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Amazing artistic home, hot tub, Divide views! May 4-7 now available! Apr Sale!

Black Hawk, CO, USA
  • House1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

Casita Colorado- 3bdrm+loft sleeps 6-10 Reclaimed and custom mountain retreat!

Come enjoy the amazing views of the continental divide and Indian Peaks Wilderness in this one of a kind home! Located just 7 miles from the town of Nederland, 15 minutes from Eldora mountain Resort, 1 hr from Denver, and 35 minutes to Boulder, the house makes you feel like you are way off the beaten path, yet still accessible to so many great restaurants a small towns. The Casita is more than just a vacation rental, it's a piece of art! Carefully crafted with almost all reclaimed materials, this house will truly make you feel at home. There are Breathtaking views of Arapahoe peaks, jetted tub, hot tub, outdoor steel fire pit, gas grill, shower in the master with views of the divide and hammocks!!. The house was initially designed to be a vacation rental and it has a personality unlike any other. It is certainly a one of a kind home! Casa Colorado is also 420 friendly! Feel free to inquire about details.

The Casita is a newer construction that we have been building since 2012. The house is primarily made up of reclaimed materials with the exception of some of the framing lumber. All of the windows, doors, flooring, cabinets, counters, granite, flagstone, outdoor kitchen, and even all of the appliances came from other resources. We take pride in making luxury out of re-used building materials!

After building our bed and breakfast, Casa Colorado over the last ten years and using reclaimed materials, we thought it would be fun to build another house that could be a vacation rental and would act as an example of a reclaimed design and build project, start to finish. After discovering Resource in Boulder and a few other used building suppliers, I was able to stockpile all of the house parts before we started building. I designed this house by using the pieces that I found, but also prioritizing the artistic integrity, functionality, and overall class of the home.

The house sleeps up to 10 people, but is probably the most comfortable with 6-8. There is a king in the master bedroom, as well as a queen futon, there are two single beds in the loft, and a queen in the downstairs bedroom. We have added a 3rd bedroom in a seperate tiny house behind the outdoor kitchen. There are also 4 blow up mattresses and two pack n’ plays for kids.

The Casita Kitchen is built with an open floor plan and features a stained torquoise concrete slab with in floor radiant heat, a beautiful Viking range with a center griddle and a stainless dishwasher and refrigerator. There is also a professional grade blender, coffee maker, French press, 4 slice stainless toaster, and a soda stream for making your own bubbly water. There are professional grade copper pots and pans, as well as stainless for your cooking pleasure. There is a crockpot and a Champion juicer, as well. The kitchen is fully stocked with a full line of savory herbs and spices and a few varieties of sea salts and also fresh organic herbs growing for your convenience (during the grow season).

The lighting in the Casita is really amazing. There are remote controlled full spectrum leds, moroccon sconces up the stairwell, deep blue pendants over the island, and rail and cable lighting throughout the house. Every light in the house has a dimmer. The ability to create a really cool feeling in this house is one of its signature characteristics!

The living room is very quaint and has an 8 ft. cozy designer couch, as well as two comfy chairs. There is a pellet stove that does a great job of heating the space and provides a really warm atmosphere during the winter months. There is also in floor radiant heat in the kitchen and the two bathrooms and radiant wall mount heat in the rest of the house.

There are flatscreen tvs with direct tv in each bedroom and a 55 inch in the living room. There is a Harmon Kardon surround sound stereo system in the living room and speakers throughout the entire house for your listening pleasure. The stereo also has a tablet that you can stream spotify or Pandora or use it to get online. There is also wifi throughout the house.

Design: There are many amazing artistic features to this house. We used custom, handmade tile in the downstairs shower that almost feel ocean like, and tie together the torquoise theme throughout the house. There is a deep blue vessel sink that compliments the tile and sits upon a late 1800's sink basin. There are glass tiles, raku tiles, custom textures, reclaimed 1800’s beams and an ornate Balian architectural piece in the kitchen that truly brings an old world feel to the kitchen. The house feels open and airy and has high, vaulted ceilings.

Hot tub: The hot tub is located right out the back door for easy access and is always set to 104-106 for your comfort. There are two glass enclosed showers, but they are NOT steam showers. They do, however , get pretty warm inside as they are both fairly small enclosures.

Skiiing/ Sledding: The house is located about 15 minutes from Eldora Mountain Resort. Eldora offers plenty of downhill terrain as well as a great Nordic Center with miles of Nordic trails to choose from. Sledding can happen right from the house! The location is perfect for sledding right out the front door! The hill is just right out of the front door. Sleds and snow shoes are provided. The house also backs up to National forest, so it feels very private and really there are 100’s of acres of forest right behind the house. We continue to work on the trail system so that hiking and cross country skiing can happen right from the house.

Hiking: During the summer months there are amazing hikes all within a 15-minute drive. We supply the house with trail maps for your convenience.

Closest town: The nearest town is the town of Nederland. It is located just about 7 miles away from the Casita and has an assortment of restaurants, cafes, bike shops, grocery store, co-op, liquor stores and is a just a really charming, little, mountain town.

Blackhawk is 12 miles from the house, as well. Technically, we are a Blackhawk address, but it’s actually closer to Nederland than it is to Blackhawk.

The Casita is also just a minute walk to Casa Colorado, which is our Bed and Breakfast. The Casa offers a high -end suite to one party at a time. So, if you have friends that want to come up for a night or two the Casa suite is a great option. There is also no minimum stay requirement at the Casa, so it’s a great way to have a few friends up for even just one night without needing to crowd the Casita.

For an occasion or group that desires more than the basics, Casa Colorado is the perfect location! The B&B offers a unique stay for one party at a time and we cater to all types of dietary restrictions and offer organic, local fair whenever possible. We have fresh eggs daily from our hardworking hens!

If you are looking for a great getaway for just you and your partner, husband, or wife and would like to be pampered a bit more with breakfast each day, visit Casa Colorado! Located just 1 minute from the Casita, Casa Colorado is a B&B with over 4,000 sq. ft. to enjoy and relax. It is also built from mostly reclaimed and custom pieced material. Walls are alive with murals, embedded fossils and stones, and warm rustic texturing. The vivid décor includes furnishings and art from around the globe, incorporating works from local artists including stained glass work, mosaic pieced mirrors, re-purposed Japanese shoji screens and handmade tiles. Located at 9200 feet elevation, our mountain home enjoys constant sunlight and solar gain, filling the house with a warmth that sets this house apart from other rentals. Epic views of the Continental Divide bring the natural beauty of Colorado indoors to this impressive home.

The Casita and Casa Colorado Bed and Breakfast are both conveniently located 1 hr. from Denver and 40 minutes from Boulder and are a just a short walk from each other in the mountains 7 miles south east of Nederland. It's the perfect getaway from the city life!! Come pamper yourself with the relaxing, cool breezes at 9,000 ft!! If you are interested in the B&B option The B&B offers a custom suite to one party at a time and offers an all organic, local cuisine served up custom to your palette or dietary restrictions!! Fresh eggs Daily!!Enjoy the private sauna, steam shower, hot tub, and 143 in. home theatre!!

Artistic design is not the only element that distinguishes the Casa from other rental properties. Luxury amenities make our home the ultimate retreat. Enjoy complete privacy with amenities designed for relaxing and settling into a spa-style atmosphere. Steam, soak and sauna away the day! Indulge in special services including in-house massage treatments or private yoga. We've provided everything of the highest quality, and you’ll find that no detail has been missed.

Located on the patio level, the private suite has its own entrance and includes private spa amenities. Enjoy the wet cedar sauna and steam shower, then linger by the gas fireplace in the bedroom. The large living area with a home theater is a perfect place to enjoy a film or Direct Tv on the big screen! The mini bar offers tea service and a refrigerator so that guests can keep snacks at hand. We provide high end linens and stock our suite with organic local soaps and teas, just a few of the details that makes the Casa stay unique.

The main floor of the Casa offers common space and has a comfortable sitting area with a wood stove. Meals are served in the formal dining room and a large outdoor table is perfect for any meal. The adjoining solarium is a perfect place for sunning or doing yoga, set amidst thriving plants and fresh herbs. Patio space


scott Messersmith

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Calendar last updated:
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About scott Messersmith

While working on the road as a touring musician, Scott purchased Casa Colorado and began the arduous task of building his greatest creation, piece by piece. A few years later the vision came together when Morgan moved in and they decided to share their home, primarily as a B&B, and later as an entire house rental. By choosing to stay closer to home, they are able to spend more time shaping their vision for a more sustainable lifestyle. Both passionate about high altitude gardening, today they are a little bit farmer, artists, chefs, and professionals that wear many hats to complete the jobs on what they joke has become a mini mountain farm.

scott Messersmith purchased this House in 2002

Why scott Messersmith chose Black Hawk

The Casita is a very special feeling house with artistic touches that stand out in a very unique and special way. The home feels open and airy and has lots of natural light. It's designed with amenities and design in mind for travelers who want it all. We have not left out anything with this home. The surround sound system in the living room provides for the perfect entertainment for movies or just playing music using the in house sonos system. The sonos system features 400,000 radio stations from around the world as well as Spotify or pandora. There are also in wall speakers throughout the whole house. The Casita and Casa Colorado are also 420 friendly!! We want you to come and feel naturally at home when you stay here. We ask that you do respect the home by not smoking any tobacco products inside and take precautions when extinguishing all tobacco and or 420 products. We have cigarette butt dispensers attached to the grill out back for your convenience. Ask about our 420 friendly 'bar'! Come experience all that Colorado has to offer!! We made sure not to forget anything at Casa Colorado!

What makes this House unique

The environment we've created at Casa Colorado is just as much about entertainment and hospitality as it is about lifestyle. We are committed to filling our space with creativity and inspiration, whether it be in the form of our gardens, art we display or the food we eat. In this house you will experience the vibrancy infused into its creation and celebrated on a daily basis. Like many of our guests, you may end up leaving here inspired to shape your space to incorporate more art, more sustainability and a new recipe or two!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, This is a newly added outbuilding that is the newest bedroom
      • At the Casita
        Cal. King in the master bedroom, 2 singles(day bed) in the loft connected to the master, 1 queen futon in the master bedroom, 1 Queen in bedroom # 2 At Casa Colorado B&B:Queen in the main bedroom in the suite+ pullout in the theatre and Queen futon. Cal-King located on the main floor bedroom(for larger parties).


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • At the Casita- Master bathroom with beautiful, custom onyx tile, body jets and a great view of the divide right from the shower. It also has a jetted tub. Custom golden onyx tile throughout.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            amazing views of the continental divide!! Mt. Evans, James peak, Rollins pass, Devils thumb, Longs Peak, etc....
          • Rural
            The Casita is located 7 miles outside of the mountain town of Nederland, Colorado. It has amazing views of the continental divide and provides a serene, private stay!!


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        High quality organic linens and towels for bath and kitchen needs. Bathrobes for 4
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        washer/ dryer 2 in one LG unit
                      • Free Long Distance
                        (3) Unlimited long distance in the U.S.!
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        Located in master suite bedroom
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        wireless wifi is available
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Fireplace
                        There is a pellet stove in the main living room and a double sided gas fireplace in the master bedroom and loft.
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        parking for up to 5 cars
                      • Telephone
                        Located on every floor, with separate line for B&B master suite
                      • Towels Provided
                        luxurious linens are provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Available with whole house rental
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Wireless internet available to all guests
                      • Wood Stove
                        located on main floor of house in open living space


                          • Kitchen
                            The kitchen is a large, open floor plan with a viking gas range with a griddle and double ovens, stainless fridge and dishwasher, trash compactor, professional grade blender, commercial toaster, coffee maker/ french press,
                          • Catering Available
                            Gourmet organic food for private dinner parties and events such as bridal showers, birthdays, weddings, and more!! B&B guests enjoy full breakfasts and optional three and four course dinners. Family style meals available as well, or enjoy the decadence of multiple courses, made from scratch in-house and with produce grown on-site in our greenhouses.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Everything a professional chef would use!
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Lots to choose from. Stylish ceramic and porcelin dishes to choose from.
                          • Dishwasher
                            stainless, quiet style
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Coffee Maker
                            there is a regular coffee maker, French press, and italian perculator style.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Viking double ovens with convection and a warming drawer.
                          • Refrigerator
                            stainless, with pull out drawer style freezer. filtered drinking water and ice maker
                          • Stove
                            Viking natural gas range with 4 burners and a large center griddle.
                          • Toaster
                            stainless 4 slice commercial style


                              • Dining
                                The Dining room is located in the solarium. Large custom Brazilian granite is surrounded by custom built maple benches.
                              • Dining Room


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    Direct tv and dvd/ bluray player is available
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        (4) Plenty of outdoor spaces for lounging, eating or enjoying the view of the Continental Divide, surrounding forests and valley vistas!
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Beautiful outdoor kitchen with a built in stainless gas grill, onyx counters and
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        The house is located just 12 minutes from Eldora Mountain Resort and has a wonderful sled hill right out of the front door.
                                      • Tennis
                                        During the tennis season there are tennis courts located in Nederland and are available for guests.


                                          • wheelchair accessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Great hot tub right out the back door!
                                              • Sauna
                                                Wet cedar sauna located in the master suite bathroom at the Bed and breakfast only. No Sauna at the Casita.
                                              • jetted tub
                                                jetted tub in the master bathroom

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage
                                                  • Private Chef


                                                      • botanical garden
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • horseshoes
                                                          • antiquing
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • gambling casinos
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • sledding
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • equestrian events
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • ice skating
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • mountain climbing
                                                                  • cross country skiing
                                                                  • paragliding
                                                                  • racquetball
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • rock climbing
                                                                  • ski lift privileges
                                                                  • ski privileges optional
                                                                  • skiing
                                                                  • snowboarding
                                                                  • snowmobiling
                                                                  • spelunking
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • whitewater rafting

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    59 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Relaxing Retreat perfect for the whole family

                                                                    Karri B.St. Paul

                                                                    Our group of 9; 3 boys (ages 19,18,12) and 3 girls (ages 4,13,16) and 3 adults all fit amazingly in this beautiful house. The open concept allow us to all feel together and have our own space at the same time. The amenities were top notch. The kitchen was well equipped, allowing us to cook efficiently and since the living room and kitchen is open, we could be together during meal prep. Scott was amazing as well. I wasn't paying attention during his instructions and got stuck, even though he was out of town, he was able to help me with many resources and local people. The house was PERFECT, but, the area really added to the vacation. The house is located close great little towns and hiking trails. The worst part is having to leave. I definitely will be coming back. THANK YOU SCOTT

                                                                    Owner's Response:


                                                                    Thanks Karri! I am so glad that you guys enjoyed your vacation. We hope to see you again in the future.


                                                                    Perfect Family Casita!


                                                                    We had an amazing time staying at Casita Colorado! The home is so comfortable it’s difficult to leave to visit Black Hawk, Nederland, Eldora or Boulder, all of which are very close. What a great kitchen - heated floors, professional grade appliances, natural gas grill, EVERYTHING you need to create amazing meals! You instantly feel at home when you step into Casita. Everything is custom made and designed to meet all your needs including an integrated sound system for music, luxury showers and tubs, comfy beds and cozy fireplaces. There’s fun outside too! The fire place, hot tub, snow sleds, snow shoes were all super fun. We even made a sled run in the yard! I would recommend this home for a family, group of friends or for a couple’s getaway. You won’t be disappointed!

                                                                    FDGD- fun festival!!

                                                                    Stacie M.Clive

                                                                    Always a great time in Ned! Came wih friends for Frozen Dead Guy Days- had a ball!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hey Stacie,

                                                                    Thanks for booking with us again and glad that you enjoyed FDGD weekend! We hope to see you again in the future.


                                                                    Gorgeous location and everything-you-need home!

                                                                    Amanda O.

                                                                    The home is gorgeous and has everything you need from heated floors to juicers to surround sound high-tech entertainment set-up. The best part was the service, Scott really made sure we were all happy and he accommodated our late arrival, extra towel request and "how to" questions throughout our stay. The views from the home are breathtaking during the day, and the stars at night are almost close enough to touch. We definitely recommend this place for any group that enjoys (or requires) little luxuries in a remote, peaceful place. Only warning we would give is that the upstairs bedroom is really an open loft concept, and although there are spare beds that are comfortable to sleep on up there, there is no privacy for couples or families that want to use the extra beds. Therefore, if privacy is preferred, the house really would be best suited for up to 3 couples (one in the downstairs bedroom, 1 in upstairs loft, and 1 staying outside in the unattached guest room). The bathrooms were top notch with beautiful water pressure and plenty of space! Even with 8 people in house, our schedules allowed us to make it work and no one stood in line, per say, to use the facilities. But if a large group needs to all shower in a rush, then keep in mind there are only 2 bathrooms. We used the kitchen everyday and loved that it was fully stocked with cooking utensils and pots/pans. Again, service and responsiveness from the owner was the best part, we never were left wanting it waiting.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hey Amanda,

                                                                    Thanks for choosing the Casita and I am happy that you guys had a good stay. We have plenty of guests that use the beds in the master bedroom for their children and that's kind of what they are intended for. But We do say in our description that the house is more comfortable with 6-8 people, but can sleep 10. We hope to see you in the future. Thanks!


                                                                    Wonderful Colorado mountain living experience!

                                                                    harmony L.

                                                                    Our family truly enjoyed our stay at Scott's Casita! He is a wonderful host and the house was perfect for having a winter Colorado mountain living experience. He had everything we could ever need or want available and there were snowy days that we would just stay and play/sled at the house. The house was beautiful, comfortable, and kid friendly. Our boys (9) (5) (2) had a blast there. From sledding to snowman building, to finding tracks in the woods, they played for hours, and the hot tub was a perfect way to end the day. The area is stunningly gorgeous with lots of outdoor activities to do within 15min-1hr drive. We hope to return again and would highly recommend for anyone looking to enjoy the Colorado mountains in style and comfort.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    It was great to meet you and your family. I am so glad that you guys enjoyed your stay and hope that you come back again in the future. Thanks for choosing the Casita!!


                                                                    Amazing place, kitchen is well-equipped, and all amenities are great

                                                                    Stacie M.Clive

                                                                    What an awesome Christmas stay!! There was plenty to do whether we went snowshoeing, sledding, or just hiking. Beautiful mountain home, beautiful surroundings. Scott is a great guy and the roads stayed plowed for us the whole time, he was very accommodating anything we needed all we had to do was ask. Will definitely be back!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    It was great to meet you all and thank you so much for leaving the house so immaculately clean! Please come again in the future!



                                                                    Black Hawk, CO, USA

                                                                    The Casita is located about 7 miles outside of Nederland, Co and overlooks the continental divide. During the summer months you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, zip lines, tennis( local courts in Nederland), or even trips to Boulder and Denver. 14 miles up the road is Black Hawk and Central City. These old 1800's mining towns have turned into quite the little bustling casino villages. The towns both have great historical buildings and shops and can be a fun visit. The nearest hot springs are about 35 minutes away in Idaho Springs and Hot sulphur springs are about 1 hr, 40 minutes from the house. The Indian Peaks wilderness is about 15 minutes away, where you have unlimited access to a multitude of hiking trails and beautiful mountain, glacial lakes. We provide trail maps at the house for many of these amazing hikes.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Cleaning Fee
                                                                    Pet Fee
                                                                    Additional Guest Fee
                                                                    $30 - $40

                                                                    The nightly rate is $350/night. For week long stays the rate is $2,250.week except for the holiday rates that are listed above. We hope to see you soon!!!

                                                                    59 Reviews
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