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Beautiful, Secluded Guest House in the Heart of Tucson

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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5 - 7 nights


La Madera House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Our 900 square foot guest house is a garden sanctuary in the center of Tucson. It has been renovated, but still maintains the feel of an older home. It has an eclectic feel, and is very artistic; is within a few minutes of most commercial, retail and university areas, and within 30 minutes of most things Tucson. There are 3 lush secluded patios, an horno (mud oven), gas grill and smoker, vegetable garden and small fountain that are available for your enjoyment. We have 2 nice mountain bikes that are available for in-town commuting, or for a nature ride on nearby trails. While this is on shared property with the owners, the house is completely separate, and has the feel of a private home.

Keywords: Guest House

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2016
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About The Owner

This house was purchased in 1996 by Mark and Kristine with the idea of making a permanent home, and has become a creative expression for both. Mark expanded and renovated both the guest house and main house over the last few years. The garden and outdoor areas are a work in progress, and reflect the artistic and gardening passions of the owners.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for opening your home to us. We had a wonderful time! It was great coming "home" to a place like this after a day touring around.
Oct 2010
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Beautiful, Secluded Guest House in the Heart of Tucson
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Eden Prairie, MN, USA

Excellent in Tucson

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay. The location and the hosts and the accomodations are the best. The perfectly laid out casita and the beautiful garden with sculpture and artwork was all wonderful. We loved it all. We will return without hesitation. The only thing that could make me happier would be an update to the tub/shower area. Othewise, no complaints about the casita or bathroom. If Christine ever does a cookbook, you will want it. She makes some of the best food I have ever had anywhere. I highly recommend the casita.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our second home in Tucson!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this house and for all the good reasons: hospitable and attentive owners, central location, clean, comfortable and well furnished house.

I also appreciate their manicured garden and we had a chance to enjoy its relaxed and private settings.

Thank you for a memorable time staying at this wonderful home, we greatly appreciate it and highly recommended it to anyone interested in staying in Tucson for leisure or work.

Best regards,

Reggie and Junko

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Coquitlam, BC

Great home away from home

  • 5 of 5

No surprises here, everything was exactly as I was expecting - the owner details and pictures are very accurate. The home is very clean and comfortable and well equiped. The garden and patio areas were an added bonus. The location is very central and getting around Tucson was quite easy. Mark & Christine are wonderful hosts - their knowledge of the Tucson area was invaluable. They made us feel right at home and even went as far as to invite us to Thanksgiving dinner - thanks again for a delicious meal.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South East Az


  • 5 of 5

I made these arrangements for some friends who used to live in Az and return each year to visit. I was very impressed with the Guest House and dealing with the owners and VRBO. The following are the comments of the guests."Our first impression was how much bigger it was than the pictures showed and very tastefully decorated along with everything you needed to stay awhile. If what you needed was not there Kristine and Mark were very kind and accommodating. It was very quiet so we felt safe as if we were the only ones around. We wondered about the evaporative cooling in July but with the ceiling fans it was quite sufficient even too cool we would at times turn them off. We also appreciated the covered parking and the patios were a delight to use. This was our first experience using a Guest House. Thank You for making it a pleasant one!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Vegas, NV

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this gorgeous guest home with my cousin Natasa and friend Bostjan, who were visiting from Slovenia, during the UA Homecoming weekend (October 20-October 28, 2010) and it was the BEST stay I have ever experienced in Tucson and I visit Tucson quite regularly. The home is homey and comfortable with the Tucson style architecture and feel. And if anything could top this great home was the most gorgeous back yard, that we enjoyed every morning and every evening, sometimes feeling like we were keeping the home Owners, who were very nice and accomodating, from enjoying their own yard. Thank you Kristine for welcoming us into your home and letting us enjoy it to the fullest. I will be back soon and all I can hope is that you will have availability when I do decide to return to Tucson next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, Colorado

What else could you ask for?

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location! If you want the best of both worlds -- easy access to fun and funky urban offerings and amazing desert hikes, you'll love this place! Besides the convenience, the place itself is such an alluring refuge -- easy to feel at peace and at home, while immersing in exotic and "foreign" natural beauty of the desert Southwest and the low-key, relaxing, quiet southwest lifestyle -- in the middle of the city!

Highlight: walking out every morning into our own private, secluded, tranquil piece of paradise. Beautifully landscaped with shady native trees and flowering cactus, shrubs and groundcovers, breathtaking color from the bougainvillea cascading down the stucco walls, and an enticing vegetable garden. There are talavera pots of fragrant citrus trees right outside the sliding glass doors, at the edge of the shaded portico. There’s an earthen wood-fired oven that bakes amazing homemade pizza. Desert songbirds and migrating species visit the babbling agave water sculpture, while mourning doves coo from above. The peaks of the Catalinas glow in the mornings and evenings, and you can even see the Ventana rock formation (with binoculars) from your vantage on the patio. There are a few different areas to hang out in –shady or sunny, your choice—set apart by landscaping and artfully constructed low walls and pavers, accented with bright mosaic tile.

Inside, the guest house is clean, quiet, cool, and comfortable. It feels new and fresh inside, with soft, earthy colors on the walls and Saltillo tile flooring. Finished wood trim, fixtures and furnishings give a lot of charm and character. The main bedroom and the main living area (kitchen, living room, and dining room) are open and spacious. With direct access to the courtyard, it’s a great space for cooking and entertaining a small group of people.

Stroll up to Raging Sage for excellent coffee, chat with friendly locals, get ideas for that day’s adventures. Breakfast at the Hotel Congress downtown is a must. Check out the offbeat venues of Fourth Avenue or South Park Avenue and east University Boulevard (west of campus).

Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to chat with the friendly proprietors of this unique urban oasis and guest house. They are a repository of interesting anecdotes and information about Tucson, culinary insights, outdoor adventure, desert natural history, sustainable living, progressive politics, and music.

Truly a desert refuge for the aesthete!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

La Madera House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Summer Pricing
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Summer Pricing
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 2.0%

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La Madera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with a full-sized bath/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is a pull out queen sized futon with a temperapedic top
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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