Hi! on a Windy Hill with Views - Year-Round - from Every Window(10 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths - Sleeps 6 in beds - restful, peaceful, beautiful
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 and Blackhawk and further south to I-70).
If you book your stay for 2017 - and pay IN FULL before December 31, 2016, you'll get a great discounted rate. Call and check it out! 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 - and find all that you seek - from outside activities, to 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 - and right on to the Continental Divide. The most breathtaking view in the entire area and 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; in late 2014 we changed the one large room upstairs and 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 - with 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, adjoining bath with the whirlpool tub; a couple of chairs for reading, chatting or listening to tapes. The outside door opens onto the patio and terraced flower beds.
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 to fit.
The Guest Bath has an easy-step-in shower, sink and stool.
There is a stacked washer/dryer; Free 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: Downtown Allenspark', Peaceful Valley to the south and Meeker Park and Wild Basin to the north all have stables - 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. Since Hi! On A Windy Hill is just 4.5 miles from the lodge, 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.
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. And hey - 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 criss-crossing 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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Member since: 2014
- 2600 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- 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:
Service animals may be considered - just ask. Our cats - Ozzie and Harriett live with us but we live in the apartment above the garage. Downstairs has been cleaned for allergy sufferers and animals no longer allowed there. ...moreless
- Wheelchair Accessible:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Queen Suite is a sweet place to stay and sleep soundly. Adjoining bath has a jetted tub, corner shower, long vanity, Velux roof window. 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. And 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 sunlite 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 that a travelers may have forgotten....moreless
- RETREAT to this restful and quiet place - RELAX and RECOVER from work and travel. Book DIRECTLY with Vivian Fausset at email@example.com / or CALL her at 303-776-1922 8 AM - 9 PM Mountain Time - ok to leave a message. By agreement, the owner will stock the frig with YOUR food order and leave the receipt for separate payment per your request. Hiking, horse back riding, or tour by car to many beautiful places nearby.. A day trip to Denver or Boulder and the Colo.University campus. Historic Central City and Blackhawk have gaming tables and elegant food and a taste of old-time Colorado. But COME HOME to Hi! On A Windy Hill for a good nights sleep. CAUTION: You may have started looking at Hi! On A 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! ...moreless
- DVD Player:
- Game Room:
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- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Roosevelt National Park is south of The Hill - if you are into hiking straight UP (and sliding back down) you can walk into that area - but carry the whistle with you in case you lose your way!...moreless
- Mountain View:
Cross country skiing available in Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain Natlonal Park. Downhill skiing & snowboard - Eldora 30 min.; ALSO: A-Basin, Loveland, Winter Park, app.2 hour drive one way...moreless
"The Best Kept Secret in Boulder County!" Allenspark actually is a post office, interdenominational church and an interesting gift shop - 2 miles. Estes Park & Rocky Mtn Natl Park is 17 miles ...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:
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- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
An open floor plan has the living room blending into the dining area, spilling over into the kitchen. No one is left out of the party! All the bedrooms are quiet, each on a different level....moreless
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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 table, 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
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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
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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Open for December 2016 AND all reservations for 2017 will enjoy a drastic cut in costs IF full payment can be made before Jan.1, 2017! And by the way, thanks for looking at Hi! On A Windy Hill for YOUR vacation.
Please contact me: VIVIAN: email@example.com or call 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. If you book and pay in full (for your stay in 2017) you get great reduction in the rate. Talk to me!
On January 1, 2017 my rates will increase to $325 a night.
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 plan to 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, and will leave 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 too - that number is 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 down 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 --- 2 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 views 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. 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....
My husband Dave and two old cats (Ozzie & Harriette) live with me in a private apartment above the garage.
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 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 before the framing got covered. 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!
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 in minutes! You will have full use of the entire lower level - three bedrooms, two baths, the living room, dining area and well-equipped kitchen, all lower decks and the patio. The Queen Suite - has a queen bed and adjoining bath with a whirlpool tub - both have bright, Velux roof windows. The second 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. Sleeping for two more can be achieved by opening out the king-size couch in the living room. (But not very comfortable.) 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, specializing in catastrophes of wind, hurricane, flood, explosion, hail.... And 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.
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WELCOME to Hi! On A Windy Hill... front door and porch from the driveway.
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.
A typical SUNSET over the Rockies
Small area set for a cuppa', as you plan your day while in Copper bedroom.
Hummingbird Heaven -twin beds, and LOTS of birds, games & puzzles stored here to
FALL. A haze across Meeker, aspen in full, golden glory.
A bobcat lives in the neighborhood. She has shown us her kittens, too!
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...
Sunrise on Meeker Mountain - the view from the living room and west deck.
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
Copper Pennies - double bed and roof window. Fall asleep star gazing.
A "beautiful bully" the Rufous hummingbird
SPRING! Snow on the mountain, aspen leafing in lite green.
Winter - A wonderland waits just outside the sliding glass doors.
Munching Moose - Eating the bushes early spring in front yard!
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 - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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