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Karen Smith

Member since: 2008
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Wilderness Luxury With Breathtaking Views

36 Reviews
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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Mountainair - Two Ponyz Ranch

1 Bedroom, Whirlpool Bath, Queen Sofa Bed, Fireplace, Heated Floors & More

If a relaxing getaway among quiet, natural beauty is what you crave, Two Ponyz Ranch has the 'food for your soul'.

Our luxurious Guest Casita is located on 40 sprawling acres, dotted with pinion and juniper. Just 75 minutes southeast of Albuquerque, Two Ponyz Ranch offers easy access to the impressive Salinas Mission Ruins, the Cibola National Forest, and the quaint town of Mountainair. The brilliant blue skies, fragrant air, and stunning 360 degree views clearly showcase the best of New Mexico.

Whether you seek a peaceful retreat, a horseback riding adventure, a stopping point during your travels, or a tranquil place to hang your hat while your new home is being constructed, Two Ponyz Ranch can accommodate you.

Guesthouse Details: This non-smoking one bedroom unit can accommodate up to four guests. The casita is decorated in an eclectic southwestern style and has such luxurious touches as a jetted tub, kiva fireplace, heated travertine floors, hand carved wood vigas and doors that add New Mexican flavor. A full kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances make the idea of staying a weekend even a month a tempting option.

Guest Book Comments: 'No place better to experience nature and escape the hectic pace of the modern world. Forethought is its secret.' Mr. & Mrs. Schwartz Chicago, Illinois

'Tip top Hop Scotch ! ! ! The horseback riding was awesome. True Mountain majesty.'

B. Edwards Reno, Nevada

'Great surroundings, beautiful accommodations, impeccable hospitality...you have it all.'

M. Mahan Scottsdale, Arizona

'Wow! What can we say that will convey the magnificent, truly special time we've enjoyed here at Two Ponyz.'

V. Cameron Burlington, Wisconsin

'You made us feel so welcome. You made our Honeymoon very special. We won't ever forget it.'

Mr. & Mrs. Morris Rio Rancho, New Mexico

'The peace & quiet, magnificent vistas, horses, birds, dog...all a treat!

Debbie and KT Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Karen Smith

Worked for many years as a personal manager to several musicians in Los Angeles, Chicago, and England. Former Program Director for the Hubbard Street Mural Project in Chicago. Equestrian, artist, and grant writer.

Karen Smith purchased this house in 2006

Why Karen Smith chose New Mexico

Stunning mountain and mesa views that to this day never cease to amaze me. Quiet, natural setting that adjacent to the Cibola National Forest which protects Two Ponyz Ranch from over development.

What makes this house unique

Was able to build from the ground-up building that reduced the carbon footprint through on-demand heating, radiant-heated floors, and grid-tie solar electric.

Reviews

5
based on 36 holidaymaker reviews

Wilderness Luxury With Breathtaking Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews
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What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time! This casita is in such a beautiful, peaceful area. The drive in off the highway was fun, and allowed us to see a small herd of pronghorn and fawns. Once at the casita we were greeted by Karen, who showed us around and made us feel right at home. The place is decorated very native to the area, and we loved it! Karen has not left anything out when it comes to amenities. We were pleasantly surprised by how well the kitchen and bathroom were stocked with necessities, and even some non essential extras. We enjoyed relaxing on both porches, depending on the time of day, and loved watching the horses, jack rabbits, hummingbirds, and even a coyote. The nighttime star gazing was amazing, and we made sure to enjoy it each night. Our only regret is that we didn't have time to enjoy a longer stay! Thank you, Karen. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Two Ponyz a number of times over the years and it feels like I'm coming home every time I arrive. Karen, the owner, is the consumer inn keeper. The casita is immaculate. Her eye for detail leaves nothing to chance. If you are looking for value, look no further. Two Ponyz has it all.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the compliments! Return guests are clear confirmation that the guest house is indeed what I strive to offer visitors; a positive and nurturing experience while surrounded by the natural beauty of central New Mexico's high desert.
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The term "getaway" may have been coined for 2Ponyz

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year that my wife and I have spent a weekend at 2Ponyz. We spent our time reading, cooking, eating, listening to music, sleeping, napping, lounging, watching the weather change... This is an ideal place to rest, relax, and re-create. I spent most of my time stratigically positioned on the patio to take hundreds of photos of the birds. Last year we counted around a dozen species, this year a little less - yes some of those birds were photographed at least a hundred times... The interior is exquisite and extremely comfortable. I enjoy cooking so I loved the kitchen. The hospitality is very welcoming. The road from the hiway might be intimidating for city folk, but relax, you really can't go wrong. If its the first time you had to open and drive through a gate, you really shouldn't have waited this long. And it just might give you the reason you've been searching for to buy that 4 wheel drive. We're going back...oh yeah!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Piece of Heaven Found

  • 5 of 5

French author Jules Renard once said "On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.". We found one of those pieces at Two Ponyz Ranch!

My wife and I spent three nights there while house hunting in the area. So it was more of a business trip vs. pleasure, but oh what a pleasurable experience. The design and comfort of the casita is second to none and the amenities... outstanding!

And our host Karen...warm, charming, full of life, down to Earth, and helpful are but a few phrases which come to mind. Her heart and soul are in Two Ponyz and it shows in every detail.

I highly recommend spending a few nights at the ranch as it will give you a whole new perspective of things. Well done Karen! We look forward to seeing you again.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow…what can I say…thank you so much for your commentary on Two Ponyz Ranch. It's rewarding to have guests that enjoy and appreciate all of the positive energy I've put into the guesthouse. As I do take it personally, because I've done my very best to create a comfortable, earth-friendly accommodation, set in this naturally beautiful region of central New Mexico. So it is with gratitude for you both and the many guests that have stayed here at Two Ponyz Ranch that I am inspired to share this special place.
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Delightful Abo Casita

  • 5 of 5

Remote but convenient from Albuquerque, my wife and I travel to New Mexico and stay at 2ponyz several times a year. The property is exquisitely located in the historic Abo Canyon at the south end of the Manzano Mountains and is incredibly peaceful. The view from the property of the Chupadera Mesa to the south and the Manzano Mtns to the north are beautiful. And the casita is amazing, welcoming and comfortable in all manner. We generally bring all the food we need for our stay and prepare it in the best appointed kitchen of any lodging place we've stayed. The kitchen, dining and very comfortable living space have a sublime view of the Manzano Mountains and the kiva fireplace is a delightful amenity. We always sleep very comfortably in the well presented bedroom. The casita is always clean and well maintained. 2Ponyz is close to both natural and historic sites. We enjoy the nearby Salinas Pueblos National Monument (there are actually 3 units separated by 10-20 miles, but you can walk to the Abo unit from 2Ponyz). We often hike in the Manzano's and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and visit the Bernardo Waterfowl Management area near Sevilleta. A bit further drive is the Bosque del Apache NWR, home of the popular Festival of Cranes and the Very Large Array radio telescope - suffice it to say, I could go on describing areas of interest. Although there's plenty to do nearby, spending a quiet, relaxing day at the ranch is one of life's pleasures and we look forward to our next visit! I enthusiastically recommend 2Ponyz to anyone traveling in the region.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incomparable

  • 5 of 5

Karen was a wonderful host and facilitated an amazing getaway for us and our dog, Winston. The ranch is beautiful and perfectly situated to provide gorgeous scenery and myriad hiking trails. We loved taking long hikes during the day to see the ruins and look out over the land. Karen was very helpful in giving us a thorough review of things to see and do in the open-space and in Mountainair. She was always present and kind when we called with questions, but gave us the privacy we sought for our weekend away! What set our stay further apart was the casita itself, which was well-equipped and beautifully decorated. We spent any time not outside cooking in the kitchen (I only wish my kitchen were so nice with such a view!). A truly great place with a gracious host. The perfect getaway for us, and one we knew immediately we would return to again. Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Sunport International Airport, Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
Willard Cantina
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Belen Rail Runner Train
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 60 & 47
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Highway 60 and Highway 55 in Mountainair
Car: necessary

Two Ponyz Ranch is walking distance from the Salinas Pueblo National Monument at Abo' and is within a short drive of the Quarai and Gran Quivira Pueblo Mission Ruins. The Ranch is also adjacent to the Cibola National Forest which is filled with endless hiking and riding trails. Mountainair is just ten miles east of Two Ponyz where you will find antiques, cafes, art galleries, a grocery store, post office, soda fountain, drugstore and the National Monument Visitors Center.

Other Activities: Star Gazing, Nature Photography, Writing, Meditation, Star Gazing,

Hiking, Horseback Riding, Birdwatching, and Several Ancient Ruins. Beautiful Sunrises, Sunsets and Monsoon Rainbows.

Railrunner Train from Belen to Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Ski: Cross-Country Skiing in the Cibola National Forest and along the Salt Mission Scenic Byway within minutes of Two Ponyz Ranch

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mountainair, New Mexico

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2 night minimum stay
£258
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£725
£2,516
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £46 + Tax
Cleaning Fee 5% £15 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.94%

5% Cleaning Gratuity

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mountainair, USA

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
  • Bathroom has heated stone floors, jetted tub and separate vanity sink, complete with luxury bath and hair care products
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Other - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , in Living Room
  • Bedroom has private patio with furniture. Second sleeping accommodation is a queen size sofa bed located in the living room. Living Room also has a patio with gas grill, grilling tools and outdoor dinnerware.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
Notes:
We have a new four stall horse barn with 12X12 stalls that each have 50' runs and shade awnings. The barn also has an insulated ceiling with skylights. Daily stall cleaning and customized care. Choice hay is also available. Trail Riding with an experienced guide available with advance reservations. Well-behaved, house-trained dogs welcome with advance notice and pet fee.

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