The SpaceLocated within Lincoln National Forest, this gorgeous house belongs to my parents. My father first purchased the property back in the early 1990s. For the past 20 years or so, he has collected every single item you'll see in craftsmanship detail. He has added stairs, a lower level, a deck, a kitchen addition, and countless elements that I hope will be surprisingly evident once you stay at this unique and secluded place 9,000 feet above sea level.
The Manor in "God's Country," as the locals call Cloudcroft, will take your breath away the second you enter into the lower level. The foyer has a gas fireplace and a wonderfully decorated entrance living room. Further down the hall, you will encounter a studio with a computer, a printer and a full-size sofa-bed.
Once you go upstairs through the wooden steps, be prepared to be astounded upon encountering the spacious living room, the huge open kitchen and the large dining room. This open area includes a large, real fireplace which will most likely become the social nerve of the house when you stay here. The space is ideal to entertain and engage with others. The dining table can comfortably seat 10 people, and the kitchen has a center island with four breakfast stools. Four additional bar stools are located between the kitchen and the living room resting on a granite counter.
The master bedroom includes a queen-size bed with a private, double vanity bathroom, and is also found on the same second level. There are three full bathrooms, one on each level, and each decorated with legitimate tile and sinks brought from southern Mexico. The other three bedrooms are upstairs, all separated by a small but nicely furnished common area. Two bedrooms contain two twin beds each and the third one has a queen-size bed.
I could go on forever describing each feature in exquisite detail, but while my assessment of the Manor is obviously subjective, I can assure you that you have never stayed in a place quite like this one in your life. I have traveled the world and I certainly never have.
It took me awhile to convince my parents to open this place to the world. You will not regret the experience to stay in such extraordinary luxury in "God's Country." Guest AccessOur guests will have complete access to the House. You're welcome to use the well-appointed kitchen. Help yourself to all silverware, plates and cooking utensils. Enjoy any of the two outside decks, or gather in any of the two fireplaces. In short, this is your place, please treat it with comparable love and care. Interaction with GuestsAs this is my parent's place, they may not be able to greet you. However, I will be available online to attempt to answer any questions you may have and will try to provide you with instructions and advise if requested via text or phone. You will therefore have complete privacy during your stay. I live in Bethesda, MD, and my parents live in El Paso, TX. We have made arrangements for handymen in town should anything arise. The NeighborhoodChances are, you will not see the neighbors. This house has easy access, yet it's extremely secluded. The town of Cloudcroft is about 6.2 miles from the House. Your closest neighbor is probably some 100 yards, if they're there at all. Welcome to rural New Mexico! Getting AroundThe only way to get here is with a private vehicle. If you're coming in the winter, I suggest you use an all-wheel drive, as the entrance is steep and could become slippery, specially if it snows. Other Things to NoteQ & A:
Q: Why do you rent this place?
A: We use it one month per year at most. Why keep this jewel to ourselves? Please enjoy it as if it's your place as well.
Q: What if I need something from you?
A: Just send me a text message or give me a ring. You'll get my number after your booking is confirmed.
Q: Should I bring sheets and towels?
A: No worries. We will provide bedding and towels, blankets, soap, shampoo and toilet paper, as well as silverware, plates and cooking utensils. If you need anything else, please let me know and I will do anything in my power to have it ready before your arrival.
Q: I love this place, can I extend my stay?
A: If available, sure, knock yourself out. Simply use your smart phone or computer and book again. But please contact me beforehand out of courtesy.
Q: I’m planning a large reunion. Can your place really handle 8 people?
A: Absolutely. There are three bedrooms on the third level, one master bedroom, on the second level, and one sofa-bed on the first level if need be. There is a full bathroom on each level. The kitchen is large, and the dining table should be ample enough.
Q: Who in the world decorated this gem of a place?
A: All credit goes to my father. He searched for every piece and detail in forsaken bazaars, antique shops, second hands, and garage sales around the world for the past 20+ years. From the moment he lied his eyes on what was then a wooden shack, I believe he knew exactly how to turn it into the beautiful Manor you see today.
Q. What's the deal with you being a Superhost?
A. Well then, since you ask...I'm a Superhost because we're relaxed about our guests despite us having full-time jobs of our own. However, I've come to be rather fond of that "title," and I don't appreciate when a guest leaves a review saying that the place was too isolated, or that the place was not what they expected (there's only about 40 pictures). If a guest does not read the detailed description where I specify the exact distance to places, or the meticulous portrayal of the house, or whatever, then their reviews should be kinder. I truly enjoy 5-star reviews. If there's something you do not like while here, I beg you to let me know and I promise to do what I can to revert your perspective. Again, communication is king.