Chop wood. Carry water. Enjoy a completely private wooded paradise. Cookstove and oven in kitchen. Maybe grab your blankets and stargaze in the group hammock. Slackline, hammocks, firepit, stars, marshmallows.
No electricity or plumbing.
The cabin was built in the 1960's (funky kitchen linoleum and mustard low pile carpet - awesome). There is electricity for one light and a fan in the outsouse, that's it. Kitchen with propane range and oven is ready to go - just bring you food, cooler and your water. We have pots, pans, dishes, napkins, and silverware.
Cozy on the velvet couch by the fire in the evening. Bedtime offers a full-sized bed in separate bedroom (semi-private), a single daybed in the living area and two single futons for extra capacity wherever. BRING BEDDING.
There is a screened porch with a long wooden table and papasan chair for warm days.
The space is a 500 sf cabin with a separate bedroom (no door). There is a screened porch which is terrific for summer or early fall sleeping.
HEAT is from a wood-burning stove with a glass door for ultra coziness. There are round logs and an axe and hatchet for splitting. It will be as cold as the outdoors when you arrive and in about 2 hours you should be able to get the indoor temp comfortable in the dead of winter.
BRING WATER There is a shelf above the sink where we put a 5 gal bladder.
SLEEPING There is a full-sized bed in the semi-private bedroom and a single daybed in the livingroom, and two additional single-sized futons to be placed wherever at night and stored during the day. There is a velvet sofa that I have spent many nights on, but you can't stretch out all the way. Bring sheets and blankets or sleeping bags. Our family sleeps 5 adults cozily in the winter and 30 friends in the summer with tents, treehouse etc...
COOKING There is a propane range and oven, 4 burners. Cookware is provided. Pot for snowmelt is provided. Plates, mugs, mason jars, can opener, cutting board and knife, paper napkins, utensils are all there. Stove has no pilot - turn on gas and lite each time you use.
There is a realtor lockbox on our gate with the keys to the gate padlock, cabin and treehouse.
In SUMMER AND FALL, arrive and open gate, drive down to cabin and enjoy. The road can handle anything but a real low-rider. We bring our Jetta (carefully) or our Eurovan with no issues.
IN WINTER AND SPRING, once the snow settles in typically around Thanksgiving, plan on parking your vehicle at gate at top of driveway and hiking or snowshoeing in. It is about 1/4 mile downhill into cabin. We will leave a sled locked to gate for your supplies. The availability of this sled depends on each guest returning it to the gate-be prepared in winter for all eventualities. In the shoulder seasons, be aware of the weather and move your car out if a storm is coming or be prepared for a spendy plow or tow:)
We live in Denver, and while we are there frequently, we are not there between each guest. So clean up is on an honor system - please leave the cabin tidy.
Mice and other wildlife dig people food. Keep food enclosed when sleeping and never leave food outside of plastic tubs when you leave. A box of cereal or oatmeal in a cupboard will bring the mice every time. Really, if you leave food out that is called a people problem, not a critter problem.
This cabin is like staying a park yurt - you are responsible for bringing bedding or sleeping bags, restocking and chopping firewood, packing out ALL trash, and wiping down sinks and counters and the floor and carpet broom clean. Please DO NOT LEAVE THINGS LIKE CEREAL IN CUPBOARD WHEN YOU LEAVE- mice love it:)
Propane fridge is off for the season, bring a cooler and leave on screened porch.
Campfires must be called in each day to the number on the burn permit hanging in the kitchen. Please use unsplit firewood for campfires, and split wood for woodstove inside:)
Make sure all doors (including treehouse) are locked and bolted. Make sure all propane is off, particularly the propane wall lights. If the flame is out, it does not mean the propane is off. Turn the knob fully to off.
Do not dispose of water in kitchen drain when it is not summertime - if there are freezing temps (even a few days after your stay, the drain will freeze).
Clean cabin for the next guest, including a sweep of the carpet, rug shake and full wipe down. Make sure ALL trash is packed out carefully.
LEAVE NO FOOD.
I have been a real estate entrepreneur for twenty years - and I love airbnb! In 2011 I stumbled on this building in RiNo by chance and have loved watching the neighborhood rapidly unfold in the short time since then. I lived in this studio unit during most of the building renovation.
In 2014 we welcomed twin girls, who often take us adventuring in the mountains where we found the off-grid cabin in Fairplay. When they were 6 months old we started spending weekends there - snowshoeing in with pack n plays and high chairs. Maybe this year they can sled in!