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John Shaw's Earthship & Guest House

New Mexico,Taos Mesa
Unique to Taos is the "green architecture" known as "Earthships".invented and originally built by Mike Reynolds. John Shaw's House has an intriguing story behind it and will soon unfold as the web page heads for completion

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    Mesa - Blueberry Hill area - 14 miles to Taos Ski Valley and 4 miles to Taos plaza shops, restaurants, galleries and Museums

    If "Earthship" is a new concept, you may enjoy reading the history that is one of many unique trends that made Taos so famous: Just google "Taos earthships" and learn about them and their founder, Mike Reynolds whose earthships are now world wide and inhabited bye some world renowned celebrities. Then, come and enjoy the upgraded refined version built by John Shaw in 1993.. You will return home with everlasting memories of a positively unique lodging experience..... Read on for specifics regarding John Shaw's House an advanced version of the original Earth Ships of the early 70's.

    THE JOHN SHAW HOUSE (Main house with optional guest house)
    This compound, designed and built by a retired professor of architecture, comprises a main house, guest house, root/wine cellar, and a rotunda, all connected by six courtyards.

    The ensemble was conceived and built as an island in a rolling plain of sagebrush. Everything was carefully coordinated as a whole for both use and appearance, including structures, landscaped courtyards, enclosing walls, driveways and parking areas. The sagebrush comes up to the perimeter like waves to the shore. All structures and landscaping inside have a logical limit. There are no leftover, hard-to-maintain areas.

    The compound is an updated interpretation of a Spanish hacienda with influences drawn from Taos Pueblo architecture. The main house was designed to use the construction system of an earth ship. It's earth-filled tire-wall construction provides thermal and structural mass and a sense of solidity. Despite the long, low outside profile of the entire compound, inside both houses have high ceilings along the entire length of light-filled glass walls, which extends the interior space visually into private courtyards and distant mountain views. Because the main house is sunk as much as four feet into the ground (providing excellent thermal insulation), the space opens dramatically to a height of 12 feet. Both the main house and guest house are open, light and spacious along the south side, with more closed spaces serving as insulation on the north.

    The design is site-specific in many ways. Taos Mountain, the view to the east, is carefully framed in large east facing windows in both houses. This same view of Taos Mountain is also highlighted in the entry courtyard. This courtyard also presents low walls to the outside, but as one descends either steps or ramp lined by rock gardens and native plants, the space becomes more enclosed from the outside world. Here one discovers a flagstone terrace and a fountain nestled in the garden, complete with a drooling dog head, sculpted by John Shaw, the architect of the compound.

    The properties six courtyards are an integral part of the household, just as in a traditional hacienda. Each one provides a different experience and potential for use. The main south courtyard presents a low profile to the outside world, but from inside, that wall is seven feet high. It provides a wonderful setting for a potential lap pool and hot tub, some day in the future! A "mesa," consisting of a platform inside the main house and a planter in the courtyard, runs through the glass wall, visually connecting inside and outside, as well as providing a greenhouse for year round use. A pergola at the east end of the main courtyard, provides sun and rain protection, and a sheltered area for grilling. The courtyard directly opposite, known as the " perspective garden" houses flower and vegetable gardens. It was built with a forced perspective, in that it looks longer than it is because the wall slope lower and the space is narrower at the back. It has a pool under a canale (Spanish for trough), which drains the guest house roof, and a path connecting to the back door of the guest house.

    Decorating the walls inside both houses, you will find paintings and collages by John Shaw. As well as painting by Shaw' s daughter-in-law, New York based artist,
    City: Taos Mesa
    State: New Mexico
    Postal Code: 87529
    Country: United States
    Type: House
    Area: 3000Sqft.
    Max Occupancy: 10
    Minimum Stay: 3
    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 3
    King: 3
    Sofa Bed: 1
    Other: 1
    Room Description: Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (2 King bedrooms in main house & 1 King bedroom in guest house. Additional comfortable sleeping in both great rooms to sleep 10 Maximum
    Rate: Enter dates for exact pricing
    Check In Time: 4:00 pm
    Check Out Time: 10:00 am
    Pets Policies: Pets Allowed
    Full Kitchen
    Coffee Maker
    Crock pot
    Basic Spices
    Washer & Dryer
    High Speed Internet
    Gas Grill
    Enclosed Yard
    Outdoor Furniture
    Satellite TV
    Flat Screens


    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 due at time of booking. Balance 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, Mastercard or Discover.

    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. Travel Insurance coverage provided by CSA Travel Protection is optional. Please contact us to add the insurance or call CSA at (866) 999-4018 with coverage questions

    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: Debit Cards will be pre-authorized for $525. Should damages or extra cleaning occur, my credit card will be charged $500.00 dollars plus a $25.00 dollar non-refundable service charge. Premiere Properties will send $500 to the homeowner along with my name, address, email and phone number. 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. (see direction sheet for partial explanation of possible damages) 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.


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    6 Reviews

    (5 of 5)
    Dear Zachery, Thank you for taking the time to describe your vacation experience at "John Shaw's House". We love hearing from extatic guests and we feel the same about this lovely home. "There was no way to capture it with photos alone". One has to walk in and test it for themselves. John Shaw was an exceptional architect himself and he dared to make impactful improvements to the original earthships that put Taos on the international "Do not miss" vacation list.
    (5 of 5)
    The John Shaw Earthship and Guest House were great. We had eight people, and fit very comfortably. We absolutely loved the house and the grounds, including the fireplace and the large kitchen.
    (5 of 5)
    Both the guest house and main house were well maintained with easy access to the outdoor enclosed areas. Interiors were light and bright, unique & enjoyable. Would highly recommend to all who are looking for that "something different". Was well located as a "hub" going out to all the areas around Taos, NM - Dan J.
    (5 of 5)
    Our group unanimously voted to have an adventure and that we did in this truly unique property. Everyone agreed that we all had made a great choice - first to head for Taos where no one had been and second to stay in an Earthship! Both were excitingly wonderful! Thank you! - Bradford's, Holland's, Weiss & Brant's
    (5 of 5)
    We had a large group of 12. for a week long stay. Half way through we rotated occupancy so everyone could experience the full scope of sleeping in the main house which is more "earthship" than the guest house. Each of them had their own "claim to fame". We loved the whole experience and certainly hope to return. - The Van Pelts and Dardanos
    (5 of 5)
    AMAZING! Overall Satisfaction = A Service = A Cleanliness = A Property Condition = A Location = A Would refer to others = Yes - Andreas C.