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Heartland Guesthouse: Birding, Birding, Birding, Hiking & Astronomy Paradise!

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Elgin - Heartland Guesthouse

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft & sofabed; 2 Baths; Sleeps up to 5 adults + 3 kids

Awaken to songbirds singing in the majestic 300-year old White Oak, Walnut and Arizona Ash trees just outside Heartland Guesthouse! Open the blinds and step out on the Master Bedroom's private balcony to celebrate the dazzling morning sunrise over the Huachuca Mountains to the east. Toddle downstairs to grind fresh coffee beans for the French press coffee pot and relax in the sunroom or under the trees in our Oak Park while you relish the sights and sounds of Nature -- not traffic, not subways, not honking horns, not bustling cities – but Nature. If this sounds delightful, you’re our kind of Guest!

Located in the high Madrean Oak Grasslands of southern Arizona, at an altitude of nearly 5200 feet, Heartland Guesthouse lies on the Heartland Ranch near the long-ago community of Canelo between the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains and the Canelo Hills. Weather is temperate year-round, with temperatures generally running about 15 degrees cooler than Tucson and 20-25 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Heartland Ranch is a 160-acre former bustling livestock ranch that now quietly awaits our next Guests. Once guardian of cattle, horses, goats, sheep and, yes, alpacas, our “retired” Anatolian Shepherd dog Zena now snoozes peacefully during the days while Bruno, the rescued Lab/Chesapeake retriever mix, faithfully watches over the Ranch, Guesthouse and its people. Zena, by the way, is shameless about being petted and handed treats, so be forewarned. There's a reason we’ve placed a well-stocked 'Pet Treats' jar just inside the Guesthouse door!

The Guesthouse entry leads through an “Arizona room”, known to the rest of the world as a sunroom, which opens to the vaulted great room (the ceiling is 18’ high!) with its cozy wood pellet stove, spacious dining area overlooking the myriad bird feeders just outside the patio, breakfast bar and fully-equipped kitchen with newer electric range, new microwave, full-size refrigerator/freezer, blender, mixer, slow cooker, toaster, rice maker, high-quality cutlery and Corian counters. 'Foodies' ourselves, we have equipped the Guesthouse kitchen with everything a foodie would need, whether staying a week or a month. We even include the spices and cooking oil!

Also on the first floor is a generous bedroom adjacent to the bathroom. This bedroom is furnished with a very comfortable King bed; on request we happily make it into 2 Twin beds. The first-floor bathroom has handi-bars for the safety and convenience of older guests, and we can add armrests to the toilet and a shower seat in the tub on request. Our most recent long-term tenant in the Guesthouse, prior to it becoming a vacation rental, was a gentleman who used a walker for getting around, so we know the lower level of the Guesthouse is very suitable for someone with mild mobility restrictions.

The second-floor master bedroom is large, with a 'VERY comfortable' (to quote our guests) Queen bed, vaulted ceiling, private balcony and ensuite bathroom. Also on the second floor is a loft with office or library set-up including a desk, phone, bookcase and wired or wireless Internet connection to high-speed satellite.

Important note: Due to limitations of the septic system, Heartland Guesthouse is able to accept a maximum of up to 5 adults and 3 children under the age of twelve (a total of 8 persons) for up to a week at a time. Parties of 1-6 guests have no such length-of-stay restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

As for activities while staying at the Guesthouse, here are just a few:

Birding! Birding! Birding! Year round, we provide a reliable source of fresh water and plentiful food for the myriad species of resident, breeding and migratory birds who visit Heartland Guesthouse and the surrounding magnificent live oak forest. Every Spring, we or our Guests add yet another bird to our Sightings list. Even if you aren't a 'birder', you can't help but enjoy the avian antics that take place just outside the Guesthouse patio and within easy viewing from the dining area.

For folks who are looking for complete and total relaxation in a beautiful location, we have an interesting library of books, CDs and DVDs, that we can augment to your special interests, as well as games, jigsaw puzzles, hiking staffs, golf umbrellas, a National Forest practically right outside your door and, on your return, comfortable seating near the cozy pellet stove or outside on the patio.

A fully-equipped kitchen means you can cook all your meals to your heart’s content or just prepare a quick and easy breakfast before you head out the door to area adventures and excellent dining.

Wineries, shopping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, boating, star-gazing, visiting area tourist attractions, birding in one of the world's top birdwatching destinations, trail riding with horses or mountain bikes – these are just a few of the possibilities.

We maintain a Guest Activities Book and brochures with lots of ideas to keep you as occupied as you want to be, and we are happy to provide suggestions on places to visit, eat and enjoy. The activities available here are myriad, but the one thing you are not allowed to be here is bored!

Heartland Ranch, on which Heartland Guesthouse is situated, is rurally located 20 miles south of Sonoita and 15 miles west of Sierra Vista, surrounded on 2 sides by National Forest. A 'traffic jam' here means the raccoons or Montezuma Quail are taking their time crossing the road. State Highway 83 brings you to within 1.5 miles of the Guesthouse; and the graded, gravel road the rest of the way is easily traversed by passenger cars. Fort Huachuca, a US Army fort dating from the days of Cochise and Geronimo, graciously permits US citizens to apply for a 30-day access badge through the Fort to Sierra Vista, so that all the amenities of a city are just 30 minutes away. Sonoita is also 30 minutes away; Patagonia is another 15 minutes farther. Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson, Karchner Caverns, Tubac and the Mission at Tumacacori are all within approximately an hour’s drive away. Tucson and its International Airport, where rental cars may be obtained, is an hour and a half away; and the Guesthouse is 3 hours from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, where airfares are often discounted.

Local phone service is provided year-round at the Guesthouse, and your friends, family and business associates will be able to reach you on a dedicated land line. Because cell service is very spotty in this area, we also provide unlimited long distance calling during our High Season. High Season runs from December 15-April 30 and has a minimum stay of 7 days. The rest of the year, rates by necessity are significantly lower; and we are therefore unable to provide long distance service at no cost. For off-season daily and weekly guests, calling cards will solve the problem; and they are available to be purchased at our cost if you wish. For Off-Season monthly guests, we are happy to pre-arrange unlimited long distance service for a very reasonable $29 per month.

We are proud to say Heartland Guesthouse is clean, clean, clean. If you, like us, have ever stayed in a less-than-clean vacation rental, you know how important this is. We sanitize the linens and towels between guests and the Guesthouse is scrubbed to within an inch of its life before each guest arrives. Because Heartland Guesthouse is maintained as a low-allergen vacation rental, we regretfully do not accept any pets at this time.

We know there are a few cheaper vacation rentals in this general area, but most are more expensive ones. Our Guests tell us that none deliver the amenities and hospitality for the price that Heartland Guesthouse does. Perhaps that's why so many of our Guests are repeat Guests; and they tend to book very, very early in the season to guarantee their preferred dates of stay. Generally, Heartland Guesthouse is nearly fully booked from November through April, so we know we're doing something right! If you are interested in Heartland Guesthouse (and we sincerely hope you are) we encourage you to book as early as possible to guarantee your preferred dates.

We will contact you about 2 weeks before your arrival to find out your particular interests in visiting this area and will tailor the Guesthouse's selection of guide books, activity brochures and maps to your taste. At that time, we will also provide a list of all the supplies we provide for our Guests, so you don't overpack, or overbuy, for your visit.

Our mission is to provide you with a truly memorable vacation -- one that brings warm memories and a smile for years to come -- so please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of assistance. We look forward to your visit!

Keywords: Outstanding Birding on Site, Excellent Birding nearby, Vacation Rental, Guesthouse, Hiking, Wineries, Ranch, National Forest, Foodies, Arizona Trail, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Canelo, Elgin, Patagonia, Sonoita, Fort Huachuca, Tombstone, Bisbee, Sierra Vista

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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About Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner

Heartland Guesthouse's co-Owner and Property Manager, Rachel Hendrickson, has been a real estate broker since 1987. In 1996, she and her husband, Mark, left their busy careers in Tucson and moved to Heartland Ranch, where Mark took a position in Sierra Vista and Rachel was occupied full-time running the Ranch, its Country Store and all the public activities involved with it. In 2006, Rachel and Mark made the decision to give up ranching in favor of spending more time with family, friends and each other. Since then, the former Foreman's House, located 300' away from the Ranch House, has been completely rehabbed and refurnished and is now known as Heartland Guesthouse. Mark and Rachel are delighted to welcome vacationers from all over the world to enjoy the amenities and ambience of Heartland Guesthouse together with world-class hospitality. Having stayed in a number of vacation rentals themselves, they have personally experienced the highs, and lows, of the vacation rental experience. They have used their personal experiences to create a truly welcoming environment for the discerning traveler, with everything necessary for not just a comfortable stay but one to be fondly remembered, with a smile, for years to come.

Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner chose Arizona

Mark and Rachel know the best marketing can't be bought with money, but rather with outstanding customer service; and to that end, it is their pleasure to provide truly outstanding customer service to their guests. Our guests have graciously rewarded us with consistently stellar reviews, and we encourage any potential guest to read them.

What makes this house unique

We have always known that Heartland Guesthouse is a superb location from which to enjoy excellent birding, especially from January through May, as we are a breeding stop for migratory birds returning to their homes up north after a long winter. A recent visitor, with past experience working with the Audubon Society, reported during her 4-day stay in April that she spotted 29 species of birds just in and around the Guesthouse!


based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Heartland Guesthouse: Birding, Birding, Birding, Hiking & Astronomy Paradise!
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful Accommodation with amazing hosts

  • 5 of 5

Rachel was so welcoming and organized that we felt right at home in their lovely guest house. It's beautifully furnished and the notebooks with instructions and activities were very helpful. Rachel and Mark keep active bird feeders so we saw several species that were new to us (we're Oregonians). Ours hosts welcome was above and beyond what we hoped for and we would definitely recommend their guest house to anyone interested in seeing the wonders of Southern Arizona.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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St. Cloud, MN

Sounds, solitude, scenery in SE Arizona!

  • 5 of 5

The Heartland Guesthouse was a birder's paradise! We saw 18 species of birds just while sitting on the patio. When we didn't SEE them, we HEARD them--a symphony of bird calls! The setting was gorgeous, and the serenity was wonderful. Rachel was very friendly & helpful with suggestions about where to explore/things to do, & she provided many maps, brochures, & bird guides for our use. Zena (one of 3 dogs on the property) became our "best friend"--always welcoming us, always ready for a treat! The guesthouse itself was very comfortable, immaculate, well-organized, and well-stocked with everything a person could need. We can't say enough good things about our stay here. Four nights were definitely NOT enough; we want to return! Patagonia Lake State Park was a true "find" & the place where we saw an elegant trogon. The "Overland Trout" served delicious, creative food. Be sure to include these places in your visit!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, MN, USA

Superb destination

  • 5 of 5

We had heard good things about VRBO properties, but had never tried a rental before this. Oh, my my. We had the best possible experience here! We were drawn to it right away by the thorough description provided by the owner. The many pictures helped, also; and upon arrival, we were not disappointed by this property. Rachel was warm, and very welcoming. We found that every single little thing was taken care of, from furnishings, to supplies, to making it easy for us to clean up after ourselves(we stayed two weeks), to information about places to travel to in the area, to the many, many bird guides and books about Arizona in the bookcase. Two couples stayed here in comfort. We absolutely fell in love with the serenity and solitude of the surroundings, and would not hesitate to book this house again. Ah, such peace and quiet. Thanks, Rachel!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most awesome place to stay in SEAZ

  • 5 of 5

I was attracted to this charming house immediately! It promised quiet relaxation, spectacular views of the Huachuca mountains, and a yard filled with birds. I was not disappointed, and in fact, the house wildly exceeded my expectations. My husband and I spend 5 days and nights here and found it extremely hard to leave. Rachel's attention to every detail from the time of our booking up to weeks after we had left was commendable - by far the most conscientious hostess I have ever encountered. There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about this rental. If it looks interesting to you, just go ahead and book it. You will not be disappointed in any way!

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Bird watchers paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had 2 wonderful weeks at the Guesthouse, we had friends join us for a week through the middle of our stay and the 4 of us were quit comfortable with the house layout, 1 couple upstairs and the other in the main floor bedroom.

The birdwatchers in the group enjoyed waking up to the ever present abundance of birds at the feeders off the back patio you could see from the breakfast table. Rachel keeps these well maintained and stocked daily. Our first morning, 24 species were counted.

Location is a bit isolated, but after a day exploring the region, it was always nice to return to the quit of the ranch.

The kitchen is well outfitted, Rachel has a good selection of spices and condiments available for guest use, preparing meals was never a problem. You do need to pre-plan your grocery needs, there are only 2 mini markets available in the town near-by (20 miles away).

This is a very picturesque setting. Anyone looking for a comfortable get away, wildlife viewing opportunities, bird watching, regional wineries, and/or seeing rural Arizona won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heartland Ranch

  • 5 of 5

What a great place. Definitely the most immaculate, well stocked and thoughtfully arranged vacation house we have ever rented. There are loads of birds at the bird feeder, ducks at Parker Canyon Lake, hummingbirds in Patagonia and Road Runners on the ranch roads and paths. Rachel has loads of information to offer, it made our week quite wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Sierra Vista
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Mountain View Golf Course @ Fort Huachuca
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 83
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Sierra Vista and Sonoita
Car: necessary

*Bird watching: This part of southern Arizona is one of the premier bird-watching areas in the world, and Heartland Guesthouse is renowned for the quantity of species of birds we are able to attract. Perhaps it is the majestic 300-year old Arizona White Oak forest just outside the Guesthouse. Perhaps it is the daily attention to the multitude of bird feeders and waterers. Perhaps we're just lucky! But even Audubon administrative staff and seasoned members have raved about the birding just outside the doors of Heartland Guesthouse. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

*Hiking: The Arizona Trail is a short distance away, as well as multiple trails into the Huachuca Mountains from both the east and west sides.

*Horse riding: There are rental stables in Sonoita for guided horseback tours. Or, bring your own horse and ride out from Heartland Ranch! Ask about fees for stall rental.

*Wine tasting: A number of excellent wineries within a 30-minute drive of Heartland Guesthouse are open for wine tasting 3-7 days/week, which is why we have equipped our kitchen for 'foodies' and placed an excellent gas grill in the patio.

*Foodies: If you like to EAT great food, we can recommend some truly magnificent restaurants to you that equal the quality of the best metropolitan restaurants at a fraction of the price. If you like to COOK great food, the kitchen is fully equipped & a high-quality gas barbecue is just outside.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Elgin, Arizona

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High Season
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £143
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 6.6%

Monthly rentals (28-29 nights) are at rate stated per season plus $220 cleaning and $79 Property Damage Protection. June-August are for monthly rentals only. 6.6% AZ hospitality tax is charged by the Arizona Department of Revenue for less than a 30-day stay.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Elgin, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1580 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • 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 ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This Bathroom is adjacent to the Downstairs Bedroom.
    Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is ensuite in the Master Bedroom upstairs.
  • First-Floor bath has a tub/shower combination with handibars, toilet and single vanity with good counter space and storage. Upon request, arm-rests can be added to the toilet and a shower seat can be provided for our older Guests. Master bath has a shower, toilet and single vanity.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , The Downstairs Bedroom can have 1 King or 2 Twins.
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , The Master is upstairs with an ensuite bathroom.
    Convertible bed(s) - The sofa sleeper in the Great Room is a full-size bed.
  • King size Beds (1) OR Twin size Beds (2) in Downstairs Bedroom; please specify which you prefer. Queen size Beds (1) in Master upstairs. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) full-size in Great Room. Up to 2 children can be accommodated on firm foam mattresses on the floor in the loft.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
Heartland Guesthouse sits on the 160-acre Heartland Ranch in the oak grasslands of southern Arizona at 5200' elevation nearly surrounded by National Forest. Climate is nearly always temperate. This comfortable, clean and attractive 2-bedroom, 2-bath home with loft office has recently been extensively refurbished. Corian counters in the fully-equipped 'foodies' kitchen, new carpeting, fine linens and everything necessary to make your vacation carefree and enjoyable are provided. King bed in first-floor bedroom makes into 2 Twins on request; handibars in the adjacent bath for our older guests; toilet armrests & shower chair available. Children welcome! Horse facilities available for additional fee. Tradewinds Cooler for warm days; cozy pellet stove for brisk winter evenings. No pets please; we are a low-allergen residence. 30 minutes to all major services/amenities in nearby Sierra Vista or Sonoita. Owner/Professional Manager lives onsite 300' away; privacy absolutely respected.

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