|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
La Mesita Ranch is located in the heart of the Nambe’ Valley, just 15 minutes north of Santa Fe. This lush, quietly elegant private ranch was re-purchased by the original owners – the Pueblo of Pojoaque – and is now available to guests seeking a retreat, a getaway oasis or a celebration destination. Some have called La Mesita Ranch the "Southwestern Downton Abbey". This is because it is a large property with a long ownership history, graced with welcoming, relaxing and comfortable structures and furnishings, and stunning visual surroundings.
Traditional and formally appointed throughout, yet comfortable in its decor and modern in its accessibility, La Mesita Ranch offers guests a rare and beautiful setting to celebrate the special moments in life such as a wedding, anniversary, family gathering or reunion, or golf or girlfriend getaway. The ranch is also available as a unique site and special location for corporate meetings, the movie/film industry or simply, a quiet refuge from the stresses in life.
The gated property – roughly 144 acres in total - offers 5 residential structures (The Grande Hacienda, Barranca Cottage, Badlands Cottage Escondido Cottage, and Ristra Cottage ); some of which date back to the 1930's. The property features indoor and outdoor equestrian facilities, a Large outdoor swimming pool and cabana, tennis court, duck pond, grassy pastures– and is surrounded by stunning native lands, badlands canyons, old Cottonwoods, and verdant Alfalfa fields.
In the eastern distance, views of the Sangre de Cristos are clear and unobstructed; and to the west, sunset vistas as far as the eye can see. There is a view at La Mesita that is like no other view in the Southwest!!
Set apart from the light pollution of the urban settings, starry night skies light up the ranch all year long.
Lovingly and carefully maintained for decades, yet recently updated and modernized, the Pueblo of Pojoaque (a Native American Indian Tribe) desires to share this rare , extraordinary, and distinctive property with others who will appreciate its beauty, its tradition, its activity and its solitude. La Mesita Ranch is located on sovereign tribal land.
This property was never open or available to the public until very recently.
The Heiress that most recently lived behind the gates insisted upon the full confidentiality of all of the staff that worked on the Ranch.
No one in the area knew what was behind the "Gates of La Mesita".
It is just recently that the Ranch has been open to to receive, and to host guests.
There is truly no place more spectacular in the Southwest than La Mesita .Many people call it the "Downton Abbey" of the Southwest, because it is just so amazingly Grand.
You will know why the Ranch has remained such a mystery when you arrive to stay with us.
While talking about the history of LMR, its important that we start with a little history of the area and talk about the original inhabitants of the property, who they were and how it lead to the creation of LMR.
Around the turn of the Century, the Pueblo of Pojoaque was hit with an outbreak of smallpox. Most of the people living in this valley were forced to leave and move to Colorado or the surrounding areas. The Pueblo of Pojoaque sold most of its land, including a large portion, LMR, to a real estate developer.
The Pueblo of Pojoaque has a history that dates back to about 500 AD. And several times during its history the Pueblo has actually relocated or has abandoned its land and come back.
During the 1500-1600 century when the Spanish were exploring North from Mexico searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold they explored through this area, bringing Catholic Missionaries with them. They identified the small villages where the Native Americans were living and in order to catholicize them, they built mission churches in each of those small villages. Each of the mission churches was named after a patron Saint. Santa Clara (Saint Claire), San Juan (Saint John). The churches adopted those names, as well as the small villages. The Term Pueblo actually means village in Spanish. The Spanish tried to catholicize the Native Americans. The only successful Native American revolt of Northern American History happened in NM, in the 1680s, where all the pueblos banded together and flushed the Spanish back into Mexico. Shortly after, there was a re-conquest of the land and the Spanish came and reoccupied the territories again.
Today, Native Americans living in NM use the term Pueblo to identify the tribal nation or reservation that they live on. They refer to themselves as Pueblo Indians or Puebloans. Pojoaque is the smallest pueblo in NM.
La Mesita Ranch is a property that has brought back a piece of Pueblo history to where it started.
Deborah Newman purchased this estate in 2008
In the early 1900s, a 140-acre portion of land was sold to Clarence Mott Woolley. At the time, Mr. Woolley was the president of American Radiator Company in New York City.
The Woolleys bought this land as a summer retreat. It was always intended to be an equestrian property, and they built the first polo field west of the Mississippi. At the turn of the century, it was very fashionable for wealthy families on the east coast to buy properties out west; it was very bohemian of them to bring their artist friends and other large entrepreneurs out here to experience the Wild West. Coming by train into Santa Fe would have been an adventure on its own. Travelling from Missouri to Santa Fe would have been, probably a breathtaking and amazing experience for most guests. Santa Fe was a bustling little town in the Wild West.
When they arrived to LMR, it’s a lush river valley, the climate was cool, and it was a very desirable place to spend the summer.
In the late 1920s, Woolley merged his company with Standard Sanitation to become American Standard - still today America’s largest producer of faucets and fixtures. The Woolleys kept La Mesita Ranch and in the 1930s hired famed Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem to design three main homes. Meem is considered to be the most important architect in New Mexico's history.
The Woolleys lived in La Mesita until about 1959, and in 1959, they sold the property to a gentleman with the last name, Goodwin. He was the current president of the American Standard Faucet Company.
It’s unclear who actually lived on the property between 1959-1980. There are some wonderful rumors and stories, however in the 1980s the property really fell to ruins. There were squatters on the property, many of the structures had been demolished or burned, and it wasn’t until the late 80s when the previous owner purchased the property that it was restored in its entirety to what it looks like today.
No matter the season, there is always beauty to be found here at the ranch and we’re delighted to share it with you. Along with friends and family, we know you'll find your stay enjoyable and memorable. And in the native tradition, we invite you to use this opportunity to experience the peace and serenity the property offers to its visitors all year long.
La Mesita Ranch is the ideal place to unhook and unplug, genuinely relax, sleep in, read, cook and feast, share insights, create memories, laugh and play with children and...just be. Here, you can take an early morning walk as the glorious geese fly in to graze on the winter-dormant alfalfa fields, take a midnight swim, observe the majesty of the horse, rock on the back porch with a cocktail while enjoying the incomparable light of a New Mexico sunset and finish the day gazing at the starry nighttime skies. These and countless other magnificent natural experiences await to be discovered.
The five La Mesita Ranch structures can be leased in total - so that the ranch is privately and solely available to your own party; or in part... whereby you may share the incredible property with others.
First come, first serve defines the calendar at La Mesita Ranch. But don't worry....no matter which approach suits your plans, there is plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy.
Our group of 21 friends (8 couples and 5 single women) rented La Mesita for five nights. It is a gorgeous property with plenty of room, with Santa Fe and other attractions close by. We especially enjoyed the pool area and back porch where we gathered for drinks and appetizers before dinner.
Everything was clean, with workers maintaining the outdoor areas every day. One of the showers in the Badlands cottage didn’t work, but fortunately that cottage has two bathrooms. We reported the problem—hopefully it’s fixed by now.
We hired Keyones to cook all our breakfasts and three dinners, an option I highly recommend. Keyones is a great guy—just a little hard to get responses from in advance—but everything worked out. He goes out of his way once you are there and was very easy to work with. He charges by the hour—five breakfasts and three dinners came to 37 hours. Our three dinners were fajitas, salmon, and steaks, all delicious. Keyones sent us a list of ingredients to buy, and we did all the shopping at Costco in Albuquerque the morning we checked in. There is ample refrigeration space, so storage wasn’t a problem.
The first night we got carry-out lasagnas to heat up, and one of the nights we ate at a restaurant called Rancho de Chimayo, a 15-minute drive from La Mesita. They had a separate room for us, which was perfect for our group, and the food was very good.
For breakfasts, people ate between 9-10 at the dining room table or a small table off the kitchen. Lunches were mostly eaten out. For dinners, we ate in the large dining room bringing in extra tables and chairs to fit all 21 of us. We also used the large room to show an iMovie someone had prepared from our past reunions. There is a large TV mounted on the wall that we all could see.
For outings, we were lucky to be there during the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. Other trips enjoyed were to Bandelier National Monument, Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos, El Santuario de Chimayó, Taos, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Ski Hill to view the fall colors (spectacular), a local Pueblo Feast Day celebration, and the Poeh Cultural Center (very close by).
One suggestion is for Keyones to prepare a number of menus with lists of ingredients, and someone else could work with future guests to arrange meals. When we were there, I saw how little time Keyones has to return calls—he devotes his time to current guests.
All in all, I would recommend La Mesita as a great place for a friends' reunion.
The property is beautiful and stunning. The management was disappointing. Don't count on receiving anything that isn't explicitly covered by the contract, prepare to fight for what's in the contract. The property manager was an enthusiastic sales person and absolutely sold us on the beauty of the property. We had a great conversation and visit. She suggested having their employee cook at the rehearsal barbeque and for each breakfast. She noted there was plenty of parking and accommodations for 20 people to stay on property and 30 rehearsal guests. We were sold. I'll pause here and recommend that you pay careful attention to what is in your final contract. They backed away from fulfilling almost everything that was not in the contract and we had no recourse as everyone mysteriously disappeared for the entire weekend. We unexpectedly had to hire last minute caterers and and rely on our guests for help. List of items offered and largely unfulfilled: 1) 6 round tables and table cloths with seating for 36 people that were offered to us near the pool turned into a refusal to provide any rounds or table cloths which eventually resulted in 3 rounds (which we had to ask for several times) and no table cloths. We had bare plastic tables during our reception, which was unfortunate. They also expressed concern about the number of guests that were going to attend and threatened to add another facility charge. 2) 3 high tops and table cloths on the Badlands patio turned into 2 high tops (which we had to ask for several times) and zero table cloths. 3) 10 tiki torches turned into zero tiki torches. 4) 100 chairs turned into many fewer chairs (which we had to ask for several times). The caterers ended up having to move chairs from the reception area down to the formal dinner table set up. 5) The offer to cater 3 meals for $40 per hour turned into the most problematic departure from the items we all agreed upon in advance. The person started to prep after the BBQ began, didn't serve half the food we asked him to serve (and purchased) and didn't clean up after his prep (so our guests washed his mixing bowls and burger flipping utensils). He still billed us for 4 hours. 6) The person didn't show up at all to prep/cook/clean up for breakfast. So, our guests prepped, cooked and cleaned up for 20 people. This threw off the staging for the other events. There were similar personnel problems with parking, firewood and overlapping contracts with the next set of guests.
We recently stayed at La Mesita for 4 nights, including the night of our wedding. Deborah handled the pre-arrival logistics, including setting us up with the right contact people at the nearby Hilton to contract a room block, guest transportation to town/La Mesita, and a hotel arrival dinner and farewell brunch. Keyone, the on-site manager, was also fantastic, helping us put on a Welcome Party the night before the wedding. Keyone was a great cook!
The venue itself is fantastic for putting on a wedding and relaxing for the weekend. We enjoyed the picturesque Pojoaque sunset from the tennis court, poolside, and while lounging on La Mesita's patios. The grounds are full of colorful flowers and you can tell the entire property was thoughtfully landscaped. Each part of the La Mesita property brings something different to the table; we enjoyed the (nearly tuscan?) arches and fountain and horse stables, the interior courtyards tucked between the houses, and the beautiful lawn by the pool, which was great for croquet and bocce ball.
The interior of the houses equals the exterior beauty, as each house is full of local (both older & contemporary) art. Each house is air conditioned but has plenty of windows to open to take in the cool morning Santa Fe air. Having multiple houses helped with hiding the groom from the bride throughout the day.
We found that our guests loved the exclusivity of having a front entry gate, and were impressed immediately by the beautiful drive into the main part of the property.
All in all, our stay at La Mesita was better than we could have ever imagined, and we hope to be back soon for a family reunion or something similar.
We stayed at La Mesita for our Wedding Weekend and it was incredible. We wanted our wedding party and their significant others to stay together and make the trip to Santa Fe from around the country an entire event. With the 5 houses on the property, the tennis courts, pool, grills, and views, all 20 of us were able to stay extremely comfortably for 3 days. The event space both for the ceremony and the reception was amazing, and we also were able to do our rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding on site as well. The houses themselves are fantastic! Each one boasts a variety of Native American art, welcoming decor and furniture, comfortable beds and full kitchens. The Grand Hacienda is an adventure in itself with the variety of rooms and passageways.
The proximity to Santa Fe was appealing to the visitors from out of town, as was the aspect of remoteness for the locals. All around the location and site itself fulfilled every expectation and then some for our weekend.
The House Manager, Keyone was the icing on the cake. He was always available to help with any and all needs, and made sure that we had everything we needed throughout the weekend. His willingness and capability to take care of our guests and solve any issues with our event was amazing!!!
We had an incredible time at La Mesita and really were fortunate to have come across such a picturesque location for our Wedding!
Six couples had our 13 th annual hiking, golfing, swimming
Jogging, dining, bonding experience in this magnificent oasis in the foothills of New Mexico in mid July. Everything we needed was provided - the rest was up to us and we made the best of it. Would definitely return
This is the thirteenth year our group of has met in an different part of our country. We could not have picked a better place to stay than La Mesita. A classic Northern New Mexico setting, superb accommodations with plenty of space, the beautiful pool (cleaned daily), and the friendly assistance from the staff all combined to provide us a special week. We appreciated the easy access to Chamayo, Bandelier, Los Alamos, the Valles Caldera, Ghost Ranch, and, of course, Santa Fe and its opera. We started each day with a walk on ranch trails and ended it with a group gathering around the pool. We all loved our La Mesita stay and are considering changing our practice of going to a different place each year and returning to the Ranch.
La Mesita Ranch is located 15 minutes north of Santa Fe, on 140-acres of private tribal land and owned by the Pueblo of Pojoaque. It is a working horse ranch, home of the first Polo field west of the Mississippi. La Mesita Ranch is perfectly located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque to the south, and Taos, Los Alamos, Angel Fire to the north and west.
This offers our guests a prime hub spot to experience day trips into Santa Fe, or drive up to Taos for a full day of skiing.
Within minutes of the property also offers two golf courses, casinos, restaurants and night clubs. Native owned galleries and charming, tucked away galleries and specialty shops featuring jewelry, rugs and other native handcrafted items are within a few miles of La Mesita Ranch. Hiking trails, biking trails, shooting venues, wineries and many other day activities.
La Mesita Ranch offers convenient access to all of the outdoor activities New Mexico is known for. The property is also within minutes of Santa Fe and Taos and all other city activities including art galleries, museums, opera, shopping, festivals, restaurants, etc.
The Opera house is only 8 minutes away!
The property offers a prime destination location for Unique destination weddings of all types, sizes and styles. Many weddings at La Mesita Ranch follow a destination wedding concept, with overflow guests staying nearby at our sister properties nearby. Smaller functions, anniversaries, special birthdays and life milestones, family reunions, holidays, girlfriend getaways, the guy's golf week, corporate retreat functions and plain ol' family vacations are enjoyed to the maximum here at our ranch - as the space and residences offer a variety of configurations to suit most desires.
From private Massages in the Peaceful Massage room located in the Main Hacienda, private Curator tours at the Poeh Museum featuring the very best of Native American Art, Santa Fe Chefs preparing exclusive meals for you and your guests, Wine dinners, Pre Opera Dinners, Tequila tastings, High Tea, southwest inspired.... the possibilities are endless.
This Ranch has been totally exclusive and unavailable to the public until very recently..
The previous owner had all of the associates sign confidentiality agreements to never let anyone know of what was behind the Gates of La Mesita.
A visit with us will reveal just how stunning this property is, and what amazing experiences lie behind its gates.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
Spring Months at La Mesita
29 Mar 2017 - 17 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Nights 2016
18 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£402|
|Pet Fee||£40 + Tax|
|Cleaning||£724 + Tax|
Taxes and cleaning fees in addition.
Please call for wedding package details which are different than vacation rental pricing.
Holidays, and Special Events in Santa Fe will be reserved at rates specific to the Holiday.
Call (505) 412-9921 to inquire about rates regarding Indian Market, Balloon Fiesta, Wine and Chile Fiesta!
La Mesita IS available to smaller groups when we are out of season, November through May.
Please call Deborah Newman directly at 505 412-9921 to discuss these special rates.
All payments will be made through Buffalo Thunder Resort accounting.
A 25% "deposit" is required when signing the VRBO contract.
There is a $300.00 refundable security deposit, and a credit card that needs to remain on file.