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Stunning Solar Home Next to Saguaro National Park - Must See!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 15-23)

Alma Del Sol is a desert retreat within a leisurely short drive to downtown Tucson. It's a one of a kind artistic living space designed to comfortably integrate visitors into the splendor of the Sonoran desert. The master bedroom portion with it's own kitchen, master bath (shown), hot tub, and patios can also be rented separately as a studio rental for those on a more limited budget who don't need all 4 bedrooms. Please see our webpage and contact us for details.

This vacation rental, located in the lushest part of the Sonoran desert, is designed to accommodate individuals, couples, families, and small groups. Alma Del Sol is a short 30 minute drive to downtown Tucson and situated on eight acres of saguaro studded property on the outskirts of the city in the foothills of the Tucson mountains. The property is uniquely adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, Pima County Park, and the BLM Wildlife Refuge.

World renown sights such as the Saguaro National Park, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Amusement Park with its famous old west movie sets, and most other major attractions being only minutes away.

Alma Del Sol strives to be an example of environmental consciousness by utilizing eco-friendly solar energy and water recycling systems, along with architectural and landscape design to highlight the natural open space of the great American Southwest.


Four (4) night minimum at nightly rate for reservations - Non-reservations call for availability.

There is a storage area for bicycles for cyclist. There's also plenty of parking on the property.

Keywords: Home, house, 4 bedroom, great room, hot tub, sauna, 3 bath, views, desert, mountains, golf

More Details

Marshall Colley
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Marshall Colley

I'm an artist and teach middle school art. I also owned a solar energy company which led to the construction of Alma Del Sol, the name being a play off English and Spanish, mean Soul of the Sun (Sol).

Marshall Colley purchased this house in 1991

Why Marshall Colley chose Tucson

I built this home myself as a reflection of my commitment to environmental concerns and issues we face and must find solutions for. This rental allows me to share both the artistic aspects and environmental design that should be the aesthetic in everyone's life, if it's not, you don't know what you are missing.

What makes this house unique

Views, views and views of Mountains and the most surreal cactus environment you will ever experience, as the home is located adjacent to the Saguaro National Park. Due to it's proximity to the National Park, most of the major attractions are only minutes away.

In addition, this home is made of real mud adobe and will give you an incredible architectural experience. Despite it's 10 acres of privacy, it's only a leisure 30 minute drive from downtown Tucson.

It has modern entertainment systems, so after a fun day of running around you can relax to a movie, listen to music, and enjoy the benefits of free broadband WiFi and and on-site computers to keep you in touch with family back home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Eleven other writers and I spent four nights and five days at Casa del Sol for a writing retreat. We had a great time. The place was listed accurately. We cooked twice a day with the fully-stocked kitchen. It was an incredible stay! The surrounding desert was stunning and quiet. You could hear the desert animals at night. Thank you!
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tucson in Pima County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Dual shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Available with separate studio rental
  • All bathrooms have Mexican tile and multiple towels racks.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Bunk Bed , Bunkbeds have Full (double bottoms) and Twin tops
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • Great Room has 2 queen size sofa beds and 1 double bed in a futon couch.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • tennis
700 sq. ft. great room with 14 foot ceilings for gatherings, 12' mirror telescope.


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Stunning Solar Home Next to Saguaro National Park - Must See!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Collegeville, PA

Wonderful home and property that made our Tucson vacation even more memorable.....

  • 5 of 5

We have a large family, located all across the U.S., who tries to spend a collective week in Arizona this time every year. Casa Del Sol is one of the nicest VRBO's we have stayed in, while offering a very competitive rental price-point. The house was very clean and well stocked with all the amenities. It is conveniently located on a nicely landscaped property that is well off the beaten path, while affording easy access to the entire Tucson area. The neighborhood is extremely quiet and provides easy strolls throughout the surrounding area. Many thanks to Marshall for your congeniality while sharing your amazing home and expect us back again!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

Came here with children/grandchildren ranging from ages 8 to 45. We had a wonderful time. I'm 59 and my husband is 77 - it took us a bit longer than the younger generation to adjust to the quirks of this fascinating house, which is not a negative at all, just be aware that the house is so fascinating and interesting it may take you a few days to get oriented. A chain hotel this is not. This is an enchanting house for people who love peace and quiet and nature and art. This is our last day and nobody wants to leave. Owner very friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A terrific place to stay in the sun!

  • 5 of 5

Every year my Chicago bike racing team does a week-long training camp somewhere warm. This year we decided to go to Tucson and chose Alma del Sol as our home base. What a delight. The grounds of the house are gorgeous - the saquaros are beautiful and hummingbirds are fun to watch and we were able to start almost all of our rides right from the house!

Comfy beds are a must for people doing a full week of hard training and Alma del Sol delivered. Plenty of beds and space for everybody. Plenty of extra bedding for chilly nights too! The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make big healthy meals for hungry riders and we loved eating outside every night. Our whole group also appreciated that the solar powered home was environmentally friendly - and with a large group the fact that we had more than ample supply of hot water for showers. The evaporative cooling system kept us comfy after long, hot days in the saddle!

We made sure to take advantage of the great view of the stars from the hot tub in the evenings as a way to relax sore muscles. The sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous right from the house but for visitors interested in something truly spectacular - sunset viewing at Gates Pass is just a short drive away and worth the trip!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cobden IL

Spacious Southwestern home....such a treat

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place ...wonderful to wake up to sunrise through the saquaros! Convenient to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Tucson Mountains and Tucson itself. Fully equipped for cooking in, easy to chill in the great room after a day of hiking, big enough that even a large group of introverts could all find their own spaces to commune with the desert. Loved it! Hope we do get to come back again soon :)

Recommend La Indita on 4th Avenue for special south of the border cuisine with style and heart. Magpie's Pizza also on 4th was also great, as was Tucson Taco. Cafe Desta represents a fine accessible Ethiopian.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Five of us stayed at Alma Del Sol on a girls get-away. We enjoyed the peaceful setting and the humming birds that live in the yard. We had plenty of room, and also liked the proximity to Saguaro National Park.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Alma del Sol in March 2016 with a group of 12 veterans. We needed a comfortable, private and affordable location for a week-long retreat and Alma del Sol was perfect. We used it as our base camp from which to make day trips to explore the area. Marshall and Glenda were wonderful hosts and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. We highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Kit Peak National Observatory, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Amusement Park, Saguaro national Park, Karchner Caverns, Colossal Caverns, U of A Performances, San Xavier Mission


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tucson, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jan 2018 - 4 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £357.15
Cleaning Fee £142.86

A Minimum 4 days rental is usually required for reservation. Call us for daily discount and availability on less then 4 days.

Minimum Cleaning Fee: $200-Home is left clean, to include the kitchen and linens washed (except the last nights use) $300 if heavy cleaning is required. For large groups over 12, an additional cleaning charge of $100 will be added to the normal cleaning charge above.

A surcharge of $30/person a night is required above the standard rental rate based on 2 per bedroom (8 persons).

There is room to park a travel trailer on the property. A 20amp electrical hook-up is available and cost $10 a day. If air conditioning is run, it's $20 a day. This is an electrical hook-up only, no dump station for waste is available. This service is provided as a convenience for Alma Del Sol customers. Any persons staying at Alma Del Sol, even those who choose to sleep in a travel trailer or camp out in a tent (permission required) are considered a paying guest of Alma Del Sol and will also be charged the above $30 per person surcharge .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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