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A Lake, a River, a House - Comfortable Getaway to Nature in the Jemez Mountains

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

Two-bedroom House on a Lake Shore with a Mountain Stream Across the Meadow

Horseshoe Meadow is an 8+ acre homestead established in 1897 along the Rio San Antonio in La Cueva in the Jemez Mountains. Horseshoe Meadow borders the Santa Fe National Forest and comprises meadows, wetlands, old-growth Ponderosa pine stands, a one acre lake and a trout stream flowing through the property. Summer nights tend to be cool and mosquitos and other biting insects are few and far between.

The recently remodeled Lake House overlooks the 1 ac. lake at the south end of Horseshoe Meadow and is surrounded by Ponderosa pines. The house features a living room with dining area and a wood burning stove, a basic kitchen with a sink (hot/cold water, R/O system, garbage disposal), fridge with freezer compartment, microwave and an apartment cooking range, a small 3/4 bathroom with a European shower, and 2 bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed and one with a double bed). The enclosed sun room and the deck offer beautiful views of the lake, a meadow and the ridges west of Horseshoe Meadow. All rooms with the exception of the sun room are heated with central propane heating. Local TV and phone as well as wireless DSL are included.

The person wanting to lease the Lake House needs to be 21+ years old and will have to sign a furnished lease agreement including a water feature waiver at the time of making a reservation and before staying at the Lake House.

Guests can enjoy exploring the surrounding woods, mountains, mesas and valleys or spend the day relaxing along the lake shore or the 600 ft. long stretch of the Rio San Antonio running through Horseshoe Meadow.

To ensure your privacy, the entire property is surrounded by a 6ft fence to the north, east and south. To the west there is a livestock fence on the other side of the stream. The access is protected by a lockable gate. While there is a surveillance camera on the north end of the property (the house is located in the southeast corner), the house/property does not feature a security system.

There are a country store and a restaurant 1.2 mile down the road in La Cueva.

Cell phone service is limited and spotty.

The surrounding Santa Fe National Forest with its mountains, mesas, cliffs, valleys, meadows, hot and warm springs, streams and tall pines offers ample opportunities to engage in activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and much more.

The Valles Caldera National Preserve with plenty of recreational and educational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, guided tours and other programs is just a few miles away. Their new access, use and fee policies have made it much easier and affordable to enjoy the Preserve.

Bandalier National Monument with its beautiful hiking trails and Anasazi ruins, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque with their museums, shopping opportunities, and historical plazas and sites, and many other attractions along the roads can be explored on day trips. There are quite a few dirt roads throughout the Jemez open in the summer months (some of which are better driven in a 4×4 vehicle) to take more adventurous drivers into the back-country for further explorations.

Cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing are favorite winter activities in the Jemez Mountains and at the Valles Caldera National Preserve during the often sunny winter months. The Pajarito Ski Area offers some great downhill skiing and more cross-country skiing trails. The ski area is a 30 mile-drive away.

More Details

Sabine or Brad Shurter
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Sabine or Brad Shurter

The owners have been living in the Jemez Mountains for decades. We love hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in summer and snow shoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. We live about 10 miles from Horseshoe Meadow.

Sabine or Brad Shurter purchased this house in 2006

Why Sabine or Brad Shurter chose New Mexico

While the land is only 10 miles away from our home, it is quite different from our house property and many parts of the rather arid Jemez Mountains. Thanks to the water rights belonging to the land, we can irrigate the pasture and maintain a 1 ac. lake fed by fresh stream water. The shoreline of the stream is a lush tree-lined oasis and thanks to cool nights in the summer, there are not very many bugs. Horseshoe Meadow is frequently visited by ducks, an occasional blue heron or osprey, and other birds who are attracted by the water. There are active beaver colonies along the Rio San Antonio flowing through the La Cueva valley and on Horseshoe Meadow. A rare New Mexico mouse species has been discovered on forest service land north of Horseshoe Meadow. There are many interesting critters on the land and in the water which is the reason why we ask guests to not bring their pets.

The two well maintained over 100 year log cabins under the ancient tall Ponderosa pines at the north end of the property are an added bonus as we both enjoy "old things" from the Old West.

We love the land and its natural beauty, and we love to share this little piece of heaven with guests appreciating nature.

What makes this house unique

The Lake House is located on the shore of a one acre lake. We very much enjoy sitting on the deck under the tall Ponderosa pines and watching a beaver or musk rat crossing the lake, ducks landing on the water or just the sun's reflections on the rippling water surface. The Lake House is cozy retreat for the night and during inclement weather and offers all the basic amenities needed to be comfortable.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Jemez Springs in Sandoval County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk-in shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , One window faces east and one window faces south
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , One window faces south and one window faces west (lake view)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
The property is of particular interest for people who would like to relax in a beautiful natural environment and who like to venture out to hike, ride their mountain bike, etc. while being able to enjoy a smaller but comfortable house at night and during inclement weather. The 1ac. lake, the Rio San Antonio flowing through the land, the meadows and Ponderosa pine tree stands make this property a beautiful mountain getaway in a beautiful area offering many attractions and opportunities for sightseeing and outdoor activities.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

A Lake, a River, a House - Comfortable Getaway to Nature in the Jemez Mountains
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful cabin stay

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at this little cabin. So much so, we're plan on returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cabin at Jamez Springs

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was comfortable and clean.

Our visit was in October and at this time of year the interior spaces are very dark.

We appreciated the outside, sunny deck and BBQ.

Overall, nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The tall pines surrounding the house are shading the area which results in having less direct sunlight entering through the windows. This is quite common for houses located in a forest. For us, living under the tall pines has its own magic.
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Great experience! Very pleased!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at the cabin. The cabin has everything you need...just bring food and you're set. The owners have great communication and gave excellent instructions on accessing the cabin. The cabin is very clean and well kept. On demand hot water system works amazingly and the heated floor in the bathroom is awesome. Wifi was a pleasant surprise and nice as cell reception was poor. Canoe available to paddle around in the lake. We saw several big fish in the lake which made the no fishing rule a bit disappointing (understandable though). The road (hwy126) is fairly close to the cabin and some road maintenance was occurring creating some equipment traffic/noise but nothing real noticeable/disturbing and don't recall any traffic in the evening/night. There were a few people in travel trailers on the property closest to the cabin which didn't quite give it the fully remote/isolated feel anticipated. Overall great experience, very pleased, and would stay again if looking for a cabin in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice response. We hope to be able to welcome you back again some time in the future.
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Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice weekend. The house was clean with several things to do on the property. This is a great rental for one, two, or the family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice review. Please come back any time.
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Cool get away

  • 4 of 5

Perfect for a weekend get away. The owners communication was great. My husband enjoyed fishing at near by Fenton Lake and I enjoyed the local wildlife and cool breeze. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank your very much for your nice review.
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Magical Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spend 5 beautiful days at this cabin. We got to meet the owners, Sabine and Brad who were just wonderful people. They were very accommodating with information regarding the surrounding town. The cabin is very comfortable with 2 good sized bedrooms and a decent sized bathroom. The kitchen is small but just big enough to cook small meals. There's an excellent breeze that comes through the windows as well as very comfy furniture throughout. The small lake (pond?) in front of the house is very serene and peaceful. We saw hummingbirds, rabbits and a woodpecker while drinking our coffee on the porch. Very quiet and relaxing. The only minor issue we had was that the hot water didn't work perfectly, although as soon as we called Sabine and Brad, they came over to fix. But overall, the stay was very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice review. We have been able to resolve the issue with the water heater and haven't had any problems since your stay. Thanks for being so patient while my husband worked on the problem.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Jemez Springs
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Los Alamos
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 126
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
La Cueva
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Los Alamos - Pajarito Mountain
Car: necessary

The town of Jemez Springs is only a few miles down Hwy 4 and offers bars, restaurants, a bath-house fed by a natural hot spring, a library, post office, banking, galleries, and festivals and music events throughout the year.

There are several accessible natural hot and warm springs throughout the area.

Enjoy the educational and outdoors activities at the Valles Caldera NP.

Visit Bandelier National Monument to see the ancient Anasazi ruins, trails and exhibits in Frijoles Canyon and Tsankawi.

Visit the town of Los Alamos with its museum and nature center, sports facilities, restaurants, supermarkets, stores, world-class ski hill, etc. In addition, the town offers a great summer music festival with free shows every Friday night (starting May 15).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Jemez Springs, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

One-time cleaning fee £40 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £242
Tax Rate 6.25%

Above rates do not include any damages, excessive messes or missing items. Guests are responsible for damages, missing items and excessive clean-up.

No pets please.

Please add a $10/day fee per additional person (no more than four occupants total).

Please sign the rental agreement attached to the acceptance email. The access instructions to the property will be sent once we have received the signed signature page of the rental agreement. The agreement includes a hold harmless agreement. Please call for further information.

50% of the rental fee is due at the time of reservation. Refund of the full rental fee with more than 7 day-notice.

If the reservation occurs less than 7 days prior to arrival, the full rental fee will be due when making reservations.

The rest of the rental fee is due 7 days prior to arrival date.
Please consider a Travel Insurance to avoid potential losses in case of cancellation.

Rates are subject to change without further notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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