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.
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.
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.