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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.

82 Reviews
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Flagstaff - 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
Suitability:
  • 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.

Reviews

5
based on 82 holidaymaker reviews

Convenient to the Grand Canyon and much more! Beautiful home. Stunning views.
average rating of 4.97561 based on 82 reviews
West Des Moines, Ia
5

Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This was the final leg of my family's vacation. We chose this property hoping to relax before we had to head back to reality. Now I wish we would have spent more time here and less time other places. I am so glad that Rob talked me into 3 nights. Rob was amazing to work with. He will meet with you initially to personally explain how everything works and to answer any questions you may have. I thought this was a nice touch. It made it personal. He provides you with a list of activities all with maps and the hike difficulty levels. This was extremely helpful for us as we had to prioritize our activities. The house was immaculate. It contained everything you need to cook a meal for your family. The bedrooms were comfortable and inviting. My kids enjoyed sitting around the table, playing board games while listening to music which is audible in every room of the house. The best thing was the peace and quiet and the most incredible views of the night sky. Sitting out on the deck at night and staring up at the milky way and all the twinkling stars was truly heavenly. We will definitely be back. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Thanks Rob we had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Des Moines, Ia
5

Tranquil and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Thia was the final leg of my family's vacation. We chose this property hoping to relax before we had to head back to reality. Now I wish we would have spent more time here and less time other places. First of all, Rob was amazing to work with. He will meet with you initially to personally explain how everything works and to answer any questions you may have. I thought this was a nice touch. It made it personal. He provides you with a list of activities all with maps and the hike difficulty levels. This was extremely helpful for us as we had to prioritize our activities. The house was immaculate. It contained everything you need to cook a meal for your family. The bedrooms were comfortable and inviting. My kids enjoyed sitting around the table and playing board games. The best thing was the peace and quiet and the amazing view of the night sky. Sitting out on the deck at night and looking at the milky way, shooting stars and all the twinkling stars was amazing. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Most beautiful view in all of Flagstaff!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you meet Rob, you are positive it is the right place for you. The house is beautiful and the view is extraordinary. We were lucky enough to be there during a new moon and saw more stars than I knew existed. You could even see the true Milky Way right over the house. The house has all the amenities of home and many extras in the kitchen to make just about anything. We had a great time going to as many trails as we could that Rob had suggested. The wildlife near the house is awesome as well. Just the first morning, we saw a bull elk, a coyote, a rabbit and a field mouse. They all came back a couple more times that we saw them and they were truly amazing to see. The house is decorated with many art pieces by Rob himself, and he even has an art room with works by the visitors. If and when I come back to this area, I will definitely stay in this beautiful home with the spectacular view. Thanks again Rob for all your help and suggestions on where to hike and see! Truly one of my favorite vacations ever!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great home, great space, very positive experience.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Mountain Star and would recommend the property and area to others without any hesitation. Be sure to take advantage of Rob's tips and advice, specifically regarding the Grand Canyon, but also with regard to local restaurants and shopping. The home provided a wonderful getaway and memories that my family will cherish forever. Two thumbs up for Mountain Star!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5, plus dog, had a great time at Mountain Star. The house is beautiful with all of the amenities, including extra flashlights for lava tube exploring and backpacks for almost every trip we took. And, we took a lot. We went north, south and west. The location was central for canyon rafting, Grand Canyon viewing, Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, the crazy lava landscape near Sunset Crater and more. The home may be off the grid, but it sure was on our grid for a well-earned vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Incredible Stay at Incredible Place! Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

The Mountain Star is one of the most beautiful places our family has ever visited. The scenery is breath-taking, the craftsmanship of the home is incredible, and its location is ideal for a quick trip to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and nearby attractions and hiking trails. Rob was a great host, taking the time to teach us how to use the washer, dryer, skylight, fireplaces, and more. He also had fantastic guides for local food, fun, and even tours of the Grand Canyon. This place has every comfort of home, while still being "off the grid." My only complaint was some of our older family members had trouble with the ladder to the loft, but they ended up staying in the basement bedroom, so crisis averted :) Honestly, from the soaker tub to the wrap-around porch to the whole house music system to the fire pit to the comfortable beds to the loaner backpacks for day hikes, this place has it all. Can't recommend it enough. There were more stars in the sky than us city folk thought was even possible. And our hike to the nearby Red Mountain was a great little adventure. Waking up to the stunning views could never get old. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

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!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Flagstaff, Arizona

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Labor Day Weekend 2016
2 Sep 2016 - 6 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£814
for 3 nights
From
£240
 
 
Thanksgiving 2016
23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£264
 
 
Xmas/New Years 2016/17
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£264
 
 
Memorial Weekend 2017
26 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£264
 
 
Independence Day 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 5 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£814
for 3 nights
From
£240
 
 
Labor Day Weekend 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£264
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£264
 
 
Xmas/New Years 2017/18
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£887
for 3 nights
From
£264
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£558
for 2 nights
From
£232
£1,554
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £228
Cleaning Fee £95
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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Flagstaff, USA

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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