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Absolutely Private 300 Acre Mountain Playground

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house


Half Baths

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to Tomcat Ranch's private vacation rental guest home located in the Heart of the Colorado Rockies. WE HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO THE SAN ISABEL NATIONAL FOREST, with its network of trails and roads. This mountain retreat is situated on 300+ acres of private land, forested with Aspen and Ponderosa. THERE ARE PRIVATE LAKES ON THE PROPERTY. CATCH YOUR DINNER! This vast mountain retreat, shared only with the owner's home, provides guests with the ultimate in privacy. Enjoy the solitude of the many alpine trails as you hike or snowshoe past a bubbling creek. Recreate and recharge your body and soul while relaxing in a chair on the front lawn and enjoying the spectacular views of Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia. Or head in to historic Buena Vista, Colorado, about 8 miles away, to visit the many galleries, shops, and restaurants the area affords. The Arkansas River is just a mile away for those looking for world-class fishing, rafting, or kayaking. The Tomcat Ranch is also central to Aspen, Vail, and Summit County, and is two hours from Denver and Colorado Springs.

The vacation home features THREE bedrooms with 2 king beds in two bedrooms and 2 twin beds in the third bedroom, a sofa-sleeper in the living room, and two twins in a basement. The house has one full and one half bathroom, a well-stocked kitchen, an adjacent dining room, and an ample yet cozy great room. The home is equiped with Satellite TV, WiFi, and a woodburning fireplace. WE ARE PET FRIENDLY, but you must receive prior approval before bringing your pet! We provide an outdoor kennel for dogs. No unattended pets are to be left in the house.

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About The Owner

My husband and I live on the Tomcat Ranch with our three children, 3 dogs, and more cats than we can count! We agree that it's been a beautiful place to raise a family and love the connection we feel to the mountains and the wildlife. We love watching the hummingbirds swarm the feeder in the summer. The kids have grown up fishing in the lakes. We've hiked all over the property and into the mountains. We've watched herds of elk roam the ranch in the winter, with their calves. We've admired the beauty of the mountains -- from the snow-covered peaks of winter to the wildflower-filled valleys of summer. This is a beautiful spot!

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose South Central Colorado

In 1995, we visited this part of Colorado on a vacation and fell in love with the beauty of the area and the friendly people who live here. We bought a home and moved here the following year.

What makes this house unique

We love to go out for a hike around the ranch in the evening. The kids have used this as an opportunity to look for wildlife. In the summer, we'll pick wild raspberries or maybe the kids will spend some time fishing in the lakes. We've also done many, many hikes into the National Forest and up Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia. It's wonderful to be able to head out our back gate and be right in the National Forest.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our family's first visit to Colorado and we had the BEST time. A huge part of that was Tomcat Ranch. Given the large array of accomodations to choose from, we really felt like we hit the jackpot. The property is beautiful, the views are breathtaking, and there were so many things for the boys to do. They especially had fun fishing -- all three of them caught something!
Aug 2007
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Absolutely Private 300 Acre Mountain Playground
average rating of 4.8923078 based on 69 reviews

Where'd the time go?

  • 5 of 5

Not only is their property filled with more things for you to do in one stay, but Mike and Holly are great hosts. Buena Vista is a beautiful area that also has lots to do. We most enjoyed grilling outside, hanging out by the fire pit at night, fishing and ATV riding. Well worth the price. My family and I will absolutely be coming back to visit. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay.

  • 5 of 5

House was comfortable. Excellent scenery. Owner friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Private

  • 5 of 5

Great location for those wanting to stay and relax in one place. No need to drive somewhere else to go hiking. Good for dog owners and plenty of space for families. Mike and Holly are very accommodating and security deposit refunded promptly. Would recommend this rental for all types of groups.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and secluded mountain house.

  • 5 of 5

I took a few friends from the East Coast to stay here over the summer and it couldn't have been better. The house is wonderful! Mike showed us around the property and it was amazing to here his stories about maintaining and cultivating the forest and property. The actual house is very nice and spacious. The kitchen is well appointed and we had great group dinners together there. My favorite part was the huge outdoor fire pit which overlooked the valley and Buena Vista. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to experience Colorado's beauty

  • 4 of 5

Our group of six stayed for two nights and found the house to be spacious and very clean. Most of the windows in the house showcase stunning mountain views. The Tomcat Ranch has an interesting history and Mike and Holly will kindly give you a tour of their property when they stop by to welcome you. They also gave us a heads-up about the bear and the moose that were recently spotted near the house. The property is private and secluded but with easy access to Buena Vista.

We spent our time hiking, fishing, relaxing, and hanging out by the campfire. The “yard” area is large with a gazebo, charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal), and a big fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows and keeping warm on a chilly night. Firewood is provided. The kitchen is equipped with plenty of dishes, pots and pans (though the non-stick are well past their prime), cooking utensils, and even spices and oils left by previous renters. You may want to bring a bag of ice if you think you’ll need more than two tray’s worth as the fridge does not have an icemaker. The dining table seats six comfortably. The bathroom has plenty of counter and storage space for six adults, though the tiny half bath (without a locking door) did come in handy.

As someone else mentioned, the house’s decor is very outdated. The carpets, some furnishings, and the not-so-fresh bed linens left over from the 1970’s and ‘80’s all need replacing. I think with a little bit of cosmetic effort, this house could be transformed into a cute and modern mountain chalet. Oh, and reliable wi-fi is provided but there is no cell service at the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, comfortable home away from home

  • 4 of 5

A group of us rented this property for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was comfortable with a large living room where all 7 of us could sit, enjoy the view from the huge picture window, and relax in comfortable chairs. The hiking was good. The kitchen was well equipped.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 7.3%

The property is not reserved until we receive your deposit. This rate is only good for less then 7 guests, please contact us for parties of 7 or more. The pet fee is $15 per night, please contact us if you have more then one pet, damage deposit increases to $350 if you bring your pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Buena Vista House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 - 1 full and 1 half
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • 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
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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