The Little Cottage (TLC) is a sweet retreat where families, couples, or individuals will find the TLC (tender loving care) they need to recharge and renew! The cottage was built in the 1920's and has been well taken care of and updated over the years keeping the original character and adding modern features and appliances.
The cottage is well-stocked with games, books, toys, and movies for all ages. The owner is an artist and will supply an easel and some other supplies if you would like to paint. Spend a day site-seeing and taking photographs and then paint your impressions of the beauty of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and all the surrounding areas.
There are 2 bedrooms (queen in one, bunk beds in the other) and 1 bathroom with tub/shower, window, and a ceiling heat lamp (for those chilly summer or winter mornings). The roomy living/dining room has a big picture window that overlooks a wooded lot with rock outcroppings and has views of the mountains to the north (including the Twin Owls and Lumpy Ridge). Elk and deer often can be seen browsing here or rutting in the autumn months. A sweet little elk calf was born under a tree here in spring of 2015!
The living room sofa pulls out to make a double-sized bed. There is a 42" flat screen TV with satellite service. Wi-Fi/Internet is on site as well. The dining table seats 6. The kitchen was recently updated and is complete with cherry cabinets, granite countertops, gas range, microwave, refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, garbage disposer and all the dishes and small appliances you will need! There is a full-sized high-efficiency washer/dryer set for your convenience.
You will love having a cookout on the deck which wraps around on two sides. The grill is hooked up to the gas line so you do not have to worry about running out of fuel. There is a patio table that seats 6. There is a fire-pit stand for roasting marshmallows and being mesmerized by the flames. (I can check with the city for fire restrictions we may have if it has been very dry before your visit.) From the deck or kitchen window you can watch your children play in the playhouse/fort up on stilts or the swing set. (Don't tell them about this in advance---I promise it will be a great surprise!)
Estes Park is a wonderful small town in a high-mountain valley surrounded by mountains. Rocky Mountain National Park is about a 15 or 20 minute drive to the entrance. Plan for most of a whole day to see the park and get out of your car and take some of the hikes and take lots of photos. Be sure to bring a jacket and plenty of water (prevents headaches up at this altitude). Perhaps you will drive Trail Ridge Road and visit Grand Lake and Granby, CO if you stay with us some time between Memorial Day and Labor Day or maybe as late as the end of October (it is closed during the winter because the snow buries the roads). There are many shops and restaurants in town and the surrounding areas and a lovely river walk along the BigThompson River in town. The lake offers fishing and boating (rent a paddle boat one day) and beautiful scenery. Horseback riding is available 365 days a year.
You can choose to be as active as you wish and then come back to the cottage for rest and relaxation or games and toys for fun.
If you have a very young child, we have a small crib and a highchair available upon request.
We hope you will love staying here! Let us know of any specific needs you may have.