La Casa de La Esquela
Santa Fe, New Mexico
La Casa de La Esquela
Welcome to your own private desert resort. This 5-bedroom family home overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, Jemez Mountains, and the Black Mesa includes an outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, private flagstone patio, vine-covered pergola, a rock goldfish pond, custom-made iron gates, and breathtaking views from nearly every window.
Designed by the Chicago architect William Keck in 1942, the
passive-solar building originally was the Los Alamos schoolhouse (where the children of the Manhattan Project studied) before being moved to this spur of land above the Rio Grande.
The modern kitchen includes a double oven and a copper-hooded restaurant-style stove, while the dining room seats 12 and has a massive stone gas fireplace. Navajo rugs, art pieces, and paintings decorate the house, which includes a sunny living room (also with a gas fireplace) and a private study, while the bedrooms and four full bathrooms are each furnished in a distinct style. A sun room leads out to the patio, hot tub and views. Both wings have their own master bedroom with private bath, as well as two washers and dryers.
We can be flexible on the check in/out days. Please let us know your preference and if we have availability we will certainly accommodate your request.
The home is cooled by a traditional New Mexican swamp cooler which brings moisture into the dry air. All bedrooms, kitchen and game area have ceiling fans. The TV has Netflix, Amazon Prime movies and a few news channels, there is no cable.
A short stroll through the cottonwoods takes you to the Rio Grande; the famous El Santuario de Chimayo is 15 minutes away, Sante Fe is a beautiful 25-minute drive, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is 30 minutes away, and Taos lies 45 minutes to the north as does Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch. Three ski areas are in the vicinity as well. Ski Santa Fe is 1 hour, Ski Taos is 1.5 hours, Ski Pajarito is 1 hour. But you may want to stay home and enjoy the views and walk the short half mile to the river. The path along the river is approximately 3 miles round trip.
Single Family Home with 1 level
5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3000 square feet
Queen, Queen, Queen, Full, and 2x Twin
14 guests maximum
Santa Fe (SAF airport code) 45 min by car
Albuquerque (ABQ airport code) 1.5 hours by car
Jemez Mountains to the east and Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the west
Activities of Interest
- Snow Skiing
- Wine Country
- Ten Thousand Waves & Spa
- Black Mesa Golf Course - 2 miles
- Four Casino's within a 15 mile Radius
- Ski Santa Fe, Ski Taos, Ski Pajarito
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa
- Rafting on the Rio Grande
Places of Interest
- Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM
- Santa Fe Opera
- Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
- Santa Fe Plaza
- The Railyard & Guadulape District
- Taos, NM
- The Lensic, Performing Arts Theatre
- Indian Pueblos
- Meow Wolf
- Bandelier National Monument
Truly a House of Enchantment
Casa de la Esquela is a fascinating home where our group was able to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle. The 19 mile drive to Santa Fe Plaza is very easy and we were located conveniently between Ghost Ranch, Taos and Santa Fe. The views are amazing with nearby hiking trail down to the Rio Grande. The house was richly appointed with many interesting art pieces and historical memorabilia. Amrit was easy to communicate with and gave us plenty of information prior to arrival. We had a very enjoyable October vacation enjoying this house and the amazing New Mexico surroundings and outstanding Fall weather.”
Perfect Location with Wonderful Views
We couldn't have asked for a better location--in between Santa Fe and Taos, two of our favorite towns--or for a more comfortable, roomy house with glorious views of Black Mesa and the expanse of the Rio Grande valley. Sunsets were amazing, as were sunrises slowly illuminating the mesa and the mountains beyond. The house was well appointed with many unusual and interesting artifacts. We spent our days out and about visiting cultural sites, lunching or shopping in Taos and Santa Fe, touring Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch and experiencing Ten Thousand Waves spa and Ojo Caliente, but we always tried to get home in time to watch the sunset. I would wholeheartedly recommend La Esquela for a relaxing New Mexican vacation.”
This house is very nice, large and clean! The kitchen is very well stocked so you could fix just about any meal you want there. There are plenty of living spaces so we never felt like we were all on top of each other, and the beds were comfortable. The highlight is the yard with the amazing views. It's the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. Amrit was extremely helpful the entire time we were there. The only negative is the lack of air conditioning. They have something called a swamp cooler, which I was not familiar with before, but it was not able to keep the house comfortable with the summer heat. Amrit brought in a couple of fans, which helped, but I would not recommend this house in the heat of the summer. Other times of the year, I would give 5 stars! ”
Fantastic home, location and owner.
We spent spring break week at this home with our kids and two other families. The home is wonderful. The backyard and views are amazing - perfect for family pictures. The location is great. It allowed us to get to numerous different New Mexico sites for day trips. There was plenty of room for 3 families to spread out. The dining area was large enough for everyone to sit together. The kitchen was well stocked and the bedrooms were comfortable. Finally, Amrit, the owner was super responsive. We had an issue during our stay and reached out to her, She was extremely responsive and addressed the issue immediately. In addition, we had forgotten an item in the home after we left and she was kind enough to mail it to our home. Overall, a great experience and would highly recommend this home.”
Great Family Stay in New Mexico
The house was perfect for our family reunion and the area has many fun opportunities to explore the beautiful region. The Puye Cliff dwellings is a great Pueblo Indian ruins and well worth the visit. Hiking the Plaza Blanca trails near Abiquiu was also a nice treat. A visit to Roxanne Swentzell's gallery and lunch at Gabriel's should not be missed. This area offers so much to explore and enjoy.”
Amazing house and hosts
Great hosts and house. Hope to come back soon. ”
Best View from back yard!!
We stayed here in Sept 2017. There were 7 of us and we totally enjoyed ourselves. We would definitely stay here if we went back to New Mexico. First of all, do not be discouraged after you turn off of 399, once you get inside the gate, it is so peaceful. The house was very comfortable & clean & well stocked with all the basic needs - shampoo, soap, toilet paper...The kitchen had everything you needed & very well stocked with spices, foil,....which was so nice. There was enough seating areas where you could sneak away if you needed some quite time. The indoor sauna was wonderful to use after a day of hiking. The location of the house was very convenient for us being that it was in between Sante Fe & Taos. Second, the owner was TOTALLY accommodating & very quick to respond to any & all requests & questions. The third and last, the VIEW from the back yard was amazing. It was our favorite part of the house & trip. ”
Relaxing place to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at La Casa de la Esquela. The location of this property affords stunning views, as well as a peaceful and quiet environment to relax, read, and enjoy nature (humming birds galore, hawks/eagles/owls, bunnies, coyotes, and so forth). It was easy to drive to unique places of interest nearby, like the Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiú, and Ghost Ranch a little further on. Taos is just over an hour drive north, and a visit to see Taos Pueblo is highly recommended. Also, cultural Santa Fe is only a half-hour drive (and I need to point out that every commute in New Mexico is an amazing experience, with varied and spectacular views; hard to keep one's eyes on the road!). Host offered great suggestions for where to dine and shop around in the region, and they nicely dropped-off some of their superb Swiss chard, kale, heirloom tomatoes and other garden goodies they grow, for me to enjoy during my stay. Arguably, the best wine shop in NM is about fifteen-minutes drive from the property (called Kokoman, and I recommend stocking-up there; much better selection than Trader Joe's). All in all, a most pleasant place to have called home for a week. Thank you for sharing with me!”
Espanola/Santa Fe housr
Our stay was excellent; the location was somewhat distant from Santa Fe but we figured it out and the house was worth the drive”
La Casa de La Escuela a Great Family Retreat
New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment and La Casa de La Escuela is placed in the center of that enchantment. This is the old school house from the Manhatten Project days at Los Alamos. It has been lovingly restored, maintained, and updated to modern standards. Decorated with charm and style, each room is a delight to the eye and the senses. The lovely grounds call you to the magical vistas of the openness that is quintessential New Mexico. Located between Santa Fe and Taos, close to ski areas, Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos, day trips for exploration and shopping,education and edification. Its all close at hand and there for your delight. We look forward to returning.”
Loved it, Beautiful property and location. Wonderful owners who were attentive and easy to communicate with. Looking forward to returning soon.”
- 40"+ TV
- Chef's Kitchen
- DVD Player
- Gated Community
- High Speed Internet
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Grill
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet