The Cochise Stronghold Casita is part of a beautiful bed and breakfast tucked into the Coronado National Park. After traveling down a long unpaved road and following the PRINTED directions we found it. The Casita is a 1/bedroom, 1 bathroom little duplex like building. Clean and cozy, the casita feels like home, only better. It is a hay bale built building, with no noise from the guests next door. In floor heating keeps you warm when it gets chilly. It includes a full kitchen with all the cooking and eating utensils you could need. There is a bedroom with a lovely bed that made me feel like I had stepped back in time, as well as a very nice murphy bed in the living room. Other accommodations include a TV in the living room with cable, wonderful artistan crafted soaps, a beautiful clawfoot tub, and a back porch with a lovely fountain and beautiful view. The hot tub is available for all guests use and was just a few steps away from the back door, while just far enough to provide the privacy you'd hope for. It is requested that each guest gets the use of the hot tub privately, so you simply wait until someone is finished. We were very lucky and seemed to be the only guests interested in the hot tub.
We weren't sure what to expect so we brought all our own food to cook in the kitchen. Everything is laid out as though a seasoned cook knew exactly where to place everything. Simple items like coffee, creamer, tea, sugar, and cooking oil were available in the cupboards. There is even a dish washer. If you aren't up for cooking, Nancy provides an amazing breakfast and other meals (for a charge). There is a menu provided in the room along with binders full of maps, hiking trails, and other wonderful information.
Nancy herself is a wonderful host. She met us as soon as we arrived and showed us around. She made sure we were set and if we needed anything all we needed to do was contact her. The bed and breakfast uses natural building materials as well as solar power and well water. They are very environmentally conscious, and work to preserve the beauty of the area they are in. Nancy was very knowledgeable and was nice enough to show me their solar water heater for the outdoor shower, as well as another hay bale building that is in the process of being built by other owners.
It was truly a pleaure to spend a weekend here and we will definitely be back. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to relax in quiet privacy, while reconnecting with nature, but still enjoying all the comforts of modern life.
I would recommend bringing some cash to tip the housekeepers. I had very little with me and felt rather like a heel for not having much to tip with.