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Little cabin in the woods

SuperhostWard, Colorado, United States
Entire cabin hosted by Joleen
2 guests1 bedroom1 bedHalf-bath
Entire home
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Enjoy a private wooded get-away for two with wood burning stove, indoor dining/cooking area with a Coleman 2-burner propane stove, sleeping loft, outdoor fire pit w/seating area and an outdoor propane gas grill. NO electricity or running water. A move up from tent camping - bring your food & ice. No need to bring water unless you want to. We have a deep well. Sleeping cot available for an extra guest. There is also extra room in the sleeping loft next to the full size mattress for a child.

The space
Just like camping - only better! No tent to set up. Get away from it all in this quaint little one-room cabin (8' x 10') nestled in the woods on 8.5 acres just outside the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake Recreation Area in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Only a short scenic drive from Boulder, this tiny house sits at approximately 9,500 feet elevation and is a perfect base camp for a weekend of snowshoeing and skiing (winter months) or hiking/biking (summer months). It is located off of Brainard Lake Road. For winter access you will need 4-wheel drive. During the winter, parking is near the entrance to our property (closer to the main cabin) and guests need to snow shoe or ski in the remaining 100 yards. Of course, winter hiking (also known as "post-holing") is also an option. You will need to backpack or sled your gear/supplies into this little cabin. We have two sleds rigged up for you to use.
Play all day in Indian Peaks Wilderness, Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park or any of the dozens of nearby attractions and then retire to this peaceful little haven where you will enjoy the wood burning stove's warmth and a pot of tea or glass of wine as you relax, journal, read, write, paint or just daydream.

In the warmer months enjoy the intimate outdoor “living area” including cushioned Adirondack chairs encircling an outdoor fire pit. Cook out on the grill and enjoy dining outdoors at the huge rustic table with stumps and stools for seating.

This knotty-pine interior cabin is heated by a wood-burning stove only -- but it gets REALLY warm! Please be sure to crack a window for proper ventilation. We provide fire wood but ALWAYS appreciate when guests bring a small firewood bundle to help supplement our supply. It has a small cooking area with Coleman 2-burner propane stove and a well-equipped galley. There are pots, pans, a tea kettle, cooking utensils, cups, bowls, plates, silverware, knives, wineglasses, bottle & can & wine openers. There are paper towels, dish cloths, and cleaning supplies. We have complimentary tea and hot chocolate. A small convertible dining table can be raised to provide more floor space for cots (we have two cots available with bedding, or bring your own) or an air mattress to accommodate children and/or pets. This sleeping arrangement is in addition to the sleeping loft. Climb the ladder to the sleeping loft furnished with a full mattress (sleeps two) covered with blankets, comforters and lots of pillows.

Help yourself to fresh, clean water from our deep well at the spigot at our main cabin. We provide a 5-gallon blue, plastic camp style water container. A convenient and clean outhouse is available a short distance from the little cabin.

Guest access
The cabin is located in the woods not far from our main larger cabin (about 100 yards) in a private wooded setting.

Other things to note
Please do not rely on GoogleMaps for directions. Our cabin is in the forest off of a dirt road and GoogleMaps does not recognize the road. I recommend MapQuest and will send you a link to your email and to your cell phone.

There is no power, no running water, and no indoor plumbing. This tiny house is heated by wood-burning stove only with battery powered lanterns for lighting. Bring headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns if you want extra lighting. There is some solar lighting on the grounds. Be prepared for potentially wildly changing weather extremes. Wear or bring appropriate footwear for the season and dress in layers.
Enjoy a private wooded get-away for two with wood burning stove, indoor dining/cooking area with a Coleman 2-burner propane stove, sleeping loft, outdoor fire pit w/seating area and an outdoor propane gas grill. NO electricity or running water. A move up from tent camping - bring your food & ice. No need to bring water unless you want to. We have a deep well. Sleeping cot available for an extra guest. There is also e…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Laptop-friendly workspace
Heating
Essentials
Private entrance
Carbon monoxide alarm
First aid kit
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Ward, Colorado, United States

The Brainard Lake Recreation Area - offers an extensive network of hiking, mountain biking and in the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails right out your door.
Indian Peaks Wilderness – high alpine peaks are easily accessed and only a short distance away.
Peak to Peak Highway – enjoy a scenic mountain drive or a spectacular road bike ride (particularly in the fall with the golden aspens at their peak).
Ward – Enjoy a surprisingly wonderful meal and the intimate atmosphere at Marrocco's Restaurant (yummy pizza!!) and check out the local art gallery, The Glass Tipi, both located right in the center of this tiny, eccentric, old mining town.
Allenspark – (13 miles) enjoy local mountain flavor with horseback riding, small cafe, pizzeria, community center, and antique store. Allenspark has its own riding stable and the Fawnbrook Inn, a 4-star restaurant for fine dining.
Wild Basin (17 miles) and Rocky Mountain National Park (33.5 miles) - At the doorstep of the Rocky Mountain National Park, you can enjoy a variety of activities all year round -- from leisurely hikes to vigorous mountain climbing, horseback riding, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, sleigh rides and more.
Eldora Ski Resort (18 miles) – just down the road from the town of Nederland -- enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, Nordic, alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as snowshoeing.
Boulder Canyon - rock climbing, swimming, kayaking and fly fishing.
Black Hawk and Central City (31 miles) – visit these historical mining towns and check out the casinos.
Boulder (32 miles) - The progressive town of Boulder itself is 17 miles down the canyon road, and offers a large variety of shopping, restaurants and the famous Pearl Street Mall.
Estes Park (36 miles) - this tourist town serves as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park with loads of shopping, dining, and other attractions.
Nederland (13 miles) - a unique mountain town with a variety of restaurants, coffee houses, shops and live music venues, as well as a great visitor center and mining museum right in the heart of town.
The Brainard Lake Recreation Area - offers an extensive network of hiking, mountain biking and in the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails right out your door.
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Hosted by Joleen

Joined in June 2015
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I am a semi-native Coloradan – having migrated over 30 years ago from Iowa. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing, lake kayaking, camping and cross country skiing. I spend a lot of time at my mountain house relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors. It serves as a really good "base camp" with close proximity to various attractions and recreational activities. I am NEVER bored. I create hand-made rustic home accents, furnishings and fixtures from local forest materials gathered on hikes. I also love to entertain friends and family, read, watch movies, visit various museums, learn about history, travel, nutrition, religion, and self-development. Two of my favorite quotes are: "Chance favors the prepared mind" and "Persistence is omnipotent". My husband, Lindsey, and I really enjoy meeting and visiting with new acquaintances locally, when we host and when we travel. We are both really friendly and talkative and love to help others feel welcomed and comfortable when we are hosting. As travelers, we love to engage with locals and really learn the ins and outs of a place, exploring those places "off the beaten path". Likewise, we love to share our knowledge of our neck of the woods and to serve as a great resource to visitors.
I am a semi-native Coloradan – having migrated over 30 years ago from Iowa. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing, lake kayaking, camping and cross country skiing. I spend a lot of…
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My husband and I are generally available via our cell phones.

If guests would enjoy learning more about the cabin, the surrounding property, the local history, dining, shopping, sight-seeing and recreational activities, etc. we can arrange, in advance and mutually agreed-upon, to meet at either your check-in or another time during your stay.
My husband and I are generally available via our cell phones.

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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 p.m.
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
No smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $265