Main Level

The second level is the main living floor of Casa de Toro and where you'll probably spend most of your time.

Living Room

As you walk in the front door, to your right is the living room with its two-story cathedral ceiling.  The wall on the river side of the room is comprised of 8 windows that provide a floor-to-ceiling view across the Rio Hondo to the mountain beyond.  A ceiling fan at the apex of the ceiling bathes the room in light and generates a gentle breeze to circulate cool or warm air.

The living room furniture includes a large sectional with a recliner at each end, another recliner chair, and a large, authentic Taos drum for a coffee table.  The table can be gently drummed with the two beaters.  In one corner of the living room, beside the wall of windows, is a 40" high definition Samsung television mounted on the wall.  The 120-channel TV programming is provided by DishNet satellite service.  On the other side of the wall of windows is a wood burning stove.  Once this stove is up and running, it can produce enough heat to keep the entire casa warm and cozy. 

Connected to the living room through a set of converging pocket doors is the study and third bedroom.  

The room contains a red-leather sofa sleeper that makes into a queen-plus bed.  A queen plus bed is larger than a regular queen but not quite as large as a king.  This is the most comfortable sofa sleeper you'll ever experience. 

On the opposite wall to the sleeper is a custom made desk and filing cabinet by Jason Rathbun.  A MacBook computer and an HP LaserJet printer is available for you to print out any boarding passes, etc.  

Surrounding the pocket doors are bookshelves with games and books ranging from those about New Mexico to modern thrillers, all for your reading enjoyment.

Dining Room

On your left as you enter the front door is the dining area.  The oak table, which has two optional leaves, can easily accommodate the 8 red leather dining chairs.  In the spirit of New Mexico, the complete set of tableware is a replica of the tableware used in the dining cars of the Santa Fe railroad during the heyday of passenger trains.


Opening into the dining room is the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen.  The large, thick, granite bar that separates the kitchen from the dining room is deep enough to accommodate a glass cooktop and downdraft over the built-in Thermador convection oven and still have enough room left over for seating space for two bar stools.  All the other countertops in the kitchen are also granite.  Stainless steel is prevalent in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures, and Caphalon cookware.  A special added feature is a Kuerig Platinum Brewing System and a large selection of coffees and teas.  For you musical entertainment, there is an iPod docking station on the bar ready for you to play your favorites from your own iPod.

Off the kitchen is a second outside door and a short hallway with a doorway to the laundry room stairs, another door to the master bedroom and a third to the master bathroom.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with a Serta independent spring mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a Hungarian goose down comforter.  You'll also need a place to keep your clothes, so there is a chest of drawers, matching bedside tables, and a bench.  For your hanging clothes, there is a double closet.  All of the bedroom furniture was also custom made for us by Jason Rathbun.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is spa-like with tile-covered walls and floor and a granite countertop.  The large walk-in shower, with a river rock floor and wall accent that reminds you of the Rio Hondo outside of the casa, has two shower heads to chose from: a hand-held shower and a rain shower head.