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Rocky Mountain Paradise (read our reviews!)

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Log and stone home, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7 - 10)

Our hand built log and stone home is in central Roaring Fork Valley, a little closer to Aspen than Glenwood Springs. We have stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, and a delightful house and yard from which to enjoy the views. Our home has a cozy, rustic feel, and there are incredible opportunities for recreation in the area. Amenities include a wood stove, a porch with hammocks, a fire pit in the front yard, a wood burning sauna in the back, a community swimming pool and tennis court in the summer, and cross country skiing, hiking or biking right from the door.

We have a rural feel, with preserved open space to the north, east and south. We're on three acres, but it feels much larger because of the open space in three directions. We're perched three miles above the highway (so there's easy access to shopping and local communities, with a great bus system connecting the valley), with inspiring views of the mountains. Wildlife abounds, with sightings of deer, fox, coyote, elk and many birds. The weather is often delightful, with warm (not hot) summers and snowy winters -- definitely distinct seasons. We're about a half hour from the ski slopes of Aspen or the hot springs and other attractions of Glenwood Springs.

The sauna is available all year, and after heating up you can jump in the snow in the winter, or in a small stream in the summer. The community pool and hot tub (Memorial Day - mid-September) are little used, so often it's like a private pool. You can enjoy the cultural and recreational activities of the valley, and then relax with the amenities in and around our home.

Out our door: trails for hiking, biking and cross country skiing; gardens; hammocks and a multi person swing; wood burning sauna (and a little creek in the summer to jump in when you're steamy); community swimming pool, hot tub, play ground and tennis courts in the summer within walking distance; fire pit area in the front yard; lots of wildlife.

At the bottom of the hill: (a three mile drive) grocery shopping, movie theater, restaurants, a bus system that will take you up or down the valley, antique and craft shops.

Aspen: (a half hour drive) alpine skiing, X-games, many festivals (food & wine, classical music, ideas, physics institute, hot air balloon, etc), museums, groomed cross country ski trails, golf, theater, all kinds of music, white water rafting, fishing, incredible hikes and bikes, Maroon Bells, internationally renowned speakers, etc

Glenwood Springs: (a half hour drive) world's largest hot springs pool, white water rafting, Fairy Caves and amusement park, Yampa Vapor Caves, hiking and biking, fishing, golf, Ski Sunlight.

Other attractions in the valley: fly fishing on the Frying Pan River, ghost towns, the art and craft village of Redstone, hiking in the Wilderness Areas, mountain biking, an Aspen to Glenwood bike path, free concerts most nights of the summer.

The bedrooms are laid out as follows:

Master bedroom has a queen bed and a small outside deck, with attached bathroom (and have we mentioned the views?)

Bedroom 2 has a double bed and a tree fort (yes, you have to climb a tree) with a twin mattress in it. Children should probably be at least 5 or 6 to use this bed. This shares a bathroom with bedroom 3, and the bathroom is across a hall / balcony

Bedroom 3 has a queen bed and a sleeping loft with 2 twin mattresses, and is accessed by a ladder.

Bedroom 4 is our guest room / study. It is downstairs, and uses the downstairs bathroom. It has a queen fold out couch / bed -- but it's high quality (made by American Furniture with a three platform design instead of the metal bars) and is just as comfortable as the other beds. This room also has a large flatscreen TV for movies and Netflix, but we don't get TV stations.

Keywords: log home, mountains, rural, unique, hand built, cabin, stone, sunny

More Details

Peter and Kate
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Peter and Kate

In June, 2012 we became retired school teachers, ready to expand our horizons. We love outdoor adventure, rural settings (although we're not opposed to some classic, big city adventures, either), and simple activities.

Peter and Kate purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Peter and Kate chose Missouri Heights

We built this house, stone by stone and log by log. We're very proud of it, and sometimes we can't believe we're willing to leave our incredible home and valley. Yet we enjoy traveling and seeing other parts of the world and other cultures. When we return, we're always amazed by the views we get 365/24/7, and the cultural and wilderness opportunities outside our door.

Although this is our primary residence, it's set up more like a second home -- with our gear in storage and basically empty closets, dressers, etc. On the other hand, the spice racks are full, the book shelves and game closet offer distractions, and we've left a notebook full of ideas / opportunities / hiking trails / events.

What makes this cottage unique

It's the best of both worlds. Sometimes we find ourselves never leaving our property for days at a time, surrounded by the natural world immediately outside our door. We read in the hammocks, have a fire in the firepit, cross country ski from our doorstep or swim in the community pool. Other times we're catching a free lecture from the Aspen Physics Institute, or one of the many free concerts throughout the valley, hiking or biking in world famous wilderness areas, attending art openings, provocative lectures, or full moon bike rides... As I said, sometimes we question why we're willing to leave.


Missouri Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , attached bathroom, incredible views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , The two twin beds are mattresses in a loft of the bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , The twin bed is in a loft of the bedroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is our study, with a truly comfortable fold out sofa.
    Loft - The lofts are in bedrooms 2 and 3, so read the details there
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double (1),Twin or Single Beds (2 or 3) these are in lofts in bedrooms with a queen bed as well.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
community swimming pool, outdoor firepit, covered porch with hammocks, wood burning sauna, community tennis court, wildflower lawn, several outdoor hangout spots, access to some of our recreation equipment: (bikes, tubes, water sport stuff)


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Rocky Mountain Paradise (read our reviews!)
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Measureless Mountain Days

  • 5 of 5

No traveler will forget their stay at this house. The love that went into the process of turning rock and stone into this home is both visible and felt. It is masterfully built, extremely spacious with many areas for privacy and group entertaining, and as a result is suitable for parties large and small. Rarely do I spend time appreciating the details of a house like I did here - it is worth it as each discovery adds a cheer to the stay and turns the house into a home in little time. The view from the home is a scene of enchantment. The endless subtleties of the mountainside and the wildlife around the house further the feeling of a dream. We left feeling deep respect and an appreciation for the owners, the home itself, and Colorado. Everything you need is provided at the house. The drive down into the valley is quick enough that getting groceries is not a pain, but far enough away that you feel entirely secluded from the noise of commerce. The home is centrally located for trips to Glenwood Springs area (Hanging Lake hike, caverns, river rafting) or Aspen (Maroon Bells hike, Red Butte hike). I cannot imagine a better place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing words, Christopher! Kate and Peter
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Very nice home and location.

  • 5 of 5

The location and home were wonderful. The history of the home and how it was built make it truly awesome. Very peaceful and the views of Mt. Sopris were great. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grants Pass Oregon

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Fun quirky house with super comfy beds. Great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! And can’t wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property itself is fairly nice with a good view of Mt. Sopris

  • 3 of 5

We had a below average experience here. We showed up to find two vehicles in the driveway and garage. We found the doors to the house locked even though we were told they would be open. The property contact number we were given was just a landline inside. The two cell numbers we were given to the owners phones went to voicemail and never returned. Very disappointing.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry we had bad communication. As we wrote when we accepted the booking, we were in Africa and communication was difficult. I thought I had replied where the keys would be, but on looking back on the emails, I see I had overlooked this. Normally we send out a packet of information which would have included other contact numbers, but we were unable to do that from Africa (my phone wouldn't forward the attachments with many pages of information) and I didn't realize that until we were already there. We often leave our cars on the property when we travel, but there should be plenty of parking space. Again, I apologize for the poor communication.
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Boynton Beach, FL

Fantastic View, cozy and warm

  • 5 of 5

I was surprised how big this place is. The decor and design totally reflected Colorado mountain life. I had a couple of questions when I arrived, Peter responded promptly. The location and the view were ideal. The place was clean and fully equipped. There is an instruction book for everything so I didn't have to worry about figuring stuff out on my own. My grandsons built their first snowman ever. The oldest is 15. We watched deer wander through the yard during the early evening hours. I couldn't be happier with our stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Glenwood Springs
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Aspen, Butermilk, Snowmass, Highlands, Ski Sunligh
Car: necessary

tube the ditch behind our house, trails from the door, outdoor firepit, starry skies, usually good snow December -mid March


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $400

There is a 5% tax and, if you stay less than a week, a $125 cleaning fee added to the base rate

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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