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Betsy Kauffman

Member since: 2014
Speaks english

Luxurious, creekside home in famous Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this Sedona holiday house

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

Our beautiful home is warm and inviting. Encouraging relaxation and and a sense of serenity, it is perched over (literally) the flowing creek and nestled under the towering cottonwoods, sycamores and pines. Dramatic red rock canyon walls surround us.

There are three bedroom suites and each has its own private spacious deck and full bath. The living room is centered with an inviting wood stove. A pool table and flat screen TV are in the game room. WIFI accessible, as well as Dish TV. There are cathedral beamed ceilings, hard wood floors and a new open kitchen with top of the line appliances and granite counter tops.

The home was designed to bring the outdoors in with large windows and skylights and 5 decks/patios. A new spa awaits you in our screened gazebo overlooking the convergence of Munds and Oak Creeks.

You may never want to leave the comfy hammock on the deck but there's lots to do and see in the area.

The historic and intimate Indian Gardens neighborhood is gated, private and quiet.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Betsy Kauffman (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks english

About Betsy Kauffman

Our children were raised here on weekends and summers playing in the creek, fishing and hiking in the surrounding mountains. I love international travel, hiking with my goldendoodle and sheepadoodle, yoga and photography. AND most especially relaxing on my great uncle's rocker on the porch at our creekhouse. Pups at my feet.

Betsy Kauffman purchased this house in 2001

Why Betsy Kauffman chose Arizona

Our family was so fortunate to have found this rare, serene and beautiful spot in Oak Creek Canyon over 20 years ago. We feel is the best location in the canyon with the confluence of two year round beautiful creeks just below us, surrounding mountains and canopy of expansive cottonwoods, pines and stately sycamores keep the area so cool and refreshing. The quiet solitude is exceptional. We feel very privilege to be a part of this lovely spot. Just sitting there brings one a great sense of peace and well being. Living in the desert most the time, we crave the lush green of our creek home. We also particularly enjoyed having the little Indian Gardens Store just across the bridge to pick up coffee and a paper or a yummy sandwich.

What makes this house unique

Our beautiful home is warm and inviting. Encouraging relaxation and serenity, it is perched over (literally) the flowing creek and nestled under the cottonwoods, sycamores and pines. Dramatic red rock canyon walls surround us.

There are three large bedrooms suites each with a private spacious deck and full bath. The master bedroom has a king bed and 3 walls of windows. You can watch the sun rise strike the cliffs and gradually erase the shadows in the morning through the 3 skylights. The spacious master bath features a large shower, spa tub, separate toilet area, heated floor, an antique stained glass window and 2 sink and cabinet areas.

The living room is centered with an inviting wood stove backed by a stone hearth and mantel. A pool table and flat screened TV are in the game room along with a really great napping couch.

There are cathedral beamed ceilings, hard wood floors and a new open kitchen with beautiful granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

The home was designed to bring the outdoors in with large windows and skylights and 5 decks/patios. A large, new spa welcomes you on our screened gazebo. There you can relax in the bubbles and melt away your tension, worries and tired muscles if you hike.

The main deck has a grill and dining area as well as comfy hammock which you may not want to leave…except there is so much to explore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Creekhouse

There are times when life's anxieties seem too much to bare.

There are times when one feels alone as if nobody cared.

From the binding chains of tension you struggle to be free.

Know there's a refuge all around you if you take the time to see.

Console yourself in those moments shared by the creek

Hear the music in its voice and listen when it speaks.

You'll be given the finest gift can nature bestow

A meditative lullaby which is soothing to the soul.

In all living things there's a unity, water at it’s core.

So take the time to listen, not making it a chore.

For in its touch you'll realize, that you are not alone.

The closer you are to water, the closer you are to home.

All of this in symphony with all that nature is

as the trees sing out their message orchestrated by the wind

They often speak in silence, sometimes in gentle tones.

Now and then they will shout at you to get their message known.

Then there is the majesty provided by the sands of time.

Red rock spires and silhouettes reaching for the sky

and all that surrounds you nourishes the soul.

A visit to the "Creek House" is a memory you will hold.

A fortunate visitor to this magical place,


May 2016
May 2016
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based on 26 traveller reviews

Luxurious, creekside home in famous Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The Creekhouse proved to be an ideal location in a most gorgeous setting for our family. The house condition is very clean, updated and cozy with plenty of room for a large family (we had 6) to sleep, bathe, and relax. The outdoor deck has to be one of the best features of the house. The deck is situated over the creek so one can enjoys the sights and sounds of nature up close. Our family spent many afternoons down in the creek exploring and cooling off. We could not have been more pleased with this rental.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property Was Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased to see that upon arrival the property was just like the pictures. It is an absolutely beautiful cabin and the creek is just amazing. Neighbors and property manager are really nice and the neighbors invited us to use their steps down to the creek. Coming from houston texas, we were a little nervous about only 1 bedroom having AC. However, we went in the middle of August and it was not bad at all. Nights were cool and we got a good breeze through the house during the day and it was never uncomfortable. My wife and I spent countless hours on the deck listening to the creek and reading and playing with our pets. Would i stay here again, absolutely. Oh....did i mention they let us bring our 2 dogs, very much appreciated. All who read this that are pet owners, we tried very hard to ensure we left no pet footprint. If your a pet owner, please be responsible with your pet footprint and more amazing properties will be available to us all.

Aaron and Holly Smith

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Creekside Home

  • 5 of 5

The house was just what we needed. I have always loved the creek and this was a dream come true to stay in a home right next to it! The hot tub was the icing on the cake. Would definately come back and stay for another week!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasantly surprised at the tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

Was a little apprehensive having driven for 11 hours and not sure what we would find. Immediately upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the tranquility and privacy. The house itself surpassed our expectations both in character and decor. Appliances were top rate, design was functional and appealing, but most important, the character of the house made us feel at home right away.

we started our stay the week before Memorial Day and should have left before the holiday as things became busy. We avoided traveling do to traffic but the serenity of the creek was a little compromised & busy. There was a fire in the area and the smoke alarms went off at night. A situation handled well by the local manager (2 houses down) the "Faboulous Shiela". Always there if you need her, which most likely you won't.

Personally, I was looking for some peace and relaxation and I found it. I will return again. Could only express my emotions with a poem which I left for Betsy & Sheila. Too bad there are only 5 stars available as I would have given it a 10!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love the The Creekhouse!!

  • 5 of 5

As before, our stay at The Creekhouse is always fun filled, and extraordinary!!! It is an exceptionally designed home to maximise the breathtaking views of the red rocks above, and the creek below!! It stays wonderfully cool there, compared to in Sedona proper, so we could spend the days shopping and sightseeing in Sedona, and come home to this beautiful hideaway to cool off and relax and enjoy all this place has to offer!! We had a wonderful visit with our daughters there, grilled on the deck, and were able to cook in the wonderfully stocked kitchen, just like home. My favorite part was coffee on the deck in the morning, listening to and watching the birds and hummingbirds, and looking at the stars from the deck in the evenings...Ahhhh, I can almost close my eyes and feel like I am back there...

As always, Betsy is so accommodating and wonderfully lighthearted to deal with, and she understands that our dogs are family, that's why we keep coming back !!! We put them on their leashes every morning, and took them for a walk, and the deck is gated so they could stay out there with us without the worry of them getting loose! Perfect!

Sheila, the manager, lives just a couple doors down, and is wonderfully friendly and responsive, just like one of the family! Hope we are blessed enough to keep returning to The Creekhouse!!! <3

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always we love having you all and especially your little canines. We are very happy you could return and celebrate your two big occasions and are hoping you will return again.
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Girlfriends Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Creekside House was an exceptional rental!

This home was so warm and friendly, location was perfect. Nicely situated along side the stream, with the soothing sound of rushing water while you sit on the deck or sleep at night with windows open.

We had a bit of a chilly week so the fireplace was great to take the chill off.

Comfy beds, and home is beautifully decorated.

Can't say enough about the convenience of Indian Gardens Cafe across the street! It was delish !

Would highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
In Sedona
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Many beautiful golf courses Sedona, Flagstaff
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
89-A and I17
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Indian Garden Store and deli
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Snow Bowl, Flagstaff
Car: recommended

While located only 4 miles from Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, Our Creekhouse is 5 to 15 degrees cooler than Sedona proper in the summer because of the protective canyon walls, the cooling effect of the creek and the deep shade of the towering sycamores. Indian Gardens Deli offers fresh, delicious meals, beer and wine on their patio. A real plus for our home. Just a short walking distance across the our bridge.

The location has easy access to many trails,national monuments and parks, indian ruins, historical sites, horseback riding,biplane and helicopter tours, jeep tours, trout fishing (right under the deck!,) swimming holes, hot air ballooning, camping, spiritual awakening opportunities, great restaurants. Birders find Oak Creek Canyon draws a wide variety of birds. For the young ones there is the Trout Farm a quarter mile away where they can catch your supper.

We are centrally located only with a 2 hr drive to the Grand Canyon and 4 hrs to Las Vegas.

The funky, arty, reborn copper mining town of Jerome, perched on Mingus mountain is 28 miles away.

Or you could be like us and simply enjoy rocking on the front porch reading a good book or swaying in the hammock and just relaxing.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Sedona, Arizona

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
22 Nov 2016 - 29 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
Christmas, New Years
21 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2017
25 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
5 Jul 2017 - 29 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
20 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas,New Years 2017-18
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$130
Pet Fee A$263
Cleaning Fee A$263

We also charge $200.00 for Cleaning fee.

Because of our pristine location in Oak Creek Canyon the waste water system capacity must be limited. Very short showers etc. Please keep this in mind when choosing our Creek House. Because of this we limit the number of guests to 4. We can make exceptions up to 6 with recognition of the waste water system limitations and a charge of $50 per person a night for guests 5 and 6.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Sedona

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Game room powder room - toilet
    Sycamore Bath - toilet , bath with shower
    Treehouse bath - toilet , bath with shower
    Master - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Heated floors, double shower, marble counter tops and tile,
  • We have lovely luxurious bathrooms but keep in mind that because we are located in this pristine, unique canyon our waste water use is very restricted. Short showers, no wasting water down the drain, limited number of people using facilities. The system is easily over taxed. Fortunately there is a scrumptious spa overlooking the canyon for long warm relaxing soaks.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Tree House Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Private full bath and large deck
    Sycamore - 1 large double bed , Private full bath and deck
    Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , Large luxurious master bath, deck and over hangs creek
  • All the bedrooms were designed to surround you with sense of nature and the sound of the creek for a truly restorative sleep. Also each bedroom has its own full bath and an expansive private deck.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing