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Family Country Home, Superb Fly Fishing, landscaped, close to Steamboat Springs

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Relax & Enjoy Beautiful views from sunny deck of Yampa River Valley hay meadows.

Our lovely 5 bedroom home is perched on a bluff overlooking the Yampa River Valley, hay meadows, the 'Cottonwood Corridor', Emerald Mountain, and the Steamboat Ski Area.

Our property is 20 acres with 1,200' of Yampa River frontage. Many families have enjoyed reunions in the summers here. It is a great place for bird and wildlife viewing with lots of outdoor space for adults and supervised kids to skip rocks, wade and play by the river. Fishing is good for Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, along with Pike and Whitefish.

The house is 2800 square feet, two stories on a full basement. Downstairs there is a sitting room with a foosball table, TV, full bathroom and two queen bedrooms with large opening windows. A laundry room adjoins the sitting room between the bedrooms.

The main floor has an open floor plan with a wood stove and electric baseboards for cozy heat; living area with TV/Stereo, a formal dining area that seats twelve, informal island and large kitchen. Many windows and both doors open onto a large, south-facing covered deck, which wraps around two sides of the house. An entryway and half bath are also on the main floor.

On the top floor is a beautiful, south-facing sitting room with desk, phone, DSLwifi/fax/copier/printer; the master queen bedroom with private bathroom, another queen bedroom, a double bedroom and full bath with new tiled shower. Large closet in the SW queen room, small closets in other bedrooms, wardrobe and dresser in master bedroom.

The kitchen is fully stocked for cooking including pots, baking dishes, bowls, condiments, spices ect.

New gas BBQ on the deck.

The Yampa River runs in front of the house, it's about a 2 minute walk down a nice path to the river bottom.

It's our home to make yourself at home in!

Discounts may apply to smaller parties, longer stays and repeat customers.

Keywords: Fly Fishing, Sunny deck, Privacy, Home, Yampa River,mountain views, Ski mountain, West Steamboat, discount for small groups, fishing, close to town, quiet, family, romantic, natural habitat, bird watching, wildlife sanctuary, native trees, shady yard, flower gardens, grassy pathways, easy parking

More Details

Rita Donham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 29, 2017

About Rita Donham

We were married on this river bank and have many wonderful memories of this property. It is dear to us;

all we ask is that you care for it as you would your own. Our son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Erin, manage the summer rentals, landscaping, guide fly-fishing guests, and have a small catering biz. They will take good care of you!

Jamie and I live in WY with our horses, Red Angus cows and Border Collie. We love Steamboat during 'mud season' and work hard to maintain the property spring & fall. Please write or call us if you have any questions.

Rita Donham purchased this chateau / country house in 1990

Why Rita Donham chose Northwest

We built this house for our family and lived here for ten years. We love coming to Steamboat and intend to hang onto this property for that reason. We also know how much friends and family have enjoyed the location, and that's why we rent it to special guests, such as yourself!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

There's easy access to town with country living. Our location is exceptional with river frontage, fantastic views and some acreage for kicking around on. Being on the river is irreplaceable. We love planting trees and have grown most of them from seedlings. Please call us or talk with Joe & Erin about what to do around the area...there's a lot going on! But enjoy the natural beauty by the river first.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We liked your house and the river so much, that we'll book it again next year!

(and they did re-book for August of this year.)
Aug 2009
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Steamboat Springs Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 - main floor powder room
  • Master bath is ensuite.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4) four queen beds, Double Beds (1) one double bed, Sleep Sofa (1) fold out sofa upstairs.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • 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
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Excellent Fly Fishing on property, paddleboarding, tubing, kayaking Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing of fox, eagle, otter, Marmots, deer, beaver, Sandhill Cranes, variety of ducks & geese. Cook out by river, bag toss or walk about. Platform by river for yoga or sleeping out. City golf course 1/8 mile. If you would like a fishing guide, call Joe Carney. 970-819-4499. No other guides are allowed to use property.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Family Country Home, Superb Fly Fishing, landscaped, close to Steamboat Springs
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Denver, co

Wedding retreat

  • 5 of 5

We rented the River House to have a place away from the action that served as a base for some family and just a quiet place to 'be'. Everything was great, wildlife was there, and the fishing was awful *wink*. A minor issue with the septic happened the morning of the wedding and was handled quickly. The best weekend of my life was spent on a world class property. A+.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River House

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to thank you for our stay in your River House. Your home is beautiful and so accommodating for our family… everything we needed was there and easily accessible. There was ample, comfortable space for our entire family group for meals, relaxation space and sleeping accommodations. I spent hours sitting on your deck chatting with family, reading my book and enjoying the view. We saw a bear, lots of deer (including babies frolicking in the fields!) , two sandhill cranes (we think) and even a skunk! The fire pit area was beautiful (and the s'mores were delicious) and the kids loved the access to the river. We tubed every day! Several of our party enjoyed the fly fishing early in the morning. It was the perfect location for our family gathering. We will be back! Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Family Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect spot for our family get-together. It was set up very well for separate family groups. The toddlers loved the decks and the games, the dads loved the fly-fishing and everyone enjoyed the separate spaces for reading or quiet time. The kitchen, dining area and decks were all well-equipped for large family meals. We especially liked strolling the grounds full of wildflowers and native plants. The amount of wildlife on the property or across the river was astonishing: cranes, elk, deer, cute skunks (really!), foxes, birds galore. The owner was extremely responsive and made our stay a delight.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Larkspur, Colorado

Fly Fishing Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the best place we have stayed in the Steamboat area. We went up for my husbands birthday with his fishing buddies for a fly fishing weekend. All the girls went up on Friday and the guys met us up there on Saturday. We enjoyed a quite night of "girl time" it was perfect. The guys caught fish all day, played a little football in the beautiful yard, shared stories by the campfire, and enjoyed the beautiful views from the deck. It could not have been a better weekend. The mornings are breath taking. The owners have done a fabulous job, there is nothing they have not thought of, and their photography throughout the house is stunning! Rita was such an easy person to work with, we are already talking about our next stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder, CO

Fabulous home for multi-generational family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We ranged in ages 20 month to 65 and EVERYONE thought it was the best family vacation ever! The fishermen loved being on the Yampa and getting up early to see if they got a strike. The golfers loved the fact that the golf course is close by. The little ones LOVED evening campfires, roasting marshmallows, and floating on tubes in front of the house. The thirty something loved the hiking, mountain biking and tubing. And we ALL loved sitting on the deck at any time of day watching the gorgeous scenery. The house is close enough to downtown that we could enjoy dining in town or going to the farmer's market and yet come back to a completely secluded and private sanctuary. The Strawberry Park Hotsprings were also a hit with everyone. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Collins, CO

Exactly the escape we needed

  • 5 of 5

I contacted the owner last minute on a Thursday morning, in hopes that we may be able to get in on Friday. She was so flexible and wonderful to work with ~ allowing us the flexibility we needed to get a very late start on Friday night. Without that flexibility, this weekend wouldn't have been possible. We enjoyed the most peaceful, relaxing weekend in a wonderful, comfortable home ~ waking up to deer lying in the yard in the morning, watching fox scope the fields each morning, coyotes howling in the evening, 2 mink running along the river, a bald eagle, and plenty of trout. We couldn't have planned a more perfect weekend. The home is comfortable with amazing views and literally right along the water, with an awesome deck overlooking the river, mountains, and prairie. The leaves were close to full color, making for great pictures ~ It truly was and outdoorsman's paradise for a weekend. We had lots of luck fishing on the river ~ including 3 very large rainbows. Thanks for all of the hospitality! I have no hesitation returning for a weekend or longer.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Steamboat Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
SBS Bob Adams Field
Nearest Point of Interest
Steamboat Health and Recreation
Nearest Point of Interest
Steamboat Ski Area/Gondola Square
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus Transfer Station

nearby shooting range, dude ranches, First Friday Art Walk,

National Forest, Wilderness Area.


Rates & Availability

Steamboat Springs Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 25 2017 - Sep 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Nov 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

pet fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $600

All holidays are $300.00 more per night
July 4th weekend a bit higher.
Fall rates may be lower.
Please write owner for more discussion on rates...we are willing to negotiate at times.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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