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Nestled in the Cottonwoods in Lovely Nambe, Just North of S.F.

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


About the property

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

Please Note: Over 80 additional reviews from our guest book can be seen at the end of the 'Owner Info' section of this VRBO profile.

If the country life is something that calls you, this recently renovated casita on our rural property just north of Santa Fe is the place for you! It has all of the amenities to make your visit comfortable...WiFi, DirecTV, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, laundry area with washer and dryer, and wood-burning stove/supply of firewood. Expansive views, the Rio Grande, Nambe Falls...this is horse country, and the area has maintained its historic, Northern NM roots.

The views of the Sangre de Christo mountains outside your bedroom window are breathtaking, and the magnificent sunsets, seen from the kitchen window or front door, provide you with a 'light show' nearly every evening. The quaint and lovely winery just down the road from us (Estrella del Norte) offers the best of Northern NM wines, and literally and figuratively gives you a flavor of the countryside.

Our roosters will let you know that 'morning has broken', and there will be a supply of 'horse candy' at the corral so that you can 'make friends' with our burros, Miss Bea and Miss Daisy, if you want to!! You can interact with our animals (the goats and chickens are friendly, too!) or stay toward the front of the property and just enjoy their sounds and energy...which ever feels right to you!

We are near several small towns (Pojoaque, Espanola, Chimayo), local places of interest (Santa Fe Opera, Sanctuario de Chimayo, Nambe Falls), several museums/historical areas, and numerous Resort-Casinos (Buffalo Thunder Golf Resort & Casino and The Santa Claran are two of our favorites), so there is shopping, sight-seeing and entertainment within minutes of our place. There are several wonderful restaurants within 15 minutes of our place, and Leonardo's aunt owns a world-famous, authentic Northern NM restaurant called Rancho de Chimayo about 25 minutes away. So...you can choose a rural, quiet type of experience, or enjoy night-life, athletic & cultural activities. dining out and shopping...or do what we do, and enjoy the best of both worlds!

Come enjoy the art, culture, scenery, and people of Northern New Mexico...truly unique and unforgettable.

Santa Fe in 'the national spotlight': CBS Sunday Morning recently featured a segment on Santa Fe that highlights our unique design culture. The segment was titled 'By Design: Santa Fe Style'. The report mentions Canyon Road, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe Railyard, El Zaguan (James L. Johnson House) and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, La Casa Sena Restaurant and La Fonda Santa Fe Hotel. Taos comes in for mention also, particularly Taos Pueblo as the inspiration for Santa Fe Style.

Keywords: Casita, Guest House, Rural, Farm

More Details

Audre Gutierrez
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish, My husband speaks Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Audre Gutierrez

I am a medicinal aromatherapist, and my practice, Shining Sun Aromatherapy, is located on the other side of the same building which houses the casita. My husband, Leonardo, is the craftsman behind the beautiful work in the apartment, and he does everything with skill, flair and heart. I am the decorator of the pair! As he always says, he can build the house, but I make it a home. We are a great team. We love our animals, and keeping things neat around the property, but not manicured. We want to maintain the natural feel of the place. Beginning in the spring of 2011, we plan to plant medicinal plants on our 1.5 irrigated acres of land, and begin to bring Shining Sun Farm into fruition!

Audre Gutierrez purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Audre Gutierrez chose New Mexico

The casita is located across from our house, the main house on the property. I was drawn to the rural nature of this area, and the fact that the old Northern NM culture is still alive and well here. My husband grew up in El Rancho, just up the road from Nambe, and his family lives throughout the area...we had the guest house/studio on the property, and renovated part of it to be the home of Shining Sun Aromatherapy, and the back portion to be a vacation rental property because of the strong pull this area has to people drawn by the beauty of the Southwest, the unique art and culture of this area, and the local farming culture that still thrives in this area...every town has farmers markets, including the fabulous one in Santa Fe.

What makes this apartment unique

For people who love rural areas and farm animals, and miss this in their lives, this is a chance to be on a beautiful property with breathtaking views, up close and personal to these wonderful companions. (We also have three wonderful dogs). You are centrally located to Santa Fe, Taos, and Nambe Falls...lots to see and do, but, nestled in the cottonwoods, it all seems a million miles away.

Because we love animals so much...we have designated our casita as 'animal friendly', because we know how difficult it can be to travel with your pets and find lovely accommodations.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many thanks for making us feel so welcome! We were able to see most or all of the sights -- Taos, Abiquiu, Bandelier, Los Alamos, White Rock, and even 2 wineries and 2 casinos! Fabulous Thanksgiving dinner at Buffalo Thunder. We loved the casita, with all of its furnishing & amenities, including the animal life. Santa Fe is a great place to be a tourist!
Nov 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Santa Fe in Santa Fe County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Glass block shower, stainless steel vessel sink, natural artisan soaps.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon (with extra-thick mattress); sleeps 2
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
There is a large, fenced pet enclosure near the Casita, under the cottonwood trees, which provide shade on the hottest, sunniest of days. Several people have asked whether we have a pet enclosure, so I have included a picture in the photo album.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

Nestled in the Cottonwoods in Lovely Nambe, Just North of S.F.
average rating of 4.84 based on 111 reviews

Great Rural Rental

  • 4 of 5

It was a joy to stay at the Casita. We are country people, and looked for a country place to stay, with animals no less! Loved the donkeys and goats and chickens. Lanky Lizard lived on the porch and we loved to see him each day. Honey Bunny the cottontail made appearances. Enjoyed sitting on the porch and just enjoying the evenings. Good location for the places we wanted to go...Bandelier National Monument, Kasha Katuwi tent Rocks. The Casita was well stocked and it was wonderful to have a washer and dryer! Bed very comfortable. Very friendly and helpful hosts! Were I to go to the Santa Fe area again, I would definitely see if the Casita were available!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our visit! We will return!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well-appointed Casita! Everyhing we needed was there...full kitchen, spacious bedroom, lovely bathroom (especially the shower!), washer and dryer. Leonardo did a wonderful building job! We enjoyed Audre and Leonardo's hospitality so much! We felt at home.

We also enjoyed the easy access to points all around. Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque were all within easy driving distance. We will return! Beautiful, beautiful country!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Woodlands, TX

Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to Shining Sun Casita was as wonderful as our first, last November. Just as advertised, all the amenities are taken care of - bedroom with a comfortable queen bed and dressers/chests to unpack you luggage, a large closet to store extra items, cozy bathroom with a wonderful shower, and a kitchen stocked with all the basic equipment for a home-cooked meal. As it was just the two of us, we had no need for the linens provided for the living room futon-sofa, but we both felt it was comfortable the night we opened it up to lounge while watching a movie. Although we spent most of our time hiking and sightseeing in and around Santa Fe, the TV with DirecTV service was enjoyable when we wanted to laze away a few hours in the evening. There was no need for the wood stove to heat the casita in May, but firewood was provided in case things turned cool. The great cottonwood tree just outside the casita provided cooling shade for porch sitting. And our dog loved all the smells and sounds of the barnyard just beyond the casita. All in all, this is a fantastic place to make your home base while exploring Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument, the Sangre de Cristos Mountains, Santa Fe National Forest, and points beyond. On this visit, we took in all of the above, as well as Fort Union National Monument. There is no shortage of great places to eat, but be prepared to drive to get there. And if you like to try your luck, there are numerous tribe-operated casinos nearby.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So great to have you back at Shining Sun Casita! Thank you for the wonderful review...our goal is to provide an affordable, comfortable, unique rural experience for people who enjoy the peace and charm of a three acre property complete with burros, goats and chickens, but need a home base to explore the sights and experiences of Santa Fe, Taos, Ojo Caliente, Nambe and Chimayo. You are great folks, and we enjoy having you as guests at our Casita!
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monterey, ca

Awesome getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay! Wonderful house, quiet and peaceful setting, with donkeys to boot! Great jumping off point to Santa Fe, Bandelier or Puye cliffs. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our place and our location! We feel we have the "best of both worlds"...peace and quiet yet convenient to local sites...and are happy that was important to you, too. Thank you for the wonderful comments...they are greatly appreciated. Hope you can come back in another season to experience the Casita and surrounding amenities in the summer or fall! Lots of different things happening, depending upon the time of year you visit Northern NM.
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Our kind of place

  • 5 of 5

The Nambe Shinging sun Casita was fabulous for my husband and I. We enjoyed being away from traffic. Grilling outside and sitting under the cottonwoods in the sun was lovely. It is centrally located to many interesting sites. We recommend the high road to Taos.

We would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at Shining Sun Casita! We appreciate you taking the time to share about your experience, and we would love to have you back any time!
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The Woodlands, TX

Perfect for Peaceful Respite

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have stumbled upon a better place to stay than Shining Sun Casita! Audre and Leonardo were wonderful hosts; they addressed all our needs in outfitting this lovely little home away from home. My husband and I plus our small dog stayed for a week in mid-November, and enjoyed Santa Fe, the surrounding national forest, Bandelier National Monument, and Los Alamos. We even experienced a light snowfall to make enjoying the casita's wood stove especially cozy. The rural location, complete with goats, burros, and chickens, is very restful. Views of the mountains and clean air are abundant. Not only will we be back when we visit Santa Fe again, but we'll definitely recommend to our friends! One very minor maintenance issue cropped up, which was immediately corrected. It really doesn't get any better.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you at Shining Sun Farm, and are happy that you so enjoyed your time at the Casita! We feel like this is a wonderfully peaceful and nurturing place...and we are gladdened that you feel the same way. Hope to have you back at the Casita one day soon!
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Albuquerque, NM
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Cities of Gold
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Buffalo Thunder Resort
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Santa Fe Road Runner
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Il Parasol
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

Numerous casinos and resorts within 15 minutes Buffalo Thunder, Cities of Gold, Camel Rock, Santa Claran). Very convenient to the Santa Fe Opera, Sanctuario de Chimayo (world-renowned religious site), Nambe Falls, Taos (60 minutes), world-renowned Ojo Caliente (45 min), Georgia O'Keefe's home (45 min), Bandelier National Monument (40 min)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Santa Fe, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £19.47 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £46.74 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cancellation policy: 30 days or more before arrival date, refund of all monies paid, less a $25 cancellation fee. 14-29 days before arrival date, 50% refund of monies paid. Less than 14 days before arrival date, no refund. If I am able to rent the property for some or all of the canceled time, I will refund up to the amount of the replacement rental fees collected, less a $25 cancellation fee.

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