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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains

Bedrooms 4
Space 297 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Country House / Chateau, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8-10) + Guest House

Where the West is still Wild! The A Diamond Ranch is a working cattle ranch nestled on 22,000 acres of saguaro-studded mountains. The main ranch house can be your home for the best vacation ever. (Plus the Restored Bunkhouse for an addition $125 a night.) The 1930's ranch house has been completely restored and improved upon. You will feel like you have stepped back in time and out of the rush of everyday life.

The A Diamond is one of the few working ranches in Arizona with a year-round river running through it. The Gila River is accessible from all of the ranch buildings and is a wonderful source of recreation including kayaking and tubing. Bring your own horses and ride the wide open spaces or catch the spectacular and historical Arizona Trail that intersects through the ranch. Four-wheeling with jeeps and ATV's are another alternative to exploring the beautiful mountains. Artists and writers will be inspired by the ranch's beauty. Bird watchers will delight at all of the birds calling the Gila River home.

The home has over 3200 sq ft of living space plus our swimming pool and 5 private porches and verandas, for you to hangout and relaxation space for this fantastic Arizona ranch vacation.

Just inside our hundred-year-old front doors is the first of several living areas. Sit by the rock fireplace and enjoy a long getting-reacquainted visit with family or friends or lose yourself in one of the many books in our library. The little den off the kitchen is another gathering place you will enjoy as everyone joins in the preparation of meals in the cozy kitchen with its antique furnishings and modern appliances. Even doing dishes is fun in the old farmhouse sink. Mealtime is a treasure around the harvest table in the dining room with its wall-to-wall windows overlooking the pool area and the majestic saguaros and purple mountains beyond. The game room boasts a large flat screen TV, game tables and comfy seating.

You will love our 4 magnificent bedrooms.

The Cattle Baron's room lets you sleep like royalty in its huge antique king-sized bed. Sit by the fire in the cozy beehive fireplace and wake up to the glorious sound of the river running below. The master bathroom is a full bath. Look for the A Diamond brand in the shower.

Libby's Room, named after the owner's wonderful mother-in-law, has a lovely king-sized bed and beautiful aqua and brown decor. Next to it is the A Diamond Bunk Room. Antique bunk-size beds and red, black and blue linens and cowboy pillows make this the choice for kids.

The main bathroom across from Libby's Room and the Bunk Room is right beside the full laundry room facility.

Linda's Room is a quiet little blue and white retreat with a queen bed off the kitchen side of the house with its own bathroom, and is a favorite of everybody's. High quality linens and towels are provided for all rooms.

More Details

Helen Vinson
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

About Helen Vinson

My name is Helen Vinson and my husband Gregg and I own the A Diamond Ranch. It is a working cattle ranch with a carrying capacity of about 300 head of cattle. We are conservation ranchers and sell our all natural beef at the local farmer's markets.

Helen Vinson purchased this house in 2004

Why Helen Vinson chose Arizona

This was not purchased as a vacation rental, but rather to keep a historic ranch from being split up. The main home had been sold off separately from the ranching operation and when the opportunity came available to put it back with the ranch we jumped on it. Our home is about an hour from the ranch, but every time I go out to the ranch it is like a mini-vacation and we decided we wanted to share this special place with others.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Kearny

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 297 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Full 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Full 3 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • wooden decking
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Alternative Lifestyle. Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby.


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Historic Working Cattle Ranch in Sonoran Desert Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

Desert Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Having read all of the other reviews, we know there isn't much we can add. But let us add our voice to those who say that the pictures online DON'T do it justice. You simply cannot see the view of the mountains around, cannot hear the birds or the river, cannot enjoy the relative silence and all the beauty through pictures. So come, and see for yourself how wonderful this place is. And let me add, that the owners very are highly respectful and responsive--a delight to rent from. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Dream Come True- First class all the way!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every inch of the property and want to return! Quiet, private, beautiful and serene! We hope to return next year...the ATVing was superb and the weather spectacular. The bed mattresses were some of the most relaxing and supportive we have experienced and we are world travelers! Every inch of the property is lovingly appointed with anything one could hope for or imagine...the furnishings are gorgeous and the decor is over the top exquisite! We are owners of antiques from all over the world and were very impressed. The only thing we are wondering about is that we're still waiting to get our security deposit back and its been 8 days since we left. Having a hard time locating on the site where to get an update on when we will receive it back.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I can not wait to return! Our whole family enjoyed our stay! Thank you for sharing your ranch with us

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house for what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful house. We were looking for a house with access to ATV trails and you can leave right from this house and find numerous trails, you do not have to trailer to the trails. The owners were wonderful and very helpful. We plan on making this an annual trip and staying at this house. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone looking for a nice, quiet place out in the mountains!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous setting! Home truly has it all!

  • 5 of 5

Met here with our extended family and friends and fell in love with A Diamond. It has the most perfect set-up, decor, furnishings, and best of all scenery. We hope to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Ranch is an absolutely beautiful, serene, away from it all, scenic place to spend a vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the ranch and instantly fell in love. This gem in the middle of the Arizona desert is just what we needed to rest and relax. There were 3 couples staying at the ranch and each of us had our own bedrooms and bathrooms. The beds are extremely comfortable with feather pillows and crisp, clean sheets. The bathrooms and showers are made for royalty with an abundance of plush towels. The kitchen and pantry is stocked with everything you will have forgotten! Each room is uniquely decorated and we enjoyed hearing about the history of the ranch from Kristen. We loved using the old tea kettle every night for tea! We sat in the hot tub every night and did sit by the pool on a day we choose to rest from riding our motorcycles. We just happened to arrive when there was a full moon. The sight of the full moon rising over the mountains and shining on the pool was spectacular.

We brought our smart phones and Ipads and actually had pretty good service while at the ranch. We were able to get emails, texts, and make calls in various locations in the ranch house.

The ranch was just as described and we had a fabulous vacation and will will be making plans to return.

Kristen and Gary were available for questions and we were even blessed to have Kristen bring us homemade street tacos. One of the highlights of our trip was having a visit by Kristen and Deegan!

If you want a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life then head to the ranch, I promise you won't be disappointed. The ranch is a gem in the middle of the Arizona desert!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Skyharbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
General Kearny Inn
Nearest Golf
43 Miles
Gold Canyon Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
General Kearny Inn
Car: necessary

Waterfront, not Lake/Oceanfront. Ask for details.

Star Gazing, Bird Watching, Rock Hounding, Hunting, ATV and Jeeping.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Kearny

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$126.77
Refundable Damage Deposit A$633.85
Cleaning Fee A$190.16

Pool is heated with Solar Heater, but can be supplemented with gas propane heater-$350 deposit required per week.50% of the rental rate at booking with the remain 50% plus security deposit, pet fees and cleaning fees due 60 days prior to check in for weekly rentals and 60 days prior to monthly rentals.

Any fees charged for paying by credit card will be deducted from the security deposit refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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