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Modern Taos Rio Eco House and Deck on the Taos River, Private Meditation Hut

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms (1 BR + studio w/ queen Murphy bed), 2 Bathrooms, Laundry, sleeps 4

Recently built by architect/owner this contemporary 968 s.f. Eco dwelling made of weathering steel and stone lives large right on the Taos de Fernando river, in a grove of 100 year old cottonwood and willow trees. Step out to the 12' x 20' stone paver deck just 8' from the river and enjoy a relaxing soak in the new hot tub. Enjoy our new private meditation hut by the river for quiet time. Located just 3 miles from Taos, near hiking trails and ski areas, great restaurants, galleries and museums of Taos. The high 10' vaulted ceilings high windows let in the sun and forest views. Experience the latest in technology with 2 HDTVs, with Blu Ray DVD, wireless fiber Internet and video, electric Zen fireplace, and warm radiant tile floors (hypoallergenic). Custom contemporary maple woodwork & cabinets built by the owner's architect son Jordan ( reflect the water theme with elegant inlay designs and are topped by black honed granite. Ideal for a get away for a couple or two, with a bedroom with memory foam mattresses (queen and king) and 3/4 baths at opposite ends of the house. If more beds are needed check out our listing 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.f.

Construction Details: Since the property is in a sensitive ecological area next to the Taos de Fernando River, water conservation and protection is of primary concern. Note; (river flow is seasonal as with many streams in the southwest). Every plumbing fixture is water efficient, from high end Toto dual flush toilets to sensor faucets in the bathrooms and kitchen. We keep track of water usage with our water meter and have saved 1000's of gallons of water. We averaged with help of our guests just 33 gallons/day total indoor water use vs. a national average of 94 gallons/day/person* (American Water Works Assoc.)

The house is green built with zero VOC paints and materials, energy efficient insulation, appliances and heating system. The house is tiled throughout with in the latest in floor electric heat, which is energy efficient and comfortable, no noisy furnace with air and dust. Objects in the rooms are heated and your are comfortable with the heat set at a lower temperature. Cool in summer as house is at 7600' elevation and well insulated and has 3 ceiling fans if needed. Nights are usually very cool.

We also encourage recycling in our special recycling bins.

Location details: Located just 3 miles from Taos, NM. Great restaurants, more than 75 art galleries, 4 museums, Taos Pueblo, numerous shops, great live music and arts programs. Great skiing is just 35-40 minutes away. Hiking trails nearby in Carson National Forest with pinion pine forests. River rafting, fishing, and mountain biking in the late spring and summer and fall months. !

Nearby large guest house also available: If more beds and a larger house is needed check out our listing 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon' 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.f. This can be rented in combination with the Rio house to accommodate larger groups and family reunions.

More Details

David and Meredith Vaughn
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About David and Meredith Vaughn

My wife and I have enjoyed Taos for much of our 43 years of marriage. We built a home in Taos in 2000 and now have completed another creative collaboration, with help from our son Jordan of Vonmod - a new 2BR vacation rental house on the Taos de Fernando river and love to share it with others.

David and Meredith Vaughn purchased this house in 2010

Why David and Meredith Vaughn chose Taos

We chose to design and build our second house in Taos because we love the area so much- the natural beauty of the forest, river and high desert environment, and history, art and food of Taos. We enjoy creating inviting and comfortable living spaces that take advantage of the exceptional natural surroundings of the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is so comfortable and has everything you need. It's a perfect size, cozy, serene, secluded, yet close to town. Wow! We had the best time. My husband, me and our Husky spent a week here and it snowed on our way in. We woke up the next morning to well over a foot of snow. It was so beautiful. The little creek that runs behind it, the patio, the hot tub, the meditation hut--it was just fabulous. They think of everything. Has tons of supplies. I really loved it and would highly recommend this house. The design of the house is perfect to share as well. I would definitely stay here again.
Nov 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Taos

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Washer Dryer incl.
  • Stack full size washer/ dryer in 2nd bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • King size platform bed with comfortable memory foam mattress and down duvet comforter in MBR. Queen size platform bed with memory foam (Murphy- pull down bed) in studio BR
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
High definition TV in Living Room and Master BR, with Blu Ray DVD in living room, DVD in MBR, high definition cable TV with Dish Network, music channels, Qwest high speed wireless internet, and free long distance calling.


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Modern Taos Rio Eco House and Deck on the Taos River, Private Meditation Hut
average rating of 4.855263 based on 77 reviews

lovely peaceful space

  • 5 of 5

a wonderful and thoughtful space in a peaceful area.

  • Review Submitted: 17/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful , so close to Taos but so secluded

  • 5 of 5

This property was built with love and is so eco-friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 25/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Eco Rio. The dwelling was modern and incredible. Everything was well thought out and designed. Loved how the Vaughn family created this peaceful retreat using their special gifts; lighting, carpentry, architecture, landscape design, and spirituality. The master bedroom has the most comfortable and cozy bed. It was wonderful to sip coffee in bed while enjoying the spectacular natural scenery right outside our bedroom window. Kitchen was well equipped and had every convenience of home. The Vaughn’s provided much info of Taos and surrounding areas. They included a narrative of their experience in Taos, which was heartwarming. We loved the outdoor deck, spent hours in the hot tub enjoying mother nature at her finest and listened to the gurgling stream that would freeze and thaw daily. Especially interesting is how the angle of the sun slid across the intense blue sky along the mountain ridge daily. We would love to go back. A most enjoyable experience! Ian and Heather.

  • Review Submitted: 28/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Great design, style and comfort. Really appreciate your nice home!

  • Review Submitted: 13/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Rio house over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a perfect space for 2 couples! We loved the orientation to the river from the back deck and hot tub. Lots of natural light warmed the living space. We loved the simplicity of the artistic cabinetry and woodwork designed by Jordan. One feels the love and attention to detail throughout the home. We feel fortunate to have been able to stay at the Eco Rio house.Can't wait to go back and stay longer!

  • Review Submitted: 30/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly a special place

  • 5 of 5

The Taos Rio Eco Dwelling is a true treasure! Nestled along the riverside in the canyon we felt like we were in a remote spot far away from the city, but to our surprise we could get to the center of town in less than 10 minutes in the car. We slept so well listening to the river at night and awake to 360 degree views of beautiful scenery in the morning. There was so much detail put into building and designing this cute place, it shows! We already booked our next stay here we love it so much.

  • Review Submitted: 20/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
135 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
El Monte Sagrado, Taos
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 585 and Hwy 64
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Taos Inn- Doc Martins
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Angel Fire Ski area and Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Located a short 2.75 miles up beautiful Taos Canyon (Hwy 64- Enchanted Circle), just 5 miles from the city center (plaza) of Taos. Built next to the Taos de Fernando River (seasonal river) and Carson National Forest with many hiking trails nearby. Located approx. 40 min. from Taos Ski Valley, approx. 30 min. to Angel Fire Ski Area. 1000 year old Taos Pueblo (World Heritage Site) just 15 minutes away, in Taos over 85 art galleries and 5 museums and great local restaurants featuring gourmet and native New Mexico cuisine. Lots of live music, usually free in local bars and brew pubs and restaurants. Many great hiking trails over large variety of terrain from Rio Grande gorge to high country. White water rafting, balloon rides in summer and skiing and boarding in winter.

Can be rented in combination with listing 209546 located 1/4 mile away for larger groups.

Ski: This Eco Dwelling is located midway between Taos Ski Valley (just 35-40 min. away to the north and west) and Angel Fire Ski area (just 25-30 minutes to the east).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Taos

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
4 Sep 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2018
19 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall 2018
26 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018
23 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$53.89 + Tax
Cleaning Fee AU$67.37 + Tax

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Best value is the weekly rate!
PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY CALENDAR BEFORE INQUIRING ! Discount off published rates may be given for last minute bookings, please inquire.

Rate is based on double occupancy. For each 3rd and 4th persons add $15 /person/ night. **Four persons maximum.**

Well trained dogs allowed with $50.00 pet fee.

Can be rented in combination with listing 209546: 3BR, 2BA, 2000 s.f. house that sleeps 6 just 1/4 mile away for 10% discount on both properties.

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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