12 ft diving pool, Water slide, Waterfall, Ping Pong Table, Basketball Court etc
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The Desert Hacienda is our haven and primary residence. It is where we recover from the intensity of our jobs and spend time together.
Kristina purchased this Estate in 2005
Why Kristina chose Rio Verde Foothills
We LOVE our home and its legacy of being the central hub of family vacations, gatherings and celebrations.
What makes this Estate unique
The large acreage really lends itself to PRIVACY! The sunrises, sunsets, star gazing, Pinnacle Peak and Toms Thumb, Needle Rock Tonto National Forest (where we ride our horses in the river and in the open National park), and the wildlife is extraordinary (owls, bobcats, wild horses, havalina, cardinals, doves, jack rabbits, deer, cattle etc). The hiking is breath taking. One of our biggest treat has been riding our horses in the river at sunset.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
NO WEDDINGS, EVENTS or PARTIES. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Acceptable outside. Absolutely NO flicking buds
ABSOLUTELY NO PETS w/out approval $250 Fee PER PET
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:24 (sleeps up to 24 adults)
NO WEDDINGS, EVENTS or PARTIES. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Review The House Rules, Check-Out List, Rental Contract immediately so expectations are clear and we can clarify any questions.
Our home is NOT to be used as a party destination. Absolutely no loud music.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A Gorgeous Home for a Girls' Getaway
We stayed at the Desert Hacienda for my sister's bachelorette party. This house is AMAZING! The views, the beautifully decorated rooms, the pool with the slide, the SONOS surround sound system... the list goes on and on. Kristina was super responsive with our texts about amenities available. I think our favorite part was our friendly horse hosts, Joker and Chiquita. Right when we got there, they were there in the backyard to greet us. :)
The house is HUGE, to the point where we'd find new rooms and get lost sometimes haha. With that, they have everything you can imagine to help make your large group of guests comfortable. That being said, the check-out list is extensive and can be overwhelming. But if you have your whole group pitch in to help, it's not that bad.
Also, the house is very secluded, which has its pros and cons. It's very private but a bit of a drive from Old Town (approx 40 min). Just get your groceries beforehand and stick to using the kitchen for your meals. THEN party in the downtown area if you really want to get out there. But I would've love to just spend the whole weekend in this house. It's that amazing.
I can't say enough great things about my recent stay at The Desert Hacienda. The house is even more beautiful in person! I went with 11 girls for my best friend's bachelorette and the house is something we will talk about for a lifetime - clean, spacious, well decorated, simply beautiful!
Liza and Kristina were extremely quick at responding to my questions prior to our arrival which made planning and packing a breeze. They provided several resources to nearby grocery stores which was extremely helpful, being that we were all from northern California. Liza and Kristina checked in via text through out the weekend and answered one off questions right away. The horses on the property were an added bonus -- beautiful and friendly. I would say our favorite part was the pool slide, it brought out the little kids in us and we just had the best time!
Although the property is a little off the map, we had no issues with having Lyft and Uber drop off or pick us up through out our stay.
If I could rate this property 10 stars I would--I truly cannot say enough great things about the hosts and the house. Highly recommend! :)
Wonderful to get away
The weekend at the property was incredible. The home itself is gorgeous and has so many things to offer. Everything you could possibly ever want and more and a beautiful location to top it all off. I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed every minute of my stay.
The Desert Hacienda is beautiful and was absolutely perfect for our family reunion! My family has been getting together every summer for over a decade and it was unanimous that this was the nicest house we've ever stayed in. It was clean, spacious, had an extremely well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, and beautiful views. The large pool was amazing and with the water slide, everyone was entertained. The yard was well-maintained and there was plenty of patio furniture. The large dining room table was just what we needed for our family card games. The owners were very accommodating and easy to work with. Everyone voted to book this same property again for next summer. We loved it!!
Absolutly Amazing from Start to Finish!!
The Desert Hacienda is in a rural setting which makes evening star gazing amazing, the property is not too far out to make a quick trip to the store, or to fun outings. The Hacienda is absolutely beautiful, well maintained, and has a completely stocked kitchen to easily accommodate large groups. The layout is perfect for guests to be in several locations throughout the house yet still maintain a feeling of being together. With bathrooms connected to most of the bedrooms the design provides both privacy and comfort. We look forward to enjoying the Desert Hacienda again in the near future!! Our stay at the Hacienda was by both accident and grace. Our initial reservations were for a different property in town. When we arrived at the original property we discovered it to be in disrepair with none of the amenities in working order and the property in a deplorable condition. We desperately searched the internet for an immediate alternative property to accommodate our large group for the week. Being Memorial weekend we knew this would not be an easy task. As we started contacting owners for our last minute availability needs, we came across the Desert Hacienda property. After explaining our current dilemma, the owners of the Hacienda went out of their way to make accommodations for our group. They personally went out to the property to prepare for our arrival and we were in the property within two hours!!! The owners were extremely gracious hosts!
The Desert Hacienda provides a home away from home feeling filled with style and elegance. If you are looking for a home with endless amenities and chic personal touches, this would be the place. If you are searching for a basic home to party and trash, this would not be a good fit.
Thank You to the owners of the Desert Hacienda for truly saving our vacation from Ruins!!!
Had a great stay at the Rio Verde Foothills. Just like all the other reviews have said in the past it is a very lovely home with all the great amentities. Our group had a fantastic time and would choose this house once again in the future.
Thank you so much for the stay!
The estate is on a well groomed dirt road (three short blocks) that comes to a dead end road that provides the ultimate privacy.