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Our 117 year old historic retreat is located approximately 45 miles from Denver via Hwy 285 and 2.1 miles south of the town of Bailey. The 1700sf retreat was originally built in 1898 and its history served as the Insmont General Store and Post Office, Depot for the Colorado Southern and Pacific Railroad, private home and art studio of a local Denver Painter and now our family mountain retreat.
The retreat is a truly inspirational home situated a stones throw from the North Fork of the South Platte River and nestled in the solitude of the Pike National Forest. The sound of the river rapids are heard year round and sweeping views of the river and mountains to the west make for some of the best sunsets in the area. It is understandable why our retreat is the perfect location for writers, artists, lovers, hikers, anglers, and all those who seek intimate sanctuary and solitude from city life. You will be surrounded by nature, tall pines, firs, wildflowers, deer, elk, wild turkeys, small mammals, fox, a variety of native birds and the picturesque beauty of a meandering river below a mountainside backdrop.
Over the past 7 years we completed the preservation of our historic retreat. Although it’s not a true “historic preservation”; painstaking efforts were taken to preserve the property the best we could, yet incorporate some modern comfort conveniences too. If you are looking for the quality of a luxury hotel, the retreat is probably not for you as it is still rustic! The Retreat is ideal for enjoying the view while soaking up the morning sun over a cup of coffee. The large fireplace perfect for sipping brandy in the evenings or reading a new novel. The main eating area is grounded by a large 12 foot farm table and chairs which is perfect for hosting large group dinners or crafting your favorite art project. Off of the main living room is the entryway and reading room with two cozy reading chairs, vaulted ceiling and an amazing view of the river and the mountains to the west. It is common to view Elk, deer and other wildlife in the meadow from this room.
NOTE: Due to the historic nature of our property, and to limit physical impact to the property; we do not typically accept reservations for guests wanting to host large gatherings, special events, weddings or social events.
Mountain Activities near the Retreat include:
• Jeeping Grants Pass, Hall Valley, Redcone Peak, Guanella Pass and others. • Hike the nearby Colorado Trail, South Twin Cone Peaks, Platte Peak, Payne Benchmark. • Fishing our stretch of river regularly produces native and raised trout in excess of 20” • Additional fishing can be done at Wellington Reservoir, Anglers can fish in the river below or go to Boxwood Gulch, Cheesman Reservoir, Blue River, Long Meadow, or along the South Platte and along Bear Creek. • Drink a morning coffee riverside outside of the retreat! • Stargazing is some of the best in the area!!
Special Events worth noting include:
• The Bailey Hundo Mountain Bike Race June 16th-18th • Colorado Burning Man is less than a mile from the Retreat • Bailey Days Festival • Insmont Artist Retreats
PLEASE NOTE: Pets are allowed by exception only at the Retreat and must be approved by the owner prior to booking your reservation. This is strictly a non-smoking property. We do allow campfires in our designated fire pit when burn restrictions are not enforced.
Must be at least 25 to rent and photo ID such as Driver's License or Passport may be required.
Must be at least 25 to rent and photo ID such as Driver's License or Passport may be required prior to rental confirmation. Renter must be on-site at the property during the reservation dates....moreless
A Jack-n-Jill style bathroom shared between both bedrooms...moreless
The bathroom includes an original 1800's claw foot bathtub with hand shower, view of the river, Tuscan style vanity!
NOTE: that the bathtub and hands shower can be a challenge for older guests to navigate!...moreless
Internet Music via the TV is available and Bose IPod Dock are available....moreless
No cable, Internet TV via the internet for Hulu+ and Pandora or your Netflix account!!...moreless
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The Retreat is a historic 117 year old home with a rich history....moreless
The Retreat is located in the Pike National Forest and is surrounded by rolling hills and views of the Continental Divide to the west....moreless
The Retreat is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River....moreless
The Retreat is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River...moreless
As our guest at the Retreat, please understand that the Retreat is not an event hosting venue and is not to be used as such. All social events in excess of 10 persons must be approved in advance due to the impact on our historic property.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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About the owner: As life long Colorado natives, we take full advantage of our little retreat in Bailey to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We originally purchased the retreat in 2007 after a searching the state for a perfect mountain property that was close to Denver, had mountain views, was located in a National Forest and most importantly, was located on a river or lake. As you can imagine, those properties are rare and expensive to say the least!
Why the Owner Chose Bailey: The Retreat is one of the most intimate, charming rare one-of-a-kind, historic homes in the Bailey area. It has it all, mountains, solitude, history, waterfront, National Forest and clean mountain air. If the 3 bears really did have a home.... this storybook property would be it!!
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: You would never know you are only 60 minutes from Denver!