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Rancho Alegre A Santa Fe landmark stuns and wows.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

This Santa Fe Landmark is a masterful example of authentic Pueblo-Style Architecture.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

Expansive Mexican stone pathways connect the dwellings and the carefully designed landscape, which features multiple life-size sculptures and this meandering, stone-lined stream. An adobe perimeter wall ensures privacy.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

Thick adobe walls create a long hallway leading to a romantic southwestern-style guest suite.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

The beautiful master bedroom showcases excellent craftsmanship and color pairings.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

A seemingly endless hallway paved with Arizona flagstone features formal Spanish furnishings and custom wrought-iron chandeliers. White plaster walls with illuminated art alcoves showcase western sculptures and museum-worthy paintings.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

A fireplace with an oversized slab base anchors this room with floor to ceiling masonry. The rustic wood ceiling is a traditional southwest style utilizing vigas (the large beams) and latillas (smaller, rustic sticks) artfully placed in between.  Wrought-iron candelabras flank the hearth, providing symmetry and a Spanish flair.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

A sophisticated sun room adds elegance with its tumbled travertine floor and vaulted boveda ceiling. The black granite floor inset is fashioned after famed potter Maria Martinez.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

Inspiration for the Cantina, called La Tinaja (watering hole), came from a rustic 300 year- old Spanish cowboy bar.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

The dining room’s massive dark ceiling beams create a formal feel against creamy plaster walls. A tin chandelier was custom designed for the space.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

Walls of stacked Anasazi stonework are inspired by Chaco Canyon, a nearby archeological site. Arched doorways, mystical lighting, and a corner kiva fireplace evoke feelings of being inside a sacred pyramid. The tiled Roman tub, multiple freestanding shower pedestals, and convenient seating keep this spa-like retreat fully functional. Both the walls and the floor feature radiant heat, to offset the natural chill of extensive stonework and keep the space cozy and comfortable.

Rancho Alegre Santa Fe House Rustic Homes Cowgirl Magazine

Rancho Alegre’s sanctuario is a non-denominational chapel which also features a drop down movie screen and wiring for use as a media room/home theatre. Its hand-carved doors, imported from Spain, have welcomed guests for memorable dinner parties, business meetings, and musical performances.

Photography by Robert Reck.

Architecture by William F. Tull.

(Originally published in the September/October 2010 issue of Cowgirl Magazine).

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