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2BR2BA Pet-Friendly Crestone Vacation Retreat House on 2.5 Acres in Pinyon Pines

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Mountain and valley views, fenced yard, high-speed WiFi, modern kitchen

Starbright Retreat House is a delightful vacation home for travelers looking for something special. Nestled near the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Crestone, Colorado, the retreat house is the perfect vacation rental basecamp for exploring the San Luis Valley, our state's best-kept secret. After a full day of hiking, biking, roadtripping, visiting Crestone's many spiritual centers, or having your mind blown at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, you'll love coming home to modern amenities.

The master suite features a king-size bed and private adjoining bath with tub, shower, and vessel sink. A sliding glass door leads to a deck overlooking the fenced back yard. Gaze at Challenger Peak, which is absolutely breathtaking on clear nights when the stars are bright. (Those nights inspired the name "Starbright Retreat House.") A second bedroom provides a double bed and a window with valley views.

Love to cook? We do, which is why we take pride in offering our guests a modern and well-equipped kitchen, featuring a gas stove, Bosch dishwasher, concrete countertops, and a farmhouse sink. We stock the cupboards with tea and organic Fair Trade coffee beans.

Would you rather relax and stay in instead of venturing out and about? The house is located on a cul de sac, so there is no through traffic. Catch up on your reading in a quiet setting, watch the sun set over the valley, count the number of birds you see, start that novel you've been thinking about, or just sit back on the front porch and breathe the heavenly scent of pinyon and juniper (especially after a rainstorm). You may see deer walking across the driveway. They're not in a hurry, and you shouldn't be either.

Have you stayed with us before? We offer loyalty discounts to returning Starbright Retreat House guests; please inquire.

More Details

Ruth Baranowski
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Ruth Baranowski

I'm a cook, writer, editor, dog mom, tree-hugging nature lover, fan of renewable energy, wine drinker, and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. After staying in VRBO houses across the United States and in several countries, I think I know what makes a vacation stay in a home special. I am thrilled to be hosting guests from around the world, helping to make their precious vacations more memorable.

Ruth Baranowski purchased this house in 2008

Why Ruth Baranowski chose Colorado

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." John Muir's statement sums up how I feel if I'm away from the Sangre de Cristos for any length of time. I love falling asleep to a view of snowy peaks under starry skies with coyotes howling in the distance. Once I experienced the magic of Crestone's crazy wild nature, I never wanted to live in a city again.

What makes this house unique

We knew this house was THE ONE when we first pulled into the driveway and saw a charming Southwestern-style house tucked into the trees and backed by mountain peaks. The inside of the house has quality finishes and special touches: concrete counters in the kitchen, a zia sun symbol etched on the front door window by a local artist, solar tubes in the kitchen and bathroom that stream natural light into the rooms, and knotty pine doors. While living on the property for 7 years, we added a few touches of our own, including a solar-powered geodesic dome greenhouse. This is a special house in a beautiful area, and we can't wait to share it with you.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

2BR2BA Pet-Friendly Crestone Vacation Retreat House on 2.5 Acres in Pinyon Pines
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Could not be happier

  • 5 of 5

The location was great and weather was so beautiful while we were there. Ruth was extremely accomodating and had a binder all prepared and ready with answers to any possible questions. We will be coming back!!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Can't wait to host you again! I think you explored more during your short stay than some residents do in a lifetime here, but there's still a lot more to see. ;) Thanks for being such great guests! ~Ruth
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Just What I Needed!

  • 5 of 5

Arriving late in the evening, my friend and I were so pleased to step into the warm quiet of this lovely home. The beds are so comfortable, the kitchen and house immaculate and stocked with everything we needed. Enjoyed each morning just lazing around. (Super dog friendly.) Hiked in the area one day, enjoyed the hot springs the next. People in town are friendly. The brewpub's beer top quality. The sights are stunning. The night skies breathtaking. Saw wildlife ranging from chipmunks to coyotes and antelope and owls. I highly recommend this beautiful, secluded home. I'll definitely return at the first good opportunity!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. You had terrific weather! Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you again soon. ~Ruth
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Quiet little town

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Lots to do close by. Ruth was great and the house was stocked with everything we needed for our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Josh! It was great fun to host your group and your first visit to Colorado. ~Cheers! Ruth
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely house and place to stay. Description of house very accurate including how it is stocked. If you are looking for peace and quiet with wonderful views this is your place. Ruth is wonderful she responds to your emails promptly. She provides great customer service. We will return. The house was nice, clean and ready for our stay. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to get away and unwind. I love cooking so having a well stocked kitchen was fabulous.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Julie! You picked a great time of year to come. ~Ruth
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A great cabin on a beautiful location nestled against the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We spent Labor Day weekend at the Starbright Retreat House and had a wonderful time! The yard and surroundings were perfect for our kids, ages 4 and 2, and the front and back porches were great for Mom and Dad. The cabin is stocked with everything you need and well appointed with other nice amenities you may not have thought to bring from home. It's comfortable, clean and modern. It's the San Luis Valley so of course the stars are amazing! We do missions work in Alamosa each September, so we'll definitely be back in years to come.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Scott, It was a pleasure to host you and your family. Thanks for working to make our valley a better place! Hope to see you next year. ~Ruth
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Is there a word beyond perfect?

  • 5 of 5

For us, it was like Shangri-la with a fully equipped kitchen. Looking for peace and quiet, yet with plenty to do and see? This is it. Ruth couldn't be kinder or more helpful. The house is a place where we felt comfortable and at home right away. I guess our best recommendation is that we're hoping to return to Crestone next year and really hoping Ruth's house is available to us then.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandy and Burt, It was a pleasure to host you, and I certainly hope to see you again next August! Thanks again. ~Ruth
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Nearest Airport
161 Miles
Colorado Springs International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Crestone Brewing Co.
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Challenger Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Desert Sage, Crestone Brewing Co., Cloud Station
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Monarch Mountain
Car: necessary

The eclectic town of Crestone is nestled under the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and their splendid 14,000-foot peaks on the eastern edge of Colorado’s vast San Luis Valley. The Great Sand Dunes National Park, which should be on everyone's life list, lies to the south. This remote area offers visitors seclusion, peace and quiet, and world-class opportunities to hike, climb, explore, and view wildlife and birds. Crestone is also known for its many spiritual groups and retreat centers.


Rates & Availability

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Jan 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 5.9%

If you have stayed at Starbright Retreat House in the past and are scheduling another visit, please inquire about your special rate. We offer a loyalty discount to returning guests who treasure our home as much as we do.

Starbright Retreat House is available for longer-term rentals during the off-peak season; please inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Baca Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1020 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , vessel sink
    Master bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , vessel sink
  • Hot water on demand means no waiting in between showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , W/ adjoining master bath, sliding door to back deck, mt view
    Second bedroom - 1 double , Window overlooks front porch, valley views
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
If you're interested in gardening or greenhouses or have ever thought about owning a dome greenhouse, here's your chance to visit one. During the warmer months we offer guests access to our solar-powered geodesic dome greenhouse, tucked away in a back corner of the property. Help yourself to fresh organic herbs and vegetables (varieties vary with the season), but please do not allow guest pets in the greenhouse.

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