5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living and dining room, full kitchen, deck.
Taco van Ieperen
- English, Spanish
About Taco van Ieperen
I'm a Canadian who loves to holiday in the Utah desert. I've traveled to nearly 40 countries, but the Hanksville area is still one of my favorite spots on the planet. Every year I come down in the spring and invite all my friends to join me for canyoneering and hiking. Last year nearly 30 friends came (though not all at once!) Most of these were repeats, so it shows how fun the area is.
Taco van Ieperen purchased this House in 2009
Why Taco van Ieperen chose Hanksville
I bought Tumbleweed Manor because the area around Hanskville has bet slot canyons in the world, with none of the crowds that the bigger destinations attract. The hiking is also phenomenal. When I bought the house it was abandoned. We started by putting a roof on it and evicting a family of cats. Over the last ten years, we've set it up almost like a hostel so that large groups of people can use it as a base for adventures. I often come on group holidays with up to a dozen friends. We aren't aiming for luxury. But it's comfortable and fun.
What makes this House unique
The owner has been exploring the surrounding desert for nearly 10 years and is full of suggestions. The house is well equipped with guidebooks. There is an amazing selection of maps on the wall showing all the surrounding canyons.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
The home was fine. Could of been cleaner. Like the room for parking. Overall experience was fine.
The home was overall fine. Could use some personal touches. And could’ve been cleaning. Great parking outside for trailers and trucks. Oven would not work. I think someone could do a little and it would go along ways.
I with you'd let me know that you were having problems with the oven. We checked it and it seems to be working fine. And the guests after you had no problems, so it may have just been a fuse off.
As for the personal touches: I've tried to make the house interesting with lots of maps on the wall, board games, and a curio cupboard. And it's more than just a rental property. I do spend time there myself. People's tastes vary a lot though, and I'd be open to suggestions on things that you think would make it more homey.
I appreciate feedback.
Exactly what we expected
We enjoyed our stay at Tumbleweed Manor last week, and there were no surprises whatsoever. We occupied the upstairs 3 bedrooms and did not even use the downstairs for 4 of us. We especially appreciated having all of the kitchen cupboards and drawers labeled with what could be found inside each place. That made it easy to return things to their rightful location.
We give the place 5 stars, not especially because it was a luxurious resort with all the bells and whistles, but that it was presented in a straightforward manner and it did not pretend to be anything that it wasn't. For what is available in Hanksville, this is the place!
We especially appreciated the house cleaners leaving the a/c on for us on a very warm day, which made it nice to "come home to."
Taco was great to respond within hours of our requests and/or questions. You're in good hands at Tumbleweed Manor.
The SLC Boys
This house was clean and well maintained. All the cabinets were labeled in the kitchen to let you know what was where. That was nice. On the first floor was a large sitting area, kitchen, large eating area, master bedroom with bathroom, and two other bedrooms and bathroom. In the basement area, it was unfinished except for the two bedrooms. The beds were comfortable. The biggest challenge we had was with the swamp cooler (type of air conditioner). Since it was at least a 100 degrees when we were there, we had to run it most of the time. Because it is water based, it put a lot of humidity in the house. The cooler is in the sitting area and struggled to get the cooler air into the bedrooms, even with the doors open. The three upstairs bedrooms had ceiling fans which helped somewhat. Unfortunately, the downstairs bedrooms did not, and the cooler really didn't get to them. Because it didn't really cool down in the night, it made them too warm and stuffy to sleep in. There were three box fans, but maybe more would be beneficial. For being in the middle of a desert, it was a nice house.
Great location in S. Utah
The owner was wonderful to work with and very helpful. The property is roomy and comfortable, but it was pretty hot. It has a swamp cooler, but it took hours to cool off the upstairs after we arrived. Perhaps a few window AC units would help (especially downstairs). We loved that it was fairly close to Lake Powell, Goblin Valley, Green River, and Capitol Reef.
Hanksville is a quiet town with nice people working there. This location was perfect for all kinds of exploration. This is a new listing. The owner is willing to make some enhancements.
Thank you! I'm glad you had so much fun there. I love to see people enjoying an area that is so dear to my own heart.
Great location for exploring spectacular Utah scenery making day trips from a comfortable home
Tumbleweed Manor is a convenient “home base” for visiting the San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley, and Capitol Reef National Park. We stayed here two nights on a trip across Utah, and would have liked to stay a few more days, for the area offers some spectacular scenery!
The owner was very helpful and gave us some great suggestions for hikes. He also recommended a really neat pictograph panel under a beautiful arch, very special.
The satellite maps on the living room wall are amazing – such detail!! Our teenagers were fascinated by the number of slot canyons in the area and were sorry there was too little time to explore some of them. We fully intend to be back here one day.
The house is a bit older, but very functional and has everything you’ll need, with a spacious living room and a dining area with a large wooden table for people to sit around and have a good time together. The beds are very comfortable. There’s lots of room for a large family or a group of friends. And the deck that runs around most of the house is a perfect place to enjoy the views of the Henry Mountains at sunset.
Some advice: if you come here for more than a few nights, you may want to bring some groceries. The store in town has all the basics, but it is really small and was closed on Sunday.
Capitol Reef National Park is nearby and has some amazing hikes. The San Rafeal swell has great hiking and canyons. Goblin valley park has weirdly beautiful rock formations. There are also world-famous slot canyons in the surrounding BLM lands.
If you are into scenic drives, the Cathedral Valley loop in Capitol Reef (dirt road) is amazing, as is the drive down to Natural Bridges National Monument. In fact, all the drives are pretty amazing.