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New home with mountain views, large orchard yard, and sitting porch.

Durango, CO, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

Open & bright 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Wonderful indoor & outdoor space

The Cider House is our family run vacation rental. We have 2 vacation rental homes in addition to our house on our 6.5 acre property. Originally orchards and a farm, the property retains a rural character with close proximity to locally run markets, grocery stores, farm stands, restaurants, and hot springs. It is just 10 minutes from Durango and 15 minutes drive up the mountain for wildflower viewing, mountain trails, lakes, mountain biking, etc.

The Cider House is a sunny open home with a sitting porch and a very large yard with lots of fruit trees. It comes with high speed (60mbs) Wi-Fi Internet, flat screen TV with Netflix, HBO, and Hulu, board games, Bocce Ball, Ping Pong, and a library of 200+ movies including lots of classic and kids movies. The shelves are stocked with books for all ages, area maps, guide books on hiking, biking, and area activities and historical books on the train and Durango history. It is the perfect location for outdoor fun and just short drive to Durango or Purgatory.

Hermosa is just North of the City of Durango in the Animas river valley. Hot springs, restaurants, grocery, etc. are all nearby. The area has a rural neighborhood feel with houses scattered about and lots of open space, forest and farmland. Cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, and plumbs are available to pick from the trees around the house in season. We live in a house on the North side of the 6.5 acre property and are available anytime if you need anything.

The house is available for 1-9 month rental September - April at $2550/month. Discounts for multiple months. Please contact us for details.

The Cider House is a custom net-zero energy home. It was built with green and low VOC materials and paint. The master bedroom has a luxurious pillow top king size bed and is connected to a master bathroom. Also upstairs there is another full bathroom, the 2nd bedroom with a queen bed, and the 3rd bedroom that can sleep up to five with two full beds (bunk) and a pull out twin trundle bed. This beautifully furnished smoke free house has a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops and bar, custom cabinets, high end appliances, coffee-maker, grinder, french press, micro, toaster, crock pot, stainless pots and pans, large bar-b-q, etc. etc. The kitchen has everything you need to make a great meal. A high efficiency boiler provides In floor heat throughout the house. Additional bathroom heaters and south facing windows make this a warm, bright and comfortable home.

The house has a large yard/orchard with beautiful mountain and cliff views. There is a Ping Pong table, Bocce Ball set, and other outdoor games. The covered porch with bar-b-q grill and seating opens to a large yard and orchard. In the yard you will find a horse shoe pit and ping pong table and chairs to sit under the trees. Cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, and plumbs are available to pick in season.

Past the orchard and fields you will see the D&SNG Train pass by on its way to Silverton several times a day. The Cider House is just 2 miles from Trimble Hot Springs with pools, massage, and great outdoor space. Drive 2 miles North and you are at James Ranch, the #1 rated restaurant in the area where you can also buy vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese fresh off the farm. For breakfast or lunch the Hermosa Creek Cafe is just a short walk away. There is also a nice local grocery and a liquor store a few minutes away.

The house can sleep up to 9 in beds. There is queen sofa bed in the TV room that can be closed off via pocket doors from the living room if desired and a pac-n-play for the little ones. We often stay in vacation rentals and strive to make ours one of the best.

We do not allow pets.

We are local owners that live on the property a few houses away so you can be sure if you need anything or have any problems, we can accommodate your needs. We have 3 boys ages 12-14 that love making new friends, playing soccer, hide and seek, tag and other outdoor fun on the property.


Chris Hall

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 26, 2018
About Chris Hall

I grew up in Durango and moved back in 2000. It's a great place to live and raise our 3 boys. Michelle and I love the outdoors and spend lots of time hiking, camping, rafting, etc. The winter brings skiing and hockey.

Chris Hall purchased this House in 2011

Why Chris Hall chose Hermosa

This 6.5 acre property was once a much bigger farm established in the 1890's. Despite the growth in this area it still retains a rural feel while being just a few minutes away from Durango. There are dozens of mature fruit trees on the property including apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, and cherry and lots of space for the kids to run around. We built our house in the north orchard in 2004 and I built the Cider House in the South orchard in 2011.

What makes this House unique

I built this home in 2011 using quality materials to create a comfortable and modern energy efficient house. In floor heating in stained concrete floors and good insulation keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. All new appliances, furniture, beds, etc.. It is sunny and bright and it is just a comfortable house. The covered porch is so great for sitting, eating, and looking out at the trees, the mountains, and the steam train chugging by in the distance.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Master
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 double, 1 twin/ single
      • The third bedroom has a double size bunk bed and twin trundle bed so you can sleep up to 5 kids or adults in that room. There is a pac-n-plays available to set up for the little one.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Master
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3

        Location Type

          • Mountain
            Mountain views surround the house.
          • Mountain View
            Great views of the red cliffs and mountains of the Animas valley.


              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Spa
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Maps
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        gas dryer.
                      • Heating
                        In floor heating and bathroom heaters.
                      • Internet
                        High speed wi-fi
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                        Parking for 2-3 vehicles. More parking can be arranged if you need it.
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Shampoo
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        high efficiency washer.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        up to 60mbs


                          • Kitchen
                            Fully stocked with stainless pots and pans, coffee maker, coffee grinder, french press, toaster, micro, etc. If you need anything more just let us know and we should be able to get it for you.
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Lots of pots, pans and dishes.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Setting for 10. Lots of cookware, baking dishes, spices, and everything you need to make a great meal.
                          • Dishwasher
                            Bosch stainless dishwasher.
                          • Freezer
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Drip and french press with coffee bean grinder.
                          • Microwave
                            large microwave with fan.
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Spices, cooking oil, baking soda, flour, sugar, etc.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Side by side with ice maker
                          • Stove
                            Gas 5 burner stove.
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Table seats 6 and counter 3. Also a table on the covered porch seats 4.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 9 people


                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Books
                                  • Books for Kids
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Books for Adults
                                  • Radio
                                  • Television
                                    Netflix, Hulu, and HBO now.
                                  • Toys
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library
                                    A full bookshelf full of over 250 VHS movies. Kids movies, classics, etc. It's like having your own video rental store.


                                      • Bicycles
                                        Ask. We have a couple adult and a couple kids bikes you can borrow.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Ask. We have a canoe you can rent.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large yard and orchard
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Larger Gas Grill with warmer.
                                      • Patio
                                      • Porch / Veranda
                                        Large covered porch with table that seats 6 offers views of the orchard, red cliffs, and D&SNG Train. A perfect place to hang out on summer


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • forests
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • museums
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • waterfalls

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • horseshoes
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • whitewater rafting
                                                          • wind-surfing

                                                            40 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews


                                                            Chris H.Durango, CO

                                                            Our family had a wonderful Christmas at the Cider House.

                                                            Wonderful family home

                                                            Gladys R.BOERNE

                                                            The home was beautiful. The views were beautiful. The house was more than accommodating to our family of 9. Loved the town of Durango. Will definitely be coming back. Great stay!

                                                            Beautiful spacious home

                                                            Carol P.BELEN

                                                            We stayed in this house during our trip to Durango to see the Polar Express. The house was beautiful and fit ten comfortably. The Halls even set up a Christmas tree which made it more like home for the kids. We were looking for something a little more secluded but we made the most of it. I actually took some amazing family pictures of my nephew and his family in the orchard. Since posting them on social media, tons of people have asked about the location where the pictures were taken so they can go take pictures too. At the end of the trip, we were happy and made some awesome memories. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home. :)

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            We are so glad you enjoyed our house. If you are ever here in the spring when the orchard is blooming and green it's a great place for pictures.

                                                            Marvelous experience! An absolutely fantastic place.

                                                            Thacker W.

                                                            All the care and effort Chris and Michelle put into this place made it a really wonderful vacation for us. The only thing missing was maybe a chest of drawers in the 3rd bedroom to put cloths in. Otherwise the house has everything we needed.

                                                            We loved this home

                                                            Thacker W.

                                                            Great house and great yard. Our family had a terrific vacation at the Cider House.

                                                            Lovely place to stay!

                                                            UserLos Alamos, NM

                                                            Our family of 6 adults and 4 kids (ranging from 15 to 6 months old) enjoyed our stay at the Cider House very much! The home was lovely, well appointed, comfortable for all, and a close drive for everything that we wanted to do and see on our three day weekend stay. We enjoyed a family BBQ on the comfy covered back porch on the first evening, with a ping pong in the Orchard. The kids ran out to the edge of the Orchard to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge steam train chugging by in the viewing distance, on it's return trip from Silverton. The house is a quick 10 minute drive into Durango, and a 15 - 20 minute drive up to Purgatory Ski Area. We all enjoyed the Purgatory Summer Adventure activities on Sunday. Thank-you Chris and Michelle Hall for a comfortable home for our family vacation over Labor Day Weekend. We would definitely stay at the Cider House again, and recommend it to family and friends!


                                                            Durango, CO, USA

                                                            Skiing, mountain biking, single track, hiking, jeep, four wheeling, cycling, iron horse, train, narrow gauge, rafting, golf, horseback riding, music, festival, lake, boating, mesa verde, ruins, art, Indian art, canyon lands, southwest, orchard, farm, mountains, ice climbing, bluegrass. Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, health/beauty spa

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