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Livin Hi Lodge, Peaceful Haven in the Sun & Clouds Surrounded by Nat. Forest

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom + extra beds 1 full & 1 three quarter baths.

><> Beautiful, quiet, 3500 square foot 3 story log home on 14 acres in pristine Lincoln National Forest. Non-smoking property. A remote area with few houses, Livin Hi Lodge offers a peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle of busy life styles. No cell phones here! Modern conveniences yet secluded. Intriguing decor in keeping with long ago but interesting Africa theme fills the great room. Many trophy mounts from around the world, a hunters heaven! 3 bedroom, with extra beds and sofas. ONSITE OR NEARBY CARETAKERS. Walk right out the door, across the fence into the national forest for hiking and exploring. NO HUNTING, ATV’s or LOUD GUESTS ALLOWED. The area offers many hiking trails including the beautiful views from the rim trail overlooking the Tularosa basin and White Sands Desert. Wildlife abounds. Summer months July and August bring beautiful wildflowers, Fall paints glorious colors with aspen and maples - a golden palace of leaves! Winter snows are not normally harsh but leaves the area usable and drivable! A four wheel drive is recommended in winter but front wheel drive may suffice. Enjoy Snow mobiling, tubing, skiing and cross country skiing in our area!

Additional charges: Cleaning, 2.9% for credit card usage, additional guests over 8 people $15 per night per person. MAXIMUM 10 guests. $10 per child 12 or under per night. Responsible party must be 25 years of age.

Additional Site distances from Livin Hi:

Carlsbad Caverns - 2.5 hours, NM Museum of Space History & IMAX- 30 min.

E-check free credit card 2.9%

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Member since: 2012
Speaks english, kidogo kiSwahili na panono chiBemba
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Judi

After the hustle and bustle of city life in Houston we fulfilled a dream to move to the peaceful Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and build a log home on property purchased some years before. We had a good 10 years at this property as our home. In 2002 we became missionaries to Africa and have lived there since. See Help4Hope Afrika on FaceBook,

Judi purchased this house in 1991

Why Judi chose Cloudcroft

We built this house in a secluded area in the Lincoln National Forest as a haven for us and for our friends and family. We are adamant that it stay peaceful. Loud groups, shooting, four wheelers and motorcycles are not allowed!

What makes this house unique

Every aspect of Livin Hi is a story. You will see evidence of travels around the world. If you are a hunter or just enjoy the 'hunting lodge' atmosphere. you will enjoy Livin Hi! There's even a Victorian room and bath to make the ladies happy! The view from the 35 foot long covered upper and lower decks fill you with awe of God's creation. Bask in the sun on the large balcony off the master bedroom. You will not be disappointed and will never be able to take it all in! A jewel in the rough!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Judy, We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our time in your home! It was so comfortable and interesting. my children spent a lot of time looking up animals in books and internet to identify each one there. It was the perfect place for us. We spent most of our time there, went into Cloudcroft for dinner one night. We saw about 20 turkeys in the yard most days and after putting out some corn, came home to between 35 and 40 elk in the yard. One day we went to the national observatory and drove over to Bluff

Springs and counted more than 100 elk on that drive. We had a fun , relaxing time to remember while our son is in Afghanistan. It was very hard to leave him but we sure enjoyed our visit with him and so did he, and your beautiful place helped make that possible.

Thanks so much for sharing your home!
Mar 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Cloudcroft

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • NO PETS!
  • NO LOUD MUSIC or LOUD GUESTS! Please help this to stay a peaceful place for you and our neighbors!
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Optional - Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Downstairs shower & sink for additional cleaning charge.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Beautiful spacious master bath. Lodge theme.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Main guest bath - beautiful Victorian theme.
  • Down stairs 3/4 bath if available for additional cleaning charge. Inquire if available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , Loft guest room is the double
    Den sleeping - Daybed with trundle in den sleeps 2
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , Master bedroom also has daybed with trundle to sleep 2 more.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Three bedrooms. Master bedroom has daybed with trundle. Can sleep four. Den also has daybed with trundle to sleep two. Max 10 people sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • Yard
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • tennis
Minimum age limit for rental 25 years. All linens and kitchen basics supplied. House is heated with wood heat and bathroom infrared lights. 50' Sony Bravia Smart TV in Den. DVD player with Roku Flat Screen TV in Master Bdrm. Antenna coverage allows 1 channel (CBS) but TV's with internet service added to rental allows multi access to music and endless movies. Some free and some paid with your credit card. Outside house smoking allowed but be careful to extinguish smokes in water and throw in trash bin. Watch to see fire warnings as you enter the area, if high outside open fires are prohibited by law. Children are welcome if they are WELL BEHAVED. There are valuable animal mounts from around the world that must NOT be handled and petted which would cause irreparable damage. There is an additional charge for children 12 years of age& under. No cell phone coverage at Livin Hi-bring a calling card for long distance calls. We hope you enjoy your stay and rest at Livin Hi Lodge


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Livin Hi Lodge, Peaceful Haven in the Sun & Clouds Surrounded by Nat. Forest
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Memorable White Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family was able to make a wish come true and check one thing off our bucket list. We all spent a beautiful white Christmas at the Livin Hi Lodge. We enjoyed sledding, baking, presents, everything one could ask for. The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas. We were able to make many great family memories at this incredible place. Many thanks to the Sprayberrys for being willing to share their truly "peaceful haven" in the Cloudcroft mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect get away for friends or family to relax.

  • 5 of 5

Great trails and roads for riding or walking. Elk were bugling, turkey running around and the aspen's had changed color. The home and porches were comfortable and relaxing. The owners have decorated with many African and American animal mounts and an interesting collection of things from Africa.

  • Review Submitted: 17/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livin Hi, serene yet breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

The lodge is a testament to the owners character and sense of adventure. The mix of African theme and personal touches made the home intriguing. Comfortable accommodations with everything you need and more.


  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, restful, secluded, and roomy

  • 5 of 5

We always try to book unique places, and this one was certainly one of our favorites! We live a hectic city life so this place was the exact opposite and was exactly what we needed for our week away. In addition we felt like we got to experience a taste of Africa through the animals there, and also felt connected with the owners by being in their Africa themed home. The amenities in the kitchen were better and more plentiful than anyplace we've ever stayed. We loved the large balcony porches and spent a lot of time out there also. Our teenage boys loved the outdoors and when not out on bike adventures, they enjoyed hanging up their hammocks in the nearby woods and hanging out. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 27/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livin Hi is Awsome!

  • 5 of 5

Livin Hi lodge was the perfect place for our family get together. We spent 3 wonderful days and the house was perfect. Beautiful scenery and very quiet atmosphere. Judi was awesome and even made a couple of personal calls from the other side of the world to check on us. We had 15 people total and with the lower apartment, we were never crowded. It felt like a home away from home. Now that we have stayed during the middle of summer, it would be interesting to stay during the snows of winter. Loved it all.

  • Review Submitted: 11/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning home, tucked away from the world

  • 5 of 5

A scant 20 minute drive from Cloudcroft, midway down of the most scenic canyons in the Sacramentos, Livin Hi was a perfect rental for our group of 6. The youngens were fascinated with all the wildlife trophies spread throughout the house. As a chef, I appreciated the well-appointed, spacious kitchen. The home is vast...plenty of room to spread out, and plenty of space for kids to explore outside. Definitely memorable, and the owners are exceptionally friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
118 Miles
El Paso, Texas
Nearest Barpub
11.5 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM
Nearest Golf
11.5 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM and Inn of the Mt. Gods (50 mi)
Nearest Motorway
11.5 Miles
Highway 82, Cloudcroft, NM
Nearest Restaurant
11.5 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM and Ski Apache Ruidoso, NM (71 mi.)
Car: necessary

A PEACEFUL place to get away! Rest, Hike, Drive watch the Humming Birds! White Sands Desert & Carlsbad Caverns as a day trip. Historical Lincoln, NM & Old Mesilla also a good day trip. Charming Village of Cloudcroft is 20 minutes away with quaint shops and good food. A meal at the famous 'Lodge' is a must! This country is abundant with Rocky Mountain Elk and Merriam turkey and if you look hard you may also see deer, bobcat, black bear and cougar. No cell phone coverage here either! Sorry, we have a 'No Refund' policy. We encourage guests to purchase cancellation insurance from HomeAway/VRBO. NO FOUR WHEELERS, MOTOR CYCLES, GUNS OR OTHER LOUD NOISE. This is a peaceful neighborhood, not a resort.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Cloudcroft

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
31 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
22 Nov 2018 - 26 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$271.3
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$339.13
PER child per nite 12< AU$13.57
Property Damage Protection AU$134.29

PLEASE NOTE: 12 YRS or under $10 PER NIGHT PER CHILD. ABSOLUTELY NO PETS! Damage protection is required. House sleeps up to 12 in beds, sleeper sofa, sofas & trundle beds. Over 8 people EXTRA CHARGE & cleaning fee increase. Overflow may rent 'not quite finished but comfortable' efficiency apartment below house for $50 per night - sleeps 4 (futon & bunk beds). Apt Cleaning fee $50.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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