Rooms with a View: Bear House Near Ouray

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Last updated: 10/06/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The surrounds of Ouray, Colorado, located near the heart of the rugged and magnificently picturesque San Juan Mountains, is a glorious piece of paradise for adventuresome souls. This home, situated 5 miles north of town, offers a relaxing place to soak in the area’s beauty and a base to venture out to explore its wonder. We refer to this place as “Bear House,” named for the chainsaw bear sculpture welcoming you aside the front door.

Bear House sits on a shelf about 100 feet above the floor of the Idlewild valley, privately located at the end of a spur on a 1.3 acre wooded lot. The home features an inviting great room with tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen, and generous master bedroom and bath. Two additional bedrooms and an adjoining full bath occupy a partial second story. You can enjoy your meals inside on a large dining room table or outside on a wooden porch. This porch and large windows that span the northeast facing aspect—including great room, master bedroom, and upstairs bedroom—offer stunning, unimpeded views across the valley to Cutler Creek and Baldy Peak directly to the east, the Bridge of Heaven area rising sharply above Dexter Creek, and, in the distance to the north, the south rim of the Ouray amphitheater.

Located in the great room is a collection of books about the region’s history, jeeping in the area, and hiking trails, as well as trail and road maps. You’ll also find a small library of other fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, and games. A utility room, located off the kitchen, has a washer and dryer. The property also has a 2.5 car garage to park your car and store outdoor gear.

**NOTE: We receive internet connection through a Verizon hotspot. In this rural area, cable or fiber optics are not available for internet. This option (“broadband”) is very much like using a hotspot on your cell phone, thus to supply data to the house is expensive. Because of this, we have to limit the amount of data each guest can use during their stay. Please be aware of automatic updates and notifications that might unnecessarily use your limited data.

You will only have a certain amount of data to use, and we will let you know so that you can budget your use and keep track of it how you wish. We are very sorry about this, but we of course have the same problem when we are there. There are several places in Ouray that have Wi-Fi if you need to use data. We thank you for your understanding. But if you want to spend time using data, then perhaps houses in between Ouray and Ridgway will not be suitable for your needs.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1838 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    We have toys (mainly for ages 0-7), games and high chair and baby seat...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Apologies, but we cannot accommodate pets....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Upstairs Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Upstairs Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    Bottom mattress of the bunk is a double, top is a twin....moreless

  • The Master Bedroom and Upstairs Bedroom 1 each feature three large southeast-facing windows (60+ sq ft.) looking over the Idlewild valley and into the Cimarron range east of Ouray...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    privately located off the Master Bedroom...moreless

  • Guest Bathroom: toilet

    a small convenient half bath located off the living area...moreless

  • Bathroom Upstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower

    a 'Jack-and-Jill' bathroom serving both upstairs bedrooms...moreless

  • Each bathroom has towels, toilet paper, hair dryer, bandaids, shampoo/condition and body wash...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a high chair that attaches to the dining room chairs for small children. There is also a baby seat, for those children not yet walking, but can sit up and crawl around....moreless


  • Books:

    A small library of books about the area, plus an eclectic selection of fiction and non-fiction...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Several board games, chess game, decks of cards...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV with high definition channels...moreless


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Dining area just off the kitchen in the great room. Pine log table comfortably seats 6. Two stools are set at a kitchen counter. Outdoor dining is available on a large 6-sided table on the patio...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full front-loading unit...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Indoor gas fireplace, located in the great room....moreless

  • Garage:

    2.5 car garage...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane furnace...moreless

  • Internet:

    In this rural area, cable/fiber optics not available, thus data is expensive and very limited. No streaming or gaming. We are sorry about this inconvenience. Ouray has places that have free Wi-Fi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    A wide private drive accommodating 4 vehicles drops down to the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    No phone on property; please bring a cell phone....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    In addition to bath towels, there are 6 dedicted pool towels located in the master bathroom...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full top-loading unit...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12-cup automatic drip unit, supplied with coffee filters and plenty of coffee cups. We usually try to keep coffee for your convenience in the freezer....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of dishes, glasses, and utensils for dining; pots, pans, bowls, cooking utensils, and other accessories sufficient to prepare large meals...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Full size unit...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Well-equipped and spacious kitchen; counters on 2.5 sides, stone top island...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built-in unit above the oven...moreless

  • Oven:

    Built-in electric wall oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    salt, pepper, a variety of spices, and basic condiments; paper towels provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Jenn-Air electric stove top with four burners...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Sizable and very private wood deck off the back of the house, with benches and a picnic-style 6-sided table ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 4.9%

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Last updated: 10/06/2016
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Montrose, CO
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
Divide Ranch and Club
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 550
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Ouray, Colorado
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Telluride Ski Resort

Car: Necessary

Ouray is widely renowned as the Jeep Capital of America. Old mining roads, some passing historic ruins, abound in the San Juans. In winter, Ouray transforms into the Ice Climbing Capital of America, highlighted by the climbing park in the town's box canyon. The area is also well-known for its splendid hot springs, whether enjoyed at a public pool in Ouray or private resorts (such as the Wiesbaden in Ouray or Orvis Hot Springs near Ridgway).


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2012

About: We are Sara and Steve, a university researcher and professor currently residing primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have regularly recreated, relaxed, and revitalized in the Ouray area for years and, indeed, were married just off of Bear Creek trail, high above the Uncompahgre gorge south of town. We recently bought this house to spend more time in the region doing things we love, introduce our young son to the joys brought by outdoor adventure and beauty, share good times here with family and friends, and perhaps ultimately adopt this place as our primary residence. On a seasonal basis, we’re also happy to rent our home to visitors. Whether you’re just now discovering and exploring the Ouray region or, like us, have been revisiting it for years, we very much hope you enjoy your stay.

Why Idlewild Estates, Ridgway, CO, USA:
We had looked to buy a piece of this area for years. When we stepped into Bear House and experienced its spacious warmth, private feel, and breathtaking views, we fell in love with it.

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • Back of house

    Back of house

  • A view south along the side of the house past the back deck

    A view south along the side of the house past the back deck

  • A view of the kitchen

    A view of the kitchen

  • view from master bedroom doorway

    view from master bedroom doorway

  • View from front door

    View from front door

  • Window view from the master bedroom

    Window view from the master bedroom

  • The master bath

    The master bath

  • Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

    Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

  • Bath shared between the two upstairs bedrooms

    Bath shared between the two upstairs bedrooms

  • A twilight view from the back of the house

    A twilight view from the back of the house

  • Front of the house

    Front of the house

  • View from the back of the house south toward Ouray

    View from the back of the house south toward Ouray

  • Dining room and living room from kitchen

    Dining room and living room from kitchen

  • view from master bedroom doorway

    view from master bedroom doorway

  • The master bedroom with queen bed

    The master bedroom with queen bed

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

    Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

  • A view though the windows

    A view though the windows

  • Upstairs bedroom with upper twin bunk and lower full bunk

    Upstairs bedroom with upper twin bunk and lower full bunk

VRBO #467561

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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