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Quiet, Peaceful Home With Beautiful Views, private Hot Tub and near RMNP

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Ranch Style Home On 1+ Acre With 2 - 3 Bedrooms And 2.5 Bathrooms In Quiet Area

You will love staying at this property! Whispering Pines Ranch House is a beautiful home on 1+ acre of land with mature trees and rock outcroppings. The views of the Mummy Range and Twin Sisters Peak are beautiful and inspiring. Whispering Pines Ranch House is in a spacious and peaceful area, and very convenient to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildlife, including deer, elk, coyotes, eagles, hawks, rabbits, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and an occasional badger, is often in the area. The yard is beautifully landscaped and you can choose sunshine or shade for relaxing outside. After a hike, enjoy relaxing in the hot tub and looking at the beautiful mountain views.

This home has lots of light, both from windows which offer great natural light and also plenty of lamps for reading, or overhead light for working in the kitchen.

There is a large Master Bedroom suite with a King-sized Select Number bed. The Master bathroom has a shower, a Jacuzzi tub for private soaking, and a sky light.

The second bedroom has a queen pillow top bed, mirrored closet doors, dresser, a ceiling fan, TV with DVD/VHS player. The hallway bathroom has a granite vanity top and tub/shower, and is across the hall from the second bedroom. A futon in living area provides sleeping for two people.

A third bedroom is available to those having 6-8 guest for an additional fee. The room is very large (12x25) and includes a full size bed, queen size sofa sleeper, swivel rocker, 32" flat screen tv, a smart blu-Ray DVD player and chest of drawers. This bedroom shares the full bath in the hallway with the second bedroom. Renting this room will give you the total 1800 sq ft of the property.

Gather and enjoy meals in a very large eat-in kitchen with knotty birch cabinets, an island for food preparation and essential cooking utensils. It's open to the formal dining room which makes it great for gathering with everyone included. The eat-in kitchen has a pub height table and four chairs, and TV on the wall. This very open central area of the home is a great place for everyone to gather for meals and enjoy each other's company.

The formal dining room has an Oak table and six chairs. Also two bar stools at the bar between kitchen and dining room allow versatility and companionship while preparing meals.

The family/living area has a full size couch with a recliner at each end, a gas stove, a 50 inch Sony Bravia TV and Blu-Ray player, futon and a Lazy Boy recliner. Plenty of Blu-Ray discs and DVD's are available to enjoy movies. French doors open onto a huge deck in a private yard with hot tub, two-person hammock, and table and umbrella with chairs. You can enjoy a soak, a nap, a glass of ice tea and a nice meal all with beautiful views after your hike in Rocky Mountain National Park or day in Estes Park.

Enjoy grilling on the natural gas grill and never run out of propane in the middle of grilling!

Cozy porch on the front of the house, with cafe table and wicker chairs for two, looks out onto beautiful front yard with rock outcroppings and trees. This beautiful area is fenced and also has a picnic table for an outside family meal.

2 separate yards both fenced. Large front yard with rock formations and trees. Side yard has a privacy fence, large deck, hot tub, hammock, table and umbrella, lounge chairs, cushioned bench and planted trees and bushes.

This house is large enough to provide spaces for everyone to gather or for guests to spread out and find a private spot to spend time alone.

More Details

Scott and Diane Sutter
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Scott and Diane Sutter

We were both born in Colorado. Scott was born in Loveland and moved to Estes Park when he was only 2 years old. Diane was born in Boulder and moved to Elgin, Illinois but moved back to Estes Park 31 years ago. We met in Estes Park almost 30 years ago and were married here in Estes Park at Diane's parents' house only about 1 mile south of our current home. We bought our home on December 23, 1987. We didn't tell the kids we were buying a house. Instead we had my parents watch them while we moved all of our furniture and things into the house and then picked them up. We took them to the house saying that we just wanted to look at the house and see if we wanted to buy it. Our daughter said, 'Hey, this is all of our stuff! What is it doing here?' Our home started out at only 1250 sq. ft. which was a little too cozy for a family of 5. We decided to build onto our house and did most of the work ourselves. The only things that we paid someone else to do was the excavation, foundation and some tile work around the kitchen counters. We added on the Master Bedroom, Living room and garage. We have spent the last almost 30 years raising kids and now enjoying our extended family in this home. We are blessed to have 2 grandsons who are 2 1/2 years and 10 months and another grandson due at the end of December. Our home has been blessed with much love and happiness and we hope that you enjoy your stay at our home!

Scott and Diane Sutter purchased this house in 1987

Why Scott and Diane Sutter chose Estes Park

We are close to town, only 3 miles away from downtown but feel like you are a million miles away. You will find the peace and quiet not found in properties close to town.

What makes this house unique

Hot Tub with views, Jacuzzi in the Master Suite for quiet time alone, Huge Deck with great views, Relaxing hammock in a private yard.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Quiet, Peaceful Home With Beautiful Views, private Hot Tub and near RMNP
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews

New Year's family retreat

  • 2 of 5

We enjoyed our time in Estes Park. We had excellent weather and took advantage of chances to hike and browse about in the village. We found the house to be adequate, though the hot tub was not in working condition and finding utensils in the kitchen was a bit challenging. It might be beneficial to place silverware closer to the other eating utensils. Also, given that we rented the home in order to use the kitchen for meal preparation, it would be helpful to stock the kitchen with a greater variety of useful tools (wire whisk, rubber spatulas, liquid measuring cups, ladle, pitcher). If the hot tub is being used as an attraction point for rental, please assure that it is well maintained and operable, as that was a strong incentive for our choice of this property. We have rented lodging through VRBO several times in various locals, including internationally. Every place that has represented that there is ample sleeping space for 7-8 adults has had 3 bedrooms. We take responsibility for choosing this unit for our party of 7, but we were assured that there would be ample sleeping space for a party of 7-8 adults. We found sleeping accommodations to be sub-par, despite the owners' assurance otherwise. We enjoyed the movie choices and generally found the dining space ample for our size of family. Despite the gorgeous view from this location, we would hesitate to rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Longview, Texas

Roomy and comfortable for relaxing, dining and cooking.

  • 4 of 5

Well suited for the three of us. Two persons in the party use walkers and it was relatively simple for them to get about. Polyester is not very suitable for sheets and pillowcases so we purchased cotton products the day after we arrived. The timing was perfect for aspen color and the elk were in great abundance. Big crowds but it just added to the energy of Estes Park. We'll do this again and would stay here again.

Mike Stiles

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We a glad you had a good and we would be happy to have you come back again.
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Words cannot describe!

  • 5 of 5

The home is amazing!! Its located in a neighborhood off of the highway, the road turns into a dead end dirt/gravel road. You cannot hear any traffic. All you hear are the elk calls, its super super quiet!!!!! Its just stunning. The inside has it all. Coffee maker, popcorn maker lol movies, board games etc. The list goes on.....

A definite repeat for sure:)

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, quiet home with everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were in the Estes Park area for a hiking trip. We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the Sutter's home. The house was very well kept with every item we might have possibly needed available. The setting kept us out of the busy downtown area in a lovely, quiet area of homes that were nicely spread apart. It took just a few minutes to get to town when we wanted dinner out. We loved how close we were to Rocky Mountain National Park for hiking. We had ample room throughout the house to spread out our hiking supplies and equipment. The master is very large as is the kitchen/dining area and family room. We only used the master bedroom and stored suitcases and extra supplies out of the way in the second bedroom. We'd love to come back with our daughter and son-in-law and use the third bedroom the next time we're in the area. There would definitely be room for all of us to stretch out!

Diane was very speedy and gracious in answering any questions through e-mail. It was a perfect vacation home for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hillsboro, OR

The perfect house for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We were really pleased with the Whispering Pines Ranch House - my husband, our two young daughters (ages 6.5 and 4) and me stayed at this lovely mountain home for six days, including Labor Day. Scott and Diane have a great home, ideal for a vacationing family. The separation of the sleeping spaces, as well as the large communal living/eating areas were ideal for us. We also enjoyed the hot tub on the deck!

Carriage Hills is a nice little area outside of the main chaos of Estes Park - it was a great retreat from the hustle and bustle in town especially over a holiday weekend. Be prepared to drive most places, but it doesn't take long and parking really isn't that hard to find. More experienced cyclists may prefer two wheeled "commutes" :)

There were wildlife sightings galore - deer, elk, bighorn sheep, countless chipmunks and small birds - which delighted both us adults and our kids. Estes Park is beautiful and the stay we had at Whispering Pines really made it that much better. Thank you to Scott and Diane for opening up your lovely home to visitors - we are already planning a return stay for next year!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midlothian, VA, USA

Wonderful property near Estes Park and RMNP

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at the Sutter's home. It was very convenient for all the activities in Estes Park and RMNP. Everything that we needed was provided, the home was the perfect size for our family. During our visit, we did the Ute hike, the Lily Mountain hike and the trio of lakes hike near Bear Lake. We even walked into town from the Sutter's home. The barbecue at Smokin' Daves was great and we highly recommend Notchtop for breakfast. I highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
72.2 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
Mary's Lake Lodge/Pub
Nearest Golf
2.1 Miles
Estes Park 18 hole Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
Highway 7
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Mary's Lake Lodge/Pub
Car: recommended

We are located in Estes Park just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park where there is great hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing, with more than 300 miles of trails. Check with rangers at the National Park Visitor Center for specific trail information. In the summer, it's a good idea to use the National Park shuttle, rather than parking at trailheads. Trail Ridge Road, over 12,000' at its highest point, offers a spectacular drive through the National Park. At 11,796', you can visit the Trail Ridge Store and Alpine Visitor Center. Depending on weather and conditions, Trail Ridge Road is open from around Memorial Day through Labor Day, unless weather permits a longer season. If you start early for your drive, you have a good chance of spotting wildlife. You can drive Trail Ridge Road to the small town of Grand Lake with its quaint board sidewalks, restaurants, and shops. Visit the historic Grand Lake Lodge for lunch and views from the deck. In the fall, bull Elk are bugling and defending their harems from rival bulls. The National Park is a good place to watch this annual ritual and listen to the bugling. You can also witness this in the town of Estes Park. Many have had Elk interfere with their golf games! For the sake of your safety and their need to remain wild, it is a good idea to enjoy Elk and all other wildlife from a distance.

Spend a day enjoying all of the shops and restaurants in Estes Park, or an evening meal out after a hike. There are many festivals and other events to enjoy in Estes Park throughout the year. You can also walk or bike around Lake Estes, or rent a boat and spend time on the lake. The views are beautiful! Estes Park Mountain shop rents bikes and also has an indoor climbing gym. This shop and other outfitters offer guided trips for climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, and fly fishing. Horseback riding is available at Jackson Stables at the YMCA of the Rockies.

After enjoying a day in the National Park or Estes Park, come home to enjoy another lovely place. The area around this home is perfect for a leisure walk and wildlife is all around. You can see Elk, Deer, Coyotes, Eagle, Hawks, Rabbits, Ground Squirrels, Chipmunks, and an occasional Badger. Sit back, relax, and enjoy all the comforts of home without worrying about sharing your space with anyone else!


Rates & Availability

Carriage Hills House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Mar 18 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 5.55%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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Carriage Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Half bathroom just off Kitchen with the Washer/Dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hallway bathroom across from the 2nd bedroom
  • Master bathroom has a shower, a Jacuzzi tub for private soaking, and a sky light. Hallway bathroom has a granite vanity top and tub/shower, and is across the hall from the second bedroom. Half bath just off kitchen with the Washer and Dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Pillow top bed, mirrored closet doors, ceiling fan & dresser
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Select Number bed, 2 full closets, nite stands and dressers
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Available to renters with 6-8 people
  • Large Master Bedroom suite with a King-sized Select Number bed and full bathroom with a shower and Jacuzzi tub. Second bedroom has a queen pillow top bed, TV, mirrored closet doors, ceiling fan, and dresser. Bath is located conveniently across the hallway. Futon in living area provides sleeping for two people.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting

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