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Five Star at the James Ranch, Hermosa

Bedrooms Studio
Space 650 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

A PLACE at JAMES RANCH is a one of a kind vacation rental nestled in the beautiful, north Animas River Valley among the spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains, overlooking the gorgeous pastures of the James Ranch.

This unique Place is furnished exquisitely with charming antiques, cozy furniture and an inviting fireplace. The kitchen is fully equipped.

Centrally located, A Place at James Ranch is:

**Moments to the James Ranch Market and the Harvest Grill and Greens where you can get the freshest, local, organic food in the Southwest

• 15 min to the historic, charming downtown Durango

• 15 min to the slopes of Durango Mountain Resort

• 15 and half mins to the awesome Dgo Nordic Center

• 5 min to the wonderful, relaxing Trimble Hot Springs & Spa

• 5 min to the newly built PJ’s Gourmet Market/Bakery/Deli

• Moments from Honeyville, world famous honey store

• Surrounded by hiking trails, mtn bike trails, and ideal road bike routes

• 20 min to Fort Lewis College, featuring the Concert Hall and the Center for SW Studies

Features and Amenities:

•625 sq ft.

•fast! wireless internet

•Direct TV and DVD player with small collection of classic DVDs

•a full kitchen (French press coffee maker, rice cooker, crock pot, toaster oven,…)

• queen bed with foam topper/ feather comforter/ cotton sheets

•double sleeper sofa with cotton sheets

•thermostatically controlled fireplace

•custom tiled, walk-in shower with rain head and hand wand

•antiques & original photographs of ranch animals

•local, custom milled, wide-plank, pine flooring

•locally-milled aspen ceiling

•loads of natural light from the two expansive, picture windows

•bamboo and cotton towels

•organic cotton robes and slippers

•private patio with grill

•new washer/ dryer

•directions to all the local hiking trails, mountain bike trails, road bike routes and alpine and Nordic ski info.

• covered patio for bikes, and skis

No children under the age of 12

No smoking - inside or outside on the patio, thank you.

No pets

Because the James Ranch is a working ranch there is limited access; guests will receive complete information about specific access on the ranch.

•Visit the James Ranch Market where you can shop for organic beef, pork, cheese, vegetables, eggs and fruit - all grown on the James Ranch, AND eat a delicious James Ranch hamburger, grilled cheese, or fresh salad at the Harvest Grill and Greens.

Colorado License Number: 2504353-000

Keywords: views, cozy, one of a kind, antiques, studio, girlfriend getaway,

romantic getaway, working family ranch

More Details

Julie James Ott
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english,
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Julie James Ott

Your host, Julie , was raised on the James Ranch in Durango, CO, left the paradise of the Animas Valley for six years to travel and complete a degree at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. John, a native of SW Colorado and a geologist with a degree from Fort Lewis College came into her life soon after arriving back to Durango. They quickly realized The James Ranch and the wholesome community of Durango was the place for them to live and raise a family. All three of their boys are very interested in staying in agriculture, with the eldest son, back to work the ranch with his family.

Julie James Ott purchased this studio in 1993

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Julie and John,

Thank you so much for the amazing grace and warmth at the Place at James Ranch. We thoroughly appreciated the thought you put into every detail, down to the coffee, eggs and half and half.

We had epic ski days and cozy evenings as a family, and it always felt like a home away from home here. We hope to return!
Dec 2016
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Durango Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • custom tiled walk in shower with rain head and hand wand
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , pull out couch is a double bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) new Memory Foam mattress (1) •New double sleeper sofa with cotton sheets and thick foam topper
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Five Star at the James Ranch, Hermosa
average rating of 4.986842 based on 100 reviews

Truly Special And Beautiful Home In The Mountains

  • 5 of 5

From the wonderfully maintained and delightfully comfortable studio, to the beautiful sweeping vistas outside the large plate glass windows, this is always the place to be in southwest Colorado. Additionally, the welcoming family atmosphere and the feeling of being surrounded by goodness, make this experience what it really means to, "...find a home away from home."

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So loving and kind! Thank you.
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Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay at the James Ranch. Julie was a warm and gracious host who left us farm fresh organic eggs and cream, coffee beans, and a lovely appointed studio with a view that will be etched in my soul forever.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolute perfection!

  • 5 of 5

The place could not be more beautiful, the owners could not be more wonderful, and the setting could not be more spectacular. I only wish that I could live here!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent choice!

  • 5 of 5

This is a spacious, clean, lovely little home hosted by wonderful, friendly people.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was wonderful! Everything was perfect!Cean and quite. Close to town.

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A Place at James Ranch is truly unbeatable. It's immaculate and cozy and has an unbeatable view. Julie and John are the best hosts and try to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Eating at the James Ranch grill is icing on the cake. The burgers are delicious and the salad is so fresh. Be sure to buy some cheese from the shop. We stay here as often as we can.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
La Plata County
Car: necessary

Go on a self-guided tour of the James Ranch, watch the cows being milked in the open air dairy barn, buy your organic, fresh food at the James Ranch Market, have lunch at the Harvest Grill and Greens and enjoy the spectacular views while dining, experience the complete ranch tour hosted by one of the members of the James Ranch.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable Damage Deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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