|Space||1,020 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
"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.
Starbright Retreat House has a great vibe. It's a charming Southwestern-style house tucked into the trees and backed by mountain peaks. It 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.
We loved our relaxing stay at Starbright Retreat House near Crestone Peak. The attentive owner, Ruth, met us and made sure we had everything we needed. The house is extremely clean and well-equipped--a lantern for an evening walk and more kitchen supplies than I expected. It is very dog-friendly with a fenced-in back yard area and tile floors. There is no TV but excellent WIFI for devices. We were sad to leave.
perfect getaway for the weekend. Everyone wants to return next year!
Our little family was lucky enough to stay at the Starbright Retreat House for an entire month. The house was clean and well-equipped, and we had everything we needed. We enjoyed the trails within walking distance, as well as Ruth's excellent area recommendations and a great library of maps and books about the area. Ruth was a great host, very helpful and responsive. We were reluctant to leave!
An absolutely exquisite weekend get away home. It was a coming back reunion for me to celebrate the life of my partner and his dog. The home provided a safe, warm, and welcoming feeling - just what I needed emotionally. The owner was always available but definitely not bothersome. A special home for a very special sacred place.
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!!
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!
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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.