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3000 sq ft home - Picacho Hills Country Club

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bdrms* on 1/2 desert landscaped acre in Country Club community

You enter this home and are greeted by huge fossils from Morocco and a sculpture of a petite Japanese lady giving you an 'Ohaio'(Good day) greeting. You turn to the right into the Great Room and adjacent Dining Room, with their own unique sculptures and paintings. Huge Night Blooming Cereus cactus and tropical ginger shade the floor to ceiling from the desert sun. Continue your journey into the kitchen, equipped for someone who LIKES to cook (OR NOT). The surrounding windows look out onto your gigantic patio with its views of the grounds and neighborhood. You complete your primary circular journey by entering the gigantic living room with its soaring ceilings and stone fireplace. You can imagine yourself holding forth on the issues of the day with a glass of wine while supper is being prepared. A roaring fire is adding warmth to the convivial glow.

And the journey is only half over. Pass through the living room to right. You will see the great library, stocked with books, records and CD's spanning a collection life of nearly 50 years.

The bedrooms and computer room are just down the hall...

The laundry room is just to the left. The computer room is straight ahead. It is equipped with a Dell desktop computer with 2GB of RAM and scads of memory. It also has a wireless router, a scanner, and a color laser printer if you simply cannot leave business behind. Movies? You ask? Netflix is available (at no charge) for instant online viewing. And to continue the motif you noted upon entry to the house, the computer room desk is a 6 foot long black marble table filled with fossils The table originated in Morocco. The guest bedroom is just to the right with its own bath. And the Master Bedroom? Goodness! It is fully 28' X 21' with its own entrance to the patio. The bath? Ah. The Master Bath! A fully glassed and tiled shower, 3' X 9', handicapped accessible, with the adjoining lav area including his and hers basin areas.

This is truly a vacation home you will talk about for years to come.

*The 3rd bedroom is used as an office. Please specify if you need sleeping accommodations for the 3rd bedroom. But your third bed is not forgotten. We erect a queen bed with a 10' memory foam mattress in the library. Same privacy, just 12 additional feet to the bathroom. You can peruse my Calvin cartoon book collection and laugh yourself to sleep, or you can go through the really incredible collection of 'coffee table' books ccovering logging in the late 19th and early 20th century to 500 Million Years of Art in glorious sea shells.

More Details

Owner
Donald Kotowski
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
2 November, 2017

About Donald Kotowski

I grew up in Pennsylvania and was a great fan of Western movies. I knew I had to live in the Southwest one day. My wife and I purchased this home in 2011. We were drawn to it because it in the Southwest, has seclusion, is in a country club community and yet is close to town and the University I attended 55 years ago.

Donald Kotowski purchased this house in 2011

Why Donald Kotowski chose Picacho Hills

As previously noted, I love the Southwest, most specifically the desert. Additionally, the Incredible Organ Mountains call out to me daily to hike with my two dogs...an Old English Sheep Dog and a Brittany/Poodle mix.

What makes this house unique

Seclusion, room for me and for my 'boys' (dogs) on one half acre with mature desert landscaping, access to the desert and wonderful hiking, yet close to the city, shopping, and health care facilities.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Picacho Hills in Las Cruces

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The Master Bath is especially suited to those folks with disabilities.It is glass enclosed without a door. This arrangement allows easy wheelchair access. There is a bench at one end to allow the disabled person to sit down.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , This bedroom is set up in the library.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master suite
  • King size beds (2) Master bedroom has an 18th century burl walnut bedstead with a memory foam mattress to comfortably snooze the night away, or in which to nap after that hard game of golf in the afternoon at the famed Picacho Hills Country Club golf course. (Membership or participating membership required.) The 2nd bedroom has a recent vintage, queen bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
Notes:
Your membership in a country club elsewhere will be honored here at Picacho Hills. I am not a golfer, but I am told that the golf course at Picacho Hills Country Club has few peers. Maid service is provided once each week so that you may enjoy your stay here without the fuss of caring for 'yet another house.'

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

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3000 sq ft home - Picacho Hills Country Club
average rating of 4.25 based on 28 reviews
4

An Incredible, Well Appointed Home but There Are Things to Consider

  • 4 of 5

First the excellent parts: This is a very nice home on a large lot. There is a great patio with a nice barbeque (charcoal) and a fun means of lighting it that the "little boys" in your party will love. The kitchen is extremely well appointed for a rental (I love to cook) and the only real downsides are the stove is electric and we did not find any plastic cutting boards; otherwise, it is probably the best kitchen in a home where I have stayed for cooks (much better than average knives, stainless cookware, etc.). The living/sleeping/kitchen/bathroom areas are all very nice. Donald is a very nice gentleman and is easy to work with in virtually every aspect. We were traveling with dogs for a local Las Cruces dog show and Donald was quite ok with that, which is a huge plus. The half-acre yard is fully fenced but for those with larger - jumper dogs they may be able to get out, ours (big with one known jumper) did fine though.

The things to consider: Donald and I believe his son live in what I surmise is the converted garage and they come and go throughout the day/evening. If you are looking for complete privacy this may not be the place for you. They have three very friendly and beautiful dogs; there may be some interaction if you are traveling with dogs - in our stay all dogs (ours and Donald's) were well socialized so the couple of encounters were uneventful. If you have dogs that are not well socialized this may be an issue. We were asked not to adjust the thermostat and at night with the bedroom doors closed the rooms got warmer than we would have preferred. The only other "less than desirable" thing (only for some) is that Donald is a collector of beautiful things and they are in the house. If you are traveling with pets or younger children, this may be a concern and I highly recommend using the insurance option instead of a deposit; we had no damages but it was still $59 well spent.

I would stay here again for my purposes but I may see what other options are available first.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not impressed

  • 1 of 5

The house was dirty, the shower head didn't work, the sink was stopped up the whole time we where here. Not a good stay at all

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am mystified by Guest's review. Guest called me jut prior to his departure. He stated they had enjoyed the house and had had a good time. Guest is a member of a police force in NM. I am confident he is not shy about expressing his opinion to any person if he feels he has been wronged or pleased. He did not state a negative opinion during his stay, or at the time of his departure. His comments upon departure were positive in nature. The house is professionally cleaned immediately prior to the arrival of each Guest. All linens and towels are laundered immediately prior to any Guest's arrival This stay was no exception. The house had been cleaned by mthe contactor I have used for the past five years. The cleaning contractor is registered and licensed to do business in the state of New Mexico. I can make the contractor available to Guest should Guest wish to verify my statements. When a Guest stays at this home, I, the owner, am 1/4 mile away. My instructions are always - "If you have any problem, please call. I will be available within minutes to address any problem." Guest called to announce low pressure in shower #2. I offered to remedy of the problem within minutes of the call. Guest stated the shower would be OK until the AM. I arrived at the house at 9AM the following morning. No one was present. I checked the shower and found it was operating normally.. I spoke to Guest later in the day when they arrived back at the house. I told Guest my inspection of the shower indicated no problem with water pressure or the operation of the shower head. I was told by Guest they found they had not applied sufficient pressure on the shower activator.After pulling the activator with sufficient force, the shower worked normally. That was what I found as well. I did find upon my return to the house, the drain in the kitchen sink was not working properly. The slow drain was not known to me . I cannot fix a problem unless I know a problem exists or unless it is reported to me. The drain has been repaired. This contractor is a available for verification of my statements on this Review Response. I do not know the real reason Guest was unhappy with their stay. I do know the stated complaints can not be the real reason for their distress. I am always available to discuss any reason for unhappiness. I cannot remedy a problem without knowing a problem exists. I look forward to any questions or remarks Guest may have.
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5

A charming house--clean, quiet and comfy!

  • 5 of 5

My son graduated from NMSU in May 2017 and we rented this home to accommodate 7 family members. What a delight! We had plenty of space to spread out or we could hang out together on the spacious patio with a beautiful view of the Organ Mountains. The kitchen had everything we needed (and then some!) and the beds and bedrooms were quite cozy. The owner, Donald, met us when we arrived, gave us a tour and left us to enjoy ourselves. The bathrooms were large enough to accommodate 5 women primping at the same time. We would definitely stay here again and will recommend to friends!

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very nice stay

  • 4 of 5

This was a beautiful property that has a park like yard complete with walkways through a fascinating xerascaped yard. This is an extremely nice neighborhood with beautiful homes on a golf course. It is very quiet except for the birds that are always singing. The birdlife is amazing here. We enjoyed watching the variety different birds on the feeders as we sat on the patio every evening Listening to the birds every morning as we wake up was a real treat. The house is spacious and tastefully decorated with fascinating pieces of art and interesting mementos from around the world. Don, the owner is very affable and interesting to talk with. Once he knows you are settled in he gives you complete privacy, yet is available if needed. TV is an online thing we could never figure out so we did not watch TV but rather spent the evenings sitting on the patio talking and watching the birds. Don only charges one hundred dollars a night making this one of the best valued vacation rentals in Las Cruces!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picacho Hills | Property ID 434187

  • 4 of 5

The property is located in a quiet upscale suburb in the hills overlooking Las Cruces. The grounds are nice, the interior is clean, spacious and well appointed. The location requires a short drive to downtown or Old Mesilla. There is one restaurant nearby, but the nearest bar/brewpub etc., is a drive into town.

Our stay at this property should have been an easy 5 stars. We give it 4 however because the owner choose to ring the door bell at 10:00 AM one morning, then unlock the door and ask "Is anyone here"..waking up and startling a sleeping guest while the rest of us were in town.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry your guest felt he/she was inconvenienced. I needed a criticalitem from the house. I waited until 10:00AM. I rang the doorbell. There was no response. I unlocked the door and announced myself. There was no response. I accessed the necessary item from the office and exited. There was never an indication that any person was present in the house. This procedure is the proper protocol in the hospitality industry the world over. I am happy you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 3 of 5

The house is a really big house with all the amenities and in a great location.

The house needs cleaning really bad. There is dust all over the furniture.

The furniture upholstery has never been cleaned.

If I rented the place again. I would contact a cleaning agency to clean it.

I would be extra, but it would give us peace of mind.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I personally clean the house. We live in a desert environment. Dust settles on all the furniture even after the dusting operation. Dust is to be expected in the Desert Southwest.
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Location

Nearest Airport
38 Miles
El Paso International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ump 88 (owned by a MLB umpire)
Nearest Ferry
1600 Miles
Tacoma, Washington
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Picacho Hills Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ump 88, or Picacho Hills Country Club
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Silver City
Nearest Beach
68 Miles
Elephant Butte Lake
Car: necessary

Las Cruces is located in the Chihuahua Desert and is surrounded by the incredible rocky peaks of the Organ Mountains, the San Andreas Mountains, and some of the most beautiful desert landscape in the US. The hiking possibilities are endless as are the activities for the young at heart and at least moderately fit. New Mexico State University has many activities which are community oriented throughout the year.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Picacho Hills, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£345
for 3 nights
From
£75
£2,372
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £75.1
Property Damage Protection £44.31

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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