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Relaxing Mountain Get-away, Close To Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1070 Sq.ft., Sleeps Up To 8 With Sleeper Sofas, Mt Views

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.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ted Hollman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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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 (pictured above) 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 Rocky Mountain National Park

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.


based on 35 traveler reviews

Relaxing Mountain Get-away, Close To Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park
average rating of 4.885714 based on 35 reviews
Chilton, Wisconsin

Perfect cabin for what we needed. Plenty of space for the 5 of us.

  • 4 of 5

The area is absolutely beautiful! The cabin is a good 1/2 hour toEstes Park and the entrance to National Forest. Closest place we found for groceries is Safeway in Estes Park.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the cabin and hope to go back again. It's perfect - just the kind of place we were looking for. We live in Chicago and have stressful jobs. Being away from the internet, cell phone, and TV were just what we needed. It's close enough to Estes Park, but not too close. I had back surgery last year and was happy I could hike Lily Lake!

We love Ruby's Retreat.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Relaxing and Breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The cabin was spacious and had everything we needed for our visit. The perfect place for a getaway to the mountains. The cabin was very clean and relaxing and offered a gorgeous view. We will definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay at Ruby's Retreat as we were last year. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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We had a great time and loved the cabin.

  • 5 of 5

We spent most of our time in Rocky Mountain National Park. The cabin was a wonderful quiet place to relax after the days activities. The cabin was well equipped and we had no issues. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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vacation stay at Rubies Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at Rubies Retreat in late July. It was my husband, me and our three grandchildren, ages 5,6,and 9 years old. The cabin was wonderful!! It was decorated as cute as possible, all bears, moose, elk, etc.

The loft was perfect for the three kids. There were two single beds and the papazan chair, which the 9 year old loved.

The kitchen was fully stocked, with many extras in condiments, etc. The only problem was there was only the one bathroom. It worked ok for us, but if there were the two extra couples it could have slept on the couch pull outs in the living room, the one bath could have been an issue!

We fully enjoyed our time there as we enjoyed the church camp at Highlands Retreat Center. We hope to do it again next year.

PS, although there was one ceiling fan, it was quite warm. Perhaps another fan could be available?

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad the cabin worked so well for you and your grandchildren. There are actually two ceiling fans at the cabin, one in the loft area and one over the cathedral ceiling area of the living room. With windows open and both fans running on medium or high, the cabin has always been cool, even on the rare occasions when mountain temperatures reach the high 90s. Ted
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Nearest Airport
72 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Wild Basin Lodge
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Estes Park Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
State Highway 7
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Meadow Mountain Cafe
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Eldora Ski Area, Nederland, CO
Car: necessary

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 15 miles to downtown Estes Park, which offers shopping, restaurants, groceries, laundry mats, 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 three restaurants, a horseback riding stable, an auto garage 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 historic 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 nd 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. If you stay at Ruby's Retreat during the winter months, you can enjoy cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding and tubing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Park and nearby Brainard Lake Recreational Area. Downhill skiing, groomed cross-country trails and snow shoeing are available 27 miles from the cabin at Eldora Ski Area, outside of Nederland, Colorado. Year round, you can enjoy the peace and relaxation at Ruby's Retreat and take in the numerous attractions and activities in the surrounding areas.


Rates & Availability

Allenspark House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Holiday Season 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday Season 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Allenspark House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1070 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Main bedroom with queen size bed on 1st floor. The living room contains two sleeper sofas, one queen and one full-size. The 2nd floor loft has two twin beds and a trundle bed.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering

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