Charming Farmhouse Will Remind You of Your Grandmother's House
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Paonia farmhouse description
This lovely stone 4-bedroom house sits on a hill overlooking the town of Paonia, Colorado. Many who enter the farmhouse say it reminds them of their grandmother’s home. That might be accurate except that the house is powered by solar electricity and has wireless internet. Other descriptions of the house have been “calming,” “charming”, and a “place to heal heart and soul.” The views of this verdant valley make one want to take a deep breath.
With the exception of a microwave, the farm kitchen is fully equipped, including a variety of cookbooks. You can take your morning coffee out to the front porch swing, eat your lunch on the sun porch, and have a dinner at the long table by the wood fireplace in the dining room where there are also two overstuffed chairs that seem to attract people who have found a book in the farmhouse library they can’t put down.
We call this a “commercial-free” house because rather than subscribing to cable we have a substantial collection of DVDs and videos that range from the old classics such as Casa Blanca, The Great Escape, and Dr. Zhivago to some interesting current documentaries on organic farming, the developing world, and sustainable living. The owner’s library has over 300 books and is located on a two-sided sun porch which also houses over 40 happy house plants and a futon that can sleep two.
The second floor contains the four quiet bedrooms. The queen bed and the two double beds are in three roomy bedrooms, each with their own character, all having interesting views of the nearby farmland. The fourth bedroom is in a smaller room under the eaves and has a single bed for one adult or child. It overlooks the field where the neighbors train their sheepdogs for trials.
The house sits on in a corner of the four-acre farm. The owner is slowly reviving the farm from many years of fallowness by employing both permaculture and biodynamic principles. Outside the house are several kinds of flower and vegetable gardens, as well as an acre of alfalfa and an acre of 140 apple trees and a smaller orchard with a dozen kinds of fruit trees. There is also a three-story cob barn, a chicken house, a top bar bee hive, and two antique International Harvester trucks on the property.
This house would be a perfect place for a family reunion, a get away for several friends, or a writer’s retreat. It offers the opportunity to stay in a well-built 1930’s farmhouse and enjoy the pace of that same era.
Keywords: historic organic apple farm, gorgeous views, quiet peaceful retreat,
- Vacation Rental
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Wood Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Wireless Internet
- Mobile Phone
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Farm to Table dinner opportunities, winery tours, picnics, wild mushrooming, camping, Big B's juice factory, Cherry Days/Fourth of July community celebration, County Fair, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, Sheepdog trials, Three day community harvest celebration, Sandhill crane migration, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, autumn color vistas, Harvest Festival...moreless
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This house is not like my grandmother’s house
This house is not like my grandmother’s house
Overall, the house did not appear to be well maintained nor thoroughly cleaned before our visit. Please consider that our family may be more sensitive to cold and odor than some, and may also have higher expectations about cleanliness. We found mice droppings on the kitchen counter top the second night of our stay, as well as along the edges of all the rooms on the main floor. Mice did get into some of our food before we realized the problem. The owner knows of the mice problem but did not disclose this to us before we rented. There is also lots of dust in the corners and along baseboards of all the rooms, upstairs and down. The toilet seat in the downstairs bathroom is gross and even more gross is the small upstairs bathroom- worn, stained, and not well cleaned. The beds are also worn. We also smelled mold upon entering the enclosed porch and within the house. There is cat food in the laundry room, so I suspect a cat normally lives in the house. This is not an issue for us, but for anyone with dander allergies, be warned that the place is not cleaned very well and the upstairs is wall to wall carpet. We also had to remove from the dining room the largest black widow spider I have ever seen. This and several cob webs on the walls indicate an active presence of spiders. The note left by the owner specifically told us NOT to use the baseboard heaters, instead to use the fireplace downstairs and the space heaters upstairs. She did disclose later that the main floor has in-floor heat, but did not tell us that at the time, so it was a cold weekend. Two of the space heaters in the rooms are sealed gas and gave off such a strong odor we could not use them. The third heater is an oscillating fan but is so loud that it could not be used in the room. There was a definite smoke smell in the master bedroom when the fire in the fireplace was going, The house is cluttered with stuff everywhere, so much so that there was not much room on the main floor for the coats, purses, and bags we brought. Kitchen counter top space is limited. On the plus side, there is good internet access, a small dishwasher, and the view from the master bedroom is impressive. This house did not meet our expectations and we were glad to get home.
- Guest family traveler (United States)
- Date of stay 09/27/12
- Review Submitted 10/05/12
Owner response: Nancy, I'm truly sorry your experience was an unhappy one. I wanted to respond so that some of the information in your comment does not confuse future guests. There is a 4-year old, energy star-rated condensing gas boiler Buderas gas furnace that provides heat for the in-floor heating system on the first floor, as well as the south bedroom and bath upstairs, with thermostats on the walls for the guests to select their own comfort level of warmth. The remaining three bedrooms rely on electric heat which is provided by the solar system and back up electricity. I recommended that you use the stand alone heaters in those rooms to avoid the older wall heaters from giving off any dust that might cause discomfort. My instructions about the use of the fireplace were simply to make sure that the flue was opened and closed properly to avoid smoke in the house and/or warm air escaping up the chimney. But the fireplace is only for ambiance, not for heating the house. When the cleaning crew came in the day after you checked out, they found the wall heater in the four-poster bedroom on full blast, which might have contributed to your allergy situation, and the fireplace flue was open which might have contributed to a loss of heat on the first floor. I have two sons who spend a few weeks at the house. One is highly allergic to mold which gives him migraine headaches, and the other is highly allergic to cats. When I bought the house the inspector found one dollar sized patch of mold in the downstairs bathroom, so I took care to fully remediate the source of it and then I completely remodeled the entire bathroom. Thankfully, my son has not experienced any problems in staying in the house since that time. I suspect what you might have noticed when you walked in the sunporch was the earthly smell of the enclosed vermiculture bin, which is one of the permaculture activities that is part of the farm. And yes, since you were here for our Harvest Festival, it is the time of year when the cold nights drive some of the mice indoors. It is why we make sure that we sterilize all the utensils, glasses, and silverware prior to a guest coming. We wipe each shelf and drawer with diluted clorox water and then with peppermint oil, which mice detest. Thanks to your comments, I'll remind guests to only leave their food on the three free-standing counters which the mice cannot reach. A cat would help, but due to my son's allergy, there hasn't been a cat in the house since I bought it.
We've been to this house twice with groups of friends and each time, it feels like home as soon as we walk in the door. The kitchen is wonderfully set up to make cooking with multiple people a joy, and it is fully stocked with all the tools to make it easy. The farmsteads in the area have very good selections of vegetables and fruit which are the pride of the area's growers. There is a stunning view from every room. You can wake up with a view of the sunrise over mountains and go to sleep looking at stars. The sun porch gets visits from humming birds in the morning. The outside porch has a swing and is marvelous place to wake up and chill out. The house is spacious, each room has its own character, and it never feels crowded. It is close to Gunnison National Forest and Gunnison Canyon with many options for hiking and swimming, and the small towns in the area all have a charm almost completely untouched by tourism, and people are unbelievably friendly. I am already looking forward to my next visit!
- Guest Birgit (Brooklyn, NY)
- Date of stay 08/08/12
- Review Submitted 09/09/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Our Family Reunion
Our Family Reunion
We housed 10 people here, and 3 more outside in their own camper for our July family reunion. This house is definitely charming, comforting, and grandmothery, and it was easy to settle in and feel at home. The sunporch is a lovely place to spend time among greenery and books, with a fantastic mountain view and room for children to dash by, and even a table set up with jigsaw puzzles. There is a shady yard with a couple of big trees where we hung a string hammock (it was hard to separate grandpa from that!). There was a row of trees with sweet cherries for us to pick, and just up the road a beautiful irrigation ditch with a path for morning walks. Our destination thought was Paonia's Cherry Days, the festival that surrounds the 4th of July holiday. The carnival in the park was a little overwhelming and too grownup for our young children. So we retreated to some secluded swimming holes along the river, and took a day trip to Crested Butte by way of Lost Lake. We picked more cherries at Delicious Orchards, which is definitely worth a stop. The weather tended to get stormy in the afternoons, and there was no better place to watch a storm roll through the valley than on the covered porch of the farmhouse. We frolicked in the grass during the downpours, and saw rainbows, and had our tea. The valley around Paonia's a pretty nice place to vacation, but I think we would have been just as happy to stay home at this house.
- Guest river boat sandy (Colorado)
- Date of stay 07/03/12
- Review Submitted 07/29/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Nightly rate is $180 per night for first two people,$15 for each additional person Weekly rate starts from $1080 depending on number of people. Sixth night free. All rentals, nightly or weekly, have $100 cleaning fee. Taxes are about 3.6%
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: The owner is a mediator and therapist who lives half-time in Paonia and half -time in Carbondale, CO. She used to spend her summers on her grandparents' farm in Virginia. This house reminds her of those times. She plans to retire here. This property is teaching her how to be a farmer. She is writing a book entitled Contemporary Women Peacemakers: The Hidden Side of Peacemaking, which tells the stories of 45 women throughout the world. She is a member of an organization called Mediators Beyond Borders which sends small teams of people to countries that have requested assistance in building their conflict resolution capacity. She plans to use the proceeds from her VRBO rentals to fund her participation on one of these teams.
Why the Owner Chose Paonia:
Paonia is one of Colorado’s best kept secrets. It is on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, and you can see several different mountain ranges from the house. Currently it is best known for its large community of organic farms and wineries, but is also a community of miners, merchants, artists, writers, and enterprising folk. There are film festivals, Harvest festivals, Christmas festivals, and Cherry Days Festival on the Fourth of July. The local brewery, housed in an old church, and our various restaurants are a great place to meet locals and visitors alike. The community activities are unique and often showcase the substantial talent of the people who have chosen to quietly make their homes here. The people are friendly and keep themselves very healthy eating the local organically grown produce. One of the jokes about Paonia is that the only time we lock our cars is in September, because if you leave your car unlocked to go into the post office, you will find your back seat full of someone’s oversupply of zucchini.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
This is the perfect place for a getaway for friends or a writer's retreat or a family reunion. There is a very healing nature about the property that is hard to describe. Farming techniques include aspects of permaculture and biodynamic principles.
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