About the property
- House1800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths - Sleeps 6 in beds - restful, peaceful, healing
This will be the last season that Hi! On A Windy Hill will be open to guests. Vivian (the owner) and her husband, Dave Fausset are finally entering 'real' retirement, end of 2018. Book NOW to enjoy this peaceful, welcoming, healing home located on 1.76 acres of woods and wildflower wonderland with easy access to Colo. Hwy. 7 (a part 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).
Experience Colorado - find all that you could hope for:
Outside activities and quiet conversations; sip a glass of wine as you watch the sun set; gaze at a night sky filled with stars. Rise well-rested to witness another spectacular sunrise and have another day of adventures in this great state.
Completely furnished, very well equipped home featuring VIEWS from every window. From the west deck (16 feet of sliding glass doors off the living room) you can see Wild Basin, the south portion of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trace across the profile of the Sleeping Indian, up the flank of Meeker Mountain, and on up where the Continental Divide kisses the sky; watch storms come across the ridges, to drop an afternoon shower that dries off in minutes and leaves every thing bright and fresh.
This house boasts the most breathtaking view in the entire area and will be just outside 'your' front window - NO driving involved. And the view changes every 15 to 20 minutes!
Built in 1964, as a two-bedroom summer cabin, it evolved into a year-round home in the late 1980's with the addition of an attached garage, enlarged original rooms, the addition of two more bathrooms (one has a whirlpool tub to soak away sore muscles from hiking or horseback riding). The upstairs Owner's Suite is where Vivian, Dave and Ozzie (a very old cat) live year-round.
They are eager to welcome these last guests who choose The Hill for their vacation time.
By being near, we are here if you need us but YOU have ALL of the main house and outside property as yours to use and enjoy:
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE HOUSE - INSIDE:
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 with electric logs. (NO smoking or real fires - too high a danger of wild fire)! A stained glass panel titled 'Chickadees' hangs in the south window; 'Blue Birds' an original painting was done by Dan D'Amico, nationally recognized wildlife painter.
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 'delicious'. Good dishwasher and Continental Kitchen lets the cook cook, but can share in all the fun and conversations. Microwave, electric skillet, wide-slice toaster; a Kuerig (bring your favorite cups); a standard 12 cup coffee pot; and an electric hot water pot (teas & cocoa in the cupboard); a 36 cup party pot is in the garage storage for of coffee/hot water/even iced tea - and allows serving drinks on the deck or patio. Also in the kitchen: 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.
Two lift-up counters double as buffet serving areas... or guests can sit there and watch the cook - cook!
Outside cooking on the propane grill (gas provided). This south concrete patio is some protected so even in the winter you can be outside - try toasting 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. A roof window and three walls of windows makes sleepy time seem like camping out - but in a very comfortable bed. An outside door opens onto the patio with terraced flower beds. Adjoining this bedroom is a large bath with whirlpool tub, corner shower, stool and long vanity.
The 'BURGUNDY BEDROOM' has a double bed, and features a prize winning quilt aa the 'headboard'; a handwoven woolen blanket is handy for a nap. Aspen wood 'turnings' were made by U.N.C. Professor David Olson. Viv knew and studied with him.
HUMMINGBIRD HAVEN is the "Kids Room" with two twin beds, LOTS of hummingbirds and African wildlife. Stored in drawers and a cabinet are picture puzzles, old-time games, decks of cards. Also a card table and folding chairs.... feel free to take puzzles up to the living room - to watch the views outside.
EXTRA SLEEPING (but not recommended): 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. A single sized fold out cot is stored in the closets in the Kid's Room. Rates for EACH additional guest will be applied at time of booking.
The Guest Bath (near the 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 your use is an efficient washer/dryer; WiFi, HD DISH TV, an inside cell-phone connection AND a hard-wired land-line phone for emergencies and that number can be shared with family and friends back home. (It always works.)
Hi! On A Windy Hill has 5 stars as Recommendations from past guests - and while here, read the WELCOME book for ideas from other guests from food to fun available in the nearby areas.
Be sure to sign the old autograph book and check out previous guests comments.
And PLEASE sign back in on VRBO or HomeAway.com with YOUR comments and suggestions!
is a tiny village with a Post Office and a quaint gift shop called 'Distant Harbors' (stop in to browse), drop off a 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. Otherwise, Estes Park or Longmont are the better choices, especially in the summer!
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 4.5 miles from the lodge, and I have had wedding groups (including two brides) stay 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.
Or 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 of the cabin - hike straight UP and level off --- you are then 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. Come back and tell others about them. 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. Only in summer can you drive across the Continental Divide.... go through Estes Park and Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park, drive up into the clouds and at the top stroll along a path the Native Indians took when changing their villages from winter to summer.
Summer-Comers? Ride a ski lift - with quaking aspen and Blue Spruce beneath your toes! Or take a 'day trip' to Denver, capital city of Colorado with many, many city-things to do.
But whatever you choose to do during the day..... return to the quiet & serenity of Hi! On A Windy Hill where you will fall asleep to the rustle of aspen leaves and the scent of pine... awake refreshed and renewed to enjoy another day in this blessed area of the Colorado Rockies.
Vivian 'Viv' Fausset
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About Vivian 'Viv' Fausset
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 (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 again. 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 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. Dave was an Insurance adjuster, specialized in catastrophe claims. I wore many hats but now weave, knit and star gaze. You'll love it!
Vivian 'Viv' Fausset purchased this House in 1964
Why Vivian 'Viv' Fausset chose Allenspark
The VIEWS and the history.... We are so secluded, we have few curtains! Yet so close to Highway 7, you can be In 'civilization' (Estes Park) in minutes. You have full use of the entire lower levels - three bedrooms (each on a different level) two full baths, the living room, dining area and well-equipped kitchen, all the lower decks and the patio with gas grill and 3 picnic tables. The Queen Suite - a queen bed with adjoining bath with a whirlpool tub - both have open-able Velux roof windows. The Burgundy 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. Sleeping for two more can be achieved by opening out the king-size couch in the living room - not very comfortable - but you may fall asleep, watching the moon set on Meeker Mountain. Rates always 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 12 nights, another couple booked two weeks, with one daughter and family first, the other coming in later. The Hill is for family! The property is unique because of the unobstructed views of the Continental Divide and the south area of Rocky Mountain National Park... but still has a feel of isolation and privacy. During his career, my darlin'David traveled a lot as a professional Insurance Claims Adjuster who specialized in the catastrophic damages from wind, hail, hurricane, flood, explosion.... We BOTH know the meaning of '...There's no place like home.' I sincerely hope I can welcome YOU home... ...to Hi! On A Windy Hill.
What makes this House unique
BIRDS & CRITTERS: Hummingbirds - if you stay anytime between April 15th and September 15th, you'll have to keep their sugar-water feeders full! Other birds have their seed feeders. Owner provides peanuts for kids to hand-feed the 'chick-monks'. 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 book for wildlife sightings by our guests.) Regardless, when you stay at Hi! On A Windy Hill, you will discover that every SEASON, every SUNRISE and SUNSET is special - and very blessed. And I will be 'doubly blessed' if I can share all this with you and yours.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful property, wonderful hostess!
We loved our stay at Hi on a Windy Hill. Gorgeous views, great location- near Nederlands and Estes Park. We even spent time in Denver and Boulder. Miss Viv is as sweet as she can be, and her cabin feels very homey.
We had a wonderful stay at Hi on a Windy Hill! The views from the living room were breathtaking and the property was comfortable for our group and immaculately maintained. Viv, our host gave good recommendations for restaurants and activities and was responsive to all of our needs. Will definitely return on our next visit!
At home with the family. Thank you Viv, Dave, and Dan! The best view in Colorado!
Great location! Close to Estes Park, Lyons, RMNP, and everything in between. Be a tourist in the daytime and come home to the tranquility, remoteness and breath-taking views in the evening. Everything you can think of (and not) is provided. We did it all. Breakfast and Church in Allenspark, shopping in Estes Park, sheer beauty, ruggedness, and education in RMNP, Good music and river tubing in Lyons, Horse back riding and dinner through the mountains and so much more. There is something for everyone of all ages and interests. Viv provides board games for the kids, bird watching from the deck, trails to hike behind the property, books to read, suggestions for anything you are interested in doing. Put down your phones and tablets, (no cell service) and enjoy Gods Country. Re-energize yourself. After seeing the pictures I took just from the deck of Hi!, my mother has asked that I take her. My friends and I were in Colorado on a very somber mission to spread the ashes of my best friend of 49 years. Thanks to the kindness of Viv and company and the awe-inspiring views of Hi!, I was able to give the greatest send off to my very dear friend and make new ones that will be in my heart for a lifetime. Thanks again to Viv, Dave, and Dan.
With love, Heather from Mineral Wells, Texas.
PS-----Paint Dan's place green!!!!!!
What a delight this group turned out to be. Greatly enjoyed each one and broke my personal 'rule' when we had to deal with a major 'FIX' to the plumbing! They helped us, flexed to using just one bathroom, while the other was in repair.... and we ALL became great friends. I look forward to looking at them on their next stay at Hi! On A Windy Hill.
Room for everyone to enjoy!
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!
Heavenly Hi on a Hill
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.
BEST HOME EVER
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
There are no gas stations in Allenspark and only two 'seasonal' grocery stores. Shop for groceries and gas-up before leaving Longmont (or Lyons) - OR drive the 17 miles into Estes Park for food and gas. CELL PHONES DO NOT WORK but I have installed an antennae which gives some cell service. NOTE: While driving through the canyon you won't have cell service. TV, WiFi and a hard-wired land-line phone are bundled together, so you can always access an emergency number. That may be given to family or friends back home. Emergencies are handled with 911 - local medical, rescue and fire fighting teams are amazing! Thanks for looking at Hi! On A Windy Hill for your vacation. ALSO: I can stock the kitchen according to your instructions for your first meals, leaving the tape for reimbursement. Send me your list of what, brand (if important) and quantity. 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 for hiking. Or you can rent 4-wheels or ATVs (information in the bucket on the fireplace hearth) 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 (in the south St.Vrain River), interesting shops and GREAT restaurants (with 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 hike ski trails, check out the snow. Central City and Blackhawk are a little further on #72 - the gambling and casinos 'mine the gold' now! OR ---- Just stay "home at Hi! On A Windy 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 mid-April and leave about Labor Day each year. And other bird feeders, too. Fill them, put them out and bring them in at night. I WANT my feathered friends to keep coming to The Hill - it's their 'vacation home' too! But discourage the bears who love the sweet nectar 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 are 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.... string up a hammock! Look on the picture page for a snow-bow (very rare) taken from the west deck of The Hill.. 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. MOTTO: "When you arrive you are an 'invited guest' but once here, you become a new friend that I will count among my many blessings." Thanks for considering Hi! On A Windy Hill.... just 2 miles from the Allenspark Post Office and the center of the village. 17 miles north to Estes Park, 17 miles east to Lyons, thru the South St.Vrain Valley. Longmont on east on #66, Boulder south on the Foothills Highway #36.
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NOTE: Upon check-in a personal check in the amount of $400 will be left as a DAMAGE DEPOSIT. If not needed, it will be returned within 5 days after the stay (or shredded with agreement with guest). Owner Viv & her husband Darlin'David & AND 2 cats (Ozzie & Harriette) live in an apartment above the garage, close enough to help or give advice, but guests are "on their own" in the lower level and surrounding outside acreage. CHECK IN TIME is important - after 3-4 PM, but PLEASE, NO LATER than 8 PM because it is hard to find the DRIVEWAY IN THE DARK!