The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch(7 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Guest House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, (Sleeps 6)
THE REAL DEAL
The historic Open Cross Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch in the Canelo Hills near Sonoita. Enjoy stunning views and excellent accommodations. The Ranch was first homesteaded in 1918. Most recently the original house and two private guest houses have been updated and renovated by owners - husband and wife, Mac & Billie Donaldson. They reside in the main house, and the Homestead and Canelo Houses are available for travelers. With unrivaled panoramic views and spacious areas, the western setting also provides a rich backdrop for events, including weddings and receptions.
HOME SWEET HOME
Each house is tastefully appointed with details that make a house a home, such as linens, cookware, dinnerware and more. Each quality item has been personally chosen by Billie Donaldson. Other luxuries include a modern laundry room in each house, and beautifully appointed kitchens. Your comfort and privacy are important at the Ranch. Once you arrive, it becomes your private home to come and go as you please; a 100% self-serve stay. Billie’s complimentary welcome basket will be waiting for you. She might include fresh eggs from her hen house, seasonal goodies, or other local offerings.
HORSES WELCOME AT OPEN CROSS RANCH
I you choose to bring your horse(s), call for details. Private rides are sometimes available with the owner, schedule permitting; a great way to see the working side of the Ranch.
A GREAT ESCAPE
The Open Cross motto is, “unplug and unwind”. Be prepared to leave city life behind. This countryside property provides private nature walks, hikes, horseback riding, and mountain biking right outside your door. The dark nighttime skies are a stargazer’s paradise, and the landscape is pure inspiration for artists and photographers. Riding stables are just a stone’s throw, and a mere 4 1/2 miles off of Hwy 83, you’ll find yourself in the heart of some of Arizona’s best wine country. The immediate area offers wine tastings and tours at a dozen vineyards and wineries, many of which are recipients of some of the most prestigious wine awards and accolades. “Foodies” might also appreciate local organic produce, Farmers’ Markets, and plentiful homemade goods. A quick jaunt to nearby Sonoita and other towns, reveals a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, historic attractions, museums and other recreation. Throughout the year escape to events such as the Sonoita Rodeo, horse races, food events, county fairs and other community activities. Fishing and water sport enthusiasts enjoy nearby lakes - Parker Canyon and Patagonia.
FOR NATURE LOVERS
This Madera oak woodland receives the majority of rainfall from July through September, bringing rolling green pastures and abundant wildlife activity. Every changing season is celebrated here. The higher elevation of 5,100 ft. makes for cooler, greener summers than many of the surrounding cities and towns, while fall and winter are comparatively mild, with a short-lived snowfall now and then. Each season brings unique sights of native fauna and colorful landscapes specific to these wooded grasslands.
BEHIND THE SCENES.
Open Cross Ranch is a USDA Forest permit in the Canelo Hills of Santa Cruz County. This year-round cow and calf operation has crossbred cows with Angus and Hereford bulls. Calves are born from April–July and are weaned in the fall. Because of the difficult terrain of these limestone hills, working cattle by traditional horseback is necessary. Owner Mac Donaldson oversees the day to day operations that keep this part of the Ranch's history alive and kick'n. It is a beautiful family affair.
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Member since: 2011
- Max. occupancy 4
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Charming, spacious 1/2 bath which connects to a private laundry room.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Ceiling fans, Air conditioning, Down comforters, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability....moreless
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 5 people
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 6.6%
Rates are subject to change.
If you need to board your horse(s) contact us for details at 520-455-4603
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About the owner: The Donaldsons have been ranching in Southern Arizona for four generations and have a strong tie to the land. Mac & Billie are hands-on, making your stay the best possible in every way.
Why the Owner Chose Sonoita, AZ, USA:
Open Cross Ranch abides to personal ethics of conservation and sustainability. The original homestead property is a prime example of Western heritage and hospitality.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The charming Canelo House has everything you need to make yourself comfortable. It serves as the perfect home base for the many activities in the surrounding areas. The Ranch is private but still convenient to nearby Sonoita, and is central to almost a dozen vineyards, wineries, riding stables and more. The property is vast and provides beautiful wilderness exploration.
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The Canelo House at Open Cross Ranch
CHARMING 'BARN DOOR' ENTRANCE
Enjoy the nighttime skies with your very own telescope.
COOK & DINE IN STYLE, WITH A FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
COMPLIMENTARY WELCOME BASKET...SEASONAL SURPRISES!
PERSONAL LAUNDRY ROOM
WILDERNESS VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWESTERN FURNISHINGS
PICTURE PERFECT VIEWS SURROUND THE RANCH
Over a dozen nearby vineyards/wineries
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017
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