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Truly spectacular home in Twin Lakes. Custom home with mountain and lake views

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Great room, Kitchen, Master, Sunroom and have breathtaking views.

Beautiful inside and out. Great room with floor to ceiling moss rock fireplace/ 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bath/ Main floor master, 2 BRs in loft. There are a total of 10 beds. One room is a kitchenette above garage w/private entrance. Sunroom/views. Custom kitchen/eating nook with view. Patio room with wood burning stove. Huge patio/views/benches and stone fire pit. Large (35x35) Gazebo with moss rock base/seating. Great for kids/roasting marshmallows and star gazing. We designed and built this incredible home in one of the most beautiful places in Colorado and we would like to share it with you and your family.

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James Dougherty
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About James Dougherty

We are retired school teachers/counselors who love the outdoors. We have a family of 2 Alaskan Malamutes who love kids and adults. We are happy to share our dream retirement home with you. Thanks for considering booking with us. The Den Keepers James & Liz Dougherty

James Dougherty purchased this house in 2005

Why James Dougherty chose South Central

It is truly the very best property in the entire Twin Lakes area. We have some very unique amenities & the best view of all the VRBO listings in Twin Lakes. It is private, yet very easily accessible off Hwy. 82, right on County Road 10.

What makes this house unique

Easy access from Hwy 24 & 82(Indy Pass) Black top road to driveway. Birdhouses with Mtn Bluebirds and Steller Bluejay residents. 2 varieties of Humming birds 15-20 varieties of other birds including Clark's Nuthatcher, Doves, Red headed Wren, Yellow Warbler and occasional spectacular Western Tanager sighting. Frequent Deer sighting on property as well as early morning red fox. Also Antelope, Elk and Bighorn in immediate area.

Great fishing, hiking, biking, boating and ghost town exploration. Numerous 14ers in the area. Mt Elbert, highest mountain in Colorado as your view, with the trail head about 3-4 miles from the house. If that is not enough or you prefer lounging on the patio with a good book and a glass of wine that's steps away.


Twin Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Large master with windows
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor suite, attached to one room, shared w/other
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , powder room off the living room
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Full bath in the kitchenette/studio above garage
  • Private bathroom for master suite. Jetted tub, two vanities, large tiled shower, closeted toilet.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor, shares bathroom with Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , TV, private bath, 2nd floor suite, queen + double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Across from Powder Rm., main floor, storage & shelf space
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Master suite with private bath, main floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Kitchenette w/ private entrance, could sleep 2 - 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
If you would like a quiet and extremely comfortable place to stay this is a great place. Our view of the lake and mountains is beautiful, while still affording some protection from the high mountain winds. We are only 5 minutes from Twin Lakes Village, 20 minutes from Leadville & Buena Vista.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Truly spectacular home in Twin Lakes. Custom home with mountain and lake views
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Exquisite Twin Lake House with Breathless Views

  • 5 of 5

Annually a group of family and friends meet in the mountain to climb a 14er. This year we chose the peak La Plata. The mountain trail was 35 minutes from the house so we decided it was a perfect location to stay. We were all pleasantly surprised at the comfortableness and relaxation this house provided. We all had wonderful spacious bedrooms. We enjoyed our coffee at the fire pit, over looking the lake, and in the delightful sun room both mornings. It was nice to be secluded away from other neighbors but yet, be so close to amenities and the lakes. The kitchen was spacious and wonderful for cooking, home cooked meals, with friends. The property is beautiful and the house is beyond cozy. I would highly recommend a mountain adventure with this house in mind.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding reception here and everyone absolutely loved it. We didn't have a huge wedding and the total number of guests was in the 30s but it was the perfect sized house for this. Most guests stayed in nearby Twin Lakes Inn, and the wedding party stayed here.

The gazebo was the dance floor and the back porch was where most of the mingling took place. The fire pit was a favorite for people to sit around and to use as a stage for giving speeches. We had a fire in the fire pit and roasted smores almost every night.

The place also has a large kitchen that had plenty of utensils for our purposes -- though we did get rentals for the reception.

I loved the master bedroom and bathroom especially. It has a jacuzzi bathtub and was necessary after long stressful days of setting everything up or after long hikes. It also has a large walk-in shower, separate toilet, and large closet!

The only things that I could think to gripe about would be that the hot tub out in the back was not operational, but that wasn't much of a loss since we had a ton on our schedule anyway (and I could just go into the jacuzzi!). Also, the temperature was pretty warm outside the days we stayed there and we had to keep the blinds/drapes in the south-facing rooms down/closed to keep the temperature in the house reasonable. There is no AC here. That being said, nights in CO are wonderfully cool even in July at this elevation, so we kept plenty of windows open and that kept the temperature inside from getting too high. The other thing I would say is that Google maps does not show this location correctly and many people had a hard time finding it.

My favorite thing was waking up to the sun rising and looking out of the Twin Lakes. You get a great view of them through the trees in the backyard. In the early mornings before the sun rose, we heard coyotes howling. It was all-around an awesome place to spend a few days during our wedding! Thanks so much to Liz and James for letting us stay here!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

This home is spectacular! It is really well laid out for large groups (we had 12) with five spacious bedrooms and beautiful common areas with amazing views of Colorado's highest peak, Mount Elbert. The grounds are really well landscaped. The way the property is situated it felt remote and private. In fact, though, it is no more than 30 minutes away from all of the area's many attractions. The house is well appointed and nearly every item one could want in their own home was provided - all one needs bring is clothes and a toothbrush! The owners are happy to answer questions and really responsive, a joy to work with. I can't say enough good things about our vacation rental. I wasn't ready to leave when we did and I'd happily go back tomorrow!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

Our family couldn't have chosen a more perfect home ( very clean and tidy) for our get together! We loved the location because not only was it located in a beautiful area but it was on acreage that provided the privacy we wanted. The outdoor areas around this cabin were perfect and provided plenty of space for us. The sleeping areas were perfect for our group of 13. All necessary items were furnished, the owners were fantastic and answered all our many questions almost as soon as we emailed them. The location was close to all the outdoor activities we planned. Thanks for allowing us to use your beautiful home and hopefully we can return for another stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place all around!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Metz Wedding- Truly Magical

  • 5 of 5

That was my husband who said that. Our wedding was "magical!"

Dramatic snowy peaks, vibrant fall colors, beautiful lakes, and a wonderful home. Seven months later and we still cannot believe how wonderful it was to have our wedding at A Wolf Den. We rented out almost every vacation rental home for our out of town guests and this easily had the best view.

There is a beach below the house- and across the street- where we had a beach day with our families the day before the wedding. Paddle boarding, BBQ (bring your own), kayaks, corn hole, fishing, and beautiful hikes all around.

We turned the smaller covered patio into a photobooth.There is a large gazebo in the back which we turned into the dance party at night. We hung bistro lights up the night before and it was the perfect atmosphere for our 100 person wedding. Fear not- there is room! It was wonderful. If you are planning to host your wedding here, I recommend not doing a sit down dinner. I highly doubt there could be enough room to seat all 100- we did seat around 35 for the rehearsal brunch, though, with no problems.

James and Liz even came out for the wedding to help with logistics, etc. They were so helpful the entire time. What a wonderful couple.

Thank you, James and Liz for the most wonderful day we could have ever imagined!! Tim is right- it was truly magical!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
The Twin Lakes Inn
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Leadville Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Leadville Historic Train
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 82
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Twin Lakes Inn , The Dayton Room Restaurant
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Ski Cooper
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Beach of Twin Lakes
Car: necessary

Ours is a mountain and lake recreation area. We are a 5 minute walk to the Twin Lakes, close proximity to major trail heads, including Mt. Elbert and the Colorado Trail. Property is situated on Independence Pass, providing an hour scenic drive to Aspen between May and October. Fish the Gold metal waters of the Arkansas River, a 5 minute drive as are various lakes for fishing and water activities. Boat tours on Twin Lakes, white water rafting on the Arkansas, canoe and kayak rental in Twin Lakes Village, major ski areas within 90 mn. (Copper Mt., Breckenridge, Vail), local family downhill & nordic ski area (Ski Cooper) is only 35 mn. Tubing hill within 20 minutes. The Dayton Room at The Twin Lakes Inn is provides excellent Colorado cuisine, other good local restaurants are in Leadville & Buena Vista. Historic Leadville (20 mn) has museums, opera house & scenic train. Golf courses are in both Leadville and BV.


From Denver, head West on I70 to Hwy.91, then into Leadville on Hwy.24. Go through Leadville (Harrison Ave. IS Hwy.24) & go South about 15 miles to Hwy. 82 (Aspen/Independence Hwy, which is closed from May - Oct). Turn Right onto Hwy. 82, then in 2 miles turn Right onto County Road 10 (at a bank of mailboxes). The lakes are on your left. We are on the left about l/2+ mile. A Wolf Den wooden sign is in the driveway. Park next to the house.


Rates & Availability

Twin Lakes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
LT100 Bike Race
Aug 9 2017 - Aug 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
LT100 Foot Race
Aug 17 2017 - Aug 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $200
Tax Rate 8.8%

$500/night applies to a maximum of 8 guests. An additional $25/adult or child per night.
3% added to total cost if you choose to use PayPal
$250 cleaning fee for groups over 12

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