On the front screen door this hand forged lizard handle is a typical detail.A favorite place any time of the day to watch pollinators or sip a favorite beverage. Under your feet grey water waters the garden.
1920's ADOBE ECO-COTTAGE & GARDEN~ Relax & Retreat
1920's ADOBE ECO-COTTAGE & GARDEN~ Relax & Retreat

Entire home/apt

6 guests

3 bedrooms

3 beds

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Summer specials! Guests enjoy the quietude, slow pace and retreat from a busy life. Our delightful town center and nature trails just minutes' walk away. Sustainably retrofitted & full of character this edge-of-town cottage is retreat-private; lushly reflects its Southwest location in a nature lover's mountain paradise. Lots of tree canopy and outdoor seating. Enjoy comforts of home and quality amenities. Diverse volunteer opportunities abound. Our elderly cat lives onsite but not in the house.

The space

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. SUMMER 2017 MONTHLY SPECIAL RATES: JUNE ~ AUGUST: $2,200/month. SEPT: $2,500. For long-staying guests more frequent cleaning services (at local rates) can be provided as desired. No pets.
Children 11 years and up welcome.

Guest access

Full house & terraced garden. Access to large, shady, private garden and outdoor dining and seating. Easy access to kitchen for serving.
Outdoor access to separate toilet.

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.

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. 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.
Summers are surprising and the monsoon season (July ~ September) turns the landscape verdant, the temperature moist & modest. Dramatic thunder storms roll through the landscape, rain showers drop ambient temperatures into the low 80's. We are a perfect getaway for Arizona's big city residents wanting to take a cool break.

The space
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: 3PM - 7PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 20 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 5%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 7PM

We invite our non-smoking guests to be conscious & thoughtful. Pets are not accepted. We have one (older) cat named Moggy.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

54 Reviews

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Dennis User Profile
May 2017
My wife and I spent a most enjoyable, relaxing weekend at Richard and Kate's wonderful Eco-Cottage! Our comments: Morgan: What an amazing weekend we had at Richard and Kate's cottage! The cottage itself is so welcoming and artistic, oozing serenity and charm, as were the lush gardens surrounding the cottage. I absolutely loved it, and returned home feeling peaceful and rested. Dennis: The cottage is very clean and relaxing. The vegetation provides great privacy and a home to lots of birds. It was really cool to wake up to lots of bird songs. Richard is a skilled blacksmith, and I enjoyed visiting with him in his blacksmith shop. There are small examples of his work all around the house! Check out the fantastic gates at the local public library; Richard created them! The consensus is: We will be back!!!

Mary Jo User Profile
May 2017
Richard's home is an adobe style home rich with history and character. The home is a relaxing getaway. I would highly recommend Richard and his home if you are thinking of going to Patagonia.

Dan User Profile
April 2017
Fantastic place. Richard was a great host. We will be back soon.

Donna User Profile
April 2017
Adobe house is a beautiful place with artistic but functional items scattered throughout. Plenty of space which provides guests with private areas. The kitchen was well equipped with an adorable vintage stove. The gardens and outdoor areas where beautiful so a lot of time can be spent outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather. The town of Patagonia is a treasure itself with the cute shops, mountain vistas and bird watching areas. Would love to come back!

Marketa & Scott User ProfileMarketa & Scott is a superhost.
March 2017
Our family enjoyed a relaxing couple of days in Richard and Kate's comfortable and authentically unique cottage. We wish we could have stayed longer! The kitchen was well-stocked -- the cupboards of herbs and spices, teas, olive oil and balsamic vinegar - touches like that really make a difference on a long road trip. We would recommend Casa Santa Rita to all!

Benjie User Profile
March 2017
This house is beautiful! So cute, inside and out. We were very happy there. The kitchen is well-stocked, the deep tub in the bathroom is wonderful, and the bed we used was comfortable. It's not on the farm- it's in town- but it's very secluded and private, with birds all around.

Jennifer User Profile
March 2017
What a Patagonia treasure! Richard and Kate's home exceeded our expectations - beautiful, artistic, and totally comfortable. Everywhere you turn there is something more to see - Richard's ironwork, fun nooks and crannies, creative colors and art, and of course the beautiful gardens with birds and butterflies everywhere. We enjoyed fires in the wood stove, cooking yummy meals in the well-equipped kitchen, sitting on the screened porch and having our daily glass of wine in the garden (not to mention two wonderful hikes in the nearby wilderness areas). Richard and Kate are special people, bringing so much heart and talent to Patagonia. Hoping to return and explore more in the near future. We give Kate and Richard - and Casa Santa Rita, their "labor of love"- the highest recommendation!

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Patagonia, Arizona, United StatesJoined in March 2014
Richard User Profile

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 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.

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