The SpaceThis room is a beautiful, sunny and simple space, located off the main living area in the house. It has a very comfortable/soft queen bed, making it a perfect room for solo travelers, couples, a parent with a child, or the parents room when rented with the twin room (see other listing). The house is cozy and bright, and has great outdoors space. A private deck overlooks Santa Fe county greenspace, which affords a nice sense of privacy in this home located right in town. Guest AccessAs a guest, you will have access to the entire home, minus the other bedrooms (the other Airbnb rental room and the bedroom of the caretaker, Alex.) Please make yourself at home! Interaction with GuestsOur caretaker, Alex, is a friendly, mindful local who is available if you need her. Otherwise she will stay out of your hair and let you be. She's a pretty busy gal who enjoys being out the house. Her room is located at the end of the hall past the laundry. Your room is set off the main living area, right next to the bathroom and kitchen, so you should feel like you have your own space. The bathroom for the house is shared, so this is one area you will run into Alex if she is home, or the other Airbnb guest if there is one. There is an additional room for rent (twin room, 2 beds) on the other end of the house. The NeighborhoodMadrid is one of the oldest coal mining towns in the southwest. Now it is a funky little village of artists, musicians, old hippies, gallery owners and folks cultivating a life of sustainable living off-grid. Its a small community, with rich history, and all the quirks of small-town life. During certain months, tourism becomes a main source of traffic and revenue for the town, and the vibe can get lively. Weekend festivals, seasonal parades, gallery openings, creative theater productions, weekly music schedules, and a couple good restaurants create a rich social environment in an otherwise quiet town. Great hiking right here in town, or just a few miles away in Cerillos Hills State Park. Madrid is definitely funky--- wobbly roads, odd displays of art and creativity, dogs wandering around loosely all over town... its a unique and charming place. Captures the soul of many, especially those with a free spirit and love for the spontaneous, expressive energy. Getting AroundThe house is within walking distance to the main street in town (about a 2-4 min walk). You can walk the entire village, from one end to the other exploring the shops, galleries, and local life. If you want to explore outside of Madrid, a car is best. Santa Fe is an easy 25-30 min drive north, and Albuquerue is 45-60 minutes south, both via Hwy 14, the "Turquoise Trail" scenic route between the two cities. There is a new bus service that started last year, offering transport to/from Santa Fe on a daily basis, but the schedule is light and the drop-off locations aren't ideal for tourists. But, it does exist. There is an airport shuttle from ABQ airport that drops off in Santa Fe, at the same location where this local busline picks up- so in theory, you could arrive here without a car. So long as you are patient with the bus schedule and coordinate the shuttle with it. Other Things to NoteMadrid water is known for its quirky, sulfur smell. While it is verified safe to drink, most locals just drink bottled water and use the Madrid water for showering, cooking and cleaning. Even boiling for coffee, tea, or pasta water is fine. There is drinking water provided for guests in the kitchen.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CELL SERVICE IN THE TOWN OF MADRID. PLEASE BE SURE TO RECORD ALL TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND CHECK IN INFO BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. (Wifi is available for guests once you check into the house).