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Tranquility in the Home of the Anasazi

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


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


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

Matt Brown
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, We speak a little spanish.
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 December, 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 Los Cerrillos

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.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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


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average rating of 4.9534883 based on 43 reviews
Denver, CO

Just what the doctor ordered

  • 5 of 5

A perfect location - close enough to Santa Fe but far enough and privately situated to allow you to unwind in nature. We spent Thanksgiving here with friends and carted most of our kitchen down just to be safe - but the kitchen is well stocked so we didn't touch most of our gear. House is beautifully decorated with minimalist/southwestern art and oh so cozy. Loved the airstream, use if fire pit, and the fact that there is a porch in every side of the house - perfect for sunrise and coffee to sunsets and wine - and all in between. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanting and magical home in a picturesque setting

  • 5 of 5

If you expect a small experience you will be pleasantly surprised by how BIG this home lives, it will raise the bar of your vacation. I won’t list too many treasured experiences so you can pleasantly discover your own. Town of Los Cerillos is magical and the Black Bird restaurant... Cross my heart; I literally had the best burger I’ve ever had! All in all, a perfect getaway destination.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A home with great character, literally at the very end of the road. It was a wonderful contrast to escape from the many tourist . . . tranquility itself. The only issue that we had were the clouds which prevented much use of the provided telescope.

Steve & Jan

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No photo can do this house justice.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful architecture frames stunning views and provides a constant connection to the outdoors. Loved the open to the outside option on the shower. Nice artwork throughout with a sense of humor here and there. The kids loved the Encyclopedia of Immaturity set out in their room and the stuffed racoon was my youngest's constant companion the entire stay.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the top two VRBO's we've ever rented!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely top notch!! Beautiful home, very well appointed, well supplied, and nestled into an unbelievable setting. Thank you so much, Sarah and Matt. (We found the petroglyphs!!!)

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always amazing and this time i got a freak snow storm to add to the magic.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful getaway. Third visit and will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Paa-Ko Ridge or Las Campanas
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £150.1
Damage Deposit £375.25

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 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.