My property is a relaxed ranch house that is comfortable and inviting inside and out. It is a great place for a get away with a real ranch setting on a private road situated on 4.5 acres surrounded by wildlife and nature trails within walking distance to the state monument. Horse back riding, fireside dinners, biking, hiking, golf and a quick drive to Mt. lemon to visit the snow. It is located on the far east side but a direct drive to downtown, the highway for tourist attractions or the U of A. Very comfortable with nice amenities and a host that wants to please. I have two horses and it is a real ranch. I have 40 saguaros on my property and it has been loved and cherish for 17 years. I am now an empty nester and it is my privilege to share it with you. I have a separate master bedroom with a private on the other side of the home and I can ensure you complete privacy. There are many upgrades and amenities. You will have a full kitchen and flat screen TV's and gas grill and large firepit with indoor and outside dining. star gazing and wildlife paradise
1956 Loved Ranch House with Mountain views and privacy
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 18, 2019
About Mary (Meg)Swain
I am a Professional Mortgage banker and Empty nester, My girls both just left home for College. My home was a busy spot for little girls growing up with horseback riding and ranch activities. I am originally from the East Coast in Connecticut . I have two horse still, dogs and cats that are loved. A large pond with a water fall. Views and stargazing worth the trip . it is an older ranch house with all modern technology and luxury . A straight shot to anywhere minutes to shopping and coffee and restaurants trails out the back door. fenced gated and private barbecuing and bonfires a must,.
Mary (Meg)Swain purchased this House in 2001
Why Mary (Meg)Swain chose Tucson
Main house. You will have the full 3x bedroom main house with your own private entrance and privacy. I have a separate master suite and I will not intrude or be in your space. The house has a patio in the back with dining and a bar and seating and a fire pit behind the home for outdoor dining . it is a great place for bbqs and get together and enjoying the peace and dessert. I work all of the time so I will not be bothering you or interfering with your enjoyment. My ultimate goal is for you love your stay and return as a retreat.
What makes this House unique
Outside BBQ, firepit. Star gazing, entertaining, private and comfortable . wildlife set right in the middle of the state park. A true western ranch experience and an unplug. At the end of the road on the far east side surrounded by mountain views and nestled in the national park for hiking, birdwatching and horseback riding. Deceivingly remote but a straight shot to downtown and the university. Mt. lemon right up the road golf all around and easy access to the highway for many tourist attractions.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Mixed feelings about this rental
We felt the house/property was basically as we expected. However, we felt the owner misrepresented the number of dogs ...and type of dogs that would be free roaming on the property. We had obtained approval for us to bring our dog with us...she is a small (under 40# French Brittany spaniel) dog. On our 2nd day there, our dog was attacked by one of her rather large dogs. She received a bite which became infected needing treatment. The total dog count at one point was 7. After our complaints she did keep her dogs under control but it dampened our stay as we were constantly on our guard. The owner never offered an apology while we were there...but sent us a text message on our way home. If you have a pet...or do not like "lots" of dogs, we would not recommend staying here.
Another footnote about the house...the information says that it is wheelchair accessible...it is not. The "fitness room" is an exercise bike sitting in the living room area.
If you are considering renting this property you should probably have a serious conversation with the owner about your expectations.
Ranch living at its best!
The property was as advertised. A true ranch-living experience. Owners animals were all friendly, on-site bird watching an added bonus. We loved it.
Unique and artistic
Meg is a fabulous host! She is very attentive and has lots of suggestions for restaurants and things to do.
Cozy wonderful property
Meg is friendly and made us feel at home. Comfortable beds and beautiful setting. The house is cozy and exactly what I expected.
Rustic and fun
We loved the ranch, the night sky, fire pit, and the dogs(Abbey, Titus, Wrigley) and the cats(Louie visits the most). Proximity to Saguaro NP makes it location, location, location. My teens put down their phones for a while! Meg has a great place. Eclectic and artsy meets the Southwest.
Perfect stay in Tucson
We stayed at Meg's ranch house for eight days and enjoyed it very much. The location was key to us, as we wanted to be near the Tanque Verde area, and not too far a drive from Vail, where a family member lives.
The house has three comfortable bedrooms and two large family room areas, both with tons of seating, and one with a large dining table. There are probably one hundred or more movies to watch and a large screen TV with cable. There is a little Koi pond in one of the family rooms and a very large birdhouse with two adorable lovebirds. The kitchen is *very* well stocked, and Meg told us to help ourselves to anything in the fridge or pantry. You will also have access to an LG washer and dryer. Meg's house is like a museum, with so many wonderful things to look at. She has collected western and Asian artwork, textiles, and collectibles and you can spend hours looking at all the treasures.
The outside of the property is spectacular. There are no neighbors within viewing distances, which affords you a lovely sense of privacy. There is a firepit (which was well stocked) and three outdoor seating areas, including a large, square picnic table. There is also a small manmade pond with a bridge and a stable with two horses which were very friendly and loved to be fed the carrots and hay waiting for them.
The house is in the Saguaro National Monument, and the abundance of Saguaro, Ocotillo, Prickly Pear, Barrel, Cholla, and other cacti is really gorgeous. You will see quail, roadrunners, mourning doves, and cactus wren all day long. In fact, the birdsong throughout the day is really beautiful.
There are three dogs and two cats on the property, all living outside. They are super friendly and my two children and niece and nephew had a blast spending a ton time with them.
If you'd like a secluded, spacious, eclectic, natural, outdoorsy place to stay, this is the one for you!
Very far east ranch but very easy access to downtown, the university and touring, we are located right next to the state park. ideal for hikers, birdwatchers, nature buffs, bikers and mountaineers and horseback riders
Rates & Availability
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Separate bedroom not for rent with separate entrance for owner