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John Shaw's Earthship House

New Mexico,Taos Mesa
"Green Architecture" - One of many amenities making Taos so compelling - and is the unique draw of John Shaw's earth ship.

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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

    John Shaw, retired professor of architecture, designed and built the John Shaw House in the early 90’s as a family getaway for his wife and 3 young children. The now grown children, now share this treasure with today’s young (and not so young) families.

    The term “Earthship” is familiar concept in Taos, but is new to most other folks around the world. Mike Reynolds first introduced the concept in the early 1970’s by building these new eco-friendly homes with recycled tires filled with rammed-earth offering excellent thermal mass and huge savings on gas and electric bills.

    The 1,400 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was built in 1993, and is located half way between the village of Taos, NM (8 miles) and the world-class village of Taos Ski Valley (10 miles). The physical placement was carefully calculated to gauge the precise solar angle for maximum winter sun exposure and minimum summer sun exposure.

    Adding to the already creative interior are paintings and collages by John Shaw himself as well as a painting by Mr. Shaw' s daughter-in-law, New York based artist, Emilie Clark.

    You may enjoy learning the history of this architecture which is one of many creations that make Taos so compelling to visitors. Google "Taos earthships" which are now world wide actually owned and inhabited by some world renowned politian's & celebrities.

    Then, come to Taos and enjoy the refined / upgraded / improved version designed and built by John Shaw, architect in 1993. Guests return home with everlasting fond memories of a unique lodging experience.
    City: Taos Mesa
    State: New Mexico
    Postal Code: 87529
    Country: United States
    Type: House
    Area: 1750Sqft.
    Max Occupancy: 8
    Minimum Stay: 3
    Bedrooms: 2
    Bathrooms: 2
    King: 2
    Other: 2
    Room Description: King, King + jumbo banco (meaning built in bed or bench in Spanish) with removable giant back cushions for up to 2 teens
    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)
    This rental was fabulous! I've never had a VRBO more well stocked. Shampoo, body soap, foil, laundry detergent,hair dryer, everything is there. We loved the whole concept of how the house is built. It was close enough to Taos Plaza to be convenient yet quiet. Loved the telescope. The different areas outside were like additional rooms. Absolutely loved it!
    (5 of 5)
    We had a superb experience in Taos. The rental house was unique and marvelous. And the staff of Premiere Properties were excellent. I was thinking of when to return as I was flying back home. The property's location in a sea of sagebrush was delightful, especially after a torrential rain. We loved every moment of it.
    (5 of 5)
    Lovely experience! This rental was fabulous! I've never had a VRBO more well stocked. Shampoo, body soap, foil, laundry detergent, hair dryer, everything is there. We loved the whole concept of earth ship architecture. It was close enough to Taos Plaza to be convenient yet quiet. Loved the telescope. The different areas outside were like additional rooms. Absolutely loved it! - L. Mayne
    (5 of 5)
    Wow! Had no idea what we were in for, but felt like taking a chance. We are so glad we did! For us, this unique home was like a child making an exciting discovery at Disney World! We had a most wonderful vacation in Taos and this "Earthship" was the beginning and the end of it all. . - L. Mackelhaney
    (5 of 5)
    The home was remarkable! It had all the conveniences necessary to make my stay enjoyable. Premier properties staff were responsive and available when needed. I would recommend this highly. - B. Williams
    (5 of 5)
    We had heard about these things called "Earth Ships" in Taos, NM & were shocked to find one as a vacation rental. We are glad to have had a life changing experience by vacationing in this relatively new architecture. Our family highly recommends this VR to everyone who appreciates the "unique and different". - B. Dardano