About the property
- House2166 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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.
Fort Collins STR License # 0013135STR
Mark & Denise McFann
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
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 Old Town
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.
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Like home, but better.
We loved our Thanksgiving weekend at The Sanctuary. The kitchen is unbelievably well-equipped, more than we needed to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. So if you plan to cook, you're all set. Also, there was coffee, tea, hot chocolate along with stevia (hardly anyone provides stevia), sugar, and half and half, lots of cookies on the dining room table (ate them all) , huge bowl of chocolate kisses and hugs, lots of bottles of water in the refrigerator, and even a few special craft beers for my husband. (He was a happy man.) This was, seriously, fun ! It was such a pleasant surprise that we did not have to run out to the store when we arrived because so much was already provided. The house is so close to Old Town. We walked there a couple times a day. It's close enough to just take an after dinner walk, or to walk to the restaurant for dinner. In the bathrooms, there was shampoo, conditioner, a razor, a toothbrush/toothpaste, liquid soap, and eye makeup remover wipes. (not kidding - they thought of everything.) It was just my husband, daughter, and myself so we didn't really need all the space, but if we did, there was plenty of room to spread out: a bedroom and sitting area on each of the three floors. Also, an entertainment room stocked with tons of dvd's. The architecture and the decor are stunning - something you need to see for yourself. Thank you McFann's. I felt like a VIP staying in your own home rather than a customer renting a house. All the special touches made a difference. I hope we have the opportunity to stay there again.
Fantastic Historic Property in Fort Collins!
The location of this house is great! Just far enough away to be very quit and tranquil but close enough to access all the amenities of Old Town by walking. The historic fabric and renovation of this house is truly unique and worth the stay. There was ample amount of room for our family and our in town freinds to visit with each other. The house was well stocked which made the week long stay very comfortable and eliminated many trips to the store for supplies, thank you! Mark was a fantastic host and greeted us with cookies and micro brews; hard to beat that!
Unique home in quiet location but a close walk to shops and dining
Arrived to this beautiful home late at night. There were fresh cookies waiting and soft jazz playing. So nice! The house is beautiful and the McFann's have truly set this home up as a relaxing retreat. Great for sharing with friends. 3 BR's on 3 separate floors, each with their own full bath. Great kitchen, movie room and a very unique wine cellar. Loved our stay and will definitely be back!
Great location and home!
We stayed in this home as a family of 6 adults for a family wedding in the Fort Collins area. It was a perfect location as we had enough bathrooms for everyone to get ready AND we were really close to all the action in Old Town! That was really the main draw for us. Loved having the outdoor patio area to sit outside and drink coffee in the morning.
Overall, great place to stay in the Fort Collins area!
Unique and fun! Great location.
We have stayed in several VRBO's in FoCo and this is now our favorite. Plenty of room for 3 couples, a media room and an updated kitchen. Everything you need and a short walk to Old Town! Also, a beautiful yard and back patio with plenty of seating. Already booked for our next trip.
House met all of our needs and more
Beautiful house and property. No problems. Great trip. Perfect location.
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.