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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains

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This is one of five porches/verandas attached to the home.

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Last updated: 03/03/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Apache Junction house description

Where the West is still Wild! The A Diamond Ranch is a working cattle ranch nestled on 22,000 acres of saguaro-studded mountains. The main ranch house can be your home for the best vacation ever. The 1930's ranch house has been completely restored and improved upon. You will feel like you have stepped back in time and out of the rush of everyday life.

The A Diamond is one of the few working ranches in Arizona with a year-round river running through it. The Gila River is accessible from all of the ranch buildings and is a wonderful source of recreation including kayaking and tubing. Bring your own horses and ride the wide open spaces or catch the spectacular and historical Arizona Trail that intersects through the ranch. Four-wheeling with jeeps and ATV's are another alternative to exploring the beautiful mountains. Artists and writers will be inspired by the ranch's beauty. Bird watchers will delight at all of the birds calling the Gila River home.


The home has over 3200 sq ft of living space plus our swimming pool and 5 private porches and verandas, your hangout and relaxation space for this fantastic Arizona ranch vacation.

Just inside our hundred-year-old front doors is the first of several living areas. Sit by the rock fireplace and enjoy a long getting-reacquainted visit with family or friends or lose yourself in one of the many books in our library. The little den off the kitchen is another gathering place you will enjoy as everyone joins in the preparation of meals in the cozy kitchen with its antique furnishings and modern appliances. Even doing dishes is fun in the old farmhouse sink. Mealtime is a treasure around the harvest table in the dining room with its wall-to-wall windows overlooking the pool area and the majestic saguaros and purple mountains beyond. The game room boasts a large flat screen TV, game tables and comfy seating.

You will love our 4 magnificent bedrooms.

The Cattle Baron's room lets you sleep like royalty in its huge antique king-sized bed. Sit by the fire in the cozy beehive fireplace and wake up to the glorious sound of the river running below. The master bathroom is a full bath. Look for the A Diamond brand in the shower.

Libby's Room, named after the owner's wonderful mother-in-law, has a lovely king-sized bed and beautiful aqua and brown decor. Next to it is the A Diamond Bunk Room. Antique bunk-size beds and red, black and blue linens and cowboy pillows make this the choice for kids.

The main bathroom across from Libby's Room and the Bunk Room is right beside the full laundry room facility.

Linda's Room is a quiet little blue and white retreat with a queen bed off the kitchen side of the house with its own bathroom, and is a favorite of everybody's. High quality linens and towels are provided for all rooms.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Alternative Lifestyle. Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby.

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    We do have internet, but we are in a remote location and sometimes it is slow or temporarily unavailable. Most times it is fine....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    We are currently working on getting a land line but at this point cell phone service is the only way to communicate. Verizon is the only cell phone service with consistent coverage....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 22 - May 25, 2015
3 night min stay
$295
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$275 $295
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,800 $6,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Pool Heating Deposit-Opt $350
  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Pool is heated with Solar Heater, but can be supplemented with gas propane heater-$350 deposit required per week.50% of the rental rate at booking with the remain 50% plus security deposit, pet fees and cleaning fees due 30 days prior to check in for weekly rentals and 60 days prior to monthly rentals.

Any fees charged for paying by credit card will be deducted from the security deposit refund.


Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 03/03/2015
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Location

12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
General Kearny Inn
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
General Kearny Inn

Car: Necessary

Waterfront, not Lake/Oceanfront. Ask for details.

Star Gazing, Bird Watching, Rock Hounding, Hunting, ATV and Jeeping.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: My name is Helen Vinson and my husband Gregg and I own the A Diamond Ranch. It is a working cattle ranch with a carrying capacity of about 300 head of cattle. We are conservation ranchers and sell our all natural beef at the local farmer's markets.

Why the Owner Chose Apache Junction:
This was not purchased as a vacation rental, but rather to keep a historic ranch from being split up. The main home had been sold off separately from the ranching operation and when the opportunity came available to put it back with the ranch we jumped on it. Our home is about an hour from the ranch, but every time I go out to the ranch it is like a mini-vacation and we decided we wanted to share this special place with others.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • This is one of five porches/verandas attached to the home.

    This is one of five porches/verandas attached to the home.

  • Back yard: swimming pool with hot tub, covered bbq grill and fire pit.

    Back yard: swimming pool with hot tub, covered bbq grill and fire pit.

  • The pool is completely surrounded by handcrafted pool fencing.

    The pool is completely surrounded by handcrafted pool fencing.

  • Dinning-room: this gorgeous forestry table seats eight and overlooks pool area.

    Dinning-room: this gorgeous forestry table seats eight and overlooks pool area.

  • Bistro seating provides additional seating for larger parties.

    Bistro seating provides additional seating for larger parties.

  • Formal living/study: contains fire place, library and vintage doors from India.

    Formal living/study: contains fire place, library and vintage doors from India.

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Master suite: king-sized bed, love seat, fire place and full master bathroom.

    Master suite: king-sized bed, love seat, fire place and full master bathroom.

  • Master bathroom: full bath with double vanity sinks, walk-in shower and tub.

    Master bathroom: full bath with double vanity sinks, walk-in shower and tub.

  • Anne's Room: this cozy and comfy room has a queen-sized bed and a full bathroom.

    Anne's Room: this cozy and comfy room has a queen-sized bed and a full bathroom.

  • Arizona's sunsets are one-of-a-kind. This view is from Anne's room.

    Arizona's sunsets are one-of-a-kind. This view is from Anne's room.

  • Lil' Rustler's Room: two twin-sized beds, dresser and Armoire closet.

    Lil' Rustler's Room: two twin-sized beds, dresser and Armoire closet.

  • Front entry to the historical cattle  ranch headquarters.

    Front entry to the historical cattle ranch headquarters.

  • backyard: view of the pool area and surrounding mountains.

    backyard: view of the pool area and surrounding mountains.

  • The beautiful Gila river runs less than 200 feet from the ranch house.

    The beautiful Gila river runs less than 200 feet from the ranch house.

  • Full service kitchen with dishwasher, walk-in pantry, and bistro seating.

    Full service kitchen with dishwasher, walk-in pantry, and bistro seating.

  • Sitting room located right off of the kitchen.

    Sitting room located right off of the kitchen.

  • Living room: family room with a flat screen T.V. and computer with internet.

    Living room: family room with a flat screen T.V. and computer with internet.

  • This is the gorgeous view of the landscape and barn from the master suite porch.

    This is the gorgeous view of the landscape and barn from the master suite porch.

  • Master bedroom: this beautiful fireplace is located in the master suite.

    Master bedroom: this beautiful fireplace is located in the master suite.

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Anne's Room: full service bath with walk-in shower and closet.

    Anne's Room: full service bath with walk-in shower and closet.

  • Libby's Room: king-sized bed with an amazing view of the barn.

    Libby's Room: king-sized bed with an amazing view of the barn.

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  • Sleeps
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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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  • Reviews
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
  • Response time: Within 2 days
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Calendar last updated: 03/03/2015
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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains

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