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Panoramic Views, Birds, Acres. Roomy Nature Lovers Retreat Near Patagonia Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Large 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8, grassland, desert & mountains, huge views

Harrier House is perched on 9 fenced acres with expansive vistas extending miles over rolling desert and grassland hills to distant ranges. This classic, fully furnished 3 bedroom/2 bath ranch home sleeps 8: two Queen beds, a trundle twin that makes into a King, and a queen sofa bed in the Arizona/sun room. Additionally there is a PaknPlay with bedding, for babies. It features a large covered deck from which to enjoy the views, sunsets, birds visiting feeders (including resident road runner,gila woodpecker, thrashers, and hummingbirds), and dining out of doors. Mexican tiles and arched windows add to the southwest ambiance. The home is designed both for gathering and dispersing, so that group members can easily find quiet nooks or places to converge. Easy outdoor living beckons.

At 4000 feet elevation, this rolling grassland is a cool refuge in the summer, averaging 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and 10 degrees cooler than Tucson. The spacious kitchen is well-equipped, along with dining service for 12. There is a large barbeque grill and picnic table on the large view-oriented deck. The family room, sunken living room, Arizona room and formal dining room provide generous spreading-out space for a group. Ample amenities include wi-fi and satellite TV. Harrier House combines proximity to Patagonia with the serenity and spaciousness of rural living.

You will be just five minutes from Patagonia Lake State Park, one of the world’s premier birding destinations, where the resident Elegant Trogan is regularly added to many birders life lists, along with many unusual southern resident or migrating species. You can swim, fish and boat in Lake Patagonia, as well as rent canoes or paddle boats or take guided lake tours. Harrier House even provides a three-person canoe and two bicycles for your outdoor pleasure.

The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, quoted by the Audubon Society as one of the best birding locations in the entire country, is minutes away, along with Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds. Spectacular Ramsey and Madera Canyon are within easy drives. You will find our collection of nature and birding books very handy!

The biological diversity of the area is highest in the USA, with its sky islands, washes, desert flats and grasslands calling to naturalists, hunters, hikers, bikers and boaters. Patagonia is a Gateway community for the Arizona Trail.

Culture is nearby. The small enchanting town of Patagonia is 7 miles north (great espresso, eateries, art galleries). Nogales with it’s mainstream shopping is 10 miles south. Slightly north are Sonoita and Elgin’s wonderful wineries welcoming tasters (Arizona wine is outstanding) and stables (30 minutes). Tucson is just an hour away), and nearby are Tubac,Tombstone, Bisbee and Karchner Caverns.

The whole is far greater than the sum of the details, whether considering Harrier House or Southeastern Arizona. Excitement and relaxation alike await the visitor to this dynamic landscape, as each season brings it's unique charms and fascinations. Book soon for the spring, monsoon (summer) and fall seasons.

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Gail and Craig Coray
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

About Gail and Craig Coray

We divide our time between living a wilderness lifestyle on a vast fly-in lake in Alaska in roadless Lake Clark National Park, and Patagonia, Arizona. We are lifelong Alaskans. We fell in love with this area while traveling, hiking and birding here twelve years ago. It became our winter home after we retired from our careers as educators (science and music in Anchorage). We find similarities to Alaska in the scenic grandeur, spaciousness, wildlife, many outdoor activities, as well as the warm and delightful people we have found here along with cultural and community opportunities.

Gail and Craig Coray purchased this house in 2013

Why Gail and Craig Coray chose Arizona

This home met our need for a place roomy enough for visiting family and friends, including grandchildren. We love to sit in the Arizona room with glass from ceiling to floor and watch the unique borderland birds come to our feeders, and to see the harriers from above as they cruise the nearby arroyo. The resident roadrunners are fun to watch. The home is warm, inviting, and welcoming to guests. The views are stunning, the sunsets endlessly entertaining. Every day brings a surprise. We love being able to share it with visitors from around the world.

What makes this house unique

Harrier House has appealing southwest touches such as saltillo and Talavera tile, arched windows, an Arizona room with floor-to-ceiling glass and large covered deck for outdoor living. The view and surrounding countryside are preposterously beautiful. We love that it is close to so many diverse activities in this fascinating part of the world, including a short trip into Nogales, Arizona for supplies or into Nogales Sonora, Mexico for shopping and dining, and only one hour from the sophistications of Tucson.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Nogales, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk-in Mexican tiled shower.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Two sinks.
  • Bathroom 2 access is through master bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Twin trundle converts to king.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , One portable pak-n-play is provided, with bedding
  • Master bedroom opens onto deck with sliding glass doors to view. Arizona/sun room has queen sofa bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Lovely for one or two people as well as a group of 8. Bird feeders attract diverse borderland birds and butterflies. Watch wildlife from house or deck. Wine tasting in nearby Sonoita/Elgin is a wonderful activity. Fine Arizona wines are a well-kept secret. Fabulous mercados (Food City and Villas) 15 minutes away, have vast array of chilies tortillas, hot sauces, Mexican pastries and more. Duty Free shop in Nogales for many interesting items. Safeway, KMart, etc. for basics. Easy entry into Sonora Mexico for international dining and shopping. Patagonia just north is charming, has great natural foods store/green grocer, art galleries, espresso, lunch, park and more.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

Panoramic Views, Birds, Acres. Roomy Nature Lovers Retreat Near Patagonia Lake
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

Peaceful Patagonia

  • 5 of 5

We loved Harrier House and hope to return in the future. The house was very comfortable, well outfitted, and in a wonderful area of grasslands and rolling hills. Open areas for walking right outside the door. Lots of birds and loved the visits from the roadrunner. Fun to explore Patagonia and the Elgin area wineries. Recommend it to those who are looking for peace, quiet and great sunsets.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Phoebe, we are really happy you enjoyed your stay. We're always pleased to hear that "Paisano" (resident roadrunner) fulfilled his name -- "countryman". Always fun, along with seeing the other wildlife. I'm glad to know you made it to the wineries -- indeed, there is plenty to do even though it is secluded, and we are happy to hear that the Arizona sunsets lived up to their reputation. We hope to welcome you back some day!
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Harrier house is my absolute favorite "homeaway" stay ever. While it was only my husband and I it would be very comfortable for a larger family. There were all the expected amenities plus "above and beyond". The owner is so helpful and has truly thought of everything you could want, down to bicycles and a canoe for nearby Lake Patagonia. The location was quiet and relaxing but within easy driving distance to shopping and all the many southern Arizona attractions. If we stayed at the house there was wildlife and great views: at night you can see the distant lights of Nogales.

We brought our 3 cats and they quickly learned the Arizona room was as close to heaven as they would find, for cat or human. I was glad they are indoor only cats as one day we watched 3 coyotes hunting the nearby arroyo in the middle of the day. It was like our private wildlife show. We also saw deer, javalina and lots of birds.

We would highly recommend. We are hoping to return next winter, if available, for a longer stay next time. Thank you, Gail, for the perfect stay!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sheri, for your glowing and affirming review. We couldn't be happier than when we know that our guests have had a lovely stay and get to experience the enchantment of the area that we ourselves feel. We are happy you and your husband and furry companions had such a great time! We would love to have you stay again.
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Great, easy to enjoy view and quiet location in a very comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

Property was just what we were looking for. Quiet and off the beaten path. We enjoyed patio breakfasts with bird watching , afternoon hikes and dark night skies for star gazing (we brought our own telescope). On a quick scouting tour of the area we were surprised to discover Patagonia lakeside campsite was really busy, but somehow the traffic to and from it is all but unnoticeable from the house. In addition to the many things mentioned by other reviewers, we also made a trip to the ghost town of Ruby, which I really enjoyed - my wife not so much; I guess the hour each way on dusty, twisty, bumpy roads it is not to everyone taste, but I recommend checking it out for a day trip.

No surprise that this home has so many great reviews - I won't repeat them, just read them and book, and then thank Gail and Craig for making such a great vacation home available to us.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased Harrier House pleased you and met your expectations. And thanks for the tip regarding Ruby (as well as the disclaimer regarding bumpy-road access:)! Yes, the dark skies are such a pleasure, with or without a telescope. Nice to hear you came prepared. Thank you for sharing your positive experience!
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Great, comfortable, perfectly-equipped house in a peaceful, gorgeous location.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear....you packed a lot of praise in that space. Thank you! We are happy you enjoyed your stay!
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The house was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. It was equipped with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

We loved the restful qualities of the property. The sunsets were beautiful and also sunrises. We were a nice distance from the border which we found stressful to cross.

If we are ever in the area again we would not hesitate to try to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed Harrier House and found it restful. Yes indeed, the skies are often gorgeous and we do have a great view of the sunsets in particular with the direction the deck faces. Crossing the border to do souvenir shopping or taste the culture of Nogales, Mexico, is an option which some enjoy and others perhaps not. It can be quite a busy crossing in the Holiday season! Fortunately, there is no need to do so at all, and there are so many diverse activities and places to shop in SE Arizona one might never even get into Nogales, Arizona on your vacation.
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Beautiful property, very relaxing and tranquil. Wonderful place to relax and enjoy southern AZ.

  • 5 of 5

My Parents and I, along with my best friend, all met at the Harrier house for a much needed visit and relaxation time. It was the perfect choice for that, and when the time came to leave it felt like we were leaving our own much loved home. The house had everything we needed to cook wonderful meals. The dining area is just the best! Fun books and games, as well as an awesome music library. The house was in a great location for day trips to the Tubac Fiesta, Toumbstone, great Mexican food in Nogales, golfing in Rio Rico, Target shooting and awesome scenery in the Coronado NF and just up the hill from Patagonia lake. We fell very lucky that we chose the Harrier House, it is awesome!

Jared Borg.


  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jared, we couldn't be happier to hear of your excellent holiday! We are pleased you found what you needed in order to feel at home at Harrier House. It sounds as if you were able to take good advantage of the local attractions as well. Thank you very much for your generous praise and detailed comments!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Wagon Wheel, Patagonia
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kino Springs
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nogales AZ
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Scenic Byway AZ Highway 82
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Patagonia, Sonoita, Nogales, from 7 to 20 miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lake Patagonia State Park
Car: necessary

This region is birders' mecca, horse country, wine country, star-gazers delight, opportunities for bicycles, or a climber's exercise to the top of Mt. Wrightson or Red Mountain. We provide a three-person canoe for your use on Lake Patagonia, and paddle boats and canoes Harrier House. The elegant trogan is often seen at the head of Lake Patagonia, where guided bird tours are offered. The destinations of Tombstone, Karchner Caverns, Bisbee, Tubac and several golf courses are within easy drives. Tucson's offerings are too numerous to list here, but a visit to the Desert Museum is well worth the drive! San Rafael Valley and Harshaw are a nearby, spectacular scenic drive. Noteworthy: the Mountain Empire is a flatlander's respite in the hotter months averaging 10 to 20 degrees cooler than Tucson and Phoenix. Sonoita's wonderful wineries offer tastings of excellent local vintages. Madera Canyon, Ramsey Canyon, and The Nature Conservancy's Sonoita Creek Preserve are just a few of the major birding destinations near at hand.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Nogales, Arizona

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Dec 2017 - 15 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Property Damage Protection £47

No added charges for taxes and cleaning. There is a small fee for pets. Long-term stays are welcome and long term rates are negotiable.
Please contact owner to arrive or depart at a non-standard time. Contact prior to booking about pets. The large yard is fenced but a very small dog could escape. Harrier is perfect for one or eight people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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