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Rocky Mountain Paradise (read our reviews!)

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Log and stone home, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7 - 10)


Our hand built log and stone home is in central Roaring Fork Valley, a little closer to Aspen than Glenwood Springs. We have stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, and a delightful house and yard from which to enjoy the views. Our home has a cozy, rustic feel, and there are incredible opportunities for recreation in the area. Amenities include a wood stove, a porch with hammocks, a fire pit in the front yard, a wood burning sauna in the back, a community swimming pool and tennis court in the summer, and cross country skiing, hiking or biking right from the door.

There are NO CLEANING FEES on rentals of 7 days or longer. $125 for groups more than 4 people, $100 for 4 or less

We have a rural feel, with preserved open space to the north, east and south. We're on three acres, but it feels much larger because of the open space in three directions. We're perched three miles above the highway (so there's easy access to shopping and local communities, with a great bus system connecting the valley), with inspiring views of the mountains. Wildlife abounds, with sightings of deer, fox, coyote, elk and many birds. The weather is often delightful, with warm (not hot) summers and snowy winters -- definitely distinct seasons. We're about a half hour from the ski slopes of Aspen or the hot springs and other attractions of Glenwood Springs.

The sauna is available all year, and after heating up you can jump in the snow in the winter, or in a small stream in the summer. The community pool and hot tub (Memorial Day - mid-September) are little used, so often it's like a private pool. You can enjoy the cultural and recreational activities of the valley, and then relax with the amenities in and around our home.

Out our door: trails for hiking, biking and cross country skiing; gardens; hammocks and a multi person swing; wood burning sauna (and a little creek in the summer to jump in when you're steamy); community swimming pool, hot tub, play ground and tennis courts in the summer within walking distance; fire pit area in the front yard; lots of wildlife.

At the bottom of the hill: (a three mile drive) grocery shopping, movie theater, restaurants, a bus system that will take you up or down the valley, antique and craft shops.

Aspen: (a half hour drive) alpine skiing, X-games, many festivals (food & wine, classical music, ideas, physics institute, hot air balloon, etc), museums, groomed cross country ski trails, golf, theater, all kinds of music, white water rafting, fishing, incredible hikes and bikes, Maroon Bells, internationally renowned speakers, etc

Glenwood Springs: (a half hour drive) world's largest hot springs pool, white water rafting, Fairy Caves and amusement park, Yampa Vapor Caves, hiking and biking, fishing, golf, Ski Sunlight.

Other attractions in the valley: fly fishing on the Frying Pan River, ghost towns, the art and craft village of Redstone, hiking in the Wilderness Areas, mountain biking, an Aspen to Glenwood bike path, free concerts most nights of the summer.

The bedrooms are laid out as follows:

Master bedroom has a queen bed and a small outside deck, with attached bathroom (and have we mentioned the views?)

Bedroom 2 has a double bed and a tree fort (yes, you have to climb a tree) with a twin mattress in it. Children should probably be at least 5 or 6 to use this bed. This shares a bathroom with bedroom 3, and the bathroom is across a hall / balcony

Bedroom 3 has a queen bed and a sleeping loft with 2 twin mattresses, and is accessed by a ladder.

Bedroom 4 is our guest room / study. It is downstairs, and uses the downstairs bathroom. It has a queen fold out couch / bed -- but it's high quality (made by American Furniture with a three platform design instead of the metal bars) and is just as comfortable as the other beds. This room also has a large flatscreen TV for movies and Netflix, but we don't get TV stations.

Keywords: log home, mountains, rural, unique, hand built, cabin, stone, sunny

More Details

Peter and Kate
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Peter and Kate

In June, 2012 we became retired school teachers, ready to expand our horizons. We love outdoor adventure, rural settings (although we're not opposed to some classic, big city adventures, either), and simple activities.

Peter and Kate purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Peter and Kate chose Carbondale

We built this house, stone by stone and log by log. We're very proud of it, and sometimes we can't believe we're willing to leave our incredible home and valley. Yet we enjoy traveling and seeing other parts of the world and other cultures. When we return, we're always amazed by the views we get 365/24/7, and the cultural and wilderness opportunities outside our door.

Although this is our primary residence, it's set up more like a second home -- with our gear in storage and basically empty closets, dressers, etc. On the other hand, the spice racks are full, the book shelves and game closet offer distractions, and we've left a notebook full of ideas / opportunities / hiking trails / events.

What makes this cottage unique

It's the best of both worlds. Sometimes we find ourselves never leaving our property for days at a time, surrounded by the natural world immediately outside our door. We read in the hammocks, have a fire in the firepit, cross country ski from our doorstep or swim in the community pool. Other times we're catching a free lecture from the Aspen Physics Institute, or one of the many free concerts throughout the valley, hiking or biking in world famous wilderness areas, attending art openings, provocative lectures, or full moon bike rides... As I said, sometimes we question why we're willing to leave.


Missouri Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , attached bathroom, incredible views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , The two twin beds are mattresses in a loft of the bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , The twin bed is in a loft of the bedroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is our study, with a truly comfortable fold out sofa.
    Loft - The lofts are in bedrooms 2 and 3, so read the details there
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double (1),Twin or Single Beds (2 or 3) these are in lofts in bedrooms with a queen bed as well.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
community swimming pool, outdoor firepit, covered porch with hammocks, wood burning sauna, community tennis court, wildflower lawn, several outdoor hangout spots, access to some of our recreation equipment: (bikes, tubes, water sport stuff)


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Rocky Mountain Paradise (read our reviews!)
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Eclectic elegance in a comfortably rustic home!

  • 5 of 5

This property was the perfect base of operations for our family’s recent trip to the Aspen area. The house was beautiful, dramatic and very welcoming (had all of the accommodations one would hope for and MORE). The views were to die for (especially the view of the Milky Way at night from the fire ring…amazing). We had less than a 20 min drive to Glenwood Springs to the north and Aspen/Snowmass to the south which allowed us access to hiking, white water rafting on the Roaring Fork, horseback riding in Maroon Bells and of course my wife’s favorite shopping in Aspen. The gondola ride to the summit of the resort is a must do in summer. I can’t say enough good things about the owners, Peter and Kate, were gracious hosts and even helped us out with an early arrival when our previous days rental fell through. Highly Recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing. I loved the charming decor and the layout was so fun! I loved the connected lofts and the tree to climb up to one of the lofts. And the view was highly under-advertised! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! The owners were very helpful and left a great book of things to do in the area. Overall, so great! I would go back again for sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming mountain cabin with beautiful views!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful experience at this property. The house was as advertised with amazing views and lots of spaces to relax in! There was a slight issue with the plumbing in the main shower but I think likely a consequence of the large snowfall in late May. The kitchen was well stocked and the BBQ grill and firepit are perfect additions!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Views !! A dream come true....

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time at Peters and Kate's home, this home is one of a kind.. great views! You won't believe what you see when you wake up.!! My family and I had the best experience of our lifetime .. we will definitely go back soon.!!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for our family retreat

  • 5 of 5

Seven of us spent the week at the house and it met and exceeded our expectations. The house works; inside and out. Sleeping with the windows open to the sound of aspens quaking and a cool breeze in late July was heavenly. Family pictures and art on the walls; it feels like staying with old friends.

The deer visited daily. We were happy to be outside of town but getting into Willits/ Basalt/ Carbondale was easy to visit friends in the local valley; Aspen is close by too and easily reachable, especially nice going up through Woody Creek and off the 82. A great base to hike and fish and spend time up valley and local to house.

House is nicely furnished and the kitchen works well and feels like a home; very easy to be comfortable. Our group came in from three areas, California, Texas, and Utah, different daily schedules and ages morphed into a vacation. The house helped it happen.

Will hope to visit again as a family retreat.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed staying in this mountain home with our adult children - 6 of us in all. The kitchen was well equipped, loved all of the wooden bowls and pottery. The place made us feel right at home - felt more like staying with friends than renting. The beds were comfy, bathrooms were just right for 6 adults. We planned to use the outdoor fire pit but didn't get around to it. The view of Mt. Sopras as you awake in the morning was fabulous! Great hikes nearby, close to restaurants in Carbondale and Glenwood.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Glenwood Springs
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Aspen, Butermilk, Snowmass, Highlands, Ski Sunligh
Car: necessary

tube the ditch behind our house, trails from the door, outdoor firepit, starry skies, usually good snow December -mid March


Rates & Availability

Missouri Heights Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 25 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall low season
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
Nov 18 2017 - Apr 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $12 per person per night
Damage Deposit $400

There is a 5% tax and, if you stay less than a week, a $125 cleaning fee added to the base rate

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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