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Karen Actkinson

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

A Slice of Heaven in Breckenridge Colorado! Warm & cozy Home mins from town.

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Valley of the Blue House Rental Photos and Description

Incredible Setting In Breck! 3 Bedrooms/2.5 bath, romantic Mnt view & Firepit!

Imagine sitting outside under the tall pines smelling the fresh air. Gently rocking in the double ski lift swing while sipping your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine, listening to the sounds of the babbling stream running through the back yard! True relaxation! Our beautiful cozy home had 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and sleeps up to 9 guests. There are 2 queen beds and a large ski themed bunk room that sleeps 5, with a trundle that makes into a king sized bed. Upon entering our home there is a wood burning stove and a awesome newly added rock fireplace that is the focal point of the living area! The kitchen is large and open and has service for 12, it's stocked with everything you need to prepare great meals. On the back patio there is a large grill, a table with an umbrella and chairs for your enjoyment. A brand new infra red dry sauna was just added, enjoy the health benefits and relax in the sauna room off the back deck. With downtown Breckenridge less then 8 minutes down the road you will have the best of both worlds! During the winter months the snow and scenery are beautiful! If your a skier or snowboarder we are close to Breckenridge, Keystone and A Basin ski resorts. If you want to explore Vail, Beaver Creek or Copper Mnt they are all a short drive away. We would love for you to come enjoy our home away from home as much as we do!

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Karen Actkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Karen Actkinson

We have been dreaming of having a place in Colorado for years! This is the area where it all began for us when we first took our 3 kids skiing in 1997, we have traveled and vacationed all over the state and Breckenridge is our all time favorite! We live in the DFW area but our oldest son recently moved to the Denver area. We can't get to CO as often as we would like right now so decided to share our place with others. We have had so much fun decorating and making this home our own, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Karen Actkinson purchased this house in 2013

Why Karen Actkinson chose Breckenridge

Peaceful, fresh air and a great mountain setting with lots of trees and so many activities to choose from all a short drive away.

What makes this house unique

When we first looked at this property, there was an inviting porch swing made out of a double seated ski lift chair. As we rocked we could hear the tranquil sounds of water in the background, we immediately headed to the back yard and to our surprise there is a beautiful stream with a cascade right there! Tall pines, and mountain views just added to the beauty of this place. The previous owners were ski instructors and took excellent care of the home. It's been a labor of love to make it our own:)


based on 32 traveler reviews

A Slice of Heaven in Breckenridge Colorado! Warm & cozy Home mins from town.
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

A gem of a house in Breckenridge!

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our stay in this comfortable, well-maintained and immaculate home. The house is nestled in a beautiful, tree filled neighborhood, and the house itself is adjacent to a stream-a very peaceful retreat! The home's location is very convenient, just a short drive to downtown Breck. We were just a small party of 4 (2 adults, one teen and one tween), but the house is big enough to comfortably accommodate a larger party. The owners were extremely responsive as well. We chose this house based on the excellent reviews and it actually surpassed our expectations. We hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you had such a great time with your family at our mountain get away! I feel the exactly like you do about the location, it's truly the best of both worlds! (And only minutes apart) I look forward to your return!
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Parker, CO

Wonderful Breckenridge Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This home was very clean, cozy and inviting! The location is fantastic, close enough to Breckenridge yet out enough to feel as though you are surrounded by the great outdoors. The stream behind the house and all of the beautiful trees make for a serene setting. The owners are very kind and provided such great customer service. I would definitely book with them again! Thank you for a great mini vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We love having guests that love to be at our home away from home as much as we do! Come back again anytime!
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Truly a Slice Of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This home was everything we wanted for our family vacation! Everything was just perfect! The home is immaculate and spacious, the kitchen was stocked, the deck has a beautiful view. The location is fantastic. A very short drive to downtown Breckenridge, where we enjoyed dining out and exploring the shops. We rented bikes in Breckenridge and biked to Frisco. So much fun! The home is close to so many hiking trails. We ran out of time to do all the things we wanted to do in the area. We will definitely be back! Thank you Karen and Don for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It warms my heart when I hear such nice comments about our home!! We truly love being there and are so glad when our guests do too. Come back again:)
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So Much Fun!!!

  • 5 of 5

Warm and Comfortable!!! This home is perfect! We had plenty of room for everyone. The kitchen is well stocked so we were able to cook some of the meals at home after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. We got plenty of snow and were impressed with the way the roads were maintained, we were able to go everywhere we wanted to go. Thanks Karen and Don for sharing your lovely house with us!! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are delighted that you enjoyed our home for your week of vacation! To get all that snow so late in the season is always so beautiful. We would love for you to come back anytime!
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New jersey

Beautiful mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful. It was just the right size for us and the kids room with the bunk bed and single beds worked out great. It had all the comforts of home and coming home to a warm fireplace each night was wonderful. It snowed every night so the teens had a great time snowboarding everyday. Breckenridge was only 10 minutes away. Although most nights we cooked as the teens were tired and wanted to stay in. Keystone and A basin were very close as well. The kitchen was well stocked. Frisco wasn't too far and one day we took a trip out to Vail. Karen and Don were very responsive to any questions we had, which weren't many as they provided practically everything we needed, including a glove dryer.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kindness and Wonderful!

  • 4 of 5

The property is warm, comfortable & open. A great place for families to get together. An absolutely beautiful area, close to everything. What makes it stand out even more is the warm kindness of the owners. They really do a fabulous job. I use VRBO all the time. This was special because of the fabulous owners.

Thank you for allowing us to share your home,

The Jones

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Denver international, (DEN) Colorado Springs(COS)
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Breckenridge Brewey
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Breckenridge golf club
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.05 Miles
Hwy 9
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Blue River Bistro
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Breckenridge Si Resort
Car: necessary

Minutes from great snow skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, mountain biking, hiking Quandry Peak, and fishing in Goose Pasture Tarn. One of the most beautiful areas to be in!

Some of our favorite restaurants are Fatty's Pizzeria, The Canteen, Downstairs at Eric's, The Blue Bistro, Crepes on Main Street, Main and Park, and Empire Burger are all great for casual dining. If you want a really nice meal my favorite is Hearthstone Restaurant and The Warming Hut!

For breakfast try Columbine Cafe and Daylight Donuts (not just the best donuts you will ever have), only accepts cash.

Our favorite brewery is Broken Compass Brewing, great beer and a fun and friendly setting!


Rates & Availability

Valley of the Blue House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 2 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving week
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $140
Tax Rate 12.0%

The rate quoted is for 6 people, there is an additional $25.00 rate per person, per night up to 9 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Valley of the Blue House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bath, separate his and her sinks, make up mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Nice large bath with shower and bath tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Downstairs bath located close to family room
  • Master bath has new carpet in the vanity area and tiled bathroom and shower (even has bear claws as an accent strip) Lighted make up mirror 2 sinks large mirror towels ad wash clothes shampoo and conditioner soap Upstairs bath tiled shower bath tub towels & wash clothes shampoo and conditioner soap
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed w/Ralph Lauren bedding, TV, closet & drawer space
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful master with queen sized bed and great bedding!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 3 twin/ single , Ski bunk room, trundle bed, bunk beds & twin bed
  • Large tastefully decorated master suite with a comfy queen sized bed and french doors that open onto the back balcony where there and the soothing sounds of the Blue Water Stream. Looking out the large glass windows you can watch the sun rise over the mountains while in bed. There are plenty of drawers to store clothes along with a walk in closet, new carpet & fresh paint. Other 2 bedrooms are located upstairs, one has a queen sized bed, TV and lots of drawer and closet space and the Ski bunk room is where 5 can sleep in a large ski and snow board themed room. Has TV, DVD and VHS player along with a collection of movies that you are free to use.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
Awesome slate entry with a bench to sit on while removing shoes and plenty of places to hang your coats and hats. Easy access to fantastic ski areas: Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail,Beaver Creek & Arapahoe Basin. Close to numerous hiking and biking trails & fishing. So much to explore in this Colorado playground!

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