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El Refugio (The Refuge)

SuperhostHillsboro, New Mexico, United States
Entire villa hosted by Arlene
5 guests3 bedrooms7 beds1 bath
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There is no place on earth like Hillsboro; where the sunsets are purple, the Javelinas roam the edges of town, and town center is so well- preserved with adobe architecture, you may think you just stepped back into the 1800s. El Refugio is by far one of the most colorful, creative and unique adobe villas you may likely ever encounter; yet, it is so comfortable and relaxing, you might spend the whole time there. This friendly, inviting home and community will leave a lasting impression on you.

The space
This 900 SF adobe home is large enough to accommodate up to 10 people, yet is also a cozy, intimate enough villa for couples and solo travelers.
The front of the house includes a spacious kitchen with open dining area. To the left is the large living room with an adjacent area that can either be closed off to create a private bedroom, or opened up into a massive living room space.
The house consists of 5 beds in 4 separate sleeping room spaces, which comfortably sleep up to 7 people. Additional bedding (futon and air mattress) can be prepared upon request for 2, possibly four additional guests —must be requested well before arrival to ensure it is set up and linens available.
The back of the house is partitioned into two private rooms: The large room has two twin beds, the smaller room has a queen-size bed.
Adjacent to the living room, there is another spacious room with a full-size bed. This room can be partitioned into its own private room with privacy barrier screens and curtains, or opened up into a massive living room, with the full-day bed serving as an extra large sofa.
The 5th bed is a twin-day bed in the living room, which is often fought over by many guests for its proximity to the wood-burning fireplace and the TV. Each room feels private and cozy once portioned for sleeping and privacy, yet are designed to be easily opened back up into an open, airy floor plan during the daytime if desired. Please note: There is only one bathroom inside the house.
The front yard and back yards are enclosed, surrounded by a traditional hay bale wall. This not only creates a safe environment for pets not to escape, but creates wind barrier with its courtyard effect. The back courtyard has patio furniture, a chiminea (Mexican-style outdoor fireplace), and is illuminated with string lights. The front area has a long, covered porch with patio furniture and spans the entire width of the house —perfect for watching the evening sunsets. The BBQ is in the front courtyard located by the kitchen.
Arlene lives in the yellow cottage behind the back courtyard wall. The wall encloses the front house for complete privacy, yet has access through the back gate if desired.

Guest access
The entire house is private and secluded and will be solely for your use.
Most guests enjoy interacting with Arlene during their stay, and will feel quite comfortable (right off the bat) heading back to her little yellow cottage to visit and get local information or directions. She truly is the heart and the magic behind El Refugio’s charm. When you meet her, you’ll no doubt agree. She is full of humor and delightful to talk with. Feel free to call upon her anytime, she’s very warm and welcoming.
El Refugio: land and history
Percha creek runs through the property, creating a riparian area which is a birder's paradise and a multitude of other wildlife abounds year round. Deer, quail, roadrunners and Javilinas (small wild pigs) are common visitors here. This area was once home to the Warm-Spring Apaches, where most likely, Geronimo and his people would have camped along this very creek. Also, Highway 152 (the main road through town) is a very popular among cyclists from all around the world, year round and Hillsboro hosts a bike race yearly in town.
El Refugio is about 1/2 mile to the town center. Hillsboro is a small, yet wonderfully mixed community of warm, friendly people. Your best chance of meeting town folks would be to visit the cafe, pop into the shops, gallery, museum, or cafe,—-but the most popular hangout spot is the Black Range Vinyard wine bar. The wine is produced in a local vineyard that has been established longer than any other vineyards in the west.

Other things to note
Reminder: There are no markets in town to buy provisions. The nearest place to shop is in Truth or Consequences (30 miles away). You would be well advised to plan your meals and shop accordingly before you arrive. There is usually always a few things in the kitchen to help yourself to, and plenty of condiments, spices and some canned /packaged foods are available to guests in a pinch. Here are some suggestions from Arlene:
The nearby Gila Wilderness is a favorite of day hikers, campers and backpackers. Only 17 miles away is the ghost town of Lake Valley. A 30-minute drive will take you to the town of Truth or Consequences, where you can shop, eat and enjoy the mineral hot spring baths year round. The Rio Grande is one of my favorite attractions in T or C. Generally running from April thru September, it is pure pleasure floating down the lazy river on a hot day working on my tan with a cold drink in my hand. Elephant Butte Lake is a quick 10 minute drive from T or C and there is endless fun to be had there all year long. Going west, Silver City is about an hours drive and the views are amazing! Going south, Hatch,NM, the chili capital of the world, is half way between Hillsboro and Las Cruces which is a little more than an hours drive from here and El Paso, TX is just another half hour from there. Going north, Albuquerque is about 2&1/2 hours from home.
This amazing 3+ acre property is located directly between Elephant Butte Lake and the Gila Wilderness. It is nestled more than 100 yards from the main road and is full of magnificent old cottonwoods, walnut and oak trees and also boasts asian pear, crab apple, plum and osage orange trees.
There is no place on earth like Hillsboro; where the sunsets are purple, the Javelinas roam the edges of town, and town center is so well- preserved with adobe architecture, you may think you just stepped back into the 1800s. El Refugio is by far one of the most colorful, creative and unique adobe villas you may likely ever encounter; yet, it is so comfortable and relaxing, you might spend the whole time there. This…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 double beds, 2 single beds, 1 sofa bed, 1 air mattress, 1 hammock
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

Amenities

Laptop-friendly workspace
Air conditioning
Washer
First aid kit
Essentials
Hair dryer
TV
Heating
Free parking on premises
Fire extinguisher

Accessibility

Getting inside

Well-lit path to entrance

Moving around the space

Wide hallways

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Hillsboro, New Mexico, United States

Hillsboro itself, is a small town which dates back to the 1800s and has a current population of about 130. Hillsboro used to be the county seat.. there is so much history here and all around the area!
There is a small restaurant in town, usually open 5 days a week, a beer and wine bar open 4 evenings a week and sometimes has live music on the weekends. There is also a small farmers market on Saturday mornings with live music. Very quiet, neighbors are nearby but I never see or hear them waaaaayyy back here :)
Hillsboro itself, is a small town which dates back to the 1800s and has a current population of about 130. Hillsboro used to be the county seat.. there is so much history here and all around the area!
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Hosted by Arlene

Joined in April 2018
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Co-hosts
  • Hilary
  • Pamela
During your stay
Arlene loves to meet and interact with her guests, however she may not be able to drop by often these days—She recently injured herself in a fall, and cannot get around as easily as she used to. Her caretaker Jim is often the one who can greet guests and familiarize guests with the house.
The heaters/lights/etc. can be confusing at times, so feel free to reach out to any of the following hosts:
If you’re connected to the house WiFi, you can call Arlene on her landline at home —or just pop over and visit her in her little yellow cottage behind the back gate. She’s happy to have guests visit her if she’s home :)
Jim doesn’t use a phone, but can be reached by email at oddospop@gmail.com (his info is also on the fridge).
Hilary (your cohost) is also available by text (619) 977-7455, and is very familiar with the house and property.
Arlene loves to meet and interact with her guests, however she may not be able to drop by often these days—She recently injured herself in a fall, and cannot get around as easily a…
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 12:00 p.m.
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $335