|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
In the spring of 2010 Martinez Casita opened also for short term rentals. Conveniently located next to Barranca Plaza Casita, a favorite of many Ghost Ranch visitors for the last 7 years!
Barranca is an old Hispanic hamlet just west of Abiquiu above the Chama River. On its small plaza there are a few adobe houses, one of which is this very charming one bedroom, one bath vacation home.
The thick adobe walls have built-in banco's in the living area. Throughout the casita are tiled and wooden floors. A woodstove gives you great comfort in the winter. The thick walls keeps the house cool in the summer.
A large garden with fruit trees surrounds the casita.
In Barranca you will find a lively creek coming from the mountains. Follow the spring-fed creek up-stream and enter the Santa Fe National Forest with sensational views of the Abiquiu valley and the surrounding mountain lands. Badlands with goblin-like formations are nearby. The Chama River, along which are cattle ranches, is great for fishing.
The casita is just minutes from Georgia O'Keeffe's home and a short drive from the Piedra Lumbre basin. Ghost Ranch is worth many visits and don't forget to drive out into the Chama River canyon to hike or visit the Benedictine Monastery. The Chama River Wilderness is paradise for explorers.
The acequia, the traditional Hispanic community water system, is still held in high regard in Barranca. The mayordomo decides who irrigates when. The casita’s garden can be irrigated on Saturdays.
Great day trips can be made to Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs, Taos en Taos Pueblo, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Chama (with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad), Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Valle Grande, etc. etc.
Family gatherings and reunions:
Both Martinez Casita and Barranca Plaza Casita offer full privacy. Yet since the casitas are sitting together on one end of Barranca Plaza, they form an ideal gathering place for groups of eight family members or old school friends. BBQ facilities are provided and there are great shadowy spots to linger under the trees. Special rates are available when both casitas are rented.
Keywords: Adobe Casita, Art, Walking/Hiking-Weekend-get-away
Thank you for greeting me. This place is lovely, the scenic setting so soothing to ones soul. I thank you all for sharing this amazing old adobe and her tasty tomatoes.
The art tour has been SO inspiring and the weather has been behaving like a perfect gentleman. God bless you!
Thankyou Martinez family for sharing your homes with us. Although my husband, 2 small dogs and I were tucked away here for a month we felt we barely scratched the surface of all this location offers. Hiking, sightseeing, shopping or just plain relaxing- the options are endless. Would love to return another time - Thanks again !
Peter,Kelly,Madigan & Lily
My husband and I stayed here mid-October. The views from this cute house were beautiful as the colors of fall had arrived in force especially driving down to the main road past the river and mountains. Wow. The house was super comfortable, clean and welcoming. It's off the beaten path but once you've found it, it's easy to get to and close to a gas station, store (Bode's) that sells provisions and also has a little cafe. Close to O'Keefe's studio too, so take that in as well.
I stayed here last fall and came back. We rented both casitas for a great girl's retreat. I love New Mexico. It is beautitul here. Floyd has done a wonderful job with his properties. I will be back for sure in the near future. Lots of beautiful places to go from here. We went to Echo Amphitheatre near Ghost Ranch one day. Stunning! The family is welcoming and very respectful. I suggest that you stay here :-)
A wonderful place to call home while visiting northern New Mexico. End of road privacy. Easy access to hiking, Ghost Ranch, Monastery, Lake Abiquiu and Ojo Caliente. The wood stove in the living room provides a wonderful warmth on a cold winter night. The queen size bed is very comfortable. Communicating with Floyd was effortless. Ninfa and Alfonzo made check in easy and were available for questions about the home or the area. We will definitely return! Thank you!
I highly recommend this lovely casita. The family took great care of me. Floyd has done a lot of work on the casitas and the grounds. Fully remodeled with comfortable furniture and an excellent bed. His woodworking skills and the family artistry is displayed in the casita. Felt like home the minute I walked in. He has created a delightful and restful retreat. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Ninfa and sharing life experiences with her. I got in after dark and she sent Floyd out to get me. It is off the beaten path. Lots of humming birds and I got to enjoy some nectarines and chard from the garden. Thank you Martinez family. I would come back in heartbeat to enjoy your ranch.
This idyllic hideaway in beautiful Abiquiú is a true gem and the Martinez family is just that, family. We had a very enjoyable stay and look forward to enjoying many more. THIS is a FIND!
Hiking all throughout Georgia O'Keeffe's country side. Ghost Ranch, where Ms O'Keeffe had her studio, is just around the corner, Fishing in Abiquiu Lake or the Chama River, Hunting in Santa Fe and Carson National Forests (offices for obtaining permits in nearby El Rito and Espanola), Sightseeing all through the Canones Canyon and Piedra Lumbre valley, Boating and Waterskiing in Abiquiu Lake, Rafting on the Chama River. You'll find restaurants in nearby Abiquiu, El Rito, Espanola. Each year in October - Columbus Days Weekend - Abiquiu has its Abiquiu Studio Tour. A great time to enjoy the changing colors of our cottonwood trees and art by local artists. You can visit about 60 artists in their Abiquiu studios, of which at least 5 of them are within walking distance of Barranca Plaza Casita. The 20th annual Abiquiu Studio Tour will be October 12, 13 and 14 2013. Tour maps available throughout Abiquiu.