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The Retreat at Insmont - Historic riverfront cabin on the North Fork

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to the Retreat at Insmont.


Our 120 year old historic retreat is located approximately 45 miles from Denver via Hwy 285. Our1700sf retreat was originally built in 1898 and its history served as the Insmont General Store and Post Office, Depot for the Colorado Southern and Pacific Railroad,, painters studio and now our family mountain retreat.

The retreat is a truly inspirational "RUSTIC" home situated a stones throw from the North Fork of the South Platte River and nestled in the solitude of the Pike National Forest. The sound of the river rapids are heard year round and sweeping views of the river and mountains to the west make for some of the best sunsets in the area. It is understandable why our retreat is the perfect location for writers, artists, lovers, hikers, anglers, and all those who seek intimate sanctuary and solitude from city life. You will be surrounded by nature, tall pines, firs, wildflowers, deer, elk, wild turkeys, small mammals, fox, a variety of native birds and the picturesque beauty of a meandering river below a mountainside backdrop.

Over the past 7 years we completed the preservation of our historic retreat. Although it’s not a true “historic preservation”; painstaking efforts were taken to preserve the property the best we could, yet incorporate some modern comfort conveniences too. If you are looking for the quality of a luxury hotel, the retreat is probably not for you as it is still rustic! The Retreat is ideal for enjoying the view while soaking up the morning sun over a cup of coffee. The large fireplace perfect for sipping brandy in the evenings or reading a new novel. The main eating area is grounded by a large 12 foot farm table and chairs which is perfect for hosting large group dinners or crafting your favorite art project. Off of the main living room is the entryway and reading room with two cozy reading chairs, vaulted ceiling and an amazing view of the river and the mountains to the west. It is common to view Elk, deer and other wildlife in the meadow from this room.

NOTE: Due to the historic nature of our property, and to limit physical impact to the property; we do not typically accept reservations for guests wanting to host large gatherings, special events, weddings or social events.

Mountain Activities near the Retreat include:

• Jeeping Grants Pass, Hall Valley, Redcone Peak, Guanella Pass and others.

• Hike the nearby Colorado Trail, South Twin Cone Peaks, Platte Peak, Payne Benchmark.

• Fishing our stretch of river regularly produces native and raised trout in excess of 20”

• Additional fishing can be done at Wellington Reservoir, Anglers can fish in the river below or go to Boxwood Gulch, Cheesman Reservoir, Blue River, Long Meadow, or along the South Platte and along Bear Creek.

• Drink a morning coffee riverside outside of the retreat!

• Stargazing is some of the best in the area!!

PLEASE NOTE: Pets are allowed by exception only at the Retreat and must be approved by the owner prior to booking your reservation. This is strictly a non-smoking property. We do allow campfires in our designated fire pit when burn restrictions are not enforced.

Must be at least 25 to rent and photo ID such as Driver's License or Passport may be required. Our on sight property manager is responsible for monitoring access to the facility which is strictly enforced. Please see our rental agreement for information on guest limits, hosting unapproved social events and capacity restrictions for our property.

Keywords: Cabin, Bailey lodging, Riverfront, North Fork, fly fishing, angling, Waterfront

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The Retreat at Insmont
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About The Retreat at Insmont

As life long Colorado natives, we take full advantage of our little retreat in Bailey to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We originally purchased the retreat in 2007 after a searching the state for a perfect mountain property that was close to Denver, had mountain views, was located in a National Forest and most importantly, was located on a river or lake. As you can imagine, those properties are rare and expensive to say the least!

The Retreat at Insmont purchased this cabin in 2007

Why The Retreat at Insmont chose South Central

The Retreat is one of the most intimate, charming rare one-of-a-kind, historic homes in the Bailey area. It has it all, mountains, solitude, history, waterfront, National Forest and clean mountain air. If the 3 bears really did have a home.... this storybook property would be it!!

What makes this cabin unique

You would never know you are only 60 minutes from Denver!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Retreat at Insmont - Historic riverfront cabin on the North Fork
average rating of 4.90625 based on 64 reviews

Character, Comfort, History, and Beauty

  • 5 of 5

The drive into quaint Bailey, from Frisco was beautiful, and arriving at the Retreat was everything we hoped. This historical cabin welcomed us with it's class and artistic style immediately. The kids bunk room was perfect for our son, the kitchen was rustic yet highly functional and, like the rest of the house, oozing with character. The bedrooms were cozy, lux and artfully decorated. I just say enough good things about the Retreat. I'll just let the awe inspiring property speak for itself when you visit...assuming we haven't booked every available weekend ;)

PS fly fisherman enjoy...caught a 15" brown...amazing!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we hoped for our family get away!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a gem! We love that it's so close to Denver. The cabin is the epitome of nostalgia. We all loved the stone fireplace. There was a open fire ban when we were there so we didn't get to use the outdoor fire pit. =( Still... The property is gorgeous and well stocked. It's so close to our Wellington Lake - our family favorite place to hike and relax. We will be back to this cabin without a doubt. The only thing for a wish list would be a shower of some sort... ;)

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family fun and relaxation !

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic getaway for our family from Ohio. Grandchildren enjoyed the bunk beds, the outdoors, fishing .Well stocked with everything we needed for preparing meals. Thanks again Doug and Pam for a pleasant safe cabin.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing get away

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and was the perfect end to our wedding weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing is an understatement.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at The Retreat for the last two years and love it!! It is peaceful and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great hosting you again and I just confirmed your reservations for next year! Our number one Retreat Guests! See you next year!
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Adorable little cabin on the river!

  • 5 of 5

The retreat is an adorable little cabin that sits right off of the river. It has everything modern you could need, but still feels like you've gone back in time to enjoy the outdoors and sit cozy next to a real fire at night. Wellington lake is also close by, we really enjoyed making a trip there! It's so nice to escape for a few days, we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Nearest Airport
72 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Bucksnort Saloon, Aspen Winery, Rustic Station
Nearest Motorway
2.1 Miles
Hwy 285
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Cutthroat Cafe, Rustic Station, China Garden,
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Car: recommended

On local property manager is responsible for ensuring guests comply with our rental use policies and strictly enforces access to the property for the security of our renters and the property. See our rental agreement for additional information related to guest and access to the property.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $25

First, I want to let all of our renters know that we recently received notification from VRBO and Homeaway that they are now charging a "service Fee" to all renters for the "privilege" of reserving a property through one of these associated sites. Please understand this is a fee that goes directly to VRBO and Homeaway and not the property owners in any way. It is very disappointing that VRBO is now charging these fees to our renters, as well as charging the owners, us, an additional transaction fee for the "privilege" of having our property listed on their site too! OH forgot to mention the annual hosting fees they get also for each property!! if you are also concerned about these additional fees, please leave feedback on their site to communicate them. We are also accepting PayPal as a payment option so assist in saving our great clients this "privileged" rental overhead!!!!

As our guest at the Retreat, please understand that the Retreat is not an event or social party hosting venue and is not to be used as such. All social events in excess of those identified in the rental request must be approved in advance due to the impact on our historic property. Please refer to our rental agreement for details regarding hosting of unapproved events and socials and on sight property management rental termination policy!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bailey Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , A Jack-n-Jill style bathroom shared between both bedrooms
  • The bathroom includes an original 1800's claw foot bathtub with hand shower, view of the river, Tuscan style vanity! NOTE: that the bathtub and hands shower can be a challenge for older guests to navigate!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Historic Bunkroom - 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 2
    Sunny Side Bedroom - 1 queen , This Bedroom has been historically preserved
    Riverside Bedroom - 1 queen , Firm mattress
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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