Greenhouse, Meditation & Optional Observatory Experience.
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About Charley Ellison
The host, Charley, partners with the owners to provide a very personal, and private to the the degree the guests prefer, host experience. The owners are retired and designed the facilities about 15 years ago. They live in the main house, within walking distance, yet maintaining compete visual privacy. It's your choice to have a private getaway or become a part of the family.
Charley Ellison purchased this Guest House in 2004
Why Charley Ellison chose Cotopaxi
After fast paced lives in the Denver area and a health crisis, the owners decided to create a dream experience for family and friends. This dream incorporate live time passions of astronomy, art, gardening, wildlife, mountain climbing, with icing on the cake being an Nepalese-inspired mediation room. The land is part of a conservation trust to protect the wildlife migration paths for perpetuity.
What makes this Guest House unique
Soulful and Inspiring Views - day and night. Photography Rest and Relaxation: Break from City Life Astronomy education for kids of all ages Model Greenhouse Wildlife Net Contributor to power grid due to solar & wind power system. Kitchenette is generously provisioned with breakfast foods, coffee, tea and cooking staples.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:24
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Incredibly beautiful and scenic. First class property with unparalleled attention to detail. The owners and host are quality people who care about the guest experience. Couldn’t have been any better!
We are honored to attract and host great guests.
Zen like ambiance
It’s a long drive from the Denver airport and we were tired traveling all day from Pennsylvania but Charley was there to greet us and make us feel at home. He had met another person in our party earlier in the day with no complaints.
Everything was as advertised and the architectural design features created by the owner lend an added element to anyone that can appreciate it. There is no reason to leave the property if you come prepared.
I would point out that even though basic food items are provided it is 15-20 miles to the closest town so if you’re driving from home bring the food items that you plan to use along.
The Sangre de Cristo mountains in Colorado are somewhat under the radar but it’s a spectacular region and Rancho Bandito is equally spectacular !
Rancho Bendito is 12 miles from Westcliffe where guests will find a grocery store with a reasonable assortment of foods, more limited for organic or specialty items. John's advice is sound to make sure you have what you want.
A special retreat in the Westcliffe valley
Thank you to the owners Jim and Gayle, for so graciously sharing your lovely and unique oasis in the Westcliffe valley. And thanks also to property manager Charley for being such a conscientious host.
Take Time to Listen
The property overlooking a meadow at day break that contained grazing Elk was fantastic.
The Hummingbirds, Doves, Meadowlarks.... make the stay memorable.
We had the most amazing vacation! The property, views, everything was just beyond awesome! The night in Mr. Jim’s observatory was everything I had hoped and imagined! Mr. Charley was so nice and patient with all of my questions prior to the trip! Next time I will check the moon forecast before hand so I can see the Milky Way! We will be back! We enjoyed meeting Mr. Jim, Mrs. Gayle, Socks and Sugar! Thank you for everything Charley!!
Westcliffe Memorial Day Getaway
Our accommodations were beyond beautiful! The home was spacious, comfortable and extremely quiet considering it is on 450 acres! Lots of places to explore in and around Westcliffe, Cotopaxi, Canon City, etc. The wildlife was fun to watch and the birds were plentiful. Charley, our host was so accommodating and brought us fresh breakfast items as well as showing us all about the house, meditation room, greenhouse and walking paths. We will definitely stay again when in this area.
Carol and Jim are absolutely delightful. Meeting folks like them is why hosting is so rewarding.