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10 Spacious Bedrooms With 9 Private Bathrooms.

Montrose, CO, USA
  • Lodge8500 sqft
  • Bedrooms10
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms9
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

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.

Property Manager

Albert Stowell

Member Since 2015
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within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 02, 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 County

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
      • Bedroom 10
        1 queen, upstairs bedroom with shared bath with adjoining bedroom.
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Large room with nice sitting area and private full bath.
      • Bedroom 2
        2 queen, Bedroom and private bath.
      • Bedroom 3
        2 queen, Bedroom with private full bath.
      • Bedroom 4
        1 king, Large room with private bath/handicap accesssible shower.
      • Bedroom 9
        1 queen, Upstairs bedroom with shared bath with adjoining bedroom.
      • Bedroom 6
        1 queen, 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 5
        1 king, 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.


      • 9 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
      • Women's Public
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower, Handicap accessible shower with available shower chair
      • Men's Public
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 7
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 8
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 9
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, combination 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.

      Location Type

        • Monument View
        • Mountain View
          Located in the Uncompahgre Valley, Montrose is surrounded by natural treasures on all sides, including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park just to the east and San Juan Mountains.
        • Rural
          Located in the scenic and historic Uncompahgre River Valley five minutes south of Montrose, Colorado. Ten minutes from Montrose Regional Airport. Forty five minutes toTelluride Ski Resort


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas hot water heat with individual zones and individual thermostats in each room.
                    • Internet
                      Free high speed internet service available.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      Gas fireplace in the Great Room accented with two love seats and sofa.
                    • Living Room
                      Originally the schools gymnasium, this spacious room contains an antique piano, 3 comfy sofas, dining for 20 and a reading corner for 2.
                    • Parking
                      Parking lot will accommodate twelve vehicles. Additional on-site parking available with prior approval from manager.
                    • Telephone
                      Free local calls
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Complete place settings for 20.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          The lodge has a completely new and modern commercial kitchen.
                        • Microwave
                          Large capacity mircowave in the kitchen plus an additional microwave located above the wet bar in Great Room.
                        • Oven
                          Stacked, double oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Gas, five burner stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Three separate dinning tables in the Great Room that will comfortably seat 22 guests. One table seats 10, another seats 6 and the third seats 4. Additional folding tables & chairs available if needed.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 22 people


                                • Books
                                  Each bedroom decorated with vintage books and well as a book cabinet in the Great Room.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Eight rocking chairs located on front porch. Back porch equipped with gas grill and seating for eight
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Large gas grill located on the back porch.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          There is a ramp attached to the back deck for easy wheel chair access. Additionally Bedroom #4 is equipped with a wheelchair accessible bathroom.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge


                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • 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

                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • On-site manager

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  7 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  60th Anniversary Party

                                                                  Cynthia B.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Hidden Gem

                                                                  Don H.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Family Reunion

                                                                  Grover W.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Motorcycle Trip

                                                                  Lesa F.

                                                                  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 !

                                                                  Family Reunion

                                                                  Our stay at the Old School Lodge was much more that we expected. The new and fully furnished kitchen was a real blessing. The bedrooms with individual bathrooms were wonderful for the privacy and added to the ability to make the whole family happy. Eight year children to eighty year old grandparents all had plenty of room and privacy to make our stay wonderful in every way.


                                                                  Diana W.

                                                                  I spent several wonderful months in the school house while my house was being rebuilt. The high ceilings, big windows, fireplace and pristine wooden floors make it a very special space. It is very well furnished and maintained, and the owners are delightful and easy to work with. I would very much recommend this place to anyone, it's both cozy for couples and accommodating of large groups, plus the kitchen is very well organized and equipped and can service a crowd easily. Loved my stay there!


                                                                  Montrose, CO, USA

                                                                  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.

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