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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.
2nd Bedroom very peaceful w/comfortable pillow top mattress...moreless
Two large bedrooms each with private bathroom. Master bedroom (1) opens to pool enclosure with magnificent views. Comfortable high end mattresses. MiraMontes guests frequently comment on never having slept as well...peace and quiet, fresh mountain air. ...moreless
2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Bathroom 1: toilet, shower
Deluxe travertine shower big enough for 2, granite counters...moreless
Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower
Dual sinks and vanity w/travertine tiled floor and counters ...moreless
Bathroom 3: toilet
Half bath conveniently located in common area...moreless
Beautiful bathrooms all have travertine tile throughout with high end fixtures. Half bath conveniently located in common area....moreless
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
Library located in additional living area. Plus additional collection of historical American west and local interest books accessible on request through the grounds keeper....moreless
Exceptional -- experience 20,000 acres of mountainside without a neighbor in sight....moreless
Miraval Resort & Spa is 1 mile away;
MiraMontes considers itself to be a 'Getaway' resort.
Hilton Conquistador and Ritz Carlton Golf Resorts are within 30 minutes drive....moreless
Free Range grazing --as rural as can be yet close to everything...moreless
Oro Valley ~ 15-min drive
Village of Catalina ~ 10 minutes drive
Village of Saddlebrooke ~5 minutes
Magnificent 55 ft infinity edge pool view with Catalina Mountains backdrop....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
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
Seating for 10 people
Well working air conditioner...however not necessary in the winter months....moreless
Kenmore heavy duty dryer conveniently located in separate laundry room (adjoining the walk in pantry). In Arizona mother nature also provides perfect outdoor dryer! ...moreless
Beautiful beehive fireplace with glass screen...moreless
3 car garage of which 2 are reserved for owner vehicles. Guest may have access to 1 space. Owners are flexible for special needs....moreless
Forced air heating throughout; solar hot water and photovoltaics...moreless
High-end linens provided for bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen...moreless
Large open plan living areas with leather sectional, comfortable lounge chairs, hardwood/glass furniture and leather seating enough for at least 10. Entertainment center with 48in flat screen tv...moreless
Adequate parking area large enough for at least 6 or 7 vehicles. Circular drive makes for convenient turn around....moreless
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
GE Profile eye level stainless steel microwave...moreless
GE Profile oven with broiler...kitchen contains additional (easy to use) NuWave glass convection cooker on countertop...moreless
Large walk in pantry stocked with cleaning supplies, large serving dishes, blenders, crock pots, extra coffee maker, vases, candle sticks, hot servers, oversized cooking pots, etc......moreless
Double door stainless steel refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and water purifier...moreless
GE Profile glass top stainless steel stove/oven with broiler...moreless
Black/stainless steel 4 slice top loading toaster. NuWave convection oven cooker also makes excellent toast....moreless
Beautiful upstairs deck/balcony area overlooks breathtaking views....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Large patio is the focus of the living area. Fantastic unobstructed views with ambiance....moreless
Golf course located within minutes of the property....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Large garden area with lush plants located throughout property. ...moreless
Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 10 - Dec 9, 2015 5 night min stay
Christmas/New Years Holiday Dec 10 - Jan 10, 2016 5 night min stay
Winter Jan 11 - Apr 30, 2016 5 night min stay
My Standard Rate 5 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Property Damage Protection$99
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
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 Tucson Mountain 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 Lodge: 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.