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The Retreat at Insmont - Historic Riverfront Cabin on the North Fork

(65 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to the Retreat at Insmont.


Our 128 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 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.

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


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Historic Bunkroom: 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps 2...moreless

  • Sunny Side Bedroom: 1 queen

    This Bedroom has been historically preserved...moreless

  • Riverside Bedroom: 1 queen

    Firm mattress ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    A Jack-n-Jill style bathroom shared between both bedrooms...moreless

  • 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!...moreless


  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish TV Available now !!!!!!!!...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    The Retreat is a historic 125 years old home with a rich history....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The Retreat is located in the Pike National Forest and is surrounded by rolling hills and views of the Continental Divide to the west....moreless

  • Water View:

    The Retreat is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The Retreat is located on the North Fork of the South Platte River...moreless

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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 15 people


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    High speed wireless internet available!...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    There is a coffee pot and Keurig Coffee maker. Drip Coffee is sometimes available for the Coffee pot and the Keurig requires that you provide your own supply of coffee ( K Cups)...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped Kitchen...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Does not have a dishwasher!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Typical salt pepper some spices... and condiments are regularly available for your stay...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove and oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


from 65 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$195 $225
Fri, Sat, Sun

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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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72 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver International Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bucksnort Saloon, Aspen Winery, Rustic Station
2.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 285
1.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cutthroat Cafe, Rustic Station, China Garden,
45 Miles
Nearest Ski

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Bailey, CO, USA:
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!!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
You would never know you are only 60 minutes from Denver!

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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  • Girls Weekend - June 2013

    Girls Weekend - June 2013

  • The West Sitting Room and Entryway

    The West Sitting Room and Entryway

  • Hunting for whales!

    Hunting for whales!

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room 2

    Living Room 2

  • Big fish.... Small river!!! Caught 100 feet from the Retreat!!!!

    Big fish.... Small river!!! Caught 100 feet from the Retreat!!!!

  • Twilight at the Retreat

    Twilight at the Retreat

  • River bedroom 2

    River bedroom 2

  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

  • The end to a great weekend at the Retreat!!  87 and can still catch em !!!

    The end to a great weekend at the Retreat!! 87 and can still catch em !!!

  • Breakfast of sorts!!

    Breakfast of sorts!!

  • Kitchen


  • Sunrise Bedroom

    Sunrise Bedroom

  • Fireplace


  • The Firepit

    The Firepit

  • Historic Bunkroom

    Historic Bunkroom

  • River bedroom

    River bedroom

VRBO #462510

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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