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Private Mountain Chalet In the River Valley, Hiking & Biking, 5 minutes to town

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,550 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Loft,1 full bathroom with shower and jetted tub,1 half bathroom

This gorgeous, private mountain chalet is built with huge timbers and a massive rock fireplace. The eastern wall of the living area is composed of wall to wall windows facing the magnificent cliffs in the distance. The oversized master bedroom is on the main floor and consists of its own large sitting area with a TV. The master bathroom is in the adjacent hallway and includes a jetted bathtub and a nice shower. From the living area take the spiral staircase to the gorgeous loft area. The loft area has a living area with a large LCD TV and soft chairs, sofa etc. Neighboring the loft area is the upstairs private bedroom and bathroom.

This private chalet is only 5 minutes from the Durango city limits and is located on a quiet, county road great for walking, jogging and biking. Your backyard is directly below the incredible Animas rock climbing area, great for technical rock climbing or easy hiking. This private property is abundant with majestic Ponderosa Pine trees and wildlife.

There are many attractions for a visitor to enjoy such as the amazing cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park only 30 minutes away and skiing only 20 minutes away. Relax at Trimble Hot Springs after a long day of skiing or hiking. Enjoy access to a private tennis court and high speed internet!

More Details

Property Manager
Lana Swearingen
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had such a lovely time at this sweet chalet. Thanks for providing a place where our family made great memories.
Dec 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Durango in La Plata County

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Mountain View
  • river
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Conservatory
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Private Mountain Chalet In the River Valley, Hiking & Biking, 5 minutes to town
average rating of 4.9 based on 35 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed our three-week stay!

  • 5 of 5

We found The Chalet to be as described in the VRBO listing, and we would recommend this property. Lana Swearingin, the owner lives nearby and was very prompt and helpful when we contacted her. Property is clean and well maintained, the kitchen is fairly well equipped, and the master bedroom is large with plenty of closet space, and the king bed is quite comfortable. The location of this property is quote the locals, it's "up the valley, east of the Animas." It's less than 10 minutes to downtown. There's a good grocery store (Gourmet Market) about 5 miles to the north of the property, and a wonderful golf course (Dalton Ranch) is right next to the grocery.

We did a bit of hiking during our stay, and getting to trail heads, either near Durango or to the north toward Silverton, was easy as highway 550 was nearby. We cooked many of our meals at the Chalet, but we did enjoy dining at Eolus and the Mahogany Grille, which is in the Strater Hotel. Also, the bar in the Strater has the best happy hour in Durango! The Durango to Silverton train is a must do, it's a great experience and the scenery is spectacular! We'd recommend taking the train from Durango to Silverton, and taking the bus back from Silverton to Durango.

All in all, we were very satisfied with the Chalet, and we had a totally wonderful time enjoying Durango and all it has to offer!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Frank and Cathy! You were wonderful guests and I hope to be able to welcome you back to the Chalet or one of our other homes along CR 250 in the future. All the best, Lana
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Big Cabin, OK

A great place to get away.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. Close to town but a very quiet place. It has everything you need. We will be going back.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Gavin! I look forward to welcoming you back to the Chalet or one of our other five homes in the Durango area in the near future... Have a wonderful summer! Best, Lana
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Quaint experience in the mountains with our family

  • 5 of 5

We loved the chalet. It was quaint and perfect for our family vacation - well appointed and conveniently located near Durango and lots of surrounding activities. One thing we particularly loved was the altitude at this chalet is < 7000 feet so if you have any family members who tend to suffer altitude sickness this is a perfect situation to meet the old saying "climb high, sleep low". We did hikes and day trips above 9000 feet but being able to come back to the chalet and sleep below 7000 ft was very helpful. There is an amazing hiking area directly off the property as well.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Chris. I was happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay in the Chalet. I look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future... All the best, Lana
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Secluded, yet close to town

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this Chalet while visiting our son in Durango the week between Christmas and New Year's. The chalet was located just outside of town, but had an isolated country feel. My son and his pup stayed with us and he had a less than 10 minute ride to work on Main St. We enjoyed every bit of this home; I'd love to rent it again in the summer to enjoy the deck and screened in porch.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lori for the great review on the Chalet! I hope to be able to welcome you and your family back to the Chalet or one of our other five homes along County Road 250 in the not too distant future. Very best wishes for a happy, healthy 2018! Lana
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Wonderful winter retreat

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was spacious, extremely clean and had all the amenities needed for our weeklong stay. Our children especially loved having the upstairs loft and bedroom to themselves.

The large windows in the main living area offered a beautiful view of the mountains, and we enjoyed exploring and hiking around the property.

The chalet offers a sense of seclusion while still being close to town.

While the lack of snowfall limited some of our planned activities, we were able to make many memories during day trips to Ouray and Pagosa Springs and a ride on the Polar Express.

We do much fun, we are already talking about planning another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chris for the very nice review on the Chalet. I'm happy to hear you and your family had such a great time in Durango. I'll look fowardr to welcoming you back in the not too distant future! All the best in the New Year! Lana
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The perfect romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

The home was exactly as described and we were very comfortable there. All the amenities we needed (and then some) were available. We enjoyed perfect solitude, far removed from the hustle & bustle of a hotel, yet were geographically close to town for a night out.

We look forward to doing this again with you!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kevin for the very nice review on the Chalet. I will look forward to welcoming you and your wife back to the Chalet or one of our other homes along County Road 250 in the near future. Until then.... all the best! Lana
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Durango/ La Plata Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Durango/ Silverton Railroad
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Bread Bakery
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort

Quiet, private, incredible views

Other Activities: kayaking, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, hot air ballooning, snowmobiling, racquetball, mini golf, shopping, basketball. Recreation center 5 minutes

Golf: Hillcrest 4 miles

Dalton Ranch golf 5 miles

Tamarron golf 17 miles

Ski: Durango Mountain Resort 25 minutes

Wolf Creek 1 1/2 hour

Telluride 1 1/2 hour

Numerous Cross Country Areas

Backcountry Skiing and cross country


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £115.24
Additional Guest Fee £19.21 per person per night
Pet Fee £76.83
Refundable Damage Deposit £268.9

$199-265/night, $1195-$1590/week
Peak season June to September
Off season November to February
Shoulder season rates: please inquire for rates March, April, May, October
Holiday Rates are higher,please inquire
$125 cleaning fee, $15/pet/night
Weekly rate includes 6 nights

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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