À propos de ce logement
No nearby neighbors. Huge deck w/ grill faces beautiful mountainside. Can't see another house, road, etc. Quiet, stars, windows, 2acres of land. On a small cliff over the river. Skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting very nearby.
The house, garage, cabin, and sheds sit on a 1.7 acre lot on a rocky ledge overlooking a river valley. The views across the river valley at the sandstone mountainside are stunning. The back of the house opens out onto a 1,200 square foot furnished redwood deck that slowly steps down toward the ledge overlooking the river, which you can hear when the water runs high.
You may also hear Canadian geese, ducks, wild turkeys, and, in the fall, flocks of sandhill cranes as they fly over on their migration before winter. The property is also occasionally visited by deer and is home to plenty of bunnies. We feed humming birds, which are aplenty in the summer, especially in the late summer when their babies start visiting the feeders as well. Occasionally, some other little woodland critter passes through. If they are black with two white stripes down their back, please do not disturb them in any way.
The property is surrounded by 100 acres of mostly vacant ranch land. (But please do not go through the fences surrounding the house's lot or you will be trespassing on their property.)
The detached two-story garage is shaped like a hip-gabled barn. In the loft (the second story) is a kids' loft.
The location was selected by my grandmother as the site to build her retirement home; thus, the property is nicknamed "Trail's End". It was her favorite location on my family's 200-acre ranch.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests can access any of the buildings or areas on the 1.7-acre lot.
MAIN HOUSE: The main house is over 1,600 square feet. It includes two bedrooms, one large grand room that serves as the living area and the indoor dining area (seating eight), a fully-equipped kitchen, a breakfast nook, and a bathroom. (see photos)
BACK DECK: The large back deck is 1,200 square feet of redwood. A large gas grill with side element is provided. (Please do not put the cover back on it while it is still hot.) There is also a raised wood-burning fire pit on the ground surrounded by deck. Firewood is provided free of charge, but you may need to bring fire starter cubes or lighter fluid to get it burning. (ALWAYS keep the screen dome lid on the fire pit while burning to prevent floating embers from starting a forest fire. At some times of the year, burning restrictions may be in force with hefty fines for any violators.) The deck dining area seats six comfortably, but there are an additional two chairs should you need them. There are also to chaise lounges at the end of the deck overlooking the river and viewing the mountainside. (see photos)
FRONT DECK: There is a small front deck on the house as well. This is a covered deck with two swivel arm chairs and a center table on it. It's an excellent place to watch the sun set with a glass of wine at your side. (see photos)
KIDS' LOFT: Above the detached garage, up a rather steep outdoor staircase, there is a kids' loft. The floor is covered with colorful painted footprint trails (left by my nieces and nephew). The loft has an additional queen bed and a double bed / single bed bunk bed set in it. There is a small folding table and chairs in it where kids can color or do other craft activities. Although a box fan is provided in the loft, it is not heated or air conditioned, and it does not have plumbing. (see photos)
GARAGE: Guests have keys to the garage, but I'm afraid I currently have it full of lumber and a few old antiques and odds and ends, so you can't park a car in it. That said, there is plenty of outdoor parking in front of the garage outside the wooden rail gate. (see photos)
THE "HONEYMOON CABIN": Just down over the hillside from the main house, there is a small one-room unfurnished cabin. It was built by hand by my grandfather in 1937 as a place for he and my grandmother to stay through the winter right after they got married (thus, the nickname). I had the cabin moved from its original location to my property to keep as an heirloom. It is not really useful for everything, but check it out if you like. My grandfather, although not a Quaker, studied Quaker carpentry, so it's still a very solid structure and an interesting example of how people once lived very, very simply. (see photos)
THE PROPERTY: You are free to roam around anywhere on my lot if you like, but be careful of steep, possibly slippery hillsides and don't damage the natural vegetation. My property is entirely fenced in by the wood rail fence and rock wall in the front and barbed wire around the other three sides. Please do not venture beyond these fences and trespass into my neighbors' property (except, of course, to pass in and out of the long driveway, which we have a right-of-way to).
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Guests can call my father, Terry, if they have any issues or concerns that need to be addressed. His phone number is posted on the front gate and all other signage. (Depending upon your mobile phone service provider, you may have to search around the property or even exit the property to get a signal. Verizon has the best coverage for our actual property.) Please DO NOT disturb our nearest neighbors who live about 1/3 of a mile from us, just off the highway, but along the same driveway as us. (You will drive past their house and cabins on the way in.)
We try not to disturb you at all during your visit unless you have questions or concerns.
You may see an elderly woman walking around occasionally in the outdoors areas of the property. This is my mother, Carol, who waters the fruit trees, blueberry bushes, flowers, etc. and keeps the humming birds fed.
The house is supplied by well water, but it is NOT potable. Please bring your own bottled water with you to drink or cook with.
There are two gas stations in the valley, one near the town of Mesa and one in the town of Plateau "City". We advise you, however, to fill up in the Grand Junction area if coming from the West or in Rifle if coming from the East because gas prices here in the valley are usually noticeably higher.
If you visit during the winter (or even the early spring or late fall), you may wake up to snow. If you come during those seasons, it is best to have a 4wd vehicle to be certain you can easily get in and out of the long driveway, which is full of hills and turns.
1) ACCESS: Please be sure to properly close the gates you pass through as you enter or exit out the long driveway. (The neighbors have livestock that need to be kept fenced in.) You must drive past our nearest neighbors' house on the way into the driveway then continue further into the driveway just over 1/3 mile. The house will be left with the front door unlocked for your arrival with the keys either in the door lock or on the counter just inside the house. However, please lock the house doors if you go out on day-trips, etc.
2) CLEANLINESS: Aside from linens and towels, please leave the house in the condition in which you found it. (E.g., wash your own dishes, wipe counter surfaces, brush the grill after using it, clean up the yard after your dog, etc.)
3) SMOKING: Please do not smoke inside the house. You may smoke outside on the spacious deck area, but please be careful not to leave any burn marks in the redwood.
4) SHOES: Please remove your shoes upon entering the house.
5) PETS: Pets are allowed, but only two small to medium dogs (up to 50 pounds) are allowed per booking (per BOOKING, not per guest). Dogs must be kept on a leash while outside the house so they do not cross into our neighbors' property. Again, please clean up after your dog if he/she "uses the facilities" in the yard.
6) USE OF FIRE PIT & FIREPLACE: We provide firewood. Please do not use any fuels or accelerants to light fires. (Starter kindling is also provided.) Burn only a small fire in the fire pit. NO LARGE OPEN FIRES ALLOWED. Do not put any partially burned logs back on the log pile or anywhere other than in the fire pit or fireplace. (Charred logs can re-light or smolder even a day after a fire has burned out!) Make sure there are no burning restrictions in place before using either the fire pit or fireplace. (Contact the Plateau Valley Fire District to find out if burning restrictions are in place. You can be charged a large fine for burning a wood fire if there are burn restrictions, but you can still use the gas grill on such days.)
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant votre voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral, frais de service compris.
I am very, very open-minded myself. I've been an expatriate living in Asia for 23 years, but I deeply care about my house in Colorado. (My grandmother had the Molina house built for her retirement, and after she sold it, I bought it back.) I'm a Colorado ranch boy working internationally in the education field. I love remodeling homes, landscaping, and gardening.