Fall in love with everything about Northern AZ. Minutes from Sedona, Jerome, AZ wine country, not to mention historic Old Town Cottonwood. Gorgeous rustic contemporary home on 2.5 acres on private cul de sac. Pet friendly downstairs. A gem find. Private space--owner not on premises.
Most important concern is courtesy to neighbors' comfort. No large, noisy parties, etc.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ THOROUGHLY AND PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND TAKE THEM WITH YOU TO THE BARN. THIS IS THE MOST UPDATED SET OF INSTRUCTIONS.
It is important to take trash/recycles down to "curb" end of circular drive on Tuesday evenings. Pick up is before dawn on Wednesdays!
Our key concerns are that you enjoy your stay and that our neighbors are considered respectfully regarding noise, parking, road courtesy, fire pit use and safety, etc. Also, the baby grand is for pianists only--not children as you can surmise. I appreciate your cooperation there. Also, please do not rearrange furniture outside or in. If patio furniture is moved, please put it back in original positions before leaving.
Guests are to launder/dry ALL linens and ALL towels before departure and leave folded on dining room table so that additional cleaning fees are not charged. There are clothes lines in back if needed. Trash and recyclables are to be put in large roller bins and rolled down to "curb" so that housekeeping does not charge additional fee.
The pool is serviced weekly but, when the wind blows, debris can appear quickly on the surface and in the strainer basket. Feel free to skim the surface when needed and to empty the basket. BUT, never remove the pool vacuum. That could damage the pump.
Important note: Just in case there should be a pipe break or water leak (that has not happened but it's a good thing to know), the main switch to turn everything off, including the well pump marked "well pump" is in the breaker box outside on right side of barn exterior wall. There is a pressure tank in the small back porch enclosure that has a valve handle to turn off water going into the house. Again, hasn't happened but good to know.
A set of starter paper supplies will be provided. Towels and linens are provided. Propane and small bundles of wood can be purchased at the Chevron down the street on Fir- Street -five minutes away. We do not keep condiments other than salt and pepper on site to maximize cleanliness and minimize insects.
Another concern is energy use. Here is how to best be mindful of energy use . Whenever you can, please adhere to these guidelines.
limit summer & peak energy use
Try NOT to use energy-consuming appliances during the super peak hours of 3 – 6 p.m. weekdays,.
There are on and off peak periods with a super peak period in the summer billing months of June – August
Efficient energy use--off-peak hours are weekdays from 7 pm to noon and all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as 6 major holidays
Not efficient energy use--on-peak hours noon – 7 pm weekdays
Downright bad energy use-- super-peak hours (3-6 pm weekdays during June – August)
Best conservation of energy on weekends and weekday mornings before noon or evenings after 7 pm
Holidays that are considered to be off-peak all day long:
New Years Day (January 1)*
Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4)*
Labor Day (first Monday in September)
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
Christmas Day (December 25)*
*If these holidays fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be off-peak. If they fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be off-peak.
Let me know if you need anything. Thanks for taking care of the barn.
Happy and safe travels,
p.s. please don't leave any food on premises, in fridge, in cupboards. (rules, rules, rules--sorry)
Retiring (not shy and retiring) actually retiring school administrator. I live in Scottsdale and have my rental property, The Barn, in Cottonwood. Can't live without reading, tennis, golf, grandchildren (oops that should have been first), and comedy. I am a conscientious host who responds to your needs ASAP!