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ROOMS WITH A VIEW: BEAR HOUSE NEAR OURAY

Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad

Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad

Advertiser since: 2013
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ROOMS WITH A VIEW: BEAR HOUSE NEAR OURAY

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Ouray House Rental Photos and Description

The surrounds of Ouray, Colorado, located near the heart of the rugged and magnificently picturesque San Juan Mountains, is a glorious piece of paradise for adventuresome souls. This home, situated 5 miles north of town, offers a relaxing place to soak in the area’s beauty and a base to venture out to explore its wonder. We refer to this place as “Bear House,” named for the chainsaw bear sculpture welcoming you aside the front door.

Bear House sits on a shelf about 100 feet above the floor of the Idlewild valley, privately located at the end of a spur on a 1.3 acre wooded lot. The home features an inviting great room with tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen, and generous master bedroom and bath. Two additional bedrooms and an adjoining full bath occupy a partial second story. You can enjoy your meals inside on a large dining room table or outside on a wooden porch. This porch and large windows that span the northeast facing aspect—including great room, master bedroom, and upstairs bedroom—offer stunning, unimpeded views across the valley to Cutler Creek and Baldy Peak directly to the east, the Bridge of Heaven area rising sharply above Dexter Creek, and, in the distance to the north, the south rim of the Ouray amphitheater.

Located in the great room is a collection of books about the region’s history, jeeping in the area, and hiking trails, as well as trail and road maps. You’ll also find a small library of other fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, and games. A utility room, located off the kitchen, has a washer and dryer. The property also has a 2.5 car garage to park your car and store outdoor gear.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2013
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2014

About Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad

We are Sara and Steve, a university researcher and professor currently residing primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have regularly recreated, relaxed, and revitalized in the Ouray area for years and, indeed, were married just off of Bear Creek trail, high above the Uncompahgre gorge south of town. We recently bought this house to spend more time in the region doing things we love, introduce our young son to the joys brought by outdoor adventure and beauty, share good times here with family and friends, and perhaps ultimately adopt this place as our primary residence. On a seasonal basis, we’re also happy to rent our home to visitors. Whether you’re just now discovering and exploring the Ouray region or, like us, have been revisiting it for years, we very much hope you enjoy your stay.

Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad purchased this house in 2012

Why Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad chose Ouray

We had looked to buy a piece of this area for years. When we stepped into Bear House and experienced its spacious warmth, private feel, and breathtaking views, we fell in love with it.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Rooms with a View: Bear House Near Ouray
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Rooms with a View: Bear House Near Ouray
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Ouray Southwestern Colorado
St. Louis, MO
5

Beautiful Area

  • 5 of 5
We just came back from The Bear House in Ouray. We had a great time. This was a good time of year for us as the crowds have thinned out. It was cool in the morning and towards evening. The days were warm.

This was our first experience of renting a home and everything went smoothly. The house was lovely, close to Ouray but still secluded. The eastern view from the deck was beautiful. There was a note and bottle of sparkling New Mexico wine from Sara and Steve. Greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

Can't say enough good things about the house and the City of Ouray.

Thanks for sharing your lovely home.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Excellent: We're very happy you had a good time. September is certainly one of our favorite times of the year in Ouray too. All the best to you.
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Ouray Southwestern Colorado
5

Vacation

  • 5 of 5
My husband & I enjoyed our stay at "Bear House". Ouray is a beautiful place and the house made our stay just that much better. We appreciated the books on the Jeep trails, they were very helpful.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear you had a nice visit, Ann - and hope you experienced wonderful Jeeping.
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Ouray Southwestern Colorado
Berkley, Michigan
5

WOW! What a great space for a vacation.

  • 5 of 5
We had wonderful stay at Bear House. Our Michigan based 4WD club made the trek to Ouray with our Jeeps for the week to travel Corkscrew Gulch, California Gulch, Cinnamon Pass, Engineer Pass, Ophir Pass, Imogene Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, and Governor Basin Poughkeepsie Gulch, Picayune and Placer Gulches, and Minnie Gulch Trail.

Six of us decided to rent Bear House where the rest of the group stayed at the KOA below. We were definitely "King of the Hill". The home was a lot more than expected. Very nice and beautiful views. It was like looking at a high-def TV out each picture window. Everything was in order. It was clean, neat and well furnished. Even the soaps and paper products.

Steve and Sara were wonderful hosts. Steve was quick to respond to our questions and fulfilled a few requests that we had upon arrival. Thanks Steve and Sara. Hope to rent again when we plan our next trip to Ouray.
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good stay, John, and thanks for the kind comments. We look forward to you and your fellow Wolverines staying with us again!
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Ouray Southwestern Colorado
Louisville, CO
5

Beautiful property with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time staying at the Bear House. Sara and Steve are wonderful to work with and their home is comfortable with all the necessary amenities available for use. The bottle of champagne to welcome us into their home was also appreciated! We were a family of 7 (2 kids in pack n plays) staying for four nights and found the house to be roomy with plenty of sleeping space and even more space for relaxing.

The house can be a bit tricky to find on the dirt roads at first, but Steve sent a very detailed instruction sheet out ahead of time, which was very helpful. We came in after dark and woke to just gorgeous views surrounding the home. We were able to run and bike on the dirt roads/trails near the house and Ridgway and Ouray are just a short drive away.

Overall, the owners are courteous, friendly and their home is lovely.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Very glad to hear that your stay was a success! Thanks, naturally, for your kind comments.
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Ouray Southwestern Colorado
Wichita Falls, TX
5

Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5
Our family stayed a week at this beautiful property. We enjoyed lots of jeeping, hiking and swimming in the Hot Springs. The location was perfect, close to both Ouray and Ridgway. The house and the views are even better than the pictures. The home was secluded and at a nice elevation to enjoy the scenery. The rooms were very spacious and had the most well stocked kitchen of any vacation rental we've stayed in. The owners provided some wonderful books at the home regarding jeeping and hiking trails that proved very useful. They were very pleasant to work with, promptly answering all our emails and questions about the property. We definitely recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're very happy to know you and your family enjoyed your vacation! Thanks much for your kind comments.
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Rooms with a View: Bear House Near Ouray
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+1 -970-325-4663
Ouray Southwestern Colorado
5

Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5
Our family stayed a week at Bear House and enjoyed every momrent. The home is exactly like the pictures and the views from every window are gorgeous. All the comforts of home are available to you, the owners have done a great job stocking the kitchen and making you feel right at home. We hiked, took four wheelers on the passes, fished in the state park right outside Ridgeway, and just relaxed. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful place!!
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're happy to hear that you had an enjoyable visit! Thanks much for your comments.

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Montrose, CO
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Divide Ranch and Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 550
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Ouray, Colorado
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Telluride Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Ouray is widely renowned as the Jeep Capital of America. Old mining roads, some passing historic ruins, abound in the San Juans. In winter, Ouray transforms into the Ice Climbing Capital of America, highlighted by the climbing park in the town's box canyon. The area is also well-known for its splendid hot springs, whether enjoyed at a public pool in Ouray or private resorts (such as the Wiesbaden in Ouray or Orvis Hot Springs near Ridgway).

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Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Ouray House Rental Rates

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Tax Rate 4.9%
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Amenities

Ouray House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1838 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , privately located off the Master Bedroom
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , a small convenient half bath located off the living area
    Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , a 'Jack-and-Jill' bathroom serving both upstairs bedrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Bottom mattress of the bunk is a double, top is a twin.
  • The Master Bedroom and Upstairs Bedroom 1 each feature three large southeast-facing windows (60+ sq ft.) looking over the Idlewild valley and into the Cimarron range east of Ouray
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis

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