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Paradise Pond Casita Perfect for Nature Lovers

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Santa Cruz - Paradise Pond Casita

One bedroom, 1 bath, living room w/kitchenette, stunning pond views on 8 acres

Located in the historic village of Chimayo, New Mexico this property is ideally located to tour all the sites of Northern New Mexico and return to the peace, beauty and comfort at Paradise Pond. Paradise means water - a large half acre pond sits in front of the casita. Acequias (traditional irrigation ditches) flow down the East and West sides of the property by water rights agreements going back to the 1690's. The Pond overflow creates a charming stream that snakes back and feeds a wetlands area before pouring into the Santa Cruz River - all on our 8 acre lot. All this water creates large cottonwood forests and lovely garden areas. Miles of hiking are also minutes away on BLM land where you can hike, bike or horseback ride through the red rock barrancas for miles. All the attractions of Northern New Mexico are within day trip distance - Santa Fe, Taos, Abiquiu, Ojos Caliente, Indian reservations, Nambe, too many to mention them all.

The casita is one bedroom with a king bed, a living room/kitchen combination room with a kiva fireplace and large glass patio doors with the pastoral view of the pond and fields, 1 bathroom with a tub/shower and a private patio. It is connected to the main house through a sunroom. Owners will help you plan your trips or give you total privacy. Private entrance, lots of parking. The living room includes a full size futon bed. Sleeps 2-3.

Chimayo is the home of the Sanctuario most well known for it's Easter pilgramage still practiced by many locals. Pilgrams walk day and night to come to Chimayo for the Easter holiday. The Sanctuario is open for visitors and is still an active congregation. The traditions of Chimayo are still practiced today including the room of blessed healing dirt. You will also find the best vendors of Chimayo authentic chili there and sample it's green and red goodness. Historians credit Chimayo with having the most intact (still lived in) Spanish Colonial Plaza in New Mexico. Many if not most of the residents of Chimayo are descendants of the Spanish settlers from the 1600's. A museum open in the summers next to Ortega's Weaving Shop will explain. Many art galleries and weavers are in Chimayo and the region. There is a wonderful local restaurant with beautiful hillside tables called 'El Rancho de Chimayo' that has great classic northern New Mexico meals.

Paradise Pond is perfect for artists, writers, photographers and others who want a peaceful and inspiring natural place to work. For the adventurous it's also centrally located for day trips: 35 minutes to Santa Fe, 60 minutes to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, 55 minutes to Taos, 45 minutes to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, 45 minutes to Abiquiu (and Ghost Ranch) or Bandelier National Park. There are hidden treasures throughout the region and the hosts have a lot of knowledge of some off the beaten path spots to visit. We will help you plan your trips if you need local advice. Many events are also worthwhile such as the Native American Ceremonial Dances, Santa Fe's numerous Markets, the Christmas Eve Canyon Road Walk and many more.

So stay and relax or go exploring or both. Either way you will enjoy your stay in beautiful Northern New Mexico.

Please be aware, there is no television in the casita and our internet can be very slow at times.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jan Deligans
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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22 November, 2016
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About Jan Deligans

Tom is a Solar Project Manager for Positive Energy in Santa Fe and Jan is a lifetime student of growing food and living sustainably. This is their biggest project yet - a 3200 square foot active and passive solar house with solar radiant heat, solar hot water, and the water in the house is all rain catchment. The eight acres will be developed into a working organic farm and permaculture food forest. If you have interest in energy or food sustainability we will be glad to give you that tour of the house and grounds.

Jan Deligans purchased this house in 2012

Why Jan Deligans chose New Mexico

After living south of Santa Fe for eleven years, Tom and Jan looked around for a place that might allow for a large hobby farm. When they saw Paradise Pond, that was it. Perfectly located in a traditional acequia village that still operates in the traditional way of the local people digging the acequias by hand each year and creating community and distributing water through the work of the local people - no fossil fuels required. Throughout the world there are few viable acequias left. Some of the best are in Northern New Mexico. Tom and Jan are thrilled to have found such a unique and beautiful spot and want to share it with others.

What makes this house unique

This house and property was developed in 1997 by Frances Harwood, a well known local anthropologist and solar pioneer. She lived here completely off grid - but this isn't your usual conception of an off grid house. She combined abundance, elegance and beauty with ecological nature-based solutions to create an oasis of beauty that also provides own energy and water. She founded Ecoversity in Santa Fe and was a true visionary in eco living. Her untimely death in 2004 for a while left her vision behind. We want to honor what she started and have felt that her vision was in kindred spirits with our own. In the Santa Fe tradition, her work does live on and we are enjoying discovering all the wonders of her life's work through this land and this house.

Since we only have the one vacation rental, we can provide the service you want to make your vacation ideal for you. If you need quiet and privacy, that's what you will get. If you prefer someone to help you plan your day, we can do that too. Let us know if you need something unique - this is a unique place and you deserve some individual attention.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Paradise Pond Casita Perfect for Nature Lovers
average rating of 4.7966104 based on 59 reviews

A Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

This lovely place is ideally situated for making day trips to Taos, Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente and Abiquiu (Georgia O'Keefe country). El Sanctuario de Chimayo is just a few miles away. But you may want to just sit on the shaded patio by the pond, drinking cappuccino (Yes! There is an espresso machine), watching the birds.

All is convenient and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked. Bring your own food and/or enjoy wonderful meals at nearby Rancho de Chimayo. The bed feels luxurious. Sliding glass doors in the living room overlook the pond.

The owners, Tom and Jan, are so welcoming and helpful, but never intrusive, that you will feel right at home.

My friend and I stayed here toward the end of October for three nights and regretted not having more time here.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Paradise Pond

  • 3 of 5

Paradise Pond is as pictured, a quaint little casita with a healthy pond full of colorful wildlife.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, peaceful place

  • 4 of 5

Lovely, peaceful place in an area with lots to see, with great landscapes and history.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely time at Paradise Ponds Casita

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week at Paradise Ponds casita very much. Jan and Tom were gracious hosts, giving ideas regarding activities and hikes in the area. They loaned us their personal maps and books about the wildlife in the area (we had forgotten our bird book at home) and did everything possible to make us comfortable. Day trips to surrounding areas (Los Alamos, Taos, Santa Fe, Bandeliero etc.) were an easy drive from the casita. Good restaurants were only a few miles away. It was nice to arrive back at such a peaceful location after a day of exploring.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The casita is warm and cozy. The area is beautiful and friendly. Great place to hide from the world and totally relax.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As described - Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Within minutes of seeing this beautiful place and meeting Jan, I was trying to plan a return trip to stay for more time. It's a beautiful spot with warm and thoughtful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Car: necessary

Centrally located between Santa Fe and Taos just off the High Road to Taos Scenic By-way - Highway 503. Driving times to Santa Fe - 40 minutes, Taos - 50 minutes, Los Alamos - 30 minutes, Espanola - 10 minutes, Ojos Caliente - 30 minutes. Many local attractions are within 45 minutes driving time - ruins, parks, Indian festivals, Nambe falls and lake, Santa Cruz lake, fishing, skiing, hiking, scenic drives, it is the heart of Northern New Mexico.

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Tax Rate 6.5%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Santa Cruz, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath has a custom tiled sink, beautiful orchid pink diamond plaster accent wall and a full tub/shower combination.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Living Room with Futon - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The double size (full size) futon/sofa is in the living room
  • The romantic southwest themed bedroom has authentic local vigas and diamond plaster turquoise finish. Has a king size bed and armoire for clothes. Large window with pond and garden views.
  • Books ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
The living room includes a full size fouton to sleep 1. This passive and active solar home welcomes and lives seasonally. In summer, you open the windows in the cool nights and embrace the sounds of nature - birds and frogs entertain. In winter, the kiva fireplace and the solar hot water floor heat keeps you warm. A four season climate welcomes the joys of the seasons and we use passive solar means to comfort whenever possible. Come to Paradise Pond to immerse yourself in the sounds and joys of each season. Tom and Jan are always available if you want local advice to plan your trips, but we also respect your privacy.

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