Mountain Getaway up-Market. Tranquility, Beauty, Ambience, Stunning Views
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Catalina Foothills chateau / country house description
If your quest is to find the finest mountain view laid-back Ambience Arizona has to offer then you've come to the right place (so our guests tell us.)
MiraMontes guests frequently comment how well they sleep - better than they can ever remember. Must be the peace and quiet, fresh mountain air and comfortable beds.
MiraMontes itself has approx. 2250 sq ft indoor space with at least that much again in verandas and decks, set on 12 acres with Catalina State Park and mountains as a backdrop.
MiraMontes views include 20,000 acres of mountain without a neighbor in sight. Yet MiraMontes is just 5-10 minutes from a gas station, grocery store, golf, and restaurants.
Each bedroom has its own private bathroom...the Master bedroom opens to the pool enclosure. The master bedroom bathroom with its enormous shower tiled with travertine has a mountain view.
Between the two bedroom suites is an adequate well-stocked linen cupboard..
A breakfast nook accommodates 4 in red leather-backed chairs. The dining table with black leather high-backed chairs seats 8-10 comfortably.
Patio furniture can easily be configured to seat 4, 6 or 10 guests for dinner..an ambience you and your guests will never forget. All kitchen appliances are electric. A gas-burning grill is on the Patio for those who enjoy barbecues.
From Miramontes one can hike in any direction. Up the mountain, along the wash, down the hill - it is all lovely.
MiraMontes offers exceptional bird watching. Quail, falcons, hawks, owls, vultures, the occasional eagle. Cactus wrens abound. Even year-round hummingbirds. Roadrunners are frequent visitors.
MiraMontes' easterly orientation catches the warm morning sun. The verandas provide shade during the midday and afternoon glare.
Great for entertaining especially as the sun goes down - Sundowner time is always special at MiraMontes.
Sunsets transform the mountain to a pink glow. the moon rises and the stars come out...
Imagine the resident pair of great-horned owls calling gently to each other; the musical sound of a distant coyote yelping party.
An occasional nocturnal owl, kit fox or havelina sighting is enough to change the subject of almost any conversation.
The aroma of woodsmoke is especially seductive under Arizona night sky illuminated by the brightest stars.
Miramontes has an indoor beehive fireplace and an outdoor woodburning fireplace especially enjoyable by star - or moonlight..
Miramontes is listed as 'wheelchair-accessible.' All rooms are on the same floor and the flooring is travertine which facilitates indoor wheelchair manoevering. The grounds, surroundings and hikes are not at all wheelchair-accessible however.
- 2250 sq. ft.
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
Huge kitchen with large picture window views of the beautiful Catalina Mountains. Contains upgraded GE Profile stainless steel appliances. Large cooking area makes for convenient meal preparation....moreless
Breakfast counter nook with 4 high back red leather bar stools. Large dinning area has huge rosewood (looks like mesquite) table and buffet with 10 comfortable high back black leather chairs. ...moreless
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- Your winter getaway awaits you in this beautiful warm, quiet, secluded desert retreat. This 2,250 sqft home sits on 12 acres of land and has spectacular unobstructed views of the Catalina mountains. Enjoy the spacious covered patio as the mountains turn pink at dusk. An infinity pool enhances the view as it reflects the setting sun. If you are looking for tranquility, beauty, and to be one with nature look no further!...moreless
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Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
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- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Climbing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Gambling Casinos
- Wildlife Viewing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- MiraMontes is all about Views. Relaxing laid back getaway with exceptional scenery and ambience. Mountain hiking and desert nature walks and great bird watching... World class mountain biking nearby..try biking the 'Tubes' Catalina State Park is also nearby... Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2014 Jan 31 - Feb 09 is a 'must'. Some guests are impressed by free range cows and calves wandering around our fenced off pool and yard area. Miraval, a world class adventure - leadership development resort is located just 1 mile away. February-March is flower season in the desert..more vivid colors than most might expect. Phoenix is two hours drive north from MiraMontes. the Sonoita AZ wine district is about 1-1/2 hours to the South....moreless
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We have traveled the world over and have all collectively and individually rented a variety of homes: apartments in Paris, villas in Tuscany, beachside cottages. MiraMonte is at the top of our favorites. The location is secluded and quiet, the views unparalleled!!!!!Stunning stars at night. The pool disappears into the mountains in the distance - other worldly. The house itself is perfectly situated for entertaining and gathering in large or small groups. Outdoor fire pits and rooftop jacuzzi are perfect ways to wind down after exploring Tucson. We will be back!!!!!!!!
- Guest dprome
- Date of stay 02/07/14
- Review Submitted 02/14/14
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway.
Spending Time Outdoors/Enjoying The DesertGuest comment entered by owner
Spending Time Outdoors/Enjoying The Desert
We found MiraMontes to be wonderfully quiet, secluded, and restful. The magnificent views of the Catalina Mountains were a constant pleasure. Watching the sunset while enjoying the hot tub was a fine way to end each day. The home itself is beautifully designed and decorated; the kitchen is well stocked for cooking. Antoinette, the manager, was highly informative and welcoming. We had the pleasure of spending some time with Hans, the owner, and found him to be friendly and knowledgeable. We have rented a number of homes both in the US and in Europe and this is one of the best!
- Guest John & Patty; Michael & Lana
- Date of stay 01/26/14
- Review Submitted 02/04/14
Wonderful secluded house with great views
Wonderful secluded house with great views
My family of 4 and I were looking for a place to quietly relax and we were very pleased with this property. The backyard has a stunning view of the mountains and a beautiful infinity pool. The pool is unheated and was quite cold while we were there in December (we jumped in anyway though as it was 65-75 degrees F outside during our stay). The hot tub on the roof of the house, however, was nice and warm and a great place to admire the clear view of the stars at night. My family likes to cook and we used the fully equipped kitchen every day of our stay - the house is also a 10-15 minute drive from several nice restaurants. Tucson itself has a lot of great restaurants and it is an easy drive to get there as long as you plan for the drive time. The property is located in the town of Catalina (which is about a 40 minute drive from downtown Tucson) which is something to keep in mind if you'd rather be closer to downtown. It is also at the top of a large hill, which is why it has such nice views, but the road leading up to the house is dirt and gravel and a very small compact car might have trouble making it up. The house is very private and secluded and is about a 5 minute drive from a large grocery store, and a gas station. Because the house is in the foothills, you can walk out the back gate and go for a hike up the hills and mountains - just watch for mountain bikers (or bring your bike and join them). The wifi was fast and the living room was comfortable and a great place to relax after a day of sight seeing in Tucson or hiking out back. If you are looking for a beautiful private setting to relax and recharge this property is wonderful.
- Guest kiki
- Date of stay 12/28/13
- Review Submitted 01/09/14
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Fun/RelaxationGuest comment entered by owner
Loved the house & location-very peaceful. We DID swim in the pool-it was cold but refreshing (then we hopped into the hot tub)! Our favorite moments: New Years Eve on the roof watching fireworks locally. Waking up to the beautiful landscape & birds. We really enjoyed meeting our hosts!
- Guest Cathy, Kevin, Kiersten, Topher
- Date of stay 12/29/13
- Review Submitted 01/05/14
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning Costs: $200
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $250
- Pet Fee: $200
- Property Damage Protection: $89
- Taxes Not included
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- Nearest Airport: Tucson International at 30 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Catalina Mountain View Saddlebrooke Clubhouse at 2 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Mt Lemon (as the crow flies) at 5 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Saddlebrooke Mountain View Golf Club at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Saddlebrooke Mountain View Clubhouse Restaurant at 2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Hans and Elma grew up near Cape Town, South Africa. Elma, trained as a radiographer but assisted Hans operate a successful mining conference company for many years. Hans completed a Ph D in Space chemistry at the University of Cape Town and earned his Pilot Wings from the South African Air Force. He now flies gliders and collects minerals. Hans' career as a mining consultant requires frequent travel to faraway places. Hans' hobby is finding and improving tranquil homes. MiraMontes is Hans' and Elma's pride and joy. During three winter months each year when Hans and Elma spend time in Africa, they are delighted to share MiraMontes with like-minded guests. MiraMontes is in Phase 2 of a five-stage sustainability project.. Water harvesting, tree growing, topsoil development, organic vegetable cultivation; soil erosion abatement; solar hot water; solar electric generation.
Why the Owner Chose Catalina Foothills:
In the course of his extensive travels, Hans has found several magic spots in the world. One of these is a guest farm called Etusis in central Namibia. The mountain setting, vegetation and climate at MiraMontes is almost identical to that at Etusis. Miramontes is, however, very much easier to get to and is much more luxurious. For most of the year MiraMontes is the owners' personal home and residence as the large number of shade trees planted need regular watering through the summer months. To get to Etusis requires a 2-1/2 hr flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek then a two-hour drive west to Karibib followed by a 40-min drive south to the farm in the middle of 'nowhere'. MiraMontes offers similar charm with superior accommodation, only 30-min N of Tucson and within 5-20 minutes of every amenity a guest could possibly wish for.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Step out of MiraMontes home and take off in any direction on a great hiking adventure. Up the mountain, into the foothills, along the wash or down the hill...its all beautiful and interesting. Hans enjoys the rustic approach to MiraMontes through the Mesquite bosque across two mostly dry washes populated by free ranging cows and calves. He particularly enjoys coming along the long driveway up to Miramontes as the spectacular mountains suddenly come into view. Elma appreciates MiraMonte's proximity to shopping, gas, groceries, hair salon, excellent restaurants, golf courses, movie houses etc. Note: MiraMontes is all on one floor and therefore easily accessible to wheelchairs. There are however no additional 'wheelchair accessible' features such as support railings in the bathroom.
- Primary: +1 970/903-0529 Antoinette Lucero-Rivas (Property Manager)
- Secondary: +1 303/549-4480 Hans von Michaelis (Owner)
- Tertiary: +1 303548-3984 Elma von Michaelis (Owner)
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Breathtaking views from patio
Huge patio with grand views
Large entry way
Secluded in the beautiful Arizona desert near Tucson
Open kitchen with lots of counter space and room to cook
Beautiful fireplace and large glass doors that lead out to patio
Breathtaking desert landscape, view from patio
Cactus flowers in full bloom
Prickly pear in fruit
Downstairs patio and upstairs deck with hot tub
Master bedroom with sliding glass door leading out to pool enclosure
Huge living room area
View from dinning area windows
Front of house...Golf anyone?
Large, magnificent infinity edge pool
Breakfast nook counter
Georgeous mountain view backdrop above pebble tech infinity edge pool
Patio wraps around east side of house
Barrel cactus flowers
Master bedroom shower large enough for two
Cozy bedroom with beautiful decor
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