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

Entire homePrivate host

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 60°C
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 single beds
Bedroom 4
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower
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 holiday home in Taos with hot 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 accommodation at this holiday home offers fireplaces and video game consoles. Rooms open to furnished patios. This accommodation is furnished with dining tables and kitchen islands. Beds feature memory foam mattresses. Smart televisions come with Netflix. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and hairdryers.

This Taos property provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, desk chairs and telephones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

Recreational amenities at the holiday 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 or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)


Contactless social distancing
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Beach sunloungers


  • Close to skiing


  • Hot tub


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • On-site parking options include a garage
  • Car required

Family friendly

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


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Spices
  • Kitchen island
  • Toaster


  • Dining table


  • 4 bedrooms
  • Memory-foam mattress
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 4 bathrooms
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room


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

Outdoor areas

  • Furnished patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near a laundromat

Work spaces

  • Desk
  • Desk chair


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • If you have any 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

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Snow sports gear
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Horse riding 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)


  • Casino
  • Cycling
  • Ecotours
  • Fishing
  • Fitness centre access
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Skiing
  • Winery tours

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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 (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
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
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit and a deadlock
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 transport to and from this property

About this area


This holiday 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 nearby fishing, or enjoy the great outdoors with hunting, cycling and hiking/biking trails.

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

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 64 out of 65 reviews
5 - Excellent 98%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 65 reviews
4 - Good 2%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 65 reviews
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Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 65 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Awesome property
Great location for access to Taos Ski Valley and Taos town center. Plenty of space for our party of 12 (3 families). Clean, cozy and great support from the owners.
Stayed 5 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Ski valley trip
Amazing property with great proximity to Taos ski valley.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Amazing location
Great spot not far from Taos, incredible location and house
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2022

5/5 Excellent

Great place
Very cool, very clean and accommodating. Big place, well laid out. Had a great time here!
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2022

5/5 Excellent

My favorite vacation rental of all time. If you are in Taos, you want to stay here
This is the second time we've stayed at this property and absolutely love it. We've been in the fall and in the winter and it's been magical both times. It's super convenient to the ski area and all that Taos has to offer. We comfortably fit three families with plenty of space. The kitchen is well stocked and great for cooking big meals for everyone. The bathrooms and bedrooms are all great with plenty of everything. And staring at the stars from the hot tub at night is about as good as it gets. There is lots to do around Taos but having a fire on one of the patios while watching the sunset is hard to beat.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2022