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Breathtaking, Peaceful Valley, 15 Min. to Old Town Ft. Collins

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming 2-bdrm, 1.5 bath Log House Apartment, walk out 40' deck w/ hottub

This Rustic Log House Apartment will charm you with its Southwestern flare inside, while outside enjoying panoramic views of Colorado's endless beauty, great bicycling, paddling, hiking, and Nordic skiing within minutes. Not to mention the music and world famous micro-breweries just down the road in Old Town Fort Collins.

With a private entrance and accommodations in a spacious duplex country home, the Log House is a two-story unit with 1,500+ sf of living area. Downstairs you will find a spacious master bedroom with queen bed and an attached study with a futon sleeper/lounge. The bedroom has a private entrance to the downstairs full bathroom with walk-in tile and glass shower, and plenty of towels for the hot tub! A fully equipped kitchen opens to a 345 sf dining area and living room. Two doors (bathroom and dining area) access the west facing 42 ft long redwood deck (446 sf) with an inserted and open sky Hot Springs Grande spa, grill, iron dining table and plenty of lounging space. Great place to end the day, and start the night! Upstairs - are a spacious bedroom with a double and single bed and a 1/2-bath. Included with the rental is a garage space with remote controlled door, and access to a 75 sf Laundry room with washer/dryer.

We hope you will come and enjoy the serene setting while grilling on the deck, or soaking in the hot tub at night while stargazing the infinite skies with loved ones. At Pleasant Valley you can enjoy the finer things in life: A natural setting, with plenty of wildlife, yet conveniently located to desirable destinations such Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado State University, and Old Town Fort Collins. There are also plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities right in the Bellvue area, including the Cache le Poudre River with paved bike trails into Old Town Fort Collins, rafting, fishing, swimming and picnicking, or visit and hike mountain bike Lory State Park, Horsetooth Park and Reservoir, and the Cache le Poudre Wilderness Area...all just minutes away! Cross-country skiing opportunities are available close by at least through April...sometimes May. While unwinding from the days many activities you can enjoy a nice fire in the wood stove or outdoor fire pit, or just share the spectacular sunsets we enjoy most every day with those you love (On average, there are 234 sunny days per year in Bellvue, CO!).

Please do not hesitate to call about current recreational and cultural activities, or weather (Just keep in mind, weather prediction in the Rocky Mountain regions is more of an art than science!).

We sincerely welcome to our little bit of paradise! - Sincerely, Jay & Mary, owners; Carrie, property manager.

More Details

Property Manager
Carrie Belving
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Carrie Belving


John R (Jay) Nuckols, Emeritus Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Colorado State University

Mary H Ward, Senior Research Scientist, U.S. National Cancer Institute

Property Manager

Carrie Belving, Fort Collins, Colorado

Carrie Belving purchased this chateau / country house in 1989

Why Carrie Belving chose Front Range Colorado

This property is the perfect get-away. It is an ideal location due to the sense of solitude, being away from the hustle and bustle, yet only a 15 minute drive to Old Town where you can find endless entertainment, shops, eateries, music and so much more. If you are an outdoorsy person, this is an ideal location for you. Not only is the view of the valley and the red rocks captivating, there is an abundance of wild life, biking trails, state parks, lakes and rivers all within a few miles. So much fun for the whole family, or just a peaceful get-away for anyone.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

While we do have WiFi you wont find a television in every room, in fact you wont find one at all. This is a great place to bring people together and disconnect from their busy and sometimes hectic schedules. We have many games available, a beautiful deck with a hot tub that sparks great conversation, peace, quite, and views to die for. It is not a 5 star resort, it is your retreat while at work or play in this awesome place we call home.


Bellvue Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Roomy 4'x4' walk-in shower with raindrop shower head
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , twin is a captain's bed, suitable for normal size person
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Breathtaking, Peaceful Valley, 15 Min. to Old Town Ft. Collins
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 26 reviews

Peaceful Canyon Experience

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a peaceful weekend surrounded by nature and that's exactly what we received at this log cabin apartment. From the wonderful outside deck we watched a cow and her newborn calf, tracked birds with binoculars, and watched the stars. The hot tub is large and very clean without being noticeably "chemical." The kitchen is nicely furnished for cooking. And the bed is comfortable. Our only complaint is that outside of the big soft leather couch, many of the furnishings are dated. One chair was cracked and unusable. And please keep in mind this is a shared building. No one was occupying the other apartment when we were there. So we had complete privacy when we wanted it--and the bustling shops and restaurants in Old Town Fort Collins about 15 minutes away.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this Bellvue property! House was clean and well stocked. We really enjoyed sitting in the hot tub with the amazing view of the sunset and mountains!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Mountain Getaway

  • 3 of 5

Lovely cabin, well-appointed kitchen, beautiful views, friendly manager. One major safety issue is the lack of a handrail on the very steep staircase to the loft. Also, for a place with no central AC, the loose screens on at least two windows made the cabin stuffy at times.

Since many reviews raved about the cinnamon rolls and fresh eggs offered to guests, we were a little disappointed to learn that this is no longer a practice due to Amy's increased family obligations.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amy and Taylor were very friendly hosts. The property was very relaxing and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

We would definitely recommend this property to prospective vacationers!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to get away.

  • 4 of 5

My family & I had a wonderful stay here. The cabin had a beautiful view and great deck to eat meals on. The cabin had everything that we needed . The owners and their family were very accommodating ..

My kids gave me two thumbs up on this place

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not what we were expecting

  • 2 of 5

This is the first reservation I have made on the VRBO site and I must say it was a learning experience. Since all previous reviewers gave this cabin five stars my expectations were pretty high. However, the pro's list for me is very short: 1)The owner Amy was great. We had to call her twice during our stay for a few issues, she answered her phone promptly and was very willing to help. 2) The surroundings of the cabin were very peaceful and the views out of all the windows were great. 3) The hot tub was a great amenity and was put to good use.

My list of con's is a bit weightier. 1)The cabin itself was not very clean. There were many cob webs all over the house. The glass shower enclosure appeared dirty. And the upstairs bedroom had quite a few bugs, I think I killed over 5 the first night there. Not only was the cabin not very clean but you are also expected to strip the beds of all the linens, take out all of the trash, and do all the dishes you used before you leave. I don't have a problem cleaning up, but I paid a housekeeping fee when I made the reservation, so I don't think I should have to do half the work. 2) You are not allowed to touch the thermostat. This wouldn't have been a big deal, except the second night we were there it got down in the 40's and the owners didn't turn on the heater. In order to warm up our side of the cabin we would have had to use a wood burning fire place and we were all far too tired to figure out how to work it, so we stayed a little cool that night. 3) It's not stated clearly in the description that this cabin is a duplex and the owners live on the other side. There are three doors throughout the house that separate you from them and they are all paper thin. We were woken up every morning by the creaky floors, squealing children, and conversations among them. When we were sitting in the living/dining room it would at times sound like they were all in the same room as us, which is not ideal when you are trying to have a relaxing get away.

In summary I wouldn't recommend this cabin. I honestly don't understand how anyone gave this place five stars.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First off, I would like to apologize to the guests that this stay did not meet their expectations. As someone who prides themselves with over 20 years experience in the industry, it stings. On the other hand, I understand that even if you go above and beyond, you can't meet every ones expectations. This place was simply not a good fit for these guests. This is a beautiful, cozy, extremely clean, RUSTIC cabin. We sit on 6.5 acres where wildlife and nature are abundant. This time of year without fail, we get a spawn of box elder bugs. While I do a great job of keeping them out of the house, you may see a bug or two with an extended stay. Due to all the wildlife, animals, our children and pets, we chose not to use toxic chemicals to keep pests at bay. We feel this benefits the health and safety of our guests alike. I understand this was the guests first time using VRBO. Housekeeping fees are an industry standard and while having to do your own dishes and take your trash out seems like a lot, it takes hours to do the deep cleaning( I assure you it is meticulous) that takes place after every stay. I apologize guests felt burdened by this small fee. I have been renting this property for 5 years now, living on-site which my listing DOES in fact state clearly. I am always sure to have a phone conversation with every guest prior to booking to ensure they understand the layout of the home. I have received ONLY five star reviews boasting cleanliness, comfort, attentiveness, all the extra things to make the guests stay memorable and the undeniable beauty that surrounds this home, which is why we love to share it. Our only hope is guests appreciate it, and treat it with respect as we do. It was mentioned how promptly I was there to be of help for any questions, yet the guest NEVER addressed any of these discomforts with me, giving me an opportunity to correct the situation. There is not much I can do when there is no communication. We are working on many upgrades to the home this fall/winter durring our quiet season. One of which is replacing the original carpeting in the upstairs hoping it will help with insulation and sound. We have entertained hundreds of guests in the past five years. Some even return to soak up some more of the beauty and serenity this lovely property offers. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and will continue to strive to be our best while growing along the way. With Humble Regards, Amy Tesler Property Manager
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Odell Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company
Horsetooth Reservoir
Red Feather Lakes
Dowdy Lake, Colorado
Vern's Place
Avogadro's Number
Jay's Bistro
Pizza Casbah
Choice City Butcher & Deli
Bean Cycle
Alley Cat Cafe
Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon
CooperSmith's Pub & Brewery
Bisetti's Ristorante
Old Town Square
Uncle's Pizzeria
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
N Colorado Regional, Cheyenne Regional, Denver Int
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Swing Station, LaPorte; also Old Town Ft Collins
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Fort Collins CC; Collindale GC/others in Ft Colli
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Vern's Restaur't, LaPorte; also Old Town Ft Collin
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
X-Country, Lory St Park, see options in Activities
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Horsetooth Reservoir
Car: necessary

Our property is located in a cultural and outdoor recreation mecca, with something for most everyone. For a sample, check out

GREAT BIKING. The Poudre River bike trailhead is 2 miles away. Out our front door, no shuttle necessary! Rist and Poudre Canyons, Bingham Hill, and Cty Rd 23 along Horsetooth Reservoir are also very popular road bike rides. Mountain bike nearby Lory State Park, Horsetooth Reservoir and Mtn Parks, and the famous Blue Sky trail to Devil's Backbone near Loveland. Shuttle service can be arranged.

BREWERIES. The area is recognize as "The Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. Two famous breweries, O'dell and New Belgium, are just minutes from our place. LORY STATE PARK (@ 2 miles) – borders Horsetooth reservoir, horseback riding and trails, connects to Horsetooth Mtn Park and Blue Sky trail to Devil’s Backbone Open Space (15 mile off road trail!).

OLD TOWN FORT COLLINS (8 miles) - Pedestrian plaza, restaurants, music, and art venues. New West Festival in August. Visit

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY. Whether you are visiting as a sports fan, academician, potential student, lover of the arts, or for that special graduation we are located just 20 minutes from Campus. More than 4000 public events are hosted annually. The owner, Dr. John Nuckols, is an Emeritus Faculty, with 20+ years of CSU experience.

CACHE LE POUDRE RIVER CANYON (4 miles) – trout highway, outstanding whitewater…all classes, rafting and kayaking; Mishawaka Inn (stream side restaurant, bar, and outdoor music venue); mtn bike and hiking trails galore; access to Cameron Pass area, Nordic skiing

CACHE LE POUDRE WILDERNESS (13 miles)– secluded, 500,000 acre playground at head of Rist Canyon Road, access at Stove Prairie School; hike, fish, ski, mtn bikes allowed on Stove Prairie Rd.

HORSETOOTH MOUTAIN PARK (15 miles by car, close hiking, biking, skiing access through Lory State Pk) - trails, horseback riding, mtn biking. Incredible views of Longs Peak and Rocky Mtn National Park

Horsetooth Reservior ( 2 miles)- 15 mile long lake with boat rentals and loading ramps

PENGREE PARK (access 15 miles up Poudre Canyon; or 25 miles over Pengree Pass) – Scenic Drive, trails, trout streams, backcountry access to Rocky Mtn NP

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (68 miles): One of the jewels of the USNP system. Spectacular mountain environment. Enjoy the scenic Trail Ridge Road car tour at 12,000 feet (check for winter closing dates), or the over 300 miles of hiking trails among wildflowers (best late June-Early August), autumn leaves and elk bugling in the meadows (last September- Early October). Estes Park is a small town at the north gateway to the park, and has plenty restaurants, shopping, and hosts the famous Stanley Hotel (stop there for a tour or a cocktail). A full day would be a drive through the park and home through Lyons, home of Oscar Blues brewery, pub, and live music venue. Don't miss the pinball museum in Lyons. Great day trip from our place or a two day excursion on your way to or from the Denver Airport. Drive up the back way from our place along Horsetooth Reservois and through Masonville if you have the time.


Rates & Availability

Bellvue Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 3.7%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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