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thomas k sweeney

Member since: 2011
Speaks english

Charming Large Guest Suite in Tanque Verde Valley

22 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Catalina Ranch Estates holiday studio

Sleeps two adults, comes without full kitchen due to zoning regulation

Our guest suite is available September 15 thru April 30th and is located on our three and a half acre property and separated from our main home for complete privacy and quiet. The suite is 700 square feet with 9' ceilings for the living and sleeping areas with a generously sized 3/4 bath, large walk in closet, and a large covered porch. We have free WiFi access provided by a new Netgear Nighthawk AC 1900 DST Router and DST Adaptor. (DST wifi access may operate differently depending on the portable device in use). We do not have a full kitchen, however we have a 1000 watt microwave, cuisinart toaster oven, a 5'x30" portable butcher block table for meal prep, new Charbroil gas grill on the patio (30000 btu)including utensils and steak knives, indoor and outdoor tables and chairs and covered swing for two, high quality disposable plates, glasses, and silverware and ceramic coffee cups, a 4.5 cu ft. refrigerator with frost free freezer, coffee maker and grinder with Trader Joe's French roast beans, teas, and complimentary Chardonnay and Merlot wines from northern California and 4 bottled waters.

Close by we have four fast food places, the best coffee shop for coffee and pastries and a huge gathering spot for bicyclists, an Irish pub, an Italian deli and sandwich place and three dinner restaurants, notably the new Mexican restaurant Rancho Rustico, which is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tucson.

An ideal location for visiting gem show buyers or sellers, visiting bicyclists, golfers or anyone wanting to be within a very short distance to dozens of golf courses, the top of Mount Lemmon, Sabino Canyon, the Saguaro National Park East, or any of the attractions south and east of town - Colossal Caves, Kartchner Caverns, bird watching in Patagonia, or the historic towns of Tombstone and Bisbee Arizona. A twenty minute drive puts you at Campbell and Skyline roads where you will find Gallery Row and some of the finest dining in Tucson.

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
thomas k sweeney (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks english

About thomas k sweeney

My wife and i have owned our property for eleven years. We built the studio/guest house in 2008. I am an oil painter and needed a large studio to do my work and the large guest suite seemed like a natural fit for visiting relatives. For several years we have used home away for our own vacations and so it dawned on us that other people might enjoy our place as much as our relatives have.

thomas k sweeney purchased this studio in 2004


based on 22 traveller reviews

Charming Large Guest Suite in Tanque Verde Valley
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Country Setting

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Javalena Homestead in early April. We found it to be a very comfortable studio apartment. It was very privately situated in a building separate from the main house. The two bottles of wine provided by Tom were a nice welcome.

There are lots of hiking trails close by in the Catalina Foothills and in the Tanque Verde area, so we found this to be a good place to start from in the morning.

The apartment doesn't have a full kitchen, however, Tom has equipped the unit with a small fridge, microwave and toaster oven, so it is possible to prepare simple breakfasts or lunches.

As was mentioned in other reviews, the wifi system is not great here. Tom told us about recent efforts to improve reception, but we found we had to go outside the unit facing the house in order to get a reliable signal.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. Thanks, Tom.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have always stated the nature of our kitchen setup and have made many upgrades not mentioned here. The back porch with BBQ grill seting for four and two person swing, the 4.5 cu. ft. refridgerator with no frost freezer stocked with ice, the coffee grinder with fresh beans and coffee maker, the 30"x5' butcher block table cart with cutting board has allowed most guests to enjoy full meals at whatever time of day. Regarding the wifi, this has been upgraded to the beast available system on the market - the Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adaptor. The Cox engineer who was here to upgrade our television to all digital throughout, tested for reception throughout the guest suite and found good to excellent reception. However when Steven was here i was having software issues which were causing interuptions to service. Also the Cox engineer mentioned that some devices just will not pick up well from boosted signals from dst adaptors. So as mentioned before we can't gaurantee perfect wifi for everyone but we do offer so much more especially for the reasonable price. Please see all our other reviews for context.
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Absolutely Lovely

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this charming property. Spotless and tastefully decorated with some of Tom's art work, it oozes character.

Best of all, we liked the location- in the desert, away from the bustle of the city. Every night we sat on the patio and just listened to the sounds of the desert. Brilliant moonlight lit up the whole area, and we saw scurrying varmints, big eared rabbits and even a coyote.

Tom and Bonnie's description of the apartment and amenities were accurate and spot on. They only neglected to say how beautiful their setting is. They have put a lot of hard work in landscaping, and aesthetically, it is perfect.

We will definitely be back.

Thanks for the lovely experience. Scott and Jackie

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sott and Jackie, bonnie and iare really glad you loved our place as much as we do and hope to see you again! Sincerly, Tom & Bonnie
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect. Away from the lights and noise of town. We will certainly return if we are in Tucson in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Bucolic is the word that comes to mind with a beautiful view of the mountains while relaxing on the patio. The location was very convenient to a grocery store and other necessary shopping and Sabino Canyon. Our hosts were very accommodating and we would definitely stay again. The only drawback was spotty wifi connection.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are working on the wifi. between the geek squad from best buy and cox communications we have been bounced back and forth a bit but expect to resolve the issue by next renting season if not sooner!
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Feb stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodations! See ya next year.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming again, and i have marked you in for the same time frame next year! Sinecerly, Tom
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Loved the location!

  • 5 of 5

Close to Sabino Canyon and on the road to Mt Lemmon. Easy drives to grocery store, restaurants. And a view of the mountains and deserts. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Snyder Rd
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Houghton and i-10
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mount Lemmon
Car: necessary

We are located in the far northeast corner of Tucson, in the Tanque Verde Valley at the base of Mount Lemmon. The Saguaro National Monument East is a short drive of five miles. Mount Lemmon offers hiking ,back packing, rock climbing, winter skiing, and is world renowned for bicycle riding events. Also you can find various horseback riding facilities nearby and we have a barn and large arena facilities for your use with advance notice.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday studio in Catalina Ranch Estates, Arizona

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
fall rates
15 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
21 Dec 2016 - 20 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
21 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$13 + Tax
Property Damage Protection A$77
Transaction Fee A$65 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.05%

12.05% tax and $49 property insurance are additional
$15.00 off each weekend night if stay lasts minimum of 7 days

Owner's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio rental in Catalina Ranch Estates

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Evaporative Cooling
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , sink
  • towels, soaps, shampoos, towels, and hair dryer provided
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , king-76'x80'
  • brand new kingsdown king size bed with mattress cover and gel cover fitted sheet to maximize comfort.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
With the coffee grinder we include dark french roast beans from Trader Joes. Our main home pool is available for use on a seasonal basis and is fenced off separately and actually is closer to guest home than the main house. We have no kitchen facility, however a table and chairs for having a meal are provided with many take out restaurants nearby. We clean upon request and provide garbage pick up and clean towels every third day. We will consider one small dog but it must remain with you at all times-there is no safe outdoor space to leave it because of possibility of encounters with coyotes or bobcats. We also stock 4 bottled waters and a complimentary bottle of cabernet or merlot, and a bottle of chardonnet. Check in time is 4pm check out is 11am but is flexible if there is no reservation coming in or leaving on the same day. There is no smoking allowed on site. We prefer to rent to a maximum of two adults but will consider pets upon request.