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Downtown Cave Creek Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath. Beautiful desert landscaping, private patios and pergola.

This very cute 50s home has recently been totally redone with Mexican tile floors, a new kitchen, and new furniture and furnishings. The home is set in an awesome landscaped yard with lots of outdoor seating and even a children's play house. It is situated a half a block off main street, a convenient stroll to shopping and restaurants. Within 4 miles are millions of acres of public lands with loads of hiking and mountain bike trails. Also it is within 3 miles from Carefree with numerous golf courses.

We provide wi-fi, DirectTV, a well-appointed kitchen, high-quality linens, and a very comfortable atmosphere, inside and out. We have a variety of birds visiting our property and the bird watching is top-notch. The property is fully fenced, including secure parking for two+ vehicles.

The powerful a/c and central heat insure that a comfort level for even the most sensitive can be achieved. We provide necessities such as shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers, make-up mirror, lotion, and first morning's coffee and filters.

Please note that since we enjoy using our home often in between guest visits, we are not able to offer discounts for extended stays during the high-season months (September 1-May 30).

For the comfort of all our guests, this is a non-smoking residence.

More Details

Jean Ann Mercer
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
2 August, 2018

About Jean Ann Mercer

Jerry and I live in beautiful Southern Colorado, surrounded by Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, and near Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, and the remote canyons of Southern Utah. I am retired from work in the cultural resource management field, and Jerry has an archaeological consulting company based in Cortez, Colorado. We love the wide-open spaces, canyons, oceans, forests. Wherever we travel in this wide world, we have stayed in homes, condos, beach huts, loft apartments.... all through VRBO. We have rental property in Colorado and New Mexico, and this Cave Creek home is our first home listed on VRBO. We have found that staying in vacation rentals to be the most rewarding way to get a good feel for the area.

Thank you for visiting our site on VRBO!

Jean Ann Mercer and Jerry Fetterman

Jean Ann Mercer purchased this house in 2012

Why Jean Ann Mercer chose Moon Ridge

When our friend told us this property was for sale, we came from Colorado expecting to find a small house on a piece of land next to Cave Creek (the creek, not the town). However, the minute we turned the corner and saw the beautifully landscaped lot, the charming patios and walls, the hand-laid stone and brick work, we fell in love with it immediately. We never intended to have a house 'in town', but we absolutely love its location because we can walk anywhere in Cave Creek, the property is private due to the mature vegetation, and the neighborhood is one of the oldest in Cave Creek. Because of the topography, we do not hear the traffic of Main Street, although we are only 1/2 block from it. It is 20 minutes from Scottsdale and Phoenix, yet it feels like it is in its own little world behind the protection of Black Mountain.

What makes this house unique

We have stayed in many vacation rentals. There are many things we really appreciated during our stays, and some things we felt were missing. We kept this in mind during the past two years as we worked with contractors and as we furnished the home. Not too fussy, plenty of room for our traveling stuff, not too many 'knickknacks'. Details tend to be important, like making sure we have a few kitchen basics- at least spices, cooking oil, paper towels, good utensils that match. Like- kleenex, hair dryers, make-up mirror. Like- plenty of seating inside and out. Comfortable seating. We went for the good-quality, user-friendly appliances, thermostat, wifi, tv/dvd, entry, as we have stayed in places where we couldn't figure out the coffee pot, or how to get in the front door. We are doing our best to spare our guests such frustrations. I am a very picky sleeper, so I have have furnished the bedrooms with quality mattresses, linens, blankets, pillows. I spend much time in the kitchen, and appreciate good pans, bowls, utensils, small appliances. When we get time to spend at our Cave Creek home, we like to feel pampered, and hope that our guests will, as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

On way to see relatives in California, stopped to enjoy this area. Drove and walked around. Found gifts at the craft fair. Had our dog bathed at the Doggie Spa behind DQ. At El Encanto- my first try of Fundido Sauce- very good! The Oaks Diner for a hearty breakfast and Bryans BBQ for lunch. The Rare Earth Gallery was a feast for the eyes. Very relaxing in this lovely home and Western town. Thank you!
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Moon Ridge

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    Second bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Second bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Third bedroom - 1 large double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking


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Downtown Cave Creek Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Kelowna, BC

Cute and Cozy Cave Creek Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage, within easy walking distance of Cave Creek, is a perfect getaway location for people looking for an escape from northern winters. The house has been lovingly restored and renovated and is extremely well equipped, right down to basic office supplies and toiletries for the first few nights of one's stay. The mattresses are incredibly comfortable and the bed, bath and kitchen linens are good quality and actually match!!! While compact, the kitchen is well stocked with nice quality dishes, glassware, cutlery and cooking utensils. There is also a very good quality BBQ on the property, although we didn't use it - the evenings were rather chilly for standing outside to cook. Everything about the house is immaculate, it is obvious that the owners and their cleaning crew take a great deal of pride in keeping the cottage inviting. Best of all is the delightful desert garden - a great place for morning coffee, reading, naps, and bird watching. We enjoyed spending most afternoons outside.

The owners, Jean Ann and Jerry, are very easy to deal with and any questions we had were quickly answered by e-mail. They seem very concerned that their guests enjoy themselves and that the property meets their needs.

I am reluctant to recommend this rental too highly because I want to keep it as 'my little secret'. But I have already reserved for next year so I'll share this little gem with you all. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 27/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed our home! It gives us great pleasure to share with others something that is so special to us. We look forward to have you as our guests in 2018, and perhaps our paths will cross when you are there, or even before. It would be lovely to meet you and your family. Jean Ann and Jerry
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Kelowna, BC

A wonderful place to relax

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at ‘Cave Creek Cottage’ and we have already booked our return in 2019. The cottage is immaculately clean and well equipped. Beds are comfy and the linens, dishes, cutlery etc. are all of good quality. But best of all is the desert garden....a delightful space in which to relax and recharge. We loved the visits of a wide variety of birds and several bunnies. We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jean Ann and Jerry on this visit. They are as charming ‘in person’ as they seem via email. Furthermore, they are very responsive to any problems that occur. (We had trouble getting the television to work, within a few hours a serviceman was at the door to sort it out.)

The cottage is surrounded by lovely desert vistas. Fabulous restaurants, excellent shopping and exhilarating hikes. We can’t wait to return next January.

  • Review Submitted: 03/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Missoula, MT

A wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

A home away from home with a beautifully landscaped yard that was welcoming . The house had everything we needed for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 22/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Julie- We're glad you enjoyed our home! Jean Ann and Jerry
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A cozy little cabin-like home in Cave Creek, Arizona

  • 5 of 5

This cabin/home near Black Mountain in Cave Creek, Arizona was most comfortable for our three-week stay in February/March 2016. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped, clean, and well organized. Several choices for fry pans, sauce pans, serving dishes, kitchen tools, etc. were available. Other home necessities like towels, cloths, plastic goods, paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper) were supplied. The kitchen was so well equipped--even down to the toothpicks! All appliances were of excellent quality. I especially enjoyed using the gas stove as I've only had electric stoves in my past. The dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer were in excellent shape and easy to use. There was a beautiful, large gas grill in the backyard; however, we did not use it. Several tools for the grill were stored in a separate drawer in the kitchen.

If there is one thing we missed, it was exhaust fans in the two bathrooms. The master bath has a window that was able to be opened, which we did when showering. The home seemed to be (it felt like it) equipped with a humidifier. My husband would have appreciated a second TV in one of the bedrooms, but the selection of channels on the one in the living room was very good (DirecTV). WiFi was excellent for our computers and cell phones. We appreciated the cement floored, covered car port and porch off the kitchen.

The yard was very large and nicely landscaped with interesting stone/rock walkways. There is a pergola in the yard which was inviting to sit and read and to watch the wildlife that came into the yard to eat at the seed blocks that were provided for the birds (desert quail, especially) and rabbits. I spent much time watching the activity around those blocks--either from the pergola or from the kitchen window above the sink. There was always activity in the yard. We kept the driveway gates closed whenever we were home and when we left the property to keep the javelina from entering the yard. (However, during our three-week stay, we did not see any javelina.)

This was an especially nice place for our visit. The house is located just one block from the center of Cave Creek and within easy walking distance to almost all restaurants and shops. Although we did not do any hiking on the several walking and bike trails around the area, there was plenty of nice places to walk around the neighborhood. We took advantage of this several times. Our stay was most enjoyable. Home in excellent shape!

  • Review Submitted: 12/03/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you both enjoyed our home! Thank you for such a thoughtful and detailed review. We like to use our home often, and try to keep it stocked with everything one might need so there is no running to the store during precious vacation time. It was lovely to meet you and hope you can return again. Jean Ann and Jerry
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McFarland, Wisconsin

Comfortable and Cozy Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Jean Ann and Jerry's adorable little cottage from January 20-February 3, 2016. It turned out to be the perfect winter getaway from our Wisconsin winter! The house was clean and charming and we felt at home the minute we walked through the front door! The furniture in the house is very comfortable and cozy, the beds especially. We indulged ourselves and each had our own bathroom. Jean Ann and Jerry have the kitchen stocked with every utensil you might need to cook at home-which we did several times over our two week stay, using the outside bar-b-que grill-as well as coffee, spices, etc. They also have a closet with miscellaneous items (like tape, sissors, batteries, soap) for every little need. So thoughtful!

The outside area might have been our favorite part of the home. We sat outside with our morning coffee and watched the wild life. We sat outside at dusk with a glass of wine and watched the sunset. The setting is so peaceful. We did a bit of touring around central/southern Arizona- taking day trips to Sedona, Jerome, Lake Pleasant, Phoenix, Tucson, Tubac.....during our stay and the location of the cottage turned out to be a nice home base for that. But, we also loved the Cave Creek area and town and spent as much time there eating (our favorites: Local Johnnys, Tonto's Bar and Grill, Bryans Bar-B-Que, El Encanto) and shopping! The location of the cottage is perfect for walking into town, yet it is very quiet sitting outside in your own little paradise.

Thank you Jean Ann and Jerry for sharing your home. We loved our stay and can't wait to come visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, KY

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we set foot in the door, we felt comfortable and at home. The owners have thought of everything, including a grill, washer and dryer, DirecTV, a book with local information, and every kitchen amenity you could hope for. It is right off of the main street through town, so everything is walking distance, yet it is SO quiet! We really enjoyed our time in the peaceful yard watching the wildlife and having outdoor BBQ's in the perfect April weather. It's always a bit cooler here than Phoenix, and such a short drive. I would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Moon Ridge

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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning AU$240.13
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$411.66

Please note that since we enjoy using our home often in between guest visits, we are not able to offer discounts for extended stays during the high-season months (September 1-May 30).

NEW as of MARCH 2016: VRBO is adding a SERVICE FEE they will collect from you at the time of your booking. This new policy states that it is between 3% and 7%. It does not appear when I send you a quote, so I don't know how they figure this out. It goes directly to VRBO.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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