In the early 1990's, the Estess family of Houston, Texas bought this breathtakingly beautiful waterfront lot on Sun Valley Lake on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park three miles north of Grand Lake Village, Colorado. After years of dreaming of the wonderful vacation home we would build there, we worked with an architect to design and build this lovely lakefront home.

The striking two-story design blends into the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, and includes hand-hewn pine logs, many large windows showcasing the scenic lake views, a covered patio, a covered porch and an open deck. Interior features include a Kiva fireplace, hardwood floors, a large kitchen with all of the modern amenities, 3 full bathrooms with a jacuzzi tub in the master bath, and a laundry room. The home is lovingly furnished with Southwestern style decor, and will sleep up to 10 people comfortably.

Estess Keepsake was officially opened in May, 2005. We spent 6 weeks at the house that year, and soon began renting it out to others to enjoy in our absence. Renters were overwhelmed with pleasure, as you can see from the comments that we have received from some of our guests:

"I want to stay two weeks next time, not just one!"

"Most restful vacation ever."

"A gorgeous new house!"


"I loved the fishing."

"Hiking and Mountain Biking Superb!!"

"How much quieter can one get?"

"This is truly heaven, and beyond belief."

"Wondrous and Great!"

"What a place to practice photography!"

"Summer wildflower heaven!"

We invite you to experience the unique and peaceful pleasures of Estess Keepsake firsthand.

Your hosts,

Ted & Sybil Estess

Sun Valley Lake

Estess Keepsake