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Rob Dutton

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, un poco de Espanol

Convenient to the Grand Canyon and much more! Beautiful home. Stunning views.

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Arizona - The Mountain Star

3 Bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Mountain Getaway with spectacular views

The Mountain Star is located in the heart of the Coconino National Forest along the San Francisco Peaks scenic corridor between the mountain town of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. This spectacular and convenient location sets The Mountain Star apart from Williams and other rural locations. It can be rented for as little as 2 days, but is ideal for longer stays. See my personal site for lots of handy information at: TheMountainStar.com

The Mountain Star is less than one hour’s drive from the Grand Canyon’s main entrance, and if you don’t want to drive yourself, a local tour company van will pick you up directly from this property. So enjoy the Grand Canyon and then leave the heat and crowds behind to enjoy your very own mountain retreat!

The Mountain Star, located at an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) on 5 beautiful acres and backed by National Forest land, offers breath-taking natural beauty, expansive views, direct and easy access to nature, boundless outdoor activities (nature walks and hikes, biking, climbing, etc.) and a spectacular night sky. It is a sanctuary for inspiration, relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation, as well as being perfectly situated for outdoor fun and adventure. Its spacious, 2nd-story wrap-around deck with picnic table, chairs and chiminea (outdoor fireplace) provides for unparalleled enjoyment of the mountain air and scenery.

Experience seeing the sun breach the horizon every morning and evening, moon rises and moon-sets too. When is the last time you let a mountain breeze, the expansive play of earth light and shadow, nature’s panorama and the rich senses of the moment guide your day of thoughts and activity? The Mountain Star offers this to you and your loved ones on a daily basis.

The Mountain Star is completely wind and sun powered (with an automatic propane generator backup system). During the warmer months, the home is 'air conditioned' with refreshing mountain air using the operable windows that are in every room of the house, ceiling fans throughout and the operable window blinds throughout...and nights are always refreshingly cool in the warmest of summertime. During the colder months, the Mountain Star stays warm with 3 radiant heaters, a gas 'fire place' and a very efficient, living room pellet stove.

All outdoor photographs on this site were taken directly from the living room or leisure deck of The Mountain Star.

In addition to all the usual, full home amenities, this resort home offers:

• Spacious, 2nd-story wrap-around deck with picnic table, chairs and chiminea (outdoor fireplace) as well as a fire pan (an alternate form of an outdoor fireplace). Cut and split wood provided.

• Over one acre of fenced “backyard”

• Pet friendly (See rental agreement)

• Children welcome

• Large outdoor campfire pit stocked with wood

• Cellular internet present for most major carriers

• Music and exercise fun loft equipped with a full drum set, congas and an acoustic guitar! Also: an elliptical trainer and dumbbells.

• Spectacular star and moon viewing

• Living room pellet stove

• Outdoor Horseshoes game

• Whole house audio system including the outside deck

• Easy hookup of your smart phone or ipod to the home’s central sound system

• Satellite Radio

• Well-stocked DVD library

• Craft and hobby room

• Remote controlled living room skylight

• Large flat screen tv with Kinect Xbox 360. •

• A book library including Spiritual, Self-help, Poetry and Daily Inspirational readings, as well as fiction, local hiking and wildlife guides.

• A remote-controlled “Mountain Master” bedroom fireplace

• A large soaking tub with National Forest view

• Board games and inspirational card decks

• Yoga Mats

• Mountain drinking water

• Incense

• Coffee, Teas, cooking oils, spices.

• Well-equipped kitchen and pantry

• Several hiking day packs

• Several sets of hiking poles

• Propane barbecue

• Mountain days and nights!

Some local attractions (approximate drive times)

• Grand Canyon - 1 Hour

• Flagstaff – 25 minutes

• Arizona Snowbowl - 20 Minutes (scenic sky rides and access to high mountain trails)

• Bearizona - 45 Minutes

• Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course - 30 Minutes

• Lake Mary - 45 Minutes

• Lava River Cave - 15 minutes

• Walnut Canyon National Monument - 45 Minutes

• Oak Creek Canyon - 45 Minutes

• Wupatki National Monument - 45 Minutes

• Sedona - 1 Hour

• Meteor Crater - 1 Hour

• Sunset Crater National Monument - 1 Hour

• Monument Valley - 3 Hours

• Vertical Relief Rock Climbing - 25 minutes

• Lake Powell – 2.5 hours

• Red Mountain – 10 minutes

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have, including such things as packing tips, activity ideas, planning help, etc. I will share my phone number via email. I am happy to provide you website links that describe the attractions listed above. Also, I can provide you with recommended website links for the following:

• Grand Canyon tours and hiking excursions

• Mountain bike rental and guided tours (very nearby)

• Wedding and honeymoon planning

• Local Yoga lessons/classes

• Hiking in Northern Arizona

• Scenic Drives in Northern Arizona

I have lived in the Flagstaff area for over 25 years and know the area well. I warmheartedly invite you to experience the joy, convenience and inspiration of The Mountain Star Resort!

*** Responsible and loving adults only…with or without their children :) ***

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rob Dutton (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, un poco de Espanol

About Rob Dutton

Hi, my name is 'Flagstaff' Rob Dutton. I am a photographer and musician formerly masquerading as a computer system's analyst. I enjoy meeting people from around the world and have always been an internationalist by nature and upbringing. I am enthusiastic about life and wholeheartedly believe that nature and natural beauty nurture the soul and aid creative and spiritual growth. My enthusiasm for life is directly fueled by my vision and creation of “The Mountain Star”. I designed her and completed construction in 2009. I enlisted a true craftsman to help me build. 'Inspired living' was my guiding principle for the location and design. She was built with lots of love and perseverance, and it excites me to share with others what “The Mountain Star” has to offer.

Why Rob Dutton chose Arizona

The Mountain Star sits in a rare and amazing location. It has the beauty and openness of a remote mountain location yet is only 20 miles from the key regional center and resort town of Flagstaff. It is easily accessed via a well-maintained and beautiful, undivided 2-lane highway (AZ 180) that exists almost exclusively to provide thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. The Mountain Star’s five acres are part of an area known as Kendrick Park, a 180-acre private land “island” in the middle of the Coconino National Forest (the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in North America). The home itself is directly backed by the national forest.

What makes this house unique

I believe this home offers the most beautiful and panoramic views available in Northern Arizona. The home’s extensive windowing was designed specifically for the views. The home directly faces the beautiful San Francisco Peaks to the south, Kendrick Mountain to the west, Saddle Mountain to the east and forested hills to the north. Though easily accessed, it is completely ”off-the-grid” and is powered by the sun and the wind. At 2,438 meters (8,000 feet) of elevation, the night sky is glorious.


based on 74 holidaymaker reviews

Convenient to the Grand Canyon and much more! Beautiful home. Stunning views.
average rating of 4.972973 based on 74 reviews

A Relaxing & Inspiring Mountain Vacation Site

  • 5 of 5

The Mountain Star and owner Rob go above and beyond to make your Arizona vacation one you won't forget.

The clean and well-appointed house has everything you need -- and more! -- and the location are unbeatable for exploring, from the Grand Canyon to Sedona, Flagstaff, Jerome and beyond. The Mountain Star offers numerous places to cozy up to a fire (try the chiminea on the porch), a soaking tub in the master bath to relax, ample pantry supplies for cooking, a great selection of books, music and DVDs (though you don't need to watch TV with the main room's stellar view of Mt. Humphrey), and a wide array of guidebooks, maps and brochures to help navigate the area.

Check-in was the most comprehensive I've ever had, with Rob sharing tips on everything from local hikes to how to use the amazing stereo system. And check-out was a breeze. Rob's communication was excellent and I would highly recommend staying here if you get the chance!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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In great shape, built with, and maintained with love.

  • 5 of 5

Rob was amazing as a renter. Gave us a wonderful tour and all of the info we needed to stay on the home, along with some helpful tips to make our vacation better. Rob knows the area well, and was a huge help. I highly recommend staying here if you want to see the Grand Canyon, love mountain views, and want to enjoy a get away from civilization.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All of the comforts of home plus luxury and advent

  • 5 of 5

Mountain Star was one of our favorite vrbo's we have ever stayed at. The calm that comes with being out away from town and most civilization is unmatched.

Rob's home is stocked full of everything you will need for a relaxing vacation. Not only does he provide the essentials, he also takes the time to greet each guest, tour you through the property and give you inside knowledge on the local adventures. For us, this included directions to a secluded part of the Grand Canyon and a special healing vortex in Sedona.

Our time at Mountain Star was just what we needed to disconnect from life and reconnect with each other for a bit. I would recommend this home to anyone who wants to get away from it all for awhile.

A+, 5 stars, 10 out of 10.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, guys, for the thoughtful and wonderful review! :)
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Great location with a great view!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cabin was great! Rob has put a lot of time into making this cabin feel just like home. He has also done a lot of work putting together local hiking guides and things to do which were very helpful. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unparalleled Beauty and Charm Near Grand Canyon

  • 5 of 5

Truly majestic setting about 50 minutes outside Grand Canyon NP. Perfect for my family of five. Rob greeted us upon our arrival and was a great host. He gave us tips on hikes, food and anything else we needed. The house itself from the artwork, to the instruments, to the views and sunsets, with its cozy feel made our stay absolutely enjoyable. Thanks again Rob!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spring Skiing

  • 5 of 5

Rob was so accommodating, and the house was all that we expected and more. We are cooks and musicians, and Rob was ready for both. The mountain backdrop was icing on the cake!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Flagstaff Train Station
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Arizona Snowbowl
Car: recommended

Beautiful ponderosa pine and aspen forest easily accessible (unless closed for snow) by well-maintained forest service roads. Beauty all around!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day Weekend 2016
27 May 2016 - 30 May 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 4th Weekend 2016
1 Jul 2016 - 5 Jul 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day Weekend 2016
2 Sep 2016 - 6 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Thanksgiving 2016
23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas/New Years 2016/17
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £207
Cleaning Fee £86
Tax Rate 7.0%

I have a 2-night minimum. My rate drops for 7 or more nights ($1795/week). There is a $35 charge per person per day for over 6 guests provided that the larger party size has been approved. There is a $15 charge/day for approved pets(s) (see rental agreement).

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Arizona, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Sunset Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Powder Room - Toilet
    Mountain Master - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Large tub, Italian tile surround, with forest viewing window
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Sunset Master - 1 Large Double Bed , Separate entry door and deck. Full, attached bathroom.
    The Mountain Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , large soaking tub, remote controlled gas fireplace
    The Peak Room - 2 Double Bed , Third-floor cozy. Accessed via a loft ladder.
  • All bedrooms include ceiling fans. The Mountain Master and Sunset Master are connected to the home's central music sound system and have independent volume controls.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • recreation centre
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
Although the house does not offer WIFI, cellular internet signal is within range for most carriers (especially Verizon and AT&T), so those with smart phones or cellular hotspots will have internet capability. Please see property overview for a richer list of amenities and other area attractions and provisions. More than 6 guests will be considered on a case by case basis and if accepted does require extra fee payment.

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