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Billie Donaldson

Member since: 2011
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The Canelo House - 1 of 2 Private Houses at Open Cross Ranch

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


Photos and Description of the Sonoita vacation house rental

Guest House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, (Sleeps 6)

THE CANELO HOUSE: Comfortable open floor plan, 2 Bedroom house sleeps up to 4. First bedroom has a queen size bed; second bedroom has twin beds. One bathroom with shower. Fully appointed kitchen with modern appliances. Private laundry room with front loading machines. Furnished with linens to pots and pans and everything you need to be at home. Horses are welcome if you choose to bring your horse(s) on vacation. Schedule permitting, the owners may give a private ride; a great way to see other areas of the Ranch. Call for horse details. (For information about the larger guest house, see VRBO listing: The Homestead House.)


The historic Open Cross Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch in the Canelo Hills near Sonoita. Enjoy 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 for 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.


I you choose to bring 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.

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More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • long term renters welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Billie Donaldson (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english


Car: necessary

Enjoy on-property trails for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and other adventures. The extraordinary scenery and abundant wildlife is favored by photographers and artists, and the starry nighttime skies are spectacular.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Sonoita, Arizona

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1 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 6.6%

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Sonoita

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Charming, spacious 1/2 bath which connects to a private laundry room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • long term renters welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • 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, Air conditioning, Down comforters, I-pod alarm clock, Hairdryer, Hangers & luggage rack, Toaster, Coffee pot, Hand mixer, Britta pitcher, First aid kit, Laundry & cleaning supplies, Ironing board & iron, Telephone (local calls and personal calling cards), Movies, Ranch Chuck Wagon, Horse Shoe Pit, Croquet, Welcome basket with complimentary toiletries, coffee, tea, and more, Horse corrals for boarding your horse upon availability.