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Just an Easy Walk to Almost Everywhere.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8, Fireplace, Sunroom, Deck, Ideal location

License #3216

Spacious. Spotless. Sparkling. Our 1930's vacation house has been undergoing an extreme TLC makeover since its purchase in 2010. It is now ready to be enjoyed by family, friends, and guests.

The FRONT BEDROOM features a private SUNROOM where you can see Lumpy Ridge, the Twin Owls, and other local landmarks while enjoying that first cup of coffee. This bedroom can be set up with two twin beds or a king depending on your preference and is furnished with a dresser, nightstand, and lamp. The guests in the BACK BEDROOM wake up to mountain views every morning. It offers a queen size platform bed, dresser, bed drawers, and a reading lamp for the late night person. The bedrooms share a totally refinished and beautifully tiled, well lit, and well furnished MAIN FLOOR BATHROOM with a walk in shower.

The recently completed 800+ square foot DOWNSTAIRS DORM doubles the square footage of The Vacation House with a 3rd BEDROOM, a 2nd BATHROOM, and the LAUNDRY ROOM. The DOWNSTAIRS DORM offers a queen bed plus a play/sitting area in the Master Suite and bunk beds in the Kids Korner. The Laundry Room has a washer and dryer, another sink and mirror, and an ironing board and iron. The oversized tiled bathroom hosts a double vanity. In the water closet is a toilet and a large walk-in shower complete with a heat/light/exhaust fan combination to make it nice and toasty. The Downstairs Dorm has quickly become one of our favorite parts of the on those warm days, quiet at night, and very roomy.

Leisurely meals together is one of the best parts of vacation and it easily happens here. The just-like-new u-shaped KITCHEN has a dishwasher, fridge, built in microwave, and stove as well as small appliances, cookware, and table service for your use. There are two long empty shelves waiting for your favorite snacks and foods. It is an open floor plan with the living room, kitchen, and back deck all adjoining the dining room.

Most of the time we eat outside. The mountains, lake, wildlife, and fresh air are just too good to miss. There is an large, attached deck, a picnic table, and a gas grill for your outdoor cooking. The BACK YARD is on the neighborhood trail for elk and deer so have your camera ready.

After supper we often walk along the lake and take the Riverwalk downtown for ice cream. Evenings at home are spent playing games at the Dining Room table or sitting in front of the Gas Log Fireplace to read a good book. There is also a Flat Screen Roku enabled TV and DVD Player for movie watching from the double reclining couch. Wireless Internet Access keeps you in touch with friends and family.

The cottage is in the Historic Reclamation District. Bring your walking shoes and/or bikes because Lake Estes, the fairgrounds, and the museum are just a block away. Restaurants, coffee shops, trails (including the Riverwalk), downtown shopping, the shuttle stop (in peak season Estes offers a free shuttle to RMNP and different areas of town), and the Visitors Center are also easy walks of less than a mile. When you are ready for a day trip, Rocky Mountain National Park is a quick 3.5 miles away.

The Vacation House is quite flexible because of its layout. For example, it can be 6 separate beds for a girls' getaway; or, two families sharing good times with one family on the main floor and one down; or, older and younger generations vacationing together with the grandparents on the main floor and the family with children needing naps and earlier bedtimes downstairs; or, four retired couples rekindling old friendships.

(For 2-4 people feel free to go to VRBO 1181516 to reserve the main floor only.)

Relax. Refresh. Rekindle. Renew. Restore.

It all happens at the Vacation House in Estes Park.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Keywords: cottage, bungalow,lodging, vacation, mountains, lake.

More Details

Deb Patrick
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Deb Patrick

We (Dennis and Deb Patrick) have lived most of our lives in the midwest enjoying mosquitoes, humidity, black gnats, and tornado sirens. Actually, we really do like it... the open prairies of KS, the rolling hills and rich farmland of IA, 4 distinct seasons, and a large city or two thrown into the mix. It's great. Dennis retired from the railroad and I was a teacher. We now spend time with family and friends and enjoy pursuing new interests. Dennis volunteers at the mission, plays his guitar, and takes motorcycle trips. I do art classes, play pickleball, and deliver Meals on Wheels. Life is good.

Deb Patrick purchased this house in 2010

Why Deb Patrick chose Estes Park

Our son and daughter-in-law, Amos and Molly, have lived in the historic Reclamation District since 2008. We quickly grew attached to the neighborhood due to the location and friendly neighbors. When a For Sale sign went up just down the street, we took the leap even though it needed a lot of TLC. After the purchase in 2010 the rennovation process began. Although we didn't begin with vacation rental in mind, we realize we want the house to be enjoyed by others when we are not able to be here.

What makes this house unique

Dennis often comments that being in Estes is like living in a postcard.

We love waking up to wildlife, fresh mountain air, the smell of pines, and low humidity. We walk almost everywhere when we are here...around the lake, downtown on the Riverwalk, to the grocery store, museum, Visitor Center, Thursday's farmers' market, a restaurant or coffee shop, and special events and festivals that are going on downtown or at the fairgrounds. Our fitbits are very happy!

Estes Park has a special quality about it that is hard to describe. Being surrounded by mountains probably has a lot to do with it. Also, the sun is usually shining and the temperature is often mild. Bugs are few. We enjoy being outdoors even if it is doing something as simple as picnicing in the back yard. And, the hospitality of the Estes Park locals is exceptional. The area is very family friendly, safe, and well kept. We love it.

Although many people enjoy the Village of Estes Park in summer we prefer fall and winter months. The sun is shining, the crowds are gone, and it often warms up for a brisk afternoon walk. Up in RMNP there is sledding and backcountry skiing for the younger ones. Dennis enjoys the quiet snow covered beauty of the mountains on snowshoes.

The historic Recalamation District is the ideal Estes Park location for us for 3 reasons. We have lake and mountain views with easy access to the lake and trails. All Estes Park activities are within walking distance so the car spends a lot of time parked in the driveway. Also, RMNP is just a quick 3.5 mile drive destination.


Estes Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • People other than registered guests may not stay overnight on the property.
  • Homeowner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illness that occur during the time of rental.
  • A signed rental agreement needs to be returned to homeowner via email to secure reservation.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Dorm bathroom - toilet , shower , Double vanity, large walk-in shower in Downstairs Dorm.
  • Nice main floor bathroom with tiled shower, toilet, and sink. The Downstairs Dorm bathroom also is tiled and hosts a double vanity. In the water closet is a toilet and large walk-in shower complete with a heated exhaust fan system to make it nice and toasty.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs Dorm - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , The Downstairs Dorm, including the alcove, sleeps 4.
    Front Bedroom - 1 King or 2 twin beds
    Back Bedroom - 1 queen
  • 2-4 people usually rent the main floor only. See VRBO 1181516 for info and reservations. It includes two bedrooms. The FRONT BEDROOM with the PRIVATE SUNROOM can either have a KING SIZED bed OR 2 TWIN/single beds. In the BACK BEDROOM with a MOUNTAIN VIEW is a QUEEN SIZED bed. For groups of 5-8 people the DOWNSTAIRS DORM is included in the reservation. The Downstairs Dorm has a QUEEN bed and a set of BUNK BEDS as well as a second bathroom and a laundry room. The Downstairs Dorm adds an additional 800 square feet of living space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
A stroller, pack'nplay, and high chair are available at no charge upon request. Molly maintains the house. She and Amos (daughter-in-law and son) live just down the block if any needs, questions, or problems should arise. The front door is coded to your zip code so you do not need to keep track of a key.


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average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Had a great time with my family.

  • 5 of 5

Close to a lot of things to do.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you were all able to get together. Hope it can happen again soon.
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Vacation in RMNP

  • 5 of 5

The place was immaculate. It was very convenient and quiet. It had everything we even vaguely thought we needed. It was a perfect size for 3 friends with room to spread out. Booking and connects were easy and fast. I really can't think of a deficiency.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying. Hope you can return soon.
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wonderful vacation in Estes Park!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a wonderful stay at this home. It was close to town and RMNP and the perfect home base between our outings. Kids loved the bunk beds and downstairs area and the adults loved the upstairs and sun porch. The home was in perfect condition and well maintained. We watched the fireworks on Lake Estes for the 4th of July which was a great show- and right across the street! We also walked to the Rodeo which was so fun. Overall a wonderful vacation- thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad your stay was wonderful and hope you can return again soon. The week of July 4 is one of the best weeks of the summer ;)
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is great. They remodeled a few years ago and they did an amazing job. The bathrooms are gorgeous you'd think you were at a 5 star hotel. There was plenty of space for 6 of us and could easily had 2 more. The linens are extra soft and seem brand new. The kitchen has everything you need. The small details are very nice for a rental like plastic containers, zip lock bags, spices, toys, books, games, extra bedding, and hammocks out back. The location is perfect too. You can walk to the lake, river and downtown area and a short drive to Rocky Mountain national park. Nothing to disappoint about this place, only having to leave!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are so glad your stay was wonderful and hope you return again soon.
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Immaculate sweet home in Rockies

  • 5 of 5

From the moment of arrival till day of departure , we were happy with the clean , organized, welcoming home.

Equipped kitchen, and bedrooms, comfortable sitting areas . Even the dining room chairs were comfortable.

Convenient to Estes Park, but far enough away from the congestion.

Mountain views from house, and Estes lake a block away.

An easy house to come home to.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We totally agree. Thanks for staying. The Dining Room chairs were a rare find and non- replaceable so we are hope they last a LONG time. ;).
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home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Everything was very organized and easy to find. We felt like it was home away from home. We all enjoyed our time together!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear that our Vacation House worked well for you. Hope you can return again soon. It's a great place for families and friends to gather.
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Lake at Estes Park
Estes Park Aerial Tramway
Estes Park Visitors Center
Fun City
Ed's Cantina & Grill
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
Nymph lake
Downtown Estes Park Main Street
The Egg & I
Mountain Home Cafe Inc.
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
Steamers Cafe at the Stanley Hote
Estes Park Museum
A great little museum when you are ready to dive into the unique history of Estes Park. Be ...
El Mex-Kal Family Mexican Restaurant
Delicious authentic Mexican food.
Nearest Airport
74.3 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Golf
0.9 Miles
Estes Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
66.8 Miles
Denver Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 36
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
El Mex-kal
Nearest Ski
3.5 Miles
Back Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Sledding: RMNP
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Wading Beach, boat and bike rental: Lake Estes
Nearest Point of Interest
Estes Park Visitor Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Safeway Gas Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Estes Park Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Stanley Park Fairgrounds
Nearest Point of Interest
The Mountaineer Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Estes Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
El Mex Kal
Nearest Point of Interest
The Stanley Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Notch Top Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Lake Estes and the primary hike/bike trail are just steps away. One block away is the Museum and Fairgounds. Shopping, Visitors Center, Downtown, Restaurants, Entertainment, 2 Golf Co urses, the Aquatic Center (the indoor pool is beautiful and the deep water aerobics class is excellent), Tennis and Pickleball Courts (pickleball is set up in the ice hockey rink), Skate Park, and Playground are one mile or less. Rocky Mountain National Park is 3.5 miles away. We are located in the historic Reclamation District. Beautiful views and easy access to everything.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $340

*2-4 PERSON SPECIAL: Looking for a place to sleep fewer people? Check out VRBO 1181516. Rent the main floor (2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and no laundry room) of The Vacation House. Same high standard of cleaning and maintenance AND ideal location.
*Winter Rates: October 15, 2017-May 25, 2018. $250/night. Minimum of 6 nights.
*Early Summer Rates: May 26, 2018-June 15, 2018. $340/night. Minimum of 5 nights.
*Summer Weeks Run Saturday to Saturday. Summer Rates: June 16, 2018-August 17, 2018. $2,300/week.
*Late Summer/Fall Rates: August 18, 2018-October 12, 2018. $340/night. Minimum of 5 nights.
*Winter Rates: October 13, 2018-May24, 2019. $250/night. Minimum of 6 nights.
*Check in after 4 pm. Check out before 10 am.
*Minimum age for reservation is 25.
*A signed rental agreement must be received to confirm reservation.
*Call and leave a message with questions about availability and price. Deb will call you back ASAP.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.