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Jill Johnson

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Close, Updated, Multi-Level Home with Floor-Ceiling Windows

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Estes Park House Rental Photos and Description

Unique home has 4 bedrooms 2 bath with mountain and town views

Some of the unique features of this home are two gas fireplaces, one in the living room which is elevated and one on the lower level which has recessed seating. Beautiful floor to ceiling windows to allow amazing unobstructed views. Home has been remodeled and updated to include modern conveniences, limited parking, updated beds and tiled bathrooms. BBQ grill on patio for enjoying the outdoors. Home has air conditioning for warm summer days. WIFI and cable/satellite TV.

There is a 3 car maximum at the property.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jill Johnson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Jill Johnson

Home was recently purchased and the owners set about making this property nice and updated. New paint, window coverings, beds, furniture, linens, towels, kitchen supplies, etc were just some of the upgrades. The parking was limited and has been expanded. We would love to have you come stay at our home.

Jill Johnson purchased this house in 2012

Why Jill Johnson chose Rocky Mountain National Park

This property has unique attributes of the recessed seating with the fireplace as well as the amazing windows/view. We saw alot of potential in this property and hope others will also.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My family and I stayed at the Little Bear Lodge and had one of the most fantastic vacations possible. Not only does this house have fantastic mountain views, but is in perfect walking distance to shopping and dining in Estes Park. On the back side of the house are large windows that allow for the aforementioned amazing view. Everyone morning a herd of deer walked behind the house, and our family had an mazing vantage point to watch them wander by! At night, the twinkle of downtown lights are visible but at no time did we ever feel crowded by the proximity to downtown. This house is perfect for one family, and can easily accommodate two. There are also two really cool gas fireplaces that offer a unique gathering point. This was seriously the best place to end a day of hiking or shopping and I cannot wait to go back!
Mar 2013
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Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)
Close, Updated, Multi-Level Home with Floor-Ceiling Windows
average rating of 4.428571 based on 8 reviews

Very bright, great views, great location but a little dated

  • 4 of 5

Very nice, bright and well lit place with great views and location. Terrifically well stocked kitchen that had everything that we could need. Photos don't do the views and the Windows justice. There were deer and elk in the yard most days and we were only yards from town. Only issues were we were directly uphill from town which was hard on my parents in their 70s so we had to drive down to town and parking in Estes Park in the summer is a drag. If you're not with elderly or too young kids that's should be no problem. The other issue is the place is probably 30 years old and the kitchen and feel for the place was old. Also only two bathrooms. But overall it was really quite nice.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

We had our family Thanksgiving at the house. The house is really beautiful and worked perfectly for three small families (8 people total). The loft was perfect for the kids and the rest of us fit into the bedrooms. We LOVED the main floor raised fireplace. The location of the house was great, with easy access to downtown. The views are fantastic. We saw some wildlife and the Christmas lights of the Stanley and downtown Estes Park.

We appreciated the varied sitting areas, which made it easy to stay quiet during naptime or after the kids went to bed. The kitchen is well stocked with pans and utensils, and we were able to cook a few meals without issue.

Parking was a little tight, but we got 3 cars in the spots (a van, SUV, and crossover). The neighbors also seemed very friendly, which isn't always the case for a VRBO.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views & location but needs updating

  • 3 of 5

Of all the houses we've ever rented, this one may have offered the best views. We especially enjoyed looking out the large windows & seeing wildlife during the day & the lights of the town at night. The location also can't be beat. We were right up the hill from the town's only donut shop (which we went to almost every day) & only a minute's drive to the center of town. It was also only a 10 or 15 minute drive to two of the entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park. However, the house is in need of updating. Some of the furnishings were broken (a bar stool, tray table) & the couch was stained. The downstairs bathroom is very small & the seating area on that level is completely uncomfortable. In the photo, it looks like there's a sunken couch, but in reality, it's just a depression in the floor. So unless you are comfortable sitting on the floor, this sitting area is unusable. The living room does not offer enough seating. Even my family of 4 had difficulty sitting comfortably together in that room. Neither my husband nor I seemed to be able to get a good night's sleep--partially because of the bed, partially due to to amount of light that comes in, & also due to the lack of ventilation. Very frustrating that there's so many large windows but only the tiny ones at the bottom open. While the price of this rental was the lowest we'd ever paid, we wished we had spent a little more & stayed at a more comfortable, more updated house.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly what we envisioned and more!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is super cozy, comfortable and accommodating. Only thing I would request is that the front door know to the house be fixed. It was very hard to lock/unlock. Otherwise, perfect location, great views and wonderful experience for all ages.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The only negative I have was parking. We knew it was tight so we managed to get there In two cars but we actually needed to be able to park three.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Larger than expected

  • 4 of 5

The house itself is larger than we expected, which is great when you are traveling with 10 people. We had plenty of space for all of our belongings and sleeping space. The view is beautiful. Every morning we woke to find a different type of wildlife in the backyard. We were able to see more wildlife in the backyard than we did in the mountains. The house is close to everything in town, so close our teenagers walked to town and back several times. The house is located on a quiet street that does not have high traffic. The second bathroom is small, but for a vacation rental if served its purpose. The kitchen is small and could use a little updating, don’t expect to have more than one or two people in the kitchen at once. If someone were cooking, another person trying to wash dishes and a third needed to fix a drink... someone had to step out. My biggest complaint is the living room area... the house itself is really great, however there is not enough sitting area for 8-10 people in the living/dining area. When we were all at the house together if everyone wanted to kick back and relax after a long day of adventures a few of us would have to go to our rooms and sit on our beds because of the lack of sitting space in the living room. This can be a very simple fix... by utilizing the living room space more efficiently with comfy furniture that provides seating for more people. There are other small sitting areas throughout the house that works well if you want to sit alone. We could not figure out how to work the a/c nor could we locate the air mattress, and property manger was kind enough to come to the house at 11 at night to help us. We had to call for a few other things, and he was kind and helpful every time. The house is well maintained, the master bath is large, private patio on the front and back porch were great little hang outs for us. The kids loved hiking up and down the hill behind the house. I would think most people visiting this area will spend most of their time outdoors. This house is a great deal and worth the rate charged. Yes, a few minor things could be tweaked... but nothing major. I would recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the well considered feedback on your recent stay at Little Bear. Your comments are very helpful. We agree- the living area did need some more furnishings. And the limited working / shopping season in Estes Park made it difficult to get to the “just right” pieces that we wanted for the house- until last week. A hickory rocker and chair, along with a pine stool have now been added to the Living Room- all pieces that fit with the character of the house- and are comfortable for end of day gatherings. Re: Kitchen. We were not part of the planning process in 1964, but the architect created an efficient, well planned kitchen that adheres to the rule of “too many cooks. . .” While not readily expandable, we agree that an update to the “look” is due and is in our future plans. Until then, it is very functional, just a wee bit homely. Re: A/C. We have attached the A/C remote control to the wall (with Velcro). All you have to do is- remove the remote, point, push the button, and the A/C comes alive. Setting options should be obvious, but the operation manual is on the wall too now. Regarding the air mattress. I think this note may need to be added to the website: “Please let the property manager know if you need accessory items- like the inflatable mattresses- before you arrive, and those will be removed from the locked closet.” That will obviate the need for everyone to visit with our friendly PM. We are attempting to provide the best experience for everyone who visits. Over the past 8 months we have owned the house, we installed a new (insulated) standing seam metal roof, a tank-less continuous flow water heater, significant electrical system upgrades, expanded the parking area, created stone steps down to the back yard, new insulated operable windows, and fresh exterior stain finish, etc. We wish you to feel it is your home away from home each time you visit Estes Park, and we will continue to work to make it so.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Estes Park 18 Hole
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Union Station
Nearest Motorway
55 Miles
Interstate 25
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Molly B's
Car: recommended

House is located near Amusements for kids including go-karts, giant slide, bumper cars, climbing wall, etc. Also brewery, putt-putt, farmers market (seasonal), shopping and restaurants all within walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Estes Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 peak
May 15 2016 - Oct 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 12.55%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Estes Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom 1 is on the main level off the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom 2 is on the lower level
  • Both Bathrooms are tiled and towels are provided
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom on Main Level has sitting area and Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 2 is in the Loft
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bedroom 3 is on the Lower Level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Bedroom 4 is on the Lower Level
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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