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Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 28 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bdr/2 Bath + loft surrounded by Coronado National Forest. Walk to trailheads.

Fully Furnished 1 Bdr/2 Bath + loft in Madera Canyon surrounded by the Coronado National Forest. Fabulous porch with swing, glider and room to feed the whole family while watching hummingbirds at your feeder. One of a kind woodwork 'makes' this home. 1326 sf of indoor living space. Central AC/heat. Full kitchen, laundry in basement. Property is walking distance to trailheads, picnic areas and favorite birdwatching spots. It all adds up to the best place for an extended stay in Madera Canyon.

Please note: There is no TV reception (we do have a dvd player). Metered Satellite Internet is provided (but not unlimited). This is a remote property. Your cell phone will have limited connectivity in the canyon (Verizon works best). There is a landline in the cabin. While there are two gift stores in the canyon, the next closest businesses are 15 miles away. I recommend you get gas and stop at the grocery store before you drive into the canyon. Don't forget to buy a bag of sugar to make syrup to feed the hummingbirds!

More Details

Property Manager
Molly Elliott
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Molly Elliott

I spent summers in Tucson, Arizona with my grandparents as a little girl. They had a small cabin in Madera Canyon - one of only a handful of private homes - and my sister and I loved going there on the weekends and playing in the creek or hiking the trail to Mt. Wrightson. As an adult I have returned to visit my grandparents many times with my children to introduce them to the jewel that is Madera Canyon. The photo is of my grandfather blowing bubbles with my daughter off the edge of the porch.

Molly Elliott purchased this house in 1990

Why Molly Elliott chose Arizona

In 1990 my grandparents built the current home which they nicknamed Hummingbird Hill. It sits at a high spot in the canyon which lends itself to beautiful mountain views, sunsets and hummingbird watching. It was their dream retirement home. I have recently inherited it and can't bear to part with it - not only because of the memories but also because of the unique building and location. My husband and I are not able to move to the canyon right now as we have jobs out of state, but hope it can become our dream retirement home as well.

What makes this house unique

The home itself was custom built by Richard Lansky. You won't believe the detailed woodworking. Take a careful look at the photo gallery. Richard still lives in the canyon and helps me with maintenance. The location is also amazing. Madera Canyon is a natural gem and it is minimally developed so you will have tons of opportunities to enjoy nature. The cabin is on private property but borders Coronado National Forest land on all sides. There are a handful of residents in the canyon and it is a popular weekend spot for people from Tucson so you will not be completely alone, but there's still plenty of space for solitude. I love some of the local businesses that rent out by the night, but this is truly the best place for an extended stay as it has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I had a super time at the cabin in Madera Canyon in June. The hummingbirds on the porch were unbelievable. I had to get up well before dawn to get the feeders washed, filled up, and out. I did a great hummingbird business until 3 days before the end of my stay when the bees took over. I wasn't sure what to do about them, so I just let them have the lot.



The trails were wonderful. I witnessed an epic fight between a male trogan and a pair of sulfer bellied flycatchers over a nesting space. It went on and on. Pink feathers and yellow feathers were flying. I also got a big thrill over the masses of house wrens raising their families. They are fearless and great hunters. They were fantastic fun to watch. If you sit still long enough, the fledglings would hop all around you. In spite of the no rain, birds were nesting everywhere.



I did have 4 bear encounters over the month. They were the best kind of bear encounters, the kind where the bear makes an annoyed sound and turns and runs away.



You are so lucky to have such a lovely cabin in such a fantastic place. I keep my eye open for places to buy in Madera. Meanwhile, I hope to come back and rent again in 2015.
May 2014
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Amenities

Green Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) Sleeper sofa in loft
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view
average rating of 4.818182 based on 13 reviews
5

Nature's Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Hummingbird Hill for the whole month of March and were wishing we had another month to stay by the first week we had been there. The home is very unique and a little dated, but roomy and plenty comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked and we were able to cook just like at home, it even had a crock pot. But all this is not what made this place so special....

When you go out on the deck of this wonderful home you feel secluded and wondrous of your surroundings. You can look out and see tops of trees and in those trees are the many woodpeckers making nest and hiding acorns. There are turkeys that come in large groups to visit you, we even had a couple who were fighting in the front yard and went over the side onto the driveway coming up to the house. I worried for a bit but they showed back up. Deer came to visit also, they were more sensitive to us being there and didn't stay for long.

Now for the truly most amazing part, to be able to sit in the porch swing and observe all the amazing birds that show up at the feeders...we had Magnificent, Broad billed, Broad tailed, Rufus, Black Chinned, and Costa hummingbirds at the two feeders, at the suet feeders there were Acorn and Arizona Woodpeckers, Bridled Titmouses, and Nuthatches. At the finch feeders there were Lesser Gold finches, Pine siskins, and House finches. Yellow eyed Juncos were everywhere. That is just a list of regular visitors, there were many more in the bushes and trees surrounding the house.

My husband did hike some of the trails in the area and we explored several wildlife areas but we were more than happy to spend most of our time out on the porch enjoying the solitude and wildlife surrounding us.

We were hoping to reserve again next year, even looked online while we were still at the house, but to our dismay it is already reserved for next year until May....so maybe (hopefully) we can come back in 2019.

Thank you so much for sharing you wonderful home with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfection.

  • 5 of 5

We can't think of anything that would have made our month-long stay more pleasant. The cabin (I hesitate to call it that) is spacious, comfy, and has everything you need. We truly had to pry ourselves out of the gorgeous porch swing to pack up and leave.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

peaceful retreat in mountains

  • 5 of 5

This house is an amazing custom built retreat in the mountains. The woodwork throughout the house is interesting and we enjoyed using the stairway over the living room to the upper balcony for great dark sky stargazing. The huge deck has a great view of mountains. We spent many hours just relaxing and enjoying the view. There is a lot of wildlife around including deer, coati , wild turkeys , bats, various birds including hummers, and lizards and squirrels. The house is spacious with a big kitchen and nice bath and comfy bed. We got to hike many of the beautiful trails in the national forest with ever changing views of the mountains and the desert in the distance. One of our most memorable vacation places ever and we cant' wait to come stay here again. Also, great communication with Molly before and during our stay. Thanks again, Molly.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and relaxing. Birds, Bats, and a Coati

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent a week at Hummingbird Hill. The house is lovely and in a beautiful location. Very quiet and relaxing. We were there in May and were surrounded by hummingbirds, tanagers, siskins and nectar-feeding bats that enjoyed the various bird feeders. There is a coati in the neighborhood who was also a regular visitor. We had Elf Owls, Whiskered Screech Owls, Red-faced Warbler, Mexican Whippoorwill and Elegant Trogons in the canyon just below the house. Rent this house if you want a relaxing vacation with amazing wildlife!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3

Location! Location! Location!

  • 3 of 5

This property is difficult to review with its ups and downs. I would happily go again but my guy would not.

Admittedly, you should have a big SUV or pickup to get there, but even then you may be having work on the vehicle when you leave so that negated it for him.

I'd give it 5 star (*****) just for the wraparound porch with its fantastic views of Madera Canyon. Sitting on that porch swing after a day of hiking is heaven – I was filling the bird feeders constantly (other than the hummer feeder as February was a bit early for them and only had a couple). A month of that kind of relaxing with no TV/politics blaring is a gift!

But for my guy, he'd only give it a one star (*) because the road leading to it, although short, is extremely rough. If we had not had his SUV but my sedan, we could not have made it. As it was, he hated each drive so much that it negated the beauty for him. Also a negative is the low water pressure. If you are a 5 minute in and out of the shower person, plan to spend a lot more time to get washed and rinsed. Evidently that is just the way the water pressure is high up.

There were little negatives that got irritating over time (we stayed a month) such as lights or switches that didn't work or we just could not find what they ran. The worst was the oven light was out and the light over the stairs was out and nights are really dark. The CD player was not hooked up – I could have fixed that myself but he says “you don't dink with other people's stereo equipment”. Anyway, we found a radio station that was fine for music. The DVD/VCR player was fine and there were plenty of good movies to watch at night (and we'd brought our own).

There were ample linens and the washing machine in the basement had enough water pressure to keep up. The bed is mushy so you might not be happy if you are a firm mattress person, but if you hike enough, you will sleep good anyway! The kitchen had everything you could want if you just looked around enough, pots, pans, dishes, utensils galore.

One could not find a better location for Madera Canyon so that gets 5 stars for sure. The upkeep is more like 3 stars and with his opinion of 1 star because of the negatives, I decided to rate this VRBO a 3. Just be aware of the drawbacks and enjoy the beauty – rating is in the eye of the beholders. Be sure to arrive in the daylight or you will never find Hummingbird Hill (and bring groceries so you don't have to drive back out soon).

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry your husband's expectations were not met. I make every effort to set expectations appropriately and so I hope future renters read this carefully to understand both the positives and negatives of the property. I do want to address a couple of issues that I think are exaggerated in the review. 1. Poor road quality (Susie Lode Lane). Yes! The road is full of broken pavement and in some spots, no pavement. I recommend that guests bring a high clearance vehicle with good tires. I have, however, personally driven the road multiple times in a 4 door sedan with no damage to my vehicle. The trick is to take the road SLOWLY. Thankfully, it's short. I would not, however, try the road with bad tires. (and in January and February when it can snow, I highly recommend a 4WD). I have another guest who has pointed out flooding lower in the canyon can be a problem in monsoon season (August) if you don't have a high clearance vehicle. 2. Water Pressure - It is a gravity fed well system. It is in range for residential living but is on the low side of the range. Pressure is sufficient for showers, washing machine and dishwasher - just one at a time. I'm afraid this reviewer's opinion may be colored by the unfortunate fact that there was a pipe break early in their stay that took a couple days to completely resolve. 3. General Maintenance level - This is a vacation cabin. Many of the fixtures are older and we do not live nearby. We do have a friend who lives in the canyon who helps out with maintenance issues as they arise. We do replace things as they break but have made a conscious decision not to do a full remodel at this time. I understand from him that the light bulb in the fixture over the stairs was replaced and is now fully functioning. The oven light is a larger problem than a bulb and will not be dealt with until we decide to replace the oven. Any larger projects are tackled only twice a year when we are on site. This strategy is reflected in our prices. We are the least expensive option in the canyon. 4. Arriving in the dark. I do recommend renters arrive in the daylight the first time as there are no streetlights in the canyon and one can feel like they will lose their way. However, it is actually pretty much impossible to get lost as there simply aren't that many roads in the canyon and our road is directly across the street from the Chuparosa B&B. If you pass it, you will end up in a parking lot and can easily turn around.
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5

fabulous

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful,the porch is amazing and the views are spectacular. Add in the flora and fauna, what can I say??? It was one of my top three vacations of my life, and Ive had lots of vacations.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Tucson
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Canoa Ranch Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
I-19
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
The Olives Bistro
Car: necessary

Madera Canyon is nestled in the northern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountain range east of Green Valley and south of Tucson, Arizona. The flora along with the streams that carved out this canyon help to sustain the many bird, mammal, and insect species that breed and visit here. Visitors from all over the world arrive in search of such avian specialties as the Elegant Trogon, Elf Owl, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, and Painted Redstart. Over 230 species of birds have been recorded in the Canyon with 15 hummingbird species among them.

Thousands of birders, hikers, photographers, artists, and those simply seeking a place to enjoy a picnic under the shade of a sycamore tree—next to the cool water of a creek—have fallen in love with Madera Canyon.

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Rates & Availability

Green Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring
Feb 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
28 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$85
$1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200

HOME IS IN MADERA CANYON, AZ. It is rural (20 min to nearest grocery in Green Valley) and it is at 5400 ft elevation.
WEATHER: It may snow in the winter and there is no road clearing service.
Avg Temps - Jan:31/52, Feb: 34/60 Mar: 37/65 Apr: 39/69 May:.44/73 Jun: 59/88 Jul: 61/83 Aug: 62/86 Sep: 57/79 Oct: 47/70 Nov: 30/58 Dec: 23/50.
PETS: I charge a pet cleaning fee. No fence so pets must be on lead at all times.
KIDS: Children under 6 not advised.
INTERNET: Metered wi-fi. 5G high speed per month.
PHONE: Free domestic long distance on land line.
NO SMOKING
ROAD CONDITION: Susie Lode Lane and our driveway have several rocky or dirt sections. Vehicles with a high clearance will find it easy to pass. Small vehicles may have to take it slower. If snow is expected, we recommend a 4WD vehicle as there may be significant delay in clearing the roads.

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