Comfortable living room with cable TV and wood stove. Enjoy preparing meals in this custom gourmet kitchen!
Placitas Sanctuary
Hosted by Norah
Norah is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Enjoy mountain views and quiet privacy in my beautiful custom retreat. Gourmet dine-in kitchen, two-person jetted tub, cozy wood stove, and hiking trails right outside the door will make you want to stay forever! Beautiful space to rejuvenate.

The space

This is a fully custom home handcrafted by the owner and her father with custom tiles throughout, vaulted ceilings, private patio, and charm for days. Located on 5 acres and surrounded by public land, the location is very private and quiet.

Guest access

It's all yours!!

Interaction with guests

Lockbox access allows you to make yourself at home when you arrive. I don't usually meet or interact with guests, but if you have any needs, I am available by phone.

Other things to note

The cozy loft bedroom is accessed by a ladder and is not suitable for small children or people with ambulatory limitations. There is a full size futon couch in the living room that can be used for additional guests.

Please be aware if you have feline allergies that when not rented, the house is occupied the owner and her cat, Grace. (There is a discount available if you would like to share your vacation with Gracie. :)

Cable TV
Wireless Internet

Cleaning Fee $164 AUD
Security Deposit $263 AUD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No inside smoking, parties, or loud music.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Tabatha User Profile
September 2017
Book now if... you love beautiful desert sunsets, star gazing, and other "Enchanting" experiences. As a writer/producer/filmmaker type... This couldn't be a better situation to relax into story telling. I couldn't wait to get to my sanctuary away from home. Norah is as sweet and thoughtful as can be! Thank you for this unique stay, I truly look forward to my return!

Maria User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful location, well stocked, accommodating host. Highly recommend

Amy User Profile
August 2017
Norah’s place was indeed a sanctuary, and you can immediately feel the affection that went into creating it. My husband and I are on a cross-country roadtrip, and we spent a very pleasant, albeit rainy, week at Nora’s ...tucked away ...basking on the beautiful patio during respites of sun, and rejuvenating for our next adventure. The bed is cozy, the views beautiful, the patio welcoming and cheerful. We saw humming birds, bunnies, and gorgeous sunsets every day. Norah made sure we had everything we needed, and although we never met, I feel like I have a new friend. We will absolutely stay here again on a return visit! Thanks again, Norah — we look forward to the next time! Aloha :) :)

DeeAnn User Profile
October 2016
My husband and I caught the last weekend of the Balloon Fiesta for our anniversary and stayed at Placitas Sanctuary. It was fabulous! It only took 15 minutes to get to the balloon park and yet we felt very remote and had great views of the mountains nearby and the stars at night were AMAZING! We were fortunate enough to have Gracie stay with us and she was adorable and a wonderful furry purring host! Norah was extremely responsive all the way up to and during our stay. The house was exactly as we pictured it and was extremely comfortable and well stocked. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. We lounged in the living room and watched a movie one night, ate at the kitchen table and enjoyed the views, and slept very well in the comfortable bed. I relaxed in the jetted tub and my husband thoroughly enjoyed glancing at Norah's extensive library. Norah even left a bottle of bubbly in the fridge to help us celebrate! Thanks for everything Norah and we wish you (and Gracie) only the best!

Jody User Profile
September 2016
Norah's wonderful unique adobe house could not have been better for my family. We were in the area for a wedding and my family rented her house as well as her Mom's apartment close by. We had meals each night made in the amazing organized kitchen on the patio. We hiked the hills surrounding the house each morning and even made it to the top of one hill for a spectacular sunset. The house is amazing and built with such care. Love abounds. The bathtub was fought over each evening as it is large and has a great view (for the morning bathers.) I have rented many houses through Air B and B and Norah's is the best hands down. I recommend for those visiting to drive up the back road from Norah's to see Sandia Man Cave, continuing on the road to the summit of the Sandia mountains for a hike and/or breathtaking views. My family will remember her place for years.

Tami User Profile
October 2015
The Placitas Sanctuary was perfect. The house was clean and comfortable and the neighborhood quiet. We were able to explore the area around the house by taking short hikes and runs up the hillside. We were in town for work and family - it was the perfect place to relax. It was so nice to be able to cook a few meals and to sit out on the patio - especially in the morning. The patio in the morning was probably our favorite part of the stay - that and Gracie the cat. The listing description was accurate. The location was great -- we would stay there again.

Debra User Profile
October 2015
Norah's home was the perfect place to stay. We came to New Mexico for the annual balloon fiesta. The sanctuary was, just that, a sanctuary! The house is nicely situated between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but away from the hustle and bustle of city lights and traffic. The accommodations were very comfortable, it felt like home. Norah was a great host and responded almost immediately with any questions we had. We plan on coming and staying again!
Norah User Profile
Response from Norah:
Thank you so much for your appreciation, Debra! I am so happy you enjoyed the space. You are welcome anytime, and look forward to your next visit!
October 2015

Brewer, Maine, United StatesJoined in September 2014
Norah User Profile

Raised in Placitas, NM, I built my beautiful house over ten years of weekends with my father who was a master builder. I split my time between New Mexico and the beautiful island of Kauai. I love to travel and am always up for adventure!

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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