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Mountain Getaway, Tranquility, Beauty, Ambience, Stunning View

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 2,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

2 br 2 1/2 bath at quoted rate; addl ensuite br available for addl $100/night

If your quest is to find the finest mountain view laid-back Ambience Arizona has to offer then you've come to the right place (so our guests tell us.)

MiraMontes guests frequently comment how well they sleep - better than they can ever remember. Must be the peace and quiet, fresh mountain air and comfortable beds.

MiraMontes itself has approx. 2250 sq ft indoor space with at least that much again in verandas and decks, set on 12 acres with Catalina State Park and mountains as a backdrop.

MiraMontes views include 20,000 acres of mountain without a neighbor in sight. Yet MiraMontes is just 5-10 minutes from a gas station, grocery store, golf, and restaurants.

Each bedroom has its own private bathroom...the Master bedroom opens to the pool enclosure. The master bedroom bathroom with its enormous shower tiled with travertine has a mountain view.

Between the two bedroom suites is an adequate well-stocked linen cupboard..

A breakfast nook accommodates 4 in red leather-backed chairs. The dining table with black leather high-backed chairs seats 8-10 comfortably.

Patio furniture can easily be configured to seat 4, 6 or 10 guests for dinner..an ambience you and your guests will never forget. All kitchen appliances are electric. A gas-burning grill is on the Patio for those who enjoy barbecues.

From Miramontes one can hike in any direction. Up the mountain, along the wash, down the hill - it is all lovely.

MiraMontes offers exceptional bird watching. Quail, falcons, hawks, owls, vultures, the occasional eagle. Cactus wrens abound. Even year-round hummingbirds. Roadrunners are frequent visitors.

MiraMontes' easterly orientation catches the warm morning sun. The verandas provide shade during the midday and afternoon glare.

Great for entertaining especially as the sun goes down - Sundowner time is always special at MiraMontes.

Sunsets transform the mountain to a pink glow. the moon rises and the stars come out...

Imagine the resident pair of great-horned owls calling gently to each other; the musical sound of a distant coyote yelping party.

An occasional nocturnal owl, kit fox or havelina sighting is enough to change the subject of almost any conversation.

The aroma of woodsmoke is especially seductive under Arizona night sky illuminated by the brightest stars.

Miramontes has an indoor beehive fireplace and an outdoor woodburning fireplace especially enjoyable by star - or moonlight..

Miramontes is listed as 'wheelchair-accessible.' All rooms are on the same floor and the flooring is travertine which facilitates indoor wheelchair manoevering. The grounds, surroundings and hikes are not at all wheelchair-accessible however.

More Details

Owner
Elma VonMichaelis
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2017

About Elma VonMichaelis

Hans and Elma grew up near Cape Town, South Africa.

Elma, trained as a radiographer but assisted Hans operate a successful mining conference company for many years.

Hans completed a Ph D in Space chemistry at the University of Cape Town and earned his Pilot Wings from the South African Air Force. He now flies gliders and collects minerals.

Hans' career as a mining consultant requires frequent travel to faraway places. Hans' hobby is finding and improving tranquil homes. MiraMontes is Hans' and Elma's pride and joy. During three winter months each year when Hans and Elma spend time in Africa, they are delighted to share MiraMontes with like-minded guests.

MiraMontes is in Phase 2 of a five-stage sustainability project.. Water harvesting, tree growing, topsoil development, organic vegetable cultivation; soil erosion abatement; solar hot water; solar electric generation.

Elma VonMichaelis purchased this house in 2007

Why Elma VonMichaelis chose Arizona

In the course of his extensive travels, Hans has found several magic spots in the world. One of these is a guest farm called Etusis in central Namibia. The mountain setting, vegetation and climate at MiraMontes is almost identical to that at Etusis. Miramontes is, however, very much easier to get to and is much more luxurious. For most of the year MiraMontes is the owners' personal home and residence as the large number of shade trees planted need regular watering through the summer months.

To get to Etusis requires a 2-1/2 hr flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek then a two-hour drive west to Karibib followed by a 40-min drive south to the farm in the middle of 'nowhere'.

MiraMontes offers similar charm with superior accommodation, only 30-min N of Tucson and within 5-20 minutes of every amenity a guest could possibly wish for.

What makes this house unique

Step out of MiraMontes home and take off in any direction on a great hiking adventure. Up the mountain, into the foothills, along the wash or down the hill...its all beautiful and interesting.

Hans enjoys the rustic approach to MiraMontes through the Mesquite bosque across two mostly dry washes populated by free ranging cows and calves. He particularly enjoys coming along the long driveway up to Miramontes as the spectacular mountains suddenly come into view.

Elma appreciates MiraMonte's proximity to shopping, gas, groceries, hair salon, excellent restaurants, golf courses, movie houses etc.

Note: MiraMontes is all on one floor and therefore easily accessible to wheelchairs. There are however no additional 'wheelchair accessible' features such as support railings in the bathroom.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We found MiraMontes to be wonderfully quiet, secluded, and restful. The magnificent views of the Catalina Mountains were a constant pleasure. Watching the sunset while enjoying the hot tub was a fine way to end each day. The home itself is beautifully designed and decorated; the kitchen is well stocked for cooking. Antoinette, the manager, was highly informative and welcoming. We had the pleasure of spending some time with Hans, the owner, and found him to be friendly and knowledgeable. We have rented a number of homes both in the US and in Europe and this is one of the best!
Jan 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tucson in Pima County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 09:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Deluxe travertine shower big enough for 2, granite counters
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Dual sinks and vanity w/travertine tiled floor and counters
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Half bath conveniently located in common area
  • Beautiful bathrooms all have travertine tile throughout with high end fixtures. Half bath conveniently located in common area.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , High end pillow top mattress and linens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd Bedroom very peaceful w/comfortable pillow top mattress
  • Two large bedrooms each with private bathroom. Master bedroom (1) opens to pool enclosure with magnificent views. Comfortable high end mattresses. MiraMontes guests frequently comment on never having slept as well...peace and quiet, fresh mountain air.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
Your winter getaway awaits you in this beautiful warm, quiet, secluded desert retreat. This 2,250 sqft home sits on 12 acres of land and has spectacular unobstructed views of the Catalina mountains. Enjoy the spacious covered patio as the mountains turn pink at dusk. An infinity pool enhances the view as it reflects the setting sun. If you are looking for tranquility, beauty, and to be one with nature look no further!

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
5

OUTSTANDING

  • 5 of 5

This is a hidden gem! Beautiful surroundings with an incredible view of the Catalina mountain range! Quiet, and very serene. The 2 br house is very big and the kitchen amazingly well stocked. The exterior is handsome with infinity pool and hot tub on the deck above! Dirt road to there, a couple of bumpy's and then... wow! We chose to eat in as it was hard to tear away from the R and R! Hans V (owner) is not only a gentleman but full of knowledge and kindnesses... cannot await our return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring Break!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing accommodations with beautiful panoramic views of the mountains over the infinity edge pool. Would definitely stay again. The distance to Tucson wasn't too bad.......hiked to Seven Falls, hiked in Catalina State Park and Oracle State Park. Drove to Mt. Lemmon summit and had lunch at the Iron Door Café. Love the area and yet was able to relax on the covered patio and read and take in the views of the mountains at all times of the day.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A memorable vacation stay in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about this property. It is equipped with every comfort, the views are majestic and the hosts are especially accommodating. We are looking forward to returning- our stay was a wonderful experience.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Minnesota
5

Secluded Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 4 from Minnesota enjoyed our 6 night stay in this beautiful vacation rental. If you are looking for a quiet, secluded rental with a beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains, we highly recommend this stunning vacation home. Although the pool was too cool to swim in during our mid-January stay we made use of the hot tub on the roof. Star gazing and coyotes howling added to the experience.

Owners Elma and Hans were a pleasure to visit with and more than gracious hosts. The home is supplied with shampoo & conditioner, hand soaps, laundry soap, and as others have noted: plentiful spices and you will never run out of tableware.

The only note I would add is that I was glad our car rental was an SUV with higher clearance. Although smaller cars are able to navigate the sandy, hilly road to the rental, the majority of vehicles we met on the local road were pick ups or SUV's.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful & private

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I greatly enjoyed the solitude of this home, we are birders & there was much to see just sitting in the back patio . On the roof top deck the first morning a Golden Eagle sat politely in a nearby tree for us to see.

The backdrop is lovely with the huge rocks in the distance & the Catalina Mts. We love to cook & prepare our own meals, this kitchen had everything we needed. It was also wonderful to have a pantry with a few basics like spices, salt etc. The house was extremely clean. We certainly hope to return again next winter.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester, N.Y.
5

An awesome retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We totally loved our stay at Mira Montes. The ambiance and natural beauty outside combined with the tasteful decor inside the home made for a perfect getaway. The outside veranda in back provided the perfect setting for gazing at the mountains and desert scenery. The infinity pool was simply amazing and refreshing. Lots of patio furniture to relax in. Inside the home, every detail for a guest's comfort has been provided. We particularly appreciated the well-stocked upscale kitchen where we prepared all of our meals. We have stayed at many vacation properties and have never seen a kitchen that was stocked with such a variety of herbs and cooking basics as well as plenty of cutlery and dishware. Owners, Hans and Elma, were a pleasure to meet and saw to our every need. And handyman, C.J., helped us out on a couple of occasions. All in all, we definitely would like to return for another relaxing, peaceful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Golf Club at Vistoso
Harvest Moon
Tortolita Terrace Clubhouse
Claire's Cafe
Cafe in Sun City Vistoso -- CLOSED
Carlota's Authentic Mexican
Mountain View Golf Club at SaddleBrooke
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Catalina Mountain View Saddlebrooke Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Saddlebrooke Mountain View Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Saddlebrooke Mountain View Clubhouse Restaurant
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Mt Lemon (as the crow flies)
Car: necessary

MiraMontes is all about Views.

Relaxing laid back getaway with exceptional scenery and ambience. Mountain hiking and desert nature walks and great bird watching...

World class mountain biking nearby..try biking the 'Tubes'

Catalina State Park is also nearby...

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2014 Jan 31 - Feb 09 is a 'must'.

Some guests are impressed by free range cows and calves wandering around our fenced off pool and yard area.

Miraval, a world class adventure - leadership development resort is located just 1 mile away.

February-March is flower season in the desert..more vivid colors than most might expect.

Phoenix is two hours drive north from MiraMontes.

the Sonoita AZ wine district is about 1-1/2 hours to the South.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tucson, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Thanksgiving Holiday
10 Nov 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,341
for 6 nights
From
£191
£1,494
£5,534
 
 
Christmas/New Years Holiday
11 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
£1,341
for 6 nights
From
£191
£1,494
£5,534
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£960
for 5 nights
From
£152
£1,112
£3,628
 

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.98
Cleaning Costs £152.48
Pet Fee £152.48

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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