2 Bdrm, 2 Ba dog-friendly, horse property on 2.5 Fenced Acres w/ Mountain Views
About BRITTA APPEL
Bart and I were born and raised in Southern California and later moved to Nevada. We fell in love with this area in 2013 on an exploratory trip to find a property and place where we could eventually retire. It was important to find a place that did not receive much snow, was close to an airport and other key services. Sonoita fit the bill. After moving to the area, I became a realtor with Keller Williams Southern Arizona and now share my knowledge of the area with other visitors considering relocating or retiring to the Sonoita/Elgin and Sierra Vista area. Bart and I enjoy camping, horseback riding and mountain bike riding. We have two dogs,(a Jagdterrier and a Blue Heeler), and two horses. We are also volunteers with the Arizona Rangers and local community organizations.
BRITTA APPEL purchased this House in 2014
Why BRITTA APPEL chose Sonoita
This property was the perfect size for us and our animals when we lived here. We also liked the fact that there were no neighbors to the south, west or east of the house, which gives a greater sense of space. While we no longer live here, we both liked this house too much to sell it.
What makes this House unique
Our favorite feature of this home is the back patio, which faces west, so allows for viewing great sunsets. At the end of the day, this is where we would spend our time fixing dinner, watching the birds, deer or other wildlife. The property is also dog friendly, as there is no carpet in the home (rugs yes, carpet no), horse friendly, and close to the national forest.
Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 2:00 PM
Smoking outside ok. Properly dispose of butts.
Minimum age of primary renter:24
* Horse boarders must muck stalls every other day * Pets not to be left alone in the home and pet waste removed before leaving * Pet deposit applies
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Bart and Britta's home was the perfect setup for my visit. The home is well-maintained. The fenced-in large yard was perfect for my hunting dogs and the kitchen was well-appointed. I only wish I could have stayed longer. See you next year.
Britta and Bart have a wonderful property and the house is well stocked and comfortable. We enjoyed sitting on the back porch and taking in the views of Mt. Wrightson after a day of exploring wine country.
A perfect place for a little "time out"!
This home is a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet rural setting. As a bonus our dogs loved it too. For them a large fenced yard and the freedom to romp and play. We were traveling as a family and the house is well set up for four. The space is comfortable and the kitchen well outfitted for cooking. We used the patio BBQ frequently and the views from this area were lovely. The owners were very helpful orienting us to the property and following up after our stay. Should we have the opportunity to return to this area of Arizona it would be a pleasure to stay here again.
Awesome AZ sunsets from the Patio
We were hunting in the area and had our 2 yr. birddog with us. The fenced acreage allowed us to let him roam the yard on his own, not worrying about him being able to escape, because he couldn't - the fence was that solid. Also have an outdoor kennel if we wanted to leave him home for awhile when we were exploring the area.
Beautiful 2 bd, 2 bath home with classic furniture, quiet, clean. Kitchen stocked with sharp knives, spices galore and other possible items you need - they were all there.
Fun things to do within 60 miles or less of the property.
But the best part about this rental is the covered patio area facing the Santa Maria Mtns. to the west. Great way to end a long day with Awesome AZ Sunsets!
Truly a gem of a property that can be rented from the owners, Britta and Bart.
Perfect family vacation
This property is more beautiful than the pictures show. The Sonoita area is truly breathtaking. My family and I needed a restful place to stay, and that is what we got. The area was quiet, peaceful and full of night stars. The house was very well stocked, clean and well maintained. Truly, all you need to bring is your clothes. If you have an animal, the gated property is a real bonus.
My two week stay was exactly as hoped... The home was in immaculate condition, with everything fitting the profile description. The modern kitchen was fully stocked with good plates, cups, pots/pans, and related cookware. The master bedroom was on the west side of the house, so no early morning rays of sunshine to wake you up! And the bed is very comfortable.
Having the garage to park my car in was a nice bonus!
As noted in the home's description, there is no internet service. My Verizon phone, however, had no issues serving as a hot spot. I streamed movies, downloaded music, etc. Ensure that you adjust your data plan accordingly. If you have service other than Verizon, check whether coverage extends to Sonoita.
Speaking of the town, it offers the basics (post office, gas station, small grocery store, and several good restaurants and a brew pub). The fairgrounds have events on occasion if you're fortunate enough to be here for a rodeo, barrel race, etc. If you need a dose of the city, Tucson is an hour (give or take) and Sierra Vista 40 minutes.
Otherwise, all good things to report. The birds were out in full force during my stay (hummingbirds, doves, finches, etc) should you want to feed them. A few crows ventured in during my time as well.
I've had no interaction with the neighbors, less when their dogs barked occasionally or a car drove by. But the folks I've seen on the back roads have all been friendly.
In short, the home is exactly as one would expect. It's not an isolated locale -- just five minutes from town -- but far enough from neighbors that you can enjoy a peaceful evening or day watching birds or the sunset.
All in all, I couldn't be happier to have chosen this location for my stay. I look forward to returning!
Thank you Bryan for the very nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed the home and the town. Please let me know if there is anything else you think we need to add/change at the house to improve the next person's stay. We look forward to having you stay again! Britta
WINERIES/DISTILLERIES/BREWERIES: Sonoita/Elgin has approximately 14 wineries, 2 breweries, and 2 distilleries. Most of these are located on Lower Elgin Road. Additional information is provided at the house.
DINING: Recently opened, is the Cooper Brothel Brewery, featuring its own craft beers, located on Hwy 83, near the fairgrounds The Steak-out Restaurant and Bar is classic cowboy dining and has been here for decades. Other recommended dining includes Sky Island Diner and the Sonoita Cafe, located in the heart of Sonoita.
LAKES: Patagonia lake is a state park, with a fee for entry. It is approximately 30 minutes away. Parker Lake is approximately 45 minutes away and there is no entry fee. Kayaking and boating are allowed at both lakes, but there is a HP restriction on the engines.
HIKING/BIRD-WATCHING: Patagonia has many trails for hiking and bird-watching, including a hummingbird park and a wildlife sanctuary. The entry to the national forest is about a 15 minute walk from the house. Additional hiking and camping areas are located on the way to Greaterville and Kentucky Camp (off of Hwy 83, before the cross-roads), and off of Papago Springs Road near the house.
HISTORIC TOWNS: Patagonia, Tombstone, Tubac, Benson and Bisbee, or go back in time and visit the old west town of Tombstone, all within an hour drive.
ATTRACTIONS: Colossal Cave (near Tucson) and the Kartchner Caverns (near Huachuca City), are about 35 minutes away. Tuscon is approximately 45 minutes north, where you can see the historical Mission San Xavier del Bac and the Sonoran Desert Museum (highly recommend!).