The Red Rooster Chalet is nestled along the hills, with a nice view of bucolic Burnsville farms and meadows that my partner and I enjoyed from the balcony of the chalet. It’s owner, Red, is a charming host, eager to make sure our needs were being met without being obtrusive. He provided us information on the area, even making a personal trip and phone call to allow us access to one of the beautiful mountain rivers in the national forest nearby.
The two-story loft chalet was one of the cleanest Airbnb’s I’ve ever stayed at -- the wood floors shined, the linens crisp and tidy. All the amenities were appreciated - washer, dryer, full kitchen, big bathrooms with good hot water, and quiet central AC that kept the place cool even during the recent record heatwave. The beds were comfortable to the point of encouraging one to linger in them. Waking up from the soft loft bed, with the morning light sparkling through the huge windows to give a view of the countryside was refreshing and lovely.
The decor of the place is hard to describe - it’s a blending of rustic, yet fine furnishings. It is luxurious without being pretentious. The owner, quite apparently, is a collector of the curious, and a curator of beauty. The spacious downstairs bathroom included large mirror, with sculptures, and even a candelabra! Which at first I thought over the top - until I noticed how much time my lady-friend enjoyed preening and brushing her hair amidst it all. “I look good in this lighting,” she said to me on one notable occasion.
On the walls were an interesting collection of fishing lures, hunting relics, vintage signs, and other natural beauty - even including an old mounted bear head above the fireplace. The host is an avid collector of antiques, and he even has a shop on the ground floor below the chalet, where he has more interesting things he has collected for sale and serves an English tea service among the garden upon request (which we will surely do the next time we visit.)
Speaking of the garden - I was always impressed to see Red out constantly tending to, and watering the many fruit trees, flowers, and vines. Being a relatively new property, he has ambitiously set out to create a beautiful surrounding, planting butterfly plants to attract butterflies (which it did), feeders and houses for the local birds, arbors for the vines, even a providing a shaded spot with a bench (and mini-fridge with cold beverages). I can’t wait to return next year to see how much the place has filled in, and what new things have been encouraged to grow.
The Red Rooster Chalet was a wonderful place to stay - it allowed some much needed pampering, and rest without too much fuss after a long road trip for my partner and I - in a beautiful setting, and really encouraged my partner and I to appreciate the Burnsville area.