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Phoenix/Scottsdale Casita Retreat - Peace of the High Sonoran Desert

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful Casita Retreat in the High Sonoran Desert adjacent to the Nat'l Forest

Come Visit the Great Beauty of the High Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, North Scottsdale, Cave Creek, and Fountain Hills. This studio home is elegantly finished with Travertine floors, a gourmet chef's kitchen, a marble spa shower bathroom, and wonderful views overlooking the Rio Verde River Valley and out across the Tonto National Forest to the high mountains and Four Peaks. Located just 10 miles north from Fountain Hills, 10 miles from North Scottsdale and 25 miles from Phoenix. Very private home built in neo-territorial design inspired by avant garde architects of history. Built as a second story home on 1.25 acres, there is an eagle's eye view in all directions from two decks. Stars at night are close enough to count. Make friends with the families of Saguaro Cactus - the Angel Guardians of the desert. Easy access from Rio Verde Drive a major highway and only a few blocks from the main paved road. One block from the Tonto National Forest with miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horses! Two miles to the beautiful Rio Verde River! A quiet studio apartment/home yet it is still just 15 minutes to shopping in Fountain Hills or North Scottsdale, groceries, restaurants, services and more.

A one block walk from the deck and you are enfolded in the Peace of the Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro Cactus and the Tonto Nat'l forest.

This is a "Casita" or small house and it really is 1 large Studio room with Kitchen, Living, and Queen Bed (there is an Aerobed if specially needed), a marble bathroom, and a utiliy room and closet space. It is an elegant space and is kept immaculately clean and shiny.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Rio Verde Foothills in Maricopa County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • 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
  • Rock Climbing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Phoenix/Scottsdale Casita Retreat - Peace of the High Sonoran Desert
average rating of 4.866667 based on 16 reviews

Exceptional accommodation offering extraordinary panoramic views from sunrise, sunset, and the stars

  • 5 of 5

This property is extraordinary, from its unique architecture to its elevated panoramic views. Linda and Neil are fine hosts who are available for valuable information and help. The location provides quick and easy access to hiking and golf. The home is well equipped with modern amenities and the barbecue was an unexpected bonus. We highly recommend this property and plan th return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve, it was great having you and Sandy for our guests, your taking great care of the Casita and Linda is also grateful for the kind note you left in the guestbook. Sincerely, Neil & Linda
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Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

The casita is located out of the city on an unpaved road. It is calm and peaceful. The views of sunrises, sunsets, mountains and stars are breathtaking. The owners stay/live behind the casita during the winter and are available to share area information and tips for hiking in the National Forest.

The casita is pristine. It is clean, well maintained and offers many amenities for guests. The furnishings are comfortable. The owners have provided guests with state of the art appliances and pots and pans for cooking. There are also many items like high end shampoos, body wash and lotion not usually offered in rentals. We enjoyed this peaceful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The right amount of everything. A wonderful stay beyond traditional Scottsdale. Our birthday getaway was perfect as our hosts thought of everything to make for an outstanding stay. Highly recommend and will stay again.

Dave and Alli

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Place, Wonderful & Thoughtful Owners

  • 5 of 5

This place is special. The details, views, and comfort are second to none. Would stay here anytime we are in town and its available. The place is immaculate. When I envision a peaceful getaway, this Casita is that mental imagine realized. Thanks for having us and sharing your wonderful property! Only thing missing was sharing it with my wife.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous casita in an amazing setting, with the most wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The Casita is nicely decorated, immaculate, with top end amenities in the middle of the desert. Homes are spread apart, offering privacy and the feeling that the desert is all yours. At the same time, friendly neighbors stop and chat during their morning walks, so one doesn’t feel isolated. We were thrilled to discover wild horses during our hike to the river and have many photos with which to carry the memories of this trip.

Neil and Linda are the best hosts, are close by to offer helpful information about the area, yet are not intrusive. They are truly kind people who clearly love this home and take pride in its maintenance. You will not be disappointed!

Thank you Neil and Linda for sharing this magical place with us! We look forward to returning again and again!


Pam Hunter(New Jersey) and saughter Catherine(California)

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a match made in Heaven…

  • 5 of 5

I found this property while planning a week-long trip to Phoenix/Sedona area for Hiking and Photography. The Casita is unlike any other you’ve seen. Every detail inside and out was well thought out and custom-built by an Architect (Enjoyed the story from Linda and Neil of how they found the Casita and of the builder). Beautiful trail through the desert down to the Rio Verde River right outside your door (4-mile round-trip all the way to river). Very remote location, but only 15 minutes from Scottsdale. I got up early each morning to sit on the deck and watch the sunrise over the vista while listening to the birds and coyote’s in the distance. Neil let me know a way I could hike down to the River where it is very private. After hiking a short distance when I walked around a bend, to my astonishment, there were 3 wild horses! A beautiful black Stallion, a gorgeous tan Mare and her young Filly. Took some amazing pictures! Linda and Neil were great hosts and even nicer people…

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Victor for your stay with us, it was great to be able host you on this adventure. Thank you again for your wonderful photography... I think you have an avocation in the Photographic Arts if you chose to pursue it.... -- Neil K.
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Neil & Linda Kremer
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 February, 2018

About Neil & Linda Kremer

Neil & Linda have worked in the Natural Health field for 30+ years. They also run MontanaCabinRetreats along the Yellowstone River just north of Yellowstone National Park.

Neil & Linda Kremer purchased this house in 2012

Why Neil & Linda Kremer chose Rio Verde Foothills

Neil & Linda have both come to love this special natural area of the unique high sonoran desert. It rings with a special tranquility and vitality and life.

What makes this house unique

Natural Beauty, Peace, Vistas, Stars, Sunrises & Sunsets. The most wonderful hikes right from the front door.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Wonderful! just a short walk to the Tonto National Forest. Birds singing all day long. The most beautiful sunsets and sun rises. The Casita was perfect! The most comfortable bed in the world! We spent most of our time enjoying the sights and sounds on the balcony. Neil was easy to reach and very helpful. Just a little piece of Eden.

April 2015
Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
PHX Int'l. & Mesa Gateway
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Tonto Verde
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Fountain Hills or North Scottsdale
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Rio Verde River
Car: necessary

Fountain Hills or Scottsdale - Golf, Restaurants, & Shopping.


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £89.3
Damage Deposit £71.44

Please no shoes in the Casita, too many Cactus Spines around. Although we love pets we have chosen to have a no-pet policy so that we can try to provide an allergy-free space. No Smoking - The Casita is not a party house so we have an absolutely no drugs policy and request limiting Alcohol use - in moderation. We ask our Guests to Respect our Property and keep it at the excellent level that they found it at upon their arrival.

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

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