|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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Hi! On A Windy Hill will be open through the ski season. Eldora is just minutes away - larger and better known ski areas will require a full day trip, but return to Hi! On A Windy Hill for a night of peaceful sleep.
The Hill ...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 and further south to I-70).
Book and pay IN FULL to get the Standard Rate pricing.
Please contact Vivian directly. She prefers to trust her guests and loves to talk with them about their needs. Call her at 303-776-1922 (leave a message if she doesn't pick up) or contact her through this site for more details and how to book your dates.... no credit cards accepted, sorry - but she WILL accept personal checks, money orders or cashiers checks.
Come and stay - experience Colorado - find all that you could hope for: outside activities, quiet conversations; enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sunset or gaze at the 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) you will 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 - to the Continental Divide. This is the most breathtaking view in the entire area and will be just outside 'your' front window ---- NO driving involved! (The view changes every 15 to 20 minutes!)
Built in 1964, it was a two-bedroom summer cabin; then evolved into a year-round home in the late 1980's with the addition of bedrooms, three baths (one has a whirlpool tub to soak away sore muscles from hiking or horseback riding). It 'opened' as a VRBO rental the late Fall of 2013; later we changed the large room above the garage into our apartment and have truly "COME HOME AGAIN".
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 (NO fires - in or out) Stained glass panel is titled 'Chickadees' in the south window. 'Blue Birds' painting was done by Dan D'Amico, who lives in the village.
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 good dishwasher, microwave, electric skillet, wide-slice toaster; a Kuerig (bring your favorite cups); standard 12 cup coffee pot; an electric hot water pot (with tea & cocoa in the cupboard); an electric mixer, spices, cake pans, kettles and cookie sheets. The wall oven and four gas burners have an electronic ignition system (NO pilot lights); an electric 'griddle in the middle' of the burners is great for pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Two 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 cook outside, maybe toast marshmallows for 'smores' on the grill?
The outside decks have iron chairs and table - 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. Adjoining is the large bath with whirlpool tub;
The 'STANDARD' bedroom has a double bed, art and Aspen wood turnings made by UNC Professor David Olson;
HUMMINGBIRD HEAVEN is also the "Kids Room" - two twin beds and LOTS of hummingbirds. Picture puzzles, old-timey games, decks of cards, card table and folding chairs are stored here. 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.
The Guest Bath has an easy-step-in shower, sink and stool.
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.
Read the WELCOME book for ideas from food to fun in the nearby area. And check out the 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 5 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 in Estes or Lyons.
HORSES: Rent in 'downtown Allenspark', 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 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 4 miles from the lodge, and I have had wedding guests and even a bride 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.
Access Camp Dick and Brainerd Lake (great trails and wildlife viewing) by going south on Hwy 72.
Or you can step out the back door and 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.
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. Summer-Comers can 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.
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 spent summers here, and when the kids were young, they worked in local lodges and restaurants. Our son ran a sawmill thru a couple of winters. Then in 1985, we began making plans to make it our year-round home and it grew - double pane windows, good insulation, an attached double garage, sliding doors out to the west deck, hot water baseboard heat but mostly - LOTS of windows. In fact there are five IN the roof! Not many curtains or drapes.... no one can see in.... and 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 in place and please do read my Mother's story "This is the House that Bob Built" in the original guest book, dating to the beginning 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.
Beginning in the early 1990's, Hi! On A Hill was our year-round home. We tried living in the cities below, but came home again in 2015. We (husband David, cats Ozzie & Harriette) are living in the upstairs apartment and look forward to sharing the house with guests in ANY season. Ozzie loves to play pinkies&paws at the door!
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 - you'll leave as one of our newest and treasured friends!
Vivian 'Viv' Fausset purchased this cabin in 1964
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 - has a queen bed, adjoining bath with a whirlpool tub - both have bright, Velux roof windows.
The Standard Bedroom is fitted with 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. I have a twin cot that 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 those guests fall asleep watching the moon set on Meeker Mountain.
My 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.
I maintain 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 it has a glorious 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.
Write firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (Vivian) at 303-776-1922 to get the full rate sheet and contract information - there is no obligation and I just love to tell folks about the cabin and the area.
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 recent 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 and my family will be doubly blessed if we can share this with you and yours.
Staying at Hi! on a Hill was a big treat. We loved the view of Mt. Meeker right out our sliding doors. We had a lot of fun hiking, biking and sightseeing! Thank you for this great opportunity. Mary, 14
Hi! On A Hill is a great place to stay right in the heart of the Rockies. Any way you look there is a great view. The house is great for anybody and is very good for kids. I had a great time at Hi! On A Hill. David, 16
Hi! On a Hill is a very comfortable house with a great view. I really enjoyed my stay. I would love to stay here again in the future.
John Paul 18
We arrived at Hi! On a Windy Hill and it instantly took our breath away!! The view is amazing. The cabin is so clean, cozy and spacious and the cupboards were well stocked with anything you could need; toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. We rented this cabin while we were in Allenspark to attend my daughter’s wedding and wanted a place that was going to be accommodating to have family over to visit for a cookout (yes, there was a gas grill to use). We had around 30 people over the night before the wedding to celebrate. The deck is large with plenty of seating for all.
Vivian was great to work with from the first time we contacted her regarding the accommodations. This was the perfect place!
I would give six stars if I could. We were here less than a day and my daughters were talking about coming back. The cabin is spacious and very comfortable. The family came for Thanksgiving and wanted to stay. We got ten inches of snow and loads of fun. This place is fantastic and great for families. We hope to be back.
We have rented numerous VRBO homes and this was by far our best experience. It is so peaceful & serene, we spent more time at the home than usual. The home is spacious, clean and exceptionally well stocked. The views and wildlife are amazing. Fill the bird bath and the stellar jays will give you a great photo opportunity. Keep the hummingbird feeders full and they will entertain you for hours. We ate at the café and pizzeria in Allenstown. It is a short ride, the food was good and people very friendly. We recommend both. Vivian is the best to work with. She was so helpful and made sure we felt at home while we were staying there. Her personal touches are amazing. If you are reading this review and are looking for a home in this area, you do not need to look any further. This home is perfect.
Steve & Peggy
Long Grove, IA
Comfortable, spacious home with great decks to view forest, wildlife (especially enjoyed hummingbirds & chipmunks!) and the amazing view of the mountains (loved seeing Sleeping Indian on the horizon). Relaxed & unwound from stresses of life: enjoyed reading & games & never turned on the TV; explored the area around the house; fantastic hikes & wildlife at nearby at Lily Lake, Wild Basin & Brainerd Lake area. Vivian greeted us & provided all we needed & more! Home away from home!
When we arrived at Hi! on a hill it was like a movie setting.
We could sit and look at the view of the mountains all day long and the stars all night long!
We had a great breakfast at the Meadow Café (I would strongly suggest this)and water from the spring just across the street in Allenspark.
We saw deer and elk walking past the house but in all the excitement didn't get a good picture. We also visited Estes Park which is a beautiful little town with lots of small shops
and plenty of elk roaming around.
The views in the canyon on way up from Lyons are unbelievable and we also stopped to take pictures of bighorn sheep along the road.
There's a television in the house but it was never turned on and never missed!
You'll want to bring a pair of binoculars.
The place is truly beautiful and Vivian was the greatest!
We hope to stay there again on our next trip.
A PLACE LIKE THIS REALLY DOES EXIST!
We came out to attend my niece's wedding,and needed a place to stay for 4 days. After much research done by my brother-in-law , we all decided that this was the place for us. BOY!were we right. The owner was great to work with and very accommodating. It made our special trip out to Colorado even more special! Plenty of room,very clean and the view was amazing. The best part was we were away from the crowds but close enough to everything without having to drive for hours. YES WE WOULD STAY HERE AGAIN. IT FELT LIKE HOME. Thank you so much Vivian!
Thanks for looking at Hi! On A Windy Hill for YOUR vacation.
Please contact me: VIVIAN by calling 303-776-1922 for rates
PLEASE BOOK DIRECT! I trust my guests - just as they trust me to provide comfortable beds and deep, sweet sleep. I do not take credit cards but WILL take your personal check, cashiers check or money order.
On January 1, 2017 rates increased to $325 a night, but if you book and pay IN FULL when setting your reservation, you may use Standard Rate of $300.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: There are no gas stations in Allenspark, and just two small grocery / camping shops (open only in summer). Shop & gas-up before leaving Lyons - or go into Estes Park, Longmont or Boulder 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 we 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 service. We have 'bundled TV, the land-line phone and free WiFi, so there are NO hidden charges for phone calls. However, give the land-line number to folks back home, so they can reach you - use 303-747-2499. 911 is all you need for emergencies - local medical, rescue and fire fighting teams are amazing. Also, this line is an enhanced service, so you won't have to try to find our address, if you are needing help.
SPRING & SUMMER Activities: Hiking in RMNP - Wild Basin is just 5 miles away; Brainerd Lake off of Hwy 72; at the western tip of Peaceful Valley is Camp Dick. 4-wheel or rent 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 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 - gambling and casinos harvest the 'gold' now.
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. And there are other bird feeders - we keep them filled so our feathered friends keep calling Hi! On A Windy Hill 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 their hand-in-hand publicity that brings many of my guests to Hi! On A Windy Hill. We are just far enough away to guarantee a fun 'family-reunion', but close enough that guests can get to the event on time and un-ruffled!
Best of all is the serenity you will find within the walls or out on the decks of Hi! On A Hill.
Bring your favorite books (or find one in the bookcase), 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....
Look on the picture page for a snow-rainbow (very rare photo) taken from the west deck. The VIEWS are simply spectacular all year, all around...And we have LOTS of critters, bears, bobcat, raccoon, squirrels and chipmunks, Big Horn sheep, Elk, deer.
When you arrive you are our 'invited guest' but once here, you will become a friend that we count among our many blessings. (AND you'll get a discount when you return to stay for a second or third time).
Viv's direct line is 303-776-1922. Please leave a message - if she doesn't pick up and she will call you back just as soon as she gets back in cell phone range! Thanks for considering Hi! On A Windy Hill....
F.Y.I. - My husband Dave and two old cats (Ozzie & Harriette) live with me in a private apartment above the garage.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
DO NOT BOOK ON-LINE or give your credit card number.
I prefer to handle ALL bookings in person!
If reservations for 2017 are made and PAID IN FULL by Dec.31 2016 there will be NO increase in rate. Use standard rate chart. All rates will increase in January 2017.
DIRECT CONTACT: Vivian Fausset at 303-776-1922 or e-mail email@example.com to get your rate and set your reservations. (And discuss her buying groceries for your first breakfast!)
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 - NO LATER than 7 PM because IT IS HARD TO FIND THE DRIVEWAY IN THE DARK.