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Absolutely loved the surroundings and the home! Very relaxing. Lots of wildlife

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,532 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

4 bdrm, 3 bth. Huge great room. Fully equipped kitchen. -

Dates open in August and September. Prime wildflower time in the mountains. If dates show as blocked - check with us. May be scheduled maintenance that we can change. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER IN ANY GROUP, INCLUDING CHILDREN OF ANY AGE is EIGHT. Experience leads us to make no exceptions to this number.

January, February usually excellent skiing for the down hill enthusiasts and cross country skiers. Sunrise Ski Resort an easy 45 minute drive - opposite direction from the crowds coming in from Pinetop means little traffic to get stuck in. Wonderful cross country trails within a few minutes drive of the cabin - or right out the door if the snow is good.

Whether family vacation, get together with friends, solo retreat - this place offers peace, beauty , views, birding, dark black night skies, proximity to hiking, bike trails, fishing, canoeing. Very well equipped kitchen makes cooking a pleasure. Plenty of room for privacy.

Please note the 8 guests maximum. And children do count as people! The cabin fronts on an 8 acre pond. Liability insurance and joint ownership of the pond EXCLUDE access to the pond in the rental.

Deck offers sweeping views of meadows and pond. Front porch gets early morning sun - perfect for that first cup of coffee. Spectacular dark skies for astronomy buffs, pond stills the air for Solar observing. Bald Eagles regular visitors to ponds.

Built in 1989 from local spruce logs, cabin is ~ 3,500 sq ft. Great room apex 21ft. Floor to ceiling rock fireplace. Wall of north facing windows overlooking pond. Sleeps 8 (maximum). Loft has king bed own bthrm w shower. MBR with queen bed, rock fireplace, TV (DVD only), shares bthrm double vanity/ shower with south facing bedroom that has 2 double beds, TV (DVD only). West bdrm has own bath double vanity, shower/tub combo queen bed. All bdrms have seating area and great views. Kitchen very well equipped. Top of the line appliances, disposal, dishwasher, double ovens, microwave and all the usual appliances. Dining table seats 8. Laundry/mud room. Many books. Wireless internet. No land phone line. ATT tower in area. Signal extender for cell phone reception in cabin.

Weber charcoal BBQ.

Central heat.

This has been our family vacation home for 10 years. Much loved for family gatherings, cooking extravaganzas, magical holidays. Life gets in the way and with one family living out of country and the other two locked into work schedules place does not get used as much anymore. This is a family area, small children frequently in and out of the cabin. We ask that you not bring weapons onto the property.

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Gerry Hogan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, limited French and Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2017

About Gerry Hogan

Tucson residents since 1981. One son owns a business in Tucson, other an artist/writer based in Peru with his wife, a USAID officer. Daughter a judge (U of A Law school) currently serving in Family Court. I grew up all over the world. Came to the US decades ago on a graduate fellowship. Retired. Owned a company that developed instruments for observing the Sun.

Gerry Hogan purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Gerry Hogan chose Arizona

1982 first visited the White Mountains and over the years rented various cabins in Greer during the summer. Kids could be kids, catch crawdads, build forts, play. 2007 with retirement and young grand kids, wanted to recapture that magic. We started looking in Greer and discovered it had become too "gentrified" , the open spaces gone. The tourist towns of Pinetop/Lakeside did not appeal - suburbia in the mountains. Search lead us to Nutrioso and we fell in love with the valley and the house. We've celebrated most major holidays at the cabin - little kids enjoying family time. Something quite wonderful about three generations under one roof. All my children love to cook so some epic meals dished up - most memorable a 27 ingredient mole sauce (Mexican chocolate and chili not rodent!) that involved every cooking surface and utensil in the place!

I'm a casual birder, solar observer, reader, cook, mother and grandmother. I have loved this family retreat- the memories are ingrained. Reality steps in and with kids no longer using it I hate to see it empty.

What makes this cabin unique

This is classic Arizona high country. John Wayne owned a ranch outside of Springerville. The cowboy life style lives on. The valley we are in was used by Basque shepherds 100 years ago to winter over sheep brought down from Colorado. The ditch feeding the ponds was hand dug by early settlers about 120 years ago. The views, the setting, the peace. This place is so comfortable whether you want to get out and hike, ski, ride, cycle or just hole up with a book, it has something for everyone and all ages.

Great room is my all time favorite room - it's not just the views, it's the comfort, the family friendly environment. In winter with the fire lit and a CD playing, dinner being organised, life is good! It goes without saying that the cool temperatures of the White Mountains makes an escape from the low valley summer heat a no-brainer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful weekend in your cabin. It is beautiful, and we also enjoyed the photos of (and by!) your grandchildren. It seems like a happy, adventurous bunch. We completed the check-out checklist and left it on the kitchen counter, per your request, and I trust you will find that everything is in tip top order.
Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Nutrioso in Apache County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3532 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Downstairs - master bedroom bath - double vanity, walk in shower, linen closets West bathroom - double vanity, tub/shower combo Loft bathroom - single vanity, walk in shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • MBR - queen bed, seating area, TV, bookshelves, huge closet. North facing wall of windows overlooking pond. Shares bathroom with south bedroom - 2 double beds. Loft bedroom - king size bed. Wall of south facing windows. Own bath room West bedroom - queen bed, cedar closet, west and north facing windows, writing desk, own bath room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
This is our family retreat. Comfortable, friendly, welcoming. We are located in a very small six member HOA and jointly own 27 acres of riparian area that includes the pond. Our liability insurance does not permit guests to access the ponds under any circumstances and we ask that you honor that condition of renting. We also ask that given the peaceful nature of the valley that there is no loud music or deck activity after 10 PM. ATV - we know they are popular but only on designated tracks and trails. Not on the land, please. It's been badly abused in the past and we are trying to restore and encourage growth of native grasses and wild flowers. Please note that the number of guests limit (8) is strictly enforced - violation means eviction and forfeiture of security deposit.


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Absolutely loved the surroundings and the home! Very relaxing. Lots of wildlife
average rating of 4.928571 based on 16 reviews

Amazing place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Well this was about perfect for our family getaway. We have 2 small kids and invited both sets of grandparents and it couldn't have been a better retreat from the hustle and bustle. The cabin is amazing and roomy and we cooked some massive meals in that kitchen! Deer, ducks, and horses daily were the main attraction for the kids and the floor to ceiling windows and porch were a hit for the grandparents. I've always loved the White Mountains for it's solace from big cities but this place was even more remote than I'm used to... a big plus. The owners were fantastic and answered all of my questions almost immediately... even where to take the kids to play in water. The only drawback was that the lake was off limits for liability reasons, but we understand. If you want to get away, stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joseph - thank you. You hit all the high notes that make the place special for a multi generational get away. Our grandchildren, big and little, always have fun - they call the place "granma's castle"! Thank you too for understanding the lake to be off limits - but my, just watching the wild life it attracts is fun in itself. As for "massive meals" - that's one of the things we as family love most - gathering to cook and share. I can tell you we've cooked some epic feasts up there. Couple of disasters too - most memorable being when one of the smallest grandchildren pushed control buttons and accidentally put the oven on self clean. While we were out playing croquet the lasagna burned to a crisp, set off the smoke alarms and filled the place with smoke. Epic indeed. I remember hot dogs eaten on the deck for dinner that night. Gerry
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Magnificent Meadow Highland

  • 5 of 5

This is the most beautiful setting! We so enjoyed watching the horses grazing in the pasture, while the ducks paddled around the pond. Each evening a flock geese came to spend the night in the safety of this neighborhood compound. We saw a herd of elk cows and their calves grazing to the west, and heard the distant bugle of the bulls in the wee hours of the morning.

This grand cabin is open and spacious, and the beds comfortable. I enjoyed having the double ovens and modern cook top on the opposite counter. The dishwasher was extremely quiet. And, as advertised, the well water tasted great! The great room has cozy leather chairs you can sink into and gaze out the vast wall of windows, or curl up in with a good book. We spent hours just watching nature, as we sat on the porch swing and swayed.

I highly recommend this vacation rental as a quiet, relaxing escape from the city heat, traffic, and noise. It's perfect for those who enjoy being out in the wilderness but don't like to be without the comforts of home. This would make an excellent holiday and family bonding retreat, as well as a romantic get-away for two.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie - thank you. Your review expresses all the reasons we have loved this place for many years. Out family has had many "bonding sessions" here. So many memories. We have sold the cabin, time to move on. New owners as of the end of this month, tell me they plan on continuing with VRBO so perhaps you will come back. Gerry
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved the surroundings and the home! Very relaxing and lots of wildlife.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just lovely

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for your hospitality. We loved our stay at the cabin. We wanted a romantic getaway. We got this and more from being at the cabin. We saw a lot of Elk, geese and ducks at the pond during our stay. We even saw two Bald Eagles. So incredible. We have never been to the White Mountains before. The scenery is so beautiful. We explored Alpine and saw a lot of snow. We walked around Lake Luna. We even met a donkey in Alpine. We hope to visit again sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Warms my heart to read that you enjoyed yourselves and that the wildlife showed up for you! Hope you come back sometime. Gerry
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Very private cabin with awesome views!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing setting that is private but still close enough to run to town for dinner.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful home and property!

  • 5 of 5

It was exactly what we needed - a secluded retreat to recharge! Stunning panoramic views, serene setting, lovely furnishings - we came back rested for the first time in a long while.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vickie - thank you. So glad you were able to relax. Yes, those views are seductive. I find myself simply sitting or standing looking out the window any time of year. Gerry
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Springerville, no commercial flights
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Tal Wi Wi
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Downhill - Sunrise Resort. XC ten minutes
Car: necessary

The pond fronting the property is off limits - however Nelson Reservoir (10 miles) and Luna Lake (9 miles) allow for canoe/kayak launching. Rivers in the area offer great fly-fishing. Guides available out of Greer as are trail rides. Proximity to both down hill and XC skiing make this a winter destination. Spring and fall the foliage is beautiful and the hiking first rate. June/July tend to be monsoon magnets. Storm watching from the deck a thrill. Some FS roads are groomed for cycling. There are sanctioned ATV trails in the area, however we ask that you not ride such vehicles on the property. Land is fragile and we are trying to nurture the wild flowers.

Casa Malpais ruins just outside of Springerville worth a visit as is Sipes Preserve - birds, ruins, local history. Original ranch house now the HQ.

Birding and photography enthusiasts can't go wrong anywhere in the area. Astronomers, casual sky watchers, will love the night sky. Some nights looks as though you can touch the Milky Way.

Elk herds come through on a regular route - watch them from the deck. If you are lucky they will go for a dip in the pond.

Alpine (7 miles) sleepy little cross road village with great ice cream, bait, gas, library, good food and live music at Foxfire, same at The Still (new , have not checked it out). Chicken fried steak at Bear Wallow legendary - or so my sons say.

The area is made for ditching daily stress, putting feet up after a day on the trails, watching the pond life, and maybe hear the wolves one valley over. It's not a "party" house or location. Nightlife is elk bugling, owls hooting.

5 hours by road from either Phoenix or Tucson. Commuter flight from Phoenix to Showlow (60 miles). Private planes use the Springerville air port.

Grocery shopping limited to Bashas and Safeway in Springerville. Can get milk, eggs etc. at the gas station in Alpine.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Nutrioso, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Regular winter
1 Sep 2017 - 20 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Regular Winter 2
1 Dec 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £767.9
Pet Fee £153.58
Cleaning fee £153.58

Rates subject to change until reservation confirmed. Damage deposit either the policy sold through VRBO ( minimum $1,500.00) or a $1000 deposit held by VRBO
Please note that for stays longer than 2 weeks renter must agree to pay for house cleaning after two two weeks and then at two weekly intervals.

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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