Artist's Home in Historic Rustic Location
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Our house is located on the thin slice of land between Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake on a quiet unpaved road that was once the Main Street of the village of Grand Lake. There are many historic old cabins along the road including the Spider House next door where the owner grew up spending her summers. Our house was an outbuilding that we have converted into an open, comfortable and special retreat. An artist and a scientist, we have designed and decorated it with a mix of the old and the new. The house has many old items from the the area, collected from friends and family but also provides amenities like Wi-Fi, internet Radio and a Smart TV. There is no cable TV, so sports and news must be gathered from the radio or by visiting a restaurant in town where you can hang out with the locals and cheer on your team. The beds are comfortable and the house is warm and light and comfortable. We are surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park and you can walk (or ski in winter) out the door to miles of trails. A short drive will get you to many other trail heads in the park for many more miles of mountains, valleys, streams and lakes..and lots of wildlife. Moose, fox and deer wander through the yard and elk and bighorn sheep can be seen in the park. All sorts of songbirds, eagles, osprey and pelicans can be viewed. Our location between the 2 lakes offers very close (walking distance) access to a public boat landing on Shadow Mountain Lake and public dock on Grand Lake.
The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater offers wonderful live entertainment and the town has many restaurants and plenty of shopping. There is a marina in town where you can rent kayaks, paddle boats or a pontoon boat. The Kaufmann Historic Museum is a great place to learn more about the old town including the neighboring houses.
In winter there is snow shoeing and cross country skiing out the door or in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Grand Lake Touring Center offers many miles of groomed trails, expert lessons and a free tubing hill. Granby Ranch, a small ski area, is 16 miles away. Mary Jane/Winter Park is a major resort and is 37 miles away (about 45 minutes). Berthoud Pass is a popular backcountry ski destination.
We spend several months at the house every year and it is very well cared for. We hope the house will be enjoyed as a place to relax and to appreciate the very special beauty of Grand Lake. We are hikers and skiers and the area provides and abundance of that but it is also a wonderful place to do nothing and let yourself luxuriate in the free time in the mountains.
Sorry, we do not allow any motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, ATV's or Jet skis) at the house.
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Member since: 2005
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2016
2 night min stay
Jan 7 - May 24, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $130
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Taxes Not included
A check for the full amount mailed to the owner in advance. Damage deposit also mailed in advance to be reimbursed after departure and house is left in good shape.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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About the owner: I grew up skiing, hiking, canoeing, sailing and mountain climbing in Grand Lake. I spent summer and winter vacations in the old log cabin next to this house. My parents bought that cabin in 1952. You can read about the house in several of the Grand Lake history books, we have them in the library. It was sold in 2000 and we renovated the Willowbranch (an out building of the old cabin) then to become our Grand Lake retreat. I am an artist. My husband loves Grand Lake as much as I do. He is a scientist. We try to spend as much time as we can in Grand Lake where we work and get out into the mountains. When we are not in Grand Lake we are in Beacon, NY and Woods Hole, MA.
- Primary: 917-318-1956 9173181956
The Willowbranch Grand Lake
Wood Stove in Living Room
Dining Room off Kitchen
Upstairs bedroom 1 with queen bed
Upstairs bedroom 2 with double bed
Upstairs sitting room with fold out couch
Upstairs bathroom with washer dryer
Downstairs library off bedroom
Downstairs full bathroom
Grand Lake and Mt Baldy
Elk high up in Rocky Mountain National Park
Living Room with Wood Stove and Smart TV
Open Living Kitchen Dining Area
Upstairs bedroom 1
Upstairs bedroom 2
Upstairs sitting room
Downstairs bedroom with queen bed
Chickadee and Junco
The high peaks nearby
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Saturday, December 03, 2016
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