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A Great Vail Value II; Quiet Retreat on Gore Creek

Jim and Signe Donaldson

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Jim and Signe Donaldson

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A Great Vail Value II; Quiet Retreat on Gore Creek

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


Ptarmigan Townhomes Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Vail Luxury At Out-Of-The-Village Prices

No matter the season, this quiet, secluded location with trees, mountain views, and the sound of Gore Creek, located only 30 feet off the back deck, will fill the bill for your next vacation. You can ski any of the 11 Colorado resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mt., Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Steamboat Springs, Aspen's three mountains, and Ski Cooper) and still drive home for the night to a cozy fire and comfortable king-size beds.

This is a property with only 38 townhomes, many of which are lived in by full-time residents. The covered bus stop for the free Town of Vail shuttle is only a two-minute level walk from the front door. (The pool house hot tub is even closer!) A three-minute ride gets you to the Cascade Ski Lift (a quick and easy place to start and/or end your ski day); ride a little longer and get off at Lionshead or the Vail Transportation Center and Vail Village itself, offering all of the shopping, eating, and fun places that only Vail can offer.

If you choose, however, to stay in, you will also be content. Upon entering, you will know immediately that this is a premium unit. Being an end unit means that most days, natural sunlight fills this home. From the first view of the antler chandelier to the custom made natural wood bedroom furniture, you experience a 'mountain home' feeling. Owners intend to retire here themselves, so great care has gone into choices such as furniture, artwork, and window coverings. A modern kitchen, replete with all of the cooking and serving items you should need, opens onto a dining area furnished with a dining table that seats six (a chair can be added for a seventh person), and a unique wooden sideboard. The wood-burning fireplace is a centerpiece for a spacious and comfortable living area. There is plenty of seating space, but two comfortable leather recliner/rockers will quickly become favorites while reading, watching television on a big-screen high-definition television, or just watching Gore Creek flow by off the back deck. In the summer, enjoy the large deck in comfortable deck furniture and cook meals outside on a convenient gas grill (grill relocated to home's front sunny, covered area during winter). A powder room and large utility room with full-size washer and dryer complete the downstairs. Go upstairs and find yourself in a lovely sitting/television area that can transform into a third bedroom if needed. The day bed, constructed specifically for this room, can, with the trundle, either make out to a king size bed or two twins. An antique armoire in this room makes a great place to unpack your bags. In the back bedroom, you will immediately be drawn to the view from a wall of windows overlooking Gore Creek; crack one of the casement windows open to hear the stream quietly running all night long. This is an especially large bedroom as it has been remodeled to include the upstairs deck space that was once there. The front bedroom has the advantage of being 'ensuite,' with its own private full bathroom. There are two full bathrooms upstairs, with excellent large soaking tubs and modern showerheads. Bars have been installed in the tubs to aid in getting in and out if needed. All three bedroom areas have their own flat-screen TVs; the center area also has a VCR/DVD player.

In the winter, walk or take the free shuttle to the Safeway or City Market; other seasons, you may choose to walk or bicycle. The townhome is a three to four minute walk to the Vail Recreation Trail, a fun path where walkers, runners, and bikers can enjoy a trip into Vail along beautiful Gore Creek. Bikers may choose to ride all the way to Avon or over Vail Pass to Copper Mt., Dillon, or Breckenridge for a good workout. The outdoor pool is seasonal, but the enclosed hot tub is year-round and only a one-minute walk across the parking lot.

Rates are lower for this unit due to owner management. Owner management is visible throughout the home in a personalized, cozy environment, rather than a sterile cookie-cutter appearance. Signature furniture pieces, personal artwork, and luxurious bathrooms all point to ownership who also enjoy their visits here!

Please, no smoking and no pets.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim and Signe Donaldson (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2015

About Jim and Signe Donaldson

Jim first fell in love with Colorado as a cadet at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s. He brought Signe, a Baylor graduate and high school teacher, here before they married in 1976. After seven years in the USAF, Jim separated from the Air Force and went to work as an airline pilot. When we realized that we always wanted our three sons to want to go on vacation with us, it seemed the ideal move to buy a vacation home in Vail. It was the right decision. The boys loved Vail as children, and now as grown men with families and friends, it is our favorite place to congregate as a family!

Jim and Signe Donaldson purchased this townhome in 2013

Why Jim and Signe Donaldson chose Ptarmigan Townhomes

We purchased Ptarmigan Townhome #15 ( in 1990 and have enjoyed it ever since then as a place for ourselves and our friends as well as a vacation rental. From the very beginning, we knew that if #16 ever went on the market, we were interested. It was an end unit, therefore having more windows and receiving more light than interior units. It had been owned by a Vail/Beaver Creek builder and he and his wife had remodeled it and in doing so, given it a uniqueness. When it went on the market in the summer of 2013, we moved quickly to purchase it. Then we began to add our own touches to the property with furnishings that spoke to us -- signature pieces that reminded us of the Colorado mountains and our home. We intend to live in Unit #16 when Jim retires from the airlines.

What makes this townhome unique

We have loved Unit #15 ( for over 20 years, but at times have needed more space for extended family and friends. Having Unit #16 makes it possible for us, as well as guests, to enjoy the mountains in larger groups and be right next door to one another.

We have furnished #16 together with furniture built specifically for the home and signature one-of-a-kind pieces. Each room is special to us; and we believe that you will feel the love and care that we feel for and have put into this home.

Lastly, being located on Gore Creek always makes for beautiful views, no matter the season.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights
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A Great Vail Value II; Quiet Retreat on Gore Creek
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
New York

Great Value-location, convenience, comfort

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of renting this unit and the adjoining unit for our extended family. The unit is steps away from the free shuttle, and very comfortable. As with any property ownership, sometimes there are repair issues. When we advised the owner of the issue, repairmen appeared that night. Couldn't have asked for more. We have been coming to Vail for about 10 years and never repeated a stay at any other unit. I guess it says it all when I say that we have inquired about staying in this unit next year. With such a large group, eating out is not an option. The kitchens were well stocked and shopping was minutes away. Taking the free shuttle into Lionshead took about 6 minutes. If you time it right, you can be on the Lionshead gondola in 10 minutes from the time you leave the door. Thanks Jim.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to have return guests! Again, location is a great asset of the property. If you choose to start your day at the free shuttle's first stop, Cascade Village, a three-minute ride, you will have the shortest walk from bus to lift in Vail, two minutes (and no lines)! An exterior plumbing issue has affected multiple units in Ptarmigan this winter. The faulty line is being replaced this spring. We are happy that Alan and his family enjoyed their stay and want to return.

Convenient, Comfortable, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th trip to Vail (we come from England) and is the third year running we have stayed in one of these owners properties in West Vail - that tells you we like them. There were 4 adults in our party. Previous 2 years we were next door in unit 15 which is also great. I would endorse other reviewers comments about the quality and comfort of the condo and how well it is fitted out. The other key attraction to us is location and ease of access to other facilities. The stop for the Lionshead shuttle is 2 minutes walk away; great hot tub nearby and easy access to grocery stores and a variety of eating places just on the other side of i70 - no need to eat out in Vail in the evening if you don't to. I am sure we will be back again a few more times.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests often mention many of the same things in their review comments. Ptarmigan's location is one of them. Our anonymous English guests who stayed for two weeks do not rent a car when coming to Vail. They make use of the free bus that stops at the entrance to Ptarmigan. The closest lift, Cascade, is a three-minute ride followed by a two-minute walk to the lift. Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to serving you again!

Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay in Vail, but our first at this lovely home. Like so many other reviews have already stated, this is a home - you feel that the minute you walk through the door. The house is so well maintained, extremely clean, and the owners have truly thought of just about everything to ensure the comfort of their guests.

The kitchen is fully appointed with dishes (overflowing!), pots/pans, utensils and everything you need in order to cook in. The owners have done a great job of ensuring that small items are available - coffee filters, sugar, pepper/salt - enough to get you started in the morning. A full size fridge is also provided.

The bedrooms are lovely and the beds - fantastic and comfortable - very comfortable! There were five of us and the large rooms were highly appreciated. Each bedroom has a king-size bed, alarm clock, television, tons of hangers and drawers. We also used the trundle beds which, we were told, were very comfortable.

The rest of the unit is lovely. The owners have truly thought of wonderful small touches for families. The internet was fast, we had puzzles and games to entertain, DVD player as well as a fireplace to enjoy. The 2.5 bathrooms were much appreciated as well as the large soaking tub (especially after a hard day of skiing).

The location? Can't beat it... Gore Creek is beautiful and the view off the back deck is perfect. Right on the bus-line as well as convenient to grocery stores on the north-side of I-70. We also appreciated the two parking spots offered.

The owners are fantastic to deal with. Communications always answered timely, and the slight problem we had with the unit was handled quickly and beyond anything we could have asked for.

This is definitely a place we'll be back to visit. The only issue we had is that we didn't stay long enough!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so happy that you enjoyed our home. To us, it is a home, not just a vacation rental. We work hard at providing the something "extra" there and it is so nice when guests notice and comment. We especially love this home for many of the same reasons that you cited: the 2 1/2 baths are great for a group, the mattresses are so comfortable, and we know we appreciate the small amenities we provide, when we go somewhere else and don't find them! We know that we are absentee owners and we work very hard at assuring our guests of and providing our guests with our easy accessibility. And as always, we are in agreement that the Ptarmigan location is a great one! Thank you, please come again!

Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many VRBO's and this ranks up there with the best. It truly felt like home and had every amenity that yiu would need. The kitchen was completely stocked, including extras like spices, foil, and ziploc bags. We like to cook every meal, which was very easy to do in this kitchen.

The beds were very comfortable. it wasn't very cold when we were there so we opened the window a crack at night to hear the sound of Gore Creek. I loved falling asleep to the sound of rushing water!

We used the hot tub every night. It was never very crowded and it was always hot. It was less than a 1 minute walk from the condo. As was the bus stop to get to Lionshead.

This is a very beautiful and convenient location and we will definiytely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joy, thank you for taking the time to review your stay; glad it met your expectations! Ptarmigan's location, the pool, hot tub, free shuttle and beautiful Gore Creek are why we have owned for 24 years (this unit for 1 1/2 years) and plan to retire in this unit for the majority of the year.
Athens, OH

A Vail vacation extraordinaire

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time in all ways staying a #16 Ptarmigan. Loved sitting on the deck and living room soaking in the sights and sounds of Gore Creek right in the back yard. The place is beautifully decorated & furnished with everything a guest could need. We cooked breakfasts and a couple dinners there and found a very workable kitchen. Appreciated all back-up paper products that we don't always find in places we rent.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are always happy to hear that guests thoroughly enjoyed their stay...and if not, we work to make it right. This unit is our future retirement home; we look forward to enjoying it more ourselves!

All They Promised It Would Be

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely greay home and location...we hand 4 adults and 2 adult children(daughters) and made out very well w/sleeping accommodations ... Bedrooms very roomy w/extremely comfortable beds and loft adequate w/trundle beds for 2 adult daughters...also cot available in large bedroom for a seventh add on. Living area well appointed w/large L-shaped sofa that easily handled overflow for approx 10-12 in living area/great for watching sporting events!!

As stated by owners this unit is end unit w/extra windows for good natural light and a bit larger than most other units @ Ptarmigan...beautiful, serene view of Gore Creek out sliding glass doors..literally 8 steps down slight incline!! Bus stop about 50 yards from front door w/consistent service every 30 min..5 min to Lionshead, 10 min to Vail Village...last year we stayed "IN" Vail Village and our group agreed that this location was just as convenient at a much more reasonable price. Owners were easily accessible, very anxious to please, and a wealth of info...they recommended grocery and adult beverage "one stop" on way in from Denver airport that we were unaware of after many visits

We hope to return next year for extended stay...hopefully in this same unit

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Gary, for taking the time to write such a complimentary review! Our goal is for all of our guests to enjoy our two townhomes in Ptarmigan. We hope you will come back again. Let me clarify a couple of points in the review. The trundle in the center upstairs is in an area level with the other bedrooms. The loft is above it and not accessible or usable by guests. Thanks for the "50 yards" to the free shuttle stop! Many potential guests ask distances so I've paced it: 125 level guy paces to the shuttle shelter and you pass the indoor pool house hot-tub at 75 paces. It is a bit longer than Gary's estimate but, on the positive side, it means that we have virtually no road noise.


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Eagle County
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Vail Golf Course
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Vail's Cascade Lift
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

From $185 Per night

Ptarmigan Townhomes Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 19 2015 - Jun 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 12 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2015 - Nov 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Early Ski Season
Nov 20 2015 - Dec 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Ski Season
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
6 night minimum stay
January Special
Jan 3 2016 - Feb 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
Prime Ski Season
Feb 13 2016 - Mar 25 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135.00
Tax Rate 9.8%
Notes NO SMOKING, NO PETS ALLOWED $450. per Violation Minimum
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund minus our costs, i.e. credit card charging fee, if cancellation is made 1 month or greater before beginning of stay, 2 months for Holiday Ski Season and stays of 10+ nights. Cancellations made less than 1 month/2 months prior, refund funds collected from rerenting cancelled nights, minus our special ad costs.
Approx. 25% deposit required within seven days of booking to reserve property. Balance due at least one month prior to stay, two months if Holiday Ski Season nights or stay is 10+ nights. No 9.8% tax if stay is 30 days or longer. Major credit cards/personal checks accepted. Am. Ex. add 2%. NOTE: Damage/abuse/misuse of property above normal wear and tear is the financial responsibility of guests.
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Ptarmigan Townhomes Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1380 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Soaking tub, modern showerhead
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Soaking tub, modern showerhead
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , First floor level powder room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Front Bedroom - 1 king , Private full bath. Flat screen TV.
    Middle Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Daybed w/trundle: can be joined for a king size. TV, DVD.
    Creekside Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Single roll-a-way in closet. Space for your Pack-n-Play.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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