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Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property




Relax and enjoy our 5 star home. LOVELY, 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH EXECUTIVE HOME in a beautiful private treed setting. Our home has an attached one car garage. Open floor plan, light and bright, floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the eat-in kitchen w/ granite counter tops and island, stainless steel appliances, large table with seating for 8. Large island with stainless range with seating for 4. Watch the deer and elk as you enjoy your morning coffee on the deck off the kitchen overlooking one of the elk migration paths in Estes Park.

This lovely home is beautifully furnished in rustic elegance, large living room with gas fireplace. Three large bedrooms all located on the main level; master bedroom elegantly furnished with king size bedroom suite; second bedroom with queen size bedroom suite, third bedroom with two twin beds. 5 Star quality, luxurious 100% cotton bedding! All rooms have large area rugs covering the wood floors as well as the ceramic tile floor in office. Ceramic tile and granite in the 4 piece, updated upstairs bathroom with private commode area. Completely updated 3 piece bathroom downstairs. 100% cotton rugs in the bathrooms are changed and replaced with fresh rugs for each party.

For those who like to take their work with them, fully equipped office with desk, printer, WIFI, recliners,for those who might like to get away for an afternoon of reading or napping. Large family room with sleeper sofa and love-seat, large, flat-screen TV, game table, foosball and even a popcorn machine cart for movie night! Full-size Maytag washer and dryer. Large, one car garage. Naturally landscaped yard with gorgeous tall pines surrounded by huge rock outcroppings, (the reason for the single car garage) natural stone steps and landscaping. The large backyard can accommodate a game of horseshoes and badminton or whatever. The naturally landscaped and private backyard is furnished with an extra large, gas grill, extra-long picnic table and large deck with seating around the firepit for those chilly summer evenings our mountains are famous for. Plenty of comfortable outdoor seating for 8 - 12; two glider loveseats, two adirondack chairs, bar height table with four chairs. Two tables with chairs on the wrap-around deck on the front of home for your morning coffee.

Our home is located in the beautiful and desirable One Thousand Pines subdivision, on a quaint lane one block off highway 7, Peak to Peak Scenic Highway, less than a mile from the main street in Estes Park. Scenic golf course located across the street. Located next door is the historic and charming Stone Home. I call it the Hobbit House, complete with curved doorway and windows.

WIFI, light and bright, wood floors throughout upper level and family room on the lower level. Moss rock gas fireplace in the living room. No more messy wood! A large, flat-screen TV, with satellite connection in both the family room and living room. Lots of games for family fun in television console. Attached garage with garage door opener and with the entrance located on the lower level walk-out. All bedrooms come complete with a luggage rack, alarm clock and a fan for those warm nights in addition to the ceiling fans. Sorry, no air conditioning, however with the cool mountain nights, air conditioning is not necessary. Fully stocked kitchen has everything you will need during your stay including a coffee maker, popcorn popper, crock pot, iced tea maker, microwave and dishwasher. This beautiful home is elegantly furnished in good taste for your comfort and enjoyment. All bedding, linens and towels furnished. Each bathroom is furnished with a hand-held two-sided mirror, hair dryer and also included are (personalized handmade soaps, shampoo, conditioner and lotion) for our guests. Watch the deer and elk graze while surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Easy year-around accessibility. 4-wheel drive not necessary. Personalized keyless code entry for our guests safety and security. No worry about lost keys!

For those of you who love to hike and enjoy the outdoors, Rocky Mountain National Park is just a few miles down the road with miles and miles of hiking trails. Explore and enjoy the crystal clear mountain lakes, streams and waterfalls. Gaze upon herds of majestic elk, moose, deer and Rocky Mountain Sheep, foxes, wolves, bears and even the elusive mountain lion. For an afternoon or an entire day, have fun with the children at the Family Fun Center which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (Giant slide, go carts, water boats, fun, fun, fun!!!). The YMCA of the Rockies is a few miles down the road with wonderful activities for the entire family. Relax in one of the many parks or at one of the outdoor cafes and walk along the picturesque river walk in town. Browse in the countless shops in downtown Estes Park. Enjoy the many restaurants serving something for everyone's taste, from hamburgers to Sushi, desserts and more. Estes Park and the surrounding area offers something for everyone in the family. Our beautiful area is truly an outstanding experience that will give rise to wonderful memories for the entire family! It just doesn't get any better than this! Come! Experience the Rocky Mountains and nature at its finest! Truly, a never to be forgotten vacation.

5% military discount - My way of honoring our veterans.

Sorry no cats! Owner is allergic.

Small to medium size dogs considered and dependent upon age of dog. We love our home and for that reason, we will not allow puppies and dogs that are not house broken. Damage deposit will be forfeited if dogs soil on floors or carpets or if they chew and destroy my furniture.


For potential guests: We will need at least two days notice to make sure that our home will be ready to receive guests. Sorry, we cannot accept reservations made less than two days before arrival.

Member: Estes Area Lodging Association EALA

More Details

Carol McSwain
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Carol McSwain

Having loved Colorado from the very first time my family and I visited when I was just a young girl, I knew then, that Colorado was where I wanted to live when I grew up. And so, at the age of 20, over 40 years ago, I moved to the place of my dreams.

When my mother would come to visit me during the summers, Estes Park was one place that she wanted to visit each year. Her love of the mountains, especially the charm of Estes Park and the peaceful serenity and beauty the mountains especially Rocky Mountain National Park is something that we both shared. Which is the reason, when I had the chance to purchase Two Pines on Shady Lane, I felt this was one opportunity I just couldn't pass up.

My family and I love to visit Estes Park whenever we can. We love our home and the close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park not to mention the beauty that surrounds this magical place. This a perfect vacation spot for my family and I believe you will find it to be even better than what you expected as soon as you enter Two Pines on Shady lane.

Carol McSwain purchased this house in 2012

What makes this house unique

Located on one of several migration paths of the elk, hundreds of which pass through this cozy lane. Elk and deer graze in and around Two Pines and often spend the afternoon resting in the yard. Located just one block off the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway. Here is some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. Two Pines offers all the comforts of home with plenty of room for everyone. This home can easily accommodate up to 8 guests comfortably.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We traveled from Tennessee to enjoy the scenery, the climate and hiking with our daughter and son-in-law and 2 grandchildren. At Two Pines we appreciated the fact that you offer a discount to returning guests. The grandkids had a great time and we enjoyed making memories with them. The activities we enjoyed the most were hiking, shopping and the fireworks on the 4th of July.

Tips to future guests: stop and smell the roses!

Our special message to the host: Thank you for sharing your lovely rental home with us. You have done such a great job in decorating it and making it such a wonderful place to stay. Loved your sconces in the entryway. Saw them at Wynbrier home and got them but had them shipped back to TN.
Jun 2014
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Estes Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • IMPORTANT: If another person, other than yourself is making the payment, please let the owner know the name on the credit card.
  • Wood fires are not allowed anywhere in Estes Park. Do not trespass onto my neighbors property. ACTIVITIES MUST BE TAKEN INSIDE AFTER 10:00 p.m.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Ski-In
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Coin-operated washer and dryer for your convenience.
  • All towels furnished. Each bathroom comes equipped with a hair dryer, hand held mirror, private label hand-made bath soaps, small shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and mouthwash...just in case.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Family room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen size sleeper sofa and twin sleeper love seat.
  • All linens, blankets, etc. furnished. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan in addition to a floor fan. Crib available, must bring own crib sheets and blankets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Convenient in-town location. An easy walk or drive to downtown Estes Park. An amusement park in Estes Park, open during summer months, is great for family fun. Trout fishing, hiking, exploring, shopping, picnicing or relaxing, there is so much to do or doing nothing at all. Relax on the deck and, watch the deer and elk and enjoy the beautiful scenery that is second to none, in and around this historic, picturesque Currier and Ives mountain town. Relax and enjoy the warmth of the charming gas moss rock fireplace. Estes Park has festivals and activities year around. Check the Town of Estes Park, Calendar of Events online to view all year-around planned events and activities. There is something going on almost year around! Personalized keyless entry code for our guests safety and security. Contact owner for weekly/monthly rates. Check out time: 10:00 a.m.


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average rating of 4.9633026 based on 166 reviews

Fabulous cozy place to base your trip into the mountains

  • 5 of 5

My family absolutely loved this home. It was the perfect place to stay and start our trip into Rocky Mountain National Park. It is clean, well equipped, cozy, and very conveniently located near the town as well as the park. Carol was great to deal with! We could not have asked for a better home rental experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Two Pines. I was very happy that you were able to make your trip to Estes before being shipped out. Hopefully, you will want to come back for another visit after returning home from your tour of duty. And as I always do, I give all military, past and present, a 10% discount on your per night stay. That is my way of honoring you for your service. Thank you again and stay safe.
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Beautifully decorated home, with everything you need for a great vacation.

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house was a perfect home away from home in Estes Park. Though we didn't cook while here, the kitchen was stocked with everything you could need. The home was a perfect place to stay for my grown children and I, as we were in town to celebrate my niece's wedding. The extra touches of toiletries, milk, and OJ, were appreciated. We enjoyed sitting around the large kitchen table chatting, and making our plans for the day. There are two TVs, but thankfully we didn't turn them on because we were out hiking, exploring RMNP, and Estes Park. There is a beautiful fire pit and several outdoor seating areas, which I wish we had the time to enjoy. We were too busy with wedding activities and family events to enjoy all the amenities this cozy home has to offer. We will just have to come back again someday! Loved the look of the family room with the popcorn machine and foosball. This would be a great place to hang out, if we'd had the time. The kitchen, with it's large island and large table was so warm and inviting. My family members who stayed in hotels, stopped by and it was great to entertain them for an hour or two. I highly recommend this cozy home to anyone staying in Estes Park. The home is close to restaurants, town, and Rocky Mountain National Park, yet tucked way amongst the trees. This home is a great place to relax with family and friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a glowing review. I am so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at my home. Next time, you will need to stay for at least a week to give you more time to enjoy some of the outdoor spaces that I have provided for my guests. Thank you again!
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Family Get Away

  • 4 of 5

This was great for a few days away with our daughter and son in law and two toddler granddaughters

We love to cook - the large kitchen was great. We did grill one evening as well.

We started our days early to hike and came back for lunch and naps

In the evenings we shopped or played games and had popcorn.

The laundry was handy too

Hope we can do this again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Colorado Home

  • 5 of 5

We came to Estes for a large family vacation - 6 homes with a total of 35 people. We house a group of 6. But one of the best aspects of the home, is that we were able to have "pizza night" and a cookout, with almost everyone. Not all could attend, but we had space enough with the downstairs game room, the outdoor area and large picnic table, that there was no problem for seating.

We loved the layout of the living room, kitchen & dining too. Made it so very pleasant to congregate for our breakfast before everyone leaving to team up for a myriad of activities.

The home has a warm rustic charm, with lovely decorations too.

There is a nice small deck in the front, where we often enjoyed an evening nightcap with our household. A couple evenings, we had a the gas powered fire pit to enjoy a fire, since wood fires are not allowed in Estes, that was an exceptionally nice feature.

The game room downstairs is another great feature of the home. Having children ranging in age from 4 to 15, this provided some relief for the adults as the kids were occupied playing Foosball and watching TV.

Carol was a great hostess - we had a small issue with a toilet, and she attended to it immediately.

Truly, we would recommend this lovely home for larger (or smaller, for that matter) groups to have plenty of space to enjoy their mountain vacation experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing, and I might add, thorough review. I am so pleased to know that you and your family enjoyed the time at my home and Estes Park. I have worked very hard to make sure my guests have a memorable vacation and a comfy place to rest after a day of hiking and shopping and enjoying the wildlife. I hope that you will want to come again in the not-too-far future. Thank you again. P.S. It was also a pleasure to meet you and so many of your family members. I don't often get an opportunity to meet my guests and it was nice to know that everyone had such a great time during their stay in Estes Park.
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Amazing house in a gorgeous town!

  • 5 of 5

The owner of the property was more than accommodating. She went above and beyond to make sure that we had a crib and a high chair for our stay. The house is beautifully decorated and perfectly clean. The rooms are nice and big and there are lots of windows in the main area. We ended up hosting every dinner for our family reunion because there was plenty of room and everybody felt so comfortable in the house. Hiking was breathtaking and the cute little shops and restaurants downtown where a fun way to spend an afternoon. If you're visiting during the peak season head to the park very early in the morning because the parking lots fill up very quickly. If we got there before 7:30am the entrance gates weren't even open and we got in for free. Park and ride is your best option for parking because even at 7:30 in the morning the parking lots at the trail heads were getting full. Park and ride buses come every few minutes and take you on a very short drive to your trailheads and back to your car. The adventure didn't end as we spent some lazy afternoons napping back at the house. We saw a group of elk come walking through the neighborhood right past the living room window. It was the highlight of the trip for my one year-old! This made planning our next trip to Estes Park very easy because we have the perfect cabin to return to each time.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review. I am so happy to know that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Two Pines. We have worked very hard to make sure our guests are comfortable and have everything needed to make a memorable vacation. It is so nice to know that our hard work has done what it was meant to do; make a memorable and enjoyable vacation for our guests who visit our beautiful mountain town. I hope you'll want to come back and stay again in the near future. Thank you again!
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Wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic! Great location, very considerate attention to details and extremely clean and well-kept. I would very highly recommend this property! My family of 6 were extremely comfortable and had ample room to cook, eat and just hang out together. We also made daily trips to Downtown Estes and RMNP.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the glowing review. We have worked very hard to make sure that our guests would have all the comforts of home during their stay at Two Pines. I am so glad that you and your family found my home to be a place to rest and relax after a day of shopping and hiking. I hope that you will want to come back and stay again at my home, next time you visit Estes Park. Thank you again! Have a great Summer!
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Golf
0.12 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Peak to Peak Scenic Highway/Hwy. 7
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Many restaurants
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Cross Country
Car: recommended

Estes Park offers many activities year around. Numerous festivals, craft fairs, horse shows, Scottish/Irish festival, elk bugling, the Aspen changing in the Fall, the Parade of Lights the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas Season, just to name just a few of the festivities throughout year in Estes Park. Too many to list here. Go to The Town of Estes Park website and take a look at the Estes Park Calendar of Events.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RATES, CANCELLATION POLICY, REFUNDS AND DAMAGE DEPOSITS: Rates from $250.00 per night. Rates depend on number of guests, Peak season rates start at $250.00.
Peak rates - May 15 -Oct. 15, 4 night minimum:$250.00 for up to 4 guests/$300.00:5-6 guests/$350.00: 7-8 guests.

10.55 % tax. Lodging tax implemented by the State of Colorado; total tax: 10.55%

Cancellation policy: Cancellation must be made 60 days prior to day of arrival in order to have deposit returned. Less than 60 days, no refund of deposit. If a cancellation is necessary due to illness and is less than 60 days, I am happy to rebook for another date of your choosing, depending on availability. Peak season: $50.00 cancellation fee will be charged. In case of death in family or traveler; full refund of deposit, no questions asked. LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: (BOOKINGS OF LESS THAN 45 DAYS BEFORE DATE OF ARRIVAL) IN CASE OF CANCELLATION OF LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: NO REFUND OF DEPOSIT. Attention: Last minute bookings: before clicking on the "Pay Now" button, please be sure that you will be able to make those dates. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Fully refundable damage deposit of $500.00 to $750.00, depending on number of guests and whether you travel with your dog. I HAVE HAD WONDERFUL GUESTS!!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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