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Martinez Casita - Adobe on the Plaza

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-4)

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

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear N,

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!
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) A very comfortable new bed with all new linens. , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sofa in the living room converts to a sleeper sofa for additional guests.
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Martinez Casita - Adobe on the Plaza
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Comfy accommodations in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a really enjoyable stay at this Abiqui casita. The Martinez family is most welcoming and the casita is very pleasant, well maintained, and right in the midst of some amazing hiking. We loved being so close to Phantom Ranch, Abiqui Lake and other outdoor recreation areas, and to see Georgia O'Keeffe's home was a real treat. At the end of each day, we returned home and watched the sun going down from our screened porch - and we appreciated the opportunity to pick tomatoes and peppers from the Martinez garden to accompany salad at dinner. Thank you for a delightful long weekend. We look forward to returning and continuing to explore the area.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. 😊
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Very relaxing get away.

  • 5 of 5

Clean property nicely furnished.. Lots to do in the area or just relax at the casita after a day of sightseeing. I would recommend this casita to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Excellent getaway in the land of enchantment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in casita A and it's more spacious than expected. It had everything we needed and Floyd and his family are very gracious hosts!

It was a perfect getaway for disconnecting, with lots of hiking and trail running options nearby. There are also a lot of other great attractions nearby, plenty to fill up a week and then some. For the homebodies, there's wifi!

The convenience of being nearby to Bode's general store and fuel station cannot be understated. If you forget to bring any grocery essentials, you'll be very happy with what Bode's has to offer.

We had every amenity we needed, the view is great, the clean NM air can't be beat, and Abiquiú has a lot to check out. Best of all, the Casita is a clean, quiet, and very relaxing environment. We had a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cibolo, Tx

Perfect for our little family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Martinez Casita was excellent. Floyd and his parents are super hosts! We had a warm home waiting even though we arrived much later than expected. The Casita was the perfect size for our family of four, two who are small children. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Broomfield, CO

perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We love this little casita. A wonderful little getaway in Abiquiu!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful fall color and cozy comfort

  • 5 of 5

I took my daughter to celebrate her 50th birthday in our favorite place to stay in northern New Mexico, the Martinez Casita near Abiquiu. She was amazed at the beauty of the area; looking down from the casita over the Chama Valley with the cottonwoods in their fall golds was a special treat. The Martinez family are the best hosts you could want; we had a warm house when we arrived and firewood for the wood stove for the cool nights. The casita is very comfortable, with a very well equipped kitchen so that we could prepare the goodies we picked up in Santa Fe at the Farmers' Market. We hate to leave every time we visit. It's a special place.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Sunport - Albuquerque
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 84
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Abiquiu Inn
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

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.


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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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