About this listing
Dramatic home next to the historic Rimrock Ranch that was once owned by Mob Boss Sam Giancana and where Hollywood Director Victor Flemming escaped to. Adjacent to the Montezuma Well National Monument. Starry Nights and plenty of wildlife & livestock.
Spend a "Night at the Museum" in this eclectic, comfy, home. There are two bed rooms and one bath available for guests. When there are more than two people, both rooms are available for the extra fee. One room has trundle, twin beds, the other has a small, antique, twin bed. I also keep a queen size air mattress around for larger groups. Smoking must be on the patio. Broadband, Direct TV, WI FI, W/D, and a private hot tub(May-Sept.). Montezuma Castle is just ten minutes to the South. The Red Rock Country is a mere 11 miles to the West. This area has the rare distinction of not only bordering National Park Land, but is located in a United Nations Biosphere.
The home has a well lit, island kitchen with dinette. I also have an impressive collection of American and Southwestern Art as well as Cavalry memorabilia. In the front room is a display of both "Dia de Los Muertos" and Hopi/Apache artifacts. Surrounding the formal dining room is an array of Art from the Impressionists, mid-century abstract, western, and some fine examples of a few contemporary Southwest Artists. There is a private trail on the property where guests are welcome to pray, meditate, sing, or just enjoy the view of Jerome to the West.
The Montezuma Well National Monument is walking distance from the home and is a great place for a picnic or to cool your feet in Beaver Creek.
There is a Steak House, Bistro, and Bar & Grill within a mile from the property.
Local friends include a Yoga Instructor, a masseuse, and a Swiss Chef, all whom are available with a 24 hour notice.
You won't find another location just 1/2 hour from Uptown Sedona, with this many amenities and history yet so close to a Wilderness Area.
Kitchen, Hot Tub(May-Sept), Laundry, parking space, front parlor w/ fireplace, WI FI
Interaction with Guests
I Love to tell stories about the history of the Southwest and the details of my art collection.
The neighborhood has much Hollywood and "Mobster" lore. What used to be a private enclave for "Movie Stars" is now occupied by an admix of retirees, artists, forestry employees, and construction journeymen. Adjacent to the Montezuma Well National Monument. The property is shadowed by a hill of cedar, pinion, scrub oak and mesquite. Starry Nights and plenty of wildlife. Which include javalina, deer, raccoons, and the rare cotamundi.
The home is very close to HWY 17. There is a local bus service which only travels from Rimrock & Lake Montezuma to Camp Verde which is 11 miles to the South. The last 1/2 mile to the home is a ranch (gravel) road.
Other Things to Note
There's always fresh Colombian Coffee and/or several teas available each morning. You will never run out of bathroom tissue and each guest receives a fresh bar of moisturizing soap and there is a new blow dryer in the bath as well. The bathroom was re decorated with new cabinets, fixtures, and art last year. I also offer many extra pillows and blankets in each closet.
Please check in between Noon and Midnight. All smoking must be on the front patio or the veranda out back. There is no smoking in the house. No cats are allowed because the host has a bad allergy. The house is not safe for young children. Currently, the home is only available from Wednesdays at 5:30pm till Sundays at Noon. There is much freedom as long as you respect the serene space of the area and the "chill" vibe of the home. Let me know if you're going to stay out late, so that I may lend you a key and not be woken up at 3am. Don't forget that a vivacious terrier and a flock of chickens also live here and my neighbors own livestock(cattle & horses) so there are the normal farm animal sounds. One dog MAY be OK if they get along. If not I have the choice of either a dog run with or in my attached garage.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Robert was a great host! Very accommodating and kind. As other guests have noted he is very bright and knowledgeable about history, natural parks, art, music and local culture. Sheila his elder dog is sweet and adorable. The description and pictures were consistent with my stay. I would stay here again anytime!
A wonderful stop in a nice rural neighborhood, close to Montezuma Well and Castle on the road to Sedona. Robert offered great ideas for local visits and was very responsive to our questions and accommodating to our comings and goings. He has lots of local information / stories to share.
Robert made us feel welcome and pointed us to all the points of interest. The house was cute and the neighborhood was fine.
Robert is a very hospitable host and very considerate, lots of interesting stories to share. Great local knowledge and showed us sightseeing routes that we wouldn't have known unless we know the area.
The house is very nice. We love the sunset view from the front porch and the stargazing at night. Robert was very nice in sharing the kitchen, so that we can prepare simple dinners after a full day out exploring.
One thing to note, if it makes any difference to anyone, is that the final stretch of the road leading to the house is unpaved.
Robert's place was accurate according to his profile. Had a pleasant stay, learned a lot about his family history and the art he has at his place. Really talkative and friendly, felt welcomed! Rain poured on the night we arrived and Robert gave us real time weather updates and helped us find his place without any problems! Perfect location if you want a place in between Phoenix and the upper canyons.
Rob is an amazing guy! He is a very charismatic person, who enjoys interacting with his guests. Visit this place if you want a personal and engaging stay in the Sedona area.
The room is nice and big, and the place is tasteful mix of museum and art gallery.
The place is located near Sedona's great hiking trails and Arizona's growing wine industry. Be sure to visit Four Eight Wineworks in Clarkdale!
Robert is a wonderful host. My family enjoyed living at his custom pueblo home. He was very welcoming and it felt like we were family. His house is prettier than described and full of interesting collectibles. I would highly recommend his delightful place for people visiting Sedona or surrounding places.
About the Host, Robert
I am completely out of my mind, but I make one heck of a host! I truly love to share my home with inquisitive people from around the world. With an ethnic background of Basque, Mexican, & White Mountain Apache, I can say without any reservation that I am 100% Southwestern. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of both the history as well as the geography of the area. I am a former professional entertainer/producer, and have a fantastic collection of vinyl records in my Juke Box for my guest's to enjoy. From Sun Label to Motown I've got them. I also spent some time in my youth working for the Government and am also very proud of my Parents' service. I used to travel on a regular basis to both Cabo San Lucas and Hawaii. I have also had three memorable trips to Paris and one to Prague. Next on my "Wish List" is the Isle of Patmos. Today I love to care for my plants and animals and spend extra time on my manuscript. My home's interior is an admix of an Old Spanish Chapel, some Tex-Mex flavor, a Cavalry/Cowboy bunk house, and of course the Native American Kiva. If you're looking for something off the beaten path and just 1/2 hour from "uptown" Sedona, this is the place.