Hi! on a Windy Hill with Views - Year-Round - from Every Window(10 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths - Sleeps 6 in beds - restful, peaceful, beautiful
... it is a welcoming, healing place located on a wooded and wildflower wonderland of 1.76 acres, with easy access to Colo.Hwy. 7 (a portion of the National Scenic Peak-to-Peak Byway that stretches from Estes Park down to historic Central City, Blackhawk --- further southward to I-70).
Come and stay - experience Colorado - find all that you could hope for: outside activities, quiet conversations; sip a glass of wine as you watch the sunset, or gaze at a night sky filled with stars; rise well-rested to spectacular sunrises and another day of adventures in Colorado.
This is a completely furnished and well equipped home with VIEWS from every window. From the west deck (16 feet of sliding glass doors from the living room) you can see the Wild Basin area (the south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park), trace up the flank of Meeker Mountain, across the profile of the Sleeping Indian and all the way to the Continental Divide.
This is the most breathtaking view in the entire area and is just outside 'your' front window ---- NO driving involved! (The view changes every 15 to 20 minutes!)
I'll be here if you need me, but the rest of the house and property is yours to use and enjoy:
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE HOUSE:
The common-area Living Room has 16 feet of sliding glass doors opening onto a wide west-facing deck, a fluffy Flokati rug and a natural Lyons sand-stone fireplace (but please NO fires - too high a danger of wildfires) A stained glass panel titled 'Chickadees' hangs in the south window. The 'Blue Birds' painting was done by Dan D'Amico, nationally recognized wildlife painter who lives here in Allenspark.
The Dining area has an oak table - seats 6-8 - hand-woven place mats or 'real' tablecloths. Dishes (service for 12) are white and make every meal a 'delicious' experience.
An open Continental Kitchen lets the cook share in the conversation and fun. A large dishwasher, microwave, electric skillet, wide-slice toaster; a Kuerig (bring your favorite cups); as well as a standard 12 cup coffee pot; an electric hot water pot (with tea & cocoa in the cupboard); and a larger party pot for lots of drinks on the deck or patio.
In the kitchen area is an electric mixer, spices, cake pans, kettles and cookie sheets. The wall oven and four gas burners have an electronic ignition system (so NO pilot lights). An electric 'griddle in the middle' of the burners is great for pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Additional 2 lift-up counters double as buffet serving areas... or guests can sit there and watch the cook - cook!
Outside cooking may be done on a propane gas grill. The south concrete patio is some protected so even in the winter you can be outside - to toast marshmallows for 'smores' on the grill!
The outside decks and patio have iron chairs and and tables - fun to sit and chat. Wooden benches become extra tables - I'll show you how to convert them.
The QUEEN SUITE has a queen bed, a couple of chairs for reading, chatting or listening to tapes. The outside door opens onto the patio and terraced flower beds. A Velux roof window can be uncovered to let you fall asleep star-gazing.
Adjoining this bedroom is a large bath with whirlpool tub.
The 'STANDARD' bedroom has a double bed, art and Aspen wood turnings made by UNC Professor David Olson;
The HUMMINGBIRD HEAVEN is the "Kids Room" with two twin beds and LOTS of hummingbirds. Picture puzzles, old-timey games, decks of cards, card table and folding chairs are stored here, but feel free to take puzzles up to the living room - to play and watch the views outside.
The living room couch can be opened out as a king bed. Not too comfortable, but it is there and can sleep two more. Ask for the linens. And recently added is a cot sized fold out for one more.
The Guest Bath near the great room (living/dining/kitchen) has an easy-step-in shower, sink and stool. Tiny but fully functional.... check out the wallpaper and pine cone owls!
Available for use includes a stacked washer/dryer; WiFi, DISH TV, an inside cell-phone connection AND a land-line telephone number that can be shared with family and friends.
Hi! On A Windy Hill has all 5 stars as Recommendations from past guests - and do read the WELCOME book for ideas from food to fun available in the nearby areas. Check out the old autograph book for previous guests comments.
ALLENSPARK is a tiny village with a Post Office and a quaint gift shop called 'Distant Harbors' (stop in to browse), drop off a calling card and tell Christine that I suggested you stop in - guaranteed to bring a smile!
Three restaurants cater to your current taste.... nearest groceries might be found at Meeker Park Lodge, or Riverside/Raymond general store.
Two churches: the Allenspark Community Church is inter-denominational and just across from the Post Office in 'down-town' Allenspark; the New Covenant Church is about 4 miles from the Post Office & Fire Station corner - take the turn off to the Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and follow the signs. Other denominations can be found in Estes or Lyons.
HORSES: Rent in 'downtown Allenspark' but horses are also available in Peaceful Valley to the south, Meeker Park and Wild Basin to the north. Consider a horseback ride into the hills and valleys - maybe a cook-out breakfast ride? Check each location for prices and times.
Wild Basin Lodge, just outside the official south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is fast becoming famous as a wedding venue. Stop in to learn what amazing things it has to offer. Hi! On A Windy Hill is just 4 miles from the lodge, and I have had wedding guests and 2 brides staying here - close enough to arrive un-ruffled.
HIKING: Wild Basin of Rocky Mountain National Park has hiking trails easy enough for toddlers - if you don't go too far. Other trails are challenging enough for seasoned hikers and the area is less crowded than the main entrance to "The Park" at Estes Park.
Longs Peak trail head, Twin Sisters trail and Lily Lake loop are north towards Estes.
Go south on Hwy 72 to access Camp Dick and Brainerd Lake (great trails and wildlife viewing).
Or you can step out the back door, hike UP and level off to be in Roosevelt National Park - take the whistles in case you get turned around and need help getting back home to The Hill.
SHOPPING: Estes Park is 17 miles from Hi! On A Hill and offers all the fun of a typical tourist town - favorite shops include an "old fashioned candy store" making fresh 'Karmel' Korn all day long, sells sugar 'rocks' and chocolate 'bear claws'. Across the street is a Taffy shop that spins its sweet stuff in the window. At the Rock Shop buy an ugly rock and split it open to reveal crystals; get western clothes or hiking gear, book a white water raft trip - all in Estes Park.
SIGHTSEEING: From The Hill, day trips can take you to visit famous ski areas and the old mining towns of Central City and Black Hawk (they mine 'gambling gold' now). You'll discover quaint villages with delicious cafes tucked on the side roads of the mountains.
If you come in winter, enjoy the champagne powder at the many Colorado ski areas just a couple of hours away. Eldora is the closest and smallest but still gives a great experience in down-hill skiing.
Summer-Comers? Ride a ski lift with quaking aspen and Blue Spruce beneath your toes!
A 'day trip' to Denver, capital city of Colorado has lots of activities - the mint, marvelous museums, native Indian history, shopping at Cherry Creek, the Broncos football, ice hockey; Lo-Do (lower downtown) and the newly remodeled Union Station for trains crisscrossing the state and country.
But whatever you choose to do during the day.....
...return to the quiet and serenity of Hi! On A Hill where you will fall asleep to the rustle of the golden aspen leaves and the scent of pine
...you will awake refreshed and renewed to enjoy another day in this most beautiful area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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- 2600 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Not well equipped for lots of kids or tiny ones, but tots to teens like the twin beds in the Hummingbird room. They also love the outside patio, feeding the 'chick-monks'. And one little two year old enjoyed 'skidding' down the snow-covered driveway last winter....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen Suite is a sweet place to stay and sleep soundly. Adjoining bath has a jetted tub, corner shower, long vanity, Velux roof windows. A Double bed is in the newly redecorated 'burgundy bedroom. The 3/4 shared bathroom is just around the corner. The lower level features two twin beds, and areas for games and puzzles. A card table and folding chairs are available for play there or to bring to the living room. You may open out the king size bed in the living room couch - what a view as you drift away to sleep!...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Large sunlit bath has a whirlpool tub (glacier crystals from Alaska to sooth and soften tired muscles from hiking or horse back riding). A corner shower, long vanity and a bright roof window is like bathing out doors. The second bath is the guest 'necessary room' - has an easy step-in shower, sink and raised stool. ALL baths have hair dryers, shampoo and other necessities available if you forgot....moreless
- RETREAT to this restful and quiet place - RELAX and enjoy nature at it's most spectacular - RECOVER from work and stress. Viv will stock the frig with your food order, you pay from the receipt... cash or check is OK. Hiking, horse back riding, or tour by car to beautiful places nearby.. Rocky Mountain National Park - either through Estes or the south area through Wild Basin. A day trip to Denver or Boulder and the C.U. campus. Historic Central City and Blackhawk have gaming tables and elegant food and a taste of old-time Colorado. But when night falls, COME HOME to Hi! On A Windy Hill for a good nights sleep. You may have started looking at Hi! On A Windy Hill as a place to spend your vacation time or to attend a special event... but once you stay at Hi! On A Hill - you become a special friend and part of the family! Welcome Home! ...moreless
- DVD Player:
- Game Room:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
- Mountain View:
"The Best Kept Secret in Boulder County!" Allenspark actually is a post office, interdenominational church and an interesting gift shop 2 miles away. Wild Basin & RMNP (so) 4 mi. Estes Park is 17....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
The oak table can seat up to 8 or more but 6 is best. Buffet counters are an 'original design' and very handy as buffet serving or the guests can watch the cook - COOK! Three outside picnic tables...moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
3 coffee makers - including a Keurig w/carafe (please bring your favorite flavors). Hot-water pot for Celestial Seasons teas or cocoa (in the cupboard). 36 cup aluminum pot in garage storage....moreless
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
Cooktop features electronic ignition (no pilot lights) and an electric griddle in the middle for pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches - what fun! Outside gas grill for cook-outs and 'smores!...moreless
Deck / Patio:
There are many square feet of outside decks. Metal tables, chairs & a recliner are on the west deck. Wooden rockers on the front porch. Hummers will entertain you if you keep the feeders full!...moreless
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
Ski & Snowboard:
Cross country outside the door or at Wild Basin. Rent sleds in Estes Park to 'play' in Hidden Valley (RMNP). Eldora ski area is closest, near Nederland. Day trip to I-70 for 'big' ski areas....moreless
- Water Sports Gear:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2017
4 night min stay
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $150
- Refundable Damage Deposit $400
PLEASE NOTE: Owner is living in a private apartment above the garage, close enough to help or give advice, but you are on your own in the lower level. Check in time is important - anytime after 3 PM - but NO LATER than 7 PM because IT IS HARD TO FIND THE DRIVEWAY IN THE DARK.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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Thanks for looking at Hi! On A Windy Hill for your vacation.
NOTE: There are no gas stations in Allenspark, and just two small seasonal grocery stores. I suggest you shop for groceries and gas-up before leaving Longmont or Lyons - or plan to go 17 miles into Estes Park for food and other necessities.
I will stock the kitchen according to your instructions for your first meals, leaving the register tape for reimbursement. Send me your list of what, brand (if important) and quantity.
CELL PHONES DO NOT WORK in this area of the mountains but I have installed a booster antennae which gives most guests cell service on the premises. Be aware that while driving through the canyon you won't have cell service.
I do have DISH 'bundled TV, the land-line phone and free WiFi, so there are NO hidden charges for phone calls. Give the land-line number to the folks back home, so they can reach you.
911 is all you need for emergencies - medical, rescue and fire fighting teams are amazing. The phone line is an enhanced service, so you won't have to try to find our address, if you are needing help in an emergency.
SPRING & SUMMER Activities: Hiking in RMNP - Wild Basin - just 4.5 miles away; Brainerd Lake off of Hwy 72 comes highly recommended by previous guests - Moose live there!
At the western tip of Peaceful Valley is Camp Dick. You can rent 4-wheels or ATVs and explore Bunce School Road, or do the trail up and down Taylor Mountain.
Estes Park is a treasure trove for shopping, kids have water fun, good eats and ALL-season activities - 17 miles away.
Lyons - 17 miles down the canyon has water fun, interesting shops and two or three GREAT restaurants, fewer tourists.
Nederland (on Hwy #72) has all sorts of delights such as an enclosed Merry-go-round -or- you can drive up to the Eldora ski area and explore ski trails, check out the late-melting snow.
Central City and Blackhawk are a little further on #72 - the gambling and casinos harvest the 'gold' now instead of miners.
OR best of all -
just stay "home at The Hill".. watch the clouds play across the mountains, stroll through the 1.76 acres of wild flowers (take the identifying book and count how many different ones you can find.) Hummingbirds arrive in April and leave about Labor Day each year. There are other bird feeders - you will fill, put them out and bring them in at night.
I want my feathered friends to keep coming to Hi! On A Windy Hill - it's their 'vacation home' too!
The interdenominational Allenspark Community Church is just across the street from the local post office --- two services in the summer.
New Covenant Church is a few miles toward Estes on Hwy 7 - turn off at the Wild Basin drive.
WILD BASIN LODGE - what a wonderfully picturesque setting for weddings! I am grateful for them as many of my guests at there for events. Hi! On A Windy Hill is just far enough away to guarantee a fun 'family-reunion', but close enough that guests can arrive at the event on time and unruffled!
Best of all is the serenity you will find within the walls or out on the decks of Hi! On A Windy Hill.
Bring your favorite books (or find one in the book case), listen to CDs or DVDs - settle in for a time of rest and rejuvenation - watch the shadows play across the mountains, see rainbows during the almost-always afternoon showers.... I'm shopping for hammocks to string between some of the pine trees uphill - and will try one in the lower meadow.
Look on the picture page for a snow-rainbow (very rare photo) taken from the west deck.
In fact, the VIEWS are simply spectacular all year, all around... And there are LOTS of critters, bears, bobcat, raccoon, squirrels and chipmunks, Big Horn sheep, Elk, deer.
When you arrive you are an 'invited guest' but once here, you become a friend that I count among my many blessings.
(You'll get a discount if you return to stay for a second or third time).
Thanks again for considering Hi! On A Windy Hill.... just 2 miles from the Allenspark Post Office and the center of the village.
Year Purchased: 1964
About the owner: In October 1964, my parents built this as a summer-only two bedroom cabin. I inherited Hi! On A Windy Hill in late June of 1975. Our family of five spent summers here and when the kids were young, they worked in local lodges and restaurants. Our son even ran a sawmill thru a couple of winters. In 1985, we began making plans to make it our year-round home. First was a furnace, double pane windows, good insulation, an attached double garage, 16 feet of sliding glass doors out to the west deck, hot water baseboard heat - and LOTS of windows. (There are five IN the roof!) No close neighbors so no one can see in, but we wanted to see out! We didn't build in one big session - in fact, we had an Open House party with just the framing in place. There is some original construction still here and you might enjoy reading my Mother's story "This is the House that Bob Built" in the original guest book started in 1964. Always, the VIEWS guided the building of the wooden decks and concrete patio. The Queen Suite has an outside door - allowing you to step outside to enjoy the mixed forest surrounding the house, the many birds and all four seasons. The entire 1.76 acres is geared for relaxing or short strolls uphill or down. By early 1990's, Hi! On A Windy Hill was our year-round home. Then we tried living in the cities below but came home again in 2015. My husband Dave and I live in the self-contained apartment above the garage... a black&white tomcat, Ozzie, loves to play pinkies&paws with the children under the door to our stairway, the orange tabby Harriette is more shy. If you chose to come to Hi! On A Windy Hill, I pray that within these walls you will find peace and contentment, a chance to enjoy God's blessings that will surround you and your loved ones in this wonderful area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. You may come as a guest, but you'll leave as a new and treasured friend!
Why the Owner Chose Allenspark, CO, USA:
The VIEWS and the history.... We are so secluded, we have very few curtains. Yet so close to Highway 7, you can be In Estes Park or Lyons in minutes. You have full use of the entire lower level - three bedrooms, two baths, the living room, dining area and well-equipped kitchen, all the lower decks and the patio with gas grill and picnic tables. The Queen Suite - a queen bed with adjoining bath with a whirlpool tub - both have bright, Velux roof windows. The Standard Bedroom has a double bed, a roof window for star gazing as you fall asleep. The third bedroom is "for the birds" (called Hummingbird Heaven) and has two twin beds. Games and puzzles are stored here. Also, a twin cot can be put up in this room. Sleeping for two more can be achieved by opening out the king-size couch in the living room - not very comfortable - but imagine falling asleep, watching the moon set on Meeker Mountain. Rates include a $150 cleaning fee. The cleaning crew pays attention to every detail for your comfort and enjoyment - and guarantees the same for guests coming after you. There is a 4 night minimum but yes, indeed, you can stay longer. One family stayed for 12 nights --- and helped me become a much better hostess... The property is unique because of the unobstructed views of the Continental Divide and the south area of Rocky Mountain National Park... but has a feel of isolation and privacy. During his career, my darlin'David and I traveled a lot with his work as a professional insurance claims adjuster who specialized in the catastrophic damages from wind, hail, hurricane, flood, explosion.... We know the true meaning' of ...'There's no place like home.' I sincerely hope I can welcome YOU home to Hi! On A Windy Hill.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
BIRDS & CRITTERS: Hummingbirds - if you stay anytime between April 15th and September 15th, you'll have to keep their feeders full! Other birds have their feeders. The 'chick-monks', ground squirrels, brown and black squirrels feast on their own trays of seeds, nuts & corn. WILDLIFE: All sorts of 'wild' sightings, including Moose, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, a Bobcat mama and her two kits, Bears (why we bring in the hummingbird feeders in at night), a Raccoon, and even a Packrat (NOT welcomed and taken far, far away!) We saw a mama bear and two babies last spring but because we don't encourage them to eat 'people food' they usually move on up the mountain for the summer. (Check the photos in the Welcome To Hi! On A Windy Hill book for other wildlife sightings by our guests.) Regardless, if you come to stay at Hi! On A Hill, you will discover that every SEASON, every SUNRISE and SUNSET is special - and very blessed. I will be doubly blessed if I can share all this with you and yours.
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Meeker Mtn & the Sleeping Indian - the view from the living room and west deck
Front porch / 2 rocking chairs, skis & snowshoes. WELCOME to The Hill.
Dining table set for family dinner....
Continental Kitchen: Gas burners, electric griddle for pancakes & grilled cheese
Chatting or reading area in the Sunflower suite.
Copper Pennies - double bed and roof window. Fall asleep star gazing.
A typical SUNSET over the Rockies
Hummingbird Heaven -twin beds, and LOTS of birds, games & puzzles stored here to
Winter - A wonderland waits just outside the sliding glass doors.
Munching Moose - Eating the bushes early spring in front yard!
A friendly hawk looking for YOU to come to Hi! On A Hill.
Colorado's state flower - the Blue Columbine. Don't pick it! Just enjoy...
WELCOME to Hi! On A Windy Hill... front door
Living room. Stained glass in window, bluebird painting on fireplace.
A Rainbow during a SNOW storm. Rare & beautiful.
Sunflower Suite - queen bed, door opens to patio, roof window to star gaze.
Soak - bubble bath after horse back riding or hiking. Glacial salts from Alaska
Small area set for a cuppa', as you plan your day while in Copper bedroom.
A "beautiful bully" the Rufous hummingbird
FALL. A haze across Meeker, aspen in full, golden glory.
A bobcat lives in the neighborhood. She has shown us her kittens, too!
SPRING! Snow still on the mountain, aspen leafing in lite green.
Baby bear trying for birdseed. All seeds and bird food come in at night.
The last view as you leave The Hill - Please COME AGAIN!
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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