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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Be sure to look at our reviews--you will find excellence in every review!! Our vacation home complies fully with all Colorado, Larimer county and Estes Park licenses and taxes.
ONE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROPERTY IS THE PRIVACY AND SPACE; indoors and outdoors--one whole acre is yours! ANOTHER ADVANTAGE is the proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park--no travel through town to get there! THIS YEAR IS RMNP'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY!!
We now have high speed INTERNET. Lots of wildlife, too!
Do you want a place to make memories? Roasting hot dogs, making smores, and singing songs around the campfire in the evening? Enjoying the sky full of stars at night? Eating breakfast outside on the deck while you watch the birds and wildlife? Catch some sun on the north or south deck. Or make snow angels! This is a magical place!
This from a renter after their 2009 stay. 'We look forward to spending time again in your lovely cabin. We will plan on the first week in August (2010). I hope I can retire in Estes Park because every year I love it more and more. I have never had a vacation area feel so right as Estes does.' (They rent every year for a week.)
This is not a condo/townhome/apartment--no noise above, below or beside your vacation home. This is a full four bedroom, 1400 square foot home with three baths. No shared space, and lots of amenities you won't find in most rentals--Academy Award movies, every small appliance you could want, sunflower shower heads, luxury towels, hiking trail information, and bird, tree, flower and animal books.
This vacation home is available year round. FALL is a beautiful time when the ELK BUGLE during the rut, and the aspen turn GOLDEN.
When the sweet smell of the pines drifts through your window, the birds flock to the feeder, your campfire softens those marshmallows just right, the coyote runs up the road, or the deer and elk greet you in the front yard, you won't want to go home!
Our private home is on ONE ACRE with tall pines, rock outcroppings, and mountain views. Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are a wonderland year round.
In summer, you may hike or ride horses in Rocky Mountain National Park (3 miles away)where wildflowers bloom in abundance, or you can enjoy the hummingbirds (just outside the north picture window), wrens (just outside the kitchen window), bluebirds and other birds that visit our property. At any time,you may hear owls or hear/see coyotes.
Estes Park offers shopping, concerts, live theatre, rodeo, horse shows, tours, and a wide range of restaurants. The Scottish Highlands Festival is held in early September. Horse shows, concerts, and special events--often free of charge--are held regularly May through October in Estes Park.
The master bedroom has a king size bed, TV/VCR/DVD, prints from the National Western Art Show, and adjoining private bath. Our home has queen-size beds in two bedrooms. One bedroom has quilt art, the other has two prints by Bev Doolittle. The bunk room has bunk beds, bath with shower, and a sofa. (BUNK ROOM NOT AVAILABLE DECEMBER THROUGH APRIL.)
The living room has a fireplace, TV/VCR/DVD, southwestern prints by Pena, two recliners and two rocking chairs. The kitchen has everything you would want--see listing below. We have a new (July 2012) Frigidaire range with ceramic top and large oven, and an over-the-range microwave. There is a full laundry with Maytag washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.
The decks on the north and south sides of the cabin offer full sun (south) or shade (north). There are chairs, lounges, outdoor tables on both decks. The south deck has a gas grill. The north deck has a bird feeder year round and hummingbird feeder in summer.
A fire circle and large picnic table in the north yard are perfect for wiener roasts and smores where the views are outstanding.
Need a backpack or an insulated bag for a picnic? Need bibs for the kids? They're here. Need hiking poles, canteens, compasses, bear bells? They're here!
Even electric blankets--so no cold sheets on your first night--just turn them on and warm up the beds before you jump in--nice in the wintertime!
Our location is central to Rocky Mountain National Park (3 miles), Estes Park South Park Village (1 mile), Big Thompson River (1 mile), Giant Track Mountain (1/2 mile) and Mary's Lake (2 miles). Estes Park is a couple miles away--far enough from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to shop, dine, and be entertained conveniently. There is a free trolley that runs in summer, and is 1/2 mile away.
We have lots of good references from satisfied renters--the quotes in the guestbook (see link at bottom of this information) are taken from notes left by renters. Many renters have rented for years, and they book next year's time when they leave this year.

Keywords: Private Home on One Acre

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    Three steps up to south deck; seven steps up to north deck; no other steps inside the house....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking anywhere on the property--house, land, driveway...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No pets of any kind are allowed on the property--home, land, driveway...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bunk Area


  • Bedroom one has King size bed and ensuite bath. Bedroom two has one queen bed and shared bath. Bedroom three has one queen bed and shared bath. Bedroom 4 has bunk beds, sofa, and bathroom with shower....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Ceiling fans in bedrooms and living room, Many Academy Award VCR/DVD movies, washer and dryer in home--not shared. Great for families with very large yard to explore and play. Also great for romantic getaways--quiet and private....moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of books, nature, novels, children's, etc....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    One in TV set....moreless

  • Music Library:

    33 1/3 vinyl records, audio tapes, cds....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite through Direct TV...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Two HD flat screen TVs...moreless

  • Toys:

    A few blocks, Matchbox type cars, etc....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Lots of Academy Award videos, and children's videos....moreless


  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table has three leaves, there are six chairs, plus card table and chairs.....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    No central air, but ceiling fans in every room....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Through Century Link...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Comfortable sofa with view through picture window to the north--pines, mountains, etc. Fireplace, flat screen tv with dvd player....moreless

  • Parking:

    Lots of private parking--room for several vehicles. Motor Homes are not permitted....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    All parking is off street....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a land line....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Through Century Link...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large decks, one on south for sun, one on north for shade...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    One acre lot with grasses, wild flowers, pines, rock outcroppings, etc. Eight foot picnic table....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large gas grill on the south deck....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 5.55%


Weekly only from May 22, 2016, June, July, and Aug until September 11, 2016. Sunday at 3pm until the following Sunday at 10am, $975, plus $100 cleaning and 5.55% tax. We display our tax licenses. All checks are secured in lock box until the dates on them. We email renters when checks arrive.

Other times we rent for $140 per night ($150 for holidays), for 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, plus a $100 cleaning fee; 3 night minimum always.

We request three checks at booking to reserve your time.

Check #1 is the deposit check for $300, dated two weeks before your arrival. At that time we mail to you a map, key and information letter.

Check #2 is the balance check for $675, plus $100 cleaning fee and 5.55% tax. This check is dated the day you arrive.

Check #3 is the $300 damage deposit, cashed only if damage occurs.

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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1982

About the owner: Don and Dorothy Martin are retired Colorado State University faculty, and have lived in Fort Collins for 35 years. We are native Iowans, raised in Monticello, and educated at Iowa State University. We have three adult children, all living in Fort Collins, ten grandchildren, and nine great granddaughters. We love Colorado and the mountains. Don was a professor in Construction Management and had a remodeling business with our son. Dorothy was a professor in human development and the family, was a marriage and family therapist, and worked 27 years for Cooperative Extension at Colorado State. Besides our family, we enjoy bridge, gardening, gospel music, travel, and good food.

Why the Owner Chose Estes Park, CO, USA:
This is to be a retirement home for us, so it is furnished and kept in great condition. Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park provide plenty of things to do. Good hospital and medical care is available in Estes Park. Lots of restaurants, churches, recreation activites, and a nice senior citizen center are all available to renters. You will find a small village atmosphere in Estes Park. There are many ethnic festivals, rodeos, concerts, melodramas and other special events. When it's hot at lower elevations, it is nice in Estes Park.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This mountain property is located on one acre--plenty of private parking. Not a condo or apartment, but space for the kids to play and explore. Quiet with no noisy neighbors, and wildlife coming through. Many amenities that will keep you occupied on that occasional rainy day--videos/cds/dvds, games, cards and puzzles--much more than a hotel room would have. And many amenities to prepare you for the outdoors--hiking poles, bear bells, back packs, small insulated bags, etc. Three notebooks with information on hiking trails, night skies, preventing altitude sickness, and wildlife. Library of books on Rocky Mountain National Park, flowers, trees, stars and constellations, birds, elk and other wildlife of the Estes Valley, hiking trails and waterfalls, campfire songs, and others. Many children's books, too. Easy financial arrangements using postdated checks for deposit and balance. Cleaning always included in the weekly rate. Renters like our system. AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND! This is a place to create memories--telling stories and singing songs around the campfire in the evening, eating lunch on the deck, watching the birds, elk and deer.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • North deck

    North deck

  • Yard and view to the north. Fire circle and picnic table in north yard.

    Yard and view to the north. Fire circle and picnic table in north yard.

  • Kitchen


  • Dining area and kitchen--cheerful south facing windows

    Dining area and kitchen--cheerful south facing windows

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • King bed in Master Suite

    King bed in Master Suite

  • Elk feeding 1/4 mile from our house

    Elk feeding 1/4 mile from our house

  • South side of house

    South side of house

  • View to the north withmountain view, picnic table and fire circle

    View to the north withmountain view, picnic table and fire circle

  • Kitchen with double oven range, microwave, refrigerator & all small appliances

    Kitchen with double oven range, microwave, refrigerator & all small appliances

  • Living room with recliners,Pena art, and north facing picture window

    Living room with recliners,Pena art, and north facing picture window

  • Living room fireplace

    Living room fireplace

  • 2nd Bath

    2nd Bath

  • South Deck

    South Deck

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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