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Heartland Guesthouse: Birding, Birding, Birding, Hiking & Astronomy Paradise!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,580 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft & sofabed; 2 Baths; Sleeps up to 5 adults + 3 kids

Awaken to songbirds singing in the majestic 300-year old White Oak, Walnut and Arizona Ash trees just outside Heartland Guesthouse! Open the blinds and step out on the Master Bedroom's private balcony to celebrate the dazzling morning sunrise over the Huachuca Mountains to the east. Toddle downstairs to grind fresh coffee beans for the French press coffee pot and relax in the sunroom or under the trees in our Oak Park while you relish the sights and sounds of Nature -- not traffic, not subways, not honking horns, not bustling cities – but Nature. If this sounds delightful, you’re our kind of Guest!

Located in the high Madrean Oak Grasslands of southern Arizona, at an altitude of nearly 5200 feet, Heartland Guesthouse lies on the Heartland Ranch near the long-ago community of Canelo between the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains and the Canelo Hills. Weather is temperate year-round, with temperatures generally running about 15 degrees cooler than Tucson and 20-25 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Heartland Ranch is a 160-acre former bustling livestock ranch that now quietly awaits our next Guests. Once guardian of cattle, horses, goats, sheep and, yes, alpacas, our “retired” Anatolian Shepherd dog Zena now snoozes peacefully during the days while Bruno, the rescued Lab/Chesapeake retriever mix, faithfully watches over the Ranch, Guesthouse and its people. Zena, by the way, is shameless about being petted and handed treats, so be forewarned. There's a reason we’ve placed a well-stocked 'Pet Treats' jar just inside the Guesthouse door!

The Guesthouse entry leads through an “Arizona room”, known to the rest of the world as a sunroom, which opens to the vaulted great room (the ceiling is 18’ high!) with its cozy wood pellet stove, spacious dining area overlooking the myriad bird feeders just outside the patio, breakfast bar and fully-equipped kitchen with newer electric range, new microwave, full-size refrigerator/freezer, blender, mixer, slow cooker, toaster, rice maker, high-quality cutlery and Corian counters. 'Foodies' ourselves, we have equipped the Guesthouse kitchen with everything a foodie would need, whether staying a week or a month. We even include the spices and cooking oil!

Also on the first floor is a generous bedroom adjacent to the bathroom. This bedroom is furnished with a very comfortable King bed; on request we happily make it into 2 Twin beds. The first-floor bathroom has handi-bars for the safety and convenience of older guests, and we can add armrests to the toilet and a shower seat in the tub on request. Our most recent long-term tenant in the Guesthouse, prior to it becoming a vacation rental, was a gentleman who used a walker for getting around, so we know the lower level of the Guesthouse is very suitable for someone with mild mobility restrictions.

The second-floor master bedroom is large, with a 'VERY comfortable' (to quote our guests) Queen bed, vaulted ceiling, private balcony and ensuite bathroom. Also on the second floor is a loft with office or library set-up including a desk, phone, bookcase and wired or wireless Internet connection to high-speed satellite.

Important note: Due to limitations of the septic system, Heartland Guesthouse is able to accept a maximum of up to 5 adults and 3 children under the age of twelve (a total of 8 persons) for up to a week at a time. Parties of 1-6 guests have no such length-of-stay restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

As for activities while staying at the Guesthouse, here are just a few:

Birding! Birding! Birding! Year round, we provide a reliable source of fresh water and plentiful food for the myriad species of resident, breeding and migratory birds who visit Heartland Guesthouse and the surrounding magnificent live oak forest. Every Spring, we or our Guests add yet another bird to our Sightings list. Even if you aren't a 'birder', you can't help but enjoy the avian antics that take place just outside the Guesthouse patio and within easy viewing from the dining area.

For folks who are looking for complete and total relaxation in a beautiful location, we have an interesting library of books, CDs and DVDs, that we can augment to your special interests, as well as games, jigsaw puzzles, hiking staffs, golf umbrellas, a National Forest practically right outside your door and, on your return, comfortable seating near the cozy pellet stove or outside on the patio.

A fully-equipped kitchen means you can cook all your meals to your heart’s content or just prepare a quick and easy breakfast before you head out the door to area adventures and excellent dining.

Wineries, shopping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, boating, star-gazing, visiting area tourist attractions, birding in one of the world's top birdwatching destinations, trail riding with horses or mountain bikes – these are just a few of the possibilities.

We maintain a Guest Activities Book and brochures with lots of ideas to keep you as occupied as you want to be, and we are happy to provide suggestions on places to visit, eat and enjoy. The activities available here are myriad, but the one thing you are not allowed to be here is bored!

Heartland Ranch, on which Heartland Guesthouse is situated, is rurally located 20 miles south of Sonoita and 15 miles west of Sierra Vista, surrounded on 2 sides by National Forest. A 'traffic jam' here means the raccoons or Montezuma Quail are taking their time crossing the road. State Highway 83 brings you to within 1.5 miles of the Guesthouse; and the graded, gravel road the rest of the way is easily traversed by passenger cars. Fort Huachuca, a US Army fort dating from the days of Cochise and Geronimo, graciously permits US citizens to apply for a 30-day access badge through the Fort to Sierra Vista, so that all the amenities of a city are just 30 minutes away. Sonoita is also 30 minutes away; Patagonia is another 15 minutes farther. Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson, Karchner Caverns, Tubac and the Mission at Tumacacori are all within approximately an hour’s drive away. Tucson and its International Airport, where rental cars may be obtained, is an hour and a half away; and the Guesthouse is 3 hours from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, where airfares are often discounted.

Local phone service is provided year-round at the Guesthouse, and your friends, family and business associates will be able to reach you on a dedicated land line. Because cell service is very spotty in this area, we also provide unlimited long distance calling during our High Season. High Season runs from December 15-April 30 and has a minimum stay of 7 days. The rest of the year, rates by necessity are significantly lower; and we are therefore unable to provide long distance service at no cost. For off-season daily and weekly guests, calling cards will solve the problem; and they are available to be purchased at our cost if you wish. For Off-Season monthly guests, we are happy to pre-arrange unlimited long distance service for a very reasonable $29 per month.

We are proud to say Heartland Guesthouse is clean, clean, clean. If you, like us, have ever stayed in a less-than-clean vacation rental, you know how important this is. We sanitize the linens and towels between guests and the Guesthouse is scrubbed to within an inch of its life before each guest arrives. Because Heartland Guesthouse is maintained as a low-allergen vacation rental, we regretfully do not accept any pets at this time.

We know there are a few cheaper vacation rentals in this general area, but most are more expensive ones. Our Guests tell us that none deliver the amenities and hospitality for the price that Heartland Guesthouse does. Perhaps that's why so many of our Guests are repeat Guests; and they tend to book very, very early in the season to guarantee their preferred dates of stay. Generally, Heartland Guesthouse is nearly fully booked from November through April, so we know we're doing something right! If you are interested in Heartland Guesthouse (and we sincerely hope you are) we encourage you to book as early as possible to guarantee your preferred dates.

We will contact you about 2 weeks before your arrival to find out your particular interests in visiting this area and will tailor the Guesthouse's selection of guide books, activity brochures and maps to your taste. At that time, we will also provide a list of all the supplies we provide for our Guests, so you don't overpack, or overbuy, for your visit.

Our mission is to provide you with a truly memorable vacation -- one that brings warm memories and a smile for years to come -- so please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of assistance. We look forward to your visit!

Keywords: Outstanding Birding on Site, Excellent Birding nearby, Vacation Rental, Guesthouse, Hiking, Wineries, Ranch, National Forest, Foodies, Arizona Trail, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Canelo, Elgin, Patagonia, Sonoita, Fort Huachuca, Tombstone, Bisbee, Sierra Vista

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Property Manager
Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2018

About Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner

Heartland Guesthouse's co-Owner and Property Manager, Rachel Hendrickson, has been a real estate broker since 1987. In 1996, she and her husband, Mark, left their busy careers in Tucson and moved to Heartland Ranch, where Mark took a position in Sierra Vista and Rachel was occupied full-time running the Ranch, its Country Store and all the public activities involved with it. In 2006, Rachel and Mark made the decision to give up ranching in favor of spending more time with family, friends and each other. Since then, the former Foreman's House, located 300' away from the Ranch House, has been completely rehabbed and refurnished and is now known as Heartland Guesthouse. Mark and Rachel are delighted to welcome vacationers from all over the world to enjoy the amenities and ambience of Heartland Guesthouse together with world-class hospitality. Having stayed in a number of vacation rentals themselves, they have personally experienced the highs, and lows, of the vacation rental experience. They have used their personal experiences to create a truly welcoming environment for the discerning traveler, with everything necessary for not just a comfortable stay but one to be fondly remembered, with a smile, for years to come.

Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why Rachel Hendrickson, Broker/Owner chose Elgin

Mark and Rachel know the best marketing can't be bought with money, but rather with outstanding customer service; and to that end, it is their pleasure to provide truly outstanding customer service to their guests. Our guests have graciously rewarded us with consistently stellar reviews, and we encourage any potential guest to read them.

What makes this house unique

We have always known that Heartland Guesthouse is a superb location from which to enjoy excellent birding, especially from January through May, as we are a breeding stop for migratory birds returning to their homes up north after a long winter. A recent visitor, with past experience working with the Audubon Society, reported during her 4-day stay in April that she spotted 29 species of birds just in and around the Guesthouse!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Elgin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1580 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , This Bathroom is adjacent to the Downstairs Bedroom.
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , This bathroom is ensuite in the Master Bedroom upstairs.
  • First-Floor bath has a tub/shower combination with handibars, toilet and single vanity with good counter space and storage. Upon request, arm-rests can be added to the toilet and a shower seat can be provided for our older Guests. Master bath has a shower, toilet and single vanity.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , The Downstairs Bedroom can have 1 King or 2 Twins.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , The Master is upstairs with an ensuite bathroom.
    Convertible bed(s) - The sofa sleeper in the Great Room is a full-size bed.
  • King size Beds (1) OR Twin size Beds (2) in Downstairs Bedroom; please specify which you prefer. Queen size Beds (1) in Master upstairs. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) full-size in Great Room. Up to 2 children can be accommodated on firm foam mattresses on the floor in the loft.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Heartland Guesthouse sits on the 160-acre Heartland Ranch in the oak grasslands of southern Arizona at 5200' elevation nearly surrounded by National Forest. Climate is nearly always temperate. This comfortable, clean and attractive 2-bedroom, 2-bath home with loft office has recently been extensively refurbished. Corian counters in the fully-equipped 'foodies' kitchen, new carpeting, fine linens and everything necessary to make your vacation carefree and enjoyable are provided. King bed in first-floor bedroom makes into 2 Twins on request; handibars in the adjacent bath for our older guests; toilet armrests & shower chair available. Children welcome! Horse facilities available for additional fee. Tradewinds Cooler for warm days; cozy pellet stove for brisk winter evenings. No pets please; we are a low-allergen residence. 30 minutes to all major services/amenities in nearby Sierra Vista or Sonoita. Owner/Professional Manager lives onsite 300' away; privacy absolutely respected.


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Heartland Guesthouse: Birding, Birding, Birding, Hiking & Astronomy Paradise!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Home away from home on the ranch.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property kept as new in lovely setting amidst rich variety of wildlife surrounded by hills and mountains and that Arizona air, sky and magnificent sun shows morning and evening.

Rachel and Mark are great hosts who spare no effort in providing self catering that feels like a comfortable home.

Extremely well equipped, beautifully furnished and very comfortable all round.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to return some day soon.

  • Submitted: 1-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! It made our day! We loved hosting you and your very charming and thoughtful family as well. Rachel Hendrickson, Part Owner/Property Manager Heartland Guesthouse Canelo, AZ
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better stay. We really enjoyed the house and the surrounding areas.

  • Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning vistas

  • 5 of 5

The views around the guesthouse are breath taking looking at the Huachuca mountains and foot hills. The accommodations were immaculate and the space was just right for 2. Rachel and Mark were very happy to assist us with navigating the area to maximize our experience.

  • Submitted: 1-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denise, thank you so much for the lovely review! It made our day! We enjoyed hosting you and Dave and wish you all the best. Rachel
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The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the Heartland Guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

Wow, the setting for this house is really beautiful. It’s in a secluded location, but a nice drive to two major birding centers – Patagonia to the west and Sierra Vista to the east. Traveling through Fort Huachuca is an easy short cut to Sierra Vista from here. The bird feeders at the house attract a nice variety of birds. We saw 32 bird species here. The house is very well kept, spacious, comfortable and highly organized. The owners make you feel welcome and at home. We were here one week (end of March, beginning of April) and enjoyed every minute. We highly recommend it and look forward to staying here again some day.

Dennis and Judy

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

  • Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review! It's obvious you really enjoyed yourselves, and that's just wonderful. We enjoyed having you as guests and look forward to hosting you again some day! Rachel Rachel Hendrickson, Broker & Property Manager, Dreamcatcher Properties and Part Owner of Heartland Guesthouse
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Heartland Guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Heartland Guesthouse for two weeks in March, 2017. The house is a charming residence with all the amenities one could ask for. The house was very clean and tidy and was well stocked with not only the usual essentials but also with extras like herbs and spices, coffee, tea and a gift basket of fruit on our arrival. Rachel provided a binder and other material covering all aspects of the rental, including very clear instructions on the use of the pellet stove, the satellite TV system and other equipment. There is an abundance of material on local events and attractions. There are books on birds native to Arizona and books of general interest respecting southern Arizona.

The back yard has numerous bird feeders and birds are a constant delight. On several occasions, we had breakfast while watching deer graze within 100 feet of the patio.

Rachel and Mark were very accommodating and their hospitality was above and beyond what one would normally experience.

I would highly recommend the Heartland Guesthouse to anyone who appreciates a quality home, a tranquil setting and nature at the back door.

Larry & Donna

Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada

  • Submitted: 24-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Larry and Donna, thank you for your lovely review of Heartland Guesthouse! We enjoyed hosting you so very much, and we treasure your kind comments. Rachel & Mark Hendrickson
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Fantastic spot!

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I recently spent two weeks at this beautiful guesthouse. I was attracted to it online because there were so many bird feeders off the patio--and they didn't disappoint us!

I travel a lot and have never stayed at such a lovely and welcoming spot. The large, nicely furnished house has everything you could possibly want or need for an extended stay. Rachel has provided numerous brochures, maps, booklets and books that tell about surrounding sites as well as the birds, flowers, and wildlife and area history. A well stocked lending library provided reading material, although there is also TV and a DV player.

The surrounding area is beautiful and seems to offer new sights from day to day. While the house is isolated and a drive from every thing you'll want to visit, the peace and beauty there makes up for the long drives!

Rachel and Mark are attentive but non-intrusive and are only a phone call or an email away, Their friendliness and kindness was appreciated. Thanks to them for sharing Heartland Guesthouse with us!

  • Submitted: 11-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! We really appreciate it. Best wishes to you and your friend, and know that you will always be welcome! Rachel Hendrickson
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Sierra Vista
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Mountain View Golf Course @ Fort Huachuca
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 83
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Sierra Vista and Sonoita
Car: necessary

*Bird watching: This part of southern Arizona is one of the premier bird-watching areas in the world, and Heartland Guesthouse is renowned for the quantity of species of birds we are able to attract. Perhaps it is the majestic 300-year old Arizona White Oak forest just outside the Guesthouse. Perhaps it is the daily attention to the multitude of bird feeders and waterers. Perhaps we're just lucky! But even Audubon administrative staff and seasoned members have raved about the birding just outside the doors of Heartland Guesthouse. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

*Hiking: The Arizona Trail is a short distance away, as well as multiple trails into the Huachuca Mountains from both the east and west sides.

*Horse riding: There are rental stables in Sonoita for guided horseback tours. Or, bring your own horse and ride out from Heartland Ranch! Ask about fees for stall rental.

*Wine tasting: A number of excellent wineries within a 30-minute drive of Heartland Guesthouse are open for wine tasting 3-7 days/week, which is why we have equipped our kitchen for 'foodies' and placed an excellent gas grill in the patio.

*Foodies: If you like to EAT great food, we can recommend some truly magnificent restaurants to you that equal the quality of the best metropolitan restaurants at a fraction of the price. If you like to COOK great food, the kitchen is fully equipped & a high-quality gas barbecue is just outside.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Elgin

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$76.02
Cleaning Fee C$225.49

Monthly rentals (28-29 nights) are at rate stated per season plus $220 cleaning and $79 Property Damage Protection. June-August are for monthly rentals only. 6.6% AZ hospitality tax is charged by the Arizona Department of Revenue for less than a 30-day stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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