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Panoramic Views, Birds, Acres. Roomy Nature Lovers Retreat Near Patagonia Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Large 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8, grassland, desert & mountains, huge views

Harrier House is perched on 9 fenced acres with expansive vistas extending miles over rolling desert and grassland hills to distant ranges. This classic, fully furnished 3 bedroom/2 bath ranch home sleeps 8: two Queen beds, a trundle twin that makes into a King, and a queen sofa bed in the Arizona/sun room. Additionally there is a PaknPlay with bedding, for babies. It features a large covered deck from which to enjoy the views, sunsets, birds visiting feeders (including resident road runner,gila woodpecker, thrashers, and hummingbirds), and dining out of doors. Mexican tiles and arched windows add to the southwest ambiance. The home is designed both for gathering and dispersing, so that group members can easily find quiet nooks or places to converge. Easy outdoor living beckons.

At 4000 feet elevation, this rolling grassland is a cool refuge in the summer, averaging 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and 10 degrees cooler than Tucson. The spacious kitchen is well-equipped, along with dining service for 12. There is a large barbeque grill and picnic table on the large view-oriented deck. The family room, sunken living room, Arizona room and formal dining room provide generous spreading-out space for a group. Ample amenities include wi-fi and satellite TV. Harrier House combines proximity to Patagonia with the serenity and spaciousness of rural living.

You will be just five minutes from Patagonia Lake State Park, one of the world’s premier birding destinations, where the resident Elegant Trogan is regularly added to many birders life lists, along with many unusual southern resident or migrating species. You can swim, fish and boat in Lake Patagonia, as well as rent canoes or paddle boats or take guided lake tours. Harrier House even provides a three-person canoe and two bicycles for your outdoor pleasure.

The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, quoted by the Audubon Society as one of the best birding locations in the entire country, is minutes away, along with Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds. Spectacular Ramsey and Madera Canyon are within easy drives. You will find our collection of nature and birding books very handy!

The biological diversity of the area is highest in the USA, with its sky islands, washes, desert flats and grasslands calling to naturalists, hunters, hikers, bikers and boaters. Patagonia is a Gateway community for the Arizona Trail.

Culture is nearby. The small enchanting town of Patagonia is 7 miles north (great espresso, eateries, art galleries). Nogales with it’s mainstream shopping is 10 miles south. Slightly north are Sonoita and Elgin’s wonderful wineries welcoming tasters (Arizona wine is outstanding) and stables (30 minutes). Tucson is just an hour away), and nearby are Tubac,Tombstone, Bisbee and Karchner Caverns.

The whole is far greater than the sum of the details, whether considering Harrier House or Southeastern Arizona. Excitement and relaxation alike await the visitor to this dynamic landscape, as each season brings it's unique charms and fascinations. Book soon for the spring, monsoon (summer) and fall seasons.

More Details

Gail and Craig Coray
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2017

About Gail and Craig Coray

We divide our time between living a wilderness lifestyle on a vast fly-in lake in Alaska in roadless Lake Clark National Park, and Patagonia, Arizona. We are lifelong Alaskans. We fell in love with this area while traveling, hiking and birding here twelve years ago. It became our winter home after we retired from our careers as educators (science and music in Anchorage). We find similarities to Alaska in the scenic grandeur, spaciousness, wildlife, many outdoor activities, as well as the warm and delightful people we have found here along with cultural and community opportunities.

Gail and Craig Coray purchased this house in 2013

Why Gail and Craig Coray chose Arizona

This home met our need for a place roomy enough for visiting family and friends, including grandchildren. We love to sit in the Arizona room with glass from ceiling to floor and watch the unique borderland birds come to our feeders, and to see the harriers from above as they cruise the nearby arroyo. The resident roadrunners are fun to watch. The home is warm, inviting, and welcoming to guests. The views are stunning, the sunsets endlessly entertaining. Every day brings a surprise. We love being able to share it with visitors from around the world.

What makes this house unique

Harrier House has appealing southwest touches such as saltillo and Talavera tile, arched windows, an Arizona room with floor-to-ceiling glass and large covered deck for outdoor living. The view and surrounding countryside are preposterously beautiful. We love that it is close to so many diverse activities in this fascinating part of the world, including a short trip into Nogales, Arizona for supplies or into Nogales Sonora, Mexico for shopping and dining, and only one hour from the sophistications of Tucson.


Nogales House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Walk-in Mexican tiled shower.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two sinks.
  • Bathroom 2 access is through master bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Twin trundle converts to king.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , One portable pak-n-play is provided, with bedding
  • Master bedroom opens onto deck with sliding glass doors to view. Arizona/sun room has queen sofa bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Lovely for one or two people as well as a group of 8. Bird feeders attract diverse borderland birds and butterflies. Watch wildlife from house or deck. Wine tasting in nearby Sonoita/Elgin is a wonderful activity. Fine Arizona wines are a well-kept secret. Fabulous mercados (Food City and Villas) 15 minutes away, have vast array of chilies tortillas, hot sauces, Mexican pastries and more. Duty Free shop in Nogales for many interesting items. Safeway, KMart, etc. for basics. Easy entry into Sonora Mexico for international dining and shopping. Patagonia just north is charming, has great natural foods store/green grocer, art galleries, espresso, lunch, park and more.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Panoramic Views, Birds, Acres. Roomy Nature Lovers Retreat Near Patagonia Lake
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for our stay in the Patagonia area of southern Arizona. We had a limited stay at the Harrier House, but were very happy with the accommodations. The house was well equipped and had everything to make our stay comfortable. We were busy every day with activities to do in the area. Visiting Kartchner Caverns, shopping in Tubac and touring all the vineyards in the Sonoita area. Hope we can come back another time to just enjoy the nature the area has to offer.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, David and Sandy, we are very happy to hear that though your stay was brief, you were comfortable, you enjoyed your visit and got to do a variety of activities. It sounds as if there is still much for you to see and do in the area :) We, too, hope you can come back to Patagonia and Harrier House.
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A Spacious, Comfortable and Restful Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Harrier House was the perfect spot for our week of birding, hiking and relaxing in the Patagonia area. The home is only minutes away from Lake Patagonia and the charming town of Patagonia. We also visited Parker Canyon Lake, Pena Blanca lake and Madera Canyon which were both approximately an hour away. We also just enjoyed time hanging out at the house.

The property is in a very quiet and safe property development. The sunsets are amazing and can be viewed outside on the patio or in the sunroom. The house is quite large so can support a large family or two couples. Our hosts have thought of everything that will help make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Wendy, for your gracious review. We like to hear about the excursions and activities our guests are able to take, which gives other visitors good ideas, as well as what pleased you about Harrier House. We loved having you and hope you can come again!
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A Rare Gem in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about Harrier House. The house is extremely welcoming and well stocked with all the amenities and more...comfortable furniture, modern conveniences, nice art, good music selections and plenty of spaces for socializing in groups or quiet reflection. The property is in the middle of rolling desert hills, surrounded by mountains. Hummingbirds and other avian species are your neighbors along with some coyotes and free range cattle. There are beautiful views from inside or outside the house and plenty of sitting spaces to enjoy them in comfort. Spectacular sunsets, cloud formations and star gazing occur on an almost daily basis. This place is a gem, hopefully when we go back we will stay longer.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, Thank you for the glowing review, we could not be more pleased to hear that being at Harrier House was grand for you, Carol and your big dog Stella. It means a lot to have Harrier House's qualities appreciated, and we thank you for your feedback. We would love to have you come again! Warm regards, Gail
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Peaceful Patagonia

  • 5 of 5

We loved Harrier House and hope to return in the future. The house was very comfortable, well outfitted, and in a wonderful area of grasslands and rolling hills. Open areas for walking right outside the door. Lots of birds and loved the visits from the roadrunner. Fun to explore Patagonia and the Elgin area wineries. Recommend it to those who are looking for peace, quiet and great sunsets.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Phoebe, we are really happy you enjoyed your stay. We're always pleased to hear that "Paisano" (resident roadrunner) fulfilled his name -- "countryman". Always fun, along with seeing the other wildlife. I'm glad to know you made it to the wineries -- indeed, there is plenty to do even though it is secluded, and we are happy to hear that the Arizona sunsets lived up to their reputation. We hope to welcome you back some day!
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Harrier house is my absolute favorite "homeaway" stay ever. While it was only my husband and I it would be very comfortable for a larger family. There were all the expected amenities plus "above and beyond". The owner is so helpful and has truly thought of everything you could want, down to bicycles and a canoe for nearby Lake Patagonia. The location was quiet and relaxing but within easy driving distance to shopping and all the many southern Arizona attractions. If we stayed at the house there was wildlife and great views: at night you can see the distant lights of Nogales.

We brought our 3 cats and they quickly learned the Arizona room was as close to heaven as they would find, for cat or human. I was glad they are indoor only cats as one day we watched 3 coyotes hunting the nearby arroyo in the middle of the day. It was like our private wildlife show. We also saw deer, javalina and lots of birds.

We would highly recommend. We are hoping to return next winter, if available, for a longer stay next time. Thank you, Gail, for the perfect stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sheri, for your glowing and affirming review. We couldn't be happier than when we know that our guests have had a lovely stay and get to experience the enchantment of the area that we ourselves feel. We are happy you and your husband and furry companions had such a great time! We would love to have you stay again.
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Great, easy to enjoy view and quiet location in a very comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

Property was just what we were looking for. Quiet and off the beaten path. We enjoyed patio breakfasts with bird watching , afternoon hikes and dark night skies for star gazing (we brought our own telescope). On a quick scouting tour of the area we were surprised to discover Patagonia lakeside campsite was really busy, but somehow the traffic to and from it is all but unnoticeable from the house. In addition to the many things mentioned by other reviewers, we also made a trip to the ghost town of Ruby, which I really enjoyed - my wife not so much; I guess the hour each way on dusty, twisty, bumpy roads it is not to everyone taste, but I recommend checking it out for a day trip.

No surprise that this home has so many great reviews - I won't repeat them, just read them and book, and then thank Gail and Craig for making such a great vacation home available to us.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased Harrier House pleased you and met your expectations. And thanks for the tip regarding Ruby (as well as the disclaimer regarding bumpy-road access:)! Yes, the dark skies are such a pleasure, with or without a telescope. Nice to hear you came prepared. Thank you for sharing your positive experience!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Wagon Wheel, Patagonia
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kino Springs
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nogales AZ
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Scenic Byway AZ Highway 82
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Patagonia, Sonoita, Nogales, from 7 to 20 miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lake Patagonia State Park
Car: necessary

This region is birders' mecca, horse country, wine country, star-gazers delight, opportunities for bicycles, or a climber's exercise to the top of Mt. Wrightson or Red Mountain. We provide a three-person canoe for your use on Lake Patagonia, and paddle boats and canoes Harrier House. The elegant trogan is often seen at the head of Lake Patagonia, where guided bird tours are offered. The destinations of Tombstone, Karchner Caverns, Bisbee, Tubac and several golf courses are within easy drives. Tucson's offerings are too numerous to list here, but a visit to the Desert Museum is well worth the drive! San Rafael Valley and Harshaw are a nearby, spectacular scenic drive. Noteworthy: the Mountain Empire is a flatlander's respite in the hotter months averaging 10 to 20 degrees cooler than Tucson and Phoenix. Sonoita's wonderful wineries offer tastings of excellent local vintages. Madera Canyon, Ramsey Canyon, and The Nature Conservancy's Sonoita Creek Preserve are just a few of the major birding destinations near at hand.


Rates & Availability

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Jun 1 2017 - Jul 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Property Damage Protection $59

No added charges for taxes and cleaning. There is a small fee for pets. Long-term stays are welcome and long term rates are negotiable.
Please contact owner to arrive or depart at a non-standard time. Contact prior to booking about pets. The large yard is fenced but a very small dog could escape. Harrier is perfect for one or eight people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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