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Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini

Member since: 2015
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Speaks english, german

Casa Paloma - Centrally Located Abiquiu Gem: great views, roomy, gourmet kitchen

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of the Abiquiu vacation house rental

2 BR, 2 bath in the Heart of Abiquiu near the Lake, Ghost Ranch & Ojo Caliente

"Casa Paloma" is centrally located in Abiquiu (w/ good roads in! - a Prius can get to our house). Pete & I have just spent the fall & winter & into early spring in our new New Mexican home, thoroughly enjoying our time there. We stayed with an eye to updates & making it a comfortable stay for our summer/early fall guests. We've added additional seating to the lovely portal & viewing patio, as well as a glass table for outdoor dining on the portal. Pete has even built a solid picnic table for the back patio, outside the kitchen, for breakfast dining, or shady meals in the afternoon or evening. He also built a fine, new 'convertible' bench/table for the upper balcony, for meals there or creative endeavors. We have many artists who enjoy the breathtaking views that Paloma offers (myself included) & we have made it possible to work from several locations.

We have also added new 'SmartSheers' in both bedrooms, to block the hot afternoon SW sun. Our kitchen is roomy & we love to cook many a gourmet meal there - so bring your groceries in & enjoy! (We supply spices & herbs, condiments, usually coffee & a small selection of teas. We also offer dish & laundry detergents, a washer/dryer - & even a clothesline, which I use regularly...) We left Casa Paloma in mid-April, kicking & screaming as we have loved our stay there in NM so much - but we leave a beautiful, comfy home for you to use as headquarters for your own northern NM adventuring... We ask that you be respectful of our home & hope that you also thoroughly enjoy the beauty & majesty of place that it offers, there above the El Rito creek bosque. (We listened to it happily gurgling below us during our entire stay. Oh, & did I mention the incredible quiet nights & those unstoppable stars?... If you're looking for a private, natural getaway, Casa Paloma is IT...)

We are in the middle of many historic & recreational sites: Carson Nat'l Forrest is 4 miles north on 554; El Rito village is 8 miles north; the old Abiquiu village is about 7 miles away, along w/ the Abiquiu PO & Rising Moon Gallery - where many local artists display their talent. Bode's General Store, where locals & visitors gather for food & cheer, groceries & gifts, is across the road. Just up Hwy. 84 is Abiquiu Lake - w/ summer recreational activities & beautiful views. Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe painted, is just beyond about 25 minutes from Casa Paloma). Ghost Ranch now offers many workshops, plus hiking & horseback riding... Close by is Christ in the Desert Monastery, where one can drive 14 scenic & bumpy miles to secluded peace & check out what the Monks are doing (when not making the fine ale they sell at Bode's...). Echo Amphitheater is nearby & a bit further up the road is Chama & Tierra Amarilla, two charming northern New Mexico communities. These are on the doorstep of Pagosa Springs - in Colorado. Durango - a lively little western town - is just 3 1/2 - 4 hours from Casa Paloma. The ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde are just west of Durango - and the Four Corners of UT/AZ/CO & NM are just beyond that - so all this adventure is just one days drive away!

Los Alamos glows directly south of us, with a fine library, a swimming pool, a large & modern Smith's grocery store - and all the scientific history of atoms & bombs one could imagine.

Jemez (hot) Springs; Bandelier Nat'l Monument; the ancient & verdant volcanic caldera of Valle Grande & Puye Indian Ruins are all right in this area. Any one of these (or a combination) make for a fine day's exploratory of culture & natural beauty within a 45 minute drive. Any of these offer wonderful hiking opportunities.

Golf?... Well, there are two terrific desert courses! Black Mesa Golf, just south of Espanola, is a half an hour away & offers very nice greens. Buffalo Thunder Casino, about 15 minutes further south, towards Santa Fe, has a terrific (Hilton Resort caliber 27-hole) course, with food, drink & gambling waiting in the wings.

Hiking is everywhere you turn, out in these huge, vast-skied lands, starting with walking out the driveway & down the arroyo, just below us on Fort Defina Drive. We've hiked through the 'neighborhood' and have thoroughly enjoyed the climb & the trails that meander right here at home (a terrific area to walk your dogs). Photos & views abound.

Plaza Blanca - famous in Abiquiu for its geology & beauty - is about 5 miles away, down off of County Road 155. If you're a hiker, you cannot miss a stay here without a least one mind-boggling trek in to these awe-inspiring white cathedral rocks. (An interesting tidbit is that the closing scene of "Cowboys & Aliens" was filmed in Plaza Blanca.)

And, of course, no visit to Abiquiu - O'Keeffe country - is complete until one has explored Santa Fe, only an hour's drive southeast. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum awaits you, in the historic Plaza, as well as an untold amount of galleries, boutiques, fine shopping, fine dining, an abundance of grocery stores & antique shops... the list is endless.

The Rail Runner train can take you on down to Albuquerque, even, to explore Olde Town!... So MUCH to do; so little time...

If you want to explore the ancient church with the famous 'healing dirt' the 200-year-old El Santuario de Chimayo' sits outside the old village of Chimayo'. This is one of my personal favorites in the area, with a blend of Catholic history & mysticism that moves my spirit to tears. This is known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest"; thousands pilgrimage here annually for the "tierra bendita" at Easter and at Christmas. Be sure to allow time to explore el santuario & its adjacent chapels & gift shop. Afterwards, I suggest you take in a meal at the Rancho de Chimayo' Restaurante, a local favorite, full of old Mexican atmosphere, great food, & both indoor & lush outdoor dining.

A trip to Taos is an hour, or so, further north, either along the "River Road" (paralleling the Rio Grande) or explore the "High Road", through tiny & creative ancient villages. One of them is Truchas (where "The Milagro Beanfield War" was filmed in the 1970s. Robert Redford directed this timeless movie. It became the village of Milagro - where miracles still do occur.) Other villages along the High Road are Cordova, Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas & Penasco - all creative centers - winding into Rancho de Taos. Here you will find one of the most photographed churches in America: Santuario San Francisco de Asis. Taos, itself, offers up its own Plaza & culture, as well as the historic Taos Pueblo, where Tewa Indians still make drums.

The Abiquiu area is a magnet to history, creativity, culture & natural beauty. Please enjoy your outings, then return to our portal or patio & relax into a quiet night of brilliant stars in a vast open sky. Casa Paloma awaits.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Call Owner
Speaks english, german

Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
4.7 Miles
Corner of 554 & 84
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Black Mesa
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
4.7 Miles
84
Nearest Restaurant
4.7 Miles
Mamasita Pizza
Nearest Ski
48 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

"Casa Paloma" is centrally located in Abiquiu (w/ good dirt roads in! - a Prius can easily get to our house) to many historic & recreational sites: Carson Nat'l Forest is 4 miles north on 554; El Rito village is 8 miles north; the old Abiquiu village is 7 miles away, along w/ the Abiquiu PO & Rising Moon Gallery - where many local artists display their talent. Bode's General Store, where locals & visitors gather for food & cheer, groceries & gifts is across the road. Just up Hwy. 84 is Abiquiu Lake - w/ summer recreational activities & beautiful views. Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe had her gallery, is just beyond. Now Ghost Ranch offers many workshops, plus hiking & horseback riding... Close by is Christ in the Desert Monastery, where one can drive 14 scenic & bumpy miles to secluded peace & check out what the Monks are doing (when not making the fine ale they sell at Bode's...). Echo Amphitheater is nearby & a bit further up the road is Chama & Tierra Amarilla, two charming northern New Mexico communities. These are on the doorstep of Pagosa Springs - in Colorado. Durango - a lively little western town - is just 3 1/2 - 4 hours from Casa Paloma. The ancient Anazasi ruins of Mesa Verde are just west of Durango - and the Four Corners of UT/AZ/CO & NM are just beyond that - so all this adventure is just one days drive away!

Los Alamos glows directly south of us, with a fine library, a swimming pool, a large & modern Smith's grocery store - and all the scientific history of atoms & bombs one could imagine.

Jemez (hot) Springs; Bandelier Nat'l Monument; the ancient & verdant volcanic caldera of Valle Grande & Puye Indian Ruins are all right in this area. Any one of these (or a combination) make for a fine days exploratory of culture & natural beauty within a 45 minute drive. Any of these offer wonderful hiking opportunities.

Golf?... Well, there are two terrific desert courses! Black Mesa Golf, just south of Espanola, is a half an hour away. Buffalo Thunder, about 15 minutes further south, towards Santa Fe, has a terrific (Hilton Resort caliber 27-hole) course, with food, drink & gambling waiting in the wings.

Hiking is everywhere you turn, out in these huge, vast-skied lands, starting with walking out the driveway & down the arroyo, just below us on Fort Defina Drive. We've hiked through the 'neighborhood' and have thoroughly enjoyed the climb & the trails that meander right here at home (a terrific area to walk your dogs). Photos & views abound.

Plaza Blanca - famous in Abiquiu for its geology & beauty - is about 5 miles away, down off of County Road 155. If you're a hiker, you cannot miss a stay here without a least one mind-boggling trek in to these awe-inspiring white cathedral rocks. (An interesting tidbit is that the closing scene of "Cowboys & Aliens" was filmed in Plaza Blanca.)

And, of course, no visit to Abiquiu - O'Keeffe country - is complete until one has explored Santa Fe, only an hour's drive southeast. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum awaits you, in the historic Plaza, as well as an untold amount of galleries, boutiques, fine shopping, fine dining, an abundance of grocery stores & antique shops... the list is endless.

The Rail Runner train can take you on down to Albuquerque, even, to explore Olde Town!... So MUCH to do; so little time...

If you want to explore the ancient church with the famous 'healing dirt' the 200-year-old El Santuario de Chimayo' sits outside the old village of Chimayo'. This is one of my personal favorites in the area, with a blend of Catholic history & mysticism that moves my spirit to tears. This is known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest"; thousands pilgrimage here annually for the "tierra bendita" at Easter and at Christmas. Be sure to allow time to explore el santuario & its adjacent chapels & gift shop. Afterwards, I suggest you take in a meal at the Rancho de Chimayo' Restaurante, a local favorite, full of old Mexican atmosphere, great food, & both indoor & lush outdoor dining.

A trip to Taos is an hour, or so, further north, either along the "River Road" (paralleling the Rio Grande) or explore the "High Road", through tiny & creative ancient villages. One of them is Truchas (where "The Milagro Beanfield War" was filmed in the 1970s by Robert Redford, who directed this timeless movie. It became the village of Milagro - where miracles still do occur.) Other villages along the High Road are Cordova, Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas & Penasco - all creative centers - winding into Rancho de Taos. You will find one of the most photographed churches in America: Santuario San Francisco de Asis. Taos, itself, offers up its own Plaza & culture, as well as the historic Taos Pueblo, where Tewa Indians still make drums.

The Abiquiu area is a magnet to history, creativity, culture & natural beauty. Please enjoy your outings, then return to our portal or patio & relax into a quiet night of brilliant stars in a vast open sky. Casa Paloma awaits.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Abiquiu, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$186
C$1,208
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$113
Pet Fee C$13
Refundable Damage Deposit C$199
Tax Rate 6.5%

Pet Fee:
$10/night /dog or $50/wk/dog

Rental Terms:

NO SMOKING inside or near building windows and doors outside – Evidence of smoking in the house will cause forfeiture of entire damage deposit required to pay for deep cleaning and guests will not be welcome for future stays. Please remove all butts from the property before you depart and be diligent of fire hazards in the dry desert.

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Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Abiquiu

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , jetted tub
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • A couple might live very comfortably downstairs & never go up, at all (except you'd miss the views from the upper balcony.) Both bedroom queens are Serta Perfect Sleepers, very comfortable (The upstairs set is one year old.). Downstairs has three drawers under, as storage for your clothes, on each side. There is also a large closet & a ceiling fan in the room. LED reading lamps allow you to easily read in bed, as we like to do. The living room couch (6ft long) can sleep a fifth person, but is not a fold out style couch.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing