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Stay @ 1920's Sam Hughes Carriage House ~ Villa Blanca Tortuga & Walk to the UA

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 2 Sleeps

Welcome to villa Blanca Tortuga, high above it all in a 1920's loft style apartment. This vacation rental is on the second floor, is perfect for a relaxing place to nest and is accessible to immediate urban amenities, well situated only two blocks from the university of Arizona, within a mile of the university medical center, near the gem show venues, and close to anything in central Tucson. This charming 1920's carriage house is located in Sam Hughes, a national historic neighborhood, has been recently lovingly updated, is bright, spacious and very comfortable.

This fully outfitted carriage house has a complete kitchen with a gourmet stainless range, microwave, coffee maker, blender, all utensils and dishes. The dining patio seats four, and the home boasts old world furnishings. All utilities are included; along with high speed internet, a DVD player and a deluxe 42" television with 99 cable channels! There is a he washer/dryer, a wonderfully charming vintage bathroom - complete with luxury linens. Villa Blanca Tortuga sleeps two persons comfortably with a master bedroom that sleeps two (Simmons Beautyrest Classic McCalister Plush Super Pillow Top King sized bed).

With the gorgeous weather found in Tucson, the large rear patio can double as a dining room. The small yard boasts comfortable patio furniture perfect for enjoying the birds and butterflies while sipping your morning beverage.

Well behaved pets may be considered. Smoking never permitted.

Villa Blanca Tortuga welcomes you to Tucson!

More Details

Property Manager
Erica K.
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Erica K.

An entrepreneur by nature, I have enjoyed the freedom and flexibility that a self directed path can provide. I have loved to travel and annually embark upon both a beach vacation and an exotic destination in a far away continent - you will find exotic mementos from my travels adorn Villa Blanca and inspire the eclectic sampling of the world within. I was born in Villa Blanca Tortuga, and Grew up in Tucson in this very property, I wanted to name my special bungalow property to honor my connection to my mother, my family and the heritage of the house, hence the name Villa Blanca which means white house - where my friends said I lived as a kid. While home in Tucson, I love to landscape, You will see me working on my properties tending to the mesquite trees, Peruvian apple cactus a native willow or assisting guests at Villa Blanca and other homes. I have always enjoyed cooking - entertaining friends and family and hosting many social events, and look forward to hosting you during your stay in Tucson!

Erica K. purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Erica K. chose Sam Hughes

My parents were renting Villa Blanca Tortuga, the carriage house in the 1960's while attending the University of Arizona. When I was one year old my parents Read an ad in the paper, where the original owners of Villa Blanca - had listed the entire property for sale - it turned out to be my parents landlords - who enjoyed the young couple so - and sold it to my parents over another buyer. With the assistance of my Grandmother for a down payment, My mother and father moved to the front house and raised us girls - in College I too lived in the Carriage house, and my sister also lived high above it all 'upstairs'. In 2010 Villa Blanca passed through the generations from my grandmother, mother and sister to my self - for me to share with you as Villa Blanca Tortuga .

What makes this cottage unique

I love Villa Blanca Tortuga with all of my heart - it is a beautiful lofty home full of warmth, Joy and truly does hold many wonderful memories in life - good times with friends - walking or bicycling to the University of Arizona - having breakfast at Rincon market, creating independence as an adult - Fantastic dinners on the Patio. In this space, the lofty views can't be beat and the special Stained Glass windows - I did in college are pretty special too... Now it's your turn to make some memories and experience the warmth and love of a family carriage home known as Villa Blanca Tortuga .

Guestbook comments from the manager

"By the way: LOVE. THIS. PLACE. So perfect as a home base during a stressful away-from-home work week. So nicely appointed and tastefully furnished & decorated. In perfect condition and retained 100% of its charm over the years thanks to careful updating choices consistent with its 1920’s origins. I’m really impressed. I usually go to California beach towns for vacations but I have to say I’m tempted to come back here. It would be nice to enjoy Tucson while relaxing rather than trying to enjoy little bits and pieces of it while working".
Jul 2017
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Sam Hughes Place / Championship
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Reid Park
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Downtown Tucson
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mt Lemmon
Nearest Beach
180 Miles
Puerto Penasco Mexico
Car: recommended


Sam Hughes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • This vintage original bathroom has a Tub with shower built in. A hair dryer has been supplied so you can leave yours at home!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Very Large, Light and airy this room has a King Sized Bed, Dresser, Armoire, Reading Chair, Lamps and is very comfortable. There is no Television - but many local books.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Stay @ 1920's Sam Hughes Carriage House ~ Villa Blanca Tortuga & Walk to the UA
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 18 reviews

Super convenient

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for parents weekend and it was perfect! We didn't use the kitchen but it seemed to have everything. The bed was extremely comfortable. Easy walking distance to the dorms, stadium and various eateries. Owner was very flexible - we were able to check in early and check out late!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Erica is awesome and made sure this unit was just perfect for our stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great neighborhood, great home!

  • 5 of 5

Erica was terrific to work with. Our son needed a place to stay to finish out summer school and we originally rented a smaller unit from Erica. When the air conditioning in his unit wasn't working she graciously put him in a larger unit at no extra charge. We will definitely rent from her again!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westfield, IN

Absolute Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Without a moments doubt, this home was by FAR the nicest, most relaxed place I have ever visited.

This home is so amazingly clean, and crisp. EVERYTHING in the home is top-notch here. Everything from the utensils, to the appliances, to the ever-so-comfortable bed and sofa are top of the line.

Location is fantastic too. Walking distance to the University, restaurants, 4 blocks from groceries too! It is amazingly quiet as well.

I would rent this unit again without hesitation, and I HIGHLY recommend this unit if you are looking for somewhere authentic in Tucson.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Littleton, Colorado

Warm, inviting, and super cozy!

  • 5 of 5

Erica is awesome! So friendly, and accommodating. Her place is the best! I hope to stay here again some day.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was outstanding And provided all the amenities that we were looking for on graduation weekend. The bed was comfortable and the water pressure was above reproach. I would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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