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Review 410: Mark Rents Cabins, Uncle Harold's Cabin
cabin near Pecos, New Mexico
July, 2001, 1 week
My husband and I rented Uncle Harold's Cabin for 3 nights in July 2001 through "Mark Rents Cabins," an agency in Santa Fe. Mark's wife handles the rentals and I spoke with her on the phone several times. She also responded promptly to e-mail, and was very pleasant.
Uncle Harold’s Cabin is the smallest of the 9 cabins offered by this agency. It is located north of Pecos, NM, about 1 mile from the tiny town of Terrero. The cabin is on the main road which continues into Terrero and then on to dead end in a beautiful area of national forest. There are great mountain views from the road, and many hiking trails and picnic areas nearby. Terrero has a small general store and riding stable.
The cabin's small circular drive is just off the road, and the cabin is down a stepping-stone path. It is quite close to the road, but partially hidden by trees. Traffic on the road is not heavy but we did sometimes hear it.
The house is an old log cabin which has been very tastefully renovated. It has one main room, which contains a queen-size bed, small dining table (for 2), bookshelf, arm chair and TV which is VCR only. The kitchen has a microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and full-size stove. Everything is immaculate. The bathroom has a corner shower stall (no tub). The furniture is comfortable, but the main room is just about the size of a motel room and felt a bit cramped.
But the best part of the cabin is the front porch which stretches the length of the cabin, and looks out over a sloping yard to the Pecos River. You can't actually see the river, but the view is very pretty -- lots of flowers and aspens. Several of the other cabins are nearby and can be seen through the trees. The porch has chairs and a propane barbeque and is a great place to relax. We spent most of our time here.
There are many nice touches -- a fishing rod is propped up in a corner of the porch, there are local magazines and books on a small shelf, and there are packages of coffee waiting by the coffeemaker.
I would stay here again, but not for longer than a few days because of the size of the main room. But the front porch is wonderful, the nearby hiking trails are in beautiful country, and the river is just across the lawn.
The other nearby cabins are much larger, and have decks which overlook the river.
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