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Artist or Writer Retreat - Santa Fe

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


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

Jean Zunkel
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2018

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 Galisteo

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


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1Shower. No tub.
  • 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
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

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Artist or Writer Retreat - Santa Fe
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Beautiful home in peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

All the comforts of home in this roomy house. We loved the architectural details and incredible views from the patio. Great place to unwind if you want to unplug from everything and just enjoy your surroundings. Also, you will love Bella, the sweetest pup that will capture your heart the instant you meet her. Only possible downside is no cell signal or TV at the house. We quickly got use to not having a TV and let everyone know they should message us. I would definitely stay here again. Lovely home and hosts!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words....especially about Bella. She loves rave reviews about herself!! Our hope is that by not having the TV, one can take time to relax, detach from the dependency of our phones and just enjoy the quiet. Its a rare blessing these days. We would love to have you come again anytime. Have a wonderful 2018.
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A lovely property convenient to Santa Fe

  • 4 of 5

Jean's guest house is large and charming, with tall bookshelves, a fireplace, a large and well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable king bed in one bedroom. The bathroom is attractively tiled and features a skylight. The big porch would be a great place to relax in more temperate parts of the year, though it was of course too cold for us there. Although Jean was out of town (our stay was over Christmas, 2017), we found her helpers to be very responsive to the small number of little things we found wanting or malfunctioning-- like the lights on the steps. One downside is the lack of streaming capability, so forget Netflix. A DVD player and the facilities of a wonderful video store on the Paseo in SF amply made up for that short coming, however.

A bonus is the beautiful garden with white birches, so unusual for New Mexico. Time into Santa Fe was about 20 minutes, but time to the local supermarket was only 8 or so. Lamy itself is a very quiet little town, so don't expect local night life.

Altogether a good choice for a relaxing stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and Ellen, We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Nxai's place in Lamy. Our village really is special. Thank you so much for being wonderful and gracious with the few items that needed to be corrected. Your comments on the aspens touches my heart. These particular trees are really too low (even though the house is at 7,000 feet!) and I have struggled to keep them healthy and alive because I adore them. In the fall when they turn golden and begin to make a tinkling sound is one that you never forget. We do hope that you will return and I will come and build your fire for you!!! Have a wonderful 2018. Jean
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Beauty, peace, hospitality and kindness

  • 5 of 5

My stay at this Lamy retreat was wonderful. Jean is a kind and thoughtful hostess who has decorated the adobe cottage beautifully and comfortably. I slept well each night. It is a quick and simple 20 min drive to Santa Fe -perhaps too much so, as now I wish I had spent more time on the porch or in front of the fireplace. I highly recommend this retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

While it's fun to weave thru the crowds and galleries in Santa Fe, especially at the Farmers Market, nothing beats retreating to the peace and quiet of Jean's place. The stars at night are magnificent and the morning light thru the aspen unbeatable. Everything in the house feels like home. We loved our stay. Thank you Jean.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you with us for the weekend. Please return again soon. It was wonderful hearing your laughter from the portal with your friends who joined you for dinner.
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Retreat in the high desert is a dream!

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my month-long stay in Lamy thanks to my amazing hostess, Jean, and a perfectly appointed space. The cottage is truly lovely and has all the amenities you might need for an extended stay. It's location in Lamy, a quaint, quiet town, is ideal and Jean did a wonderful job of being available, yet offering me the privacy and solitude I was seeking. A perfect perch from which to experience all that Santa Fe / NM has to offer, if you want to stay in a creative, comfortable home, don't look any further!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Real Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was comfortable, uncluttered and extremely inviting. We luxuriated in the superb bed, aspens rustling in the breeze, a heavenly patio, and a fully stocked kitchen to cook in. We loved it! It is the perfect peaceful retreat for a busy couple to unwind and rest. We hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of Nxai's Place. We loved having you and hope that you return again soon. We hope your horse is ok now.
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Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Galisteo, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £89.86
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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