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Luxury, Rustic Mountain Estate Close to Purgatory Ski Area

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,700 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

5 BR, 4 bath luxury ranch-style home, historic barn and cabin, pavilion, 14 acre

Located 4 miles from Durango Mountain Resort, the Irma J Ranch is located at 8,700' elevation on 14 acres of aspen/spruce forested land. Stunning views of the Hermosa Cliffs which loom west of the Ranch. The 5 BR, 4 bathroom luxury ranch house was finished July 2014 and has a deluxe kitchen, three fireplaces (one outdoor), expansive deck, and sophisticated flat-screen/stereo systems. New hot tub installed June 2015.

Brad and Erin Authier
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Brad and Erin Authier

Erin grew up in Durango, and Brad grew up on a farm/ranch in South Dakota. The IrmaJ is a special place they are happy to share.

Brad and Erin Authier purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why Brad and Erin Authier chose Durango

Erin was born and raised in Durango, and her family has been in the area since the 1800s, so we have roots that run deep in this part of the country. We were married at the Irma J Ranch in 1986, thanks to the kindness of owners Johnny and Irma McNamarra. The connection: Erin had waited on Johnny Mac since she was 5 years old (1960s) in her father's Durango burger joint. When the place came up for sale in 2012, we purchased it with the intent of spending as much time there as possible, and building it into a place for families to gather and play. The construction of the home and 'resurrection' of all the original buildings was completed September 25, 2014, and our daughter was married there two days later. In early June 2016, construction of a 2,200 square foot pavilion was completed. This pavilion is ideally suited for a large family to gather and enjoy the beauty of the ranch and surrounding mountains.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The Irma J Ranch is a unique blend of modern luxury in the 3,700 square foot ranch-style home, and historic beauty in the turn-of-the-century barn, cabin and other buildings. The IrmaJ Ranch is close to Durango Mountain Resort (4 miles), and one mile from the Needles country store and the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant. The barn has been converted to a three-story saloon for entertaining guests during the summer season. It has seasonal hot and cold running water, a 16' bar, foosball table and tons of charm. The cabin is quaint, with high quality finishing touches. A sauna house and seasonal shower house were built in 2014. A new hot tub was added June 2015. An outdoor movie theatre, projecting to a 10' wide screen on the outside barn wall, provides a novel form of entertainment in the summer/fall evening. The pavilion also has a HD projector, screen and state-of-the-art stereo/PA system. During the summer, on-site activities include horse shoes, kick-ball area and fire pit area. Off-site activities include road biking, mountain biking, hiking, four-wheeling, mountain climbing, train rides, golfing, and visits to area attractions like Silverton (26 miles), Durango (24 miles), and Mesa Verde (42 miles).


Durango Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Double sink
    Bathroom 1 (Jack and Jill) - toilet , shower , Shared between Bedroom 2 and 3
    Loft bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Common bathroom - toilet , shower , shower, toilet, sink
  • 4 bathrooms, with 3 full and 1 3/4 bath
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Fireplace (gas), in-floor heating, walk-out deck, TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Shared bathroom with Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Shared bathroom with Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Walk out door to outside; next to common bathroom
    Loft bedroom/studio - 1 queen , Sofa, Sink, micro, fridge (kitchenette), full bath
  • 5 bedrooms, each with queen size beds The cabin adds a 6th bed during the spring/summer/fall next to outdoor shower house/bathroom, plus small microwave and refrigerator.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding


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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Stunning mountain home

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from our stay at the Irma J. Wow. Splendid property with incredible views and just about any amenity you could possibly think to need. Brad and Erin were lovely hosts, as was the caretaker Paul.

Thank you for this gift of sharing your home with our big family. It was the perfect backdrop to our Colorado adventure!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Irma J Ranch offers much, and we are glad you and your group were able to enjoy!
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Perfect Winter Lodge

  • 5 of 5

My family and I celebrated my father-in-law's 60th birthday at the Irma J over the holiday break. What a great find -- it was easy to relax even with a large group (we had 10 adults, 4 children). All of the bedrooms were spacious. The master and loft above garage are great for young families to enjoy without disturbing a larger party.

The property was spacious and fun to explore. We made snowmen, found two sled hills, enjoyed the indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and loved cooking in the giant kitchen! The views all around the Irma J are breathtaking and for anyone planning to spend a few days at Purgatory for skiing this is only a 3-5 minute drive South of the mountain base. The caretaker Paul was very kind and informative as were Brad and Erin who provided many details to help us navigate the area and the property with all of its amenities. We would love to come back for another week!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Could not be more perfect! One of a kind property.

  • 5 of 5

Brad & Erin were a joy to work with and the Irma J Ranch is just a spectacular property. We live locally and rented the Irma J for three nights for our family event. Plenty of space, beautiful setting and a kitchen to die for. Brad and Erin have taken get thought in designing the home as well as the renovations/preservation of the other outpost buildings. We may have to come back for our anniversary or have a family reunion here.

The Irma J Ranch will always have a very special place in our hearts! Thank you Brad and Erin for being so gracious and accommodating. Every time we drive by it feels like a second home for us.

Patricia & Doug

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Property

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely property with room enough for a big group. The Pavillion was wonderful, we really enjoyed the Pickle Ball Court and appreciated having the chairs there. Loved the outdoor fireplace, deck, parking, beautiful kitchen, comfortable beds and proximity to other activities. Made it thru without any bears bothering us at all.

Could have used laundry soap and toilet paper, but otherwise all was wonderful. The views, the property and house were so well designed and appreciated!


  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay! It couldn't have been any better !!All the amenities were amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

Our overall experience was amazing!! Paul,the Caretaker, was always around to make sure everything we needed was taken care of. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home!! You couldn't beat the surroundings of the property..... BREATHTSKING!!' Thanks again for such a memorable week in Durango

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very welll built and kept

  • 5 of 5

Very easy to work with, no hassle

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
La Plata County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Old School House Restaurant
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Old School House Restaurant
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort
Car: necessary

The historic Irma J Ranch is located 4 miles from Durango Mountain Resort and 22 miles from downtown Durango, Colorado. Situated at 8,700' elevation and surrounded by aspen/spruce trees with excellent views of the rugged Hermosa Cliffs, a newly constructed 3,700 square foot, 5 BR 4 Bath luxury home complements the 1880s barn and cabin, and several smaller buildings including a hot tub, sauna and outdoor (seasonal) shower house. Perfect for family get togethers during the summer or fall season, the house is available for stays at a lower winter rate. The cabin has been re-constructed since a 2006 fire, and the livestock barn has been remodeled into a saloon (for personal use only), sporting a 16' long 1920's-era bar and other amenities. Flat-screen televisions have been installed in the house, barn and cabin, controlled with an elan_g! system (barn, cabin and outdoor movie theatre functional during summer/fall season).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning fee (min) $450 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.8%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. No smoking or pets in the house. A minimum $350 cleaning fee will be assessed for each stay (may be higher if abnormally untidy). During the summer when outbuildings are used, the cleaning fee $500. The standard pricing includes seasonal buildings (barn/saloon, outdoor movie theatre, cabin, showerhouse, bridal shack) which adds a 6th bed, a shower & entertainment venue. Tax: 2.9% state, 3.9 % county. Deposit is due at time of booking (half of total, including taxes).
The remaining balance is due two weeks before arrival date.
Cancellation policy: The deposit (half of total cost, including taxes and cleaning), is due at time of booking and is not refundable if reservation is booked and canceled, although a full refund will be considered if cancellation is due to extenuating circumstances.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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