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Casa De Cuentos-Mystical Bliss-Hot Tub, BEST Views! Firepit w/wood supplied!

People12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

House, up to 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-12) Extra rooms

Casa de Cuentos - House of Stories -3400-square feet COZY and LUXURIOUS home-loved vacation rental since 2007-- NEW ADDITION and remodeling: Art-Studio 1000 square foot addition and remodeling in our home as of Feb. 2016-a picture-perfect place to BE to find your 'story.' Tranquil and mystical, your daydreams and night dreams here will delight you. Located halfway between the town of Taos and the Taos Ski Valley, our adobe 'home-away-from-home' is private YET close to everything you may want to do while in the Taos area... IF you feel like leaving. (15 minutes to town and 20 minutes to ski.) PLEASE EMAIL TO ASK ABOUT OUR CANCELLATION POLICY..THE AUTOMATED PROGRAM WILL NOT LET ME ENTER OUR POLICY..and, we do have one.

Our home is just recently back on the vacation rental market after a hiatus where we lived in it and remodeled it on and off for three years. It was a vacation rental as far back as 2007 and much loved by guests as you can tell by reading the reviews. We are excited to offer it, once more, to vacationers in the Taos, New Mexico area.

We are convinced you will love our home as much as we do and not care to leave the premises often, yet you could choose to do so with ease. Our hot tub, den-bar area, art studio, and game/movie and book library will provide lots of entertainment. Sit by one of the four Kiva fireplaces and Firepit Courtyard area to dream stories, tell stories or write stories.

Wood-beamed ceilings, wood and saltillo tiles throughout add to the warmth and tenderness of Casa de Cuentos. There is a separate recreation room area with additional living room and Kiva if one needs space from others while visiting. A beautifully, talavera-tiled breakfast bar sits in-between open kitchen/dining area.

CASA de Cuentos: The main house has 3 bedrooms (a KING bed in master and QUEEN beds in the other two bedrooms-a 4th area for sleeping is the art-studio- living area- with sleeping-built in TWO XL Twin beds and another regular twin bed) and 2 bathrooms (one with a large shower and the master bathroom has a deep, soaking tub) and a HUGE den with a BAR and BEER COOLER-with extra sleeping space. (There are three living areas where extra aero beds supplied if needed-up to 12. There are actual beds for 9.) You have fabulous views of the mountains out the north-side: large windows frame the mountains perfectly and let them into the living/dining area. To the south - you have expansive views of the valley and hot air balloons can be viewed floating eye-level or below in the distance. Daytime: Taos-turquoise blue skies during the day and STARS in the night-sky are so close you can touch them while sitting in the hot tub in the courtyard. (I just got out of the hot tub and I need to report there are more stars here than I ever knew existed...it is 'plum' full of stars--as my Grandma used to say.)

The views from the second-story NEW art-studio-living-mini-kitchen area are THEE best in Taos--360 degrees of turquoise skies and mountains and sunrises and sunsets. Watch the moon rise, watch the sun rise and sun set..from the art studio-heaven!

Pinons and sagebrush are the native plants that blanket the grounds of Casa de Cuentos and their sweet smells are all of the aromatherapy you will need while at this tranquil adobe. Two outdoor living areas: a deck with a hot tub in N.E. courtyard with new flagstone patio with a built-in firepit facing the mountains and a new patio on the South-side facing the valley. The NorthEast courtyard has a huge fenced in area (fence is 6-ft. tall) for dogs' pleasure and well-being.

Beginning supplies of: basic spices, laundry soap, shower/bath gel, paper products and firewood all provided.

If you have more than 12 people-you should consider renting this WITH Casita Ave Maria--right across the driveway. It also has hot tub for SIX and a steam shower! Casita Ave Maria VRBO.com/295657 (We will rent this CASA de Cuentos out for more than 12--but, you need to ask us, please.)

Casa de Cuentos - the perfect place for a few people to have solitude and/or for a family or two to come together to share and create more life stories.

(Can you tell Dave loves to design and build?)

35 minutes from Red River/50 minutes from Angel Fire/1 hour from Ojo Caliente/1.5 hours from Santa Fe/2.5 hours from Albuquerque/3.5 hours from Colorado Springs/4.5 hours from Denver/Right next to your heart!

Casa de Cuentos - House of Stories - Live your story!

We require payment in full to hold your booking unless your total is over $1000 and more than three months out. If you need to split payments, just ask. We DO have a cancellation policy and it is very strict: If you cancel before 90 days of arrival--you get 80 percent of total booking rate refunded--20 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 90 days of arrival you forfeit your booking $ unless we are able to rebook the dates minus the cancellation fee and any difference in price.

Guest comment : My husband and I, our two grown daughters, son-in-law and grandson had the best vacation ever at Casa de Cuentos! The home is cozy and warm -- very relaxing and peaceful, comfortably furnished and well maintained. Our family could not have been made to feel more at home. The views from the living room and dining room windows are spectacular. The location is secluded but also convenient to both town and the ski valley. We will absolutely stay here again.

Guest Comment: A magical place! The photos do not do it justice -- it is serene, romantic, beautiful, peaceful, idyllic... My boyfriend and I were so inspired we decided to get married while we were there! My Mom and brother were so inspired at what we did, they mended relations after years! The magic continues....Thanks to Tammi and Dave!

Keywords: Casa de Cuentos, home, house, adobe, paradise, vacation, dream, romantic, peaceful, solitude, rest, lodging, vacation rental

More Details

Owner
Tammi or Dave Clancy
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
7 July, 2017

About Tammi or Dave Clancy

Tammi teaches at Taos Academy Charter School and Dave maintains the vacation rentals. We love Taos!

Tammi or Dave Clancy purchased this house in 2007

Why Tammi or Dave Clancy chose New Mexico

Welcome to Casa de Cuentos in Taos! We, the Clancys, purchased our vacation/future retirement home in 2007. We had often visited Taos and enjoyed our short stays. It was during the filming of a short, indie-film for a friend, with Taos as the location, that Tammi declared she wanted to retire in Taos. The Taos magic blessed that statement.

After a bit of remodeling, we decided to try the vacation rental business and we have loved renting our home out for others to enjoy! We have had the most amazing guests and they have all added to the charm of our home. Our lovely caretaker, KC Kierst, watches over our home and our guests while we are in Colorado Springs. If guests need anything, she is there to meet their needs and see to their comfort.

Addendum 2014: WE NOW LIVE HERE! How lucky we are! But, we so love the vacation rental business--that we rent out our 'big' house when we travel. Tammi now teaches at Taos Academy--10th and 8th grades--AND, Dave manages our vacation rentals and keeps the home fires burning!

What makes this house unique

Views, privacy, luxury and coziness above all! Oh, and enchantment-fancy word for magic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow. What an expansive home with breathtaking views. Three generations of our family thoroughly enjoyed it. Kitchen was fully stocked and included a high-end gas range and oven. Several living areas and patios. Plenty of room to spread out. Our kids loved staying in the art studio upstairs with its three twin beds and 360-degree views. Our son was stoked that the studio had an acoustic guitar he could play. All the rooms were colorful and homey. The beams throughout were beautiful, as were the wood ceilings. Beds were comfy. Everyone slept well. Wifi worked in the center of the house but not by the kitchen. Probably too many thick walls to get through. Cell service was a little weak and spotty but we made it work. The art studio / fourth bedroom is accessed through the master bedroom. There is a living area and stairs between the studio and the master bedroom, proving plenty of buffer. But if those in the studio need to use the bathroom during the night, they'll be coming down the stairs, through the master bedroom and into the master bathroom. That's what our kids did. This lack of privacy may bother some but it was not a big deal to us. Outside we used the fire pit, hot tub and grill. Grandma said it felt like we were camping as we were roasting marshmallows and gazing at the stars. The owner Tammi provided great details on the house and tips for where to go around Taos. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more. Dave's and Tammi's home and hospitality made for a great vacation.
Mar 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Taos in Taos County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Deep soaking tub in master with hand held shower and walk in shower in hallway bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed , Also available: foldable bed and/or a queen aero for use
  • King size beds (1) Master Bedroom-InnerSpring-Comfort-Filled Duvet Queen size Beds (2) 2nd Bedroom and (3) 3rd bedroom-InnerSpring-Comfort-filled QUEEN bedding (4) 4th sleeping area in **New addition has fourth sleeping area AND living area-- two deluxe XL twin bancos in the Upstairs art studio in new addition. One regular twin bed and one folding twin bed that is easily moved. Plenty of room for Aero beds in there, too, or any of the three other living areas. Baby Cribs (1) Portacrib Beds for 9--Aero Beds Available when booking for larger parties for use in closed off Den area, Master Study, Living Room or in Art Studio
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski
Notes:
Portable Fans and ceiling fan in kitchen--Gorgeous wood, interior doors, Recreation room/Den with Large Fireplace and Bar and Games, Kiva Fireplaces, Woodstove and THREE LARGE, separate living area from Main living area for those that want quiet time or more party space, RADIANT FLOOR HEAT, wood-beamed ceilings throughout, wood and saltillo floors throughout... Recreation room has authentic, adobe "mud" flooring and bar with commercial beer refrigerator...Lovely rugs throughout. Bar with commercial Bar refrigerator, Library with local books, CD's, DVD's and Videos...fiction/non-fiction and travel books for the area with maps. Kitchen will have a beginning supply of coffee/tea/basic spices. NEW, ART STUDIO that houses extra sleeping and dreaming space with OH SO glorious views. Hair dryer in master bathroom

Reviews

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Casa De Cuentos-Mystical Bliss-Hot Tub, BEST Views! Firepit w/wood supplied!
average rating of 4.951807 based on 86 reviews
5

Wonderful, RELAXING, time at Casa de Cuentos!!

  • 5 of 5

This was my dream home - I absolutely LOVED it! Our family met at Casa de Cuentus for a family vacation coming from Kansas City, California and NYC. It was our first VRBO experience, and what a wonderful experience! It was beautiful, peaceful and oh so relaxing. We enjoyed all the comfortable living spaces, and I especially loved the art studio with the 360 degree views. I just kept sitting in different places to enjoy all the relaxing locations in this house! We also loved being able to bring our dogs and they loved the fenced outdoors and the deck. Tammi and Dave have wonderful decorating taste and every room had so many special touches that made a huge house feel warm and cozy! We will definitely be back, and we'll recommend this house to our friends. Thank you, Tammi and Dave!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nancy and family, for being fabulous guests and so happy we got to meet as you were leaving. We look forward to hosting you, again. Our best-Tammi and Dave Clancy
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If you're looking for privacy, look elsewhere

  • 3 of 5

I will start by saying: The property is beautiful! Worthy of 5 stars. It is evident that the owners take great pride in their home and it shows. However, with that pride & care, comes an intrusive management style.

Either Tammi or Dave (or both) were at the property every day of our stay, sometimes multiple times per day. They do own the house across the drive as well, but they made their presence felt in an uncomfortable way for our group. The first morning (second day) of our trip, my wife, friend's wife and daughter were at the breakfast table when all 3 saw Tammi creepily peering through the kitchen window while "watering the plants".

There are several examples I could cite in which one of them was "checking up" on my group. We never felt like we had the privacy we expected. They will come over, check up on your group, shake hands and give you polite smiles but all these "friendly" visits serve an ulterior motive.

You will be watched, you will be counted and you will constantly feel their presence as they live just up the road.

Now, as most can relate; when planning an out of state vacation with several families all scattered across the country, plans rarely go off without a hitch. We had some cancellations and a substitution which put our head count 2 over what we originally booked. I was traveling internationally for work for 3 weeks prior to our vacation so I had no time or inclination to monitor my vrbo correspondence.

And, although we were over our original head count for the booking, I had no qualms about correcting the amount owed with Tammi after the fact which was done via a second invoice for the additional guests but the way in which she conducted herself in the email correspondence was quite condescending and disrespectful. She practically stated that we intentionally kept the true number of our head count down as to avoid additional dues which was not the case. I'm sure they will respond to this statement w/something or other but if that was my biggest transgression, (which was corrected), I'm fine with it. Their motiviation is to protect their 5 star rating.

So, if you end up with fewer people in your group than the original booking, you should ask for a refund for the difference. They will certainly ask for more if your group is larger than originally planned (even 1-2 people).

Ultimately, we felt like unwelcomed guests who were being monitored like high school kids with chaperones. Our age group was 34-37 btw.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We own three vacation rentals which have received a combined total of 283 Positive Reviews--odds were/are that we would receive a "negative" after 283 positives. Simply read through the other "positives" to get a clear picture of who we are and how we run our vacation rental business. We love what we do and all of the positive experiences we have had with guests over the ten years we have been owners, builders, managers and cleaners of our own three, vacation rental homes. This man was not honest-and, isn't honest in this review. He brought three more people to our house than he paid for and wasn't going to say anything to us about the three extra people. It wasn't until he asked my husband to take their group picture that the discovery was made that three extra people came that were not paid for--and, I wrote an email asking about the extra people and to clarify what was paid for and what still needed to be paid for--and, then, the barrage of emails from him occurred--accusing us of everything from discrimination to spying, laced with berating language. Simple truth is: We showed up to water the garden flowers and maintain the hot tub. The garden was watered twice during their stay and the hot tub was cleaned and treated with chemicals twice during their stay--as stated would be done in the welcome letter. We never looked in the house. We were taking care of the exterior of the property and the hot tub.
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5

Great location and LOTS of room!

  • 5 of 5

Extremely nice cabin in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains north of Taos. We couldn't get over how much room there was for everyone, and we didn't even use one of bedrooms. We will DEFINITELY book Casa De Cuentos again on our next vacation to Taos!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you at our home and thank you for taking care of it. You are welcome back at anytime. Tammi and Dave Clancy
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5

Great house with a beautiful view.

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful with an incredible view. This was my second stay there and I will return. Also Tammi & Dave are so welcoming and great people.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear LaDonna-Thank you for your kind words and for letting us know you felt welcomed. We love our guests. Peace and joy-Tammi and Dave Clancy
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5

Can I just live here?!?

  • 5 of 5

I just fell in love with this property. I stared at the view from the large picture windows for hours. I found everything I needed to live, and cook for 7 days easily. The upstairs area is such a treat; 360 degree views. Just wow! I traveled with a small dog, and didnt have to worry about her in the fenced in yard one bit. Tammi and Dave were very accommodating. Thank you for sharing such a magnificent home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, you can! Anytime. Thank you for being marvelous guests.
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Austin, Tx
5

Clean, spacious, beautiful views, private. Wonderful vacation spot.

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 2 families had ample room to gather and also have individual spaces in this lovely rental. Everything was clean, comfy beds and linens. The views were stunning and our kids loved playing in the deep snow in the sloped backyard.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

NATURAL HOTSPRINGS-there is a book in house with map explaining locations

OJO CALIENTE-HOTSPRINGS AND SPA about 1 hour-Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. Come retreat to our secluded refuge. Relax with a massage and our signatureRejuvenate in our legendary waters. RAFT the RIO GRANDE!

TAOS PUEBLO INDIAN TOURS - Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico. Regular hours are from 8am-4:30pm (Monday-Saturday) and 8:30-4:30pm (Sundays) with guided tours available. TAOS SKI VALLEY is known for its 'CHAMPAGNE powder'.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Taos, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Last Summer/Fall 2017
14 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£458
for 3 nights
From
£153
£767
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
5 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£389
for 3 nights
From
£130
£690
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2017
18 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£527
for 3 nights
From
£176
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Ski Season
26 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£474
for 3 nights
From
£158
£813
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£642
for 3 nights
From
£214
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
19 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,838
for 5 nights
From
£368
£2,532
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
 
Ski Season 2018
3 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£665
for 3 nights
From
£222
£1,227
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
 
Ski Season 2018
11 Jan 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£518
for 3 nights
From
£173
£966
£3,223
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring Break 2018
10 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
£949
for 4 nights
From
£237
£1,304
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest
 
Off Season
1 Apr 2018 - 5 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£389
for 3 nights
From
£130
£736
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£573
for 3 nights
From
£191
£997
£3,454
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

$50 Pet fee is min for a min stay. For a longer stay than 3 nights, the pet fee will be recalculated at $15 per night up to a max of $95 for a week's stay for one pet. 2 pets would be more. Will discount for 2 depending upon length of stay.

WILL BOOK TWO NIGHTS IF IT IS LAST-MIN. OR FITS BETWEEN TWO OTHER BOOKINGS FOR A HIGHER RATE THAN OUR NORMAL NIGHTLY RATE.

Ex. Person Fee-$15 per night

EMAIL for last-minute rates (within 10 days of arriving) and TWO-NT. Stays (last-minute) for great deals!


If you are staying a week or less-we prefer total payment up front. If your total is more than a week's booking and more than two months out--we will take half the payment up front and the other half is due on or before two months of arrival.

Cancellation Fee: If you cancel before three months of arrival-you get your booking $ back MINUS a 20 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 90 days of arrival-you forfeit the amount UNLESS we are able to rebook. Refund will be minus the cancellation fee. We highly recommend traveler's insurance-google for the best companies and rates. We don't travel without it when we prepay for travel and lodging.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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