Have you had a chance to sleep in a Church before? Well now you can. The Casita is attached to the Historical adobe church, through its sacristy. You can make this a spiritual experience, or 'just' a unique experience! The Church property plays out over an entire city block. It is available for contemplative walks, watching the sunrise, observing the sunset; playing a game of horseshoes or trying your luck at badminton.
The Casita is a 700 square foot open living area. You have 2 queen beds and one daybed to choose from. There is a kitchenette consisting of a sink, microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot, toaster, dishes, and utensils. The Casita opens up onto the large Spanish courtyard which is shared with the Rectory building. The Spanish courtyard consists of multiple sitting areas, as well as a gazebo available for your use. The Casita also has its own private patio from which to watch the sunsets. The private patio is near a garden which you may putter in, if you so desire! The Casita has a full bathroom with a shower but no tub, and access to a second half bath.
The property has a manager on site at all times in the Rectory building. Since the property has many nooks and crannies dating from the 1860's with additions and improvements since that time, guidance may be needed to complete your experience. You may visit inside the church at any time during your stay.
There are 2 kitties that have recently decided to live with us on the Church compound. They live outside, but occasionally they may sneak inside through an open door.
Hatch is known as the Chile Capital of the World. Each Labor Day, the Chile Festival is held over that Saturday and Sunday. Chile enthusiasts from all over the world come to participate in the "red or green" event. During non-Chile Festival times, the surrounding areas are calmer. We have fields of growing cotton, wheat, onions, as well as Chiles. The pecan orchards provide resplendent towers of green in this lush valley. A drive down Highway 185 between Hatch and Las Cruces is one of the more scenic drives around.
The Church compound resides 1.5 miles south of Hatch in a village called Rodey. The Church's bell tower can be seen from Highway 185. You will turn on El Colorado Avenue into Rodey, and go 2 blocks to the Church. Find your way through the front gates and you will be met by the property manager.
Many attractions are available in the area. Truth or Consequences provides hot springs for soaking enthusiasts to the beaches of Elephant Butte reservoir to cool your toes. Silver City is an old west town near the entrance to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. How often do you get to sled down white sand? Well you can at White Sands. Petroglyphs abound in the state; just find your starting point. Dripping Springs near Las Cruces heralds a gentle hiking trail to see a piece of history in the Organ Mountains. These are but a few of things to do in the immediate surrounding area.
The Casita has air conditioning. It has heat provided by 2 wood burning stoves with backup electrical heaters. A television is provided in the Rectory. Due to the thickness of the adobe walls, finding the internet connectivity can be tricky, but connection is assured within the Rectory walls. Cell phone service is good in the area.
Due to the age of the buildings, most rooms have slight steps between them, so we are not wheelchair accessible.