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Winsor Castle and Ski Retreat! 15 min to Ski Lifts and 15 min to Taos Plaza

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Luxurious 3300 sq ft Passive Solar, 3 Large Bedrooms, 1 small bedroom with queen, 3 queen size beds, 1 king, and one full sleeper couch, 2 bathrooms, 2 walk in closets, Hot Tub, Steam Shower, Master bath with mountain views through tropical greenhouse, Large tropical indoor greenhouse off kitchen and living room, dish washer, washer and dryer, brand new refrigerator, viking range, high ceilings, radiant heat, passive solar is warm in winter, cool in summer, indoor and outdoor rock walls, terraced organic vegetable and flower gardens, Saltillo tile throughout, 2 brick and flagstone portals with unbelievable views, large shade trees, Photovoltaic solar panels on roof, 15 min to ski lifts, 15 min to plaza. All wheel drive recomended for inexperienced winter drivers during ski season.

Ron Winsor
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 10, 2018

About Ron Winsor

I've lived in Taos for 35 years. Avid outdoorsmen, expert skier (private lessons and TSV mountain guiding available upon request), ultralight pilot, and am offering sunrise flights out over the Taos Gorge and Tres Piedras. Love to meet new people. The house I live in is close by, a few hundred yards away and I will be available for anything you might need during your stay.

Why Ron Winsor chose Valdez

Designed and built this home in 2004-05. Passive solar house will keep you cozy throughout the day without having to blast the heat!!

Warm in the winter, extremely cool and well ventilated in the summer with large shade trees.

What makes this house unique

IN floorheating will keep your toes warm throughout the house.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Valdez

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please use supplied cutting boards on kitchen counters and refrain from scratching chrome surfaces with scouring pads
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • 4th bedroom is rather small with q bed, shelves,reading lights,dresser. Close proximity to master bedroom but all interior walls are sound proofed with double hung, stagered2x4 walls with insulation. Master bedroom is 20x20 with mountain views from king bed. and walk in closet. Back bedroom,with sliding door to large south west patio is 17x17', with2nd TV and remote,. couch and queen bed.Third br off great room with sliding glass door to yard,15x18' with walk in coset and queen bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Winsor Castle and Ski Retreat! 15 min to Ski Lifts and 15 min to Taos Plaza
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
Grapevine, TX

Spring Break 2018

  • 5 of 5

It’s away from everything....Quiet, Beautiful views. We loved it. Can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pictures don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

My family spent Thanksgiving at Winsor Castle and it was just perfect. The indoor plants were just amazing and there was plenty of space for all of us. The owner greeted us when we got there and was willing to help us if needed. We would love to stay there again!

  • Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frisco, TX

Breathtaking views and lots of hummingbirds!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Winsor Castle. We had everything we needed and loved the views, the atriums, and all of the beautiful flowers. We saw multiple hummingbirds everyday. The kids enjoyed picking veggies from the garden and cooking a yellow squash, zucchini, and jalapeño casserole all from the garden. We all slept well after all the hiking and rafting. Ron was a great host and told us about a hike in the area that was amazing. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kensington, CA

Beautiful Adobe hits all the right notes.

  • 5 of 5

We just finished staying at Ron's house and it was great. The house is beautiful with plants inside the house and beautiful outdoor space and views as well. Beds were comfortable. The whole house exceeded our expectations. We met Ron and he is a very nice man, very helpful and respectful. We hosted a dinner party for 15 one night and there was plenty of room for all and all were appreciative of the house. When we are back we will not hesitate to stay again.

  • Submitted: 1-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious retreat in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

My party (3 couples, 4 children, and 2 infants) stayed at Winsor Castle for two nights. The house is quite unique, with a large indoor greenhouse, a beautiful master suite with a tub boasting views of the mountains, and an encircling grass yard with tons of lovely porch seating. After exploring the house and running barefoot through the grass (a rare experience for us Albuquerque residents) my daughter told me "this is the best day of my life." The owner Ron was wonderful and attentive to our needs. This property was a perfect fit!

  • Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time

  • 5 of 5

My family of four and another family of three stayed at Winsor Castle over Spring Break 2017. The house and the view is absolutely magnificent. It is nicely accommodated with soft beds, lovely bathrooms and even a basket full of towels for drying off after soaking in the hot tub. The fourth bedroom is directly off the master bedroom through french doors (and was quite small) but it was perfect for our 7-year-old daughter. There are some neat trails to hike right up the hill from the house...get ready for some spectacular views. We even heard coyotes howling on one of the four nights we were there. It was pretty neat coming from the hustle and bustle of a big city. The closest good grocery store is in Taos which is about 15 minutes away. We did loose water pressure one night but since Ron lives right up the road he immediately fixed the problem and even stayed to chat with us for a while and make sure everything was going well. Very nice man.

The only thing I will caution people about is the final turn up the house. Ron's directions are perfect EXCEPT that the sign that reads "41" is almost impossible to see and if you miss it you're up a creek since there's no cell service. The sign you need to look for are on what looks like a white mailbox post with the numbers "29". That's where you turn up a steep hill. The weather was beautiful and warm while we were there but I imagine you would need a 4x4 to get up the hill in icy conditions.

  • Submitted: 19-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Taos Airport
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Sabroso, Taos Cow, Love Apple, Medley, Common Fire
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Within walking distance to Lobo Peak and many miles of hiking and biking trails. Trout fishing within a half mile in the Arroyo Hondo River. 1 close neighbor within 1/8 of a mile, the village of Valdez. VERY private residence, in upscale neighborhood/road. Great relationship with the locals for more than 20 years. You will have keys but we haven't locked a door on this road in 20 years. All wheel drive recomended for inexperienced winter drivers during ski season.

Local fruits and vegetables grown on property and available to eat when in season.

Valdez NM is 3 miles from Arroyo Seco on the way to Taos Ski Vally.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Valdez

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 18 2018 - Jan 2 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$395.52
Cleaning C$263.68

No Tobacco Use in the House. Pet Fee is $20.00 per day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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