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Large, Luxurious Home Near Taos Ski Valley and Taos Square

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in El Prado - Casa Hawaga

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

3800 square foot of beauty on 1.7 acres located in Arroyo Seco, nestled between the town of Taos and the Taos Ski Valley! Four bedroom, 2.5 bath, dining room and three living rooms. Fully-equipped kitchen. Artistic flair throughout the house. Beautiful two-story view of the mountains, sunrise and sunset. A fireplace is located in the sunken-in living room, and wood-burning fire is in the open family room, which features two storied windows allowing great beauty and warmth from the sun. Heated floors and spacious closets.

This is the ideal get-away for families and groups who love adventure, culture, relaxation and making memories. Wake up to a beautiful morning 365 days out of the year!


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Debbie Hightower
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016

About Debbie Hightower

We are an active family of five. We love to get away to our Casa Hawaga as it is a refuge to decompress. We love coming to Taos and experiencing the art, culture and many outdoor activities. There is something for all of us, each time we come - skiing, mountain climbing, painting, shopping, golfing, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, enjoying spas, sharing the area with friends and making memories. Taos also has festivals year round, some truly an experience and not to be missed!

Debbie Hightower purchased this house in 2007

Why Debbie Hightower chose New Mexico

We purchased Casa Hawaga when we were living overseas and wanted a place to call home in the USA. Both, my husband and I love to ski and the Taos ski area has always been very dear to our hearts. We bought it from an artist who had added her artistic flair to the house. We have always enjoyed skiing in the Taos NM area and believe this is a refuge to us and others who come to the area. Being in Taos provides us the opportunity to slow down, enjoy life and take in the culture.

What makes this house unique

From cold country activities to basking in the sun; from cultural entertainment to relaxing with a glass of wine outdoors, Taos has it for us. You can enjoy the beautiful landscape and the arts of the area, in addition to letting your adventurous spirit run free. The drive to Santa Fe is beautiful for a day of shopping, dining and seeing the sights. Taos has a number of great restaurants and a variety of activities. Each season, we try to do different activities, along with doing some of the same outings we never get tired of doing. Ojo Caliente is a great day spa area and the drive is easy and beautiful, the Rio Grande Gorge is not far away and there are a number of restaurants/bars to stop by and taste the local flavors. The art is amazing, from paintings to outdoor pieces to pottery and more. You will be sure to find that special piece and/or more pieces each time you visit. After a fun-filled day, it is nice to relax inside and/or outside Casa Hawaga. We hope it will be a wonderful refuge for you also!


based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Large, Luxurious Home Near Taos Ski Valley and Taos Square
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Amazing week with the family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at this pretty house. The ski mountain was amazing and close to the house. The house is very cozy and confortable for traveling with family or friends. The view is beautiful, very quiet and peaceful. The kitchen was perfect for big meals since we were a big group. We would like to go back to Taos and this house will definetly be in our list. Thank you Hightower family!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West texas

A place that feels like home, not a rental

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! We just returned from a spring break ski trip. We had two families full of teenage girls. The home accommodated our large crowd well. There was even room for some dancing in the kitchen. The view from the large glass windows the first morning took my breath away. The bedrooms had plenty of space. The kitchen is large , state of the art appliances, large pantry. It is a two story home with the bedrooms upstairs. There is a convient water closet downstairs. The beautiful terra Cotta tiles are heated - there is a family room with a piano , intimate lighting and many games to choose from . The decor is peaceful and not overwhelming. There are pictures of family and friends displayed which makes it a more friendly place - a home not a rental. The grounds are spacious as is the patio. It was a wonderful stay. We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Ski Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Had an excellent weekend at Casa Hawaga. The house was even more beautiful than the pictures. It had plenty of room to host my wife and 8 close friends and was a perfect distance between Taos Ski Valley and Taos. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to get away.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gladewater, TX/United States

Great Ski Trip

  • 5 of 5

This house is great and spacious! Everyone had plenty of room and more! After a day of skiing, we would cook dinner in the beautiful kitchen and eat together in the dining room. We had fun watching movies in the sunken living room and making up dances in the sun room! Such a beautiful place!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Christmas Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had the most magical Christmas vacation in this amazing home near Taos. Our family lives in Texas and Arizona, and so my family of four, 2 of my sisters and my brother-in-law met up in New Mexico.

The home, if you can believe it, is even better in person that the photographs show. There are breathtaking views courtesy of the 2-story windows. I felt like the house was worth it just for the view.

There was plenty of room to spare!! All bedrooms were extremely comfortable and beautifully appointed. The bunk room was perfect for my two kids and the owner even had a good selection of toys that my daughter played with for hours. We stayed for several days and cooked every single meal in their glorious kitchen. That might sound dramatic, but it was seriously a pleasure to cook in. It had everthing you could possibly need (bring your own spices though).

One of my favorite parts was the woodburning stove near the windows and the fireplace in the sunken living room. A lot of wonderful conversations were had there! The owners also have a great selection of board games and classic DVDs (we enjoyed watching the Princess Bride!). The outdoor patio is also fantastic- we had a good workout session out there with the mountains as a backdrop. When we were there, there was a lot of snow and so we took advantage of the snow toys and the kids had a blast sledding down a little "hill" on the side of the house.

Debbie, the owner, went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and that all questions or concerns were answered promptly. She is incredibly kind and thoughtful.

After such a fantastic experience, we were sad to leave, but we talked about all of the memories we'd made on the drive back to Texas, and are hopeful we might return in the future.

Worth every penny- would give it 6 stars if I could!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whitehouse, Texas

Amazing Christmas at Casa Hawaga

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival the house was in perfect condition. The furniture, floors, kitchen, linens and towels were all freshly cleaned and ready for use. A fresh snow had just covered the spacious back yard, and there was a cord of split wood ready for the fire place or the wood burning stove. The mountain view from the kitchen and dining room is looking out of two stories of large glass windows. There were at least 10 of us staying at the house, and everyone had plenty of room for sleeping, lounging, dining. Driving through the mountains to the Taos Ski Valley is scenic to say the least, and only takes about 15 minutes from the house. The ski valley provides rental services for all of the equipment needed at the base of the mountain, so you never have to transport equipment. Also, there are snowmobiling tours available that start at the base of the ski valley. On Christmas day our whole family took a snowmobiling trip together, and at 13,000 feet I proposed to my beautiful wife in front of everyone. Our stay at Casa Hawage will always be a treasured memory. If you love snow covered mountains, skiing in fresh powder, eating amazing New Mexican cuisine, or shopping for New Mexico style art and jewelry then this is the perfect place for you and your friends or family.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Taos Airport = 7 Santa Fe = 75 Alb = 135
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
57 Miles
Cumbers & Toltec Historic Train
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: recommended

Immerse yourself in the culture. Enjoy the arts, nature and so much more. A great home in which to relax, and you are only miles away from shopping, skiing, white water rafting, golfing, enjoying spas and so much more. A seasonal spot with many festivals throughout the year. The hot springs are free to the public and the Rio Gorge is an amazing site.

Skiers and riders are now able to access Taos Ski Valley's celebrated Kachina Peak via a new chairlift which was successfully installed during the summer of 2014 and summits at 12,450 feet, making it one of the highest chairlifts in North America. The lift increases the mountain’s advanced and expert lift-serviced terrain by 50 percent.

Be sure to experience it yourself this season!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in El Prado, New Mexico

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Holiday Season
16 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
8 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Holiday Season
4 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,229
Tax Rate 8.19%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in El Prado, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Washer/Dryer located in this bathroom. Linen closet.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Small and artsy
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Linen Closet, cabinets and drawers. Spacious!
  • 2.5 bathrooms. Master bathroom has double sinks, large shower, separate step in tub, toilet. Bathroom 2 - upstairs with bedrooms, large, sink, toilet and shower/tub. Washer/dryer available. 1/2 bathroom - under the stairs, toilet and sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , w/ trundle
  • Master bedroom with many windows and French doors, attached master bathroom and walk in closet. Bedroom 2 - Queen bed with closet and two windows; Bedroom 3 - Bunkbed with closet and two windows; Bedroom 4 - Twin bed with trundle and sliding glass door. All bedrooms upstairs with large landing overlooking the open living room. Two story windows seen throughout the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting

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