The Contessa Room

Villa - Private room · N Artesiano Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743, United States
Your host, Nancy
5 Reviews
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The Space

1930 Desert Villa on 10 private acres has 7 awesome rooms. We can accommodate up to 13 guests most with double occupancy per room. There is one room with a twin bed.
Look for the "Crystal Room" and "Bunkhouse" listing.

The Contessa Room pictured is the original master (website hidden) has a separate entrance and garden also a private bath with original antique tile, double occupancy, King size bed,the rug is the finest in the house, fan with upper and lower lights, dressing table and stained glass lamp. Tons of closet space. One wall is full window looking into the garden for bird watching from your bed.

If requested, this room can become a suite with an extra smaller accommodation, the Owl's Nest, which can sleep 1 or 2 more quests or become an office or sitting room.

About The Villa aka A Wild Purple Ranch

The Villa is full of beauty and charm, fabulous winding desert walks with art work and seven meditation gardens, labyrinth, greenhouse, trails, fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, 5 bars, gardens, pool, verandas, decks, dumb waiter to upper deck, full art studio available for guests to create.
On site we have two beautiful horses, Bella and Corona. Horseback riding is available on site or one the fantastic trails of the Saguaro National Park. This can be arranged in advance and for an extra fee. We also have 5 chickens for fresh eggs and a green house. As we offer our guests breakfast with rooms, we try to use our freshly grown produce and eggs when available.
A private and gated one of a kind property... all custom and comfortable. We have 7 guest rooms available and can take parties up to 13 guests. Please see pics for a taste of style and magic of the incredible property! We also provide this space for parties, family reunions, weddings.. etc.. are available for your entertainment. Nancy is an expert party planner and can help you arrange a memorable affair.

Close to many Tucson attractions/ Mexico 45 minutes .. Villa just minutes from the expressway I -10.
Nancy will answer questions about the area and suggest day trips, best liked restaurants and things to do that will make your stay as wonderful as possible.
Come and chill out and rejuvenate!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We had a wonderful 3 night stay with Nancy at her amazing location next to the cactus and wildlife outside Tuscon. Only about a 20 minute drive to be in the city, and was great to be in a country setting. We ate fresh fruit and eggs from her chickens, walked her paths, listened to the owl and lots of other birds and sat by the pool (was a little cool to swim). Nancy's place is one of our top picks for our Air BnB experiences!

    February 2014
  • Nancy's ranch is the perfect way to visit the great Sonora Desert awhile visiting Tucson. Nancy was a gracious and considerate host! I will definitely stay there the next time I visit Tucson.

    February 2014
  • We were so grateful to the space in Tucson with Nancy.
    Both my sister and I felt very at home.
    We loved the surroundings and the use of the amenities of the kitchen and outdoor patios.
    Our stay was incredible. We plan on staying with Nancy the next time we are in Tucson.
    Thank you Nancy for creating such a wonderful warm and loving space.

    February 2014
  • I was looking to access a very specific experience for my mom and I, who were vacationing in Tucson to visit family and shop it up at the Gem Show. I basically wanted to stay close to all the shows but in a rural, scenic setting, in a bed and breakfast or guest house-type of property where we might get to know some locals and wake up surrounded by mountain views and cacti and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast (rather than some boxed cereals and danish at a chain hotel).. It's hard to believe that this jewel of a home is just a few miles from "civilization" because you feel utterly, blissfully secluded. The decor of the house has a sort of authentic 1930s D.H. Lawrence/Georgia O'Keefe vibe jazzed up with exuberant colors and artwork and antiques, plus lots of animal-print details and cushy leather furnishings and a fireplace we cozied up to with our host Nancy and her other guests in the evenings. Nancy was a warm and friendly and welcoming host -- and my mom and I fell instantly in love with her two dogs Mama Zoe (yorkie) and Zena (baby maltese). It was the kind of environment where you can grab a cup of freshly-brewed coffee in the morning and snuggle up with the dogs or let the sun revive you on the sprawling roof deck or wake up slowly on the wrap-around veranda, or poolside (glamorous!). Nancy's breakfasts are memorable and delicious. She set a beautiful table for my mom and I by the window -- there we enjoyed delicious omelets and french toast and quiches, always with a dish of magenta-hued prickly pear jam (and juice to match, served in pretty bright blue glass goblets). Nancy instantly picked up on the fact that my mom and I were extroverted animal-lovers who respond to people who are similarly warm and open so we spent a lot of time talking with and getting to know Nancy (who tells a great story) but if you're seeking a little more anonymity and privacy, she'd give you your space (and there are plenty of nooks and crannies on the property to escape to, including trails that take you past gardens and sky-high saguaro cacti). We are definitely coming back here again; the ranch is also perfect for a girls' getaway or chilled-out bachelorette party, you could commandeer the entire space and live it up -- Nancy frequently hosts parties and special events and would take care of every detail. This (email hidden) -- clean, comfortable,and rich in character thanks to the lady of the house (whom we now call a friend). I will add that this was my first air bnb experience -- I suspect it will be hard to top. Thanks Nancy for memories we will treasure always and we look forward to out next visit!

    February 2013
  • Nancy's place is a wonder. A ranch like setting on the outskirts of Tucson with many artistic touches. We actually ended up staying in the Crystal room rather than this room (see her other listing.) It has stone walls AND a beautiful chandelier, not to mention beautifully painted walls and a spa like shower. We slept beautifully and relaxed poolside, fireside, on the veranda, and on the deck just outside our room. Plenty of places to get some R&R. Nancy was very gracious and made a delicious breakfast that met our dietary needs perfectly. We enjoyed it so much we decided to stay a second night. Highly recommended.

    February 2013
    Response from Nancy:

    Thanks Melissa...
    A wonderful review! It was a pleasure to have you and again I so appreciate your kind words.
    I am so happy you enjoyed your stay.. Spring is the most spectacular time here.. Soon, we should have 4 horses on the property for private rides.. I have wanted to have them for so long. They are not mine but all will be able to enjoy them! Best wishes and hope sometime to see you again... Thank you for your (website hidden) wishes. Nancy

    February 2013
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A Wild Purple Ranch and Retreat
Nancy originally from NJ was a model, designer,decorator, artist, gardener,photographer and lover of beauty and all life! She is a wonderful hostess and a gourmet cook. She came to Tucson and bought this 10 acre,1930 Ranch in 2001. Every room and all grounds have been carefully and tastefully done by Nancy. They are full of comfort and love, taking 10 years to finish. It is her passion to create a place of rejuvenation, fun while protecting the integrity of the desert and life here. Natural and elegant, rustic and unique, everyone feels the warmth and comfort of the surroundings. Many want to stay longer and soak up the peace and harmony here. If you want a change of pace and leave your concerns behind .. this is your place to recharge and surround yourself with the spectacular views, gorgeous gardens and abundant animal life. We are super friendly and do what we can to make your stay an amazing experience!
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