One Bedroom, 1 Bath In A Quiet Area On Dead End Street
Petra or David Rael
- english, spanish
About Petra or David Rael
Dave and Petra Rael are both Taos natives who feel a deep appreciation for the local cultures and traditions of their community. Dave is a teacher by trade and continues to teach at the University of New Mexico, Taos Branch. He also developed Dave's Custom Cycle in Taos, a Harley-Davidson Custom and service shop which included retail. Dave has retired from that business and decided to custom build a casita instead. His philosophy, 'if you can't go to the mountains, you bring the mountains to you'. At the completion of his casita, he decided to dedicate the casita in memory of his sister Linda. Hence the name, Casita Linda which also has double meaning, 'beautiful little house'.
Petra or David Rael purchased this House in 2012
Why Petra or David Rael chose Taos
This property has been in the family for generations and is filled with childhood memories that go back many years. The street (Peralta Lane) is named after Dave's grandfather, Malaquias Peralta. The casita was built on a two acre field, a huge backyard! You can fly a kite, take a stroll, catch a glimpse of a neighborhood cat hunting, or you may see the occasional coyote crossing the field in search of an unsuspecting cat. Other nocturnal animals which are known to frequent the area in search of left over cat food include raccoon, skunks, and other creatures which are too cunning or elusive to allow themselves to be seen.
What makes this House unique
This home was constructed with no deadline in mind. The objective when building this casita was to capture the spirit of Taos in its detailed construction. 'Taos' is a native american word meaning 'red willows' which explains why the kitchen cabinets incorporate red willows from the area. Other woods used with history include: apple wood from an old orchard in the sacred village of Chimayo, apricot wood from the valley of Valdez, aspen and choke cherry wood from cabresto canyon in Questa and cedar from an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. The native american decor of paintings, pottery, drums, and baskets coupled with snow covered peaks on the wall will surely settle a restless soul and inspire a yearning to embrace the elusive spirit of Taos. The antler lamp in the living room may illicit thoughts of deer roaming through lush meadows deep in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The ceiling in the living room, cedar and weather wood, the gentle angles reminds you of waves or perhaps it tricks your mind, is it an optical illusion? Upon entering the bathroom, the aztec theme will certainly jump at you. The pyramid high above the lavatory wall, the aztec gods which adorn the cabinet doors, river rock floor, mexican tile, glass block shower walls, white marble. All these attributes will certainly make you feel like you entered another world within the casita, a different place in time.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Children not allowed
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Amazing Taos Casita
David and Petra were so welcoming and the casita is a delightful
tribute to David’s incredible creative wordworking skill. A magical
place to stay in Taos. Beautifully cared for and furnished.
Thank you Dave and Petra for a wonderful month’s stay at your place! This was our very first long term stay in Taos and were very happy with everything from a clean house, comfortable bed, well stocked kitchen with all cookware and dishware we needed, and beautifully decorated inside as well as the beautiful flowers and plants outside ! Dave and Petra were excellent hosts and always respected our privacy as well as also very responsive to our needs or questions we had!
We highly recommend this place for anyone visiting Taos and hope that we can stay again in the near future!!
Gloria and Ted
Great home away from home, great location
I loved my stay here. David & Petra were gracious hosts who maintain a wonderful Casita full of their artistic efforts. Their location near historic Taos is perfect. Close and yet you feel like you're in the country
Comfortable and artistically designed house!
Casita Linda is located on a quiet, quaint road near old town Taos. The house is delightfully designed with extensive and imaginative use of stone and native wood. Our landlord/ owner was friendly, helpful and accommodating. We will return here whenever we visit Taos.
Beautiful Casita. Close to town. Friendly owners. Comfortable and cozy. No extras, foil, spices, coffee etc. I would recommend.
Plesent custom Taos home.
Petra and David were awesome hosts!
Clean welcoming home close to DT Taos.
Stuart is an exceptional guest. We would definitely recommend and would host otra vez, veces!
Ranchos de Taos church as a historical history.( Be sure to see the Miracle Painting)
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge,
Taos Ski Valley,
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs,
Kit Carson Museum,
Governor Bent Museum,
John Dunn Bridge,
Various art galleries,
Variety of Shops,