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“A Unique Experience”
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Eagle Eye Ranch
Reviewed August 2, 2012

The house/lodge was great. Old but well preserved and remodeled in the kitchen and baths. Our time, five days, was very comfortable and the Host, Kim, was very helpful and pleasant to deal with.
The uniqueness to our time there was that the mild winter, early spring and hot weather provided for a overwhelming bat population that the area was having to deal with. We had our experiences with them here too and Kim did everything that she could fot it not to be a problem. Even had a bear sow with two cubs visit one night.
Beautiful location and close enough to town if nee

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

I'm going to put the worst part first to save you the time of reading the rest of this review - this house is infested with bats. And I do mean infested. There were at least 9 bats in the course of 4 nights inside the house. First night it was 2 in the same bedroom. The caretaker wanted to spray ammonia around the room and put painters' tape over the crack in the wall to keep them from coming in again. Finally convinced her that ammonia is not good for people (especially the small child staying in the room), and she used peppermint oil instead. We taped over it again ourselves, as well as other cracks in the walls and window screens so we felt somewhat safe sleeping there. Second night was 1 bat in the living room. Orkin shows up to "fix" the problem on the 2nd day - sprays ammonia outside the house and puts screens over their entry points. This results in more bats trying to get "out" by coming into the house. Third night was 3 bats - 2 in the living room and 1 in a different bedroom. We cut our stay short, but there were 3 more bats in various rooms the last night of our rental period. They were not near being gone either - you could hear a lot of them in the wall along the stairs going to the 3rd floor. June and July are breeding season, so I'm guessing the issue will only be getting worse with lots of baby bats soon to make their appearance.

If you're even still bothering to read on, here's the rest of the misinformation on their website:

Eagle Eye Ranch does not overlook the Colorado River. It overlooks the train tracks that run next to the Colorado River. You'd have to take those out, as well as a row of trees, to be able to see the water, and it's not an impressive river at that point.

Speaking of trains - they run every few hours, day and night. And because there's a crossing for the access road, you hear the bells warning of the train, and the train itself sounds its horn a minimum of 3 times, even at 3am. The trains themselves aren't quiet either, as most are very long and hauling large loads of coal.

It has not been renovated any time recently. The windows are the old single-pane glass, paint is not recent, fixtures are dated.

The caretakers being on-site are a nuisance, not a benefit. They leave their dogs out all day (and they have many). They had guests over, and their kids were allowed free reign of the outdoor spaces that we were utilizing around the rental property. There is a gravel driveway and a horseshoe setup, but no lawn or other open space. It's really 2 houses, right next to each other, and not a ranch setup at all.

GPS and Google don't know the address. The directions they have on their website are awful. What they call a "hitching post" is really a house with "hitching post" painted on the side, and you actually turn left onto County Road 57. After you pass over the river and train tracks, CR 57 turns to the left and if you stay straight, it becomes CR 578. Follow that to get to the gate, then go around the caretakers' house to get to the rental house parking area. No cell service unless you're at the top of the hill in Granby, so if you get lost you're out of luck. Especially since no one in town has ever heard of the place (rightfully so).

Let's go down their list of amenities:
- "Six individual bedrooms on first two floors": 2 on first floor, 4 on 2nd. Only 5 of them have a queen or king bed, 1 has twin bunk beds and is really the size of a walk-in closet (and has no closet - hence not a bedroom).
- "Three Bunk areas on the third floor": 3 twin beds in a room with 1 window and low ceilings; 5 sets of bunk beds in 1 room with no windows; Double bed in the hallway at the top of the stairs and right next to the bathroom.
- "Three full bathrooms": This is a flat out lie. There is a full bath on the first floor, half bath on the second, half bath and shower/sink rooms on the 3rd floor. The full bathrooms are carpeted. The third floor shower doesn't have enough water pressure to function when someone is washing dishes in the kitchen. The toilet leaks in the second floor half bath.
- "Fully equipped Commercial Country Kitchen": Should read commercial stove in poorly renovated country kitchen. Cabinets and drawers are very old and not in proper working condition. Fridge, dishwasher, and sink are all standard size.
- "Large Dining Room with Fireplace": standard dining room with non-functional fireplace.
- "Very Large Living Room complete with River Rock Fireplace": I'll give them this one. Except that this fireplace is also non-functional.
- "Steam Room": They do have one. Didn't venture in.
- "Washer and Dryer": Apartment size dryer over upright washer. Did do the job. Located in the dining room.
- "Dish Network Satellite Television": Took several tech-savvy people a while to figure out how to actually turn it on, but eventually it did work.
- "High Speed Wireless Internet": Wireless internet. Nothing high speed about it. My guess is that it's their router in the house right next door, and they just leave it unprotected so guests could use it. Super super slow.

Save yourself the trouble and skip right over this place. Wish I had never been there. This totally ruined an otherwise wonderful family reunion.

Room Tip: Only the first floor bedrooms didn't have bats, so I'd guess that's your best bet.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Kelly F, Manager at Eagle Eye Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2016

Thank you for your comments in 2012. Eagle Eye Ranch is under new management as of 2015. We have taken all your comments into careful consideration as the new management team.
1. We remodeled the Kitchen and all Bathrooms - they are now modern, have high-end appliances, stone counter-tops, new hot water tank to add pressure to the water on all floors, new bedding and towels in all rooms
2. Addition to the second floor bathroom (now a full bath with a shower),
3. We up graded the WiFi to the highest speed available in the mountains,
4. We have new property managers on-site and are under our new management.
5. We have a new website - with hopefully better directions to the property (new pictures of the remodel will be going up soon)
6. Addressed the bat issue - see below

I'm so sorry about your experience with the bats. That had to be a terrible experience and I understand your review of the property based on this information alone. As soon as we took over management we spent $10,000 on hiring a Bat Expert. Last spring he did work on the property excluding all small holes on the exterior and he installed high tech equipment to drive the bats away from the property. Our Bat Expert is extremely impressed with his own results. We are happy to report bats are no longer an issue at Eagle Eye and this was a big issue.

We would like to invite you back to the property for a complimentary weekend stay to see all the changes the new management team has made. Please let me know if you would be willing to give the new Eagle Eye a second chance.

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Address: 468 Grand County Rd 578, Granby, CO
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Granby
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Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Granby
Price Range: $500 - $650 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6

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