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Colorado Lodge, Rustic Barn and Picnic Area

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 5,188 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

7 bedroom 6.5 bath with barn, fire pit, and 2.3 acre picnic area

This home and optional barn/picnic/recreation area makes an ideal location for family reunions, wedding parties, charity fundraisers, and corporate meetings. The optional historic wood floor barn (can hold up to 50 people), picnic area with 15 rustic wood picnic tables and large yard make it great for organized groups.

The Ponderosa Lodge at Pine Tree Park home features a large gourmet kitchen/great room where everyone can gather to cook, eat meals and socialize in a common area. Just off the kitchen is a large living room with 2 sofas and a love seat surrounding a cozy gas fireplace. There is a large 4K TV for watching sports and a DVD player for watching movies or just visiting and catching up. The wraparound log porch has more seating, 2 BBQ grills, and a 24' long wood picnic table for outdoor meals. The log porch also has a large hot tub which can seat 6-8. There are 15 picnic tables available for outdoor gatherings on the property and an outdoor a gas fire pit for gathering around at night and roasting s'mores.

Master bedroom #1 has a king size bed plus a full futon. It has a large en-suite bathroom which includes a 2 person jetted tub, dual vanities, and separate 2 headed shower. This bathroom works well for brides getting ready for their wedding day at any of the 6 wedding/reception venues located within 2 miles of the home.

Master bedroom #2 has a king bed and futon and space for a pack n play. It's en-suite bathroom features a double vanity and triple headed shower with seat.

Bedroom #3 has a queen sized log bed plus a full sized futon. It has a full bath with dual vanity just outside the door.

Bedroom #4 is on the main floor has two twin beds.

Bedroom #5 is on the main level includes a massive queen bed, 4K TV, and has a full bath just outside the door.

Bedroom #6 is on the main floor and includes a king sized sleigh bed, 4K TV, en-suite 3/4 bath with triple headed shower, and full sized fridge with microwave and small kitchenette along with a separate entrance.

Bedroom #7 is in the basement and has 2 king beds a sofa, HDTV, game table and 3/4 bath.

The rustic unheated historic barn is available as an option for gatherings of up to 50 people. This includes the use of a portable 60's vintage bar, upright rustic and untuned piano and modern speaker to play music from your phone. We also include a popcorn machine, ice cream machine, meat smoker and 2 BBQ grills plus s'mores roasting forks to use around the fire pit. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, graduations, meetings or group meals indoors. Contact us for more details.

We have 2 horseshoe pits and 2 cornhole games along with plenty of space to play catch or just sit outside and watch the deer and elk graze. If your family wants to spend a few days or a week bonding and getting to know one another, this is an ideal place for you.

The house is located just above Denver/Golden in the first row of foothills West of Golden and nearest to the historic western town of Golden. One mile off of I-70, it offers a fantastic base for all the Denver/Boulder Metro Area and the surrounding mountains. Heading off to the ski resorts is as short as a 40 Minute drive and just 20 minutes to downtown Denver and 10 minutes to downtown Golden. Both the Denver International Airport and Boulder are 40 minutes away.

Also available during vacancy- Picnic grounds and/or Barn for day only gatherings. Call or email me separately about those. Reduced rates or donated space available for qualified historic, cultural, or community service non-profits and their fundraising or organizational meetings. Note: Pricing not valid for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday arrivals or departures. If you must arrive or depart on these days, contact us for a custom quote.

This property is a legal Short Term Rental in unincorporated Jefferson County under permit # 17-135237VC Please review the “Being a Good Neighbor” brochure provided by Jefferson County for Short Term Rental Guests.

More Details

John Hermanussen and Amy Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2018

About John Hermanussen and Amy Johnson

John is a Golden native who loves Colorado. Career includes engineer, investor, property manager, and real estate broker. I'm a Golden Rotarian and Board Member for Buffalo Bill Days, Inc. I Love to ski/snowboard/tele, bike, hike, golf, hunt, fish, and sample local microbreweries. Amy is a Dental Hygienist and loves traveling, reading, Bible study, her children and her fur babies. Between the two of us we have five children who have graduated or are still in college. We love to meet new families and make them smile. The best part of being a VRBO host is that we get to meet lots of interesting people from all over the world. We respect our guests privacy but are available if they want to know any locals secret type information. We're happy to help out and share what we know about the area and things to do in Colorado. Our goal is to help you and your family have the most awesome experience possible and create fond memories that will last for many years.

John Hermanussen and Amy Johnson purchased this lodge in 2002

Why John Hermanussen and Amy Johnson chose Mount Vernon

Convenient but peaceful getaway. Really nice home in a rural, rustic setting. It blends the amenities of a luxury home with the feel of camping in the woods but it's only about 5 minutes from the edge of the Denver Metro Area. You can cook like a gourmet or roast marshmallows and make s'mores over the fire pit. You can ski at Vail, Breckenridge, Loveland... or play horseshoes and cornhole in the backyard. Hike, Bike, snowshoe at Apex Park about 1/3 mile up the road. Drop into Denver for more activities than I can even mention here. Head up into the mountains for even more activities and fun. It's a wonderful place to live or visit with over 300 days of sunshine every year. Pine Tree Park invites you to consider it YOUR home, even if it's only for a few days.

What makes this lodge unique

Convenient to City and Mountains. Ideal location. Families and large groups can have quality time together and celebrate weddings or family reunions all onsite. Fire pit, horseshoe pits, Cornhole, hot tub, deer and elk wander around and graze in the 3.3 acres in this property and the large lots surrounding it. Mountain views, Huge Ponderosa Pines...It's up IN the Colorado Rocky Mountains and feels like it's a million miles from everything but just 5 minutes from the edge of the Denver Metro area. Most who have stayed here before wish they had stayed longer!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Mount Vernon, Colorado

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5188 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • No Wood are Charcoal Burning Fires allowed because of high fire danger.
  • Parking must be on the property, no parking on the road outside the property
  • No additional day guests dropping by unless prior approved. Parties in the barn or on the grounds must be quoted and discussed prior.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master #1 (Main) Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2 Person Jetted Tub, dual vanities, double shower
    Bathroom 2 for 2nd Master Bedroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom for Master #2, 3 head shower with seated area
    Bathroom 3 outside bedroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath with shower tub combo, double vanity for bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , 1/2 Bath for guests near the main entertaining area.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom 5 is on the main floor outside bedroom #5
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , ensuite bath with bedroom 6 (studio)
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , ensuite with bedroom 7 (basement)
  • 4 of the 6.5 bathrooms are ensuite with the 4 master bedrooms, the 2 full bathrooms are outside bedrooms 3 and 5 and can be shared with bedroom 4. The 1/2 bath is located near the side door which leads out to the wraparound porch/hot tub and dance barn.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large Master Suite with King bed and futon
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large master room with King, Futon and space for Pack n Play
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Bedroom 3 with Queen Bed Log Frame plus a full futon
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 4 has two twin beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , i Queen Bed with full bath just outside
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Kitchenette, ensuite 3/4 bath, separate entrance, 4K TV
    Bedroom 7 - 2 king , large room, game table, sitting area, 3/4 bath en-suite
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Colorado Lodge, Rustic Barn and Picnic Area
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

Great house!!, greater location. The area is so beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

The only thing this house needs is central air conditioning. Everything else was wonderful.

  • Submitted: 1-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Super house for our 4 generations!

  • 5 of 5

John's house was great for the 12 family members in town for our son's new year's eve wedding. The location was beautiful with easy access off the highway. The house was clean and well furnished. The games, books and puzzles made time at the house fun. Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms, plenty of dining seating. The common areas were comfortable and the hot tub was great for relaxing. If we could rent this house or one like it when we go to the beach in the summer, we would. It was a great place to call our temporary home.

  • Submitted: 6-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Long-Term Rental

  • 5 of 5

Owner works to accommodate your needs and is pleasant to work with.

  • Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Beautiful and spacious home.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and spacious home. Worked very well for our 5-family vacation (19 people). Great location. John is very friendly and accommodating. We had a wonderful time creating lasting family memories.

  • Submitted: 9-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely. We happened to stay on a week that the temperature was in the 90 degree range, so air-conditioning would have been nice. However, It cooled off nicely in the evenings. Overall, we were very pleased with John and the house. We would stay there again if we vacationed in the area.

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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it was a well maintained, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We rented the main house and the Moonshiners cabin. We were on the property for a wedding at The Pines at Genesee. This was an out of town wedding for our family, my granddaughter got married. The home accommodated our large family very comfortably, there were 22 of us. The location was convenient to everything, shopping (even Wal-Mart), Denver and sightseeing adventures.

After a busy day of sightseeing it was a great place to come home to at the end of the day.

John Hermanson, owner, was very accommodating. Any time there was an issue he was right there to fix whatever was happening. There was nothing major that happened that needed repair just some cupboards that needed to be tightened and a couple of other minor things.

My granddaughter and her bridesmaids got ready for the wedding in the Master Suite it fit the 5 of them very comfortably and the photographer was able to capture beautiful pictures because of the background scenery.

We would highly recommend this property for whatever occasion you may need it for.

  • Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
Denver International Airport DIA
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Guido's Pizza
Nearest Golf
7.6 Miles
Fossil Trace Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Golden, CO
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Chart House
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Loveland Ski Resort
Car: necessary

In the foothills just West of Denver and Golden on Lookout Mountain.7 Minutes from Colorado Mills Mall. Very convenient location to Denver Metro and points West via I-70 toward Vail and Breckenridge. 40 Minutes to Denver International Airport or Boulder. 40 minutes to Denver Tech Center. Awesome Hiking and Mountain Biking 1/3 mile up the road is the upper trailhead to the APEX TRAIL which about 10 miles of networked trails with cool views. We are at 7400' and Golden is about 6400' altitude. Near Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum, Boettcher Mansion, Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Museum, road bike riding on the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway goes right by in front. Apex Trailhead is 1/3 mile away and offers hiking, Mountain Biking, Downhill Mountain Biking, and snowshoeing (occasionally). It seems far from civilization but is only 5-7 minutes from Colorado Mills, one of the biggest shopping malls in the state. About 40 minutes to DIA, 40 Minutes to Skiing. Loveland 40 min, A-Basin 50 min, Keystone 1hour, Breckenridge 1:15, Copper Mountain 1:05, Vail 1:40. It's about 20 minutes to Downtown Denver and 40 minutes to Boulder. At the hub of 5 major highways so it's super easy and quick to get to all points in the Denver Metro area or to zip up in the mountains on I-70 for first tracks or early fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, or driving up to Mount Evans at 14,000'..


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Mount Vernon, Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 3 2018 - Sep 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & utilities Fee C$291.89 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$648.65
50 people event 8 hrs C$648.65 + Tax

$300 fee for parties up to 50 people is optional. Let us know if you want us to take that off your quote.
See House Rules Ponderosa Lodge and Venue at Pine Tree Park for terms.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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