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Desert Retreat in a Private Guest House

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Roomy 900 sq. ft. House, 1 bdrm, 1 bath, Full kitchen, own yard.

Enjoy quiet privacy in the heart of the Arizona desert, and still be close to shopping and restaurants. This detached guest house at the back of the one acre property feels more like a private home, with it's own winding driveway (bordered with washes and desert trees) and electric gated entrance.

Have your coffee on the front porch and watch the quail, rabbits and hummingbirds. Take a walk around the block and checkout the local ranches and horses. Stroll along the pathways in the common area between guest house and main house, and take photographs. Lay time aside for the owner's complimentary tour of the property with interesting trivia about the plants and animals of the desert.

Parking is at the door, and the guest house has it's own yard (the main house is located at the front of the property and separated by landscaping allowing privacy for the guesthouse.) The light and airy living/dining room has lots of windows with views from all sides of the lush and varied plants....planted like a desert botanical garden, with paths, sitting places, and art pieces.

The fully stocked kitchen has oven with glass top stove, coffee pot, microwave, carving knife set, dishwasher, and all utensils. If you don't see it just ask. Gas BBQ is on the back porch, adjacent to kitchen. Snack bar seats 4, plus a folding wooden table and chairs are available, stored in the large walk in closet. Iron and ironing board, hairdryer and all linens are furnished.

The roomy bedroom has a luxury queen size bed, but the home can sleep 4 with the queen size sofa bed.

Grocery and restaurants are less than a mile, and the Desert Ridge Shopping Center only 4 miles away. 15 minutes to Phoenix Open, Car and Horse shows, hiking Pinnacle Peak, Horseback Riding and the colorful towns of Cave Creek and Carefree.

A gated swimming pool is available for guest use, located near the side of the main house. The pool is not heated, and is shared with the main house resident.

This is a non smoking house and please check with the owner regarding small pets.

More Details

Sue Wenger
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

About Sue Wenger

My name is Sue.

My husband and I originally purchased this house because we fell in love with the washes and lush natural vegetation on the property. Our neighbor in back was a landscape architect and taught us to appreciate the unique plants and seasons of the desert. We then added a larger variety of desert plants, the guest house and a pool.

Since my husband passed away in 2015, I have enjoyed gradually adding my own imprint. I am an artist by education, but worked in the mortgage lending area. Now in retirement, I have returned to my passion of watercolor painting.

I am pleased to share this desert garden with you. I hope you will enjoy it and come back again and again.

Sue Wenger purchased this house in 1998

Guestbook comments from the owner

We cannot imagine any finer location to experience our first snowbird trip. We so enjoyed your guest house and desert gardens, but mostly we enjoyed the neighborhood, the privacy, your attention to details and your many kindness'. We hope to return someday to once again enjoy your haven.

We had a very happy time here and will take home some awesome memories of your gardens and wildlife.
Jan 2010
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Exceeded All Our Expectations - Great Destination for Cyclists!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I traveled to Cave Creek to find warm weather cycling in March and wow, what a find! The little cottage was so very quiet and peaceful, yet just a few miles from groceries and dining. You could tell in every detail that Sue, the owner, took great care to make her guests feel welcome and comfortable. It was the little things like the hummingbird feeder on the porch so we could watch the birds, the light breakfast she set out for us because we arrived very late at night, and the tour of the many desert plants in her yard the night before we left. We are road cyclists and enjoyed the many bike-friendly roads, riding right out of the driveway to find a new adventure every day! The mountain biking nearby also appears to be pretty awesome; we look forward to coming back and doing some of that as well. Thank you Sue, your place is truly special!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the review. I enjoyed having quality people like you to my guest house. Hope to see you again.
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Desert Retreat in Cave Creek - Incredibly Sweet!

  • 5 of 5

The Desert Retreat home was incredibly sweet! It ticked and triple-ticked all of our boxes – quiet, secluded, impeccably clean, beautifully appointed and decorated. We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our time at Sue’s wonderful guest home. We have done a fair amount of business travel staying at the usual hotels, and, this home struck us like a 4-star resort. In addition to the beautiful home and environment in which to rest and relax, Sue is one of the most creative and inspiring individuals we’ve ever met. The home is a guest house well separated from the main house. The grounds are like a secret garden with many trees, cacti, paths and whimsical objects d’art. We really enjoyed sitting outside in the evening, watching the birds and squirrels scurry about. The neighbors are also far enough away that we always felt we were in a private oasis. Needless to say, we will be returning. If you are looking for what we wanted – quiet, secluded, lovely, clean, with all the comforts of home – yet with very easy access into the city – you cannot go wrong. It is sized perfectly for a couple, or 2-3 friends looking for a sweet get-away, or even for a business trip, as I did. Thank you Sue – we had a most wonderful time. See you again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am fortunate to be able maintain a guest house so that I can host, and get to know, quality people like you.
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Paradise in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every day of our two weeks stay in the comfortable and perfectly equipped guest house. The quiet rural environment allowed us to take our two dogs on long walks, but there is also a park nearby. Shopping for groceries was easy, and the Desert Ridge Shopping Mall with numerous restaurants is only 10 minutes away. Additionally Sue was a perfect host. Thanks for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5

A nice spot for people who appreciate quiet and nature. We enjoyed the guest house and ornamental gardens very much and our hosts were very delightful to visit with. We really can't say enough - so we'll leave it at giving it 5 stars and absolutely - two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Our recent stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Phoenix. Having this beautiful and relaxing guest house to come back to each day was wonderful. It looks just like the pictures and was spotless inside. Darrell and Sue were friendly hosts and yet it was so private. The grounds were fun to walk around and the wildlife enjoyable to watch every morning.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
February 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
March 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 15 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Non refundable cleaning $85
Pet Fee $75

Please contact owner. Normal reservation deposit is half of total, with remainder owed at check in.
100% refund if cancelled 30 days before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Desert View House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • bath has shower with hand held shower head. Shower chair available if needed. Stacking washer dryer are in a pocket door in bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Luxury queen bed, bedroom has large walk in closet
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Vacation Rental Amenities: *All utilities included *Antique furniture combined with modern *New plush queen mattress *Carpet throughout house, tile in the kitchen and bath *Washer/Dryer *Gas Barbecue Grill *Satellite TV * Flat Screen HDTV * "Wifi" High Speed Internet *DVD & CD Player *Supplies Provided: Linens, bedding, Towels * Hairdryer, iron and ironing board.

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