|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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. 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 queen 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 a twin mattress that's 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
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 purchased this cottage in 1988
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.
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.
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.
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.
We loved this place! Everything that we expected was in place and more. We drove up into a winter wonderland and were not disappointed. All that we needed to know was provided and Peter and Kate were readily available just in case.
We were grandparents, parents and a busy little 11 month old who found plenty to see and do. We had several days of amazing skiing and enjoyed cooking and eating in the well appointed kitchen.
We would definitely recommend this
Great home with incredible views of Mt. Sopris. Owner was great to work with.
The photos online do not do this home justice. The home is unique, inviting and tells a story of it's evolution. Felt right at home. Relaxing, beautiful and has all accommodations we needed. Beautiful view! Comfortable, clean and visitors can tell it has been cherished. The owners went over and above making sure all our questions were answered and let us know they could be reached, had we had any need. Provided an excellent printed source of attractions, restaurants and even their grocery store of choice - which we used. Yes, we would recommend this property to any friend or relative looking for a mountain get-away.
Leaving this home was like leaving old friends. There are so many little personal handmade touches hidden everywhere you look, its truly sublime with perfect location, ambiance, and breathtaking views. If you are looking for a mountain retreat a little rustic, little secluded(easy to get to), centrally located to enjoy a wealth of outdoor scenic areas with fireplace, fire pit, scenery, and wildlife, this is the place. This isn't a luxury 5 star condo in the middle of a tourist attraction, if that is what you want.
I wish I would have planned more downtime to enjoy this home. It makes you slow down and enjoy, a really calming effect. Easy drive to Aspen, Marroon Bells, Redstone/marble area, Avalanche ranch Hotsprings, Glenwood Springs, and more. I wish I could post pictures, everyone says they look like advertisements for this home because it looks so perfect.
tube the ditch behind our house, trails from the door, outdoor firepit, starry skies, usually good snow December -mid March
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|cleaning fee if less than 7 day rental||$125|
|Refundable 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