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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 a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Francie Olson

I am a 65 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 Southwest

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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 four single beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
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

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Quiet Seclusion at a Working Ranch!
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews
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: Sep 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: Jul 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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Best stay of our trip

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I did a trip through the southwest starting in Sedona, AZ & ending in Durango, CO. This was my favorite VRBO. The ranch is out of the way and very peaceful. The cabin is beautiful. After each day of activities in the Durango/Mesa Verde area, we walked the ranch lane & viewed the horses and relaxed on the porch. The dogs were entertaining a visited us most days. If we are in the Durango area again, we would definitely try to book again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have you both and the hounds thought so too! Thank you for the great review. It is very appreciated but most of all that you had a wonderful vacation. Best, Francie
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  • 5 of 5

We were looking for some peace and beautiful scenery and we certainly were not disappointed at DH Ranch. The accommodations are exactly as depicted, if not better, and the daily visit from the dogs was a special treat. If the door wasn't already open, we would look up, and there would be those long faces gazing in at us. Amazing how they would know when it was breakfast time! Francie is so friendly, approachable, and the best hostess. We are going back in October and cannot wait. Please go visit her and her wonderful animal family. WE loved it!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda so very much for that lovely review. It brings me great pleasure that you had such a wonderful time as it makes my heart soar to have guests enjoy the beauty of HD Rancyh. I look forward to seeing you again this fall when the colors are magnificent. You are such a dear!!
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St James City, Florida

2nd trip as good as the first!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I had such a great trip this past summer that we came back to experience Colorado in the winter. It's even more beautiful than pictures can express. Francie & her hounds are awesome. Planning a 3rd trip again this summer, this time to celebrate my best friend's 60th birthday.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review and it is so much fun to have you both here this winter and so looking forward to your visit this June. The hounds and I await with big smiles and hugs. Francie
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing and perfect fall trip to this beautiful cabin. Just the feeling of peace and solitude is so refreshing. We can't wait to come back with our kids and let them run and play in the fresh country air!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Craig and Courtney. It was wonderful to meet you and so glad you had a good and relaxing getaway. Looking forward to seeing you again, Best, 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 quiant old town of Durango.


Rates & Availability

Hesperus House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $25

The pet rate is per night and per dog or cat. Thank you

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.

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