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Casita Des Montes - Affordable Guest House in Arroyo Seco

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom (Queen) + 2 Convertible beds, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Taos area is abundant with seasonal activities for the whole family. The Casita is located 1 mile west of the wonderful village of Arroyo Seco, 20 minutes north of Taos, 15 minutes from Taos Ski Valley which has some of the steepest and most challenging terrain in the country and where you can access trails to the highest point in the state. The ski valley has some of the most lush and cool creek side trails in the area and only a 15 minute drive from Arroyo Seco. This adorable Casita is lovingly furnished with Asian, South American and Native American touches, original artwork, and all the amenities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. Cathedral ceilings and traditional vigas give this house a sense of spaciousness and New Mexico character.

Stroll the apple orchard, sip a margarita, a hot cocoa or some iced tea while watching the spectacular New Mexico sunsets on the front porch, or just relax after a day of skiing or hiking. Even at this time of year you can don a fleece jacket and take your coffee or tea to the back portal where you can watch the early morning light play across the mountains as the bunnies enjoy their breakfast. This home combines high quality amenities (such as a very comfortable queen mattress with organic cotton linens and memory foam topper) with family affordability. Whether exploring the town of Taos, the nearby beautiful mountain ranges, or some of the best skiing in the world, Casita Des Montes offers you a cozy, affordable, and accessible home away from home.

Rent the Casita and the 'Green' straw bale house right next door for family gatherings or for celebrations with friends and we will give you a special rate. See # 194842 for details about this property.

The caretakers will help in any way they can, or offer advice or information on all things in the area, from where to eat or shop, to the best hiking trails.

If you visit once, you'll want to come back again and again.

Keywords: affordable, charming, casita, views, close to ski valley,

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Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 November, 2017

About Lorca

Welcome to Northern New Mexico! I am a licensed massage therapist specializing in Maya abdominal massage. I have two boys who love the activities available in Northern New Mexico.

Lorca purchased this house in 1985

Why Lorca chose Arroyo Seco

The Casita is on family property, passed down to me by my father who planted the orchard you will see as you enter the property.

What makes this house unique

Our favorite things to do when we come to stay is to river raft, hike, and visit a most wonderful toy store in Taos called Twirl. Just relaxing and watching the marvelous sunsets is reason enough to visit as often as we can. I have made so many wonderful friends since my family discovered the Taos area in the early '70's and continue to visit and catch up with them each time we come back. And then there is that magical light on the mountains that is a source of constant wonderment and joy! I invite you to visit us at Casita des Montes and see what we mean!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing place - the town, the people, the casita! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely experience, eager to return.
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Arroyo Seco in Taos County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1, single sink, tiled step in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , One full size sleep sofa, one twin size sleep sofa
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size Bed (1) New queen mattress with pillow top and memory foam topper. Down comforter in winter, cotton blankets and quilt in summer., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Convertible love seat sleeper sofa, twin size, will sleep one child, Baby Cribs (1) Pack n' Play available upon request at time of inquiry., Sleep Sofa (1) New high-end convertible sofa bed will sleep 2. We can now accommodate 2 couples.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Casita Des Montes - Affordable Guest House in Arroyo Seco
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 27 reviews

Comfortable and beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and our two little dogs had a wonderful time staying here. We really appreciated that it was so pet friendly! The cabin is a nicely appointed space having everything we needed. We really enjoyed being close enough to 'Seco' to be able to walk and enjoy the village's amenities like its restaurants, good coffee and a fun outdoor concert. Thank you, Lawrence and Birgit, for taking care of everything!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and look forward to your return.
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Wonderfully Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This little casita is probably one of the most comfortable and well provisioned properties in which we have ever stayed. Though the bed is just a queen it is very comfortable. The living area offers two facing sofas (sleepers I think) which provide a comfortable place to sit and read. (It amazes me how many rental properties provide no place to comfortably sit and read with a table for a beverage and appropriate lighting for reading.). The kitchen is the best provisioned that I think we've ever seen with a nice size wood dining table that easily seats six. There is a TV with Direct TV service but it's smaller than my computer screen at home. This, however, is no issue for us as pretty much the only time we turn the TV on is to golf on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. There is a lovely patio to one side with table and chairs. The casita is attractively decorated and there are plenty of outlets to charge and run your electronic stuff. And having a washer and dryer is a huge bonus! The couple who manage the property for the owner live next door and are exceptionally gracious and accessible. So very pleased with this this property.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Casita in Gorgeous Location

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was cozy and in a beautiful location. We enjoyed our stay very much and hope to return some time. I would recommend this Casita to anyone wanting to visit the Taos area.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The casita was the perfect get away for our small family of four!

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming and kitchen was well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying for staying with us! We are so happy that you had a great get away. You are welcome anytime!
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Very disappointed

  • 1 of 5

The cabin was delightful however, the caretakers were not. They were rude and seemed annoyed with us being there from the beginning. My family and I arrived early- just to ensure that we knew where we were going... not planning to stay at that time. My kids were so excited to get out of the car and just enjoy some sunshine after hours of being in the car- you would have thought we were intruders. Lawrence (I believe was his name) told my kids this was not the house they were renting and not to be playing around the other cabin--- now, no one was there- the renters would come later that day as well. He was borderline hateful. The lady was just as rude when we arrived.... she seemed very put out with my children being there. We have used vrbo many times throughout the years with nothing but good experiences. When we arrived back each day from the ski slopes they just glared at us- like we were invading their home. The best experience were the renters next door. They were very friendly and we enjoyed their company. The reason we chose your property was first the location, secondly so we could spread out a little as opposed to staying at the ski slopes and thirdly because of the reviews. Obviously, there is a different caretaker at this time. We didn't plan on bringing our little children when we planned the trip- but decided at the last minute.... we didn't think it would bother anyone- but I guess we were wrong.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tonya I am very sorry to hear that your stay was disappointing. We do our very best to provide our guests with a warm and welcoming home. Our caretakers go above and beyond to ensure that you are received with a warm welcome and that you have everything that you need. I think it is necessary to point out that you arrived unannounced 4 hours early with 2 extra people in your party. The cleaning crew was still there cleaning after the previous guests. They worked hard to accommodate getting you into the Casita early. Your party exceeded the maximum occupancy which was surprising to the caretakers who needed to provide additional supplies. I do believe they were taken aback, especially after your husband relieved himself in the front yard (infront of everyone) after your arrival. Hope this helps.
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Perfect quite ski getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The home had southwestern charm with all of the needed amenities for a comfortable stay. The house was the perfect amount of space for two and would have been comfy with a couple more. The front porch provided the best perch for watching sunsets and enjoying the wide open space. The property managers were very kind and helpful, even recommended a near by hike for my dog and I. Our small dog was able to cruise around and enjoy the property like he does at home. The location was great for getting up to the ski hill and Arroyo Seco was super close by for any needed goodies. <3

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay! Please come again!
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Abe's Cantina
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Arroyo Seco, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Ski Season 2015
5 Jan 2017 - 10 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
T-day weekend
25 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Ski Season
1 Dec 2018 - 18 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christnas/New Years Weeks
19 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £7.55
Cleaning Fee £60.42

Check in is at 4pm check out is 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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