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Restored 1892 Miner's Cottage in Idaho Springs -- Dog Friendly

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 5)

Welcome to the Miner Cottage, a restored 1892 miner's cottage located just two blocks from historic downtown Idaho Springs.

The Miner Cottage features all the comforts of home, including electricity, running water and indoor plumbing. In other words, it's been updated, but not too updated.

The living room has two leather couches, a large leather hassock, and the famous reclining fish chair, all perfect for your doggie to stretch out on for a nice nap. Did we mention it's dog-friendly? There's also a wood-burning stove to keep you warm and toasty on those cold mountain nights.

The main bedroom is right off the living room and features a queen size bed with pillow-top mattress cover. The second bedroom, located off the kitchen, has a unique bunk bed, with a full-size bed on the bottom and a twin bed on top.

Don't feel like sampling the wares at any of Idaho Springs' fine eateries? You're in luck, because the modern updated kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and a full set of pots, pans, dishes and silverware. There's also a gas grill in the backyard.

The bathroom is indoors (none of that corncob nonsense on this vacation!), with a full-size washer/dryer, toilet, full bath/shower, soap, towels, hair dryer and assorted toiletries. It's also been updated with a new sink and toilet, and we lowered the floor eight inches back to its original height.

For your entertaining pleasure, the cottage has a 42-inch flat screen HDTV, cable, Wi-Fi, DVD player, games, books and movies. There's also a fenced back area with a deck and patio set.

The Miner Cottage is SMOKE-FREE, but also DOG FRIENDLY. Best of all, it's AFFORDABLE, with rates starting at just $105/night, with a $75 cleaning fee and $200 refundable deposit. However, if you smoke anything in the house (tobacco or marijuana), you WILL lose your deposit.

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Larry Hinkle
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

About Larry Hinkle

We both grew up in the midwest (Ohio and Indiana), but always knew we wanted to live in the mountains. After nine years in Colorado Springs, we moved to Denver, and a few months later bough the Miner Cottage. (We live in Omaha now, but it's only eight hours away, so we're still up here quite a bit.) We're huge dog lovers, and we always had a hard time finding places we could take our dogs on vacation with us. That's why we tried to make our vacation home as dog-friendly as possible, with furniture they can play on and a little back area that's great for them to poop on.

Larry Hinkle purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Larry Hinkle chose Idaho Springs

We love Colorado, and we love the outdoors, but we all also love the trappings of civilization. You get both at the Miner Cottage: you're right in town, but you're also only a couple minutes away from the Great Outdoors. Being a couple blocks walk from a yummy brewpub is also a huge plus. The chance to bring a 120-year-old house back to life was an interesting challenge as well.

What makes this cottage unique

You can't beat the location. Two-blocks from historic downtown Idaho Springs, and a couple minutes from I-70, means you're close to everything. And it's dog-friendly, which makes every vacation more fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I could not have imagined on first reserving the Miner Cottage how much we would enjoy our stay here. What a beautiful home and much-needed escape for us (and the pups) this turned out to be. Can you ask for more than fresh snow, a growler from Tommyknockers, a warm fire and Scrabble? Thank you so much and we hope to visit again soon!
Mar 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Idaho Springs in the Clear Creek County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Bed (1) Queen-sized bed in the master bedroom features a pillow-top mattress cover. Bunk Beds (1) The second bedroom features a bunk bed with a full size bed on the bottom and a twin on top.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • whitewater rafting


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Restored 1892 Miner's Cottage in Idaho Springs -- Dog Friendly
average rating of 4.8444443 based on 91 reviews

Neat little mountain cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Good place for a family with kids and or dogs. Half hour from Loveland walking distance to down town that has some nice restaurants and shopping. Stop here on your way up the mountain extend your trip and save some $$$.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
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Everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little home. It was perfect for a mini ski vacation get away.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
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Cute cottage, well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage! The kitchen was well stocked with anything you could ever want to cook with, and the place stayed nice and warm and cozy for those cold winter nights - not drafty at all! Was the perfect size for the two of us. Thank you again for letting us stay in your cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado in Jan

  • 5 of 5

The place was perfect for me and my husband and our 2 little Shih Tzu. The cottage was a perfect size and I love the layout with the bathroom in the back just b/c my husband gets up very early in the morning and he makes a lot of noise so having the bathroom in the back, I don't have to hear him in the morning. The heating unit works very well. The house warms up very quickly and that's very important to me. Also, the location of the house is perfect! It's not very far from restaurants...walking distance, and only 5 minutes drive to Safeway. The house is old but everything still works as expected.

Larry, the owner, was very responsive to my questions. He made sure that we have all the information that we need so we can enjoy our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Great place and great location

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming cabin

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Miner's cabin. Location was ideal--room for all--and most importantly, because it was Thanksgiving, a fully stocked kitchen--all the pots and pans and utensils we needed for a wonderful family dinner for 6 (but had room for more).

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

You're right in the heart of Clear Creek County, so you're close to tons of great fun for the entire family. Skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, shopping, history, scenic drives, wildlife viewing, great restaurants, a phenomenal local microbrewery, fishing (ponds and creeks), a glacier, a gold mine, and pretty much the best of everything Colorado has to offer. Idaho Springs now has a few dispensaries. However, the Miner Cottage is a NON-SMOKING facility.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £54.16
Damage Deposit £144.42

Long-term spring/summer/fall stays available on a case-by-case basis; however, nothing longer than one month is available.

Sorry, we don't do long-term winter at all.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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