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Quiet Mountain Cottage Close To All Attractions

Bedrooms 1
Space 425 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 3, Stunning Red Cliff Views

We are open! Nestled among some of the oldest Ponderosa Pine trees, and with magnificent views of the red cliffs of the Animas Valley, our cottage is the perfect get-away destination for those who seek to discover Durango, Colorado and the Four Corners region.

The Cottage is newly remodeled, with a new 4 burner stove and full size refigerator, fully furnished, clean, contemporary and fully stocked with everything you need for your home away from home. WIFI-high speed internet , Dish, and an iPod speaker port keep you entertained and connected. The Cottage sleeps 3: a new queen sized, firm bed features 500 count sheets; the black love seat folds out to form a comfortable twin. Plush linens, additional sheets and comforters are provided. The bedroom has pocket doors for added privacy. It is 500 sq ft., and sits at about 6850 ft above sea level.

CLEANING: Each guest can expect clean sheets and towels, dusted furniture, a clean and disinfected shower, sink, toilet, kitchen ( counters, sink, stove, frig) disinfected light switches, door knobs and remotes. The stained concrete floor will be swept and mopped (the stained concrete has some discoloration from its installation. (We have discovered that some guests think it might be dirty - we assure you it is clean!) If you find anything is not to your liking, please contact Candace! We strive for 5 star reviews!!

A seasonal stream runs next to the Cottage along side wild raspberry bushes, spring bulbs and wildflowers. The Cottage sits on 1/2 acre behind your host's main house. It has its own private drive, carport and 2 parking spaces. Te property has 3 apricot trees, a cherry and an apple tree. Our property backs up to the San Juan National Forest and wildlife is abundant. Elk, deer, wild turkeys, black bear, hummingbirds, chipmunks, squirrel, many native birds, Golden Eagles have been seen on and around the Cottage. Bear do come onto the property when food sources become scarce at higher elevations, therefore it is imperative that summer guests do not leave food in their cars nor outside on the property. Bears love BBQ grills, therefore we do not provide one and enjoy our steaks at one of the many fine restaurants Durango has to offer! Bring your camera! If you are lucky enough to see a bear, you can take magnificent photos safely from inside the Cottage as they make their way across the property. It is an unforgettable experience! Black Bear (No Grizzly Bears!) are mostly herbivores, usually more frightened of people, and will pass on through quickly. Being cautious allows us to live in bear country without incident.

We are located just off US 550 which is known as the Million Dollar Highway. You can take it north to Silverton and visit a working gold mine or south to Farmington if you crave big city life. Durango has 9 movie theaters, a wonderful Rec Center, live theater and show, festivals and of course, the train! No visit to Durango is complete without taking a ride on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad!

The drive back to the Cottage is single lane and paved. The turn around radius is small and large trucks or duelies have more trouble navigating than regular sized pick-ups, cars and SUVs.

More Details

Candace Richerson
Member since: 2013
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Candace Richerson

Your host is a retired hotelier who chose this remarkable property as a place to retire. I am an avid photographer and love to rock hunt! Come visit our mountain paradise; seek your adventure and renew your spirit.

Candace Richerson purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Candace Richerson chose Durango

As a rock hound and amateur geologist, the first time I drove up US 550 and saw the glacier cut valley on the north side of Durango, with its towering red and white cliffs, my heart jumped! I looked at houses up and down this valley until I found the perfect place for me. To be able to share this piece of Paradise with visitors is a humbling experience.

What makes this cottage unique

If you need or would like to have certain food and beverage or flowers in the Cottage before you arrive, I am happy to do that. You have the comfort of being a guest at my home while having the privacy of your own accommodations. The linens are fresh and new. You won't have anyone above nor below to keep you awake. You are out of town, yet close (10 minutes) to downtown.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in the cute cabin. It is all we can do to get out of here and move it back to Texas. Thank you for the generous hospitality and gorgeous view. It was voted our best Christmas ever.

Best and Thanks,
Dec 2013
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Durango Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 425 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a single sink with lots of counter space and a shower with a hand-held shower head. There is a towel warmer and built in shelves for extra storage.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • The cottage has one bedroom with pocket doors that can be closed for privacy. It has a firm, queen mattress. The sheets are 500 count Egyptian cotton. There are 4 bed pillows and an extra set of sheets. The Love seat in the living room fold out as a twin bed and has its own set of sheet and a pillow. Down comforter, extra blanket, a cozy throw are available for you use.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We are less than 1/2 mile north (walking distance) of Trimble Hot Springs and Spa which features a full range of spa services, soaking tubs, hot tub, live music during the summer on Sunday afternoons. Check -in at 4:00pm Check-out at 10:00am


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Quiet Mountain Cottage Close To All Attractions
average rating of 4.681818 based on 31 reviews

Quiet and Serene

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a small quiet cottage to spend a week in Durango to get out of the Texas heat and this was it! We also needed a pet friendly place so could bring our doxie companion. So appreciated when owners are pet friendly! We loved the location. Just far enough out to feel country but close to town. Thank you, Candace, for having this very special place!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and very nice

  • 5 of 5

Just what you need and nothing you don't.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful sunrise

  • 5 of 5

Nice little cottage decorated well. The sunrise every morning over the mountain was beautiful. Enjoyed listening to the train whistles each day. Convient to Durango. We enjoyed our stay. God bless.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nice and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay very much. Hope to stay there again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Relaxing days near Durango

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Ponderosa Cottage north of Durango, on the edge of the San Juan National Forest. The cabin was perfect for the two of us to have a few days of relaxation, with a beautiful view of the red cliffs. Cabin was clean and comfy, nicely decorated, with everything we needed. Our host was friendly, helpful and informative. We just wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Quiet house in a great location

  • 4 of 5

Nice small home is located near Trimble Crossing which is ideal if you want to spend time at Trimble Hot Springs. The hot springs are walking distance. It's a little far out of town if you want to be in the heart of the activity but it's in a quiet neighborhood which is what I was looking for. Lovely view for the sun setting on the mountains. House is fine for a couple. Would be tight with any more. Bed was OK. Kitchen equipped well enough to make basic food. Relatively clean but lots of dust bunnies that need to be cleaned up. Would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Durango La Plata County Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Mountain Madness Brewing Company
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Dalton Ranch Golf Course
Nearest Train
9.52 Miles
Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Hwy 550
Nearest Restaurant
1.38 Miles
Mama's Boy Pizza (Italian Menu)
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort ( Ski Purgatory)
Car: necessary

Year-round opportunities for adventure are just outside our door: hiking/bike trails on property, Nordic adventures just 20 minutes away at the Durango Mountain Resort (Ski Purgatory); Trimble Hot Springs Spa is within walking distance; one of Durango's most beautiful golf courses, Dalton Ranch, is within a mile; Historic Downtown Durango and the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is 10 minutes away.

Durango's nightlife is legendary with many local breweries and gourmet restaurants. Floating down the Animas river on a hot summer day is truly a bucket list experience. Just a couple of miles north is James Ranch, a sustainable working ranch with the best burgers and organic produce in the area. History lovers will find the ancient dwellings of Mesa Verde captivating. Movie buffs can stand where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid jumped off a cliff or see the cash register where Clark Griswold stole money in National Lampoon's Family Vacation. Make sure your camera is charged or you have plenty of film as our home in the mountains is also home to deer, elk, bear, wild turkeys, an assortment of chipmunks and hummingbirds. Rock hunters, there are thousands of closed mines with traillings waiting for you to sift through them! Geology hammer and loop available upon request.

PJ's Gourmet Grocery and a liquor store are located within a mile.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55

Please keep in touch with your arrival and departure times. I like to great guests in person! Check-in after 4:00pm. Check-out at 10:00am.

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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