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Casa Betita,the Most Perfect Place in Taos, New Mexico

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) Outdoor amenities

Unique, Beautiful, Artistic, Historic Completely restored adobe.

Casa Betita is a completely restored historic adobe dating back to the mid 1800’s. Casa Betita was home to generations of the same family until 2007. Since then, the house has been completely restored offering the finest elements of the 21st century with the charm, colors, textures and décor of true New Mexico including hand plastered walls, Kiva fireplaces, vintage rugs and the artwork of local artists.

You can hear the waters of the Rio Pueblo and listen to Coyote’s gathering in the evening. The neighborhood horses and one donkey can be heard calling to each other and occasionally one might hear the bells from the church down the lane.This is not your ordinary impersonal vacation rental. This is a well loved home with many unusual and special details.

Keywords: Taos, New Mexico, casa, master suite, rural, adobe, spacious, comfortable,artist retreat, secluded, quiet, special

More Details

Property Manager
Melissa Howden
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2018

About Melissa Howden

I am an artist / writer / filmmaker / producer. I work and live primarily in California but love my home in New Mexico where my parents and grandparents from both sides were born and raised. When I am in Taos I spend time improving the garden, season by season, skiing and horseback riding, I also get some of my most important creative work done in the house which seems especially conducive to creative thought and activity. I am usually found with my co-pilot Dot, a 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

Melissa Howden purchased this house in 2007

Why Melissa Howden chose Taos

Taos is a special place of many stories. History is rich here, and the journey of each visitor under the vast canopy of sky adds another layer to the richness of the place. Experience Taos for yourself. You will be changed and fulfilled. Northern New Mexico also has two generations of family history for me, so when the opportunity came to care for this house and restore it, I jumped at the chance. I did not purchase this house as a vacation rental as much as this house chose me. I purchased it as a home. I was able to live in Taos for two years but economic conditions and work called me back to the big city, for now.

What makes this house unique

A pleasant 15-20 minute walk past horses, alfalfa fields and through back lanes to Taos Historic Plaza, shops and galleries, this is a home you will want to return to year after year. Taos is a year round destination offering breathtaking views, intriguing history and intimate privacy making for the ultimate relaxing and healing getaway. Unlike many vacation rentals I supply everything except your food—the woodpile is continuously stocked, the propane for the grill, organic linens and soap, even robes. If you are a looking for a special Taos experience, Casa Betita is the place. My home is dog friendly for up to two small to medium dogs.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us. We have been coming to Taos for many years and love the peaceful surroundings. Casa Betita has everything you need yo relax and enjoy...Master bed is very comfy. We hope to be back soon. Thanks Again.
Dec 2010
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Taos

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm System
  • soaps basic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • restaurant dining guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master Bath has a shower and soaking tub and two sinks. Second bathroom is shower only with one sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) See Twin Single Bed description, Twin or Single Beds (2) Iron daybed with trundle which pulls out and pops up to make one larger bed, or you can keep as one or two separate., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The house has built wide set bancos in livingroom and smaller bedroom, designed for sleeping with dense foam. Very comfortable for childrens and adults.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio stone/concrete
  • porch/lanai
  • Shed
  • Terrace
  • deck wood
  • long term renters welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • 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
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
100+ year old Willow Tree with a swing. Located in the one of the oldest placitas in Taos. 10 foot covered portal and also a deck and outdoor shower near hot tub. Numerous outdoor seating options. Also an outdoor fireplace.


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Casa Betita,the Most Perfect Place in Taos, New Mexico
average rating of 4.970149 based on 69 reviews

Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a hidden gem, literally. It wasn’t easy to locate but once we did we were super excited. The historic adobe home has been artistically and modernized impeccably. We had everything we could possibly need right at our fingertips. The owner was very responsive to our needs and thoughtful with consideration to the products and toiletries provided. We all felt pampered including the our dogs. The coyote fenced yard is a generous size and perfect for our dogs. We were all convinced the dogs enjoyed the adobe every bit as much as us. I should caution you, this house is only for responsible pet owners. The owner has clearly put a great deal of love and art into this home. It was be so disappointing if she removed her pet policy due to irresponsible pet owners. Truly a gem and we could not have been happier. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: 16-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stacy, Guests who understand and appreciate my home fill me up. Thank you so much. I look forward to having you return again and again. Melissa, Owner
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Perfect for girls weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a girls weekend and couldn’t have been more fun! Quiet, secluded, but minutes away from the Plaza, restaurants, and shopping. Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: 2-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful renovated adobe home

  • 5 of 5

Casa Betita is a beautiful, renovated historic adobe home with all modern amenities. The home is full of interesting art and Navajo rugs. It is close to the plaza, but tucked away in a neighborhood that is far away from the bustle of downtown Taos. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: 1-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice! Cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, updated nicely, cozy.

  • Submitted: 9-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Repeat customers : )

  • 5 of 5

I believe this was our 4th stay or so over the last 3-4 years. We really enjoy the casa. It is very comfortable and stays cool even when warm outside. Has a very nice yard, which our dogs can enjoy and for us to hang out in. Great location.

  • Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Repeat guests are my favorites (and I am lucky enough to have a few) cause you loveand enjoy my special house as your own. I am always happy to have you.
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Great Ski Vacation with Kids

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about how awesome this house is and how helpful the owner was throughout our stay. We stayed here and went skiing at Angel Fire and Taos Ski Valley throughout the week of spring break. Very close to town and easy in/out to the ski resorts. The house is much bigger than I expected from the pictures, and has a huge front, side, and back yard for the kids to play throughout the week. We used the hot tub several times and it worked great, was already hot when we opened the lid so didnt even have to wait for it to warm up. Very peaceful and calm backyard, the fence makes it feel like a private secluded compound even though it is nestled amongst a few other houses in the little village (I am sure there is a proper new mexican name for the village). There were little laminated notes all over the house to help with things like; which way to turn the knob on the shower to make it hot, or how much higher should I set the oven when baking cookies at altitude which were very helpful. Oh ya, cant forget the heated floors which were a huge surprise in the middle of the first night when the temps got down into the teens! Not sure if the heat is primarily generated via the floor heating system, but the house was extremely warm (no matter how low we set the thermostats) throughout the entire cold stay which had us watching TV a few evenings with the doors open to cool things down even though it was in the teens outside. Also, not enough can be said as to how furnished this house is. When she says she provides everything except food, she means it which was extremely helpful. We made a few trips to the walgreens and grocery store for medicine and small food items, but everything else was included right down to the plastic glasses for enjoying wine in the hot tub! Would definitely stay here again if returning to Taos and would definitely recommend to anyone else!

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ryan, Happy that you had a great time and the house made you and your family feel welcome. The house is indeed heated by radiant heat. As noted in the house booklet there are three areas, three thermostats. We try to keep the heat at 67 degrees year round (to adjust the heat takes a good 12 hours to feel a change) because the thick adobe walls work to retain heat in the winter and keep things cool in the summer — brilliant ancient architecture. The hot tub is serviced monthly by a local, great company and to my mind it makes no sense to turn the heat up and down for reasons of convenience and cost. Come back in the summer when the backyard is lush and fruit is falling off the trees. Best! Melissa
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Best Airport is Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Gorge
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
88.6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Interstate 25
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
The Gorge
Nearest Ski
18.8 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Casa Betita is one mile North of the Martinez Hacienda and about 2.5 miles south of the Millicent Rogers Museum. The house is about 1.5 miles west of the Plaza.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Taos

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 1 2019
5 night minimum stay
Mar 10 2019 - Apr 1 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$659.95
Cleaning C$171.59
Pet Fee C$65.99

Holidays (Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Valentines Day) 4 night minimum. $250 a night for 2 people. Additional $25 per 2 people up to 6. Cleaning fee of $130 per stay. Month long stays require 2 cleanings a month. Reservations for 7 days plus receive 10% or one night reduction whichever is larger. Monthly rate is $3000

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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