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Waterfront Family Home, Fly Fishing on the Yampa River, 3 miles to Steamboat

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Enjoy Beautiful views from wrap-around deck. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Big Kitchen

Our lovely 5 bedroom home overlooks Yampa River Valley hay meadows, Emerald Mountain, and the fabulous Steamboat Ski Area. We enjoy direct calls from potential guests. Try three zero seven, two three one, one three two six anytime. Bring your favorite binoculars for Bald Eagle watching!

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 and play by the river. Fishing is good for Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, along with Pike and Whitefish.

The house is 2900 square feet, two stories on a full basement. Downstairs there is a sitting room with a Foosball table, 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 two 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 walk-in shower. Large closet in the SW queen room, small closets in other bedrooms, wardrobe and dresser in master bedroom.

The kitchen has granite counters and is fully stocked for cooking including pots, baking dishes, bowls, condiments, spices ,Teas, teapots, coffee grinder.

New gas BBQ on patio.

The Yampa River runs in front of the house, it's about a 2 minute walk down an easy foot path to the river bottom. There's outdoor furniture at river and picnic tables. We might put up the tipi this summer.

Make yourself at home in our River House home.

Please contact us for any questions. We are the property managers.

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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Rita Donham,

Three zero seven, two three one, one three two six. 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, help manage the summer rentals, landscaping and guide fly-fishing guests. 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 Steamboat Springs

It's the most scenic location on the Yampa with live water on the property.

We built this house for our family and raised our children here.

Steamboat is a fun town, with lots of friends and family, so we intend to hang onto this home for those reasons. We also know how much folks 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.

Being on the river is irreplaceable. Our sunny kitchen is a chef's dream.

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, birds and wildlife 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:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Water 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
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski lift privileges
  • 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.


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Waterfront Family Home, Fly Fishing on the Yampa River, 3 miles to Steamboat
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Amazing trip!

  • 5 of 5

My family and some friends stayed in The River House for a week. The property was absolutely beautiful, the house well-equipped, and the fishing was great! The kids really enjoyed playing in the river as well. We didn't want to leave, and will definitely be booking again!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for families who love the outdoors

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Steamboat for many many years and this might be our favorite place to stay in the summer! We had 9 people of all ages and everyone loved it. The house if close to town but yet feels like you are much further away. Having the river in the back yard was amazing. We usually have to drive to fish every day but with the River House all we had to do was wake up early and walk down the hill. We caught fish every day. Our friend that is a guide in Steamboat said he caught the biggest fish he has every caught just down this is a great place to fish!

The house has a very nice kitchen that is well equipped with anything you would need. The rooms and bathrooms are very nice and the laundry room was great to have when the rocks got a little slick in the river and the boys took a little dip :-) We spent tons of time out on the deck playing cards each night as we watched the river roll by. We got to see a beautiful eagle, a fox and plenty of deer.

It was an amazing week spent at the River House. I can't wait to stay there again. Thank you Rita for making our stay very special. See you next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cherron! We're pleased that your family had a great time at our River House. Glad the fishing met expectations, and local guide reviews. We look forward to your family returning next summer. Cheers! Rita
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Great fishing, nice deck and shady yard... Big kitchen!

  • 5 of 5

We would come back again. Management folks helpful.

Liked lawn area at river bottom for games.

Excellent book collection.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 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: July 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: June 2015
  • 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
Car: necessary

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

National Forest, Wilderness Area.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $600
pet fee $150

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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