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*APRIL SPRING SALE* Spectacular Abiquiu Lakefront. Views, Hot Tub, WIFI, Cable

Bedrooms 2
Space 125 m²
Property type house


About the property

2 Bdrm 2 Bth, Sleeps 6. 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award Winner. 360 Views.

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

* "This is the best place I've stayed in the entire US!" - from an October 2017 guest review.

*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.

More Details

Carolyn Calfee
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, ¿Español? Enviar correo electrónico.
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
23 March, 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:
  • 125 m²
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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average rating of 4.935484 based on 255 reviews

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
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2nd Stay in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved it so much the first time, we came back a second time. And, if possible, it was even better this time! The owners had the kitchen remodeled and it just looks and feels so Santa Fe/Taos in spirit! New appliances. Makes a perfect place even more perfect, if possible. We love this home and the owners make us feel so welcome. We feel blessed to be able to share this little piece of paradise. You definitely should stay here. The home is very high end (solid wood, hand scraped doors, granite counters, high end appliances, beautiful artwork, traditional furniture, etc.). The views are too pretty to describe in words. We woke up every morning and had coffee outside at the picnic table, staring at the lake and red rocks. There is total silence except for the wind. Heaven. Thank you Carolyn and Tom.

  • Review Submitted: 18/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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McGregor, MN

A Feast for the Eyes!

  • 5 of 5

We had a FANTASTIC stay! We were at the Casita for 10 days and could not have found a more pleasant place to stay. Like the other reviews, the view was incredible; with just one other home within a 360 degree view. The floor to ceiling windows let all the view come right in the living space...wonderful! On the sunny but cool days, we brought camping chairs to the south side of the casita for a warm place to read and soak up the sun. The kitchen was fully stocked, and had all those extras that you don't think you need - like cooking oil, cupcake pans, spices, plastic wrap, etc. Plan on eating most of your meals at the casita, because it is quite a distance to the few local establishments in Abiquiu. It is worth the drive on the gravel roads to come home to the beautiful sunsets and calming views of the water. Make sure you visit Ghost Ranch, Echo Amphitheater and Plaza Blanco in the near vicinity. The Bandelier National Monument was spectacular, and a day in Santa Fe was fun too. Stop thinking about it and just BOOK!

  • Review Submitted: 23/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great summary of your visit - and we are so glad you loved every second of it. We are so happy you enjoyed the home, amenities, and the location! The views are so magnificent that we too find ourselves just sitting there staring at the beauty. Thank you so much for choosing The Casita del Lago as your home base - please come back and visit again soon. Best, Carolyn and Tom
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Stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Although we were not here long we loved the stay! The house had everything you could need and more. The hot tub was great looking at all the stars. You can’t see stars like this many other places. Great communication from the hosts and information. Awesome time here and would highly recommend staying again.

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ronnie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your stay - and thank you for choosing our home for your trip. So glad you both had a great time and made the best out of a short stay (all stays feel too short!). We'd love to have you back again in the future. And, thank you for your service with our armed forces! Carolyn
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful and relaxing stay at the Casita del Lago to celebrate our anniversary. Carolyn communicated with us well and always responded to our emails immediately. The breathtaking views and serenity of the area makes us want to come back year after year. The house was well stocked and very clean. This VRBO comes highly recommended and will be on our favorites list from now on.

  • Review Submitted: 22/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Denise, Awwww, so nice to hear that The Casita del Lago is on your list of favorites! That means so much to us. Thank you for choosing The Casita del Lago and we do hope to welcome you back again soon! Best, Carolyn
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views! Beautiful home!

  • Review Submitted: 10/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steven, Thank you for your review, your kind words and for choosing The Casita del Lago! We hope to welcome you back again in the near future! 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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April Last Minute
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
High Season
20 May 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$45 per night, per additional guest
23 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$45 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$159.29
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$382.29
Tax Rate 6.88%

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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