Desert Homestead B n B Guest House


| 3/13/2012 11:31:42 AM


Tags: guest house, homestead, bed and breakfast, hiking, birding, serenity, desert homestead, day job, extra income, Dave Larson,

Dave L HeadshotA couple months ago, a good friend who operates a very successful bed and breakfast here in the Arizona desert asked if we would be willing to accommodate guests when she wound up with double bookings. As a favor to her, we agreed. Then the wheels started turning and our mindset about our homestead changed a bit.

While our fairly frugal budget and our current income permit us to live simply and well, it is pretty much a no-frills operation here. We decided we could use some more consistent extra income here at the homestead to make visiting our kids and grandkids easier.

 

 Guest House with Ristra  
We really didn’t have much to do to make the Bear Cave attractive, in a rustic sort of way. We hoped to attract those who enjoy the outdoors, built-by-hand living, and good farm cooking. I trenched in some Ethernet cable from our straw bale house to provide internet access for those guests who wanted to maintain contact with the outside world. Stuff stored in the Bear Cave was moved and we relocated our computers to the main house.  

 Guest House Bedroom 

Our little 320-square-foot Bear Cave, now referred to as the Dragoon Mountains Guest House, sleeps four with a double bed and by pulling out the trundle bed. We lived in the Bear Cave while we built our straw bale home and loved it. We believed our guests would feel the same.

sevenfour
7/7/2014 7:25:27 AM

I have to admit that the house looks great and it would be great to spend a week there with my family. The owners of the last place where we stayed installed http://crate.ca/mattresses.htm and my kids loved it, you should consider doing the same to make sure the guests will want to visit you again.


nebraska dave
3/16/2012 9:26:37 PM

Dave, I can definitely see that the Bed and Breakfast would fit into your lifestyle. It sounds like it would be a great place to get away from the bustle of life and reflect on what's important. I kind of like to hear a babbling brook and have a little more green but hey quiet and sunshine is good too. I'm just about to start some seeds and most likely will start my tomatoes and peppers right before I leave on vacation for a week. Hopefully, they will be sprouted up by the time I return. Then I can fire up the lights and turn off the heat mat. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it. All systems are go for garden planting at Terra Nova Gardens. The ground is plowed and disc(ed). The utilities are located and the post holes are staked and ready to be dug. Ah, life is so good. I've been waiting all winter for this time. It will be great when the fence is up. The rustic fence will go up right away but the critter proof chicken wire fence will take a little longer. Good luck with your B&B. Have a great day in the desert garden.


david larson
3/15/2012 4:15:59 PM

Hey Roxanne, Thanks for your kind words about the cold frame. Our new "baby plants" as Barbara calls them are putting down roots in the cold frame flats now until the soil warms a bit. We would love to have you enjoy the "Bear Cave" and share our experiences and the beauty of our little corner of the world.


david larson
3/15/2012 4:13:57 PM

Hi Cindy, we are enjoying both the financial and the exciting social rewards of the venture. New people arriving tomorrow from the Midwest. Look forward to meeting them. Thanks for your support.


roxane whisnant
3/14/2012 5:45:19 PM

Hi Dave, What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. If say, someone that adopted your idea on the cold frames (another of your GRIT blogs, which worked beautifully) this year and graced our family with cabbages, brussels sprouts, and salads ALL winter long here...perhaps wanted to visit the former "Bear Cave" and pick your brain(s) on straw bale building, would they get evicted? Just saying, I see an amazing value in what you're offering there. Gives me hope in visiting Arizona again and 'adopting' many more wonderful ideas. Great read. Thanks.


cindy murphy
3/14/2012 12:22:01 PM

Congratulations, Dave, on what sounds like is already a successful, exciting, and rewarding venture! I love B & Bs; I think you get so much more local flavor in one than you do in a hotel. If I was ever to visit the area, I'd stay at the Dragoons Mountains Guest House in a heartbeat.





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