controlled garage available to use for one car and/or ski and bike equipment....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The heating system works great at Casa de Musica. We recommend turning it down during the day and up at night during the cooler months....moreless

  • Internet:

    There is free WiFi in all the rooms at Casa de Musica....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are provided and are high quality cotton....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large, family style sunken living room in Main House with Kiva fireplace and stocked library offering books, music and movies to enjoy....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking at Casa de Musica for cars, bikes, or SUV's. Entryway arch will not accommodate a large camper style vehicle....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a local line at Casa de Musica but it is for local calls only, it will NOT allow you to make long distance calls unless you use a phone card....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The washing machine is fully functional but can NOT be used at the same time as the dishwashing machine due to water backup issues. There are notes about this at the house....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    There is a wood stove in the Main House kitchen but it is decorative ONLY....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    The dishwasher is fully functional but can NOT be used at the same time as the clothes washing machine due to water backup issues. There are notes about this at the house....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The Main House offers a fully stocked kitchen with all you need to dine in for any or all your meals. There is a full size refrigerator,dishwasher, 2 ovens, coffeemaker,microwave, blender & toaster....moreless

  • Microwave:

    In both houses....moreless

  • Oven:

    2 ovens in Main House. No oven in Guest House....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Plenty of janitorial and cleaning supplies. There may be some non-perishable food items left behind from recent guests. Please feel free to use these....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full refrigerator in Main House, mini fridge in Guest House....moreless

  • Stove:

    Fully functional gas stove in Main House. No stove in Guest House....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    A great place to hang out with friends and family. Lots of seating and a comfy hammock in an enclosed area....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Fully functional charcoal grill on patio....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 12 - Nov 18, 2016
2 night min stay
$250 $275
Fri, Sat
Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2016
2 night min stay
$300 $325
Fri, Sat
Nov 26 - Dec 20, 2016
2 night min stay
$250 $275
Fri, Sat
Dec 21 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
$350 $375
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$275 $300
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee Main House $145
  • Cleaning Fee Guest House $85
  • Tax Rate 7.125%


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.

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking

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Last updated: 09/21/2016
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88 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Fe Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Arroyo Seco
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 230
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Several Arroyo Seco Restaurants
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
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.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2013

About: 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.

Why Arroyo Seco, NM, USA:
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!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
- 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.

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  • Front Driveway and Gate

    Front Driveway and Gate

  • Patio and Grill Area

    Patio and Grill Area

  • Dining room can seat up to 8

    Dining room can seat up to 8

  • Main House Living Room

    Main House Living Room

  • Master Bedroom in Main House

    Master Bedroom in Main House

  • Master Bathroom with shower and double sinks

    Master Bathroom with shower and double sinks

  • Fully Stocked Kitchen in Main House

    Fully Stocked Kitchen in Main House

  • Guest House Upstairs Bedroom

    Guest House Upstairs Bedroom

  • Guest House Bathroom

    Guest House Bathroom

  • Backyard  Orchard

    Backyard Orchard

  • Acequia Trail Across the Road from Casa de Musica

    Acequia Trail Across the Road from Casa de Musica

  • Many species of birds come to visit our porch

    Many species of birds come to visit our porch

  • Patio and Entrance to Main House

    Patio and Entrance to Main House

  • Front door of Main House

    Front door of Main House

  • Spacious Living Room in Main House

    Spacious Living Room in Main House

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Second Bedroom in Main House

    Second Bedroom in Main House

  • Extra Guest Room/Den in Main House

    Extra Guest Room/Den in Main House

  • Guest House Upstairs

    Guest House Upstairs

  • Bunkie beds in Guest House (for younger kids)

    Bunkie beds in Guest House (for younger kids)

  • View from Driveway

    View from Driveway

  • Picnic Area in Orchard

    Picnic Area in Orchard

  • The Beautiful Acequia in Fall Colors

    The Beautiful Acequia in Fall Colors

  • Another Amazing New Mexico Sunset

    Another Amazing New Mexico Sunset

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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