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New Casita on Luxury Estate, inspired views and beautiful accommodations

Bedrooms 1
Space 584 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Kilim Cottage is a beautiful Ottoman-themed retreat from our time in Turkey

Inspired by the amazing cave hotels in Goreme, Cappadoccia during our assignment to Turkey, Kilim Cottage is a brand new renovated casita in the beautiful Tanque Verde valley, Tucson. Nestled in the lush valley landscape between the Rincon Mountains to the south, the Catalina Foothills to the north, and the Coronado National Forest just east of the property, Kilim Cottage has been designed and decorated to offer restful and inspiring accommodations by owners who want you to enjoy your Tucson experience as much as they have!

Hand-woven tribal rugs and kilims adorn the walls and floors of the master bedroom, as well as the living area and kitchenette, providing a warm and colorful décor much like the underground cottages of Goreme. However, each room in our casita is climate controlled with its own HVAC thermostat, and boasts thick masonry walls keeping the Cottage warm in the winters and cool in the summers. Custom-designed and insulated carriage doors enclose each end of the cottage, providing guests a rare opportunity to open their living space to the outdoors, dine al fresco, and enjoy nature just outside your front door.

A well-appointed kitchenette includes a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster and dual hot plate for those occasions when guests prefer to dine in, while the spacious master bedroom has a beautifully-tiled and oversized shower in the full bathroom, in addition to an extra sink and vanity in the laundry room with stacking washer-dryer. Entertainment center has a large flat-screen TV, DVD, CD, VHS, and stereo system, with wi-fi access from the main house, with over 300 DVDs available for viewing. The cottage, as well as the grounds, is handicapped/wheelchair accessible. Each room is just under 300 square feet (584 square feet total in the casita) with lofty 9-foot ceilings. We are also a pet friendly accommodation – please discuss bringing your pet(s) with the owners. Pet sitting options can be negotiated; please note there is a $10 per night pet fee to cover additional cleaning, which is collected in cash at the beginning of the guest's stay.

Best of all, the proprietors welcome you to enjoy full use of the one-acre enclosed compound which is surrounded by a seven-foot privacy wall. Inside this sanctuary the grounds have been landscaped by the same company that designed the Sonoran Desert Museum grounds, and offers a variety of fauna, bird-watching, and mountain vistas. Guests are also welcome to use the inner patio area with its custom pebble-tech pool, waterfall and hot tub. A fire pit with chairs and seating provides the perfect conclusion to western sunsets, and guests are also able to use the outdoor grill by the fire pit upon request. Amazing views of all four Tucson mountain chains can be seen from the rooftop deck, as well as unparalleled stargazing at night.

Arizona's largest antiques fair held on the first Sunday of each month at the end of the block at Tanque Verde Elementary school grounds! Access to swimming pool and hot tub on the property available through property owner coordination to allow for removal of pool skimmer, turning on of hot tub, etc. We look forward to welcoming you with home-baked goodies and jams during your visit, and hope you can join us at Kilim Cottage.

LOCATION DETAILS: Kilim Cottage is 5 minutes from Bear Canyon and 10 minutes from Sabino Canyon, which are perfect for sightseeing via walking, hiking, biking or a narrated tram ride. Excellent location for cyclists! Paved bike paths start at the end of your driveway on Tanque Verde Road and extend throughout the greater Tucson area. Five minutes from beautiful Agua Caliente Park and its massive palms and hot springs. 7 minutes to Udall Park with paved walking track, dog park & indoor recreation center.

10 minutes from the iconic Gaslight Theater, Trail Dust Town, Park Place Mall, cinemas and numerous restaurants. Five minutes from the Saguaro National Park north entrance, and 10 minutes from the east entrance (with hiking, biking & horse trails, a paved 8 mile loop for a scenic drive or cycling, picnic areas and a free educational desert life video at the visitors center). 25 minutes from Colossal Cave. Close to several horse boarding stables on the East/Northeast side of Tucson. 10 minutes from Rocking Star Ranch or Pantano Stables, which offer group & private horseback trail rides. Coronado National Forest and the main Redington Pass entrance is only 5 miles due east on Tanque Verde Road, and offers hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, and four-wheeling, as well as amazing waterfalls which feed the Tanque Verde Wash less than 10 minutes from your doorstep. The University of Arizona is only 13 miles due west.

Kilim Cottage has gorgeous views of the Rincon Mountains to the south, and the Santa Catalina Mountains to the north, Thimble Peak (a Tucson landmark) and Mt. Lemmon. Mt. Lemmon can see temperatures 30 to 40 degrees cooler than the valley, and brings you through 5 different ecosystems en route to the summit including beautiful pines and aspens, grasslands, a lake and recreational opportunities including numerous campgrounds, picnic sites and hiking trails. The road to the summit takes you through gorgeous rock formations and scenic views. At the peak is Summerhaven, which has restaurants, gift shops, etc. The 9,157' peak has a ski slope in the winter months (normally providing skiing & snowboarding from late December into March or April) and 'sky rides' on the ski lift in the summer months.

Closest public Golf Courses: Forty-Niners country club is literally across the street and ¼ mile down the road. Other nearby courses include Arizona National, Ventana Canyon, La Paloma, Fred Enke, Del Lago, and Randolph. Numerous other courses 20-30 miles away: The Golf Club at Dove Mountain (designed by Jack Nicklaus & host of The World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play), The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain (acknowledged as one of Golfweek's Best Modern Courses), Highlands at Dove Mountain (Arthur Hills design), Tucson National (home of the PGA tour), The Pines, Arthur Pack.

25 minutes from central Tucson's famous 4th Avenue historic shopping district with eclectic boutiques, shops and cafes. 25 minutes from La Encantada Plaza with upscale retail shopping and fine-dining.

PET POLICY: While we are amenable to dogs or cats accompanying our guests, pet owners are responsible to clean up after their animals inside and outside the cottage, on the grounds and during any walks in the neighborhood. Pet owners are allowed to let their pet utilize the outer enclosed desert gardens but must not bring animals inside the inner back yard pool deck area to reduce pet waste and avoid unsanitary conditions in and around the pool. Pet owners are also fully responsible for their pets inside this backyard area and assume the risk posed to their animals from bobcats and/or coyotes in this area. Guests must keep these outer gates closed at all times and be aware that even closed gates may not prevent wild animals from accessing the back yard or prevent their animals from escaping. Outside of Kilim Cottage (residence) owners must keep their animals on a leash in accordance with Arizona Leash Laws, and must not allow their animals to roam freely elsewhere on the property, in the front courtyard, or in the neighborhood. As referenced in our rates, there is a $10 per day charge for pets to help offset the additional time and cleaning required to return the cottage, and any outdoor waste which might have been missed, back to its original condition. These charges are collected in cash at the beginning of the reservation.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Owners Brandon & Julie have just recently relocated in October 2015 to an overseas assignment in the UK, but have a wonderful property manager Natalie, and her parents Pamela and Ben, who reside in the main residence and will help ensure your visit is enjoyable -- see the great feedback they've received already! Please note check-in is after 4:00 pm and check-out is at 11:00 am.

LEGAL: As detailed in the property amenities description, guests are reminded that they assume all responsibility and liability for any use of the pool and hot tub areas, rooftop sky deck, outdoor fireplace, and grills. Guest acceptance of a reservation at Kilim Cottage, and use of any of these amenities, indicates understanding and concurrence with this assumption of responsibility and liability for themselves and any additional visitors that the guests bring onto the property.

More Details

Brandon Halstead
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, A little German and Turkish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Brandon Halstead

Brandon & Julie are a military family who have recently retired after 20 years of service, and assignments all over the world, including two amazing years in Turkey, which served as the decorating inspiration for Brandon's 'man cave.' Originally from Alabama, they have found a new and wonderful home in Arizona where the people are friendly, the food is great, the activities are abundant, and the weather is always warm!

Brandon Halstead purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Brandon Halstead chose Arizona

Simple, elegant and romantic accommodations coupled with breathtaking views and a location convenient to countless outdoor activities.

What makes this cottage unique

Tanque Verde offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the Sonoran Desert region and an opportunity to get outdoors and into nature, while being only minutes from all the conveniences of downtown Tucson.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Loma De La Vista Verde in Tanque Verde

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 584 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
House Rules: No smoking on property. Be aware that Wi-Fi has limited reach in some parts of casita, depending on wireless reception strength of your device. Guests responsible for actions and safety of any pets and a pet fee of $10 per night -- please be aware that coyotes and bobcats are in this area and that pets are subject to risk if left outdoors! Additional twin bed or air mattress can be made available upon request & subject to fee for additional guests.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveller reviews)

New Casita on Luxury Estate, inspired views and beautiful accommodations
average rating of 4.8125 based on 32 reviews

Owner needs to spend some $

  • 3 of 5

Cold Pool! (not just a bit cool) even if not fully heated at least heat it to a reasonable/usable temperature?

Outdoor furniture/loungers old and cheap and very uncomfortable (need decent pads at bare minimum)

WIFI signal very weak when you can get it. A simple $50 plug in range extender would probably fix the problem

Suite itself is quite nice, well decorated and spacious, the property itself is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful welcoming getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Kilim Cottage was everything we expected. We were greeted by Pamela Ben and Natalie who treated us like royalty our entire stay. They had a wealth of knowledge of the area and attractions and were happy to loan us walking sticks and ice packs for our excursions. The cottage is comfortable with a large bedroom and very adequate living room/kitchen area. The tv had every imaginable channel, which you don't find in many rentals, and the kitchen was well equipped, although we basically ate out for dinner or brought something in. The pool and hot tub were great with a view of the mountains everywhere you looked. We had a great time relaxing and exploring.

Paul and Lonni Smith

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Casita and property

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful, well equipped, and conveniently located to hiking. The caretakers were especially helpful and accomodating.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy base of operations

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was a great base of operations in East Tucson. Close to beautiful hiking opportunities, great restaurants, quiet, clean, The hosts Natalie and Pamela were very attentive but not intrusive. We enjoyed the hot tub! Our security deposit was returned promptly ... all communications with owner were quickly responded to. We returned from Tucson's sun and warmth to central New York 4 degrees. Today we are housebound wit 28" of snow until we dig out the car. Would I return to this property? You betcha!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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February 2017 our week at the casita

  • 5 of 5

The casita was exactly as described. From the moment we arrived Natalie and Pamela were fabulous hosts.

We were treated to caramel macchiatos every am - thanks Pamela!

One morning we had fresh muffins delivered with our coffee. Another day we were sitting by the pool and we were treated to water melon smoothies - well appreciated in the 80 degree sunshine.

There were 3 of us - Natalie provided a brand new cot for us.

We arrived as strangers and left as friends. The casita is close to Saguaro NP, and Sabino Canyon for hiking. The kitchenette is well equipped and a Safeway is 5 minute drive.

Highly recommend this casita for a relaxing break in a very quiet area of Tucson.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, peaceful, comfortable oasis in the desert!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at the Kilim Cottage. A lovely, peaceful get away cottage very close to the natural beauty of Saguaro National Park and the surrounding mountains. Natalie, Pamela and Peanut were gracious and friendly hosts who made us feel very welcomed and cared for during our 5 day stay. We'd love to stay there again when in the Tuscon area!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
49ers Country Club (open to public)
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
49ers Country Club (open to public)
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak downtown Tucson
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mt Lemmon (winter season)
Car: necessary

5 minutes from Bear Canyon and 10 minutes from Sabino Canyon shopping areas which offer full range of amenities, restaurants, and services.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Loma De La Vista Verde, 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
Winter 2016-2017
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 2017-2018
1 Dec 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £7.73
Property Damage Protection £45.61

Pet fee is $10 per night, collected in cash at time of check-in. Use of rooftop deck, swimming pool, hot tub or outdoor grills will require property owner liability waiver for such guest use. Check-in after 4:00 pm, check-out at 11:00 am.

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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