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Peaceful 3-bedroom home in the Beautiful San Luis Valley!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

40 Acres, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 2 large decks with stunning views & Secluded!

Down hill Skiing, River Rafting, Hot Springs, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, or just peace and quiet!! Our house is located in the beautiful Northern San Luis Valley. This is a new (2014) 1,600 SF home on 40 acres. We have 2 beautiful decks to watch the sunrise and the sunset in the valley. We are at the base of the Sangre De Christo mountain with many 14,000 ft peaks of the San Juan range. Great opportunity to see antelope, deer and elk while there. We have 300 plus days of sunshine in the valley each year, and the nights are incredible, with the elevation at roughly 7,600FT and very little light pollution, the stars are amazing! There is so much to explore here! We are only 3.7 miles straight West of Valley View Hot Springs, 3 miles from Joyful Journey Hot Springs, 35 min from beautiful town of Salida, 45 min from Princeton Hot Springs, 45 min from Monarch Ski resort, 90 min from Wolf Creek ski resort. Other attractions to visit are the Great Sand Dunes, the Rio Grande railroad for weekend concerts and the famous Alligator farm! But the most important feature of this house is it's peaceful location!!

Bob and Karen Schwanke
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Bob and Karen Schwanke

We have been married 33+ years, love to travel and I spent 30 years in the US Air Force. We both still work full time and will retire to this house in the Valley sometime in the near future! In the meantime, we thought we'd let others enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Valley (and help pay for our future garage - LOL!!), of which we both fell in love with! We are both originally from WI and High School sweethearts.

Bob and Karen Schwanke purchased this house in 2014

Why Bob and Karen Schwanke chose Saguache County

We built here because of the peacefullness, the dry air and beauty of the mountains! The Breathtaking views of sunrises and sunsets! Our favorite time is when they are snowcapped in the Fall!!

What makes this house unique

300+ days of sunshine, what more can you ask for??!! No humidity, no yardwork, and within 45 minutes of almost anything you'd like to do including several Hot Springs, Hiking, Mountain Bike Riding, River Rafting and Fishing on the Arkansas River, Great Sand Dunes, The Alligator Farm (including the gator from Happy Gilmore!!), town of Salida which is a must do!! Did I mention the skiing at Monarch 45 min away, awesome snow, locals hangout and fricken awesome skiing!! The stars at night at 7,600FT Elevation along with very little light pollution will make you feel like you can reach out and touch them. The sunrises and sunsets are extremely special! Train excursions 45 min away, Great Sand Dunes and Royal George all within driving distance.


Saguache County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No parties of any kind please. All garbage must be in garbage bags and placed in large garbage bin attached to shed, no loose garbage in bins please!
  • Master Bedroom closet is locked.
  • 4-wheelers/Hot Tub will not be used under any circumstances. All patio furniture in shed is available, please store back in shed prior to departing.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Master - toilet , tub , shower , 2 headed shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 3rd Bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Patio furniture is available for your use, please ensure they are returned into shed upon departure, thanks!


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Peaceful 3-bedroom home in the Beautiful San Luis Valley!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Another great stay.

  • 5 of 5

Came here in December and came back again in Feb. As long as it's available I'll come stay here when I want to soak at Joyful Journey.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice House

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The house was great. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review and we would welcome you and your family back anytime as well!!
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Peaceful and relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect getaway for our family.

The house had everything we needed.

Nearby hiking trails, amazing views day and nite, great sand dunes made our trip exceptional

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A gem with great mountain views - Stay here if you are in the Valley!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home. It has everything you could possibly need. The owners have literally made it feel like you are in your home away from home. They are also committed to making your stay comfortable and take great care of their guests should something come up that needs attention. The woman who cleans the house for them does a great job so things are pretty much spotless. There are plenty of accoutrements such as spices, pots and pans, a slow cooker, a blender, plenty of flatware and utensils, and a fridge with water and ice in the door. There is truly nothing that you need to bring with you other than food to cook and a good towel if you want to use either of the hot springs that are within a few minutes of the house and don't want to rent one there. Alamosa and Salida are less than an hour away if you find you need to get groceries or forget something.

I am already making plans to return to this house. I come often to soak at Joyful Journey Hot Springs and get masssage/spa treatments. (I recommend Tad at the spa if you like bodywork BTW.) This is now my retreat spot in the San Luis Valley as long as the owners are willing to share it. It is so quiet back here that you can melt stress away very easily.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Get Away

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful stay. If you're looking for some downtime with peace and quiet, then you've found the right place. It was cool to see pronghorn right nearby. The house is also right down the road from the Valley View Hot Springs.

We also went for a day trip to the Great Sand Dunes which was only one hour away. The best part about the location was the lack of light pollution. The star gazing was spectacular.

Steve & Lara

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and well appointed home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The house met our needs very well. It had everything we needed. It is a nice size and was easy to find.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Colorado Springs, CO
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Rio Grande San Luis Valley Railway, Alamosa CO
Nearest Restaurant
17 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Monarch Ski Resort
Car: necessary

ARE YOU READY FOR SKIING??!! Some of the best skiing in CO (snowfall and less crowds!!) is at Monarch Ski Resort less than 45 minutes away!! All activities and attractions are within an hour, most less than 45 minutes. Orient Land Trust is a must do for their summer bat migration (watch thousands of Brazilian bats exit the mine every evening) tours available or go on your own! There are several Hot Springs around with Joyful Journey 5 minutes away, Valley View (Clothing Optional) 10 minutes, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs 45 min, Salida Indoor Hot Springs (35 min) away! Granite Mountain Outfitters offers some of the best horseback riding into the mountains anywhere, and the view of the Valley is spectacular! The Alligator farm is 25 minutes away, feed and/or wrestle the alligators! The Gator from "Happy Gilmore" is at this location as well!! Free golfing at Crestone Golf Course! The weekend excursions out of Alamosa (45 min) into La Veta Pass, where they have weekend concerts is a MUST DO!! Including Rails and Ales!! Salida is a MUST SEE town, so many great restaurants, breweries and local stores!




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.8%

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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