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The Peace of the Mountains, minutes from downtown Boulder

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Charming enough for two, spacious enough for twelve

Our 4-story mountain retreat is charming enough for two and spacious enough for twelve

Imagine waking up on top of the world with the red orb of the sun rising over the expanse of plains that spread out before you. The mountains shine golden in the west, and the huge windows on every side bathe you in light. You slip on to the porch and into the hot tub to ease into the day. The golden experience continues in the sun-drenched kitchen. Out on the lawn there are wild deer grazing. They raise their heads to look at you as you walk by but do not run away. Nature has a certain harmony here.

Strategically located in a natural setting close to town it is your call if you travel ten minutes into all that Boulder has to offer, deeper into the wilderness to explore the Rocky Mountains, or just stay home and read, watch a movie or play pool with family and friends.

Master bedroom suite:

-King-sized suite

-recently renovated master bath includes bathtub, separate shower and bidet.

-Adjacent child's room with a twin bed.

-Two cribs avalible on request.

Downstairs Bedroom:

-queen canopy featherbed

-queen futon

-clawfoot bathtub

-breathtaking mountaintop views

Third Bedroom

-antique canopy bed

-full bathroom

The Fourth-story bedroom ('Golden Dragon Room')

-queen bed with natural latex matress and wool topper

-huge windows on all sides with gorgeous mountain views

-large walk-out deck to the outdoor hot tub overlooking Boulder Valley, the surrounding foothills, and the high country mountain peaks

Sun-filled kitchen with breathtaking views from large windows, marble coutertops, indoor breakfast area, and outdoor deck. Adjacent dining room offers additional seating.

Cozy living room with fireplace and views of the backrange. Wi-fi and movies avaliable.

Sunroom has an additional hot tub and warms the house with passive solar heat. The house is set on ten acres and bordered by open space and BLM land.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Jennifer

We came to Boulder after searching far and wide for the right place for us. After our third and fourth children were born we moved just up the road but we maintain a close relationship to the property through our sheep and alpacas who still live there.

Jennifer purchased this house in 2003

Why Jennifer chose Boulder

We love this house for its location. At once we feel peaceful and in nature, but if we forget something at the store we are close enough to run back to it. All the benefits that go with being in a university town have kept us here.

What makes this house unique

The house won us because it is really solid. All the wood and light really set it apart from all the others we looked at and the south-facing exposure with all the views made us feel on top of the world.


Sunshine Canyon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Second Guest Room - toilet , shower
    Main Floor - toilet , Powder room on main floor
    Master - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Bright, new, and spacious with fabulous private views.
    Downstairs Bath - tub , shower , Downstairs bedroom includes clawfoot tub with handshower
  • Master bathroom is newly remodeled with tub, separate shower, private toilet and bidet. Stupendous private views. Fourth-story Golden Dragon Room shares Master Bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Suite - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Generous master suite with porch and adjacent child's room
    Sunny Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Amazing private views, canopy bed, sitting area, and futon.
    Golden Dragon Room, 4th story - 1 queen , Windows on all sides, large top deck and hot tub
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double , Anique canopy bed, huge closet, private shower bathroom
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full-size pull-out sofa
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Personal chef and in house massage avaliable on request


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

The Peace of the Mountains, minutes from downtown Boulder
average rating of 4.6571426 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful house and location; great experience with homeowners

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here with my family of 4 (wife and two kids), plus several other couples. The location is fantastic - about 5 miles from the heart of Boulder and a bunch of great hiking areas. There's even a small hiking area just across the road. The sunrises are awesome.

The house is very nice and worked well for us. Very spacious with plenty of areas to sleep that offer adequate privacy if you're not in a bedroom (the living room area is on the opposite side of the house from the kitchen; isolated enough is you have courteous housemates!). It's an older home, but kept up well.

The primary contact Jennifer was fantastic to deal with. We had two hiccups in the stay, one of them being a forest fire our first night!, and with both of them Jennifer was very proactive in communicating with us. She made sure we had anything we needed and made the situation "right".

Overall, our experience was great and if we end up back here with a large group again we would definitely consider coming back!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, spacious, accommodating for large groups

  • 4 of 5

A group of women gathered for the weekend for my sister's bachelorette party & we had an amazing time! Plenty of room for sleeping, enough bathrooms (!), spacious kitchen, 2 hot tubs, great hiking across the street, a quick LYFT to Boulder for a night out. No complaints here!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, scary drive

  • 4 of 5

Tons of space, lots of extra towels/linens, cool layout. We were a little disappointed to find that the big wall of windows can only be seen if you're in the hot tub room. The dragon room is really cool and the views from the balcony are fantastic! The drive to the house is super windy, steep and hard to navigate at night. I'm sure the only way to get to a house this secluded is to take this type of road but thought it was worth mentioning. Being from Texas where all the roads are straight and flat, we got a little nervous and car sick :-) Owners were unable to meet us but we figured most things out using the very informative binder they left. Overall, it was a great experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect mountain retreat for our wedding weekend

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely stunning location and a cool, quirky mountain house to match it. We stayed here with our wedding party and it was perfect. The hosts were extremely accommodating from letting us check in a little early and giving us a full walk through the house to being very responsive throughout the entire stay. One morning the water heater wasn't working and they arrived to take a look within 15 minutes and had it fixed later that day while we were out. The drive up the road was a bit further from Boulder than we expected but its completely worth it for the setting you get to stay in.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location, you are in the mountains but close to downtown Boulder. Access to great hiking! Beautiful views! Fun Hot tub on the top deck. Cozy home, great for a larger group!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, but could use some maintenance

  • 3 of 5

The home is very spacious and located in an absolutely beautiful area just 5 miles outside of Boulder, Co. It was a good fit for my large group, however, there are quite a few areas of the house that could use some maintenance.

For starters, there were 3 refrigerators, 2 regular size and one mini. The two larger fridges did not work, so we needed to play a bit of tetris and stuff food for 10 into the mini fridge. On top of that, most of the light bulbs were out, the oven did not function, the DVD player did not work, and the blender had a large crack in it (not a huge deal but we did lose a batch of daiquiris!). There are two really nice hot-tubs, however the outdoor tub had some issues and it took us about a day to look up the manual online and fiddle with the switches in the house to get it to heat up.

A couple of other notes worth mentioning- there are lots of stairs so be prepared for a workout! A great warm-up to some of the surrounding hikes. There are 3 or 4 decks which provide plenty of options for lounging outside. We found ourselves moving from one to the other as the sun moved throughout the day. One deck has a couple of hammock seats that I found myself using quite often.

Overall, Jennifer was very polite and a easy host to deal with. I would recommend staying here if you have a big group, are looking to spend a lot of time outdoors, and aren't too concerned with luxury accommodations.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had a chance since the very busy month of July to address all of the snags that were listed here, both hot tubs are up and running and a new fridge with an ice maker is in the kitchen. We have also become more thorough with our inspection of light bulbs, which had been easy to miss as we clean during the day. Also, we have replaced the DVD player that had had its cord severed in the door of the hutch, and the leaky blender! Thanks much for this post to keep us on our toes and addressing things as they come up.
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Hungry Toad
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Flatirons Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Hwy 36
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Sherpa's Nepalese Restaurant
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
Eldora Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Boulder Reservoir
Car: recommended

The weather is one of the greatest things about being in the front range, so don't forget your walking shoes! You will be right across the street from Bald Mountain Scenic area and just a short walk from its spectacular views at the top! Just seven minutes down the road are more fabulous trails.

The house is bordered by a sheep and alpaca farm so don't be surprised to see these curious animals welcoming you from over the fence.

Historic Pearl street is just at the foot of the hill, a fun and colorful 'walking mall' where street performers abound.

For a more serene mountain experience try Lake Brainard where Elk and Moose live and snow can be seen in the middle of the summer. Great for all levels of hiking, it is also a hot spot for fly fishing.

You can access Rocky Mountain National Park by taking the award-winning Peak-to-Peak highway only thirty minutes up the road. It also takes you over to the mountain town of Nederland and the slopes and cross-country trails of Eldora Ski Resort.

Back in town don't miss the Colorado Shakespeare Festival which runs in the summer, or concerts at Chautautaqua.

It is said that there are more restaurants in Boulder per capita than in New York City. True or not there are certainly an incredible amount good restaurants!

Just at the bottom of the hill, the Boulder Recreation Center offers fitness and swimming, tennis and drop-in classes.

The Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield and the Denver Aquarium offer great indoor activities in the unusual event of a cloudy day.

Whether your interests are recreational, culinary, cultural, or outdoors, you will have it all nearby your comfortable vacation home.


Rates & Availability

Sunshine Canyon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 4.8%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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