|Minimum Stay||5 - 14 nights|
Awaken to songbirds singing in the majestic 300-year old White Oak and Ash trees just outside Heartland Guesthouse. Open the blinds and step out on the Master Bedroom's private balcony to celebrate the dazzling morning sunrise over the Huachuca Mountains to the east. Toddle downstairs to start a pot of freshly-ground coffee and relax in the sunroom or under the trees in our Oak Park while you relish the sights and sounds of Nature -- not traffic, not subways, not honking horns, not bustling cities – but Nature. If this sounds delightful, you’re our kind of Guest!
Located in the high Madrean Oak Grasslands of southern Arizona, at an altitude of nearly 5200 feet (1585 meters), Heartland Guesthouse lies on the Heartland Ranch near the long-ago community of Canelo between the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains and the Canelo Hills. Weather is temperate year-round, with temperatures generally running about 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Tucson and 20-25 degrees F cooler than Phoenix.
Heartland Ranch is a 160-acre former bustling livestock ranch that now quietly awaits our next Guests. Once guardian of cattle, horses, goats, sheep and, yes, alpacas, our “retired” Anatolian Shepherd dog 'Zena' now snoozes peacefully during the day while Bruno, the rescued Lab/Chesapeake retriever mix, faithfully watches over the Ranch, Guesthouse and its people. Zena, by the way, is shameless about being petted and handed treats, so be forewarned. There's a reason we’ve placed a well-stocked 'Pet Treats' jar just inside the Guesthouse door!
Heartland Guesthouse has been extensively and beautifully furnished with everything to make your stay a pleasure, whether you are a couple, a family with children or a group of friends. You will enter through a passive solar sunroom, much appreciated for enjoying a cup of coffee and a croissant on sunny mornings. This opens to the vaulted Great Room with its cozy wood pellet stove, framed by a dramatic 18'-tall stone backdrop, and comfortable seating for 6 around the HDTV/DVD console. A spacious dining area, breakfast bar and fully-equipped, full-size kitchen are next, with all the standard kitchen appliances and dishware you would need whether you are staying a week or several months. The dining area overlooks a private outdoor patio under the oak trees with excellent gas barbecue, outdoor table and seating and, of course, multiple bird feeders well-attended by all the birds, some of whom come to Heartland Guesthouse for the Spring nesting season and some of whom are year-round residents.
The downstairs bedroom can be configured with either two twin beds or a very comfortable king bed, and it is adjacent to the laundry area as well as a large full bath complete with handi-bars for our mobility-restricted or elderly guests. The second-floor master bedroom is large, with a 'VERY comfortable' (to quote our guests) queen bed, vaulted ceiling, private balcony and ensuite bathroom. Also on the second floor is a loft library with office set-up including a desk, phone, bookcase and wired or wireless Internet connection.
As for activities while staying at the Guesthouse, here are just a few:
*Birding in one of the world's top birdwatching destinations,
Hiking the Arizona Trail or individual trails in the Huachuca Mountains,
*Visiting the multitude of area tourist attractions,
*Shopping for area arts and crafts,
*Trail riding with horses – these are just a few of the possibilities.
*For folks who are looking for complete and total relaxation in a beautiful location, we have an interesting library of books, CDs and DVDs, that we can augment to your special interests, as well as games, jigsaw puzzles, hiking staffs, and a National Forest practically right outside your door.
*The fully-equipped kitchen means you can cook all your meals to your heart’s content or just prepare a quick and easy breakfast before you head out the door to area adventures and excellent dining.
*The ONE thing you can't be at Heartland Guesthouse is . . . BORED!
The Ranch is rurally located 20 miles southeast of Sonoita and 15 miles west of Sierra Vista, surrounded on 2 sides by National Forest. A 'traffic jam' here means the raccoons or Mearns quail are taking their time crossing the road. State Highway 83 brings you to within 1.5 miles of the Guesthouse; and the graded, gravel road the rest of the way is easily traversed by passenger cars. Fort Huachuca graciously provides a day pass for US citizens through the Fort to Sierra Vista, so that all the amenities of a city are just 30 minutes away. Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson, Karchner Caverns, Sonoita, Patagonia, Tubac and the Mission at Tumacacori are all within approximately an hour’s drive away. Tucson and its International Airport, where rental cars may be obtained, is an hour and a half away; and the Guesthouse is 3 hours from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, where airfares are often discounted.
With traditional Western hospitality, the Guesthouse is stocked with coffee, tea and a fruit bowl for your enjoyment. We also provide Concierge Services at a small additional fee if you wish us to purchase groceries for you before your arrival. We will contact you about 2 weeks before your arrival to find out your particular interests in visiting this area and will tailor the Guesthouse's selection of CDs, DVDs, books and activity brochures and maps to your taste.
We are proud to say that Heartland Guesthouse is clean, clean, clean. If you, like we, have ever stayed in a less-than-clean vacation rental, you know how important this is. The linens and towels are sanitized between Guests, and the Guesthouse receives a final cleanliness check by the Property Manager herself the morning of each Guest's arrival.
Please be sure to read our reviews on this site. They appear exactly as the guests wrote them, and we hope the reviews will help convince you that Heartland Guesthouse is THE place for you to stay in southeastern Arizona!
Our mission is to provide you with a truly memorable vacation -- one that brings warm memories and a smile for years to come -- so please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of assistance. We look forward to your visit!
Rachel Hendrickson, property manager and part owner of Heartland Guesthouse, is an Arizona real estate broker with more than 25 years of experience helping people find the perfect property, whether to buy or to rent. She takes particular pleasure in helping Guests tailor their time here to their particular interests, and she is a wellspring of information on interesting, 'off the beaten path' activities or locations and great places to enjoy the local cuisine and wines. She is a true professional while at the same time a very gracious and responsive hostess. She loves what she does, and it shows. Just read the uniformly 5-star reviews and you will see for yourself why Heartland Guesthouse is THE place to stay in southeastern Arizona!
Rachel Hendrickson, Property Manager, Broker and part owner purchased this house in 1996
In March, 1993, Rachel and her husband Mark bought a 160-acre parcel of vacant land near the long-ago pioneer community of Canelo in southeastern Arizona. They fell in love with its rich, grassy bottomland, the rolling upland with its majestic, 300-year old Arizona White Oaks, the dramatic mountain views and the quiet way of life. They envisioned building from scratch a world-class alternative livestock sustainable agriculture operation, and they were very successful at it for many years. The Fall of 2006 seemed a good time to begin to wind down the livestock operation, and from that time until Fall 2010 the Ranch had long-term tenants with their own livestock in residence. When the last long-term tenant left, the foreman's house on Heartland Ranch was completely renovated and furnished as a vacation rental; and by Spring 2011 the newly christened 'Heartland Guesthouse' was well-booked for its inaugural season as a vacation rental.
According to the director of the National Forest that borders Heartland Ranch on 2 sides, Heartland Ranch has the best stand of Arizona White Oak in the state of Arizona. Perhaps that is why Heartland Ranch is so popular with resident, breeding and migratory birds. With a permanent water source, and plenty of food, Heartland Ranch hosts a myriad of bird species who perch and nest high in the 300-year old oaks. Red-tail and Gray Hawks live on the Ranch year-round and teach their young to hunt the pastures. There are so many things to do in this area, but one of the Owners' favorites is to just sit in a comfortable chair outside and enjoy Nature. If your idea of a great getaway means savoring your peaceful surroundings, local cuisine, wine, many types of outdoor activities, history, geology, the Milky Way across the night sky and the hoot of a Great Horned Owl just before the sunrise, you'll be delighted you chose Heartland Guesthouse.
The Heartland Guesthouse was a birder's paradise! We saw 18 species of birds just while sitting on the patio. When we didn't SEE them, we HEARD them--a symphony of bird calls! The setting was gorgeous, and the serenity was wonderful. Rachel was very friendly & helpful with suggestions about where to explore/things to do, & she provided many maps, brochures, & bird guides for our use. Zena (one of 3 dogs on the property) became our "best friend"--always welcoming us, always ready for a treat! The guesthouse itself was very comfortable, immaculate, well-organized, and well-stocked with everything a person could need. We can't say enough good things about our stay here. Four nights were definitely NOT enough; we want to return! Patagonia Lake State Park was a true "find" & the place where we saw an elegant trogon. The "Overland Trout" served delicious, creative food. Be sure to include these places in your visit!
We had heard good things about VRBO properties, but had never tried a rental before this. Oh, my my. We had the best possible experience here! We were drawn to it right away by the thorough description provided by the owner. The many pictures helped, also; and upon arrival, we were not disappointed by this property. Rachel was warm, and very welcoming. We found that every single little thing was taken care of, from furnishings, to supplies, to making it easy for us to clean up after ourselves(we stayed two weeks), to information about places to travel to in the area, to the many, many bird guides and books about Arizona in the bookcase. Two couples stayed here in comfort. We absolutely fell in love with the serenity and solitude of the surroundings, and would not hesitate to book this house again. Ah, such peace and quiet. Thanks, Rachel!
I was attracted to this charming house immediately! It promised quiet relaxation, spectacular views of the Huachuca mountains, and a yard filled with birds. I was not disappointed, and in fact, the house wildly exceeded my expectations. My husband and I spend 5 days and nights here and found it extremely hard to leave. Rachel's attention to every detail from the time of our booking up to weeks after we had left was commendable - by far the most conscientious hostess I have ever encountered. There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about this rental. If it looks interesting to you, just go ahead and book it. You will not be disappointed in any way!
My husband and I had 2 wonderful weeks at the Guesthouse, we had friends join us for a week through the middle of our stay and the 4 of us were quit comfortable with the house layout, 1 couple upstairs and the other in the main floor bedroom.
The birdwatchers in the group enjoyed waking up to the ever present abundance of birds at the feeders off the back patio you could see from the breakfast table. Rachel keeps these well maintained and stocked daily. Our first morning, 24 species were counted.
Location is a bit isolated, but after a day exploring the region, it was always nice to return to the quit of the ranch.
The kitchen is well outfitted, Rachel has a good selection of spices and condiments available for guest use, preparing meals was never a problem. You do need to pre-plan your grocery needs, there are only 2 mini markets available in the town near-by (20 miles away).
This is a very picturesque setting. Anyone looking for a comfortable get away, wildlife viewing opportunities, bird watching, regional wineries, and/or seeing rural Arizona won't be disappointed.
What a great place. Definitely the most immaculate, well stocked and thoughtfully arranged vacation house we have ever rented. There are loads of birds at the bird feeder, ducks at Parker Canyon Lake, hummingbirds in Patagonia and Road Runners on the ranch roads and paths. Rachel has loads of information to offer, it made our week quite wonderful.
The recent review by Gail from Red Deer, Alberta, truly says it all! I am from the UK and have enjoyed many vacation rentals over the years in Europe and the US, but I can say without reservation that the Heartland Guesthouse is one of the finest I have visited. I would like to thank Rachel and Mark for creating such a relaxing and luxurious ambience. Everything was to hand: I really appreciated the very high standard of presentation, and would unhesitatingly recommend the Guesthouse to others. I came here to spend time with my US citizen sister and brother-in-law but with a direct flight from London to Phoenix the journey was no problem; although distances in Southern Arizona are greater than we are used to in Europe the drive from the airport was no hardship with the help of Rachel's comprehensive directions. I would very much like to return, and next time I will certainly want to stay longer!
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Located in the high oak grasslands of southern Arizona, at an altitude of nearly 5200 feet, Heartland Guesthouse lies on Heartland Ranch near the long-ago community of Canelo between the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains and the Canelo Hills. It is 65 miles from Tucson, 20 miles from Sonoita and 15 miles from Sierra Vista through Ft Huachuca.
In addition to the Local Attractions, Activities and Services listed, all within 30-45 minutes of Heartland Guesthouse, this area is also a world-renowned location for birding and hiking. In fact, impressive birding can be done from the comfort of the Guesthouse dining table, and hiking trails abound just outside the Ranch's main gate.
Whether you are interested in birding, hiking, history, geography, wineries, excellent food, mining, caving, old Spanish Missions, the West, cowboys, horse riding or fine arts and crafts, you will find more than enough to fill your days either immediately surrounding the Guesthouse or within a 30-minute to 2-hour drive. Sonoita and Patagonia, with their wineries, restaurants, horse tours, shops and prime birding locations, are 30-45 minutes away. Sierra Vista, 45 minutes away through historic Fort Huachuca, is the 'Hummingbird Capital of the U.S.' and also boasts excellent hiking trails, historic sites and fabulous birding, especially at Ramsey Canyon Preserve and the San Pedro National Conservation Area. Tombstone, the 'Town Too Tough To Die', is less than 1 hour away. Bisbee, just over an hour away, was once a booming copper mining town. Today this charming, historic artists' colony with its excellent antique shops, restaurants and art galleries also treats visitors to Copper Queen Mine Tours and the Smithsonian Museum of Mining. Karchner Caverns, one of the most spectacular of the world's living caves, is just an hour from the Guesthouse. Tubac, with its art galleries, fine restaurants and historic Spanish Presidio, and Tumacacori National Park, once a Spanish Mission, draw visitors not only for their architectural and historic interest but also for their beautiful surroundings. A bit farther away, but well within day trip limits from the Guesthouse, are the restored John Slaughter Ranch, dating from the 1880's, and adjacent San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge with its gorgeous permanent and migratory birds; and San Xavier Mission, the 'White Dove of the Desert' whose incredible 17th-century murals were restored by the Sistine Chapel restorers. Old Tucson, a western movie set turned family adventure park, and the nearby Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world-class natural-setting zoological park, are also within a 2-hour drive of the Guesthouse. Heartland Guesthouse is truly ideally located for whatever your interests are, and the property manager delights in recommending 'The Best' experiences possible to our Guests.
Enjoy Heartland Guesthouse's superb Western hospitality for a truly memorable vacation!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 15 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
June & July are for monthly rentals only: $1800/month + $250 cleaning + $500 refundable deposit. Closed in August. 6.6% AZ tax for less than 30-day stay.
$250 Security/Damage Deposit secures the rental until paid in full and covers damages or losses not resulting from normal wear & tear. 50% of the rental fees are invoiced within 30 days of booking, and the balance at 90-120 days before occupancy. If booking occurs within 150 days of occupancy, payment schedule is adjusted accordingly. Rates are for 1-4 guests; add $15/night per additional guest.
* 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.