New Mexico calls itself the Land of Enchantment, and the Copper Penny House is certainly enchanting. You enter the property from a quiet backstreet (okay, to tell the truth, in Madrid even the main street is quiet!), and Kokapelli greets you in the terraced, xeri-scaped back yard. Very inviting. Inside there is an unusually well-appointed kitchen, including a cooler of fresh water, thanks to Madrid's infamously aromatic (but purportedly safe-to-drink) tap water. A small sitting room with a flat screen TV, a small sunroom, and a deck that looks off towards the encompassing hills finish off the downstairs.
The Copper Penny House gets its name from a unique design feature- the risers on the stairs and the splashboard in the kitchen are "tiled" over with pennies. Must be hundreds or thousands of little Abes shining all over!
Upstairs is a sleeping area with a very comfortable bed and not much more. Up a couple of steps from the sleeping area is an odd little space, perhaps for Hobbits, we weren't quite sure. In any case we had a wonderful night's sleep.
The only, only, only drawback to the Copper Penny is that the sleeping area is upstairs and the bathroom is downstairs, so if you require a trip or 2 during the night it means going down and up the stairs. Not really a big deal, exercise is a good thing.
The Copper Penny is just a few steps down that quiet backroad to "downtown" Madrid, which has many interesting shops and art galleries, as well as a big, fun bar, the Mine Shaft (reviewed on TA) and a great restaurant, The Hollar (also reviewed on TA).
Final, delightful feature of the Copper Penny- the owners are artists, and the cottage is decorated with some beautiful, some intriguing, and some provocative art. There are also copies of a book (great fun!) written by one of the owners available for purchase in the house.
All in all, a great experience. We were so sorry we only had one night available, and we plan to come back at some point for a longer stay and to explore the stunning countryside.