HISTORIC WORKING CATTLE RANCH IN SONORAN DESERT MOUNTAINS

Helen Vinson

Speaks english
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Contact the Owner

Helen Vinson

Speaks english
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Tell the owner when you would like to travel.
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.

HISTORIC WORKING CATTLE RANCH IN SONORAN DESERT MOUNTAINS

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
Show Phone Number
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks english

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

Reviews

5
based on 25 traveler reviews

Write a Review
Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
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: 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
business
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: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, 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
Canada
5

The Best VRBO Property I Have Ever Stayed At

  • 5 of 5
My family spent a week at this absolutely wonderful home. The owners' pride in their work exuded throughout the home and property. The scenery, serenity, and amenities at the A Diamond Ranch were perfect. It is just the right place for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Back to nature in a 5 star home gave us the best of all worlds. The children never once said they were bored. Every day was a new adventure. We especially loved the animals.
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, 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
North Dakota
5

Great Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5
If you are looking for a great place to get away from it all to enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by beautiful scenery, this is the place. At the same time it is only an hours drive back to the Phoenix area on good roads.
The ranch home is very quaint, cozy and nicely decorated. Our hosts were very helpful and upon our arrival we were welcomed with some snacks on the kitchen table. One of the owners lives on the ranch and was very helpful if we needed anything. We enjoyed walking the hiking trails, exploring the creek just out back of the home and the old railroad.
It would be a great place to do some 4 wheeling, as there are many trails in the surrounding area. We are from rural North Dakota and we really enjoyed our stay.
It is a good value for your money too.
  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments. We love our ranch and love sharing it with people who appreciate it. Helen
business
Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p905080
+1 -520 400-0242
Apache Junction Arizona
Tucson
5

Tranqulity and Stunning Scenery

  • 5 of 5
Even though our stay was only 2 days, it was enough to get a taste of the authentic western lifestyle one only reads about these days. The ranch house was magnificent and we all felt a sense of calm and serenity after just a short while. The dogs loved swimming in the Gila River right behind the hosue, and in the morning we hiked to the old railroad tressle. A monsoon rolled in while we sat on the back veranda drinking wine in the late afternoon. Just terrific all around! Like no place I've stayed before. Thanks for a wonderful experience and for your very gracious hospitality. I am an artist and plan to do several paintings from the ranch in the near future. Stay tuned...
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Email Owner Contact Me

Map

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.

Email Owner Contact Me

Photos

Photos

Email Owner Contact Me

Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

Available
Unavailable

Apache Junction House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 27 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
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

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Notes 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

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
Email Owner Contact Me

Amenities

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.
Email Owner Contact Me

Contact the Owner

Tell the owner when you would like to travel.

Get an Instant Quote

Enter dates to calculate a quote