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I've been coming to Estes for many years. I don't know how these cabins managed to elude me, but I am so glad I found them! My husband and I stayed here in the Ataloa cabin for our honeymoon the first week of October. I loved it so much I didn't want to leave. The cabin was right next to the river. I opened the window so I could hear the river at night. I love that sound so much. It was close enough to town but far enough away to get the peace that I was looking for. The cabin was VERY clean and well maintained. The owners keep the grounds very nice as well with firepits, a grill, everything you could possibly need. Every morning the elk would pass through the property. One was right behind our cabin munching on the bushes. A male was trying to herd his women that were all over the place and they jumped the river and went up the hill right across from our cabin. His bugle was amazing. One evening we even got visited by a group of wild turkeys. We plan on coming back every year for our anniversary.
– Stephanie Westerman
We have been coming to Estes Park for many years and this was out first stay at Idlewilde. We do not see us staying any place else from now on! Very nice comfortable cabin on the river with everything you need. Deb and Larry are terrific and make you feel very welcome. Can't wait to return to Idlewilde by the River!!! Mic and Linda Vacek July 2015
– Linda Vacek
Just left Riverside today and had a great stay. Have been to Ildewilde each year for 4 years now and the first time with Deb & Larry. What a nice couple, they make you feel right at home. They have already made a few changes and they are lovely, can't wait to see some more. Not that it wasn't great before, just better now!!!! Can't wait to see you next year.
– Darla and David
This is a lovely cabin right by the river. It is rustic but comfortable and has a great little kitchen. The screened porch is an excellent spot to watch the hummingbirds and relax. Deb and Larry were great hosts. Thank you!
Actually sitting out front of Dun Wurkin right now, enjoying the sun and the roar of the river. New management have done great things to one if my favorite spots in the world. The cabin is small but perfect for two. New flooring, comfy bed, kitchen updated, clean and shower has plenty of hot water and good pressure. Beautiful lawn of about 25' between screened in porch and the Big Thompson, lots if pine trees. They've added a great shelter house for larger group gatherings by the hot tub (which is well maintained). Watched a bull elk wander by yesterday morning. Life is good, cabin is great, Idle Wilde is wonderful.
– Kyle Smith
We loved it here and cannot wait until we return. Our only wish was that it was closer to our home so we could go more often. The cabin was everything we needed for two people, right by the creek and was so relaxing. Sitting out front on the morning while drinking coffee and reading a book is just such a simple memory that I will always take my mind back there. Highly recommend staying here! So close to all the activity but also far enough for some peace.
Tim and I chose to get married at Idlewilde cabins, as it held a special spot in my families hearts. The year before, we spent a long weekend with my family; our mom had terminal cancer and we wanted one final special vacation with her. She has since passed, and we are left with wonderful memories, sitting along side the river and just being together. One year later, Tim and I got married along side this same river. We rented 6 cabins for all of our famiies and celebrated with laughter, love, and new and old memories. Deb and Larry were wonderful hosts and were more then accommodating to help make our time here special once again. This is a little piece of heaven and we intend on coming back again!
– Karen and Tim
This was our 4th trip in 5 years to RMNP and Estes Park. Each year we have stayed at Idlewilde by the River and each year we leave refreshed and rejuvenated. This year we stayed in Cannonball and we liked the upgrades over previous years. Deb and Larry were great hosts...although I'm sure every guest shows off the videos and pictures, they take the time to show their interest as if they are seeing something for the first time. Overall, I would rate this quiet and peaceful little haven a 10 out 10 stars. We will be back because the Mountains is in our blood and we will stay in Idlewilde because it is perfect. Michael and Ann Grant and Shelly
– Michael Bousquet
My parents gave me, my sister's and brother-in-laws a great Christmas present, a week with them in Estes Park. This was my first visit here and I loved it. Hope to bring some friends back with me in the future.
– Kathy Kottemann
This was our second time staying at Idlewilde and won't be our last! We were made to feel welcome and our cabin was just the right size and near enough to the river to be lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of rushing water. Close enough to downtown Estes for convenience sake, but far enough to be among the pines, the river and the wildlife so that you feel a part of it all. This is by far one of our most favorite places!
I have stayed at allot of places in Estes Park and it is not often that you get to have coffee every morning with the property Managers. Deb and Larry are some of the most genuine and delightful people I have ever encountered during a vacation. Although cabin #7 was impressive in itself with the leather furniture and perfectly maintained digs. I strongly feel that the connection one makes with the staff is 1/2 the experience. They wanted to connect with me and build a relationship...loved it!! I strongly suggest you make this a repeat for a retreat! See you soon Larry and Deb! RR and PW
– Ramon Robles
We fell in love with Idlewilde the first time we found it, by accident, on a prior trip to Estes Park. The setting is perfect - right along the Big Thompson River, among towering, mature Ponderosa Pines. The atmosphere is informal, and the staff is so friendly. We had a group of 10 family members in three different cabins. Everyone had a wonderful time. The evening community campfires, only feet from the stream, were a definite highlight. Cannot find a single negative thing to say. We'll be back
– Rick Kottemann
After two days of rough camping at the RMNP the cabin by the river was just the medicine we needed to recover. Donna and Tom were awesome. always helpful, kind and informative. Marc, the owner works hard to maintain and improve the place. Everyone there is very friendly. The cabins are clean, peaceful with all the necessary amenities - a place we will sure go back to.
– The Chi-Town biker gang Aug 2014
Once more, we drove our way from Kansas City to the most beautiful spot on earth this summer-- Idlewilde by the River. At least it's tops in my humble opinion. Our cabin was its usual guest-friendly abode, the hummingbirds at our kitchen window our constant companions. The river just feet from our door splashed away with a noise that is no less symphonic than the offering of a philharmonic orchestra. Our screened-in porch a haven rain or shine. The new managers were friendly and efficient, the housekeeping just fine. This place IS Colorado to me. Simply divine!
– Sue Wright
The kids, Olga myself really enjoyed our stay at Idlewilde this year. This was our 5th stay at Idlewilde. As usual, we caught a number of trout in the river right in front of our cabin. We also enjoyed the hot tub and the playground. There is so much to do at Idlewilde, in Estes Park and in RMNP. I've decided that 7 nights there is not enough - next time we'll stay for 10 nights.
– Jim Yaeger
Idlewilde is the ONLY place to stay while in Estes Park ....It is hard to get a reservation PLAN EARLY !!! It is so worth it !!! My husband and our children with grandchildren came for a week and stayed in the Linger Longer. It was Perfect except we would have enjoyed more time to Linger Longer !!! The cabin was spotless, the grounds were pristine and we even got a middle of the night company a cub at the cabin next to ours !!! It was awesome to see the cub swipe the hummingbird feeder down and drink the sugar water..... We enjoyed ourselves so much we already booked our 2015 solitude time...... I can hardly wait to June of next year already !!! Thanks to Tom and Donna and of course it was great to see Lloyd and Donna on the property this year too.....You are all part of our extended family now !!!!!!! Again thanks so much !
– Dave and Elaine Burton
We just returned from our annual trip to Estes Park, and as usual, we stayed at Idlewilde. Our first trip to Estes Park was about 26 years ago when our boys were young. We stayed at Idlewilde then and fell in love with it. On our first trip we stayed in the Holiday cabin. We have stayed in several of the other cabins over the years, but last year and this year we stayed in the Holiday again. We also have already reserved the Holiday for our 2015 trip. The river is so soothing and sitting on your screened in porch listening to it is great!! We recommend Idlewilde to anyone we know who is visiting Estes Park. We would never stay anywhere else in Estes. Tom and Donna are great, as were Lloyd and Donna last year. Very friendly and helpful. Best place to stay in Estes Park. Can't wait till next year!!
– Joe and Kathy Poynter
Every time has been great. The cabins are always clean and comfortable and the location can't be beat. We have already scheduled another visit for next year.
– Bill and Patty Barry
We had a large group in two cabins Naughty Pine & Shemara, and the accommodations were great. Tom & Donna were wonderful hosts and we even got to visit with Lloyd & Donna one afternoon. We have been staying at Idlewilde for several years now and our group gets bigger every year. We are already looking forward to our week there next year! Thank you for the peace and serenity of Idlewilde by the River.
– Connie Madaffari
Donna and Tom bent over backwards to keep us happy. We stayed at the Dun-workin cabin which is very small but very comfortable. We had seen previous posts about this cabin having a bad bed and no hot water. We thought the bed was very comfortable and we never had a problem with hot water even after both of us took long showers. The sound of the river was comforting and there was easy access to shopping and RMNP. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Thanks a million Donna!"
– Michael and Donna Nondorf