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Off-Grid Luxury in a green sustainable lodge home!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

5 bedroom, 3 bath home on 40 acres in national forest with an incredible view!

Are you looking for a luxury mountain lodge getaway? This is your house! Activities year round with no neighbors! This is a completely off the grid solar home that was built with green living and sustainability as it's pillars, located in the middle of the Roosevelt National Forest! Disconnect from your busy life, immerse yourself in nature, peace and tranquility. Everything you could want, an hour from civilization. Make this your family's next vacation!

This is a custom built mountain luxury home that is built off the grid, fully self-sustainable and beautifully maintained. This home was featured on the National solar home tour for several years due to its well designed and highly functional photovoltaic, wind and hot water solar systems. This has been run as a gentleman's ranch for the last 15 years by 2 veterinarians who have raised sheep, made sheep dairy products and enjoyed their horses in the national forest. The ranch is 55 miles from town (Fort Collins) and a place to be enjoyed in solitude. It is a fully equipped home with a gourmet kitchen, every small and large appliance you could want to create beautiful family meals. Bring your groceries and settle in for some down time! Bring your horses and ride the most amazing trails in the United States - secluded, uninhabited, hundreds of miles of open land, mountains, streams and wildlife! You can cross country ski, sled or snow shoe in the winter, hike and trail ride in the summer. Fly fishing (catch and release) is a dream come true here! Learn more about the house from a video that was featured on the National Solar Home Tour - search on Youtube for: Cherokee Park Haven for a great video of the property! There are 4 bedrooms in the main house and a separate bunk house with a queen size bed. The house has in-floor radiant heat that is powered by solar hot water which makes for cozy bathroom and bedroom floors! The bunk house should be used for those looking for an adventure, it is heated for winter use and feels like a secluded rustic cabin with all the trimmings. The property is 40 acres of fenced, secure land that has meadows, lodge pole pines, aspens, blue spruce, ponderosa pines and douglas fir trees. We have gorgeous mountain views and are completely secluded - you cannot see another house or cabin from the property. There is a fantastic outdoor fire pit that allows for large bonfires to enjoy chilly nights by while making smores.

Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Cross Country Skiing, Snow shoeing, sledding, Horse Back Riding, Cooking, Family Time, Hot Tubbing, White Water Rafting, Exploring, Hunting and Relaxing - these are all activities that that can be enjoyed right from this Cherokee Park Aspen Lodge! The entire ranch and home will be made available to the guests. There is a separate barn for the small flock of sheep that live on the property, chickens at the barn to play with and enjoy eggs from and entertaining barn cats that play in the barn. The garage is available for guests to park their vehicle in. There is a large refrigerator and a large deep freezer for all of your food!

There is a full time property manager who lives on site in a separate home that is here to serve all of your needs and make your stay remarkable! Tracy is familiar with the area and will make sure everything goes smoothly for you. She will keep the roads open from snow and give you advice when needed! You might be in the middle of nowhere when staying at the ranch but rest assured that your hostess will make sure you have everything you need while respecting your privacy!

Things to note:

~55 miles from town - bring your groceries and fill up with fuel before coming up!

~Wifi throughout the house (no streaming of movies and music)

~completely solar home so be ready to learn how to conserve energy and learn about self-sustainability without roughing it!

~washer/dryer on site for your use

~seasonal hot tub (May-October)

~on-site property manager/hostess

~bring your horses - view horse policy

~bring your dogs - view pet policy

~house can accommodate an entire family!

~gourmet kitchen that is fully equipped

~huge spice collection available for you as well as cooking basics like oils, vinegars, seasonings

~Fresh farm eggs available daily

~Smores making supplies provided

~Sirius/XM music throughout the home

~Jack plug for the sound system that will allow you play your own pre-downloaded music throughout the built in speakers

~Adapters for the TV's that will allow you to attach your devices to play pre-downloaded movies and shows (iphones, ipads, etc); there is no television or satelite TV - there are movies on DVD and you can bring your own media pre-downloaded

~trail riding maps on GPS provided as well as laminated trail maps for horseback riders

~luxury linens and bedding; all beds made up in European arrangement unless guests request otherwise (Washable duvets of down alternative or down, fitted sheets - no top sheets)

~4 gas fireplaces throughout the house for a romantic getaway and guest comfort

~special luxury touches (coffee/tea/hot chocolate, bath products, seasonal flowers and fresh cuttings, makeup remover towlettes)

~trail guidance, fishing guidance can be provided on request

~Nature hikes and local guides available for hire on request

~games, puzzles, books provided for a relaxing mountain getaway vacation

~holidays can be very special with a family group who is looking to unplug and relax!

~We have a 25 "hole" frisbee golf course laid out on the property with a score card and par markings for each hole - great activity for a group! Frisbees provided but don't expect any professional discs:)

~There is a fully functional indoor/outdoor dog room that is heated and completely enclosed outside. There are 3 dog runs with an automatic waterer and a dog bath tub. This is a secure property for dogs to be able to run freely

~4WD is recommended year round but required in from October through May

We are 5 miles from the nearest electric pole and 2 miles from the nearest neighbor! We have moose, elk, deer, bobcat, mountain lion, big horn sheep and bear. There are endless hummingbirds in the summer and bird species to identify year round. There are local streams, high mountain lakes, beaver ponds, meadows, hiking, hunting and fishing areas! The neighborhood consists of National Forest, State Land and free range cattle area - thats all! There are no houses, cabins or traffic near the ranch.

If flying into Denver - we recommend renting a 4WD vehicle for the gorgeous 2 hr drive to the ranch. From May through September, AWD would be fine but the rest of the year we require a 4WD vehicle to access the property. Snow will be cleared by the property manager for your arrival and at arranged times when you want to drive off the property. Plan on snow in the winter - it is one of joys of our Cherokee Park Aspen Lodge! Plan on 1.25 hrs from Fort Collins, 45 min from Laramie and 2 hrs from Denver

More Details

Heather Steyn
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, German, Dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 September, 2018

About Heather Steyn

Phillip and I are both veterinarians who are passionate about the outdoors, animals and the people who enjoy them! The desire to live off the grid, lead a sustainable life style and enjoy the National Forest inspired us to make this place our home.

We have raised sheep for meat and milk, housed chickens and horses, Nationally ranked Australian shepherds and enjoy our piece of paradise in the mountains of Colorado. While we are on a large non-profit project in Ecuador for the street dogs and the local communities, we can offer our Colorado home as a totally unique experience.

Heather Steyn purchased this house in 2001

Why Heather Steyn chose Larimer County

Please check out the video that was made of the house for the National Solar Home Tour. Reviewed in books and magazines, it has been used as a design template for many other off grid homes. If you have ever wondered how great off-grid living can be, this is your opportunity to experience the best!

To view the video - go to Y.O.U.T.U.B.E. and search for "Cherokee Park Haven".


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Larimer County around the Colorado

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pet Deposit of $250 - fully refundable if we can't tell that your pets were here! The pet policy will be sent to you when you reservation is confirmed
  • Horses - you may bring your own horses for $100/horse per week. Please bring your own feed and hay (grass/alfalfa only - no sheet grass or weed hay.
  • Be energy conservative and environmentally conscious! We have worked hard to be gentle to the land on the ranch and request that you do the same!
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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 ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master En Suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Walk in shower for 2 (4 shower heads), seat, heated floors
    Guest Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Study Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Guest #1 - 1 Double Bed
    Guest #2 - 1 Double Bed
    Study - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size, full height Air mattress with pressure regulator
    Bunk House - 1 Large Double Bed , Detached from main house, heated bunk house, Queen bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Off-Grid Luxury in a green sustainable lodge home!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Away from it all........

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a unique place away from it all, this is it.

This home is beautiful inside and out. Beautiful mountain views, hummingbirds, blue jays, and wildlife make your time on the balcony a once in a lifetime experience. Fresh farm eggs, amazing kitchen and spectacular on site representation, not sure what else you could want. Loved our time here.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andrea!! We are glad you and the group enjoyed your stay! Cherokee Park Aspen Lodge is a slice of heaven in our opinion and we are glad you agree!! Thanks for being such fun guests!
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Great Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our two week stay. Such a great family bonding experience in a beautiful home in a beautiful location. Tracy was terrific - there when we needed her, but otherwise we had our privacy. The home was well equipped and comfortable. The kids loved Jelly, the sheep, and getting fresh laid eggs every morning. The only downside was the hot tub. Either too hot or too cold, and leaking so we didn't get to enjoy it very much. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property, Home and experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at this beautiful property. The on-site concierge Tracy was amazing! She had everything sparkling clean and well stocked for our arrival. With the place being remotely located, it was extremely valuable to have her expertise onsite. She also helped us find things, places to visit in the area and even brought us supplies when she went to town. The beds were comfortable, kitchen well stocked and seating inside and on the deck was plentiful. It was nice to pull into the garage to offload. When there was a rainy day, we enjoyed the fireplaces. The views from the property are constantly changing and we spent a lot of time just sitting and enjoying it. It is simply amazing how the home operates “off the grid”. There were plenty of activities such as frisbee golf, hiking, watching the hummingbirds, river rafting and horseback riding for the daytime and stargazing, hot tubbing, games and videos for nights. We really enjoyed preparing meals in the beautifully appointed kitchen and used the BBQ as well. One person in our party used a walker and it was not really set up as handicap accessible. There were a few steps into the house that she could maneuver, but a wheelchair could not. Since she could not access the upstairs bedroom, she used the master suite. The bed is very tall and she needed to use a step stool and assistance from a family member to get in and out of the bed. There is also a step into the shower and there are no bars to hold onto in the shower or toilet area. We were able to make it work, but would not consider this an accessible property. Other than that, our stay was perfect! It is so lovely and comfortable. Tracy was a great host! Our dogs were very happy to enjoy the property and there are also lovely onsite dogs that enhanced our stay. There were beautiful flower pots everywhere, Internet for small things and Tracy showed us a spot on the property where we could occasionally get cell phone service. We weren’t there to be virtual, we were there to connect with each other and nature in extremely comfortable surroundings. Overall, this was a fantastic getaway for a family. We all loved it and feel lucky to have been able to enjoy the beautiful country, Home, views and Tracy! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Getting Away From It All Luxury

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a few days in this northern Colorado property, and it was amazing!

The house was beautiful, located in a forested area, on the side of a hill with beautiful rock outcrops. The view, not only of the surrounding forest but the mountain ranges to the south was a fantastic one to wake up to. There were hikes and drives in the surrounding areas to keep us entertained for quite some time. The house was stocked with everything you could possibly need. We have stayed at many rental properties from Paris to Palm Springs and this one was by far the best stocked. The multiple bird feeders were also kept stocked, providing us with a constant stream of hummingbirds and Steller’s jays, among others.

Tracy, the property manager, lives on-site and was very helpful without being intrusive. She provided great information about the nearby activities, and directed us on a tour of some of the nearby sights.

The house itself was immaculately clean. I would rate the cleanliness as exceptional. The owners contacted us a couple of times just to see if we needed anything...this was gracious and unusual. Everything on the property that we needed worked. There were absolutely no glitches.

We highly recommend this property and hope to make it back here in the not-too-distant future.

Thank you Heather and Wendy!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the exceptional review! It warms our hearts to know you enjoyed the house as much as we do!!
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Amazing Custom Home getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

We found this custom home looking for a getaway for our Thanksgiving Break. Being a custom home builder I can say that this house is not a Cabin, it is a high end, high performance home. A lot of detail, thought, planing and money went into this great home. Me and my family were very comfortable (We were able to bring our two large dogs). The house is fully stocked with anything you could possibly want and or need. The seclusion, views, amenities etc make this a great vacation home. We brought a 4 seat ATV and had a great time exploring the surrounding areas and roads, spotting two moose on our second day was quite the treat for our young boys. Heather (the owner) and Tracy (caretaker) were highly responsive to our needs, questions and concerns. This made our stay extra enjoyable and easy. I would highly recommend this house to anyone that wants to get away and into the mountains away from all the hustle and bustle from I70. Family fun or a romantic trip would be a great fit. We will be renting again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £114.36
Additional Guest Fee £26.68 per person per night
Pet Fee £190.6
Property Damage Insurance £44.98

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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