THE CANELO HOUSE - 1 OF 2 PRIVATE HOUSES AT OPEN CROSS RANCH

Billie Donaldson

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
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THE CANELO HOUSE - 1 OF 2 PRIVATE HOUSES AT OPEN CROSS RANCH

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Guest House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, (Sleeps 6)

THE CANELO HOUSE: An open floor plan, 2 Bedroom house which sleeps up to 6, includes a bedroom with bunk-style beds(for 4 persons). 1 bathroom with shower. Fully appointed kitchen with modern appliances. Private laundry room with front loading machines. Furnished with linens to pots and pans and everything you need to be at home. Horses are welcome if you choose to bring your horse(s) on vacation. Schedule permitting, the owners may give a private trail ride; a great way to see behind the scenes at the Ranch. Call for horse details. (For information about the larger guest house, see VRBO listing: The Homestead 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. Acquire a detailed map to the Ranch at www.opencrossaz.com

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Billie Donaldson (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
Show Phone Number
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Speaks english

About Billie Donaldson

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 stay the best possible in every way.

Why Billie Donaldson chose Sonoita

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

What makes this house unique

The charming Canelo House has everything you need to make yourself comfortable 'at home'. It's the perfect home base for the many activities in the surrounding areas. The Ranch is private but still convenient to nearby Sonoita, and is central to nine vineyards & wineries, riding stables and more. The property is vast and provides beautiful wilderness trails for exploration.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
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.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 3 traveler reviews

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The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383505vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Scottsdale AZ
5

Easter Weekend

  • 5 of 5
Over the Easter weekend, we were invited to spend the holidays with our son's family and enjoy the Easter egg experience with our 2 year old granddaughter. It turns out our daughter-in-law's parents live real close to the Open Cross Ranch, and we needed to find a place to stay for the weekend. We were pleasantly surprised when we pulled up to this beautiful ranch. It's located at the very bottom of the Canelo Hills, which is National Forest Lands, and the views are breathtaking! There are 2 houses that are available to rent, and we stayed in the Canelo House, which accommodates 6 people comfortably. The home is fully furnished, and we were greeted to Easter Candy, fresh eggs from their farm, home-baked cinnamon rolls, and fresh water. The owners, Mac and Billie Donaldson, are friendly people who will do everything possible to make your stay an enjoyable and relaxing one! When we come to visit this area in the future, we are planning on bringing our other 2 grandchildren. They love the ranch-type atmosphere and would enjoy playing in the fields and watching the horses and chickens. This ranch is convienently located close to Sonoita and within an easy driving distance to Tucson and Patagonia Lake State Park if you like to hike, fish, or just enjoy the views. In fact, after I posted some of my pictures on Facebook of the ranch, the sunset, and mountains nearby, one of my friends who will be coming to Tucson early next year for a niece's wedding from Hawaii, asked for additional information on these facilities. In addition, if someone has a big group up to 14 people, they could actually rent both homes and have a wonderful experience. My husband and I don't hesitate a moment in recommending this ranch if you are wanting a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Arizona.

Phil & Judy Dubiel
Scottsdale, AZ
  • Submitted: May 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
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The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383505vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, USA
5

Excellent Get-Away on a Working Cattle Ranch

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at the Canelo House on the Open Cross Ranch this past weekend and we absolutely loved it. The owners have done an excellent job renovating an historic ranch that has been around since the 1800s. They have the right feel for mixing vintage with modern to create a perfect environment for relaxation. We particularly enjoyed hearing stories about their family experiences working and ranching on the land. Open Cross Ranch made us feel right at home with a basket of fresh fruit and chocolate, as well as a small basket of high quality loofahs and lotions. The bed was cozy and warm in spite of the nip in the air, and the views were absolutely spectacular.
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383505vb
520-455-4603
Sonoita Arizona
Tucson, AZ
5

The real deal

  • 5 of 5
Recent stay was wonderful and the accomodations are excellent. Brought my mountain bike and would recommend future visitors to avail themselves of the trails as they offer a wide range of hills, flats and washes with spectactular vistas and roaming cattle. If you prefer hiking, these trails are great. Owners are both terrific and have thought of everything. I plan to return as often as possible.
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Map

Car: necessary

Enjoy on-property trails for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and other adventures. The extraordinary scenery and abundant wildlife is favored by photographers and artists, and the starry nighttime skies are spectacular.

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Availability & Rates

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Sonoita House Rental Rates

Notes

  • $195/nt/$1,000/wk
  • US Dollars
  • Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - The Canelo House
  • January 2013-January 2014 $195/nt / $1,000/wk (6 nights)
  • Rates do not include sales tax. Rates are subject to change.
  • Contact us for directions and/or a map. Printable map at www.opencrossranchaz.com
  • If you need to board your horse(s) contact us for details at 520-455-4603
  • (Recommended check-in by 3pm. Check-out 3pm.)

Amenities

Amenities

Sonoita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed
  • Charming, spacious 1/2 bath which connects to a private laundry room.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Games
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseshoes
  • boating
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • wind-surfing
  • golf
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • water skiing
  • cycling
  • spelunking
  • rock climbing
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Ceiling fans, Air conditioning, Down comforters, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability.

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