OPEN CROSS RANCH PRIVATE GUESTHOUSES - WINE COUNTRY GETAWAY

Billie Donaldson

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OPEN CROSS RANCH PRIVATE GUESTHOUSES - WINE COUNTRY GETAWAY

Sonoita House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-8)

THE HOMESTEAD HOUSE: 3 Bedrooms, sleeps up to 8. Enjoy a 350 s.f. master bedroom with a separate entry, full size bed, additional small bed in a cozy alcove. Second bedroom with twin beds. One semi-private bedroom adjacent to the living room, with single bed. Living room includes a full size sofa-bed. 1 full bath with double sinks. Fully equipped kitchen including dishes, some staples, etc. Towels, linens and other amenities are included. Private laundry room. For those who travel with their horse, accommodations for the 4-legged kind may also be arranged. Call for details. (The Homestead is the larger of the 2 guest houses that are offered by Open Cross Ranch. To see information about the other house, see separate VRBO listing: The Canelo House)

THE REAL DEAL

The historic Open Cross Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch in the Canelo Hills near Sonoita. The 20,000 acres has stunning views and excellent accommodations. The Ranch was first homesteaded in 1918. Most recently the original house and two private guest houses have been updated and renovated by owners - husband and wife, Mac & Billie Donaldson. They reside in the main house, and the Homestead and Canelo Houses are available for travelers. With unrivaled panoramic views and spacious areas, the western setting also provides a rich backdrop for events, including weddings and receptions.

HOME SWEET HOME

Each house is tastefully appointed with details that make a house a home, such as linens, cookware, dinnerware and more. Each quality item has been personally chosen by Billie Donaldson. Other luxuries include a modern laundry room in each house, and beautifully appointed kitchens. Your comfort and privacy are important at the Ranch. Once you arrive, it becomes your private home to come and go as you please; a 100% self-serve stay. Billie’s complimentary welcome basket will be waiting for you. She might include fresh eggs from her hen house, seasonal goodies, or other local offerings.

HORSES WELCOME AT OPEN CROSS RANCH

Thousands of acres and all that a horse could want, beckons a vacation with your own horse. Private trail rides are sometimes available with the owner, schedule permitting; a great way to see the working side of the Ranch. Call for details if you'd like to bring your horse(s).

A GREAT ESCAPE

The Open Cross motto is, “unplug and unwind”. Be prepared to leave city life behind. This countryside property provides private on-site trails for nature walks, hikes, horseback riding, and mountain biking right outside your door. The dark nighttime skies are a stargazer’s paradise, and the landscape is pure inspiration for artists and photographers. Riding stables are just a stone’s throw, and a mere 4 1/2 miles off of Hwy 83, you’ll find yourself in the heart of some of Arizona’s best wine country. The immediate area offers wine tastings and tours at a dozen vineyards and wineries, many of which are recipients of some of the most prestigious wine awards and accolades. “Foodies” might also appreciate local organic produce, Farmers’ Markets, and plentiful homemade goods. A quick jaunt to nearby Sonoita and other towns, reveals a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, historic attractions, museums and other recreation. Throughout the year escape to events such as the Sonoita Rodeo, horse races, food events, county fairs and other community activities. Fishing and water sport enthusiasts enjoy nearby lakes - Parker Canyon and Patagonia.

FOR NATURE LOVERS

This Madera oak woodland receives the majority of rainfall from July through September, bringing rolling green pastures and abundant wildlife activity. Every changing season is celebrated here. The higher elevation of 5,100 ft. makes for cooler, greener summers than many of the surrounding cities and towns, while fall and winter are comparatively mild, with a short-lived snowfall now and then. Each season brings unique sights of native fauna and colorful landscapes specific to these wooded grasslands.

BEHIND THE SCENES.

Open Cross Ranch is a USDA Forest permit in the Canelo Hills of Santa Cruz County. This year-round cow and calf operation has crossbred cows with Angus and Hereford bulls. Calves are born from April–July and are weaned in the fall. Because of the difficult terrain of these limestone hills, working cattle by traditional horseback is necessary. Owner Mac Donaldson oversees the day to day operations that keep this part of the Ranch's history alive and kick'n. It is a beautiful family affair.

Note: Google Maps and GPS systems may not show accurate street names in this area. Acquire a detailed map to the Ranch at www.opencrossaz.com

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Billie Donaldson

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The Donaldsons have been ranching in Southern Arizona for four generations and have a strong tie to the land.

Mac & Billie are hands-on, making your every experience at the Ranch enjoyable and memorable.

Open Cross Ranch abides to personal ethics of conservation and sustainability. The original homestead property of 1918 is a prime example of western heritage and hospitality.

The Homestead House is full of everything you need to make yourself comfortable at home. Provisions include linens, kitchenware, and more. The decor is charming western chic with unique rustic touches. It's the perfect home base for the many activities in the area. The Ranch is private yet convenient to nearby Sonoita, and is in the heart of Arizona Wine Country with a dozen vineyards & wineries, riding stables and more. The property is vast and provides beautiful wilderness trails for exploration and activities. Horses are welcome at the Ranch. Call for details if you are traveling with your horse(s). Schedule permitting, the owners will sometimes offer private trail rides; a great way to see behind the scenes of a working cattle ranch. The spacious property is perfect for retreats, family reunions, and events.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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5
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p381716vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Phoenix AZ
5

BEAUTIFUL, RELAXING, AND GREAT HOSTS!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Open Cross Ranch in the Homestead House for a bachelorette weekend. There were 8 girls total, and it was perfect. We enjoyed the wineries during the day, and then used the very well-stocked kitchen to make a big, delicious dinner. We ate outside under the stars (and the great built in ramada with beautiful lighting), and then Mac came out and lit us a fire. We stayed up late, enjoying the adorable house and playing games. The next day we enjoyed the delicious eggs Billie had left for us. Overall, the property was beautiful, the house was perfect, and Mac & Billie were great hosts. I highly recommend staying here.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
business
Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p381716vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Tucson, AZ
5

A BEAUTIFUL AND COZY GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
Wow. My sister found Open Ranch while searching for a place to accommodate a group of ladies for my bachelorette party. What a find!
We stayed in the larger of the two guesthouses - 8 of us slept incredibly comfortably, could have fit 9 or 10. The house was so much fun to be in, lots of little details in the decorating. The bathroom was a blast - converted buckets acted as sinks and the bathtub was recessed into the floor.
The place was super clean. The couple who runs it were helpful and gave us a little background info on the ranch and how they came to run it.
Friendly horses. Beautiful sunsets. Peace and quiet. Perfect for an afternoon of wine-tasting.
My friends and I all plan on coming down again. I want to spend more time and do more hiking in the hills surrounding the place.
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
business
Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p381716vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
5

MAGESTIC GETAWAY RANCH

  • 5 of 5
I was stunned by the beauty of the ranch, the surrounding mountains and the cozy Canelo House. My sister, girl friend and I went to the area to see Kartchner Caverns, and visit the wineries. We spent two nights at the house. The house was straight from a magazine, and had every amenity you could possibly need or want, plus some. Billie had decorated the house so perfect, that we decided to go shopping in Tubac so we could attempt to duplicate some of the unique finds she had discovered, in our own homes. We made a game of trying to find something that Billie didn't think of. We couldn't find a thing missing. In fact, there were many extras, like the hiking trails, the firepit outside, the ping pong table, horseshoes, games, books and DVDs.

Billie and Mac are such wonderful hosts. They checked on us regularly, brought us lanterns for our evening fireside chats, started fires in the firepit, drew maps of shortcuts to Tubac, and shared with us their very interesting lives. They treated us like royalty!

I would definitely recommend visiting this ranch as it's a great way for a city person to experience the beauty and grace of nature, in first class style.

Thank you Billie and Mac! We hope to be back soon.

Pam, Kathy and Marion.
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p381716vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ
5

BEST ACCOMADATIONS FOR A FANTASTIC GIRLS GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
A group of 7 girls (ages 24-42) had the most fantastic getaway to the Donaldson's ranch and would highly recommend staying here. We toured the Sonoita wineries and returned to what felt like home. Billie was fantastic to work with and extremely accommodating. The whole experience from booking to our departure was very amazing and unbelievably simple. We forgot a few small items behind and Billie even mailed them back to us right away with a kind note. If you are considering staying here, whether with family or friends, we would recommend the Donaldson ranch!
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
business
Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p381716vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Scottsdale
5

GIRLS GATEWAY WEEKEND SUCCESS

  • 5 of 5
We had such a great time at Open Cross Ranch with 6 of my girlfriends. Our gateway weekend to Sonoita Wineries was absolutely amazing. The accommodation of the cabin, the location, the owners were absolutely high class!!!
I can't think of anything that was missing in cabin, from kitchen tools to individuals hand made bathroom soaps and little personal things you may forget to grab when you go on a trip:)
Billie was so kind that she even mailed my socks to me:) That just shows can much they care about their guests!
We definitely coming back here again!

Thank you for everything!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p381716vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Missouri
5

RANCH HOUSE GEM TUCKED AWAY IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA

  • 5 of 5
From the moment we arrived at the ranch house to the moment we departed, we found nothing to complain about and everything to marvel at. If you want to truly disconnect and spend a relaxing time with family or friends... this is the place to be. The property is a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the travel to get there. The owners have been attentive to all details of this guesthouse including a fully stocked kitchen that we could not find anything it was missing, other than the food or a private cook! The layout of the house allows families and friends their own privacy as well as a common area to enjoy conversation. If you expect to sit around and watch TV or surf the Internet, this is not the place for you because other than DVD's there is no cable/satellite or much reception to cell phones. For us, this was a welcome break from electronics and the re-discovery of family interaction that includes conversation and playing games. The sleeps 8 is a bit of a stretch, unless you have lots of little kiddos. I would say this comfortably sleeps 5 adults in the beds and 1-2 extra on the pullout sofa. As far as entertainment not on site, there are wineries within a matter of 20 minutes of the ranch. Who would have thought that Southern Arizona was the prime location for wineries? Since shopping is very limited in the area, you will need to plan on a trip to Sierra Vista to stock the panties. There is a local farmer's market in Patagonia that contains organic items, but expect to pay a premium. If you have a large family, there is the option to rent the 2nd house located within 500 feet of this house. It too has comfortable accommodations and a darling southern flare in the decor. A few things to consider before booking; (1) ask about monsoon season as the roads leading up to the property are dirt and would wash out easily during heavy rains, (2) consider a 4x4 or AWD vehicle to maneuver the roads, (3) if you need to have telephone access, ask for the phone numbers at the guest houses since there is no cell phone reception, (4) are you stressed out and need a serious vacation where you can truly relax.... book now, you won't regret it!
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway

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This is the best location to stay and enjoy Arizona's wine country. Wine tours and wine tastings are an every day thing at a dozen wineries and vineyards within minutes of the Ranch. Enjoy new area restaurants and seasonal events, away from the hustle and bustle of city life; an ultimate relaxing country experience. Open Cross Ranch features on-property trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The extraordinary scenery and abundant wildlife is favored by photographers and artists, and the starry nighttime skies are spectacular. There a 2 area lakes for fishing, swimming, and boating.

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Sonoita House Rental Rates

Notes

  • $245/nt + tax/$1,1323/wk + tax
  • US Dollars
  • Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - The Homestead House
  • January 2013 - January 2014 $245/nt / $1,323/wk (6 nights)
  • Rates do not include sales tax. Rates are subject to change.
  • Contact us at www.opencrossranchaz.com for directions and/or a map to the Ranch.
  • If you need to board your horse(s)contact us directly. 520-455-4603
  • (Recommended check-in by 3pm. Check-out 3pm.)

Amenities

Sonoita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Old world charm with touches of antique and rustic.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Sofa bed in living room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , Semi-private room off of the living room/kitchen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Master bedroom with a nook which can sleep a shild.
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Video Library ...
  • Games
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseshoes
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • spelunking
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • golf
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • pier fishing
  • water skiing
Notes:
Ceiling fans, Evaporative cooling, Wall heaters in bedrooms, Down comforters, Handcrafted quilts, Master bedroom desk, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, High chair, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Board games, Books, Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Outdoor ramada, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability.

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