Heartland Guesthouse: Birding, Birding, Birding, Hiking & Astronomy Paradise!(19 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft & sofabed; 2 Baths; Sleeps up to 5 adults + 3 kids
Located in the high Madrean Oak Grasslands of southern Arizona, at an altitude of nearly 5200 feet, Heartland Guesthouse lies on the Heartland Ranch near the long-ago community of Canelo between the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains and the Canelo Hills. Weather is temperate year-round, with temperatures generally running about 15 degrees cooler than Tucson and 20-25 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Heartland Ranch is a 160-acre former bustling livestock ranch that now quietly awaits our next Guests. Once guardian of cattle, horses, goats, sheep and, yes, alpacas, our “retired” Anatolian Shepherd dog Zena now snoozes peacefully during the days while Bruno, the rescued Lab/Chesapeake retriever mix, faithfully watches over the Ranch, Guesthouse and its people. Zena, by the way, is shameless about being petted and handed treats, so be forewarned. There's a reason we’ve placed a well-stocked 'Pet Treats' jar just inside the Guesthouse door!
The Guesthouse entry leads through an “Arizona room”, known to the rest of the world as a sunroom, which opens to the vaulted great room (the ceiling is 18’ high!) with its cozy wood pellet stove, spacious dining area overlooking the myriad bird feeders just outside the patio, breakfast bar and fully-equipped kitchen with newer electric range, new microwave, full-size refrigerator/freezer, blender, mixer, slow cooker, toaster, rice maker, high-quality cutlery and Corian counters. 'Foodies' ourselves, we have equipped the Guesthouse kitchen with everything a foodie would need, whether staying a week or a month. We even include the spices and cooking oil!
Also on the first floor is a generous bedroom adjacent to the bathroom. This bedroom is furnished with a very comfortable King bed; on request we happily make it into 2 Twin beds. The first-floor bathroom has handi-bars for the safety and convenience of older guests, and we can add armrests to the toilet and a shower seat in the tub on request. Our most recent long-term tenant in the Guesthouse, prior to it becoming a vacation rental, was a gentleman who used a walker for getting around, so we know the lower level of the Guesthouse is very suitable for someone with mild mobility restrictions.
The second-floor master bedroom is large, with a 'VERY comfortable' (to quote our guests) Queen bed, vaulted ceiling, private balcony and ensuite bathroom. Also on the second floor is a loft with office or library set-up including a desk, phone, bookcase and wired or wireless Internet connection to high-speed satellite.
Important note: Due to limitations of the septic system, Heartland Guesthouse is able to accept a maximum of up to 5 adults and 3 children under the age of twelve (a total of 8 persons) for up to a week at a time. Parties of 1-6 guests have no such length-of-stay restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.
As for activities while staying at the Guesthouse, here are just a few:
Birding! Birding! Birding! Year round, we provide a reliable source of fresh water and plentiful food for the myriad species of resident, breeding and migratory birds who visit Heartland Guesthouse and the surrounding magnificent live oak forest. Every Spring, we or our Guests add yet another bird to our Sightings list. Even if you aren't a 'birder', you can't help but enjoy the avian antics that take place just outside the Guesthouse patio and within easy viewing from the dining area.
For folks who are looking for complete and total relaxation in a beautiful location, we have an interesting library of books, CDs and DVDs, that we can augment to your special interests, as well as games, jigsaw puzzles, hiking staffs, golf umbrellas, a National Forest practically right outside your door and, on your return, comfortable seating near the cozy pellet stove or outside on the patio.
A fully-equipped kitchen means you can cook all your meals to your heart’s content or just prepare a quick and easy breakfast before you head out the door to area adventures and excellent dining.
Wineries, shopping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, boating, star-gazing, visiting area tourist attractions, birding in one of the world's top birdwatching destinations, trail riding with horses or mountain bikes – these are just a few of the possibilities.
We maintain a Guest Activities Book and brochures with lots of ideas to keep you as occupied as you want to be, and we are happy to provide suggestions on places to visit, eat and enjoy. The activities available here are myriad, but the one thing you are not allowed to be here is bored!
Heartland Ranch, on which Heartland Guesthouse is situated, is rurally located 20 miles south of Sonoita and 15 miles west of Sierra Vista, surrounded on 2 sides by National Forest. A 'traffic jam' here means the raccoons or Montezuma Quail are taking their time crossing the road. State Highway 83 brings you to within 1.5 miles of the Guesthouse; and the graded, gravel road the rest of the way is easily traversed by passenger cars. Fort Huachuca, a US Army fort dating from the days of Cochise and Geronimo, graciously permits US citizens to apply for a 30-day access badge through the Fort to Sierra Vista, so that all the amenities of a city are just 30 minutes away. Sonoita is also 30 minutes away; Patagonia is another 15 minutes farther. Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson, Karchner Caverns, Tubac and the Mission at Tumacacori are all within approximately an hour’s drive away. Tucson and its International Airport, where rental cars may be obtained, is an hour and a half away; and the Guesthouse is 3 hours from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, where airfares are often discounted.
Local phone service is provided year-round at the Guesthouse, and your friends, family and business associates will be able to reach you on a dedicated land line. Because cell service is very spotty in this area, we also provide unlimited long distance calling during our High Season. High Season runs from December 15-April 30 and has a minimum stay of 7 days. The rest of the year, rates by necessity are significantly lower; and we are therefore unable to provide long distance service at no cost. For off-season daily and weekly guests, calling cards will solve the problem; and they are available to be purchased at our cost if you wish. For Off-Season monthly guests, we are happy to pre-arrange unlimited long distance service for a very reasonable $29 per month.
We are proud to say Heartland Guesthouse is clean, clean, clean. If you, like us, have ever stayed in a less-than-clean vacation rental, you know how important this is. We sanitize the linens and towels between guests and the Guesthouse is scrubbed to within an inch of its life before each guest arrives. Because Heartland Guesthouse is maintained as a low-allergen vacation rental, we regretfully do not accept any pets at this time.
We know there are a few cheaper vacation rentals in this general area, but most are more expensive ones. Our Guests tell us that none deliver the amenities and hospitality for the price that Heartland Guesthouse does. Perhaps that's why so many of our Guests are repeat Guests; and they tend to book very, very early in the season to guarantee their preferred dates of stay. Generally, Heartland Guesthouse is nearly fully booked from November through April, so we know we're doing something right! If you are interested in Heartland Guesthouse (and we sincerely hope you are) we encourage you to book as early as possible to guarantee your preferred dates.
We will contact you about 2 weeks before your arrival to find out your particular interests in visiting this area and will tailor the Guesthouse's selection of guide books, activity brochures and maps to your taste. At that time, we will also provide a list of all the supplies we provide for our Guests, so you don't overpack, or overbuy, for your visit.
Our mission is to provide you with a truly memorable vacation -- one that brings warm memories and a smile for years to come -- so please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of assistance. We look forward to your visit!
Keywords: Outstanding Birding on Site, Excellent Birding nearby, Vacation Rental, Guesthouse, Hiking, Wineries, Ranch, National Forest, Foodies, Arizona Trail, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Canelo, Elgin, Patagonia, Sonoita, Fort Huachuca, Tombstone, Bisbee, Sierra Vista
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Member since: 2011
- 1580 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
We do not rent to students or singles under the age of 25 unless Primary Renter is Active Military with Commanding Officer's contact information; government-issued photo ID required for all renters....moreless
We love children and welcome them! Please be aware, we are in a very rural area surrounded by National Forest. Heartland Guesthouse and the Ranch on which it lies are not child-proofed and parents or legal guardians assume the responsibility for the care and safety of their children while at Heartland Guesthouse....moreless
First floor bedroom adjacent to full bath with handibars. Toilet armrests and shower seat available at no additional charge on request. However, we do not have ramps and doorways are not universal access size....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
There is no smoking within Heartland Guesthouse or within 25' of any open doors or windows. Heartland Ranch, on which the Guesthouse lies, is a no-smoking environment because of high wildfire danger. Guests may smoke in their vehicles or on the Guesthouse rear patio, 25 or more feet away from any open doors or windows, where an ash can is provided for safe disposal of ashes and butts....moreless
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Heartland Guesthouse sits on the 160-acre Heartland Ranch in the oak grasslands of southern Arizona at 5200' elevation nearly surrounded by National Forest. Climate is nearly always temperate. This comfortable, clean and attractive 2-bedroom, 2-bath home with loft office has recently been extensively refurbished. Corian counters in the fully-equipped 'foodies' kitchen, new carpeting, fine linens and everything necessary to make your vacation carefree and enjoyable are provided. King bed in first-floor bedroom makes into 2 Twins on request; handibars in the adjacent bath for our older guests; toilet armrests & shower chair available. Children welcome! Horse facilities available for additional fee. Tradewinds Cooler for warm days; cozy pellet stove for brisk winter evenings. No pets please; we are a low-allergen residence. 30 minutes to all major services/amenities in nearby Sierra Vista or Sonoita. Owner/Professional Manager lives onsite 300' away; privacy absolutely respected....moreless
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- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
Because Heartland Guesthouse is at 5200 feet elevation, we have not found the need for A/C. Rather, the Guesthouse has a Tradewinds Cooler that is typically only necessary June through September....moreless
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Hi-Speed satellite Internet is very reliable. Typical rural up- and download restrictions apply with the 20GB/month data limit. Normal e-mail and Internet activities will not exceed the limit!...moreless
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Cell service is very spotty here; free local calls year-round; free long-distance calls from Dec. 15-April 30; during Low Season, long distance calling cards may be purchased from manager at cost. ...moreless
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Full-size fridge/freezer; electric range with 4-burner ceramic cooktop and full-size oven; microwave; all dishes, cookware and utensils necessary for a true 'Foodie' kitchen; and outdoor gas 4-burner BBQ with separate side burner....moreless
We provide toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex, cleaning supplies, 2 styrofoam coolers and 1 cool bag, plastic and aluminum wrap, baggies and garbage bags, full set of spices and cooking oil....moreless
The 2nd floor balcony off the Master boasts a glorious view of our pastures and the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains, morning sunrises and the incredible colors of the sunset. Great for stargazing as well!...moreless
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Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning Fee $175
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Tax Rate 6.6%
Monthly rentals (28-29 nights) are at rate stated per season plus $220 cleaning and $79 Property Damage Protection. June-August are for monthly rentals only. 6.6% AZ hospitality tax is charged by the Arizona Department of Revenue for less than a 30-day stay.
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*Bird watching: This part of southern Arizona is one of the premier bird-watching areas in the world, and Heartland Guesthouse is renowned for the quantity of species of birds we are able to attract. Perhaps it is the majestic 300-year old Arizona White Oak forest just outside the Guesthouse. Perhaps it is the daily attention to the multitude of bird feeders and waterers. Perhaps we're just lucky! But even Audubon administrative staff and seasoned members have raved about the birding just outside the doors of Heartland Guesthouse. Be sure to bring your binoculars!
*Hiking: The Arizona Trail is a short distance away, as well as multiple trails into the Huachuca Mountains from both the east and west sides.
*Horse riding: There are rental stables in Sonoita for guided horseback tours. Or, bring your own horse and ride out from Heartland Ranch! Ask about fees for stall rental.
*Wine tasting: A number of excellent wineries within a 30-minute drive of Heartland Guesthouse are open for wine tasting 3-7 days/week, which is why we have equipped our kitchen for 'foodies' and placed an excellent gas grill in the patio.
*Foodies: If you like to EAT great food, we can recommend some truly magnificent restaurants to you that equal the quality of the best metropolitan restaurants at a fraction of the price. If you like to COOK great food, the kitchen is fully equipped & a high-quality gas barbecue is just outside.
Year Purchased: 1996
About: Heartland Guesthouse's co-Owner and Property Manager, Rachel Hendrickson, has been a real estate broker since 1987. In 1996, she and her husband, Mark, left their busy careers in Tucson and moved to Heartland Ranch, where Mark took a position in Sierra Vista and Rachel was occupied full-time running the Ranch, its Country Store and all the public activities involved with it. In 2006, Rachel and Mark made the decision to give up ranching in favor of spending more time with family, friends and each other. Since then, the former Foreman's House, located 300' away from the Ranch House, has been completely rehabbed and refurnished and is now known as Heartland Guesthouse. Mark and Rachel are delighted to welcome vacationers from all over the world to enjoy the amenities and ambience of Heartland Guesthouse together with world-class hospitality. Having stayed in a number of vacation rentals themselves, they have personally experienced the highs, and lows, of the vacation rental experience. They have used their personal experiences to create a truly welcoming environment for the discerning traveler, with everything necessary for not just a comfortable stay but one to be fondly remembered, with a smile, for years to come.
Why Elgin, AZ, USA:
Mark and Rachel know the best marketing can't be bought with money, but rather with outstanding customer service; and to that end, it is their pleasure to provide truly outstanding customer service to their guests. Our guests have graciously rewarded us with consistently stellar reviews, and we encourage any potential guest to read them.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We have always known that Heartland Guesthouse is a superb location from which to enjoy excellent birding, especially from January through May, as we are a breeding stop for migratory birds returning to their homes up north after a long winter. A recent visitor, with past experience working with the Audubon Society, reported during her 4-day stay in April that she spotted 29 species of birds just in and around the Guesthouse!
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Heartland Guesthouse faces the Huachuca Mountains to the east
The Great Room's vaulted ceiling soars 18' above the cozy pellet stove.
The stairs just to the right of the entry door lead to the Master and the loft.
The Great Room's dining area comfortably seats 8 at the table and kitchen bar.
The open concept kitchen is well-equipped for casual dining or gourmet meals.
The large Master Bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, balcony and an ensuite bathroom.
The 12x17' Master is spacious and well-furnished with both bureau and dresser.
The loft is conducive to writing, reading or planning the next day's activities.
In this photo, the downstairs bedroom is configured with 2 twin beds.
The patio outside the dining area has a gas grill, table and seating for 6.
The sunroom makes a perfect spot for a morning coffee or doing jigsaw puzzles.
The 'Huachuca Gang' of wild turkeys regularly patrols Heartland Ranch.
The Guesthouse has a balcony off the Master and a passive sunroom facing east.
The Great Room seating area has comfortable chairs and a full-size sleeper sofa.
The open loft is equipped as an office or study and overlooks the Great Room.
The dining area overlooking the patio's bird feeders is a great birding spot!
Even the kitchen window has views of birds, forest and Nature's bounty.
The views from the Master balcony are spectacular any time of the year.
Sitting at the loft's desk, looking out the window, you are at bird nest height.
The downstairs bedroom can be configured 2 ways. Here we show the Kingsize bed.
A large walk-in closet and dresser with mirror complete the downstairs bedroom.
The patio is adjacent to the 'Bird Restaurant' with 10 feeders and 2 birdbaths.
The sunroom has shelves for guest use and seating for putting on hiking boots.
If this is your idea of gorgeous, you'll be happy you chose Heartland Guesthouse
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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