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10 Spacious Bedrooms With 9 Private Bathrooms.

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths2
Space 8,500 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Historic School Beautifully Restored As A 10 Bedroom 9 Bathroom Lodge

Our building has 10 large bedrooms each with 12 foot ceilings and hardwood floors. Eight of the bedrooms have their own individual bathrooms. The two bedrooms on the second floor share a full bathroom and also share an outside deck. The outside deck has incredible views of the mountains around Ouray and Telluride.

High speed Wi-Fi is provided free and keeping with the history theme of the historic school the school is a TV free zone. Hopefully without TV you won't be as inclined to be a couch potato. However like most of us if you have an addiction to your PDA (personal digital assistant) you are covered with our free high speed internet service.

Built in 1914 as the Uncompahgre School District 29, this facility was operated as a public school until its closure in 1986.

This historic building has been renovated into a beautiful lodge located in a wonderful scenic country setting.

The Old School Lodge boasts a great room with gas fireplace and wet bar which was the original school theater/gym/great room. An incredible and completely new and fully equipped commercial style kitchen invites the culinary gifted to create anything they can imagine.

The dinning area is currently arranged for comfortable dining seating for 22 but can easily be expanded.

Local music teachers use the building for their student recitals because we have a very special antique piano that is meticulously tuned. Our decor is reminiscent of school days past. The classrooms were converted into spacious bedrooms each with their own private bathrooms.

There are three king beds and ten queen beds conveniently spread among the nine bedrooms. Two additional boys and girls bathrooms have been remodeled from the original school house so that if you have company they can use these public styled bathrooms and not the private baths in the individual bedrooms.

Our Old School Lodge is located in the scenic and historic Uncompahgre River Valley. We are surrounded by many dramatic natural wonders including the Black Canyon National Park, Grand Mesa (World's largest flattop mountain) and the breathtaking San Juan Mountain range with its gently ascending Uncompahgre Plateau which extends west to Utah.

White water rafting, skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing, boating, rock climbing, SUP boarding, sightseeing are just a few of the activities within a 65 mile radius of the lodge.

Whether gathering for a family reunion, church retreat, recreational club activity, business retreat or special occasion, the Old School Lodge provides a spacious, quiet location, where unforgettable memories are meant to be made.

More Details

Property Manager
Albert Stowell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Albert Stowell

During the last four decades Kay and Albert Stowell have specialized in the restoration of historic properties. Concentrating on how to re-purpose or enhance the use of a historic property the Stowell have saved many of our historic treasures.

Albert Stowell purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Albert Stowell chose Montrose

The Old School Lodge was originally built in 1914 in order consolidate three small country school Districts (Colona, Jutten, and Uncompahgre Schools). In 1992 Richard and Barbara Helm bought the school building from the Montrose school district. The Helm's remodeled the building so that they could operated the property as a Bed & Breakfast and Event Center. During the 1920's through the 1950's the school was also used for Saturday night dancing and partying.

The Stowells frequently stayed at the B&B when visiting Albert's family that lived nearby in Ouray county. The Stowell's fell in love with the Montrose community and especially with the historic potential of the Old School.


Montrose Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 8500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Load dishes in dishwater. Remove all food and trash from property.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Men's Public - toilet
    Women's Public - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Handicap accessible shower with available shower chair
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Each bedroom has a private bath with separate sink/vanity in the bedroom area. There are also public restrooms located near the rear entrance.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large room with nice sitting area and private full bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Bedroom and private bath.
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , Upstairs bedroom with shared bath with adjoining bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Bedroom with private full bath.
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , upstairs bedroom with shared bath with adjoining bedroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Large room with private bath/handicap accesssible shower.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Large room with private bath.
    Bedroom 7 - 2 queen , Large spacious room with private full bath.
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , Bedroom with private 3/4 bath. Shower only.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Large room with private bath.
  • Our Old School Lodge has eight bedrooms and eight full bathrooms on the main floor. The bedrooms are conveniently located around the large open living space. There are two additional bedrooms that a share full bath on the 2nd floor. the second floor is a somewhat of a hike up 36 steps. No kidding the stairs go up for a long way to what used to be the bell tower for the school. The owners affectionately call them the stairway to heaven.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
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10 Spacious Bedrooms With 9 Private Bathrooms.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautifully updated school house honoring its history. Very well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 18 enjoyed our motorcycle Rocky Mountain adventure. We explored every day and returned to the school house for dinner and enjoyed recalling our daily rides on the front porch and back deck. I would recommend this rental to any large group.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Practical

  • 5 of 5

We used the property for a graduation, it was great we were all able to stay together and enjoy the property. The family is trying to figure other reasons to use the property they loved it so much!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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60th Anniversary Party

  • 5 of 5

We rented the school for our parent's 60th wedding anniversary. It was perfect for us to stay in and also host the party. My entire family attended the Uncompahgre School as children, so it was also a fun school reunion. We had around 65 guests at the anniversary party, and there was plenty of room for everyone. The old school is very nicely renovated. It had everything we needed. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

A unique well planned restoration. The Old School Lodge was everything our group expected, the spacious bed room/baths, furnished kitchen and huge dining/lounge area gave everyone space to lounge. The Old School Lodge is located in the center of SW Colorado, so much to see.

"Have an urge to go back to school-THE OLD SCHOOL LODGE is the place"

Want to thank Albert and Ran for our wonderful week.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

The only place to stay if you are visiting Montrose. The house was perfect, well maintained and handled eight couples with ease. Thanks again to our hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Motorcycle Trip

  • 5 of 5

As a group of old friends and motorcycle enthusiasts, we select a destination each year for a week long bike trip. This year we stayed in Montrose at the Old Schoolhouse. We had a great trip and found the Schoolhouse to be a great base location. Every family had a large bedroom with a private bath and the greatroom was perfect for meals and private conversations. The favorite gathering spot was the large front porch which hosted numerous sessions each morning and evening. Thanks for making this a memorable trip !

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.42 Miles
Montrose/Telluride Regional Airport MTJ
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Camp Robber, Chili's
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Cobble Creek five minutes or Bridges ten minutes.
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Stone House, Camp Robber, Chili's, Applebee's
Nearest Ski
58 Miles
Telluride Ski Resort
Car: necessary

The Old School Lodge is located in the scenic and historic Uncompahgre River Valley five minutes south of Montrose, Colorado. Montrose is 60 miles from Grand Junction, 60 miles from Telluride Ski Resort, 25 miles from Ouray ( Little Switzerland). Additionally we are surrounded by many dramatic natural wonders including the Black Canyon National Park, Grand Mesa which is the World's largest flattop mountain, San Juan Mountain range with its gently ascending Uncompahgre Plateau that extends west to Utah.

Our historic building was Built in 1914 for the Uncompahgre School District 29 has been restored as a wonderful 11 bedroom 12 bath lodge located in one of the best recreational areas in the country. Uncompahgre school was originally built as the Uncompahgre School District 29 and was used as a public school until it was closed in 1986.

Montrose's temperate climate supports a wide range of activities including biking, golfing, skiing, big game hunts, hiking and almost any outdoor sport you could imagine. Our moderate elevation of 5,800 feet and 300 days of annual sunshine help sustain an active and vibrant community that has been nationally recognized for its incredible recreation opportunities. Time magazine, Sky West magazine, and the Wall Street Journal recognize Montrose as one of the best places to retire or relocate.

Montrose is conveniently accessible by air with direct flights by major airlines United Airlines, American, and Delta airlines.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Property Damage Insurance $99
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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