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Tranquility in the Home of the Anasazi

People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Check out www.estrellabella.com

If you would love to connect to nature, yet have easy access to the joys of Santa Fe, Galisteo, Nambe and beyond ... we think you will love our home sitting on 28 acres in the beautiful Galisteo River Basin. And, if 28 acres isn't quite enough, our 'backyard' is 10,000 acres of pristine BLM land.

Galisteo River Basin is an environmentally protected area. This area is also considered one of the historical locations of the Anasazi, the 'original people', who may have lived here as long as 10,000 years ago. The Basin had as many as 20,000 inhabitants in 8 different Pueblos as recently as 1,000 years ago. Today, you'll only see 3 man-made lights at night but every star you can imagine.

The river is damned up stream, so it flows only during heavy rains. If you are there during the rains, it is fun to walk over to see the raging rapids.

Casa de Estrella Bella gets its name from the amazing amount of stars you'll enjoy in the evenings after a spectacular sunset.

The home is a little over 1,700 square feet and has:

2 Bedrooms - 1 King and 1 Queen Bed

Master Bath and a Half Bath

Loft

Amazing light and views from every direction.

2 Portals for eating under, enjoying the views and grilling (on the south side).

Spacious Living Room and Kitchen in the 'Old Adobe', which has 2 foot thick walls of rammed earth coated in sumptuous traditional plaster. 12 foot ceilings with old beams from an decommissioned brewery add to the relaxed atmosphere. Its warm, cozy and feels like a comfortable pair of shoes.

The home is all new construction with modern appliances, fully equipped everything (including telescope, games, and TV if you really need your fix), and small details that bring the home to life. By the way, Sarah (owner) is an architect and builder ... hence all the wonderful spaces and small details.

If you have extra people, the Airstream fits 5 easily on a Queen, Double and Twin Bed. We've had as many as 11 people stay comfortably, though you may need to take turns with the bathrooms.

Satellite internet and wifi. Its not super fast, but it does the trick. It will not work during big storms, but those do not last too long.

Amtrak rails are on our southern border. They cruise by only 2x a day.

And, the home is filled with both old and new furniture and some nice (at least to us) art we hope you will enjoy and respect (please, no touching).

As for central location:

- 75 minutes from ABQ airport

- 30 minutes to the Plaza, i.e. historic downtown Santa Fe

- 20 minutes to South Santa Fe for movies, malls, etc.

- 35 minutes to Opera House

- 60 minutes to Tent Rocks and fewer to Lake Cochiti

- 75 minutes or less to Bandelier National Park, Puye Cliff dwellings, Los Alamos, Chimayo and Nambe.

- 8 minutes to Madrid (old mining town turned art colony with a couple restaurants and coffee house)

- 0 minutes to hiking, nature, sun, moon and stars.

More Details

Owner
Matt Brown
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, We speak a little spanish.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

About Matt Brown

We've been happily married 21 years. We have a daughter getting ready for college. And, 3 crazy dogs. We met in New Orleans and live in the Bay Area.

Matt Brown purchased this house in 2002

Why Matt Brown chose New Mexico

We were travelling around the Southwest for about a month with our young daughter and dogs, after years of over-working in start-ups. We needed a break. Upon returning to Santa Fe (we'd lived there right out of college (sarah) and law school (matt)), we stumbled upon the land. It captured our heart immediately. The views, the colors, the creatures, the history, the sky, the petroglyphs... everything about it. We bought it on the spot. Raw and ready for us to design and build a home of our dreams. Sarah is an architect and a builder, so the home we are listing represents our efforts to create a sustainable, beautiful, thoughtful space for everyone to connect to and enjoy the land, sky and creatures big and small.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Los Cerrillos in Santa Fe County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Shower has dutch door, if you want to open up to nature.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Loft - 1 Double Bed , This is open loft on the second floor.
    Airstream - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , We've had teenagers crash out there, as well as families.
  • We want to be extra clear that there are 2 bedrooms, that sleep 4 people comfortably. The Loft in the house can sleep another 1-2 (it is roughly a Double sized bed). Other sleeping options are the Airstream (which is heated and air conditioned) or the couches downstairs. The Airstream is a work in progress. It is clean and nice, but has some wires where light fixtures are going to go, and some of the walls have not yet had final coats of paint or had the maps applied (Sarah is wallpapering the entire interior in maps). The couches in the house are NOT pull-outs.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
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:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveller reviews)

Tranquility in the Home of the Anasazi
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews
5

A Quiet cozy secluded spot under the stars!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay here in this beautiful home. Very comfortable and warm for our family ski trip. Views and seclusion were all as advertised, including the amazing sky at night, so many stars!!! Favorite surprise of the trip: a truly awesome shower and walking around in socks on the radiant heat floors after skiing! It was the pampering we needed after a day on the slopes!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Wonderful house and environment to get away and enjoy family and friends!

  • 4 of 5

Where to begin? I will remember with great fondness the time we spent in this beautiful home amongst the mountains. It was a terrific get away for my family. The house is lovely. There is plenty of space in the common areas. We had 6 adults, 2 stayed in the air stream. The first night it was cold in the air stream but then they moved away from the door and were comfy. Accommodating adults only, I'd stick to the two bedrooms in the house ( for 4 adults) and 2 in the air stream. More kids could be accommodated easily but not really great for more adults. The house was clean and well stocked. The only downside is that there are only 1.5 bathrooms and they are side by side on the first floor. The art work is terrific throughout the house; you can tell a lot of care went into the design and decorating of this home. Visiting Madrid and Santa Fe was easy and a lot of fun! Thanks so much!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home, with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

This is such a beautiful home, remote and QUIET. We loved the feeling of seclusion, especially being just about 30 min from downtown Santa Fe. Matt and Sarah really thought of everything you could possibly think of, when they stocked the house. Soft robes, everything in the kitchen to cook your own meals, soft sheets, comfy bed, even toothbrushes if we forgot ours! Great views, and we even got to spend time watching 2 large hawks in their nest, bringing food to their newborns just about 50 yards from the house. (Thanks also for the use of the binoculars and telescope - amazing!) Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Ideal Location and a Wonderful Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I all agree that having our Thanksgiving here was absolutely wonderful! One of the best, if not THE best and certainly most memorable Thanksgivings we've had!

Not only is Casa Estrella Bella a neat house and very comfortable but its location can't be beat! The rugged beauty of its location with hills all around makes it perfect for hiking and exploring. We also did some horseback riding in the little town not far from the house. The sunsets were beautiful and then there is the incredibly beautiful star-filled night sky. Gorgeous! The house is well appointed and we lacked for nothing during our Thanksgiving days there. Indeed we are grateful we found this place.

Because we all were coming from big cities (daughter and son-in-law from NY area), we really liked that this house is not in Santa Fe and yet not far (only half an hour), so we drove in and also enjoyed what Santa Fe has to offer. City folks, like us, can really appreciate the peacefulness and natural beauty of this part of NM. We had such a great time that my family wants this to be the location for another family get-together.

We also greatly appreciate the friendly helpfulness and communication of the owners. They seem genuinely thoughtful about the comfort of their guests. The house has all the amenities and features that makes it an ideal place to rent. We highly recommend it!!

Grace & family

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

AMAZING! Beautiful home, great views! This is the best vacation rental home I've ever stayed in!

  • 5 of 5

There were 8 of us and we utilized both the home and Airstream. The home was loved by all of us! Home was full of staple foods that made things even more homey! The views, sunrises and sunsets were beautiful! Close to Santa Fe and Madrid

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Words can not describe our stay

  • 5 of 5

I am writing this as I gaze at the yellow leaves of the cottonwood trees with mountains just beyond. We are sadly leaving in a couple of hours, but will keep this trip's memories with us forever. Casa Estrella Bella is the most amazing place we have ever stayed. I looked at the pictures and read reviews prior to booking, but believe me when I say...it is impossible to describe the magic of this home. You have to stay here to live it! Every detail of the house was just superb. We enjoyed all of the art displayed around the house, the comfortable furniture, the heated floors, perfect views, and so on. (I could literally go on for days.) We have decided to visit New Mexico annually, so we hope to come back to this lovely home again. Thank you, Matt and Sarah, for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Mindshart
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Paa-Ko Ridge or Las Campanas
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
25
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Hollar
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: recommended

From our home, you can hike to ancient petroglyphs, adobe ruins and throughout the environmentally protected Galisteo River Basin.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Los Cerrillos, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High Season
26 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£451
for 2 nights
From
£145
From
£188
Fri,Sat
£1,186
£3,237
 
 
Fall 2017 Holidays
13 Nov 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£801
for 4 nights
From
£145
From
£205
Thu,Fri,Sat
£1,357
£3,237
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£399
for 2 nights
From
£120
From
£150
Fri,Sat
£972
£2,382
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £160
Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Tax Rate 6.75%

Cancellation Policy:

During standard times, our cancellation policy is

100% if cancelled 14 days prior to Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 8 days prior to Check-in Date
Non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days prior to Check-in Date

For Holiday and High seasons, our policy is

100% if cancelled 30 days prior to Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 14 days prior to Check-in Date
Non-refundable if cancelled within 13 days prior to Check-in Date

Thank you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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