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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Evergreen - Fool's Gold Cottage

Cozy 1BR Cottage In The Mountains 8,700 Feet Towards The Sky!

Fool's Gold is a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage on Snyder Mountain 8,700 feet up. It's a sunny south facing hacienda with a deck and scenic mountain views that overlooks protected BLM land making wildlife viewing incredible.

Fool's Gold Cottage is located near the border of Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties, convenient to many outdoor activities including: rafting, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, running, mountaineering, mountain climbing, zip lining, elite athletic training, and hunting just to name a few. If you want to visit Denver, it's only a 50 minute drive. There are also plenty of trails right by the cottage.

Fool's Gold was built in the 1980s. Her sister, The Gold Mine, the home the owner's currently live in is 150 feet from Fool's Gold. The Gold Mine was built in the early 1970s and was the first house in the area. The paperwork we have on the home has President Grover Cleveland's signature on it when he signed the land over to be developed!

When Fool's Gold was built, it was basically a framed house with water, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower pan, sink and toilet, and electricity. There was not any drywall or flooring. I used her for a while as my office until a neck injury prevented me for continuing that line of work. We have worked hard over the last ten years to get her ready for others to enjoy. We are currently remodeling The Gold Mine, our current house, who will become a prospective vacation rental the end of 2016.

The roads to Fool's Gold are paved until you reach our subdivision. There is less than one mile of dirt roads to the cottage itself. Front wheel drive cars do just fine up here and the roads are well maintained. Rear wheel drive cars, some sports cars, and many Volkswagen brand vehicles do not do very well up here.

*Because we live in Alpine conditions, please make sure that the cottage would be suitable for your stay if you have children under the age of six, are elderly, or have a physical disability.*

One dog (two dogs with approval) is allowed on the property. There is no additional fee for your pet; however, all guests with pets are required to purchase the Property Damage Protection. We do have dogs on the property and they are in a separate fenced in area and we are very respectful in terms of barking, etc.

We hope you stay with us and become a part of the Mile and a Half High Club!

Tracey Smith - Property Manager

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Tracey Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016

About Tracey Smith

Tracey is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. She paid her way through college working at a resort hotel in Pismo Beach. After graduating, she sold everything she owned and moved to Hawaii. She worked in the sales department at the Ritz-Carlton and was part of the team that won the prestigious Malcolm-Baldridge Quality Award. After spending a year in Hawaii (1992 to 1993), she moved to Colorado and it has been her home ever since.

Larry attended the University of Texas on a running scholarship. He has been an elite athlete for the majority of his life running his first marathon when he was 12 years old. He has run numerous marathons and races since and came to Colorado in 1992 to train for the 2000 Olympics. He came close; 20 seconds off the time needed to qualify in the Steeplechase. He is currently training for the Leadville 100 mile race. He loves living up here as it is a perfect training ground right in his own backyard.

Tracey and Larry have a daughter named Oakley and three dogs: Bruce Lee, Chow Chow; Queen Snortiffa, Bulldogge; and Cleo Pattra, Great Dane Mix.

Tracey Smith purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Tracey Smith chose Front Range Colorado

Evergreen is a great place to live! It's rural enough, yet close enough to urban offerings. The property's views will not change because it is BLM land and there are many trails within a mile of the property for outdoor enthusiasts. We love it here and we will always consider Evergreen our true home. The only reason we have big city traffic jams is due to elk crossings!!

What makes this cottage unique

When we first bought these homes, they were basically wooden tents. We have worked hard over the last 11 years to build these home from the ground floor with lots of sweat, tears (dust in our eyes, hammers hitting the fingers, bruises everywhere) and love. We are so glad that we can share our place with you and we hope you are just as inspired to pursue your dreams as we were we saw it here.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thank you so much for sharing your cottage with us! We definitely felt at home up here! The experience went above and beyond our expectations....or should we say the "eggsperience" went above and beyond our "eggspectations." Either way, everything was "eggcelent!" If you can't tell....we really loved the eggs. Next time, we will make sure to bring you some Wisconsin cheese! Thanks again, Jacy

Colorado Dreams, Fresh Eggs and Cold Irish Cream...only at Fool's Gold! Matt G

Eggs in the fridge, eggs in the tummy, six fresh eggs and they sure were yummy! Jared
Mar 2015
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Wonderful views, relaxing little get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year staying here. We absolutely love the place, the views and the fact that everything you really need is provided by the owner Tracey including delish fresh farm eggs for breakfast! Tracey is very attentive with any questions or needs we had. The quiet, quaint lil' place is clean and inviting. Just a perfect place to decompress and enjoy. Thanks Tracey for the wonderful experience yet again this year!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cabin in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

We had a super stay with Tracey at the Fools Gold Cabin. Nice place with great view of sunset over the mountains. The fresh eggs were a nice added touch for morning breakfast. Tracey was super friendly and helpful. She even loaned me a bicycle pump to repair a flat tire. We make a trip to Colorado each summer, and now we have a place to return to in future years. Thanks :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful experience! Was exactly what we expected, and the view is outstanding!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet cottage with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Tracey is a great hostess who is there for your every need. The cottage is clean and well stocked with many kitchen and food items, including fresh eggs in the refrig when you arrive. The family lives next door with their dogs, but we did not see them (except when Tracey stopped over) or hear the dogs at all. You'll enjoy your stay in this great get away in the mountains!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a nice quiet get a way. We enjoyed our stay.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay. It was in a nice location to visit other beautiful sites in Colorado. The shops in Evergreen are nice and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jane! Thank you so much for your nice review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the area. You are welcome back anytime that your travels bring you back to this area. Again, thank you for the food! It was much appreciated. Happy and safe travels! Tracey Smith Property Manager The Bear Creek Group, LLC
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Cute cabin, both rustic and modern

  • 5 of 5

I booked a weekend stay with my partner to celebrate his birthday. The place was cozy and inviting with a rustic charm. We were welcomed with a basket placed in the frig filled with several fresh eggs (from the owner's chickens), Reeses candy eggs, and an evergreen sprig. Most details and supplies were readily available, from q-tips and toothpaste to coffee. One thing vacationers should be aware of. ..there is no full size oven, but they do offer a large convection oven (looks like a large microwave). The owners were very responsive, but respected our privacy. The surrounding area is spectacular and we walked around checking out the area. If you are into hiking, check out nearby Bergen Park, Chief Mountain, and Squaw Mountain, which has a fire lookout.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Stagecoach Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Evergreen Golf Course
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Amtrak at Union Station, Denver
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 70
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Stagecoach Bar and Grill
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Echo Mountain Ski Resort
Car: necessary

This cute and cozy cottage is located in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, Clear Creek County- close to many outdoor activites! The land that is not developed where the cottage is located, is BLM land and the wildlife viewing includes fox, deer, elk, Prince Abert black squirrels, cougar (if you are lucky to see one), bald eagles (another lucky find), hawks, various humming birds, finches, meadowlark, lark bunting (state bird) and bear. For more information about hunting in this area, please visit the Colorado Department of Wildlife.

If you are the athletic type and are training or just a fitness enthusiast in general, then this area is for you! Just walking around the area provides beautiful walks. Looking for something more challenging? Then bike, run, walk, or hike up Witter Gulch Road towards Mount Evans or even drive to Mount Evans and ascend 17.7 miles to the top. It's the highest paved road in America and reaches to a height of 14,240 feet. At the top, you can view the Mountain Sheep and the entire Front Range.

Evergreen is one of the first cities on the way to the ski resorts as you climb I-70 and Echo Mountain Ski Resort is only six miles from the cottage! Downtown Evergreen has a lake that offers year round activities including fishing, ice skating, hockey and non-motor boating. Downtown borders the river where you can shop, dine and enjoy speaking with the all-around good folks!

Whether you are seeking to relax, test your mountain skills, and/or indulge in outdoor activities, Fool's Gold Cottage is just the right get-a-way!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Evergreen, Front Range Colorado

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter/Spring 2016 - 2017
1 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £20 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £164
Tax Rate 5.9%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Up to four people only. Parties with over three people will be subject to a $10/day extra person fee.
Same day rate of $110/night if available and must be booked the same date of stay.
60 day cancellation required for a 100% refund.
30 day cancellation required for a 75% refund.
Holidays require a three night minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Evergreen in the Colorado

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Walk-In Roman Shower with white Corian and two shower heads upstairs next to the bedroom. Sunny and bright. Towels are provided. Also provided are mouthwash, toothpaste, Q-tips, cotton balls, soap and shampoo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom is located upstairs and the deck comes off the bedroom. It is carpeted with a Queen Size Bed. It is similar to a loft upstairs, but it is not visible from downstairs. THERE IS A QUEEN SIZE SOFA SLEEPER DOWNSTAIRS IN THE LIVING ROOM THAT SLEEPS TWO (2).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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