We live in the mountains of northern NM in a charming town dubbed the Secret City. Mostly inhabited by scientists for the National Lab and their families, it is a friendly and welcoming community with gorgeous scenery and an extensive trail network.
Our 3/2 2 story home has traditional accents, soaring vaulted ceilings and a generous and private yard. We have mature fruit trees and a seasonal garden that you can help yourself to, on a drip system. The neighbors are friendly but not intrusive, and the setting is very quiet with low traffic and a lot of birds and animal life to enjoy.
We particularly love guests who will be around for at least a couple of hours most days to give our dogs the love and care they're used to. We are sometimes away for 8 hours at a time, but rarely. My friend can on occasion come by for a potty break on a day that you are taking a little sightseeing tour.
Older children preferred if you are a family, as there are breakable items and stairs that could be a hazard for toddlers. Older children will enjoy the oversized saucer swing in our back yard and the easy access to the gentle canyon in the back.
There is free and convenient public transportation through town, and we are located only about a mile from the center of downtown, while being in a quiet little neighborhood and tucked away in the pines. There are stunning views of the canyon and mountains behind us from the balcony off the spacious ensuite master bedroom. Through a set of French doors off the master is a small, light-filled office and desk.
There's a fun reading/sleeping nook in a loft over the master bedroom if you prefer to keep your child close. Otherwise you can use one or both bedrooms on the main floor for your family. It can get messy in their rooms so we will need to prepare beforehand so that it's an inviting space for your family.
Our large kitchen has an additional dining area besides the formal dining room, with a new gas range, stainless dishwasher, and all the pans and dishes you might need for a great cooking experience. Microwave, toaster, blender and French press or coffee maker is also available, as well as spices and oils, and any snacks in the pantry. I also like to bake cookies for anyone who will be helping with our animals!
While the upstairs has a rainfall style showerhead, our main bath has a full tub if you prefer a soak. Feel free to use provided towels and shampoo/conditioner/body wash. You can pack light!
Pajarito ski mountain with lifts is only 9 miles behind us, plus a free science museum and a historical area in downtown. Our aquatic center with a year-around indoor Olympic-sized pool has day passes available. We are only 25 minutes from Bandelier National Park, where my husband works, 45 minutes from Santa Fe, and an hour from Taos.
Our sweet little dogs are house dogs, but do love going on walks. They aren’t let off leash and so must be taken on short potty walks 3 times a day. They are fed twice a day. We will have a small potty area outside for if they need to go and you aren't able to walk them, but we ask that this be closed off when you aren't supervising as they could escape if let out for too long by themselves.
Our hens are friendly pets who will give you eggs in return for refreshing their water bowl and making sure they have food and water in their feeder about once every 2 weeks. We have house plants that need watering once a week, it takes about 15 minutes.
We mainly ask that you relax and enjoy the space and the company of our lovable pets!
We are willing to reimburse the joining fee for an approved house sitter if that's allowed. We can accomodate some flexibility with dates if needed.
I am an superhost 5 years running, and I strive to help houseguests feel welcome and appreciated in our own home.
I have all 5 star reviews for my hospitality and cleaning habits. While I can't quite keep up that level in our own home, the photos I shared reflect the tidy condition you will encounter during your stay. Our vacation rental is set at the back of the property with its own yard and parking spot. You will not be asked to provide help or interact with my casita residents if I have any during your stay. I have a co-host down the street who will be communicating with my other guests if we are away during part of their stay.
My daughter has a young 7" long pet snake named Banana Bread that we usually take to a friend's home since many people aren't comfortable with snakes. I didn't include her care since we plan not to have her on the premises, but IF you enjoy reptiles (in a terrarium), I'm happy to let her stay!
Please let me know if you have further questions!