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An artist/designer/builder in the desert who loves preserving the wild west history of New Mexico.
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The Old Cuchillo Bar and Hotel was one of the coolest spots I've ever stayed at! I did not really know the meaning of "Ghost Town" until we rolled up to the property. This is straight out of an old Western with a contemporary humorous artistic touch by the owner. Josh has turned a ruin into a museum and memorial for this incredible location and its rich history. The old saloon provides an amazing adventure for artists in particular, with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. The house itself is comfortable and clean and Josh's home-cooked enchiladas were a delicious kick-off to our night there. With a tour and local recommendations from Josh, our short stay was fun and relaxing. If you want to get a real in-person taste of American history, this is the place to go.
Josh was the best Airbnb host I've had yet. His friendliness and gift for making interesting conversation on top of the unique accommodations made for an evening I won't forget. Josh's house is filled with vintage trinkets, each one with a story behind them, and he is eager to share the history with his guests. I learned about the abandoned barroom and what went on there back in the day. So awesome to see that up close and personal, just as it was left over a century ago. The room itself was super comfy and totally sufficient, no frills but had everything I needed. I enjoyed that there was a TV to fall asleep to in addition to a well-curated collection of Truth or Consequences-themed movies to pop in the did player. Nice touch! Josh claims that many of his guests report that their stay at his adobe was the highlight of their trip to New Mexico, and while this is a bold claim, I can attest to its truth. Don't pass through Truth or Consequences without spending a night here. Truly unforgettable experience. Thanks Josh, keep it up! I'll find a reason to come back. :)
Our family had an absolutely wonderful experience at the Cuchillo Hotel. Josh is an excellent host. He gave our children a wonderful tour of the facility and explained some of the fascinating history in terms they could well understand. The hotel is very clean and comfortable. Thanks, Josh!
Pulling up to the property at sunset, I was perplexed: spray paint skulls, a cop car with an ELVIS vanity plate, various empty or crumbling adobe buildings. But once inside the house, any perplexity gave way to the realization that this would be the high point of my vacation in New Mexico. The abandonded buildings are part of an historic stagecoach stop, and the historic trail wends into the hills outside, which makes for a great hike. The host's accomodations are far from crumbling: the bedroom is clean and modern; the bathroom has a fancy clawfoot tub; the kitchen and living areas are full of fun tchochkes, books, and art. Josh is a great cook and made me an awesome green chile breakfast burrito. He's also the perfect host, providing rich history of the area and terrific conversation. The property is quiet and lovely: I enjoyed the twinkly lights in the courtyard at night, and the dappled sunlight and bird song by day. Water is drawn from a well on the property and is so refreshing- it's that good. I came to visit T or C hot springs and considered staying in town, but I felt much safer here as a single traveler. Thanks, Josh, for opening your home! It was unique and fabulous and so much fun.
This was a great stay! I'll admit that we were surprised to find this ghost town well off the beaten path, but arriving there to find Josh and his beautiful home waiting was absolutely wonderful! Don't be alarmed by the solitude - we ended up staying for the night of the full moon, and the desert stars are absolutely not to be missed.
Josh has a wonderfully furnished and very comfortable home. He's obviously used to having guests, and seems to enjoy it. He made us delicious breakfast burritos in the morning, and we had a great conversation. Highly recommended!
Josh gave us great directions and upon our arrival gave us a great tour of the property, which is a snapshot in time. The old bar was fascinating. Josh joined us for dinner in his dining room and told us many stories about the small town. The bed was very comfortable. We hiked around the property in the morning after breakfast. We plan to return in May when the courtyard is in full bloom.
iT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE I WOULD RECCOMEND IT TO ANYONE. JOSH IS A GREAT HOST AND THEIR IS A TON OF HISTORY THERE TO BE SOON. THE LOCATION IS A GREAT PLACE TO STAY AT AS THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER GHOST TOWNS NEAR THE CUCHILLO BAR.
Staying here might have been the highlight of my roadtrip through New Mexico. Tucked away in a little ghost town away from everything-I really felt off the grid, yet Josh provided for such a comfortable stay. It was like staying with a friend! He cooked a delicious breakfast, told me tales of the wild west and gave me a good feel for the area, plus a tour of the estate which is very cool.
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Great little comfy guest room in a smaller house attached to a much larger overall property. Josh is a wonderful host, knowledgeable about the area and it's great history. The house, the old bar across the courtyard and the whole property are filled with historical and vintage items. At night the sky was clear and since there's no big light-filled cities nearby, I could see the whole galaxy just outside the door at night. There's an old gravel and dirt stagecoach road adjoining the property that leads out up to the desert - makes a great hiking trail starting right next to the house. I would highly recommend this property for a solo or possibly couple who wants to get away from everyone, enjoys the NM desert and would like a space to write, draw, paint, etc. Josh is an artist himself and was encouraging me to do something creative while I was there, and well, I took a LOT of photographs. :)
Fantastic experience! Such an interesting place and Josh is a fantastic host. Very interesting man with lots of tales to tell, not just about himself, which is interesting enough, but about the house and the town. He pointed out where the stage coach used to pass and where the occupants back in the day used to hide from attack. The old bar is well worth a look but if you're a nervous type, not recommended once the sun sets. (that was Dave. I, Sorrel, would love to!) He is also a very good cook. One of the best stays we've had ever. Oh, and the bed is super comfortable.... Plus, on a personal level, we all had a lot in common. Shared interests and tastes... Coincidence? Who knows.... We'd both strongly recommend you stay - not only to meet a nice bloke, and visit a unique place, but what you pay to stay here goes towards keeping the old buildings and their history intact, and the collection of precious things out of the hands of American Pickers.