Guest house on exurban farm and weaving studio, north of Santa Fe, next to the historic town of Chimayo. Handy for visiting northern New Mexico and good for families and small groups. 900 sq.ft. guest house is set up studio style with double bed,and single bed. There is a semi attached back bedroom with 2 single beds and half bath. Beds are homemade with foam mattresses and mattress pads. Kitchen has electric burners, microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator and all cooking and eating utensils. Barbeque grill also available. Kitchen ceiling is low upon entering but rise as you move into the space. Satellite TV, DVD player, and wi-fi. This is a rural service area so wi-fi can be slow. Washer/dryer. Board games, wide variety of reading material and electric piano. Eclectic decor with Leigh's weaving and various African arts and crafts from our occasional African vendors. Leigh has a weaving studio with 3 looms. Private weaving and dyeing guidance and instruction available. James is making adobe bricks for a front porch and adobe workshop can also be arranged. There are 2 dogs, 1 cat, a guinea fowl. Ocho Guest House is 20 miles north of Santa Fe, 5 miles south of Espanola , 45 miles south of Taos and 20 miles east of Abiquiu. Grocery stores and restaurants are 10 minutes away, including one of the best traditional New Mexican restaurants. The Santa Cruz river and BLM land for walking/running is at the end of the road.
La Puebla is an area that has mostly been considered an outlying neighborhood of the village of Chimayo. It now pretty much serves as a residential area where people work in Santa Fe, Espanola, and Los Alamos. There still exists some farming.
No public transportation. A car is necessary. We have ample space for large vehicles and trailers to park and turn around.
Leigh's place is a wonderful whimsical space! My boyfriend and I weren't on a tight schedule and Leigh was very accommodating to us. I do recommend arriving during daylight hours so as not to be confused by the area, but we were provided with very clear instructions and everything worked out! I highly recommend staying here! Lovely out of the way place, nice and quiet.
Leigh and James were great, hospitable and helpful. Leigh showed us her weaving workroom and some of her work - amazing. They were very helpful with anything we needed.
The neighborhood feels small-town rural, just on the edge of paths along the river and into the hills. (The only downside for walking was the many unleashed dogs around so it was a bit traumatic for my laid-back old dog.)
I found the house to be cozy and quiet - a lovely place to hang out, work, drink tea. Easy drive to Santa Fe and several pueblos a bit further to Taos and Albuquerque, but we visited all of those places, which are full of amazing art and rich culture.
Leigh was an excellent host, made me feel really welcome and at home, and made sure I could find the place OK despite my late night arrival. The place was as advertised and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable place to stay in the area.
Very cute, cozy, nice spot. Hospitable hosts, though we barely saw them. If youre a light sleeper you'll need the provided earplugs. Dogs a howlin...
Leah greeted us warmly and gave us a tour upon our arrival. She provided lots of bedding options, and answered all of our questions. We enjoyed her large space and our walks throughout the local area. She also was helpful, patient, and accommodating as we realized that the internet was too slow for our purposes, and that we needed to move elsewhere for our last night.
Very good experience. The place is cozy. I forgot my glasses after stay. Leigh is so kind that remind me early that day and mailed back to me immediately. I would highly recommend Leigh's place.
Leigh's place was just what we needed for the night while making a last-minute stop in Santa - a quiet place to rest our heads after supper at Rancho de Chimayo. I so appreciated her quick response and willingness to take us on same-day notice! Do be aware that finding her home in the dark can be tricky, but Leigh was kind to provide specific directions and be available by phone to guide us in.