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Secluded Mountain Meadow Home - Vallecito Lake, Durango

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4BR/2.5BA Sleeps 6-8

This spectacular 2100 square foot, vacation rental home is nestled in a beautiful and secluded mountain meadow. The home sits on 11 acres surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and features a large pond, several streams, open fields of wildflowers and forests of aspens and spruce. Located only five miles from Vallecito Lake, it's a perfect place for an unforgettable, 'get-away-from-it-all' vacation where you can relax on a covered deck, paddle a canoe on your own glassy pond, play a game of horseshoes, gaze into an endless starry night, and enjoy the crystal clear water and cool fresh air of Colorado mountain living. The two-story house features four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, along with a comfortable living room with an incredible floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace. A large deck wraps around the home with a covered, shaded sitting area looking out over the pond, meadow and trees.


Sales Tax License: 01294255-0000

More Details

Greg or Jan Phillips
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We so enjoyed our stay. We watched a mother duck and her ducklings on the pond. I am sure you know how fortunate you are - you have a wonderful treasure. Thanks so much for sharing it with out family.
Jul 2008
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Bayfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Basic Soaps
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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Secluded Mountain Meadow Home - Vallecito Lake, Durango
average rating of 4.952381 based on 27 reviews

Fantastic family getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a fantastic 7 nights in this beautiful secluded cabin. We had 6 adults and 4 kids, ages 9, 7, 3 & 1. There was plenty of room for all of us. It was so peaceful and relaxing, not one of us missed having access to technology. It was a nice break. The kids loved canoeing in the pond, catching salamanders, riding our side by sides up Middle Mountain Road to explore, walking the close by trails and simply relaxing with playing the games at the cabin or playing cards. We also made a lot of s'mores by the campfire. We really didn't do much traveling when we got there, only made a couple trips to Durango which was only a 45 min drive. We spent pretty much the whole time at the cabin. It was just too relaxing to leave! The view of the stars at night were breathtaking. The chimpmonks were always running around our feet and hummingbirds would fly right up to us like they we're greeting us. So cool! The cabin was well supplied with toiletries and the kitchen was well supplied with cooking utensils. Even though we didn't need to get in touch with Greg or Jan during our stay, they were very helpful and so nice to work with before we got to the cabin. I would definitely come back again and, for sure, recommend this to anyone wanting to get away from it all for some much needed relaxation. I can't express how peaceful and serene it was. Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you Greg and Jan for offering your cabin on home away!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vicki for the very kind words. So happy you all had such a good time at our home. You are welcome back anytime! Greg & Jan
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Off the Grid! Beautiful, Absolutely Perfect :)

  • 5 of 5

Highly Recommend!

This house couldn't have been more perfect! My family was traveling to the area for my wedding. We wanted to rent a house so everyone could stay together. We looked at many rental homes in this area and this by far was our favorite and it did not let use down. Eight of us stayed in the house comfortably. I loved the fact that there is no t.v., internet or cell phone service. In the house everything was provided, however coolers were needed which is not a big deal. Everyone enjoyed going up and down the mountain seeing all the wildlife such as cows, deer, and turkeys that we saw. The house was clean and well maintain. The owners of the home were great, very caring and considerate about our stay. They described and explained everything you need to know about the home. We enjoyed the fireplace and porch after sunset which was so relaxing. We went for hikes around the house looking for wildlife. Wish we would have been able to stay longer. The master bedroom has a fabulous comfortable bed. We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fantastic vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful remote , secluded cabin! Thank you for opening up your home to us. Our family get together was amazing here. We had 7 adults, 1 baby and 1 little dog. Plenty of room for everyone! The adult kids enjoyed canoeing in the pond. We all enjoyed the puzzles, playing ping pong and just sitting around the deck or in front of the fireplace. There was plenty of firewood provided. Kitchen well stocked with appliances. Plenty of linen and the beds were very comfortable. We drove up in a van, and got stuck in a couple places driving up. We had to push our way out. During the rains, you definitely will need a 4-wheel drive or a truck. Our van was too low for some spots and had to go very very slow. But don't let that stop you! it was well worth it! The owners were quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had. We would definitely recommend to everyone and we would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples looking for a getaway from it all vacation, and we wanted to bring our 2 dogs - this was the perfect choice! The description "secluded" attracted us, and the aerial views looked amazing on google maps, but we found this beautiful property to be beyond our expectations. A perfect serene setting, a well appointed and very comfortable house and the picture perfect San Juan National Forest surrounding us. Admittedly, the thought of minimal/if any cell phone coverage and no internet seemed daunting, but it was such a wonderful break (and when we headed to the reservoir - about a 15 min drive - we had coverage). We caught up on reading, did crosswords and completed a few jigsaw puzzles. We loved the freedom for the dogs - they were definitely in doggie heaven - with the pond and fields around the house. The owners asked that we keep the dogs on the first floor, which is the main living area and master BR, and we gated off the upstairs to the other BRs to keep the dogs below - this worked well. The fridge was a tad smaller than standard size, but the owners explained this and we brought along a large cooler we kept in the mud room and picked up ice at the general market as needed (and they have additional coolers in the garage). We loved hiking around the reservoir and ventured to Durango for a day, but we really preferred having our meals at the house and the fun of cooking together. The gas grill and full stove/oven provided all that we needed. We brought along most of our food and the spices we like to cook with, and I must say, made some pretty wonderful meals! While we did not partake of all the games in the garage, it looked like kids would have plenty to do. The owners, Jan and Greg, were excellent help and very responsive as we were planning the trip, and were just a phone call away if needed. They maintain a beautiful and very clean home! We look forward to the opportunity to spend another relaxing week in Secluded!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic four nights way up in the mountains, off the grid, above Vallecito. Went for a wedding and met friends for a reunion. Great time hiking, reading, relaxing. Kids had a blast too. Not super easy to get to . . . but a perfect retreat from busy.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as Described!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures and descriptions only tell the beginning. This place is absolutely beautiful. My family of 4, including 2 teenagers and 2 dogs, absolutely loved our stay here. The kitchen is fully stocked, the beds comfortable and the views are fantastic. We did all the tourist activities in the Durango/Vallecito area, but our favorite thing to do was getting back to the cabin. Hikes on the many trails or walking the property, playing horseshoes and running the dogs until they were exhausted was the highlight of our days. Evenings were spent on the porch and then inside next to the fireplace. We kept so busy playing and talking that we never even thought about the lack of a T.V. (Please don't ever add one) We had a truck so the last mile and half was never an issue for us, but I'm not sure if I would attempt to bring a car up the last part of the road to the house. The owners answered all of our questions (even the silly ones) and mailed our deposit back the day after we left. Thanks again Greg and Jan, can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Car: necessary

Located 35 miles NE of Durango, Vallecito Lake is a quiet, scenic spot sheltered in a mountain valley 8,000 feet above the sea. The lake is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness, over 2.5 million acres of public land.

Other Activities: canoeing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 6.8%

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20.00 per night (+tax) per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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