|Space||2,700 sq. ft.|
This historic, award-winning, luxurious property sits across from a park with a small creek bubbling through it, just one block from downtown Manitou Springs. Originally the carriage house of Jerome Wheeler, one of the town’s greatest benefactors, this building has been lovingly renovated with beautiful detail.
It consists of three individual luxury apartments: the 1st Floor two-bedroom unit that sleeps up to six; the 2nd Floor East unit, a one-bedroom unit that sleeps up to four; and the 2nd Floor West unit, a one-bedroom unit that also sleeps up to four. Rent one, two, or all three units, paying for only what you need to accommodate up to fourteen people.
Each of the three apartments is a fully-independent living space with its own digitally-secure, steel-clad entries. All are built to commercial codes with all-new electrical, plumbing and heating systems. Safety features include a one-hour fire separation between all units, smoke and CO detectors, and fire extinguishers. Each are individually insulated for comfort and quiet.
All apartments feature well-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, dishwasher, full laundry, HD televisions with 290 channel satellite service, original artwork, king size beds with memory foam-topped mattresses, jetted bathtubs, air conditioning (in 2nd floor units), a deck or patio, free parking, and free wi-fi throughout.
Every room is topped with crown molding (even the bathrooms) and textured in soft pastels. The living areas are finished with oak floors and wool rugs, while the kitchens and baths are fitted with porcelain tile. The bedrooms are topped with panned ceilings and floored with thick, sumptuous carpet.
The 1st Floor apartment is a spacious two bedroom, two bath unit. The master bedroom offers a four-poster king bed, HDTV, and full en suite bathroom with jetted tub. The beautiful rose and cream colors of the bedroom compliment the cherry wood furnishings. The guest bedroom includes a four-poster queen bed and gorgeous armoire, and is finished in shades of cream and blue. The living room sports a 42" HD plasma smart TV and a beautiful leather sectional. A full kitchen, oak dining room, laundry and full guest bathroom make this unit complete. Open your French doors to the flagstone patio, equipped with a gas grill and dining table under the shade of a gazebo. This rental comfortably sleeps up to six guests with use of the queen size 19" air bed.
The 2nd Floor East unit offers accommodations for up to four guests, with a California king bed, walk-in closet and 40” HD TV in the bedroom. This room is strikingly beautiful, adorned in soft blue and cream tones with a panned ceiling. The bathroom is complete with jetted tub. The kitchen comes complete with granite counter tops and breakfast bar, cooktop oven, and all the modern amenities. The unit is equipped with air conditioning and full laundry. The supple leather furnishings in the living room are accented by the pale green walls. The queen-size sofa sleeper accommodates two additional guests. The living room is also equipped with a 42” HD plasma smart TV. The French doors open to an alluring deck with beautiful views of the foothills and the Manitou Incline. A beautiful spot for outdoor dining or coffee.
The 2nd Floor West unit also accommodates up to four guests. The romantic bedroom features a gorgeous king-sized four-poster canopy bed, walk-in closet and beautifully restored wardrobe. This stunning room is embraced by soft green and cream colors highlighting the rich, dark furniture. The bathroom is complete with jetted tub. This unit offers air conditioning and full laundry. The kitchen comes complete with granite counter tops and breakfast bar, and is well-equipped for meal preparation. The large sofa in the living room opens into a queen sleeper for two additional guests. The living room is finished in blue and cream tones. The French doors open to a beautiful deck with gorgeous views of the foothills. Enjoy breakfast or dinner in the beautiful outdoors.
These vacation rental apartments are in Jerome Wheeler’s carriage house built in 1888.
A second cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jerome Byron Wheeler served during the Civil War, surviving to marry Harriet Macy Valentine (whose family founded Macy’s department store) in 1870. By 1879 he had become the president and a major shareholder of R. H. Macy and Company after the deaths of both its male heirs.
In 1882, Wheeler and his wife visited Colorado, seeking relief for Harriet’s severe bronchitis. They visited Manitou Springs (called ‘Manitou’ back then) as it was famous for its mineral waters. In 1883, they built a summer home here, naming it ‘Windemere.’ This sat where the Post Office is currently located.
Soon, Wheeler began hearing reports of silver strikes in Aspen, and he purchased interests in promising mines. Although his time at New York City's most prosperous department store produced years of record sales and profits, Jerome Wheeler’s ambitions were shifting toward Colorado. Wheeler left his position and sold his shares in Macy’s in 1888.
Wheeler became involved in numerous mining ventures in Leadville and Aspen. He organized the Aspen Smelting Company, and built a mountain tramway to bring ore down the mountain to the smelter. He was president of the Croseus Gold Mining and Milling Company, as well as the Rock Hill Consolidated Gold and Silver Mining Company in Leadville. He was a partner in a marble quarry, and was president of the Grand River Coal and Coke Company. Before long, he was phenomenally wealthy.
He built two of downtown Aspen's landmarks; the Wheeler Opera House and the Hotel Jerome, putting nearly one million dollars in each. These are both thriving today. He built the first bank in Aspen, as well as a large residence, but never lived in the home. Known as the Wheeler-Stallard House, it currently serves as home to the Aspen Historical Society.
All told, he invested nearly $6 million into developing Aspen, and is remembered fondly as an icon there as a result.
Jerome Wheeler became a director of the Colorado Midland Railroad when it was organized in 1885, and brought rail connections to both Aspen and Manitou Springs. He and Colorado Springs railroad tycoon James John Hagerman invested over $100,000 in the extension of the Colorado Midland Railroad to the western slope, the first standard gauge railroad to cross the Continental Divide. Some of the rail beds and tunnels for this railroad can still be seen in various places around town and along US-24 west of Manitou Springs.
He started the Manitou Mineral Water Company, which was very popular back east and was even served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
He invested in the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, a cog railway that still transports passengers to the top of Pikes Peak.
As he had in Aspen, Wheeler also built the first bank in Manitou Springs, the Wheeler Bank. This yellow brick building sits at the east end of downtown.
At the intersection of Manitou and Canon Avenues sits a triangle of land with the clock donated by Wheeler to the town. His wife had been intrigued by a similar clock in Italy, so he spent $3600 to provide one for Manitou Springs.
In 1892, Wheeler became embroiled in the first of a series of lengthy and costly lawsuits over one of his silver mines. The combination of the judgments and the Panic of 1893, resulting in the crash of the value of silver, cost Jerome Wheeler nearly his entire fortune.
Wheeler's mining company laid off all its employees. His banks failed and closed for two years, but Wheeler paid his depositors every dollar and they lost nothing.
Manitou Springs continued to benefit from Wheeler’s largess, even after his fortunes had dwindled. He contributed $50,000 toward the construction of Manitou Avenue and outfitted a volunteer fire company. In 1913, after a devastating flood, he gave $10,000 to the city for emergency repairs.
Jerome Wheeler spent most of his remaining years at Windemere until his death on December 1, 1918.
New York. Aspen. Manitou Springs.
Jerome Wheeler was successful wherever he went, and he and Harriet certainly could have lived wherever they desired. But ultimately, they chose Manitou Springs as their home. Come to Manitou Springs and see what they discovered. This is a great place to be.
History of Windemere
Jerome Wheeler’s Windemere estate in Manitou Springs included an elaborate conservatory, this carriage house, billiard rooms and two bowling alleys. Roses for the Cliff House Hotel were grown in the conservatory and placed on guest's pillows each night.
After the death of the Wheelers (Harriet died in 1916), the estate was sold off, and the Wheeler residence was demolished for a hotel. The post office was built on the site in 1940.
In the carriage house, horses were kept on the first floor, where tethering rings remained on the support posts until our renovations. Carriages were kept on the second floor (as well as under the portico, where one can still see impressions from the carriage wheels that bumped into the cedar siding), and the hay loft occupied the third floor. Evidence of a horse ramp was found in the stone walls. Incidentally, the stone is Manitou Greenstone, found only in this area.
The carriage house was divided into apartments somewhere around 1920. There were seven apartments in the building, which fell vacant around 1990. We purchased the building in 1993 with the intention of developing it into a bed and breakfast. Ultimately, due to the constraints of time, money, full-time jobs, and kids to raise, the bed and breakfast was never realized. As they say, “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
Come see why this property has now reached its highest and best use, over 125 years in the making. We think Jerome Wheeler would be pleased with what has become of his carriage house.
Tim and Kris have resided in Manitou Springs for the past twenty-three years, and can’t think of a better place to call home.
They share their home with Maggie, an English Springer Spaniel, and Cassie, a twenty-pound Cocker Spaniel bent on world domination.
Tim and Kris Monroe purchased this apartment in 1993
Manitou Springs has so much to offer: a plethora of recreational options, wonderful historic district with numerous shops and restaurants, more natural beauty than your heart can imagine, family events throughout the year, many recognized attractions and more than 250 days of sunshine a year.
Our home, once Jerome Wheeler's carriage house, is a gorgeous, award-winning historic building one block from downtown Manitou Springs. Enjoy summer band concerts from your deck or patio. Walk to numerous hiking trails and the Manitou Incline. Saunter across the park to the downtown district with its quaint shops and interesting people, with no need to search for a parking space. The owners, Tim and Kris, live in their own, private unit on-site. So, any issues that arise are handled in a timely manner. Having personal knowledge of the restaurants, trails, and attractions of this wonderful area, they are more than happy to offer insight and suggestions from eating establishments to scenic driving loops.
We had such a wonderful time staying at the Carriage House! Everything was even better than had been described on the website. Kris and Tim met us as soon as we arrived at the house and they were so helpful and informative. They even provided a birthday cake for my boyfriend as a kind gesture! The house was immaculately clean and the bed was so comfortable! We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back soon!
We had two families come stay at the Carriage House and rented out the 2 second floor apartments. Upon arrival, Kris and Tim met us and gave us a tour of the rooms. We all felt so welcomed and comfortable! In each apartment they provided a bottle of wine for the adults and juice boxes for the kids. The rooms and accommodations were comfortable and very nice! We really enjoyed our stay and really loved Manitou Springs. It was very easy to get pretty much anywhere. We'll definitely come back in our future visits!
Our family of five arrived very late; Tim and Kris were still there waiting to great us and help us unload. They were so friendly and helpful! The house is charming and fit us all perfectly, including our 2 dogs! We were so delighted with our stay that we can't wait to go back!
We had a wonderful time visiting Manitou Springs. The house was as beautiful and comfortable as the description makes it sound! Tim and Kris were so welcoming. They made sure we knew exactly where we were headed, and came to greet us when we arrived with a quick tour of the house. They even upgraded us to the two bedroom unit since no one had booked it for that night! Hope to come back again someday, and explore Manitou Springs further.
Kris and Tim were thoughtful and gracious hosts. Everything was just as advertised. Nicely decorated, comfortable and all the appliances were in excellent condition. There is a park across the street which is great for dog playing and walking. Just past the park is a street and neighborhood with restaurants, shops, pubs. A very pleasant place all around and we will be going back when we are in the area. I would recommend this property to a friend, a relative and anyone looking for a place in Manitou Springs. It is also very quick and easy to get into Colorado Springs from here, if you have business there.
My husband and I, really enjoyed our stay at the carriage house. It was equipped with everything from a fully functional kitchen, satellite TV, WiFi, washer and dryer, and a very comfortable bed; all super clean. We felt safe, as you are provided a code to enter the building and your rental. Additionally , there is a park right next to the carriage house, making it convenient to take your dog out to do their business. The location is perfect, walking distance to restaurants and shops. We definitely will stay at the carriage again, and highly recommend it to others to stay here.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
2nd Floor East/2nd Floor West
Sep 17 2016 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
2nd Floor East/2nd Floor West
May 1 2017 - May 11 2017
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
2nd Floor East/2nd Floor West
May 12 2017 - Oct 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fees start at||$60 + Tax|
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The table reflects pricing for the stated number of guests. Additional guests are $20/night.
Discounts are reflected for multiple unit rentals. A 20% discount is reflected in the rental rate for all three units.
*** Rates from Sep 17, 2016 through April 30, 2017 ***
2nd Floor East unit-----$89 / $109 (Fri, Sat) for 2 guests
2nd Floor West unit----$89 / $109 (Fri, Sat) for 2 guests
1st Floor unit-----------$150 / $170 (Fri, Sat) for up to 4 guests
2nd Floor East + 2nd Floor West----$190 / $215 (Fri, Sat) for up to 4 guests
1st Floor unit + one 2nd Floor unit---$225 / $260 (Fri, Sat) for up to 6 guests
All three units---------$350 for up to 10 guests
*** Rates from May 1, 2017 through May 11, 2017 ***
2nd Floor East unit-----$115 / $130 (Fri, Sat) for 2 guests
2nd Floor West unit----$115 / $130 (Fri, Sat) for 2 guests
1st Floor unit-----------$170 / $190 (Fri, Sat) for up to 4 guests
2nd Floor East + 2nd Floor West----$215 / $240 (Fri, Sat) for up to 4 guests
1st Floor unit + one 2nd Floor unit---$250 / $275 (Fri, Sat) for up to 6 guests
All three units---------$360 for up to 10 guests
*** Rates from May 12, 2017 through Oct 15, 2017 ***
2nd Floor East unit-----$168 for 2 guests
2nd Floor West unit----$168 for 2 guests
1st Floor unit-----------$248 for up to 4 guests
2nd Floor East + 2nd Floor West----$288 for up to 4 guests
1st Floor unit + one 2nd Floor unit---$368 for up to 6 guests
All three units---------$468 for up to 12 guests
Cleaning Fees: --- 2nd Floor units: $60 --- 1st Floor unit: $90 --- Whole House: $180
Unless a date is blocked out on the calendar, there is availability of at least one unit on that date. Please email us for verification of availability.