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Carol McSwain

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Carol McSwain

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2015
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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Estes Park House Rental Photos and Description

A few openings left! Book now for Fall. Elk bugling, Aspen colors!


Relax and enjoy our 5 star home. Off-peak rates until May 15th. LOVELY, 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH EXECUTIVE HOME. Our home has an attached one car garage. Open floor plan, light and bright, floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the eat-in kitchen w/ granite counter tops and island, stainless steel appliances, large table with seating for 8. Large island with stainless range with seating for 4. Watch the deer and elk as you enjoy your morning coffee on the deck off the kitchen overlooking one of the elk migration paths in Estes Park.

This lovely home is beautifully furnished in rustic elegance, large living room with gas fireplace. Three large bedrooms all located on the main level; master bedroom elegantly furnished with king size bedroom suite; second bedroom with queen size bedroom suite, third bedroom with two twin beds. 5 Star quality, luxurious 100% cotton bedding! All rooms have large area rugs covering the wood floors as well as the ceramic tile floor in office. Ceramic tile and granite in the 4 piece, updated upstairs bathroom with private commode area. Ceramic tile in updated 3 piece bathroom downstairs. 100% cotton rugs in the bathrooms are changed and replaced with fresh rugs for each party.

For those who like to take their work with them, fully equipped office with desk, printer, WIFI, recliners,for those who might like to get away for an afternoon of reading or napping. Large family room with sleeper sofa and love-seat, large, flat-screen TV, game table, foosball and even a popcorn machine cart for movie night! Full-size Maytag washer and dryer. Large, one car garage. Naturally landscaped yard with gorgeous tall pines surrounded by huge rock outcroppings, (the reason for the single car garage) natural stone steps and landscaping. The large backyard can accommodate a game of horseshoes and badminton or whatever. The naturally landscaped and private backyard is furnished with a full-size grill, (for my Texas guests who enjoy charcoal barbecuing with a little mesquite flavor, the grill is an extra large, combination gas/charcoal grill), extra-long picnic table and seating around the firepit for those chilly summer evenings our mountains are famous for. Plenty of outdoor chairs for seating 8 - 12. (Because of the winds that we sometimes have in our mountains, I keep the chairs folded up in the garage.)

Our home is located in the beautiful and desirable One Thousand Pines subdivision, on a quaint lane one block off highway 7, Peak to Peak Scenic Highway, less than a mile from the main street in Estes Park. Scenic golf course located across the street. Located next door is the historic and charming Stone Home. I call it the Hobbit House, complete with curved doorway and windows.

WIFI, light and bright, wood floors throughout upper level and family room on the lower level. Moss rock gas fireplace in the living room. No more messy wood! A large, flat-screen TV, with satellite connection in both the family room and living room. Lots of games for family fun in television console. Attached garage with garage door opener and with the entrance located on the lower level walk-out. All bedrooms come complete with a luggage rack, alarm clock and a fan for those warm nights in addition to the ceiling fans. Sorry, no air conditioning, however with the cool mountain nights, air conditioning is not necessary. Fully stocked kitchen has everything you will need during your stay including a coffee maker, popcorn popper, crock pot, iced tea maker, microwave and dishwasher. This beautiful home is elegantly furnished in good taste for your comfort and enjoyment. All bedding, linens and towels furnished. Each bathroom is furnished with a hand-held two-sided mirror, hair dryer and also included are (personalized handmade soaps, shampoo, conditioner and lotion) for our guests. Watch the deer and elk graze while surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Easy year-around accessibility. 4-wheel drive not necessary. Personalized keyless code entry for our guests safety and security. No worry about lost keys! Contact owner for special weekly and monthly rates.

For those of you who love to hike and enjoy the outdoors, Rocky Mountain National Park is just a few miles down the road with miles and miles of hiking trails. Explore and enjoy the crystal clear mountain lakes, streams and waterfalls. Gaze upon herds of majestic elk, moose, deer and Rocky Mountain Sheep, foxes, wolves, bears and even the elusive mountain lion. For an afternoon or an entire day, have fun with the children at the Family Fun Center which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (Giant slide, go carts, water boats, fun, fun, fun!!!). The YMCA of the Rockies is a few miles down the road with wonderful activities for the entire family. Relax in one of the many parks or at one of the outdoor cafes and walk along the picturesque river walk in town. Browse in the countless shops in downtown Estes Park. Enjoy the many restaurants serving something for everyone's taste, from hamburgers to Sushi, desserts and more. Estes Park and the surrounding area offers something for everyone in the family. Our beautiful area is truly an outstanding experience that will give rise to wonderful memories for the entire family! It just doesn't get any better than this! Come! Experience the Rocky Mountains and nature at its finest! Truly, a never to be forgotten vacation.

Military discount: 10%; One night free when reserving one full week, 7 nights. ONLY ONE DISCOUNT PER GUEST.

Sorry no cats! Owner is allergic.

Dogs considered.

Rates quoted based on up to four guests, rates increase with five/six guests; increase with seven/eight guests.

SORRY, NO DISCOUNTS ON LAST MINUTE RESERVATIONS. We will need at least two days notice to make sure that our home will be ready to receive guests. Sorry, we cannot accept reservations made less than two days before arrival.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Carol McSwain (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2015

About Carol McSwain

Having loved Colorado from the very first time my family and I visited when I was just a young girl, I knew then, that Colorado was where I wanted to live when I grew up. And so, at the age of 20, over 40 years ago, I moved to the place of my dreams.

When my mother would come to visit me during the summers, Estes Park was one place that she wanted to visit each year. Her love of the mountains, especially the charm of Estes Park and the peaceful serenity and beauty the mountains especially Rocky Mountain National Park is something that we both shared. Which is the reason, when I had the chance to purchase Two Pines on Shady Lane, I felt this was one opportunity I just couldn't pass up.

My family and I love to visit Estes Park whenever we can. We love our home and the close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park not to mention the beauty that surrounds this magical place. This a perfect vacation spot for my family and I believe you will find it to be even better than what you expected as soon as you enter Two Pines on Shady lane.

Carol McSwain purchased this house in 2012

What makes this house unique

Located on one of several migration paths of the elk, hundreds of which pass through this cozy lane. Elk and deer graze in and around Two Pines and often spend the afternoon resting in the yard. Located just one block off the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway. Here is some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. Two Pines offers all the comforts of home with plenty of room for everyone. This home can easily accommodate up to 8 guests comfortably.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We traveled from Tennessee to enjoy the scenery, the climate and hiking with our daughter and son-in-law and 2 grandchildren. At Two Pines we appreciated the fact that you offer a discount to returning guests. The grandkids had a great time and we enjoyed making memories with them. The activities we enjoyed the most were hiking, shopping and the fireworks on the 4th of July.

Tips to future guests: stop and smell the roses!

Our special message to the host: Thank you for sharing your lovely rental home with us. You have done such a great job in decorating it and making it such a wonderful place to stay. Loved your sconces in the entryway. Saw them at Wynbrier home and got them but had them shipped back to TN.
Jun 2014
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average rating of 4.95 based on 97 reviews

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Everything you could want from the great kitchen to comfortable beds, to beautiful decor. Its conveniently located walking distance from downtown or a very short drive. If we ever come back we know where we want to stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at our home. We have worked very hard to make Two Pines as well-stocked and comfortable as possible, and maybe even better than home. It is good to know that we have accomplished what we set out to do. Hopefully, you'll want to visit Estes Park year after year and will want to stay at our home. We honestly enjoy reading that our guests have enjoyed their stay. Thank you and hope to have you as our guests again in the future. Have a great year! Thanks again for making our home your home while visiting in our beautiful town of Estes Park.
Edgewood, New Mexico

Great, small family get away

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location; wonderful home with far more amenities that you typically get a the average cabin rental.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a nice review. I am so glad that you and your son enjoyed your stay at my home. I have worked very hard to insure that my guests are as comfortable as possible. I have also tried to think of everything so that my guests will not lack anything during their stay. I am so glad to know I have accomplished what I set out to do. Hopefully, you'll come back very soon! Thank you again!
Windsor, CO

Spring Break Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Two Pines. We went to Estes Park for my 6-year old's spring break and despite the weather not cooperating, we were able to get in some horseback riding and spent a lot of time in town. We also enjoyed the herd of deer that would visit the neighborhood daily. Carol did an excellent job of decorating her home with mountain decor and took special care to include all the details, i.e. homemade soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, etc. My children loved the popcorn machine in the was a great addition to a special movie night. I appreciated that Carol allowed us to bring our dog. We would highly recommend Two Pines to anyone traveling to Estes. Extremely clean and has everything you need!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a great review. Hopefully, you and your family will want to come and stay at Two Pines again in the future. I so glad that you enjoyed our home and found it to be comfortable, clean and well stocked with everything you needed for an enjoyable stay. Thank you again and I look forward to having you and your family back for your next vacation in Estes Park.
Austin, Texas

Spring Break 2015

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Estes Park with our children ages 6 and 12, Carol was easy to work with and we appreciated the nice touches, great care was invested in the decor, we loved the beautiful prints depicting local wildlife, and the home had the feel of a mountain cabin in the woods. The children loved the twin beds and the owl pillow on each bed added another thoughtful touch, our 6 year old squeezed and hugged on the owl at bedtime since he didn't bring any stuffed animals from home. The home was conveniently located to town, yet slightly removed enough that we could escape and enjoy the quiet neighborhood away from any noise. The location was perfect for our day trips to RMNP and into town. We appreciated the use of a well stocked kitchen to prepare some meals, the roomy dining table and large windows were perfect for enjoying wildlife! The kids were playing outside one morning as we cleaned up from breakfast when they suddenly ran inside to tell us an Elk was following them, and sure enough we watched the Elk walk directly past the large dining room windows toward the front door just as the children had done. The natural bath soaps were another nice touch and the kids greatly enjoyed the foosball table. The only thing we might suggest is to replace some of the pots and pans with worn Teflon, but this wasn't a major issue since we used the crock pot and glass cookware. Thank you for the use of your comfortable home, we would definitely recommend Two Pines to friends and family, and only hope we could stay longer next time! Had a wonderful vacation and this home was beautiful overall, couldn't have asked for a better home base!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review. I am so glad to know that you found my home to be so comfortable and well-stocked. And especially happy to read that your children liked the owls on their beds. We have tried to make our home one that our guests will want to return year after year. I will be replacing some of the cookware as it needs to be done every now and again. I am so glad that you mentioned it. I love to hear that your children were so excited to see the elk. My home is located on one of several elk migration paths in and around Estes Park so we do get to see a lot of elk and deer. Thank you again for your 5 star review and I hope that you will want to come back soon. Maybe for your next Spring break.
Fort Collins, CO

Small Group Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This home was very spacious and fit all 8 of us comfortably. The kitchen was perfect for big family meals. It was missing a few utensils like a liquid measuring cup and some bigger/or extra pots/pans for cooking for 8 people. We got to see deer moving right through the yard and some even came right up to the door. The location of this home was very central for going into town or going out on a hike.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. When you are putting together a vacation rental, you try to think of everything that you will need to have a fully stocked home. However, there are a few things that one may not think of. Thank you for bringing those things to my attention. You can rest assured that next time you come for a visit, my kitchen will have the items that you mentioned. As one guest informed me, I did not have a lemon zester. I do now. And I will have a liquid measuring cup and some larger pots for my guests with the larger groups. Hopefully, you will come back and stay again. I am so glad that you and your group had a wonderful time. Thank you again for your 5 star review!
Boulder, CO and Scotland

Very relaxing home with great layout

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Two Pines on Shady Lane. The house had everything you could ask for and more. Our boys really loved the popcorn machine and the games room. We loved the layout and relaxing atmosphere. There were 6 of us (4 adults and 2 kids) and it was great to all be together in the open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The house is very big, the beds were super comfy and the kitchen and bathrooms come well stocked with soaps, kitchen roll, towels etc. The house was clean and had a nice deck to sit out on and enjoy the mountains.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We are so glad that you have enjoyed your stay and found our home to meet or exceed your expectations. We hope you'll come back and stay at our home a little longer the next time. Thank you again and I look forward to having you as my guests again in the future.


Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Golf
0.12 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Peak to Peak Scenic Highway/Hwy. 7
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Many restaurants
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Cross Country
Car: recommended

Estes Park offers many activities year around. Numerous festivals, craft fairs, horse shows, Scottish/Irish festival, elk bugling, the Aspen changing in the Fall, the Parade of Lights the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas Season, just to name just a few of the festivities throughout year in Estes Park. Too many to list here. Go to The Town of Estes Park website and take a look at the Estes Park Calendar of Events.


Rates & Availability

From $195 Per night

Estes Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 16 2014 - May 14 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.7%
Notes Rates depend on number of guests.
Peak rates - May 15 -Oct. 15, 3 night minimum:225.00-up to 4/250.00- 5-6/300.00/7-8
Weekly rates available, refer to owner for details.
HOLIDAYS - PEAK RATES. Off-peak rates: 2 night minimum/$195.00-up to 4/225.00-5-6/250.00-8
9.7% tax, one-time cleaning fee of $150.00, $49.00 damage insurance policy
Military discount: 10%
Rates may be subject to change.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Estes Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Ski-In
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • All towels furnished. Each bathroom comes equipped with a hair dryer, hand held mirror, private label hand-made bath soaps, small shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and mouthwash...just in case.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Family room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen size sleeper sofa and twin sleeper love seat.
  • All linens, blankets, etc. furnished. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan in addition to a floor fan. Crib available, must bring own crib sheets and blankets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Convenient in-town location. An easy walk or drive to downtown Estes Park. An amusement park in Estes Park, open during summer months, is great for family fun. Trout fishing, hiking, exploring, shopping, picnicing or relaxing, there is so much to do or doing nothing at all. Relax on the deck and, watch the deer and elk and enjoy the beautiful scenery that is second to none, in and around this historic, picturesque Currier and Ives mountain town. Relax and enjoy the warmth of the charming gas moss rock fireplace. Estes Park has festivals and activities year around. Check the Town of Estes Park, Calendar of Events online to view all year-around planned events and activities. There is something going on almost year around! Personalized keyless entry code for our guests safety and security. Contact owner for weekly/monthly rates. Check out time: 10:00 a.m.

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