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Casa Paloma - Centrally Located Abiquiu Gem: great views, roomy, gourmet kitchen

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 BR, 2 bath in the Heart of Abiquiu near the Lake, Ghost Ranch & Ojo Caliente

"Casa Paloma" is centrally located in Abiquiu (w/ good roads in! - a Prius can get to our house). Pete & I have just spent the fall & winter & into early spring in our new New Mexican home, thoroughly enjoying our time there. We stayed with an eye to updates & making it a comfortable stay for our summer/early fall guests. We've added additional seating to the lovely portal & viewing patio, as well as a glass table for outdoor dining on the portal. Pete has even built a solid picnic table for the back patio, outside the kitchen, for breakfast dining, or shady meals in the afternoon or evening. He also built a fine, new 'convertible' bench/table for the upper balcony, for meals there or creative endeavors. We have many artists who enjoy the breathtaking views that Paloma offers (myself included) & we have made it possible to work from several locations.

We have also added new 'SmartSheers' in both bedrooms, to block the hot afternoon SW sun. Our kitchen is roomy & we love to cook many a gourmet meal there - so bring your groceries in & enjoy! (We supply spices & herbs, condiments, usually coffee & a small selection of teas. We also offer dish & laundry detergents, a washer/dryer - & even a clothesline, which I use regularly...) We left Casa Paloma in mid-April, kicking & screaming as we have loved our stay there in NM so much - but we leave a beautiful, comfy home for you to use as headquarters for your own northern NM adventuring... We ask that you be respectful of our home & hope that you also thoroughly enjoy the beauty & majesty of place that it offers, there above the El Rito creek bosque. (We listened to it happily gurgling below us during our entire stay. Oh, & did I mention the incredible quiet nights & those unstoppable stars?... If you're looking for a private, natural getaway, Casa Paloma is IT...)

We are in the middle of many historic & recreational sites: Carson Nat'l Forrest is 4 miles north on 554; El Rito village is 8 miles north; the old Abiquiu village is about 7 miles away, along w/ the Abiquiu PO & Rising Moon Gallery - where many local artists display their talent. Bode's General Store, where locals & visitors gather for food & cheer, groceries & gifts, is across the road. Just up Hwy. 84 is Abiquiu Lake - w/ summer recreational activities & beautiful views. Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe painted, is just beyond about 25 minutes from Casa Paloma). Ghost Ranch now offers many workshops, plus hiking & horseback riding... Close by is Christ in the Desert Monastery, where one can drive 14 scenic & bumpy miles to secluded peace & check out what the Monks are doing (when not making the fine ale they sell at Bode's...). Echo Amphitheater is nearby & a bit further up the road is Chama & Tierra Amarilla, two charming northern New Mexico communities. These are on the doorstep of Pagosa Springs - in Colorado. Durango - a lively little western town - is just 3 1/2 - 4 hours from Casa Paloma. The ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde are just west of Durango - and the Four Corners of UT/AZ/CO & NM are just beyond that - so all this adventure is just one days drive away!

Los Alamos glows directly south of us, with a fine library, a swimming pool, a large & modern Smith's grocery store - and all the scientific history of atoms & bombs one could imagine.

Jemez (hot) Springs; Bandelier Nat'l Monument; the ancient & verdant volcanic caldera of Valle Grande & Puye Indian Ruins are all right in this area. Any one of these (or a combination) make for a fine day's exploratory of culture & natural beauty within a 45 minute drive. Any of these offer wonderful hiking opportunities.

Golf?... Well, there are two terrific desert courses! Black Mesa Golf, just south of Espanola, is a half an hour away & offers very nice greens. Buffalo Thunder Casino, about 15 minutes further south, towards Santa Fe, has a terrific (Hilton Resort caliber 27-hole) course, with food, drink & gambling waiting in the wings.

Hiking is everywhere you turn, out in these huge, vast-skied lands, starting with walking out the driveway & down the arroyo, just below us on Fort Defina Drive. We've hiked through the 'neighborhood' and have thoroughly enjoyed the climb & the trails that meander right here at home (a terrific area to walk your dogs). Photos & views abound.

Plaza Blanca - famous in Abiquiu for its geology & beauty - is about 5 miles away, down off of County Road 155. If you're a hiker, you cannot miss a stay here without a least one mind-boggling trek in to these awe-inspiring white cathedral rocks. (An interesting tidbit is that the closing scene of "Cowboys & Aliens" was filmed in Plaza Blanca.)

And, of course, no visit to Abiquiu - O'Keeffe country - is complete until one has explored Santa Fe, only an hour's drive southeast. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum awaits you, in the historic Plaza, as well as an untold amount of galleries, boutiques, fine shopping, fine dining, an abundance of grocery stores & antique shops... the list is endless.

The Rail Runner train can take you on down to Albuquerque, even, to explore Olde Town!... So MUCH to do; so little time...

If you want to explore the ancient church with the famous 'healing dirt' the 200-year-old El Santuario de Chimayo' sits outside the old village of Chimayo'. This is one of my personal favorites in the area, with a blend of Catholic history & mysticism that moves my spirit to tears. This is known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest"; thousands pilgrimage here annually for the "tierra bendita" at Easter and at Christmas. Be sure to allow time to explore el santuario & its adjacent chapels & gift shop. Afterwards, I suggest you take in a meal at the Rancho de Chimayo' Restaurante, a local favorite, full of old Mexican atmosphere, great food, & both indoor & lush outdoor dining.

A trip to Taos is an hour, or so, further north, either along the "River Road" (paralleling the Rio Grande) or explore the "High Road", through tiny & creative ancient villages. One of them is Truchas (where "The Milagro Beanfield War" was filmed in the 1970s. Robert Redford directed this timeless movie. It became the village of Milagro - where miracles still do occur.) Other villages along the High Road are Cordova, Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas & Penasco - all creative centers - winding into Rancho de Taos. Here you will find one of the most photographed churches in America: Santuario San Francisco de Asis. Taos, itself, offers up its own Plaza & culture, as well as the historic Taos Pueblo, where Tewa Indians still make drums.

The Abiquiu area is a magnet to history, creativity, culture & natural beauty. Please enjoy your outings, then return to our portal or patio & relax into a quiet night of brilliant stars in a vast open sky. Casa Paloma awaits.

More Details

Owner
Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2017

About Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini

Pete & I have been coming to the northern New Mexico from Virginia for 15 years now, falling more & more in love with the unique ancient lands, the turquoise skies & red rock mesas. The Sangre de Christos are captivating. So a couple of years ago, we decided to buy into our dream of coming here to 'land & stay awhile'. Pete just retired: I paint & write & one does not retire creativity, so we've set up a studio in part of Casa Paloma. I've now begun a series of paintings on local coyotes while there in the winter, which now adorn the walls leading to the upper bedroom suite. Meanwhile, you can come & be creative in any way you should chose... Painting, writing, poetry, photography... Or simply just reading about the local area & all of its deep history. Paloma, & this spiritual Abiquiu area, quietly stir the creative juices in one's soul... Come join us & enjoy the absolute peace of place that we happily share with you when we are away.

Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini purchased this house in 2015

Why Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini chose New Mexico

In our search, many properties for sale in Santa Fe & Abiquiu were out of our league, financially. We reached w/ this purchase, as it was a bit of a fixer-upper. Pete & I spent the month of April in Abiquiu in 2015 upgrading our new home. We updated plumbing (including a brand new kitchen faucet, a pump for the Jacuzzi upstairs & a water softener. Soon after a brand new, water-efficient was installed downstairs). We also painted, inside & out, including re-treading many of the deck steps & giving it several new coats of paint. We also cleared the "Goat Heads" (evil sandspurs) out of the yard, a despicable task. (You & your dogs will thank us.) Our sweat equity is your sweet gain, as all y'all have to do is come & enjoy some downtime in this lovely home & surrounding areas. Oh, & yes, in April of 2015 we added a large Terra Stone 'viewing' patio to the front, & in the fall we came back & built a multi-level wall to flow with the land around it. We commissioned an iron entry gate to be built, then Pete & I finished it beautifully in "Southwest style". We also completed a large (3,000 sq.') dog run outside of the patio & 'rabbit-fenced' a couple of garden areas around it. Pete has built a large picnic table for the shady back area & a convertible bench for the balcony while I interwove the coyote fencing, as part of the dog run. Lots to love!

Oh, & yes - there are the endless miles of walking, down to the arroyo below us, or on the plateaus above us, for walking the trails & enjoying magnificent landscapes, without ever even getting in your car.

What makes this house unique

We chose this home for several reasons: one, we liked how centrally located it was to everywhere we wanted to be, see, or do. The roads in are also better than many. But it was the lay-out of the house than sealed the deal. We love the Ponderosa pine beams throughout the downstairs, the Mexican tiles in both baths, the open & airy quality & flow of living - and the quaint wood stove built into the SW fireplace, w/ its nooks, crannies & nichos. Pete & I both enjoy cooking, so the kitchen was a lovely bonus, w/ spaciousness for two to cook-up a feast. (We have left spices & herbs for you to enjoy w/ your own culinary creations - & there are many cookbooks, as well. Oh, & we have two coolers for you to use, when you go to Santa Fe or Los Alamos for groceries: a larger one for perishables & a smaller one for picnics. There are also a few cloth shopping bags, as Santa Fe has banned plastic.)

The views are magnificent, so typical of this area, from most windows of Paloma. One sees the Jemez Mountain Range directly from the portal, w/ the old triangular 'walls' where the caldera (volcano) used to be behind them. There, of course, is Cerra Pedernal, appearing ghostly in the ever-changing skies, & the entire Sierra Negra range is to the west of us. Just to the north is a fascinating red mesa that Pete has dubbed "Laura's Mesa" that I have truly fallen in love with: it will be one of my first subjects for oils, on return. It is far more intricate & challenging than it seems... (I know; I tried to catch the intricacies in a sketch.)

And the skies... What can one say about Abiquiu skies? Except that they are endless & eat the mountains & swallow the earth & they change constantly, the Drama Queens of New Mexico, day or night. Come, see for yourself. Sit on the viewing patio or the portal, or have lunch on the shady patio behind the house, & just breathe it all in. One need not leave Casa Paloma to enjoy your stay. But still, there is SO much to do just outside your door ...

Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
4.7 Miles
Corner of 554 & 84
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Black Mesa
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
4.7 Miles
84
Nearest Restaurant
4.7 Miles
Mamasita Pizza
Nearest Ski
48 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

"Casa Paloma" is centrally located in Abiquiu (w/ good dirt roads in! - a Prius can easily get to our house) to many historic & recreational sites: Carson Nat'l Forest is 4 miles north on 554; El Rito village is 8 miles north; the old Abiquiu village is 7 miles away, along w/ the Abiquiu PO & Rising Moon Gallery - where many local artists display their talent. Bode's General Store, where locals & visitors gather for food & cheer, groceries & gifts is across the road. Just up Hwy. 84 is Abiquiu Lake - w/ summer recreational activities & beautiful views. Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe had her gallery, is just beyond. Now Ghost Ranch offers many workshops, plus hiking & horseback riding... Close by is Christ in the Desert Monastery, where one can drive 14 scenic & bumpy miles to secluded peace & check out what the Monks are doing (when not making the fine ale they sell at Bode's...). Echo Amphitheater is nearby & a bit further up the road is Chama & Tierra Amarilla, two charming northern New Mexico communities. These are on the doorstep of Pagosa Springs - in Colorado. Durango - a lively little western town - is just 3 1/2 - 4 hours from Casa Paloma. The ancient Anazasi ruins of Mesa Verde are just west of Durango - and the Four Corners of UT/AZ/CO & NM are just beyond that - so all this adventure is just one days drive away!

Los Alamos glows directly south of us, with a fine library, a swimming pool, a large & modern Smith's grocery store - and all the scientific history of atoms & bombs one could imagine.

Jemez (hot) Springs; Bandelier Nat'l Monument; the ancient & verdant volcanic caldera of Valle Grande & Puye Indian Ruins are all right in this area. Any one of these (or a combination) make for a fine days exploratory of culture & natural beauty within a 45 minute drive. Any of these offer wonderful hiking opportunities.

Golf?... Well, there are two terrific desert courses! Black Mesa Golf, just south of Espanola, is a half an hour away. Buffalo Thunder, about 15 minutes further south, towards Santa Fe, has a terrific (Hilton Resort caliber 27-hole) course, with food, drink & gambling waiting in the wings.

Hiking is everywhere you turn, out in these huge, vast-skied lands, starting with walking out the driveway & down the arroyo, just below us on Fort Defina Drive. We've hiked through the 'neighborhood' and have thoroughly enjoyed the climb & the trails that meander right here at home (a terrific area to walk your dogs). Photos & views abound.

Plaza Blanca - famous in Abiquiu for its geology & beauty - is about 5 miles away, down off of County Road 155. If you're a hiker, you cannot miss a stay here without a least one mind-boggling trek in to these awe-inspiring white cathedral rocks. (An interesting tidbit is that the closing scene of "Cowboys & Aliens" was filmed in Plaza Blanca.)

And, of course, no visit to Abiquiu - O'Keeffe country - is complete until one has explored Santa Fe, only an hour's drive southeast. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum awaits you, in the historic Plaza, as well as an untold amount of galleries, boutiques, fine shopping, fine dining, an abundance of grocery stores & antique shops... the list is endless.

The Rail Runner train can take you on down to Albuquerque, even, to explore Olde Town!... So MUCH to do; so little time...

If you want to explore the ancient church with the famous 'healing dirt' the 200-year-old El Santuario de Chimayo' sits outside the old village of Chimayo'. This is one of my personal favorites in the area, with a blend of Catholic history & mysticism that moves my spirit to tears. This is known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest"; thousands pilgrimage here annually for the "tierra bendita" at Easter and at Christmas. Be sure to allow time to explore el santuario & its adjacent chapels & gift shop. Afterwards, I suggest you take in a meal at the Rancho de Chimayo' Restaurante, a local favorite, full of old Mexican atmosphere, great food, & both indoor & lush outdoor dining.

A trip to Taos is an hour, or so, further north, either along the "River Road" (paralleling the Rio Grande) or explore the "High Road", through tiny & creative ancient villages. One of them is Truchas (where "The Milagro Beanfield War" was filmed in the 1970s by Robert Redford, who directed this timeless movie. It became the village of Milagro - where miracles still do occur.) Other villages along the High Road are Cordova, Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas & Penasco - all creative centers - winding into Rancho de Taos. You will find one of the most photographed churches in America: Santuario San Francisco de Asis. Taos, itself, offers up its own Plaza & culture, as well as the historic Taos Pueblo, where Tewa Indians still make drums.

The Abiquiu area is a magnet to history, creativity, culture & natural beauty. Please enjoy your outings, then return to our portal or patio & relax into a quiet night of brilliant stars in a vast open sky. Casa Paloma awaits.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Jacuzzi
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • A couple might live very comfortably downstairs & never go up, at all (except you'd miss the views from the upper balcony.) Both bedroom queens are Serta Perfect Sleepers, very comfortable (The upstairs set is one year old.). Downstairs has three drawers under, as storage for your clothes, on each side. There is also a large closet & a ceiling fan in the room. LED reading lamps allow you to easily read in bed, as we like to do. The living room couch (6ft long) can sleep a fifth person, but is not a fold out style couch.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Reviews

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5

Fabulous hospitality. Amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Casa Paloma. The house is laid out really well with two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The living and kitchen area were open plan, which was perfect for us. Part of the back porch is covered too, which offered a perfect area to sit outside during brief afternoon showers. The property is beautiful, with a fenced in back yard and a gorgeous view of the Pedernal and other mountains. To me the thing that made the biggest difference though is Pete and Laura's care and thoughtfulness. We have a two year old, who they remembered from our last stay. This time around they had some big Legos for him to play with. They're really knowledge about the area and super helpful with recommendations. We hope to come back to Abiquiu next year, and if we do, we will definitely stay here a third time!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Peace and quiet and lovely views all around!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived just after a short burst of rain which intensified the colors of the surrounding landscape and the house looked so inviting as we drove up. The home is nicely laid out with two bedrooms, one upstairs and one down, and two large bathrooms. The house is well-furnished throughout and the kitchen has everything one needs to cook meals. There are numerous outdoor areas to enjoy including a picnic table off the kitchen, a covered porch off the living room and a truly lovely balcony off the second story. Laura and Peter were kind to let us us bring our dog, Finnian, and he loved poking around the property as well as hiking in the nearby arroyo. Casa Paloma is so comfortable that we spent most of our time just hanging out - it is a great place to watch weather roll in (we are in our monsoon season here in New Mexico) and to observe the changing light from dawn to dusk. We hope to visit again - it was a great place to spend a few days!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house, great view, great visit

  • 5 of 5

Casa Paloma was an excellent choice for our long weekend in the Abiquiu area. The house was well furnished and very clean. Everything worked. The owners were very attentive and we had good communication with them. The location was perfect, remote with great views and yet close enough for anything we needed outside the home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Three weeks in the high desert

  • 5 of 5

This time of the year, climate in the Northwest is unpredictable, and we like to escape to the generally sunny environs of New Mexico. While the weather this year was erratic (snow, hail, rain, and even tornados in the vicinity), temperatures were generally hospitable and there were enough sun breaks to recharge the batteries. Plus, with the galleries, museums, and other attractions of Taos and Santa Fe, excellent restaurants within driving range, and the scenic beauty of Ghost Ranch, the Rio Grande Gorge, and the Valle Grande close at hand, there was never a shortage of things to do. Lots of reading, relaxing, hiking, and photo opportunities without leaving the comfortable and charming surrounds of Casa Paloma. Looking forward to next year.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill, Joan - Pete & I are glad that you enjoyed your time in May at Casa Paloma. We had had such beautiful weather in February (reverting back to winter in March) and then so springlike in April, before we left... but word is that winter was not over & you all seemed to have experienced all her moods. I hope you used some of the wood we left for you, either in the indoor fireplace, for cozy evening fires, or in the firepit, on the patio. We hear from our gardeners that the Sweet William in the flowerbeds were blooming like crazy as we left, so you - & the honeybees & hummingbirds - likely enjoyed these. And the yucca plants were loaded this year, ready to bloom in their splendor, literally surrounding Casa Paloma, even in the back picnic and clothesline areas. Thank you, Joan, for sharing cards from some of the photos you took while there. We trust you had a wonderful stay in our home and look forward to your return next spring, when - hopefully - weather won't be so dramatic! Even then, with those wide open mountain views surrounding us, and the open moody skies above us, and the El Rito Creek merrily singing below us, it all stays just breathtaking! We miss it so... Safe travels - Laura & Pete
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5

Terrific holiday getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and two dogs just spent Thanksgiving week at Casa Paloma. It was a lovely experience! The house is bright and cozy. There was plenty of wood for the fireplace, and a huge fenced enclosure for the dogs. The kitchen was well-equipped and very clean. There were muffins, chili and wine for us in the fridge. We used the lower bedroom. The bed was comfortable, the bath convenient.

The house is situated far enough from others to seem very private, and the surrounding country quite scenic.

We enthusiastically recommend Casa Paloma!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gordon & Seyma - You two were our first Thanksgiving guests in Casa Paloma and we're glad that you and your dogs so enjoyed your stay with us. Didn't I tell you that there were so many places to take your canines for a run, right outside our home? I appreciated hearing of Seyma's using the big dining table to set up an arts center for her jewelry making, while there. I've set up a table easel - with that north light from the dining window - and painted the two coyote studies that hang over the stairway. It's a comfortable place for whatever type of work one does. I'm glad you enjoyed using the big kitchen to cook your duck - and other meals - for your gourmet holiday meals. We love (& miss) that kitchen. We love (& miss) that house! Come back for a visit again, when the heat or noise of Texas gets to be too much. Let your hair down, relax into the spaciousness and quiet, and find enjoy peace of place so far away from city life. All the best - Laura & Pete
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5

Casa Paloma Exceeded Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

After confirming our reservations we had the pleasure of speaking with owners Pete and Laura. They answered all our questions and proceeded to send information pertaining to our stay. All the instructions were well written and easily understood, which gave us great confidence on our first booking using VRBO. Arriving at Casa Paloma was easy as following the instructions, everything was as expected. The Casa is just as lovely as the listing indicates. So peaceful and while isolated it was not too far from town making a run for groceries only took about 30 minutes.

But it was the isolation that was what I was interested in, as an amateur astronomer I was interested in the dark skies. I can tell you I was not at all disappointed the night skies were absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed several nights out on the patio enjoying the skies and the fire pit was an excellent addition to our evenings.

Laura was nice enough to include a document describing some of the local sights to enjoy. We took a couple of days to do just the locals sights which were made even better due to the fall colors. We took most of our meals at the Casa using both the outstanding kitchen and the outdoor grill. We did have a night that was cloudy so we did enjoy watching the cable TV and of course I used the wifi daily,

Overall, we had a wonderful trip and will no doubt look at Casa Paloma on our next trip to northern New Mexico. Thanks Pete and Laura for sharing your special retreat.

Bill and TJ

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill, TJ - You came for the night skies and were not disappointed! (We love when astronomers book ahead for the 'dark side of the moon' nights.) We're glad that you were so pleased with your first VRBO experience; we try to have our home be - like they say "a home away from home", supplying so many amenities, so our traveling guests don't have to pack every little thing on vacation. (Spices, shampoos, salt lamps, towels & linens & condiments & such...they're here, just waiting for you.) Thank you so much for the most excellent bottle of wine you left for us, and the captivating book on astronomy you gifted us. So very generous! We've left that for our guests to enjoy. The wine is long gone... We look forward to your return to Casa Paloma and her breath-taking skies, night or day. Meanwhile, blessings to you both - Laura & Pete
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Abiquiu, 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
 
Late Summer/Early Fall
30 Jun 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£118
£836
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
17 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£836
for 7 nights
£836
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£284
for 2 nights
From
£110
£781
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £62.97
Additional Guest Fee £7.41 per person per night
Pet Fee £7.41
Damage Deposit £111.12

Pet Fee:
$10/night /dog or $50/wk/dog

Rental Terms:

NO SMOKING inside or near building windows and doors outside – Evidence of smoking in the house will cause forfeiture of entire damage deposit required to pay for deep cleaning and guests will not be welcome for future stays. Please remove all butts from the property before you depart and be diligent of fire hazards in the dry desert.

Thanks & have a great stay!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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