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Beautiful views, minutes from town!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Your home away from home is located 2 miles north of Cortez on 3 acres. We live on site but the vacation home is very private from the main home with it's own private entrance. Since we are on the property we are available to help in any way we can to make your visit the most enjoyable it can be. This home has been a three year labor of love with many special touches including hickory floors and tasteful furnishings and decorations. You enter the 1200 square foot home through a sun porch with it's own gas fireplace. This is the perfect place to have your morning coffee while enjoying the views. The great room is beautifully decorated and also has a gas fireplace and flat screen television. The kitchen is a gourmet cook's delight equipped with everything you need to prepare a great meal. There is eating space at the granite topped island in the kitchen as well as a dining table overlooking the view to the south and west. The Master bedroom with a king bed is spacious and has a private bath. The second bedroom has a queen bed. Both bedrooms have flat screen televisions and a deck accessible by French doors. The second bath is equipped with a jetted tub.

The inside is so beautiful that you won't want to leave, however the outdoors here in Southwestern Colorado have magnificent sunsets and mountain views that you won't want to miss.

There is a natural gas fire pit in the backyard and covered parking. Nice landscaping if you just want to sit on the porch and enjoy the outdoors. Lots of outdoor sitting spaces.

We added nice little touches such as a Keurig coffee maker with complimentary assorted coffees, a spice rack, fresh flowers on your table and laundry detergent and softener to use in the front loading washer and dryer. There is also an Ipod/Ipad dock and we supply soft terry robes for lounging or as a warm cover up to and from the hot tub.

We have a roof top observation terrace with spectacular views and a great place to star gaze. A view finder will help you see up close. Also a great place to work on your tan during the day.

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Lou Anne
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 29, 2017

About Lou Anne

Ken and Lou Anne have owned the San Juan Dental Clinic since 1978, where Ken is a dentist and Lou Anne is a hygienist. They have 3 grown children and enjoy traveling, mostly in an RV. We began building the vacation home about three years ago and just recently completed it. Since we have lived here for 32 years we are very familiar with the area. Cortez is a great place to stay since it is centrally located to many of our favorite places such as Moab, Durango, Telluride and three National Parks, Mesa Verde, Arches and Canyonlands. There are also many Native American sights to see within a few miles of here such as Hovenweep and the Anasazi Heritage Center.# Map shows Co Rd N which is( County Road N ) Street sign says MC RD N (Montezuma County Road N) Wanted to clear up any confusion, they are the same road

Lou Anne purchased this house in 2010

Why Lou Anne chose Cortez

Because we live here and built it on our existing property.

What makes this house unique

It is quiet, safe, peaceful and at night you can see the stars and have a great view of the lights of town. The hammock is very relaxing as you listen to the sounds of nature.


Cortez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , jetted tub , Hair and dental products supplied
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Hair and dental products supplied
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Beautiful views, minutes from town!
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews
Millington, NJ


  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best vacation rentals we've ever had. We immediately felt at home as soon as we arrived. The house was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and the views from the different outside areas were beautiful.

The owners are very friendly and we wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Home

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to call home while in the Cortez area!! The home is spacious, immaculate, beautifully decorated and has lovely views. There are 2 patios and a large deck where we could relax, soak up the scenery and watch the wildlife. The location is ideal as we were just north of town with easy access to Mesa Verde, Howenweep, hiking, shopping and many interesting places. Ken and Lou Ann are very gracious hosts, even providing fresh flowers in several rooms and bottled water. One of the highlights of our trip was a tour Ken gave us of the La Playa Canyon in the San Juan Mountains. He took us up above the tree line into the snow in his Polaris Razor. Very exciting! There were 3 of us staying in the home and we all would highly recommend it. It was difficult to leave!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We hated to leave! This is a beautiful and spotless vacation rental. The setting is gorgeous. I loved my morning view of meadows and Mesa Verde in the distance; a pair of deer would hang out across the little creek that runs by the house. When I build my dream house, I am going to copy this kitchen. Very well laid out and equipped and there's a gas grill outside as well. And they pay attention to detail with fresh water bottles, fresh flowers in the bedroom and even have s'more sticks at their outdoor firepit! We loved the hammock, never did use the hot tub, but should have. Their rooftop deck is another great hangout place. I hate to review it in case it's taken the next time we come and we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Carlson House was more than we expected. Spacious and clean. Provided a variety of things to do at the house(TV, Movies, Books). After a long drive it was relaxing to sit in the hot tub outside and use the spa tub inside. Just a short drive into town. The kitchen was equipped with anything you might need. Enjoyed eating on the patio and watching the deer graze in the pasture across the creek. Observation deck gave us a great view of the surrounding area, especially with the telescope. Lou Anne and Ken were close by if we needed anything, but far enough away to give us privacy. We would definitely recommend Carlson House to friends and would love to come back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minutes from Mesa Verde

  • 5 of 5

When we rented the Carlson House our first consideration was a convenient location near Mesa Verde National Park. When we arrived we were astounded by the quiet surroundings and the comfortable elegance of the home. The Carlsons have thought of everything and haven't scrimped anywhere! The only negative is we didn't have enough time to spend at the house enjoying the amenities there! We left after breakfast and didn't return until dinner time or after most days. We'll have to come back to lounge in the hot tub and nap in the hammock! You'll love this place. The online photos don't do it justice! Lou Anne is great - doesn't hover, but is available if you have questions or need a recommendation for dinner. We'd definitely book Carlson House again if we're in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cortez Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We always try to stay in condos or vacation homes when we travel, so we have stayed in many over the past few years. This home is exceptional. There is absolutely nothing they haven't thought to include. The home was immaculate, completely stocked with every appliance you could need. The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were very comfortable. We did not have wonderful weather when we were visiting so we spent more time at the house than we normally would have done and loved it! Ken and LouAnne are very gracious hosts. I highly recommend their home and will gladly stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50
Tax Rate 5.2%

Cancellation policy, If you cancel after you have paid the full amount we will refund one half of the final payment back to you. Check in 4:00 P.M. Check out noon

We ask for $100 non refundable deposit when booking with the balance due one week prior to your arrival.

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