Monday 28 August 2017

The Mountain Star, the Kendrick Park, the Coconino National Forest, Arizona

About one hour drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Mountain Star is a holiday let in a very picturesque spot off the 180 Highway, at an altitude of 8,000 feet. A three bedroom property with a vast balcony, enormous windows and plenty of living space, the Mountain Star is one of a small cluster of houses in an open field with distant views of the San Francisco Peaks. However, the sense of space comes at a price - reaching the top floor bedroom, which isn't en-suite, involves scaling a ladder. The Mountain Star can also feel a little cluttered, but the contents are quirky and often useful. In fact, this charismatic property is equipped with telescopes for viewing the star-studded night sky, scores of DVDs, plenty of kitchenware and reasonable WiFi. An off-grid development made mostly of wood, the Mountain Star employs solar panels for power and water is delivered in tanks. Even so, it is a comfortable place to stay and the owner has plenty of good tips for making the most of your time at the Grand Canyon. A memorable rental property in a very memorable location. 8/10