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Beautiful Casita in a Serene Rural Setting

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Last updated: 09/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Saguaro National Park East cottage description

We call our little casita Serenity. Done up in shades of green, taupe and navy, the interior mimics the calm hues of the desert, the Rincon mountains, and the sky that surround us. The guest house, a generous 730 square feet (68 square meters), has one large bedroom; a full bathroom with shower and a small clothes washer and dryer; full-size kitchen with stove and refrigerator; living and dining rooms; and deck.

The living room has a full futon that will sleep two extras in a pinch and a flat-screen tv with satellite connection. The bedroom has a king-size bed, bed-side lamps, dresser, luggage holders, and chair. The deck provides a lovely view of the lush green desert and the nearby mountains, while the small table and chairs are an ideal spot for dining, reading, napping, or dreaming.

A fantastic feature of the guest house is that it is chock full of original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings on loan by noted Southwest Plein Air artist, Kath Macaulay.

Our historic neighborhood is known as the Notch Neighborhood because it is a 1-square-mile area, notched out of the northwest corner of Saguaro National Park East. Lots in the neighborhood exceed 4 acres (many are double lots) and the roads are still unpaved.

Outdoor activities abound in our part of northeast Tucson. Trail heads for riding and hiking in the Rincon mountains are as close as 1 mile. The drive-in entrance to Saguaro National Park is less than 4 miles away. Horseback riding and fine dining are less than 5 miles away at the renowned and historic Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. The gateway to the Santa Catalina mountains, Tucson's sentinel range with elevations from 2,724 to 9,157 feet (830 to 2,721 meters) above sea level, is 6 miles from Serenity House. Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon, the highest point in the Catalina range, offers winter-time skiing for those missing the snow.

The petting zoo at the main house, which is a shout away, consists of Micky and Molly, two female Welsh Corgi youngsters, Pembroke and Cardigan, respectively. They are well socialized and love people as much as they love digging and chewing!

We also accept personal checks. Please contact us for information.

We do all we can to make your visit to Tucson fun, comfortable, and memorable. Need we say more?

N.B. If we are booked, please inquire anyway. We may be able to refer you to a nearby guest house.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 730 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            We accept SMALL pets only, with the following additional charges: * $100 nonrefundable carpet-cleaning fee, * Purchase of VRBO Damage Insurance in the amount of $3,000. Please clear pets with the owners first....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Must be 21 years of age....moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          • Bedroom 2: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            A double-size futon is available in the living room....moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            King-size bed is in the bedroom....moreless

          • The bedroom is very large for a guest house. It has a king-size bed, dresser, end tables with lamps and a chair--and still plenty of room. There is not a second bedroom but there is a double-size futon in the living room for use in a pinch!...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            Nice vanity counter....moreless

          • The bathroom has a walk-in shower, toilet and vanity with large mirror, plus a small clothes washer and dryer in the (former) linen closet. We provide a hair dryer for our guests' convenience....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            The kitchen has a full-size stove and refrigerator, a large microwave, an electric kettle, and a nice amount of counter space for the cooking enthusiast....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            We provide a limited number of staples that include salt and pepper, oil and vinegar, and basic spices....moreless

          • Oven:

            Oven temperatures were calibrated by a professional baker and declared accurate....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Fully furnished with great cooking gear and lots of glasses and dishes!...moreless

          • Microwave
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 4 people

          Amenities

          • Parking:

            Parking is in the driveway at the front of the guest house or in a horse stall, which is at a distance from the house....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            A new set of fresh linens are provided for guests staying a week or longer....moreless

          • Living Room:

            The living room has a futon sofa and chair, tables, lamps, and a HDTV....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Fresh towels are provided for guests staying a week or longer....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Small but adequate for personal clothes....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Small but adequate for personal clothes....moreless

          • Air Conditioning
          • Heating
          • Hair Dryer

          Entertainment

          • Video Library:

            A list of more than 100 DVDs is maintained in the guest house. The DVDs may be borrowed from the owners....moreless

          • Books:

            Fiction, Sonoran Desert, Arizona hiking....moreless

          Communications

              • Internet:

                Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink DSL...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                Skiing at Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon is about 30 miles away....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                The deck has a nice view of the Rincon mountains....moreless

              Theme

                  • Away From It All

                  Location & View

                  • Rural:

                    Our neighborhood consists of 4+ to 8+ acre parcel that are horse properties, bounded on two sides by Saguaro National Park East....moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    Rincon Mountains to the east and Santa Catalina Mountains to the north....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Library
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Golf
                  • Cycling
                  • Tennis
                  • Swimming
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Racquetball
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hiking
                  • Groceries
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Restaurants
                  • Live Theater
                  • Churches
                  • Museums
                  • Medical Services
                  • Equestrian Events
                   

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                  Standard pricing
                  3 night min stay
                  $110
                  $700 $2,500

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Pet cleaning fee $100
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  $10/day/person beyond 2 persons. Rates subject to change prior to confirmation. Housekeeping is available. Security/damage deposit is refundable providing no damage and no atypical cleaning.

                  VRBO Damage Insurance is required with pets.

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                  Last updated: 09/19/2014
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                  Location

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                  22 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Tucson International Airport
                  14 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  S Houghton Rd and I-10
                  35 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon
                  8 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Arizona National Golf Club
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  Car: Necessary

                  We are located on the far east side of Tucson, with our historic Notch Neighborhood backing up to Saguaro National Park East. Trail heads for horseback riding and hiking abound, and wildlife is everywhere: birds of every stripe including the famous (or infamous) road runner, coyotes (often traveling in packs), bobcats, racoons, deer, badgers, javalina, cotton tails, jack rabbits, Gila monsters, rattlers and other snakes, ground squirrels, and ...

                  Horseback riding at Tanque Verde Ranch, golf, tennis, and swimming are nearby. Colossal Cave and Kartchner Caverns are must-see underground caves. The tours at the latter site are so popular, reservations are required by the state (it's a state park). The historic towns of Bisbee and Tombstone are wonderful day trips. Pima Air and Space Museum and a Tital Missal Silo have tours, and the world-class Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a must-see!

                  Other nearby attractions include the Tucson Botanical Gradens and Tohono Chul (outdoor botanical) Park. Farther afield but a nice day trip are Kitt Peak National Observatory and Morenci, the second largest open pit mine in the U.S.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2010

                  About the owner: We are retired geologists who first came to Tucson years ago for one of us to continue graduate studies. We remain endlessly fascinated by the mountains that surround the Tucson basin, which you can actually see! and the beauty of the desert.

                  Why the Owner Chose Saguaro National Park East:
                  We live in northeast Tucson because this part of the basin is hemmed in by the corner where the Catalina mountains meet the Rincon mountains, and little additional building can occur here compared with the rest of the basin. Our historic Notch Neighborhood is pretty rural, with large lots, unpaved roads, lots of horses and horse properties, and plenty of wild life.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  We love our in-your-face view of the Rincon mountains, spotting the occasional javelina or coyote running down the road and charging off into the bushes, the incredibly diverse bird population, the cloud and sunlight displays, the multitude and diversity of wild flowers, the... ah well, you understand. It's Tucson.


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • The casita with mountains in the background.

                    The casita with mountains in the background.

                  • Front of the guest house from the driveway.

                    Front of the guest house from the driveway.

                  • Living room with futon sofa and oil painting by noted Southwest Plein Air Artist, Kath Macaulay.

                    Living room with futon sofa and oil painting by noted Southwest Plein Air Artist, Kath Macaulay.

                  • Dining room, as seen from the living room.

                    Dining room, as seen from the living room.

                  • Kitchen with full-size stove and refrigerator.

                    Kitchen with full-size stove and refrigerator.

                  • View into living room from the hall.

                    View into living room from the hall.

                  • Bedroom with king-size bed.

                    Bedroom with king-size bed.

                  • Enjoy morning coffee or afternoon refreshments on the deck.

                    Enjoy morning coffee or afternoon refreshments on the deck.

                  • Coyote in front of the main house. The coyotes are the only animals in our area that object to the wildlife cameras. In time-lapse photos you can see them turning away.

                    Coyote in front of the main house. The coyotes are the only animals in our area that object to the wildlife cameras. In time-lapse photos you can see them turning away.

                  • Racoons playing in a local pond.

                    Racoons playing in a local pond.

                  • Our 'personal' pack of 5 coyotes on the north side of the house. They seem to frequent this spot.

                    Our 'personal' pack of 5 coyotes on the north side of the house. They seem to frequent this spot.

                  • Staghorn cholla cactus flowers.

                    Staghorn cholla cactus flowers.

                  • A beautiful saguaro to welcome you to your rural retreat.

                    A beautiful saguaro to welcome you to your rural retreat.

                  • The deck, as seen from the front door.

                    The deck, as seen from the front door.

                  • Living room with futon sofa and chair.

                    Living room with futon sofa and chair.

                  • Close up of Ranch Trail (Ghost Mountain) by Kath Macaulay.

                    Close up of Ranch Trail (Ghost Mountain) by Kath Macaulay.

                  • Hall from the living room, with more Kath Macaulay art.

                    Hall from the living room, with more Kath Macaulay art.

                  • Bathroom

                    Bathroom

                  • View of the mountains and deck from the dining room.

                    View of the mountains and deck from the dining room.

                  • Wide view of the drive way from the main house. The guest house is on the left.

                    Wide view of the drive way from the main house. The guest house is on the left.

                  • Bobcat admiring herself or looking for a drink...

                    Bobcat admiring herself or looking for a drink...

                  • Bobcat on the north side of the main house.

                    Bobcat on the north side of the main house.

                  • Javalina, coming up the trail from the wash behind the house. Our wildlife cameras picks up all sorts of animals, day and night.

                    Javalina, coming up the trail from the wash behind the house. Our wildlife cameras picks up all sorts of animals, day and night.

                  • Blooming Agave Americana in the front yard. The agave blooms only once before dying. Note the person standing in front of the plant for scale.

                    Blooming Agave Americana in the front yard. The agave blooms only once before dying. Note the person standing in front of the plant for scale.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2013.

                  Date last modified - Thursday, September 11, 2014

                  $110 per night (USD)
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                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 09/19/14
                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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