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A Wildlife Haven On The Colorado River Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park

Kirk Hills

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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A Wildlife Haven On The Colorado River Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Grand Lake House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms + Loft - 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-10

Welcome to 'Hills Hideaway,' a 4,000 sq. ft. timeless hand hewn log home (built in 2000) which will give you ultimate mountain comfort and ambience for your 'grand scale' Grand Lake Vacation! Located in the 'heart of nature' on 2 acres stretching along the banks of the winding headwaters of the Colorado River and Rocky Mountain National Park. We designed our home to fully appreciate the splendor of mountain living by 'bringing the outdoors in' with lots of 8' tempered glass windows and doors for maximum viewing, A 21' vaulted ceiling, and numerous skylights throughout to give a light and open feeling.

Bedrooms : Each bedroom has its own private bath which makes this home ideal for up to 3 couples. The Master Bedroom (with King bed) and the 'Aspen Bedroom' (with queen bed) are located on the main floor. The 'Star Gazing Bedroom' (with queen bed) is located upstairs and has banks of skylights for optimal viewing of stars and galaxies. This room has a private deck. All bedrooms have incredible views of the river and RMNP, the meadows, or mountains. 'Bears Den' Loft (with 2 pullout queen futons) sleeps 4 - ideal for younger children/teens. Has a great sitting/viewing deck.

Kitchen & dining: The Gourmet Kitchen on the main floor has slab granite countertops, Viking appliances throughout, including a gas 4 burner range with built-in griddle, ceramic Dacor cooktop and brass bar sink in the 8' granite center island, 2 ovens, dishwasher, microwave, SubZero refrigerator and is fully equipped for a most memorable culinary experience. Dining area, off kitchen, seats 8 at table + 4 bar stools at center island.

20' X 20' rear deck: Located off the great room overlooking the Colorado River into RMNP. The deck has tables and chairs to seat 8 with an umbrella along with multiple lounge chairs and glider. Gas Webber BBQ grill + Webber charcoal grill. Hammock off deck.

Outdoor activities: Horse Shoes provided, wildlife

viewing, campfire with log seats(be sure a burning ban is not in effect because of dry conditions). We have a great wood picnic table close to the campfire area. Help yourself to the wood. Evening time is a great time to enjoy a good campfire. Be sure to put the fire out with water when done!

If you are looking for a 'little slice of heaven,' a tastefully decorated, relaxing retreat, and ready to enjoy 'getting up close and personal' watching wildlife, you will enjoy our home. At anytime you may see a moose and baby strolling by our rear deck or elk or deer playing in the meadow or cooling off in the river. There is a well traveled game trail from RMNP crossing the river into our meadow. You can watch chipmunks, a variety of mountain birds including Mountain and Black Capped Chickadees, Crested Jays, Red Crossbills and lots of colorful hummingbirds daily. Our friendly Red Fox is a regular visitor and Osprey fly often up and down the river in search of trout. You may also see an occasional Bald Eagle, owl, or River Otter.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kirk Hills (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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About Kirk Hills

As natives of Colorado we have been coming to Grand Lake since childhood - it's like a magnet! Having both retired from working in real estate out of the Denver Metro area for over 30 years, we have seen lots of areas and property. We searched long and hard for our perfect, peaceful location on the river backing to RMNP for our retirement dream home retreat. We so enjoy photographing the abundant wildlife, fishing and hiking in the splendid beauty and ruggedness of RMNP, yet within 10 minutes of the conveniences that Grand Lake Village has to offer. We have only shared our home previously for 2 weeks in 2010 and 2011 with vacation travelers. This summer we are offering more time and hope whoever vacations in 'Hills Hideaway' will care for and enjoy it as much as we, our family and our friends have and still do.

Kirk Hills purchased this house in 2000

Why Kirk Hills chose Grand Lake

Why choose grand lake, 'hills hideaway', and this location: we are literally at the gateway to rocky mountain national park (RMNP)! Our home is located 5 minutes from Kawuneeche Visitors Center and the entrance to rmnp to go over trail ridge road (the highest continuous paved road in north america) elevation of 12,183 ft. - only 45 minutes to estes park. Horses for rent with scheduled trail rides are located at neighboring winding river campground. You can fish in the head waters of the Colorado river right from our property (fly/lures only - Colo.Fishing license required). Also, you can fish a private stocked lake ( a 5 minute walk) no license required - we must give you a guest badge for fishing. This is a catch and release lake, however, you can keep enough fish for your dinner. Boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boat rentals or a pontoon tour of grand lake are available at grand lake marina.

Historic grand lake village is only 10 minutes away with nostalgic board walks leading to quaint boutiques and art galleries, gift shops, ice cream and sweet shops, wonderful restaurants and top-notch live performances at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Public 18 hole Grand Lake Golf course is only 3 miles away and 3 other golf courses are within a 30 minute drive. Hot Sulphur Springs mineral baths are only 30 minutes away.

What makes this house unique

We cannot emphasize enough, the joy of getting up early each morning while having a cup of hot coffee and not knowing what animals or birds you may see. It is constant entertainment. One time we witnessed a whole herd of elk including babies and the bull running up and down the river, splashing and cooling off and playing in the river. These events will be engrained in memories of our stay at our cabin. These are the type of memories we want you to experience! Try sitting on the upper deck looking up the meadow (early morning or evening) and the wildlife does not even know of your presence - a good time to photograph!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our entire family thoroughly enjoyed "Hills Hideaway"! We have been coming to Grand Lake for over 30 years, and moose, elk, small animals and hummingbirds were more abundant around your cabin than we have ever seen anywhere else since coming out here. The grandkids really enjoyed that! It is also very relaxing having the river running along the backside - great for sleeping. We had a most memorable vacation. Thanks so much for letting us share your beautiful home for a short period of time.
Jul 2011
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A Wildlife Haven On The Colorado River Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park
average rating of 4.5 based on 11 reviews

Spectacular home on the Moose Highway

  • 5 of 5

This is a spectacular home on the river, visited by moose morning and night. The wide open kitchen, dining, and living room open onto the deck with fire pit on one side, river in front, and moose on the other. The home is beautifully furnished, really luxurious. The only problem with this home is that you almost don't want to leave it and that is saying something as Rocky Mountain Park and Grand Lake are just two miles away. We hope to make this a yearly family retreat.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

A Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 10 (2 grandparents, 4 parents, 4 children ages 11-15) had an amazing time at Hill's Hideaway. The location was absolutely ideal - a short bike ride to so many things including the adorable town of Grand Lake, right at the entrance to RMNP, in a meadow at a bend in the Colorado River. Fishing, horseback riding, ATV rental, wildlife viewing all right there or a short walk away. Momma moose & baby greeted us the evening we arrived. The birds and chipmunks were amazing and we came to expect a moose in our yard, viewable from the magnificent floor to ceiling windows each night (and were only disappointed once!).

But that wasn't the best part. The best part was how absolutely beautiful the home was and how incredibly well appointed it was and how welcome the owners made us feel. We felt like kings & queens every morning when we awoke and enjoyed everything about the property. We felt very lucky to have found such a wonderful hideaway.

Thank you for an absolutely splendid vacation that we will think of fondly forever!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had a magnificent five night stay at Hill's Hideaway full of relaxing family memories! We had lots of fun with the our two young children fishing both on the river and the private access lake! We spent one night watching a moose for two hours! We enjoyed making wonderful meals in the beautiful kitchen! The pictures on the site do not do the inside of the home justice - it is gorgeous! Our breakfast at Fat Cat Cafe was delicious and our hike to Adams Falls was well worth it!

The owners, Kirk and Melva, are genuinely nice people who take great pride in their home. They were kind and easy to work with and they really take care of you. If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely stay at Hill's Hideaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful home, amazing wildlife viewing

  • 5 of 5

Upon our arrival we were greeted by several deer and a moose! (My two and six year old were amazed!) The wildlife parade continued each day as we observed a herd of elk, more deer, two huge bull moose, a fox, copious birds and chipmunks, and two Colorado River Otters (very rare sighting)! Not only was the animal experience amazing - the home was equally awe-inspiring! It is beautifully decorated, very well located and immaculately clean. Every convenience was available and the kitchen was outfitted with every gadget and appliance we needed. We did cook a lot!

The home owners were wonderful and very accommodating, and provided a great notebook with recommendations concerning Grand lake. We really enjoyed fishing in the pond near the cabin! The kids loved it and caught several trout. Also we enjoyed roasting smores' on the cabin's fire pit, and renting ATV's just down the road. Hill's Hideaway and Grand Lake are perfect for families. There are many opportunities to relax and to play. We will recommend both to our friends and family!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

No children or teenagers!

  • 2 of 5

This is such a beautiful home. It is clean and very well kept. The owners are very proud of their home and love it very much. The setting and location are just perfect. We had moose and all kinds of animals visit us throughout the week. We fished in the lake and river and took many great hikes. If the rating were based on location and family experience it would be an excellent. I gave this home a fair because of the small, yet large, non-listed details! I would caution families with children and teenagers about renting this home. There are many, many small items and very sentimental things of value everywhere in this home. There are live stuffed animals in glass cases and lots of toy stuffed animals and breakable items placed everywhere. I was paranoid all week about the kids breaking something, not taking off their shoes and getting the floors dirty or scratched. Keeping the floors clean was difficult because it rained hard every day and there were no rugs to wipe your feet on when entering the house. You should also be aware that the home must be spotless when you leave. Each item must be placed in its original and EXACT place that you found it in. Each stain, scratch, pull, non spotless item or item not in it's original place will be noted, photographed and sent to you in an e-mail afterwards. Your deposit WILL be used to clean any small stains or make any slight repairs. The bottom line is...if you want to have a relaxing vacation with your kids or teenagers, you might want to find another place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have both been in real estate for over 30 years and operated and managed many rentals. We do understand what "normal wear and tear" is and what "reasonably clean condition" is all about. We opened our home to a total of 10 VRBO/HOMEAWAY vacationing families during July and August 2013. All but 2 of these families had children or teenagers. We have had no issues with the other 9 vacation rental families and returned their full security deposit with a note of thanks for leaving our home in nice condition. Normal laundry and cleaning is expected. We have rough surface door mats at all front and back doors for cleaning wet/muddy shoes. We also have a large slate entry suitable for wet/muddy shoes. It is amazing how the above negative review transpired only after the renter was informed that part of her damage deposit was being withheld. This same vacation renter left tokens of appreciation and a nice note on our kitchen table saying how much her family enjoyed their week at our home upon their departure. Yes, we held out funds for our 2 private lake fishing badges that were taken by this family on 8/08/13 and have not yet been returned by the renter (renter to have mailed back the badges some days ago -- renter to be reimbursed for badges if received by 8/23/13). The other funds held out were for broken, or missing items, stain removal and carpet pull repair damages (less than half of renters deposit was retained). We have been so pleased with the other 9 vacation renters of this season. All 9 other vacation renters showed respect for our home and belongings, left very nice compliments in our guest book, and most stated they would like to come back again. Sadly, this is the only family that we would not invite to return.
Denver, Colorado

Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely stunning! From the four moose at dusk hanging out in the yard to the private fishing lake this place is truly five star! Every detail down to the water bottle on your night stand makes you feel pampered and away from life for awhile. I hope to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
140 Miles
Denver Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Village of Grand Lake
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Grand Lake
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
Highway 34
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Kilometres
Village of Grand Lake
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Winter Park
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Grand Lake marina area-picnic,sand,water,boats
Car: necessary

We are 5 minutes from Rocky Mt. Nat'l Park entry to go over Trail Ridge Rd., a must see area for spectacular mountain vistas, hiking,abundant wildlife including elk and moose and only 45 minutes to Estes Park. Horse back riding at Winding River Campground. Enjoy a good soak in the hot springs at Hot Sulfur Springs, 40 minutes away. Adams Fall is a must see water fall located at the north inlet of Grand Lake. The best spot for elk and moose viewing can be found right off our deck which backs onto a game trail entering our meadow-Keep your camera ready!


Rates & Availability

From $600 Per night

Grand Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 20 2015 - May 25 2015
5 night minimum stay
Summer 1
Jun 26 2015 - Jun 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 1 2015 - Jul 10 2015
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Jul 11 2015 - Aug 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59.00
cleaning fee $250.00
Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 5.7%
Notes Rates subject to change depending if Holiday or special events. Confirm pricing with owner and minimum stay ( 5 day minimum stay) During Holidays, the rate increases to $650/night...4th of July...Memorial Day...Labor Day weekends.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
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  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , On main level 1 pedestal sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Main Floor Master- Marble vanity top w double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Floor - Pedestal sink + shelving for toiletries
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upstairs - vanity w 1 sink + 1 pedestal sink in shower room
  • Main Floor Master Bath w dbl doors leading from master bedroom into a posh mountain decor bathroom. A large 2 person jetted spa tub - separate glassed-in shower - large marble vanity w dbl sinks and full length mirror - lots of shelving for cosmetic cases, etc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main floor Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main Floor 'Aspen Bedroom'
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs 'Stargazing Bedroom'
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs 'Bears Den' sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms, each with own private bathrooms plus a loft area with 2 queen pull out futons (ideal for 4 children/young adults). Master Bedroom: On main level-King size bed with pillow top mattress - natural river rock floor to ceiling gas log fireplace - ceiling fan - walk-in closet - 16' X 24' room. Views of river & Rocky Mt. National Park. Aspen room: On main level - queen bed-tub/shower-pedistal sink-stool-tv-excellent wildlife viewing of meadow and mountains. Stargazing room: Upstairs - queen bed - large bank of skylights gives incredible star and galaxy views! -private sitting deck with views of mountains, river, wildlife and sunsets - ceiling fan. Bear's den: Upstairs - loft area - 2 queen pullout futons - ceiling fan - ideal for 4 children/young adults - private deck for viewing wildlife, meadow, river and sunsets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
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  • Balcony ...
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  • Boat ...
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  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Wireless internet: WiFi is available at coffee shop in town or at library in Grand Lake Village. Verizon tower nearby. Owner has Verizon and can use a mini - I pad with built in internet connection with Wi-Fi to get on internet.

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