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. Satellite TV, DVD player, and wi-fi. 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.
What a pleasant spot! Quiet, clean, and spacious! Pay attention to map Leigh provides, as (website hidden) maps gets it wrong :)
This casita was more charming and much larger than we expected from the photos. If you love real art and funky charm, this is the spot for you. Leigh and James were wonderful hosts. They left us plenty of room, but were available for a nice chat and good walking recommendations at just the right time. It was a treat and very inspiring to talk to each of them. The ceiling is a little low in the kitchen, just fine for shorter people like me. but the rest of the studio is high ceilinged. Be sure to check out Leigh's woven art.
Leigh was great and really helpful. She came down the road in her car when I was lost. Try to arrive in the day, the way is pretty simple when you have daylight.
Leigh and James were fantastic folks and I really enjoyed the rustic cabin. They were easy-going and fascinating to chat with. My only advice is to follow theirs regarding PeeWee, their rescued canine. He's gentle, but protective, so don't be an overbear. Besides that, the stay was a pleasure and I'd certainly visit again!
Lovely authentic NM guest house. Perfect for the price. Leigh was a wonderful host.
We had a lovely, quiet weekend here. The guesthouse is large and filled with interesting art, objects, books and whimsy. Beds, of course, are judged on individual preferences: The bed was too firm for me, but just right for my husband and he said he hadn't slept so good in a long time. They have this large fuzzy "puff" big enough to lie on, which I snuggled onto to read. Beware that the kitchen ceiling slopes quite low on one side. We would definitely stay here again! It made a great jumping off spot to visit haunts of my childhood, bringing back lovely memories.
It was exactly as advertised. Great space; definitely big enough for two people and one dog. Good hiking within walking distance or a short drive and about 20 miles north of Santa Fe. I would definitely stay there again if I'm in the area.
Leigh was a easy host to communicate with and the guesthouse was cozy. We had much more room than needed!
It was wonderfully easy to feel at home in the Ocho studio! Leigh and James are gracious hosts, and the studio is spacious yet cosy. I loved everything about the space, from the funky and eclectic furnishings to the lovely weavings, great books and vintage electric organ. Fine little kitchen, nice strong shower, great hour water. Good tables for writing, working; firm foam mattress beds. A space so full of thoughtful, artful consideration it made me want to stay"home" and read all day, but Ocho ids bet convenient to pueblos in all directions, a great base for exploration. Is this space for everyone? I dunno, I suppose some folks might not like to hear a (rather distant) rooster crow, or cope with a short stretch of dirt road which emphasizes the rural setting. But I live on a country road in Vermont, and love to hear rooster crow, so the big difference was that the mountains pin view it the back door at Ocho aren't the sweet Vermont Greens but the breathtaking Sangre de Cristos. I'd go back in a heartbeat, and I hope that beat bops soon.
Leigh and Jim are really nice people and their spot is very quiet and peaceful. The guesthouse is rustic, but the wifi works well and the bed is very comfortable. It is a good spot to get away from it all, and I was able to get up to Taos and back quite easily.
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