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View of bedroom entrance.View out bedroom front window towards Catalina Mountains.
Private room in guesthouse


Phineas User Profile


3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
Great value100% of recent guests gave this home’s value a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Great communication100% of recent guests gave this host a 5-star rating for communication.

We are located in the gorgeous Sutherland Valley on the west side of the Catalina Mountains. We are down a normal car accessible dirt road (1.5 miles) and three miles from a shopping center, bank & restaurants. We are 15 miles from Biosphere 2, and 21 miles from downtown Tucson (and the Gem and Mineral Show). We are one of 43 houses in a 10,000 acre valley. We are in a very relaxing natural environment, but close to urban amenities. We have traveled to 95 countries and welcome everyone!


Free parking on premises
Laptop friendly workspace
Hair dryer

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules

Not suitable for children and infants - We have artifacts and books in the book, plus display cases, thus best not to have children in the room less than 7 years of age (children 7+ welcome)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 11AM


Well-lit path to entrance
Flat path to front door


6 Reviews

Dale User Profile
August 2018
What a great place! If you want peace and quiet this is the place. Phineas was very helpful and was wonderful to talk to.
Tamim User Profile
June 2018
Basecamp was a great place to stay in the Oro Valley area! The hosts, Phineas and Mitch, were such great people! The room is an attached but separate unit from the main house -- so it is completely private, with it's own bathroom. There are a lot of books, memorabilia, and col…
Wenyan User Profile
March 2018
Coolest Airbnb for me so far. The house is by the mountain with an amazing view. The room is full of history and there are many books inside. Phineas is a great host and will definitely love to come back in the future. Thank you!
Cynthia User Profile
February 2018
Room with a view. Thanks Phin for sharing your sweet casita, the location is beautiful and the hospitality, great.
Edward User Profile
February 2018
Phineas lives in the country down a dirt road. He greeted us upon our arrival with a cheery smile and showed us around our room. He had plenty of local information for things to do in the area. He knew we are cyclists and had the Tucson cycling map available! He has an extens…
Lily User Profile
January 2018
Mitch and Phineas really were our right fit. They are friendly and courteous. Willing to share lots of tips about the area. Their property is really a gem. Close to tons of hiking but far enough out of the city that you feel you're in another place. 10/10 would recommend and hope…

Hosted by Phineas

Tucson, Arizona, United StatesJoined in July 2014
Phineas User Profile
19 Reviews
Forty plus years as a teacher, curriculum developer and head of school. Also worked in the U.S. Dept. of Commerce as Director of Fire Policy, Research and Development. Former mountaineer. Still a hiker. Masters track and field All-American. Backpacked to 95 countries. I hel…
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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