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Spectacular 360 Degree Views of Abiquiu Lake and Ghost Ranch

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Youngsville - Vista de Lago

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Full luxury in breathtaking natural beauty. Remote and private. So quiet you can hear your heart beat. At night, no city lights disturb your view of the star-studded sky.

From this 1,475 square foot Casita, you'll enjoy panoramic 360-degree views: Abiquiu Lake, miles of mesas, rolling hills, and the magnificent red cliffs surrounding the famous Ghost Ranch. To the south you'll see the 10,000-foot mountain known as El Pedernal, which Georgia O'Keefe made famous in her paintings, along with much of the near landscape.

This is a new Casita, built in 2008, and designed by a local architect in a southwestern yet modern style. It's fully furnished for comfort. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a Bosch gas stove with heavy gauge grills for those who really love to cook.

Check out the Master bathroom: you can choose between a slate shower or a deep soaking tub to soothe your body after an invigorating hike in the nearby Jemez Mountains. Besides the 2 bedrooms with Queen beds, there is a queen bed sofa in the Great Room with spectacular views of the lake and Ghost ranch.

Keywords: Casita in Abiquiu, New Mexico

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 November, 2016
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Why The Owner chose New Mexico

My wife and I have been visiting Northern New Mexico for almost 30 years. The skies, the red rocks, the mesas, the food, the locals, the hiking, the skiing…. are all so inviting. Finally, we decided that it was time to buy a place, not only to use as a getaway for ourselves, but for friends and family alike. We also want to introduce others to Abiquiu and Northern NM, so we’ve decided to make this a vacation getaway for you as well. We know you’ll be enchanted by NM as we have been.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(107 traveller reviews)

Spectacular 360 Degree Views of Abiquiu Lake and Ghost Ranch
average rating of 4.990654 based on 107 reviews
Devon, UK

Awe inspiring!

  • 5 of 5

As a British family, that has now spent several long summers visiting America, we try always to stay in rental homes rather than in hotels. We were always a little unsure of what the frequently-used word 'awesome' meant, but now we know. This house, perched on a bluff, overlooking Lake Abiquiu, with panoramic views, truly inspires 'awe'! In the evenings we were treated to lightning shows on several sides of the mountains circling us; every night we gazed at the stars, it could not have been more blissful.

It is a cosy house, cleverly but perfectly designed in a circle, with very comfortable amenities. If its privacy you want, look no further, and although another reviewer suggested stocking up on food before you arrive, we travelled about most days, and found the small shop in Abiquiu on the way home had plenty to suffice. Even the mile or two of un-tarred road leading up to the house wasn't a problem for us.

The owners were incredibly helpful before we arrived, and we are so grateful for all the communication with great tips and hints. We had a marvellous horseriding trek at Ghost Ranch, and on our way back from the amazing water pools at Ojo Caliente, pulled off the

road to watch a spectacular thunder storm with the biggest hailstones we have ever seen. As the sun glints off the lake and the colourful rocks around it, the view from the house could tranfix us for hours in the evenings!

We stayed at this house as a little piece of luxury before heading to the Sangre de Christo mountains as volunteers at the Philmont Scout Camp, and as geologists we would have happily spent many more days enjoying the beautiful scenery and bountiful rocks around Abiquiu. We would love to be able to come back here again one day!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know it was a long way to come from Europe, but we are so happy that you found Vista de Lago to be everything you had hoped for. Please come visit us again, as you are always welcome back. All the best, Larry
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Beautiful beyond expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We just ended our 5 night stay for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was honestly heartbreaking to have to leave. The house, scenery and hiking opportunities were so much more than we imagined. Vista de Lago has all of the comforts of home and the view is stunning. We enjoyed relaxing in front of the fire after days of long hikes. The kitchen was packed with everything we could have needed and the bed was very comfy!

We had our Golden Retrievers with us and they loved running the expansive property and chasing Jack Rabbits. We did see a couple of Coyotes so we're careful about letting them not get out of sight.

There are many fantastic hiking places that are not too far of a drive. Each one we did was well worth it. We had thanksgiving dinner at Ranco de Chimayo and it was a great choice!

We hope to go back again someday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for all your kind words Michelle. We know what you mean about being hard to leave our place...our little mesa can be enchanting, to borrow a phrase ;-) Please come back anytime. All the best, Larry and Laurie
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Amazing vistas

  • 5 of 5

WOW!! What a special place Vista de Lago is! We have visited the Abiquiu area several times over the past 10 years, but had always stayed in Santa Fe. We decided this trip needed to be different...a bit more remote, somewhere we could reconnect with the beauty of northern New Mexico. We hit the jackpot! Although the road in was a bit bumpy, the journey was worth it. We actually had trouble unpacking the car because we kept getting distracted by one view after another. The house was the cleanest we have ever rented, and well-stocked and well-appointed. We had a laundry list of places we wanted to visit and things to do, but after the first 48 hours found it difficult to leave the mesa. Larry and Laurie gave great restaurant recommendations-we loved El Bruno's and El Paragua. If you are looking for a place to leave the world as you know it behind, bask in the beauty of those gorgeous mountains and reconnect with each other, this is the place for you. But you better hurry up before we beat you to it!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karla, It was a joy to have you at our Casita. You are welcome back always! Peace and Love, Larry and Lurie
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Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to Vista De Lago. The first time that we drove out there on the gravel roads (about 4 miles), we were really grateful that Larry had supplied detailed directions. It seemed like a long distance. But, each time traveling it, the road seemed shorter. Our first reaction on arriving at the house was WOW. The house was wonderful. The views are really beyond description. We stayed two nights, soaking in the sunsets that reflected off the red rocks of Ghost Ranch. But, here was the best part - the silence. Each of the two mornings, I sat on a rock overlooking the plain for about an hour each day. The first morning I heard (1) a car on the gravel road and (2) a few airplanes high above, and (3) hummingbirds, and more non-human sounds that we rarely hear. On the second morning, the only human sounds made were those of a few airplanes way, way overhead. For an hour. My breath slowed. My perspective broadened and deepened. Thanks to Larry and Laurie for opening their lake/Ghost Ranch house and view to we who visit from other parts.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jeff, So glad that you found the peace and quiet of our little Casita being exactly what was needed. I know how you feel ;-) You are always welcome back. Larry and Laurie
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Tampa, Florida

Our favorite place

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Abiquiu and Our second stay at Vista de Lago. The morning hikes are extremely peaceful, thr views from the Mesa are breathtaking, and the time that we spent there will always be cherished.

In a world that seems to spin faster and faster everyday this is a perfect retreat. My wife and I used our time there to disconnect from everything and to reconnect with each other. We prepared all of our meals there and thoroughly enjoyed the house and the surrounding area. It is absolutely incredible. We have told everyone we know about this place and can't wait to go back again. This place is magical.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's such a pleasure to have guests such as you return to Vista de Lago. Clearly it has captured your heart as it has ours. We hope to see you again up on the Mesa ;-) All the best, Larry and Laurie
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Excellent owner hospitality and unforgettable property experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family's thanks to Larry for outstanding responses to booking procedures; questions and arrival information. His responses were immediate and gracious. The arrival and property information were well-thought and communicated clearly. We felt as if we were family guests invited for a visit....the family pictures inside made us feel as if they had just stepped away for a few moments and might be right back. Having a local contact was reassuring even though we did not need it.

Other VRBO properties could use his procedures as a model.

Had we just camped out on the portales and looked at the view, we would still have felt the journey up to the property and the rental fees were worth it.

The view is unforgettable; the casita thoughtfully appointed.

I queried my family as to their top 3 favorite experiences from our journey from ALBQ Sunport throughout northern New Mexico and we covered a lot of ground. They are:

Meow Wolf in Santa Fe; Vista de Lago; Sanctuario de Chimayo - 18 yr old

Meow Wolf; Vista de Lago; Ojo Calientes - 26yr old

Meow Wolf, Vista de Lago; Taos Pueblo - 46 yr old

Unfortunately, the casita was available for only 3 days of our visit, but obviously was a memorable experience ranking with top tourist attractions! So if you are considering this property, book when you see it!

A recommendation - stop by a supermarket and bring all your food supplies; Bodes General store is good for a fill-in trip for milk, etc.

We would love to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheryl, Thanks to you and your entire family for your kind words. We'd be delighted to have you visit us again. Safe travels, Larry and Laurie
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El Farolito
Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu Lake
Abiquiu Inn
Christ of the Desert Monastary
El Bruno's Cantina y Restaurante
Plaza Blanca
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Black Mesa
Car: necessary

Ghost Ranch, Ojo Caliente Spa, Echo Canyon, Santa Fe Opera, Cumbre Toltec Railway--narrow gauge into Colorado, Plaza Blanca, Peace Desert Monastary, Abiquiu Lake


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Youngsville, New Mexico

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.5%

Quoted Rates are for up to 4 people, any combination of Adults and Kids.
Additional Guests (up to 2 additional guests) are $25 per night.
6.5 % state tax
One-time $85 cleaning fee
Glorious sunsets are FREE with every booking.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Youngsville, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Great Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , European Sleeper Sofa; very sturdy and comfortable;
  • Queen size Beds, one in each of the bedrooms(2), Queen Sleep Sofa (1) There is a sleeper sofa is in the living room. The second Bedroom has the same lovely views as the Master and access to an outdoor Portal (patio) through sliding doors. The views from the Living room especially are absolutely SPECTACULAR!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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