Famous Dunraven Lodge: Where Rich Regal History and Colorado Views Meet

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Dunraven Lodge

The legendary Dunraven Lodge in Estes Park Valley has lived a lot of lives in 143 years. Built in 1876 by the Fourth Earl of Dunraven – who was officially known as Windham Wyndham-Quin – the 3,280-square-feet cabin is one of the oldest homes in Colorado.

The same year, the Earl commissioned artist Albert Bierstadt to transfer the beauty of Longs Peak and Estes Park to canvas, and the famous painting now hangs in the Denver Art Museum.

According to the Estes Park Trail Gazette, Lord Dunraven was a world traveler and sportsman whose resume included soldier, author, war reporter, politician, and owner of two America’s Cup racers, which were the world’s most famous racing boats back then.

After initially visiting Estes Park in 1872 and hunting with the likes of Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack , Lord Dunraven wanted to own the Estes Park Valley as well.

He tested the provisions and preemption rights in the Homestead Act by staking claim on 15,000 acres, which was later deemed the largest land steal in Colorado history. In 1907, he liquidated his Estes Park property and left the valley for good, but the land he once “stole” is now the Rocky Mountain National Park.

In the early 1970s, Dunraven Lodge was just hours from becoming toothpicks when the father of current owner Chris Pedersen stepped in and saved it from the wrecking ball. He subsequently preserved the iconic cabin and gave it a new life, which ultimately earned the house a listing on the National Register of Historical Places. Two years ago, the Estes Park Museum began offering tours of the historically-significant home.

After being in the family for 48 years, Pedersen is ready to see where the cabin’s next life will lead. Located on 3.88 acres, the home is surrounded by breathtaking views and elk sightings. Designed to accommodate large families and groups of friends, the five-bedroom, six-bath cabin will comfortably sleep 11 people. Bonus rooms on the second level also provide flexible space for a wide range of additional uses, and the covered porch is ideal for enjoying the views, relaxing, and cooking out.

The cabin is filled with antiques the Pedersens have accumulated through the years, and with a few exceptions, they’re part of the package deal. Though the home has never been winterized for the snow season, the tradeoff is a nearby 10-hole golf course, hiking and biking trails, and plenty of hunting and fishing areas for visits during warm months.

The property is represented by Jonathan Danton of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. The list price is $895,000. Want to see more? Click here.