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Nambe Country Retreat - Near Pueblos, Abiquiu and Santa Fe

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Sweet adobe casita along the high road to Taos is close to Santa Fe, Tesuque, the opera and is convenient to the beauty and charms of Northern New Mexico. The perfect haven for when you want to explore Georgia O’Keefe country, the ancient pueblos, historic Spanish villages, Taos, Los Alamos, Jemez, Puye Cliffs and Bandelier National Monument. Great location for nature lovers as well, as we are within easy distance of hiking, biking, skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, rock climbing, river rafting, ballooning, fishing, bird watching and more! In fact, you can hike or bike right out of the front door.

Located approximately 17 miles north of Santa Fe plaza near the Nambé Church, this guest house to a private residence has its own entrance, a walled patio and covered portal. From the outdoor areas, enjoy dramatic sunset views over a nearby mesa and the Jemez Mountains beyond and later study the stunning nighttime skies. Additional outdoor areas include a picnic area under an old apricot tree and a seating area along the Acequia del Caño. There are two off-street parking spaces.

The casita has vigas and saltillo tile floors throughout and is decorated in Santa Fe country style with antiques, original art, tribal rugs, and quilts. The main living area has a seating nook with two bancos, a dining area, wood burning kiva fireplace and full kitchen. There is a separate bedroom, bath with tub and shower and a laundry area. The bedroom has a queen sized “Doctor’s Choice” bed and the two bancos can be comfortably converted to twin beds to accommodate up to 4 people. 100% cotton linens and fluffy towels are provided. The kitchen is stocked for basic cooking and has a microwave, coffee maker, electric tea pot, blender and attractive china and serving ware for six.

We provide a welcome bottle of wine and complimentary tea and coffee. During the season, we will be happy to share the bounty from our no-chemical kitchen garden with you.

This is a comfortable and delightful retreat for the daytime explorer. It is also a perfect writer’s retreat or getaway for those special romantic occasions – honeymoons, anniversaries or birthdays. Light concierge services are available – let us help you plan the perfect vacation, including those special touches that will make it so memorable!

Please note: The Casita has a DVD player but not television. Also, this is a smoke free facility. Casita is generally well stocked but please feel free to ask if there is something special you need.

Keywords: Charming adobe casita on the historic Acequia del Cano. Quiet with private walled patio with sunset view of the baranca and dining under the heirloom apricot tree. Santa Fe country style furnishings with vigas, kiva fireplace, saltillo tile floors and more. Perfect for guests with chemical sensitivities.

More Details

Julia Takahashi
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2018

About Julia Takahashi

Owner is an architect and is currently engaged in creating a business basecamp for women entrepreneurs in Santa Fe. She loves gardening, cooking, travel, the opera, books and mountain sports.

Why Julia Takahashi chose Nambe

The Nambe River valley is a lovely, lush and historic area within a quick drive to Santa Fe. People in the area are friendly and helpful and one enjoys the beauty and quiet of living in the country with easy access to the arts, culture, food and activity of Santa Fe.

What makes this cottage unique

Complimentary bottle of wine with each stay. Enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink in the private walled patio. Walk out the front door and take a hike down to the arroyo and the barancas beyond or down to the Nambe River. Enjoy fresh tomatoes and other produce from the garden. If you like pets the three friendly cats and the happy dog will be down for a visit in the courtyard. There are several excellent restaurants nearby as well as a supermarket, drugstore, and gas stations. The owner is happy to provide help with your vacation plans and offers light concierge services. We have also helped set up the casita for special needs guests and locate medical services.

If you don;t want to miss your workout or you would like to get started, my neighbor - Lenny Natural - is a certified personal trainer. Lenny has full gym facilities in a rustic setting a short walk from the Casita.

Massages are also locally available at the Pojoaque Wellness Center, in Espanola or at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Other pool and gym facilities are located in Pojoaque and Los Alamos.

I have neighbors with tennis courts and equestrian facilities and can make arrangements for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Julia,

Thank you so much for your hospitality during our stay last week. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The next time we come to New Mexico we will surely stay at your place if possible.

Rich and Fe
Oct 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Nambe in Santa Fe County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom with tub/shower, toilet, vanity and corner storage.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) 'Doctor's Choice' mattress. Two bancos (built in couches) can be converted into two twin sized beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Complimentary welcome bottle of wine, beer or something non-alcoholic. Complimentary tea and coffee. No television. Smoke free. Pet free.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Nambe Country Retreat - Near Pueblos, Abiquiu and Santa Fe
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 20 reviews

Nambe casita

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Nambe casita very much! It was as charming as the pictures online, well stocked and the bed very comfortable. The location was perfect. We were centrally located to Sante fe, Taos, Jemez national forest and Bandelier national monument. A month not even long enough to do everything. Julia was a wonderful host and very knowledgeable about the area. We would highly recommend this property and plan to visit again

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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charming, quiet, conveniently located between Santa Fe, Espanola and Taos

  • 5 of 5

Julia is truly a gracious hostess and was very attentive to any needs.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect get away for exploring this area of NM

  • 5 of 5

Julia Takahashi's attention to detail and consideration for her guests is apparent in every part o the casita. It was clean and well stocked with good quality equipment and dishes. It was pretty and had absolutely everything you might want. I would stay here if I got to come back. There were 3 of us in the casita and it was very comfortable for all of us.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the place to be!

  • 5 of 5

This Nambe retreat casita has it all...mountain views, vigas, kiva fireplace, a private patio with fire pit for star gazing. The kitchen is fully equipped and the bed is super comfortable. Julia is an extremely gracious, attentive host and a wealth of knowledge about the Santa Fe/Nambe areas. We loved her. Thank you, Julia, for a five star experience!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the 5 star review! I enjoyed meeting you and enjoying learning so much about Mexico and tequila. I delighted that you chose the Nambe Casita as your homebase while you looked for a home in Santa Fe and that you also found the Casita a quiet and relaxing retreat from your busy schedule. I am happy that your house hunting was fruitful and look forward to seeing you again!
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Very disappointing !

  • 2 of 5

We have used Vrbo a number of times in the past and always had satisfactory experiences. This stay was a disappointment .

The owner failed to provide the service that was represented in the overview of the property.

Example: washer & dryer provided Fact: three days prior to check in date I was advised the washer was not working but would be fixed.. We checked out after a 4 day stay and washer was still not fixed and we were never advised why.

There was no tv service , which is something that was never mentioned in the promotion of the property. It was noted that there was no internet service, which was not true but based on the information provided I saw no need to bring my laptop..

By any standards the owner is incompetent and has unacceptable communitation skills.

Due to Vrbo's professional reputation , I expect this review to be posted.

Kirk Stanzel

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In defense of the Nambe Casita, these guests expressed their disappointment after the first night and I offered them a full refund right then which they decided not to take. I did give them partial refund for the inconvenience which they failed to mention. I did have the repairman out to fix the washer prior to this guest's visit, but he did not have the right part and I had to wait another week for him to come back. I usually check before the stay to see if my guests need anything special and this guest never mentioned that having a TV was very important to him. I did end up going to the store and purchasing a radio so that he could have it on all of the time. I have been with VRBO for 8+ years and have never advertised that I have TV but that I do have high speed wireless internet, so the confusion is probably due to changes in the VRBO listing format. I have to say that this was the first guest that was so unhappy with the Casita and that I was not able to solve any of their complaints. It really would have been better if they had taken my full refund offer and found another place to stay. I ended up feeling that there wasn't anything I could do to make anything right for these guests as they continued to find new things to complain about and ended up breaking or taking some mugs which I had to replace.
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Lovely Nambe Casita

  • 5 of 5

I’m not sure what more I can say about Nambe Casita that hasn’t already been said by others who have had the opportunity to stay in this special place. Nambe Casita exceeds every expectation. My partner and I stayed here for a week in May, 2016, and it was a great experience. We liked everything about Nambe Casita. Julia is a wonderful host – friendly, helpful and always concerned to make her guests feel comfortable. The casita is within easy driving distance to Santa Fe and all the city offers and yet it is in a quiet country setting. The casita itself is charming and comfortable, having everything one needs for a relaxing vacation. The courtyard is amazing – beautifully-landscaped, private and with wonderful views. We hated leaving this charming place and hope to return in the future. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Nambe Casita to anyone interested a relaxing place that will refresh the body as well as the spirit.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Santa Fe Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
QB's, La Mesita Restaurant, Sopapilla Factory
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Black Mesa, Buffalo Thunder
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
US 84/285
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Mesita , El Parasol, Sopapilla Factory
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

Visit Native American Pueblos, ancient ruins, the Sanctuario de Chimayo, Ojo Caliente hot springs, the High Road to Taos, and Georgia O'Keefe's home in Abiquiu. Pojoaque Pueblo fitness center has good gym, pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Los Alamos has a great aquatic center, there are also nearby equestrian and tennis facilities where arrangements can be made for use. Local healing arts practitioners include: massage, energy work and chemical detox center as well as a very wide range of healing modalities in Santa Fe.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Nambe, USA

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.03
Tax Rate 7.12%

Stays for over 1 month require approval from owner. There may be an additional cleaning fee required for stays of 1 month or longer. Cancellations: Cancellations made 30 days prior to date of reservation will be refunded minus a 10% booking fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to reservation are made at the discretion of the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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