My family of 11 were the first to “break in” this property and I didn’t want to leave! We came into Tucson from Florida, Georgia and California to celebrate my mother’s 85th birthday. I specifically wanted a place where the whole family could stay together, but not feel cramped. I also wanted a place large enough to entertain my mother’s friends for the birthday party … the Southwest Retreat was PERFECT. The house is wonderfully adorned with a Southwest motiff and decor. I was amazed at how well stocked the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms were. There is even a washer and dryer, which we were grateful to have. This place has so many sitting areas inside and outside. There is a fireplace in the Arizona room and a couple in the house, but there is also another outside patio with a fireplace. Family gathered around it to enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the sky. There is a definite feeling of communing with nature (not like being in a neighborhood). We had 40+ guests, a chef, his staff and a photographer at the birthday party and no one was in each other’s way. It was important to have plenty of seating areas because we were entertaining an older crowd and WOW … were they impressed! Many inquired about renting when their families come to town.The chef was able to cook at the outside grill area, as well as use the kitchen. The photographer chose this venue to use his drone for some pictures. Of course, with anything new, there were a couple of “bugs” to be worked out. We mentioned them to Mark
and am very confident they will be taken care of. Mark
was so easy to work with and every time I had a concern, he addressed it. It is so hard to get family together with everyone’s schedule, but we are definitely hoping to come back to the Southwest Retreat. The only problem is, once word gets out, I think we will have a difficult time booking! I absolutely loved my stay and of course my family!!
– Catherine J – stayed at Casa de Gabreilla Oct 2018