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Best Lake & Mountain Peak Views of Rocky Mountain National Park

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 11-14)

NOTE: Recently renovated March 2014!

In summer be mesmorized by the light of the full moon glistening across the lake in a golden path right up to your window.In Winter, spend the Holidays enjoying the Magic of the glistening snowflakes tenderly falling on the lake and mountains while the glow of the wood burning fireplace warms your soul.

Enjoy the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains and Grand Lake from this beautiful chalet-style home overlooking Shadow Mountain Lake and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Maximize your time outdoors on the HUGE upper and lower decks, both overlooking Shadow Mountain Lake. Or spend a lazy afternoon lounging in the hammocks while reading your favorite novel. In Winter, nestle up on the couch with your favorite book or read a story to your family as the wood burning fireplace glows with warmth as the snow gently falls out the window wall in the living room.

We are just four minutes from the town of Grand Lake and the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake provides a classic 'old west' town ambiance and fun for the whole family. From there you can enjoy the shops, restaurants, mini-golf, guided horseback riding, guided and unguided snowmobile and ATV rentals, go-carts, bumper boats and more. Walk to the marina and rent a boat from this gorgeous lake home with panorama views of the lake and mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to an abundant wildlife population including elk, deer, moose, bears, porcupines and foxes (many of these pass through the rental property as well). Miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails are accessible from the entrance to the park.

Trail Ridge Marina is just 100 yards down the road and offers pontoon and sport-boat rentals. You can also snowmobile across the lakes in the winter! Book early as this is a year round vacation rental with strong rental history and repeat renters.

There is no better place to spend vacation or the holidays than in the mountains of Colorado.

NOTE: We DO NOT allow gatherings or events (family reunions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, etc.) of any kind to take place in our home. The home is restricted to the specific number of guests staying in the home that we approve and can accommodate for sleeping. We receive multiple inquiries as such so want to provide notification here to help save you time in your vacation rental search.


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Joe Penta
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

Why Joe Penta chose Northwest

Views of the Lake and the Mountains right from this home and of course the beauty of nature all around with wildlife that comes through the neighborhood. Also, the ease of access to Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park and the Arapahoe Nat'l Forest and all the trail systems added to the convenience of this location. And downtown Grand Lake is only a few minutes away so it is easy to get anything you might need at the store.

What makes this house unique

The lake view and the feeling of being right on the water from the living room or deck. You can throw a stone in the water from here. Our guests write about seeing rainbows, thunderstorms, full moon glows coming across the lake. I like to shut off all the lights in the home and just look at the moon reflect on the lake as it looks like a path of gold light coming right up to you. The alpenglow on the mountains in the early evenings is ever changing so don't take your eyes off of it for a minute. Priceless!

Guestbook comments from the owner

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Excuse my caps, but this happens to be the absolute most BEAUTIFUL place I've ever been my entire life! Extremely clean and to be honest, the photos do not do their view any justice. Sitting out on the deck while eating dinner, watching the sunset, and overlooking the Rockies is probably my fondest memory. We drove Trail Ridge Road in it's entirety which I highly recommend. We will definitely be back!

Response from Owner:

WOW, Thanks a Million for such an AWESOME review Denise, We are THRILLED you enjoyed our mountain home as much as we do! There is MAGIC in this area for all those who will find it and you obviously found it! Please come again soon! Joe & Sue
Sep 2015
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Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon is a double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon is a double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , inflatable that gets moved around the house
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , Two of the singles are a trundle bed that can be 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), 3 twins with new memory foam mattresses. The 3 twins are in one bedroom, a set of the twins are a trundle bed that opens and lifts up to make another queen size bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Huge great room with big screen TV, cozy wood-burning fireplace. Upper and lower decks with hammocks to enjoy the views.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Best Lake & Mountain Peak Views of Rocky Mountain National Park
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 36 reviews

Poor Condition.

  • 2 of 5

We have rented other properties from this owner with excellent results. I wish I could report the same with this property.

Unfortunately, I can't.

This property was not clean by any definition when we arrived. There was a strong urine order throughout. There was a large smeared blotch/stain of something on the stairs...Dark stain. There was an empty Vodka bottle in the downstairs bedroom where my grandchildren were to sleep. All three lights over the main kitchen island were burned out. I replaced all three at my cost to get essential light into the kitchen. The dining room chandelier was covered in spider webs as was many other areas of the house. The main windows facing the lake are filled with water vapor as the seals are broken greatly deminishing the beautiful lake views. The deck railing was covered in webs and spiders to the extent we could not let the grandchildren play on the deck. The stairs had an owner provided wooden gate to protect children from falling down stairs, which was broken and unusable. I spent an hour of my time getting it to a usable condition for our visit. Upon bringing all of this to the owners attention, he agreed to send his cleaning person by and refund us one days rent for accommodation. The cleaning person was obviously not interested in dealing with any of these issues, but did clean the smear of ? of the stairs, the cobwebs off the upstairs lights, windows, etc. and on the deck. She looked at the broken gate and said she would return with a new one. We never saw her again. Most disappointing was the failure of the owner to credit one night as he agreed to and said he would do and never did, even after multiple reminders of his promise. As a matter of fact, he never returned any further emails.

As I said at the beginning of this review, we have rented from this owner several times with largely excellent results, but not this time. If he had followed through as he promised I would not have written this review. If anyone doubts any information, I have photos I would be happy to provide.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear future guests; Please consider all guest reviews and make your own judgement. This is the second home we have rented to this particular guest with similar results. We will no longer be renting to him as there seems to be a pattern of repeated attempts to extricate rental funds back from us. Upon receiving this guests' call, we had the cleaner go back in first thing in the morning to address his concerns and remove any "new" spider webs. Spiders have been abundant this past year and they restring their webs as soon as we clean them. Also, since this guests' stay in August, a new cleaning person has been hired to clean this rental property. The "broken" wooden gate is still NOT BROKEN and we are still using it. This older individual did not know how to operate it which was the only conclusion we could come to. Nonetheless, after reading the review, the new home owners stated that they will purchase another childproof gate just to err on the side of caution. We leave numerous extra light bulbs in the cabinet above the double oven along with numerous extra batteries. A quick phone call to us can point that out and if the correct ones aren't there we can make arrangements to get replacements quickly by providing access to the locked owners closet (we have an extra key in another lock box on the home for those occasions). The home changed ownership as of October 24th, 2016 and the new owners have hired a window contractor to replace the front windows where the seals had recently failed. There is no longer an odor in the home, the odor was a result of a dried out p-trap that the cleaner fixed by pouring a cup of water into the laundry room floor drain (we live in a dry climate and the water in the p-trap evaporates if left alone during dry summer months) Solution is to pour a cup of water into the p-trap in the garage laundry room. This was pointed out to the guest and done by the cleaner. The guest was asked to send over his mailing address for a reimbursement and never did and was never heard from again so perhaps he is sending his emails to the wrong place as we have not received a single additional correspondence since asking for his mailing address. Finally, this person should not allow their grand children to drink Vodka."
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Rustic cabin good for large or multiple families

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a relaxing stay at the cabin in mid-October. The view was excellent and was exactly as advertised. We enjoyed the large deck and quiet surroundings. It is in a great location if you are interested in spending time in Grand Lake or Rocky Mountain National Park.

I would recommend this to large or multiple families as the home is large and there is good separation between the bedrooms. I would give the property a 3.5 or 4 just due to some deferred maintenance and housekeeping issues.

On a side note, if you are visiting Grand Lake in the off season make sure to stock up on groceries ahead of time. Many of the restaurants were closed and the (very small) grocery store closed at 5PM each day.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Home

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for allowing us to rent your amazing home, the accommodations were great with all the comforts of home. The view from the deck was breath taking every day. The proximity to the wonderful town of Grand Lake and to beautiful scenic drives and hiking is perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible View, Lots of Room

  • 4 of 5

My daughter was married in Granby, so some of my siblings, girlfriends and I (MOB) rented Joe's property. The location and view was outstanding! We had tons of room for nine people (three couples and three singles), and loved sitting on the deck looking out over the lake (although the deck chairs are too low to take advantage of the view due to the deck railing).

We had a few complaints which Joe was very open to hearing and will address going forward. His cleaning crew did the basics well, but there were some cobwebs on light fixtures, and some carpet areas were not cleaned well. The bedding and bathrooms were very clean, however, which was the most important to us. Good cleaning crews are difficult to find and keep in those areas.

Other wedding guests stayed at surrounding properties which were much newer and had significantly nicer furnishings, but none could compete with our view. So if you don't mind a property that is a bit older and not as upscale, this one is great. We had a wonderful time!

Driveway is steep, so beware. I'm sure it could be a bear in the winter.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place to take a family retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this home! Extremely warm and comfortable. It felt like 'home' the moment we arrived. The view off the decks is, by itself, worth the price of the rental. The master bedroom allowed my wife and I totally privacy when our adult children and grandchildren were being highly 'active'. The kitchen is well stocked with all the necessities and there are plenty of fresh linens for all the beds. You can't go wrong renting this charming lake home!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Family Experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our first entire family "destination" vacation. It was important to my wife and me that we find a place with beautiful scenery, a relaxing atmosphere, and a where our 4 young grandchildren would not be bored. The Penta's home fit the bill perfectly for us. There being 7 adults and 4 children, I was a little worried about us bumping into each other, but I was so wrong! Plenty of space for everyone inside and out. The view of the night sky from the porch was amazing. I hadn't seen the milky way in years. Access to Rocky Mountain National Park was a short 10-15 minute drive from the house. Shopping, a beach, and boat rentals were only a 5 minute drive away. The owner, Joe Penta was extremely easy to work with, and went out of his way to accommodate our various personal schedules when booking the house far in advance! I can't thank him enough for helping us in making this family trip a reality! I would highly recommend this location for anyone seeking a relaxing and fulfilling experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Cross Country Skiing, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Wildlife Viewing, Snowmobiling


Rates & Availability

Grand Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2017
May 19 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 Fourth of July Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017 (peak)
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas - New Years Holidays
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Valentine's weekend
Feb 9 2018 - Feb 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $175 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are booked and confirmed.
We prefer eCheck payments over credit card payments.
Pets (only when pre-authorized by owner) require a $25 per pet per night fee plus tax.
Usually a 3 or 4 night minimum applies in peak season subject to owners discretion.
Peak rates apply to all Holidays and Holiday weeks.
3 Day Holiday weekends require 3 night stay or owner will sometimes allow 2 nights with a special quoted rate inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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