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Magical Passive Solar Adobe Casita

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 3

Beautiful handcrafted passive solar adobe home set in a rural environment. This is a fragrance free healthy nontoxic natural home with a small carbon footprint situated in Northern New Mexico close to many ancient Indian ruins. Withing 20 minutes to an hour you can visit Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, Ghost Ranch, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Bandalier National Park, Santa Fe, and Taos,

We have the cleanest air in the U.S. with brilliant skies. Experience awesome sunsets from the upstairs balcony.

We welcome all those who would like the experience of staying in a natural organic house powered by the sun with views of red cliffs.

More Details

Harvey Day
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
1 February, 2017

About Harvey Day

I am a semi-retired general contractor. I grew up in Arizona and attended Arizona State University. I love living in Norther New Mexico and enjoy hiking, rafting and skiing. I enjoy meeting people from other parts of the U.S. and abroad. I can help you out with things to visit and great hikes nearby.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in El Rito in Rio Arriba County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • whitewater rafting


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Magical Passive Solar Adobe Casita
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about the property. My wife and I just returned home from a week in this house. We used it as a launching-off point to explore northern NM.

When we travel, we need to stay in places with kitchens as my wife has numerous severe food allergies so restaurant eating is just not an option in most cases. She also has allergies that are set off by strong scents and several common chemicals. Harvey understands this and was a great host and shares our concerns as green living and green building is important to him.

But the best part was never mentioned in any of the reviews of the property. The house has a large atrium that is perfect for breakfast. Just outside the atrium Harvey has set up a structure for the songbirds to roost and always has plenty of seed all around for them. Every morning, we sat and watched the birds and bunnies munching on the seed and suet while we planned our day. It was the perfect way to start each morning. We saw Cassin's Finches, Curve-Billed Thrashers, American Raven, Black-Headed Grosbeaks, and our favorites, two flocks of Scaled Quail.

Harvey is also very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and a blast to chat with.

We love the area and we will be back soon.

Harvey, if you read this, one small suggestion - every morning we saw at least one hummingbird but there is no feeder. If you build it, they will come.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quiet rest for the soul

  • 5 of 5

The casita was cozy, clean and lovely with 360 degree views of the landscape. It would be an ideal place for a person or group seeking quiet beauty, reflection, and an experience of the local earth. The host was very friendly and eager to share knowledge of his home's green construction and conservation. He also directed us to local attractions that might otherwise been overlooked. Our family of three had a lovely time. Thank you, Harvey!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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peaceful, comfortable, well-appointed and convenient

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was everything we hoped for - peaceful setting and comfortable, eco-friendly accommodations. Owner Harvey was a pleasure to meet and his suggestions for local spots to explore were spot on!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

Solar House is a home built with love and skill. Everything you need for a comfortable stay close to Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Georgia O'keefe House. Fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds. Night sky was amazing, great view from the rooftop terrace. Harvey was a gracious host, full of information about local hikes. Loved our few days at Solar House!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adobe Gem

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this property was a wonderful opportunity to see and learn more about this region of New Mexico. The owner met us and showed us the property and offered tips on local hiking, which we used and thoroughly enjoyed. The house is a delightful space, very cozy and comfortable. The light and the spacious views of the surrounding hills were so pleasant when we ate our meals at the huge table overlooking the greenhouse and beyond. Everything we needed for meal preparation was provided with convenient storage and preparation areas. The appliances are full-sized and in great condition. In addition to the very large dining table, there are two smaller spots for meals in the greenhouse and on the patio. We especially enjoyed morning tea on the patio with at least two varieties of hummingbirds coming to feed. In the evenings we were always on the upstairs deck to watch the amazing sunsets and the thunderclouds of the monsoon season. The surroundings are quiet and private and the house is very pleasantly situated. We are definitely planning to visit again at this wonderful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Get Away

  • 5 of 5

The adobe home was simply amazing. The owner created a home that is off the grid and nature friendly. Hanging out in the hammock and listing to the evening rain was better than any prescription a doctor could ever give. From cool mornings and breath taking landscape scenes to colorful sunsets and the smell of sweet sage in the air, this is the perfect get away for a couple or a person looking to relax. Not to far away you can go explore some amazing hiking trails and natural landmarks that will leave you speechless. Ghost Ranch and The Monastery of Christ in The Desert aren't to far away and worth the trip to visit. I shall return!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in El Rito, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £36

This is a fragrance and pet free residence.

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.
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Car: necessary


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