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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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 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. 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.

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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

Nestled in the Cottonwoods in Lovely Nambe, Just North of S.F.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 114 reviews

Great place to unwind!

  • 5 of 5

We visited the week before Memorial day and we were pleasantly surprised! Not too far from all the conveniences of town, out just far enough to feel like you're way out!

Loved the casita, it was set up with comfort in mind. Everything we needed as if this was our home was there. The bathroom soaps were awesome! We wanted to purchase some but Audrey was at the AZ location. Barbara was a hoot! Loved interacting with her and being able to feed the animals as well. It was a nice change for my 17 and 18 year old. I can tell you the ability to sit outside under the big trees to watch the sunset was very peaceful for me. At night the stars are out are like no other place and the awesome big window in the master makes me want to come back! Leonardo and Audrey make this place a beautiful place to stay. I wish we could have been there longer as we were there for a college visit. If my daughter decides to go to Santa fe for school, I'll know where we'll stay! Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your wonderful, heart-felt review is why we share our special property with others. Sorry we didn't get to meet...but maybe next time :) One of my aromatherapy students makes those soaps...so I will be happy to send you her contact information. Her products are completely natural, and I am so glad you enjoyed them! She will be pleased to hear that. Yes, the animals contribute to the peaceful energy of our place...hearing their sounds and interacting with them means the world to us. Glad your children enjoyed them! Thanks again for your kind words, and your appreciation for Shining Sun Casita.
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Very nice casita in a very convenient place!

  • 5 of 5

My dog and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Nambe and the casita was all I hoped for -- even the donkeys, goats, chickens, and ducks. My hosts were charming and friendly and did all they could to make my time there comfortable. The casita itself is comfortable and well-appointed. It is not far to go for groceries and the Rancho de Chimayo is just a short way up the Old Road to Taos. I hope to stay here again in the future. Many thanks! Fiona

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Fiona! We enjoyed meeting you and having you as a guest at Shining Sun Casita!
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Very nice comfortable house in a peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

This house was exactly what we were looking for. It was clean, comfortable, and nicely furnished. It is about 20 minutes outside of Sante Fe but for us the peaceful setting and the views were well worth the remote location. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Shining Sun Casita! Thank you for your kind words...we hope that our guests enjoy the peace of our rural setting...and yes, the view of the Sangre de Christo mountains is pretty special. It is what sold us on this property, along with the ability to have farm animals. We love our goats, chickens and burros! The next time you come, you will see that we have added ducks, as well! Thank you again for choosing Shining Sun Casita. Warm regards, Audre & Leonardo
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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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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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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

Cleaning Fee £46.38 + 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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