Tucson Vacation House in a Wildlife Sanctuary
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Ladera Brisas house description
If you love nature and seek a comfortably furnished and peaceful place to relax or work, you've found it. This spacious, custom-built 2-bedroom, 2-full-bath house is situated in the Tucson Mountains on a private 50-acre wildlife sanctuary. The estate bridges an 880-acre county nature preserve and Saguaro National Park West on the east side (city side) of the Tucson Mountains. Front and back deck and patio areas are ideal for wildlife watching and afford a nighttime view of Tucson's city lights and the full-moon rising. Rental includes a computer workstation with hi-speed WiFi Internet service. Your host and property manager Thomas Wiewandt lives nearby; he's a professional nature photographer/tour operator and southwestern author.
For Additional Information: Weaving Studio: A fully equipped weaving studio is located on the premises and available for use by experienced weavers for a $100/week rental fee, all materials included.
- 2100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Video Library
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Biking
- Roller Blading
Communication / Internet
- Dining Area
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Security System
- Basic Soaps
- Computer Available
- Clothes Dryer
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Filtered Water
- Activities Guide
- Wireless Internet
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Maps
- Towels Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Alarm Clock
- Toilet Paper
- Laundry Soap
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- Cooking Utensils
- Lawn / Garden
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
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Paradise in the Desert
Paradise in the Desert
What a beautiful place, a great location, a home full of amenities and a very gracious, interesting and informative host. The home was convient to Tucson and a wonderful home base for travels all around the area. We had our own wildlife show daily - one morning spotting a bobcat, seeing coyotes on a couple of occasions and daily visits from the Gambel quails which you could always hear before seeing. Sunrises and moonrises were outstanding and on our last day, we watched a hot air ballon over the city. Our stay took place over one of the weeks during the Gem Show for 2009 - totally unplanned. Our host directed us to the best location for viewing some amazing archaelogical finds and gems from around the world. He also offered us excellent recommendations for dinner at a nearby local restaurant. We were in heaven and found our visit extremely relaxing - it was hard to leave and come back to the "real" world. We hope to get back again in the summer when the storm season arrives to enjoy the landscape in a different setting. The home itself was spotless and had everything we could need for our stay. We would definitely recommend this home to anyone needing to get away but also needing the convenience of easy access to main roads, highways and lots of great food and attractions. While in Tucson, we visited Mt. Lemmon (beautiful beyond compare and snowy), Sabino Canyon (ride the tram to the top and walk back - easy trek with amazing scenery), the Desert Museum (definitely a highlight of the trip), Pima Air Base/the Boneyard (get there early, lots to see), the ASARCO Mineral Museum (different and very cool), Titan Missile Base (don't miss doing a Directors Tour), took a day trip down to Tombstone and on to Bisbee for the Queen Mine Tour (great fun). Everywhere we went the scenery was breathtaking. As you can tell, we had a full visit but still made it back home every evening to relax in front of the fireplace and fall asleep listening to the desert wind down its day. We can't wait to get back.
- Guest Southeastern Travelers (United States)
- Date of stay 02/08/09
- Review Submitted 04/04/09
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, age 55+.
A Wonderful Retreat in the Sonoran Desert
A Wonderful Retreat in the Sonoran Desert
The house is an amazing retreat in the foothills of Tucson. Though only 10 minutes from shopping and suburbia it is totally isolated and surrounded by the untouched desert. Tom is an attentive and helpful and most interesting host. He is an avid professional photographer and has a wealth of knowledge of the Southwest. He was easy to deal with online and gave us a thorough introduction to the gorgeous southwest style house. The house had every amenity we needed, including separate bathrooms and showers. The kitchen had everything needed and a BBQ was great on warm evenings. We were there during a hot October when temperatures reached the high 80s but the evaporative cooler kept the house comfortable and humidified. The king size bed was extremely comfortable and the open windows at night allowed the fresh breeze to keep us cool. Also, the master bedroom had a wonderful deck overlooking the lights of Tucson. We marvelled at the quiet and the wonderful moods of the desert and the Tucson Mts as we enjoyed wine and cheese on the patio. We were visited by several deer, some quail and lots of other birds. Great hiking is just a short walk away in the Sweetwater Preserve. We got up early to avoid the midday heat and experienced amazing sunrises among the cacti. There is not a better place than this home to experience the Sonoran Desert in the Tucson region. Unreservedly recommend.
- Guest Theatre People (Oshawa Ontario Canada)
- Date of stay 10/19/13
- Review Submitted 10/30/13
We never knew how serene the desert could be but sitting out on the deck in the evening, seeing the lights of Tucson in a cut between the mountains - in silence - was magical. During our two-week stay, our wildlife sightings were restricted to a herd of six deer, Harris' Antelope Squirrels and several desert cottontails. Nothing very exotic, and for the birders - we did have Cactus Wrens, Gila Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, House Finches, Gambel's Quail, Curved-billed Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia,White-crowned Sparrows and Mourning Doves coming to the suet feeder we brought with us. They also made use of the trays of fresh water we set out each day. Our host, Tom, was very accomodating and we were proud of his new prize-winning documentary on the Sonoran Desert. The house is extremely convenient to special places like the Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Tohona Chul Park, the International Wildlife Museum, Sweetwater Wetlands (for birders) and all the cultural attractions of Tucson. Superb location, charming house, and the two decks were magnificent.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 02/02/13
- Review Submitted 03/19/13
A wonderful Sonoran Desert haven
A wonderful Sonoran Desert haven
A stay in this wonderful property and location will provide experiences and memories galore to those who love nature. Yet at the same time the property is within easy driving distance of downtown Tucson and its many local attractions. The house has been thoughtfully located to nestle in its surroundings and provides fascinating desert and mountain views from all sides. A wide range of desert wildlife and plants can be seen nearby. We saw mule deer, coyotes, bobcat, Gambel's quail, hummingbirds etc. on the property during our stay. The diversity of cacti and desert flora is astonishing and hiking in the nearby Sweetwater Preserve will show you the Sonoran Desert at its best. The house itself is very well furnished and equipped - including a good internet connection. It has a comfortable & cosy atmosphere both when inside and when lazing on the outside terraces. The owner, Tom Wiewandt, lives nearby and is a charming and efficient host. He is a desert enthusiast, wildlife photographer and author so has a great knowledge of the locality and the best places to visit. In summary - a very special experience. Highly recommended. Keith & Maralyn, Suffolk, England.
- Guest keith g. (London & Provence)
- Date of stay 04/08/12
- Review Submitted 06/10/12
The stay at this location is a lifetime memory. The setting was so peaceful and provided a great connection to the desert environment. The listing and pictures, while very clearly and accurately describe the rental and show the setting, do not fully convey the tranquility and wonderful experience a stay will provide. The property was clean, the owner extremely gracious and helpful with local information. The proximity to Tucson and the National Park provided ample opportunity to enjoy the area. Day trip excursions are easy with the close proximity to a major interstate. A wonderful nature preserve with trails is walking distance away to provide an opportunity to get out into the desert I especially enjoyed my morning cup(s) of coffee on the patio. The bird activity was a unique performance each day, Gambel's Quail were the main performance daily. They would be heard before seen, delightful to watch. Looking at the landscape provided a calming and wonderful way to start the day. Definitely a place to relax and get close to the desert.
- Guest Lee S.
- Date of stay 03/05/12
- Review Submitted 03/21/12
Owner response: Our guests all come here to enjoy this spectacular and private location, rich in wildlife and hiking opportunities. As a wildlife photographer, my favorite months are February - April and July - August. Surprisingly, most Tucson visitors overlook July and August. This is our summer monsoon season, the time when you'll experience dramatic sunsets, rainbows, lightning shows, cactus flowers and wildlife not seen in other months of the year. Days may be hot, but tempered by afternoon relief from clouds and wonderfully pleasant, balmy evenings and refreshing mornings. Daytime temperatures commonly drop 20-30 degrees F from day to night. Our house has central AC and remains comfortable round the clock. Give summer a try -- you won't be disappointed! ~ Thomas Wiewandt, Your Host
Perfect in every way
Perfect in every way
This is the perfect rental property - roomy, immaculate, comfortable, and accommodating in every way. It has everything you could possibly need or want in a home: washer/dryer, desktop computer and wi fi, satellite TV, a superb kitchen, bedrooms on opposite sides of the house, 2 great decks, gas fireplace, a 15-minute walk to a nature preserve, etc. etc. etc. Plus, virtually total privacy inside and out. You would really have to work hard to spot or be seen from another house. Most importantly, at least for us, it is in the Sonoran desert with spectacular views in all directions. This means sunrises, sunsets, saguaro cacti, coyotes, humming birds, quail, and no people or vehicles in sight. Great nature viewing and photography right from the deck. Located near and with easy access to all the attractions on the west side of Tucson - the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Gates Pass, Saguaro National Park West. Central and downtown Tucson and museums and restaurants a very easy 20-minute drive. Very good shopping nearby (10-15 minute drive). Also easy access to Sabino, Mt. Lemmon, San Xavier Del Bac, Saguaro East, and even Kartchner Caverns. Tom is the perfect host and only a phone call or a 6 minute walk away. All in all, a simply magical desert experience. Recommended without reservation (but be sure to make one).
- Guest Dave& Ellen from NYC (NYC)
- Date of stay 01/08/11
- Review Submitted 01/23/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
A lovely, comfortable house; a delightful, peaceful, calm place; a very special setting, beautiful views. For us northern Europeans it was a remarkable opportunity to be immersed in this stunning desert landscape and simply wonderful. We enjoyed every second.
- Guest UAP (UK)
- Date of stay 10/10/08
- Review Submitted 10/22/08
It is a place that I would recommend with no reservations. The gracious owner lives nearby if you have questions. The rental home itself will almost assuredly be beyond your expections. A unique opportunity to enjoy and learn about the desert literally right on your doorstep,and within easy driving distance of many things you might want to do around Tucson. We loved it, and felt as many other guests have felt in their comments. cb
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 03/01/08
- Review Submitted 03/09/08
The Tuscon Retreat without question is the jewel in the crown of our first attempt at life as 'Canadian Snow Birds'! We experienced the most comfortable winter temperatures the Sonoran Desert has to offer and greedily soaked-up the sunny rays that warmed each and every day of our 17 day stay here! Tom's gracious presence added the perfect human touch and the love, knowledge and respect he holds for not only this part of the world but for the all the wonders of this earth are deeply inspiring. This retreat is as good as it gets, hands down!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 01/01/08
- Review Submitted 01/17/08
The Tucson Retreat vacation home is a superb vacation spot. It is the only accommodation we have ever rented that surpassed our expectations. Location of this house places you in a "wilderness" area -- yet parks, art galleries, scenic attractions, native craft centers, museums, observatories, restaurants, shopping centers -- whatever interests you-- are easily accessible (even with the closure of the I-10 Highway). The house is very comfortable and outfitted not only with kitchen necessities (including many food items), but wonderful books, music CDs, videos, and games. The owner is a gracious and friendly host. And Tucson itself is a great place to visit. There seems to be an endless list of interesting things to do, along with friendly people to help you. We hope we will be able to return to Tucson and the Tucson Retreat soon. Our visit was in October 2007.
- Guest Pat & Ben Martin_HAC116868 (St. Louis, Missouri)
- Date of stay 12/01/07
- Review Submitted 12/12/07
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Nov 21 - May 31, 2014
5 night min stay
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2014
5 night min stay
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Personal checks will be accepted only for payments made at least 7 days prior to arrival. If you cannot meet this deadline, please call us. We only accept credit cards (through PayPal) from International Guests. International Guests must pay all currency conversion charges and bank fees. Guests from Canada can avoid extra fees by sending us a bank Money Order in USDollars.
To make a reservation, travelers must fill out and sign our Rental Agreement--download from tucsonretreat.com. Reservations are confirmed when this Agreement is returned to us with 50% of the total rent due (not including our Security Deposit). The balance due plus our security deposit ($500) falls due no later than 7 days prior to arrival, 14 days prior for anyone living outside the USA.
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $500
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Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: I'm a professional wildlife photographer/filmmaker well rooted in the Sonoran Desert. To learn more about me and to see samples of my work, please visit my website wildhorizons.com.
Why the Owner Chose Ladera Brisas:
I chose this property because of its unique location and richness in desert plant and animal life. Both homes -- mine and the rental -- have been carefully nestled within this natural area, 50 acres of pristine desert. The state of Arizona levies 60% higher taxes on undeveloped land, so income from this rental is helping me to keep this land in a natural state. My goal is to have it added to Saguaro National Park West for preservation in perpetuity.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
You won't find a more restful and secluded home in Tucson, and it's perfect for anyone who loves watching wildlife and hiking. This property is also contiguous with our newest county park, Sweetwater Preserve, an 880-acre tract of pristine desert with superb hiking and mountain biking trails, rated among the best in the Tucson area. We are also located on the east side of the Tucson Mountains, just a 10-minute drive to large grocery stores and Interstate-10, providing easy access to all parts of metro-Tucson. We have the best of both worlds!
- Primary: 520 743-4551 best time: mid-day or evening
- Secondary: 520 743-4848 Arizona
- Fax: 520 743-4552
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Tucson Retreat in Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
Living Room (entertainment center on left, not shown here)
Master Bath + Washer-Dryer Combo
Second Bedroom with Two Twin Beds and Fax Machine
In-House Weaving Studio - Use Optional
Main Entry - North Side
Summer Surprise with City in Background
Living Room - Dining Area - Hall to Master Bedroom
Dining Area + Hallway to Second Bedroom and Bath
Master Bedroom - King-sized Bed
East-facing Deck off Master Bedroom
Second Full Bath
South-facing Patio with Gas Grill
North Side of House
Tucson Retreat, a Sonoran Desert Sanctuary
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