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Beautiful Home - Mountain Views - Big Yard & Orchard - Near Hot Springs

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Durango House Rental Photos and Description

Open plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1/2 bath. Great indoor and outdoor space

Hermosa is just North of the City of Durango in the Animas river valley and is the perfect location for a great vacation. Hot springs, restaurants, grocery, etc. are all nearby. The area has a rural neighborhood feel with houses scattered about and lots of open space, forest and farmland. We live in a house on the North side of the 6.5 acre property and are available anytime if you need anything.

The Cider House is a custom net-zero energy home that generates all the energy it uses. It was built with green and low VOC materials and paint throughout. The master bedroom has a luxurious pillow top king size bed and is connected to a master bathroom. Also upstairs there is another full bathroom, the 2nd bedroom with a queen bed, and the 3rd bedroom that can sleep up to five with two full beds (bunk) and a pull out twin trundle bed. This beautifully furnished smoke free house has a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops and bar, custom cabinets, high end appliances, coffee-maker, micro, toaster, large gas bar-b-q, etc. etc. It has everything you need to make a great meal. A high efficiency boiler provides In floor heat throughout the house. Additional bathroom heaters and south facing windows make this a warm, bright and comfortable home.

The house has a large yard/orchard with beautiful mountain and cliff views. The covered porch with bar-b-q grill and seating opens to a large yard and orchard. In the yard you will find a horse shoe pit and ping pong table and chairs to sit under the trees. Cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, and plumbs are available to pick in season.

Past the orchard and fields you will see the D&SNG Train pass by on its way to Silverton several times a day. The Cider House is just 2 miles from Trimble Hot Springs with pools, massage, and great outdoor space. Drive 2 miles North and you are at James Ranch, the #1 rated restaurant in the area where you can also buy vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese fresh off the farm. For breakfast or lunch the Hermosa Creek Cafe is just a short walk away. There is also a nice local grocery and a liquor store a few minutes away.

The house can sleep up to 9 in beds. There is queen sofa bed in the TV room that can be closed off via pocket doors from the living room if desired and a pac-n-play for the little ones. We often stay in vacation rentals and strive to make ours one of the best.

The Cider House has an open floor plan, new furniture, high speed Wi-Fi Internet and a large library of 200+ movies. The shelves are stocked with area maps, guide books on hiking, biking, and area activities and historical books on the train and Durango history. It is the perfect location for outdoor fun and just short drive to Durango or Purgatory.

We do allow pets, however we don't allow them on the furniture or beds. The yard is not fenced and dogs must be under voice command or on a leash at all times and not allowed to roam unsupervised.

We are local owners that live on the property a few houses away so you can be sure if you need anything or have any problems, we can accommodate your needs. We have 3 boys ages 11-13 that love making new friends, playing soccer, hide and seek, tag and other outdoor fun on the property.

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

Chris Hall
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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About Chris Hall

I grew up in Durango and moved back in 2000. It's a great place to live and raise our 3 boys. Michelle and I love the outdoors and spend lots of time hiking, camping, rafting, etc. The winter brings skiing and hockey.

Chris Hall purchased this house in 2011

Why Chris Hall chose Southwestern Colorado

This 6.5 acre property was once a much bigger farm with the main farmhouse built around 1902. Despite the growth in this area it still retains a rural feel while being just a few minutes away from Durango. There are dozens of mature fruit trees on the property including apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, and cherry and lots of space for the kids to run around. We built our house in the north orchard in 2004 and I built the Cider House in the South orchard in 2011.

What makes this house unique

I built this home in 2011 using quality materials to create a comfortable and modern energy efficient house. In floor heating in stained concrete floors and good insulation keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. All new appliances, furniture, beds, etc.. It is sunny and bright and it is just a comfortable house. The covered porch is so great for sitting, eating, and looking out at the trees, the mountains, and the steam train chugging by in the distance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Chris- just wanted to tell you how much fun we've had! Your place is

most excellent. We cooked many meals, ate apples until we were full, chased

chickens, enjoyed the bucks in yard, played in the "little rivers" in front

and loved it! I considered making my amazing apple crisp (we are from prime

apple country) but eh, who wants to buy all that stuff and cook on


I'm attach in one picture of my youngest up to her knees in the stream in

front. It was idyllic!

Laurel and family (Davida, Josh, Mercury and Greer)
Aug 2014
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Beautiful Home - Mountain Views - Big Yard & Orchard - Near Hot Springs
average rating of 4.814815 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Chris's house is gorgeous and well-appointed. It is a very convenient drive to Durango and it was fun to hear the train going by in the morning and afternoon. The house is beautiful--new and perfectly clean. The woodwork is fantastic and everything was even more lovely than in the pictures. We had a great stay and Chris was very helpful with recommendations. We stayed a week and ate at the nearby Hermosa Creek Cafe and James Ranch and enjoyed both. Hermosa Creek Trail was very close and a great place to walk the dog. The house was fully stocked with dishes and appliances and books and DVDs. What a great base for Durango adventures!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Another great visit!

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this home for a second time, and again we were very pleased. It is a cute and quaint home, very clean, well appointed kitchen, beds are very comfortable with nice linens. We shared it with another family and there was plenty of room. Backyard is beautiful and a great place for kids to play. It is a newer home, granite countertops, etc, nice furnishings that are very comfortable. My only complaint is that window coverings in bedrooms are lightweight, so you will be woken by sunshine early morning...fine for some people, we just prefer a darker room esp when you hope to have kids sleep in a bit :). But overall we love this home and would recommend it!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Cider House while visiting Ft. Lewis College with my son. We also skied while in the area. The house is a great location for both of those places.

The house is well stocked with kitchen items. The beds are comfy (minus the pull-out couch-- but, are those things ever comfy?!?), the bathrooms are newly updated, clean and have shampoo and body wash provided, the towels are soft and the house feels cozy. Our party of 10 fit well.

If we are in the area, we would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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This is a Yes!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for our family. The location was half way between the town and the ski slopes. We would rent the place again.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Ideal family getaway in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this home for a spring break ski vacation. We found it to be an ideal location between the town of Durango and Purgatory Resort, with easy access to both in about 20 min. A gourmet grocery is 5 min down the road and supplied most of our basic needs. The house was nicely decorated and very well appointed, with everything we needed to prepare our multi-family breakfasts and dinners, as well as plenty of seating at the table and counter. The kids enjoyed the family room with its large selection of DVDs and VHS (!) tapes, the bunk room, and the space to run around outside on our days with warm weather. We really appreciated the full size washer/dryer, comfortable beds, and fully stocked bathrooms. We had a little difficulty finding the house initially (our drive took longer than expected), so I would highly recommend arriving for the first time during daylight hours. Chris answered our questions very promptly from start to finish. We hope to come back again soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Great place and great service!

  • 5 of 5

Was very pleased with the condition of the house and it's cleanliness. The house is located near Durango and is just a short drive into town.

Chris was responsive from the beginning and answered all of our questions, as well as providing tons of entertainment in the form of books and movies for the kids. Neighbors were very friendly and even shoveled out a walkway for us after a heavy snowfall.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
DRO - Durango
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Dalton Ranch
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dalton Ranch
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 550
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Mama's Boy
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort Purgatory
Car: recommended

Skiing, mountain biking, single track, hiking, jeep, four wheeling, cycling, iron horse, train, narrow gauge, rafting, golf, horseback riding, music, festival, lake, boating, mesa verde, ruins, art, Indian art, canyon lands, southwest, orchard, farm, mountains, ice climbing, bluegrass.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, health/beauty spa


Rates & Availability

Durango House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Years
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jan 16 2017 - Mar 10 2017
2 night minimum stay
Springs Break
Mar 11 2017 - Mar 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Discount
Mar 30 2017 - May 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mothers Day
May 12 2017 - May 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $165
Refundable damage deposit $375
Tax Rate 6.9%

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Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The third bedroom has a double size bunk bed and twin trundle bed so you can sleep up to 5 kids or adults in that room. There is a pac-n-plays available to set up for the little one.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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