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Patio, Grill, Hot tub, Fire pit, Playground, Trails and Views at your doorstep

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2000 sqft, 4 bdrms, 2 large bths, unlimited hot water. Private and secluded.

Altitude and attitude are attributes unique to Colorado and we think you'll agree. 9300 ft. of altitude at our place and there's no arguing that you'll be in the clouds here. Hiking our 40 acre property with 270 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo and Collegiate Mountain ranges, your attitude will soar. Our active/passive solar home faces south with stunning views and lots of glass to absorb the Colorado sun. We've got radiant heat beneath tile floors and a comfortable environment year round. The house has two levels, each 2000 sq. ft. The garden level is all yours. There is a separate driveway, parking, private entrance, large patio with grill, clean hot tub, fire-pit with unlimited firewood and a playground for the kids . Enjoy these while you gaze at the incredible starry mountain sky. While you'll not see or hear us unless you'd like to, we'd be happy to point you in the right direction or answer any questions you may have about the area. We are Valerie and retired couple and a friendly dog named Chance who will be there to great you. Our avocations include home exchanging around the world, building things and planning the greenhouse we are going to add next. A game of Scrabble and a glass of wine on one of our patios is as wild as we get.

You'll be quite comfortable here; lots of light, three bedrooms with comfy queen beds, plus a bonus room with a full-size bed. One of the bedrooms has a full-size bunk bed set and a twin-size bunk bed set in addition to the Queen bed. There is tons of storage should you stay a while, two large bathrooms, a separate laundry room, a fully stocked kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a great room with a dining area, and large flat screen TV, DVD player, WIFI, books, games and movies. Best of all, no neighbors in sight.

Find us by heading west up the scenic pass from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24, about a 35 minute drive. You'll pass the glorious Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the charming town of Manitou Springs where you can hike the very steep 'Incline' if you dare or eat and shop till you drop. Play at the old-fashioned Penny Arcade and then proceed west again on Hwy 24. You'll pass a few more quirky and sweet mountain towns and arrive in Woodland Park, the largest of the local mountain towns. Stop for an apple fritter the size of your head at The Donut Mill and notice many other dining options. See the Dinosaur Resource Center, a Friday Farmer's Market (in season) and beautiful Rampart Reservoir, hidden above town. Continue west on Hwy 24 with a quick photo op stop at Edlowe Rd. on your left, Just past the new hospital, where you'll see Pike's Peak in a picture postcard setting. Back on the road, still heading west to through the town of Divide. A left there on highway 67 South, would take you on a beautiful scenic mountain drive to the old mining and new gambling town of Cripple Creek. Lots of history there. When you venture that way, you should stop at 'The Crags', our very favorite 4 mile hike, with amazing rock formations and stunning views which just may rival parts of the Grand Canyon. There is a lone tree at the top that has been so twisted by age and wind, it looks like an ancient olive tree. Mueller State Park is also in that direction. Back to our route. From Divide, continue west on Hwy 24 and turn left at Twin Rocks Road, pass the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center where you can howl with the wolves, go another half mile and turn left onto Trout Lake Rd. Almost there. Take an immediate right on Kutsu Ridge Road, at the top, drive through two open gates and another 100 yards or so and you've arrived at #5, The GreenHouse at Kutsu Point on your left.

Once you've settled in, check out the Florissant Fossil Beds, 11 Mile Canyon where our kids go rock-climbing, and fly-fishing in the 'dreamstream' or South Platte River. If you are really ambitious, Breckenridge, a gorgeous ski resort town is 80 miles northwest of us. The Royal Gorge is a scenic 70 minute drive west of us and an excursion you'll not want to miss.

When you've conquered all that there is to see and do, (ours was the short list), come back to the GreenHouse, simply sit back, take a deep breath and truly savor the exquisite Rocky Mountain Altitude with your newfound Colorado Attitude!

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Valerie Flesher
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Valerie Flesher

We both grew up in different parts of the country, Connecticut and Kansas, having happily collided in Colorado where we are enjoying a productive retirement. Six adult children, seven grandchildren with another on the way, we definitely keep busy and often have a full house. We're an easy-going couple and love to meet new people from around the country and the world and share our incredible property. Life is good!

Valerie Flesher purchased this guest house in 2014

Why Valerie Flesher chose Florissant

We looked at a lot of land parcels upon which to build our solar home and when we walked this property, we both said THIS IS IT! All of our 40 acres are easily walkable and we've had so much fun making our trails. Trail maps are available and all of our trails are well marked so that guests can easily navigate them and find their way back home!

What makes this guest house unique

Having 40 acres allows for complete privacy, serenity and peace of mind. Aside from the awesome views and the clear night sky, I think what we like best about living up here is the clean mountain air and the absolute QUIET. It's heavenly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks again Josh, for visiting and for the lovely review. It was a pleasure hosting you! And true, most prospective guests don't realize just how private the guest level is and always tell us at the end of their visit that they felt like they had the mountain all to themselves! Hope to see you again in the future!
Mar 2016
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Florissant Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , custom sink cabinetry, dual shower heads, radiant floor heat
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En Suite bath with custom sink cabinetry, corner shower
  • large mirrors, lots of storage and Kohler fixtures
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ensuite bathroom attached
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , one full-size bunkbed set, and one twin-size bunkbed set
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , mini bedroom behind kitchen with memory foam platform bed
  • all bedrooms have radiant in floor heat, triple pane windows with interior shade,(except bedroom4!), and tile floors.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Patio, Grill, Hot tub, Fire pit, Playground, Trails and Views at your doorstep
average rating of 4.9375 based on 50 reviews

Their home is solid, high quality everything.

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations. Val and Don are the perfect hosts and their home had everything and more. Wonderfully maintained inside and out.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I already miss this place.

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely fantastic. Val and Don have really thought of everything that a person could need. The property is beautiful and serene. Definitely take advantage of the hiking trails. There are rock formations and two small natural springs and an abundance of wildlife. When you're not hiking you can take advantage of the hot tub, the fire pit, the covered back porch with plenty of seating, or even play a game of cornhole or horseshoes. This is the perfect place to get away and just relax. It's remote, yet still close to all of the attractions in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Val and Don were seldom seen, but very pleasant to talk to when we did see them and quick to act if we had a request. And their dog, Chance, is as sweet as she can be. My family has vowed to return to this place as soon as we can. If you're looking for a place to bring your family, look no further. I know that you will love this place as much as we did!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I would recommend this place to all my friends and family!

  • 5 of 5

Our family, consisting of my husband and me plus six kids ages 1-15, and my folks stayed a week at The Green House, and what a treat it was! Such a beautiful property, inside and out. We loved the gorgeous scenery, the private setting, and all the amenities that kept us all happy and busy, even when we stayed put. The location is about 45 minutes or less to so many places that we were never at a loss of where to go or what to see. The owners were very helpful, and our kids loved the daily visits from their dog Chance. If we ever go back to the area, we will definitely try to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

This house was the best. We traveled with my parents and our four kids and we had beds to spare. The kids loved the hot tub and the tree house. The property has 40 acres with marked trails to hike. We saw deer every morning and evening. The owners live in the house upstairs and they were very helpful with any information we needed, but they also gave us our space to enjoy the property. I highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lindsborg, Ks

As advertised and more!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful house and property. The amenities were over the top. Val has thought of everything to make your stay feel like home. We would recommend waiting to purchase groceries until you have checked into the property as it is well stocked. Very nice shopping close by in Divide, CO. We hiked the property and nearby Mueller Park, took in a day of whitewater rafting in Canon City, and even won a little cash at Cripple Creek. Each evening was spent outside enjoying the view, hot tub, games, and Chance the dog. We will definitely be back. Don't look any further this is the place you want!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Letts, IA

Colorado family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Val & Don have thought of everything. We stayed 5 nights at the green house. From the minute we arrived and Chance greeted our grandkids to the day we left the stay was more than we imagined. Val and Don have thought of everything , pantry items, coffee, paper products, laundry soap, spices, toys and games for the grandkids, marked trails to hike and a hot tub to soak in. Val and Don live upstairs and were available if we had questions but were never intrusive. They gave us great ideas on places to visit. They are in the middle of building a tree house and play area that is going to be a lot of fun for kids later this summer.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
McGinty's, Thunderbird Inn and Russ' Place
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US Hwy 24
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
McGuinty's in Divide
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Car: necessary

There are numerous world renowned attractions within easy driving distance. We have a pamphlets basket full of info in our rental space. But the activities we highly recommend while at the GreenHouse are: hiking the marked mountain trails on our property, stargazing on a clear moonless night, morning coffee as the sun first ignites the distant mountains, and discovering the purple mountains majesty at sunset on Kutsu Point.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning fee $150 + Tax

House Rules:
No hunting or shooting on property.
No smoking indoors.
Minimum age of responsible guest is 25
No Pets allowed
All trash to be kept indoors to minimize visits from unwanted guests (bears, mountain lions, etc.)

Thank you for observing the above.

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

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