The SpaceA guest recently compared Serenity to a small city loft transplanted into a mountain garden paradise.
It's perfect for the adventurous who want a different experience from "condo within walking distance to the plaza." Which is also fun, I highly recommend it. But that's not this place.
It is our great pleasure to make this very cool compound available to you.
Here's everything you need in a base camp fully supporting your Taos adventure.
Experience serenity, or peace of mind, here in your own elegant private separate building surrounded by lovely mountain views and extensive flower / edible gardens.
Located in a small, historic, farm/ranch neighborhood ("Talpa") just off the road from Santa Fe, about 15 minutes south of downtown.
We're at a kind of node or hub in Taos which puts us about equidistant between Taos Ski Valley to the north, Angel Fire and Sipapu to the east and southeast.
Which is not only great in the winter, but even better in the summer. All three of those roads ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) and 518) just happen to pass through some of the most gorgeous mountain country you ever saw in these parts. Right off these same roads are numerous access trailheads: easy gateways to hiking, biking, fishing, or just river-rambling-under-the pines.
Taos County offers way more roads and trailheads for the exploration besides these, of course. It's a good way to get started, though.
Same goes for other kinds of recreational undertakings. Between here and downtown are most of the shopping, arts, commercial and dining opportunities Taos offers. Not that you should neglect all that territory north of Taos Plaza, there be good stuff up there too.
But again, the point being, from here you can get anywhere you want quickly. You'll be amazed, as I was when first moving here 20 years ago, at how we can be so centrally located and yet so quiet and private.
The space itself:
One of its best features, among so many! -- is its flexibility. It offers both spaciousness and intimacy. The studio provides a roomy comfortable communal area and the adjacent kitchen with its big tables doubles for not only food prep but rec room (Monopoly? C.A.H.? Art projects?) And the loft works for getting away from everybody as well as for superlative sleeping, especially on rainy nights.
Up to six people can enjoy sweet mountain dreams with choice of standard queen mattress downstairs, new convertible couch (with memory foam) in loft, or on the pull-out couch downstairs. Extra blankets, pillows at hand. Aerobed twin-sized inflatables available. Foam jigsaw-style "dojo" mats snap together for your morning stretch . Ample privacy curtains.
Loft is easily accessible via Doug's beautiful hand-built stairs and is a powerful kid magnet. Is also a romantic hideaway with beautiful views of Taos Mountain and the surrounding foothills.
Or it's just a good place to check your email. If you insist.
1300 square feet hand-built by owners from the ground up. Major renovations completed in 2013. You won't find a cabin like this anywhere else in the world.
Relax, breath deep, spread out within an open space design with high ceilings and big sunny windows. Plenty of room to lay out your gear: Play - work - scheme - dream.
Lean, Green, Dander and Odor-free. No pesticides or herbicides used inside, outside or anywhere else on the property. No scented cleaning or "freshening" products, fabric softeners or industrial chemicals. Here, there's no need to stray far from soap, water, vinegar and an occasional drop or two of essential oil. It's a relatively sparse space, no "poof" for miles. Big windows open wide.
A word on Pets: many people travel with their beloved 4-leggeds, we understand. But we just can't manage it here. Too many valuable plants, no enclosed yard. And we believe that many other people value a dander-free, non-allergenic space. We offer an immaculate sleeping / cooking / entertaining arena; this is a major amenity.
Having said that, you should know that we are owned by two house cats in the yard. You'll probably see them around.
Reliable wi-fi. Also "smart" DVD setup with monitor and a binder full of movies. Bring your Netflix password along with your devices. No cable. Movie rental store right around the corner with guest arrangements possible.
Utility room with full-sized HE washer/drier, wooden drying rack for parkas, etc., hanging rod, bedding shelves. Ironing board and iron available upon request.
Beverage center with complimentary coffee, tea, soups, snacks.
Pure well water (not on city water) : no fluoride or chlorine, etc.
Pure mountain air. Dark starry skies.
Quiet. Except for birdsong. Occasional traffic.
Privacy absolutely honored. Upon your arrival we activate a special force field around your compound: You Shall Not Be Disturbed. Not by nobody nohow.
All-season covered portal with garden and mountain views. You can smoke outside if you like, absolutely not indoors.
We the owners live and work here on these 1.5 acres. We arrived April Fool's Day 1996. We raised two sons here, now 27 and 31.
Farm Kitchen: 600 sq. ft. of modern full-sized appliances, artfully-painted concrete floors, 3-bin stainless sink, stainless worktables, wooden country dining table. Great for entertaining family, friends, clients.
Cooks will immediately recognize the Kitchen's awesomeness. Last Labor Day we enjoyed a full weekend of food preparation with our guests. Together we bottled (and sampled) a new apple / plum wine blend, processed a burlap bag of fresh-roasted chiles, and cranked up a batch of peach ice cream from peaches just picked from one of our trees just off the kitchen door.
Nothing dissolves barriers between strangers faster than peeling hot green chile on a hot August afternoon.
You don't HAVE to cook in the Kitchen. We recycle a lot of take-out boxes. You're on vacation, right? You're also in Taos, NM, Restaurant Heaven. I like playing the concierge role, and recommend a lot of restaurants to a lot of people, but I'm realizing that it mostly doesn't matter where you go eat, it will be delicious.
Outdoors: extensive edible landscaping, trees, grass lawns and perennial flower borders offer one of the most beautiful hidden gardens in Taos. Or so we modestly claim. Wander and enjoy.
We grow most of the fruit that will grow here: apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, grapes, currants, chokecherries and elderberries. Have been known to add yeast and sugar with fruit in a bucket to use up the bounty. Sampling some of it while you're here is a real possibility, if you're so inclined.
Families: It should be said that our gardens aren't really playgrounds. Much of it is working for a living. We also grow a lot of rocks along with the snowball viburnum and tomatoes, watch your step out there. "Manicured" is not the word that comes to mind.
However, our lovely front lawn beckons a blanket, and bare feet delight in the wooly thyme out back. For active kids needing to move: take them into the mountains or a river, just down the road! We provide pages of suggestions for the many places kids can run, climb, swim, skate, play frisbee golf: check the Guestbook or ask.
If you're here between April and October, you'll have a chance to be among the fortune few to experience a genuine colonial-era irrigation system called the "acequia." (ah - say - key - ah.) It's what makes it possible for Serenity to be such an oasis here in the high mountain desert country. Check out a couple of the photos.
We could tell you all about it all day long. But only if you ask. And enough about us. What about you? Guest AccessBasically, you have access to all the comforts of a large clean "cabin" (for lack of a better word. Chateau?) amidst a private, quiet garden setting. And access to a kitchen you probably don't have at home. Interaction with GuestsOne of us will be here when you arrive to help get you checked in, oriented.
While you have complete privacy in your very own building, we do share the property and you might catch a glimpse of us as we come and go throughout the day. We live and work in the main house on site. We're always available to answer questions, help with orientation in Taos. If you're around for a hot morning beverage or afternoon "copita," we'd very much enjoy getting to know you in the friendly ABNB tradition. Your call.
The NeighborhoodHistoric "acequia" (irrigation) community with its own plaza and cathedral. Reasonably graded dirt road, farms, small ranches, homes, only light traffic.
We're close to everything but not really within walking distance to anywhere. Few places in Taos (outside of downtown) are. A bicycle is the best way to explore the neighborhood: visit our Plaza, greet the local horses. Getting AroundTaos is not exactly renowned for public transportation. There's the Chile Line with scheduled stops along Paseo. Taos Ski Valley has a shuttle that stops near the Sagebrush Inn around the corner. But you really need your car.
In the winter, 4WD highly recommended but not essential. Taos does a good job of keeping the roads clear, we all value visitors here and are happy to share our paradise with you. Meanwhile you're helping us all keep the lights on. Thank you for coming to Taos! Other Things to NoteHave books, CDs, DVDs, games, cards, squirt guns, bikes, yoga mats, art supplies etc. on hand: Ask.