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Award-Winning Architecture at Gorgeous, Secluded Mountain Retreat

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Award winning compound of houses on 125+ acres, 22 miles out of Telluride.

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Last updated: 03/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:8
  • Bathrooms:3.75
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

5+ bedroom on Specie Mesa sleeps 12+

Discover a beautiful and charismatic retreat unique in all the world. Sleep under the stars on a bed that rides out onto a private deck on rails!

Inspired by the Telluridium mines of the 1800s, our compound of houses has an elegant yet rambling flow that accentuates the stunning views of sandstone valleys and mountain ranges.

The Laybourne Mesa Retreat is a place to:
• Come together over gourmet meals in the chef's kitchen.
• Build a campfire in our beautiful sandstone fire pit.
• Enjoy the outdoors with volleyball, hiking, hammock-swinging, picnicking or frisbee golf in the summer - and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and igloo building in the winter.
• Curl up in front of a roaring fire with a good book, or watch a great movie on our flat-screen HD television.
• Reconnect with friends and family in a house that offers groups opportunities for both privacy and community.

It's simply the most beautiful base camp you could ever find for adventures in Telluride, Ridgeway, Ouray, Durango, Mesa Verde, and more! Please note that Telluride and Ridgeway are each about 45 minutes away from the house - a bit more in the winter.


Bedrooms include:
The 'train house' with 3 full-sized beds in private berths and a gang shower.
Sleeping tower with two bedrooms, each with its own private half-bath.
Formal guest room that sleeps 3 with its own full bath.
Master bedroom with full bath and a bed that rides out on rails so that you can sleep under the stars!
A large 16 X 16 miner's tent with 2 cots for summer adventures!

Other features:
volleyball court
frisbee golf course
beautiful patio with a giant polished sandstone table
hiking trails
Traulsen fridge and Viking stove
hammocks galore
sandstone firepit
giant outdoor chess/checker board
collection of rare animation cells
custom-built log banquet table that seats 20 posed on the mesa's edge
gas grill, charcoal grill and a smoker
playful and artful decor
lots of games and toys for young ones
and breathtaking views!

This home can be rented in combination with the fabulous, dog and horse-friendly
http://www.vrbo.com/757067 (right down the road) for larger family gatherings and groups.

This home is also available for sabbatical visits and extended stays - at a highly discounted rate. Please contact us for more information.

(Please note that the property is not available for weddings or large events.)

Manager

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age of 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children of all ages will love our rambling house. There are lots of toys, games and art supplies, as well as bed rails and an antique high chair....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking within 100 feet of the house, please....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Guest Room: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    This charismatic room features ornate trim and private bath....moreless

  • Top Tower: 1 double

    The highest room in the compound. Private 1/2 bath....moreless

  • Tower 2: 1 queen

    A cozy book-lover's bedroom with private 1/2 bath....moreless

  • Sleeping Berth #1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Sleeping Berth #2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Sleeping Berth #3: 1 queen

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  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    The master bed rolls out onto a porch on railroad tracks!...moreless

  • Summer Safari Tent

    Bedroom-sized tent with 2 cots (summer ONLY)...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Master bath

    Double shower with a door that opens to the outdoors....moreless

  • Guest room shower: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Train bath

    Double shower and double sink!...moreless

  • Tower One: toilet

    Private WC and sink for the top tower guests....moreless

  • Tower 2: toilet

    Convenience in this well-designed bath for Tower 2....moreless

  • The Train bathroom features a gang shower, large sink with two siogots and the lav is decorated with Gerry Laybourne's collection of rare animation cells....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Large collection of paperbacks and hard covers....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    All the board games you could want - and some great jigsaw puzzles too....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Many, many wonderful CDs with all types of music....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen HD TV....moreless

  • Toys:

    Marble run, antique building block collection, toy cars, dolls, and tons more....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Extensive Video library containing AFI's 100 best movies of all time. ...moreless

Theme

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

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Arrange our wooden dining tables to seat up to 20 inside, or venture outside to the custom-made 30+ foot log picnic table at the mesa's edge....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 20 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Our beautiful living room contains striking modern-yet-cozy furnishings. ...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a great new coffee maker and also a Keurig-type Nesspresso machine and a special milk frother....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Chef's kitchen with Traulsen fridge and Viking stove. Many small appliances incl. stand mixer, rice cooker, fondue set, etc! Tons of flatware & servingware.This kitchen can feed a small army...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    4 slices at a time, baby!...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Climbing tower rises to great heights over the valley's edge. A great place for yoga or meditation or cocktails!...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Beautiful sandstone patio with polished sandstone slab dining table....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill, charcoal grill and a smoker!...moreless

 

Reviews

Write a review 4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Ski Season
Jan 5 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,098
2017 Film Festival
Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2017
5 night min stay

$4,000
flat fee
Fall Foliage Special!
Sep 8 - Nov 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$798
$3,900 $13,000
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,021
$6,400 $21,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Service $250 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 5.9%

Notes:

We offer significant discounts for smaller groups. Please inquire and we'll hook you up!


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 03/21/2017
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Location

22 Miles
Nearest Airport
Telluride
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Peaks Resort and Spa
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Angler Inn
22 Miles
Nearest Ski
Telluride Mountain

Car: Necessary

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1993

About: Kit and Gerry Laybourne built their home on Specie mesa, near Placerville, CO, as a kid magnet. 'We wanted to build a vacation home that would make our teenaged kids want to hang out with us!' Gerry reports. 'That's why we designed the property to be so much fun and to have so many unique places to hang out.' Emmy Laybourne and Sam Laybourne, Kit and Gerry's children, are now grown up with kids of their own. They are delighted to share this very special, playful, beautiful retreat with the public. 'Our hope is that this home, which has brought us so much joy over the years, will now become a gathering place for a select handful of families,' says Emmy. 'We welcome you and your loved ones to come and enjoy our home on Specie mesa.'

Why Placerville, CO, USA:
Kit and Gerry chose this area because they wanted to have a secluded lot with views of nothing but mountains. The house is situated on over 125 acres of land - plenty of breathing space!

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
'My favorite spot on the property is the sitting porch,' says Emmy. 'The porch is really comfortable, but the view is stunning, so you're in this warm, cozy setting, gazing out at sandstone valley and the hazy mountains beyond it. I just love it up there.'


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

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Photos

  • Award winning compound of houses on 125+ acres, 22 miles out of Telluride.

    Award winning compound of houses on 125+ acres, 22 miles out of Telluride.

  • The master bedroom is a cottage with a bed that rolls on wheels onto a deck.

    The master bedroom is a cottage with a bed that rolls on wheels onto a deck.

  • Charming and cozy guest bedroom

    Charming and cozy guest bedroom

  • A bunk in the sleeping berth train.

    A bunk in the sleeping berth train.

  • The sitting porch.

    The sitting porch.

  • The patio and the bottom of the observation tower.

    The patio and the bottom of the observation tower.

  • Sunset from the obervation tower.

    Sunset from the obervation tower.

  • The fireplace and card table in the Living Room.

    The fireplace and card table in the Living Room.

  • Sunset on the mesa!

    Sunset on the mesa!

  • Winter paradise

    Winter paradise

  • Giant Christmas tree in the living room!

    Giant Christmas tree in the living room!

  • The home is based on Telluridium mines from the 1880s.

    The home is based on Telluridium mines from the 1880s.

  • The home sits on the edge of Specie Mesa, outside Placerville, CO.

    The home sits on the edge of Specie Mesa, outside Placerville, CO.

  • The master bedroom bed in action.

    The master bedroom bed in action.

  • The 'Train' sleeper. Three berths sleep up to 6 people.

    The 'Train' sleeper. Three berths sleep up to 6 people.

  • The chef's kitchen. Can feed a small army.

    The chef's kitchen. Can feed a small army.

  • Double rainbow off the sitting porch!

    Double rainbow off the sitting porch!

  • Out for a stroll on the walkway between the living room and the kitchen.

    Out for a stroll on the walkway between the living room and the kitchen.

  • The Living room. (Flat screen TV is behind those cabinet doors!)

    The Living room. (Flat screen TV is behind those cabinet doors!)

  • Log table set for company!

    Log table set for company!

  • This is on your commute to Telluride!

    This is on your commute to Telluride!

  • Good times at the sandstone firepit.

    Good times at the sandstone firepit.

VRBO #491812

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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