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Artist or Writer Retreat - Santa Fe

People3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Beautiful guesthouse in historic village of Lamy, New Mexico located 20 minutes SE of downtown Santa Fe. Lamy is the official train stop for Santa Fe and you have wonderful hiking, walking and biking trails just outside your door.

The guesthouse is large and spacious with beautiful views with, WIFI Internet, Phone and Privacy. Perfect for one person, a couple, or small family. King and twin bed. No pets.

If you love the opera in the summer, skiing in winter, hot air ballooning in the fall or art museums, Santa Fe's summer activities such as the Folk Art Market, Indian Market, and a place to stay where you can call your 'home' away from home, then this is the guesthouse for you.

There is a friendly family dog on the property in the compound so if you do not like dogs at all, then you should consider other properties.

Weekend rental, a week or longer stays are all possible.

Keywords: Guesthouse - Privacy

More Details

Owner
Jean Zunkel
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

About Jean Zunkel

I love travel and have spent most of my life exploring new countries, places and meeting interesting people. I even structured my work life to make sure that it involved international travel. Santa Fe always pulled at my heart strings so eventually I bought this amazing property and have created a beautiful space in my main home as well as the guesthouse. My guesthouse is named after my granddaughter, Nxai. Her parents were married by a 104 year old village chief in the village of Nxai in Botswana. It seemed like the perfect name. Sounds like (Nigh) since most people can't click their tongues well!!!

Lamy is a wonderful village only 20-25 minutes from downtown Santa Fe and a great place to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. All seasons bring out something special so anytime is the right time to pay a visit.

The photo on the left is the most recent trip in Nov. 09 to Easter Island and Chile. What an amazing place.

I look forward to meeting you.

Jean Zunkel purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Jean Zunkel chose New Mexico

Because its absolute heaven for us.

What makes this cottage unique

Hikes outside your door

A short drive into Santa Fe for shopping or sightseeing

Beautiful sunrise and sunsets

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Galisteo in Santa Fe County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1Shower. No tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1) Blow up mattress is available when needed, Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Blow-up Queen mattress available if needed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
5

Unforgettable and a must stay.

  • 5 of 5

I'm going to fall short of words here, so please forgive me. Jean was incredibly attentive and helpful even prior to our journey, by making sure to give us directions that would save us an hour of drive time.

We arrived to the sweetest little compound just after dark. The parking area was well lit and there were lights guiding us up a path to our new found home away from home. Although they are beautiful, the pictures don't do this space justice (sorry Marc). We walked into an incredibly spacious guesthouse, a gorgeous fireplace and the warmth of so many things. We truly felt like we were part of Lamy's history and home because of all of the wonderful amenities. This is a space that words and photography can't capture, you just have to show up, be present and take it all in.

We're beyond grateful for our experience and the shared memories with this family, they are now part of our chosen tribe. Not only was a fantastic hike recommended, but we were also welcomed into their home, shared a lot of laughter and conversation. We even brought in the New Year over an amazing supper that Jean cooked.

We miss everyone, look forward to getting back and being greeted by the sweetest Bella aka the compound mascot. It truly has been our favorite vacation and a great way to start our year.

Thank you for hosting such a sweet space, welcoming us, we've now extended our family effortlessly. Please hug each other for us.

Sending love from Texas,

The Yarto Family

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind words. We feel exactly the same and love having new additions to our family. I will tell Marc to get busy and do some new photos!!! Best wishes on so many levels for the year ahead. Jean and family.
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Plaquemine, La
5

Can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

Want a place to relax? A place where you can hear the birds sing, watch the rabbits feeding on the grass outside the window, drink your morning coffee on the portal as the breeze winds its way through the orchard and the aspens. A place full of books and magazines, of large comfortable sofas and chairs. Yet so very close to all that Santa Fe and northern New Mexico offers. During our week's stay, my wife and I took day trips to Madrid and the San Marcos Café, to the plaza and farmers' market in Santa Fe, to the small towns and art colonies on the high road to Taos, and to the train ride in Chama. On alternating days we simply stayed in the guesthouse, enjoying the tranquility.

The owner is accommodating, informative, and welcoming. Before we arrived she gave us all the information we needed: how to get to the compound and where to stop for groceries. She personally met us when we arrived to show us the property and reminded us to contact her if we needed anything. One afternoon after we returned from a day trip, she invited us over for a glass of wine and graciously showed us her charming home, the oldest one in the compound.

It is such a beautiful setting, seemingly away from everything, but close to grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops, drug stores and boutiques. When we left after our week's stay, we immediately wished we had reserved Nxai's Place for a month. We intend to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Extended stay

  • 5 of 5

“You have fallen into a box of chocolates”, remarked a friend from Santa Fe who joined us for dinner one night at Nxai’s Place. After a wonderful seasonal experience there, we had been lucky enough to arrange for an extended stay. Indeed, from the the high ceiling main room chock full of books, to the serene adobe wall bedroom, to the the calming portal rimmed with buzzing hummingbirds, Nxai’s Place delivers a memorably sweet experience. And you may find yourself on that portal one morning, with coffee, when the sound of a train stopping at the Lamy Station awakens all your romantic buttons. Santa Fe? We forgot we were even nearby when a stay here, and high desert hiking trails five minutes away, offer up such a unique way to experience northern New Mexico. My comment on the host Zunkel/Romanelli family, past how their interesting lives may contribute to your stay, is simply to say that their family is now my family. This is the essence of a home away.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words about Nxai's Place. You have two new grandchildren who repeatedly ask for you and Bella goes to the portal every morning looking for you. We are very happy that you chose to remain in the area and we can now visit you...You are also part of our family.
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Upton, MA / New England, USA
5

Back Again!

  • 5 of 5

I unexpectedly found myself returning to Santa Fe on business and after looking at some of the hotels in town I decided that I'd really rather stay at this wonderful house out in Lamy. I had stayed here once before, 8 months earlier, and it was such a perfect location - I absolutely fell in love with it! It's quiet, it's remote, yet it's only a quick 10-15 minute drive right into the heart of Santa Fe. And nearby Eldorado really has almost everything you'd need - a coffee shop, supermarket, even a quaint cafe! For writers, or for anyone who just wants a little space at the end of the day - this is the absolute perfect place to be! And why sit in your cramped hotel space when you can enjoy the luxury of an entire house? I love the well-stocked library. It's really the perfect place in a perfect location! I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5

Lamy revisited

  • 5 of 5

Three weeks in Lamy in 2010 were enough to knock off my feet for several months. That’s how long it took, to get 'back on the ground again, once we were back in Amsterdam. And even after four years, there still was this yearning to go back to Lamy, so we (my wife and I) decided to act upon that and returned to Lamy to see if this truly is the magical spot on the Northern hemisphere I hold it for. We drove from Chicago to Lamy. Seeing the sign ‘Welcome to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment’ made my heart jump with joy. The arrival at Lamy was remarkable. It was quiet. As quiet as Lamy can be during 23 hours a day. But when we entered the guesthouse it was like we left it only the other day. It was like the house welcomed us, and not only the house, we had a heartwarming reunion with the extended Zunkel family and friends. It truly felt like coming ‘home’ again. We spend two weeks in Lamy. What can I say? The house is wonderful in every aspect. We enjoyed every minute there, especially when we build a fire (temperatures dropped suddenly) and had long nights of reading at the fireplace; Lamy is the charming sublime nothingness itself; The Romanelli-Zunkel family and Silvie demonstrated great hostmanship and made us feel like being part of the family. Often, going back to a place that made an impression, is a bit disappointing. Following our hearts and revisiting Lamy turned out to be the best thing we could have done. After this second ‘Lamy experience’ we can truly say that Lamy is a unique and magical spot on this earth. So is the house. So are the people.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Upton, MA / New England, USA
5

Beautiful, Quiet Writer's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I decided to go to Lamy after reading all of the other 5 star reviews and I was not disappointed. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The scenery was beautiful, Bella the dog was great company, and I thoroughly enjoyed just sitting on the porch listening to the wind chimes and watching the hummingbirds. Eldorado is nearby with all the conveniences one might need and Santa Fe is a very easy drive and a beautiful city to wander around in. The accommodations were great and I particularly enjoyed the diversity of the library of books that filled the house. I spent two beautiful weeks there and loved every moment of it. It is also a great jumping-off point for a lot of day trips with easy access via nearby highways. All in all, a 5+ star place. And I do hope that I find my way back there again one day!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Eldorado
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Eldorado
Car: necessary

Half day ride with Llama (accompanied by owner of Llama) to waterfalls where you can swim and have a picnic lunch. Available upon request

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Galisteo, 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
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£335
for 3 nights
From
£112
£620
£1,447
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £96.63
Tax Rate 7.0%

Please call or email me direct regarding availability and pricing. You need to book direct with the owner and not through the website. I accept personal checks and all credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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