architect designed rural retreat

House - Entire home/apt · Don Jose Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508, United States

This three bedroom house was designed by a student of Paolo Soleri with principles of sacred geometry and solar gain in mind. Situated 20 minutes from Santa Fe on The Turquoise Trail, it's ideal for small groups.

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This three bedroom house was designed by a student of Paolo Soleri with principles of sacred geometry and solar gain in mind. Situated 20 minutes from Santa Fe on The Turquoise Trail, it's ideal for small groups.

The Space

Great for groups up to six people(and more if you want to rough it a bit,) this three bedroom house was designed by Tullio Inglese, a student of Paolo Soleri with principles of sacred geometry, feng shui and solar gain in mind. It is situated 15 - 20 minutes from Santa Fe on The Turquoise Trail, a winding road that leads to Albuquerque through old coal and turquoise mines and biker bars. This home has been a retreat for artists and writers for two decades. Saltillo tile is throughout the house and the curved pine roof and windows let in a dazzling light display throughout the day. Radiant heat keeps your bones warm without further drying the air. The furniture is comfortable and in a minimal style with three beds and extra sleeping room on the couch, available cots and futons in the ample loft space. Cook dinner on a gas stove in the kitchen with concrete countertops and a massive free standing maple butcher block. Walk out the back door and down into the arroyo and you can hike for miles, exploring trails, caves and rock formations that conjure up images of an ancient dry seabed. At night look at the stars and listen to a concert put on by the coyotes.


With pets welcome, wi-fi, washer and dryer, fireplace and a deep black bottom bathtub, the only drawback is you may find it hard to want to leave. But should you want to venture into Santa Fe, the drive is an uncrowded 15 minutes to the South side of town. Or venture ten minutes in the other direction to the old mining town turned anarchist outpost of Madrid where you can shop for vintage cowboy boots, eat a buffalo burger and hear some of the best roots, country western and blues music in the state.

Interaction with Guests

I am usually around to greet guests on arrival but there are many times when guests just let themselves in the house on their own. During your stay I will be in town and available by phone to answer any questions you may have.

Other Things to Note

I have had guests up to 21 people, but that size group means a camp out on the floor or even outside. The loft space with the extra futons etc. can get hot during the day in the summer. The loft is also aesthetically very bare bones. For the ideal cushy comfy stay(no futons moved around etc.), I'd say limit your group to six people. That said, some of my most exiting times at the house have been with large groups of up to fifteen people. This means a bit of mayhem and futons and cots strewn about the house, but still fun.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $25 / night after 3 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $850 /week
Monthly Price: $3000 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Bett’s place is rustic, charming, and beautiful. Both sunrise and sunset are spectacular, the place feels spacious and well-designed, and the decor is funky and fun. We went on walks in the arroyos, sat out back and just looked at the scenery, and basically enjoyed the place to pieces. We were a large party and we knew that the bed situation was going to be tight, and it’s definitely true that not everyone was sleeping in an actual bed, but there was actually a ton of extra sleeping space so I’d say the place can certainly handle large parties if people don’t mind roughing it.

    That said, there were a few minor issues that we ran into.

    The tap water isn’t good to drink, and Bett provided a 5-gallon dispenser, but we had to get refills multiple times. For most guests who are sightseeing that wouldn’t be a problem because they’d be out and about; for our retreat it meant a few extra trips that interrupted the flow of things.

    Some of the windows do not close, which was a minor concern in the rain and the heat. More of a problem for us was the lack of screen doors. In the evenings, we had to choose between having the doors closed and baking in the leftover heat of the day, opening the doors and turning out the lights right at sunset, or being inundated with insects: beetles, grasshoppers, and moths were drawn in great numbers to the lights.

    The school bus was incredibly cute but it seems like there’s a rodent living there. Bett warned us that that might be the case and said that she put some sort of lavender thing that rodents didn’t like but we sometimes heard rustling in the night and found droppings.

    Bett herself was easygoing about most things but not about everything. We needed to make some last-minute changes to the reservation and that was totally fine; she was also very casual about us moving things around and a couple of broken glasses. But there was a miscommunication about what cleaning we were expected to do and she got a little standoffish about it. I’d never stayed in an airbnb before where i was asked to mop the floors… that’s not a big deal (we definitely used the kitchen a lot and it needed mopping) but it’s a little unusual and wasn’t in the rules but she acted like we were trying to pull a fast one by not just doing it. This was probably our fault for not getting totally clear with her at the beginning, but it did make the last day a little bit stressful because we had to do this last-minute cleaning we weren't expecting.

    Anyway, if you don't mind coexisting with a few desert animals and handling your own water, I'd say that this place is a real treat, a singular sort of getaway that is definitely way more special than a random hotel or vacation rental.

    July 2014
  • Wow! Perfect experience for the 4 of us who had never visited New Mexico.
    The house is really interesting on many levels- the decor, the outdoor area, etc- something new to discover every day. We felt really at home in it. The main bedroom has the most outstanding outlook, having the windows and curtains wide open at night and looking at the stars was absolutely magical. The beds were super comfortable too.
    The kitchen area worked well for us- we ate in mostly and there was a good amount of crockery, pans, etc. we also grilled a couple of nights which was cool.
    Proximity to Santa Fe and all of the National Parks and attractions was great. You could also take a decent hike into the wilderness from the back door. We are so glad we stayed our of town, it was so peaceful.
    Can't wait to return someday- it would be an amazing destination year round I would think.
    Thanks Bett! lovec it!

    June 2014
  • This is an amazing house in a beautiful environment. It was a great place to relax and read and we were able to do some exploring in the arroyo right out the back door.

    We were there two nights but wished we had stayed longer. Bett was very accommodating and very helpful with any questions we had.

    June 2014
  • We stayed at Bett's place with a group of friends for a weekend getaway in New Mexico. Bett was very patient and accommodating with the group's changing arrival and departure times - we appreciated that she was ok with our friends checking in and out for us due to some travel difficulties that we had. Her place is just as described - a great place for a group. It was a bit further from the middle of Santa Fe than we had originally thought, but mostly because we'd never been to the area before and didn't have an idea of scale. Our friends enjoyed some hikes and trail runs right from Bett's back door - and we loved the open kitchen and living room for hanging out after a long day exploring New Mexico. There were plenty of towels, sheets, and pillows for our group, and the in-unit washer/dryer was really convenient. Thanks, Bett!

    May 2014
  • Sitting down to write this its hard to begin to convey just how special this spot is. This was my fiancé and I second time back to Bett's amazing space. This time we had to share and brought her father and his wife to celebrate his birthday. Like most of their generation, I think they were a little apprehensive about straying from a normal hotel stay. Apprehension quickly morphed into excitement as we turned down the drive leading up to the house. I think they began to realize this was more about an experience than a vacation. Although the pictures here are beautiful and do justice in conveying the light and overall sprawling space and views that accompany Bett's awe inspiring retreat what they don't do justice is a feeling. Traveling the world for both business and pleasure most of the year, I can whole heartedly say this has quickly become that spot I go to in my mind when I think about getting away from it all. As a community, all of us growing from the experiences AirBnb offers should be grateful for spaces like these. Thank you to Bett for sharing all of this.

    May 2014
  • Bett's home is the perfect retreat- perfect easy hiking and lounging and living. She was also so generous in sharing her time and space and NM chili with us. Would love to return one day.

    April 2014
  • Bett's house was amazing. This was one of the best, if not the best, Airbnb properties we have ever rented. Bett was very communicative and for us everything we needed for a considerable stay. She even helped us park our 31' Airstream trailer. When she left she was available b phone if we needed anything. The house and land itself is out of this world. It's very clear she takes great pride in her spot and the attention is in the details. Clean, bright, spacious. The entire place was absolutely perfect. I truly could not have asked for anything else. We hope very much to return and stay again. Highly highly highly recommended.

    April 2014
  • This is a very beautiful, simple house. The views are beautiful. The drive to Santa Fe is short and easy. Walking in the country surrounding the house was enjoyable. The beds are comfortable, Nice to have space in which to retreat after a day in the town and or out at Bandelier etc. Shabby-chic furnishings - some home-built - I love that -however some may find it a bit basic. The light is great and the stars at night were amazing. Host is gracious and made us feel welcome.

    January 2014
  • Great place to stay! Clean, spacious, sunny. Comfortable beds, great views, a great common area with fireplace. Would like to stay here again if travels bring us back to Santa Fe.

    December 2013
  • My work schedule kept me from being able to make this trip. Bett was really nice and easy to deal with when initially booking and canceling the reservation. The place looks great and hope to make it there at another time.

    December 2013
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