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Rocky Mountain Paradise (read our reviews!)

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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.

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

Owner
Peter and Kate
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 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.

Amenities

Missouri Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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)

Reviews

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Rocky Mountain Paradise (read our reviews!)
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews
5

Measureless Mountain Days

  • 5 of 5

No traveler will forget their stay at this house. The love that went into the process of turning rock and stone into this home is both visible and felt. It is masterfully built, extremely spacious with many areas for privacy and group entertaining, and as a result is suitable for parties large and small. Rarely do I spend time appreciating the details of a house like I did here - it is worth it as each discovery adds a cheer to the stay and turns the house into a home in little time. The view from the home is a scene of enchantment. The endless subtleties of the mountainside and the wildlife around the house further the feeling of a dream. We left feeling deep respect and an appreciation for the owners, the home itself, and Colorado. Everything you need is provided at the house. The drive down into the valley is quick enough that getting groceries is not a pain, but far enough away that you feel entirely secluded from the noise of commerce. The home is centrally located for trips to Glenwood Springs area (Hanging Lake hike, caverns, river rafting) or Aspen (Maroon Bells hike, Red Butte hike). I cannot imagine a better place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing words, Christopher! Kate and Peter
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Lakewood, CO
5

Outstanding getaway with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Truly enjoyed our stay at the Rocky Mountain paradise. The views were magnificent. The wildlife around was enjoyable. The pool and hot tub I late September was refreshing and a great warm way to visit. The house setup and quirks were a fun topic of conversation ( caution- no more than one person on balcony long span!). Learning of owners' history, hobbies, and decoration were another good list of topics that came up. We would love to return and enjoy again!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poulsbo, WA
5

Wonderful place to stay near the Maroon Bells.

  • 5 of 5

House was much larger than the photos online. Lots of room for the

5 of us. The kitchen was well stocked. Loved seeing the ever changing views from the large windows.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun place for the family

  • 4 of 5

This was certainly one of the most unique places we have stayed. For the two families who shared this home, it was the same cost as getting a hotel, but the extras make it an outstanding alternative, including the use of the kitchen, the lofts for the kids, the bikes available as offered, and the sliding pole from the balcony. The location was perfect for the time spent in Glenwood Springs and in Aspen over the few days we were there.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house we loved it

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just amazing

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and quiet setting

  • 5 of 5

We went to Colorado for my son's wedding and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Peter and Kate's home was beautiful and made us feel right at home. Loved sitting on the patio and watching the deer come in. The views were amazing and it was conveniently located near Carbondale and El Jebel.

They had a lot of information on things to do and see which were very helpful. I'd highly recommend their home and would love to stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Aspen
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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
cleaning fee if less than 7 day rental $125
Tax Rate 5.0%

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.