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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Country House / Chateau, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8-10) + Guest House

Where the West is still Wild! The A Diamond Ranch is a working cattle ranch nestled on 22,000 acres of saguaro-studded mountains. The main ranch house can be your home for the best vacation ever. (Plus the Restored Bunkhouse for an addition $125 a night.) The 1930's ranch house has been completely restored and improved upon. You will feel like you have stepped back in time and out of the rush of everyday life.

The A Diamond is one of the few working ranches in Arizona with a year-round river running through it. The Gila River is accessible from all of the ranch buildings and is a wonderful source of recreation including kayaking and tubing. Bring your own horses and ride the wide open spaces or catch the spectacular and historical Arizona Trail that intersects through the ranch. Four-wheeling with jeeps and ATV's are another alternative to exploring the beautiful mountains. Artists and writers will be inspired by the ranch's beauty. Bird watchers will delight at all of the birds calling the Gila River home.

The home has over 3200 sq ft of living space plus our swimming pool and 5 private porches and verandas, for you to hangout and relaxation space for this fantastic Arizona ranch vacation.

Just inside our hundred-year-old front doors is the first of several living areas. Sit by the rock fireplace and enjoy a long getting-reacquainted visit with family or friends or lose yourself in one of the many books in our library. The little den off the kitchen is another gathering place you will enjoy as everyone joins in the preparation of meals in the cozy kitchen with its antique furnishings and modern appliances. Even doing dishes is fun in the old farmhouse sink. Mealtime is a treasure around the harvest table in the dining room with its wall-to-wall windows overlooking the pool area and the majestic saguaros and purple mountains beyond. The game room boasts a large flat screen TV, game tables and comfy seating.

You will love our 4 magnificent bedrooms.

The Cattle Baron's room lets you sleep like royalty in its huge antique king-sized bed. Sit by the fire in the cozy beehive fireplace and wake up to the glorious sound of the river running below. The master bathroom is a full bath. Look for the A Diamond brand in the shower.

Libby's Room, named after the owner's wonderful mother-in-law, has a lovely king-sized bed and beautiful aqua and brown decor. Next to it is the A Diamond Bunk Room. Antique bunk-size beds and red, black and blue linens and cowboy pillows make this the choice for kids.

The main bathroom across from Libby's Room and the Bunk Room is right beside the full laundry room facility.

Linda's Room is a quiet little blue and white retreat with a queen bed off the kitchen side of the house with its own bathroom, and is a favorite of everybody's. High quality linens and towels are provided for all rooms.

More Details

Owner
Helen Vinson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Helen Vinson

My name is Helen Vinson and my husband Gregg and I own the A Diamond Ranch. It is a working cattle ranch with a carrying capacity of about 300 head of cattle. We are conservation ranchers and sell our all natural beef at the local farmer's markets.

Helen Vinson purchased this house in 2004

Why Helen Vinson chose Kearny

This was not purchased as a vacation rental, but rather to keep a historic ranch from being split up. The main home had been sold off separately from the ranching operation and when the opportunity came available to put it back with the ranch we jumped on it. Our home is about an hour from the ranch, but every time I go out to the ranch it is like a mini-vacation and we decided we wanted to share this special place with others.

Map

Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Skyharbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
General Kearny Inn
Nearest Golf
43 Miles
Gold Canyon Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
General Kearny Inn
Car: necessary

Waterfront, not Lake/Oceanfront. Ask for details.

Star Gazing, Bird Watching, Rock Hounding, Hunting, ATV and Jeeping.

Amenities

Kearny House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
Alternative Lifestyle. Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
5

Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! The home and surrounding area are quite beautiful. The home was very clean and well appointed; even more beautiful than the pictures. All was as described and the folks overseeing the property are accommodating, trustworthy, and very easy to work with. Many thanks - we will certainly return!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome place for a guys' weekend

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the ranch for four nights with four childhood friends. We are all professionals in our mid-thirties. We had a blast (too much so, perhaps)! The rooms and common living spaces were very comfortable, and the kitchen was well-stocked and functional. Lots of space for 2 families if you wanted to bring the kids.

We loved hanging out by the pool during the day and in the hot tub at night under the clear Arizona skies. The ranch is equipped with charcoal BBW and a brazier grill in the woodshed. We used both and suggest you plan to as well!

We also made a few trip down the Gila river on tubes provided by the ranch and our own. I would recommend entering upstream at the Kelvin highway bridge (near Mineral Creek). The total tube ride takes about 1.5 - 2 hours and features a number of small rapids that are loads of fun. Just stay out of the brambles that dip into the river from the shore, as you can get somewhat scratched up and potentially puncture a tube (although we managed to avoid the latter despite often finding ourselves in the brambles).

If you enjoy hiking, there is a trailhead for the Arizona trail. You can also climb Picketpost mountain which is a 40 minute drive towards Phoenix, although it is a relatively strenous 3-3.5 hour hike round trip so plan accordingly; avoid the day time and bring plenty of water - we were lucky to be gifted some surplus water in the parking lot by a few kind-hearted Arizonans, otherwise we would have struggled.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magical desert oasis

  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely stunning. I can't say enough good things about it. The authenticity of the ranch is refreshing. It felt private, and rural, but not uncomfortable in any way. The house is decorated with such intricate detail, we enjoyed just wandering around the property and admiring the obvious history of the ranch.

I was here with a few friends to have a mini-work retreat and this was the perfect escape from the noise and fuss that comes along with every day city life. And, the wifi speed (10-15 mbps up/down) was strong enough that we could all work without issue.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Desert Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Having read all of the other reviews, we know there isn't much we can add. But let us add our voice to those who say that the pictures online DON'T do it justice. You simply cannot see the view of the mountains around, cannot hear the birds or the river, cannot enjoy the relative silence and all the beauty through pictures. So come, and see for yourself how wonderful this place is. And let me add, that the owners very are highly respectful and responsive--a delight to rent from. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Castle Rock
5

A Dream Come True- First class all the way!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every inch of the property and want to return! Quiet, private, beautiful and serene! We hope to return next year...the ATVing was superb and the weather spectacular. The bed mattresses were some of the most relaxing and supportive we have experienced and we are world travelers! Every inch of the property is lovingly appointed with anything one could hope for or imagine...the furnishings are gorgeous and the decor is over the top exquisite! We are owners of antiques from all over the world and were very impressed. The only thing we are wondering about is that we're still waiting to get our security deposit back and its been 8 days since we left. Having a hard time locating on the site where to get an update on when we will receive it back.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing...

  • 5 of 5

I can not wait to return! Our whole family enjoyed our stay! Thank you for sharing your ranch with us

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Pool is heated with Solar Heater, but can be supplemented with gas propane heater-$350 deposit required per week.50% of the rental rate at booking with the remain 50% plus security deposit, pet fees and cleaning fees due 60 days prior to check in for weekly rentals and 60 days prior to monthly rentals.

Any fees charged for paying by credit card will be deducted from the security deposit refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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