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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 3 - 5 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

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 Southwest

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:
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Luxury, Rustic Mountain Estate Close to Purgatory Ski Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful property! Amazing owners!

  • 5 of 5

This was definitely one of our favorite places to stay. The property has everything one could want and more. Brad and Erin were amazing and very easy to get in touch with if needed. We couldn't ask for a better vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Well-managed. Convenient location. Worth the investment.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at the Irma J. It is a beautiful, well-maintained, and welcoming place to stay. It was very spacious and well-appointed. We look forward to staying here again. If I had a dream home in the mountains, it would be very similar to this one. The Authier's and Paul made our stay special. The convenient location was great. We were just a minute or two from Purgatory, and we were still only a short drive from Hermosa and Durango. Irma J is the perfect place to stay to enjoy a magical mountain vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historical. Beautiful. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

This was my family's 3rd New Years in Durango and the more I go, the more I seem to fall in love with the town. The Irma J is such a wonderful experience, the historical aspects of the property along with the charming personalities of the owners and caretaker really embodies what Durango is all about. The property is absolutely beautiful! Brad and Erin were so meticulous with the details of this property that you can really feel the love and attention that was put into it. I also love the self-sustainability and eco-friendly aspects of the property. Our family definitely plans to be back!

Only con is not dog friendly but I see how that can makes things complicated.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6064 Kalmia Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507

Great place for a celebration

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated a 30th anniversary at the Irma-J. What a wonderful place. They added a pavilion that can easily accommodate a large group and have games out of the weather. The house is amazing. The kitchen has everything you could need. My buddy and I stayed in the hot tub for hours and we played frisby golf around the beautiful land that the facilities sit on. Across the street you have a view of the rock cliffs and in early October the aspen trees were in glorious color. This is a dream house in a dream location!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laramie, Wyoming

Beautifully restored ranch nestled in the San Juan Mountains!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Irma J in early October, and what a special place! The aspen leaves had mostly changed color, and that made better the already spectacular back drop to the place. The layout of the house is simple, with four spacious bedrooms on the main level, but the main area of the house – with the open kitchen/dining room/living room – feels so homey and inviting with ample space for 10 to even 20 people to hang out and visit. The house was great, but the real experience was outdoors, with the barn downstairs that sports a 20’ long bar and flat-screen TV; barn loft with platforms at the large north-south openings for hanging out on or even sleeping on; the shower house with an unobstructed, open-air view of the Hermosa cliffs; the beautifully restored late 1800s cabin; a redwood-cedar lined sauna house; and a very tastefully done pavilion that is open to the west with a spectacular view of the historic barn and Hermosa cliffs. The outdoor, surround-sound movie theater on the north side of the barn, as well as the hot tub and large fire pit behind the house were hits with our group! The 14 acres afforded forested areas to explore south of the buildings. The Irma J Ranch was an exceptional overall experience for our group, no question!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City, KS

Beautiful, spacious home. Perfect for family get-away!

  • 5 of 5

This home is a perfect vacation spot for family and friends! Very spacious and comfortable. All appliances are state of the art. Located just outside of Durango, this home is central to a variety of fun activities. Explore the towns of Durango or Silverton, horseback ride, hike, or mountain bike! You can easily take a day trip to either Telluride or Mesa Verde. The home is so well kept and clean- would recommend to anyone thinking of visiting the Durango area!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • 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

Durango Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 22-25, 2017
Jun 22 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 4th july
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 6-9
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving '17 holiday
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Year 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
2018 pricing
Jan 4 2018 - Jun 27 2018
4 night minimum stay
july 4, 2018
Jun 28 2018 - Jul 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
2018 standard rate
Jul 9 2018 - Nov 18 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $99
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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