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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Historic. 1st Floor unit

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

Highest-rated property in Manitou Springs. This 1st Floor unit sleeps 6 people.

Despite VRBO reporting almost 400 properties in Manitou Springs, this property is one of only about 50 vacation rentals actually in Manitou Springs. Now in its third year, this property has garnered 100+ reviews and more 5-star ratings than any other in Manitou Springs. See most of the reviews at

This property consists of three individual luxury apartments. On the first floor, a two-bedroom/two-bath unit sleeps up to six. On the second floor, there are two one-bedroom/one-bath units that each sleep up to four. There are separate listings for each of the three rental units. This listing contains pricing and information for booking the 1st Floor unit. Email us for help in renting one, two, or all three units, paying for only what you need to accommodate up to 14.

Information for renting all three units is at; 2nd Floor one-bedroom/one-bath units are at: and

Email us about combining units for your group, or for help in deciding what you need.

This historic, award-winning property sits across from a park with Fountain 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 building code 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.

These apartments feature well-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, dishwasher, full laundry, HD televisions with satellite service, original artwork, king-size beds with memory foam-topped mattresses, jetted bathtubs, air conditioning in the 2nd floor units, a deck or patio, free parking and wifi.

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, priced in this listing, is a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath unit. The master bedroom offers a four-poster king bed, 39" 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" HDTV and a beautiful leather sectional. A full kitchen, oak dining room, laundry and full guest bathroom make this unit complete. Open the French doors to your large 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 thick bed.

The 2nd Floor East unit offers accommodations for up to four guests. The bedroom is finished with a panned ceiling, a California king bed, walk-in closet and 40” HDTV. The full bathroom is complete with jetted tub. The full 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-size laundry. The queen-size sofa sleeper accommodates two additional guests. The living room is complete with a 42” HDTV and French doors opening to an alluring deck with beautiful views of Pikes Peak's foothills. This unit is described in full detail at

The 2nd Floor West unit also accommodates up to four guests. The bedroom features a king-size four-poster canopy bed, panned ceiling, and walk-in closet. The full bathroom is complete with jetted tub. This unit offers air conditioning and full laundry. The fully-equipped kitchen is finished with granite counter tops and breakfast bar. The living room is equipped with a 42" HDTV, and the large sofa opens into a queen sleeper with a memory foam topper for two additional guests. The French doors open to a beautiful deck with gorgeous views of the foothills. Enjoy breakfast or dinner in the beautiful outdoors.This unit 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, 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.

Downtown 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 seven apartments about 100 years ago. The building 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
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Tim and Kris Monroe

Tim and Kris have resided in Manitou Springs for the past twenty-eight 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 West 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
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Primary renter minimum age is 28. Primary renter must be a guest.
  • Because we have three apartments in our building, we reserve the right to turn down bookings with children where other guests' comfort may be at risk.
  • Dogs are allowed on a case-by-case basis, with a minimum $80 charge. Dogs are not permitted to be left alone without being crated.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A 19" thick queen air bed is provided for 5th and 6th guests
  • 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. Award-winning. Luxurious. Historic. 1st Floor unit
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Excellent stay — a beautifully restored Classic.

  • 5 of 5

Close enough to walk everywhere in Manitou Springs. Owners live upstairs and were very friendly and helpful. Pay attention to their parking directions and all will be well.

Lovely place with a great kitchen and dining area.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Scott, We're very happy you enjoyed your short stay with us! Hope to have you again some time. Tim and Kris
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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fabulous property in the middle of Manitou Springs

  • 5 of 5

This property is historic and beautifully furnished. My daughter got married at the Garden of the Gods and we booked this property for the bridesmaids house. It could not have been more perfect with three apartments, 4 private bedrooms, and accommodations for more with pullout couches if needed. Most of our wedding guests stayed at the Cliff House only walking distance away, so we could easily go mix and mingle. We were able to walk anywhere in Manitou to lunch, pubs, or shopping, and then retreat to the house for wedding prep or relaxation. The apartments were well furnished with everything that we needed, and can be booked individually or as the entire house as we did. The separation allowed for privacy with bedrooms for the married bridesmaid and spouse and a private apartment for the bride and her mom (me). The location is right across the street from a park if you have little ones, and less than a block from the middle of Manitou where all the action is. Kris and Tim are lovely and were so welcoming and helpful.

I will treasure my memories of my daughter's wedding, and front and center will have to be the outstanding setting that we had for our bridesmaid retreat. I would highly recommend this property for anyone that is looking for a fusion comfort and history in the middle of historic Manitou Springs. Thanks Kris and Tim.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jane, We absolutely loved having you and your sweet daughter stay with us for her wedding. What an honor to play a small role in such a blessed event! Thank you very much and we certainly hope to see you sometime in the future. All the best, Tim and Kris
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Iowa City, IA

Lovely place and great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Manitou Springs! The Carriage House is located ideally, a block from the bustling downtown and across the street from a nice little park. Close to everything but very quiet sleeping. We stayed in the lower level 2BR--very charming, clean, and comfortable. Well-supplied with everything we could need. We loved the quaint front porch and courtyard right off the dining room and loved being able to take our dogs. Kris and Tim were very welcoming (thanks for the lovely White Merlot and chocolates you left for us!) This was our first time in Manitou Springs and the beauty and charming character of the town far surpassed our expectations. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nyla! We loved having your beautiful family stay with us and hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday! Tim and Kris
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Dallas Texas

One of the best VRBO properties we’ve ever stayed at.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place with everything you could possibly need. The town is charming and close to all the attractions. Built in 1888 and gorgeous updating. The jetted tub and bathrooms were fantastic. The mattresses were great and provided a wonderful nights sleep. We stayed for over a week and will gladly be back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lynn, We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We enjoyed having you and are hoping we see you again in the near future! Tim and Kris
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Colorado Springs
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $80 + Tax
1st Floor Cleaning Fees $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.03%

Discounts are offered for multiple unit rentals. Call or email us for information about these discounts.

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

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

The listing web page for all three units is:

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

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

  • 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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