About the property
- Lodge5400 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Lodge & 7 Bedrooms, with en suite baths except for two bedrooms that share bath
We cannot get enough of Westcliffe. You will love it too.
The perfect retreat or family reunion site.
Plenty to do but few electronic distractions. The Colorado of fifty years ago.
[ 2016 Highest Rating plus Best Value for a Quality 7 Bedroom Home only 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs International Airport ]
A Lake Paradise - 300' of private property on Lake DeWeese Wildlife Refuge. Three acres with a beautiful year-round lake. A relaxing private sanctuary intended for guests that are looking for a unique retreat in the Sangre de Christo Valley . A place for rest, rejuvenation and discovery. About 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs, Colorado, yet worlds away. Though your surroundings are authentically rustic, there's no need to rough it: you'll find everything you need in the main house. A wonderful combination of comfortable furnishings, location, views and appliances.
PLEASE READ: THIS IS A WILDLIFE REFUGE, A SCENIC BYWAY, A BIRD FLYOVER AND ONE OF THE BEST FISHING SPOTS IN COLORADO. We do NOT use pesticides of ANY kind. There will be insects-fish and birds rely on them. There will be dust, this is a ranching valley with dirt roads.
If you want a hotel or resort experience, please DO NOT come here. We cannot sanitize or give you Disneyland.
Perched on a sunny lakeside, a pristine sanctuary to renew the spirit and refresh the senses. Wander and explore the lovely shore and you’ll feel the splendor of simpler times. Meditate in the fresh mountain air and the beautiful ambiance of the lake landscape. Relax in a comfortable handcrafted home. You’ll find a wide selection of movies and DVD's, dozens of inviting books and a cozy, peaceful place just for you.
Handcrafted in 2010 this custom home is comfortably appointed with antiques and modern amenities. Upon entering the lodge, before you is the great room, which is surrounded by windows and decks that brighten the entire area and offer spectacular views. The dining area seats twelve with additional seating at the breakfast bar for five. There are also two picnic tables down at the lake and there are tables on the deck for 10+. The kitchen island is centrally located in the house with vaulted ceilings and lots of handcrafted character. A great place to enjoy cooking in an open floor plan to the living room and loft. The Master bedroom has a King bed and en suite bathroom, the second bedroom and third bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath between them. The loft is a natural kids' clubhouse. Four downstairs bedrooms have 4 Queens and individual baths. One of these also has a kitchenette and a twin bed within. (New: Tower with four stories available for separate rental.
There are over 800 sq. ft. of deck wrapped with inspiring mountain views and lake views. . Bob crane and Hootie the owl fly by often.)
Best Location on this Lake!
The Sangre de Christo Valley and the Lake DeWeese Wildlife Refuge still retain a free flowing character and outstanding natural values. Sparkling waters, scenic verdant meadows, rich riparian habitat, and thick forests of pine, cottonwood, and aspen offer an outdoor recreation mecca for hikers, bicyclists and fishermen. Perfect place to reconnect with family and friends in a green mountain and valley wilderness. Come and surround yourself with the natural beauty and privacy of our end of the lake where only three houses sit on the shoreline.
Give yourself time for writing and hiking, painting and reading and stargazing in this peaceful sanctuary. Sit back and take delight in the breath-taking view from the deck as the sun sets and listen to the soothing sounds of nature. Birdwatchers often spot owls, herons, ducks, woodpeckers, hawks and geese.
This is a quality rental for families, perfect for family reunions and retreats. THIS is like a rustic mountain lodge. It is not a sterile hotel.
RESTRICTIONS: We only rent to responsible people. It’s NOT a party house. No smoking, no firearms, no pets, no boomboxes. Please respect our neighbors, NO music or noise outdoors after 9 pm. No activities that would prevent others ability to enjoy their nights peacefully -
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NOW FOR MORE ABOUT OUR SPECTACULAR LODGE and Westcliffe: Westcliffe has a local theater, outdoor plays and has a spectacular bowling alley for fun group activities, but it is the great outdoors that is the attraction at Westcliffe.
The lake has some of the best fishing for 5 types of fish in Colorado. (Bass, Trout, Sturgeon)
Imagine waking up on a still morning-your only neighbors are the fishermen on the opposite shore of the glassy lake. There is absolute peace. You pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and sit on the veranda watching the birds gathering their daily needs. The pelicans are fishing. The Canadian geese hug the shoreline. The swallows are swooping for water. The hummingbirds are buzzing the flowers. As the house starts to stir, you step inside to start breakfast.
If you have a smaller family, please be aware of our abillity to accommodate smaller groups. You are welcome to call if you are interested & we can explain the whole thing.
Location: Westcliffe, South Central, Colorado, USA (75 minutes from Colorado Springs along the Sangre de Cristo mountains)
On the Lake:
*****2 open acres Lakeside, Lodge-7 bedrooms + 6 Baths. Includes *****additional recreation hall , tables, chairs and 2 sofas in front of the rec hall tv.
*****8 person separate Hot Tub Room and
*****Pool House with covered sunbathing deck and barbecue.
*****Use of canoes and paddle boats and kayaks.
***Additional 4-story Tower. Full decks on all four floors. Available for an extra rate.
Our high season summer rates work out to about $100 per bedroom per night. Think carefully about the value this provides and the affordability for large groups.
Don't miss the spectacular late summer, fall colors and low rates. Especially if you are a fisherman, you will love this time of year.
Westcliffe is a sleepy Colorado mountain town. The valley is famous for its cattle ranches. Increasingly, we have charming Amish buggies on the roads driven by families who have moved into the valley because of its fertile fields and wide-open spaces.
If you really want a vacation/ a stress-reliever/ a family reunion of reuniting/ a conference of concentration-this is the place.
Best of all, no huge credit card bills when you get home. ICE FISHERMEN! This is Nirvana. Your ice hut is a mansion.
Rent a lakeside lodge in the beautiful Westcliffe Valley ringed by the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Colorado. This well-appointed lodge will become yours for any type of group gathering, family reunion, corporate retreat or destination wedding. A great value and affordable gathering place for any type of event.
Lakeside Lodge consists of Main Lodge, Lakeside Meeting/Recreation Room, Campfire Bowl and Lakeside Recreation Hall, Pool Room and Hot Tub Room with direct views of the 10 miles of shoreline and views of the the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Includes covered outdoor deck, picnic area, outdoor campfire bowl, game and meating room, media room and game tables in Lakeside Meeting/Recreation Room. 8-person glass -enclosed hot tub at the Conference Center and a glass enclosed outdoor plunge pool and deck with event grill for outdoor patio meals. The pool is currently heated in summer.
With houses scattered in the distance, our lodge is one of only three properties with lakeside ownership on our end of the lake. Therefore, the shoreline is very quiet and there is lots of open space.
Amenities:The Main Lodge:
Upper level: Master with en suite bath, two bedrooms with shared bath, great room, kitchen, dining room and loft for kids to have their own clubhouse-like level open to the main living room below so that they can hear you but have their own space.
Included in the main lodge upper level are a large vintage saloon bar and stools facing the kitchen, parlor dining table, large screen TV, fully appointed kitchen, great room with fireplace and overstuffed leather couches, decorated with antiques. The huge covered deck has 4 sets of French doors leading from the upper level rooms & runs along the length of the lodge, contains outdoor tables & a dinner bell, & affords views of the mountains, lake, sunrise, and sunset.
Downstairs: 3 Queen Bedrooms with en suite, 1 Bedroom with queen & twin & kitchenette.
Rec Hall has ping pong game tables and media room
Tower: three floors of incredible 360 degree views is available to rent if you need extra sleeping space. One observation deck for stargazing. 2 sleeper sofas on ground floor, sleeper sofa and couch on second floor and 2 twin beds on the third floor. There are two full baths, one on the ground floor and one on the second floor.
Lois and Maurice Woods
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- May 22, 2018
About Lois and Maurice Woods
We are a family of four who have grown to a family of 10 when we include our married children and grandchildren. All our children and grandchildren have worked for us in our nearby businesses. One of our hobbies is renovating buildings. This lodge is one of those hobbies. Just 2 hours from Colorado Springs, this lodge is our refuge and reward for all our hard work. We absolutely love it here because it is a place of complete tranquility and peace. We love gathering with family and friends and realized it would be a perfect meeting place after sharing holidays with up to 30 of our extended family here in Colorado. In the days of the Spanish Conquistadores the valley was known as La Mojada-the “Wet One”. Today the Wet Valley is part of a Scenic Byway-Frontier Pathway with over 323 days of sunshine. “La Mojada”, Custer County, Westcliffe, Colorado, Sangre de Cristos-whatever name you use for this place, all of them conjure up the time and spirit of the Old West. With a history of silver, gold and cattle ranching-where such names as Bull Domingo Ranch are part of the local color, the Lakeshore Lodge on Lake DeWeese in Westcliffe, Colorado stands apart from the rest. When our family came to Colorado over forty years ago, we were searching for a weekend retreat large enough to shelter our family and all the grand children we hoped to have someday. We looked for a place of comfort and quiet close enough to drive after a long week running our family business. We found it in Westcliffe and over the years we have saved and built and created a place with our own hands. A place we think of as just about the most beautiful and most restful in our beloved Colorado. Today we are blessed-better than we deserve-all together there are more of us, give or take a few friends some of the grandchildren are always asking to bring.
Lois and Maurice Woods purchased this Lodge in 1992
Why Lois and Maurice Woods chose Westcliffe
“Simple Pleasures-Profound Peace” Our beloved “Wet Valley” has changed so little over time. We watched others towns all change beyond recognition. Not our Westcliffe. With all of its beauty, the biggest change has been the designation of our lake as a state wildlife reserve and the area as a Frontier Pathway-Scenic Byway ensuring they remain unchanged in perpetuity. Westcliffe is known as the place where successful people come to be regular Joe’s. That sums it up. Nobody puts on airs in Westcliffe. Remember what “It” was in the Billy Crystal movie “City Slickers”? If you get “It”, if you understand what is important in life- hard work, playing hard and the love of friends and family, then you will “get” Westcliffe and come to think of it as part of your family history. We chose to purchase the property in Westcliffe because we could own the land and waterfront. We knew that this would always be so because the Lake has now been closed to further development and designated as a state wildlife refuge. Its proximity to Cripple Creek sold us on the place, it is close to home. Finally, Westcliffe is one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado! There are some cabins near the lake, there are only three families that own their land and beach on the lake. Our favorite guests are folks who like rustic mountain cabins, love wildlife, campfires and low-key vacations. Understand that manicured lawns with non-native flower beds are NOT part of a wildlife refuge. This is not a place if you don't understand that birds need grass seeds and bugs to eat. This is not the place for you if you are not charmed by our muskrats feeding at sunset or a harmless gopher snake. This is not the place for you if you need a sanitized Disneyland. The lodge is clean, comfortable and cozy. It is our home-not a hotel. You will have everything our family wants in a vacation rental.
What makes this Lodge unique
We enjoy all of the fruits of the valley when shopping for fresh produce and meats. We like to cook family meals outdoors, take long walks, swim and fish in the lake, and dip in the pool. We also enjoy family game nights. Simple and satisfying. Gather together easily in 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, kitchen, a great room, media room and loft Down at the Lake Meeting/Recreation room there are over 150 ft of waterfront, kayaks and paddle boats for exploring the 10 miles of shoreline or trolling for fish. There’s a fireplace, pool/ping pong table and a few vintage arcade games the kids have collected over the years. (We’ve even been known to banish the personal electronics and engage the grandchildren in spirited board games or the excitement of our collection of vintage jigsaw puzzles!) Once the stars come out, strike up the fiddle or unroll your projector screen. We’ve created an outdoor amphitheater perfect for campfire programs, outdoor movies or singing songs under the stars.
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Perfect getaway for a large laid back group
The house is a bit quirky and has a few things that don’t work perfectly, but it was perfect for our New Years gathering. I’m delighted we chose this property as it offered a ton of space a huge commercial kitchen beautiful views, and most anything you might need. We loved it.
Great great weekend!!!!
My family had such memorial time! The facility was amazing! There was quite a few families there, and yet we never felt under foot of the other. My only regret was that we didn't reserve it for longer!!! The accommodations were amazing, if you forgot something, it was there! We had every thing we needed, all the activities, you truly never needed to leave to find something to do! With the rec center, the boats, the lake...This was the most perfect weekend to send my son off for Afghanistan. Thank you Mr & Mrs woods for giving our family the most perfect weekend!
Incredible Place! Outstanding Week! Will Return!
Thank you so much Woods Family for sharing your beautiful Lodge with my family! Your place far surpassed our expectations and the kids are still talking about all the fish they caught! Westcliffe is a precious time piece that can't be replaced anywhere; we felt so lucky to experience time as if it stood still. Quaint, perfectly appointed rooms, kitchen and living spaces were just perfect for our family of 17 persons. Mr and Mrs Woods are so warm, making us feel so welcome! They are a wealth of information, and helped us organize all our little day trips. the Apsens were just starting to show their fall colors across the valley, magnificent views and property! We were so sad to leave but have already booked our favorite week for next year! You will just LOVE this lovely Lodge, thank- you Woods family! Tamra
Incredibly Disappointed. Do not stay here.
My organization booked the home and conference center for our annual staff retreat (15 people). From the moment we arrived, things went downhill very fast. The owners provided the wrong reservation date to the cleaning woman who had us arriving a day later. This meant that the home was in complete disarray when we arrived. The front door was wide open and we wandered in to trash, cleaning supplies, dirty laundry, etc. and were told that the home would take at least several more hours to prepare. We headed into town with our group to wait for the home to be cleaned and arrived back at the house several hours later. Although the house was in much better shape than before, it was not at all up to our standards for cleanliness, organization, and comfort. The house is VERY cluttered and it is difficult to move around the dining area and kitchen. There is dust and cobwebs EVERYWHERE and the carpets and rugs are so filthy. The pool area was also dirty with toys and pool equipment littering the patio and the picnic tables that are old, dirty, and falling apart -- nothing like the photos. The conference room is similar. Old furniture, cluttered spaces, dirt and dusty everywhere. Multiple areas of house and conference center also smell badly. There is not a single scenario that would make me book this home again, nor would I recommend it to anyone that is considering a stay. Take my advice and look for any other options available. The only two good things: view is great and owner is refunding the first night's booking charge (which is the very least that should happen).
PLEASE READ OUR OTHER REVIEWS. Our Cleaning Lady REMEMBERS this group. She does a great job and mentioned they started complaining the minute they walked in the door and wanted her out . The thing to do when they were not happy was to let us know immediately and we would have sent the cleaning lady back to clean. We are very sorry this group was so unhappy but our descriptions say over and over this is a rustic family lodge in the best cabin sense. It is set on a wildlife preserve and we are committed to not using poisons or pesticides. Roads aren't paved so there will be some dust in late August. This group admits they booked at the last minute and it is true that the cleaning lady was still cleaning when they arrived. That hardly seems something to complain about especially since we gave them the night completely free which seems very fair. Also, because she was cleaning with little notice, the cleaning lady may very well have not cleaned up the toys around the pool area. We have dozens of families with children who are delighted that we provide all the toys for the sand by the lake and toys for the pool so that they don't have to bring them. We have now insisted the cleaners walk the property each time a group arrives and we hope that will solve the problem in the future. The property is huge and as we have said over and over again, there WILL be cobwebs because we Do Not use poisons or pesticides. We remove them when we find them but they do come back.
I have said this in the listing but all the insects around the place are the prime food for all the birds and fishes that rely on them. This is a wildlife preserve, a migration flyover and has some of the best fishing in Colorado. It is Rustic at the lake. We do have some old furniture but it is perfectly functional. Some of it antique. We have wooden picnic tables in the yard for guests to use. The group paid approximately $50 per person for a lakefront Lodge with private pool, hot tub, recreation hall and the grounds. It is unrealistic to expect something otherwise. The photos are accurate but we must stress over and over this is a rustic lodge in an unspoiled ranching valley in Colorado. If you want an exquisite view, an affordable price and a wonderful place to make family memories, this is it. For a resort experience you will pay $200-$300 per night per room and that will make you very happy but
please don't come here! It's not for you.
Fantastic Family Reunion!
Our family stayed at the Lodge and rented the Tower, in addition we had use of the Recreation Hall, the swimming pool, and the paddle boats, kayaks and canoe. We have a mountain cabin ourselves but it is not big enough for our reunion group of 24 people. What a fun time we had! Everything was neat and clean, the furniture is cozy and comfortable, not stuffy. The owners are really easy to work with and it is clear from the decor that they love their home.
The Tower was the favorite of the kids. They could race up and down all three floors, and they slept on the fourth floor observation deck and watched the stars.
Our family has some star-gazers and we love that Westcliffe is designated as a "Dark Skies" area. It is one of the darkest cities in the U.S. Although we have heard that the Fourth of July fireworks on the lake are spectacular, we are thinking the best time to return would be during the annual Perseid meteor shower in August.
If you love astronomy, you will love Westcliffe. The kids will tell you that they loved jumping from the hot tub into the swimming pool to dipping a toe in the lake! Bring your bikes if you like to ride flat around the lake. Mountain bikes would be great too if you like hills.
Our group loved the views and the sunsets are out of this world, our group gathered on the deck every evening to toast to another day. Can't wait to go back!
LOVED IT! Stayed With My Family and Going to Go Back Again SOON!!!
When I called the owner to request a return booking, she mentioned her appreciation for my family. She and her husband got such a kick out of our kids playing in the pool and running around the yard like a bunch of wild indians. They have kids and grandkids and said it reminded them of when their family was young. They even hauled out an inflatable jumpy-slide that they use for family reunions. That was a huge hit. The kids had so much fun running between the pool, hot tub and lake, they were worn out at night and fell asleep around the campfire and had to be carried to bed. We learned quickly to dress them in their pajamas and a coat.
When they weren't playing, we taught them to fish. We brought our bikes and explored the lake. We took one day out to visit the National Park nearby. We also sent the older children on a river rafting day trip on the Arkansas River which they loved. If you like camping and the great outdoors, you will love this place. Bring lake shoes or aqua socks for the kids to wear indoors and outside and in the water.
The area is surrounded by National Forest. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails and dozens of hidden lakes in the Sangre de Cristos. There is a four-wheel drive road over the Sangres directly to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Ice Fishing at the lake in the winter is very popular. The lake is stocked with 5 kinds of fish. There is a really nice bowling alley in town, an outdoor theater and a rodeo every July. Fireworks at the Lake on Fourth of July are absolutely spectacular!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. Three Properties can be rented and combined to accommodate up to 40 guests: Lakeshore Lodge, Rec Hall, Pool, Deck, Hot Tub Room and shore boats. $900/night $350 cleaning Tower Bunkhouse with 4 floors and 2 baths-no kitchen $200/night $150 cleaning Cove House Sleeps 10-12 newly remodeled in July 2015. Please call us so that we can explain it all! DO NOT RESPOND TO CONTRACTS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES-UNFORTUNATELY HACKERS HAVE GOTTEN TO VRBO. CALL 719-339-4221 OR 949-466-3279 TO SPEAK TO US AND VERIFY YOU ARE NOT BEING SCAMMED BY HACKERS Holiday Rates are the same as Summer rates. Standard Holidays include Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Labor Day and Fourth of July.