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Downtown Main St. Views of the Cumbres pass. Walk to the train, shops & dining.

Bedrooms 4
Space 185 m²
Property type house


About the property

4 queen beds & queen pullout (Sleeps 10 comfortably), 3 baths, FULLY furnished!!

Downtown location...Awaken to the sound of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, watch it pass by while drinking coffee on the front porch. Only a 4-6 minute walk to the station, or dining and shopping. A short bike ride to the Chama River or Sergent's Wildlife. Mountain biking, road biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing all minutes away. Jicarilla Casino is 30 minutes away. Ghost Ranch is 30-40 minutes away.

Pagosa Springs, CO is 45 minutes to 1 hour away. Enjoy the beautiful vistas and roaming wildlife on the way. Enjoy the hot springs, Wolf Creek skiing/snowboarding, which gets some of the most snow in the lower 48, and shopping when you arrive.

Durango, CO with the Durango Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, shopping and skiing/snowboarding is 1.5-2 hrs away.

Taos and Santa Fe, known for their arts and skiing are 2 hrs away.

Albuquerque, 3 hrs away, has the closest major airport, plenty of casinos and its skytram into the Sandia Mountains.

Beautiful vistas and wildlife make driving enjoyable!

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Brian Mello (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
7 August, 2017

About Brian Mello (Owner)

I was introduced to Chama, NM when I was working on the Navajo Reservation from 2002-2007. A colleague of mine bought a house in Chama and after I visited once, I fell in love with the area as it was a stark contract to the painted desert, but both provided a variety of outdoor activities in different environments. I bought the home in 2003 and began fixing it up in 2005, and did not finish until 2008, after I had already returned to Massachusetts, where I currently live. I am also a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

Brian Mello (Owner) purchased this house in 2003

Why Brian Mello (Owner) chose New Mexico

This is one of the oldest homes remaining in Chama. It is a gambrel style victorian and was built in 1882. Records indicate that the builder of the home was a conductor of the D&RG railroad. There is more history related to this man and his family located in the home. The house has been completely remodeled, but strong effort was made to keep the details and charm accurate to the era. If you look closely during your stay, you will be able to spot some of the original features of the home.

What makes this house unique

The home is the last home on Terrace Ave/Main St in Chama, with views of the Cumbres Pass from all north windows and the decks. You can see the train pass by in the morning, as the tracks are directly across the street, and the depot, dining and shopping are all a 5 mintue walk from the home. There is plenty of parking behind the garage on Maple St. or along the side of the property on 1st St...enough to easily accomodate 30' trailers/motorhomes but is currently without hookups. It is easy accessible in the Winter, as all town roads are plowed by the state.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to thank you for letting us stay in your house in Chama NM last week. The house was very well furnished and it was a pleasure to stay there. I will most certainly recommend it to all my friends and I would definitely want to stay there again when I am in that area. Again, thank you very much we enjoyed our stay very much.
Jul 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Chama

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Upstairs Shared
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Upstair Master/Double Showerhead
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Master - 1 large double bed
    Downstairs Guest - 1 large double bed
    Downstairs Study - 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen Pullout
    Upstairs Guest 1 - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs Guest 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Antiques located thruought the house and bedrooms. Full size balcony with mountain views off the Master Bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
  • autumn foliage
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Downtown Main St. Views of the Cumbres pass. Walk to the train, shops & dining.
average rating of 4.730769 based on 34 reviews

Top notch place

  • 5 of 5

This has to be one of the nicest places to stay in Chama. Everything is first rate from the furnishing, appliances, cook wear, sheets and towels. Plus unexpected touches like antiques and art. Super location near the train and shops but on the edge of town so really quiet and peaceful. Interior looks like a recent update. Good wifi. We hated to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lovely house, very comfortable beds, close to Cumbres & Toltec Steam Railway.

  • 3 of 5

House was roomy, comfortable beds, excellent clothes washing/drying machines, but I could not get the dishwasher to work at all - it seemed simple, only a couple of buttons, but it would not work no matter what order I pressed the buttons! Had to unpack machine and wash everything by hand. Could not find instructions in the house for how it operated and it was Memorial Weekend - House seemed quiet for sleeping, but I was woken up on our first night, by the heating system turning on, with a loud whoosh, at 1.30 am, had trouble sleeping after that as it turned on and off. The next night we found the heating thingy on the wall, and turned it off - we then slept well.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our stay at 162 Terrace Ave. Chama NM

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house, lots of room. Local hostess was great. Plenty of linens, dishes, towels etc. Everything worked, very enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay over MLK weekend at the Chama House. It's such a beautiful and welcoming place and it makes a great sendoff to the snows of Cumbres Pass.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Placitas NM

Beautiful and cozy

  • 5 of 5

This home reminded me of the old farm houses where I grew up, except, this was completely remodeled. The home was full of charm, it had a fully stocked kitchen, the beds were comfortable, and it had cute little surprises around each corner. For the price you can't beat this cabin. I have rented several in the Chama area and this one will be revisited by us many times in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Older house, amenities were great.

  • 3 of 5

Not really a short/easy walk to trian station.

Need to have a lock box for the house key. It was frustrating to contact the local person who had the key.

All dishes were dirty; had to wash everything before we used them.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have worked hard to make our home as accommodating and clean as possible. We are glad to hear that the "amenities were great", however we are disappointed in the rest of the review. This is our 6th year of renting, and this is the 1st time we have received any negative reviews of this type. I have timed myself walking to the train station entrance on Terrace Ave. It takes me just over 2 minutes to get there, but Google maps has it as a 4-6 minute walk. The walk from Terrace down to the station is possibly what Anonymous is talking about as not being easy, but this is a common factor that all renters will have to endure. I will however update the walking time in the listing. The house has a FULLY furnished kitchen, with too many dishes to inspect prior to each guest. It is the responsibility of the guests to clean the dishes they use during their stay, and to load and run the dishwasher prior to check-out. The only time we touch dishes is we when we empty the dishwasher after check-out, and at times, there are no dishes to be put away. If we happen to notice ANY unclean dishes, they are cleaned. This is necessary at times and never neglected. My best explanation is that there were dishes put away by previous guests that were unclean and not recognized by us. This is an isolated complaint, and not by any means the norm. We will continue to do our very best to uphold a high standard of cleanliness, and encourage our guests to do the same. This is also the first time we have had a complaint regarding the check-in process. All guests are encouraged to set up check-in arrangements with the in-town manager who makes herself very accessible and accommodating. During this check-in, she was expecting the guest but accidentally left her phone inside when she went outside to her garden, and did not hear it ring when the guest called. I was promptly contacted by Anonymous and I was able to contact the in-town manager within minutes. She lives only a few blocks away, and Anonymous gained access to the home very shortly after. I believe it is better to have someone personally let you into the home, so you can meet your in-town contact who can address any questions, problems and/or concerns that may arise during your stay. A lock-box is an option, but I do not believe it should be part of the check-in process for this reason. We will however consider future use of a lock box for emergency situations.
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Nearest Airport
171 Miles
Albuquerque International Sunport (2hrs50min)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Foster's & High Country
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fosters's & The Box Car Cafe
Nearest Ski
71.4 Miles
Wolf Creek (1hr20min)
Car: necessary

Downtown location...Awaken to the sound of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad & see & smell the smoke as it passes by drinking coffee on the front porch. Only a 2-5 minute walk to the station, dining and shopping. A short hike (0.5mi) bike ride or drive to the Chama River (1.5 mi) or Sergent's Wildlife (1 mi). Mountain/road biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing all minutes away at Sergent's Wildlife Refuge 1 mile away.

Wild Horse Casino, Dulce, NM, is 30 minutes away (26 mi).

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch and museum is 50-60 minutes away (1 hour).

Pagosa Springs, CO is 50 minutes away (48 mi of some of the most beautiful driving in the country!!). Enjoy the hot springs and the Wolf Creek ski resort, which gets some of the most snow in the lower 48!! A few GREAT breweries in town. Currently my favorite is Riff Raff. Some good outdoor/mtn bike shops too! Both "Ski and Bow Rack" & "Mountain Country Sports" have treated me well. There is a small airport.

Durango, CO with the Durango Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, and all outdoor activities with its own skiing/snowboarding mountain, is 2 hrs away (110mi), with an airport..

Taos and Santa Fe, known for their arts and mountain sports are 2 hrs away, and both with airports.

Albuquerque, 3 hrs away, has the closest International Airport (called the Sunport), plenty of casinos, a skytram, which is the longest in the country at 2.7 miles and lifts you into the Sandia Mountains to a height of 10,378 ft, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, as well as the Albuquerque Isotopes, a AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Remember, where ever you drive to/from this house, you have a BEAUTIFUL drive.

Other Activities: Regardless of your destination or desired activity, Chama is ideal, with plenty to do within the town, and easy access to all the surrounding areas. You can enjoy ANY outdoor activity in Chama or in the surrounding areas. Although a 2 hr drive seems like a long time, the beautiful drives of redrock and mountain vistas, wildlife viewing, and overall tranquility make driving enjoyable and a memorable part of your vacation! The home has a convenient location in town, and Chama is central to Taos, Santa Fe, Dulce, Pagosa Springs, and Durango.!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Chama

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance A$74.4

Quoted prices reflect standard rates. If you are staying during a holiday or event week/weekend, you will be charged at a different rate. A minimum 2 night stay will be required at the rate of $300/night and a 3 night stay at $250/night. Any nights over the 3 night stay will be charged the standard rate. All rentals require a $59 insurance policy purchase that will be included in your quote. All quoted prices include cleaning fees and taxes. Pets are allowed only upon prior approval and will be charged an additional $25/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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