About the property
- Cottage200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Mininum StayNone
200 square foot one bedroom one bath, Cord-wood Cottage on a 35 Acre Solar Ranch
Hello Dear Travelers, the 'Mermaid Cottage' is a sweet, hand built Cord-wood structure full of beautiful Art, Majestic views and is on the forefront of our peaceful all Solar 35 acre ranch, we get all our energy from the sun (there is a generator back-up) . If you love to star gaze this is the place for youI The Milky Way is right over head :-) You will have your full privacy to enjoy what could be your base camp home for exploring the San Luis Valley and all it's beauty and wonder! Right out your front door you could hike, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, bird watch, rock climb and stargaze just to mention a few. You are minutes to an hour away from the The Wolf Creek Ski area, Rio Grande River, wilderness, Sand dunes, Hot Springs, Railroads, Live Theater, Cafes, shopping and so much more! Internet is available and there is a small refrigerator, Dbl stove burner, T.V. w/ D.V.D's only, includes coffee with a french press and Teas. Although small it includes all the comforts of home! We are always happy to answer all your questions so please just ask!
Our guests love to trek all over this beautiful property and ride their mountain bikes or dirt bikes to the famous 'Penitente Canyon'(world renown climbing area), the Natural Arch (La Ventana) Geological area. Also the Elephant Rocks. A place so magical we were actually married there and then again up here on our ranch, lovingly known as 'Angel Rock Ranch'. Our back-drop is a massive Rock formation, part of an old Caldera.(cal·de·ra)
a large volcanic crater, typically one formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano.) Yes it is dormant ;-) This Rock formation has a large pinnacle that resembles an Angel, halo and all! With two Massive bluffs (her wings) jutting out from either side! Truly magnificent!!!
The word that most often comes to mind is 'Vortex' (a vortex is a site where the energy of an area is concentrated. A vortex site is a place where one can feel spiritual energy most strongly) We'll let you be the judge.
Future plans include a labyrinth, bush-whacking golf coarse, Frisbee Golf and Large outdoor chest game (we did this on a recent trip to Sedona, it was such Fun!!!)
We love Alternative building, here on the property we not only have a cordwood Cottage we also have a Straw-bale structure as well as a Log Hogan and a Log Cabin! Just ask we will be happy to give you a tour of the property:-)
The comment that we hear most often are that our guest don't want to leave! That is music to our ears!
If you are ready for a Beautiful, Peaceful get-a-way where you will be surrounded by nature and all the privacy you could hope for on a creative, unusual property then the 'Mermaid Cottage' awaits you....
Oh one last thing!
We have a nice family of cats and dogs here on the ranch, but not to worry, although they will greet you they don't go in the Cottage. There is a sweet little black cat named "Raya Sunshine" that loves hanging out down near the Cottage. Most of our animals are rescues. If you would like to bring your pet please let us know. There is a $15. pet fee, per pet per night that will all go towards the feeding and care of the animals up here on the ranch.
KimAnna & Michael Cellura-Shields
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- Mar 25, 2018
About KimAnna & Michael Cellura-Shields
KimAnna and her husband Michael feel fortunate to be retired now from the "Peace of Art Cafe" and the "Organic Peddler" health food/ gift store. Now they enjoy meeting the many fabulous guests that come stay at the mermaid Cottage as well as the "Divide Riders Hostel" and the "La Casita Bonita Inn" in the town of Del Norte. Alternative building and animals are their passion and this is expressed all over the entire property.
KimAnna & Michael Cellura-Shields purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why KimAnna & Michael Cellura-Shields chose Saguache County
The Mermaid Cottage is a one-of-a-kind, Unique, Beautiful, Artistic, Peaceful and Private Cottage. With stunning views and we are on the 'Continental Divide Trail'. Only 13 miles from the charming town of Del Norte. It is a perfect get-a-way for those looking to escape it all for a few days.
What makes this Cottage unique
Solar and off the grid. Alternative Green Structures, surrounded by Magnificent rock out-cropping.The 'Mermaid Cottage' is located on 'Angel Rock Ranch' The entire ranch runs off of Solar Energy, So it is truly peaceful and gives one a true sense of well being. This cute little cottage was built from standing dead cottonwood that came from our girlfriends buffalo ranch, also wine and beer Bottles from the 'Peace of Art Cafe' and friends, were recycled by becoming part of the walls. We use nontoxic dish soap and laundry detergent and cleaning products. The furnishings are antique, the sweet black porcelain sink was found in a second hand store by a friend and we gave it a second life by imbedding it into a vintage vanity. The sliding glass door was saved from going to a dump and all the windows were samples that no longer served a purpose. All the large Wood beams were locally milled, and we did hand build it ourselves. It is a magical place that we feel honored to share!
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Check-in: 3:00 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.
I absolutely loved staying at the Mermaid Cottage and have been gushing about it ever since getting home. It is a tiny, tiny little cottage but that is exactly what I was looking for. It is such an amazingly unique place, truly awe inspiring. A great place to really get away from it all and recharge your mind, body and soul. The hosts were amazing and gave me the privacy I wanted even though they do live close. All the animals on the property were friendly. I loved waking up and looking out my window to see their little pony eating grass right outside. Would absolutely not sleep any more than 2 people and you would really need to like that person a lot! A very intimate little cottage. Wouldn't be great for kids, but a romantic getaway or a self-reflection retreat? Absolutely!
We loved it!
My husband and I stayed at the Mermaid Cottage during late December. The cottage was cozy and the view of the snow covered land and rocks was beautiful. We spent a lot of time exploring the area and especially loved the Elephant Rocks. We plan to return some time.
Excellent "out there" getaway
Couldn't have been more pleased with this place. About as far out into the "out there" as you can get. Great dark-sky area for star watching. Loved the animals on the property and our dog got along great with them all. Will definitely be back.
We stayed for three nights at the Mermaid Cottage and every minute was amazing. Mike and Kim were incredibly kind and gracious hosts and we loved getting to meet all of their friendly animals! The property itself is amazing and we had fun hiking and exploring, although nothing beat sitting in front of the fire every evening to take in the peace and serenity of the landscape. The cottage is beautiful and artistic and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. We absolutely plan on returning next year and can't wait!!
Kat and Louie
It is so peaceful in and around the cottage. The sunrise and sunset views are beautiful and you can hear your blood flow at night, it is that quiet. I am glad I had the opportunity to stay in such a peice of art. You must go to the owners cafe in town, the food is amazing and the staff are super friendly. The whole experience soothed my soul and I was sad to leave!! Thank you Mike and Kim Ann!!!
Amazing, Self-Refelecting Retreat
My stay at the Mermaid Cabin was amazing. Ms. KimAnna and Mr. Mike were above and beyond accommodating. Mr. Mike was even nice enough to help me overcome my fear of driving on washboard. The surrounding area was beautiful and peaceful; the perfect setting for me to capture some awesome pictures. This trip has given me the confidence to know that I can do adventurous things like travel to the middle of the mountains by myself.
While there I was able to visit the Great Sand Dunes, Zapata Falls and Pagosa Springs- all of which I recommend for anyone who visits the area. You will definitely have an experience of a lifetime if you choose to visit this magical place....alone or with someone special :-)
Directions: * From the town of Del Norte *Head North on Hwy 112 go 3.1 miles Look for Signs-“La Garita” & “Penitente” * take a left on 33 Rd. go 6 miles Beautiful Road with the “Elephant Rocks” on your left. At 2.5 miles you will enter Saguache County the road changes to A38. Note: Speed limit on this Road is 45 mph Look for signs: “Old Women’s Creek” “Natural Arch” & 660 *Take a Left at A32 go 2.9 miles *Take a right at “Boulders Edge” (this curves around and eventually becomes 'Elkhorn Canyon Rd.) It can be a tad confusing when following a GPS. *Take a left into the first driveway on the left, #3201 Boulders Edge *Heading up driveway take the 1st left which will curve around to the left. You’ve arrived at~ “The Mermaid Cottage” Enjoy your stay!!! Ranch Activities Available: The 'Mermaid Cottage' is the perfect little base camp for all your San Luis Valley explorations!Which could include, Biking, hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, star gazing, animal & bird watching, dirt biking, a.t.v.ing and rock hounding all from your front door. This area is a nature lovers paradise! Close day trips might include: The Sand Dunes National Park, River Rafting, Soaking in any of the three hot springs, A visit to Creede which is a beautiful old mining town and their Repertory Theater, Toltec and Cumbres Scenic Railways, Museums,The Old Spanish Trail. Wild life Sanctuaries, fishing, National Parks and Preserves, Golfing, Shopping and Dinning
Additional information about rental rates
Please note that this rate does include a simple yet nutritious continental breakfast. Please inform us of any food sensitivities. Your Cottage will be stocked with these breakfast items when you arrive for your entire duration unless you are staying for four days or longer then we will restock you. This is to assure you your privacy. We own the Organic Peddler health food store/cafe in town.