We found the southwestern retreat to e immaculately clean and so comfortable for our family visit to escalate. The living area was perfect for watching dvds after our long hikes in the amazing Grand Staircase Natl Monument. The kitchen was well set up fo making meals and the bedrooms worked well for our 4 person party, though as many as 6 people could also be comfortable. The only suggestion I would have is to have the porch light on, as the place was a bit difficult to find in the dark.
"Southwestern Retreat" is aptly named. Upon arriving, we were delighted with the view from the porch, and then pleased with the tidy, comfortable house. We're already talking about when we might arrange another trip, this time bringing our adult children with us to enjoy the surrounding area from this great base.
We stayed here for 2 nights in May of 2016 and everything was great. This is an older home and not in perfect condition but it's clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. My husband and I were traveling with our adult son and it was great to have a whole house with 2 bathrooms and a split plan so he had one side of the house and we had the other. The kitchen is quite large and was well stocked with more than we could possible use. The house is located at the edge of Escalante (which is a tiny town) so it's incredibly peaceful and the skies at night are beautiful. We were thrilled to have access to the full size washer/dryer as we'd encountered rain and really needed to get some clothes cleaned! Sandy was very easy to work with both prior and during our visit.
The TV had some basic channels (but not ESPN) and the internet worked very well which was great since we had very little cell coverage (Consumer Cellular/AT&T).
Make sure to stop at the Visitor Center in Escalante. Lots of useful information there including road conditions. a lot of the roads around here are dirt/gravel. If you are itching for wine or something more than 3.2 beer, the state liquor store is located in a tiny corner of Escalante Outfitters.
Southwestern Retreat was the perfect accommodation for three couples travelling and hiking together. I read the reviews before booking and had no idea what to expect. Three bedrooms, large living room and kitchen, clean and very comfortable - centrally located, Southwestern Retreat exceeded our expectations! It was great to have breakfast together, pack lunches to take hiking and have dinner with shoes off and a comfortable place to sit and talk in a nice living room after a day on the trails. We really enjoyed our trip to Escalante - I would definately stay at Southwestern Retreat again - the views from the porch are beautiful - day or night. Make sure you have at least one dinner at Escalante Outfitters in town - excellent!
We really loved this house. When we first drove up it looked like it would be a dump. The yard was overgrown with weeds, a gutter was laying on the front porch.... However, inside was a very basic, simply furnished house, with the walls painted with the kind of rock formations along the horizon in this area. Yes, the house could stand to have the furniture updated (reminded me of how my college apartment was furnished-with hand-me-down furniture), but it was kept nice and clean. The major perk for the kids was that there was a huge drum with drumsticks that the kids enjoyed playing & pretending to be indians. The master bedroom had a very very very comfortable bed. The showers/bathtubs in the bathrooms were very old, and best for a short person to take a shower. The view from the front porch was the best, and it was so peaceful to sit there each night on the porch looking out at miles of pretty uninhabited landscape. The kitchen was very well stocked, with plenty of pots and pans, even aluminum foil, baggies for sandwiches, spices..... This, is definately not an upscale house, but I would highly recommend staying here especially if you have kids. I would love to come back again and stay longer.