£59 / night
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Deluxe Desert Oasis, personal retreat in the Tucson Mountains with KING bed – Home 8497068 Private room

  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Deluxe Desert Oasis, personal retreat in the Tucson Mountains with KING bed – Home 8497068

  • Private room
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay

Excellent Excellent – based on 12 reviews

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Private room / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 3

Key Info

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


"Beautiful desert experience. Very good value for Tucson." ~Kevin

"This is a great romantic getaway, a great place for hiking in the mountains just to the west, and an inspiration for writers and artists of all kinds. Highly recommended!!!" ~David

Located in the Tucson Mountains, my lovely home invites kindred spirits to enjoy your personal desert oasis retreat - ponds, privacy, and desert vegetation. I bought the house from the author Barbara Kingsolver who wrote her first books here - and I also wrote my book (Stop Eating Your Heart Out) here! You’ll love your private wing in my house because of the location, the friendly atmosphere, & the spaciousness of the living and outdoor areas. Great for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. And it's only a 10-minute drive into town.

THE SPACE: "A wonderfully charming place in a peaceful southwest storybook setting with a gracious host!" ~Joanne.

Private room and bathroom and almost exclusive use of the house - full kitchen (with coffee and tea provided, note - no microwave), large great room, outdoor seating, ponds, ambiance. Serenity amidst desert beauty. I live here in a separate area plus a 9 year old Blue Healer mix doggie and a formerly feral cat, Mr. Mo. Please inquire if you want to bring your well-trained small dog.

Linda wrote: "The house is very clean and quiet and very serene with a calming energy about it. The dog is very calm and quiet and loving, I highly recommend the Desert Oasis for your Tucson getaway!"

And Maggie said, "Meryl's colourful home was perfectly clean, comfortable, and organized with everything anyone would need to enjoy a few days in this rural oasis close to Tucson."

In addition to the private bedroom and bathroom you will have access to the great room (living room, dining room, and full kitchen), the outdoor seating area, grill, and swing. You are invited to bring a chair down to the pond to meditate and/or take a gentle hike in the nearby wash (arroyo). Kitchen is supplied with coffee maker and coffee, electric tea pot and a huge variety of teas, and many spices plus sea salt (no microwave).

"The home is beautiful and spacious with great outdoor living area. The bed was comfortable. Meryl was so welcoming and generous. We used the kitchen as we wished and also produce from her garden. The desert surrounding the home was gorgeous. Also, easy access to downtown and all of the surrounding areas we wished to visit.

"Meryl's place is great! Super clean and spacious, and the kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed, including tea, coffee, and fresh fruit. The location is quiet with beautiful landscape views. A perfect relaxing stay! ~Javier

"What a blessing to be led by Spirit to your desert oasis...the comforts of your home, the arroya, access to garden greens, your beautiful art...made my stay here absolutely delightful." ~Linda Dec. 2017

NOTE: Due to chemical sensitivities, please no perfume, cologne, or scented after shave...essential oils are okay.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

10 minute drive from Interstate 10 - either the Ruthrauff or Grant exits. You will need your own car.

Interaction with guest

I am available to socialize if you'd like but spend much of my time in my separate office area so you will have a lot of privacy. OTHER SERVICES THAT I PROVIDE: • A SourceTapping® Session to release emotional upsets, curb cravings, manage stress, and more. Reduced rate for guests $60. • A Reconnective Healing Session - similar to Reiki, but includes many other energies as well. Reduced rate for guests $60. • A personally signed copy of my book, STOP EATING YOUR HEART OUT. $15.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through HouseTrip using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: (£156.93) $200.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

I have an elderly dog. Inquire in advance if you are bringing a pet. Usually a small, well-trained dog will work out fine. My cat, Mr. Mo, will probably stay away.


About the owner

Meryl B.
Average reply time:
1 hour 41 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
24 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


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Guest reviews

12 reviews

Very Good
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Send Meryl (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Meryl the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send Meryl (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Meryl (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Meryl (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Meryl (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my holiday?

You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Meryl (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Meryl (the owner) a message.

If Meryl (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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