• bath Property Type : House
  • bath 4 Bedroom
  • bath 5 Bathrooms
  • bath 8 to 10 Sleeps


Welcome to Alta Cresta, a luxurious (4 bedroom option) Taos vacation rental located just 1/2 mile north of the Village of Arroyo Seco in the lush foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; part of the Southern Rockies.

Alta Cresta is the ipidomy of peace and tranquility with true architectural integrity; a place where the savvy, discerning traveler will enjoy one of Taos' finest addresses, taking in the incomparable scenery that defines Arroyo Seco.

Originally designed for and built by Dadou Mayer (founder of the Hotel Edelweiss at Taos Ski Valley) and his wife, Alta Cresta sits proudly on one acre of land at an 8,000 foot elevation feet in an idyllic setting with 270 degree mountain views and complementary views to the west overlooking Hondo Mesa toward the Rio Grande Gorge.

The 2,900 square foot house offers a large open plan kitchen/ living room with an 18 foot cathedral ceiling, multiple skylights and boasts a half dozen extra large vigas (the hand hewn log ceiling / roof supports so integral to southwest architecture).

Designed for a master chef, the kitchen comes equipped with a Vulcan commercial oven / range and all new upgrade stainless appliances. The living room features dramatic two story chathedral arched windows opening to incredible southward views, a 42” flat screen satellite TV, top-of-the-line wood burning cast iron stove, RC Gorman tiles, and plenty of space for guests to relax, gather, visit and dream.

Originally part of the well-known Salsa del Salto Bed and Breakfast, the house offers four master bedrooms (King Master #1 is un-named, King Master #2 Kachina, Dual Queens Master #3 Yerba with gas log fireplace + jetted tub, and one of 2 optional exterior bedrooms - either Queen Master #4 Tram pas with gas log fireplace and jetted tub, or King Master #5 Lobo. All serve as guest quarters and all have their very own private attached full baths as well as their own exterior walk out door. Three rooms walk out to their own brick patio and all are conveniently situated close to the 400 square foot private walled outdoor brick courtyard.

Throughout the house you will see spectacular view after spectacular view and you will find a mix of New Mexican and antique furnishings in every room. Each room possesses distinctive style and charm and all are richly appointed and carefully designed with comfort in mind. Pamper yourself in restful sleep, nestled between 300 count Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious down comforters, beds as warm and inviting as the home's hospitality. Two bedrooms (Yerba and Tram Pas) contain gas log kiva fireplaces and jetted tubs.

The location is central to a wide range of activities available to those who visit Taos. Nearby Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage site, has been continuously inhabited since 1350 A.D and is one of New Mexico's oldest pueblos. The world famous Taos Ski Valley (TSV) is an enjoyable nine mile commute up the Twining Valley along the Rio Hondo. Guests can find easy access to all of Taos' outdoor activities including, but not limited to, skiing, hot air-ballooning, horseback riding, biking amid rustic country roads, fly fishing in the Rio Hondo, hiking in the one-million acre Carson National Forest, or rafting the Rio Grande and Rio Chama rivers. For folks interested in good food, shopping, and viewing art, there are simply too many incredible culinary delights, interesting and quirky shops in addition to fantastic galleries, museums and shops throughout Arroyo Seco and Taos town to mention…be sure to take some time to explore…it would be hard to go wrong!

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RESERVATIONS: Are confirmed & property is taken off market when contract is completely filled in and received by Premiere. For reservations made more than 30 days from arrival, 50% deposit is to be paid by check due within 7 days of booking. Balance can be paid by check or Master Card/Visa and is due 30 days before arrival (60 days Xmas/NY's, Spring Break and reservations of 14 or more nights). Reservations made within 30 days of arrival will be charged to a Visa or Mastercard. If check is late, deposit will automatically be run on Visa or Mastercard 8 days after the booking date including a 5% service charge.

CHECK IN: Check-in is anytime after 4 pm. Check-out is no later than 10:00 am so housekeeping can be ready for next party arrival at 4:00 pm.

CANCELLATION POLICY: More than 30 days before arrival (60 days Xmas/NY's, Spring Break, and reservations of 14 or more nights) cancellation fee is 21% of total reservation. Less than 30 days before arrival, (60 days Xmas/NY's, Spring Break, and reservations of 14 or more nights) forfeiture of 100% of full reservation unless property is rebooked for entire stay at same rate. If booked for less, refund portion will be prorated (less the 21% cancellation fee). There are no refunds for late arrival or early departure.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Each property has a private caretaker to assist guests with maintenance issues, lost keys, directions, etc. Guest is to contact caretaker for such issues. If there is an urgent matter and caretaker does not respond with 30 minutes guest should then call Premiere at 800-987-8423.

DEPARTURE: Property is to be left in good order by following the printed guidelines in each home. Should the guidelines be missing common sense should rule. Should property be left in poor order please read "SECURITY DEPOSIT" below.

GUEST POLICY: Should there be more overnight guests (including children) other than number disclosed in contract (other than prior approved visits) the party will be required to immediately vacate the premises without refund and full security deposit will be forfeited. If a large party gathers without prior disclosure to "Premiere" the full security deposit shall be forfeited and party will immediately terminate.

SECURITY DEPOSIT: Should damages (see direction sheet for partial explanation of possible damages) or extra cleaning occur, your credit card will be charged $500.00 dollars plus a $25.00 dollar non-refundable service charge. A check for $500.00 will be sent to the Homeowner along with guest name, address and phone number, and damage issues will be handled directly with the Homeowner, caretaker & guest. Prorated refund will be returned directly by Homeowner. Evidence of unauthorized pets or smoking in the house will result in forfeiture of full security deposit. Premiere Properties will be held harmless and will not be involved in damage negotiations.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This property is privately owned & cared for. Premiere Properties is acting as Reservation Service only for the use of the subject property. For homes with hot tubs, I understand the risks of hot tub/Jacuzzi use, and recognize that for some people adverse reactions can occur, including but not limited to skin rash. Neither Premiere Properties, nor the Owner or their Agents will be held liable or responsible for personal injury, accidents, loss of life, valuables or personal property due to fire, theft, neglect, or any catastrophe or natural disaster which might occur at the above named property during the above stated time period. If this property becomes unavailable, due to unforeseen circumstances, I understand Premiere Properties will do all possible to move my party to an equal or upgraded option.

PAYMENT: All funds due within 30 days of arrival (60 days Christmas, New Year, Spring Break and reservations of 14 or more days). 50% deposit of total reservation due by check within 7 days of booking. Deposits by check not received within 7 days of booking will be automatically run on credit card on 8th day + 5% surcharge.

Amenities & Activities

  • Queen Bed
  • King Bed
  • Satellite TV
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Gas Log Fireplaces
  • Linens Provided
Home Office
  • High Speed Internet Access
Hot Tub and Sauna
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
Outside Living
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Parking Available
Nearby Attractions
  • Near Skiing

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About the Owner

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Heather Guarino and Paulette Steensen-Jacobs

Speaks: English,Spanish,

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Premiere Properties, offering professional property management and the largest inventory of upscale and or unique vacation rental properties in the greater Taos area. The Mother-Daughter team has gained the indisputable reputation of being the - Best in Taos - and as local professionals are often heard saying - The only show in town. Whatever your lodging needs, Taos to Taos Ski Valley, Budget to Luxury, Cabins to Mansions, Premiere will fulfill your desires. Call us at 575-758-1811

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