|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Nestled inside a boulder studded canyon this adobe casita is the perfect peaceful retreat possessing a commanding view of Tucson. With just under 4 acres to roam, the romance of the location will enchant couples. Possessing the rustic qualities of the classic Tucson adobe style, the massive 16' thick walls of the adobe casita were forged from the earth with adobe blocks made on site. The casita appears as though it's always been there having grown out of the ground merging seamlessly with the surrounding desert. Adobe construction including passive solar design moderate temperatures in ways unmatched by other building materials providing an unsurpassed level of comfort.
If you've never slept in an adobe home it may be your best night's sleep yet. The natural materials of the casita were chosen to effect a calming harmony that will help relax you into a deep slumber at night as the coyotes serenade you to sleep. Imagine waking fully restored with an energy reminiscent of your childhood.
The casita features the conveniences of modern living:
•Update Facebook, connect with your family at home via Skype, or just catch up on a TV show you missed on HULU from any room with WIFI.
•Catch the big game, your favorite soap, or the most popular prime-time shows on a large, flat screen, LED HDTV.
•Cuddle with loved ones as the wood burning fireplace warms and transforms your nights into a cherished memory.
•Whip up a quick snack using the new microwave then stash the dishes in the new dishwasher.
•Even though you'll start to miss the casita before you leave, take advantage of the new washer and dryer to pack fresh, clean clothes.
•Start your morning with a complimentary coffee starter pack.
•The 300+ thread count, organic cotton sheets are a joy to sleep on. Additional linens provided to enhance your comfort.
•With more than 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is the sunniest city in the US. Attached covered parking protects your vehicle.
•For your convenience a hair dryer is stored in the bath vanity.
•A naturalist library containing numerous field guides to look up your discoveries made during your foray into the surrounding desert.
•A full kitchen is available for foodies wanting to cook for themselves but you may want to take advantage of our Special Offers instead and sample the wondrous delights of Southwestern cuisine among many others.
With a 1 wk reservation you'll receive:
•A free guided tour valued at $97 per person led by a naturalist entrusted with the traditional wisdom carried by national treasures such as the great, great grandson of Sitting Bull and the Shadow Wolves a group of local Native American trackers.
During your adventure you'll discover:
*Various track & sign left by the wild inhabitants of the area.
*Local birds and some of their nesting places.
*Closely guarded secrets of the Sonoran Desert.
Keywords: house, casita, adobe
Even now nearly 14 years later I still remember the first time we saw the canyon like it was yesterday. It was completely by accident. One Saturday I happened to be working as a real estate agent showing a friend homes in the area. Wanting Rhonda to get to know his family better, for the 1st time in 12 years I brought her along on an appointment with me.
In an attempt to take a short cut to the next house we tried to go through the canyon. As soon as I saw the for sale sign, we stopped so I could get out. The place was completely captivating unlike any other I'd ever seen in Tucson after living here for 40 years and seeing more than a 1000 homes in my 12 year career.
After seeing so many homes it was surprising that only 5 homes or so were truly memorable. This was something that I continued to wonder about throughout my time as an agent. What made those few homes so charming?
We were fortunate to win the property from a competing buyer. Since then we've come to regard ourselves as custodians of this valuable resource including the plants and wildlife it is home to.
In 2008 during an annual family retreat when we gather together to celebrate the past year and share our visions for the coming year, one of our goals was to build a home that our family could use to carry on our tradition.
For 10 years we had been collecting ideas for our dream home largely from multi million dollar homes throughout Arizona that we wanted to somehow incorporate into our more modest budget.
During project planning once again I returned to the question of the source of indefinable charm that only 5 homes in a thousand possess. A builder friend recommended the work of architect Christopher Alexander who studied some of the most loved buildings throughout time in an effort to capture that special quality that makes these structures so appealing.
Alexander ultimately came to describe this quality as wholeness. Wholeness guided the design of the Firelight Casita with the intent of establishing a strong connection between people, places, and nature. Ageless design elements that span the history of humanity create a sense of belonging of the home to it's surroundings.
According to Alexander there are 151 patterns that form a timeless way of building. So far we've been able to incorporate 112 of them. Hints of the pattern language are included with your welcome email. During your stay see how many you can identify.
My wife and I stayed in the casita for a week in December and loved it. It's an excellent jumping off point for points south and west like Saguaro National Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Very close to the old Spanish Mission. Easy highway access for Tombstone, Bisbee, Patagonia etc.
Very well appointed house perfect for a couple or 2 couples who are close.
Very responsive owner, but not on sight so you don't meet them if you don't need to.
We scoured the listings and you would be hard pressed to do better that this in the price range.
Beautiful desert scenery. Would stay here again.
I just returned from my stay and am missing this lovely Adobe home already! This was one of my favorite all time VRBO rentals! I would say this would be my dream vacation home! The location was perfect and had a remote feel although it was not. The Adobe home is just beautiful, clean, comfortable and well equipped. There was a pair of doves raising 2 young in the bedroom window, I was able to watch them grow up in a week! Lots of wildlife here. I saw hummingbirds, rabbits, coyotes, Great horned owl, scorpion and even a tarantula!
A senior German couple, we enjoyed the two weeks of our stay and called that place a home - a comfortable one with much charm. You will find many memories of Old Mexico in style and architecture. Therefore the casita is not only a secluded getaway to enjoy a lazy day or a starting point for adventurous hikes into the nearby mountains and the Sonoran desert (beginning with the easy stroll through the fantastic Sonora Desert Museum only a few miles away) but also an inspiring "base camp" from where you can travel back in time: to the reminders of the "Spanish Entrada" (Presidio Tubac, Missions San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori), to the atmosphere of the Wild West (much more than only visiting the tourist trap of "Old Tucson" nearby), and to so many places where Apache Indians lived their secret lives or lurked for landhungry immigrants, greedy miners or Cavalry patrols, lost in the deserts. Yes, on our last day in the casita we played ourselves "Apache Scout Sentinel" high on the cliffs of two Saguaro studded Beehive buttes in front and behind the Casita.
We would be very happy to return to this pittoresque and hospitable spot some day.
We had a very nice stay here getting away from more than we knew. The house is as advertised with the amenities being excellent, and more if new to the Sonoran Desert. While remote via the 1/2 mile dirt road, it is 10 min. to amenities, and 15-25 min. to most of all Tucson. The place is so quiet on the inside, with owls and coyotes outside at night, and good daytime birdwatching. While here, we enjoyed close proximity to the Sonoran Desert Museum, SD National Park, The Rock Shop, and Old Tucson. The San Xavier mission is nearby and worth a visit regardless of belief. (we met jeweler Joe Begay there, A must meet) Other explorations during our stay included Mt. Lemmon (a half day at least), and the Artisans Downtown. Last but not least of course is owner Andrew"s personal guided tour in the desert. Make time for it! J.S.
Found this place on VRBO and it was everything it said it was!! Absolutely delightful place to stay. Very quiet and peaceful with wonderful accommodations and amenities. The only downside is the very poor quality of the road to the casita. Would seem like all the folks along the road could make some improvements to even it out a little, a very rough ride to and from. But other than that, would highly recommend!! The welcome basket, the cleanliness, the soft towels, everything was perfect for us. Would definitely come again.
My wife and I spent a week, and wished we had booked longer. The Desert tour by our host Andrew was one of our trip highlights, and would encourage anyone staying at the casita to take the tour- you will not be disappointed. The Casita itself is cozy, with excellent amenities surrounded by elegant touches that make you feel at home. A great place to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the front porch while overlooking the natural surroundings. While the Casita is off the beaten track, it is surprising close to the many things to do in the Tuscon area. We would highly recommend this accommodation. The desert tour with the host Andrew is a must.
The 'Firelight Casita' was built on a long since forgotten mining road leading to 2 abandoned gold mines hidden in the surrounding canyon conjuring images of the old west. You can easily imagine Apache scouts atop the stone towers guarding the entrance to their stronghold. The 'Firelight Casita' overlooks the San Xavier Mission, the 'White Dove of the Desert', completed in 1792 and widely regarded as Tucson's most sacred place. Convenient access to shopping at the .5 mile long or more Spectrum Shopping Center (10min) with grocery shopping even closer make this quiet escape a best kept secret. Or skip the zoo and curl up with a good book in the window seat if you can tear your eyes away from the dramatic scenery and the varied wildlife passing by.
Minimum reservation rental rate $497
Cleaning fee additional
Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Check with the issuer of your credit card to see if trip cancellation insurance is provided that may reimburse travel expenses including a vacation rental stay in the event of a cancellation for covered circumstances.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.