Beautiful guesthouse in historic village of Lamy, New Mexico located 20 minutes SE of downtown Santa Fe. Lamy is the official train stop for Santa Fe and you have wonderful hiking, walking and biking trails just outside your door.
The guesthouse is large and spacious with beautiful views with, WIFI Internet, Phone and Privacy. Perfect for one person, a couple, or small family. King and twin bed. No pets.
If you love the opera in the summer, skiing in winter, hot air ballooning in the fall or art museums, Santa Fe's summer activities such as the Folk Art Market, Indian Market, and a place to stay where you can call your 'home' away from home, then this is the guesthouse for you.
Weekend rental, a week or longer stays are all possible.
I unexpectedly found myself returning to Santa Fe on business and after looking at some of the hotels in town I decided that I'd really rather stay at this wonderful house out in Lamy. I had stayed here once before, 8 months earlier, and it was such a perfect location - I absolutely fell in love with it! It's quiet, it's remote, yet it's only a quick 10-15 minute drive right into the heart of Santa Fe. And nearby Eldorado really has almost everything you'd need - a coffee shop, supermarket, even a quaint cafe! For writers, or for anyone who just wants a little space at the end of the day - this is the absolute perfect place to be! And why sit in your cramped hotel space when you can enjoy the luxury of an entire house? I love the well-stocked library. It's really the perfect place in a perfect location! I can't recommend it highly enough.
Three weeks in Lamy in 2010 were enough to knock off my feet for several months. That’s how long it took, to get 'back on the ground again, once we were back in Amsterdam. And even after four years, there still was this yearning to go back to Lamy, so we (my wife and I) decided to act upon that and returned to Lamy to see if this truly is the magical spot on the Northern hemisphere I hold it for. We drove from Chicago to Lamy. Seeing the sign ‘Welcome to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment’ made my heart jump with joy. The arrival at Lamy was remarkable. It was quiet. As quiet as Lamy can be during 23 hours a day. But when we entered the guesthouse it was like we left it only the other day. It was like the house welcomed us, and not only the house, we had a heartwarming reunion with the extended Zunkel family and friends. It truly felt like coming ‘home’ again. We spend two weeks in Lamy. What can I say? The house is wonderful in every aspect. We enjoyed every minute there, especially when we build a fire (temperatures dropped suddenly) and had long nights of reading at the fireplace; Lamy is the charming sublime nothingness itself; The Romanelli-Zunkel family and Silvie demonstrated great hostmanship and made us feel like being part of the family. Often, going back to a place that made an impression, is a bit disappointing. Following our hearts and revisiting Lamy turned out to be the best thing we could have done. After this second ‘Lamy experience’ we can truly say that Lamy is a unique and magical spot on this earth. So is the house. So are the people.
I decided to go to Lamy after reading all of the other 5 star reviews and I was not disappointed. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The scenery was beautiful, Bella the dog was great company, and I thoroughly enjoyed just sitting on the porch listening to the wind chimes and watching the hummingbirds. Eldorado is nearby with all the conveniences one might need and Santa Fe is a very easy drive and a beautiful city to wander around in. The accommodations were great and I particularly enjoyed the diversity of the library of books that filled the house. I spent two beautiful weeks there and loved every moment of it. It is also a great jumping-off point for a lot of day trips with easy access via nearby highways. All in all, a 5+ star place. And I do hope that I find my way back there again one day!
We stayed at "Nxai's Place" for a month and loved it. The guesthouse is very spacious, comfortable, and tastefully decorated. It even has a great selection of books and magazines, and it was great luxuriating at "home". The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and you can enjoy listening to a wind chime and the rustling leaves of birch trees, admire hummingbirds at work, and play with the family's friendly German shepherd. The property owner and extended family in a nearby house were delightful and responsive when needed, but unintrusive and respectful of guests' privacy. Lamy is a very quiet, safe community of only 125 residents, and you can take leisurely walks in the neighborhood and up the mesa behind the house. The only commercial places in town are the Amtrak Station and a Railroad Museum across the street which deserves a visit. Eldorado is a 10-minute drive away. It has a sizable supermarket, several restaurants, a small fitness center, an independent coffee shop, and other boutiques; there's even a small farmer's market held there every other week. Santa Fe is a 20-minute drive away, and it has many cultural offerings in the summer--music galore (opera, chamber music, choral), several independent film theaters, folk arts, history and art museums, etc. Sunsets and cloud formations in the area can be spectacular and dramatic. There are great places to hike nearby. It was hard for us to leave when our month-long stay was up in early August.
Beginning with the initial booking, and ending with our departure, our stay at Nxai's Place was a total pleasure. The cottage is immaculate, wonderfully appointed, with a large selection of books / magazimes and DVD's to choose from. Jean's dog Bella will get to know you immediately, and will become your immediate friend - I enjoyed having a cup of coffee with her each morning on the veranda. Jean is a wonderful hostess. The cottage is within a gated compound, which is very secure and inviting. While our stay only lasted three days, we definitely are planning on our next trip. Thanks, Jean!
Nxai's Place is located just a short drive down the road from Eldorado and across from the Lamy train station (fascinating for nuclear history buffs). It is wonderfully private. The only things you hear are the wind, the coyotes at night, and the passing trains (they are not loud). I think it is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or anniversary. The house itself is large and has all the comforts of home except a dishwasher. The bed and pillows were extra comfortable and there were extra towels and bedding if needed. The house is filled with books and has a nice DVD library. Jean is an amazing hostess. She is helpful and checks in on you, but also respects your privacy. I highly recommend staying at Nxai's Place if you don't want to be in town and seek to enjoy the lovely country lifestyle of Lamy and the surrounding area.