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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-8)

THE HOMESTEAD HOUSE: 3 Bedrooms, sleeps up to 7. Enjoy a 350 s.f. master bedroom with a separate entry, full size bed, additional small bed in a cozy alcove. Second bedroom with twin beds. One semi-private bedroom adjacent to the living room, with single bed. Living room includes a full size sofa-bed. 1 full bath with double sinks. Fully equipped kitchen including dishes, some staples, etc. Towels, linens and other amenities are included. Private laundry room. For those who travel with their horse, accommodations for the 4-legged kind may also be arranged. Call for details. (The Homestead is the larger of the 2 guest houses that are offered by Open Cross Ranch. To see information about the other house, see separate VRBO listing: The Canelo House)

THE REAL DEAL

The historic Open Cross Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch in the Canelo Hills near Sonoita. Enjoy the most stunning views and excellent accommodations. The Ranch was first homesteaded in 1918. Most recently the original house and two private guest houses have been updated and renovated by owners - husband and wife, Mac & Billie Donaldson. They reside in the main house, and the Homestead and Canelo Houses are available to travelers. With unrivaled panoramic views and spacious areas, the western setting also provides a rich backdrop for events, including weddings and receptions.

HOME SWEET HOME

Each house is tastefully appointed with details that make a house a home, such as linens, cookware, dinnerware and more. Each quality item has been personally chosen by Billie Donaldson. Other luxuries include a modern laundry room in each house, and beautifully appointed kitchens. Your comfort and privacy are important at the Ranch. Once you arrive, it becomes your private home to come and go as you please; a 100% self-serve stay. Billie’s complimentary welcome basket will be waiting for you. She might include fresh eggs from her hen house, seasonal goodies, or other local offerings.

HORSES WELCOME AT OPEN CROSS RANCH

If you want to vacation with your horse(s), call for details. Private rides are sometimes available with the owner, schedule permitting; a great way to see the working side of the Ranch.

A GREAT ESCAPE

The Open Cross motto is, “unplug and unwind”. Be prepared to leave city life behind. This countryside property provides private nature walks, hikes, horseback riding, and mountain biking right outside your door. The dark nighttime skies are a stargazer’s paradise, and the landscape is pure inspiration for artists and photographers. Riding stables are just a stone’s throw, and a mere 4 1/2 miles off of Hwy 83, you’ll find yourself in the heart of some of Arizona’s best wine country. The immediate area offers wine tastings and tours at a dozen vineyards and wineries, many of which are recipients of some of the most prestigious wine awards and accolades. “Foodies” might also appreciate local organic produce, Farmers’ Markets, and plentiful homemade goods. A quick jaunt to nearby Sonoita and other towns, reveals a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, historic attractions, museums and other recreation. Throughout the year escape to events such as the Sonoita Rodeo, horse races, food events, county fairs and other community activities. Fishing and water sport enthusiasts enjoy nearby lakes - Parker Canyon and Patagonia.

FOR NATURE LOVERS

This Madera oak woodland receives the majority of rainfall from July through September, bringing rolling green pastures and abundant wildlife activity. Every changing season is celebrated here. The higher elevation of 5,100 ft. makes for cooler, greener summers than many of the surrounding cities and towns, while fall and winter are comparatively mild, with a short-lived snowfall now and then. Each season brings unique sights of native fauna and colorful landscapes specific to these wooded grasslands.

BEHIND THE SCENES.

Open Cross Ranch is a USDA Forest permit in the Canelo Hills of Santa Cruz County. This year-round cow and calf operation has crossbred cows with Angus and Hereford bulls. Calves are born from April–July and are weaned in the fall. Because of the difficult terrain of these limestone hills, working cattle by traditional horseback is necessary. Owner Mac Donaldson oversees the day to day operations that keep this part of the Ranch's history alive and kick'n. It is a beautiful family affair.

Note: Google Maps and GPS systems may not show accurate street names in this area.

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More Details

Owner
Billie Donaldson
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
90%
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Billie Donaldson

The Donaldsons have been ranching in Southern Arizona for four generations and have a strong tie to the land.

Mac & Billie are hands-on, making your every experience at the Ranch enjoyable and memorable.

Why Billie Donaldson chose Elgin

Open Cross Ranch abides to personal ethics of conservation and sustainability. The original homestead property of 1918 is a prime example of western heritage and hospitality.

What makes this house unique

The Homestead House is full of everything you need to make yourself comfortable at home. Provisions include linens, kitchenware, and more. The decor is charming western chic with unique rustic touches. It provides a perfect home base for the many activities in the area. The Ranch is private yet convenient to nearby Sonoita, and is in the heart of Arizona Wine Country with a dozen vineyards and wineries, riding stables and more. The property is vast and provides beautiful wilderness for exploration and activities. Horses are welcome at the Ranch. Call for details if you are traveling with your horse(s). Schedule permitting, the owners may sometimes offer private rides; a great way to see behind the scenes of a working cattle ranch. The spacious property is perfect for retreats, family reunions, and events.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Elgin

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Old world charm with touches of antique and rustic.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 large double bed , Sofa bed in living room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 single bed , Semi-private room off of the living room/kitchen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , Master bedroom with a nook which can sleep a shild.
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Ceiling fans, Evaporative cooling, Wall heaters in bedrooms, Down comforters, Handcrafted quilts, Master bedroom desk, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, High chair, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Board games, Books, Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Outdoor ramada, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability.

Reviews

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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
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5

Absolutely awesome place to stay while roaming around wine country. Thank you so much!

  • 5 of 5

Super charming and very comfortable!

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little slice of southwest heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was my fourth visit to the Open Cross Ranch and I continue to be in awe of the warm, relaxing and charming space that Mac and Billie have created for their guests. The Homestead house has everything needed for a fun little retreat in the beautiful Sonoita desert. A highlight of this trip was spending time with the newest additions to the ranch; one week old baby goats! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. We look forward to a return trip very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 22/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ranch House Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Four girlfriends enjoyed a relaxing overnight stay at the Ranch. The house (original ranch house) we rented was done up beautifully with tons of attention to detail. From the lovely furnishing to the super comfortable beds, it couldn't have better. All the amenities were provided. Although there is only one bathroom, it is very large and beautifully done.

The property is lovely with two other houses, a few goats and 3 horses on several acres. The hosts could not have been more hospitable - even providing us information to a great local guide to the wineries.

We all loved the place and would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 16/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Away from it all... and yet everything you could ask for.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for 3 nights while wine-tasting in the Sonoita and Elgin area of AZ. WONDERFUL experience! March 1-4 2018.

Make no mistake, this ranch is remote. There are only a few decent restaurants in the area (Go to The Cafe for the best meals in town). If you plan to get here late on your first night, you'd better bring something to cook for dinner that night. Kitchen is FULLY stocked and ready for you - you just supply the food.

Billie has done a remarkable job in decorating these cabins, and supplying you with everything you might need during your stay - and it's all top-notch first-class amenities. From the monogrammed towels, to the private label soap, to the pre-cut wood for fires inside and out, to the furniture and comfy beds. This place is remote, but it is not lacking in what you would want in a get-away cabin. Remarkable taste in decorating!

Within 30 minutes of this ranch, you'll find easy access to more than 16 wine tasting rooms and microbreweries. Most are open from 11am til 4pm... but some open at 10am and others close at 5pm.

We will come back.

It's so relaxing and quiet. The rolling hills of trees and tall grasses make you feel like you're in Montana... and the deer running around the area are spectacular.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet, lovely owners

  • 4 of 5

House has everything needed. Heating works well. Beds very comfortable. Good laundry system. Hosts we're helpful in giving an understanding of the area's history.

  • Review Submitted: 01/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect small group retreat stay

  • 5 of 5

Open Cross Ranch was a perfect match for our group of 8. It is private, off grid for unplugging, ample spaces for connecting with Mother Nature, clean, simple, inviting, cozy and full of beautiful energy. Our group will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 12/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the best location to stay and enjoy Arizona's wine country. Wine tours and wine tastings are an every day thing at a dozen wineries and vineyards within minutes of the Ranch. Enjoy new area restaurants and seasonal events, away from the hustle and bustle of city life; an ultimate relaxing country experience. Open Cross Ranch features on-property trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The extraordinary scenery and abundant wildlife is favored by photographers and artists, and the starry nighttime skies are spectacular. There a 2 area lakes for fishing, swimming, and boating.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Elgin

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Owner accepts payment in:
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1 night minimum stay
AU$331
AU$1,372
AU$3,886
 

Additional information about rental rates

If you need to board your horse(s) contact us for details at 520-455-4603
(Recommended check-in by 3pm. Check-out 3pm.)

Please contact the owner for stays longer weekly or monthly

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