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Mountain lodge sleeps 14 - hot tub, billiards, ping pong, playground....

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Overview

VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Sun Mountain Retreat

This spacious residence has easy access, yet it is secluded in the mountains where you bask in clean air and brilliant winter sun.

The backyard forms your own private park. You can relax while your children are engrossed with the excitement of their own secluded space. The large log playground provides swings for tiny tots to adults. Logs form a balance bridge, slide pole, a sliding board, climbing tires. The concrete basketball court has two baskets. Equipment is available to set up tether ball, volleyball or badminton. The treehouse is a challenging climb - only for the adventurous. National Forests border the property and provide hundreds of acres of hiking. A treasure map leads the adventurous through the mountains to an old gold mine and 'treasure.' There are hammocks, , lawn chairs, , gas grill. We are located in the beauty of Ute Pass.

Relaxation is enriched with our spacious spa / game room. There you can soak in our hot tub where you can watch movies or cheer on your energetic friends. The kids compete in air hockey, while adults play foosball or billiards on our 8-foot slate pool table.

Since your vacation is a time for rest, we splurged on the bedding. Memory-foam on the mattresses provides form-fitting support. The beds are covered with fluffy down comforters. Sleep in the unique, theme-decorated bedrooms - each is an imagination experience.

'King’s Crown' room has a king-sized bed. 'Country Garden' has two queen size, canopy beds. 'Grandma’s Attic' has two twins, one of which is an adjustable bed that can be positioned for special sleeping needs. 'Wilderness Trail' has two twin beds. 'Mountain Adventure' has two twin beds inside a large tent. Finally, one of the living rooms has a queen-size hide-a-bed.

The house is specially designed to be environmentally friendly. Sun rays flood the house with toasty warmth during the winter, and in the summer the house is naturally cooled. Laundered linens are dried on a line in the fresh mountain air. Woodland Park, our nearby 'City Above the Clouds,' boasts an average of 300 sunny days per year, more than San Diego, CA or Miami Beach, FL.

In the summer the 8500 foot elevation means pleasant days and cool nights. Another benefit of our high elevation, recent studies show that obese people can quickly lose weight and keep it off for weeks afterwards by spending time at higher altitudes.

Our expansive solar windows take advantage of the sun and clean mountain air. Through them you look on to your private yard. There is no central heating system, so on those occasional winter days when the sun is hidden, you set individual heaters in the rooms or better yet, your family will gather around your glowing fire in the wood stove. 'Roughing it' never felt so good.

The home is well stocked with a convection-oven stove, coffee maker, large cooking pans, commercial steamer, crock pot, mixer, blender, toaster, microwave and MUCH MORE - equipment that surpasses most home kitchens. Plus we supply a good supply of your basic staple foods so you generally need to buy mostly just meat, produce and dairy. There is baby equipment: high chair, crib, backpack baby carrier, stair guards.

We, the owners/managers live nearby so are immediately available to provide for your every need.

Keywords: Eco friendly, solar heat, on-site recreation, large house, borders National Forest

More Details

Owner
Karen Magistrelli
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2017

About Karen Magistrelli

We, Bob and Karen Magistrelli, built Sun Mountain Retreat for our family home. God carried us through the unknowns of construction - working miracles all along the way. We designed the home for kids - where they could be safe and have fun. We raised our seven children and numerous foster children here Years later we moved nearby to a home where we now take in men coming out of prison. We help the men start life over after years of isolation from society. Our income from Sun Mountain helps to provide for the needs of these men.

Karen Magistrelli purchased this house in 1985

Why Karen Magistrelli chose South Central

When our family home, now Sun Mountain Retreat, was no longer needed by the family, we could not bear to sell it, despite multiple buyer requests. We love this area and we love our family home. Our children are grown and settling in the immediate area. Making Sun Mountain a vacation home has involved all our children. Running it has been a great joy to us as we see our guests enjoying our home as much as we did.

What makes this house unique

Our most unique offering is the wide range of fun family activities right at our home - from a private backyard park to a large indoor recreation room and spa. Our home is central to a wide range of activities. Guests can enjoy the city offerings of beautiful Colorado Springs and can also be challenged with the outdoor activities of the mountains that surround us. Our home was designed to conserve our limited natural resources - as a 'green' home our guests can know they are part of needful conservation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I think you could easily promote 'The Lodge' as a great wedding spot. The local B & B's want to make you pay through the nose for the privilege of getting married there.

Again, thank you for providing us with the perfect place for our special day. I hope there will be future visits for us.
Apr 2006
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Amenities

Cascade House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but it is absolutely forbidden in our home.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Air Hockey
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Our home is designed for family fun. Lots of mountain hiking is available on the neighboring National Forest. There are recreational choices on-site for all ages. Especially popular is the treasure hunt through National Forest to an old gold mine.

Reviews

I found a reading buddy at the top of the stairs

VRBO Bear stayed here

Oct 3, 2009

Sun Mountain Retreat is a delightful family getaway, especially when you have a passel of cubs to entertain. We had bearly parked before the entire brood was racing for the enormous play structure, tree house, game room and hot tub. The house is warm and inviting, and we immediately felt welcome and at home. The comfortable beds are perfect for hibernating. But you won’t want to spend all your time indoors, or you would miss out on the gorgeous vistas waiting just outside the door, including the deer that greeted us through our window one morning. Don’t pass up the kid-friendly comfort and adventure awaiting you at Sun Mountain Retreat.

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Mountain lodge sleeps 14 - hot tub, billiards, ping pong, playground....
average rating of 4.787879 based on 37 reviews
Washington
5

Ring in the New Year!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented property all over the world (literally) and this property ranks in the very top of our experiences. The location is fantastic for staging to mountain adventures or city excursions. Our hosts, Karen and Bob, went above and beyond to ensure a fantastic time was had by our little group of 11 (ages 2 and up). The home and all facilities are top rate and we have a million memories to savor until next time!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A thousand thank you's for your comment. To be rated as the best rental in all your world travels - we are honored. Karen
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5

Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We had a family vacation here it was AWESOME. The house is everything that has been described and shown in pictures. Bob and Karen are amazing people!!! Our grandson loved the play equipment in the back yard along with the openness to have nurf gun wars with his dad and uncle.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We love Sun Mt. Retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with our 2 week stay at Sun Mt. Retreat. Our family was visiting my son for Parent's Weekend at USAFA. There were 10 of us and we had plenty of room. The relaxed atmosphere was just what we needed to reconnect as a family. My younger sons LOVED the tent room. :-) Karen was friendly and helpful and quick to respond to any questions. The home is in a wonderfully secluded spot but still very close to shopping, gas, etc. The views of Pike's Peak from the back hill are amazing! We saw deer and bunnies right outside the door. When we weren't out exploring the children had plenty to do with the playground, ping pong, games and more. (There were MANY movies available but we were so busy we only watched one. ) The home was an easy drive to USAFA, but far enough away that my son was able to forget about it for a while. ;-) We would highly recommend Sun Mt. as the perfect family retreat! We will certainly be coming back if at all possible.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Blessed time with our family. Beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

Vacation of a lifetime for our family. The beautiful mountains surrounded us. We woke up to the view of Pike's Peak every morning. The cooler temperatures were perfect. Woodland Park was close by to eat at the Hungry Bear! Close to Manitou Springs, Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak Cog Railway and much more. We played, laughed and worshipped Jesus as a family. There were 10 of us and we all had so much room. THe playground area and fire pit and patio with grills were perfect for our family with children. The game room added activity for pool, ping pong, jacuzzi. outside we played volleyball, badmitten, basketball and jungle gym. It is the best vacation our family experienced in a lifetime. We highly recommend it. We stayed for a week and will be coming back.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

A Lot of Home for The Money and The Pictures Don't Lie!!!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about how positive my families experience was staying at this rental. You can't beat the price, the amount of space inside the house and outside, the view, the hiking trials around the house, and wild life, etc..

Having five kids ranging from 8-14 we were worried about them getting bored quickly but this rental didn't allow for that. They were all over the place and experiencing a lot of new things for the first time. For us this rental was also located in the perfect spot in regards to, it was at most, a half hour from all of the attractions we were wanting to visit while in town for the week. This rental was also literally 5 minutes from the grocery store (Wal-Mart) which made planning for and cooking dinner in the large kitchen area a very easy option. (Saved a lot of money by eating in)

If we had any questions all we had to do was call the owners (Bob and Karen), and they got back with us in a reasonable time frame. My advice to any potential renters is to include a list of questions or concerns ahead of time in your correspondence with the owners so you are well informed about the area and what to expect. It helped us out greatly and cut down on phone calls to the owners once we arrived.

And remember to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate. The more water you drink will definitely help with the altitude adjustment. Hope this helps.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I must say that we have some of the best guests in the whole world !!
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Peyton, Colorado
5

Fun place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time staying here! It is such a beautiful home with such fun rooms. My kids LOVED the camping room! The playground was amazing! Bob and Karen were very helpful and such a blessing to us!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Any reservations could require a refundable damage deposit of $300 to $500. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be charged the 2.5% booking fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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