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Mountain Getaway, Tranquility, Beauty, Ambience, Stunning View

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Last updated: 05/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5-6 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

2 br 2 1/2 bath at quoted rate; addl ensuite br available for addl $100/night

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 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.
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/11/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 2250 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Categorically no smoking please...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Children enjoy MiraMontes, however owners are not willing to accept swimming pool liability risk for guests children and grandchildren...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Owners willing to consider special exceptions...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Living area, bedrooms and patio all located on ground floor (no paraplegic supports in restrooms)...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    High end pillow top mattress and linens...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    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

Bathrooms: 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

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    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

  • DVD Player:

    Sony DVD Player...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Hundreds of CD's various artists...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV satellite...moreless

  • Stereo:

    NAD amplifier with MagnePlanar high end speakers and 300 CD changer ...moreless

  • Television:

    48in VIZIO flat screen tv located in main living area. Additional 48in flat screen monitor for AV applications located in separate/additional living area for your convenience. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Tucson downtown about 40 minutes drive....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Exceptional -- experience 20,000 acres of mountainside without a neighbor in sight....moreless

  • Resort:

    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

  • Rural:

    Free Range grazing --as rural as can be yet close to everything...moreless

  • Village:

    Oro Valley ~ 15-min drive Village of Catalina ~ 10 minutes drive Village of Saddlebrooke ~5 minutes ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Magnificent 55 ft infinity edge pool view with Catalina Mountains backdrop....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Well working air conditioner...however not necessary in the winter months....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    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

  • Fireplace:

    Beautiful beehive fireplace with glass screen...moreless

  • Garage:

    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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air heating throughout; solar hot water and photovoltaics...moreless

  • Internet:

    Qwest high speed wireless internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High-end linens provided for bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen...moreless

  • Living Room:

    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

  • Parking:

    Adequate parking area large enough for at least 6 or 7 vehicles. Circular drive makes for convenient turn around....moreless

  • Telephone:

    CenturyLink cordless telephones...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Fluffy white towels in as new condition...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Kenmore Elite large capacity washer conveniently located in separate laundry room (adjoining the walk in pantry). ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mister coffee black/stainless steel 12 cup coffee pot, Cusinart coffee grinder and electric kettle teapot, etc......moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Kitchen is well equipped with modern white crockery and cutlery more than adequate to serve 12 people ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    GE Profile stainless steel dishwasher ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave:

    GE Profile eye level stainless steel microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    GE Profile oven with contains additional (easy to use) NuWave glass convection cooker on countertop...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    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

  • Refrigerator:

    Double door stainless steel refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and water purifier...moreless

  • Stove:

    GE Profile glass top stainless steel stove/oven with broiler...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Black/stainless steel 4 slice top loading toaster. NuWave convection oven cooker also makes excellent toast....moreless


  • Balcony:

    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:

    Golf course located within minutes of the property....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large garden area with lush plants located throughout property. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas fired barbeque grill located on patio....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot tub located upstairs on rooftop deck with spectacular views....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Breathtaking 55 foot infinity edge pebble tech pool. Unheated in the winter months....moreless



from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 10 - Dec 8, 2017
6 night min stay
$1,700 $7,000
Christmas/New Years Holiday
Dec 11 - Jan 6, 2018
6 night min stay
$1,700 $7,000
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$1,200 $4,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Costs $200
  • Pet Fee $200
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/11/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tucson International
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Catalina Mountain View Saddlebrooke Clubhouse
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Saddlebrooke Mountain View Golf Club
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Saddlebrooke Mountain View Clubhouse Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt Lemon (as the crow flies)

Car: Necessary

MiraMontes is all about Views.

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.


Owner info

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 Catalina, AZ, USA:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/11/2017

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  • Front of house...Golf anyone?

    Front of house...Golf anyone?

  • Moon rise

    Moon rise

  • Huge patio with grand views

    Huge patio with grand views

  • Secluded in the beautiful Arizona desert near Tucson

    Secluded in the beautiful Arizona desert near Tucson

  • Breakfast nook counter

    Breakfast nook counter

  • Patio wraps around east side of house

    Patio wraps around east side of house

  • Prickly pear in fruit

    Prickly pear in fruit

  • Downstairs patio and upstairs deck with hot tub

    Downstairs patio and upstairs deck with hot tub

  • Grand entry way

    Grand entry way

  • Large living room area...perfect for relaxing

    Large living room area...perfect for relaxing

  • Large master bedroom with private patio access

    Large master bedroom with private patio access

  • Large main bathroom with double sinks

    Large main bathroom with double sinks

  • Breathtaking views from patio

    Breathtaking views from patio

  • Awesome sunsets

    Awesome sunsets

  • View from dinning area windows

    View from dinning area windows

  • Large, magnificent infinity edge pool

    Large, magnificent infinity edge pool

  • Breathtaking desert landscape, view from patio

    Breathtaking desert landscape, view from patio

  • Barrel cactus flowers in full bloom

    Barrel cactus flowers in full bloom

  • Cactus flower

    Cactus flower

  • Huge living room area

    Huge living room area

  • Fully equipped kitchen with upgraded appliances

    Fully equipped kitchen with upgraded appliances

  • Master bedroom shower large enough for two

    Master bedroom shower large enough for two

  • Cozy bedroom with beautiful decor

    Cozy bedroom with beautiful decor

  • Georgeous mountain view backdrop above pebble tech infinity edge pool

    Georgeous mountain view backdrop above pebble tech infinity edge pool

VRBO #511158

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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