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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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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
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Carol McSwain
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016
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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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Two Pines on Shady Lane-A new Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Two Pines on Shady Lane is our new Home Away from Home. We have been visiting Estes Park for years. We have done VRBO's for just as long. This property is a 5 star property. The house is so inviting, cozy and spotlessly clean. There is nothing that has been left out. This house is as if you picked up and moved and never skipped a beat. As you approach Twin Pines you notice how well kept the house is. The front patio and deck offer multiple seatings for anyone intresting in just sitting and watching nature go by. As you enter the front door you have the option to go up to the main living area or down to the basement. The main living area is beautifully decorated and cumilates with a stone fire place. The living area has plenty of seating for a large party but reamins cozy enough for just a romantic couple. The open kitchen is abundent with anything that you may need to make a large family dinner or just boil some water for tea. The island offers more seating while the dining area continues the openness of this property. Large windows invite the sun yet offer enough privacy to feel comfortable. All the bedrooms are perfect in size with a king size bed in the master. Lots of storage space to put your luggage away and settle in for a long stay. The bathroom is well decorated and offers a rejuveenating shower. The lower levels offers access to the office and the downstairs living area. A foosball table and popcorn machine make movie night that much more entertaining. The outside firepit gives you the ability to enjoy the weather and mother nature at her finest. One after noon, there were eleven bulls resting behind the property. Two Pines on Shady Lane is a superb property and was almost too mcuh for me, my wife and our two small dogs. We will certainly be returning. Thanks for an amazing stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Two Pines. My daughter and I have worked very hard to make Two Pines a place to which our guests will want to return year after year. I am so glad that we have accomplished what we set out to do. Thank you again and I look forward to having you back for your next visit to Estes Park. Have a great holiday season! Sincerely, Carol McSwain Owner, Two Pines on Shady Lane
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As comfortable as being in your own home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Two Pines on Shady Lane and we plan to stay here again! Everything has been thought of to make your stay enjoyable and stress free. It's in a quiet neighborhood near the golf course where you can hear the bugling at dawn and dusk. We also had a lot of deer and other wildlife in the yard or strolling through the yard daily. The men really enjoyed the popcorn popper and TV in the lower level when there was a football game to watch. Our stay was the first week of October so we experienced from warm weather to cold and snow, it was all so beautiful! Sitting in front of the fireplace with a 'warm drink' while listening to the wind blowing through the trees outside made for relaxing evenings after a day of sightseeing & tours. What you must see or do when visiting Two Pines on Shady Lane & Estes, Stanley Tour, horseback riding, go out to eat, more shopping, RMNP - hiking & drives to see wildlife, go out to eat again - Estes Park has a lot of wonderful restaurants! Don't miss this gem when looking for a home away from home on your next trip to the mountains!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you for such a glowing review. I am so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at my home. It's nice to know that all of my hard work to make sure my guests have an enjoyable and memorable stay and will want to come back to stay again and again. I look forward to having you back for your next vacation in Estes Park. Thank you again!
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Perfect home for the calm before our daughters wedding!

  • 5 of 5

Two Pines was the easiest and smartest thing we decided on when planing our daughters wedding in Lyons. Carol makes you feel very comfortable in her home and there is not one thing you could possibly need that is not provided. I even got to bake a chocolate cake for a family members birthday and every utensil that I would need was in the kitchen. Not to mention the large kitchen and dining area that we used for preparing last minute goodies for the wedding!

Also loved that she allows small dogs so I was able to bring my perfect pooch with us. While taking her out at night, I could hear the amazing sounds of Elk nearby like horns blowing in the wind. I would have loved to experience the gas fire pit and grill out back, but after hiking and experiencing the mountains all around us during the day, we were exhausted at night! The Rocky Mountain National Park is a short drive away and town is even closer, maybe 5 minutes. We were there during Elk Festival so a little crowded in town but Two Pines is a few minutes away so not a problem at all.

This home is perfect if you like peace and quiet at night after a long day of exploring (or wedding organizing). I recommend it for families because most of the bedrooms (3) are on the same floor as the kitchen and family room. I would love to go back and enjoy more of the area and especially the horseback riding in the park. Sounds perfect to me!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Two Pines. I hope that you will want to come back very soon. Thank you again!
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Heavenly Accommodations in Estes Park

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been traveling full time for 3 years. We have stayed in a variety of accommodations and KNOW when we have a GEM. This is a very comfortable home close to downtown Estes Park that is beautifully furnished, fully stocked, and tastefully decorated. Our family reunion was a huge success in part because everyone felt right at "home". We spent cool nights around the outdoor fire pit, grilled steaks on the outdoor gas barbecue, read books on the deck in the morning, had all the kitchen essentials to make our meals, and retired at night on comfortable mattresses with plush bedding. There is plenty of space to spread out with a downstairs office and separate tv room. There are 2 full baths with thoughtfully supplied soaps and toiletries. We appreciated the coin operated laundry on premises as well. The owner of this accommodation as thought of everything to make guest feel special and comfortable. We would not hesitate to book this again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For the first time in a long time, you have left me ALMOST speechless! Thank you for such a wonderful and glowing review! I am always so delighted to read when my guests enjoyed their stay at Two Pines. However, your review tops them all! I love the heading that you put down, "Heavenly Accommodations in Estes Park." What a lovely heading! Really so nice! Thank you again for such a wonderful review. I look forward to having you visit Two Pines again in the future. With the holidays coming up before we know it, I hope ya'll have a great holiday season! (I used to live in Texas. I just couldn't help myself. Lol!) God bless, Sincerely, Carol McSwain
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The home and owner were fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely happy with the accommodations and the owner. Everything was as expected. Carol seen that everything was perfect. She was very responsive if we had questions or problems which were few. We had a microwave go out and she had us a new one the same morning she was notified. She truly cares about her guests and her home. The only negative was the time was to short.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. I have worked very hard to make sure that my guests have a comfortable and memorable time while visiting Estes Park. I do value my guests and am so grateful for guests like you. I have wonderful guests! I hope that you will want to come back and stay again sometime in the future. Have a great holiday season!
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Wonderful Home with all the Amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in September 2016:

Beautiful home with everything you need for a home away from home experience!

Highly recommend this place, and we hope to stay here again!

Great location, about 1.5miles from downtown Estes Park, very easy to find and get to.

Approximately 5.0 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitors Center for the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hiked through Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, and up to Emerald Lake....amazing sites and views everywhere! If you are exiting the park around

5:30p - 7p watch for Elk! It was rutting season and they were plentiful! Also walked around Estes Park Lake and saw elk there and on the

golf course!

Very amazing rock shop called Red Rose Rock Shop about 2.3 miles away - go there! :D

The Safeway grocery store was about 1.0 mile away, very convenient.

Due to it's very convenient location, you will hear some cars going by, it is not extreme nor hugely distracting, just be aware that you will hear them.

Very well stocked kitchen - all the things you need to make great home cooked meals (including lasagna :). It has a full refrigerator with ice maker, electric range and oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, and microwave.

There were great instructions in the home to help you utilize the gas fireplace, gas firepit, and the gas / charcoal grill.

There was a fire ban in Estes Park, so no wood fires, but the gas firepit was very lovely.

Didn't utilize the popcorn maker, but it looked like fun!

The washer and dryer were super helpful to have on hand! Bring your quarters, it was $1.25 to wash and $1.25 to dry (better than some laundromats).

Wifi worked very very well, even in the driveway!

Super comfortable home, you can tell it is well cared for! It was very tastefully decorated, not over the top, just enough to feel like home.

Every interaction with Ms. McSwain was wonderful, very informational, professional, prompt, and friendly!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us!!

P.S. - There was a female elk that walked right in front of the driveway one morning and a few nights we heard coyotes howling, very very cool! Also saw some tracks in the driveway from wildlife activities over night :)

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a great review! Thank you so much for your stellar review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at my home. I have worked very hard to make my home a place that my guests will want to return and after reading your review, it looks like I have accomplished what I set out to do. Thank you again for such a nice review. I look forward to having you back again in the future. Have a great holiday season!
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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

Estes Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 16 2016 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.55%

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RATES, CANCELLATION POLICY, REFUNDS AND DAMAGE DEPOSITS: Rates from $250.00 per night. Rates depend on number of guests, during 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/$325.00: 7-8 guests.
Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years Eve are peak rates. Off-peak rates:3 night minimum/$225.00:up to 4 guests/ $250.00:5-6 guests/$300.00:7-8 guests. During off-peak season, Oct. 16 - May 14, no discounts of any kind unless advertised.
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. During 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!!

Off-peak season begins Oct. 15 of each year and ends May 14 of each year. Peak season is from May 15 to Oct. 15 each year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years rates are same as peak.

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Estes Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
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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