Newly renovated, fully furnished and house-keeping equipped guest house within a secure compound in the historic Pajarito (little bird) neighborhood along El Camino Real (the Royal Road of Hispanic explorers and settlers), later used as the old Route 66. Located in the rural, lower South Valley below Albuquerque; yet an easy commute. Cozy, bright and airy with timeless Southwestern decor. The bosque (the woods) that line the Rio Grande River) is our 'back yard,' a protected state park actually.
Casita Santuario [pronounced Sahn-tu-ah-ri-oh] is a small, separate and private house. Casita has been enhanced by a front porch roof and a private side yard of its own. Features a studio living space with sleeping alcove (twin bed), full kitchen in galley layout, and separate bathroom with shower stall. Best suited for one person for however long a stay (twin bed in alcove always made up); however, can accommodate another one or two people for shorter-term stays with the double-sized futon couch/bed (we will make up the double bed prior to arrival for any bookings that are more than one person).
Casita is within a secure fenced compound of what was an operating ranchito that is nestled in a shady cottonwood grove (los alamos) by the Rio Grande River bosque (the woods along the river), among fields and horse farms of the lower South Valley below Albuquerque. Easy access to downtown Albuquerque, I-25, and major hospital complexes, not far from Albuquerque International Airport and Kirtland Air Force Base; very close to the Isleta Resort and Casino (you'll pass by the Isleta Reservation herd of bison). Snazzy community aquatic center within a couple miles (outdoor facility, open seasonally). We are on well water; and in New Mexico, although not unhealthy, well water here is not particularly sweet or even odorless.
OUTDOOR GUEST SPACES: The casita now has a roofed front porch, which features a bistro set. The casita also has a privacy-fenced side yard on the east side with an Adirondack chair and side table that looks out across our back horse section to the Bosque that lines the Rio Grande River. This fenced yard also serves as an outdoor space for your traveling canine companion. There is still the pair of Adirondack chairs and low table under the shady Russian Olive tree in that corner. So plenty of outdoor seating to take in the sun and/or shelter in the shade, all for enjoying our lovely New Mexico climate, viewing the waterfowl and birds. Take a walk and see nearby livestock: sheep, goats, horses, llamas, chickens and ducks; we've had a male peacock roaming about lately too.
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After you book, be sure to review address and directions embedded within LOCATION herein, so to get here smoothly as this is an old settlement with distinctive idiosyncrasies. Such as there is another street named Brown in our South Valley area off of Isleta Blvd SW, so do not rely solely on navigation systems. Plus the houses are not numbered consecutively.
Compound is fenced and cross-fenced with a front gate. Guest(s) make arrangements with host for access to property for initial check-in for the casita through messages or a phone call (some ETA window is needed); then guests come and go as they please. Check-in and check-out times can be flexible by pre-arrangement with host.
Guests have secure off-street parking in front of the casita for one vehicle. Parking within the shared compound is limited, therefore guests must give advance notice if they'll have more than one vehicle. Perhaps small trailers might be accommodated, yet only with advance notice and arrangements with host PRIOR to booking.
Other than the private casita-dedicated outdoor spaces, our guests are also welcome to use the gas grill located within the enclosed adobe courtyard to the main hacienda that has patio furniture.
Casita is non-smoking; but smoking okay in designated areas outside. Please carefully put out the cigarette and dispose of the butts in trash so the animals don't eat them.
Highly recommend you take a stroll over to the bank of the Rio Grande River sometime during your stay. From the front gate to the property, walk north along the ditch bank lane past two homes and the metal bridge across the Atrisco Canal is in plain sight. Cross that then go up and over the earthen levee, you'll find a distinct dirt path through the bosque (woods) that leads to the River.
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SUPER-HOST DESIGNATION: Host is property owner and lives in main hacienda of what was an operating ranchito, along with other adults. Available for assistance/interaction as needed: in person, email, text and/or mobile phone. Guests should not be shy about relaying any needs, concerns, or questions. Host can advise visitors as needed and also recommend area attractions and activities and worthwhile day trips and/or overnight jaunts within New Mexico (which is larger than the country of France).
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Longer-term stays: please advise when you book if you will have another guest with you the first night, or on some other occasion, so the double bed can be prepped (with these incidental guests, the add'l ten dollars per night per add'l person can be paid directly to host).
Complimentary breakfast snacks and coffee makings provided for your initial night.
We put out a bottled water for arrivals. The tap water is absolutely AOK for drinking, but we also provide a Britta pitcher with cold filtered water in the fridge. Be advised, having livestock we are fairly rural and on a water well, and well water can at times have a sulpher-y tinge in smell and/or taste. Especially in the high-desert of New Mexico; however, we have better tasting water than many areas of the state! Our water has been fully tested for drinking; and we actually prefer to not be on the nasty chlorinated and fluoridated water of municipal water systems.
Fully equipped guest rental: Just about anything you could need for cooking appliances and implements and housekeeping is on hand within the casita.
OTHER NEEDS & SUPPLIES: Rural but not a long ways from civilization ... neighborhood grocery store, gas station and Dollar General shop about two miles south of us on Isleta Blvd SW; less than a mile, north on Isleta Blvd is a Family Dollar w refrigerated and frozen food, etc. Restaurants and good take-out joints, pharmacy, large grocery store, shops, and other gas stations about three miles north of us on Isleta Blvd SW. Abuelita's New Mexican Restaurant is two blocks north of us on Isleta Blvd SW -- within walking distance of the casita. A Walmart Supercenter store, restaurants, gym, and IMAX theater is a few miles northwest of us along Coors Blvd SW, what is more of a main thoroughfare here in the South Valley.
HORSEBACK RIDING: We recommend trail riding excursions along the Rio Grande River of the North Valley or up in the mountains and other picturesque areas of New Mexico via Rio Sandia Morgans, stables located at Windover Rd, Corrales, NM 87048. All riders get an orientation and/or short lesson as part of the ride by Steve Simmons, proprietor (easily located by internet). And/or visitors have enjoyed the trail offerings of Acacia Riding Adventures, stables to the south of us: website (check them out online).
LAUNDRY OPTIONS: There is a laundry-mat about 3 miles up Isleta Blvd SW at Adobe Acres strip mall. However, we put in an oversize kitchen sink just in case anyone wants to hand-wash a few items to hang up in the shower stall, plus there is a folding drying rack stashed in utility closet that fits in front of the wall-mounted space heater. Another option is host would do your laundry, $7.50 a full load, or $5.00 if a few things we can throw in with a load of ours. Washed, dried, folded within 24-36 hours (but not ironed, although could loan you an iron and ironing board should you want to use one on occasion).
There was just no room to include even an apt-sized stacked washer/dryer in the casita (a compact living space where every inch counts).
CHECK-IN is typically after 3:00 p.m. and hopefully before 9:00 p.m., yet we aim to accommodate guests' travel schedules (ETAs arranged with host, just relay in your booking request); check-out by 11:00 a.m. (unless otherwise arranged with host).
Guests are trusted to be responsible and considerate of casita property and furnishings, other residents and critters on premises, and neighbors. AirBnB will only relay the damage/security deposit to host if some damage/loss actually occurs -- so no out-of-pocket cost on that just to enjoy a stay.
PARKING: Once within the shared compound, guests park their vehicle in front of the casita (one passenger vehicle, unless prior arrangements with host).
Casita and main hacienda are absolutely NON-SMOKING inside; but smoking okay outside, if butts properly disposed of.
Quiet time observed between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
LOCK UP: To secure your belongings and the furnishings within the casita, lock the door when you leave the premises during your stay. When you check out, it is okay to leave the key inside the casita, just lock the button on the doorknob behind you.
Guests are expected to wash dishes they use, but other cleaning and tidying up is included in the booking rate. Maid and/or laundry services for longer-term stays available by arrangement/upon request.
Casita guests are welcome to bring along a traveling companion, have a family member or friend come visit and stay over for the additional per-person charge; but no guest events or sizable parties due to limited parking within the compound and other residents on the premises (unless prior arrangements for gatherings booked with host).
Casita is not child-proofed, yet if parents are attentive and keep their kids occupied, supervised children can enjoy a stay and stroll around the neighborhood; especially due to the animals that live around here (horses, sheep, and goats), including the the ducks and chickens next door and the six llamas two houses up the ditch from us. Dogs and a cat live on the premises.
ABOUT GUEST PETS -- Traveling pets are welcome if host has prior notification; and can also provide overnight horse boarding rates by pre-arrangement with host.
Host dogs and/or horses can be kept entirely separate from short-term-stay guests and their dogs and/or horses. Long-term stay guests can enjoy host's companionable dogs "on security patrol" within the compound. Once they have had a meet-and-greet with our guests, the dogs think y'all came to visit them.
However, guest dogs should initially be on leash within the shared barnyard, so to discuss/evaluate compatibility with the cat and/or dogs in residence of our compound. The casita now has a small, private fenced yard on the east side, where guests' dog can recreate and go potty.
There is also a larger dog pen that could possibly be available for guest dog(s) use, but we would need to coordinate its usage between host and guest dogs.
Pets traveling with guests are not allowed on casita furniture as other guests can be allergic to animals; but let us know if you need to borrow pet bedding.
Two residents on the property have security clearances, and although it should go without saying, to not jeopardize our jobs, guests should refrain from engaging in any illegal activities and/or using any illegal substances while on the premises.
Thank you for reviewing and your cooperation with these guidelines, which enable us to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you and yours.