Summer specials! Guests enjoy the quietude, slow pace and retreat from a busy life. Our delightful town center and nature trails just minutes' walk away. Sustainably retrofitted & full of character this edge-of-town cottage is retreat-private; lushly reflects its Southwest location in a nature lover's mountain paradise. Lots of tree canopy and outdoor seating. Enjoy comforts of home and quality amenities. Diverse volunteer opportunities abound. Our elderly cat lives onsite but not in the house.
Painterly Southwest. Historic, hand built, view home of artisan blacksmith & sustainable systems designer reflects these sensibilities. Spaces are intimate; the tree'd & terraced garden an extension of living the space. Recycled hardwood floors, cook's kitchen w/vintage stove & and all pots & pans needed to prepare meals; full sized fridge. Large bathroom, claw foot tub, separate tiled shower. Outdoor access to second toilet; front load washer. Quiet small-street parking, 21 steps up to house. Quality queen beds (2) & futon ~ sleeps 6. Two night minimum, three nights on holiday weekends. Weekly & up preferred: $950. Monthly: $3,300. SUMMER 2017 MONTHLY SPECIAL RATES: JUNE ~ AUGUST: $2,200/month. SEPT: $2,500. For long-staying guests more frequent cleaning services (at local rates) can be provided as desired. No pets.
Children 11 years and up welcome.
Full house & terraced garden. Access to large, shady, private garden and outdoor dining and seating. Easy access to kitchen for serving.
Outdoor access to separate toilet.
Interaction with guests
We are here to greet you & show you the ropes, then as needed. Volunteer opportunities abound with owner & colleagues involved in pollinator habitat restoration work ~ science & art. Visit blacksmith owner's working forge.
Other things to note
At 4,050' we are an international birder's destination in one of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the US. Hummingbirds and many others nest here ~ up to 300 species of birds (opportunities to monitor hummingbirds). Still an authentic community, people are as diverse as the wildlife. Plan on a visit to world renowned Arizona Sonoran Desert (living) Museum, the San Xavier Mission, Kartchner Caverns, the San Rafael Valley, tours of wine Country in Elgin and Sonoita, the Titan Missile Musuem or the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center raw food experience; learn about the unique geography & biology of the Sky Islands. Climate is dry and temperate. Summer's monsoons magically transform these mountain grasslands & interspersed woodlands into the green of Ireland. Boating lake 9 miles south of town. School pool & exercise classes open in the summer. Special features of this property include: fresh, organically grown produce available for purchase; volunteer opportunities to learn about sustainable lifestyle.
Summers are surprising and the monsoon season (July ~ September) turns the landscape verdant, the temperature moist & modest. Dramatic thunder storms roll through the landscape, rain showers drop ambient temperatures into the low 80's. We are a perfect getaway for Arizona's big city residents wanting to take a cool break.
We invite our non-smoking guests to be conscious & thoughtful. Pets are not accepted. We have one (older) cat named Moggy.
Richard: I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. In my nearly 40-year career as a blacksmith I've worked for Grants-Khors National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana, as a carriage smith for Southwest Wagon and Wheelworks (located in the Museum of the Horse in Patagonia), and as a farrier. My ornamental ironwork can be found in the Creative Spirits Artists Gallery, here at the adobe cottage, and around town - including 19th century iron gates for the library, and handrails at the Nature Conservancy. For the last 18 years, I've managed Dos Palmas Vacation Home here in town.
Kate: I grew up on a farm in Wales in an 11th century farmhouse, and today continue the tradition of sustainable agriculture here in Patagonia, Arizona. My husband Richard and I own land in Patagonia (Deep Dirt Farm Institute or DDFI) that is being developed for sustainable living, and own a place in town ready for out of town guests. I have worked in real estate, energy therapy, and visual art. I am a practicing permaculturist. At DDFI, we are using permaculture principles to create a living model of sustainable systems (see also page for DDFI). We hold tours and classes that have included hundreds of visitors and volunteers in the last two years. In my youth, I attended the London School of Fashion in the mid-sixties and UC Santa Cruz in the early 90s. I have been married since 1999 and have one daughter and two grandsons who live in Hawaii.