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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.
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
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.
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.
Lovely, peaceful place in an area with lots to see, with great landscapes and history.
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.
The casita is warm and cozy. The area is beautiful and friendly. Great place to hide from the world and totally relax.
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.
We so enjoyed our brief stay and would love to return. The casita was perfectly suited for us since we wanted some peace and quiet yet the sights around Santa Fe were accessible. Jan was so cordial and could be relied on for good info should you need it. I especially enjoyed just sitting on our little patio and reading only to look up and see a humming bird or watch a fish jump in the pond. There are two resident beavers and I got to see one cruising in the early morning! Binoculars are waiting for you on the window sill.
What a wonderful week I had at the casita by the pond. I came for a week of solitude and retreat, and this was just the place. Being from New Mexico, it was wonderful to get back to a rural area where old traditional culture still has significance and constancy. But the antiquity of the state is what I always loved anyway.
The casita is comfortable, and well equipped with everything I needed, in the kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom, matching exactly what I was expecting from the description. Everything was beautiful and clean. Jan and Tom were available for questions, and easily explained where everything was and how everything worked. The adobe construction feels like being held within the warm earth herself. If you are not familiar with this, it is a treat to those who appreciate that type of organic, natural environment. Very fine to be both inside the casita, or sitting out on the patio, watching birds and wildlife on and around the beautiful pond. The garden areas and projects going on there were also wonderful to see! Especially new uses for very old water rights. I also enjoyed eating a few times at the wonderful Chimayo Restaurante nearby--amazing chile and great sangrias! I am already looking forward to planning another trip back next summer/fall.
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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3 night minimum stay
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