About this listing
"This place is so homey," people say when they arrive. "It is my home," I say! Why stay in a cold, bare hotel room or time-share when you can have all the comforts of home? While you are here, I stay in a studio on the west side of the house. Welcome
Our classic Colorado home has a wrap around deck and beautiful views of the Animas valley red cliffs.
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, DISH Network with HBO, 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. She lives on property in a studio next door.
Come visit our mountain paradise to seek your adventure and renew your spirit.
I will be here to meet you, or will leave the keys in a place I will tell you when you call me on the day of your arrival. You have the east deck at your disposal.
Interaction with Guests
As I live on the property, I am here to answer any questions, offer recommendations or take a group photo!
We are on a mountainside cul-de-sac with 3 other houses. My property is 1/2 acre and very wooded. We are close to Highway 550 for easy access to Durango, the ski resort and points north and south!
Other Things to Note
Check in is after 4:00pm
Checkout is 10:00am
This is our home and we welcome you as though we have known you for years! We expect you will respect our personal property, enjoy it while your here and treat our home and belongings with the same care as you would your favorite grandparent's home.
Bears do come on the property usually between May and October, looking for easy food sources. They will open car doors or break windows if food is left inside vehicles. We ask you to not leave food inside vehicles nor leave food anywhere outside. A bear-proof trashcan is available. Do not approach wildlife. Black bears can be brown, black, red, or blonde in color. We do not have Grizzly bears! They are usually more afraid of you and will run off. They tend to hibernate November through March.
Smoking is allowed outside only. An ash can is provided. Dogs are welcome but must never be left alone in home unless in a kennel. Due to the abundance of wildlife, the outside yard is not suitable for a dog to be left, it is for the convenience of letting your dog out at night. A pooper- scooper and trash can are provided for clean up. Due to our allergies, we are sorry, we cannot accept cats.
Our home sits on a wooded, half acre lot on a road that has several houses close by. We also have a small guest house at the back of the property we rent out. All of us respect our privacy and enjoy the solitude of this mountain setting. We ask that you meet your friends in town to party and use our home to rest and renew after your daily adventures. You share one 10 foot wall ( the dining room wall) with your host who lives in a studio next door during your stay. Please be considerate with your noise level, especially after 10:00 pm.
In an effort to keep our costs low, please help us keep our house clean; strip beds and place all used towels, bedding and dishtowels in the utility room and do your dishes prior to leaving. We recycle and ask you help us by putting recyclables in the containers provided.
The most important rule is to have a great time!!!
The great room is warm and comfortable. Bookshelves with an eclectic mix of books is available while you are here. Read and enjoy; leave books for future guests.