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Tucson Vacation Rental Home

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950 sq/ft
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Amenities

Air Conditioning

Clothes Dryer

Fireplace

Hair Dryer

Heating

Internet

Iron & Board

Linens Provided

Living Room

Parking

Towels Provided

Washing Machine

Coffee Maker

Dishes & Utensils

Dishwasher

Microwave

Oven

Refrigerator

Stove

Toaster

Dining Area

Seating For 6 People

Satellite / Cable

Stereo

Deck / Patio

Outdoor Grill

Long-term Renters Welcome

Wheelchair Inaccessible

Reviews from the Internet 23

Excellent 4.83/5

(23 traveler reviews)


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  • Beautiful place!!!

    5 of 5

    Great home with great views!

    Submitted: Dec 14, 2018
  • Stunning house on a beautiful property!

    5 of 5

    We loved our time in the glass cottage. It had everything we needed. The sunrises were spectacular!

    Submitted: Nov 01, 2018
  • Architectural Wonder

    5 of 5

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Glass Cottage! The home is a stunning piece of architecture, and the interior and exterior complement each other wonderfully. The artwork in the home enhances this feel. It is located in the midst of the desert, yet close to all that Tucson has to offer. We were fortunate to be at the home when it was raining, a welcome treat. James and Carella are very easy to communicate with and responsive to any requests. Our privacy was respected as well, a nice balance. Thank you James for sharing your amazing abode with us. Great memories were made...fun dinners at home and in town, the University of Arizona Family Weekend, Saguaro National Park , museums etc. Hope to return sometime. Spectacular!!!

    Submitted: Oct 11, 2018
  • Unique, modern, beautiful!

    5 of 5

    We loved our stay in this wonderful house! So amazing to look out into the desert, watch the sunrise from the bedroom area, and enjoy the bounty of the Southwest. The location was very convenient to the city, to the Sonoran Desert Museum, and to Saguaro National Park. We highly recommend this rental if you are looking for a totally unique experience in a gorgeous part of Arizona!

    Submitted: Oct 07, 2018
  • So far this is our all time favorite rental we've stayed in.

    5 of 5

    It was really magical waking up to gorgeous sunrises every morning. It didn't even matter that it was 6am. Only once did we put on eye masks and sleep a little longer. It was such a nice way to wake up with the gradual increase of natural light. We just got up and drank coffee outside and enjoyed the cool mornings temperatures and fantastic view. This kitchen is the most stocked rental I have ever stayed in. The knives could use a sharpening, but other than that there are enough dishes and pots/pans to have a 12 person dinner party and even make fresh juice with the breville for cocktails or just morning orange juice. The concrete flooring and modern but rustic/natural style of this place was just awesome. It is set back for privacy, but only a short drive to get any forgotten items from nearby grocery stores.

    Submitted: May 10, 2018
  • a chance to be nearly one with the desert

    5 of 5

    Had a dreamy stay in the glass cottage. Cactus in bloom, luring birds with long beaks to plunge into pools of nectar. Coyote trotted by in the morning. All that glass dissolves in/out. Kitchen perfect for whipping up kick ass grub. Jagged, rusted mountain contours outside the sunken, glass shower a playful touch. Sweet to see original art placed throughout. & the prism effect of the front corner as it leaks a rainbow across the desert floor-- enchanting. Perfectly situated for exploring East & West National Park on foot. The small library with natural history/bird books -- a thrilling, welcome source of enrichment to deepen the experience of wandering the Sky Islands. How lucky to be in Tucson when the ocotillo waved their magic, flaming wands. James, you've offered wayfaring strangers a phenomenal treat! SWANK. Thank you for sharing your wondrous see-through cottage & your obvious passion for winged creatures. Please consider blinds of some sort on the south side to help cool the main room to keep energy costs down & hot sun from cooking the space. Also, it would behoove you to replace the baby bear's couch for a comfy, sink-in-able sofa suitable for papa & mama bear to repose while studying bird books to see what just swooped past... Overall? Lovely. Serene.

    Submitted: Apr 28, 2018
  • a chance to be nearly one with the desert

    5 of 5

    Had a dreamy stay in the glass cottage. Cactus in bloom, luring birds with long beaks to plunge into pools of nectar. Coyote trotted by in the morning. All that glass dissolves in/out. Kitchen perfect for whipping up kick ass grub. Jagged, rusted mountain contours outside the sunken, glass shower a playful touch. Sweet to see original art placed throughout. & the prism effect of the front corner as it leaks a rainbow across the desert floor-- enchanting. Perfectly situated for exploring East & West National Park on foot. The small library with natural history/bird books -- a thrilling, welcome source of enrichment to deepen the experience of wandering the Sky Islands. How lucky to be in Tucson when the ocotillo waved their magic, flaming wands. James, you've offered wayfaring strangers a phenomenal treat! SWANK. Thank you for sharing your wondrous see-through cottage & your obvious passion for winged creatures. Please consider blinds of some sort on the south side to help cool the main room to keep energy costs down & hot sun from cooking the space. Also, it would behoove you to replace the baby bear's couch for a comfy, sink-in-able sofa suitable for papa & mama bear to repose while studying bird books to see what just swooped past... Overall? Lovely. Serene.

    Submitted: Apr 27, 2018
  • Peaceful retreat

    5 of 5

    We appreciated returning to the serenity of the Glass Cottage after a day of hiking or biking. When listening closely, we only heard sounds of nature. Rising with the sun each day was joyful! All amenities we needed were provided. We loved the clean contemporary aesthetic and enjoyed the artwork. Thank you for sharing this great place!

    Submitted: Apr 24, 2018
  • Air and light

    5 of 5

    We spent ten delightful days in February 2018 at the Glass Cottage. Chosen because of its architectural interest and location, our experience proved to be as good as the web-site promised. We had a great time in this beautifully designed and unusually well equipped cottage. The building sits lightly in the desert landscape and, because of the management of space and natural light, there is little feeling of separation between inside and out. The latter was a real positive for us as, even though it was chilly and raining for the first three days of our vacation, there was no frustration about having to spend time indoors. We were able to comfortably dry out after our rather damp trudges through the magical countryside and to sit reading while catching glimpses of the coyotes, peccaries and local bird life slipping in and out of the mist surrounding us. Internally, the kitchen operates as a proper working space, and the areas for relaxation and sleeping are comfortable without being cluttered. All furniture has been carefully chosen and placed with some nice pieces enjoying the right to be both used and admired. Overall, a very high level of care has been taken to organise the use and flow of both the interior and immediate surroundings of the building. Throughout there is lovely detailing and this adds much to the pleasure of living in this peaceful and rather special home. Set in what might appear to be a remote environment, the cottage is actually conveniently close to everyday shopping and – while they cannot easily be seen -- has other houses around. The cottage sits on the edge of the astonishing Saguaro National Park that offers not only an extraordinary landscape of enormous cacti and brush but also many miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails. Illustrative of the owner’s efforts to ensure guests have the opportunity understand and enjoy the local environment, books and other useful background materials are available in the house. This review would be incomplete without noting the care taken, by both the owner and manager, to ensure our time was as enjoyable as possible. Information sent prior to our arrival was clear and the welcome warm. After initial contact there was unobtrusive follow-up – a very nice blend of support and respect for privacy. Thank you both. We had a splendid break and would very much like to return.

    Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • A unique accomodation

    5 of 5

    The pictures tell the story accurately. This was my second time staying there and I would highly recommend it to people who can do without television and a fast internet connection. The cottage is surrounded by saguaro cactus and natural desert. Things are not manicured. It's almost like camping in that regard except that you get a comfortable bed, a well stocked kitchen , a good shower and easy access to Tucson. When an issue came up James, the owner, and Carella, the manager, were responsive.

    Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • The Desert Surrounds You in the Glass Cottage

    5 of 5

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent at the Glass Cottage. Separated into two living units, the great expanse of glass walls (shaded from the sun and with vegetation providing privacy) puts one onto the desert floor, while remaining in air conditioned/heated comfort. Jim's place is filled with modern design and art, as well as being well equipped for housekeeping. We spent two luxurious weeks there, while daily exploring the many natural and cultural amenities of the Tucson area. Only downside is the WiFi capability, which can be dicey. Perfect place for a single lodger or a couple.

    Submitted: Feb 01, 2018
  • The Desert Surrounds You in the Glass Cottage

    5 of 5

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent at the Glass Cottage. Separated into two living units, the great expanse of glass walls (shaded from the sun and with vegetation providing privacy) puts one onto the desert floor, while remaining in air conditioned/heated comfort. Jim's place is filled with modern design and art, as well as being well equipped for housekeeping. We spent two luxurious weeks there, while daily exploring the many natural and cultural amenities of the Tucson area. Only downside is the WiFi capability, which can be dicey. Perfect place for a single lodger or a couple.

    Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Views of the Sonoran Desert

    4 of 5

    We enjoyed our stay in the Tucson desert; waking up with the sun, watching the bird activity and a half hour drive, at most, to Sabino Canyon hikes and even closer, the Saguaro National Park, West. It is a lovely, private retreat where you feel connected to the environment yet close to necessities. The site manager, Carella, is warm, helpful, responsive and informative. If you are looking for complete quiet and remoteness, the proximity of I-10 precludes this

    Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Views of the Sonoran Desert

    4 of 5

    We enjoyed our stay in the Tucson desert; waking up with the sun, watching the bird activity and a half hour drive, at most, to Sabino Canyon hikes and even closer, the Saguaro National Park, West. It is a lovely, private retreat where you feel connected to the environment yet close to necessities. The site manager, Carella, is warm, helpful, responsive and informative. If you are looking for complete quiet and remoteness, the proximity of I-10 precludes this

    Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Unique Gorgeous Glass House Nestled in the Saguaros!

    5 of 5

    Being Midwestern 1920's bungalow dwellers, we wanted a change of scenery as winter descended on us so we choose this contemporary 'cottage' and were not disappointed! Read through the other reviews for more details, but here were our highlights: - The kitchen is well equipped and we loved to cook in it. Our favorite views were from this 'wing' of the cottage - the windows perfectly frame 'Sombrero Peak'. - The full moon will keep you awake, but you won't care. Get up and revel in the moonlit desert. - The bed is really comfortable with high quality sheets and a lovely real linen duvet cover. - It's a bit like sleeping in an art museum - which was fun - The shower is the bomb. - Every evening after a day of hiking we'd come back, shower off the desert dust, and enjoy cocktails on the porch. We'd say, 'cue the sunset' and magically, the desert did! As others have said, this place is fairly secluded but you are, literally, minutes away from a busy suburban area. You will hear traffic noise and the occasional train. You will also hear coyotes. You may also hear a burro (or was that a mule?) braying (never saw it though!) There is a small road that offers access to the 'main house' but we only saw one car drive by during our stay (keep that in mind if you want to walk around sans clothes - because... glass house). And one final thing - the communication and hospitality were top notch!

    Submitted: Dec 04, 2017
  • Wonderful space.

    5 of 5

    Great place, helpful people. Thank you!

    Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Sunrise

    5 of 5

    Excellent property. Both the owner and site manager are great people to work with. It is located in a somewhat remote area yet 15/20 minutes to nice restaurants. It is also just minutes away from the Saguaro National Park and Desert museum. Waking up early for the sunrise and looking how it reflects around the room on the glass is stunning.

    Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Lovely, quiet contemporary house

    5 of 5

    I had a very enjoyable stay at the glass cottage. It's in a quiet location-- no neighborhood noise at all-- and very private despite all the windows. It's surrounded by desert vegetation so you feel immersed in the desert when you're inside. Lots of wildlife around, too. I thought both "pods" of the house were comfortable and pleasant to spend time in; the west-facing kitchen/dining room one can get hot in the afternoon but the AC cooled it off fine. The kitchen was well-stocked. The house is very convenient to shopping and to Saguaro National Park. I'd definitely stay here again.

    Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • amazing sunrises and sunsets!

    5 of 5

    We really enjoyed our stay in the glass cottage. Jim and especially Carella were very easy to deal with and made our stay easy. We explored the Tucson area from here but were always pleased to return home to watch the sunset. Mornings were amazing, when the sun comes up you are gently awakened and feel as if you are alone in the Sonoran desert. We sure enjoyed the glass cottage and would recommend the glass cottage to anyone who is planning to visit the Tucson area.

    Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Unique and Lovely Setting

    5 of 5

    This was a perfect property for a couple. It feels isolated (it really isn't) and affords wonderful views of nature from all angles. The sun gently woke us in the morning and we could see millions of stars at night. The juxtaposition of the home's clean, modern lines with the natural surroundings is delightful. The home had everything we needed-from laundry with supplies to several types of coffee makers to plenty of towels. (Bring your own shampoo, though.) The kitchen was better stocked than most rentals and one could easily cook/grill a full meal for six or eight people. It was very clean and the woman who checked us in was very helpful. The only negative I can muster is that a more comfortable seating option in the living room would be appreciated. The futon was fine if I wanted to lie down and read, but difficult to sit on due to the recline of the backrest. When we considered this property, we were a bit concerned about how far west it was from the center of Tucson. DON'T BE. It took us no longer than 30 minutes to get anywhere, and it turned out that many of the activities were actually EASIER to get to from this location because of it's proximity to the highway and attractions. (Sonoran Desert Museum, Gate's Pass, Old Tucson, the airport) We highly recommend this property.

    Submitted: Oct 01, 2017
  • Great spot for seclusion and unplugging

    5 of 5

    The Glass Cottage is a great place to stay if you want some privacy and to take in the Tuscon landscape. Between the two buildings you have clear views all around the cottage. Carella (the property manager) was very friendly and gave me some maps for biking around the area, and aside from that I had the entire week to myself. I had to get used to being woken up by the sun, since the bed faces the rising sun, and the wind was surprisingly loud against the glass walls. The construction on Ina made just about everything at least 20 minutes away, but otherwise my stay was comfortable and easy. I had few problems with the internet (mainly between getting my computers to switch between the main router and the range extender), and no problems streaming from Netflix if you turn the quality down to SD, so if you don't want to unplug, that's fine too.

    Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • A beautiful and unique property

    4 of 5

    We spent 6 weeks at the house this spring. It lives up to the pictures and has a wonderful rural feeling despite being very convenient to everything you need. Love to stay there again one day...

    Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Unique - you feel like you are staying right in the desert.

    4 of 5

    My wife and I loved our desert retreat near Tucson. We loved the feeling of being gently woken up by the sunrise. We loved being a 5 minute drive from the entrance of the Saguaro National Park where we would go for daily light hikes in the trails. The Glass Cottage is separated into 2 completely separate rooms (I'm assuming for architectural interest and complete sound proofing between the 2 parts of the cottage - joined by an outdoor covered breezeway of about 10 feet.) We loved the beauty and furnishings of the bedroom half with the glass shower and a pair of comfy chairs to face the morning sun. The kitchen/living room half was beautiful too, and it was helpful for the sound separation as I did a bit of songwriting with my guitar first thing in the morning while my wife rested so the layout was prefect for that. There were 2 challenges with the kitchen/living room side. The furniture was lacking. The black faux leather couch seemed broken and uncomfortable to sit in. We also found that without window coverings the heat in the afternoon in the living room side facing the afternoon sun was too intense, and while we could turn on the AC unit it was a bit noisy. If there was a way of covering that one window wall facing the afternoon sun it would help, but with the unique design that may be impossible or cost prohibitive. All in all it was a delightful retreat for us as a couple and both Carella (property manager) and Jim (the owner who we met briefly) were absolutely delightful and helpful.

    Submitted: Mar 06, 2017

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