About This Listing
Twenty miles north of Tucson, this unique casita is located on a small horse ranch nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, minutes away from world renound Miraval spa. Offering a taste of ranch life, Casa de Caballo provides spectacular views of the mountains, the Sonoran desert and an abundance of birds and other native wild life. Although secluded, it is just minutes away from excellent restaurants, shopping, and golf courses. For the outdoor adventurer, there are also ATV and jeep roads, as well as outstanding hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Guests can relax on their private patio, watch an impressive array of birds, hike or horseback ride directly off the properly or participate in a variety of equine experiences with the hosts and resident horses. Birding with an expert guide can be arranged on property or in the immediate environment. Other attractions such as Catalina State Park, the BioSphere2, and Aravipa Canyon are a short drive away.
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golf courses, shopping, restaurants, horse riding and lessons, hiking trails, biking trails, mountains, wild life.
We are close to the good things in life and the great outdoors right here at our feet.
Interaction with Guests
Most of our guest becomes close friends with us. We only have one Casita so there is as much interaction or less if you prefer.
It is quite and beautiful!
Smoking - Casa de Caballo is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is only permitted in outside areas.
Pets - Dogs are negotiable. All dogs must be well behaved and leashed when around the horses. All clean up must be provided by the owner in a prompt manner.
Children - We welcome children of all ages and the hosts provid many hands on equine experiences for children as young as 41/2. Children must be supervised at all times. Interaction with the horses must be supervised by the hosts.
Payment - We accept checks (personal, business, and travelers) or cash. We apologize credit and debit cards are not a current option but may be added soon.
Check in & Check out times - Check in time is from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. We can generally accommodate check in times outside these parameters with advance notice. Check out time is no later than 11am.
January through April – During our peak season there is a one week cancellation policy. No refunds can be given unless we are able to rebook your room or you reschedule. A personal, business, or travelers check for one night must be sent to us in order to reserve your room.
May through December – There is a 48 hour or 2 day cancellation policy. Shorter notice invokes our no refund policy unless the casita can be rebooked.
Jerry and Vonnie provided us with everything we needed for a relaxing vacation. They had the casita supplied with lots of different options for breakfast. The casita was beautifully decorated and it was everything that was advertised. It was perfect for the two of us. We loved sitting on the patio and watching the birds and wildlife. The neighborhood was safe and quiet. We took long walks and we were located close to many activities, parks, and attractions, yet it felt like we were in the country, which was what we wanted. We loved being so close to the horses. Although we didn't do any riding, we enjoyed being able to interact with the horses whenever we wanted. Jerry and Vonnie were always there if we needed anything but they also gave us our space. They have become our friends!
Just returning from a long week-end at Casa De Caballo and missing it already! The casita is very comfortable and clean. Jerry and Vonnie made us feel at home. It's a terrific place to relax and enjoy the great view of the Catalina mountains. Highly recommended.
We had a wonderful experience!. Jerry and Vonnie were great hosts. We really enjoyed chatting with them. The casita was more than we expected. Great location at the foothills of the mountains. There was plenty of wildlife to see and enjoy, plus the horses. We will definitely go back.
We had a wonderful time at Casa De Caballo in May. The accommodation was comfortable and clean, lots of hot water, towels, and the AC worked well. Though the kitchen was a little small, Jerry made sure the barbecue was in good working order, and we sat outside for all our meals. The unexpected surprise was how the fridge was stocked, with milk, OJ and waters, eggs, yogurt, bread, crackers, butter, and even a bottle of wine…. way more than anticipated. They really go the extra mile.
Vonnie is the horse lady, and what a gem she is. She gave me a lesson with Cotton (one of her horses,) and we followed up with a ride on the trail close by. I have never ridden a horse before, but Vonnie was a great teacher, and I felt very comfortable. I really hope to go back and take another ride down the trail.
They are very relaxed and courteous, helpful when needed and discrete when you just want to sit back and watch the birds in the tree outside the room. We wholeheartedly recommend Casa De Caballo to the Airbnb community.
It could take a while to list all the things we liked about Jerry & Vonnie's Cas(ita) de Caballo, but I want to emphasize their warmth, generosity, and hospitality in all of our interactions. Vonnie is as intelligent as she is kind, and gave my traveling companion and me some really great horsemanship lessons that we really treasured, and the casita itself is lovely, very comfortable and stocked with enough breakfast for a five-day week for our one-night stay. We just wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks again. Hoping to return soon!
About the Host, Jerry & Vonnie
Vonnie and Jerry Kauffman are both retired educators who have been living in the Tucson area for the past 13 years. In addition to a career as a middle and high school principal, Vonnie has had more than 20 years of experience working with horses. Originally, she showed hunter/jumpers and rode trails in Colorado. During the past 8 years, she has focused on giving Western and English riding lesson, conducting trail rides and developing horse riding programs for adults and children as young as 4 1/2 years old. She often works with older people learning to ride for the first time and special needs children. In addition, she teaches clicker training and natural horsemanship skills to people and horses that need extra tender loving care.
Jerry, a retired high school counselor, takes care of their six personal horses and the five horses that are boarded on the ranch. His skills include woodworking, welding, general contracting. His ability to keep things running smoothy at the ranch is legendary. He also trains and keeps track of the numerous volunteers that help on that the ranch.
Both of yours hosts are widely traveled and have worked with many cultures. Years of teaching on pueblos, Native American reservations and towns in the southwest have made them knowledgeable of the west and eager to share their stories with you.