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New home with mountain views, large orchard yard, and sitting porch.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Open & bright 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Wonderful indoor & outdoor space

The Cider House is our family run vacation rental. We have 2 vacation rental homes in addition to our house on our 6.5 acre property. Originally orchards and a larger farm, the property retains a rural character with close proximity to locally run markets, farm stands, restaurants, and hot springs. Cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, and plumbs are available to pick from the trees around the house in season. It is just 10 minutes from Durango and 15 minutes drive up the mountain for wildflower viewing, mountain trails, lakes, mountain biking, etc. The autumn colors are amazing.

The Cider House is a sunny open home with a sitting porch and a very large yard with lots of fruit trees. It comes with high speed (60mbs) Wi-Fi Internet, flat screen TV with Netflix, HBO, and Hulu, board games, Bocce Ball, Ping Pong, and a library of 200+ movies including lots of classic and kids movies. The shelves are stocked with books for all ages, 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.

Hermosa is just North of the City of Durango in the Animas river valley. 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. It was built with green and low VOC materials and paint. 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, grinder, french press, micro, toaster, crock pot, stainless pots and pans, large bar-b-q, etc. etc. The kitchen 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. There is a Ping Pong table, Bocce Ball set, and other outdoor games. 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.

We do not allow pets.

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 12-14 that love making new friends, playing soccer, hide and seek, tag and other outdoor fun on the property.

More Details

Chris Hall
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

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 Durango

This 6.5 acre property was once a much bigger farm established in the 1890's. 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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Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes 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
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 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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New home with mountain views, large orchard yard, and sitting porch.
average rating of 4.864865 based on 41 reviews

Marvelous experience! An absolutely fantastic place.

  • 5 of 5

All the care and effort Chris and Michelle put into this place made it a really wonderful vacation for us. The only thing missing was maybe a chest of drawers in the 3rd bedroom to put cloths in. Otherwise the house has everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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We loved this home

  • 5 of 5

Great house and great yard. Our family had a terrific vacation at the Cider House.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Lovely place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 adults and 4 kids (ranging from 15 to 6 months old) enjoyed our stay at the Cider House very much! The home was lovely, well appointed, comfortable for all, and a close drive for everything that we wanted to do and see on our three day weekend stay. We enjoyed a family BBQ on the comfy covered back porch on the first evening, with a ping pong in the Orchard. The kids ran out to the edge of the Orchard to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge steam train chugging by in the viewing distance, on it's return trip from Silverton. The house is a quick 10 minute drive into Durango, and a 15 - 20 minute drive up to Purgatory Ski Area. We all enjoyed the Purgatory Summer Adventure activities on Sunday. Thank-you Chris and Michelle Hall for a comfortable home for our family vacation over Labor Day Weekend. We would definitely stay at the Cider House again, and recommend it to family and friends!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing! The house was comfortable and had everything we needed. I cooked most of our dinners at the house for a week. There were a good amount of spices and supplies that saved me money at the store. The BBQ grill is large and works well. Chris is very nice and attentive when you need something but otherwise keeps to himself. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Perfect home for family getaway

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family of eleven, which consisted of grandparents, siblings, and energetic children. The atmosphere of the house and its surroundings was relaxing and peaceful. We took full advantage of the outdoors, playing ping pong, walking the area and especially cooking on the grill. It truly is beautiful! Every morning and evening you hear the train whistle, which was a treat for all. The house is approximately 15 minutes to Durango, close enough to enjoy all Durango has to offer, but hidden in the picturesque mountains of Hermosa. Chris and Michelle welcomed us to their home. They recommended places to eat and things to do around the area. Thank you Chris and Michelle! We are looking forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was easy to find. We enjoyed our stay. The house location was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

We had no problems at all and the house was stocked with everything we needed. We saw deer every day from the back patio. We had no problem finding the house . The city of Durango is very easy to navigate. Chris was very helpful and gave suggestions about the best pizza.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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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
Hermosa Grill
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 6.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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