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Beautiful Yurt With Amazing Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 509 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful Yurt With Amazing Views

The Space

This is a private location in a rural setting with views of every mountain in northern New Mexico. The yurt is exquisitely constructed using Kentucky yellow pine. Wide open feeling with lots of light from 4 windows and 2 doors. Kitchen with stove top, microwave, refrigerator and sink. Bathroom with composting toilet and shower.

Guest Access

15 minute to Santa Fe plaza and 5 minutes to mall and shopping. Get to know llamas close up and even take a walk with them. Renters will receive 4 free passes to Friday night roller skating at Rockin' Rollers Event Arena. Spacious parking for those who arrive in an RV/trailer or have more than one car.

Interaction with Guests

We live on the property so we are available for llama walks and will be on premises to give visitor recommendations for dining and sight seeing.

The Neighborhood

Friendly neighbors with horses and other livestock. Quiet, rural. Near the park and walking trails. Views of the mountains are always changing with the seasons.

Getting around

20 minute drive to downtown, 10 minute drive for groceries, excellent restaurants and the mall. 10 minute walk to the bus stop.

Other Things to Note

This is glamping (glamorous camping) not a motel or a hotel. However, it has all the amenities of home. A fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a desk and it's own bathroom. Sleep on our revolutionary and comfy Cordaroy Sleepers (1 queen sized and 2 singles) with pillows, sheets, plenty of blankets.

More Details

Bill Spencer
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Bill Spencer

I am a former graphic artist/art director, a fine artist (painter), a roller rink owner and a llamallero (llama wrangler). I have lived in Santa Fe since 1990 and love it here. I fled the cold and snow of Michigan and moved west to Boulder Colorado with my belt buckle business. After being forced out of business by a New York distributor who copied our buckles and manufactured them in Taiwan. I took up design on the Macintosh in 1986 and was told by my fellow artists at the time that real graphics will never be done on a computer. I also took up video production and photography at this time. After about 4 years during the Reagan recession my wife Robbyn and I bought a '73 Winnebago and drove to California where I designed guest guides for some of the most beautiful coastal towns in California. The Mac plus up above the dash board, the keyboard bungied to the steering wheel and the mouse on a little platform to the right. We had great fun selling ads and meeting new people on the road for 2 years. After California we took a 4 month vacation to Santis Pac beach in Baja and painted on the beach. We than came to Santa Fe to be with my step daughter who was living with her dad there while we were on the road. While in Santa Fe I became the art director for the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Shortly after that Robbyn and I became New Mexico's first karaoke hosts. After several years all that singing in smokey bars we discovered the local roller rink as a smokeless venue. The minister that ran the rink hired Robbyn to manage the rink while he was running for Congress. We bought the rink from him after he won the election in November of 1996 and have continued to run it to this day. So at the age of 45 I took up roller skating and after 19 years I have gotten pretty good at it. We named the rink Rockin' Rollers and since our first year of operation was 1997 was the 50th anniversary of the Roswell coverup we gave the rink a Rowell Alien theme.

Bill Spencer purchased this bungalow in 1999

Why Bill Spencer chose Santa Fe

We bought the property in 1999. I had been driving past the site from my double wide 13 miles away in La Cienega and wondered why cows were getting such a great view. a couple of years later while looking for property for sale Robbyn discovered that the property was for sale and it turned out to be the very property I had been eyeing for years. We brought our double wide to the property after buying it and put it on a foundation, built porches and stuccoed the whole thing. We then added the llamas starting with 2 girls and a boy which now has grown to a family of 11. I built barns and expanded them as the herd grew. I then built the studio and started painting again. We decided that we needed income property so I designed and built the yurt in 2008. We leased it for 7 years to various adventurous local renters. This spring we began renting it to folks for short term rental and have rented to over 50 people since June.

What makes this bungalow unique

The views of the mountains, the sunsets and the moonrises from the yurts porches and windows makes the yurt special. The beauty of the yurt itself and the company of llamas make it a totally unique experience. Our guests are invited to join us on a llama walk down to the nearby scenic Santa Fe River Walk for a small donation to the llama hay fund. If you are a guest on a Friday night you are invited to join us at Rockin' Rollers fee of charge. That offer also includes a slice of my neo-Neapolitan Marguerite cheese pizza.


Santa Fe Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 509 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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average rating of 4.71875 based on 32 reviews

Quaint but not quite as we'd hoped

  • 3 of 5

Our stay in the yurt was pleasant enough, but not without it's disappointments. It's cozy and bright with the shades open, and the llamas are adorable, however the yurt is in need of a good bit of updating/maintenance. The screen doors don't close properly, door handles are wonky, the closet and bathroom bi-fold doors are near useless, I feel the space is in in need of a thorough cleaning. The bedding is not the worst, but it's definitely not for finicky sleepers! I hadn't realized when booking it was fairly close to a major throughway so we could hear highway traffic all night long, and the first night the propane tank ran out so we woke up to a 50/55 degree sleeping space, which is not ideal. Bill was a pleasant and friendly host but we are fairly private when we travel (as far as the space we rent) and we felt he bombarded us with information and random theories about time and space, etc that we simply weren't interested in, and which to be honest made us quite uncomfortable, as if we couldn't have the space to ourselves because he continued to talk to us even after we made it clear we had to leave soon for dinner. Checking in took us almost 40 minutes when it should have taken 10. In terms of view you can't beat it - the sunrise/sunset are great and you can see for miles here. If you're not accustomed to small spaces, this is a great way to try it out as well! We live in a tiny house so the charm of the space did not outweigh the other disappointing factors for us. Overall, I don't want to discourage others from trying this space, I just think it needs some work and the host needs to be more aware of the guests boundaries in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Thank you for your honesty.
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Denver, CO USA

Unique way to experience Santa Fe

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our recent stay, sleeping among the llamas 6 miles (or so) from the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe. Our hosts, Bill and Robbyn, met us at the door and showed us how it all worked- including the indoor plumbing (pretty luxurious for what is, in fact, a tent). We went to the Opera, hiked in Bandolier, toured Los Alamos (the town, not the Lab) and went to the Santa Fe Indian Market- all easy to reach from our "yurt away from home". Great place, great hosts- give it a try!"

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David! We both enjoyed having you and Julie staying with us! We hope that you can come back and see us again soon!
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Nacogdoches, TX

Unique experience in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The yurt was definitely a unique experience! We enjoyed our upgraded camping adventure. I was concerned about not having A/C but the cross breezes and two strong fans made it very comfortable. The llamas in the backyard are a fun part of the property. The owners were very nice and thoughtful, and the property was clean and well maintained. Our boys loved staying here!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Welcoming and Relaxing Stay in Santa Fe

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Bill and Robbyn's yurt. It is spacious and well-equipped with a working kitchen (fridge, sink, stove, microwave, etc.). Our family of four (2 adults; 2 kids) had plenty of space. Sunsets off the porch were beautiful. The llamas were among the highlights of our visit - definitely take Bill and Robbyn up on the llama walk opportunity if you have the time! The yurt is extremely close to Meow Wolf, if you are coming to town to see it. The only slight downside is that the yurt is located a bit outside of Santa Fe, which added some driving time during our stay, but was still worth it. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kate! We loved having you all here! Come back and see us again soon. Marduk sez: "Bring me carrots when you come back please"!
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Philadelphia, Pa USA

Making lasting memories

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was a wonderful experience. The yurt was very comfortable. As soon as we entered we were taken back by the size of the space, kitchen and bathroom were also a great size. The beds were comfortable, and you can play with the stuffing a bit to ensure a more even sleeping area. There is carpet underneath making it even more soft when laying down. Our trip was very cold at night but we used a propane space heater which kept it very comfortable. Days were hotter so a quick open of both doors allowed a nice crossbreeze which cooled it right down. The doors were set perfectly to watch the sun set and rise each day. The location has beautiful views and is a nice distance from town, easy to drive to, but more relaxed and set back.

Bill was so friendly and welcoming, and then there are his llamas. They are such a joy to watch and are so sweet.

If anyone is even on the fence about staying at this location, I would push to commit. Anything you need is there and it’s a setting you’ll enjoy so much more than a hotel room.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jes, Ben and Paige Thank you so much for the kind words! We really enjoyed hosting you all! Please come back whenever you need a break from the stresses of everyday life! Bill
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Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two nights and had an absolutely wonderful experience! Learned so much about conservation and loved going out every morning to spend time with our llama friends. Though it was very windy during our stay and cold at times, the yurt was very comfortable. We hope to be back soon! Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah and Lacey Please come back to us soon! We really enjoyed meeting you both!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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