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Grandma's House of Durango, Colorado

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Our 'Grandma's' house has been in our family for close to 90 years, built in the late 1800s. The house has two fireplaces and a piano, and huge bathroom with original clawfoot tub to relax in. The house is a wonderful Queen Anne Victorian, two story on large corner lot with mature trees and great location. There is a picnic table in the back for outside dining.

Directly across the street is a wonderful park for the family. The house is one block from the river and river walk, and very close to Gold Medal waters for the flyfisherman/woman. We have an annual motorcycle rally on Labor Day weekend, and the famed Iron Horse Bicycle Race (in which you can race the train to Silverton, 50 miles away) on Memorial Weekends. The ski area is 20 miles away, Mesa Verde National Park is 40 miles. You can easily walk to town

to take advantage of our shopping and great restaurants.

We have prime hunting, hiking, jeeping, camping, and kayaking in our area. Hike the fourteeners, or just take in the beautiful mountain scenery.

Just bring your family, friends, clothes, and toothbrush! You will love Grandma's House as much as we do and we hope the memories you make will be as wonderful as ours. Please call or email for additional pics. I can be contacted at, or text 970-946-1831

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Laurie Francil
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Laurie Francil

I inherited this home from my mother, who was raised in the house. It is full of great memories, both of my parents and my grandparents. We spent vacation times here while my dad was in the navy, and when they retired, here is where they returned. My husband and I enjoy sharing 'Grandma's House' with guests wanting to visit Durango. We intend to live there in the future, but our business dictates we live out in the country for a few more years.

Laurie Francil purchased this house in 2002

Why Laurie Francil chose Durango

We inherited Grandma's House in Durango, Colorado, from my mother, who was raised in this house. It's in a perfect location, close to downtown, but away from the traffic and hustle bustle of town. We love the idea that it has been in my family for almost 90 years, and we intend to keep it for far longer.

What makes this house unique

Grandma's House is the perfect place for family reunions, a place for families to stay while attending weddings, graduations or just a great vacation. It provides a 'home away from home' for families who want to vacation together and don't want to stay in multiple hotel rooms. Here you can fix your meals to share, barbecue or have picnics in the backyard, or go to dinner down town. We have a park across the street, easy access about a block and a half away from a walking/biking riverside path that winds its way through town and beyond. You can visit the fish hatchery and feed the fish, or go fishing in the river. In the summer you can go tubing or rafting down the river, or go hiking or mountain biking. We are close to Mesa Verde National Park, where you can visit the cliff dwellings. We are 20 minutes away from Purgatory Ski Area, where you can ski in the winter, or ride the chair lift up and take the Alpine Slide down in the summer. They also have many activities there for children. We have a Narrown Gauge Train, which will take you to Silverton, an old mining town 50 miles north. From the train, you will see beautiful scenery you can't see from a car. We have the Iron Horse Race, where you can race the train to Silverton on your bicycle. Over Labor Day weekend we have a motorcycle rally during which you can ride all over the mountains, taking in the beauty. You can attend our annual Fiesta, including a parade, and rodeos and a multitude of other activities. Grandma's House is a destination for families and friends to enjoy what Colorado has to offer. You will have many memories to take home with you and return again and again!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had the most perfectly wonderful Christmas, with 20 or so cousins. We shopped in town, went on a sleigh ride, dinner in Pagosa Springs. We spent alot of quality ttime in and around Grandma's House and fabulous Durango. We enjoyed the wonderful homey atmosphere to come home to after shopping with "the girls". "All in all, the house was perfect for what we needed and all that we were expecting and a WHOLE lot more!"
Dec 2006
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Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Grandma's House of Durango, Colorado
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Girl's Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were six friends staying for a week in Durango. Grandma's house was perfect for us. The location was great. We could easily walk into town and we walked on the river trail, which we could access across the street, every morning. The house was comfortable and the kitchen well stocked. We cooked in some nights and ate out some. The Strater had good food as well as being entertaining. There are many wonderful sites nearby. We visited Mesaa Verde, the Four Corners and took the train to Silverton. Laurie was very easy to work with and helped us out when we had to come down early due to the flooding in Boulder. We recommend this place highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frisco, CO

Grandma's House was the perfect place for Us Grandmas!

  • 5 of 5

Four scattered friends got together for a week of Durango fun. We had the best time ever, riding the train, Mesa Verde, experiencing great restaurants, shops, melodrama, river cruising. The house gave each of us our own room with character and good vibes. It was truly like staying at our own family retreat. Easy access to town and all activities. Fully equipped and comfortable. The owner was friendly and helpful with suggestions and quick answers to questions. We loved every aspect of the trip and Grandma's house was an integral part of our enjoyment. Would love to take the family for a future trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tulsa, OK, USA

Burger Family

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Durango many times, but this time was particularly special to us because our daughter was getting married. Grandma's House made it an exceptional trip! We felt at home the minute we walked in. It is a beautiful setting for pictures of the bride and bridal party. The owner was wonderful to work with and makes you feel welcome and like family. Highly recommend this home if you have small children. Our grandson loved having the park across the street and the runners in the family loved being to close to the Animas River. Thank you, Lauri, for helping to make this trip so memorable!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When families come to Grandma's House to share those special times, whatever they may be, it is a good feeling to share the home in which we, too, have many warm memories. It feels like "family's coming home", so we look forward to your coming home again and again! Laurie
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Grandma’s House is the ne...

  • 5 of 5

Grandma’s House is the near perfect house rental for families. We used the house as a “base camp” for our kids, their kids and extended family who, like us, traveled to Durango to attend our daughter’s wedding. Its chief qualities include: * Location: The House is one only short block from 18th and Main, an easy walk to downtown and an even shorter walk to the Animas River and adjacent bike bath. Our kids and their kids tubed almost daily from 32d Street to 18th Street. A small park across the street is ideal for little ones. * Generously Equipped. From a waffle iron to a baby stroller to games and toys for the little ones. The shed included grills, tubes and bikes. * Great Backyard. The adults lived in the backyard to enjoy the shade and the cool summer breeze. We hosted a dinner party for 50-55 people, demonstrating the ample size of the yard. * Character. The pictures and furniture confirm this is truly a grandma’s house, and the upstairs bathroom is a classic. The house reminded me of my grandma’s house where my siblings, cousins and I played as kids.The kitchen is small (as is typical of houses of this period), there is no dishwasher, and our bed was softer than we prefer. But these points posed no real problems and did not affect the extremely good time had by all over the week.Grandma’s House certainly must be the best rental for families in the Durango area. There was consensus among our family that on a scale of 10, we would rate Grandma’s House as a 9.5.Jeff BorkSummit County, Colorado

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Deposit of 1/2 of total rental at time of reservation. Balance of rental, damage deposit and cleaning fee two weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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