We met friends traveling from different locations and had plenty of room for everyone to sleep and shower, etc. There was plenty of hot water for ten people to shower in the mornings and he has a fabulous coffee pot in the house as well. The owner even left us a bottle of wine to enjoy when we arrived.
We loved how far this is away from the rush of daily life, and loved having a little bit of property for the kids to hike on, and they even enjoyed playing in the stream during the warm parts of the days. We enjoyed the kitchen which had everything you need to make full meals and serve to a large group.
Also the property is very close to the phoenix gold mine, which offers a fantastic tour and opportunities to pan for gold (and actually find it!). We also spent a day climbing up to nearby St. Mary's glacier, which was a full day of fun for only $5 parking. We had no trouble getting to and from Denver from here to see some interesting things in the city. At the end of long days, we came back to the house and made big meals and just enjoyed each others company. We cooked most of our meals while staying at the house and saved a ton of money to do fun activities. The town of Idaho Springs has a good grocery and liquor store, not far from the house as well, so plenty of convenience to get what you need.
For travelers coming here, be sure to coordinate with the owner about making a fire on the property before you come - we always thought about it after it was kind of late, but didn't. We should have planned that better, so we missed out on the fires due to our lack of planning that out.
If I had one recommendation for the owner to make this an absolutely perfect getaway, I'd say - add a hot tub on that awesome back porch. That's the only reason for the 4-star rating. With a hot tub, we'd never leave!
We're already planning to meet up again at the same property next year.