The Hacienda

  • Location: Town / Village
    Santa Fe for shops and restaurants: 23 miles (30 mins by car)
    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum: 23 miles (30 mins by car)
  • Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ): 71 miles (1h by car)
    Santa Fe Airport: 24 miles (30 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to The Hacienda

How would you describe The Hacienda in a nutshell?

It’s an 18th-century hacienda in the creative community of Galisteo. Stepping inside is comforting and like being in your mother’s womb.

What is the story behind the Hacienda, what was your inspiration to create it?

During the pandemic, I was living in California and it was very stressful. So I decided to sell everything and go on the road. I stayed in short-term rental properties for a year and a half, not sure where I was going to land.

When I arrived in Santa Fe, I got in contact with a realtor, as I felt that if I was going to buy, this was the lifestyle I wanted. It’s a place that’s surrounded by creativity and the light is incredible. I was a commercial photographer for 23 years and wanted to transition into fine art, either photography or painting.

The realtor thought I would be interested in this village, Galisteo, so we went down to have a look. I instantly fell in love with it. It feels like you’re in Mexico but you’re in the United States. You have extreme wealth (Tom Ford owns a 70-million-dollar ranch down the road) and extreme poverty and everyone’s living cohesively. It has a beautiful spirit.

The Hacienda dates from around 1750 and is said to be the first home built in the area. It originally belonged to one of the founding families, then fell out for a time, before returning to the family. The woman I bought it from had been living there for 63 years but half of the house had been shut down after her husband passed.

I immediately knew how I wanted to reconfigure it to take it back to its original layout and make it flow better. But as it’s built out of mud and stone, it’s not a traditional build and you’re never going to have straight walls.

As I spend a lot of time in Austin with my daughter and grandkids, I decided to rent it out. I feel it’s a house that needs people and needs energy in it. I don’t want it sitting empty. I want people to enjoy it. I welcomed my first guests in September 2023.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of the Hacienda?

I’m a huge fan of Patricia Larsen, an artist and interior designer, who I asked to help me. She has a knack for pulling lots of different elements together and bringing outdoor colours in, as well as stopping before something is “perfect”. I wanted someone who wasn’t into “over-designing”. So the two of us did it and it worked out really well.

A woman once said to me that living within double adobe walls is very much like being in your mother’s womb. That’s exactly how it is. You feel very safe, comforted, protected.

To you personally, what is so special about the Hacienda?

I love history and knowing that people have really lived in a house — that generations of people have walked those floors (and in the hacienda, they were once dirt floors). I particularly love old homes and the older the better. When you walk in, there's an energy in the house. In the Hacienda, you feel it and it's a good vibe.

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The Hacienda rooms & rates

You enter through a zaguan, which was traditionally an open passageway between two homes. But now it’s enclosed and separates the old barn from the house. From here, you can see straight through the house towards the trees and the Galisteo Creek out the back.

The hacienda is shaped like an “L”. To the right is the old barn, which is very grand with its 14-foot-high ceilings. It features a library and the sala, plus the main bedroom and bathroom.

To the left of the zaguan is a big open kitchen and dining space. There are also two bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom, plus a kitchenette in between. Off the kitchen is a laundry room and guest bathroom, as well as another room that functions as a pantry and an office.

  • The Hacienda for 6 people / 350 m²
    480 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates include taxes.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Discounts/Special offers
10% off for bookings of more than 7 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Pets welcome
  • Hair dryer

I’m always available for recommendations and I provide guests with a guidebook of things to see and restaurants in the area. In the future, we will have someone available to do a grocery run for guests.

Things to do in New Mexico & Galisteo

  • Art / Culture
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding

I would recommend going hiking and visiting some of the nearby ranches where the old Western films were shot. Definitely go to the Black Bird Saloon and explore some of the amazing museums in Santa Fe, such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. You can also drive to Abiquiu (around an hour away) to see the ranch where Georgia O’Keefe lived.

The location of The Hacienda

We are 10 minutes’ drive from El Dorado where you’ll find a market and a gas station, as well as Lamy, which the train passes through. Downtown Santa Fe is around 25 minutes away. Los Cerillos is also 10 minutes away and is home to my favourite place to eat, the Black Bird Saloon. It’s a must-visit.

The village of Galisteo doesn’t have a grocery store or a cafe — it’s pretty remote. But it’s well known for its artists. Agnes Martin lived there for many years and Mabel Dodge used to hang out. Some famous artists still live there now. The Modern Elder Academy just moved in — they are all about ageing gracefully and host lots of retreats — and the Light Institute (a spiritual centre) is there.

What I love about Galisteo is the simplicity and the dirt roads. It has you slow down and relax. My stress levels were very high while I was living in California and I needed to unwind and stop. That’s what I found in Galisteo.

It’s also the light. I have never seen light like I have in New Mexico. Everywhere I go I want to paint or photograph something.

When is the best time to visit New Mexico?

Galisteo is beautiful all year round. But I would say that fall is my favourite time as the trees are all turning and it’s not too hot. But it's also magical in winter when it's snowing.