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Quiet Seclusion at a Working Ranch!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

If you're looking for a quiet getaway offering a more unique experience, the HD Ranch guest house is the place for you. This extremely charming 1200 square foot vacation rental home sits at the end of a mile-long driveway that cuts through 100 acres of pasture land. The guest house features a tastefully decorated master bedroom, living room, library and kitchen with a loft containing three additional beds.

Watch deer grazing in a nearby pasture while soaking in your private hot tub; wander through our exquisite flower garden; or simply kick back and enjoy the serenity. After unwinding, take advantage of some of the country's best mountain biking and hiking trails, white water rafting, fishing or one of Durango's exceptional dining experiences. Also great as a hunting base.

Also in the winter we have fantastic cross county skiing on the property or very close in the mountains, snow shoeing, dog sledding and skiing...

Colorado Sales Tax #27549510-000

Keywords: Guest House

More Details

Francie Olson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Francie Olson

I am a 68 year old woman who has been training horses and teaching horse back riding for 40 years now. I have this ranch for the love of horses and the beauty of Colorado. I am an avid hike and also breed Black and Tan Coonhounds who love to share their love for the many guests that come and visit

Francie Olson purchased this house in 2005

Why Francie Olson chose Hesperus

If you want a very unusual getaway and enjoy the beauty of this area with 360 degrees views of the mountains and mesas plus view much wildlife and of course the beautiful horses eating in pastures.

What makes this house unique

Everyone has told me that the guest house is much better than the pictures. You have your own deck to view the wildlife and a hot tub to watch the stars. Inside it is warm and inviting to relax. Everyone says they have never relaxed more than when they are here. Many enjoy walking the ranch and enjoying the views and horses.


Hesperus House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Loft - 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) and a loft with a tv sitting area and two single beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

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Quiet Seclusion at a Working Ranch!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews

Beautiful, clean, quaint, everything we had hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the cabin on the ranch! We wanted quiet, quaint, and nice and the cabin delivered! The hounds were a special "treat!" We had all our needs and wants meet and hope to go again !!

Thank you HD Ranch for our getaway!!


  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review and I am so happy that you had a wonderful time. Glad you also enjoyed the hounds as they ever so love the guests. I look forward to your return. Best, Francie
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The location and setting of the property is perfect! With beautiful views and close proximity to Durango, it makes for an ideal vacation spot. The cabin was clean and comfortable - had everything we needed. We enjoyed our stay and would love to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is a dream!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the HD Ranch. I'm so glad we chose to stay here instead of in town. Each time we went to Durango we always found that we were so excited to get back to the ranch and take a nightly walk to feed the horses. It was clean and quiet. You have a lot of privacy. Francie is very accommodating and the daily visits from the dogs were my favorite! You just can't duplicate that at a hotel. It's such a utopia. Plan on driving about 20-25 min to town.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review and it makes me so happy that you had a great time on your vacation. I can only keep this ranch because of my guests so I am so happy that I can share the beauty with you and the hounds and horses of course! Thank you again. Best, Francie
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Carmel, IN

Beautiful, unique cabin on a real horse ranch. Half way between Durango and Mesa Verde - fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I started using VRBO/HomeAway several years ago, and I must say, this is one of our all-time favorites. We loved the beautiful, well built little cabin, the scenery, the hound dogs, the horses, the peace and quiet - everything, and Francie is a great host. We were only able to stay three nights, but would definitely recommend this place, especially for a couple.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix AZ

Amazing peaceful gorgeous property

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Francie and her property. The guest house has everything you need and most of all it is quiet, peaceful, serene with gorgeous views. Easy access to anything you want to do in the area and the dogs are incredible they came everyday at least once for their treats. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed that the TV was upstairs and barely on the whole time we were there much nicer to enjoy the scenery, wildlife, stars and no outside stimulation really allows you to unwind. We would definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both very much for your wonderful review but most of all that you enjoyed your stay and vacation. That is the most important to me that I can share the beauty of this ranch with others! Thank you again and look forward to your return. Best, Francie
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We - my husband, my son, his girlfriend and myself - loved our stay at the guest house! Francie was extremely easy to work with. The cabin was immaculate and had everything we needed for our long weekend stay. We enjoyed watching the horses, visits from the dogs, viewing the sunsets from the deck, lounging in the hot tub and gazing at the stars. We took day trips to Telluride, Ouray and Silverton enjoying our drives through the mountains. And we ate in Durango - which is very close by - and did a rafting trip on the Animas River. I loved the isolation and quiet of the ranch and would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jill, Thank you so much for such a lovely review. I am so pleased that you had a wonderful time on your vacation and that HD Ranch helped make it so. Does my heart good to know! Thanks again, Francie
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Durango Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Kennebec Cafe
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Ft Lewis College Golf Course
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Silverton Durango Single Gauge Train
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US 160
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Kennebec Cafe
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hesperus Ski Hill, Durango Mt Resort 39 miles
Car: necessary

The ranch is located just 14 miles from Durango and the famous Durango Silverton train and many outdoor activities ie. rafting, fishing, hiking, walking, skiing, rock climbing, jeep tours, cross country skiing, cycling both mountain and road. Only 35 miles away is Mesa Verde National Park and you can also visit the four corners monument. From the ranch you can drive the Million dollar highway that takes you from Durango to Silverton to Ouray to Telluride and back to the ranch. I am an avid hike so I can inform you of many of the great trails in this beautiful mountain range. Also great shopping and dining in the quaint old town of Durango.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $125

Sorry no pets are allowed on the working horse ranch.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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