Desert Homestead B n B Guest House


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.

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 and my kids loved it, you should consider doing the same to make sure the guests will want to visit you again.

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.

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.

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