|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Situated on two acres of the San Cristobal Creek valley, 15 miles north of Taos, 29 Spotted Owl offers a splendid setting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Views to the east are of the alpine heart of the Taos Ski Valley, to the west of the Taos Plateau and high desert that surrounds the Rio Grande Gorge.
Spotted Owl is perfect for those wanting to combine the cultural and culinary pleasures of Taos and skiing in the Taos Ski Valley, which lies some 15 miles east, and world class hiking in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, about 15 miles north. Lying within the boundaries of the Carson National Forest, the village of San Cristobal also offers a trailhead for a scenic hike into the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area, which features some of the best hiking in the Sangre de Cristos.
The 1,052-square-foot adobe dwelling itself is nestled in a beautifully landscaped slice of the creek valley, just down the ridge line from the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Surrounded by sage brush and wildflowers in the spring and summer and snow pack in winter, Spotted Owl is an artfully appointed getaway for a couple or two wanting to drink in the ambiance of northern New Mexico in any season.
A central living, dining and kitchen area features a wood burning stove plus a kiva fire place to snuggle up to. An expanse of windows open to two walled courtyards and an open sitting area shaded in the spring and summer by the colorful foliage of native trees and the brilliant blooms of purple aster, hollyhocks, purple sage and many more. Each of the two bedrooms and baths, located on either side of the common area, includes a top quality king sized bed with all cotton sheets as well as cozy down comforters. Off of the southern patio, a courtyard has a two- person hot tub to soothe aching muscles and, on a clear night, offers a planetarium-like view of the starry sky, undiminished by the city lights of Taos.
Along with the landscaping and wood-burning stove, the passive solar design of the house- complete with thick adobe walls, heated Saltillo tile floors, ceiling fans and south-facing windows- ensures a cozy and comfortable retreat year-round.
high speed WiFi-- satellite TV ----Bose DVD player are included--- pull out trundle for extra person sleeps five
Owners Patti and Mike McCullar are presently living in Austin, Texas. They have raised four children, who are now grown, and an assortment of cherished animals. Mike is a retired journalist who now tends to a family ranch in central Texas. Patti is an individual and marriage counselor in private practice. They both take great pleasure in an active outdoor life, particularly enjoying hiking, fishing, skiing and boating.
Patti McCullar purchased this cottage in 2014
Patti has a keen interest in the Taos area since childhood family trips geared towards camping and fishing. Memories of the Taos square, the rich history and culture of the area have long been a draw. The mountains provide a life time of exploration,
study of local history and literature, art, food……. you name it!
Taos has it.
We stayed in the San Cristobal cottage over Christmas 2015 and had the most lovely time. The home is very well appointed, super clean and so beautiful. My husband, daughter and I were so comfortable , we didn't leave the cottage for the first two days. The beds, bedding, furnishings and decor were all just perfect. We loved the peaceful, scenic location and the proximity to Ski Valley. Patti provided us with many recommendations for the area. We cannot wait to return.
My family and I rented this property for Spring Break, March 13-19, 2016. The house is very lovely, with everything you will need. It was spotless when we arrived, and we were particularly impressed with the quality of the pillows, beds, bedding, and towels - quite luxurious! We slept great. The front patio is perfect for watching the sunset over the neighbor's field (with many a prairie dog head poking up!) The patio off of the master bedroom is also a good size, with a hot tub for two. One of the most impressive things about this home is the windows - lots of big windows in every room that offer wonderful light and beautiful views of the mountains. The windows all have blinds and curtains as well, so privacy when you want it! If you like to hike, there is an entrance to hiking in the National Forest just at the top of the road from the house. Once there, you can hike along the ridge with more great views. The house is on a dead-end road, with only four other homes (not too close), and the aforementioned fields. It is so quiet when you step out of your car - just a fantastic change from city or suburban life - and you can see the stars!
In our opinion this cottage is in a great location, because you are in the National Forest, yet a 10-15 minute drive straight down the road to Arroyo Seco, where you will find the awesome Taos Cow (breakfast, lunch, ice cream, coffee), some great restaurants (Sabroso), and a market/juice bar/sandwich shop called Sol Food Natural Market. There are also cute shops run by local artists/artisans. Arroyo Seco is the town you will drive through to get up to the Taos Ski Valley, which is not just for skiing, but for summer activities as well. If you continue down the road South instead of turning left to head to Arroyo Seco, you will find yourself in Taos proper in another 10 minutes or so. Red River Resort is another ski/summer place that is about a half-hour Northeast of the cottage - plenty of things to do there as well.
Patti, the owner was fantastic. I messaged her several times and she got back to me quickly with any information I requested. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat.
All information and directions are available in your 29 Spotted Owl Visiter Booklet-- at the house
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|Property Damage Protection||£47|