Well Appointed, Great Views, Dogs. X-Mas & New Years Still Available(6 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
5 BR, Granite Countertops, HW Floors, High End Furnishings, Sleeps 14+
The modern floor plan with open spaces sits on top of the hill among the aspens, pines, spruce and fir trees with fantastic views of Lester Mountain (where the Steamboat Lake Ski Area used to be), the Beaver Creek and Willow Creek Valleys and Willow Creek Pass.
The house has 5 bedrooms with 3 full baths and sleeps 14+. The expansive master has a king size bed with Tempur-Pedic mattress, a private bathroom with jetted tub, shower and two sinks. Also upstairs are two bedrooms each with queen-sized beds, which share a full bathroom. On the first floor are two very large bedrooms, one with a king sized bed, a portable crib and room for the double sized air mattress, the other has 3 sets of bunk beds, both with walk in closets, which share a full bath with a pocket door dividing the shower and the sinks area. We offer high quality, high thread count linens, most beds have down comforters in duvets.
The kitchen has granite slab countertops with cabinets, doors and woodwork handmade from the trees taken from the property. There are all the customary appliances plus we have a large Vermont Castings Grill on the front porch, an electric skillet used for bacon and pancakes, Panini maker, coffee maker and grinder, Professional grade non-stick cookware with all the customary china, glass and silver. As you may be able to tell, we are cooks and the kitchen reflects our lifestyle. You will find a well-stocked pantry with spices, condiments, foil and bags, sugar, flour and we always have a big tin of hot chocolate. We use the property regularly and we appreciate not having to remember every small item.
The main living area accommodates large groups; we regularly host my brothers’ families (6 adults, 8 kids, 4 dogs) plus my parents, which makes 16 humans. Just off the kitchen is an open dining area with a huge farmhouse table, made from wood reclaimed from my great uncle's barn in Del Norte, CO (near Durango). The open floor plan allows everybody to collect together even if they are spread through the kitchen, the main dining table or relaxing on the very comfortable couch, overstuffed chair with ottoman and rocking chairs that make up the living area around the wood burning fireplace. Also upstairs there is a reading room, just isolated enough to concentrate yet stay in the mix of activity in the rest of the house.
Downstairs, in addition to the very quiet bedroom area, is a playroom with a pool/ping pong table. There is a large sectional couch with an entertainment center where we watch movies. There is also a gear room to store all the boots, coats, shoes and snow pants so they dry quickly and they aren’t cluttering up the rest of the house. I use the workbench there to tune skis.
The garage is huge, large enough for two cars plus our toys. We provide a great canoe, a fishing kayak (good for lakes), a windsurfer board we use as a stand up, a couple of kids bikes, fishing poles, snow shoes and sleds for your safe use during your stay.
The fireplace is a big hit during the winter, but the summer offers a big back deck, compete with Adirondack chairs and rolling stumps we use as tables. Down the back yard we have a fire pit for evening storytelling and s’mores. There is also a front porch, perfect for an outdoor lunch and makes a great viewing area for those pitching horse shoes.
We prefer vacationers who plan on staying for a week or more and we are very accommodating to smaller groups who wish longer term rentals.
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Member since: 2012
- 4100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 14-16
- King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (3)
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Situated in the aspens and tall pines the back deck overlooks Lester Peak where Pearl Lake Ski Area used to be. To the South are great views of the Beaver Creek and Willow Creek Valleys and Willow Creek Pass. In the distance and to the East are views of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area and the Sawtooth Range. Morning coffee on the back deck affords these great views along with the daily crossing of deer and other small critters, hawks and lots of hummingbirds. The front porch for afternoon or evening drinks affords a great view of the forest and horseshoe pits for some friendly encouragement....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
- Catering Available
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Jetted Tub
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $250
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
- Taxes Not included
Regular Rate is $450/night, Holiday rate is $650/night, Off-Season rate is $300/night.
Holidays: Christmas/New Years, Independence Day, Labor Day.
Off Season: Late Spring and Late Fall, more or less.
I prefer a week minimum and I accommodate long term renters.
Cleaning Fee is $250.
Call or email me for a quote.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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At the house:
Have drinks and appetizers on the back deck, watch the deer graze through the yard and perhaps catch a rainbow that seems to start and end in the valley below. Or if there are any shoe pitchers in the group, there are horseshoe pits situated so the crowd can watch from the front porch. There is also a stone fire pit in the back yard for cooking hot dogs, roasting marshmallows or just hanging out during the cool evenings at 8,100 feet.
There are 4 swings on the property, 1 of them hangs from the pine tree in the backyard. The ground falls away just as the swing rises for a feeling of flying. There is a path that leads to the swing from the side of the garage and down around the rest of the property. My wife prefers to walk around the court and down Placer Place until it dead ends, about a 2.6-mile walk round trip.
There is a wide variety of birdlife in the area, including hawks, bald eagles, blue herons and lots of humming birds that buzz in and out of the back deck area, particularly as we are enjoying coffee in the morning.
In the winter we gather around the wood-burning fireplace, play games, read books and engage in the lost art of conversation. We bring the deck chairs to the first floor for spirited ping-pong or pool tournaments or involve everybody in a fast paced game of crud (instructions in the entertainment center). It also makes for a great place to warm up after x-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, igloo and fort building, snowball throwing, etc all in the back yard.
Water activities: Including canoeing, swimming, water skiing and crawdad hunting at one of the nearby lakes. Steamboat Lake (2 mi away) offers amazing views and the marina rents boats from party barges to canoes and kayaks. For a more intimate experience, try Hahn’s Peak Lake or Pearl Lake. I understand the evening fishing at Hahn’s Peak Lake can be quite rewarding. There are several creeks with beaver dams for fly-fishing, two offering class IV whitewater kayaking. And, I highly recommend tubing down the Yampa River in Steamboat.
Road biking: The roads in the area are hilly, scenic, have wide shoulders and do not get a lot of car traffic, which makes for great biking. You can ride down into Steamboat, 23+/- miles each way with about 2,000’ vertical. Or, in each direction from the house you can find beautiful rides: up to Columbine, down to the Elk River and up that river along Seedhouse Road. If you do all three you will get nearly 2,500’ vertical in about 36 miles.
Mountain Biking: There are so many spectacular trails in the area it is impossible to summarize them here. However, my favorite is from the house, around Pearl Lake, which leads to the Coulton Creek trail and once up a short uphill portion you’ll find an easy and beautiful single track path through the aspens, ferns, wildflowers and pines. If that is not enough from there you have a choice of spectacular loops to choose from.
ATV, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles: we are surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of miles of motorized trails. Snowmobile right from the house or head north 6 miles and the national forest is wide open with more trails than you can ride in a week.
Horseback riding: Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse is less than a mile away. It’s more than a bar, its an outfitter. There is also a quick ride with dinner at the Elk River Guest Ranch a quick drive up Seedhouse road.
Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding: Steamboat is famous for its powder. But there are plenty of other options. We go cross-country skiing around Pearl and Hahn’s Peak Lakes. There is a great skate-skiing course at Steamboat Lake, or on the snowmobile track on the Prospect trail.
We find sledding in the backyard to become an all day activity. In the spring, when there is a crust on top from the night freeze, you can make it from the end of the lower driveway all the way down to the Pearl lake road non-stop.
Hiking: Where to start? I think it’s best to start with a copy of “Hiking the ‘Boat”. There are so many good hikes from Mad Creek all the way up to Hahn’s peak. Two favorites are hiking Hahn’s peak, and the Wyoming Trail to the continental divide.
Dining and nightlife: There are so many great places in Steamboat, try the Sweetwater Grill overlooking the river and the Ghost Ranch especially for live music. Nearby try the Hahn’s Peak Café overlooking Steamboat Lake and offers tasty sandwiches and great margaritas.
Shopping: Steamboat is fun for shopping, but make sure to visit the Clark Store / post office / deli / liquor store / souvenir shop / library / candy store / ice cream shop / movie rentals / all around good meeting place.
Culture: Hahn’s Peak has a history museum, but like the town, it’s small. Steamboat has a great library and the String’s music festival is very well done.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: I live in Denver with my wife, three kids and a dog. I grew up in the area and am an avid skier, biker, hiker, and water lover. We are all outdoor people yet we all appreciate a down day reading, playing games, watching movies or hanging by the fire.
Why the Owner Chose Clark, Colorado, United States of America:
We found the area when we just had two kids and were camping at Pearl Lake, only two miles away. I loved the remote feeling, the quiet, the big trees and the beauty of the area. The house is so comfortable, yet it affords us all the outdoor pursuits we crave, especially coming from the city. It is like getting the best of camping, without the hardships.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house sits on a hill so we have a view we can watch for hours, yet we are still in the trees so we have some privacy too. It is close enough to the main road, which is paved, regularly plowed in the winter and affords us to easily visit the nearby restaurants and attractions, yet we face south and having the trees around protects us from the road. It really is like getting the best of what the area has to offer and getting a good night's sleep.
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View of back yard & Willow Creek Pass from back deck in fall color
Big red tree swing in back yard
Large farm house table with great views of the willow creek valley and pass
Master Bedroom w/ king size bed
Rocking chairs in the living room near the fireplace
Front porch and horseshoe pits
Three swings out back patio. A great place for the kids to get away and chat.
Sand Mountain and Steamboat Lake, 2 minutes away
Kayak on Pearl Lake
Front of house in summertime
View from the back deck
Kitchen in open floor plan with door to back deck on right.
Cozy main level family room with wood burning fireplace
Master Bathroom with jetted tub
2nd of 3 bedrooms upstairs with queen size bed
Ping pong & pool table, darts, TV room w/ laundry on right & gear room on left.
King size bed on first floor, the other has 3 sets of bunk beds
Young buck passing through as seen through the back deck rails
Early winter snowfall
Hahn's peak cafe, one of several local spots nearby, 2 minutes up the road
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Sunday, January 15, 2017
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