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Desert Oasis Retreat, Next to the Saguaro National Forest

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Quite, Secluded Desert Retreat

One of the most peaceful, quite Sonoran Desert retreats available in Tucson.

A spacious property on over 7 acres backing up to the Saguaro National Forest with over 180 miles of hiking out your door. Some of the best desert scenery available, yet so close to civilization.

The house has 15 ft ceilings with 2 separate living rooms, large dining space, and very generous bedroom space. With 1 king and 3 queen beds, this property will accommodate up to 8 guests very comfortably.

The real Joy with this property is the outdoor spaces, with 3 large covered sitting areas, and 1 pergola room. Two of the spaces are separate rooms. One of the separate rooms on the south side of the house is covered fro protection from the sun or rain with seating for a great night gathering space.

The property has enough outdoor amenities that we have created a menu to choose from. You will see in the rates that we have separated out the use of the spa, and heating in the pool. For those not wishing to use any one of these amenities, just mention in the inquiry, and we can adjust the fees.

The pool is large and has a number of in-water sitting areas to cool down. Also, there is a spa attached to the pool that flows down into the pool.

Outdoor dining, with a small outdoor kitchen allows for convenient dining. Master bedroom has separate entrance to the outdoor patio, as well as 2 bedrooms located on the other side of the house having private entrance to the patio. With 2 walled areas, one in the front and a large walled back yard, pets and guests can roam freely.

This is a private, quite, oasis, yet with-in 5 minutes of I-10 for access to all that Tucson offers. What really catch's you by surprise, is that you can venture from this seclusion and find yourself with-in 4 minutes of groceries, shopping, and Starbucks.

If you are looking to experience the Sonoran Desert, this is it.

More Details

Mark Hillmer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Mark Hillmer

We are Minnesota folks who fell in Love with the Sonoran Desert, and now split our time between our Farm in Minnesota and Tucson (not easy to figure out what time of year for both locations). Mark is a retired Mortgage Executive, and Paget is a practicing Interior Designer in Rochester Minnesota.

Mark Hillmer purchased this house in 2017

Why Mark Hillmer chose Tucson

We had an unsolicited offer to sell one of our vacation properties and choose this home to replace that one for it's location, fantastic desert surroundings, and it's overall vacation ambiance. It's a bigger more comfortable home and the outdoor living spaces did the trick for us.

What makes this house unique

Peace and quite. Great location. Wonderful desert surroundings and outdoor spaces that allow you to either follow the sun or evade it depending on your fancy.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tucson in Pima County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Double sinks, and walk-in closet
    South Hall - Toilet
    North Hall - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Double Sink
  • Master has a tub, separate shower, double sinks, walk-in closet, toilet closet. Large room with plenty of room to move around.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    South hall - 1 Large Double Bed
    North 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    North 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Master has a TV, North bedroom #2 has a TV, SOuth bedroom #4 has a TV.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

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Desert Oasis Retreat, Next to the Saguaro National Forest
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Very, very nice and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this house for a week while looking for a house to rent for an extended period in the Spring. This was my first choice, but wanted to compare, and compare I did. Out of five prospective houses, I chose Desert Oasis because it went from being a house to a home. I knew the minute I walked in that this was it. I look forward to returning and inviting family and friends to join me. Owners are delightful to work with; attentive and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for these kind words. We try hard to make this property a home for our guests. We Look forward to your extended stay next spring.
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Denver, CO

Tranquility and gracious space

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful week in this house with large indoor and outdoor spaces. Peaceful and elegant. Excellent communication and responsiveness from the owners.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property with hacenda style.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautiful property for a UofA Graduation and loved it! It was beautifully decorated and very spacious. We loved spending time around the firepit along with sitting in the jacuzzi looking at the lights of Tucson. We even got to see some widelife, a

Buck and a family of Javalina, right out the front door. We will definitely keep this on our list to stay for the next graduation!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Property was fantastic... the house and the grounds... Total Southwest experience!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a large family gathering at this property for Thanksgiving. Families came from Boise, Georgia, Texas and even local Tucsan family. We had plenty of room to enjoy our family meal...we had fun in the pool and the hot tub too.

The house and the furnishings are so awesome. Very unique pieces in every room. The views of the desert and of Tucsan are great also... the view you are seeing of the pool is right outside the kitchen. Our family had a great time... no one wanted to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay in a private location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, the home was clean and in good shape. The spot was easy to get to and secluded. We would not hesitate to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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York UK

Very comfortable, well appointed property. With an excellent pool and outdoor space.

  • 5 of 5

Secluded, yet convenient location for Tucson and all of the surrounding attractions. Owner very helpful and a delight to deal with. Would definitely stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Tucson International


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.33
pool heating £60.98
Cleaning fee £150.65
Refundable Damage Deposit £107.61
spa usage £68.15
Pet Fee £35.87
Tax Rate 12.05%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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