The SpaceYou feel as though you are in your own home with your own private bedroom, living room, and bathroom on your own floor in the basement. When you want privacy, you may go to your room and since I rarely go to the basement, you won't hear or see me.
When you want company, simply join me and my dog on the main floor where you can enjoy a big screen TV with premium channels, dining in the eat-in kitchen, or relaxing on the porch with great views of the Castle Rock. My dog is an older Australian Shepherd and is extremely friendly and never barks or bites.
The house is located only 5 minutes from I-25, close hiking and biking trails, a national park, and easy driving to the Rocky Mountains for skiing or camping. Parking is outside on my driveway but off the street. For those that enjoy shopping, the Park Meadows Mall is only 15 minutes away, and Castle Rock is home to a huge outlet mall. Downtown Denver is about 30 minutes by car, or 45 minutes by car/light rail. Guest AccessGuests will have full access to the basement (there is no private entrance, confirmed guests will be given detailed instructions on how to enter and exit the home), which includes an en suite bedroom and large living room complete with couches. You will also have access to the main floor where there is a TV and a kitchen. You may cook for yourself and use all the amenities in the kitchen such as microwave, stove, oven, and refrigerator. If you wish, I can set aside a small part of the fridge and pantry for your groceries. I will be happy to provide breakfast (ONLY upon request and at an additional charge of $5). You will have access to the WiFi throughout the home. I only ask that guests do not come to the upper floor as that is my private space. Interaction with GuestsI am a world traveler and have stayed in hostels, homestays, and private hotels. I'm happy to give you as much space or as little space and interaction as you want. I have had trips where I want to meet people and others where I prefer to be a lone wolf. So I understand that different guests have different needs. I will be present during your stay as I work from home but if you need privacy you can simply go to your own floor in the basement. I'm a Colorado native so I'm happy to share my expertise and recommendations for activities in the area. I'm also happy to share my world travel stories with other travelers. The NeighborhoodThe neighborhood is very safe and family friendly. There are a lot of pets and children in the neighborhood, and small walking trails throughout, and most houses back up to a golf course (not this one, however). My house backs up to a small walking trail. It is a fairly typical upper middle class American suburban neighborhood. It is a five minute drive to a grocery store, Starbucks, and downtown which is filled with bars, restaurants and shopping. It is a 10 minute drive to the outlet mall. Getting AroundUnfortunately, the area is not convenient for public transport. It is highly recommended that you have a car to explore Castle Rock and the surrounding areas. You can take Denver light rail as far south as Lincoln Avenue, but you will then need a car to make the 15 minute journey from Lincoln Avenue to Castle Rock. You are free to park in the driveway off the street, but I may ask you to move your vehicle if I need access to the drive. Driving from the airport is about 45 minutes. Other Things to NotePlease note I do have a dog. She is very old and very mellow, but if you let her she will ask you to pet her. She loves people and has never been aggressive in her life. However, if you simply ignore her she will leave you alone. She doesn't go to the basement often and won't invade your space if you keep the door closed, but if you leave the door open, you may find her. I will do my best to keep her away from your room, but she has never caused any damage to shoes or clothing, so you shouldn't have any problems with her.