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Review of Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat

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Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat
Brownwood, Texas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Tranquility in the Pines”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

My husband and our three grown children, along with their spouses and a girlfriend, recently enjoyed a short vacation at Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We stayed in the largest cabin, the Comardo, which has a spacious family room with a fireplace and a large deck facing the east. The sunrise in the morning was spectacular as the soft sunlight filtered through the green pine needles! The dining table had seating for eight people and the kitchen contained basic food preparation items. We especially enjoyed the fireplace, which we used to roast hotdogs one night and marshmallows for s'mores. They provided free firewood! The beds were very comfortable and there were ceiling fans in the bedrooms. The location of the hotel was great, too! It's only a couple of miles south of downtown Pagosa Springs which meant that we didn't have to spend a lot of time driving to restaurants and the San Juan River. Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat provided everything that we were expecting and more from a great family vacation!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

Our stay at Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat was great! We stayed in the Camardo cabin. It was very spacious and clean. The cabin was well supplied with everything you would need to cook and have a week's worth of fun. You are in the mountains and woods when you are here, but still close to town and fishing. Mary Hart, the owner, could not have been anymore accomodating. She makes sure your stay is the best! It is a beautiful place to visit!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KRashea
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Akron, Ohio
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95 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2010

Summary: For Pagosa Springs, this is one of the better places to stay - and the bakery and Allen House are excellent! However, the grocery store in downtown Pagosa Springs has just been closed and you will need to stock up in Alamosa on your way here (from the east) or drive west through Pagosa Springs a few miles up the road to City Market. The level of housecleaning expected and required of guests exceeds that provided by the owner. You may have better luck with another of her cabins. All in all, it appears something has changed at the property over the last year. For those who also travel extensively through the US and world, you might choose another town to visit for a mountain getaway. For example, we found a two-bedroom, two-bath, loft accommodation amidst trees right on a river w/o road noise or barking dogs, next to a national forest, a few miles away from excellent dining, with standard-rise stairs to the loft, friendly and out-going service, with twice the square footage of the Hummingbird cabin, during the same off-season, same # of nights, for almost $300 less.

Pros: Well-built cabins, not rinky-dink cabins; furniture is a mix of high-quality (and grandma's attic); upstairs loft is very bright and roomy; ceiling fans keep the flow of air nice and breezy since there are only two windows above main-floor-level; fireplace worked well and cleaning tools were at hand; Eagle's Nest looked like a larger, quieter location than Hummingbird; deer walk through the property; old-look stove was kinda cool; switchplates were all scroll-saw custom-made hummingbirds; hummingbird-themed photos, stichery, and metal scuplture; interior wood walls are light-colored; was away from sulpher-smell of the springs; loveseat was a nice soft leather; gazebo was large and in a pretty setting next to the horses; naturalized wildflowers throughout the property; many stars on a clear night; deck was nice and roomy (deck furniture only accommodates two people); wood window blinds for privacy.

Cons: can hear road noise from 84 24/7; access to grill and picnic table is steep; second access to porch has no steps and is a couple feet off the ground; stairs to bedroom in loft are narrow and steep with low handrailing (rent Comardo House if you have arthritis, vertigo, knee injuries, et al); thick layer of dust on lampshades, sculptures and decorations including heart-shaped ristra over downstairs bedroom bed; jacuzzi too small for two average-height, average-weight people to sit in without knees up against their chests or hanging feet on opposite sides outside the tub; hot water only filled tub halfway before running out; downstairs bedroom small and tight; downstairs rooms in general small and tight; "free night" is based on regular season rates, not off-season September rates - therefore, for a stay of 4 Sept nights, you pay the regular season rate for all nights with one regular season rate night free, rather than pay off-season Sept night rates - as a result, you don't get a free Sept-rate night free - if you total it up for the nights at both regular season and Sept season rates, what you're really getting is $20 off in total if you stay during Sept; parking for the cabin is on the side of the property's gravel road alongside the cabin; other cabins' guests drive by your cabin with easy view into your large dining/living window only ~ 15 feet away; adjoining property neighbor's dog barked through the night; must load own firewood, though there IS firewood at the base of the gravel road it is steep and not easy unless one has a truck or doesn't mind putting stacks of firewood in one's car; must not only put dishes in dishwasher, but must get up early enough to eat breakfast, wash the dishes, dry the dishes, run the dishwasher AND put all the dishes away - and clean the fireplace and empty the ashes and take those ashes down to the overflowing ash bin at the head of the property - all before 10 am check-out time; service is friendly but not offered - if one has questions or needs something, one must ask for anything, including more than two rolls of toilet paper or three coffee filters for a week's stay. No welcome note or even just a hello note even for a honeymoon; must bring own blow-dryer/hair-dryer and shampoo, though there are two small soaps; owner handed us a 2008 dining guide which led us on a wild goose chase to restaurants that no longer exist; lamp in loft was broken; some lightbulbs were burnt out (we just replaced them ourselves); no footstools at loveseat or padded rockers to rest tired feet and legs; only one (low-light) reading lamp in the living room; coffee maker was not fully operational - the pause and serve feature did not work; gazebo lights were not operational; welcome book for our cabin was titled and written for the Eagle's Nest cabin; if you have Verizon, there is no signal - and though there is a phone in the cabin, it is only for local calls without an option to call long-distance (as in anywhere other than Pagosa Springs) and pay for the call yourself; earlier check-out time and later check-in time than most properties (and we stay in 1-2 dozen/year all over the world; there was no staff available on check-out day at 10 am - both we and another cabin's couple had to leave our keys outside the office door (no key box) after knocking for over 15 minutes and getting no answer when we phoned the office.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2009

10-7-09
Beautiful setting, quiet, wildlife...a retreat. This was my first trip to Pagosa Springs and staying at Hart's made this more than just a business trip. The scenery was amazing - I only wish I'd had more time to spend there. Pam H

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SeattlePamH
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San Antonio, TX
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2009

We absolutely LOVE Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat! There are 4 rental cabins located on 36 acres about 5 minutes outside of Pagosa Springs. We have stayed in all but one and would highly recommend ANY of them. The cabins themselves are quite beautiful inside with fine furnishings and fully stocked kitchens. Their smallest cabin is the "Hummingbird" which is ideal for honeymooners or any romantic getaway. It has a queen bed and a jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom. There is a small loft upstairs that could accomodate 2 more people. All the cabins have fireplaces. The "Stargazer" cabin can accomodate 8 comfortably with 2 downstairs queen bedrooms and full bathrooms along with another 2 queen beds in a large loft upstairs. It also has fabulous views of the mountains from it's balcony. We just had the great pleasure of staying in their newest and finest cabin called the "Eagle's Nest". This one sits highest on the property and boasts 3 amazing bedrooms and 2 balconies - the downstairs master has a queen bed and an open master bath with a large jacuzzi tub and a double walk-in shower. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms each with queen beds. The larger bedroom has an electric fireplace, a large jacuzzi tub in the bedroom area, a private balcony with seating area and a separate bath. The smaller bedroom has a queen bed and a guest bath. The most amazing thing about the Hart cabins is their location. The town of Pagosa Springs is truly magical with the San Juan river and it's natural hot springs running right through it. Be sure to ask Bob & Mary Hart for tickets to the Hot Springs as you can get a discounted rate though them. A trip to Pagosa Springs wouldn't be complete without that experience! There are so many things to do that it's impossible to list them all, but here are our favorites: hiking for all levels of ability, fishing the many lakes and rivers, shopping all the quaint little shops, scenic drives in every direction, etc; etc.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jjj4christ
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Phoenix, AZ
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2009

I was so excited when I found out that I would be spending my Honeymoon at the Hart's retreat. I had been there in the winter and loved it, so I was ready to see Pagosa Springs in the summer. The weather was perfect, between 70 and 80 degrees. We saw wild animals every day right outside our windows and door. Elk, a red fox, plenty of deer, and small critters. Their property is so beautiful as are their horses. The "cabin" or log home was wonderful. I wanted to move in. There was so much room and everything we needed was there. The Hart's were so nice and helped with anything we needed. The town is also beautiful. We went on some wonderful hikes, went to the hot springs and had some great meals. This was a wonderful place and I was so happy to have had my Honeymoon here. I would recommend the Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat to anyone. I loved it.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JennyGun09
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Denver
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2009

I stayed while in Pagosa Springs on business. The cabins are beautifully-built houses on secluded property outside of town. I was in Eagle's Nest, which has great views and quiet deck where I could work. It was hard to leave for my meeting. I would have liked to stay and soak in the jetted tub, with its mountain view, rather than work. It would be perfect for a family or a romantic get-away.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank denver014
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Property: Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat
Address: 2294 Highway 84, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-7704
Region: United States > Colorado > Pagosa Springs
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Pagosa Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat is one of life's little secrets that we want you to enjoy year after year. We want to ensure that the hardest part of your getaway is leaving. Two, Three and Four bedroom log homes with fabulous views of the Rocky Mountains, each cabin is nestled peacefully in Ponderosa Pines, and fully furnished from linens to dishes and everything one would need for a perfect getaway or vacation. ... more   less 
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