About the property
- Cottage1800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 14 nights
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.
Ann D. Brown
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- Response time:
- within two days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Amazing cottage, and location in YMCA of the Rockies is outstanding
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.
This review accurately describes a family's typical experience at our cottage. Thank you so much.
Good combination of rustic with many amenities
Good for family and hosting others at the Y.
Perfect for a large group!
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 hey....you 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!
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.
great family cabin
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,
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.
Wonderful place to stay!!
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!
Griggs Cottage, on the grounds of YMCA of the Rockies
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.
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.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.