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Bedlam
Bed & Breakfast

Fountain Hills, Arizona

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Nestled high on a hillside acre, our 5,000 square foot southwest territorial home adjoins miles of virgin desert with a horizon full of spectacular views of many mountain ranges.

These include the Mazatzals to the north, the 7000 foot high Four Peaks to the east, and the Superstition Mountains to the south as well as close up views of the Sonoran desert with all the abundant wildlife.

Quiet Suites with Spectacular Sonoran Desert Views

Beautiful interior decorating and exterior landscaping lend a tranquil feeling.

Our home has been a long time dream and labor of love. I have designed and built custom homes in Fountain Hills for the past 18 years and we love our life here in Arizona.

The name Bedlam was chosen when I opened our B&B back in the 80's, intending to warn our guests about our four young girls and the pandemonium they caused. The girls are grown and off on their own but the name remains.

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Everyone is welcome to relax on our large main level patio. Our spa is wonderful for star gazing or sun bathing and can be heated upon request

We have always loved antiques, collectables and heirlooms, so we wanted a home that was casual and warm, with a lived-in antique shop flare.

Among the heirlooms you will find lamps made from an Electrolux vacuum, an old boot and a even a coffeepot. Everywhere you look you'll discover knickknacks with an interesting story to tell. In the living room there is a bubbling plant-skirted fountain with a trumpet horn for a spout.

The wood that was used for our doors and cabinets was purchased from a building salvage yard in Phoenix. Hours upon hours of pulling nails, sanding, cutting and finishing brought out a delightful, warm feeling to each room in our home.

The dining area is beautifully decorated with family heirloom antiques dating back to the late 1800's. Many of these pieces were rescued from basements of buildings in Minneapolis.

Breakfast is served daily at 8:00 a.m. (or another time if preferred). Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

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A fun part of staying at Bedlam is joining us for a family style breakfast. Breakfast is usually served at 8 a.m. in our dining room. Other times for breakfast can be accommodated depending on your schedule.

Stories, laughter and engaging conversation abound as a full breakfast of homemade quiche or scrambled eggs with warm muffins or coffee cake, plus a fresh fruit plate, coffee and juice is served.

All rooms are complete with TV and small refrigerators and coffee pots just in case you like coffee or juice first thing in the morning. Or, relax on our large main level porch.

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  • A tranquil feeling awaits you in the Tumbleweed Room. The Tumbleweed room is on the main level for easy accessibility.
  • The Coyote room has five windows to capture the beauty of all the surrounding mountains, while the southwest decor invites you in.
  • The Charming Rosewood room affords early risers raspberry tinted silhouettes of the Four Peaks mountain range.
  • You will definitely wake up on the sunny side in the Sunrise room! Both windows face east. (pictured to the left)

Area Attractions

  • Fountain Hills, (population 20,235) is a scenic desert community on the eastern slope of the rugged McDowell Mountains. Scottsdale is just 11 miles west, and Phoenix is a short drive of 24 miles. The centerpiece of this small community is located at Fountain Park right in the middle of a 28-acre man-made lake. Some 30 years ago, it was the world's tallest fountain, gushing 560-foot into the desert sky. Visible from miles away, the fountain goes off on the hour for 15 minutes every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m
  • The Superstition Wilderness
    Tales of vast riches lost in the Superstitions were spurred by a German itinerant miner, Jacob Waltz, who wondered out of the wilderness with bags of highly-assayed gold. He died soon thereafter, leaving behind the legend of the "Lost Dutchman's Mine," which remains lost to this day. The real treasure of the Superstition Wilderness is its timeless topography, colossal vistas, and the inspiring silence that meets you head-on as you experience one of its most remote trails.  The Superstition Wilderness can be accessed by the Superstition Freeway, US 60, or by taking the Apache Trail, State Route 88.
  • The desert lakes
    There are several popular desert lakes near the Bedlam. They are Saguaro Lake, Canyon lake and Apache Lake. Saguaro Lake is the nearest, offering boat rentals, fishing, a narrated paddleboat tour and the scenic Lakeshore Restaurant.  Canyon Lake is a very scenic lake, and the drive down the Apache Trail is an official scenic highway. There is a lake side restaurant, paddleboat tour, fishing and boat rentals. Apache Lake is past Canyon Lake on the Apache Trail, the drive is both very scenic and rough when the road turns to dirt, but the drive is still okay for low-clearence vehicles
  • More to do and see:
    2005 Cactus League Schedules
    Arizona hiking trails
    Phoenix area hiking trails
    Arizona mountain bike trails
    Arizona scenic highways
    Arizona lakes and rivers
    Arizona cave tours
    Arizona cities guide
    Arizona Highways Magazine
    Arizona Office of Tourism

You'll be pleased to know that our suites are non-smoking.

We're closed June, July and August

Bedlam
Bed & Breakfast

15253 Skylark Circle
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480)837-9695
E-mail: pam.carlson@cox.net
Homepage: www.bedlambnb.com
Innkeeper: Pamela Carlson

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