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Nambe Country Retreat - Near Pueblos, Abiquiu and Santa Fe

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Sweet adobe casita along the high road to Taos is close to Santa Fe, Tesuque, the opera and is convenient to the beauty and charms of Northern New Mexico. The perfect haven for when you want to explore Georgia O’Keefe country, the ancient pueblos, historic Spanish villages, Taos, Los Alamos, Jemez, Puye Cliffs and Bandelier National Monument. Great location for nature lovers as well, as we are within easy distance of hiking, biking, skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, rock climbing, river rafting, ballooning, fishing, bird watching and more! In fact, you can hike or bike right out of the front door.

Located approximately 17 miles north of Santa Fe plaza near the Nambé Church, this guest house to a private residence has its own entrance, a walled patio and covered portal. From the outdoor areas, enjoy dramatic sunset views over a nearby mesa and the Jemez Mountains beyond and later study the stunning nighttime skies. Additional outdoor areas include a picnic area under an old apricot tree and a seating area along the Acequia del Caño. There are two off-street parking spaces.

The casita has vigas and saltillo tile floors throughout and is decorated in Santa Fe country style with antiques, original art, tribal rugs, and quilts. The main living area has a seating nook with two bancos, a dining area, wood burning kiva fireplace and full kitchen. There is a separate bedroom, bath with tub and shower and a laundry area. The bedroom has a queen sized “Doctor’s Choice” bed and the two bancos can be comfortably converted to twin beds to accommodate up to 4 people. 100% cotton linens and fluffy towels are provided. The kitchen is stocked for basic cooking and has a microwave, coffee maker, electric tea pot, blender and attractive china and serving ware for six.

We provide a welcome bottle of wine and complimentary tea and coffee. During the season, we will be happy to share the bounty from our no-chemical kitchen garden with you.

This is a comfortable and delightful retreat for the daytime explorer. It is also a perfect writer’s retreat or getaway for those special romantic occasions – honeymoons, anniversaries or birthdays. Light concierge services are available – let us help you plan the perfect vacation, including those special touches that will make it so memorable!

Keywords: Charming adobe casita on the historic Acequia del Cano. Quiet with private walled patio with sunset view of the baranca and dining under the heirloom apricot tree. Santa Fe country style furnishings with vigas, kiva fireplace, saltillo tile floors and more. Perfect for guests with chemical sensitivities.

More Details

Julia Takahashi
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 March, 2017

About Julia Takahashi

Owner is an architect and publishes an online magazine, diisynology, that is dedicated to eco-conscious interior design and architecture. She loves gardening, cooking, travel, the opera, books and mountain sports.

Why Julia Takahashi chose New Mexico

The Nambe River valley is a lovely, lush and historic area within a quick drive to Santa Fe. People in the area are friendly and helpful and one enjoys the beauty and quiet of living in the country with easy access to the arts, culture, food and activity of Santa Fe.

What makes this cottage unique

Complimentary bottle of wine with each stay. Enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink in the private walled patio. Walk out the front door and take a hike down to the arroyo and the barancas beyond or down to the Nambe River. Enjoy fresh tomatoes and other produce from the garden. If you like pets the three friendly cats and the happy dog will be down for a visit. There are several excellent restaurants nearby as well as a supermarket, drugstore, and gas stations. The owner is happy to provide help with your vacation plans and offers light concierge services. We have also helped set up the casita for special needs guests and locate medical services.

If you don;t want to miss your workout or you would like to get started, my neighbor - Lenny Natural - is a certified personal trainer. Lenny has full gym facilities in a rustic setting a short walk from the Casita.

Massages are also locally available at the Pojoaque Wellness Center, in Espanola or at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Other pool and gym facilities are located in Pojoaque and Los Alamos.

I have neighbors with tennis courts and equestrian facilities and can make arrangements for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Julia,

Thank you so much for your hospitality during our stay last week. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The next time we come to New Mexico we will surely stay at your place if possible.

Rich and Fe
Oct 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Fe in Santa Fe County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom with tub/shower, toilet, vanity and corner storage.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) 'Doctor's Choice' mattress. Two bancos (built in couches) can be converted into two twin sized beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • 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
  • massage therapist
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
Complimentary welcome bottle of wine or sparking cider. Complimentary tea and coffee.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Nambe Country Retreat - Near Pueblos, Abiquiu and Santa Fe
average rating of 4.6 based on 17 reviews

This is the place to be!

  • 5 of 5

This Nambe retreat casita has it all...mountain views, vigas, kiva fireplace, a private patio with fire pit for star gazing. The kitchen is fully equipped and the bed is super comfortable. Julia is an extremely gracious, attentive host and a wealth of knowledge about the Santa Fe/Nambe areas. We loved her. Thank you, Julia, for a five star experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the 5 star review! I enjoyed meeting you and enjoying learning so much about Mexico and tequila. I delighted that you chose the Nambe Casita as your homebase while you looked for a home in Santa Fe and that you also found the Casita a quiet and relaxing retreat from your busy schedule. I am happy that your house hunting was fruitful and look forward to seeing you again!
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Very disappointing !

  • 2 of 5

We have used Vrbo a number of times in the past and always had satisfactory experiences. This stay was a disappointment .

The owner failed to provide the service that was represented in the overview of the property.

Example: washer & dryer provided Fact: three days prior to check in date I was advised the washer was not working but would be fixed.. We checked out after a 4 day stay and washer was still not fixed and we were never advised why.

There was no tv service , which is something that was never mentioned in the promotion of the property. It was noted that there was no internet service, which was not true but based on the information provided I saw no need to bring my laptop..

By any standards the owner is incompetent and has unacceptable communitation skills.

Due to Vrbo's professional reputation , I expect this review to be posted.

Kirk Stanzel

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In defense of the Nambe Casita, these guests expressed their disappointment after the first night and I offered them a full refund right then which they decided not to take. I did give them partial refund for the inconvenience which they failed to mention. I did have the repairman out to fix the washer prior to this guest's visit, but he did not have the right part and I had to wait another week for him to come back. I usually check before the stay to see if my guests need anything special and this guest never mentioned that having a TV was very important to him. I did end up going to the store and purchasing a radio so that he could have it on all of the time. I have been with VRBO for 8+ years and have never advertised that I have TV but that I do have high speed wireless internet, so the confusion is probably due to changes in the VRBO listing format. I have to say that this was the first guest that was so unhappy with the Casita and that I was not able to solve any of their complaints. It really would have been better if they had taken my full refund offer and found another place to stay. I ended up feeling that there wasn't anything I could do to make anything right for these guests as they continued to find new things to complain about and ended up breaking or taking some mugs which I had to replace.
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Sonoma, California

Lovely Nambe Casita

  • 5 of 5

I’m not sure what more I can say about Nambe Casita that hasn’t already been said by others who have had the opportunity to stay in this special place. Nambe Casita exceeds every expectation. My partner and I stayed here for a week in May, 2016, and it was a great experience. We liked everything about Nambe Casita. Julia is a wonderful host – friendly, helpful and always concerned to make her guests feel comfortable. The casita is within easy driving distance to Santa Fe and all the city offers and yet it is in a quiet country setting. The casita itself is charming and comfortable, having everything one needs for a relaxing vacation. The courtyard is amazing – beautifully-landscaped, private and with wonderful views. We hated leaving this charming place and hope to return in the future. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Nambe Casita to anyone interested a relaxing place that will refresh the body as well as the spirit.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rural Retreat

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for something away from Santa Fe and found it with this property. The adobe was clean, neat and met our needs well. Julia Takahashi is a very good host and provided a well appointed residence for us.

Fifteen minutes from town, we loved being in the rural setting and yet close to everything we wanted to see. We would recommend this property to anyone who wanted a simple but complete residence.

S and T Frank

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed at the Casisita over Christmas and had a wonderful time. Julia was a great hostess a d her property is adorable. It is very well stocked and we absolutely loved her taste in breakfast foods and toiletries, she provides her guests with the best. (you'll love her coffee) She decorated the casisita for Christmas and also brought us some delicious New Mexican cookies and some hot cocoa.

Nambe is in a great location with plenty to do. Julia suggested some great hiking and sledding spots which we really enjoyed. We only had 3 days to play around town but could have easily filled a week with nearby activities.

We hope to return to the Santa Fe area next winter, and will definitely want to stay at the Casasita again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nambe' Casita was cozy, charming, well stocked, convenient and private

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 had a wonderful week long stay at Nambe' Casita. It was the perfect get-away that allowed us to discover the area of Santa Fe and beyond.

The house was a perfect size for us, with a fully stocked kitchen and bathroom, movies, games, books and such a warm, cozy fireplace. Julia was a great hostess. She made sure that we had everything we might need and was a joy to meet - along with her lovely animals. We felt entirely at home here.

We look forward to returning in a new season!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Santa Fe Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
QB's, La Mesita Restaurant and the Sopapilla Facto
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Black Mesa
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
US 84/285
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Mesita Restaurant, El Parasol, The Sopapilla Fa
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

Visit Native American Pueblos, ancient ruins, the Sanctuario de Chimayo, Ojo Caliente hot springs, the High Road to Taos, and Georgia O'Keefe's home in Abiquiu. Pojoaque Pueblo fitness center has good gym, pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Los Alamos has a great aquatic center, there are also nearby equestrian and tennis facilities where arrangements can be made for use. Local healing arts practitioners include: massage, energy work and chemical detox center as well as a very wide range of healing modalities in Santa Fe.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Santa Fe, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £46.15
Tax Rate 7.0%

Stays for over 1 month require approval from owner. There may be an additional cleaning fee required for stays of 1 month or longer. Cancellations: Cancellations made 30 days prior to date of reservation will be refunded minus a 10% booking fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to reservation are made at the discretion of the owner.

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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