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Estes Park Cabin, Sleeps 11, on YMCA of the Rockies conference grnds, mtn view

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, fireplace, near riding stable, fishing, and more

A perfect place for families of all ages. A privately owned cabin located on the grounds of the YMCA of the Rockies. Set away from any roads and perched on a hillside with mountain views, this quiet, comfortable cabin is a family's beloved vacation spot. The large living room/dining room with stone fireplace and piano, was featured in Country Living Magazine. The remodeled kitchen has all the conveniences of a modern kitchen including an electric stove and oven, a microwave oven, refrigerator-freezer, dishwasher, garbage disposal and lots of counter space. The old wood-burning kitchen stove no longer works but was kept for sentimental reasons and atmosphere. Many mornings you will look out the kitchen window to watch the elk bedded down under the nearby trees . The single bedroom is next to the main bathroom. The middle bedroom, across the hall from the main bathroom is more spacious with a double bed and a comfortable chair. The first bedroom at the back of the cottage has a double bed, an attached bathroom and an additional lavatory. The second back bedroom has two beds, a double and a single, and an attached bathroom. The attached bathrooms were added in 1995 and each has a toilet, a shower stall, a lavatory and a closet. All bathrooms have electric heaters. The front bedroom has two beds, a double and a single, two dressers, lavatory, toilet and a large closet. With a total of seven beds, four double and three single, the cottage can sleep eleven.

The property is situated 3 miles from the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The Cottage is within walking distance of the Big Thompson River, stables for guided horse back riding, wildlife watching, and short local hikes. The early morning sun on the front porch is where we have the first cup of coffee. Guided hikes, evening concerts and presentations, mini golf, athletic rental equipment, dining, snack counters, children's playground, arts and crafts building, children's day camp, small convenience store and the memorable stuffed mountain lion looking down from his ledge in the historic hall of the YMCA of the Rockies.

More Details

Property Manager
Ann D. Brown
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Ann D. Brown

The Griggs Family has owned the cottage for four generations. Our grand parents purchased the cottage as a retreat for the family of 5 children from the Iowa summer heat. For the last 60 years the cottage was used primarily by family and friends and rented when it was not being used by family. Now many in the family live in Colorado and vacation elsewhere.

Ann D. Brown purchased this cottage in 1921

Why Ann D. Brown chose Windcliff Estates

This historic Cottage has been loved and cared for by 4 generations and maintains the look and feel of a well worn mountain cottage. The spacious front stone steps welcomes us to enter into a space of many happy warm memories.

What makes this cottage unique

What I love about the cottage is that it is a place where there is enough space for many people to feel comfortable doing what they want. Spotting wildlife nearby is a thrill. Most of us spend long periods together on the porch talking, laughing, telling stories and simply catching up. We all agreed to eliminate TV reception so the children would use their creativity to entertain themselves. Getting away from some of the modern intrusions to our lives makes space for coming together, playing and renewing relationships. The Park's hiking trails can be enjoyed by every age and physical ability. If hiking isn't in your plans, the drive up Trail Ridge Road to the Continental Divide is a thrill and takes you to areas where small and large animals can be viewed from the car or on one of the short trails over the tundra. Most of all it's the memories created at the Cottage worth retelling over and over.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have been taking our family to the Griggs mountain cottage for many years and keep returning with our grown kids and their new families. The cottage is perfect for large groups to stay all together, with plenty of bathrooms and yet cozy enough for smaller groups or even a couple. We use the fully stocked kitchen to cook most our meals and all eat together around the large family table. The cottage is well insulated for chilling nights and the fireplace makes it special and cozy. The front porch is a favorite spot each morning for coffee and to watch the hummingbirds feed and the occasional brave deer or elk or turkey pass through the yard. You feel quite secluded and yet have all the benefits of being right on the YMCA of the Rockies grounds. The entrance to Rock Mountain National Park is so close you can hike or explore every day after only a few minute drive. This family owned get away is maintained with love and if you need anything at all there are contact numbers for any situation. It is truly my very favorite place to stay and I would never even consider staying anywhere else in Estes Park.
Aug 2013
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Windcliff Estates Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , A sink is in addition to toilet.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Private bath for bedroom #3.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Private bath for bedroom #4.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Across the hall from the main bath with closet and dresser.
    Bedroom 3 - Has a private bath and located at the back of the cottage.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Located at the back of the cottage, it has private bath.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , A corner location off the living room, has toilet and sink.
  • Rooms are decorated in cabin-style curtains and bedspreads including the original cast iron bed frames. Each bed has a reading light above the head board. Black and white photos taken by our Uncle Arthur of past generations and beautiful views in the park are hung throughout the cottage, some from the 1930's and 40's.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Weekly housekeeping is provided between rental periods. Mail delivery is available to the Cottage's post box at the YMCA Post Office.


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Estes Park Cabin, Sleeps 11, on YMCA of the Rockies conference grnds, mtn view
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews
chicago, il USA

Amazing cottage, and location in YMCA of the Rockies is outstanding

  • 5 of 5

Visited in August 2017 with 5 adults and 5 children and it was an excellent rental. Our families have been doing a joint trip for years, and the consensus was that this was the best trip BY FAR.

The cottage is great -- plenty of room, great porch and outdoor spaces, well stocked kitchen and more great history than you can believe (complete with a house history book we took to reading every night!).

But the thing that put this over the top is that it is right in the heart of the YMCA of the Rockies campground. It has a better location toward the center of the grounds than 85% of the actual YMCA cabins. The kids would walk to the crafts cabin or down to the general store for ice cream or mini-golf or the pool and the adults would sit on the patio or do the disc-golf course. A perfect setup for a big group vacation. You could park your car when you get there and never have to start it again until you leave a week later.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review accurately describes a family's typical experience at our cottage. Thank you so much.
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Good combination of rustic with many amenities

  • 5 of 5

Good for family and hosting others at the Y.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Griggs Cottage! The cabin is beautifully maintained and well supplied with everything you would need for a large group. We had 8 in our group with a combination of 3 couples and 2 singles, so everyone had their own room. The shared bath is large with a bathtub/shower and large vanity. The 2 private baths off of the back 2 bedrooms have a shower. Really nice! There is a toilet and sink in the front bedroom. I loved the old iron beds, which must be original. They are truly double and twin beds -- no queens here but the mattresses are comfy.

The dining room table seats 10 and if you need a high chair there is an adorable antique one.

If you are a history buff you will love reading the History of the Griggs Cottage". The cottage is filled with pictures taken by Arthur Griggs in the 1930's. Staying here you felt like you were staying in a friend's cabin.

The kitchen has all the pots, pans, dinnerware, etc you would ever need. The gas grill is conveniently located right off the back porch.

In the basement is a new washing machine and where you turn on the hose to water the flower pots. If you want to step back in time you could wash your clothes in the big tin-lined wooden sink complete with a wringer! There is no dryer but with the dry mountain air your clothes dry quickly. There is a clothes line off the back porch and another on the side of the house.

We loved sitting on the deep front porch for our coffee in the morning then sharing our beverages of choice in the evening. Hummingbirds abound. And in the late afternoon a flock of turkeys would slowly make their way up the mountain by the cottage.

Wifi is slow, but are on vacation. We had no cell service, which is common in the area.

In the evenings we would enjoy sitting around the fireplace. There is plenty of wood for your use.

We will definitely return to the Griggs Cottage. And in doing so it will feel like we are coming home to an old friend. Our thanks to the Griggs for sharing your cottage -- what a gem it is!

The Lanes

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your party's experiences during your stay. Interest renters will surely find it interesting and helpful as they decide if the Cottage would meet their needs for a family vacation.
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great family cabin

  • 5 of 5

this our second time at the cabin, there are 10 adults in my family, ( 5 couples ) each had there own room, it was great there were4 bathrooms, this cabin has everything you need to cook , plenty of room for all of us in the living room and dinning table, very well kept and updated for being 100 plus years old, great views from the large deck and a gas grill, this cabin is very affordable, I would recommend this to any large group or family,

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ken, thank you for taking the time to include what you appreciated about the Cottage in your review. Hope you and your party can make it back for a third visit. Ann
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Griggs Cottage, on the grounds of YMCA of the Rockies

  • 4 of 5

We had ten family members that stayed in the Griggs Cottage for a week in July, 2016. It was the best vacation that we've ever had.

Our group had a wonderful time, especially around the dining room table which seats 10. This was a time to share our experiences for the day and to make plans for the next day.

We ate almost all of our meals at the cottage. The kitchen is well equipped. One evening we were wishing we had a salad spinner. Someone looked deeper in the lower cabinet and found one! The BBQ grill is just out the back door, in a convenient location.

We used the facilities at the "Y", by purchasing day passes, which allowed them to swim in the pool, to play miniature golf, tennis, frisbie golf, etc.

For an additional fee the "Y" offers rock wall climbing, zip lines, archery lessons to name a few.

We also went horse back riding at a stable in Estes Park, which was fun. Some of our family went white water rafting and it was great.

Back to the cottage, we found it very relaxing to sit on the porch. We had hummingbird feeders that attracted several dozen at a time. One of our teenagers hung up a hammock between two trees in the yard.

We were very pleased with the house, except for the mattresses. We thought that with the amount of the rent, that the mattresses need to be improved.

And yes, I would recommend this cottage to my friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy your vacation with family was so memorable. The details of the activities available at the Y are interesting to future renters as they think about the interests of family members. The picture you describe of family around the large dining table is delightfully homey. In consideration of your comment about the mattresses, I will check them out when I'm there later this summer.
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Wonderful place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Estes Park staying at this cabin! We had a great experience working with the owner. She was very accommodating! The cabin was very clean and well maintained. Gorgeous cabin with tons of space and everything you would need for a great trip! We will definitely be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Denver international airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Estes Park, Co
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Denver, Colorado
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
YMCA of the Rockies dinning room.
Car: necessary

YMCA of the Rockies offers day privileges with a YMCA of the Rockies membership.

Be mindful of the elevation and take it easy for a day to begin acclimatization and drink water.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.4%

Check in Saturday at 3:00 pm. Check out the following Saturday at 11:00 AM, except in September. September rentals are a minimum of 4 nights and may begin and end during the week. The key to the cottage is sent, along with the cottage information and rules, when the first half of the rental fee is received.

Renter's drivers license and signed rental agreement is required with first payment.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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