Ruby's Retreat is a two-level floor plan mountain home. It is located on one acre of level land, surrounded by trees, native wildflowers and wildlife. The interior is furnished in a western, rustic, mountain decor theme, with lodge-pole furniture. A queen size bed is in the master bedroom. Twin beds are in the upstairs, finished loft. One queen and one full size sleeper sofas are in the great room, which has a cathedral-ceiling with exposed beams. The one bathroom is located on the main floor. The back deck provides mountain views, a patio table and four chairs, a two-seat glider and a propane gas grill. The open front porch provides more mountain views, enjoyed from a porch swing. A propane fireplace and recliner chair are also in the great room. It has a fully furnished kitchen, with stove, oven, frig, microwave, pots and pans, coffee maker, crock pot and blender, A land-line phone is available for local calls or use with a long-distance calling card (no cell pone reception at this location). Fresh linens and towels are provided. Many books, board games and kid's toys are available for your use. A TV/VCR with many movies are provided (no cable or satellite TV).
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1070 Sq.ft., Sleeps Up To 8 With Sleeper Sofas, Mt Views
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 7, 2018
About Ted Hollman
'Ruby's Retreat' was built in 1993 by my parents, Loren and Ruby, as a family vacation home. After their passing, my sister and I inherited the family cabin. In order to keep it available for our extended family use, we decided to open it up for short-term vacation rental. My name is Ted Hollman, I live in Colorado and manage and maintain our family cabin. Our guests always comment that our mountain home has a warm 'homey, cozy' feel to it, that immediately makes them feel welcome.
Ted Hollman purchased this House in 1993
Why Ted Hollman chose Allenspark
In the early 1990s, my parents Loren and Ruby decided to build a mountain retirement home in Colorado. They chose the Allenspark area, which is close to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, (19 miles away) yet off the beaten path outside of the quiet village of Allenspark, in a relaxing, natural mountain setting. Our family cabin, located on one acre of land, has mountain views, wild mountain flowers, many pine trees, level ground (by Rocky Mountain standards) to make for easy walking. This is a family vacation cabin, not an investment property. Our family offers it to your family as a off-the-beaten path vacation rental.
What makes this House unique
Located in the Pine Valley area outside of Allenspark, Colorado, Ruby's Retreat is surrounded by mountain views in every direction. While popular destinations such as Estes Park and Rocky Mountain Nation Park are 1/2 hour away, Ruby's Retreat gives you a relaxed, non-touristy area to retreat to. Our guests describe our cabin as cozy, homey and welcoming. Enjoy watching the flames in the Franklin stove from my Grandfather's lazyboy recliner. Appreciate all the work my father put into making the lodge pole bed, sofa, chest of drawers and pole lamp. Enjoy a good night's sleep on my grandmother's antique twin metal frame beds in the loft sleeping area.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect cabin to relax after day hiking RMNP.
This cabin was perfect for our family. We have two children (7 & 4) and they LOVED the cabin (fun room just for them, lots of VHS tapes, games, etc.). Many reviews for this cabin are poor, which I believe are unfair. The description of the cabin clearly states there is no tv, no WiFi, and no cell service. Additionally, the cabin is remote but a beautiful drive to RMNP and/or Estes. Check-In and Check-Out procedures are clearly noted and incredibly simple compared to other places I have stayed. If you are looking for a mountain getaway, this is the place for you. We spent all our time in the park hiking so spent very little time actually there and city life is not for us, so we enjoyed being off the grid! My only suggestion is to bring a Bluetooth speaker to listen to music on (if you want to listen to your own). There is a stereo there, we just didn’t use it. I wouldn’t want to stay with a larger family, but it was perfect for us four. The cabin was a little stuffy when we arrived but was very clean. Overall, it was a perfect mountain getaway!!
This getaway is perfect. The cabin is very clean and has everything you would want. I would recommend this place to anyone that goes to Estes Park or Allenspark. Even when my sister locked the keys in the cabin, he came to our rescue.
Clean and cozy getaway!
We enjoyed the cabin very much. Our daughter loved all the toys and movies and we appreciated the disconnect from WiFi and cell coverage since we also have a teenage son. We had a great stay! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us!
Great place, easy to find, great parking
This cabin worked great for us! We attended a wedding in Estes an previously lived here and had friends visit. There was plenty of room to visit and play games.
Nice place to go to get away from modern distractions, but lacking some modern conveniences
This was a quiet cabin to stay in. We were in town for a wedding in Allenspark, but came for the week leading up to the wedding too. We quickly realized that the cabin was about an hour or more drive from many things we wanted to do (poor planning on our part), aside from the Rocky Mountain National Park which was within 15-30 minutes depending on the entrance we used. When looking up the property, it has wireless internet listed in the amenities, however after booking I received a message from the owner stating that there is no internet available. This made navigating to destinations challenging at first, but we did figure out that we could go to the Allenspark visitor center/the old gallery to use free internet to get our journeys started with GPS. We also got some practice using old fashioned maps found at the cabin. The property owner has his phone number listed in the cabin to contact him with the landline phone in the cabin, but I could not get it to connect: it seemed to be long distance, which would require using a calling card i did not have, or know where to purchase in this day and age. There is also zero cell phone reception at the cabin which makes lack of internet a bigger deal. There is no cable, satellite tv or dvd player, but 2 vhs players and vhs library available. If you are there long enough to have to dispose of trash, it is $2/bag at the local trash dump site, about 5 minutes from the cabin (recycling is free). We walked up to the national forest in the same road as the cabin a couple of times, but found an old abandoned campsite with a car with smashed windows and crime scene tape around it, which made me a little uneasy. Otherwise the neighborhood seemed pretty quiet and we were able to see beautiful sunrises and even a couple of deer one morning. We loved turning on the gas wood stove in the mornings and evenings while relaxing at the cabin.
Sorry for the confusion over the internet access. We have never offered internet at the cabin, so I went back and looked over our Home Away listing. A box was mistakenly checked under our listing indicating there was internet access. I corrected that so that it matches our description of no internet access in other correspondence from us. Hopefully the free internet access provided by businesses in Allenspark wasn't too inconvenient to use. Also, I'm sure you experienced this as well, every time we drive from the cabin to the outer edges of Estes Park, our phone lights up with rings and dings, indicating when we again have cell reception. You're also correct and we do site this in our listing, there is no cell phone reception in our remote area. In the correspondence I send out, I do recommend people bring a long-distance calling card for making calls from the land-line at the cabin. I was surprised that you ran across an abandoned car in Roosevelt National Forest. I've never seen that before. I checked with neighbors and learned some teenager (not from this area) vandalized a car of some "acquaintances " of theirs (also not from this area), were quickly caught by the local sheriff and are now in a great deal of trouble. The car has been removed from Roosevelt National Forest. This is far from a crime area, except for the occasional bear break-in.
I've rewritten several sections of our listing description to emphasize even stronger that our cabin is not in Estes Park, does not have satellite TV, internet and cell phone reception. While many people want these things on vacation, we are definitely trying to appeal to the vacationer looking for the off-the-beaten path experience.
Perfect cabin for our family!
Absolutely wonderful, clean cabin. Ted is a great host and made sure everything was perfectly prepared for us, including toys and movies for our kids, a local grocery card for discounts, and tips on great places to visit nearby. Very pleased with our stay and will be back!
Our cabin 'Ruby's Retreat' is surrounded by trees and beautiful mountain views on one acre of land, outside of the village of Allenspark, Colorado. A view of Taylor Mountain is just off the back deck of the cabin. Guests enjoy hiking, relaxing, reading, bird and animal watching (deer, elk, moose) at our quiet location. The property is located 5 miles from the Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and 19 miles to downtown Estes Park, which offers shopping, restaurants, groceries, laundry, a hospital, among other services and amenities. Carriage rides, horseback riding, jeep tours, chuck wagon dinners, ghost tours and tours of the historic Stanley Hotel (featured in the movie 'The Shining') are all available in Estes Park. The Visitor's Center and main entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park are also located outside of Estes Park, where you can attend Ranger talks and guided hikes. Just 1/10th of a mile from Ruby's Retreat is a jeep road and hiking trail entrance into Roosevelt National Forest. In the nearby village of Allenspark itself, there are two restaurants, a post office, church, 'Crystal Springs', offering pure, cold drinking water. Boulder, Colorado is less than one hour from the cabin, with free tours of the Celestial Seasonings Tea factory, the Leaning Tree Greeting Cards Western Art Museum and the popular Pearl Street pedestrian mall. The Peak To Peak Scenic Highway (Hwy 7 & 72) will take you to the towns of Peaceful Valley, Gold Hill, Jamestown, Nederland, the gambling towns of Black Hawk and Central City and ends in Idaho Springs, where you can drive up to the 14,000 ft. peak of Mt. Evans. For the more adventurous and well-prepared, the hiking trailhead to the 14,000 Long's Peak is 7 miles from the cabin. Rock Climbing is a popular activity in St. Vrain Canyon, between Ruby's Retreat and Lyons, Colorado. Our cabin is located 19 miles from downtown Estes Park.
Additional information about rental rates
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