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Historic Former Church in the Heart of Old Town

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Old Town House Rental Photos and Description

Upscale 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath historic home. Sleeps 6.

Welcome to The Sanctuary of Fort Collins. Built in 1902 and designated a historic landmark by the City of Fort Collins, this property has the unique distinction of being the home to seven different churches in its 100+-year history. We purchased the partially-renovated property in 2012, completed the renovation over the next few years and have since made it our full-time guest house. It features period-correct architectural elements, retains its original wood floors and stained glass, yet still provides the modern comforts of today. We have done our best to make this property one in which will make your stay as pleasant as possible.

There are three bedrooms, each with their own bath and all on separate levels. The main level of the house features an eat-in kitchen, the master bedroom and bath, an additional half bath, and the formal living room, which features my grandmother’s baby-grand Steinway, dating back to the late 1920s. The upstairs loft features a game room and the second bedroom and bath. The basement features a media room, wine cellar, office area, laundry room, and the third bedroom and bath. Outside you’ll find a quaint courtyard, gazebo and patio space for dining al fresco or simply enjoying the garden.

If there is anything we can do for you to make your stay more pleasant, please let us know. We live next door and are happy to help when we can. Please note the carriage house and garage are not available for rent and may be occupied by our own guests during your stay. However, do not expect any disruptions should this be the case.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mark & Denise McFann
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2016

About Mark & Denise McFann

We lead an active life and are highly engaged in the community, routinely enjoying all this city has to offer and volunteering our time to give back to the community. Our interests are wide and include traveling, food and wine, music, the arts, fitness, and outdoor recreation. We are both Colorado State alumni, manage multiple business interests and have two children.

Mark & Denise McFann purchased this house in 2012

Why Mark & Denise McFann chose Fort Collins

We fell in love with this property for its location and its history. We had looked at purchasing this property while it was still a church a few years prior knowing that we would one day be moving back to Fort Collins, but thought the renovation would be too difficult a project to manage from out of state. When we were transitioning back to Colorado and saw that the church had been partially renovated and was again for sale, we had to see it. Once we saw the attention to detail that had been given towards the project thus far, we decided it was meant to be. We completed the renovation and considered turning it into a bed and breakfast, but decided that a guest house would be a better option for us in our current place in life. All furnishings, with the exception of some family heirlooms are new and carefully selected with your comfort in mind. It is our hope that this becomes a place you will want to return to again.

What makes this house unique

We offer both short-term and discounted long-term rentals. We are happy to help with prearrangements such as stocking the house with groceries, trip planning advice, restaurant reservations or other special requests such as providing optional cleaning services for long-term rentals or breakfasts for special occasions. We stock the house with basic toiletries and water bottles in the fridge.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Historic Former Church in the Heart of Old Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Perfect family house

  • 5 of 5

We were welcomed with warm cookies! Mark was very welcoming and then left us alone for the rest of our visit.

The house is exactly as pictured. Beautiful and all the comforts of home.

Perfect location, walk to stores and restaurants.

All the appliances work perfectly. Large washer and dryer. Comfortable beds, large bathrooms. Definitely will be returning in the future! Thank you Mark and Denise!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Every thing was thought of!

  • 5 of 5

Luxurious accommodations + prime FoCo location = perfect long wedding weekend in FoCo. The chocolate chip cookies at check in set the stage for a terrific weekend. Big thanks to the owners!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Clean, Comfortable and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife, three kids and I stayed during CSU check in and loved it. The house is very nice and the owners were a delight from which to rent. They are very organized and informative in the book left with general instructions, local information, etc. The location is perfect if you want proximity to campus and old town. We would definitely stay there again!

Thank you to the McFann's

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This home has been beautifully renovated, and furnished with a nice mix of antiques and art. Each of the three levels has a bedroom and bath, so our party of three couples each had plenty of privacy. The walk-in closet in the master suite is to die for; and I want to replicate the wine cellar in my own home! We did a lot of cooking and baking, and found the kitchen well appointed for our needs. The dining room table easily seats 8 for dinner. And the location? An easy walk to Old Town shops and restaurants. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great home in the heart of Fort Collins. Convenient to all of Fort Collins and the surrounding sites

  • 5 of 5

This historic home was masterfully restored with the most up-to-date amenities. The private outdoor patio became our gathering point. It is conveniently located to the best of Fort Collins.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect place for family and friends gathering before my son's wedding

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Sanctuary in Fort Collins as our home away from home for the week of our son’s wedding in July 2016. It was an ideal choice which provided the atmosphere for wonderful memories.

The home was beautifully furnished with attention to every detail. Each of the bedroom suites, one on each of three floors, was as complete and attractive as the other, each providing amenities found in the finest hotels. The master suite was outstanding.

The house was outfitted with a large dining table which served us well for dining with 6-8 people, as well the work space to complete our last minute wedding arts and crafts. A hall adjacent to the living room functioned nicely as a space where we could rehearse our dances :-). The baby grand piano was a surprise benefit.

The owners were gracious enough to allow us to use the back yard as the venue for a casual morning after breakfast. It was perfect.

Reflecting on the time we had, we are most glad that we found this home as a base for the wedding week activities and think back fondly on the times we shared with family and friends there.

Thanks a million, Mark and Denise!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
68 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Downtown Fort Collins
Nearest Golf
2.2 Miles
City Park
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Downtown Fort Collins
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Eldora Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Horsetooth Reservoir
Car: not necessary

The Sanctuary is centrally located in Old Town Fort Collins. You’ll find numerous restaurants, pubs, bars / nightclubs, one-of-a-kind retail shops, art galleries, museums, theaters, music venues, farmers markets and parks — all within walking distance of our doorstep. We are also within walking distance to Colorado State University, yet beyond the reach of the majority of student housing and rentals.

Fort Collins is a vibrant and active city, and there is always something to do and multiple events occurring simultaneously. Our only problem is narrowing down our choices on any given day as the possibilities are endless. Popular with locals and visitors alike is touring Fort Collins’ micro-breweries and distilleries (often by bicycle), attending festivals (many of which are music and/or beer related), enjoying the multitude of outdoor activities the city and surrounding areas have to offer, catching a concert or theatrical performance, spending the day enjoying Old Town Square / Downtown Fort Collins, or attending any number of CSU’s athletic and performing arts events. Football, Basketball and Volleyball games are especially popular.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Fort Collins is a great place to be. The city has over 35 miles of paved trails that stretch throughout the city that are popular with runners, walkers, cyclists and commuters. In the surrounding foothills, opportunities for hiking, cycling and mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, rock climbing, fishing, trail running, boating, hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and tubing are abundant. Favorite destinations include Horsetooth Mountain Park and Reservoir — located in the foothills of Fort Collins — and Poudre Canyon, just minutes northeast of the city. Day trips to Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park are popular as well.

Like every local, we do have our favorite places to frequent and are happy to share our insights with you. Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions.


Rates & Availability

Old Town House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.4%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2166 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Upper Bath - toilet , shower
    Lower Bath - toilet , shower
    Half Bath - toilet
  • Premium Linens provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upper Bedroom - 1 queen
    Lower Bedroom - 1 double
  • All bedrooms are newly furnished and have their own bathrooms. The master has a TempurPedic Cloud Supreme mattress. The other bedrooms are furnished with Simmons Beautysleep Redwood Park pillow top matttresses.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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