The Cactus Villa at Rancho Sin Vacas, Catalinas

From $560 / week

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 4
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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Sleeps: 4

Type: Villa

The Cactus Villa at Rancho Sin Vacas, Catalinas

The enchanting "Cactus Villa" is set in prestigious "Rancho Sin Vacas," an exclusive gated community at Tucson's northern edge, with 24/7 professional and friendly guards, like everyone in Sin Vacas.

This desirable villa, at a desirable price, is one story--no stairs to climb with luggage or groceries.

The end unit is private and quiet, no one above or below.  You're not sandwiched between claustrophobic side walls which make interior units dark--even after you open the blinds--with limited, or no views at all. Your front view may be the building outside your door, the back view, the building behind you, and no city ...Read more

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  • Overall rating
    5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 reviews


The Cactus Villa at Rancho Sin Vacas, Catalinas
Tucson, Arizona

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Cactus Villa Tops in TLC
September 21, 2014
My long-awaited visit to Cactus Villa began with my arrival via impeccable directions from the airport! It was my first visit to Rancho Sin Vacas but as soon as I opened the front door, I felt as if I were home at last! Peace, quiet and rest were what I needed and all three were delivered - and then some. Everything seemed to work as one to provide a wholesome respite: moderate temps in the mornings and evenings; lovely vistas all times of day; comfortable and attractive appointments at the villa, inside and out; convenient location and ease of getting around the city; proximity of villa to almost everywhere I wanted and needed to go (grocery stores; post office; et al); great neighbors who hardly ever appeared except for couples who frequented the pool that was only a stone's throw away. Then there was the villa itself, where Argie's fine taste and desire to make accommodations comfy and pleasing to the eye was apparent in every room. The piano in the living room was a total surprise although I must admit that I was too busy with other pleasures to sit down and play more than a couple of times. Argie and previous guests were generous in leaving unused staples so I would urge guests to check out the cupboards before shopping, especially for anything that is not likely to be used up in a month's time: condiments, foil, plastic bags, etc. Having spent a month at the villa, I now long to return regularly, annually if possible. It is almost fall and I'm back here in Maryland but my heart is at the Cactus Villa at Rancho Sin Vacas in the Tucson Foothills!
Owner's reply:
Dear Beverly,
Thank you for your great review! I am delighted that your Cactus Villa experience was all that you expected it to be, and then some. Thank you for your compliments. It’s lovely to hear that even at home your heart is at The Cactus Villa! It always gives me pleasure to hear that my values of passion, performance, and a desire to please my guests have been accomplished. I look forward to your return visits. Thank you for being a wonderful guest!

Sharon Kirker Daniell, Vermont
Cactus Villa feels like "home"
September 6, 2014
We arrived at the Cactus Villa late on a Tuesday evening. The minute we walked in, we felt welcomed, as if it were waiting just for us! Argie has decorated the Villa with respect to the desert and Arizona culture. Every convenience was there for us. It was difficult to leave to go exploring in the area because the Villa was so lovely. The Saltillo floors were amazingly beautiful. Her furnishings were perfectly chosen and placed. We spent every evening outside on the back patio and observed many birds and wildlife. Morning walks in the gated community were gorgeous and everyone I met was very friendly. The location was also convenient. We were never more than minutes from any destination, yet we were tucked up into the foothills. We are very grateful that we had the opportunity to be guests at the Cactus Villa. We would love to come back for a longer stay.
Owner's reply:
Sharon, Thank you for your lovely review! It was my pleasure to have you and Gary as guests. I am very happy to hear that your stay at The Cactus Villa desert retreat was enjoyable. It is my desire to consistently delight our guests with a positive and memorable experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. I look forward to a return visit in the future! Argie

By Charlotte L. (Washington, DC)
This was the third year that we stayed at Argie's lovely Cactus Villa and we had a wonderful time once again. Argie is very accommodating and very accessible if there are any questions, and she is very professional, making the rental process easy and providing a quick refund of rental deposit after the stay. The villa is beautifully decorated with a southwest motif and lovely warm colors, and it is extremely well furnished. There are lots of southwest touches like clay pots, figurines, cool area rugs, etc. and the villa is bright and sunny. The kitchen is very well stocked with appliances and everything you need, we like to cook and we were able to make some great dishes. There is everything you need for a comfortable and pleasurable stay, Argie has thought of everything! The patio is surrounded by flowers and bushes and mesquite trees and is very private. There is very nice outdoor seating and a barbeque grill. The community surroundings are really beautiful, and there are some great walks within the community with some beautiful houses surrounded by an unspoiled desert landscape. The community is right up against the mountains and so there are great views and great sunsets and sunrises. We love to hike and the villa is within 10 - 15 minutes drive from some of the best hiking in the Tucson area. The location is also not far from the historic downtown and there is a very nice outside mall a few minutes drive away. We highly recommend the Cactus Villa, it was a real find for us!
Owner's reply:
Dear Charlotte,
Thank you for the great review and the lovely compliments on The Cactus Villa. It’s been our pleasure to have you and Mike as guests. We appreciate the way you took good care of our property, even covering our plants to protect them during a freeze. We’re glad that you enjoyed the hiking, the community, and the location. You’re a special couple. We'll miss you, but are happy that you now have your own retreat for your future holidays! Wishing you all the best. Argie

Ryan Butler
Minneapolis, MN
Right at home
October 14, 2013
Stayed for a week and felt right at home. Clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. Spectacular location and views nestled in the foothills, and felt like we had the place & pool to ourselves- very relaxing.
Owner's reply:
Hi Ryan and Nicole,
Thank you for your very nice review and email: "Hi... Thanks so much we had a great time and your accommodations were ideal. We were very pleased. Only bit of feedback is when we arrived the ac was off and it was extremely hot that week, took awhile to get comfy that day. No worries though. Loved your place, thanks, and hope all is well." Ryan, thanks for the feedback on the a/c. It was addressed. Thanks for being great guests! I look forward to a return visit. Argie

By Rich and Ellen (Colorado,USA)
We rented Cactus villa for the month of December. It was easy to deal with Argie as she was only a phone call away. The villa was very well appointed in a great area of Tucson. My wife and I are outdoor people, so when we weren't golfing we were hiking. There are to great hiking trails within 5 minute drive of the villa. One is called The Pima Trail and the other is Finger Rock Trail. I would advise hiking with boots not running shoes. There are also fine restaurants and excellent grocery stores as well as other shopping. The villa itself is nicely decorated and has everything you need for an extended stay.There is also 24 hour security. In short, we loved our stay and plan to go back.

By Diane (Chicago, Illinois)
We stayed at the Cactus villa in May and really enjoyed our time in Tucson. The villa is just as pictured, no surprises. Everything is up to date and very comfortable. The pool is just steps from the front door. There is plenty of shopping nearby and places to eat. Arranging the rental was easy, Argie is very accommodating. I would like to come back.

By Matt Taylor, Surrey, UK, May 19, 2011
I wanted to bring my family to Tucson where I lived as a boy. We found the Cactus Villa over the internet - it was easy to arrange and when we arrived it matched the description. We stayed 10 days, spending a few hours in the pool each day, and visiting the airplane boneyard, desert museum, Mount Lemon, Tombstone, L'il Abners Steakhouse and much more. The pool is the best bit - we were the only ones there most of the time and it's about 20 steps from the front door. We played ball, swam and then heated up in the jacuzzi. I loved lying on a lounger, looking up through the palm leaves at blue sky and hearing the birds sing. The villa's setting on the foothills is my second favourite point. This is an area where people live in their own holiday houses, so it's all well kept, quiet and friendly. Car is obviously essential and gets you anywhere you need - Tucson's not that big a place and the roads are delightfully empty compared to the UK. We would normally choose a house with more bedrooms. The master bedroom is ample for parents, but the boys slept effectively on sofa beds, one of which was in the living room, so had to be made up and demounted each day. For us though, the pool outweighs a lot of indoor space. Our deposit was returned speedily without us asking. All in all a very good experience.

By Brian Bade (Black Hills, SD USA)
Sandy and I spent the month of February at Cactus Villa and enjoyed every minute of it. The villa is inviting and comfortable - we really liked the saltillo tile floors and tasteful southwest decor. The gated community is quiet and friendly and the views from the foothills location are great. It's easy to drive around Tucson and there is plenty to do - we were as busy as we wanted to be and always glad to come home to the privacy of our patio. The kitchen is adequate for light cooking. The space is ideal for two and can work for four with minimum disruption. Thanks, Argie - we hope to come back again soon.

Drew, Santa Fe, NM, October 2010
"Cactus Villa, An Exceptional Tucson Experience
I have stayed at The Cactus Villa three times. The location is superb, offering the best of both the city of Tucson and the privacy of the secluded, beautiful foothills area. The villa accommodations here are excellent, the owner is friendly, conscientious and responsive, and there is a good local contact as well.

I usually vacation in the summer, so I enjoy the cooler, high mountain setting. The main exposure is northeast, providing a welcome respite from the sun when you are outside. There is nothing more enjoyable than a night under the stars after a day of exploring Tucson's many treasures, an invigorating swim in the pool, or a barbecue with friends in the comfortable and private patio - or all of the above!"

Jacksonville, Oregon
It's been a great stay with the location, stunning views, great neighbors, and extremely quiet environment making the time spent here go too fast."1/30/10

"By Susan Gustavson. Portland, Oregon
My husband and I spent three weeks there and it was quiet and comfortable, just right for two. The location is wonderful, right up against the foothills of the Catalina mountains. You can take a long walk within the development and see bobcat, roadrunners and lots of birds. Close enough to shopping and services but far enough up off the main road to be very tranquil. Argie is prompt and easy to make the arrangements with, and there is a good local contact provided to help us with things that came up, like a touchy garbage disposer and figuring out the new TV. There was a nice welcome basket with treats that greeted us, a welcome touch since we'd been driving all day. Didn't use the pool--too cold outside--but it's a nice small area that is steps away from the condo. I would definitely stay there again." 1/22/10

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Mountain nearby

Getting There

Nearest train station: Amtrak, 10 miles
Nearest airport: Tucson International, 15 miles
Car is essential



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