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Casa Catalpa-Adobe Home centrally located to Santa Fe, Taos, Abiquiu, Los Alamos

Bedrooms 3
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


About the property

3 bedroom (3 Queen,1 Twin), 2 bath, salt water pool, in beautiful Northern NM.

Lovely adobe brick home on 1 acre is centrally located between Santa Fe, Los Alamos & Taos (All are skiing and hiking destinations). Great starting point for your adventures! Named for the Catalpa trees that shade the property it is close to Pueblo Indian Villages, The Santuario de Chimayo, Native Ruins, Hot Springs, Spas, Santa Fe Opera, Mountains, Hiking, Rafting, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Sight seeing, incredible Restaurants, Art Galleries, ....whew.....and, CULTURE, CULTURE, CULTURE!

The home has a private seasonal salt water, solar heated lap pool, multiple outdoor 'niches' for private time or contemplation as well as a screened outdoor eating area. There are well established trees on the property providing soothing shade during the summer months but there are also areas to sit if you want to take in the sun! If you have never stayed in a true adobe home, you are missing out on a great experience. Being surrounded by bricks made from 'Mother Earth' is comforting and relaxing beyond belief. There are 'kiva' fireplaces in both the dining room and the master bedroom and the back bedroom has a beautiful red wood burning stove.

The kitchen has fabulous tile work, is fully stocked with Dishes, utensils, cooking ware (bring your own food) and is equipped with Stainless Steel appliances (Stove, Fridge, Dishwasher, Microwave & Toaster Oven). Although there is no TV reception, there is a television with a DVD player and there is WIFI.

Guests can access the entire house, closets included. Pool is usually opened late May through early September (weather permitting, remember we are high altitude and have 4 seasons). The pool is seasonal and solar heated so in the late Spring and Fall, comfort is dependent on the weather and temperatures. There is a garage for use that fits one car comfortably and additional outdoor parking is available.

Santa Cruz de la Canada is a historic traditional village north of Santa Fe. It was once an ecclesiastical seat of the Catholic Church and the site of a battle during the Taos Pueblo Revolt of 1847. Currently it is a rural farming community of Hispanic, Native and Anglo descendants. Casa de Catalpa is located on State Rd. 76 which is one of the main routes utilized by the pilgrims during Holy Week on the journey to the sacred shrine at the Santuario de Chimayo. You will be approximately 30 minutes from both Santa Fe and Los Alamos, and 45 minutes to Taos and other recreational sites in the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

This is not a hotel or even just a house, it is a home and needs to be treated with the utmost respect, care and love. There is absolutely no smoking on the property. While a good time should be had by all, please note, this is not a wild party house and should not be considered for such a vacation.

If you come with children, they need to be supervised when young. There are custom wall treatments and specialties that make this a beautiful environment and would be very costly to fix, so please, no children that cannot be trusted to know how to respect it. Portable playpen, high chair & sleeping mats can be provided on request.

There is a cleaning fee to get the house ready for the next guests, but you are responsible for your own dish washing, straightening up and general cleanliness. We will take care of bed linens and towels after your stay. Plumbing is on a septic system, please follow rules provided. Fireplaces are there for your enjoyment, please follow instructions provided and supervise children. Use is at your own risk.

Pool Rules: No Lifeguard on duty! Use at own risk, owner assumes no liability for use. Please be respectful of the pool as it can be very expensive to fix issues once they have occurred.

All children must be supervised at all times. Please do not let little children in the pool without the proper attire to prevent contamination of pool water. Please provide life jackets, swimmies or floaties appropriate for you child's age and weight. There are some 'pool noodles' for use by older children who can swim on their own.

Absolutely no glass by pool! Plastic plates and drink ware are provided.

Intoxication and swimming are a dangerous combination, please be responsible. Owner assumes no risk..

Water quality will be maintained weekly by owner, but guests will need to care for daily upkeep such as scooping blown in (or tracked in) debris. Please let me know if you would be interested in having this service provided for an additional fee.

This is a lap pool so it is only 4 foot deep, no diving please. Owner assumes no responsibility for diving accidents.

Exploration of the area will require a vehicle that will meet your specific needs. The country driveway is a bit steep so be prepared. Please let us know your approximate arrival time so that we can greet you and acclimate you to Casa Catalpa. Please let us know if you would like to hire a local guide to Northern New Mexico as we have a great connection for you.

More Details

Joni Holub
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Joni Holub

Originally from NYC, Northport Long Island, & a 3 year stay in Venice Beach, CA (in the 70's), I moved to NM in 1989 and have called it home ever since! I raised my two girls in Los Alamos, NM and now have 6 grandchildren that I adore.

I have been in the Alternative Health field in various capacities for over 20 years. My degree is in Human Development/Healing Arts from Prescott College. I am currently an Independent Shaklee Distributor and I am enrolled in classes to become a Lifestyle Coach.

I am looking forward to meeting you and your family and friends and welcoming you to beautiful northern NM!

Joni Holub purchased this house in 2004

Why Joni Holub chose New Mexico

Back in 2004 I was casually looking for a home in the valley when I happened across Casa Catalpa. It was only the third home that I had seen. I sat down in the shade outside of the house and insisted on making an offer immediately! The property is beautifully shaded and green for this area due to the fact that it has irrigation from the ancient acequia system that runs on the property. I was taken by the comforting, safe, solid feeling of the adobe brick home combined with the abundance of light from the windows lining the front of the house. Between the floor to ceiling windows are 'trombe walls' which provide passive solar heating in the winter making the environmental footprint of this house exceptional and the heat gentle and soothing instead of drying. My supplemental gas heater doesn't even usually need to be lit until somewhere in November!

Casa Catalpa is also centrally located to the things that I love to do such as: hiking, exploring, Pueblos feast day dances, great restaurants, etc., etc......

Having come from the East, and West Coasts, I occasionally need a water fix and the Salt Water Pool provides this for me. There's nothing like coming home after a hot summer day and slipping into the 50 X 8 ft. Lap Pool!

The house is not only great for quiet contemplation but is a great place for holiday gatherings and feasts and is filled with the energy of family and friends.

What makes this house unique

This house is centrally located to all of the beautiful places to visit in Northern NM. It is on the northern most border of Santa Fe County and a great place to launch all kinds of adventures from. The true adobe is comforting and inviting with fireplaces to keep you cozy in the winter and a rare thing in the desert, a pool to cool you off in the summer. You have both desert and mountains close by and the home is surrounded by both Pueblo Indian and Spanish villages. It doesn't get much better than this!

Guestbook comments from the owner

No regrets with our choice to rent this beautiful and charming house while on our business retreat. The location, privacy, and charm would be hard to beat. We were greeted by Joni when we arrived and given a tour of the property and home. And, what a home it is! Joni has done a wonderful job decorating this wonderful property so that you’re comfortable and have everything you’d need. She even went far and beyond having fresh fruit, muffins and coffee ready for our arrival. However, that doesn’t even top the far and beyond. We needed an extra bed and were planning on using her air mattress. Joni wasn’t able to fix a hole that it had in it so she offered a futon mattress. I brought a sleeping bag and was set to have the futon mattress on the floor in one of the bedrooms I’d be sharing with a co-worker. Joni didn’t feel comfortable with one of us having to sleep on a futon mattress on the floor so she purchased a twin bed so we’d be comfortable. You’d think that the room would be crowded given it already had a queen bed in it. That was not the case. The way the room is and Joni has decorated it the twin bed fit perfectly in the space without making the room look for feel crowded. Joni showed a lot of compassion and concern for her clients. I knew at that moment that we’d made the right decision to rent this home. There were five of us total in our party and each of us loved the property and Joni. Without hesitation we’d all rent this location from Joni again.

Fredricka Brown, Institute on the Common Good at Regis University

October 2013
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cuartelez in Santa Fe County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Antique claw foot tub, beautifully tiled, punched tin mirror
    Bathroom 2 - Master Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Full tub/shower, Talavera tile, Washer/Dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Bedroom has a Kiva Fireplace and looks out on garden.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Private patio.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Sleeping floor mats & portable play pen can be provided.
  • Sleeping mats & portable play pen can be provided upon request.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Casa Catalpa-Adobe Home centrally located to Santa Fe, Taos, Abiquiu, Los Alamos
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a wonderful Christmas in this very pretty house. Joni was there to greet us and was so helpful in acquainting us with the house and things to do in the area. She had decorated the house for Christmas which looked lovely and made us feel very much at home. We made use of the 2 kiva fireplaces which was such a treat. The location is great for exploring so much in that area of New Mexico and it would be a great house to be in any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. The home is very private- nestled down off the road. It has 3 comfortable bedrooms and 2 updated baths. The kitchen is gorgeous and highly functional. The owner Joni was great and gave us some tomatoes and eggs from her home garden. The home is 25 min from Santa Fe, 25 min from the spa at Oja Caliente , just 5-10 minutes from Chimayo and 45 min from Taos. So for the High Road is quite a good location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Catalpa! I enjoyed meeting you all! You were wonderful guests and are welcome back any time. Thank you for staying at our home, Joni
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Casa Catalpa was the perfect place to end our three week vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Catalpa was the perfect place to end our three week hiking, exploring, and sightseeing vacation to Colorado and Northern New Mexico. The adobe home was warm and welcoming and the grounds peaceful and landscaped in a way that offered respite after two weeks of hiking in Colorado, where many trails were still snow-covered. There were quiet areas to sit and enjoy morning coffee. The same places offered a serene place to unwind with a glass of wine in the evening while we talked of our adventures of the day and made plans for the next day.

Casa Catalpa was in a quiet location away from city noise yet it was only a short drive to Santa Fe for dining, shopping, and visiting galleries and historic places. It was also close to Chimayo and Taos Pueblo, places we had planned to visit. The kitchen and pantries were well stocked and equipped for having meals in, but (with the exception of breakfast); we chose to take advantage of the wonderful Mexican restaurants in the area. Rancho De Chimayo and Gabriel’s were our favorites.

Overall, our stay at Casa Catalpa was a delightful experience from the moment we arrived until we left. The owner was most gracious and helpful and went the extra mile to ensure we had an enjoyable visit to Northern New Mexico. We have stayed at numerous VRBO properties over the past few years. This is the first time the owner personally greeted us at check-in and provided a tour of the home, pointing out the many amenities, answering questions, and offering useful suggestions to help us make the best use of our time while we were there. She asked about our interests and then provided excellent suggestions on things to do, including scenic and cultural attractions, local art galleries, and great restaurants.

We will definitely plan to stay at Casa Catalpa again if our future travels take us back to that area and will recommend it to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope that you do come back! What a wonderful and enjoyable couple... So glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Catalpa. You were lovely and grace guests that left the house in pristine condition and you are welcome back any time!
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In love with Casa Catalpa!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just spent 6 nights at Casa Catalpa. We had a treacherous night flying in after a Southwest Air shut down so coming to this lovely little gem and spending a day relaxing by the pool, before we got started on sightseeing was just what we needed. The house is lovely, it had everything we needed and the owner Joni was great. Joni gave us great dinner and grocery suggestions and while going out to eat was fun, cooking in the sweet kitchen was just as gratifying. There is nothing better than a day of adventure in the desert, then coming home to have a refreshing swim.

I highly recommend Casa Catalpa, it was very clean, comfortable and perfect for our stay in this great part of New Mexico. Be sure to eat at Rancho De Chimayo and have a swim in Lake Abiqui. Also, a dip in Oja Caliente's hot springs won't let you down.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica, You and your lovely family are always welcome at Casa Catalpa! I enjoyed meeting you all and thought it fun that we met up at Gabriel's restaurant on the last night just by chance! Thanks for leaving the house clean and loved! Joni
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Best accommodations close to Santa Fe

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends stayed at Casa Catalpa during our spring break. We were going to Santa Fe to ski. Case Catalpa was the perfect place to retreat to after a good day of skiing. The house has everything you will need to cook, high end appliances, comfortable beds, lots of sitting areas to enjoy NM. Joni made us feel right at home from the beginning! It as an all around great stay! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really lovely to meet you folks! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Come back in the summer so that you can escape the Texas heat and swim in the pool! Hope to see you again soon. Joni
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Great Adobe Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a really cute house that is centrally located for shopping, skiing and exploring. There are also some great restaurants and Casinos near by. We also went to the Puye Cliff Dwellings, one of the high lights of my trip, that were only 15 minutes down the road. The town of Chimayo, right down the road, also has lots to do.

The home itself is super cute with fireplaces and wood burning stove in most of the rooms. We had Six people and a baby with us and had plenty of room. We cooked in a couple of meals had everything we needed.

Joni greeted us at the home and was really sweet. She had lots of great tips for what to do in the area. We definitely recommend Casa Catalpa!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices for this holiday house in Cuartelez, USA

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Housekeeping fee £120 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cancellation Policy:
Bookings canceled prior to 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund. No refund for bookings cancelled 60 days or less from the start of stay.

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