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Big Studio - Loft - Farm Kitchen

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Ranchos de Taos - SERENITY

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

A recent guest described 'Serenity' as 'a small NYC loft transplanted to a mountain paradise garden. It's perfect for the adventurous who want a different experience from "condo within walking distance to the plaza." Which is also fun, we highly recommend it. But that's not this place.

It is our great pleasure to make this very cool compound available to you.

Everything you need in a base camp fully supporting your Taos adventure.

Experience serenity, or peace of mind, here in your own elegant private separate building surrounded by lovely mountain views and extensive flower gardens.

Located in a small, historic farm / ranch neighborhood ('Talpa') just off the road from Santa Fe, about fifteen minutes south of downtown. We're at a kind of node or hub in Taos which puts us about equidistant between Taos Ski Valley to the north, Angel Fire and Sipapu to the east and southeast.

Which is not only great for the winter, but even better in the other three seasons. All three of those ski resort roads (588, 64 and 518) just happen to pass through some of the most gorgeous mountain country you ever saw. Right off these same roads are numerous access trailheads: easy gateways to hiking, biking, fishing, or just river rambling under the pines.

Taos County offers way more roads and trailheads prime for the exploration besides these, of course. It's a good way to get started, though.

Same goes for other kinds of recreational undertakings. Between here and downtown are most of the shopping, arts, commercial and dining opportunities Taos offers. Not that you should neglect all that territory north of Taos Plaza, there be good stuff up there too.

But again, the point being, you can get anywhere you want quickly. You'll be amazed at how we can be so centrally located and yet so quiet and private.

The space itself:

One of its best features, among many, is its flexibility. It offers both spaciousness and intimacy. The studio provides a roomy comfortable communal area and the adjacent kitchen with its big tables doubles for not only food prep but rec room (Monopoly? Art projects?) And the loft works for getting away from everybody as well as for superlative sleeping, especially on rainy nights.

Up to six people can enjoy sweet mountain dreams with choice of standard queen mattress downstairs, new convertible couch (with memory foam) in loft upstairs, or on the pull-out couch. Extra blankets, pillows at hand. Aerobed twin-size inflatables available. Foam jigsaw-style 'dojo' mats snap together for your morning stretch. Ample privacy curtains.

Loft is easily accessible via Doug's beautiful hand-built stairs and is a powerful kid magnet. Also is a romantic hideaway with beautiful views of Taos Mountain and the surrounding foothills.

Or it's just a good place to check your email. If you insist.

1300 square feet hand-built by owners from ground up. Major renovations completed in 2013, making it 100% custom. You won't find a cabin like this anywhere else in the world.

Relax, breathe deep, spread out inside an open space design with high ceilings and big sunny windows. Plenty of room to lay out your gear: Play - work - scheme - dream.

Lean, green, dander and odor-free. No pesticides or herbicides used inside, outside or anywhere else on the property. No scented cleaning or "freshening" products, fabric softeners or industrial chemicals. No need to stray far from soap, water, vinegar and an occasional drop or two of essential oils. It's relatively sparse and clear, no "poof" for miles. Big windows open wide.

A word on Pets: many people travel with their beloved 4-leggeds, we understand. But we believe that many other people value a dander-free, non-allergenic space. We offer an immaculate sleeping / working / cooking / entertaining arena; this is a major amenity.

Having said that, you should know that we are owned by two house cats in the yard. You'll probably see them around.

Other features:

Reliable Wi-Fi. Also, "smart" DVD setup with monitor and a binder full of movies to borrow. Bring your Netflix password along with your devices. No cable. Movie rental store just around the corner with guest arrangements possible.

Utility room with full-sized HE washer/drier, wooden drying rack for parkas etc, hanging rod, bedding shelving. Ironing board and iron available upon request.

Beverage Center offers complimentary coffee, tea, soups, snacks.

Pure well water (not on city water): no fluoride or chlorine.

Pure mountain air. Dark starry skies.

Quiet. Except for birdsong. Occasional traffic.

Privacy absolutely honored. Upon your arrival we activate a special force field around your compound: You Shall Not be Disturbed. Not by nobody nohow.

All-season covered portal around two sides with garden and mountain views. You can smoke outside if you like, absolutely not indoors.

We the owners live and work here on these 1.5 acres full-time, have been here since April Fool's Day 1996. We raised our two sons here, now ages 31 and 27.

Farm Kitchen: 600 sq. ft. of modern, full-sized appliances, artfully-painted concrete floors, wooden country dining table. Great for entertaining family, friends, clients. Quite an amazing room, actually. Cooks will immediately recognize its goodness.

One lovely Labor day we enjoyed a full weekend of food preparation with two of our guests. Together we bottled (and sampled) a new apple / plum wine blend, processed a burlap bag of fresh-roasted chiles, and cranked up a batch of peach ice cream from peaches just picked from one of our trees just off the kitchen door.

Nothing dissolves barriers between strangers faster than peeling hot green chile on a hot August afternoon!.

You don't HAVE to cook in the Kitchen. We recycle a lot of take-out boxes. Why cook when you can pick up a delectable breakfast burrito with your coffee, just down the street? You're on vacation, right? You're also in Taos, NM, Restaurant Heaven. We enjoy playing the concierge role, and recommend a lot of restaurants to a lot of people, but we're realizing that it mostly doesn't matter where you go eat, it will be delicious.

Outdoors: extensive edible landscaping, trees, grass lawns and perennial flower borders offer one of the most beautiful hidden gardens in Taos. Or so we modestly claim. Wander and enjoy.

We grow most of the fruit that will grow here: apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, grapes, currants, chokecherries and elderberries. Have been known to add yeast and sugar with the fruit in a bucket to use up the bounty.

It should be said that our gardens aren't really playgrounds. Most of it is working for a living. We also grow a lot of rocks along with the snowball viburnum and tomatoes, watch your step out there. "Manicured" is not the word. However, our lovely front lawn beckons a blanket, and bare feet delight in the wooly thyme out back. For active kids needing to move: take them into the mountains or a river, just down the road! We provide many pages of suggestions for the many places kids can run, climb, swim, skate, play frisbee golf: check the House Guestbook or the Hospitality Manager app. or ask.

If you're here between March and October, you'll have a chance to be among the fortunate few to experience a genuine colonial-era irrigation system called the "acequia" (ah say key ah). It's what makes it possible for Serenity to be such an oasis here in this high mountain desert country.

We could tell you all about it. But enough about us. What about you?

Theresa and Douglas Webb

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Theresa Webb
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, Danish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016
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About Theresa Webb

Originally from West Texas (El Paso and San Angelo,) lived many years throughout East Coast (New York, Maryland, North Carolina) before returning to native bioregion of Texas / New Mexico.

We live on site, working as video producers, photographers, writers, and developers of alternative energy projects.

Theresa Webb purchased this house in 1996

Why Theresa Webb chose New Mexico

We honeymooned in Taos in November, 1981. We could have saved a lot of time and money if we had just stayed here instead of returning to Dallas. We finally arrived 'home' on April Fool's Day 1996. This property started as a rental, we made it our own a year later and have been working on it ever since.

What makes this house unique

Lots of space indoors and out. Great for groups. Green and non-toxic. Farm Kitchen. Homemade wine. Fertile land with water rights growing a huge variety of edibles and flowers, surrounded by mountains, close enough to downtown.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We so much enjoyed having you! Thanks for choosing us, thanks for such a lovely review. Love your website, by the way. Please come back! T.
Jul 2014
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Big Studio - Loft - Farm Kitchen
average rating of 4.923077 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful and serene!

  • 5 of 5

Theresa and Doug were amazing hosts! The kitchen was huge and beautiful! The home was fully stocked with items you'd normally have at home (and more). Drawers were labeled for easy access of needed items. Beds were comfortable. The yard was beautifully landscaped with flowers, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, etc. the guest house front porch was made comfy and home-like with a hammock and other seating. It was perfectly beautiful and relaxing after a day of hiking. Theresa stayed up late to welcome us and show us around the home. We loved it and will likely return!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a sweet review! Thank you so much. So glad our place worked out so well. We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you and your family, we couldn't have asked for nicer folk. We sincerely hope you return!
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Green and Delightful Oasis in Taos!

  • 5 of 5

We were enchanted to start our summer vacation in Teresa’s and Doug’s guesthouse. Located in Taos’ city limits, their verdant property offers majestic views over the surrounding mountains and Teresa’s natural southwest garden is the perfect location for morning coffee ( way after sunrise !) lazy afternoon tea or evening cocktail. The guest house is spacious, welcoming, well-decorated and fully equipped. The «professional style » kitchen makes you almost want to start cooking instead of exploring Taos. Teresa and Doug are wonderful, warm and charming hosts: they are always available if you have questions . We are already recommending this delightful place to friends and family who would like to visit Taos and its rich cultural environment.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Have you and R. here has definitely been one of the highlights of the summer season. We feel like we barely scratched the surface of everything we found to talk about -- get back here! Soon! Meanwhile, may your lives be blessed, as you have blessed ours. D & T
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Casita Grande Maravillosa

  • 5 of 5

The description of this property on your site is dead on accurate To actually experience it as you walk from your car to the unit and on into the inside of the living area and magnificent kitchen is another story. It is spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Taos area. We had some early risers and later risers and were a little uncertain how the openness of it all would work for us. No problem. The huge kitchen space with the farm table and large stainless steel work space has a French door with two curtains to separate it out from the rest of the unit and provide quiet and darkness for those still sleeping. No problem turning on the lights and starting the day in there. Plenty of plugs to have coffee, make breakfast, check the internet, or read while others are sleeping or in the evening for those who go to bed earlier. There is even a separate kitchen door to the outside so you can walk around to the porch and sit without turning on lights in the "living/sleeping" part of the casita. We arrived on a rainy afternoon and decided to pick some apples after checking with Theresa and to make an apple tart while waiting for the rain to stop. This space was perfect as it rained for the next 24 hours and we had plenty to keep us busy inside with all the offerings made available by Theresa and Douglas. How special for us to have found this gem in Taos.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oasis in Taos

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Serenity. Our hosts were most helpful in providing for all our needs. We cooked most of our meals in the enormous and well stocked kitchen. For each meal we had a choice of 3 different spaces to sit: at the big kitchen table, at the smaller round table in the window of our living room, or outside on our covered porch!! There were only two of us with frequent visits from one other living nearby. There was ample space for all of us at all times! The beds were comfortable, plenty of towels, boxes of kleenex (those of us coming from the East spend time in need of tissues as our body acclimates to dryer air). It was cool when we needed it to be so, and warm when we needed that! The grounds and gardens are a bonus....lovely little areas growing flowers and vegetables. Each day we could pick our own greens for breakfast and tomatoes for our salads, as well as edible flowers galore. For this area having such a lovely garden is very unusual. This garden is watered from the acequia periodically and that whole process is fascinating too as one watches it flooding and then soaking up the much needed water. Your hosts are longtime residents of the area and are willing to provide all the information you might need to enhance your stay. And they are also very respectful of 'your' space and would only come there when invited. Often in the Southwest, homes do not have a lot of windows or at least not large windows (trying to be energy efficient)...this home has many large windows so one does not feel 'shut in' as in other homes of the area. We highly recommend Serenity.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome get a way

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a nice large comfortable and homey get a way for two or large family you have found it. Absolutely easy access to the home. Not too far from town but not in the middle of traffics either. We raised the windows and heard the crickets at night. The mountain view was a bonus to wake up to. The owners go above and beyond to make you welcome. They have created a mini garden of Eden. Ms Terry has thought of every detail and item to make your stay comfortable and easy. You won't be disappointed to stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was such a pleasure to have you here, you are enthusiastically welcome here any time. We're so happy it worked out so nicely for all of us. All our best to you and your family. Come back soon! T.
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Paradise in Taos

  • 5 of 5

Serenity (Theresa&Doug's place) is the perfect place. It's clean, spacious, beautiful, and quiet. Really about as close to a true paradise as you're likely to find in this world of cookie-cutter houses and depersonalized hotel rooms.

During our stay, we used the kitchen a lot - it's almost like a restaurant's kitchen with every kind of gadget you can imagine, a great stove and prep area, full sized fridge/freezer, even a spice rack. The water is well-water and tastes wonderful.

Serenity has a lot of windows, letting in light, but shades for privacy. And although it was during the heat of the summer with temperatures 85 and up (probably 95 one day), the place never got above about 75 degrees, and this is without A/C, so we could always enjoy the fresh air instead of stale A/C air.

The gardens and walkways around the property are open to exploration, so we walked around them a lot and enjoyed the Eden-like quality of the place.

Serenity is in Ranchos de Taos, sort of a suburb of Taos. Ranchos de Taos is a wonderful area, rustic, secluded, but conveniently not too far away from Taos, about 2 miles (a 6-minute drive) to get to the main street and probably 12-13 minutes to drive to the Taos square.

Theresa and Douglas offered incredible hospitality and generosity during our stay, helped us out with a few things we'd forgotten to bring and let us eat some of their raspberries which were ripening. They provided advice about good places to shop, hike and explore. When we needed something, they were very responsive, and when we wanted to be left alone to work or enjoy the place, we found restful silence.

Serenity is a fitting name for such a restful place! We hope to stay at Serenity again the next time we're in Taos!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
137 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Old Martina's
Nearest Ferry
1000 Miles
Los Angeles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
NM 68
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Trading Post
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Beach
1000 Miles
Los Angeles
Car: necessary

We're in a small rural neighborhood on a maintained county dirt road easily accessible to the two main roads heading into town.

You're within 15 minutes of everything you could desire, from hiking to shopping to fine dining to museums.

A full-service fitness spa is just around the corner and they accept guests for a small fee.

Some of the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, galleries and antique stores are at this south end of town. We even have our own plaza including the famous St. Francis de Assis' cathedral, one of the oldest and most-painted/photographed in the state.

Because you're in a rural area, instead of right in the middle of the crowds and traffic of downtown, you can more readily experience the beauty of Taos and our blessed 4-season lifestyle in peace and harmony.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
16 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Spring Break
24 Feb 2017 - 3 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £123
Cleaning Fee £41

Rates are subject to change until reservation confirmed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ranchos de Taos, USA

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Sparkling clean. Ample towels. Amenities: hair dryer, shampoo.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , convertible couch sleeps 2
    Main bed - 1 Large Double Bed , Conventional mattress
    Couch - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen sleeper couch downstairs
  • Open-space studio design, privacy curtains. Queen bed, desk, bookcase, bedside tables. Loft: queen bed, storage shelves, upstairs mountain views. Memory Foam. Downstairs couch pulls out into queen bed..
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Local spas and fitness clubs provide short-term memberships; there's one right around the corner.

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