This 100-year-old grand ranch house makes a great bed-and-breakfast. The setting, surrounded by the Philmont National Boy Scout Ranch, brought back memories for me of being there with my parents and as a scout decades ago. The houise is set close to the looming Tooth of Time outcropping, which you can gaze at from a seating area at the back. The Nairn room we had, the largest in the place, was very comfortable and spacious. The public rooms also were good and comfortable, and the breakfast hearty. The only drawback was not anyone's fault: We awoke to an early fall snow, about four inches worth, that knocked out power. The power outage kept the water pump from working right and delayed breakfast, but the innkeepers worked hard to make up for it, even accompanying us as we left on the mile or so from the house to the front gate to make sure we didn't get stuck in the snow. Overall, it was a good value in a spectacular setting at the base of the Sangre de Christos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico, is the historic inn, Casa del Gavilan. A place of spirit--where hawk and eagle soar--this grand adobe villa was built about 1912 for Jack and Gertrude Nairn, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut. When completed, artists and writers from far and wide came to enjoy the Nairns' elegant hospitality and to capture the majestic beauty that is New Mexico. With twelve-foot high ceilings, vigas, and eighteen-inch thick walls, Casa del Gavilan (House of the Hawk) is a showplace of Pueblo-revival architecture exhibiting artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others.Completely surrounded by Philmont Scout Ranch, and a mile from Philmont's base camp, the Casa del Gavilan (also known as the Nairn Place) offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking trails, and the peace and tranquility so rare these days. The guest rooms all have private baths and a full breakfast is served daily. ... more less
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