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Joe Penta

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Best Lake & Mountain Peak Views of Rocky Mountain National Park

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Grand Lake House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 11-14)

NOTE: Recently renovated March 2014!

In summer be mesmorized by the light of the full moon glistening across the lake in a golden path right up to your window.In Winter, spend the Holidays enjoying the Magic of the glistening snowflakes tenderly falling on the lake and mountains while the glow of the wood burning fireplace warms your soul.

Enjoy the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains and Grand Lake from this beautiful chalet-style home overlooking Shadow Mountain Lake and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Maximize your time outdoors on the HUGE upper and lower decks, both overlooking Shadow Mountain Lake. Or spend a lazy afternoon lounging in the hammocks while reading your favorite novel. In Winter, nestle up on the couch with your favorite book or read a story to your family as the wood burning fireplace glows with warmth as the snow gently falls out the window wall in the living room.

We are just four minutes from the town of Grand Lake and the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake provides a classic 'old west' town ambiance and fun for the whole family. From there you can enjoy the shops, restaurants, mini-golf, guided horseback riding, guided and unguided snowmobile and ATV rentals, go-carts, bumper boats and more. Walk to the marina and rent a boat from this gorgeous lake home with panorama views of the lake and mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to an abundant wildlife population including elk, deer, moose, bears, porcupines and foxes (many of these pass through the rental property as well). Miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails are accessible from the entrance to the park.

Trail Ridge Marina is just 100 yards down the road and offers pontoon and sport-boat rentals. You can also snowmobile across the lakes in the winter! Book early as this is a year round vacation rental with strong rental history and repeat renters.

There is no better place to spend vacation or the holidays than in the mountains of Colorado.

NOTE: We DO NOT allow gatherings or events (family reunions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, etc.) of any kind to take place in our home. The home is restricted to the specific number of guests staying in the home that we approve and can accommodate for sleeping. We receive multiple inquiries as such so want to provide notification here to help save you time in your vacation rental search.


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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Joe Penta (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Joe Penta chose Rocky Mountain National Park

Views of the Lake and the Mountains right from this home and of course the beauty of nature all around with wildlife that comes through the neighborhood. Also, the ease of access to Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park and the Arapahoe Nat'l Forest and all the trail systems added to the convenience of this location. And downtown Grand Lake is only a few minutes away so it is easy to get anything you might need at the store.

What makes this house unique

The lake view and the feeling of being right on the water from the living room or deck. You can throw a stone in the water from here. Our guests write about seeing rainbows, thunderstorms, full moon glows coming across the lake. I like to shut off all the lights in the home and just look at the moon reflect on the lake as it looks like a path of gold light coming right up to you. The alpenglow on the mountains in the early evenings is ever changing so don't take your eyes off of it for a minute. Priceless!

Guestbook comments from the owner

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Excuse my caps, but this happens to be the absolute most BEAUTIFUL place I've ever been my entire life! Extremely clean and to be honest, the photos do not do their view any justice. Sitting out on the deck while eating dinner, watching the sunset, and overlooking the Rockies is probably my fondest memory. We drove Trail Ridge Road in it's entirety which I highly recommend. We will definitely be back!

Response from Owner:

WOW, Thanks a Million for such an AWESOME review Denise, We are THRILLED you enjoyed our mountain home as much as we do! There is MAGIC in this area for all those who will find it and you obviously found it! Please come again soon! Joe & Sue
Sep 2015
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based on 19 traveler reviews

Best Lake & Mountain Peak Views of Rocky Mountain National Park
average rating of 4.4736843 based on 33 reviews

Incredible View, Lots of Room

  • 4 of 5

My daughter was married in Granby, so some of my siblings, girlfriends and I (MOB) rented Joe's property. The location and view was outstanding! We had tons of room for nine people (three couples and three singles), and loved sitting on the deck looking out over the lake (although the deck chairs are too low to take advantage of the view due to the deck railing).

We had a few complaints which Joe was very open to hearing and will address going forward. His cleaning crew did the basics well, but there were some cobwebs on light fixtures, and some carpet areas were not cleaned well. The bedding and bathrooms were very clean, however, which was the most important to us. Good cleaning crews are difficult to find and keep in those areas.

Other wedding guests stayed at surrounding properties which were much newer and had significantly nicer furnishings, but none could compete with our view. So if you don't mind a property that is a bit older and not as upscale, this one is great. We had a wonderful time!

Driveway is steep, so beware. I'm sure it could be a bear in the winter.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place to take a family retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this home! Extremely warm and comfortable. It felt like 'home' the moment we arrived. The view off the decks is, by itself, worth the price of the rental. The master bedroom allowed my wife and I totally privacy when our adult children and grandchildren were being highly 'active'. The kitchen is well stocked with all the necessities and there are plenty of fresh linens for all the beds. You can't go wrong renting this charming lake home!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Powell, OH

Excellent Family Experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our first entire family "destination" vacation. It was important to my wife and me that we find a place with beautiful scenery, a relaxing atmosphere, and a where our 4 young grandchildren would not be bored. The Penta's home fit the bill perfectly for us. There being 7 adults and 4 children, I was a little worried about us bumping into each other, but I was so wrong! Plenty of space for everyone inside and out. The view of the night sky from the porch was amazing. I hadn't seen the milky way in years. Access to Rocky Mountain National Park was a short 10-15 minute drive from the house. Shopping, a beach, and boat rentals were only a 5 minute drive away. The owner, Joe Penta was extremely easy to work with, and went out of his way to accommodate our various personal schedules when booking the house far in advance! I can't thank him enough for helping us in making this family trip a reality! I would highly recommend this location for anyone seeking a relaxing and fulfilling experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City

We Loved the place and experience !

  • 5 of 5

This is a place that will exceed your expectations! You are greeted to a breathtaking view of the mountains and lake 24/7,

With three bedrooms, everyone will have their space! Loved this place💖

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear future guests: This home actually has 4 separate bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
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This property met my expectations based on the description and previous reviews

  • 5 of 5

The house has incredible views plus two huge outdoor decks that offer amazing views of the mountains and lakes and a breathtaking Night sky! The house is an older property and it gets very hot during the day with the huge windows and there is no air-conditioning however why you would want to stay indoors during the day with all the things to do outdoors. There are fans around the house to use that with the windows open at night will cool the house down quickly and comfortably. Some previous reviews mention the road noise there is a Mountain highway down below the hill the house sits on and you will notice the traffic noise when you are outside on the decks I did not think it was a big deal. There was a small annoyance with ants on the deck and spiderwebs but we are in the woods. It would have been nice to have a couple of picnic tables and some better deck furniture to utilize. Overall for our group of 10 people I would rent this property Again.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memorable Weekend!

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed in Grand Lake for many years and this is the first time we have stayed near Shadow Lake.

The views from the deck were breathtaking, and we were in walking distance from TrailRidge Marina. We took a 2 hr boat tour from the Marina where they took us around several islands and into Grand Lake as well.

Thank you for the memories.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Cross Country Skiing, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Wildlife Viewing, Snowmobiling


Rates & Availability

Grand Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016 (peak)
May 20 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas - New Years Holidays
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Valentine's weekend
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2017
May 19 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Fourth of July Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017 (peak)
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning fee $175 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.7%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are booked and confirmed.
We prefer eCheck payments over credit card payments.
Pets (only when pre-authorized by owner) require a $25 per pet per night fee plus tax.
Usually a 3 or 4 night minimum applies in peak season subject to owners discretion.
Peak rates apply to all Holidays and Holiday weeks.
3 Day Holiday weekends require 3 night stay or owner will sometimes allow 2 nights with a special quoted rate inquire.

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Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon is a double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon is a double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , inflatable that gets moved around the house
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , Two of the singles are a trundle bed that can be 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), 3 twins with new memory foam mattresses. The 3 twins are in one bedroom, a set of the twins are a trundle bed that opens and lifts up to make another queen size bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Huge great room with big screen TV, cozy wood-burning fireplace. Upper and lower decks with hammocks to enjoy the views.

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