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Stunningly Beautiful Cabin On The Big Thompson River in Estes Park, Co

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom on the River

Historic cabin, a rare find, recently on the market. We are very happy to offer you our cabin for a break in your busy lives. We hope you enjoy the sounds of the river, the beautiful mountain air, blue skies and our historic cabin which is nestled between a rock outcropping and the Big Thompson River. The River Retreat Cabin is 3.5 miles from Estes Park, Colorado and only 10 minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park.

River Retreat has all the comforts of home. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare your own meals. There is also a relaxing patio including a gas grill for enjoying a barbecue. The main floor bedroom features a queen size bed, and the cozy upstairs includes two twin beds and plenty of charm. There is a spacious living room and dining area with a gas flame stove for our cool Colorado mornings. The enclosed porch offers a sofa and a chair in a cozy corner for sipping coffee or for curling up with a good book on a lazy afternoon. The cabin also offers satellite television and wireless internet access.

Our cabin is the perfect place to spend your mountain vacation right on the banks of the Big Thompson River as a quiet retreat or a home base for exploring, fishing, hiking or shopping.

More Details

Richard and Robin Kluding
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Richard and Robin Kluding

We have owned the River Retreat and updated and restored this classic property. We greatly enjoy hiking just outside the cabin and fly fishing for trout in the Big Thompson river and snow shoeing in the winter. Our primary home is in Boulder and we love the winters in Estes Park and in Hawaii!

Richard and Robin Kluding purchased this cabin in 1995

Why Richard and Robin Kluding chose Drake

The River Retreat was originally built in 1925 as a family fishing cabin. and is located on the Big Thompson river with lots of trout! We have updated and restored this property while keeping much of the old charm while now having many modern conveniences! This is a beautiful and true Colorado mountain cabin and it is a rare privilege to experience this private setting on a rental basis!

What makes this cabin unique

This is a classic and a very beautiful and comfortable cabin with all the charm of a historic Colorado mountain cabin yet with WIFI, TV and most of the modern conveniences you have come to expect. And we are very close to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park and on a quiet private lane on the river!


Drake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Very cute with original art.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Large upstairs bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • The Master bedroom is on the main floor and is spacious for a cabin. It has a lounging area complete with a chair and a place for suitcases and a full closet with doors. Beautiful!
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
The River Retreat is on a private lane on the far side of the river away from other travelers! Your are very welcome here. Please also respect any neighbors and they will welcome you also!


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Stunningly Beautiful Cabin On The Big Thompson River in Estes Park, Co
average rating of 4.774194 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful, comfortable, comfy

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful thanksgiving spent at this warm, cozy cabin. We loved that it was located so close to Estes Park and The Rocky Mountain National Park! Beautiful scenery everywhere you look. The Cabin is also surrounded by beautiful rocks, river and forest. We LOVED the gas fire furnace as it made the stay extra cozy and warm. Thank you so much for the wonder experience Robin and Richard!!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Loved our time there!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin on the Big Thompson was absolutely perfect. Great location; nicely furnished and well stocked with supplies. We loved the vintage, yet modernized feel of a "fish cabin." Since we are fly fishers, we enjoyed all the fly fishing decor. We look forward to staying there again when in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and clean!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! The cabin was nice and clean. Loved the upstairs bedroom for our little ones, it was super cute and comfortable and they slept great. The kitchen was nice and stocked with everything we needed, and loved the old school fridge! The front room that faced the river was nice to sit in, and the couch in there was super comfortable. There is plenty of parking space, and a nice area to hang out right outside the cabin. My only complaints would be that the sitting area near the river was not that great. There is a clearing for the chairs, but the view of the river in front is not great at all. They could clear out some brush so you have a better view of it. Plus, I'm not sure why they don't let you have a fire when all their neighbors have fire pits. Besides those things, we had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed our cabin! Your suggestions regarding possibly trimming bushes near the river is much appreciated. We debated about this and will act on your suggestion. Fires below the large mature Ponderosa pines in our picnic area is much to risky! (Neighbors have fire rings only in much more clear areas without the shade of our towering Ponderosa.) Thanks so much for your suggestions! Richard and Robin
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Wonderful 3 Weeks!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented River Retreat for three weeks this summer. It was a perfect place for us to have as a home base for exploring the surrounding area, including Ests Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. We found the accommodations very comfortable and the cabin was extremely clean... and I can be a bit picky about that! Our communications with Richard were very easy, although we really didn't need to contact him about much. The cabin was even nicer than the pictures indicate, and our stay was very relaxing. The river flowing right in front, as well as having a nice outdoor seating area, made for very enjoyable evenings after a day of activities. We would stay there again, and would highly recommend this cabin for anyone looking for a peaceful place to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for our family of 4. The location was great. Everything in the home was clean. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A delightful stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from our Colorado vacation, which included three nights spent in the River Retreat near Estes Park. We could not have asked for a more delightful place to call home while at Estes Park!

This home is WAY more space than a couple traveling on their own would actually need. With the master bedroom on the main floor and three other beds upstairs, this would be ideal for a family of five or two couples. Because we started our planning late and wanted the amenities this home has to offer, we booked it anyway. We did not regret it!

The house was equipped with everything we needed, and then some. Richard and Robin, the owners, have not skimped on anything needed to make their house feel like a home. Aside from providing the basic necessities for a functional kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedrooms, they have included so many extra little touches in their decor, supplies, media and reading material. And yet, there was no feeling of clutter. The surroundings were so soothing and relaxing!

The main floor bed was quite comfortable (we did not try the beds upstairs). The entire house - especially the kitchen and bathroom - was immaculately clean. There were plenty of linens, blankts, etc. We had come prepared to cook and grill, but did not need to unpack many of our supplies - the kitchen was generously equipped. We enjoyed eating our supper a the dining table each night. The wifi signal was strong, and the log-in worked according to instructions. The Dish Network TV worked fine.

Outdoor amenities were great. We enjoyed using the table-top Weber gas grill each night. The patio was so relaxing! The private picnic area near the river was great, although we did not get much chance to use it.

The location, just minutes east of Estes Park, was perfect - convenient, but away from the crowds. The Safeway was handy for buying what we needed for supper.

This was our first time using Homeaway, so we were a little apprehensive. However, Richard and Robin were great about sending us detailed info one week before our scheduled arrival.

One small potential issue to be aware of: Some info we read about the rental (not sure if on Homeaway, Trip Advisor, or some other source) is out-dated. A reference to a local caretaker was no longer correct at the time of our stay. Since the owners were easy to contact, this was not a problem for us.

We greatly enjoyed our stay and would happily recommend the River Retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown Estes Park w/ local Brewery
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Hwy 34 and US Hwy 36
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Estes Park numerious
Car: necessary

Many trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, Hiking, fly fishing, elk galore even in town! Absolutely beautiful views and a road over the mountains with an elevation of over 14 thousand feet!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $84
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Owner'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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