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Beautiful, Relaxing, Adventure Lodge

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

The Elk-A-Way is a true log home mountain experience. A quiet location sitting on 5 acres of private land that backs to National Forest and Boulder County Open Space. Hiking, biking, x-country skiing and snowshoeing are right outside your door!

A short 10 minute drive will get you to Eldora skiing area, a great variety of restaurants and shops in Nederland and a huge expanse of more mountain activities including fishing, back-country skiing, Golden Gate State Park, Indian Peak Wilderness and only 20 minutes to casinos in Black Hawk.

Continue your adventure with a scenic 35-minute drive to Boulder; where you will enjoy a food and art utopia. Bring back your treasures and creative ideas to the serene quiet of the mountains to watch elk, moose and wild turkeys wander through your yard.

End your day by relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views from one of the 3 decks that surround the house or, in the winter, enjoy a warm beverage in the large great room while listening and watching a gentle snow fall.

More Details

Owner
Markus Taekla
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are having such a great time! Skiing was great and we loved Eldora. Celebrating Christmas here was so wonderful; we hiked all around. What a wonderful place you have!
Dec 2011
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Amenities

Black Hawk Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Optional pull-out couch
    Main Floor Bedroom - 4 twin/ single , Two twin bunks
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Down Stairs Pull-Out - 1 queen , Pull-Out Coach in Living Room
  • Sleeps 8-10
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The home has WiFi, dvd player and streaming television, but no cable/satellite TV. Our 47' TV has an HDMI connector that plugs into most laptop computers for streaming entertainment.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful, Relaxing, Adventure Lodge
average rating of 4.733333 based on 32 reviews
5

Nothing Short of Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was an unforgettable stay at an unforgettable property. Beautiful, spacious cabin with so much character. On the border of national forest, so it feels like you have an entire mountainside to yourself. Stunning views of the continental divide. And a very considerate host who communicates clearly, just when you need to hear from him. I would love to stay at this cabin in the future...thanks for everything, Markus!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lawrence Kansas
4

Rustic mountain charmer

  • 4 of 5

This was spacious and comfy, in a beautiful setting. The owner has laid out trails to lead you up a hill to a set of benches where you can take in a view of the valley and hills in the distance. There is also an odd wandering trail through what might be obstacle courses, play houses, or works in progress of some kind built of logs. Interesting to explore, but we weren't sure what it all meant. The ten year found it delightful. I enjoyed it too. He has been generous with little things like leaving out binoculars, games, and other helpful items.

First two floors of the house are not updated or fancy, but are functional and relaxing. The master suite is renovated and attractive, but oddly, the bathroom is one big open area to the bedroom, no doors. Unsettling, but we moved furniture around to create a divider for privacy., so made do.

The deck has two sets of tables and chairs so there is room for everyone to eat outside. Once again, functional, not decorative. But with the views around you, who has time to care about whether the patio furniture is pretty or not?

The kitchen is compact and well equipped. Older, but has what is needed. No dishwasher, but a gorgeous view of a big patch of daisies to look as while you wash dishes!

My family wants to return to Colorado and stay at the same house again. It was ideal for a family of seven who want to hike all day then relax over a dinner on the porch and play games all evening. Some beds are more comfortable than others but no one really complained. If you have a bad back, sleep on the third floor, not in the basement. The loft room bed was perfect. I'm telling you this not as a problem, but more of a head's up if you go.

And you should go. It was very nice. Easy to find with good directions, strong wifi connection, helpful owner who checked in to see that we were okay.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Lovely, rustic house in a secluded area that is inviting to deer and moose passing by.

  • 4 of 5

We loved the open arrangement of the living area and the privacy of three different levels for the bedrooms and lots of windows and balconies to enjoy the views. The woodburning stove had plenty of firewood available. The large dining table was big enough for our group of seven to invite three more people to join us for dinner after attending a graduation in Boulder. The nearby town of Nederland was fun to visit and has a nice market/grocery store about 15 min. away. Markus, the owner, answered our calls immediately; and came to help dig us out and plow the driveway after a surprise winter snow storm in May! The only downside of this rental was the kitchen stove needed a good cleaning.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property for a birthday celebration and it did not disappoint. Fantastic location to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with friends, family, and nature. The cottage is warm and cozy and SO inviting. I immediately felt at home. Markus the owner checked in with me regularly to make sure we had everything we needed. Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, Colorado
5

WOW! Simply an amazing experience..LOVED IT.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many homes in the mountains via HomewAway/VRBO and with the vast open space, privacy, beautiful accommodations, price and very friendly owners...this home is our top pick by far. We were fortunate to stay with another couple for 4 days for a quick get away.

The house is nestled at the end of the road against vast open space. A quick 2 min walk up the hill exposes you to some of the best views I have ever seen. There are beautiful trails for to explore and hanging in the house with a fire was super cool. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you would need. Beds are great, hot water, very clean, great entertaining area and very quiet. We had great internet access even though we used it briefly. Just as the headline says, this place is beautiful, relaxing and creates a space for adventure. The deck in the front of the house is great to hang out with a glass of wine and friends. We went on hikes up to Tungsten were we didn't see another person...Amazing.

We had a question on how to create a fire and Markus (owner) quickly answered our call and helped us through how to make it happen. He even called after our stay to see how our experience was which has never happened for me with a rental. Wow!

We will be back to this home and appreciate how well we were taken care of. Thanks to Markus for his communication and openness to share such a fantastic space.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Way over priced!

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This cabin was way overpriced for the condition of the property. It is very unfair that we are not allowed to post what we paid but I'll tell you it was twice what it should have been. I'm all about rustic but this cabin is rough and has a lot of poor quality DIY improvements and a lot of defferred maintenance issues. The top four issues we had were as follows: Don't drink the water! Multiple times the water completely shut off and when it came back on it was extremely brown like it was pulling from the bottom of the water heater tank. A real pain when your trying to take a hot shower after skiing/hiking all day. Next was the beds. A queen bed in the master suite is ok unless you have small children that like to snuggle. No reason not to have a king size bed in the master suite. As a vacation destination there should be at least one king size bed IMO. The bedroom in the basement had a twin or queen (not sure) that was left from the original 1920's cabin. Seriously, there was no box spring, the lumpy old mattress was just sitting on some sort of wood platform about one foot off the floor. My wife and I had to take turns sleeping on the couch so one of us could as least get some sleep. The "bunk" room was fine for the kids, no complaints there. Next was the fact that we had to keep a fire going in the wood burning stove as that is the only source of heat in the great room. I love burning wood but it's kind of a pain when your getting up early to explore and getting back late and tired from a long day. Plus I heat my house back home with wood so I was looking forward to the break but that didn't happen. Next was the dreaded coffee pot, albeit a minor issue, it leaked. So every morning we had to make a couple pots of coffee and cleanup the mess while trying to enjoy our morning coffee. A couple of other minor issues would be the lighting in the basement was very poor due to the DIY ceiling (can't really explain it, just really poor lighting). And then just the overall condition of the property. The cabin needs a lot of maintenance, the driveway was extremely rough (you will need a high clearance vehicle) with deep ruts, the road to the cabin is not well maintained (it will wear you and your vehicle out after a weeks stay).

We've been coming to Colorado for many years and this was the most unreasonably priced VRBO we been to. We've stayed at worse places but the price was always reflected by the condition. Sorry for the bad review but it's honest.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi and thank you for taking the time to provide us with this detailed feedback. Unfortunately this is our first negative review in 4 years. My apologies and we will take this and work to do better. We work very hard to provide a great experience for all our guests. We are customer service oriented and know how important this is. In the future please reach out to your host and give them the opportunity to provide that customer service.
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
DIA
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
American, Italian, German and Indian food
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Eldora Ski Resort
Car: necessary

National Forest mountain trails just outside the door for hiking or biking, cross country skiing and more!

10 minutes to Nederland restaurants and shops.

35 minutes to Boulder.

10 minutes to Golden Gate State Park.

15 Black Hawk Casinos.

Other Amenities: Views, Mt Biking, Fly Fishing, Trout Fishing, Hiking, Snow Skiing, Snow Boarding, Road Biking, Hunting, Festivals, Panning for Gold, Indian Peaks, Caribou Open Space.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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