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Casa Ambrosia: Unique Adobe Home with Mountain Views in a Beautiful River Valley

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious and Unique Adobe House, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Casa Ambrosia is nestled in total peace and privacy, surrounded by tall cottonwood, pine, and oak trees, with an expansive view of the pastoral river valley of El Rito and the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains off in the distance.

This wonderful, comfortable, and serene hideaway accommodates 4-5 people. The uniquely designed passive solar adobe house with high wood ceilings and impressive vigas is spacious and filled with light. There is a large semi-circular sun room, built like a sunken kiva, that is designed after Casa Grande in Chaco Canyon. There is one bath with tub and shower and two large bedrooms, each with a spectacular view. The softly curved walls of most rooms create a calm and nurturing environment. A fireplace adds to the warmth and comfort of the radiant floor heat. And along with great indoor living and dining spaces, there is a covered patio for outdoor dining and relaxation. A newly added hot tub on the front patio is perfect for relaxation and stargazing year round.

Casa Ambrosia borders the mountainous Carson National Forest and you can hike for hundreds of miles right out the back door. A short drive takes you to a creekside trail leading to Potrero Falls amidst tall Ponderous pines and aspens, or to a dramatic outcropping of volcanic upthrust near a shady stream. Nearby forest roads lead you to high mountain meadows filled with wildflowers and streams and breathtaking views, or off into desert canyonlands, with red cliff walls and towering rock formations. In winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are great pastimes. Year round, the very clear night sky is perfect for stargazing.

The historic village of El Rito has it's own charm, including a well-supplied library, a traditionally-built adobe church, and El Farolito, a small family restaurant, world famous for its authentic northern New Mexico cuisine, recommended in the Rand McNally Road Atlas and Gourmet Magazine. Their red and green chili dishes are delicious and very reasonable.

Casa Ambrosia is 15 miles north of Abiquiu, with it's stunningly beautiful lake for swimming and boating. In the village of Abiquiu, you can tour the home and studio of world reknowned painter Georgia O'Keefe, and visit the Rising Moon Gallery, bursting with high quality art by local artists. And further north in Chama, you can ride the historic Toltec Railroad through the high mountains, catching the glory of the changing colors of Fall.

Casa Ambrosia is 14 miles west of the beautifully appointed Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Spa and Resort, with a variety of natural mineral pools to soak in, plenty of massage and spa treatments to choose from, and a delicious restaurant to top off an adventurous day.

Only one hour to Santa Fe, and about the same to Taos, you can enjoy all kinds of fine dining, live music, museums, galleries, boutique shops, antique stores, films, opera, and much more. Both Santa Fe and Taos have ski basins, and there are several golf courses in the area. There are many national monuments and historic sites in the area, including Bandelier with it's ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.

Whether you're seeking cultural activities, ancient history, or natural beauty, there's something for everyone in this compelling heartland of Northern New Mexico.

Keywords: country house, passive solar design, adobe home, custom built, rural, natural setting, forest, mountains, meadows, water, hiking, skiing, swimming, cultural activities, ancient history, nature, pueblos, opera, golf, lake, fishing

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Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Alicia

I grew up here in Northern New Mexico, and have spent many years exploring the wilderness areas nearby. Later I lived in exciting places like Washington DC and San Francisco. But eventually I felt called back home, and I haven't regretted it since. I find great solace in the wide open lands, vast blue skies, and I appreciate the diverse cultural history of this area very much.

Alicia purchased this house in 1998

Why Alicia chose El Rito

When I moved back to New Mexico I wanted to live somewhere peaceful and remote, yet not too far from civilization. El Rito was perfect. Nestled in a tranquil river valley, with countless trails to explore in the surrounding mountains, yet only an hour's drive to a hotspot like Santa Fe or Taos, I found the perfect balance. Years later, when I moved to Santa Fe for professional opportunities, I began renting Casa Ambrosia as a vacation home. For several years now, I have enjoyed sharing this nurturing home with it's beautiful natural surroundings with many guests, and it is my wish that many others may also experience the restorative possibilities that abound here.

What makes this house unique

Whether it's getting away from a busy job, wanting the peace and quiet of this serene place for rest and renewal, or looking for new adventures out in nature, this is a great place to visit. I love the amazing variety of terrain around here, from the high mountains with their meadows, lakes and streams, to the lower desert canyonlands with their colorful cliffs and magical rock formations. And with Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier, and other interesting places so nearby, there's never a shortage of things to do or see. There's truly something for everyone to enjoy!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in El Rito

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • 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
  • mobile phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom includes sink, toilet, linen closet, and standard-sized tub with shower, and features warm radiant heat under the tile floors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed (1) A deluxe King-sized Select Comfort Dual Chamber adjustable bed. Each side adjusts separately for the perfect firmness for each person. Queen size bed (1) A very comfy Queen bed with pillowtop mattress. Twin or Single Bed (1) There is a single-sized air mattress, with pump, sheets and sleeping bag. Perfect for a child or extra guest.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • deck chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
While the house is a perfect homebase for day trips and adventures in all directions, many guests find the beautiful natural setting and the peace and quiet so compelling they never leave the property. Over the years every effort has been made to assure that everything you could possibly need or want is right there, to make your stay both comfortable and enjoyable.


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Casa Ambrosia: Unique Adobe Home with Mountain Views in a Beautiful River Valley
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews
Arlington, Texas

Away From it All.

  • 5 of 5

We were not sure what to expect on our 6th of 7 property rental stays on our 5 week adventure but this secluded home did not disappoint. If your looking to get away from it all and enjoy your surroundings, this is the place. Hiking behind the home is worth every step and the hot tub is wonderful as well under the stars. Alicia was the perfect owner and communicated quickly to the two questions we had during our stay. We would definitely return in the future if the opportunity presented itself again.

Mike and April

  • Review Submitted: 12/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Serenity in El Rito

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our week long stay. The house was very comfortable, quiet, and a great area to explore on foot and by car. Loved El Farolito, went twice in our week in El Rito.

  • Review Submitted: 03/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucked away hideout with beautiful views and cozy atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

Alicia continues her warm hospitality in opening up her home to families (including their fur children). Super comfy, plenty of kitchen space to cook while on vacation, and great outdoor setting w/plenty of hikes. Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Off the beaten path, quiet and close to explorations, be it hiking, good food, ojo Caliente spa. El farolito resturaunt is a hidden gem.

  • Review Submitted: 19/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines Iowa

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This place is really cool. Out of the way, but in the middle of all the neat things northern New Mexico has to offer. The house is fully stocked with absolutely everything you will need for your stay. If you are looking for peace and quiet, let the coyotes and birds serenade you in this lovely setting. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property at a great location

  • 5 of 5

Everything turned out perfectly for us. The house was ready as soon as we walked in with a beautiful floor plan and everything we needed for a great stay. The location allowed us to take rewarding hikes by walking out the front door and quick access by car to Santa Fe and Taos. I hope to come back again.

  • Review Submitted: 09/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Albuquerque International Airport
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Inn at the Delta, Espanola
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Towa Golf Course
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Amtrak In Lamy, NM
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
HWY 84
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
El Farolito, El Rito
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Taos or Santa Fe
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Fe
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Bandelier National Monument
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Buffalo Thunder Resort, Casino and Golf Course
Car: necessary

Casa Ambrosia is located in the heart of Northern New Mexico. An hour or less drive in any direction gets you to such diverse attractions as the Santa Fe Opera, skiing in Taos, swimming in Lake Abiquiu, fine dining, opera, museums, art galleries, and shopping in Santa Fe, high mountain hiking in meadows and along streams, desert cliff walks at Ghost Ranch, natural hot springs resort and spa at Ojo Caliente, ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs at Bandelier, and much more.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in El Rito

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$67.19
Pet Fee AU$33.6

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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