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Family Reunions, Retreats, Weddings - Sleeps up to 24 near Air Force Academy

Sleeps24
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Space 7,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

8-11 bedrooms sleep up to 24, 7 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 family rooms, hot tub

Perfect for Family Reunions, Special Events and Corporate Retreats. Bring the whole gang (up to 24 people) and cook, eat, sleep and play under one roof in this 7800 sq ft Colorado Style Retreat/Family Reunion Home. Perched on the ridge of a 40 acre secluded estate, this mini ranch is conveniently located only 12 minutes from the Air force Academy, 15 minutes from Colorado Springs, 6 minutes from Monument and services, 20 minutes from Castle Rock, and 35 minutes from South Denver. The 360 degree view offers beautiful sunrises, sunsets and miles of ever changing, unobstructed mountain vistas.

The House on Bluebird Ridge accommodates up to 24 people, and offers you the opportunity to host intimate special gatherings such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate retreats, family reunion functions and barbecues for up to 50 people.

You won’t have to leave Bluebird Ridge to enjoy Colorado’s beauty. Although, we highly recommend you do check out all the fun things to see and do nearby; hiking, trail running, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, tennis, golf, and swimming. You will also want to pull yourself from the ranch and take in some mountain adventures and touristy stuff; US Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Olympic Training Center, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Cripple Creek Casino Town, Manitou and Old Colorado City shopping.

For added fun, treat your kids to a real Colorado Adventure; pack and pitch a tent on the property and spend a magical Colorado night around the campfire before you finish the cool night off with a soak in the hot tub.

Sleeping Accommodations 8 Bedrooms, 3 Bonus Sleeping Rooms

(24 in beds)

House Highlights:

-2 Kitchens

-8 Bedrooms

-3 Bonus Sleeping Areas

-7 Bathrooms

-2 family rooms

-1 Grand Billiard Room

-Library/Loft

-Soaking Tub and Steam Shower (master)

-3 fireplaces (1 wood burning, 2 gas)

-Hardwood floors in common areas

-Central Vacuum System

-In-floor hot water heat

-Colorado cool weather air conditioned; The altitude of 7600 ft combined with Colorado’s low humidity and chilly nights mean air conditioners are far and few between in the high country. On very hot summer days, it may get warm in the house in the afternoon; just pull the shades down by day, open the windows by night and enjoy a quick “Colorado Cool Down”.

-Music room; player piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele & other noise makers, make for a fun and memorable time for all. (please supervise kids)

-Formal Dining Room open to Great Room (Seats 10)

-Informal Dining Area open to Great Room & kitchen (Seats 8 at table & 10 at counter)

-Great Room –main level; 27 ft vaulted ceilings, wood post & beams, 3 story stone wood burning fireplace, wall of southwest facing windows with mountain views

-Library Loft overlooking the Great Room with futon, game table, library, desk and computer printer.

-Gourmet Kitchen: Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances; 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, trash compactor, wine cooler, microwave oven, side by side refrigerator/freezer; gas stove, 2 stainless steel sinks, garbage disposals, instant hot water beverage dispenser, custom cabinets, walk in pantry, mountain view

-Laundry Room; washer, dryer, utility sink,

-2 staircases to upper level; formal staircase in the front entry and living quarters staircase off the Mudroom

-Large, side entrance Mudroom with storage cubbies, benches and shelving

-Grand Billiards Room with pool table, game table and fireside seating

-Ping Pong Room: Set up or take down the Ping Pong table and use this room for whatever fits your needs.

-2nd Kitchen-Lower Level: refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, instant hot water beverage dispenser.

Outside Features:

-40 acres; hike, bike, camp

-Gas BBQ Grill

-Hot Tub: 6-8 person

-Campfire Ring (contingent upon fire bands in place)

-Chiminea Fireplace on Patio

-Campsite for tent

-Redwood play set with swings and playhouse

-Available onsite: Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Crochet, Botchy ball, Hillbilly Horseshoes, Horseshoes, Soccer Nets

-1000 sq ft redwood deck with Mountain Views (partially covered) with seating and dining

-900 sq ft bi-level patio with seating and dining

-Lower Level Covered Patio with seating

-Large Covered Front Porch with seating and dining

-Flower Gardens

-Parking for up to 8-10 cars on pavement (overflow parking in the grass field)

-Garage: 4 car garage will be locked off and not available to guests. Special requests will be considered.

Amenities

-Wi-Fi

-Dish TV

-TV; Main Level Great Room, Lower Level Family Room,

-Main Level Master Suite

-Lower Level Play Room

-Ipod docks, alarm clock and radio in all bedrooms

-Computer Printer

-Books of all kind for your reading enjoyment

-Video Library with hundreds of family movies

-Iron, ironing board

-Blow Dryer in each bathroom

-Bath Towels

-Hot Tub Towels

-Bed Linens

-Blowup Mattresses and Linens (2)

-Telephone: There is no landline telephones…bring your cell phone!

-Pre-stocked initial basic household paper goods

Animal Policy

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the ranch or in the house as there is no fenced in area for dogs outside and there are horses and chickens onsite. The coyotes and hawks poise a real threat t little dogs and cats (we have lost a few), so please don’t bring them to the house. If you have a pet that must travel with you, we can recommend an exceptional, nearby Boarding facility that offers your dog great fun at their 5 acre Dog Park like facility. Your dog deserves a vacation too.

Cat & Dog: ALERGY WARNING…..There is a resident ranch cat outside on the property at times. He mostly stays outside, but does sneak in from time to time to cuddle. There is also a Golden Retriever named Sawyer that has access to the mudroom in the house throughout the year, but will not be on the premises during your stay. (If a serious cat or dog allergy exists, we do not recommend you stay in the house.)

Fun places to see in the Pikes Peak Region

Looking for fun attractions to experience while on vacation? With a wide variety of Colorado Springs tourist attractions to see when in town, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. Feed the giraffes at the America’s only mountain zoo, take a step back in time in an old ghost town or roar with dinosaurs. Colorado Springs attractions have something for everyone. The region features more than 55 incredible Colorado Springs tourist attractions including Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Special Events

The House on Bluebird Ridge is perfect for intimate functions for up to 50 people and you are welcome to host your special event, inside or outside at no extra charge; Weddings, Cocktail Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Barbeques, Corporate Functions. The owners will supply you with a list of local caterers and rental centers and work out the space logistics prior to your arrival.

More Details

Owner
Chris Mikulas
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 7, 2017

About Chris Mikulas

We spent 10 years designing and saving to build the House on Bluebird Ridge not only as a comfortable Colorado cozy place to live and raise 4 kids, but as a warm, welcoming place for guests and people who need a place to stay. Over the years the house has been host to fundraising events, church events, school events, community events, and for 8 years, 50-70 high school kids every week for youth group. If the walls could talk!

Great care has gone in to insuring the home “feels” casual, but is rich in comfort with upscale but not boastful or “stuffy” furnishings and amenities. We are told over and over again… “There is something about this house…it is so warm and inviting…I just feel the stress melt away when I am here.”

As a family, we love the quite outdoors enjoy the serenity found on Bluebird Ridge as well as the wildlife you are likely to glimpse.

Now the kids are grown and on their own and we are left with a big house that needs to have people, families, love and laughter grace its rooms again. So, we offer it to you. Come, be our quests and share in the blessing that we call home.

We hope the house blesses you as much as it has our family.

Bob & Chris

Chris Mikulas purchased this house in 1997

Why Chris Mikulas chose Monument

We fell in love with the Colorado Springs Area when we were dating and on a weekend trip. We found our way back here purposely and have enjoyed living in the area since 1985.

If you like culture, Downtown Colorado Springs offers museums, festivals, music, art and diversity of people. If you like playing tourist, you have come to the right place and will have to come back every year for 20 years if you want to catch all the tourist destinations. If you love outdoors and nature, as we do, you might start packing now as you might soon be moving here yourself. Bluebird Ridge is just north of Colorado Springs by a 15 minute drive and just south of Denver by 30 or 40 minutes. We can be almost anywhere in less than an hour, including the mountains. It takes no time at all to pack the car with the fishing poles or snow shoes and hit the foot hills for some outdoor adventure. Or take a little more time to head up the pass to the mountains or take the local “back road” up the mountains for some real seclusion.

Warning…if you don’t want to move here, you may not want to come visit.

What makes this house unique

We looked for property for years before we stumbled upon “The Forty” as we called it. It was surrounded by pasture land with no homes in sight and we had to cut in the ½ mile driveway and run power and gas lines to the house. Today, we still use the long driveway and wake to the neighboring rancher’s cattle mewing. The view to of Pikes Peak is still unobstructed, and we now have the benefit of having the upscale neighborhood of Kings Deer and the Kings Deer Golf Course nearby.

When we were designing the House on Bluebird Ridge, we hit a wall. The architects kept coming back with traditional houses that felt like everybody else’s house. “Dining room on the right, living room on the left, family room to the back next to the kitchen, bedrooms upstairs.” While those are lovely features in a home, we realized that we left our traditional home almost every weekend and headed for the mountains to find a lodge like rental that made us feel close to nature, relaxed and stress free. BINGO….So we built one of our own and stopped leaving every weekend. We soon found that we were more relaxed coming home to “our home” then we were going on weekend trips to the mountains.

It was an out of the box idea, but we built our vacation dream home to live in everyday. It has been wonderful. Close to town and only 5 minutes to the grocery store and restaurants, wide open spaces and 360 degree views, wildlife and a very special Colorado Lodge Style home. The 27 foot post and beam constructed Great Room with a dramatic stone-faced wood burning fireplace is open to the oversized gourmet kitchen, formal and informal dining areas, and is the “heart of the home”. The house is designed so you can see out the front and back of the house from most every room and adds to the open airy feeling.

The Colorado Sky is amazing and with our high perch we can see the sky and horizon in every direction insuring beautifully sunrises, sunsets and spectacular lightning shows.

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Downtown Monument
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kings Deer Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I 25
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kings Deer Golf Course
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Loveland Pass
Car: recommended

Amenities

Monument House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Secret Garden Suite Upper Level - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Bath for the Secret Garden Suite
    Upper Level Shared Bathroom - toilet , shower , Shared by Safari, Sea Dream, Colorado Room & Kids Corner.
    Main Level Mudroom Bath - toilet , shower , Off the Mud room; convient for showers after hot tub.
    Lower Level Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Bath serves the Lower Level Master Suite.
    Lower Level Bath - toilet , shower , Large Bathroom serves the Play Room and common area.
    Master Main Level - toilet , shower , Fireplace, TV, Steam Shower, Soaking Tub, His and Her Sinks
    Guest Main Level - toilet , tub , shower , Fireplace, TV, Soaking Tub, Steam Shower, His-Her Sinks
  • 7 Bathrooms 3 Main Level 2 Upper Level 2 Lower Level
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Colorado Room: Upper Level with shared bath - 1 queen , Awake your Colorado outdoor adventurers spirit
    Safari Room: Upper Level with shared bath - 1 queen , Custom painted African Savanna Animal Mural.
    Secret Garden Suite Upper Level with private bath - 1 queen , Murals adorn the walls of this cozy “mini master suite”
    Master Suite, Main Level, Jacuzzi Tub, Steam Shower. - 1 king , “Colorado Cozy” Master Suite with gas fireplace and views.
    The Guest Suite: Main Level with adjacent full bathroom - 1 queen , This bedroom is perfect for guests who avoid stairs.
    Lower Level Master Suite with private Bath - 1 king , This Spacious suite offers comfort and privacy.
    The Kids Corner-Upper Level area for blowup mattresses - Bring your sleeping bags for overflow kid floor camping.
    The Bunk Room Lower Level with shared Bath - 8 twin/ single , Large Room, Craft/Play Table, 4 bunks/8 twin beds.
    The Library Loft-Upper Level: Semi private loft - 1 queen , Huge loft balconies to the main level great room; Queen.
    Sea Dreams Room: Upper Level Queen Bed with shared bath - 1 queen , Sneak a peek through the portholes to under the sea
    The Mile High, Pile High Room-Lower Level - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Ping-Pong by day-kid pile by night; blowup mattress or futon
  • 8 Bedrooms, 3 Bonus Sleeping Areas. 2 King Suites with private Bath 2 Queen Suites with private Bath 4 Queen with shared Bath 8 Twin (4 bunks) with shared Bath 2 Blowup Floor Mattresses available 1 Queen Futon
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Contact owner to discuss special services or event planning. Special Discounts may be available. Contact the Owner.

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Family Reunions, Retreats, Weddings - Sleeps up to 24 near Air Force Academy
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews
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We were well-taken care of by Chris

  • 4 of 5

The view, the scenery, with Pikes Peak in the background was awesome

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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The property is Beautiful! Spectacular scenery! Well located!

  • 5 of 5

The Rental is in excellent shape & well cared for. The Owner & Helpers are responsive to any issues or needs. Expectations between Owner & Rentor are clearly defined.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Everything we had hoped for and more

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a house to accommodate a large group, I don't believe you could find a better place than this. Everything you could possibly want or need has been provided. The house is beautiful , very spacious and just feels like home. The view of Pike's Peak is amazing.

We gathered our group of 26 family members (ages 3 to 72) to celebrate our 50th anniversary and felt we picked the perfect place. Plenty of room to spread out, but also room to all be together when we wanted to be. Also, there was never a lack of things to do, either in the house, or outside. We especially enjoyed the wonderfully cool Colorado evenings!

The kitchen was one of the favorite gathering spots and what a great place to prepare and eat our meals together. Plenty of space for several people to be working together without being on top of each other.

What a blessing it was to be able to gather here with our family. Thank you, Chris and Bob, for sharing your wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We rent houses every year around the country and this house was exceptional. The beds are comfortable (sheets are wonderful!), kitchen is stocked like you can't believe, and the views are gorgeous. The owners are very accessible for any issues you may have. The house does get a little warm during the middle of the summer before the summer monsoons hit but there are little coolers (swamp coolers?) in the rooms if they are needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful house, peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Great location. . .Beautiful house with everything you could want to do. Hot tub, pool table, ping-pong, horse shoes, etc. The owners were great. . .responsive if you need anything. Great experience and would do it again if staying in the area!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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House is large enough to accommodate 20-25 people.Very comfortable place that feels homey

  • 5 of 5

The setting is an oasis! So beautiful to look out & see the mountains surrounding you. Nice setting inside as well. Great place to celebrate with a large group!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $300
Tax Rate 5.13%

Request Booking and Owner will send payment play for 1 -3 payments: 3 payments if more than 12 months out, 2 payments if less than 1 year out, 1 payment if less than 6 months out. Owner is flexible on payment schedule so call if you have special requests. Cancellation Policy: 100% if cancelled at least 12 months before stay, 50% if cancelled at least 6 months before stay, no refunds if cancelled within 6 months of stay. 100% refund if we rebook your week. (Because the house is booked for family reunions and special multi family events at least 1 year out on average, it is difficult to book the house if cancelled close to your stay. We recommend cancellation insurance you can buy when booking if you think there is a chance you will cancel.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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