The Guest House Your pool with viewing deck in rear
Unique Guest House at Desert Moon

Entire home/apt

3 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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The space

The Desert Moon Retreat Guest House, on the same property as the Desert Moon Retreat, reveals spectacular mountain and desert views. The walled in landscape has been carefully planted with unique desert botanicals. A detached quest house, it faces the pool and contains many amenities, including internet access, flat screen TV with satellite dish, kitchen, full bath and a very comfortable queen size bed. The sitting area has a sofa that pulls out to a full size bed. A charming outdoor sitting area faces the pool and is great for dining al fresco-a perfect place for morning coffee and wildlife viewing. An outdoor grill is there also. Other sitting areas on the property allow for outdoor enjoyment of the various areas of the property. A citrus grove was planted for guests who might like some fresh orange juice, grapefruit, or perhaps a squeeze of lemon in their tea. Parking is available within close proximity to the guest house and is off street. This is a great place to stay for those interested in hiking the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains, or winter skiing at Mount Lemmon. Bicycle enthusiasts will enjoy the long stretch of nearby Brad Goreman Bike-way or riding up Catalina Highway. It is also perfect for those merely wanting a relaxing getaway. This is a unique desert experience!

Guest access

Guests share pool and spa area. We do not allow parties of any kind on the property. If you host a party we will ask you to leave immediately and your rental is terminated with no refunds.

Interaction with guests

Pool, landscape, and trash are maintained by Owners. We try whenever possible to complete maintenance between guest reservations, however, that isn't always possible.

Other things to note

The house and yard are for private enjoyment by renters only. Please do not invite guests without prior approval. No outside guests allowed in pool or spa-no exception. You forfeit your security deposit.
Please note that we require a four night stay during the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and a week's stay minimum during the Christmas holidays. As the dates get closer to these holidays, and we haven't rented the place, we can adjust this policy-please ask.
We do have a camera on the driveway to verify entry and to be sure the property is safe. We will count the number of guests going into the house and if you bring any pets and confirm this information with the information you provided us when you made your reservation. So, should anything change please contact ahead of time.

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The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: 30 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 65
Security Deposit: 250
Weekend Price: 80 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Check in time is 4pm or later; check out time is 11am or sooner. Early check ins are possible if we have no one leaving the day of your arrival and will incur a $40 early check in fee. We cannot accommodate those wanting to check out after 11am, due to our cleaning staff's schedule.
Smoking is NOT allowed in the house.
PETS are permitted only with prior approval. Additional fee of $15/night per pet.
Pool and Spa Rules:




Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

1 night minimum stay

62 Reviews

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Jennifer User Profile
July 2017
This place is even better than the photos. Much more spacious. We were close enough to hiking and all the essentials. Hope to come back to this treasure again!
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Thank you, Jennifer, for taking time to write. We are glad you enjoyed the place and hope you got some good hiking in! So many places in this area to hike, and then relax in our pool, hot tub or in a lounge chair out in the various landscapes-my favorite spot is on the deck where wildlife traverse through the wash. Thanks again for staying at our place, we appreciate your business. Come back again, anytime!
July 2017

Linda User ProfileLinda is a superhost.
July 2017
The guest house at Desert Moon Retreat was a treat. Although very cozy it was very functional for two and had everything needed for a short stay. The AC worked well and the queen sized bed was very comfortable. It was also nicely furnished and clean and the architecture was amazing. What made this space really special is that it is on and a part of the Desert Moon Retreat which has a magical desert zen enclosure with lots of outdoor space with a wonderful pool that has a small waterfall and is surrounded by a gorgeous cactus garden separated by a short wall from a native desert environment of majestic saguaros and other cacti and mesquite trees lively with birds and animals. It is a very peaceful, quiet, and secluded environment perfect for relaxing and skinny dipping (we were lucky that the main house was vacant during our stay). We also got to witness the first monsoon of the season while there. There was also a hot tub spa (which we didn’t use because it was hot during our stay) and a BBQ. We liked it so much that we rented the main house for the next two nights (that is on a whole other level of awesome). Carla was a very gracious host and we had the opportunity to have a nice chat with her. We would highly recommend the guest house (and especially the main house) and can’t wait until our next opportunity to return.
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Linda! Thank you for taking time to write such lovely comments. I enjoyed meeting you both and it was fun to discuss business. Comments like yours make us so happy that we do what we do, as we have people like you in mind when we make decisions on how to decorate, what to plant, and how to make the guests' stay more enjoyable. You gave me some good ideas too! I hope I gave you some as well!!! Take care, and we hope to see you both again.
July 2017

Kayla User Profile
July 2017
Absolutely outstanding! I am an avid Air Bnb user and am in love with Air Bnb because of what it offers to the traveling community with a raw desire for unique, one of a kind experiences. In this case, my husband and I were contemplating on where and how to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, however knew we did not want to travel too far from home. We panned out in the search and happened upon Carla's awe inspiring Tucson guesthouse. The guesthouse, main home, area, architecture, views, every single aspect were absolutely outstanding! My husband and I agree, for sure the BEST Air Bnb experience we have had and I repeat, we have traveled to a tree house in Hawaii, chateau in Europe, yurt in Topanga, CA....this guesthouse was absolutely perfect!!! The home is located in Mount Lemmon, which, who knew, not me, that is for sure, is the most PERFECT spot in Tucson. It is about 25 minutes outside of the city center, however nestled among massive Saguaros, beautiful desert life and of course, in the outstanding foothills of Tucson. It is also only 15 minutes away from Sabino Canyon Rec Center where we enjoyed the 9ish mile trek to 7 Falls--one of the best waterfalls in AZ to take in! Okay, about the home, specifically, now. First and foremost, you are immediately immersed in serenity as you drive through the small winding driveway to parking. The parking is spacious and includes desert landscape around it--very refreshing compared to paved concrete jungles. From there, you see the super fun, purple, Adobe style home and guesthouse. A quick walk through the gate opens your eyes to the best of it all--the beautiful 6 1/2ish ft pool, surrounded by the most beautiful rocks, cactus and succulents!!! From the pool area, you hand a right, up a few steps to a private sitting area with two very comfortable loungers, ottoman for kicking up your feet and a two person mosaic coffee table with the cutest iron design. Keep in mind, this entire space overlooks the outstanding desert mountains and vegetation! The guest home itself, is the absolute perfect size. You walk into a little living space with a mounted TV (every channel possible included), very comfy futon and reclining modern-like leather chair and ottoman. The living space comes equipped with many local guides to Tucson that we found very helpful! Walk up a few winding stone stairs and you are among the sleeping area and kitchen. BEST PARTS! -The exceptionally comfortable bed that sits right next to a floor to ceiling glass window overlooking a very large Saguaro and nature!!!! The birds chirping in the morning, gliding from tree to tree is perfect! -THE POOL! The best temperature with lovely loungers and a bubbling stone waterfall to settle you into a peaceful state! -The truly unique, authentic, one of a kind architecture and design -The flawless communication with hosts and easy check in and check out -THE AREA--perfect location!!! Inspiration...
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Kayla! This was the loveliest review I have ever read! You really said it all, didn't you? Your comments were so thoughtful, specific, and in great detail...thank you for that. I think your comments will help others when they are deciding where to stay. One thing I must mention, however, the home is not located in Mount Lemmon, but is near Catalina Highway, which is the road you would take to go up to Mount Lemmon (about a 45 minute to one hour drive from the house). Thanks again for taking time to write such descriptive comments! We appreciate that and we welcome you and your husband back again anytime! Who knows, maybe if you come back I will have had the chance to add the "zen labyrinth" between the backyard courtyard walls and the wash for those wanting a zen moment or a place to do some yoga. We are not finished landscaping our three acres!
July 2017

Kathy User Profile
June 2017
This as a beautiful, quiet setting with great views of mountains and saguaros. We enjoyed watching birds play in the water at the edge of the pool. The Casita is cozy with all the amenities needed for a great stay. Carla is very friendly and readily available.
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Thank you for taking time to write a review, Kathy, we appreciate your comments. We are glad you enjoyed the place-I love to watch the wildlife there also!
June 2017

Robin User Profile
June 2017
Perfect for two people to stat. The pool, hot tub, and grill are very nice accomodations. The unit itself had everything you need for a nice weekend in the desert. Would definitely stay again.
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Thank you, Robin, we are happy you enjoyed your short stay. We wish you well and thank you for your business.
June 2017

Jenny User ProfileJenny is a superhost.
June 2017
Carla's guest house was perfect. Absolutely stunning location, the pool and hot tub were the icing on the cake. The place is pretty far from Tucson proper but the quiet/private scenic location was just what we were hoping for, and the price can't be beat! 10/10 would stay again!
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Jenny, thank you for taking time to write a review. We appreciate your comments and are glad you enjoyed the place! It is people like you that make this vacation rental experience fun. Thanks again and come back anytime!!!
June 2017

Jo Marie User Profile
May 2017
Looking for a place to see the desert out your windows? Suguaros in bloom? This is the place! And if you're a serious bicycle rider this is a great place to be.
Carla User Profile
Response from Carla:
Thank you Jo Marie, for taking time to write. We appreciate your comments and we are glad you enjoyed the location and the Saguaros-this property has a lot of them!
May 2017

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Carla User Profile

I am an interior designer, landscape designer, and real estate agent with Canyon Group Realty llc. We work with people interested in purchasing property in Tucson and offer property management services including vacation rentals, corporate rentals, long term rentals, and even watching properties should you wish to have a second home in Tucson but not want to rent it out. You can contact us for additional information. Our vacation rentals such as these are operated under Desert Moon Vacation Rentals llc. I enjoy this career very much as I get to meet so many interesting people!

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