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Comfortable Dog-Friendly Home within Walking Distance of Lake - Wooded Setting
Come to Vallecito Lake for your next mountain getaway and stay in this welcoming two-bedroom (plus loft) home for 10, which boasts walking distance to the lake and easy access to hiking trails and dining. This home is ideal for a couple of families vacationing together or hunters and anglers looking for a budget-friendly accommodation in a stunning mountain setting. Dogs welcome for a small nightly fee.
You'll be situated near the shores of Vallecito Lake, so you can easily walk to boating and fishing. Hiking trails are plentiful around the lake and are perfect for communing with nature on foot or horseback. Durango is about 23 miles away, and Purgatory is about 47 miles away for skiing in the winter and mountain biking and various festivals in the summer. Take a day trip to Mesa Verde to explore ancient dwellings of the Anasazi, or ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Get a fire going in the wood stove, then settle in and relax in the living room with free WiFi or a TV show, or simply enjoy the company of family and friends. The in-house washer/dryer allow you to pack light, and a gas grill is a great option for quick, easy meals, which you can enjoy together on the sun-drenched deck.
Book this Bayfield rental today and come immerse yourself in peaceful mountain living!
1 dog welcome in this home. No other animals are allowed without specific Vacasa approval.
Parking notes: There is free parking for 2 vehicles.
You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.
Washer/dryer : Private
Heating & cooling
Kitchen & dining
Internet : Century Link
Gas grill : Private
Mary S.May 2022
This is a beautiful home in a striking location. It is equipped with everything as If the owners just stepped out: linens, spices, Kleenex & paper necessities, etc. The furniture and the beds are very comfortable and the decorations are perfect for a mountain cabin. The yard is well kept and the Fairy Garden is so cute. Both bedrooms are up/down stairs, something a senior might need to consider. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
Kaitlin W.Oct 2021
Even the gorgeous pics & house tour couldn’t do this place justice. Absolutely amazing, a perfect combination of modern comfort and nostalgic, woodsy cabin goodness. Vacasa was so welcoming and gracious to work with. If I could go back a hundred times I gladly would!
Mayank P.Jul 2021
It was a relaxing and great two-night stay at this vac house.
The house is full of games and all kinds of electronic gadgets for all ages. The owner is very nice and welcoming.
NANCY E.Jul 2021
This cozy cabin fit us all comfortably. The kitchen had all our cooking essentials stocked. Beds are comfortable with extra linens available. Great view from the balcony listening to the relaxing sounds of nature. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
Nancy M.Jul 2021
The cabin and accommodations were very nice. Loved the fairy garden.
Randy P.Apr 2021
Everything we needed to get us thru the first night and trip to the store. The owner called to make sure we were finding everything.
Deborah R.Aug 2020
Loved the house! Nice view of the Lake, especially the full moon shining on the water. So peaceful. House is perfectly clean and set up well. Has everything you need to cook. Highly recommend!
Carrie P.Jun 2020
We loved staying in this home. The owners truly anticipated every need making it feel like a home away from home. We loved small touches like lots of board games and family dvds. Even with ten people, we weren’t crowded. The kids loved all of the areas (deck with lounge couch, fairy garden patio, and loft with tv/video games). It was close to awesome hikes like Vallecito creek trail and easy access to kayaking on the lake. 35 minutes from Durango made trips to raft and shop easy too. We can’t wait to visit again.
Katja F.Jun 2020
A great jumping point to many hikes. Beautiful area.
Joe G.Jun 2020
We highly recommend staying here. It’s a beautiful cabin and a gorgeous view. The cabin sleeps 10 extremely well with lots of room. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you.
Andreas B.Apr 2020
Very clean and well equipped for a great time of vacation. Easy of access, yet perfect for a time set apart. Close to the lake and surrounding mountains.
Ashley W.Feb 2020
We stayed here for our honeymoon and loved everything about this cabin and the location. Beautiful scenery, cozy fireplace and seating, very clean, and an overall "home-y" feel. Love the close proximity to Durango with many sites and activities. Highly recommend staying at The Better House!
Souvik D.Nov 2019
Beautiful location, very peaceful surroundings and an amazing home with everything that you will practically need.
James S.Sep 2019
I had the incorrect dates booked for my stay and when i called to get it corrected i was told there is nothing i can do and i was responsible for the full amount.
We appreciate your feedback, James. We apologize for any confusion you may have experienced during your online booking process. Unfortunately, the alternate dates you requested outside of your original chosen dates, were already booked by another guest. We were happy to refund you a portion of your reservation costs as a policy exception, and we hope you’ll book with us again in the future!
Jessica H.Jul 2019
We met friends from Illinois (we traveled from Oregon) great half way point. No public access to the lake within walking distance of the house. Small yard and on a busy HWY. Quite and well appointed inside. Nice deck and patio with "magical" patio lights. We cooked most dinners "in", Durango is about 45 min. Away.
shawn m.Jul 2019
Nice house close to the lake and tons of room
Tracy M.May 2019
A ton of room, great electronics and games, dishwasher and all kitchen essential
Jerian M.May 2019
Nice house...easy to get to...nice appliances...nice outdoor eating place
Bryant S.Jan 2019
We had issues with the Hot water, but both the property manager and the owners worked hard to address the issue. Overall we were happy with the stay! Beautiful area!
Sarah D.Oct 2018
We love this cabin!!! Very relaxing and comfortable. Kitchen very well stocked for all your needs. Beautiful views with coffee and book on the deck in the afternoons. Lots of games and great WiFi. We will definitely come back.
Jamie W.Aug 2018
We loved this cabin. The view is beautiful. It was well furnished. It has all the amenities we needed. We will definitely use it again. We give it 5 stars.
Thanks Jamie :)
Joseph P.Aug 2018
This was a cozy, beautiful & relaxing place to stay. The mountain & lake views are great! I loved seeing the deer eating below us while standing on the deck. We stayed for 5 days & nights. It’s close to Durango and there are so many fun things to do. The hiking trails are awesome! We rented a canoe on day - that was amazing. At this cabin is a fairy garden - it can be hours of fun it was so beautiful and I love the outside lights. Beds were comfortable! Pura Vita, a restaurant near the cabin, within walking distance had a live band twice the week we were there. It was very good! I will definetly stay here at “The Better House” cabin again! It was just what I needed in a cabin rental and a whole lot more!!
Jan K.Jul 2018
This cabin was quaint and cozy! No need to bring anything; this cabin has it all! We enjoyed every morning sitting on the deck drinking our coffee and enjoying the view of the Pine Trees and Vallecito Lake.
Located in the perfect place to go and visit Pagosa Springs, Durango, Silverton/Durango Train Ride and Mesa Verde.
If you want to relax and recharge your battery; this is the place to stay!
The owners were very responsive and accommodating; which was very much appreciated. We really enjoyed our stay and plan to return!
Jamie W.Jun 2018
We loved this cabin. The view is beautiful. It was well furnished. It has all the amenities we needed. We will definitely use it again. We give it 5 stars. Thanks
Brett M.Jun 2018
This is the third year I have stayed at this cabin. It has all the comforts of home. We love that it is on the lake and just off the road. The outdoor patio is a favorite spot to eat breakfast and dinner. Each year it gets better and better. Cannot wait to go back.
Santiago C.May 2018
Home is listed as not pet friendly and this was the reason I chose it, as my daughter is highly allergic to cats and dogs. The home was covered in pet hair. Carpets, blankets, and couches were covered in pet hair. House was damp smelling and had not been dusted in quite some time, as there were many spiderwebs. Refridgerator had expired food in it and mice deterrent visibly on the kitchen window sill. Yuck!
We are sorry to see this guest did not enjoy their stay. The home has just been opened up for the summer, and we sincerely apologize it was not better prepared. Housekeeping is doing a deep clean of the home, and we have refunded our guest for the lack of cleanliness. Thank you!
Jan K.May 2018
This cabin was quaint and cozy! No need to bring anything; this cabin has it all! We enjoyed every morning sitting on the deck drinking our coffee and enjoying the view of the Pine Trees and Vallecito Lake. Located in the perfect place to go and visit Pagosa Springs, Durango, Silverton/Durango Train Ride and Mesa Verde. If you want to relax and recharge your battery; this is the place to stay! The owners were very responsive and accommodating; which was very much appreciated. We really enjoyed our stay and plan to return!