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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway

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Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-8)

THE HOMESTEAD HOUSE: 3 Bedrooms, sleeps up to 7. Enjoy a 350 s.f. master bedroom with a separate entry, full size bed, additional small bed in a cozy alcove. Second bedroom with twin beds. One semi-private bedroom adjacent to the living room, with single bed. Living room includes a full size sofa-bed. 1 full bath with double sinks. Fully equipped kitchen including dishes, some staples, etc. Towels, linens and other amenities are included. Private laundry room. For those who travel with their horse, accommodations for the 4-legged kind may also be arranged. Call for details. (The Homestead is the larger of the 2 guest houses that are offered by Open Cross Ranch. To see information about the other house, see separate VRBO listing: The Canelo House)


The historic Open Cross Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch in the Canelo Hills near Sonoita. Enjoy the most stunning views and excellent accommodations. The Ranch was first homesteaded in 1918. Most recently the original house and two private guest houses have been updated and renovated by owners - husband and wife, Mac & Billie Donaldson. They reside in the main house, and the Homestead and Canelo Houses are available to travelers. With unrivaled panoramic views and spacious areas, the western setting also provides a rich backdrop for events, including weddings and receptions.


Each house is tastefully appointed with details that make a house a home, such as linens, cookware, dinnerware and more. Each quality item has been personally chosen by Billie Donaldson. Other luxuries include a modern laundry room in each house, and beautifully appointed kitchens. Your comfort and privacy are important at the Ranch. Once you arrive, it becomes your private home to come and go as you please; a 100% self-serve stay. Billie’s complimentary welcome basket will be waiting for you. She might include fresh eggs from her hen house, seasonal goodies, or other local offerings.


If you want to vacation with your horse(s), call for details. Private rides are sometimes available with the owner, schedule permitting; a great way to see the working side of the Ranch.


The Open Cross motto is, “unplug and unwind”. Be prepared to leave city life behind. This countryside property provides private nature walks, hikes, horseback riding, and mountain biking right outside your door. The dark nighttime skies are a stargazer’s paradise, and the landscape is pure inspiration for artists and photographers. Riding stables are just a stone’s throw, and a mere 4 1/2 miles off of Hwy 83, you’ll find yourself in the heart of some of Arizona’s best wine country. The immediate area offers wine tastings and tours at a dozen vineyards and wineries, many of which are recipients of some of the most prestigious wine awards and accolades. “Foodies” might also appreciate local organic produce, Farmers’ Markets, and plentiful homemade goods. A quick jaunt to nearby Sonoita and other towns, reveals a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, historic attractions, museums and other recreation. Throughout the year escape to events such as the Sonoita Rodeo, horse races, food events, county fairs and other community activities. Fishing and water sport enthusiasts enjoy nearby lakes - Parker Canyon and Patagonia.


This Madera oak woodland receives the majority of rainfall from July through September, bringing rolling green pastures and abundant wildlife activity. Every changing season is celebrated here. The higher elevation of 5,100 ft. makes for cooler, greener summers than many of the surrounding cities and towns, while fall and winter are comparatively mild, with a short-lived snowfall now and then. Each season brings unique sights of native fauna and colorful landscapes specific to these wooded grasslands.


Open Cross Ranch is a USDA Forest permit in the Canelo Hills of Santa Cruz County. This year-round cow and calf operation has crossbred cows with Angus and Hereford bulls. Calves are born from April–July and are weaned in the fall. Because of the difficult terrain of these limestone hills, working cattle by traditional horseback is necessary. Owner Mac Donaldson oversees the day to day operations that keep this part of the Ranch's history alive and kick'n. It is a beautiful family affair.

Note: Google Maps and GPS systems may not show accurate street names in this area.

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More Details

Billie Donaldson
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Billie Donaldson

The Donaldsons have been ranching in Southern Arizona for four generations and have a strong tie to the land.

Mac & Billie are hands-on, making your every experience at the Ranch enjoyable and memorable.

Why Billie Donaldson chose Elgin

Open Cross Ranch abides to personal ethics of conservation and sustainability. The original homestead property of 1918 is a prime example of western heritage and hospitality.

What makes this house unique

The Homestead House is full of everything you need to make yourself comfortable at home. Provisions include linens, kitchenware, and more. The decor is charming western chic with unique rustic touches. It provides a perfect home base for the many activities in the area. The Ranch is private yet convenient to nearby Sonoita, and is in the heart of Arizona Wine Country with a dozen vineyards and wineries, riding stables and more. The property is vast and provides beautiful wilderness for exploration and activities. Horses are welcome at the Ranch. Call for details if you are traveling with your horse(s). Schedule permitting, the owners may sometimes offer private rides; a great way to see behind the scenes of a working cattle ranch. The spacious property is perfect for retreats, family reunions, and events.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Elgin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Old world charm with touches of antique and rustic.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Sofa bed in living room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , Semi-private room off of the living room/kitchen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Master bedroom with a nook which can sleep a shild.
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans, Evaporative cooling, Wall heaters in bedrooms, Down comforters, Handcrafted quilts, Master bedroom desk, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, High chair, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Board games, Books, Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Outdoor ramada, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability.


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Open Cross Ranch Private Guesthouses - Wine Country Getaway
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews
Montana, USA

Peace and quiet, lovely owners

  • 4 of 5

House has everything needed. Heating works well. Beds very comfortable. Good laundry system. Hosts we're helpful in giving an understanding of the area's history.

  • Submitted: 1-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect small group retreat stay

  • 5 of 5

Open Cross Ranch was a perfect match for our group of 8. It is private, off grid for unplugging, ample spaces for connecting with Mother Nature, clean, simple, inviting, cozy and full of beautiful energy. Our group will be back.

  • Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect week at Open Cross Ranch

  • 5 of 5

Thanks, Billie and Mac, for a wonderful time. Your home is both beautiful and comfortable and we appreciated your attention to detail. We enjoyed lots of great hiking and birding in the area. We look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: 6-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place, wonderful hosts!!

  • 5 of 5

Open Cross Ranch is a fabulous place to get away from it all. The house is beautifully appointed and fully stocked, and there's a grill and firepit ready to go. The views are incredible. Billie and Mac are superb hosts. This is my second time staying there (once in Canelo House with my husband and this time in Homestead House with a group of friends) and I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and property. So peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and property. So peaceful.

  • Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Third time visitor

  • 5 of 5

This was my third time staying in the lovely homestead house on Open Cross Ranch. The house is beautifully decorated and so very comfortable. Billy and Mac are welcoming hosts and I appreciate their willingness to share their ranch with us.

  • Submitted: 5-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the best location to stay and enjoy Arizona's wine country. Wine tours and wine tastings are an every day thing at a dozen wineries and vineyards within minutes of the Ranch. Enjoy new area restaurants and seasonal events, away from the hustle and bustle of city life; an ultimate relaxing country experience. Open Cross Ranch features on-property trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The extraordinary scenery and abundant wildlife is favored by photographers and artists, and the starry nighttime skies are spectacular. There a 2 area lakes for fishing, swimming, and boating.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Elgin

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.6%

If you need to board your horse(s) contact us for details at 520-455-4603
(Recommended check-in by 3pm. Check-out 3pm.)

Please contact the owner for stays longer weekly or monthly

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