About this listing
Relax among the Pines. Feel close to nature, yet sleep in all the comforts of a well appointed cottage. We are conveniently located to Durango area's many attractions. Private drive - comfy sitting and bed. Discounts for month long plus stays.
Great location between downtown Durango and Mesa Verde, Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail road and Nighthorse Lake. South West charm in Durango Colorado. Enjoy the east facing deck as you catch the rise of the sun and moon. Private and quiet wonderful vacation retreat or for short or longer term stays. To learn more - durango vacation (website hidden) Very clean and cozy. Nearly New structure, Eclectic furnishings, Nicely appointed. A home away from home. Very clean, two bedrooms, one large bath, ceiling fan, windows for viewing and letting breezes in. Egyptian Cotton linens, Kilim rugs, down and leather couch and chair, futon in living room, new appliances, tile counters, gas range and oven, gas grill on deck, private asphalt drive, Artsy, Comfy, Serene, Romantic, Spacious feeling inside and out. Ideal for a single needing space, a couple who is sight seeing in the area or wanting a romantic tucked away place. Good for small families or two couples traveling together. Has stairs, so not ideal for elderly or handicap. Swamp cooler available as needed. Ask about sub-let winter rates from November through May. Free standing gas stove and great circulation and insulation in all seasons.
The cottage has a washer and dryer, lovely ambient and warming gas stove in the living room that opens to the full, well stocked kitchen. There are some deer trails to walk through the pines and also very nice roads. The cottage has it's own driveway that takes them directly to a flagstone walk -way to the cottage. There is one flight of stairs ( about 6 steps) to the deck. We do not recommend it for the elderly or handicapped but we do provide a child and doggy safety gate upon request.
Interaction with Guests
I try to greet guests at arrival or make arrangements for them to get settled if I can't be there. Check in is 4:00 and we recommend arriving before dark due to no street lights. Myself or someone is always available for anything they need by a simple phone call. I'm glad to make suggestions for places to go and also leave current vacation guides in the cottage. Some guests I see more than others but usually always upon arrival then it's up to them to ask me to come by. We honor guests privacy. Vacationers are usually busy seeing the sites and taking in all Durango area has to offer. We give you directions and the address when you book because GPS brings you in a winding dirt road. The new entrance is all paved so be sure you save our directions once you get them.
We are surrounded by pine forest. The cottage is in a neighborhood with paved roads, no street lights and bears in the summer. It's peaceful and quiet with a deck to view the stars and the moon as it rises at night. Walking through the woods is okay but it's bushwhacking along deer trails. Otherwise neighborhood walking on the roads is also available. A walk under the moon in this quiet place is really memorable as is just watching it rise from the east facing deck of the cottage.
Guests need their own car.
Other Things to Note
If you have pets there is an additional pre-paid pet fee and deposit. Please enquire. This policy is discussed per situation. I love dogs and welcome them if the owners know what to do with them when they travel. Pets cannot be left in premises for longer than 4 hours at a time. During that time they need to be crated. The cottage has a big inviting deck that most dogs really like looking out from. The doors in the cottage are hardwood and very high end so we will keep any deposit if we find scratches on the wood work. Dogs will bark a little but more than an occasional greeting bark or a 5 minute stint is not acceptable. No refunds will be offered to people who bring dogs with problems to our cottage. We extend a courtesy in the first place by letting you bring them so please do not ask us to break our rules regarding them. They must be on a leash if off the deck. They must not bark or howl so neighbors can hear them. They must be walked to do their business and doggie bags used to pick up after them. We charge depending on the type of dog ( shedding or non-shedding) and per each pet. Dog hair requires us much more time to clean up after so if you have shedding dogs you will pay aprox. $100.00 more per dog for your stay. We will also ask for a refundable pet deposit. It will be refunded if house keeping finds no pet - droppings, pee or damage signs. Some people spoil it for others so be prepared to know how your pet will behave and respond to a new surrounding. Ask us for the names of doggie day care's you can line up for those long days away when you ride the train or go to Mesa Verde. Many of our guests have been very satisfied using Healthy Hounds and Fat Cats and it's just down the hill from us.
Non Smokers only. We no type of smoking anywhere on premises. Quiet Living especially after dark. Children may play in the drive-way with their bikes or chalk. Supervision is required for them to go into the woods.
No Parties, No more guests in house than agreed to even if they aren't sleeping there. No Pets without permission and No Pets left unattended for more than 4 hours at a time. ( see Other Things To Note) on this panel.
No business conducted that brings in other people. Parking on private drive not cul de sac required. Cleaning fee is minimal so there is a list of cleaning up after yourself expectations. A phone number is provided for guests to communicate their needs with us. We provide reliable wireless but do not accommodate video games or streaming movies or internet based radio because it uses up the allocation of wireless service per month. The cottage is in the woods which means it has a bit slower internet. It is usually reliable but sometimes for short times, isn't. We are recently able to upgrade so we have a wireless signal averaging 13MB so it's pretty fast. Unless you make arrangements with us in advance a full day of business cannot be conducted in the house. Of course emails, internet searches and I -pods are fine. But if you have children that want to play games or stream movies you will need to bring your own hot-spot. It takes up our shared bandwidth. If you are not here to vacation but intend to burro in and work in the cottage you need to let us know that for insurance and other logistical reasons. It's likely to be fine, but we need to be notified when you book what your intended use of the cottage will be.
Master Bedroom has fine linens, temperapedic mattress and features custom made hard wood doors. durangovacationrent.com
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This was a fantastic little house in a beautiful area. We went into Durango every day but it was great to come back to this quiet spot with the beautiful view every night. Our host was great and the house was much nicer than I expected.
Mara sent specific directions ahead of time, which was helpful, as the GPS directions are incorrect. We met her when we arrived, and she showed us the place and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. The cabin was the perfect home base for us--a quiet location out of town, but only a 10-15 min drive into town. We spent most of our time hiking in the Durango area and went out for dinner, so we only made quick breakfasts in the cabin, but could have cooked full meals there as well. The living room is relaxing, and the bed (we only used 1 of the 2) was comfortable. We would definitely stay there again.
I enjoy meeting the new guests but then rarely see them. We pride ourselves in everything being hygienic and deep cleaned so I can't imagine what Sarah found in the bathroom sink. I wonder if it was drywall sifting or something like that. Be assured that all linens, sinks ( I'm actually a fanatic about clean sinks) toilet, tubs. etc are always scoured deeply between guests. We do not always have time to get to drawers and it is our hope that each guest doesn't leave behind messes in drawers.
Mara made sure we had everything we needed. The cottage is very clean, well appointed and in a beautiful area. We enjoyed our time very much.
This place is perfect for people who want peace, quiet and tranquility. It is a very comfortable home amongst the trees about a 15 min drive into down town Durango. We loved the space and ambience about this property. Mara is very hospitable and friendly. I would highly recommend this place to people who want to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living or need some RnR like we needed.
We definitely recommend this cabin & Mara as a host! We are a family of four with two "tweens" and this was exactly what we wanted. About five minutes from Durango, but up in the mountains in a very quiet neighborhood. The cabin is very clean with a spacious kitchen. We will be back!
This cabin was exactly what I was looking for - a terrific, private, well-maintained 2BR nestled in the woods and with a porch overlooking the mountains, great for a cup of coffee in the morning or grilling / looking at the clear sky at night. Mara was a great host - when I arrived she had freshly baked cookies and a muffin for me, and had put out jams, coffee/tea and some fresh fruit. When the coffee maker didn't work, she came back within a few minutes with a new coffeemaker and fresh coffee beans. She was there for that and one or two questions I had, but otherwise was completely unseen, making the cabin a really perfect mountain getaway, yet only a 10 minute drive away from Downtown Durango.
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