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Marsha Thole

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks English
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Marsha Thole

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2015
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Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Jemez Springs - Marsha's Writing Retreat

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4-6. 2-story with loft, great room, and garage.



PEACE AND QUIET, SURROUNDED BY NATURE'S BEAUTY. Beautiful views of sunsets and Redondo Peak (11,258 ft) to calm you. Sit on the front porch with your beverage and listen to birds or the rustling trees. Catch lightning storms during the summer. Sip hot chocolate in the fall and winter, listening to the snow fall. Located between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos, your drive is scenic. Summer mornings can be chilly; temps can reach the 80s and higher, cooling at night. The altitude of nearly 8400 ft means there is no need for air conditioning (a noise that does not contribute to quiet!); there are ceiling fans in the bedrooms and the great room.


Big terry bathrobes

DVD/VHS Player

Hair dryer, soap, shampoo

Coffee and tea, some condiments and spices

Wood stove with cut firewood

Washing Machine & Clothes Dryer (and laundry soap)

Dishwasher and garbage disposal

Ample cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes and accessories

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: Queen platform bed in main floor bedroom. Upstairs, 2 twin beds, no closet but a large storage area, and a wall rack to hang clothes on. A queen air mattress (built-in pump) can be used in the loft area. All total, the cabin can sleep 4 in two bedrooms, and 2 on the air mattress. (Extra charge beyond 4 guests.) Sheets may not match (does not affect your sleep!), but there are ample bath and hand towels, and face cloths. Extra blankets.

For children who might be scared of strange noises, they will have Harrison 'Toots' George, a huge resident stuffed bear, to keep them company. Toots is named after a famous golfer, my Dad!

RATES & CANCELLATION INFORMATION: No extra charge for weekends, holidays, or special events! Bookings made within 30 days of arrival require full payment; if made earlier, 50% at booking. For a complete cancellation policy, please review the Rental Agreement. Guests are urged to check out trip insurance. There is no refund of the rent or deposits for cancellation inside 30 days or for early departure. The security deposit is refundable when the contract and Departure Checklist have been followed. Damage Insurance through HomeAway/VRBO is optional.

FIRE is always a concern to those who live in the mountains. We have a VERY DRY state. Residents are kept informed about fire threats. If there is danger of a fire or an evacuation prior to a guest’s arrival, and you decide not to come, your reservation will be saved and you can move it to another date within the next six months. The AREA IS UNDER LEVEL 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. NO OUTDOOR CAMPFIRES, GRILLING, AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS until the end of October.

WATER: A community well system serves the area. Water is safe to drink out of the tap. If there is an outage, Guests can still shower in the morning, before the turn-off time. There is water stored in the garage that would need to be boiled for cooking purposes; the stored water is also used to flush the toilets when the water is off. Most guests spend the day away from the cabin, so this slight inconvenience is usually not a problem.

WI-FI AND HOW TO KEEP ENTERTAINED: Internet is installed, but service is sketchy in the mountains and not always 24/7. There is no cable/dish TV, but there is a TV to watch VHS tapes from a collection of military war/history movies and westerns, exercise videos, and more, including 'Gone With the Wind,' and some children's video tapes. There is a DVD player (to watch on a 13-inch TV screen). There are books and games to keep you occupied. The landline telephone has free long distance for calls only in the Continental U.S. (no calls to Hawaii or Alaska). Cell phones are unlikely to work, but sometimes those with Verizon can get some service outside in the front yard.

VILLAGE OF JEMEZ SPRINGS: The village is a 30-minute drive south from the cabin, with restaurants, a library (with computers), a skateboard track, a bath house/spa where you can enjoy a mineral springs bath and a massage, churches, art galleries, and more. Visit the historical Jemez Monument in the village, too. The Jemez Springs Baptist Church holds an interdenominational service Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the Jemez Falls campground amphitheater at 8 a.m., located 3 miles away, south on Hwy 4. If you are coming to visit Santa Fe (90-min. drive), do take in the Santa Fe Opera in the summer and many other festivals. And don't forget the world-famous Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and many others, many of which are open on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 PM, with free admission.

OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO: The majestic Valles Caldera (Valles Grande National Preserve, north on Hwy 4 by about 8 miles) is a haven for photographers, hunters, nature lovers, hikers, X-C skiers, and mountain bikers. (Call 505-661-3333 for a ride to the backcountry to ride your bike.) General -- call 866-382-5537. Event hotline: 505-569-6842. Check out their website for classes in photography. (You will receive an info document with some information, too.) Bandelier National Monument, with ancient Indian ruins, is about 20 minutes away. Downhill skiing at Parajito (rated in January 2014 as one of the best places to ski!), just outside of Los Alamos. Just 3 miles to the Jemez Falls picnic area, and a short walk from it to the falls. There are several fishing sites along Hwy 4, too.

Monthly 'Paint Your Vision' workshops are offered by local artists. Previous painting experience is not required. Learn technique from experts, and have fun. Art-viewing field trips are planned. Contact Geraldine Kerr at gkkaart@aol.com or (575) 834-7918.

There is a restaurant 15 minutes away in La Cueva, and sightseeing about 45 min. away in historical Los Alamos. There are many activities, or--you can do nothing. The nearest medical facility is in Los Alamos, although EMTs may respond from La Cueva 15 minutes away.

INDIAN CULTURE: New Mexico is rich in culture and diversity. Also in the area, on the way up from Albuquerque, you can stop at the Walatowa Visitor Center and Museum in the Red Rocks area, and eat Indian fry bread from one of the vendors across the road (the Frito pies are delicious). The Walatowa Convenience Store is your last opportunity to get gas when coming from the south; the next chance is in Los Alamos. You can visit the Jemez Monument in the village, as well as Soda Dam.

WINTER TIME: Roads can be snow-packed and icy. You absolutely need a 4WD vehicle, and should arrive by 4 PM in winter time, when the sun has melted some of the ice, making it easier to get up the driveway. It gets dark by 5 PM in the mountains; there are no road lights, and it is easy to veer off the road into a culvert. So, please plan your arrival during daylight hours.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: There is a special plywood ramp in the garage for wheelchair access through the interior kitchen door from the garage. There are also rubber mats to put in the bathtubs for slip protection. The altitude might be an issue for those with heart or lung problems.

NEED MORE ROOM? If you are planning a family or group gathering and don't want to be separated but need a little extra room, my next-door neighbor has space for more guests. That VRBO listing number is 322935 (Big Foot Cabin). It is a 2-minute walk there.

TRAVEL LOGISTICS: The cabin is a 1 3/4-hour drive from I-25 & Tramway Rd (a little over 2 hrs from the airport). Once you leave the highway, you travel for nearly 2 miles up and down a dirt/gravel road that gets steep in places. In the winter, you absolutely need 4WD; in the summer, 4WD is recommended, as roads can become slippery after a rain, although you can get by without it (you will need to drive in second or first gear as you traverse the hilly roads). For security reasons, directions to the exact address are not given out here.


• NM assesses a gross receipts tax on the rates and all fees.

• Minimum stay - 2 nights.

• MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY - 6. Rates based on 4 people; extra for 2 more. Renter must stay in the house, be age 25 or older, and email a copy (scan to your computer) driver's license before the booking can be confirmed. A child is anyone age 17 and under.

• Check-in time 3:30 PM, and Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Check with the owner on arriving earlier, as sometimes that can be done.

• Marsha's Writing Retreat is located in a tranquil environment, where people cherish their peace and quiet. For those looking for a party house, this is not it. Guests appreciate the quiet nature of the surroundings.

• No pets (inside or outside)– owner is allergic to most animals.

• There is no trash pick-up for the subdivision; guests must take all garbage/trash with them upon departure. Trash bags are provided.

• Please read the contract before confirming your reservation and ask questions. Directions and entry information sent within a week of arrival.

• Military veteran? Veterans can receive a special rate over the Veterans Day holiday (Nov 9-12)

• Weather is unpredictable in the mountains. In the winter, it can be clear and sunny, and a couple hours later, cloudy and snowing. You need a 4WD. The HOA cannot always immediately plow, and not until the snow reaches around 6 inches (which seems like 10 to a typical person). Getting up icy hills can be a challenge, and chains/cables may be advised. Plowing of the roads is not in the owner's control.

Regardless of the season, sunscreen is a must in NM. The cabin was originally and still is my writing retreat, a place to get away from it all—the noise, the hustle, the bustle, and rat race of everyday living. The house is rustic in feel, eclectic in décor, and cozy enough that you won't want to leave! Don’t forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, and binoculars!

REPEAT GUESTS: Inquire about a discount if you have stayed at Marsha's Writing Retreat within the past two years.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Marsha Thole (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2015

About Marsha Thole

A native of Minnesota and graduate of the University of Minnesota, among others, I retired to New Mexico after a career in the military and with the government, with teaching jobs along the way. I am a pianist, choir director, an avid scrapbooker, and a certified tea specialist. As a world traveler, I especially love international adventure trips. My travels have taken me to nearly every continent. Unfortunately, since I have asthma and allergies, I cannot allow pets or smoking of any kind, inside or outside the house.

Marsha Thole purchased this cabin in 1996

Why Marsha Thole chose Jemez Springs

As a writer, I wanted a quiet place to go that reminded me of northern Minnesota, albeit without the lakes, and without any distractions. I call it Marsha’s Writing Retreat, and will give you some stationery and postcards with a drawing of the cabin to remind you of your visit. The beauty in winter is my favorite time up there. I designed my cabin.

What makes this cabin unique

It is so quiet you can hear the snow fall, and you will get all the peace you want. Sit on the porch and read while you sip your wine or hot chocolate. You have the look, feel, and coziness of a cabin, and enough conveniences to satisfy most people. The great room has a two-story ceiling. The views are breathtaking, and you may drift off for a few moments and think you are in heaven. The water that comes out of the faucets (from the well) is the best water you will ever taste! For longer stays, you will like having the convenience of the washer and dryer.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Marsha's Writing Retreat -- Peace and Quiet in the Jemez Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Albuquerque, NM

Wonderful Stau

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time. It's located by all major hiking trails and is in a very quiet area. Ceilings are high and the place is very cute and clean. Everything you need to make a fun home cooked meal is in the kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I believe the title is "Wonderful Stay" (small typo). I am so glad you found the kitchen well supplied. As a non-cook myself, and not knowing what people usually consider basics to have, it is good to know the kitchen had what you needed.
Austin, TX

Cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the cabin - it was clean, cozy, and tranquil, with great access to hiking, hot springs, and to scenic Santa Fe. Marsha was very straightforward and detailed in her communications, so we had no trouble finding the place and getting settled in. We really enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend to other nature-lovers looking for a cozy getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Santa Fe

Great Place!!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay at Marsha's secluded cabin in the woods! Very well appointed two bedroom cabin. Everything I needed, pots pans dishes etc. were there. Lots of light through two story glass windows in the living room make it extra pleasant! Near great hiking and outdoor opportunities, it is absolutely beautiful in this part of northern new mexico. Look forward to visiting again some time in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. As you have also said, northern NM is a beautiful part of the state, and the Jemez mountains have a myriad of outdoor activities within minutes of the cabin, as you discovered. Do come stay again!

A Wonderful Accommodation and a Great Value to Boot!!!

  • 5 of 5

Charming, well-appointed cabin in a peaceful, beautiful setting. Property lacks for nothing you might need and is comfortable and cozy. Owner excels in communication, goes the extra mile to provide information and assistance, and is prompt in all matters. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend Marsha's Writing Retreat - you won't be disappointed!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving behind some condiments for the next guests, along with a couple of other things. And thanks for the cute photo showing your family playing a game (what you do when it is storming outside!).

Lovely cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to be the first to stay here, and we had a great time. It was too bad the forest was closed during our stay, but we still found plenty to do: Bandelier Natl. Monument is a fascinating place to hike and explore, the Bath House in Jemez Springs provided great mineral baths after days of hiking, and we also explored museums in Los Alamos and at Jemez Pueblo and visited the Ponderosa Winery. This all sounds busy, but there were plenty of hours of relaxation and reading, enjoying the quiet of the mountain cabin, too. Marsha has worked hard to make this a pleasant getaway, and she's succeeded!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being my very first VRBO guests! You were the perfect guests. Parts of the forest are still closed, and now the danger is from flooding in areas where fire destroyed trees and vegetation. We live in a lovely environment that is, sadly, subject to the disasters that all forests experience. But as you said, there was still enough to do. I hope you return next year.


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Los Ojos in the village of Jemez Springs
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Los Alamos and Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
33 Miles
NM Highway 4; Hwy 550, I-25
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
La Cueva
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Parajito, west of Los Alamos
Car: necessary

The cabin is located 1.7 miles off NM Hwy 4, over a dirt/gravel road, with a couple of steep inclines. The subdivision averages 8000' in altitude and higher, and is heavily wooded. Conveniently located, you are minutes (3 miles) from Jemez Falls, the historic Valles Caldera (8 miles), and a half hour from historic Los Alamos. There are many outdoor activities available. During times of high fire season, access to various parts of the Santa Fe Forest, including the Jemez Mountains, may be restricted or even prohibited.


Prices & Availability

From $144 Nightly

Prices for this holiday cabin in Jemez Springs, New Mexico

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit $300
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes Rates may change until confirmed. Tax added at booking. $20/night for each guest over 4. Renter must be 25+, same name on credit card, stay in cabin, provide copy of driver's license & ages of children. Add'l $100 cleaning midway on stays >2wks and more on >4-wk stays.
Military veterans get 10% off Veterans Day holiday. Members of SouthWest Writers receive a 5% discount on non-holiday dates.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Jemez Springs in New Mexico

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bathroom 2 is upstairs, 1 sink, and a slanted ceiling.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bathroom 1 is on main level; 1 sink.
  • The upstairs bedroom has one slanted ceiling and 2 operable window/skylights.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Other sleeping - 1 queen air mattress can be used in the loft area.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bedroom 1 is on the main level, dresser & chest, night table
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Bedroom 2 is upstairs. Table, ceiling fan, skylights open
  • There are 2 plush bathrobes in the main bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
The Owner provides an informational document on how to enjoy the mountain area, after you have booked. Guests will receive an extensive document that lists about every question possible in an alphabetical order for information.

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