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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Nogales - Harrier House

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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Gail and Craig Coray
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 November, 2016
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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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Panoramic Views, Birds, Acres. Roomy Nature Lovers Retreat Near Patagonia Lake
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
Lopez Island WA

A wonderful home in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful week in this lovely home. Ours is a family of birders and we appreciated the availability of bird feeders and the many birds who visited them. The home is very comfortable and decorated beautifully. The only negative is limited internet time.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are so pleased that the birds were plentiful for you! It's one of the greatest pleasures of the area. Yes, we agree, the internet is somewhat limited (streaming movies is not possible, though email and internet browsing are) since we are satellite and remote, one of the tradeoffs for the rural experience.
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Just the absolute best.

  • 5 of 5

We surprised my dad for Christmas and birthday with a planned getaway from Tucson to Patagonia, even getting his son and only baby grandson to visit for the week from Illinois. We picked the Harrier House based on the photos and the other reviews - we could not have picked a better place to stay! Every bit of it was amazing - Mr. and Mrs. Coray e-mailed us about our stay and let us know of all the baby items we needed - pak n play, high chair, even a baby monitor! Our arrival had us all with our mouths hanging open. The house is just beautiful, huge, and we couldn't get over the views. The house was very well stocked and had everything we needed since of course we did forget a few things to bring! Our favorite was spending the morning on the back porch and drinking our coffee at the picnic table while little Chase crawled around. Plenty of room to play a washers game, and at night used the closed in patio to play board and dice games.

They allowed us to bring our two small dogs for no deposit or extra fee at all! They really enjoyed themselves and just loved being able to run around in the open area and take long walks down the road on leashes (we live in the middle of Tucson, so this was definitely a vacation for them, too!). We spent our first day in a rented pontoon boat at Patagonia Lake and our second day checking out the wineries in Elgin and Sonoita. After long work weeks for all of us, this was exactly the vacation we needed.

We loved the little book for everyone to sign and relay their experiences! What a nice touch. And the library of books on wildlife was just fantastic. I could go on and on about all the little nuances that made this property one of our favorite places ever, but you have to see it for yourselves. We couldn't stop talking about how we'd have to already start planning our next trip at the Harrier House. Thank you so so much Mr. and Mrs. Coray for opening your house to us!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Summer, Your review, this lovely detailed journal about your trip, really brought us tremendous joy. We could imagine you at Harrier House playing with your baby and family. I remember your excitement in anticipation of your vacation, and we were so hoping that you would not be disappointed in any way. I enjoyed our correspondence before your trip, as your delight in anticipation were really evident. And we are glad your pups had a good time too! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We would be very pleased to have you visit Harrier House again. Warmest regards, Gail and Craig
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Goodyear, AZ (Phoenix)

Perfect and private

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic home with privacy, if you want a private getaway look no further. Very clean and kept home with fantastic fully fenced property for your animals. A short drive to Patagonia Lake or the town of Patagonia. Home was fully stocked with everything you'll need, towels, soap, dishes, pans, utensils, condiments, propane, etc.

Great customer service with prompt response.

Price was right with no outrages additional charges.

We WILL be back again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! We are so glad to hear that your furry companions enjoyed the property as you did. We travel with our pet and are glad we can accommodate others who like to do the same. Harrier House does have a nice balance between secluded and access to civilization and sights. We hope you can come again some day. Warm regards, Gail and Craig
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Great birding and beautiful views!

  • 4 of 5

Our main focus in visiting SE Arizona was to go birding and we had an amazing time! We selected this home due to it's close proximity to some of the best birding spots in the U.S. and it did not disappoint. We were remote enough to feel like we had escaped from the craziness of life but appreciated the ability to drive to Patagonia or Nogales for dinner or supplies and the internet to check email/determine our needs list for our next hike. The family of Say's Phoebes who called the back porch home and the hummingbirds who fought for rights to the feeders made relaxing on the big back porch entertaining. Definitely fill the feeders not long after you arrive. Make sure to visit the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia-Soniita Creek Preserve. The locals are very friendly but the border patrol were not so much. Make sure to watch your speed!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear your birding adventure was a fine success! We are pleased that you found the remote quality agreeable, while access to nearby amenities nearby was convenient. We are so sorry the border patrol was less than cordial and friendly -- we have not had that experience in Arizona. Thanks for the good tips, including one we always share with guests, to mind the speed limit. :) We hope you will return someday to add more birds to your life list.
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Spacious, beautiful and safe.

  • 5 of 5

My family visited the home for fourth of July weekend and we absolutely loved it. We woke up to cows passing by and saw a road runner on the porch along with a number of different birds. We also saw many butterflies. The house way spacious and well stocked. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, it's always so nice to hear the unique experiences of travelers. We're glad the butterflies were on parade! Also happy other that you felt safe in our quasi-wilderness setting. We hope you can return some day!
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Dallas, Texas

Joyfully unharried at Harrier House

  • 5 of 5

We spent a glorious two weeks at Harrier House - a bird-, sunrise-, sunset-, meteorite-watching haven surrounded by mountain vistas in every direction. The house is spacious, comfortable, spotless, and astonishingly well equipped and well organized. We are road cyclists and the riding (right from the front door) was fantastic - good challenging climbs and refreshing descents accompanied by amazing wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Gail's suggestions for places to visit and things to do were spot on, and everything connected with the stay was seamless. Only bad part was having to leave. Highly, highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fabulous! It was great to learn that your cycling experiences were excellent. We often see serious cyclists in the area, and it's nice to hear first--hand from a guest who is an expert. We are also pleased that you found our "local expertise" suggestions to be helpful. Many thanks for your generous praise. We hope you can return to Harrier House in the future!
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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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
16 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
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

Property Damage Protection £47

No added charges for taxes, cleaning and 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Nogales, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 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 ...
  • 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.

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