This historic studio -- built in 1871 -- has hardwood floors, exposed beams, renovated private bathroom, large stone fireplace & small private deck. Located in the historic district, just off Canyon Rd & 1/2 mile to the Plaza.
1) All guests MUST make a prearranged appointment to meet me in person for check-in. Under NO circumstances may guests access the rental for the first time without me present. This is due to strict regulations on the city's short-term rental permits, as well as my personal need for comfort and security. The space you will be renting is the back section of our home -- not a stand alone guest house. Although it has a separate entrance with its own walkway, patio and door (which locks with a different key than for our home), the space is not accessible from the road or driveway. Guests must enter our property, through a locked gate, in order to gain access to the rental. For these reasons, I require that all guests meet me in person at the house for check-in. If guests do not follow this MOST important rule and arrive at the house without a confirmed check-in appointment, or before their confirmed check-in appointment, I have the right to cancel the reservation on the spot. Although I'd obviously rather not resort to this, I need for guests to undertand that I would be within my rights to do so. For those folks new to Airbnb, it's important to understand that my house is not a hotel, nor is it a bed and breakfast. If guests just 'show up' at the house with no prearranged appointment, or with only the ETA mentioned at the time of booking -- perhaps weeks in advance -- they will not be able to gain access to their lodgings. If guests have not been in touch with me on the day of arrival to confirm a meeting time at the house for check-in, I will plan to greet them sometime after 5:30pm when I return home from work. It is not possible for guests to drop by the house without an appointment
in order to, "...drop off bags and pick up the key", as one might be able to do at a hotel with a front desk.
Thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have any questions about check-in at all, please don't hesitate to contact me before your arrival so I can hopefully clarify the process.
2) Please park in the designated parking spot -- in the driveway in front of the house -- and not on the street. Street parking is prohibited.
3) Reserve the studio for the EXACT number of guests who will be staying. If you arrive with more guests than your reservation indicates, your reservation will be cancelled at your expense. Having fewer guests than on your reservation is no problem.
4) Turn off all lights and heat when you go out. Don't waste precious resources. Be aware of the extreme water shortage in Santa Fe.
6) Do not use the towels for removing makeup. If towels and/or sheets are stained, you will be charged.
7) If you break or damage anything, let me know. Airbnb has an insurance policy for such accidents so you won't be charged. However, if you try to hide the damage or do not inform me, you will be liable.
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Originally from California, we've been living in Santa Fe for nearly a decade. I love living in our beautiful adobe home in the historic district of Santa Fe. Our home was built in 1871 and still has many original features. I spent my younger years traveling and living abroad -- primarily in Africa, South America, and many years in France -- so I particularly enjoy the diversity of guests I get to host on Airbnb.
I try to follow the world of contemporary art which is one of the reasons we chose to purchase a home off Canyon Road -- the center of the art scene in Santa Fe. I'm very familiar with all the galleries and some smaller studios on Canyon Road. I've become friends over the years with several gallery owners and can usually get any interested guests tickets to private showings, sold out openings and/or an introduction to an artist of interest. Art openings happen every Friday in the early evening. We always make a point of taking a stroll down Canyon Road on late Friday afternoon to see the new work on display while enjoying some free wine and cheese!
I moved to Santa Fe for my love of art and nature. I have nature books, maps, and trail guides in the studio for guests to use, but I am also very happy to give you directions to our favorite 'locals only' pristine nature spots and hidden river walks, in our neighborhood.
For those unfamiliar with Santa Fe, our neighborhood -- known as the "Historic District" -- dates back three hundred years when Santa Fe was under the rule of Spain, and later Mexico. Santa Fe is the oldest and highest (in elevation) capitol city in the nation. Our neighborhood is so highly preserved and protected by the city that just walking down our street feels like going back in history. It's truly a paradise for the curious and those who love exploring. Old wagon trails parallel the modern day roads (often still dirt), and then veer off in different directions... where all kinds of adventures begin! There are endless hidden walkways leading to all the old neighborhoods...Canyon Road, Acequia Madre (our Mother Ditch often flowing with water), Atalaya, Santa Fe River and the river walkway -- usually lined with offerings to the saints, fairy houses, and stone sculptures. You might find arrow heads, rose quartz, turquoise, volcanic rock, and endless stones and minerals of all shapes and sizes. And then, behind a branch in a thick forest of trees, you might find a deserted grassy field with a few rusty benches under a large Cottonwood tree. Or, you may spot several small adobe sancturios -- open to all respectful visitors -- lit from the inside with candles and meant for silent prayer.
We recently stumbled upon a small burial ground -- right on a path behind our house. Three simple stick crosses marked the graves and a hand carved wooden Saint Francis watched over the final resting place of the small family. There was one bunch of fresh cut wildflowers placed on the ground nearby, most likely the offering of a friend or relative living in the neighborhood for generations.
We also frequently walk to the plaza for ice cream and stay to listen to the live music on the plaza bandstand. Just up the road from us is Saint John's College and in the Summer they host free evenings of music every week on the campus's large grassy hill, overlooking the Jemez Mountains to the west. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy listening to live music while watching the spectacular Summer sunset! This annual series is called "Music on the Hill". Another favorite is the Audobon Center, on Upper Canyon Road, not far from us.
We also just love to sit in our backyard and watch the sky change color while animals come and go. Birds and bunnies are regular visitors but I've also seen coyotes, wolves, a black bear and a lynx around our neighborhood. There really are SO many fantastic things to see and do in Santa Fe. I never grow tired of living here.