Colorado Victorian Furlow House
The Furlow House is located on East Fourth Avenue, on a cozy, residential block in Durango's historic district. Its quaint Queen Anne facade is stone, glass, wood and brick painted in shades of barn red and antique blue. The porch on the front is where it's nice to sit and read or drink coffee in the summer. There's bent willow furniture, an easy chair and a bench. The porch leads to a foyer with a handsome wooden staircase painted in the faux boistechnique to resemble oak. To the left, the foyer opens up into a spacious parlor, 12 x 27 feet. Here is a fuel-efficient, wood burning fireplace which provides startling warmth and the cozy flickering light of burning oak and orange embers. There's a sofa sleeper (the latter only in a pinch), an assortment of comfortable chairs, and a classic, vacuumtube stereo in pristine shape and ready to play our LP and CD collections, or yours. This is the primary common room area, besides the kitchen and porch, and it's a pleasant, light filled room where eight or more people can easily gather for conversation, hors d'oeuvres, reading or unwinding. Behind the parlor is the study. Directly behind the foyer is the dining area. The oak dining table pulls out to seat six. There is also seating for 4 in the kitchen nook. There's a glass cabinet full of cookbooks and other curiosities which you're welcome to consult. The dining area leads to the kitchen, which contains a Formica breakfast nook, a sink with a view, cabinets full of cookware and appliances for your use, a stove, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, an automatic coffee maker and lots of dishes. Beyond the kitchen is a brief hallway; to the right, it leads to another small bathroom. Upstairs is where you'll be sleeping. The staircase in the foyer twists up to a curved hallway. Four bedrooms radiate from the hallway. To the right is a small bedroom with sloping eaves and a pair of twin beds. Straight ahead at the end of the hall is the largest bedroom, with a queen bed and windows on three sides. To the left is a small bedroom with one twin bed. And to the far left is a medium-sized bedroom with a queen bed and a gridded, ornamental window. All bedrooms have dressers, reading lamps rugs and closets with hangers. Our heating system has just been overhauled, but if you get chilly, look in the closet for a second blanket or quilt. The upstairs bath is newly renovated to combine the best of 20's charm and style, with modern comfort. In-floor heat assures the porcelain tiles will never chill your feet. The modern whirlpool bath is welcome after a long day of hiking, skiing, or sightseeing, or you can grab a shower if time is tight. Notice the lovely 19th century double-beveled mirror on the medicine cabinet of the same vintage.
823 E. 4th Ave.
Durango, CO 81301