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Eldora - Northern Light -Summer & Winter Delight!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Convertible beds, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Colorado at its best! Relax and enjoy our unique home built around an historic 1890's log cabin in the townsite of Eldora. In 2005 our home was lovingly remodeled & expanded. Impeccable craftsmanship & high quality materials have been blended into the original cabin adding in modern comforts while retaining its old mountain charm.

Featuring barn wood kitchen cabinets, bamboo floors, reclaimed cypress beams and unique, cozy sunroom offering expansive views up and down the Eldora Valley. Large master suite with French doors, sauna, jetted tub and steam shower. Great views from master of Eldora Ski Resort and the mountains beyond.

With breathtaking views from every window, a river running through the Eldora valley floor, national forest surrounding our home, and the Indain Peaks Wilderness Area entrance less than 1/2 mile away, you too can experience one of the world's best kept secrets!

With spring/summer comes great hiking and mountain biking right from our home. During the autumn months the foliage is amazing with aspen trees surrounding our property ablaze in Fall color makes any outdoor activity an exquisite experience. During the winter months the snowfall makes for numerous activities just outside our door such as snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, sledding and of course Alpine, Telemark, and Nordic skiing at Eldora Ski Resort. (5 minute drive from our home...OR with skins on your skis, the hearty can actually ski to the front or back chair lifts directly from our door!)

Take advantage of our 2017/2018 discounted rates, book with us now!

**Please have 4WD or AWD to park at upper parking area for our home during the winter months.

Keywords: Custom Mountain Home

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About The Owner

I'm a mechanical engineer by training and trade, and I've been working in the Aerospace industry for the last 30 yrs. designing satelites and scientific instruments for astronomers, climate scientists, and earth remote sensing.

I love to ski, climb, run, bike, hike or do just about anything else in the mountains and wildernesses of the world whenever I can.

I've been lucky enough to travel the world often for work and adventure, and fortunate enough to have good health, friends, and to meet with some incredible people and experiences along the way.

I have a 13 yr. old daughter who is the love in my life and constantly reminds me of the priorities and balance I like to have enough of to maintain this wonder we can know as life.

The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why The Owner chose Eldora

Having experienced the wild and natural beauty of the Eldora valley when I was a college student at CU, I felt a pull to return to the area and wake up to the sound of the nearby river and the views of the mountain every morning. Often, after either a day hike, bike or ski, I would drive through the Eldora valley looking at the mountain homes and imagining what it would feel like to call one of them 'home'! Then, by chance, a home that I had always been quite fond of came on the market just when I was ready to buy. Within a month I was moving in just as the surrounding Aspen trees were at the peak of their Fall Aspen glow! Heaven on earth! Now I run it as a VRBO rental for others to enjoy too.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Perfect silence, or sound of gentle wind through the forest, deer and elk slowly meandering through our land, mama fox and her kits playing on the rocks during the early morning hours, black bear in the area looking for the hummingbird feeders, the speed and beauty of the hummingbirds flitting furiously during the summer, lulling sound of the river during the spring melt on through the summer, the night sky sparkles with star brilliance everywhere, the rare sighting of our local bobcat calmly and quietly walking along the snow covered fields up to the ridge, the moose family in the marshy meadow... a chance to slow down to observe, appreciate, and simply be a part of it all.


Eldora Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Jacuzzi Tub and separate steam shower upstairs with radiant floor heating.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 hide-a-bed in great room, 1 hide-a-bed in living room, 1 hide-a-bed in solarium.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Steam shower, Tipi, Solar electric, radiant heat, pellet stove, wood stove, sunroom, outdoor patio with waterfall, outdoor chiminea


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Eldora - Northern Light -Summer & Winter Delight!
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Great Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

For our four night stay we had 4 adults and 2 teenagers. There are 3 bedrooms- the master suite upstairs with a queen bed and 2 full size beds on the main floor. There is another claw foot tub in the bathroom on the main floor where the washer/dryer is but there are no window treatments in that bathroom nor the upstairs bathroom. The steam shower and whirlpool tub were upstairs in the master and the other 2 bedrooms were down. The steam shower is amazing. AHH-MA-ZING. There was a fold out couch upstairs in the office area and a futon in the downstairs living area and a fold out couch on the sun deck. Both teens opted to be in the room upstairs and share that sofa bed. There is a major disconnect between the upstairs as it was a newer more modern add-on and the downstairs is a little older- (excluding the kitchen that has everything you would need to make meals). In order to use the steam shower you have to use the master so there is not much privacy when you have to use someone else’s bedroom for showering. We did stop at Trader Joe’s in Boulder and bought groceries. The kitchen is pretty well stocked with leftover items from other guests. Coffee, Tea, Sugar, spices, etc. We did buy because we didn’t know what would be there but wish we didn’t… unless you have issues with using leftover items. They also had laundry detergent fully stocked there so no need to buy that either. There is a grocery store and co-op in Nederland you can use though. Go to the co-op for fresh veggies as the supermarket is extremely expensive.The driveway was tricky and we are from Iowa and can handle tricky. You for sure need a 4 wheel drive to make it easier- summer or winter. My suggestion after a few trials was to pull into the lower parking area and back up into the upper parking area but hug the bush a bit while doing so. Backing out of that driveway is not ideal even with a backup camera.The teepee was not up nor was the water fountain in the backyard which was disappointing. We did make a fire one night in the chimnea patio area and it was pretty cool. Its rugged terrain so bring your tennis shoes even if you don’t intend on hiking much. Try the pork green chili at the Wild Mountain Smokehouse. The coffee in the old train car was amazing and the boys liked the Donuts. The “Carousel of Happiness” was a lot of fun for all ages. All in All it was a great experience with memories made!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

Spacious, Warm and Endearing

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days at the Eldora Northern Lights home and truly loved it. First of all, just being in Eldora is a wonderful getaway and this is perched on a hill high above Eldora. Still you can hear Boulder Creek just a few blocks away. It's spacious and warm with lots of room for our kids to play. It is an older home with a relatively new 2nd floor addition which is finished quite nicely. We truly enjoyed our stay.

There is plenty of hiking and nature exploring to do in the area. The Hessie Trailhead is about a mile away and the 4th of July Campground and trailhead are about 5 miles away. Clean, fresh and quiet with lots of fresh air. Also about an hour to Estes Park (Rocky Mountain National Park) to the North and about an hour to Blackhawk to the south.

Great location and great house.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nederland, Colorado

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great place to unwind or from which to launch into the high Rockies. Quiet, refreshing venue with access to some of the best places in the central Colorado Rockies - Indian Peaks, the Continental Divide; with Boulder only 30 minutes away and Nederland ten minutes away - easy access to restaurants and groceries while feeling completely unplugged. Just a great memory waiting to happen

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the Best Vacations Ever!

  • 4 of 5

Our children accompanied us on celebrating our 50th Anniversary. In fact it was their gift to us---a Colorado vacation. This home was roomy enough for the ten of us. Had we not stayed in Eldora, 10 minutes from Nederland, we probably would not have discovered this area, featuring beautiful hiking trails, friendly residents, and colorful history.

Brainard Lake in close by Roosevelt National Forest provided easy walking trails, fishing, and a chance to see Moose and other wildlife up close. The 4th of July Road, west of Eldora, opened up some of the most beautiful trails imaginable for those in good physical condition. While my husand and I and the young grandchildren visited the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, our adult children and oldest grandson, hiked to the top of the Continental Divide early one morning. On their short drive to the trail head, they saw a cow and calf (Moose) grazing in the meadow. Once on the mountain, they saw Elk, and a plentitude of wild mountain flowers and breathtaking views of valleys below.

Our family felt like we blended into the culture rather than being mere tourists as this home is tucked away in the remnants of an old mining town, only a few hours from Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, and Idaho Springs. Eldora has no commercial venues, so there is little traffic, just cars (which you really can't see or hear) down below travelling to the trail heads. Eldora is very quaint, complete with residential log cabins and residences tucked amongst the trees, near the stream, and along the hillsides. We saw few people, a cute little fox sunning on a rock nearby, humming birds, noisy magpies and adorable chipmunks and squirrels. While we did not encounter any bears, we took precautions as they have been seen on occasion, according to others.

Internet connection was great but cell phone reception not so good. Once in Nederland, however, good phone service was available. The only improvement needed, would be two regular showers, as the tub and hand-held shower head weren't used much. When we visited, there was air in the water line which caused an occasional surprise of being sprayed by cold water when least expecting it. No other suggestions needed.

Thank you for opening up this adorable and comfortable home. Our family had a great vacation stay and would certainly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Longmont, CO

great spot for summer off-site

  • 5 of 5

We used this home for departmental off-site meeting. It was perfect to get people off-the-grid. We still had internet connectivity a good land line if we needed to get in touch. Cellular connection is good for texts, not so good for calls -- which was perfect for us. :-)

It was the perfect size for us. Everyone had their own room, 3 slept in bedrooms, one upstairs family room, one downstairs family room, the sun room, and I slept in a tent on the pad out back. (amazing stargazing at night).

The area is really beautiful -- lots of activities around, and you're only 15 min from Nederland if you want a restaurant or market.

The upstairs addition is very nice. The master suite is exquisite, and the family room is a great area for meetings/conversation.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A dream vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Northern Light! The place was both gorgeous and kid-friendly. We will always remember sitting on the porch for dinner as the sun sets on the Eldora hillside, hummingbirds buzzing all around us. Thanks for the wonderful vacation and ease of rental logistics! You guys are great!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Denver International, 90 min. drive
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nederland, 10 min. drive
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nederland, 10 min. drive
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Eldora Mountain Resort, 5 min drive
Car: necessary

Great space for Yoga and Meditation. Indian peak wilderness access, Off-roading, Historic Carousel, Festivals year-round, local brew pub , ice rink, skateboard park, teen center, community center, natural foods co-op




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee: $165 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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