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Molly Elliott

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view

8 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 28 nights

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Overview

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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!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Molly Elliott (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

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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Reviews

4.8
based on 8 traveler reviews

Madera Canyon home w/ spectacular mountain view
average rating of 4.75 based on 10 reviews
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 cabin 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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5

Idyllic and perfect

  • 5 of 5

You sometimes find things that are so idyllic and perfect that you just want to keep them to yourself so others don’t spoil them. With that in mind we have a real problem writing a review for this property as Humming Bird Hill, Madera Canyon is just one of these places.

If you are looking for somewhere that is well placed as a base, and within easy reach of many of the National Parks and National Monuments or museums this is perfect, as none are more than a two hours drive away. It is also only a 20 minute drive to Green Valley and 45 minutes to Tucson City Centre.

Humming Bird Hill is set high in the mountains in a stunning location and an ideal place to just chill and relax after a days sightseeing. Just sit on the balcony with a cold beer and watch the humming birds and other wildlife.

The only down side is the fact that although it is high in the mountains it is in a bit of a valley, and as such the sun does go down behind the mountain quite early in the evening even though there is still bright sunshine in Green Valley.

As the last few hundred yards to the property are effectively “off road” up a narrow and steep track we would recommend that you have a vehicle with a high clearance. Also, on your first day there make sure that you arrive before dark or you will never find it.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marana, AZ
5

Very nice Christmas week

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to spend a week. Since you're at the end of the road, the only traffic noise that you hear is headed to/from the trailheads/parking area so it dies down in the evening and it's never bad (there was some construction work nearby putting in a couple bridges, but that wasn't much of an issue either but we did have to wait ten minutes or so one time to drive down the hill). Very quiet and secluded; even though there are other properties nearby, you're above them in elevation so it feels like you're alone in the wilderness with a great view out the front. The cabin is wonderful with custom-made woodwork (loft "bridge," stair rails, cabinetry). Even though it's listed as one bedroom, the upstairs loft is quite big and, in fact, the 3/4 bath upstairs seems bigger than the full bath on the main level (there's a hide-a-bed up there, but we didn't use it). My only complaint is that the cabin was so nice that we didn't want to get out more than we did! It was pretty cool when we were there (got some snow late Christmas evening and it got well below freezing a few nights), so we didn't use the deck as much as we would have liked, but it's got to be wonderful in warmer weather. Did have a few hummingbirds over Christmas week, but they were pretty scarce (remember to bring in the feeders if it's going to get below freezing overnight). Nearby hikes are a bit strenuous but I did hike up to Josephine Saddle one day (up the Super Trail and back down on Old Baldy Trail for about 6.8 miles round-trip). A nice hike to do is to walk from the cabin down to amphitheater on the road and take the Nature Trail up the hill (a bit steep at first, but once you get higher up, it levels out) and then head up-canyon to the trailhead near the cabin. No stores or meals available except by heading down to Green Valley. There are some spices and a few edibles in the cabin, presumably left by previous renters; that came in handy since we forgot to bring some (we left some stuff for visitors coming after us). Water pressure is low, but more than adequate. Internet service is quite slow, but more than adequate (as remote as it felt, it was amazing to have internet service at all). No TV service which was fine with us, but it is nice to watch DVDs in the evening; there are a number of them in the cabin, but it doesn't have the selection of a DVD rental store so bring your own. Did go over to Tubac one day. Try Elvira's restaurant for the moles! Expensive though.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5

Private Nature Lodge

  • 5 of 5

Deer tiptoe up the driveway, hummingbirds fight over the feeders, small creatures, lizards, squirrels, sparrows, and juncoes, scamper across the porch floorboards. This house is for people who love nature and crave a spell of solitude. The view from the porch looks out over the Madera Canyon forest canopy and up to the hills and mountains. It is lovely. If you don't want to hit the trails, you can birdwatch right from the porch swing; I counted 14 species one late afternoon, and I wasn't trying very hard. However, there is a great network of trails only a short walk from your front door. Everything from an easy 3 mile nature trail to a strenuous march up to the top of Mt Wrightson. The variety of habitat is incredible. You can also get in the car and drive down to the desert grasslands, about 10 minutes away and walk the desert washes. I never went out walking without seeing something wonderful. The house is comfortable and interesting. There is plenty of room for 2 people. We didn't even use the loft, except to walk over that fantastic bridge to the upstairs balcony. The kitchen is well-equipped, and the living room and the beds are comfortable. We stayed only 10 days, but I could have used a month. If you are a nature lover, this is a great vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a great experience. Do let me know if you want to come for that full month! I do want to caution future out-of-state visitors who may not be familiar with the washes to be very careful around the dry washes. Flash flooding in the washes is a real problem. Every year you hear of someone who gets hit with an unexpected wall of water while in a wash. Even if the day is sunny in the valley, do NOT go in the wash if there is rain anywhere in the vicinity (especially higher up the mountain from you).
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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
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
28 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
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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Amenities

Green Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing

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