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The Sanctuary: Intimate space in vintage church.

4.95(289 reviews)SuperhostWinslow, Arizona, United States
Castle hosted by Sondra
3 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the castle to yourself.
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The host doesn’t allow pets, parties, or smoking.
Coronavirus schedule: Space pro-cleaned with usually a one day gap when guests leave. Ask if you have questions!
The Sanctuary is self-contained apartment in a repurposed church. Antique furniture, stained glass windows and chandeliers live with FULL bookcases. Choice of using steeple library or the cozy bar while on your laptop.
NOTE: Because of new and old construction, know that voices & sounds can transfer btw apartments. (Trying white noise to mitigate.)
Currently pets not accepted.

The space
When I first saw this building, I knew it would be an interesting next chapter in my life, plus a welcome addition to the hospitality sector in Winslow. Hope you agree!
The Sanctuary is entered by passing through the wrought-iron gate and then through the peaceful courtyard where the door to the space awaits.
In the bedroom, the full sized bed has a new memory-foam mattress with luxury linens and mattress topper. The locally-made headboard was created from church pew-ends discovered during renovation. (Love to recycle and repurpose!) An Oriental rug, Aubusson-inspired bedspread and matched stained-glass windows complete the picture... along with the signature antler chandelier, guest closet, and, of course, just a few books to whet your whistle.
Speaking of that whistle, just across the stairway hall from the bedroom is The Altar Bar where there is a electric griddle, fridge, microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle, crockpot and coffee pot. There's also a small tv, on cable, and Wifi.
The well-appointed bathroom has an Asian motif featuring a wonderful red-lacquered cupboard found in Camp Verde AZ, which accented the color and style of a vintage mirror I've owned for many years. You will find care taken in each room to make them comfortable and interesting.
The last room to describe is the uncommon Steeple Library. Up just one flight of stairs, the library is reached through a narrow stairway that has an authentic, but secretive, vibe.
This is a fine spot to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea as it has comfortable cushions and pillows plus an antique library table to make it easy to peruse those oversized coffee-table books about the Southwest, architecture, fashion, landscape and maybe even Shakespeare.
*** We have updated this space so that the cushioned, original bench can become an extra-long twin bed UPON REQUEST. The bed must be made up BY STAFF before your arrival and would suit a third person or provide a sleeping place for a guest who needs his or her own bed. PLEASE REMEMBER TO REQUEST if you need this bed as it must be made up by STAFF. (No charge.) Thank you!
The entire Sanctuary space has new heating and air conditioning units, along with access to a charming patio area with a fire pit, used mainly from May through October.

Guest access
There is always street parking within 50ft of The Sanctuary and off-street parking may be available upon request. (No extra charge.) Private access to the apartment will be forthcoming to guests upon a confirmed reservation.

Other things to note
We are sorry not to be able to accept pets at this time. Hopefully, we can add them back in the plus column by the end if 2021. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Coronavirus schedule: Space pro-cleaned with usually a one day gap when guests leave. Ask if you have questions!
The Sanctuary is self-contained apartment in a repurposed church. Antique furniture, stained glass windows and chandeliers live with FULL bookcases. Choice of using steeple library or the cozy bar while on your laptop.
NOTE: Because of new and old construction, know that voices & sounds can tra…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed

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Iron
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Hair dryer
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Hosted by Sondra

Joined in October 2014
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I am a retired business owner who continued to look for another opportunity which is how I found an exciting new life hosting guests in my repurposed church building and bungalow next door. My late husband and I began our lives together in the Chicago suburbs and then lived in Europe with our three children for more than a decade. We moved Tacoma in the eighties, where we began our business. I am interested in history, theater, opera, music, dogs, grandkids, cousins, the environment, travel and food. When I have traveled with my grandkids, we are easy-going, roll-with-the-punches travelers, eager to experience new venues and gather great stories. We don't stay up late except for theater, shows and great restaurants. Quiet and always on the go. Did I mention food? Love ethnic anything. At The Sanctuary, The Haven and Aero, we are seeking guests with inquisitive minds and adventuresome spirits. Join us!
I am a retired business owner who continued to look for another opportunity which is how I found an exciting new life hosting guests in my repurposed church building and bungalow n…
During your stay
Your on-site host purchased, repurposed and fully decorated this unique property so she could live in Northern Arizona. When this unique building came up for sale, the idea of carving out separate spaces and sharing the space with adventurous travelers, was a natural. Your host is also a Airbnb traveler, last in Beverly Hills for a premier of her son’s film and before that in NYC with granddaughter, Liza.
Sondra has a long history with Arizona beginning in 1964 when her parents retired to Prescott and later moved to Sun City. She has been a visitor and a tourist here and is happy making her home in Winslow. She now has the opportunity to seek out even more sights to visit and adventures to share with guests, whether hiking, kayaking, cycling, visiting museums or the many natural wonders in Northeastern Arizona.
Sondra is former business owner, teacher, entrepreneur and non-profit board member. Her interests include theater, opera and literature which are reasons that a main feature of The Sanctuary is the plethora of books in each room for guests to enjoy.
Sondra has travelled to many foreign lands including Cuba, Morocco and China. With her family, she lived in The Netherlands and Germany for 11 years and did extensive camping throughout the continent. COVID has certainly changed the interaction with guests from around the world, but all are heartily welcomed, (masked and socially distanced) and encouraged to spend time in The Sanctuary.
Your on-site host purchased, repurposed and fully decorated this unique property so she could live in Northern Arizona. When this unique building came up for sale, the idea of ca…
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Check out: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $134
Cancellation policy