Ponderosa House: Classic CO Home

House - Entire home/apt · County Road, Durango, CO 81301, United States
Your host, Candace
4 Reviews
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Response time: within an hour

The Space

Nestled among some of the oldest Ponderosa Pine trees, and with magnificent views of the red cliffs of the Animas Valley, the Ponderosa House is the perfect get-away destination for those who seek to discover Durango, Colorado and the Four Corners region. The Ponderosa House is our home and not a sparse, time-share space nor an impersonal hotel room.

Originally built in 1938 as a one-bedroom cabin, two renovations have increased the living space and added a master bedroom and bath. Many of the cabin’s original character points still remain including bead board ceilings, rustic built-ins and a 1950’s metal kitchen cabinet.

The Ponderosa House is approximately 1500 sq. ft., sleeps 6, has a great room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office/reading room, open concept kitchen, a utility with new (2012) washer and dryer, wrap around deck and a small fenced yard for your dog’s convenience.

The newly updated kitchen has granite counter tops and a new (2012) 5 -burner gas stove with griddle and a convection option oven. The new (2012) full size refrigerator includes an ice maker. Cabinets are stocked with bake ware, pots and pans, an abundance of cooking utensils, Fiesta table ware and an assortment of spices, flour and coffee. There is a large microwave, 10 cup coffee maker, toaster, a large crock pot, casserole and serving dishes.

The great room’s wall of windows fills the room with natural light and provides views of Missionary Ridge. The floors are Saltillo tiles from Mexico, have in-floor heating and are warmly covered with rugs. A 42" HDTV flat screen television, DVD player, cable with HBO and Showtime, WIFI, an extra HDMi connector for your gaming unit, and an iPod speaker bar keep you entertained and connected. Relax on the full size couch or the love seat sleeper sofa and expect to fight over two of the most comfortable leather recliners on the planet!

The focal point of the dining room is the 8- foot water feature in the corner. Our Ethan Allen British Classics dining room table will seat 10 guests when two leafs are added. Hanging above the table is a 1900’s stained glass light. A stained glass panel sitting in a window adds warmth to the room.

Our French Country designed master bedroom features a Sterns & Foster queen sleigh bed with a Tempurpedic mattress pad, Ethan Allen dresser, original artwork, and black out drapes. Plush linens, additional 500 count sheets and comforters are provided. The on-suite bath was remodeled in 2012. Step out onto the deck for magnificent red cliff views, and enjoy the seasonal stream.

The Cabin room is a rustic bedroom decorated with family antiques and collectibles. It has a queen size bed and a window that sports a views of the San Juan Mountain range.

You will find books to read, movies to watch, a cozy nook next to the gas fireplace to sit and contemplate and a roll top desk to use if you must! Your host is located in a suite next door and can provide you with FAX and printing service as well as help with any questions or concerns.

Year-round opportunities for adventure are just outside our door: an old stagecoach trail begins at the front door and winds up the mountain to Hidden Valley. It is a local favorite for hiking and mountain biking. Nordic adventures are just 20 minutes north at the Durango Mountain Resort (Ski Purgatory). Trimble Hot Springs Spa, open year round, has a swimming pool, hot springs pools, a full service spa and is located ½ mile south. One of Durango's most beautiful golf courses, Dalton Ranch, is within a mile. Historic Downtown Durango and the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are 12 minutes south.

Durango's nightlife is legendary with many local breweries and gourmet restaurants. Floating down the Animas River on a hot summer day is truly a bucket list experience. Just a couple of miles north is James Ranch, a sustainable working ranch with the best burgers and organic produce in the area. History lovers will find the ancient dwellings of Mesa Verde captivating. Movie buffs can stand where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid jumped off a cliff at Baker’s Bridge or at the historic Strater Hotel, see the cash register where Clark Griswold stole money in National Lampoon's Family Vacation.

Make sure your camera is charged, as our home in the mountains is also home to deer, elk, bear, wild turkeys, an assortment of chipmunks and hummingbirds. Rock hunters, there are thousands of closed mines with tailings waiting for you to sift through them!

PJ's Gourmet Grocery and a liquor store are located within a mile. Ask about our pre-arrival grocery service and your favorite snacks and beverages will be waiting for you.

Your host is a retired hotelier who chose this remarkable property as a place to retire. Come visit our mountain paradise to seek your adventure and renew your spirit.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1200 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $65
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Candace was very warm and welcoming. We loved the house, the location and were so thrilled to stay in Candace's home. We would love to stay here again!
    Candace was so incredibly helpful. There was a storm coming and we had no rain gear and she gave me one of her panchos to keep me dry. Very kind.

    July 2014
  • What an amazing place to stay!!! Candace went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. Her home is clean, cozy, and full of amenities. Reasons to stay here: great location, beautiful views, a hiking trail right in your back yard, gourmet grocery store minutes away, hot spring in walking distance, fabulous patio, a kitchen full of spices for you to use, laundry, and the most amazing hostess, Candace. Highly recommend Ponderosa!!!

    June 2014
  • Airbnb Durango - Ponderosa Pine Cottage

    Wonderful house and location, especially if you would like access to town and skiing. And Candace is a most accommodating host, helping in every way she could. We had an infant grandchild with us and Candace made arrangements for a crib and a seat for him...both of which were just perfect. Great correspondence before and during our visit. We never really saw her while we were there but she was available to answer questions, provide suggestions and, even a map, on hiking. Her library of local information was just great.

    The house was perfect for us (retired parents, adult children with infant). The house was immaculate and nicely furnished. We especially loved the kitchen, everything you could want to cook at home. We used the griddle on the gas stove every morning for bacon and pancakes. There is even a gourmet grocery store at the base of the hill, maybe a mile away.

    Could go on and on...we plan to return to Ponderosa Pine cottage and Durango, both feel like heaven on earth!

    March 2014
  • Where to start? I spent a month at the Ponderosa House and enjoyed every minute of my stay. I loved the location - between Durango and the ski hill. The property is peaceful, yet with very easy access to all Durango has to offer. I saw wild turkeys and deer crossing the property multiple times, and heard at least two owls each morning. There are great views of the Animas Valley from the living room and master bedroom. The house is comfortable and fully stocked with everything you need. If you must stay connected, the office area and WiFi are great. The living room has plenty of comfortable seating and a huge TV for your viewing pleasure. And I really loved the little fenced area for my dogs. It made getting them out so, so easy. And last but not least, Candace is wonderful. She is very helpful and made sure I was aware of some of the more important activities going on (like the winter Snowdown festival). All in all, a great stay.

    February 2014
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I am a retired hotelier who has moved to Paradise! Come visit the beautiful red cliffs of the Animas Valley, just 9 miles North of Durango, Colorado.
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