|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
If you love nature and seek a comfortably furnished and peaceful place to relax or work, you've found it. This spacious, custom-built 2-bedroom, 2-full-bath house is situated in the Tucson Mountains on a private 50-acre wildlife sanctuary. The estate bridges an 880-acre county nature preserve and Saguaro National Park West on the east side (city side) of the Tucson Mountains. Front and back deck and patio areas are ideal for wildlife watching and afford a nighttime view of Tucson's city lights and the full-moon rising. Rental includes a computer workstation with hi-speed WiFi Internet service. Your host and property manager Thomas Wiewandt lives nearby; he's a professional nature photographer/tour operator and southwestern author.
For Additional Information: Weaving Studio: A fully equipped weaving studio is located on the premises and available for use by experienced weavers for a $100/week rental fee, all materials included.
I'm a professional wildlife photographer/filmmaker well rooted in the Sonoran Desert. To learn more about me and to see samples of my work, please visit my website wildhorizons.com.
Thomas Wiewandt purchased this house in 2004
I chose this property because of its unique location and richness in desert plant and animal life. Both homes -- mine and the rental -- have been carefully nestled within this natural area, 50 acres of pristine desert. The state of Arizona levies 60% higher taxes on undeveloped land, so income from this rental is helping me to keep this land in a natural state. My goal is to have it added to Saguaro National Park West for preservation in perpetuity.
You won't find a more restful and secluded home in Tucson, and it's perfect for anyone who loves watching wildlife and hiking. This property is also contiguous with our newest county park, Sweetwater Preserve, an 880-acre tract of pristine desert with superb hiking and mountain biking trails, rated among the best in the Tucson area.
We are also located on the east side of the Tucson Mountains, just a 10-minute drive to large grocery stores and Interstate-10, providing easy access to all parts of metro-Tucson.
We have the best of both worlds!
If you seek peace, quiet and solitude, seek no further. We spent one month at Tucson Retreat (December 15, 2005 - January 15, 2006)
listening to breezes in the palo verde trees, to curve-billed thrashers, to cactus wrens, and to yipping coyotes.
We could not have found a better winter rental to satisfy our needs. From the east-facing covered porch and the surrounding property we completed our share of the Tucson Christmas Bird Count. During our month's stay we tallied 23 bird species in the surrounding area which included Sweetwater Nature Preserve, a marvelous new county park, initiated by Tom Wiewandt and his friends. We explored the Preserve (within easy walking distance) nearly every day.
Entertaining in the retreat was very pleasant. We were able to prepare fine holiday meals from the fully equipped kitchen, which led to great conversations with family and friends around the large dining table.
Tom is a very hospitable, thoughtful host. We learned much from him and made a new friend.
Without reservation, we recommend a stay at Tucson Retreat.
What a beautiful place, a great location, a home full of amenities and a very gracious, interesting and informative host. The home was convient to Tucson and a wonderful home base for travels all around the area. We had our own wildlife show daily - one morning spotting a bobcat, seeing coyotes on a couple of occasions and daily visits from the Gambel quails which you could always hear before seeing. Sunrises and moonrises were outstanding and on our last day, we watched a hot air ballon over the city. Our stay took place over one of the weeks during the Gem Show for 2009 - totally unplanned. Our host directed us to the best location for viewing some amazing archaelogical finds and gems from around the world. He also offered us excellent recommendations for dinner at a nearby local restaurant. We were in heaven and found our visit extremely relaxing - it was hard to leave and come back to the "real" world. We hope to get back again in the summer when the storm season arrives to enjoy the landscape in a different setting. The home itself was spotless and had everything we could need for our stay. We would definitely recommend this home to anyone needing to get away but also needing the convenience of easy access to main roads, highways and lots of great food and attractions. While in Tucson, we visited Mt. Lemmon (beautiful beyond compare and snowy), Sabino Canyon (ride the tram to the top and walk back - easy trek with amazing scenery), the Desert Museum (definitely a highlight of the trip), Pima Air Base/the Boneyard (get there early, lots to see), the ASARCO Mineral Museum (different and very cool), Titan Missile Base (don't miss doing a Directors Tour), took a day trip down to Tombstone and on to Bisbee for the Queen Mine Tour (great fun). Everywhere we went the scenery was breathtaking. As you can tell, we had a full visit but still made it back home every evening to relax in front of the fireplace and fall asleep listening to the desert wind down its day. We can't wait to get back.
If you are a nature lover this is the place for you! We enjoyed being able to hike from the house, watch sunrise, sunsets, and the full moon rise over the twinkling city lights in the distance! Coyotes serenaded us a few times, hawks floated lazily on up drafts, finches, sparrows, and woodpeckers enjoyed the water trays we set out, and Gambrel quails entertained us with their goofy vocalizations! Desert cottontails were spotted right on the south deck as were some tiny lizards. The house is clean, comfy and spacious. Tom is nearby though never intrusive. He is a wealth of knowledge! During your stay watch his documentary about the five seasons of the Sonoran desert, you will be amazed with the photography, flora and fauna! We went to Sabino Canyon, Tohona Chul Gardens, Kartchner Caverns, Madera Canyon, San Xavier Del Bac Mission, Saguaro National Park, and The Desert Museum( do not miss the raptor show offered 2X daily, it was incredible!). This home is about ten minutes from town so getting groceries or a coffee from Starbucks was never an ordeal. You are definitely not in suburbia so there is no traffic noise, or noisy neighbours to intrude upon your relaxation, peace and quiet. We highly recommend this property, you will not be disappointed! Thank you Tom for allowing us to enjoy ten days of rest and relaxation!
We have stayed at over 20 rental properties throughout our travels and none can compare with the beauty and quiet of the Wildlife Sanctuary. We hope to return again soon.
This is the second time I reserved this rental with Tom, the owner. Everything was perfect and as advertised. This is a high quality residence and a high quality desert experience (though some of the furniture is becoming somewhat dated). Sun and hiking are right out the back, front, and side doors. The home is remote from, yet convenient to, the amenities and resources of Tucson.
Property was clean, and well maintained. Everything works. Owner, whose house is several hundred feet away, is personable and responsive.
I would recommend this rental and hope to stay here again soon.
The house is an amazing retreat in the foothills of Tucson. Though only 10 minutes from shopping and suburbia it is totally isolated and surrounded by the untouched desert.
Tom is an attentive and helpful and most interesting host. He is an avid professional photographer and has a wealth of knowledge of the Southwest. He was easy to deal with online and gave us a thorough introduction to the gorgeous southwest style house.
The house had every amenity we needed, including separate bathrooms and showers. The kitchen had everything needed and a BBQ was great on warm evenings. We were there during a hot October when temperatures reached the high 80s but the evaporative cooler kept the house comfortable and humidified. The king size bed was extremely comfortable and the open windows at night allowed the fresh breeze to keep us cool. Also, the master bedroom had a wonderful deck overlooking the lights of Tucson.
We marvelled at the quiet and the wonderful moods of the desert and the Tucson Mts as we enjoyed wine and cheese on the patio. We were visited by several deer, some quail and lots of other birds. Great hiking is just a short walk away in the Sweetwater Preserve. We got up early to avoid the midday heat and experienced amazing sunrises among the cacti.
There is not a better place than this home to experience the Sonoran Desert in the Tucson region. Unreservedly recommend.
We never knew how serene the desert could be but sitting out on the deck in the evening, seeing the lights of Tucson in a cut between the mountains - in silence - was magical. During our two-week stay, our wildlife sightings were restricted to a herd of six deer, Harris' Antelope Squirrels and several desert cottontails. Nothing very exotic, and for the birders - we did have Cactus Wrens, Gila Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, House Finches, Gambel's Quail, Curved-billed Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia,White-crowned Sparrows and Mourning Doves coming to the suet feeder we brought with us. They also made use of the trays of fresh water we set out each day. Our host, Tom, was very accomodating and we were proud of his new prize-winning documentary on the Sonoran Desert. The house is extremely convenient to special places like the Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Tohona Chul Park, the International Wildlife Museum, Sweetwater Wetlands (for birders) and all the cultural attractions of Tucson. Superb location, charming house, and the two decks were magnificent.
Ideally located, our retreat is tucked away in the Sonoran Desert foothills of the Tucson Mountains that flank Tucson's west side, yet it's only 10-minutes from Interstate 10. This provides easy access to the airport and a wealth of tourist attractions in southern Arizona.
The house is only 4.3 miles from scenic Gates Pass Road, which quickly takes you to Old Tucson Movie Studios, the Desert Museum, and Saguaro National Park. Grocery stores, post offices, hospitals, theaters, museums, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, downtown Tucson, Starr Pass Golf Course, the Tucson Mall, and much more lie within a 4-10 mile drive of our desert retreat.
Whether your passion is birding or biking, golf or gaming; the arts or astronomy; museums or missions, this is the place to be. And if you're an experienced weaver, our complete in-house weaving studio is available for your creative pleasure - see link below.
Other Activities: Nature photography, bird-watching, museums, cinema, shopping.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 21 - May 31
Jun 1 - Aug 31
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Personal checks will be accepted only for payments made at least 7 days prior to arrival. If you cannot meet this deadline, please call us. We only accept credit cards (through PayPal) from International Guests. International Guests must pay all currency conversion charges and bank fees. Guests from Canada can avoid extra fees by sending us a bank Money Order in USDollars.
To make a reservation, travelers must fill out and sign our Rental Agreement--download from tucsonretreat.com. Reservations are confirmed when this Agreement is returned to us with 50% of the total rent due (not including our Security Deposit). The balance due plus our security deposit ($500) falls due no later than 7 days prior to arrival, 14 days prior for anyone living outside the USA.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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