Hipcamp host Roslyn W.
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Old Gem Farm is a rustic 7 acre farmstead retreat located on the scenic High Road to Taos (New Mexico St Rd 76) in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it is halfway between Santa Fe to the south and Taos to the north.

We are located about a 1/2 mile down an unmaintained dirt road in the mouth of the canyon. Be prepared for bumpy and possibly muddy conditions. 4WD REQUIRED

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Old Gem Farm is a rustic 7 acre farmstead retreat located on the scenic High Road to Taos (New Mexico St Rd 76) in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it is halfway between Santa Fe to the south and Taos to the north.

We are located about a 1/2 mile down an unmaintained dirt road in the mouth of the canyon. Be prepared for bumpy and possibly muddy conditions. 4WD REQUIRED in winter.

Sleep, drum, and dream between the flowing acequia and Three Sisters Garden of corn, beans, & squash when staying at our tipi.

This is a traditional open top tipi. The tipi is all dirt on the inside, except for a small rug. Shoes are NOT allowed in the tipi. There are 2 outhouses available for guests and limited wifi available near the house. A plastic cover for the bed is provided in case it rains.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Wifi available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
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Have a question? Send Roslyn a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Snow sports
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Three Sisters Tipi @ Old Gem Farm in New Mexico.

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Hipcamper Nathan

Unwelcome at the old gem farm...

Nathan F.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 8th, 2019

I rarely submit negative reviews. However, with this being my least favorite roomshare experience to date, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I would of been aware of prior to booking with Old Gem. My girlfriend and I are new to Hipcamp, but have used similar apps. My experience with the Hipcamp app, booking and support has been very positive and will continue to use them.

PROs
Old Gem is located in a beautiful, remote farm setting and the directions the host provided were timely and accurate.
The drive out was great.

The price for the tipi was fair.

The tipi is accurately described and the photos reflect what you can expect.

Community firepit with firewood provided is a nice touch.

Outhouse is conveniently close to tipi.

Clean bathroom, kitchen and wifi is available in the "Main Lodge".

CONs
"Main Lodge" is actually the hosts personal home and is quite the unwelcoming experience if you plan to use these amenities. The picture of the bathroom and breakfast nook for example are in her home where she also houses her two farm dogs. It is expected to locate the host and schedule times to use these amenities from 9a-9p. We were made to feel we were intruding each time and as if she would do us a favor to "leave it unlocked". At one point the host closed my laptop, placed it back into my work bag and set it outside her home stating she was having some kind of reaction to it(?). I was told twice that I should not be downloading anything on the wifi connection while I was only checking emails. We ultimately stopped using these amenities. We feel the post is deceiving in listing the amenities as a typical public/communal lodge one would expect.

There is an on-site farm helper that has two dogs. One of which runs across the field and aggressively barks at you every.single.time he sees you. The dogs owner seemed to not notice over the course of 3 days. To be clear, these are different from the hosts dogs, they are fine.

The tipi is placed directly on ungroomed ground and has a small outdoor rug placed on the dirt (accurate photo on the listing). Additionally there is a sign that says "No Shoes" when you arrive to the Tipi. Dirt, bugs and rain are inevitable.

The tipi is a traditional open top setup. This means rain falls directly onto the center of the bed. The host advised us to cover the bed with provided plastic and we ultimately had to sleep under the plastic as the rain fell. Still no complaint from us, I mean we did book a tipi and weather happens.

Weather is an expected challenge while camping and we were as careful as possible with tracking in dirt on our feet. We spent the last rainy day driving into Taos because the tipi was getting wet and cold. During our departure we took each rug out and shook them. However, despite the above circumstances and non-stop rain my account was sent to Hipcamp support by the host for leaving the site dirty and was required to pay additional fees.

Hipcamp support was wonderful with helping me pay the fee. Ultimately, I would encourage potential guest to review Old Gem on other channels and if only interested in the tipi / tent experience (vs. the tiny homes)... possibly search elsewhere.

Hipcamper Roslyn
Response from Roslyn, the Host, on July 15th, 2019

Hi Nathan, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a painstaking review. It is clear that your expectations were not met with your stay in our tipi. It is unfortunate that I have to read about your negative experience here (ie. Dogs barking-I would have loved to know that another guest had a problem animal so I could have addressed it) as I reached out at least daily to see how your stay was going. I understand you would rather put that info out on public forum rather than addressing it with me at the time- fair enough. I suspect your motivation came from the additional $30 I requested for cleaning after your stay. As the sole provider of cleaning and maintenance for the tipi I am very familiar with how the elements (wind, rain etc) interact with the structure. After your departure it was clear to me that muddy shoes had been worn inside the tipi repeatedly. You mentioned that you saw the “no shoes” sign and it felt fair to request money to compensate me for having to launder several rugs. As a person who works and lives independently I have to honor myself and consider the sustainability of the entire project by charging reasonable fees for extra work incurred by guests. To address your other grievances- The lodge does function as a communal space to some degree. Showers are something that I offer campers because that is something that I would appreciate in an overnight accommodation. Yes- this is a working farm and people live here. In my home- that I share- I have boundaries. As a guest it is important to respect a host’s boundaries. Wifi is something that most of us are tied to and I understand the importance of, which is why I set up an outdoor wifi area for 24 hr access. But no, the indoor space is not intended for folks to set up and leave an office workspace in the living room. You may be desensitized to the chemical fragrances that accompany your belongings but I am not. After I mentioned that it was bothering me (in my living room) you seemed to kind of laugh it off. Chemical sensitivity is real and the ubiquity of these “products” in our everyday life is a major cause of cancer and autoimmune disease. Thanks for the synthetic air freshener in the tipi though- I couldn’t figure out if you left it our of spite or just ignorance. My only other issues were that you guys left your trash when we have a pack it out pack it in policy and that somehow a rainy summer afternoon was cause of so much discomfort. Fairweather guests…. El Agua es Vida!

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Hipcamper Noelle M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 10th, 2019
Property
High Road Santuario
State
New Mexico
Country
United States
$86/night
1 Site
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