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Abiquiu Lake Casita--Stunning Views of Red Cliffs and Lake

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

(Please read Note at the end of this description.)

Located 75 min. north of Santa Fe, Abiquiu Lake Casita is far from highways and noise, but for the sounds of birds and wind.

Our casita (small house) is set on 13.5 acres on top of one of the highest mesas overlooking Abiquiu Lake, with unlimited 360 degree views north toward the lake and Ghost Ranch and south towards the Jemez Mountains and Cerro Pedernal, the 10,000 foot flat-topped mountain that Georgia O'Keeffe loved to paint, making the mountain into an icon of northern New Mexico. Historically, Pedernal is a sacred site for Native Americans and local inhabitants.

You can soak your body in a luxurious HOT TUB after a day of hiking, reading, painting, or writing. Our casita was designed in the traditional adobe style, including a Kiva wood- burning fireplace (wood provided), pine hand-hewn vigas that help support the ceiling; tile floors with radiant heating; and thick walls to hold the warmth in winter and keep you cool in summer, walls hand-plastered in the adobe style; and Mexican antique furniture.

We added modern comfort throughout, including a modern and well-stocked kitchen, local art and track lighting on dimmers, and a spacious great room with a Mexican dining table that can be expanded with 3 leaves for art or writing projects.

To take advantage of the long and wide views across the valleys, we built two 'portales' (covered porches). You can dine on the north side while gazing down the valley and across the lake towards the red cliffs of Ghost Ranch, or you can bask in the warmth of the sun--even in winter--on the southern portale, as you look towards the Jemez Mountains and Pedernal. Both portales are furnished with a comfortable outdoor dining set. There's also a recliner and a propane BBQ.

Since there are no city lights to compete, billions of stars fill the night sky, part of the magic of New Mexico. Our favorite time for the hot tub is at night, gazing at the Milky Way and galaxies, frequently punctuated by numerous shooting stars; when it's not dark, moonlight bathes the rolling hills and desert floor.

A Gentle warning: The views, the far off patterns of changing weather, and the warm coziness of the casita may make it difficult to leave the casita at all.

Abiquiu Lake Casita was featured in New Mexico Magazine, November, 2011.

PS: RESTRICTIONS: RV's, Trailers of any sort, large Trucks (over 3/4 ton), and small vehicles of any sort, (motorcycles, all terrain vehicles and such--are prohibited by neighborhood rules.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2018

About Glynn

We are former college English teachers who love the southwest. We live in Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe.

Glynn purchased this house in 2000

Why Glynn chose Youngsville

Having been in love with the southwest for a long time, we found this site in 2000 and it was more beautiful than any of the places we had seen--or have seen since-- during our travels throughout this extraordinary part of the country.

What makes this house unique

Peace, quiet, relaxation, endless views and walks, time to read and be creative. After that, explore the villages, cultures and wilderness in and beyond Abiquiu.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Youngsville

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • PETS: Our 13+ acres are not privately fenced between us and neighbors, so dogs must be controlled. Please pick up your doggie's doodoo near casita.
  • PETS: Maximum 2 dogs only; no cats please. Please keep the dogs off of all bedding and couch. Thanks!
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower has tile seat. (Hot Tub outside the french doors.)
  • Large, roomy shower, Mexican tile, shower head set at 6'
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • King size bed, plush 17'' latex mattress. Firm support but soft for the joints. Queen Sleep Sofa, comfortable.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Extremely Plush KING BED w) 17' mattress, and a Queen Sofa-bed w) AIR MATTRESS--very comfortable, Private, roomy Outdoor HOT TUB (facing Abiquiu Lake and the brilliant red cliffs), Traditional Kiva Fireplace, radiant heat (through floor), Two TV's (Satellite), 27' TV in living room and 20' flatscreen in bedroom, CD Player and Radio, Quality DVD's and CD's provided, Wireless Internet by satellite, Full Modern Kitchen, Blender, Toaster, Coffee bean grinder--Bring Coffee Beans, Waffle Iron and more, All Linens provided, Iron, No phone lines in this area--nice break-- but most cell phones work here and in other high areas, We've added mountain bikes, 2 new adult bikes, and 2 kids bikes


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Abiquiu Lake Casita--Stunning Views of Red Cliffs and Lake
average rating of 4.9437227 based on 231 reviews

A perfect and exquisitely relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Scott and Glynn have shared with us the sweetest and most relaxing Casita of our dreams. Everything you could possibly want or need is here. We are already planning our next trip back! My suggestion is to bring lots of food so that you don't even have to leave to go into town! Serene yet pampering. In a word..perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 17/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love that we know most of our guests by now because they return so often. We believe our area is so special that it should be shared by as many as possible.
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Washington, D.C.

High Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house sits under the spell of the Pedernal Mountain, a spiritual mountain in the area. My family loved the wildlife we witnessed including prairie dogs , jack rabbits, and coyotes. One sunrise there was the sound of an Indian flute and chants drifting up from the lake area. The house is very comfortable and sunrise and sunset simply breathtaking every single day. As a student at the Ghost Ranch it was a wonderful retreat from the sparse ranch accommodations, but it is a 30 minute trip back and forth. The kitchen really is well stocked in cooking supplies for a rental house. For a rural setting the internet and television connections excellent. Loved the daily visit from the neighbor's poodles.

Easy to visit Taos and Santa Fe for day trips.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2007
  • Date of Stay: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautifully appointed casita in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in the little house and our experience of it represents the fulfillment of a dream. The decor and furnishings were in the traditional New Mexican style and we found it all clean,

comfortable and well equipped. There was some wild life to entertain us, birds, humming birds, rabbits, and the neighbor's dog checked on us periodically. A remarkably fine situation, looking over Abiquiu Lake towards Ghost Ranch on the one side and Cerro Pedernal (Georgia O'Keefe's mountain) and Polvadera Peak on the other. The views could not be bettered. For what we had the cost of the rental was reasonable. Our only regret is that a three days stay wasn't long enough. This was likely a once in a lifetime experience but we do hope to be able to return.

  • Review Submitted: 15/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Magical casita

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at Glynn and Scott’s casita is like landing in another dimension. The Mesa feels like the top of the world. The high desert scenery is almost too beautiful to believe. From the back porch, you see the beautiful lake up against the red cliffs. From the front porch, there is Cerro Pedernale, the sacred mountain. Add to this the wonderful smell of the high desert breeze along with the soothing quiet and it’s just magical!

Other notables- the hot tub under the stars, a very comfy bed, a nicely stocked kitchen, amazing mountain thunderstorms. I can’t think of anything we didn’t enjoy...except leaving.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to relax, rest and reconnect, and if you crave solitude, you will love this rental. We have been here 3 times and can’t wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 19/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoy so many returning guests that I think our casita is really a coop! In our minds, the casita belongs to our guests and we are the caretakers, and it gives us a lot of joy to share this magical place. In 2000, when we first walked to the top of the mesa and saw the 360 views, I began to cry and said to Scott, "No one should own this." In a way, since we share it with so many, we've made that be true, and that makes us happy.
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Very private wth gorgeous views.

  • 5 of 5

Well stocked home, comfortable. Enjoyed feeding and watching a variety of birds and several rabbits.

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, Tranquil, Restful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Abiquiu Lake Casita during our recent trip to visit our daughter & son-in-law who live in Coyote NM. When we weren't touring the area, we spent long hours on the patio overlooking the lake and cliffs, enjoying meals and wine, and watching the hummingbirds at the feeder on the patio. Also enjoyable were the periodic visits by Dakota, the standard poodle that lives down the road. It's such a nice site to see him galloping from afar...such a sweet dog! One evening we were fortunate to experience a wonderful rainstorm with lots of lightening and thunder. Otherwise, with clear skies, my wife and I would sit out on the patio and gaze at the Milky Way and the billions of stars...God's creation is amazing! We highly recommend the Abiquiu Lake Casita if you want a peaceful, tranquil and restful experience. And Glynn & Scott could not have been more accommodating! We will be back!!

- Rob & Candi Sweeney

Parkville, Missouri

  • Review Submitted: 16/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I look forward to your return, but we book fully, as you can see, so don't wait until the last minute--or you won't be able to find open dates just as we, the owners, can't! Our renters become our friends, as I hope you will too. This is a spiritual site, both experientially and historically. The 360 degree views cannot be caught with our camera. Glynn and Scott
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Albuquerque 130 mi. and Santa Fe 60 mi
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
36 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Archeological Sites; gorgeous drive to a monastery; Hiking red cliffs of Ghost Ranch area, Jemez Mtns and along Chama river; Lake Swimming & Fishing; day trip to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs; great golf course approx. 30 minutes away, Bring your own boat for Motor boating or Sailing, Windsurfing--public access near the junction of hwys 84 & 96; Contact Ghost Ranch for classes in art, music, writing, Spanish, others, While out for a drive and sightseeing, visit wonderful restaurants in the various communities, from 20 to 45 minutes away, Bode's General Store in Abiquiu has a very good deli, fresh and packaged foodstuffs, wine, and other basic supplies, Two fine art galleries offer a wide range of local arts, and the Abiquiu Artists' Studio Tour brings collectors back to Abiquiu each fall, Ghost Ranch offers concerts, talks, classes, and other events, especially in summer, But mostly people come here to explore the incredible landscape and to relax, to read, to write, to paint, or to just be together with family, close friends--or someone special. We've had many engagements and marriages begun in our casita, and returns for anniversaries. Each year the stay becomes longer, a second home for many who have become friends.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Youngsville

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Jan 2019 - 29 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$34.49 + Tax
One-time Cleaning Fee AU$117.27

Rates are subject to change prior to reservation being confirmed.
Payments by E-check are greatly preferred (10 days required), but credit card payments are welcome too.
Cancellation Policy: Monies paid 100% refunded up to 30 days (noon) prior to check-in and 50% refunded 14 days (noon) prior to check in. We strongly recommend you buy Trip Insurance (we always do).

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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