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Abiquiu's Luxury Lakefront Home! 360 Views! A/C, Hot Tub, WIFI, Hiking, Fishing.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

Discover Abiquiu at The Casita del Lago, Abiquiu's top rated vacation home.

* Winner of 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award - the only Abiquiu area vacation home to ever win the award.

*We offer discounts on weekly and monthly rentals - contact us for more information.

The Casita del Lago is a custom built, luxury adobe lakefront home that sits on 22 acres on Abiquiu Lake. There are three main reasons why our guests love this home and why so many of them return year after year: the quality home and amenities, the surroundings, and the location. And, of course, our mission to provide exceptional service and ensure you have a perfect vacation in The Land of Enchantment. We are proud to be the only Abiquiu area vacation rental home to win the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. We hope you will join our family of guests from all over the world who have selected The Casita del Lago as their favorite place to stay in Abiquiu!

We provide our registered guests with information on the area and local attractions.


We built the adobe home into the shore above Abiquiu Lake. The home has two bedrooms, two baths, a full and modern kitchen, an open concept family room, desk area and dining area, fireplace and laundry facilities. There are floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the amazing views from every direction: Abiquiu Lake, the Chama River, Red Rocks, green fields, Cerro Pedernal, Carson National Forest, Ghost Ranch, and more. Outside, you will find heated patios, amazing spots to sit and take in the views, a BBQ grill, a hot tub built into the rocks, a fire pit overlooking the arroyo, a hiking path to the lake, and 22 acres to explore.

The home is like no other in terms of design and amenities. Imported granite countertops, custom handmade Spanish Pueblo arched doors, imported Mexican furniture, resort quality bedding and linens, authentic southwest lit nichos, handmade Kiva lighting sconces, plastered interior walls, radiant floor heat, top rated appliances, indigenous rock woodburning fireplace, air conditioning, modern technology, and furnished outdoor living spaces. The east and west portals are attached with heated floors and one-of-a-kind views. The southern portal just off the kitchen offers warm, sunlit days in even the coolest high desert New Mexico temps. We subscribe to cable TV and the fastest Internet in the area - and both are offered to you free of charge. We also include firewood, laundry supplies, BBQ supplies and many spices/seasonings.


Literally, you will feel as if you have stepped into a Georgia O'Keeffe painting right from your doorstep! The home is located on 22 acres of private Abiquiu lakefront property in a gated community with lake access. The drive to the home with the incredible Sedona-like views is worth the trip in itself! You will be amazed at the views that surround you and you will want to wake up early just to witness the break of dawn. Then settle in for an afternoon siesta on one of the outdoor daybeds; or curl up to a book; go down to the water; start a gourmet meal; sightsee (if you must); horseback ride; photograph; hike the arroyos on your property; draw, paint, write, dream, and much, much, more.

The location provides an absence of both noise and light pollution. The lakefront property provides guests with lake access for swimming, fishing, hiking - or bring your kayaks or boat to explore the lake. There is a cove at the shore on our property where our kids love to swim.

The 6-person hot tub is nestled among huge rock boulders just off the western portal and it reserves it own spectacular views for itself, especially at night when the billions and billions of stars come out. For the more adventuresome, a short hike to the 'Stonehenge Firepit' at sunset for a spectacular outdoor viewing and nighttime fire atop the arroyo is a perfect setting for s’mores and your favorite ghost story.


We have a deep appreciation for the land and its history of this area - from dinosaurs, to Native American pueblos and cliff dwellings, to Spanish explorers, to cattle wrestlers, to ghosts and witches, to Georgia O’Keeffe - all the way to our current age where the past history and culture blends with the artist colony that Abiquiu has become.

The home is conveniently located to Ghostranch, Echo Amphitheater, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Plaza Blanca, Pedernal, and the Carson National Forest. You will also want to explore the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, whitewater rafting down the Chama River, the Ra Paulette Cave Tour, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Native American pueblos, and other amazing sites. Plan easy day trips to Santa Fe, Taos, Cumbres and Toltec Railroad, and Bandelier National Monument.


It is our mission to provide an outstanding vacation rental experience for you in the Land of Enchantment. We work hard to earn our five star reviews and we will do all that we can to make sure you receive the same level of service and commitment. If you have any questions, please reach out to us - we are here to answer any questions and provide help as you book your bucket list trip to Abiquiu. We are happy to help you plan your trip and time - just let us know your interests so we can share local knowledge with you.

If The Casita del Lago is booked or if you prefer a one-bedroom/one-bath, check out our second vacation home at

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Carolyn Calfee
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, ¿Español? Enviar correo electrónico.
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23 May, 2018

About Carolyn Calfee

Hello! We are Carolyn and Tom Calfee, owners of The Casita del Lago. We are parents to three awesome kids who are now young adults. We are active people - love hiking, skiing, running (well, we don’t love that but we do it), scuba diving, boating, riding Tom's Harley.

We enjoy sharing the beauty and magic of our home in the Land of Enchantment and allowing others to experience this incredible location…if you haven’t seen the sun rise or set over Abiquiu Lake and the red rocks, or, if you haven’t experienced an absence of noise and light pollution - then, well, you’ve missed the best part of Abiquiu.

We have met people from all over the world who have discovered The Casita del Lago on Abiquiu Lake. Honestly, we are frequently surprised by how many people know about the little village of Abiquiu…how a couple in Australia heard about our home or why a guest from Spain would choose our home so he could swim (train) in Abiquiu Lake every morning. Meeting our guests - who quickly become part of our Casita del Lago family - is the best part of this experience. We pride ourselves in setting an example as honest, ethical hosts who want every guest to have a perfect experience. Because of this, we have a high rate of return guests.

And this is why we continue to rent out our home: meeting new friends; the positive stories, reviews, and pictures; and guests who never want to leave at the end of their stay - that is the beauty of the vacation rental journey.

Reach out to us at anytime!

Safe travels,

Carolyn & Tom

Carolyn Calfee purchased this house in 2009

Why Carolyn Calfee chose Youngsville

Quite simply, this spot on Abiquiu Lake found us. We found the most beautiful spot on planet earth back in 2009 - we couldn’t believe land surrounded by a lake, a river, million-year-old red rocks, and Pedernal was for sale. We purchased our land that very night. Eventually we built The Casita del Lago on the lakefront property and we absolutely treasure the wide-open spaces, starry night skies, sage green mesas, purple mountains and red rocks. We also deeply appreciate the culture, history of this area and the spiritual energy that makes this the "Land of Enchantment". There are only four Lakefront parcels in the area, and only one remains available for sale (and that is the property we own adjacent to Casita del Lago.) When you visit here, and you view many of the landscapes Georgia O'Keeffe painted in their original context, you will understand why she could never leave.

What makes this house unique

Rare lakefront home on Abiquiu Lake. 360 degree panoramic views of paradise in Abiquiu, New Mexico. The Casita del Lago is built in traditional adobe style with 14' thick walls. The New Mexican charm is enhanced by the fully arched architectural doorways, hand carved wooden doors, unique granite, lit nichos opposite the woodburning fireplace, and authentic furniture and art work. The home also incorporates todays most modern conveniences. It is very private but also very conspicuous to boaters as it sits high on the hill overlooking the lake. Bring your camera to photograph the vistas, relax in the two outdoor daybeds, eat your meal on the outdoor picnic table overlooking the lake, take in the stars at the incredibly luxurious hot tub, light a fire indoors, or on the western portale, or venture out to the western outdoor fire pit. Admire the sunrise, or heat up the eastern Portal and enjoy it from the bench. Walk down to the water for solitude or to drop a line in. Or, just curl up on the circular oversized chaise and warm up to the afternoon sun. And - those are just a few of the daily options you have at Casita del Lago.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Most grateful that this place, this magical place, whose us. This place -under the meteors, the white fluffy clouds, among the red orange purple cliffs and equally brilliant sunset - we begin our new life together.
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Youngsville

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All children must be supervised in the hot tub. Use the hot tub at your own risk.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , In addition to indoor showers, outdoor hot tub for soaking!
    Master Suite Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Private bath in master bedroom. Separate toilet area.
  • Two bathrooms both with walk in showers. The master bath has a separate toilet room, granite counters, beautifully tiled shower and a skylight in the ceiling. The second bath has a shower and is located off of the second bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Sunset Suite (Guest Suite) - 1 large double bed , 1 bunk bed , Room contains a queen bed and twin bunk beds.
    Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Luxury bedding, walk in closet, en suite master bathroom, TV
  • King size bed (1) Premium Quality in Master Suite. Queen size bed (1) Deluxe Comfort in the Second Bedroom Sunrise Suite and Twin Bunk beds (1) also in the Sunrise Suite.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The Casita sits above the shore of Abiquiu Lake. The Casita is across the lake from Ghost Ranch. The Casita has unique outdoor living spaces and two have heated floors. Amazing views from every spot. 22 Acres. Bird watchers, artist and writer's paradise. Guests may select the 'Book Now' feature to use a credit card to book your vacation. Thank you.


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Abiquiu's Luxury Lakefront Home! 360 Views! A/C, Hot Tub, WIFI, Hiking, Fishing.
average rating of 4.9379845 based on 260 reviews

Peaceful and beautiful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home so very much. It is blending in perfectly with the surrounding area inside and out. The property was fun to explore and the visiting cows and deer were adding an extra enjoyable touch. The owners were very responsive, friendly and helpful. The property was as described, and the only other visible casita was empty during our stay. we had perfect privacy to enjoy sunsets in the hot tub and for star gazing. All the information you need to explore the area is written down in the casita.

One tip for future visits is to bring your own drinking water. The water softeners needed in the area make the water taste quite salty, but still drinkable. We would definitely recommend the Casita del Lago!

  • Review Submitted: 29/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Abiquiu is a great little village with a lot of history. Besides Georgia O'Keeffe, there is wonderful Ghost Ranch and the lake - both are so beautiful. You can hike and recharge here forever. We did NOT want to leave! The house is unbelieveable. When you rent a vacation home, you never know what to expect. Well, believe us - this is paradise. Wonderful high-end home, great furnishings, thick wooden doors, the kitchen has everything (pots, pans, dishes, spices, coffee, waffle maker, blender, etc etc). Bed super comfy. Great linens and towels. And best, a huge hot tub steps away from the house. Sit in there at night and watch the stars and galaxies and shooting stars. Easy and fun hike down to the water. At the water's edge there is a cove where you can fish (and swim if it was warmer). But it's an inlet so it's protected. Fun rocks all around. There is a fire pit near the edge of the land that is super cool; we didn't light a fire because it was too windy but we will definitely do this when we come back. Speaking of coming back, we ARE coming back! Soon! Thanks for a great say!

  • Review Submitted: 21/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa, so glad you had a great time on your first trip to Abiquiu! Also so glad you found our house to book for your stay. The views from this side of the lake are so amazing with the red rocks and Ghost Ranch as a drop behind the lake....many people miss this view when they visit. Thanks for your text when you first arrived - your shock at the beauty of the views made us laugh! You were wonderful guests and we hope you make a return trip soon - there is much more to see! I know Bandelier is still on your bucket list! Best, Carolyn
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The only place we stay in Abiquiu

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to The Casita del Lago, and we absolutely love this home. It is a beautiful home with quality furnishings. The kitchen has everything you need. The owner has really put a lot of thought and love into this home. The views are better than the reviews even say! Such a great spot. The lake, the hot tub, the quiet, the wind...we will be back. And the owners are incredibly responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 18/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey John, Was great to have you back at The Casita del Lago! When our "guests" turn into "friends" - well, it reminds us why we love the vacation rental business. Glad you were able to discover Abiquiu again, and thank you for staying at your home-away-from-home. Safe travels! Until next time... Carolyn
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Well maintained property in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at this property. The House was very well maintained and the owners do a great job of making sure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay. Beautiful location!

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Denise, Thank you so much for choosing our home for your annual family vacation! Glad you enjoyed family time, the home, the location and all the Abiquiu activities. Hope you had safe travels home - come back again and visit soon. Best, Carolyn
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Peace, Serenity, Perfection.

  • 5 of 5

Back for a third time - this time on our way home so The Casita del Lago was the last stop. As always, a wonderful experience where you can totally escape from the stresses of everyday life. This is an amazing home built into the shore above Abiquiu Lake. You can hike down to the lake where they have a cove at the water's edge. It's more beautiful than the pictures show, if you can believe that. New kitchen is awesome! We love the hot tub and the fire pit over the arroyo. Wish we could live here instead of Chicago :-(.

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kaitlyn, Thank you so much for choosing our home again - we love our repeat guests who are more like family to us! The water is a bit lower now so the cove area is perfect - glad you took advantage of it. Thanks for the compliments on the kitchen remodel...we love it and the colors! Again, thank you for your loyalty and choosing to stay with us whenever you are in the area. Safe travels back to Chicago and I hope it warms up there soon! Carolyn
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Perfect lakefront house

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful house! Everything we needed, we had. The location is great, the hot tub was perfect, and the weather was a perfect mix of warm, then snow (perfect for the fireplace too).

  • Review Submitted: 23/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jen, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you chose our home for your celebration! The land and lake are so beautiful when it snows - glad you were able to experience that. And, yes...the hot tub is always a highlight, especially for star gazing at night. Glad you enjoyed the home and we do hope you will come back again sometime soon. Carolyn
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
ABQ or Santa Fe Municipal
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Nearest Beach
Casita is located on shore of Abiquiu Lake.
Car: necessary

Across the Lake from Ghost Ranch, Near Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tour, Numerous hiking trails, Dinosaur fossils, Indian Ruins, Petroglyphs, Carson National Forest, Echo Amphitheater, Christ in the Desert Monastary, Abiquiu Lake and Dam, Plaza Blanca, Horseback Riding, near Black Mesa Golf, Towa Golf Resort, Bodes General Store for Licenses, Taos Ski Valley, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market, Art Galleries, Indian Pueblos, Bandelier National Monument, Toltec Railroad, Albuquerque Old Town, Rio Grande Gorge, Spas and Mineral Springs, Albuquerque Balloon Festival


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Youngsville

Rental Basis:
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Nightly Rate
3 Jun 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$46 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
15 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$46 per night, per additional guest
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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$46 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$164.93
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$395.82

Our base rate covers up to four guests and includes firewood, charcoal, laundry supplies, coffee filters, many spices/seasonings, Internet, cable, parking and amazing views/sunsets/sunrises! If your party has more than 4 people, an additional $30/night is charged for each person beyond four. We will refund the security deposit within seven days after you check out provided: you check out on time; there is no damage to the home, property or the home's contents; furniture is in its original location; and there are no missing items. Sorry, no smoking and no pets. Use "Book Now" functionality to use e-check (preferred) or credit card. We generally require a minimum of a two night stay, but there are times where we can accept a single night - reach out to us to inquire. We will work hard to make sure you have a perfect vacation in The Land of Enchantment!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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