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Secluded Beautiful Mountain Home - Less than 2 Miles to Ski - Pets Welcome

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Our 1200 Sq ft, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, customs home was completely remodeled in 2013 and offers the most privacy and seclusion of any property near Purgatory as it sits on 132 acres, yet is less then 2 miles from the ski resort and 25 miles from downtown Durango. VRBO Listing 716605 is also on the property (1/4 mile away) and features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and sleeps 6, if your group is bigger than our 3 bedroom alone can accommodate.

The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The main living space features a 46 inch flat screen TV and wood burning fireplace (wood provided).

The master bedroom has a king size bed, the other two bedrooms both have queen beds.

The property borders the Weminuche national Forest on the North and East, which is the largest and most unused wilderness area in the continental U.S. Their are numerous lakes and ponds on the property, and a road to higher elevations where the views of the surrounding mountains and lakes are spectacular. It is common to see bear, deer, elk, big horn sheep, snow shoe hares, ducks, geese, turkey, coyote, marmot, and the occasional mountain lion or moose. All of the pictures in the listing were taken from the property.

A 4WD/AWD with good tires is required December through March. If you plan to drive a vehicle not so equipped, please book elsewhere. Although the roads are extremely well maintained, we want to ensure our neighbors are not adversely impacted by our guests who may not regularly drive on snow packed roads.

Lastly, we love dogs, and they are totally welcome as long as they are well behaved and get along with people and other dogs. Lucy runs free on the property.

More Details

Sean McCormack
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Sean McCormack

Sean grew up in the area, skiing every weekend at Purgatory, and graduating from Durango High School before leaving to experience life outside this rural community. After 25 years, he and Leslie decided to move back to the mountains of Southwest Colorado to be close to family and all of the outdoor activities they enjoy.

Sean McCormack purchased this house in 2011

Why Sean McCormack chose Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive)

This area is the Saudi Arabia of solar energy, with plenty of water and lots of trees. It is easy to build a comfortable and highly sustainable life here. All of the houses, barns, and greenhouses were built using wood harvested from the property. The 27' x 110' greenhouse provides fruits and vegetables not only for Sean and Leslie, but for a number of other families in the area. Standing dead trees are harvested and provide a backup heat source for all the homes and buildings on the property, with an additional 120 cords of wood harvested for sale, providing a carbon neutral source of heat. The trees are harvested primarily to improve the health of the forest.

What makes this house unique

There is nothing better than cozying up to a real wood fire after a full day of skiing, watching the snow fall during the winter, or lounging on the covered deck and watching the sun disappear over the mountains during the summer. The kids will have a great time exploring the forest, fishing in the nearby creeks or lake, biking, horseback riding or the many other activities close by.


Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive) House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bear Room - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Fishing Room Bath - toilet , shower
    Mining Room Bath - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bear Room - 1 king
    Fishing Room - 1 queen
    Mining Room - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Secluded Beautiful Mountain Home - Less than 2 Miles to Ski - Pets Welcome
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 55 reviews
Pearland Texas 77581

We just spent a month in heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cabin off of Lake Purgatory Drive was our home for one month this summer. It was heavenly. The well appointed kitchen allowed for easy prep of most of our meals for the month. The bedrooms and baths were very comfortable with great ventilation of the cool mountain air. Morning walks on the mountain were entertaining for us as well as great "hunting" for our city dogs. The views were spectacular all day long. Nature is all around you. If you want to enjoy the wilderness with all the comforts of home and none of the noise or interruption, this is the place. Thanks for a wonderful vacation. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul and Mona, “We’ll be back” isn’t idle review words, either for the Terminator, or for the both of you. We received your deposit already for next year 👍, and are looking forward to seeing you both along with Piper and Frankie. Super nice of you to write a review! Thanks. -Sean & Leslie.
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Loved the property.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a great stay. We really enjoyed the house and surroundings.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gwenn, It was great to meet you all! Hope you had a great time in Colorado and made it safely home to Florida.
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We loved the house!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was so clean and beautiful locations in the mountains!

Sean was so nice always very quickly response I appreciate that.

We could have a very relaxing time as home and wanted more to stay!!

Thank you Sean!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shiho, I wish I was able to stop by and say hello during your short visit. Sorry we missed you, but we’re glad you all enjoyed our home. Thanks for visiting! -Sean.
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Great house off the beaten path.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this location and the fact we could bring our dogs with us. It is off the beaten path and tucked back into the forest but it is an easy drive to both Durango and Silverton and there are many opportunities for outdoor activities along the way (hiking, biking, photography, whitewater, etc.).

We loved this place so much that we are started looking at property in the area and will likely be back in the future if we don't find something :-). Just wish it was a little closer to the Denver area.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris, You and your family were our first Guests following the "all clear" on the 416 Fire. We had asked all of our guests to cancel through the first week in July, because we thought it would be burning and a risk for that long. The 1.2 inches of rain we received the prior weekend from the remnants of Cyclone Bud, mostly extinguished the fire, at least for all of us along Highway 550 North of Durango. So thanks for visiting, filling the BBQ propane, and changing the porch light bulb. You all are exceptional guests and we'd love to have you back any time!
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 plus our dog stayed for 5 nights. It was exactly as advertised. Absolutely beautiful with stunning views. It had everything we needed and more. The deck was one of our favorite places to hang out. We had deer come right up to the cabin one night! We also enjoyed watching the hummingbirds at the feeder each day. Overall a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rory, Great communication when you had questions. I’m glad you asked. Also, Super nice of you to write a review. Thx a bunch.
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  • 5 of 5

Secluded, very clean and the owner was great

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Robert. We loved meeting you both. Hope to see you again soon!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Durango La Plata County Airport (DRO)
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Sows Ear
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Glacier Club
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
US Hwy 550
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Sow's Ear
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Purgatory Ski Area


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $30
Damage Protection $30

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change. Deposit is fully refundable if cancellation received a full 30 days prior to scheduled arrival date. A $200 deposit is required at the time reservation is made. The full remaining amount is due 30 days prior to scheduled arrival. If cancellation is received 30 days or less from the scheduled arrival date, only the Damage Insurance Fee and Cleaning Fee will be returned to the guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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