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Best Lake & Mountain Peak Views of Rocky Mountain National Park

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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

NOTE: Recently renovated March 2014! New main level windows to lake in 2017.

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.


PETS: NOT allowed in Peak Season

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More Details

Joe Penta
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Joe Penta

New Owners Randy & Karen are busy as ever decorating, replaced most main floor level glass to enhance those magnificent views to and across the lake.

Joe Penta purchased this house in 2016

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
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 to enjoy the views.


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Best Lake & Mountain Peak Views of Rocky Mountain National Park
average rating of 4.4074073 based on 41 reviews

Great place

  • 4 of 5

Good location,scenic view

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olympia Washington

Really nice vacation. View was amazing. Additional fees are a lot!!!

  • 4 of 5

House was overall clean though a little musty in the basement portion which aired out fine with the windows open. My biggest complaint where the additional fees on this rental. It advertises as sleeps 12 but on top of the hefty cleaning fee ( it is a big house so I understand) we where charged an additional 80 dollar guest fee and we only had 8 people staying!!!!. The taxes, cleaning fee, and additional charge added up to more than renting it an additional night. However, if you are ok with that, the owner was nice and did let us check in at noon. View and location are great. House was clean. Great Lake view.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Mountain and lake views

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days at this wonderful home in July of 2017. It was a

family gathering with our son and family, who lives in Oregon and our daughter and family who lives in Boston.

We found the home to be very comfortable with ample space for all.

The house is within walking distance of Grand Lake (7 minutes by car)

and near Rocky Mountain National Park. The kitchen was well equiped and the beds were comfortable. The design was excellent for a large group.

The only negative thing was the television wasn't working and the provider couldn't get there during our stay. We contacted the owner

who promptly drove from Denver with a new receiver. Not many owners would go out of their way to do this!

I would definitely recommend this property for anyone planning to visit Grand Lake.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week with our family relaxing in the mountains. The view and decks cannot be beat!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and property!

  • 5 of 5

Very close to the main town and had beautiful views of the lake!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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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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Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Cross Country Skiing, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Wildlife Viewing, Snowmobiling


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $185
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $500

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. No PETS allowed in peak season.
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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.