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Magical Passive Solar Adobe Casita

Bedrooms 2
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Beautiful handcrafted passive solar adobe home set in a rural environment. This is a fragrance free healthy nontoxic natural home with a small carbon footprint situated in Northern New Mexico close to many ancient Indian ruins. Withing 20 minutes to an hour you can visit Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, Ghost Ranch, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Bandalier National Park, Santa Fe, and Taos,

We have the cleanest air in the U.S. with brilliant skies. Experience awesome sunsets from the upstairs balcony.

We welcome all those who would like the experience of staying in a natural organic house powered by the sun with views of red cliffs.

More Details

Harvey Day
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Harvey Day

I am a semi-retired general contractor. I grew up in Arizona and attended Arizona State University. I love living in Norther New Mexico and enjoy hiking, rafting and skiing. I enjoy meeting people from other parts of the U.S. and abroad. I can help you out with things to visit and great hikes nearby.


El Rito Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Magical Passive Solar Adobe Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful, very calm, peaceful, and great sleep

  • 5 of 5

Very pleasing environment, the green house sun room was very pleasant on a sunny, but cool day in March. Great views from the house & green house. Very quiet.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING getaway, fantastic Host!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I enjoyed a most delightful stay at Harvey's Casita, situated far from the fast-paced hammering of daily life. This special home was obviously built with love and care and the host has thought of everything to make guests feel welcome and well cared for. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen well-equipped, the views most satisfying and inviting and the TUB provides reason enough to linger and relax. Our host went above and beyond providing suggestions for hiking and visits to interesting nearby sites. You will not be disappointed by this lovely space.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Johns Creek

Beautifully peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. It was so peaceful and a perfect location for all our driving around the area. It had everything that we needed to make is feel like home and will definitely stay here again. Thank you Harvey for everything. Until we meet again, Charli and Brian Tate xx

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Charli. It was a pleasure hosting you and Brian. I look forward to seeing you both again and good luck in finding your getaway.
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  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about the property. My wife and I just returned home from a week in this house. We used it as a launching-off point to explore northern NM.

When we travel, we need to stay in places with kitchens as my wife has numerous severe food allergies so restaurant eating is just not an option in most cases. She also has allergies that are set off by strong scents and several common chemicals. Harvey understands this and was a great host and shares our concerns as green living and green building is important to him.

But the best part was never mentioned in any of the reviews of the property. The house has a large atrium that is perfect for breakfast. Just outside the atrium Harvey has set up a structure for the songbirds to roost and always has plenty of seed all around for them. Every morning, we sat and watched the birds and bunnies munching on the seed and suet while we planned our day. It was the perfect way to start each morning. We saw Cassin's Finches, Curve-Billed Thrashers, American Raven, Black-Headed Grosbeaks, and our favorites, two flocks of Scaled Quail.

Harvey is also very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and a blast to chat with.

We love the area and we will be back soon.

Harvey, if you read this, one small suggestion - every morning we saw at least one hummingbird but there is no feeder. If you build it, they will come.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quiet rest for the soul

  • 5 of 5

The casita was cozy, clean and lovely with 360 degree views of the landscape. It would be an ideal place for a person or group seeking quiet beauty, reflection, and an experience of the local earth. The host was very friendly and eager to share knowledge of his home's green construction and conservation. He also directed us to local attractions that might otherwise been overlooked. Our family of three had a lovely time. Thank you, Harvey!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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peaceful, comfortable, well-appointed and convenient

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was everything we hoped for - peaceful setting and comfortable, eco-friendly accommodations. Owner Harvey was a pleasure to meet and his suggestions for local spots to explore were spot on!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Camino Real
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Abiquiu Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65

This is a fragrance and pet free residence.

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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