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Spectacular Mountain Castle Retreat

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 8,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6.5 Baths (Sleeps 14-16)

Commanding breathtaking views and situated on 80 acres bordering National Forest and the Fraser River, our beautiful home has been featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and shown on the Home and Garden Channel's Dream Builders!

Located only minutes from Winter Park Ski Resort, the Devil's Thumb Cross Country Ski Facility, and the 27 hole Pole Creek Golf Course. Access from the door to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing on the gold medal Fraser River. This 8000 square foot home comes with all the necessary amenities to make your stay perfect: all bedrooms with private bathrooms, large master suite with conversation nook and fireplace and a private study, two living rooms with fireplaces, 4 decks, 2 patios, enormous kitchen with table to seat 12, formal dining room for 12, conservatory, outdoor hot-tub, and billiard room. Non-smoking.

William or Joyce Carpenter
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About William or Joyce Carpenter

Craglough House was built by Bill and Joyce Carpenter as their dream home. Joyce is a social worker in the Social Work Department at the University of South Florida. Bill is a professor and chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The house is modeled on Cragside, a Victorian mansion in Northern England. David Elfring, a renown archtect, captured the spirit of Cragside but with modern conveniences.

Why William or Joyce Carpenter chose Tabernash

Joyce and I fell in love with Colorado many years ago. We spent several years looking for the perfect spot. We found the current location in the early 1980s and then proceeded to buy all the land we could afford. By 1997, we had aquired 80 acres and then started house construction. Improving the road, bringing in electricity, telephone, and building the house were epic tasks. You will enjoy the products of the effort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely vacation/anniversary celebration we enjoyed in your wonderful home. Our entire family fell in love with Craglough and all were sad when it was their time to leave for the Denver airport. Keith and I stayed until Wednesday morning and truthfully, yours was the first home we have rented over the years that we didn't want to leave before our time was up. Everything was furnished and appointed beautifully, the kitchen was beyond compare and we couldn't have been more comfortable. So, thank you!

Krista was very helpful and we appreciated the fact that she was there if we needed anything. Turned out we didn't, but we knew she would help if needed.

Please feel free to use our comments. They just didn't say enough good about how comfortable we were. The design of your home was one of the best we've been in and we've been in many. How blessed you are to have this wonderful place to visit and eventually live in.
Dec 2009
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Tabernash House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Must be 25 or older to rent. Anyone making a reservation when under 25 years old will be required to cancel the reservation.
  • Craglough House can accommodate in luxury wedding parties of up to 16 person. However, the house/grounds are not suitable for an on site wedding.
  • We can provide names of several local resorts that can accommodate on site weddings.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Powder Room
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • water skiing


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Spectacular Mountain Castle Retreat
average rating of 4.893617 based on 48 reviews

The beauty of the mountain castle retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation, July 2018, to the mountain castle retreat was spectacular. The home was a perfect setting for our large group. There were great places to visit during the day. We never tired of the variety of outside activities to experience. Our evenings started out gathered round the dining room table and ended watching the beautiful sunsets.The house offered lovely rooms to gather in and decks to relax on and enjoy the mountain air. The caretaker was attentive to our needs but the house was readied for the visit . We would love to meet up again in Tabernash and enjoy this exceptional mountain retreat!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property with plenty of room

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the Craglough House with extended family (6 adults, 4 children). There is plenty of room for everyone, ample cooking supplies, a beautiful view and lots of neat places to explore just in the area around the property. Easy drive to Winter Park, super close to Devil’s Thumb Ranch for food/spa. All in all, pretty darn perfect! The owners are great to work with as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kearney, NE 68845

An Amazing Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd time to stay at the Craglough House for a week with our family of 16. It provided a most beautiful setting where God's creation could be enjoyed from every room in the house. The house itself is amazing with everything we needed to make our stay easy and comfortable. This place holds some very special memories so we thank William & Joyce for the privilege of being able to stay here with our family. It deserves a 10 star rating!!


  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Fifteen of us rented this SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN CASTLE last week, and it was everything plus more than we anticipated. We all were able to enjoy our own space yet be together when so desired. The pool table was a big hit, and our son even planned tournaments! The atrium was also a favorite room. The kitchen, with its four ovens, was perfect as the six teenagers prepared and served us all BRINNER (breakfast and dinner!) which consisted of scrambled eggs, avocados, bacon, sausage, home fries, blueberry, chocolate chip, and plain pancakes with butter and syrup.

It was close enough to Fraser where we hiked and Winter Park where the Alpine Slide was amazing. The entrance to RMNP was an easy drive, but we would recommend leaving early in the morning for two reasons: you are apt to see more animals like elk and moose, and you will no doubt get a parking space at the Alpine Visitors Center.

All in all, we enjoyed a wonderful vacation and thank the owners for sharing their castle with us. I cannot end this review without sending kudos to the property manager, Mark, who we rated the best ever!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stuart, FL USA

Great house on the mountain

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time spending a week at this house. Although we had a party of 14, we did not feel crowded at all. The view was spectacular and the amenities were plentiful. The on-site caretaker was attentive without being obtrusive. The house is very close to Winter Park and other small towns with lots of things to do. The bottom line is that it was a great place to stay, and we would recommend it highly to others. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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A treasure

  • 5 of 5

Wow! This place did not disappoint. Great views, accommodations and a fantastic week in Tabernash.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Denver Internation Airport
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Pole Creek Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Fraser, Colorado
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US Hwy 40
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Winter Park Resort
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Boating, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Downhilling, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Bird watching, Sunset watching, Relaxing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $400

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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