Bright Star Compound in Arroyo Seco ~ Halfway Between Taos Plaza and Ski Valley

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4 bedrooms, memory foam beds, desk, iron/ironing board
Smart TV, fireplace, video-game console, Netflix
4 bedrooms, memory foam beds, desk, iron/ironing board
4 bedrooms, memory foam beds, desk, iron/ironing board

Overview of Bright Star Compound in Arroyo Seco ~ Halfway Between Taos Plaza and Ski Valley

Bright Star Compound in Arroyo Seco ~ Halfway Between Taos Plaza and Ski Valley

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire home

4 bedrooms4 bathroomsSleeps 18

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Hot tub

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 140°F
Taos, NM

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRottenstone Pottery6 min drive
  • Popular LocationKTAOS Solar Center8 min drive
  • Popular LocationMillicent Rogers Museum10 min drive
  • AirportTaos, NM (TSM-Taos Regional)16 min drive

Space details

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 18
4200 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 king bed
Bedroom 3
    2 twin/single beds
Bedroom 4
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1
    Bathtub/shower combo
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 3

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Bright Star Compound in Arroyo Seco ~ Halfway Between Taos Plaza and Ski Valley

Family-friendly vacation home in Taos with spa tub
----- 2 Master Bedroom Suites / 2 Full Kitchens / Courtyard, Patio, Deck, Covered Portal -----

Bright Star Casa & Casita is in the Arroyo Seco/Des Montes area on a high mesa with wrap-around mountain views.

Located half way between Taos Plaza and Taos Ski Valley, it is 9 miles to the plaza and 11 miles to the lifts, making it ideal for a vacation at any time of the year.

This property has spectacular 360 degree views of the Taos area mountain ranges and the desert plains to the west. In the distance, one can see the Rio Grande rift.

Bright Star includes a Casa (sleeps 14) and a Casita (sleeps 4) and both are under one roof.

To rent the Casa without the Casita, search for HomeAway #4628225.

A 7- person, 16-jet hot tub has a great view of the mountains to the East, and there is ample parking for 12 or more cars. There are 2 covered car ports under the 440 square foot partially covered Casita deck. It has a kiva fireplace and offers spectacular 360 degree views of the entire Taos county mountains and plains.

The property occupies two and a half acres of land, and has a lovely acequia (irrigation watercourse) which winds through the property. When the acequia is running, which is early spring into late summer, there is a small pond on the south end that is separately fenced for the benefit of the horses which frequently graze there.

The observatory on the property is operated remotely over the internet and images from the observatory are on the walls. High definition digital copies of these images are free to guests. This is a perfect location with very dark skies for you to bring your own telescope.

Bright Star Casa is a southwestern-style stucco, one story home with traditional Taos blue-trimmed windows. Arroyo Seco and neighboring Arroyo Hondo are charming ranching communities with historic roots in the Spanish Land Grant system. The Casa is within walking distance to Arroyo Seco on a rural road which passes an old Penitente cemetery and the back of Julia Roberts’ 50-acre ranch.

This spacious adobe hacienda was built in the mid ‘90s of hand-made adobe blocks covered with stucco. The resulting 12” thick adobe walls provide excellent insulation summer and winter, and keep inside temperatures relatively cool in the summer. (Summer temperatures in Arroyo Seco average 4 degrees cooler than temps in Taos.) The house features Spanish colonial corbels and lintels, romantic arches, flagstone, brick and timber. The ceilings are roughhewn logs, called vigas, layered with pine slats, called latillas. The radiant-heated floors are Saltillo tile.

On the exterior, the 3000 square foot house features a 500 square foot courtyard off the long hall, portals (covered entrances), and a kitchen patio with a kiva fireplace and a dining table for 6.

Bright Star Casa sleeps up to 14, with 2 king bedrooms and a bedroom with 2 twin beds which can also be made up as a king. An additional 8 folding mattresses (4” thick) with cots sleep up to 8 adults or children. Adults usually find them comfortable too. The cots that hold the mattresses are a spacious 30" x 76" x18" and are rated for a 330 pound person. The picture gallery include an image of a cot with mattress. These are amazingly comfortable to sleep on. Three bedrooms have an en suite bathroom. The fourth bathroom is accessed from the hall for the convenience of all the guests.

Bright Star Casita is a recently constructed 1200 square foot Casita with great room and full-kitchen on the first floor, and a double-sink bathroom, large master bedroom, and laundry/closet on the second floor. The great room includes an island with 4 stools and a wood burning kiva fireplace. Both floors have viga/latilla ceilings. The 400 square foot bedroom has French doors to a large, partially-covered deck which features a wood burning kiva fireplace. The deck has spectacular mountain views. Bright cushions for the deck chairs can be found in the bedroom.

The Casita sleeps up to 4 with a king-bed in the bedroom, and a queen fold-out bed in the great room’s leather sofa. The fold-out has a comfortable memory foam mattress.

Other Amenities (available in both the Casa and Casita)

3 HD flat screen televisions, two in the Casa, a 60” in the spacious living room and a 50” in the Master Bedroom. The Casita has a 60” in the living room/kitchen. 23 local channels, 55 internet channels and Netflix provided by PlayStation Vue are available over the high-speed fiber optic internet service.

The fiber optic internet also provides excellent WIFI connectivity throughout the Casa and Casita.

The Casa and Casita each have their own internet phone providing land-line quality phone service with unlimited free incoming and outgoing calls throughout the US. The cell phone coverage from most of the providers in the Arroyo Seco/Des Montes area is usable but unreliable, usually requiring use outside the Casa.

At night, guests enjoy starry skies over the Sangre de Christo Mountain Range. Bright Star is ideal for families and groups desiring to be together under one very Southwest roof for a true Taos experience!
Guest accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and video-game consoles. Rooms open to furnished patios. Accommodations are furnished with dining tables and kitchen islands. Beds feature memory foam mattresses. Smart televisions come with Netflix. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.

This Taos property provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, desk chairs, and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

Recreational amenities at the vacation home include a spa tub.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Jerry Macon
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Beach sun loungers


  • Close to skiing


  • Spa tub


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking options include a garage
  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Playground
  • Children's books
  • Children's toys
  • Children's dinnerware


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen island
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Dining table


  • 4 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Memory foam mattress


  • 4 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service
  • Netflix
  • Streaming services
  • Video game console
  • Games
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Furnished patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat

Work spaces

  • Desk
  • Desk chair


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • Near a hospital

Things to do

  • Snow sports gear
  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Hunting nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 18
  • Smartphone data usage (unlimited)
  • Unit size: 4200 sq ft (390 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Parties and events are allowed on site
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property

About this area


This vacation home is located in Taos. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Carson National Forest and Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, while Rottenstone Pottery and KTAOS Solar Center are cultural highlights. Discover the area's water adventures with fishing nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with cycling, mountain climbing, and hunting.

What's nearby

  • Rottenstone Pottery - 6 min drive
  • KTAOS Solar Center - 8 min drive
  • Millicent Rogers Museum - 10 min drive
  • John Dunn Bridge - 23 min drive
  • Black Rock Hot Springs - 24 min drive

Getting around

  • Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) - 168 min drive


  • ACEQ — 3 min drive
  • Taos Cow — 3 min drive
  • Abe's Cantina Y Cocina — 3 min drive
  • Sabroso Restaurant and Bar — 3 min drive
  • Medley. — 8 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 54 out of 54 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Amazing Wedding Venue
We were browsing locations in Colorado and then randomly we stumbled upon the location in New Mexico and instantly fell in love. It was big enough for our both our families. The house is so beautiful and comforting. My hope is to buy a house exactly like this one!!

5/5 Excellent

Nice Property
Well furnished. Good location.

5/5 Excellent

Taos perfection
This was the second time we stayed. It is obvious Jerry cares about his home and his guests. A beautiful, well maintained home that doesn't miss a detail. Well appointed with everything you could possibly need in the kitchen and throughout the house. Thanks Jerry.

5/5 Excellent

Great week
The property was exactly what was needed for the sisters and their husbands. Good amenities, great location, great views. Fire in the Sky the last night topped off a wonderful week.

5/5 Excellent

Great place for family get together
House and casita were as advertised. Lots of room, and a nice front courtyard. Kitchens were very well stocked for a large group, and the house was nicely furnished. Owner was responsive and the location between the ski valley and town was good. We really enjoyed our stay.