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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Couples May special $89. All June dates 15% off.

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 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.

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 (fully described in this listing) that sleeps up to six; the 2nd Floor East unit (fully described at, a one-bedroom unit that sleeps up to four; and the 2nd Floor West unit (fully described at, 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. All 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, 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.

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


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:
May 29, 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
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • Video Library ...
  • 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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(82 traveler reviews)

The Heart of Manitou Springs. Couples May special $89. All June dates 15% off.
average rating of 5.0 based on 82 reviews
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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Columbus, OH

Everything they said and more.

  • 5 of 5

We were blown away by the Carriage House. The property is in fantastic condition, has everything we could possibly need and more. It is handicap friendly and felt very private and secure. It was immaculate. The property is right next to the Manitou Springs "Boardwalk" area (as I like to call it). It made all of our visits to town much more convenient. We had a fantastic time and will definitely go back if we get back to the area. Thanks so much to Tim and Kris for everything.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ken, What a wonderful review. Thank you! So sorry we missed you this time but certainly hope you will stay with us again and we can meet! Thank you for your kind words-- Tim and Kris
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Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tiffany, Thank you very much for your kind review. We were honored to play a small role in your boyfriend's very special day! Hope you're able to visit us again some day; perhaps on his 31st?! Kind regards, Tim and Kris
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Overland Park, KS

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joe, Thank you for your kind response. Your group was a treat to have and your children so well behaved. Thank you for taking such good care of our home. Hope to have you back some day! Tim and Kris
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Amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Regina! We are happy you enjoyed your stay, and your puppies did, as well! Thank you very much for being our guests and we hope to have you back! Tim and Kris
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Austin, Texas

Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: April, Thank you so much for your kind review. So happy you enjoyed your stay and wish you could have stayed longer. Would love to have you back some time! Tim and Kris
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Rates & Availability

West Colorado Springs Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1st Floor Shoulder Season
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
1st Floor High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning Fees $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.03%

Discounts are reflected for multiple unit rentals. A 20% discount is offerred for rental of all three units.

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.

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