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Stay @ 1920's Sam Hughes Carriage House ~ Villa Blanca Tortuga & Walk to the UA

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 2 Sleeps

Welcome to villa Blanca Tortuga, high above it all in a 1920's loft style apartment. This vacation rental is on the second floor, is perfect for a relaxing place to nest and is accessible to immediate urban amenities, well situated only two blocks from the university of Arizona, within a mile of the university medical center, near the gem show venues, and close to anything in central Tucson. This charming 1920's carriage house is located in Sam Hughes, a national historic neighborhood, has been recently lovingly updated, is bright, spacious and very comfortable.

This fully outfitted carriage house has a complete kitchen with a gourmet stainless range, microwave, coffee maker, blender, all utensils and dishes. The dining patio seats four, and the home boasts old world furnishings. All utilities are included; along with high speed internet, a DVD player and a deluxe 42" television with 99 cable channels! There is a he washer/dryer, a wonderfully charming vintage bathroom - complete with luxury linens. Villa Blanca Tortuga sleeps two persons comfortably with a master bedroom that sleeps two (Simmons Beautyrest Classic McCalister Plush Super Pillow Top King sized bed).

With the gorgeous weather found in Tucson, the large rear patio can double as a dining room. The small yard boasts comfortable patio furniture perfect for enjoying the birds and butterflies while sipping your morning beverage.

Well behaved pets may be considered. Smoking never permitted.

Villa Blanca Tortuga welcomes you to Tucson!

More Details

Property Manager
Erica K.
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Erica K.

An entrepreneur by nature, I have enjoyed the freedom and flexibility that a self directed path can provide. I have loved to travel and annually embark upon both a beach vacation and an exotic destination in a far away continent - you will find exotic mementos from my travels adorn Villa Blanca and inspire the eclectic sampling of the world within. I was born in Villa Blanca Tortuga, and Grew up in Tucson in this very property, I wanted to name my special bungalow property to honor my connection to my mother, my family and the heritage of the house, hence the name Villa Blanca which means white house - where my friends said I lived as a kid. While home in Tucson, I love to landscape, You will see me working on my properties tending to the mesquite trees, Peruvian apple cactus a native willow or assisting guests at Villa Blanca and other homes. I have always enjoyed cooking - entertaining friends and family and hosting many social events, and look forward to hosting you during your stay in Tucson!

Erica K. purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Erica K. chose Sam Hughes

My parents were renting Villa Blanca Tortuga, the carriage house in the 1960's while attending the University of Arizona. When I was one year old my parents read an ad in the paper, where the original owners of Villa Blanca - had listed the entire property for sale - it turned out to be my parents landlords - who enjoyed the young couple so - and sold it to my parents over another buyer. With the assistance of my Grandmother for a down payment, My mother and father moved to the front house and raised us girls - in College I too lived in the Carriage house, and my sister also lived high above it all 'upstairs'. In 2010 Villa Blanca passed through the generations from my grandmother, mother and sister to my self - for me to share with you as Villa Blanca Tortuga .

What makes this cottage unique

I love Villa Blanca Tortuga with all of my heart - it is a beautiful lofty home full of warmth, Joy and truly does hold many wonderful memories in life - good times with friends - walking or bicycling to the University of Arizona - having breakfast at Rincon market, creating independence as an adult - Fantastic dinners on the Patio. In this space, the lofty views can't be beat and the special Stained Glass windows - I did in college are pretty special too... Now it's your turn to make some memories and experience the warmth and love of a family carriage home known as Villa Blanca Tortuga .

Guestbook comments from the manager

"By the way: LOVE. THIS. PLACE. So perfect as a home base during a stressful away-from-home work week. So nicely appointed and tastefully furnished & decorated. In perfect condition and retained 100% of its charm over the years thanks to careful updating choices consistent with its 1920’s origins. I’m really impressed. I usually go to California beach towns for vacations but I have to say I’m tempted to come back here. It would be nice to enjoy Tucson while relaxing rather than trying to enjoy little bits and pieces of it while working".
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sam Hughes in Tucson

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • This vintage original bathroom has a Tub with shower built in. A hair dryer has been supplied so you can leave yours at home!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Very Large, Light and airy this room has a King Sized Bed, Dresser, Armoire, Reading Chair, Lamps and is very comfortable. There is no Television - but many local books.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
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Stay @ 1920's Sam Hughes Carriage House ~ Villa Blanca Tortuga & Walk to the UA
average rating of 4.95 based on 21 reviews

A Delight

  • 5 of 5

This carriage house was a delightful find! Just a few blocks from the U of A, a grocery store, and restaurants makes for a perfect location! A bonus was the screened-in porch where you could enjoy a meal or a quiet moment. The laundry room was a flight of stairs away with what seemed like a fairly new washer and dryer and was even stocked with laundry supplies!

Erica is perfect in every way as a hostess! She provides you with restaurant suggestions or any information you might like without being imposing. The 7 night stay went without a hitch and I highly recommend the carriage house!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor

What a great location!!

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding location and a well equipped home made my stay at Villa Tortuga great! Biking locally is very easy and heading a little farther out of Tucson for superb hikes. I loved mornings or afternoons on the sunny porch, too. Great place and I would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hood River, Oregon

A cozy nest in a great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are just wrapping up a most enjoyable 2 1/2 month stay in the Carriage House aka Tortuga. . Erica has lovingly maintained and decorated this charming 100 year old space. The south facing screened- in porch allowed us great sky viewing and a peaceful, quiet relaxing spot to watch the world go by. This is a great neighborhood.....especially if you like to walk and bike as we do. Erica is fun to interact with...always paying attention to our comfort but allowing us privacy.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super convenient

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for parents weekend and it was perfect! We didn't use the kitchen but it seemed to have everything. The bed was extremely comfortable. Easy walking distance to the dorms, stadium and various eateries. Owner was very flexible - we were able to check in early and check out late!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Erica is awesome and made sure this unit was just perfect for our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great neighborhood, great home!

  • 5 of 5

Erica was terrific to work with. Our son needed a place to stay to finish out summer school and we originally rented a smaller unit from Erica. When the air conditioning in his unit wasn't working she graciously put him in a larger unit at no extra charge. We will definitely rent from her again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Sam Hughes Place / Championship
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Reid Park
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Downtown Tucson
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mt Lemmon
Nearest Beach
180 Miles
Puerto Penasco Mexico
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £55.82
Pet Fee £37.22

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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