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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Highest-rated property in Manitou Springs. This 2nd Floor West unit sleeps 4.

Despite VRBO reporting scores of properties in Manitou Springs, this property is one of only about 40 vacation rentals actually in Manitou Springs. Now entering its fourth year, this property has garnered more than 125 5-star reviews. See more than 100 of these reviews at

This property consists of three individual luxury apartments. On the first floor, a two-bedroom/two-bath unit sleeps up to six. On the second floor, there are two one-bedroom/one-bath units that each sleep up to four. There are separate listings for each of the three rental units. This listing contains pictures and pricing for the 2nd Floor West one-bedroom/one-bath apartment. Email us for help in renting one, two, or all three units, paying for only what you need to accommodate up to 14.

Information for renting all three units is at

Information for renting the 1st Floor two-bedroom/two-bath unit is at

The 2nd Floor East one-bedroom/one-bath unit is at

Email us about combining units for your group, or for help in deciding what you need.

This historic, award-winning property sits across from a park with Fountain creek bubbling through it, just one block from downtown Manitou Springs. Originally the carriage house of Jerome Wheeler, one of the town’s greatest benefactors, this building has been lovingly renovated with beautiful detail.

Each of the three apartments is a fully-independent living space with its own digitally-secure, steel-clad entries. All are built to commercial building code with all-new electrical, plumbing and heating systems. Safety features include a one-hour fire separation between all units, smoke and CO detectors, and fire extinguishers. All are individually insulated for comfort and quiet.

These apartments feature well-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, dishwasher, full laundry, HD televisions with satellite service, original artwork, king-size beds with memory foam-topped mattresses, jetted bathtubs, air conditioning in the 2nd floor units, a deck or patio, free parking and wifi.

Every room is topped with crown molding (even the bathrooms) and textured in soft pastels. The living areas are finished with oak floors and wool rugs, while the kitchens and baths are fitted with porcelain tile. The bedrooms are topped with panned ceilings and floored with thick, sumptuous carpet.

The 2nd Floor West unit, described and priced in this listing, offers accommodations for up to four guests The romantic bedroom features a gorgeous king-size four-poster canopy bed, walk-in closet and beautifully restored wardrobe. This stunning room is embraced by soft green and cream colors highlighting the rich, dark furniture. The bathroom is complete with jetted tub. This unit offers air conditioning and full laundry. The full kitchen comes complete with granite counter tops and breakfast bar. The living room is equipped with a 42" HDTV, and the large sofa opens into a queen sleeper with a memory foam topper for two additional guests. The living room is finished in blue and cream tones. Enjoy breakfast or coffee with gorgeous views of Pikes Peak's foothills.

The 2nd Floor East unit also offers accommodations for up to four guests. The bedroom is finished with a panned ceiling, a California king bed, walk-in closet and 40” HDTV. The full bathroom is complete with jetted tub. The full kitchen comes complete with granite counter tops and breakfast bar. The unit is equipped with air conditioning and full-size laundry. The queen-size sofa sleeper accommodates two additional guests. The living room is complete with a 42” HDTV and French doors opening to a deck with equally beautiful views of Pikes Peak's foothills. This unit is described in full detail at

The 1st Floor apartment is a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath unit. The master bedroom offers a four-poster king bed, 39" HDTV, and full en suite bathroom with jetted tub. The guest bedroom includes a four-poster queen bed and gorgeous armoire. The living room sports a 42" HDTV. A full kitchen, oak dining room, laundry and full guest bathroom make this unit complete. This unit comes with a flagstone patio, equipped with a gas grill and dining table under the shade of a gazebo. This rental comfortably sleeps up to six guests with use of the queen size 19" air bed. This unit is described in full detail at


These vacation rental apartments are in Jerome Wheeler’s carriage house built in 1888.

A second cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jerome Byron Wheeler served during the Civil War, surviving to marry Harriet Macy Valentine (whose family founded Macy’s department store) in 1870. By 1879 he had become the president and a major shareholder of R. H. Macy and Company after the deaths of both its male heirs.

In 1882, Wheeler and his wife visited Colorado, seeking relief for Harriet’s severe bronchitis. They visited Manitou Springs, as it was famous for its mineral waters. In 1883, they built a summer home here, naming it ‘Windemere.’ This sat where the Post Office is currently located.

Soon, Wheeler began hearing reports of silver strikes in Aspen, and he purchased interests in promising mines. Although his time at New York City's most prosperous department store produced years of record sales and profits, Jerome Wheeler’s ambitions were shifting toward Colorado. Wheeler left his position and sold his shares in Macy’s in 1888.

Wheeler became involved in numerous mining ventures in Leadville and Aspen. He organized the Aspen Smelting Company, and built a mountain tramway to bring ore down the mountain to the smelter. He was president of the Croseus Gold Mining and Milling Company, as well as the Rock Hill Consolidated Gold and Silver Mining Company in Leadville. He was a partner in a marble quarry, and was president of the Grand River Coal and Coke Company. Before long, he was phenomenally wealthy.

He built two of downtown Aspen's landmarks; the Wheeler Opera House and the Hotel Jerome, putting nearly one million dollars in each. These are both thriving today. He built the first bank in Aspen, as well as a large residence, but never lived in the home. Known as the Wheeler-Stallard House, it currently serves as home to the Aspen Historical Society.

All told, he invested nearly $6 million into developing Aspen, and is remembered fondly as an icon there as a result.

Jerome Wheeler became a director of the Colorado Midland Railroad when it was organized in 1885, and brought rail connections to both Aspen and Manitou Springs. He and Colorado Springs railroad tycoon James John Hagerman invested over $100,000 in the extension of the Colorado Midland Railroad to the western slope, the first standard gauge railroad to cross the Continental Divide. Some of the rail beds and tunnels for this railroad can still be seen in various places around town and along US-24 west of Manitou Springs.

He started the Manitou Mineral Water Company, which was very popular back east and was even served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

He invested in the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, a cog railway that still transports passengers to the top of Pikes Peak.

As he had in Aspen, Wheeler also built the first bank in Manitou Springs, the Wheeler Bank. This yellow brick building sits at the east end of downtown.

Downtown sits a triangle of land with the clock donated by Wheeler to the town. His wife had been intrigued by a similar clock in Italy, so he spent $3600 to provide one for Manitou Springs.

In 1892, Wheeler became embroiled in the first of a series of lengthy and costly lawsuits over one of his silver mines. The combination of the judgments and the Panic of 1893, resulting in the crash of the value of silver, cost Jerome Wheeler nearly his entire fortune.

Wheeler's mining company laid off all its employees. His banks failed and closed for two years, but Wheeler paid his depositors every dollar and they lost nothing.

Manitou Springs continued to benefit from Wheeler’s largess, even after his fortunes had dwindled. He contributed $50,000 toward the construction of Manitou Avenue and outfitted a volunteer fire company. In 1913, after a devastating flood, he gave $10,000 to the city for emergency repairs.

Jerome Wheeler spent most of his remaining years at Windemere until his death on December 1, 1918.

New York. Aspen. Manitou Springs.

Jerome Wheeler was successful wherever he went, and he and Harriet certainly could have lived wherever they desired. But ultimately, they chose Manitou Springs as their home. Come to Manitou Springs and see what they discovered. This is a great place to be.

History of Windemere

Jerome Wheeler’s Windemere estate in Manitou Springs included an elaborate conservatory, this carriage house, billiard rooms and two bowling alleys. Roses for the Cliff House Hotel were grown in the conservatory and placed on guest's pillows each night.

After the death of the Wheelers (Harriet died in 1916), the estate was sold off, and the Wheeler residence was demolished for a hotel. The post office was built on the site in 1940.

The carriage house was divided into seven apartments about 100 years ago. The building fell vacant in the 1980's. We purchased the building in 1993 with the intention of developing it into a bed and breakfast. Ultimately, due to the constraints of time, money, full-time jobs, and kids to raise, the bed and breakfast was never realized. As they say, "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."

Come see why this property has now reached its highest and best use, over 125 years in the making. We think Jerome Wheeler would be pleased with what has become of his carriage house.

More Details

Tim and Kris Monroe
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Tim and Kris Monroe

Tim and Kris have resided in Manitou Springs for the past twenty-eight years, and can’t think of a better place to call home.

They share their home with Maggie, an English Springer Spaniel, and Cassie, a twenty-pound Cocker Spaniel bent on world domination.

Tim and Kris Monroe purchased this apartment in 1993

Why Tim and Kris Monroe chose Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs has so much to offer: a plethora of recreational options, wonderful historic district with numerous shops and restaurants, more natural beauty than your heart can imagine, family events throughout the year, many recognized attractions and more than 250 days of sunshine a year.

What makes this apartment unique

Our home, once Jerome Wheeler's carriage house, is a gorgeous, award-winning historic building one block from downtown Manitou Springs. Enjoy summer band concerts from your deck or patio. Walk to numerous hiking trails and the Manitou Incline. Saunter across the park to the downtown district with its quaint shops and interesting people, with no need to search for a parking space. The owners, Tim and Kris, live in their own, private unit on-site. So, any issues that arise are handled in a timely manner. Having personal knowledge of the restaurants, trails, and attractions of this wonderful area, they are more than happy to offer insight and suggestions from eating establishments to scenic driving loops.


Manitou Springs Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Because there are three apartments, you may hear other guests. Quiet hours are 11pm - 7am
  • Because we have three apartments in our building, we reserve the right to turn down bookings with children where other guests' comfort may be at risk.
  • No pets other than dogs. Dogs are considered on a case-by-case basis. Dogs are not permitted to be left alone without being crated.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sofa sleeper
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • tennis


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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Tim and Kris are great hosts, meeting you when you arrive to show you where to find everything. And they supply everything from paper supplies to coffee, tea, spices and condiments. We arrived tired and weary after a long long day to find a note that read "Happy Anniversary" and a bottle of wine with chocolates! Condo is beautifully decorated and maintains the era of the house with french doors and crown molding. We walked everywhere we needed in Manitou Springs and Garden of the Gods, 7 Falls, Cave of the Winds, and the Cliff dwellings were minutes away. We highly recommend staying at the Carriage House!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori, Thank you for such a lovely review! We were honored to have you and your husband celebrate your anniversary with us and would love to have you back the next time you find yourself in Manitou Springs! Tim and Kris
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This property is Fantastic, exceeded our expectations!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property is top notch. Very nicely decorated, plenty of staples provided, and a bonus bottle of wine was a finishing touch, The house was spotless when we arrived. The hosts were both terrific people, Extremely kind, helpful and responsive. From the initial contact we had months before our stay, they were very helpful, and worked with us to accommodate our requests.

The master bed was super comfortable, and the furniture (including hide-away bed, were so comfortable.and classy.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Matthew, We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your wife stay with us and would be honored to have you next year if you decide to run again! Kind regards, Tim and Kris
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  • 5 of 5

Great amenities, beautiful views... Perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Steve! We loved having you both! Tim and Kris
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2nd Floor, West Unit

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a few days in the Carriage House West Unit. The unit was clean and cozy with a very comfortable bed. It is the perfect location and was already stocked with everything we needed. Staying in the Carriage House, it is obvious that the owners take pride in the place and give it proper care and attention. The parking was a little tricky to find, but once found, I was able to squeeze in my oversize truck to the carport. The entrance near the carport made unpacking and packing a breeze. The owner Tim came to help unload and give us the run-down on the unit upon our arrival. He was readily available, but not obtrusive. The only issue we had is that there is a unit below(on the 1st floor) and the owners live above on the third floor. We have a toddler who isn't always an angel, so we were a little concerned that he might be bothering the neighbors or owners. If he did, nobody complained about it. Also, we were never bothered by outside noise, even with temporary construction going on a couple blocks away. I would recommend the Carriage House to anybody looking to be close to Colorado Springs attractions and walking distance to the unique shopping experience in Manitou Springs. The Carriage House has classic charm with an updated romantic cozy feel to it. It was perfect for us and we would like to go back next year if welcomed. Hopefully the little one will be a little more mature by then.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Justin and Amy, We thoroughly enjoyed having you and Michael John! We never heard a peep from him. When my husband remodeled our home he took it down to the studs and installed fire rated sheet rock and additional noise mitigation methods. We rarely hear anyone below us and our guests have never complained about noise from other tenants. We would be honored to have you come back and visit us; any time! Thank you for such a lovely review! Kris
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You Are Going to Love this Place!!!

  • 5 of 5

It's just such a great place to stay. We've explored every street in Manitou from this location. There was a concert in the park the last night we were there. You don't get to experience stuff like that very often anymore. The hosts are wonderful. We like to hike, and thought we had found all the great ones around Manitou, but Tim showed us a hike nearby that we had never taken, and it was by far the best. This property does not disappoint.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara and Tim, We absolutely loved having you again and so very much appreciate the very generous review. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you a little more this visit and wish you only the very best. Hope you're able to come visit again! Tim and Kris
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Beautiful apartment, great location, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous place, great location to sights in Manitou and Colorado Springs

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jan! We very much enjoyed having you and Sam!! Please come back and see us again-- Tim and Kris
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Colorado Springs
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

2nd Floor West Cleaning $60 + Tax
Pet Fee $80 + Tax

Discounts are offered for multiple unit rentals. Call or email us for information about these discounts.

The listing web page for the 2nd Floor East unit is:

The listing web page for the 1st Floor unit is:

The listing web page for all three units is:

The web page for the respective listing will calculate the rate for your desired stay in that unit.

Cleaning Fees: --- 2nd Floor units: $60 --- 1st Floor unit: $90 --- Whole House: $180

Please email us for verification of availability and rates, or with any questions you may have.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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