"We chose this home because we had been to the Ceran St.Vrain trailhead before and knew how lovely the area is. In the summer, the trail is a great retreat from the hot sun. There is an area right at the start of the trailhead that kids will slide along the smooth rocks of the river and splash in the pools of water- water can be cold, but the surrounding rocks warm you up! The trail itself is a mostly shaded, easy to moderate, walk along the river/creek. Fishing is good, we caught several small, brown trout. Bikes are welcome on the trail, but rock and tree roots make for a very technical ride.
We wanted to have a getaway in the mountains to experience the fall colors, and the beauty exceeded our expectations. With the Peak to Peak Highway minutes away, this was a great location to explore from Nederland to Estes and everywhere in between.
The home was spacious and comfortable for our family of 9. Game night around the table, or charades in the main room, fit us all perfectly. However, the bed situation was a bit difficult- only 2 bedrooms. The third bedroom is also the laundry room. There is only one, comfortable queen bed, and if you have more than one couple, it may be a let down. The second queen is a couch, pull-out with a super thin, uncomfortable mattress. All other beds are twin. A couple of the kids slept outside, and loved it! Without a neighbor in sight, you feel very private and secluded.
The hot tub was a highlight. Super relaxing after the hikes, drives and bike rides!
Drinking water was delicious, even right out of the tap. We brought bottled water, but ended up bringing it back.
Made a fire both outside and inside - but had no matches at the home, so we were creative in getting the fires lit. The fires warmed us up in the crisp fall air!
We are already dreaming of the next visit!
Note: Before we arrived, we were a bit hesitant, because 3 days before arrival we had not been contacted by either the owner or the property manager regarding our stay. We had our confirmation email and house rules, but no verbal contact had been made. We had to make that first call. It just made us not feel secure in what the weekend would hold when we would arrive. But, we did get a hold of the owner. He was delightful to speak with, and our stay was wonderful."
Date of Stay: September 2014
Review Submitted: September 24, 2014