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The Retreat at Insmont - Historic Riverfront Property - Artist Retreat

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Last updated: 08/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Welcome to the Retreat at Insmont.

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. Our on sight property manager is responsible for monitoring access to the facility which is strictly enforced. Please see our rental agreement for information on guest limits, hosting unapproved social events and capacity restrictions for our property.

Keywords: Cabin, Bailey lodging, Riverfront, North Fork, fly fishing, angling, Waterfront


Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Historic Bunkroom: 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 2...moreless

  • Sunny Side Bedroom: 1 queen

    This Bedroom has been historically preserved...moreless

  • Riverside Bedroom: 1 queen

    Firm mattress ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo:

    Internet Music via the TV is available and Bose IPod Dock are available....moreless

  • Television:

    No cable, Internet TV via the internet for Hulu+ and Pandora or your Netflix account!!...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    The Retreat is a historic 117 year old home with a rich history....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    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

  • Water View:

    The Retreat is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The Retreat is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 15 people


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped Kitchen...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Does not have a dishwasher!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
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$195 $225
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Discounts: 7 nights or more: $180 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Taxes Not included


As our guest at the Retreat, please understand that the Retreat is not an event or social party hosting venue and is not to be used as such. All social events in excess of those identified in the rental request must be approved in advance due to the impact on our historic property. Please refer to our rental agreement for details regarding hosting of unapproved events and socials and on sight property management rental termination policy!

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 08/25/2015
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72 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver International Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bucksnort Saloon, Aspen Winery, Rustic Station
2.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 285
1.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cutthroat Cafe, Rustic Station, China Garden,
45 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Recommended

On sight property manager is responsible for ensuring guests comply with our rental use policies and strictly enforces access to the property for the security of our renters and the property. See our rental agreement for additional information related to guest and access to the property.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

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!

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Speaks: english

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  • Winter at the Retreat

    Winter at the Retreat

  • The end to a great weekend at the Retreat!!  87 and can still catch em !!!

    The end to a great weekend at the Retreat!! 87 and can still catch em !!!

  • Kitchen


  • The West Sitting Room and Entryway

    The West Sitting Room and Entryway

  • Sunrise Bedroom 2

    Sunrise Bedroom 2

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room 2

    Living Room 2

  • winter wonderland

    winter wonderland

  • Historic Bunkroom

    Historic Bunkroom

  • River bedroom 2

    River bedroom 2

  • Bathroom


  • Fall Snowstorms place a quiet on the area

    Fall Snowstorms place a quiet on the area

  • Breakfast of sorts!!

    Breakfast of sorts!!

  • Girls Weekend - June 2013

    Girls Weekend - June 2013

  • Sunrise Bedroom

    Sunrise Bedroom

  • Hunting for whales!

    Hunting for whales!

  • Fireplace


  • The Firepit

    The Firepit

  • Big fish.... Small river!!! Caught 100 feet from the Retreat!!!!

    Big fish.... Small river!!! Caught 100 feet from the Retreat!!!!

  • Twilight at the Retreat

    Twilight at the Retreat

  • River bedroom

    River bedroom

  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

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