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HISTORIC WORKING CATTLE RANCH IN SONORAN DESERT MOUNTAINS

Helen Vinson

Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Helen Vinson

Advertiser since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2014
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HISTORIC WORKING CATTLE RANCH IN SONORAN DESERT MOUNTAINS

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Apache Junction House Rental Photos and Description

Country House / Chateau, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8-10)

Where the West is still Wild! The A Diamond Ranch is a working cattle ranch nestled on 22,000 acres of saguaro-studded mountains. The main ranch house can be your home for the best vacation ever. The 1930's ranch house has been completely restored and improved upon. You will feel like you have stepped back in time and out of the rush of everyday life.

The A Diamond is one of the few working ranches in Arizona with a year-round river running through it. The Gila River is accessible from all of the ranch buildings and is a wonderful source of recreation including kayaking and tubing. Bring your own horses and ride the wide open spaces or catch the spectacular and historical Arizona Trail that intersects through the ranch. Four-wheeling with jeeps and ATV's are another alternative to exploring the beautiful mountains. Artists and writers will be inspired by the ranch's beauty. Bird watchers will delight at all of the birds calling the Gila River home.

The home has over 3200 sq ft of living space plus our swimming pool and 5 private porches and verandas, your hangout and relaxation space for this fantastic Arizona ranch vacation.

Just inside our hundred-year-old front doors is the first of several living areas. Sit by the rock fireplace and enjoy a long getting-reacquainted visit with family or friends or lose yourself in one of the many books in our library. The little den off the kitchen is another gathering place you will enjoy as everyone joins in the preparation of meals in the cozy kitchen with its antique furnishings and modern appliances. Even doing dishes is fun in the old farmhouse sink. Mealtime is a treasure around the harvest table in the dining room with its wall-to-wall windows overlooking the pool area and the majestic saguaros and purple mountains beyond. The game room boasts a large flat screen TV, game tables and comfy seating.

You will love our 4 magnificent bedrooms.

The Cattle Baron's room lets you sleep like royalty in its huge antique king-sized bed. Sit by the fire in the cozy beehive fireplace and wake up to the glorious sound of the river running below. The master bathroom is a full bath. Look for the A Diamond brand in the shower.

Libby's Room, named after the owner's wonderful mother-in-law, has a lovely king-sized bed and beautiful aqua and brown decor. Next to it is the A Diamond Bunk Room. Antique bunk-size beds and red, black and blue linens and cowboy pillows make this the choice for kids.

The main bathroom across from Libby's Room and the Bunk Room is right beside the full laundry room facility.

Linda's Room is a quiet little blue and white retreat with a queen bed off the kitchen side of the house with its own bathroom, and is a favorite of everybody's. High quality linens and towels are provided for all rooms.

More Details
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Helen Vinson (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2010
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2014

About Helen Vinson

My name is Helen Vinson and my husband Gregg and I own the A Diamond Ranch. It is a working cattle ranch with a carrying capacity of about 300 head of cattle. We are conservation ranchers and sell our all natural beef at the local farmer's markets.

Helen Vinson purchased this house in 2004

Why Helen Vinson chose Apache Junction

This was not purchased as a vacation rental, but rather to keep a historic ranch from being split up. The main home had been sold off separately from the ranching operation and when the opportunity came available to put it back with the ranch we jumped on it. Our home is about an hour from the ranch, but every time I go out to the ranch it is like a mini-vacation and we decided we wanted to share this special place with others.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay 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

5
based on 28 traveler reviews

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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
5

Great family getaway, plenty of things to do,

  • 5 of 5
Great house for a family getaway. Plenty of room and porches so everyone could have some space. Great areas to explore hiking around the ranch and along the river. Plenty of nice evenings next to the fire pit. The owners that work the ranch were very helpful and friendly.
  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5
We all arrived from various parts of the county to see the desert as green and in bloom as spring. The house is the best vrbo property I've ever had the pleasure to stay in - in addition to the kitchen equipment (spices & condiments), there were a ton of towels in each bathroom. The remodel on the house is top notch - all showers are beautifully tiled and walk in, and the bath counter tops were long and large enough to accommodate all our things. We only saw or heard the local cowboys loading up their horses - which was fun. Beautiful location - surprisingly easy to find. Verandas were great during the day and evening (and during rain storms) - lots of room to be alone, take walks or to get together. Any questions I had ahead of time were all responded to either by the owner or the caretaker quite quickly. I think many of our party see this as a great option for their own family reunions. Thank you for a wonderful experience, even with travel time from the Phx airport about 2 hours.
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
Shelton, ct USA
5

Most enjoyable

  • 5 of 5
We were looking for peaceful off the beaten track rental and boy is this it! A special time to relax and enjoy the time spent with family. More things to do than we had time for but next time we will stay longer! Beautiful home great pool and very friendly animals. Thank you Greg and Helen for letting us use your home. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
lakeville, mn
5

Even more wonderful than we expected!!

  • 5 of 5
This ranch is amazing!! The picture really do not give the true picture of how wonderful his place is! The ranch is decorated with great taste, the pool is peaceful and beautiful, and the scenery is like no other place we have been! We all had an amazing time just relaxing, hiking, fishing (didn't catch any but still loved it), scorpion hunting (don't forget your black light!), swimming, and grilling.

This ranch is huge! It goes on and on!

We hope to be back soon!
  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
5

Fabulous ranch with gorgeous surrounding property

  • 5 of 5
We had the best vacation of our lives. We brought our Family of four and a couple of friends. The ranch house is welcoming and has everything one could want on a vacation - plenty of space, bedrooms, bathrooms, pool, sauna, grill, indoor/outdoor fire options... There are many options for hiking and recreation. The ranch dogs are very friendly. The owners were very accommodating and friendly.
It was a phenomenal get-away and we went off the grid and came back perfectly relaxed. Would do it again and recommend it to anyone.
  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
Oakville, Washington
5

Our second visit

  • 5 of 5
This is our second visit to the Ranch, and it was just as enjoyable as the first!! We shared it with family and friends again, and our son came down this year,his first visit, and he fell in Love with the Ranch. The owner has made some changes, a cabana near the pool, done in barn wood with a rock BBQ, and it just adds to the wild west feeling of the Ranch. Thank you again Helen for the beautiful baskets of fruit, wine, and the berry pie, and sharing your awesome Ranch with us!!! We did mesquite BBQ chicken in the new cabana, and it was delicious =)
  • Submitted: May 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
General Kearny Inn
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
General Kearny Inn
Car: necessary

Waterfront, not Lake/Oceanfront. Ask for details.

Star Gazing, Bird Watching, Rock Hounding, Hunting, ATV and Jeeping.

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Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

Apache Junction House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,000
 
 
Memorial Day
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$275
From
$295
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,800
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heating Deposit-Opt $350
Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Notes Pool is heated with Solar Heater, but can be supplemented with gas propane heater-$350 deposit required per week.50% of the rental rate at booking with the remain 50% plus security deposit, pet fees and cleaning fees due 30 days prior to check in for weekly rentals and 60 days prior to monthly rentals.

Any fees charged for paying by credit card will be deducted from the security deposit refund.

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Apache Junction House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
Alternative Lifestyle. Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby.

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