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Carol McSwain

Member since: 2012
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Speaks English


89 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Estes Park - Two Pines on Shady Lane





Relax and enjoy our 5 star home. LOVELY, 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH EXECUTIVE HOME in a beautiful private treed setting. Our home has an attached one car garage. Open floor plan, light and bright, floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the eat-in kitchen w/ granite counter tops and island, stainless steel appliances, large table with seating for 8. Large island with stainless range with seating for 4. Watch the deer and elk as you enjoy your morning coffee on the deck off the kitchen overlooking one of the elk migration paths in Estes Park.

This lovely home is beautifully furnished in rustic elegance, large living room with gas fireplace. Three large bedrooms all located on the main level; master bedroom elegantly furnished with king size bedroom suite; second bedroom with queen size bedroom suite, third bedroom with two twin beds. 5 Star quality, luxurious 100% cotton bedding! All rooms have large area rugs covering the wood floors as well as the ceramic tile floor in office. Ceramic tile and granite in the 4 piece, updated upstairs bathroom with private commode area. Completely updated 3 piece bathroom downstairs. 100% cotton rugs in the bathrooms are changed and replaced with fresh rugs for each party.

For those who like to take their work with them, fully equipped office with desk, printer, WIFI, recliners,for those who might like to get away for an afternoon of reading or napping. Large family room with sleeper sofa and love-seat, large, flat-screen TV, game table, foosball and even a popcorn machine cart for movie night! Full-size Maytag washer and dryer. Large, one car garage. Naturally landscaped yard with gorgeous tall pines surrounded by huge rock outcroppings, (the reason for the single car garage) natural stone steps and landscaping. The large backyard can accommodate a game of horseshoes and badminton or whatever. The naturally landscaped and private backyard is furnished with an extra large, gas grill, extra-long picnic table and large deck with seating around the firepit for those chilly summer evenings our mountains are famous for. Plenty of comfortable outdoor seating for 8 - 12; two glider loveseats, two adirondack chairs, bar height table with four chairs. Two tables with chairs on the wrap-around deck on the front of home for your morning coffee.

Our home is located in the beautiful and desirable One Thousand Pines subdivision, on a quaint lane one block off highway 7, Peak to Peak Scenic Highway, less than a mile from the main street in Estes Park. Scenic golf course located across the street. Located next door is the historic and charming Stone Home. I call it the Hobbit House, complete with curved doorway and windows.

WIFI, light and bright, wood floors throughout upper level and family room on the lower level. Moss rock gas fireplace in the living room. No more messy wood! A large, flat-screen TV, with satellite connection in both the family room and living room. Lots of games for family fun in television console. Attached garage with garage door opener and with the entrance located on the lower level walk-out. All bedrooms come complete with a luggage rack, alarm clock and a fan for those warm nights in addition to the ceiling fans. Sorry, no air conditioning, however with the cool mountain nights, air conditioning is not necessary. Fully stocked kitchen has everything you will need during your stay including a coffee maker, popcorn popper, crock pot, iced tea maker, microwave and dishwasher. This beautiful home is elegantly furnished in good taste for your comfort and enjoyment. All bedding, linens and towels furnished. Each bathroom is furnished with a hand-held two-sided mirror, hair dryer and also included are (personalized handmade soaps, shampoo, conditioner and lotion) for our guests. Watch the deer and elk graze while surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Easy year-around accessibility. 4-wheel drive not necessary. Personalized keyless code entry for our guests safety and security. No worry about lost keys!

For those of you who love to hike and enjoy the outdoors, Rocky Mountain National Park is just a few miles down the road with miles and miles of hiking trails. Explore and enjoy the crystal clear mountain lakes, streams and waterfalls. Gaze upon herds of majestic elk, moose, deer and Rocky Mountain Sheep, foxes, wolves, bears and even the elusive mountain lion. For an afternoon or an entire day, have fun with the children at the Family Fun Center which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (Giant slide, go carts, water boats, fun, fun, fun!!!). The YMCA of the Rockies is a few miles down the road with wonderful activities for the entire family. Relax in one of the many parks or at one of the outdoor cafes and walk along the picturesque river walk in town. Browse in the countless shops in downtown Estes Park. Enjoy the many restaurants serving something for everyone's taste, from hamburgers to Sushi, desserts and more. Estes Park and the surrounding area offers something for everyone in the family. Our beautiful area is truly an outstanding experience that will give rise to wonderful memories for the entire family! It just doesn't get any better than this! Come! Experience the Rocky Mountains and nature at its finest! Truly, a never to be forgotten vacation.

5% military discount - My way of honoring our veterans.

Sorry no cats! Owner is allergic.

Small to medium size dogs considered and dependent upon age of dog. We love our home and for that reason, we will not allow puppies and dogs that are not house broken. Damage deposit will be forfeited if dogs soil on floors or carpets or if they chew and destroy my furniture.


For potential guests: We will need at least two days notice to make sure that our home will be ready to receive guests. Sorry, we cannot accept reservations made less than two days before arrival.

Member: Estes Area Lodging Association EALA

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Carol McSwain (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Carol McSwain

Having loved Colorado from the very first time my family and I visited when I was just a young girl, I knew then, that Colorado was where I wanted to live when I grew up. And so, at the age of 20, over 40 years ago, I moved to the place of my dreams.

When my mother would come to visit me during the summers, Estes Park was one place that she wanted to visit each year. Her love of the mountains, especially the charm of Estes Park and the peaceful serenity and beauty the mountains especially Rocky Mountain National Park is something that we both shared. Which is the reason, when I had the chance to purchase Two Pines on Shady Lane, I felt this was one opportunity I just couldn't pass up.

My family and I love to visit Estes Park whenever we can. We love our home and the close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park not to mention the beauty that surrounds this magical place. This a perfect vacation spot for my family and I believe you will find it to be even better than what you expected as soon as you enter Two Pines on Shady lane.

Carol McSwain purchased this house in 2012

What makes this house unique

Located on one of several migration paths of the elk, hundreds of which pass through this cozy lane. Elk and deer graze in and around Two Pines and often spend the afternoon resting in the yard. Located just one block off the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway. Here is some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. Two Pines offers all the comforts of home with plenty of room for everyone. This home can easily accommodate up to 8 guests comfortably.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We traveled from Tennessee to enjoy the scenery, the climate and hiking with our daughter and son-in-law and 2 grandchildren. At Two Pines we appreciated the fact that you offer a discount to returning guests. The grandkids had a great time and we enjoyed making memories with them. The activities we enjoyed the most were hiking, shopping and the fireworks on the 4th of July.

Tips to future guests: stop and smell the roses!

Our special message to the host: Thank you for sharing your lovely rental home with us. You have done such a great job in decorating it and making it such a wonderful place to stay. Loved your sconces in the entryway. Saw them at Wynbrier home and got them but had them shipped back to TN.
Jun 2014
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based on 89 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.966292 based on 146 reviews

The home and owner were fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely happy with the accommodations and the owner. Everything was as expected. Carol seen that everything was perfect. She was very responsive if we had questions or problems which were few. We had a microwave go out and she had us a new one the same morning she was notified. She truly cares about her guests and her home. The only negative was the time was to short.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. I have worked very hard to make sure that my guests have a comfortable and memorable time while visiting Estes Park. I do value my guests and am so grateful for guests like you. I have wonderful guests! I hope that you will want to come back and stay again sometime in the future. Have a great holiday season!
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Wonderful Home with all the Amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in September 2016:

Beautiful home with everything you need for a home away from home experience!

Highly recommend this place, and we hope to stay here again!

Great location, about 1.5miles from downtown Estes Park, very easy to find and get to.

Approximately 5.0 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitors Center for the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hiked through Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, and up to Emerald Lake....amazing sites and views everywhere! If you are exiting the park around

5:30p - 7p watch for Elk! It was rutting season and they were plentiful! Also walked around Estes Park Lake and saw elk there and on the

golf course!

Very amazing rock shop called Red Rose Rock Shop about 2.3 miles away - go there! :D

The Safeway grocery store was about 1.0 mile away, very convenient.

Due to it's very convenient location, you will hear some cars going by, it is not extreme nor hugely distracting, just be aware that you will hear them.

Very well stocked kitchen - all the things you need to make great home cooked meals (including lasagna :). It has a full refrigerator with ice maker, electric range and oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, and microwave.

There were great instructions in the home to help you utilize the gas fireplace, gas firepit, and the gas / charcoal grill.

There was a fire ban in Estes Park, so no wood fires, but the gas firepit was very lovely.

Didn't utilize the popcorn maker, but it looked like fun!

The washer and dryer were super helpful to have on hand! Bring your quarters, it was $1.25 to wash and $1.25 to dry (better than some laundromats).

Wifi worked very very well, even in the driveway!

Super comfortable home, you can tell it is well cared for! It was very tastefully decorated, not over the top, just enough to feel like home.

Every interaction with Ms. McSwain was wonderful, very informational, professional, prompt, and friendly!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us!!

P.S. - There was a female elk that walked right in front of the driveway one morning and a few nights we heard coyotes howling, very very cool! Also saw some tracks in the driveway from wildlife activities over night :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a great review! Thank you so much for your stellar review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at my home. I have worked very hard to make my home a place that my guests will want to return and after reading your review, it looks like I have accomplished what I set out to do. Thank you again for such a nice review. I look forward to having you back again in the future. Have a great holiday season!
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Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

It is abeautiful house, that makes you feel at home!

The house was spotless on our arrival! it was equipped with so many extras: a mirror with magnification, soaps, toiletries, area information guides ...

We enjoyed the patio balcony, in the afternoons after hiking, golfing, shopping ...

We saw deer, elk, rabbits, chipmunks, and birds in the yard.

Remember your quarters for the laundry, which is handy to have in the house.

The back deck and fire pit made for a nice evening.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly what we needed

  • 5 of 5

Two Pines was a perfect fit for our family of 5. It was slightly off the beaten path, but still only a minute or two away from town. The layout of the house gave us plenty of space to enjoy times together as a family as well as quiet time alone as needed. Carol's attention to detail & all of the various amenities that come with the house were the cherry on top. We would definitely stay here again on our next visit to RMNP.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. I am so glad that my home worked out well for your family. I am happy to read that you thought my home was "off the beaten path." That tells me that you had the privacy that most of my guests desire, however, my home is very centrally located in a non-commercial subdivision inside the Town of Estes Park, approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile from the downtown area of Estes Park. I wanted a place that my guests, after a day of hiking and traffic, would come back to and it would be like a "refuge." Thank you again for such a glowing review and I look forward to having you and your family back the next time you visit our beautiful town of Estes Park. Have a great rest of the year!
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Great location! Clean and nice decor!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had an amazing stay. The home was extremely clean. The location to downtown Estes was perfect. We liked the house because the kids could be downstairs and we could be upstairs and it was quiet. My only thing was I didn't know the laundry took quarters but the Bank of Estes was right down the street and they were very nice helping me out to get quarters. Thanks Carol for a great stay! We plan on coming back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. It's always good to read that all of our hardwork has paid off and that you enjoyed your stay at my home. I look forward to having you back for next vacation to Estes Park. Thank you again and have a great rest of the year!
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Enjoyed our stay!!

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome property. Plenty of room. a fantastic game room with popcorn machine. Super clean throughout and a very well equipped kitchen.

Enjoyed a great night on the deck around the gas fire pit. Property is very close to the downtown area. There is so much to see and do in Estes Park.

I would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a glowing review. It is always so nice to read how much my guests enjoyed their stay at my home. We have worked very hard to make our home a comfortable and welcoming place to make sure our guests will want to return time and time again. It is good to know that we have succeeded at what we set out to accomplish. Thank you again and I look forward to having you and your group back again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Golf
0.12 Miles
Estes Park
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Peak to Peak Scenic Highway/Hwy. 7
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Many restaurants
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Cross Country
Car: recommended

Estes Park offers many activities year around. Numerous festivals, craft fairs, horse shows, Scottish/Irish festival, elk bugling, the Aspen changing in the Fall, the Parade of Lights the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas Season, just to name just a few of the festivities throughout year in Estes Park. Too many to list here. Go to The Town of Estes Park website and take a look at the Estes Park Calendar of Events.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak Season
15 May 2016 - 15 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
16 Oct 2016 - 14 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £116 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £386
Tax Rate 10.55%

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RATES, CANCELLATION POLICY, REFUNDS AND DAMAGE DEPOSITS: Rates from $225.00 per night. Rates depend on number of guests, during peak season rates start at $225.00
Peak rates - May 15 -Oct. 15, 4 night minimum:$225.00 for up to 4 guests/$300.00:5-6 guests/$325.00: 7-8 guests.
Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years Eve are peak rates. Off-peak rates:2 night minimum/$200.00:up to 4 guests/ $225.00:5-6 guests/$275.00:7-8 guests. During off-peak season, Oct. 16 - May 14, no discounts of any kind unless advertised.
10.55 % tax. Lodging tax implemented by the State of Colorado; total tax: 10.55%

Cancellation policy: Cancellation must be made 60 days prior to day of arrival in order to have deposit returned. Less than 60 days, no refund of deposit. If a cancellation is necessary due to illness and is less than 60 days, I am happy to rebook for another date of your choosing, depending on availability. During peak season, $50.00 cancellation fee will be charged. In case of death in family or traveler; full refund of deposit, no questions asked. LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: (BOOKINGS OF LESS THAN 45 DAYS BEFORE DATE OF ARRIVAL) IN CASE OF CANCELLATION OF LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: NO REFUND OF DEPOSIT. Attention: Last minute bookings: before clicking on the "Pay Now" button, please be sure that you will be able to make those dates. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Fully refundable damage deposit of $500.00 to $750.00, depending on number of guests and whether you travel with your dog. As of this date, I have not had to keep one dollar of any of my guests damage deposits. I HAVE HAD WONDERFUL GUESTS AND ALL OF MY GUESTS HAVE GOTTEN BACK THEIR FULL DAMAGE DEPOSIT.

Off-peak season begins Oct. 15 of each year and ends May 14 of each year. Peak season is from May 15 to Oct. 15 each year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years rates are same as peak.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house near the Estes Park near the Colorado

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Ski-In
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Coin-operated washer and dryer for your convenience.
  • All towels furnished. Each bathroom comes equipped with a hair dryer, hand held mirror, private label hand-made bath soaps, small shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and mouthwash...just in case.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Family room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , queen size sleeper sofa and twin sleeper love seat.
  • All linens, blankets, etc. furnished. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan in addition to a floor fan. Crib available, must bring own crib sheets and blankets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Convenient in-town location. An easy walk or drive to downtown Estes Park. An amusement park in Estes Park, open during summer months, is great for family fun. Trout fishing, hiking, exploring, shopping, picnicing or relaxing, there is so much to do or doing nothing at all. Relax on the deck and, watch the deer and elk and enjoy the beautiful scenery that is second to none, in and around this historic, picturesque Currier and Ives mountain town. Relax and enjoy the warmth of the charming gas moss rock fireplace. Estes Park has festivals and activities year around. Check the Town of Estes Park, Calendar of Events online to view all year-around planned events and activities. There is something going on almost year around! Personalized keyless entry code for our guests safety and security. Contact owner for weekly/monthly rates. Check out time: 10:00 a.m.

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