Basalt Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7 - 11)
Our hand built log and stone home is in central Roaring Fork Valley, a little closer to Aspen than Glenwood Springs. We have stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, and a delightful house and yard from which to enjoy the views. Our home has a cozy, rustic feel, and there are incredible opportunities for recreation. Amenities include a wood stove, a porch with hammocks, a fire pit in the front yard, a wood burning sauna in the back, a community swimming pool and tennis court in the summer, and cross country skiing, hiking or biking right from the door.
There are NO CLEANING FEES on rentals of 7 days or longer. $125 for groups more than 4 people, $100 for 4 or less
We have a rural feel, with preserved open space to the north, east and south. We're on three acres, but it feels much larger because of the open space in three directions. We're perched three miles above the highway (so there's easy access to shopping and local communities, with a great bus system connecting the valley), with inspiring views of the mountains. Wildlife abounds, with sightings of deer, fox, coyote, elk and many birds. The weather is often delightful, with warm (not hot) summers and snowy winters -- definitely distinct seasons. We're about a half hour from the ski slopes of Aspen or the hot springs and other attractions of Glenwood Springs.
The sauna is available all year, and after heating up you can jump in the snow in the winter, or in a small stream in the summer. The community pool and hot tub (Memorial Day - mid-September) are little used, so often it's like a private pool. You can enjoy the cultural and recreational activities of the valley, and then relax with the amenities in and around our home.
Out our door: trails for hiking, biking and cross country skiing; gardens; hammocks and a multi person swing; wood burning sauna (and a little creek in the summer to jump in when you're steamy); community swimming pool, hot tub, play ground and tennis courts in the summer within walking distance; fire pit area in the front yard; lots of wildlife.
At the bottom of the hill: (a three mile drive) grocery shopping, movie theater, restaurants, a bus system that will take you up or down the valley, antique and craft shops.
Aspen: (a half hour drive) alpine skiing, X-games, many festivals (food & wine, classical music, ideas, physics institute, hot air balloon, etc), museums, groomed cross country ski trails, golf, theater, all kinds of music, white water rafting, fishing, incredible hikes and bikes, Maroon Bells, internationally renowned speakers, etc
Glenwood Springs: (a half hour drive) world's largest hot springs pool, white water rafting, Fairy Caves and amusement park, Yampa Vapor Caves, hiking and biking, fishing, golf, Ski Sunlight.
Other attractions in the valley: fly fishing on the Frying Pan River, ghost towns, the art and craft village of Redstone, hiking in the Wilderness Areas, mountain biking, an Aspen to Glenwood bike path, free concerts most nights of the summer.
The bedrooms are laid out as follows:
Master bedroom has a queen bed and a small outside deck, with attached bathroom (and have we mentioned the views?)
Bedroom 2 has a queen bed and a tree fort (yes, you have to climb a tree) with a twin mattress in it. Children should probably be at least 5 or 6 to use this bed. This shares a bathroom with bedroom 3, and the bathroom is across a hall / balcony
Bedroom 3 has a queen bed and a sleeping loft with a twin mattress that's accessed by a ladder.
Bedroom 4 is our guest room / study. It is downstairs, and uses the downstairs bathroom. It has a queen fold out couch / bed -- but it's high quality (made by American Furniture with a three platform design instead of the metal bars) and is just as comfortable as the other beds. This room also has a large flatscreen TV for movies and Netflix, but we don't get TV stations.
Keywords: log home, mountains, rural, unique, hand built, cabin, stone, sunny
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
In June, 2012 we became retired school teachers, ready to expand our horizons. We love outdoor adventure, rural settings (although we're not opposed to some classic, big city adventures, either), and simple activities.
Peter purchased this cottage in 1988
Why Peter chose Basalt
We built this house, stone by stone and log by log. We're very proud of it, and sometimes we can't believe we're willing to leave our incredible home and valley. Yet we enjoy traveling and seeing other parts of the world and other cultures. When we return, we're always amazed by the views we get 365/24/7, and the cultural and wilderness opportunities outside our door.
Although this is our primary residence, it's set up more like a second home -- with our gear in storage and basically empty closets, dressers, etc. On the other hand, the spice racks are full, the book shelves and game closet offer distractions, and we've left a notebook full of ideas / opportunities / hiking trails / events.
What makes this cottage unique
It's the best of both worlds. Sometimes we find ourselves never leaving our property for days at a time, surrounded by the natural world immediately outside our door. We read in the hammocks, have a fire in the firepit, cross country ski from our doorstep or swim in the community pool. Other times we're catching a free lecture from the Aspen Physics Institute, or one of the many free concerts throughout the valley, hiking or biking in world famous wilderness areas, attending art openings, provocative lectures, or full moon bike rides... As I said, sometimes we question why we're willing to leave.