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A Magical, Vintage Raw-Mud Adobe Gem With Private Courtyard Gardens

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday bungalow in Patagonia - Casa Encanta, Rustic Adobe Gem

2-Bedroom Jewel Nestled in the Heart of the Artsy and Funky Village Of Patagonia

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Step back in time when you stay in this lovingly restored, rare and authentic southern Arizona historic jewel.

Built in 1930 by local Judge Oliver Rothrock, Casa Encanta retains its' ample original patina and magic.

This charming, artisan-constructed bungalow was built using raw-mud adobe brick and almost-forgotten local building methods... back when the West was still wild.

The cozy walls are 11 inches thick -- naturally keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.

With 2 bright, sunny bedrooms, 1 gorgeous full bath, Casa Encanta can comfortably sleep 4 people.

For a larger party, consider renting both Casa Encanta (main house) along with Casita Encanta (guest house). The casita sleeps 2 adults, and has 1 bedroom and 1 full bath. Please note, both the casa and the casita are designed as adults-only getaway spaces.

Since 2006, many sensitive improvements have been made by local artisans, including:

- Gas-fired fireplace with cantera limestone mantel and surround

- Vintage front porch columns

- Concrete kitchen countertops

- High-end Bertazzoni Italian professional gas range

- Multiple skylights

- Glass-walled conservatory (aka 'Arizona Room') in the garden, cleverly constructed of re-purposed vintage French doors as window walls

- Imported antique Mexican leaded glass double doors in bedroom

- Authentic Mexican saltillo floor tile in bathroom

- Mexican tile and glass block shower surround

- Vintage hardwood floors and rough pine ceiling beams and moldings

- And many more details to the delight the eye of old-house-lovers everywhere

Casa Encanta features:

- 2 Bedrooms, each with a new premium pillow-top queen bed and luxurious linens

- 1 conservatory / 'Arizona Room'

- 1 full bathroom with bidet and custom Mexican tile and glass block shower

- Gas-fired forced-air central heating and air conditioning

- Wireless internet included

- Large flat-screen TV with satellite and premium movie channels

- Towels and linens are provided

- Your own private yard and garden

- A full kitchen, very nicely equipped with most of what you need to create magnificent meals -- except the chef and the food itself!

Casa Encanta is nestled right in the heart of the funky, artsy and eclectic town of Patagonia.

The powerful nostalgia of the generously-sized, tin-roof-covered front porch invites you to stop and relax, sip lemonade, catch up on conversation, breathe some fresh air and take in the sweet mountain setting and sound of birdsong.

Casa Encanta has a partial view of the Patagonia Mountain range, Red Mountain and Mount Wrightston in the Santa Rita Mountains.... and birds, birds, birds.

There's an iron patio set on the back patio that seats 4, and a rustic Mexican stamped-tin patio table that seats 2 on the kitchen patio. On the front porch, enjoy an old fashioned rocker, vintage wicker settee, coffee table and club chair.


- Free wireless internet inside and outside the casa

- New 32' flat-screen TV with DirecTV satellite and premium channels

- Comfy mattresses in bedrooms

- Private entrance gate with private fenced yard and garden

- Parking for 3 vehicles

- Warm and cozy gas-burning fireplace

- New commercial-grade washer and dryer

- Dining table seats 4


'Patagonia is an eclectic, funky, little artisan town that loves to be discovered.'

Step back... to a place steeped in the mining, ranching, and railroad history that built the West. Step back to a place where residents share stories at the post office and local businesses are still owned by local people... no traffic signals and no chain stores.

The town of Patagonia is appropriately proud of its history and distinctive character. The community is quirky, warm and funky and likes it that way. Patagonia is filled with a surprising diversity of eccentric, creative, neighborly folks from all walks of life embodying a distinct 'Live and Let Live' feeling, while loving and celebrating what makes Patagonia so authentically itself.

Situated at just over 4,000 feet elevation, between the Santa Rita Mountains and the Patagonia Mountains, our village is nestled in the lush, extraordinarily bio-diverse riparian corridor of Sonoita Creek.

The area’s scenic beauty and unique ecology boast the greatest diversity of plant and animal species to be found in the continental United States.

With its' favorable climate and a growing colony of artisans and artists, Patagonia is a soft, colorful spot in which to land and explore. Birders, fishermen and hikers share the streets with shoppers looking for that perfect and unique gift -- and everyone revels in the year-round delightful weather.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Claire O'Connor
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016
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About Claire O'Connor

My husband Ken and I are co-adventurers who sold our house and belongings in Tucson, Arizona, USA to head off to a life of savoring, beauty, abundance and creative expression in France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and England.

After a year-and-a-half-plus of vagabonding, (including 13 months living in the Languedoc region of France), we're happily back in gorgeous, sunny southern Arizona. We renovated this circa-1930s raw-mud adobe in the sweet Mountain Empire village of arts-y Patagonia, AZ, along with the guest house. (An adventure in itself!) We split our time between Tucson and Patagonia.

Ken is a Hospice Chaplain and Director of Hospice Volunteer Services, and a retired Methodist minister (though of the spiritual-not-religious variety). He also has a part-time private practice as a pastoral counselor and workshop leader specializing in working with men around issues of conscious living/ aging/dying/legacy-creation. Ken also officiates several weddings each month throughout Santa Cruz and Pima counties.

I'm an artist and a facilitator of women's creativity and personal growths groups, classes and retreats. We both love meeting interesting and curious-minded folks from all over the world.

We also invite you to check out our sweet little private 1-bedroom/1-bath guest house, Casita Encanta, at the back of our property. We've set it up as a the perfect little self-contained, short-term vacation rental.

We'd be delighted if you'd like to book a stay while exploring our little corner of paradise!

Claire O'Connor purchased this bungalow in 2014

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely place! Words don't capture it well, but we thoroughly enjoyed our too-short stay here. While we did get out and enjoy the beautiful surrounding area, we almost hated to leave this welcoming space each time. Thank you for providing the wonderful setting. No detail has been forgotten. It was effortless for us to show up and settle in immediately.

Until next time,

Pete, Sally, Charlene & Jeff

Phoenix, Arizona
Apr 2016
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A Magical, Vintage Raw-Mud Adobe Gem With Private Courtyard Gardens
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 15 reviews

Excellent and wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

What an adorable home. I really felt comfortable at your casa. Everything was furnished first class, and when I forgot to bring conditioner, you had it available. My stay couldn't be better.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear of your appreciation for our darling Casa Encanta! Thank you for your very kind words.
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Nice location for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

A nice, needed family respite from the city. Was nice to walk everywhere in Patagonia and get to know the local folks at the library and natural food market. A couple early morning, windows-down drives to Elgin and Nogales. And Claire and Ken's adobe gem for comfort and relaxation. Claire is very attentive, keen to the little things, possesses a good sense of humor, and provides a well-appointed home.


The many seating areas inside and out, beds and linens provided restful sleep, well-stocked kitchen and great stove allowed us to dine in so to enjoy the home more, radio (playing local station with eclectic mix of music) and local magazines (Arizona Highways) were a nice touch, helpful stick it notes throughout the house, great shower and bathroom (with bidet!), great ceiling fan in master bedroom, dark and quiet at night with little light pollution that allows the night sky's brightness to be a class 3 on the Bortle Scale (that trivia provided by Claire), and much more.

Thank you Claire and Ken. Take care. We hope others will take time to enjoy your adobe as much as my wife, two boys, and I did.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very kindly for your sweet words! My hubby Ken and I feel so delighted when guests enjoy Casa Encanta as much as we did when we lived there full-time. It truly is a special little oasis -- and the town is so warm and welcoming to visitors -- that we beam with pride when reading a review like yours! Thank you! We also appreciate how you took such wonderful care of the space and left it in such a lovely state. Please return -- the stars beckon! Warmly, Claire
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The nicest VRBO I have ever stayed in....

  • 5 of 5


For anyone looking to stay in the Patagonia Az area. Look no further then Casa Encanta. This is one of the most enchanting , relaxing homes we have ever stayed in. The owner has out done herself to make sure all of your needs are taken care of, during your stay. Whether it is for one night or a week. The outside spaces are so inviting, that you can't make up your mind where you want to enjoy first.

If there was a rating scale from 1- 10, and ten being the highest. I would give this home a 15 rating. I just hope it will be available the next time we need our birding fix and need to stay in Patagonia Az.

Thanks for sharing this magical place with all of us, Matt & Tara

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Ken and I so loved reading your review of our darling Casa Encanta! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time there and that you appreciated the loving attention we've poured into making the casa a place that truly delights our guests! Thank you! And please DO return!!
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A truly special place

  • 5 of 5

We spent a tremendously relaxing Christmas in Patagonia. We were able to rent both the case and casita to accommodate our group size and it couldn't have been a more perfect place to stay. The accommodations were comfortable and beautifully decorated. The kitchen, where we cooked many meals, was well stocked with cook wares and spices. We enjoyed reading by the fire by day and made an outdoor fire in the chiminea to enjoy star gazing in the evenings. For birders, this is an especially lovely location just a few minutes walk to the Patton House and down the road to the TNC preserve. Clare was super responsive and helpful getting our visit set up. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great hidden vacation in southern Arizona

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Patagonia, AZ. Not to be to trite, but we really did have a wonderful time. The town of Patagonia is a little gem, we were able to walk over to the grocery and the restaurants. Enjoyed breakfast at the saloon several times and lunch at the cafe. We did some hiking, birding and driving around the back country roads. Really enjoyed the house. It made us feel very much at home and Claire was able to help when the TV inadvertently went out. Also enjoyed KPUP, what a wonderful radio station. Have even found it on the internet since we've been home. We felt very much at home in Claire's house, she has added so many touches and thought of so many extras that one doesn't usually get when renting a home. We just stayed at home for a few days, as we were not feeling well, and really enjoyed the outside patios. Able to read and eat and enjoy the birds coming into the yard. It is truly a great vacation house, well maintained and very clean upon arrival. Thanks so much Claire and Ken for allowing us to stay there. Mary and Dan Helvoigt

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear that you found our Casa Encanta to be comfortable, warm, welcoming, and well-outfitted -- both indoors and out! My hubby Ken and I so appreciate that the love and attention we've lavished on the spaces is seen and felt by our treasured guests. We love the opportunity to delight, and our main goal is to have the space delight our guests. We also aim to delight in our quick responsiveness to guests' needs and requests, so we especially love when guests let us know if and when anything is amiss. In this case, the satellite dish receiver needed to be re-booted, which took only but a moment.
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  • 5 of 5

A very well maintained property set in the high desert of Southeast Arizona. Excellent accommodations with attention to detail and cleanliness. We have utilized VRBO many times as this by far was the most comfortable place we have rented. High on our list for a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Reviews like this really make our day! It's a lovely 'reward' for the oodles of time, energy, and love we've poured into this magical little spot over the past two years. In renovating and outfitting Casa Encanta, every decision was fueled by questions such as these: "How can this space delight?" "How can we create pockets of beauty at every turn?" "How can we tickle the senses?" And, (to borrow a turn of phrase from poet Mary Oliver), "How can we create an experience in which 'the soft animal of our bodies' can feel ease and flow?" Our appreciation goes out to our guests when they see and feel the results, and go home refreshed and renewed.
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Wagon Wheel Saloon
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Velvet Elvis Pizza Company
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in Patagonia, Arizona

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £78 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.6%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Patagonia, USA

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Saltillo floor, glass block & Mexican tile shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Back Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Front Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming

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