Serene Getaway in Nature. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom With Peaceful Desert Views
About Robyn Lugo
I grew up in France and spent many years traveling around the world while working at an international job. I eventually settled in San Francisco and raised my family there. We began to split our time between California and Arizona after falling in love with the beautiful desert. We also found the exposure to native american traditions very intriguing and rewarding.
Robyn Lugo purchased this House in 1996
Why Robyn Lugo chose Diamond Bell Ranch
We spent many family vacations in this home. It has a wonderful energy and peaceful desert surroundings. It is a great place to be to escape from the busy city, but close enough to Tucson to enjoy all it offers.
What makes this House unique
This home's main living area has a wonderful open feeling with lots of natural light and great windows. It feels very private and secluded. My wife is an artist and found it a wonderful place to resource and fuel her creative energy.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
lives up to the the title!
very quiet, with excellent indoor/outdoor space and furniture. lots of wildlife, especially birds. many unimproved roads and trails in the area.
Beautiful Desert Experiences
The house provided us many exceptional experiences. We three adults spent most of our time on the covered veranda watching birds, javelinas, rabbits, coyotes and deer. There was even a great horned owl perched in one of the trees on the property. Sunsets were beautiful and the bird song chorus each morning and evening was lovely. The living areas were spacious and comfortable, and views from inside the house gave us access to wildlife watching when it was windy or hot. The house itself is showing its wear in places, and the beds were not very comfortable. But the overall ease and space to spread out in the house balanced out the drawbacks. The rural location is wonderful for its desert ambiance, however the distances we needed to travel to Tucson and Madera Canyon, for example, required lots of time in the car. We interspersed days at home with excursion days to recover from long car rides.
Thank you for their wonderful review, which shared my personal experiences there. We also appreciate the feedback about comfort of the beds. We will be purchasing a new mattress for the beds. We would love to have you come stay again in the future. Warm regards, Joel.
An awesome stay!
This property was all we hoped it would be and more! If you like Mountain View’s, wildlife in your backyard, clean and inviting homes, then this is the place for you! It is a bit of a drive to Tucson and other areas of interest, but we were always pleased to arrive back at the peacefulness that this property offers. We spent a month here and would not hesitate to come back!
Far from everything, but close to nature.
We managed to get a real taste of desert living during our two weeks there this past December/January. Peccaries, road runners, and all sorts of birds frequented the back yard. The house is spacious and quite nice inside. The weather was perfect, averaging around a high of 75 degrees (I wouldn't come in the summer unless you like it 100 degrees +). But keep in mind that the house is at best a 50 minute drive to central Tucson. Kitt Peak is just 20 minutes and the Museum of the Desert and Saguaro National Park are about 35 minutes.
La Palomita is a very Special Place
In December of 2017, we spent 19 days in this pleasant, comfortably furnished property on the Diamond Bell Ranch estate west of Tucson, AZ. The kitchen is well-equipped. The caretaker, Ben, was helpful upon our arrival and responsive to any questions or concerns that we had during our stay. A spacious office with two desks was a definite bonus for us. The photos and description on the website are accurate.
The highlight of our residence was undoubtedly the proximity to life in the Sonoran Desert. Every morning, we sat in the garden, sipped our coffee and watched the plethora of birdlife - Northern Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxias, Curved- Bill Thrashers, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Doves, Gila Woodpeckers, Canyon Towhees - that came to feed at the huge block of birdseed that was provided by Ben. Hummingbirds would often zip in to suck the nectar from flowers thoughtfully planted by the owners. A curious Greater Roadrunner would run, halt and change direction as it inspected the yard. Javelina would sometimes chase each other through the bushes and even "play" in the unfenced yard. In the late afternoon, cottontail rabbits and jackrabbits often put in an appearance. Once, a coyote came dashing into the garden and then stopped in disbelief when he suddenly saw us. He quickly darted off. Occasionally, white-tailed deer would tentatively investigate who was currently staying at the house.
La Palomita, as this property is known, is a very special place.
The only disadvantage to this property is the flip side of its location out in the desert. Depending on the time of day and the amount of traffic, it can easily take 50 minutes or more to drive into downtown Tucson. It is not convenient for exploring areas of Tucson that are on the north, east, and southeast sides of the city. While it is relatively quick to visit the Kitt Peak Observatory, Saguaro National Park West and the Arizona - Senora Desert Museum, the travel times to some attractions - such as Biosphere 2, Mount Lemmon, Saguaro National Park East and Catalina State Park - usually involve a 3-hour round trip. In view of the fact that Tucson suffers from an appalling case of urban sprawl, however, this problem would likely arise no matter where you are located.
Beautiful, Relaxing, turned me into a desert lover
This was a family reunion. People came from around the United States. Everyone loved it. Bird watchers-happy. Butterfly and Hummingbird fans-loved it. Wildlife fans saw havalinas, coyotes, rabbits, deer, and even a roadrunner. The house was super comfortable and everything we needed was there if you look long enough. It is remote, but that is why we had all the beautiful nature. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful home.
Thank you for sharing your heartfelt experience. I have the same feelings and love for people to resonate as I do with a little peace of heaven on earth.