Detached 1 Bedroom casita
- English, French
About Diane McEvilly
I own this one property in Santa Fe which has been my home for decades. I love my street and neighborhood and have happy memories of my children playing ball in the quiet streets. I have seen the fruit trees grow from little slips into mature giants producing cherries, apricots, peaches many years. I retired from teaching French in a local high school - then, since beginning to rent my casita, I have enjoyed meeting people from many countries. My guest book/scrap book is full of their photos, mementos and the stamps of their foreign countries. Tiling the bath, kitchen and floors myself was satisfying. My grand daughter says I'm married to my garden - I do work on it! Rates vary according to number of guests, length of stay, time of year and space occupied. Discounts apply for weekly/monthly visits.
Diane McEvilly purchased this House in 1971
Why Diane McEvilly chose Downtown
I moved here to be near the old center of this historic town and to be near the most excellent elementary school for my children. If you would enjoy walking on a tree-lined street, being surrounded by flowers, garden walls, fruit trees, lilacs, stone walks (no gravel!), you will also enjoy the peace and quiet of this centrally located retreat. It's modest and I have many repeat visitors (10 repeat bookings in 2015).
What makes this House unique
Casita du soleil is six-tenths of a mile from the Plaza - a flat walk on mostly quiet streets. Three tiny blocks to Sage Bakery, 5 tiny blocks to Whole Foods. A few minutes to Railyard District of galleries, restaurants, SF Farmers' Market. Tranquility in the middle of everything.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
There is a reason why there are no pictures. I took some. Wish I could post so I would not have to write this review. The owner needs to do a complete Reno. Furniture thread bare. Everything sub standard. The one working heater is a dangerous 50s open flame, crack the window vintage. The owner told us not to use the oven as it was dirty and she did not clean. Small, dirty, worn out. Can not express our disappointment. We left. Have not heard about a refund.
When people criticize us, don't we hate to admit there may be some truth in what they say? I am the older owner and use no manager. My casita does indeed need some up-dating and maintenance. Gas range & Danish futon couch (cushion keeps slipping) need replacing as does the upholstered chair which is too low. Neither is thread-bare. You are incorrect about the heater: it's from the 90's but was stored unused for 10+ yrs. There are 2 smoke/CO detectors. There are only 6 photos bc I have not learned how to submit in correct pixels. I'll attend to that. You reserved a modest place at a modest rate; it was certainly not dirty!
It was Valentine's Day. I waited for you in the casita enjoying the bouquet w/roses and the smell of my home-made Madeleine cookies to share with you. You appeared at the door with no smiles of expectant pleasure or friendliness. As I went through my orientation routine, your faces were blank; I said my parents married and worked in your area (S.D.) - no response.
I'm a generous and thoughtful host, ready with recommendations following visitors' interests. I pick people up arriving by train or shuttle & take them food shopping as well as on short excursions. The 72 VRBO reviews are mostly 4 and 5 stars. My 3 guest books' 100's of entries, beginning in1992 pre-VRBO have delighted me. I have many repeat visitors and have joyfully visited some of them in Italy, France & Switzerland. Most of my guests appreciate the personal and unique qualities my place offers.
You chose not to wager a word of communication, complaint or compromise and to lose 4 nights payment. I had turned down a request from the friend of a frequent visitor to book 11 nights conflicting with your dates - rather than cancel your reservation to accommodate hers.
In retrospect, it seems you arrived with a negative attitude before you came to the door. Was it my old Prius w/2008 bumper sticker? or maybe you changed your travel plans about remaining in our beautiful, tolerant, multi-cultural City of Santa (Holy) Fe (Faith)? You texted me to let me know of your disappointment and departure. I would have welcomed dialogue - building bridges is always important.
Average place for a good price for Santa Fe
This is a small casita about 1/2 mile from the Plaza. There is a bedroom with a comfortable, warm bed, a galley kitchen with some utensils for cooking , a small microwave, refrigerator, stove and oven and a 2 cup coffee maker, an area for eating with seating for 3, and a living room with a wall heater, a very small TV (no DVD player) and 1 easy chair. The futon/sofa was not as pictured and very uncomfortable for sitting and should be replaced. The kitchen could use better dinnerware (at least microwaveable) and a usable frying pan. The bathroom is very small and old but does have a heater. No washer/dryer in the casita but available for use in the main house. There are lots of books and magazines about the area. The front patio would be very inviting in the summertime but we were there in December so could not use it. This is a comfortable accommodation for 2 people but really not more than that.
Thanks for your detailed review!
I agree with you concerning the couch - It's been disappointing - and yes, about the kitchen .... I'm grateful for the nudge.
Charming Surrounded by Succulents & Historic Adobe
Diana is a kind authentic spirit who will not only make sure you enjoy your stay but get in touch with you to make sure you get there without a snag.
The location is 7 minutes walking to the Plaza. No need to Uber if you are spending the night out. The house is cozy with a secret garden feel and succulent laced terrace. Visit. Enjoy. We sure did.
Dear C & C ..... What a lovely review! Thanks so much! It looks rather over-run by winter to me just now, but even better in Springtime/Summer! Hope to host you again.
Cute casita close to everything
Diana’s place is pretty well equipped and very cute. It’s large enough for a couple of weeks stay, easy parking, easy to get anyplace in town. Private fenced patio was nice. Some wear is showing but overall the place is clean and comfortable. We had a lovely two weeks there while waiting for our longer term rental.
Thanks for your kind review, Leslie. I enjoyed having you and chatting about SJC.
Casita in Santa Fe
Diana's casita is perfect for one or two people. Completely self-contained and well provisioned, it is the ideal place for those who are looking for a home away from home experience. Very convenient to downtown Santa Fe. Large selection of places to eat or purchase groceries nearby....particularly noteworthy Clafoutis pastries - YUM!
Diana is a very helpful hostess who is happy to provide as much or as little direction/assistance as you might wish. Lovely little terrace with umbrella shaded table for meals al fresco. Charming little garden to meander through coming and going. Recommend this place and this hostess VERY HIGHLY!
Quiet little get-a-way
We really enjoyed our stay in this quiet, little place. It was close to downtown and easy to get to, and we really enjoyed it!
5 short blocks to Whole Foods & our twice-weekly flourishing outdoor Farmers' Market, 10 min walk to Site Santa Fe, SF Clay studios, Museo Cultural, state capitol, Guadalupe & Cordova Road shopping centers, numerous restaurants, galleries, coffee houses, 15 min level walk to Canyon Road & Plaza (Fine Arts, History, Indian, Georgia O'Keeffe) Museums, Besides our well-known opera, chamber music festival, Indian and Hispanic cultural events, 200+ art galleries, natural beauty & blue skies, Santa Fe is home to several cooking schools, photography, clay, art workshops, massage, hypnotherapy & oriental medicine institutes, day spas, art cinema houses & private tour guides, Not to mention skiing and related winter sports, etc