Quaint Loft on Ranch with River and Pond

Modest Exterior Holds a Polished Gem Inside

  6 guests
  0 bedrooms
  1 full bathrooms
  1200 sq. ft.

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Sleeping Arrangement

Common Space
2 Queens, 1 Sofa Bed


This private residence has its own exterior entrance, with no-contact check-in, helping guests retain separation and social distancing practices.

Luxurious Loft Style Suite • Sleeps Six

Comfortable, cozy and stylish loft apartment in a ranch setting with access to ponds and river.  Modest ranch house on the outside, meets beautifully-decorated and remodeled open loft decor on the inside.

This home is both a rural vacation rental and the bridal party dressing suite for weddings at LePlatt’s Pond event center on the Pine River.  Search “LePlatt’s Pond” to see the event website.  

The loft suite is the upper level over a garage that is used for storing farm equipment, so while there is some farm & ranch activity, plus an additional home nearby, there is private outside space in the form of a large deck with seating and BBQ grill.

Enjoy access to a long, picturesque section of the gorgeous Pine River while staying in this unique home.  A large pond provides ambiance and more fishing, plus still water canoeing and kayaking.

The space and grounds create opportunity for special retreats for team building, yoga workshops, a bachelorette getaway and other women's groups. 

The loft overlooks the grounds of the L-J Ranch hay fields, beef cattle, and hops that are used by local micro brewers to make some of Colorado’s finest craft beers. 


One large open suite with:
Two queen beds
Queen sleeper sofa
Nicely appointed country kitchen
Living room with Smart™ TV and steaming service
One three-quarter bath
Farmhouse chic decor
Internet service / WiFi
Solid cell phone service for rural location
Open deck with BBQ Grill and ranch views
River frontage measures about 1/2 mile
Catch and release fishing on the Pine River
Open space and wooded areas along river
Panoramic views of pasture, woods river and mountains
Close to Bayfield, Durango, Vallecito Lake
Paved road access to property
Well-maintained gravel driveway and parking area
Parking area for 3 vehicles

Travel Distances / Times (approximate):

WALKING (approximate):

River frontage, woods and open space - approximately 1/4 mile
on this private property down a gentle slope

DRIVING TIMES (approximate):

Durango, Colorado - 19 miles, 27 minutes
Bayfield, Colorado - 1/2 miles, 2 minutes
LePlatt’s Pond weddings and events - on this property
Vallecito Lake Marina - 15 miles, 22 minutes
Durango La Plata County Airport - 18 miles, 20 minutes
National Forest hiking trails - 18 miles, 33 minutes
ATV trails - 20 miles, 32 minutes
Closest Gas - 1/2 mile, 2 minutes
Closest Grocery Store - 1/2 mile, 2 minutes
Durango Train Depot - 18 miles, 25 minutes
Purgatory Ski Resort - 46 miles, 58 minutes
Mesa Verde National Park - 53 miles, 58 minutes
Sky Ute Casino and Event Center - 8.5 miles, 14 minutes
Pagosa Springs, CO - 41 miles , 43 minutes
Silverton, Colorado (fantastic, scenic drive) - 91 minutes , 67 miles
Fort Lewis College - 20 miles, 30 minutes

More Details About This Home:

Located on the grounds of the L-J Ranch in the Pine River Valley, home of LePlatt’s Pond wedding and event venue, LePlatt’s Loft  is a most unique vacation rental, with luxury, and comfort seamlessly melding with ranch activities, river fishing, plus weddings and events. 

This home is frequently booked by wedding parties as the bridal dressing suite, but it is also a popular spot for all guests wanting to be in the Bayfield and Pine River Valley area.  The Loft is within a short scenic drive to the Vallecito Lake recreation area, a popular summertime location for boating, fishing, hiking and more outdoor activities.   Historic downtown Durango, the Durango Train, Mesa Verde National Park and Purgatory Resort should be on the list of nearby experiences with just a bit of driving. 

Constructed in 1960 and completely remodeled in 2020, with all new decor, furniture and appliances.  This warm and inviting interior is a jewel-like, man-made geode; humble on the outside, but sparkling and brilliant on the inside.  The loft home is designed for comfort, with open floor plan, complete kitchen, one bath, and sleeps up to six people.  In front of the home, is a deck with grill, beverage cooler, and outdoor dining set, overlooking the river valley hay field of the ranch.

Arrival at the home is via paved county road, only one minute from the town of Bayfield, where conveniences like groceries ad gasoline can be purchased.  The entrance to the home is reached by driving through a grand ranch gate constructed of lodgepole pine, and a short, well-maintained, gravel driveway with a flat parking area for three vehicles. 

Please be aware, that while this home is all on one level, there is one flight of stairs between the parking area and the entrance to the loft. Stepping into the home’s entrance, guests are greeted with stylish decor in the large, open suite.  

Two queen beds are located in the bedroom area, and a queen size sleeper sofa is located in the living area.  In the living room area, a large Smart™ TV can be seen from the entire open suite. 

The kitchen is complete with a full array of appliances, cooking utensils and dinnerware.    A dining table for six is located in the center of the room, and a nearby nook affords dressing and prep not only for the wedding party, but for anyone getting ready to attend an event, whether on the ranch or elsewhere. 

A three quarter bath with walk-in shower, is located in a corner away from the rest of the suite.   Out front, the BBQ deck adds outdoor living space for guests staying at the home. 

After a ten minute walk, or three minute drive from the loft, guests will arrive at the grand tent area of the LePlatt’s Pond event center.  This includes the large party tent, which is used for weddings and other events such as the Harvest Festival and the Celebration of Hops.  

Outside the tent is the wedding ceremony lawn, with the ten acre lake/pond behind.  Beyond the pond is a long stretch of the Pine River (Los Piños).   This is a fantastic section of rocky mountain river, where the glorious sound of mountain waters may be a rapid roar, or a gentle cascade, depending on the seasonal water flow level.  Catch and release fishing is excellent in several spots along the river.  This is a perfect spot to hone one’s fly-fishing skills.  

There are nice, flat areas for picnicking, lounging and outdoor fun.  Kids of all ages can enjoy the grounds and waters, so bring your own canoe or kayak and paddle out to the small island in the middle of the pond.

This home is on a private property know as the L-J Ranch.  It’s about 100 acres of prime land in the Pine River Valley.   Please be aware that the ranch owner may be present in the ranch house located several hundred yards away from the Loft.  Whether walking or driving on the ranch, it’s a good idea to stay on the ranch roads and country lanes until nearing the pond and river.

Concerning the home’s location, the drive to and from and the town of Bayfield is one minute from this home. Downtown Durango is about 25 minutes, where guests will experience excellent restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and great gear for both the summer and winter mountain adventurer.  The famous Durango Train Depot and Museum are right downtown at the corner of Main Avenue and 5th Street.

The Vallecito Lake Marina is about a 22-minute drive, with boat ramp, slips, boat rentals and more.  Lemon Reservoir, a picturesque non-motorized mountain lake is less than a 30-minute drive, and is a great spot for canoeing, kayaking and more fishing options.

Purgatory Resort, Durango’s main ski resort, is approximately a 55 minute drive away.  LePlatt’s Pond wedding and event center, a very popular venue for family and group events, is minutes away, across the river from this property.

Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site, is about an hour drive, with downtown Durango between the Park and this home.

Cozy, comfortable, scenic and unique are just a few of the words that accurately describe LePlatt's Loft at the L-J Ranch.   Please contact us with any questions to help you decide that this is an excellent vacation home for your enjoyment.


  2 queen beds and a queen sleepr sofa.   3/4 bath with walk in shower.
  Sleeper sofa   Full Kitchen (No dishwasher)
  Drip coffee maker   Dining for 6, 3 at bar
   Deck. Four bar chairs and 2 lounge chairs.   Propane grill (summer only)
   Smart TV in living room, streaming only   WiFi 
          Clothes Steamer      Views of Mountians, lake and ranch.
   No Smoking in home or on deck    Outdoor surface parking for 3 cars only  
  Pets are not allowed   No outdoor fires
  4 wheel or AWD drive vehicle highly recommended in winter, November through April   15 steps to front door.
No trailer parking allowed  





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A deposit of 25% is due at booking and the balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival date. If you are booking inside of 30 days prior to arrival then the total amount is due at booking.
Check in is at 4pm and check out is at 10am.

Colorado sales and lodging tax account number 02866655

In winter (November through April), It is Highly recommended that you have a four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle, vehicles with medium to high clearance and winter/snow tires. Although the roads and driveway are well-maintained, they will be snow packed and slick.

Please be aware that if we have a heavy snowfall, the highways and roads have to be plowed first so that emergency vehicles can get through then driveways will be done so your driveway may not be plowed first thing. They do not plow neighborhood roads or driveways unless we receive 5”-6” of snow.


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