The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Sonoita house description
THE CANELO HOUSE: An open floor plan, 2 Bedroom house which sleeps up to 6, includes a bedroom with bunk-style beds(for 4 persons). 1 bathroom with shower. Fully appointed kitchen with modern appliances. Private laundry room with front loading machines. Furnished with linens to pots and pans and everything you need to be at home. Horses are welcome if you choose to bring your horse(s) on vacation. Schedule permitting, the owners may give a private trail ride; a great way to see behind the scenes at the Ranch. Call for horse details. (For information about the larger guest house, see VRBO listing: The Homestead House.)
THE REAL DEAL
The historic Open Cross Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch in the Canelo Hills near Sonoita. The 20,000 acres has stunning views and excellent accommodations. The Ranch was first homesteaded in 1918. Most recently the original house and two private guest houses have been updated and renovated by owners - husband and wife, Mac & Billie Donaldson. They reside in the main house, and the Homestead and Canelo Houses are available for travelers. With unrivaled panoramic views and spacious areas, the western setting also provides a rich backdrop for events, including weddings and receptions.
HOME SWEET HOME
Each house is tastefully appointed with details that make a house a home, such as linens, cookware, dinnerware and more. Each quality item has been personally chosen by Billie Donaldson. Other luxuries include a modern laundry room in each house, and beautifully appointed kitchens. Your comfort and privacy are important at the Ranch. Once you arrive, it becomes your private home to come and go as you please; a 100% self-serve stay. Billie’s complimentary welcome basket will be waiting for you. She might include fresh eggs from her hen house, seasonal goodies, or other local offerings.
HORSES WELCOME AT OPEN CROSS RANCH
Thousands of acres and all that a horse could want, beckons a vacation with your own horse. Private trail rides are sometimes available with the owner, schedule permitting; a great way to see the working side of the Ranch. Call for details if you'd like to bring your horse(s).
A GREAT ESCAPE
The Open Cross motto is, “unplug and unwind”. Be prepared to leave city life behind. This countryside property provides private on-site trails for nature walks, hikes, horseback riding, and mountain biking right outside your door. The dark nighttime skies are a stargazer’s paradise, and the landscape is pure inspiration for artists and photographers. Riding stables are just a stone’s throw, and a mere 4 1/2 miles off of Hwy 83, you’ll find yourself in the heart of some of Arizona’s best wine country. The immediate area offers wine tastings and tours at a dozen vineyards and wineries, many of which are recipients of some of the most prestigious wine awards and accolades. “Foodies” might also appreciate local organic produce, Farmers’ Markets, and plentiful homemade goods. A quick jaunt to nearby Sonoita and other towns, reveals a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, historic attractions, museums and other recreation. Throughout the year escape to events such as the Sonoita Rodeo, horse races, food events, county fairs and other community activities. Fishing and water sport enthusiasts enjoy nearby lakes - Parker Canyon and Patagonia.
FOR NATURE LOVERS
This Madera oak woodland receives the majority of rainfall from July through September, bringing rolling green pastures and abundant wildlife activity. Every changing season is celebrated here. The higher elevation of 5,100 ft. makes for cooler, greener summers than many of the surrounding cities and towns, while fall and winter are comparatively mild, with a short-lived snowfall now and then. Each season brings unique sights of native fauna and colorful landscapes specific to these wooded grasslands.
BEHIND THE SCENES.
Open Cross Ranch is a USDA Forest permit in the Canelo Hills of Santa Cruz County. This year-round cow and calf operation has crossbred cows with Angus and Hereford bulls. Calves are born from April–July and are weaned in the fall. Because of the difficult terrain of these limestone hills, working cattle by traditional horseback is necessary. Owner Mac Donaldson oversees the day to day operations that keep this part of the Ranch's history alive and kick'n. It is a beautiful family affair.
Note: Google Maps and GPS systems may not show accurate street names. Acquire a detailed map to the Ranch at www.opencrossaz.com
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- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Charming, spacious 1/2 bath which connects to a private laundry room.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Clothes Dryer:
- Washing Machine:
- Iron & Board
- Air Conditioning
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Ceiling fans, Air conditioning, Down comforters, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability....moreless
- Video Library:
- Ping Pong Table
- DVD Player
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Pier Fishing
- Hunting Small Game
- Hunting Big Game
- Equestrian Events
- Medical Services
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Eco Tourism
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Massage Therapist
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
ReviewsWrite a review
Over the Easter weekend, we were invited to spend the holidays with our son's family and enjoy the Easter egg experience with our 2 year old granddaughter. It turns out our daughter-in-law's parents live real close to the Open Cross Ranch, and we needed to find a place to stay for the weekend. We were pleasantly surprised when we pulled up to this beautiful ranch. It's located at the very bottom of the Canelo Hills, which is National Forest Lands, and the views are breathtaking! There are 2 houses that are available to rent, and we stayed in the Canelo House, which accommodates 6 people comfortably. The home is fully furnished, and we were greeted to Easter Candy, fresh eggs from their farm, home-baked cinnamon rolls, and fresh water. The owners, Mac and Billie Donaldson, are friendly people who will do everything possible to make your stay an enjoyable and relaxing one! When we come to visit this area in the future, we are planning on bringing our other 2 grandchildren. They love the ranch-type atmosphere and would enjoy playing in the fields and watching the horses and chickens. This ranch is convienently located close to Sonoita and within an easy driving distance to Tucson and Patagonia Lake State Park if you like to hike, fish, or just enjoy the views. In fact, after I posted some of my pictures on Facebook of the ranch, the sunset, and mountains nearby, one of my friends who will be coming to Tucson early next year for a niece's wedding from Hawaii, asked for additional information on these facilities. In addition, if someone has a big group up to 14 people, they could actually rent both homes and have a wonderful experience. My husband and I don't hesitate a moment in recommending this ranch if you are wanting a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Arizona. Phil & Judy Dubiel Scottsdale, AZ
- Guest Judy (Scottsdale AZ)
- Date of stay 04/07/12
- Review Submitted 05/20/12
Recommended for: Families with young children.
Excellent Get-Away on a Working Cattle Ranch
Excellent Get-Away on a Working Cattle Ranch
My husband and I stayed at the Canelo House on the Open Cross Ranch this past weekend and we absolutely loved it. The owners have done an excellent job renovating an historic ranch that has been around since the 1800s. They have the right feel for mixing vintage with modern to create a perfect environment for relaxation. We particularly enjoyed hearing stories about their family experiences working and ranching on the land. Open Cross Ranch made us feel right at home with a basket of fresh fruit and chocolate, as well as a small basket of high quality loofahs and lotions. The bed was cozy and warm in spite of the nip in the air, and the views were absolutely spectacular.
- Guest EmilyB (Tucson, Arizona, USA)
- Date of stay 02/11/12
- Review Submitted 02/13/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
The real deal
The real deal
Recent stay was wonderful and the accomodations are excellent. Brought my mountain bike and would recommend future visitors to avail themselves of the trails as they offer a wide range of hills, flats and washes with spectactular vistas and roaming cattle. If you prefer hiking, these trails are great. Owners are both terrific and have thought of everything. I plan to return as often as possible.
- Guest Colie (Tucson, AZ)
- Date of stay 11/05/11
- Review Submitted 11/08/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - The Canelo House January 2013-January 2014 $195/nt / $1,000/wk (6 nights) Rates do not include sales tax. Rates are subject to change. Contact us for directions and/or a map. Printable map at www.opencrossranchaz.com If you need to board your horse(s) contact us for details at 520-455-4603 (Recommended check-in by 3pm. Check-out 3pm.)
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About the owner: The Donaldsons have been ranching in Southern Arizona for four generations and have a strong tie to the land. Mac & Billie are hands-on, making your stay the best possible in every way.
Why the Owner Chose Sonoita:
Open Cross Ranch abides to personal ethics of conservation and sustainability. The original homestead property is a prime example of western heritage and hospitality.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The charming Canelo House has everything you need to make yourself comfortable 'at home'. It's the perfect home base for the many activities in the surrounding areas. The Ranch is private but still convenient to nearby Sonoita, and is central to nine vineyards & wineries, riding stables and more. The property is vast and provides beautiful wilderness trails for exploration.
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The Canelo House at Open Cross Ranch
CHARMING 'BARN DOOR' ENTRANCE
Enjoy the nighttime skies with your very own telescope.
COOK & DINE IN STYLE, WITH A FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
COMPLIMENTARY WELCOME BASKET...SEASONAL SURPRISES!
PERSONAL LAUNDRY ROOM
WILDERNESS VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWESTERN FURNISHINGS
PICTURE PERFECT VIEWS SURROUND THE RANCH
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