Ruby's Retreat is a two-level floor plan mountain home. It is located on one acre of level land, surrounded by trees, native wildflowers and wildlife. The interior is furnished in a western, mountain decor theme, with lodge-pole furniture. A queen size bed is in the master bedroom. Twin beds are in the upstairs, finished loft. One queen and one full size sleeper sofas are in the great room, which has a cathedral-ceiling with exposed beams. The one bathroom is located on the main floor. A large back deck provides mountain views and relaxed seating with a glider. A propane gas grill is located on the deck. The open front porch provides more mountain views, enjoyed from a porch swing. A propane fireplace and recliner chair are also in the great room. It has a fully furnished kitchen, with stove, oven, frig, microwave, pots and pans and coffee maker, A phone is available for local calls or use with a long-distance calling card. Fresh linens and towels are provided. Many books, board games and kid's toys are available for your use. A TV and VCR with many movies are provided.
- House1070 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1070 Sq.ft., Sleeps Up To 8 With Sleeper Sofas, Mt Views
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 24, 2018
About Ted Hollman
'Ruby's Retreat' was built in 1993 by my parents, Loren and Ruby Hollman, as a family vacation home. After my father Loren passed away in 2010 and my mother Ruby was no longer able to visit the cabin, the family decided to keep it available for family use, but also open it up for short-term vacation rental. My name is Ted Hollman, I live in Colorado and manage and care for our family cabin. Our guests always comment that our mountain home has a warm and 'homey' feeling to it, that immediately makes you feel welcome.
Ted Hollman purchased this House in 1993
Why Ted Hollman chose Allenspark
In the early 1990s, Loren and Ruby decided to build a mountain home in Colorado, to enjoy in their retirement. As did all of the family, they liked the Allenspark area, which was close to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, yet enough off the beaten path to be relaxing in a natural mountain setting. However, Ruby laid out certain criteria that she wanted for the location: She wanted pretty mountain views; wild mountain flowers and trees, but not too many trees to block the mountain views; level ground to make it easy to walk across; it couldn't be located along a stream that could wash you away in a flood, nor could it be in a steep canyon where a rock could fall on your head! This was no small order for a piece of property in the Colorado Rocky Mountains! My wife Michele and I spent every weekend for six months before finding this ideal one acre spot that met Ruby's criteria. Once you stay at Ruby's Retreat, we think you will agree we found the perfect spot in Colorado!
What makes this House unique
Located in the Pine Valley area outside of Allenspark, Colorado, Ruby's Retreat is surrounded by mountain views in every direction. When building the cabin, again per Ruby's wishes, we put in many windows, so as not to obscure any mountain views. You can enjoy breakfast on the rear deck, relax in the afternoon on the front porch swing, and warm up in the evening in my Grandfather's lazyboy recliner while watching the flames flicker in the Franklin stove in the great room.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had a great 3 night stay at this wonderful mountain home! The cabin was perfect for our family of 3.The home was clean, spacious, had everything you could need in the kitchen, and so many toys, games, and movies for kids. We were glad that there were plenty of fun things to entertain our 5 year old daughter in the mornings and evenings at the cabin. We spent most of the day at the RMNP and the drive into the main entrance to the park was maybe 20 mins away and a beautiful drive. We also spent some time in the Wild Basin area of the park, which is only a couple of minutes away from the cabin. Be sure to check out this part of the park since it is so close to the cabin and so beautiful. The home was perfect for our needs and a good value for the area. Booking was very easy to do online and because of all the great reviews and information available I felt very comfortable booking the cabin. My damage deposit was also reimbursed to my credit card within a couple of days of our stay. This is a great place to stay and we would love to stay here again on our next visit!
Glad you had a great stay at the cabin and that it worked well for your family. We try to keep it furnished with items that will make your Rocky Mountain vacation go smoothly and be memorable. I hope you will be able to stay with us again in the future!
thanks for the perfect mountain cabin!
Everything was even better than expected and next time we're in this area, we'll come back to Ruby's Retreat! :)
Greetings from Germany
Very clean and cozy
Had all of the amenities that we needed. It was nice to unplug from internet, telephones and television for some relaxation.
Clean, spacious, and amazing location!
Our stay at Ruby's Cabin was amazing. The cabin itself is stocked with anything you could need (we managed to make an entire Thanksgiving meal with the dishes and cookware provided!) It is very spacious and I can tell it is well taken care of. The location is great. We walked up Taylor Road about 3/4 a mile and were able to watch an amazing sunset at a clearing. A little farther up the road there is a trail to hike up Taylor Mountain which was a nice hike! It is about a 20 minute drive to Estes Park also. I definitely will be returning for another stay in the future, and highly recommend this cabin! Thank you so much!!
Sweet cabin, felt like staying in someone's home.
The cabin was well stocked in the kitchen as well as movies, etc. for entertainment It's located in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood near RMNP, Estes Park and Lily Lake. I appreciated having the forced air heat as it got quite cold at night in October. The bed linens and towels had much to be desired however. The towels looked like they were very old (thin and very worn) and I wasn't entirely sure they were clean -- they smelled of mildew. The stove top was covered in a layer of grease, likely from the previous users. I would consider staying here again but not without bringing my own towels. This is an easy fix for the owners.
I'm so sorry the cabin was not left acceptable. We were not able to have our regular person clean prior to your arrival, so this kind of feedback is helpful for us to know who is working out and who isn't for cleaning. From what you described, it was far from our standards as well. We are proud of the frequent comments we receive from our guests on how clean the cabin is, so that is what we strive to maintain. I looked over our selection of towels and replaced several that were showing some age, with new towels. Again, my apologies and I do appreciate your feedback and I hope you will stay with us again (no need to bring your own towels :)
Had such a great time at the cabin. Everything we could have asked for. We had a great time getting away from every day hustle of modern technology. Was able to really take time and focus on real family fun! I will definitely want to come back. Thanks Ted for an awesome place to stay!!!
Our cabin 'Ruby's Retreat' is surrounded by trees and beautiful mountain views on one acre of land, outside of the village of Allenspark, Colorado. A view of Taylor Mountain is just off the back deck of the cabin. Guests enjoy hiking, relaxing, reading, bird and animal watching (deer, elk, moose) at our quiet location. The property is located 5 miles from the Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and 19 miles to downtown Estes Park, which offers shopping, restaurants, groceries, laundry, a hospital, among other services and amenities. Carriage rides, horseback riding, jeep tours, chuck wagon dinners, ghost tours and tours of the historic Stanley Hotel (featured in the movie 'The Shining') are all available in Estes Park. The Visitor's Center and main entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park are also located outside of Estes Park, where you can attend Ranger talks and guided hikes. Just 1/10th of a mile from Ruby's Retreat is a jeep road and hiking trail entrance into Roosevelt National Forest. In the nearby village of Allenspark itself, there are two restaurants, a horseback riding stable and 'Crystal Springs', offering pure, cold drinking water. Boulder, Colorado is less than one hour from the cabin, with free tours of the Celestial Seasonings Tea factory, the Leaning Tree Greeting Cards Western Art Museum and the popular Pearl Street pedestrian mall. The Peak To Peak Scenic Highway (Hwy 7 & 72) will take you to the towns of Peaceful Valley, Gold Hill, Jamestown, Nederland, the gambling towns of Black Hawk and Central City and ends in Idaho Springs, where you can drive up to the 14,000 ft. peak of Mt. Evans. For the more adventurous and well-prepared, the hiking trailhead to the 14,000 Long's Peak is 7 miles from the cabin. Rock Climbing is a popular activity in St. Vrain Canyon, between Ruby's Retreat and Lyons, Colorado.
Additional information about rental rates
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