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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.
What a great casita at Paradise Pond! We really enjoyed our stay at this rental. There were so many great things about the place, I don't know where to start. The fireplace made the large sitting room super cozy and the kitchen was very well equipped. The espresso maker with coffee was a real treat -- my husband and I bought a similar model after our stay because we loved the coffee so much. Our hosts Jan and Tom were wonderful -- quick and effective communication and lots of info for our stay.
If you want to get away from cities while travelling, this is the perfect place. Such a beautiful setting, even in the depths of December, and very easy to get to great hiking and sightseeing. I wish we had planned to stay here longer.
Clean and private. The bed was so great. Very comfortable and hosts were so accommodating. It was private even though the owners live on site. We will visit again in warmer weather when we can observe more animals that visit the property and hike. Lovely for a quite retreat for renewal and rest. Great espresso maker!
My wife and I arrived at Paradise Pond and were immediately greeted by the owners Tom and Jan. To our surprise an otter had just arrived the week earlier and was now part of the pond family of beavers, ducks, fish, and frogs. The pond is like nothing you have seen and was architecturally engineered to produce an amazing aquatic preserve. For a week, we watched the otter play, feed, sun, and "control" his new environment. Good or bad, this is a natural evolution of the pond that the owners are willing to let play out -- Kudos to Tom and Jan! If you want to see the life of an otter and beavers from your back porch, this is the place to go. We will personally probably never see this in the wild again unless we are at Paradise Pond. The rental was great. No TV -- this was a bonus for our time of enjoying the New Mexico trails and time together. The rental is attached to the home of Tom and Jan and separated by a solarium type room, but the design provides great privacy. Tom and Jan are filled with mountains of information about the area and are a great resource. Don't miss El Paraqua restaurant found at the turn in Espanola -- best of the best!! WiFi was a little sketchy and could probably use an "extender" for the rental. Bring a book or magazine and enjoy the top of the line Espresso Machine sitting on your sun-filled porch watching the pond. This is one of the best buys we have found on VRBO between New York and Hawaii. We plan on going back this month or next for a 3-day break and enjoying the paradise once again.
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.
Paradise Pond is as pictured, a quaint little casita with a healthy pond full of colorful wildlife.
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3 night minimum stay
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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.