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Mountain/Forest Retreat / Spectacular Views / 25 Mins /14 miles Boulder / Skiers

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Large Mountain House with Mountain Views, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

'When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you see out the window are the snow-capped mountains of the Continental Divide.'

Boulder has been named 'the best place to live in the United States' the last 5 years in a row, including the recent Gallup poll.

Only about 10% of the vacation home listings on this VRBO website are located in the mountains. The rest are in or near the city, lacking the privacy and serenity found in the mountains.

During the summer-time, the temperature in the mountains generally is about 15 degrees cooler than in Boulder, so when it is 85 in Boulder . . .

Secluded contemporary 20-year-old cedar private residence located on peaceful-and-quiet Sugarloaf Mountain 14 miles/25 minutes from Boulder.

Spectacular views of the Continental Divide, Indian Wilderness Peaks, and surrounding mountains out of 2-story windows of Great Room.

Walk the private trail out the back door into the Roosevelt National Forest and within minutes enjoy a stadium-sized nature meadow with wild-life wanderers. Several miles of private hiking trails in adjacent forest area; easily walkable. Located 20 miles from Eldora Ski Resort and within driving distance of another 8 ski resorts.

Cedar deck with hot-tub is outside cathedral ceiling Great Room featuring glass-faced wood stove, treadmill, and stationary bike.

Master bedroom (king size bed) and bathroom with walk-in shower on second floor has 3 sky-lites viewing the 2,000-stars dark night, and a balcony overlooking the Great Room and year-round snow-capped mountains.

First floor bedroom with double bed and cozy den with double bed and walk-in sauna adjoin bathroom with tub and shower.

Spacious sun-filled kitchen from sky-lites with 8-person table and all appliances large & small. Sun-filled second deck is off the kitchen. Sun streams into south-facing kitchen in morn and basks Great Room in afternoon and early eve.

Sugarloaf Retreat is a private residence, similar to a B & B (without the breakfast or the owner), and Guests agree to respect the owner's personal belongings and decorations.

Colorado sun shines 320 days a year. Pitch-black night sky is filled with 2,000+ stars. Elk visit the property frequently.

Guests receive a Certificate of Cleanliness upon arrival, verifying full-house cleaning in last 24 hours by professional cleaners.

Internet hookup by Wi-Fi connection.

Rent whole house with 3 times the space for 1/2 the cost of major Boulder Hotel suite. Sugarloaf Retreat is a 2,400 sq. ft. mountain house for much less than a nice hotel suite. Not to mention the privacy, quietness, mountain views, pristine forest hiking, 2 decks, 2 balconies, hot tub, and sauna.

Nederland is a small mountain town 4 miles from Sugarloaf Retreat which is centrally located to more than a dozen ski resorts, both big and small, within 1/2 hour to 2 1/2 hours driving, including Eldora Mt Resort (1/2 hour); Winter Park; Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown); Arapahoe Basin; Echo Mountain; Granby Ranch; Copper Mountain; Keystone; Breckenridge; Vail; Aspen; Hidden Valley (backcountry skiing); and Beaver Creek. Check the web for further info on each resort.

Upon approval, guests book immediately by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discovery Card) after review of rental agreement attached below. Upon booking, Guests receive a signed one-page lease by Priority Mail from Host for approval and signature, and return to Host. Guest also receives a Guest Information Sheet for important details about the Boulder/Denver area and the private residence of Sugarloaf Retreat

Keywords: vacation,rental, private, residence, contemporary,cedar,mountain

More Details

wiliam chinnock
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2017

About wiliam chinnock

I am a retired judge/attorney who moved to the Rocky Mountains of Boulder in 1994 for semi-retirement with my yellow lab 'Cassidy' after conducting a world-wide search for the ideal place to live. The vast mountain ranges - the great variety of activities -- sports and cultural events of the University of Colorado at Boulder - easily accessible Big City activities of Denver - breath-taking mountain views - friendly people - total privacy in my mountain retreat - these things do not allow me to live anywhere else in this whole wide world.

wiliam chinnock purchased this house in 1994

Why wiliam chinnock chose Front Range

Warm days and cool nights

Best Towns Special Issue of Outside Magazine says it all - 'America's fittest, happiest, healthiest, brainiest, most-educated, least stressed-out town.'

Less than an hour's ride to several other small cities rated nationally as 'best places to live in America' - Fort Collins and Louisville.

if you visit, you may decide to stay and live your life here, as do many folks.

What makes this house unique

Total privacy and spectacular mountain/forest views

Phone Bill (720-504-6655) to get answers to questions and copy of Guest Information Sheet e-mailed to you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing me to stay in your lovely Rocky Mountain home. This is a wonderful place. I had the whole house all to myself, at less cost than a hotel suite.

For more than 30 years, ever since I was a 14-year-old kid, I dreamed of sleeping under the stars in the night sky of the Rocky Mountains. I was finally able to do so, if only for a long weekend. But I will be back!

The three big skylights in the master bedroom did the trick. I saw so many stars, and even airplanes, that I could hardly sleep.

You gave a long-awaited gift to a 44-year-old kid. Thanks for helping this little boy live his dream.
Aug 2011
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Boulder House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Sugarloaf Retreat is a private residence, and Guests agree to respect the owner's personal belongings and decorations. Guests receive a Certificate of Cleanliness upon arrival, verifying full-house cleaning in last 24 hours by professional cleaners. Internet hookup by Wi-Fi connection. Rent whole house 250%more space (Sugarloaf Retreat 2,000+ sq. ft.) v. St. Julian Hotel (800 sq. ft. suite - 2 beds and roll-out cot) for less than 2/3 price (Sugarloaf Retreat $425 inc tax v. St. Julian $650+ inc tax). Guests can book by credit card after review of lease, and receive rebate of $50 with return of their security deposit (all guests have received 100% of their security deposits back). Or Guests can book by sending bank money order to 'W. Chinnock' 8238 Sugarloaf Road, Boulder, Colorado 80302.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Mountain/Forest Retreat / Spectacular Views / 25 Mins /14 miles Boulder / Skiers
average rating of 4.8125 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful views and great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this private and very comfortable home for 5 days in early August, 2016. The house has beautiful views from 3 different decks as well as from about every window in the cabin. The den has huge floor to ceiling windows. The house is about 5 miles from Nederland, which is a must visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanx for your nice comment about the views out the two-story front windows to the west of the Continental Divide. The views and walking trail right out the back door of the hugh meadow (as big as a football stadium) are different but just as fantastic.
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San Luis Obispo, CA

A roomy place with lots of natural light and a communicative host

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I had a great stay here. A walk to the meadow is a great way to start the day. The skylights and great room windows give the place an abundance of natural light. It is roomy without feeling overwhelmingly big. Although there were six of us and only three bedrooms, the couch and some extra cushioned mats served as beds for the three others. The deck is a nice place to hang out, as well. The host is very accommodating; I appreciated how communicative he was. The only downside was that the hot tub was not working; the host had scheduled a repair for it, but it was to happen after our stay. He did well to let us know ahead of time, and even checked to see if a neighbor could let us use his tub. Overall, I'd recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sugarloaf Retreat PROS and CONS by the Wagner Family

  • 5 of 5


7 times the space of a hotel room

Less per person per night cost than hotel rooms

Unbelievable view of snow-capped mountains

Extraordinary greenery of Roosevelt National Forest

Absolute privacy without cars, concrete, or people

Wildlife (especially Elk) on the property

Convenience and cost savings of cooking own meals

Large Great Room as main focus of residence

Large kitchen seats eight people for dining

Owner Bill is friendly and accessible for information

Sauna and hot tub

Wood-burning fireplace in Great Room

3,000 bright stars in pitch black sky

Exercise equipment -- treadmill and exercise bike

Two decks and two balconies

Large master bedroom with California king size bed

Double beds in first floor guest rooms

Two full bathrooms

Beautiful winding 25-minute ride to Boulder

Hour ride with beautiful scenery to Estes Park

and Rocky Mountain National Park

Half-hour ride to Western gambling towns of

Black and Central City

U. of Colorado at Boulder walk-able campus

Boulder's pedestrian Pearl St. Mall

Beautiful Boulder Tea House

Local sports and cultural activities

Nederland's "Carousel of Happiness"

Celestial Seasons Tea Co Tour


Only available for lease about 10 times a year

No last-minute rentals; book early

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Illinois

A Wonderful Week in a Fantastic Mountain Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family, the Greene Family from Illinois, recently spent an enjoyable week on Sugarloaf Mountain 8,200+ feet above Boulder and Denver, a private residence which is only available for rental about 5 to 10 times each year.

Sugarloaf Retreat is a spacious mountain home with unbelievable views of snow-capped mountains of the Continental Divide out the large front windows and a private trail out the back door into the Roosevelt National Forest. A five-minute walk took us to a stadium-sized meadow we enjoyed both for solitude and hiking. It is an area of nature populated only by animals in the wild.

We saw a "gang" of about 75 Elk in the meadow one day, and droppings from other wild animals. They move together like water flowing in a river. Beautiful.

We spent part of our time simply relaxing in peace and quiet in the large contemporary residence, enjoying the hot tub, sauna, decks, balconies, large kitchen, great room and 3,000 shining stars at night in the pitch black sky with no light pollution.

We spent the other part of our time safely driving winding mountain roads with incredible vista, taking Peak-to-Peak Highway north to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain Park, and to the south the small gambling towns of Black Hawk and Central City.

Our children and us adults returned a number of times to the mountain town of Nederland about 5 miles away to ride the "Carousel of Happiness, an unbelievable merry-go-round-in-the-mountains ($1 a ride) with the animals carved over a 25-year period, a destination in itself visited by people from all over America.

Boulder is less than a half-hour away from the residence via a beautiful winding mountain road. We spent a day in the City visiting the walkable campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, and the free Celestial Seasons Tea tour, and had a hard time choosing from a large selections of restaurants and shops.

Our family had such a great time in the Boulder area that we decided there was no need to travel a half-hour to Denver, although the great variety of activities there appeared tempting.

Although our family likes to visit different areas of the country each year for vacation, we will be returning to Sugarloaf Retreat.

Greene Family


  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Bill's stunning property for 3 nights to celebrate my 30th birthday with a few friends. The location was perfect for day trips to Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder. We adored every aspect of the retreat and 4 people was the perfect number (one couple, two singles) for our purposes. Even when we discovered that we didn't have hot water, Bill was quick to send a repairman out to the property and get everything taken care of. I definitely plan to find a time to return to this property as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Lifetime of Memories!

  • 5 of 5

Extraordinary property with a view of snow-capped mountains and quiet walks through a sweeping mountain valley. My wife, adult children and I spent four delightful days at Bill's mountain home and were thrilled. The property is comfortable and feels like home. It is centrally located to allow day trips into Boulder, morning sojourns into Nederland for coffee and a spectacular drive up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Bill's home is set up to reward both those looking to actively explore and those of us who wanted to sit in the solitude and reflect on life. I strongly recommend Bill's property and look forward to a future visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Boulder, Colorado
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Colorado Route 36
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
Boulder, Colorado
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Eldora Ski Resort - see info below
Car: necessary

University of Colorado at Boulder sports and cultural activities. Professional football, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, etc. in Denver.


Rates & Availability

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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
cleaning fee $150

Review and sign and return rental agreement signed by Owner sent by Priority Mail to Guest.
Keep copy for your records.
NO last-minute bookings (within a week of visit) ever.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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