Historic walled adobe hacienda bounded by the original "Camino Real" and the gently flowing Rio Chiquito. Exquisitely renovated and furnished. Each room has a working kiva fireplace and its own entry to one of three private courtyards.
The oldest section of the compound was constructed of two feet thick adobe walls prior to 1790. There was an influx of Spanish settlers at this time, migrating along crystalline steams flowing from surrounding mountain peaks into the Taos valley. The diminished threat of Comanche raids deterred prior habitation outside of the 1000 year old Taos Pueblo.
The Rio Chiquito area (now called Talpa) was included in the Cristobal de la Serna grant from the King of Spain in the 1600's. New Mexico trading expeditions to Mexico have a long history and were annual events in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In 1823, the adjoining Plaza of Rio Chiquito was formally established. A small chapel was built in 1828 beside the hacienda dedicated to "Our Lady of San Juan" in honor of the Jalisco Mexico shrine to the Virgin Mary. The beautifully maintained chapel was licensed in 1833 to hold divine offices (religious services) and is still in working use today. The original altar screen, painted by the sauntero "Molleno" in the folk tradition of northern New Mexico is prominently displayed. A detached one bedroom casita with kitchen, living, dining area is built into the outer wall of the hacienda served and served as a convent at one time.
For larger groups, the Adobe Hacienda de Rio Chiquito consists of three separate structures that are available individually or in its' entirety for groups of 12 to 14 guests.:
The "Casita" has a large bedroom with a kiva fireplace and queen bed. The living room has a flat screen TV. and kiva fireplace. A new small kitchen with soapstone counters and gas range is open to the dining and TV. area.
The "Art Studio" has been completely remodeled with a window wall overlooking a covered patio and a courtyard surrounded by latilla fencing next to the river. This room accommodates two and has a new bathroom. Several skylights and a kiva fireplace provide an exceptional ambiance. A private driveway leads up to the studio's gate entrance.
The "Hacienda" has an open great room with a 20ft high viga ceiling and imposing kiva fireplace. The separate dining room has its original brick floor. Three bedrooms and a den are situated privately for solitude. A steam shower and Jacuzzi adorn the large master suite with a king bed and flat screen TV. The den, adjoining the master bedroom, has a queen sleeper sofa and is perfect for sleeping two children or for a quiet getaway or movies on its large flat screen TV. An outdoor grill and eight person hot tub are easily accessible to all 3 units, still affording privacy from each of the units.. A massive kiva fireplace centers a covered patio with seating for a large party.
The Hacienda is a "One of a Kind" Taos lodging experience and one that your party will remember and cherish for years....Read more
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