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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Historic and luxurious. 20% off through Sept 14th.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

Luxurious Award-Winning Historic Property Nestled in the Foothills of Pikes Peak

This web page is the original listing for this property consisting of three luxury apartment vacation rental units.

This web page is considered to be the main listing web page for this property, as all of the reviews submitted to date have been placed on this web page.

This property consists of three individual luxury apartments: the 1st Floor two-bedroom/two-bath unit that sleeps up to six; the 2nd Floor East unit, a one-bedroom/one-bath unit that sleeps up to four; and the 2nd Floor West unit, a one-bedroom/one-bath unit that also sleeps up to four.

Due to VRBO/HomeAway policies, separate listings were created for each of the three rental units.

This web page serves as the informational and pricing web page for the 1st Floor rental unit.

Information and pricing for the 2nd Floor East rental unit is at:

Information and pricing for the 2nd Floor West rental unit is at:

Rent one, two, or all three units, paying for only what you need to accommodate up to fourteen people.

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.

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. All are individually insulated for comfort and quiet.

All apartments feature well-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, dishwasher, full laundry, HD televisions with 175+ channel satellite service (including 2017 NFL Sunday Ticket), 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 complimentary 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.

This listing describes the 1st Floor apartment being offered. This unit accommodates up to six people. For larger groups, please see information on renting additional units below.

The 2nd Floor East unit offers accommodations for up to four people, and is described in full detail at

The 2nd Floor West unit also offers accommodations for up to four people, and is described in full detail at

The 1st Floor apartment, fully described and priced in this listing, 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.


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.

The carriage house was divided into apartments somewhere around 1920. There were seven apartments in the building, which fell vacant in the 1980’s. 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.

More Details

Tim and Kris Monroe
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Tim and Kris Monroe

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

Why Tim and Kris Monroe chose Colorado Springs

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.


West Colorado Springs Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , California King
    Living room - Queen sleeper sofa
    Living room - Queen sleeper sofa
  • Queen 19" air bed available Twin 19" air bed available
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • tennis


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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Historic and luxurious. 20% off through Sept 14th.
average rating of 5.0 based on 87 reviews

Perfect place, perfect location - a rare combination.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home for all. We booked the entire Carriage House while visiting for my niece's wedding. The layout and attention to detail in each unit was perfect for our extended family. We never closed or locked the inner doors and each unit allowed both together and private time. Having keyless locks that allow the same code also made it easy and convenient. It was super clean, spacious (having each unit self contained with washer/dryer, kitchen and bathroom is a major bonus) and comfortable. The location can't be beat. The proximity to everything you want/need in Manitou is right there. The owners were helpful, responsive and accommodating. As frequent visitors to Colorado, we will definitely be back and recommend this home to all.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a generous review, Lynn. We sincerely appreciate your business and loved having your family stay with us! Tim and Kris
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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Carriage House

  • 5 of 5

I booked the Carriage House for my daughter and her bridesmaids when she got married in Colorado. A great number of the wedding guests stayed at the Cliff House. The house was perfect, location terrific, and the owners could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We all loved our stay with the perfect amount of togetherness and privacy at the same time. I would highly recommend the entire house for a group traveling together, family reunion, or wedding party. Or the individual apartments for a couple or family. Thank you Kris and Tim!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jane! We loved having your family stay with us for such a special and blessed event! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Tim and Kris
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Carriage House could not have been any better.

  • 5 of 5

Our family went to Manitou Springs for our son's wedding. We decided to rent the week before for some bonding time. This house could not have been any better. Not sure where to begin. CLEAN, well decorated, washer, dryer, full kitchen, views, KING beds, porches, right across the street is park for little kids and even us. Walking distance to shops, games, food. Plenty of sights that kept us busy every day. Then to come back to the house that has 3 separate condos. Perfect. 5 stars for sure. Hope to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Holly! It was a privilege to have your family stay with us for such a blessed occasion! Tim and Kris
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I rented a unit for myself, my sister, and her two young adult daughters. I am a Colorado resident and they were visiting from the deep south. We felt and were treated as if we were guests in someone's home. We loved that the unit had so much character and was the was so well equipped. Although we loved exploring the town of Manitou Springs, we had just as much fun enjoying our girls' weekend in the apartment, cooking for ourselves and catching up. Very cozy and welcoming. Thanks for helping us make some lovely vacation memories.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Catherine! You ladies were a pleasure to have and we are so glad we had availability for you. You are always welcome here and we would be honored to have you return some day. Tim and Kris
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the first floor, 2 BR apartment for 6 nights in June 2017. We have 4 children ages ranging from 2.5 to 11. We had an absolutely fantastic time. The property was beautiful and immaculately kept. We especially enjoyed the patio dining, front porch relaxing and easy access to downtown, and the city park just across the street where the kids played every day. We also loved Manitou's central location to so much to do. We visited 7 falls, cave of the winds, garden of the gods, pikes peak and the zoo. We also explored Colorado Springs and the mountain towns one day. All of these places were 30 minutes or less from the property, many of them 10 minutes or less. Thank you Kris and Tim for your kind hospitality. We will forever kindly refer your property, and we hope to visit again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nathan! We loved having your family and hope to have you again some day! Tim and Kris
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Seattle, WA

A perfect weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at the Carriage House in mid-April. We rented two for my dad and one for myself and my two teenage children (husband had to stay back in Seattle). Both units were beautiful and well-equipped. It was also perfectly located right across a small pedestrian bridge to the quaint town of Manitou Springs. We spent two days exploring the town, riding the Cog Railway to Pike's Peak and exploring nearby Garden of the Gods. It was a wonderful weekend! Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Natalie, Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm sorry we didn't get to meet you this time but am happy you enjoyed your stay in Manitou Springs. It sounds like you took full advantage of what our little town has to offer! Hope to have you back again! Tim and Kris
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Rates & Availability

West Colorado Springs Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1st Floor reduced rates
Aug 13 2017 - Sep 14 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
1st Floor High Season
Sep 15 2017 - Oct 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
1st Floor Off Season
Oct 16 2017 - Apr 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $75

Discounts are offered for multiple unit rentals.

A 10% discount is offered for rental of any two units.

A 20% discount is offered for rental of all three units.

To calculate the correct rate, you need to visit the VRBO page for each unit you are interested in booking.

The listing web page for the 2nd Floor East unit is:

The listing web page for the 2nd Floor West unit is:

The web page for the respective listing will calculate the rate for your desired stay in that unit.

If you are booking two units, calculate the total for the two units and deduct 10%.

If you are booking all three units, calculate the total for all three units and deduct 20%.

Cleaning Fees: --- 2nd Floor units: $60 --- 1st Floor unit: $90 --- Whole House: $180

Please email us for verification of availability and rates, or with any questions you may have.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.