This was the 2nd year in a row that we've stayed at Rio Rancho Verde. The best recommendation we can make is that we booked with Carmela for next year before even leaving. Great location for hiking, beautiful panoramas, convenient to most ballparks.
This place is one-of-a-kind. If you want to get away and enjoy the natural beauty and Arizona life, this is the place. No amusement parks, bells or whistles, which is what attracted us to it. It is so beautiful. There are many trails and the views never get old. Joe and Carmella are true blue hosts. I adore and admire them. The property and bunkhouse were perfect. We loved just hanging out on the porch, meeting the others who stayed at the ranch and being around the animals. Although we don't ride horses, we enjoyed being around them. And we loved the dogs at the ranch.
We looked for a setting to enjoy time as a family in a remote but close setting for Spring Training. This is the spot! Was just far enough to escape the busy chaos of the city, yet close enough to enjoy our visits to multiple ballparks. Carmela and Joe Thank You for sharing your beautiful ranch with us.
Please keep this a place to retreat with no TV, this was an unexpected blessing for us as a family. We plan to revisit again.
Absolutely beautiful.The setting, the accommodations and the landscaping. Carmela and Joe couldn't have been more helpful. I would love to go back someday.
The location is surrouded by nature and wilderness, extremly pleasent.The place is cosy, the interior is assembled with local design and sense for higher taste. The hosts are very nice and open people, I am sure you will enjoy every minute you are there...
Awesome place! The pictures can't capture the beauty of it all! From the comfortable bed, the spacious rooms and the amazing view...it was hard to pick a highlight.
Joe and Carmela communicated very well, were extremely hospitable, and made us feel right at home! You really can't go wrong by booking with them as soon as possible!
- Shelby & Keilah
I stayed at Rio Rancho Verde with my mother and sisters for about a week. We were initially very happy with our stay -- enjoying the peace and quiet of the area, and relaxing setting at the pool. Then, on my second day, the owner (who lives in the attached house) accused us of an oil stain on one of the bedspreads. We explained to her that none of us had any liquids with us, and the stain was not from us. Later, we tried to cook in the "outdoor kitchen," however the grill was non-functional (it reached about 100 degrees at most) and the one propane burner only worked on half of the burner. The owner said that the "grill takes a while to warm up," however that was not the case. Because of this inconvenience, we were forced to find other areas to eat almost each meal, which is difficult and inconvenient when you are staying at a remote place; the nearest eatery was 30+ minutes away.
In short, the outdoor kitchen was basically non-functional, mattresses were very uncomfortable, pool was non-heated, the gas fire pit was broken, and most memorably, we were wrongfully blamed for a spot on one of the bedspreads. And apparently a broken wineglass...? Which was strange, as all of the wineglasses were plastic and returned at the end of our stay.
When we returned home, my mother was hounded by the owner to write a review on TripAdvisor. After my mother reviewed the property the first time, the owner proceeded to refuse to return her full damage deposit on the basis of the review --- which, in my opinion, was overly generous and gracious, Very bizarre and defensive response from the owner, and overall just very unprofessional and childish behavior.
The price is right on this place, but it is just not worth it for the aforementioned inconveniences and unprofessional behavior on the owner's part. Our trip was enjoyable, yet the owner's disappointing (and frankly embarrassing) behavior made all of us quite uncomfortable and tainted the quality of our trip overall.
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