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Beautful & Cozy Strawbale Home on 3.5 aceas with Privacy

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,330 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Privacy, Silence, Unwind in park like setting. Single to Family Retreate Home

Starlight Nights Relax…100 Year Old Trees… Walking Paths... Mountain Views... Hot Springs Nearby -Straw Bale Constructions - 3 Bedrooms - 2 Baths - Sleeps 6-8 or more with round house rental.

Quiet and peace abound on these 3.5 acres and paths lead you to Spanish Creek. The home brings the outside in and views of the old trees and the sculpted Phoenix round house. (Additionally available, sleeps 2)

Comfortable "Green" two story post and beam structure with straw bale insulation making it cool in summer and warm in winter. The two roomy bedrooms upstairs accessed by a wide circular staircase provide magnificent views of the fourteen thousand foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes National Monument - along with a relaxing jet bath tub to restore your body.

On the first floor you will find a well stocked kitchen, small bedroom, bath with shower and living room with sliding door access to the patio bringing the outside in and a view of the sculpted Phoenix on the owners small private space.

Warm and cozy with radiant floor heating, a wood stove in the sitting/dining room and solar thermal installation keep energy use low. Sip your morning coffee on the downstairs sun watching the birds fly through your backyard. In the evening, enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage watching the sun set over the San Juan mountains. At night step out on the upstairs deck and have your breath taken away as you gaze at an infinity of stars above the mountain peaks.

This Casita has been enjoyed as an incredible meditation retreat space, romantic get-away, writer's workshop and more. If have additional guest and would like to consider renting this home for an extra dwelling please let me know in your message that you are interested.

More Details

Keri Brown & Curtis Scheib
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About Keri Brown & Curtis Scheib

Over 15 years of professional experience in integrative medicine as a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in VT and CO. Helping people to create profitable outcomes for health, spirit and for our environment. Assessing health and lifestyle choices and how that that affects outcome. Supporting education on preventive medicine to first aid and trauma care in the field or the clinic. Helping both people and animals with naturopathic medicine in education, consultations, cranial therapy and medicine work.

Keri Brown & Curtis Scheib purchased this house in 2006

Why Keri Brown & Curtis Scheib chose South Central

Here is an opportunity to find quite and peace. It is a very special place to decompress from the modern world and today constant activity. The home is spacious and a perfect location for traveling to the National Sand Dunes, hot springs, spiritual centers and more.

What makes this house unique

Unique in construction, one of Colorado's top straw bale builders constructed this home. It is warm and inviting. The views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Kit Carson especially, are breath-giving. The house is set on 3 1/2 acres of land, bordered by Green Belt and serenaded by the soothing sounds of Spanish Creek.


Crestone House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2330 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Master bathroom upstairs is shared by the master bedrooms.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This is a small downstairs bathroom with a shower.
  • The jet tube upstairs is incrediblele in a full moon and with bubble bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , There are is a double futon couch/bed in this room also.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This is the downstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , This room as a daybed or twin as well as a sitting area.
  • There are 3 bedroom in the house. There is a double in one upstairs room and a twin in the other. The round house can also sleep two. We do charge $20 a night extra per person over 6 people.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting


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Beautful & Cozy Strawbale Home on 3.5 aceas with Privacy
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Quirky that meets expectations

  • 3 of 5

I rated this home a three partially because of my own experience and partially because of the experience of others that were with on the trip. When I say three stars what I mean is "meets expectations" where as 4 would be above, and 5 would be significantly exceeds. Below I try to be quite fair in my explanation for my rating. I hope it's helpful.


In my opinion, the home was beautiful because of how unique it was. Some of the more traditional folks in my party found the design to be awkward, so if you are traveling with people who value tradition in a home, be advised they may not be thrilled. It was also very private and quiet. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed for cooking. It was located roughly an hour away from the Great Sand Dunes National Park, which for us was a reasonable driving distance to visit that attraction for a day. Lastly, Keri was very accommodating and very prompt on answering any inquiries. There was a slight mix up with the code when we arrived at the house and it was remedied almost immediately. She also was flexible with accommodating a later checkout for us on our departure date which was very much appreciated.


Our first impressions of house were not very good, which for some tarnished the entire experience. We were all a little leery because we weren't expecting to be driving on gravel roads to get to the house. Also, when we pulled into the driveway, there was a for sale sign posted which immediately made me start questioning the validity of the posting. I can assure you this IS a valid rental, however. Furthermore, when we got into the house, it smelled strongly of smoke on both levels. I don't attribute this to Keri as her policy clearly states "no smoking". We aired the house out and never had the problem again, though the fabrics maintained a mustiness. The shower on the first floor is technically a walk in shower, but it is raised 8" off the floor, which I missed initially when booking the house. Also, there was a problem with sand in the water. In the arrival book, it explains how to address the problem, but it was still a bit off-putting. Also, a description of where beds were located upstairs was not accurate and there was direction in the house to explicitly not move any of the furniture around. It was two singles and a double in the large bedroom and one queen in the other bedroom.

Overall a fair stay. The surrounding scenery was amazing. Just know this home has some quirks.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect quiet get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Crestone staying in this beautiful house out on "the Baca." The mountain view from the master bedroom and balcony is amazing--our teen was disappointed that mom and dad had dibs on the room. We were concerned that the water might have a "well" taste, but it's delicious. With the cool mountain air at night, the fans kept us plenty cool, as well. We met up with some old friends to do some hiking, but the trails from outside town and from the Liberty Gate entrance to Great Sand Dunes are all clearly marked and easy to follow. We couldn't fit in a trail ride from the nearby stable and couldn't stay awake long enough to see the stars--we may have to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had very good time in Crestone

  • 5 of 5

We stay at the house for 4 nights and absolutely love that place!

It is so comfortable and inviting with fantastic scenery around! Energy of the house is amazing -after 15 minutes in the house we fell at home.

The house very well equipped and there is enough room for 6-8 people (probably even more if they are the couples). Seven of us felt great there.

Thank you Keri!

We would like to rent the house again for our next trip in Crestone.

P.S. I would recommend to contact the owner if you plan to rent the house and have a severe pet allergy – although house was really clean, one person in our group has a an allergy and had some issue there.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Bliss cafe
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Crestone Golf and Salida Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Desert sage
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Monarch Mountain
Car: necessary

The Crestone area, which includes Baca Grande and Moffat, Colorado, is a hub of spiritual centers with several religions represented. Crestone is easily accessible to visitors via some of the most scenic routes in Colorado. Activities in the area include camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, as well as spiritual exploration.

The Crestone community is shared by a diverse range of spiritual and new age centers, and is also a mecca for alternative, green and sacred architecture. With prolific wildlife and exquisite nature, this is an ideal location for your retreat.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $60
Damage Deposit $150

Below you will find some important information on the home.
All linen and beds are fully supplied. If you like your own pillows you should bring those.
The home has a few basic items for your use. It has some spices, plus salt and pepper and a few other condiments, including herbal tea. It does have a microwave, toaster oven, and automatic coffee pot along with all the traditional kitchen items.
There are two great stores in the town of Crestone if you have forgotten anything, including a liquor store and three restaurants.
There are pots and pans and dishes for nine. Please use only wooden or plastic utensils in the pots. All dishes are washed in the sink.
The home is located in the Grants in Crestone. This is the area west of the mountains.
The directions to get to the home are below.
Check in time is at 4:00 and Check out time is at 10:00.

Pet Fee
Additional $55.00 per animal. One time fee.

Cleaning Fee added into home rental cost.

Insurance: We encourage all renters to purchase traveler insurance. This can be done through the link

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.

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