About this listing
Sustainably retrofitted & full of character, this edge-of-town cottage is retreat-private; lushly reflects its Southwest location in a nature lover's mtn paradise. Enjoy comforts of home and idyllic village steps away. Great volunteer opportunities.
Painterly Southwest. Historic, hand built, view home of artisan blacksmith & sustainable systems designer reflects these sensibilities. Spaces are intimate; the tree'd & terraced garden an extension of living the space. Recycled hardwood floors, cook's kitchen w/vintage stove & and all pots & pans needed to prepare meals; full sized fridge. Large bathroom, claw foot tub, separate tiled shower. Outdoor access to second toilet; front load washer. Quiet small-street parking, 21 steps up to house. Quality queen beds (2) & futon sleeps 6. Two night minimum, three nights on holiday weekends. Weekly & up preferred: $950. Monthly: $3,300. More frequent cleaning services, at local rates, can be provided as desired. No pets.
Children 10 years and up welcome.
Full house & terraced garden. Access to large, shady, private garden and outdoor seating.
Interaction with Guests
We are here to greet you & show you the ropes, then as needed. Volunteer opportunities abound with owner & colleagues involved in pollinator habitat restoration work ~ science & art. Visit blacksmith owner's working forge.
Our town is a small international birding destination (900 people) and national getaway for nature lovers of all stripes. A peaceful, charming, gem of a place with a great heart. Participate in local activities and you will be welcomed, or take a very private retreat on site. Walk to town park, sophisticated shopping, great health foods, coffee shop, saloon & restaurants; artists & artisans. High quality massage therapy available. Bird/ butterfly/ moth watching; hike, bike, horseback ride; meditate, pilates, yoga, acupuncture, raw foods; ponder; shop; paint. Outstanding library. Award winning wineries 20 mins. distant. Nature Conservancy riparian area. Launch into the rare plant & animal abundance of the Madrean Archipelago, or cross the border into Mexico for cultural exchanges,19 miles south. Big city Tucson, 65 miles.
This is a walking community, lots of great trails for meandering or for the serious hiker & bicyclists. Horseback riding available nearby. Car needed for greater distances. We are an Arizona Trail Gateway Community.
Other Things to Note
At 4,050' we are an international birder's destination in one of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the US. Hummingbirds and many others nest here ~ up to 300 species of birds (opportunities to monitor hummingbirds). Still an authentic community, people are as diverse as the wildlife. Plan on a visit to world renowned Arizona Sonoran Desert (living) Museum, the San Xavier Mission, Kartchner Caverns, the San Rafael Valley, tours of wine Country in Elgin and Sonoita, the Titan Missile Musuem or the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center raw food experience; learn about the unique geography & biology of the Sky Islands. Climate is dry and temperate. Summer's monsoons magically transform these mountain grasslands & interspersed woodlands into the green of Ireland. Ducks on site for pest control. Boating lake 9 miles south of town. School pool & exercise classes open in the summer. Special features of this property include: fresh, organically grown produce available for purchase; volunteer opportunities to learn about sustainable lifestyle.
We invite our non-smoking guests to be conscious & thoughtful. Pets are not accepted. We have one (older) cat named Moggy.
A favorite place any time of the day to watch pollinators or sip a favorite beverage. Under your feet grey water waters the garden.
Beautiful house. We loved the garden and quiet evenings. Patagonia is a peaceful town with nice folk. And Moggy was super sweet. I would definitely stay here again.
We felt at home as soon as we arrived. Richard accommodated a late arrival time. He showed us around and made sure we knew how to work the gas stove. He then left us to enjoy our weekend.
This home was a wonderful place to stay. The house has been masterfully updated, is comfortable and attractive. The kitchen is better equipped than our home kitchen. You are located on the edge of town and can walk everywhere.
Patagonia is a sweet town. We chose to eat out at the Velvet Elvis and had a great meal.
If you want to see new birds this is the place to be. We saw many species I had never seen. Hiking was also fantastic. We never passed another hiker. Do carry plenty of water.
Thank you Richard! You are a great host and your house is beautiful. The garden was awesome and we loved Moggy! Patagonia is a very cool little town and we will definitely be back!
This was a delightful house to use for a couple of days. The outdoor space was lovely and we enjoyed using the BBQ and eating outside. The kitchen was completely equipped and enabled us to make whatever we wanted. The kids loved how all the rooms connected and the garden pathways outside (also the play park around the corner was a huge hit). Richard met us at the house and showed us around and was completely open to being contacted if we had needed him.
This cottage was fantastic. It's one of those finds one hopes for. The owners were helpful but not intrusive. I would definitely stay here again. Apryl
Before we arrived Richard and Kate were very responsive to any questions and very friendly. When we got there Richard met us and showed us around, everything was perfect, clean and tidy. They obviously have decorating skills as each room in the house has a bit different feel to the one before, very cozy! Kitchen is easy to cook in with plenty of gear.
One great plus to our visit was Moggy the cat, she is very affectionate but not intrusive.
Patagonia itself is a delightful town with nice places to eat and prowl about in.
We were drawn to the area for the birding and it was beyond our expectations.
I highly recommend a visit!
About the Host, Richard
Richard: I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. In my nearly 40-year career as a blacksmith I've worked for Grants-Khors National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana, as a carriage smith for Southwest Wagon and Wheelworks (located in the Museum of the Horse in Patagonia), and as a farrier. My ornamental ironwork can be found in the Creative Spirits Artists Gallery, here at the adobe cottage, and around town - including 19th century iron gates for the library, and handrails at the Nature Conservancy. For the last 18 years, I've managed Dos Palmas Vacation Home here in town.
Kate: I grew up on a farm in Wales in an 11th century farmhouse, and today continue the tradition of sustainable agriculture here in Patagonia, Arizona. My husband Richard and I own land in Patagonia (Deep Dirt Farm Institute or DDFI) that is being developed for sustainable living, and own a place in town ready for out of town guests. I have worked in real estate, energy therapy, and visual art. I am a practicing permaculturist. At DDFI, we are using permaculture principles to create a living model of sustainable systems (see also Facebook page for DDFI). We hold tours and classes that have included hundreds of visitors and volunteers in the last two years. In my youth, I attended the London School of Fashion in the mid-sixties and UC Santa Cruz in the early 90s. I have been married since 1999 and have one daughter and two grandsons who live in Hawaii.