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Carolyn Calfee

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english

Winter Sale. Luxury Custom Lakefront Home, 2 BD/2BTH, Gated, Hot Tub, WIFI, TV

91 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Youngsville holiday house

2 Berm 2 Bth, A/C, Sleeps 6 - 8, Laundry, HotTub, 22 Acres, Gated, Lakefront

WINTER WONDERLAND SALE: December 18 - January 31. Weekday nights reduced to $180 and weekend nights reduced to $205! Great rates in the Land of Enchantment during the incredible and beautiful winter months.

'Magical'. 'Absolutely Breathtaking.' 'This is THE place to stay in Abiquiu.' 'A truly special place.' - Guest Comments.

CREATE YOUR PERFECT DAY. EVERY DAY!

Imagine an enclave of a storybook casita set among the dreamy landscape in the Land of Enchantment. That’s The Casita del Lago - a haven of luxury and privacy that embraces the architecture and design of New Mexico and the southwest. It’s a southwestern paradise on 22 Abiquiu Lakefront acres in The Land of Enchantment. The Casita is exquisitely designed space that celebrates the beauty unfolding outside with expansive windows, verandas and patios, creating myriad spots to experience paradise uninterrupted. Ultimate privacy in a luxury custom home.

THE CASITA

We know that where you choose to stay is a defining part of your journey. At The Casita del Lago, we strive to make our guests feel as though they've come home. So welcome home - and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime.

Unsurpassed and extraordinary, The Casita del Lago has views, ammenities and comfort that will leave you breathless in The Land of Enchantment. Whether you are looking for a vacation home base to explore Northern New Mexico, lodging for your classes at nearby Ghost Ranch, the perfect spot to create your art, or a get-away-from-it-all vacation - The Casita del Lago is your destination. Conveniently located and yet very remote, The Casita is located between Santa Fe and Taos (60 miles northwest of Santa Fe and 90 miles southwest of Taos) just outside the historic town of Abiquiú on Abiquiú Lake, across the lake from Ghost Ranch. Located in a gated community that borders undeveloped Ghost Ranch land, the views will take your breath away as you drive towards the lake on private roads to reach The Casita. This IS the Land of Enchantment at its most amazing best.

The Casita del Lago is a modern house on its own 22 acres. You will have total privacy in your remote, luxurious vacation home. As your hosts, we will leave you undisturbed unless you have questions or need help....if you do, we will respond immediately.

RATES

Our daily price includes all fees and taxes (with the exception of the $125 cleaning fee and additional lodging fee if your party has more than 4 members), free WIFI, free cable TV, charcoal and firewood. See the Rates section of this site for more information. You may also visit our website to view all policies - including cancellation policies, hot tub use, etc.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION - ON ABIQUIU LAKE!

Why stay on Abiquiu Lake? It's quite simple: if you stay anywhere else, you will miss out on some of the most beautiful views in Northern New Mexico! Renting a home on Abiquiu Lake not only gives you lake access, but it provides you with views that will leave you breathless. From our side of the lake you have views of the ancient red rocks, the quiet and beautiful blue waters of Abiquiu Lake, the Chama River, Cerro Pedernal and Carson National Forest. Best of all, although we are located on lakefront property, we do not have mosquitos or other annoying insects (no more so than anyplace in the state in general). Abiquiu is a wonderful village but there is so much more to see. Outside of town you will find the major attractions - Ghost Ranch, Echo Amphitheater, Plaza Blanca, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, and beautiful Abiquiu Lake - and we are conveniently located near all of them. Oh, and yes - we do have cell phone coverage and cable TV for those moments when you decide to reconnect to reality.

RESERVATIONS

You may use the 'Book it Now' button to reserve using e-check (preferred) or credit card ... or you may mail us a check.

MORE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE HOME

Casita del Lago (Little House on the Lake) is a secluded lakefront vacation home with lakefront access sitting on a river embankment right where the Chama River meets the 12 mile long Abiquiu Lake. This stunning thick-walled adobe style casita sits on 23 acres of natural surroundings and is crafted to true New Mexican style. It is well positioned on a gradually sloping hillside for privacy and it's close proximity to the sky blue water and 250 million year old layered Red Rock cliffs provide for spectacular one-of-a-kind views and pictures---right from your home.

We mean it when we say that The Casita del Lago on Abiquiu Lake is located on one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Step into a Georgia O'Keeffe painting right from your doorstep! This modern adobe style vacation home is like no other in 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, air conditioning unit, washer/dryer, high speed WIFI, top rated appliances, original artwork by southwestern artists, an indigenous rock woodburning fireplace, and 4 furnished outdoor living spaces! The east and west portales are attached with heated floors and one-of-a-kind views. The southern portal (porch) just off the kitchen offers warm, sunlit days in even the coolest high desert New Mexico temps. And the hot tub will be an experience unique to each guest!

Although you can stay inside the 1158 sq. ft. glass walled paradise and never plug-in any entertainment device, this deluxe casita is designed to include them. A large LCD HD TV is positioned above the wood burning rock fireplace and speakers for MP3 and Ipod players are included. If you want to move your entertainment outdoors to the heated floor portales where there are as many outdoor living spaces as indoor living spaces, then hook up to the fastest wireless internet in the area or position yourself to watch the flatscreen TV, or do what I do, take an afternoon siesta.

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 your favorite ghost story--or fairy tale story for the little ones.

Extra care was taken to craft this home. It is a work of art in itself, erected without one tree being uprooted. And while the window space was maximized -- the Casita del Lago remains very energy efficient and green. Often, indigenous materials were utilized by local craftsmen. For you who have not visited New Mexico before, you will immediately notice the absence of noise, air, and light pollutants. We absolutely love it here and we hope you will, too. You can check in with us for more information about the area and its rich history.

For those of you familiar with the area, Casita del Lago is spectacularly unique. The drive down towards the water with the incredible Sedona-like views is worth the trip in itself! This is the area's most private and secluded resort setting; 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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Carolyn Calfee (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks english

About Carolyn Calfee

We fell in love with Abiquiu Lake and the surrounding area during a trip here several years ago. We balance raising our family, managing our careers and trying to spend as much time in Abiquiu as we can. We are pretty much regular folk who fell in love with Abiquiu and wanted to create something very special. We love it here as do our 3 teenage kids, riding horses on the property with Hollywood stuntman Fred. Our goal is to spend as much time here as time allows. When we can't be here, we rent out our home so others can enjoy the experience.

Carolyn Calfee purchased this house in 2009

Why Carolyn Calfee chose New Mexico

Quite simply, this place found us and the timing could not have been better. 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 scapes Georgia O'Keeffe painted in their original context, you will understand why she could never leave.

What makes this house unique

360 degree panoramic views of paradise! Luxury adobe Casita on the shores of Abiquiu Lake - it is a house and property like no other. 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 and the pair of built in lighted nichos opposite the woodburning fireplace. But it incorporates todays most modern conveniences. It is very private but also very conspicuous to boaters as it sits high on the hill overlooking the river. You can be as private as you would like to be, because you have 23 acres to roam. Bring your camera to photograph the vistas, relax in the two outdoor daybeds, 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 pit. Admire the sunrise, or heat up the Eastern Portale 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 5' circular oversized chaise on the south portal 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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Winter Sale. Luxury Custom Lakefront Home, 2 BD/2BTH, Gated, Hot Tub, WIFI, TV
average rating of 4.912088 based on 222 reviews
Traverse City, MI
5

Everlasting memories

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two glorious weeks at Casita del Lago, and it was one of the most peaceful and relaxing vacations we have ever taken. The sunrises, sunsets, star-filled nights and colorful landscapes are incredible. The home is a dream and the owners are most gracious. What more can anyone ask?

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockport, Texas
5

Breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

This was an incredible area of New Mexico. The property was top notch with everything you could possibly want. The views were mesmerizing and the stars at night were the only light you could see. The owners supply you with all the details of the home and surrounding area. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very pleasant experience.

  • 5 of 5

This house has everything you can think of and more! Getting to the house is a little bumpy because you're on a dirt/rock road for 10-15 minutes, but when you get there you totally forget about that. SO worth it! It is GORGEOUS. I do recommend a crossover or SUV, but the owners are very thorough and tell you this from the beginning. It was a joy to work with the owners. They are so helpful! We had a last minute issue before we left and needed to find another event venue, and Carolyn was quick to give suggestions. You absolutely can't beat the view from the house in every direction. Pictures just don't do this house justice. It's so peaceful at night and the star gazing is unmatched. It's like the entire sky comes to life. (and it makes for a spectacular view from the hot tub!) There were 2 couples in our party and there was plenty of room. We didn't want to leave...you won't either.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Becky, Thank you for posting a review with your experiences! We are so glad you enjoyed your time at The Casita del Lago. And good news! The dirt road back to the lake is being resurfaced so no more bumpy rides! Thanks for your kind words - working with guests like you make my day. Come back and visit us again soon. Best, Carolyn
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5

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

For a wonderful time, this beautiful property is the place. All the comforts of home, and more. No way can the views be put in words, during the daytime and especially at night. So much to do around, Echo, Ghost Ranch, Bode's, Frosty Cow, Plaza Blanca, Rio Chama, or just sit back and relax. We will be coming back, this is one of the best vacations we have ever had. Thank you Carolyn

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, So happy to hear that this vacation was one of your best ever! That is always our goal -- and it is pretty easy to accomplish with the location and views. Glad you experienced so much of Abiquiu. The best part of the day, for us, is always coming back to The Casita! Please keep in touch and we look forward to your next visit! Carolyn
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Breathtaking views and serenity

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is definitely off the beaten path but WELL WORTH IT. The views from the home are just stunning and the night sky is AMAZING. I would highly recommend this home for anyone looking for a tranquil escape enveloped by the beauty New Mexico offers.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kerry, for sharing your experience. We are always in awe of the view at The Casita del Lago! So glad you had a great vacation and we welcome you back any time! Carolyn
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Perfect Spot for Artists

  • 5 of 5

Three of my friends and I spent a week at the casita painting scenes of the surrounding landscape. This is the perfect spot for artists looking for a secluded get-away with spectacular views.

The home is situated on the side of a hill with views of Abiquiu Lake and the mountains in the background. At night you can see the distant lights of Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe created some of her most famous paintings. Walking up the hill behind the home you can a stunning view of Pedernal mesa, another favorite O'Keeffe subject.

The casita has all the modern conveniences including free internet access and a hot tub. We enjoyed soaking in the tub under the starry sky every night after a day of painting.

During our stay, we painted at a variety of locations including Ghost Ranch, the White Place and El Santuario de Chimayo historic site. We also enjoyed a tour of O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu. There aren't a lot of restaurants close by but the food at the Abiquiu Inn was excellent. We also had lunch at Ghost Ranch. They have a nice buffet for a reasonable price.

The casita owners were very prompt in answering our questions and made us feel welcome.

We were thrilled with the home and very much enjoyed our time there.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sheila, Thank you for your kind review -- we have had artists, photographers, writers, story tellers, poets and screen play writers all stay at The Casita and they all have found it to be a perfect spot for creativity and innovation. I am so glad you and your friends did, too. I LOVE the paintings all of you created. I am so happy you were able to experience so much in the area and capture the beauty in your art. We loved having you stay with us and welcome you back anytime. Thank you for choosing our home for your art vacation - we truly appreciate it. Best, Carolyn
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
ABQ or Santa Fe Municipal
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Abiquiu
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Towa
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Abiquiu
Nearest Ski
60 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

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Youngsville, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
WINTER SALE
18 Dec 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$242
From
A$275
Fri,Sat
A$1,612
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$40 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2017
14 May 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$275
From
A$316
Fri,Sat
A$1,881
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
A$262
From
A$296
Fri,Sat
A$1,780
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Lodging Fee A$168
Refundable Damage Deposit A$403

Base rate includes lodging fees, firewood, cable and wireless Internet. A one-time $125 cleaning fee is applied per stay. Rates are based on 4 guests; there is a $25/day charge for additional guests beyond 4 (5 or more). If you pay a security deposit, we will refund the amount 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, and there are no missing items. Sorry, no smoking and no pets. Amazing sunsets and views are included free! Use "Book Now" functionality to use e-check (preferred) or credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Youngsville

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1160 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Luxury bedding, walk in closet, private master bathroom, TV.
    Sunset Suite (Guest Suite) - 1 large double bed , 1 bunk bed , Room contains a queen bed and twin bunk beds.
    Other Sleeping Option - Convertible Bed - Day bed outside on the portal can be brought indoors.
  • King size beds (1) Premium Quality in Master Suite., Queen size Bed (1) Deluxe Comfort in the Second Bedroom Sunrise Suite., Twin Bunk beds (1) also in the Sunrise Suite. If necessary, an outdoor day bed on the Western Portale can be brought inside for a 7th person but this is not an ideal sleeping situation.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • 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
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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. Or, you may email us at info@thecasitadellago.com to send a personal check. We prefer personal checks! Thank you.