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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to the Retreat at Insmont.

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Our 129 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.

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 historic 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.

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.

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

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Bailey Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
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
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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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The Retreat at Insmont - Historic riverfront cabin on the North Fork
average rating of 4.8985505 based on 69 reviews

We are never disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

We've been going to the Retreat at Insmont for the past 3 years and always leave looking forward to our next trip. It is the best place to relax and unwind and Doug is very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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very nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

very nice and clean place

excellent location, very peaceful

good bedrooms, kitchen

bathroom shower little bit not comfortable but nice heating floor

definitely recommend this place to stay

hopefully we will come back in a near future

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place and relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

So cozy and comfortable. We had 5 adults and a very active 1 year old. We enjoyed the evening fires and listening to the river at night. Very happy we stayed here. The place it self is so unique, from its history to all the little details/decor. Only problem for us had to be the bathroom. To get to it you have to go through a bedroom and it connects the bedrooms. So at night when anyone went to the bathroom the creaky floors and having the flushing through the wall wasnt great. Also some people didnt like the clawfoot bath tub since there was no shower. But I personally loved it. It was easy to book and definitely would stay here again!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the grid, rustic, yet comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 traveled from Ohio to stay here 3 nights. We loved the retreat! The sound of the river and crisp mountain/forest air was awesome. Saw a fox, rabbits, various birds, beautiful sunsets and starry sky at night. The retreat itself was well stocked and comfortable with very good cell reception - no issues for those who need to stay connected back home, etc. (We have Verizon.) With two teenagers - didn't turn the tv on once - they had a fantastic time! Had fires outside (need to call each day to Park Service for ok - don't want any forest fires) and inside the home. House is rich in history - be sure to read the black book on history of ownership and talented Artist who did so many things to the home. Also the big book on Colorado depicts comparison photos from early 1900's to now. Saw a concert at Red Rocks Ampitheater 35 minutes away - phenomenonal venue. Crow Hill Cafe was our favorite nearby diner. Cabins/neighbors were closer than anticipated, but didn't impede our stay. Great location - close to Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs - all of which we visited. Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the property! The house was great hope to get back again next year.

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time at this house. The Property and house was beautiful. Landed one 20" rainbow and hooked into a couple others I'm not use to fishing the swift water.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: November 2016
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The Retreat at Insmont
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

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 Bailey

The Retreat is one of the most intimate, charming and 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!


The Bucksnort Saloon
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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