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Cozy Private Crestone Retreat House on 2.5 Acres in Pinyon Pines. Pet-Friendly!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,020 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Ruth Baranowski

I'm a traveler, writer, editor, dog mom, tree-hugging nature lover, fan of renewable energy, wine drinker, pretty good cook, 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 Crestone

"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 our 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. We originally purchased this house as our retreat from our busy lives on the Front Range and visited it every other weekend for two years. Finally the Sunday afternoon trips back to the urban corridor became too much to bear, and we moved to Crestone full time. Best thing we ever did.

What makes this house unique

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.


Crestone House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1020 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please treat our home with respect, as if you were staying in a friend's home. We love this home. Disrespecting it hurts our hearts.
  • Don't be crazy loud. Crestone is known for its peace and quiet, so please respect our neighbors who moved here to enjoy it.
  • Saguache County sometimes implements an outdoor fire ban during dry seasons. During outdoor fire bans, smoking is only allowed inside vehicles.
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
  • Second bedroom - 1 double , Window overlooks front porch, valley views
    Master bedroom - 1 king , w/ adjoining master bath, sliding door to back deck, mt view
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Cozy Private Crestone Retreat House on 2.5 Acres in Pinyon Pines. Pet-Friendly!
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 47 reviews

The BEST little getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Loved, Loved, Loved our time here! Ruth was awesome and super helpful with anything that we could have needed! She thinks of everything! Peaceful and quiet! the view of the starts at night is incredible! breathtaking views all over!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The starry skies in the San Luis Valley are amazing, Alissa, and I'm so glad you got to see them! Thanks for being a great guest. ;) ~Ruth
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Peaceful and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

What a great place, very nice accommodations - house was lovely and welcoming. We were able to walk around the neighborhood to see the local sights with no problems. The sand dunes park is not to be missed! We had a great long weekend!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a hidden treasure for sure! I'm always amazed that more people don't know about it. Thanks for being a great guest! ~Ruth
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Albuquerque, NM

Perfect place, wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is a little jewel in the foot of the mountain. The views are amazing. The surroundings are very peaceful making it ideal to get away from it all.

The house was clean, cozy, comfortable and very well equipped. Everything looks new.

The host was very nice and helpful. She was very easy to contact every time we needed her.

Even though Crestone is a small town the two stores were very well supplied, one of them with lots of organic products.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Maria! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I greatly enjoyed meeting you and your son, and I hope you have a fabulous year. ~Ruth
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Perfect getaway house

  • 5 of 5

The house was bright and spotless. It had everything I needed for a quiet getaway plus some nice little welcoming touches. The owner seems very accommodating. Thanks

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Trish! Glad you had a peaceful stay. ~Ruth
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A Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The house is delightful and Ruth is so thoughtful -- from a personal thank you card welcoming us to fresh flowers on the kitchen table. She has everything you would need, including tupperware bowls for leftovers after you cook in her well-stocked kitchen. Our dogs loved the fenced backyard and walking through the neighborhood with us. Nearby hiking trails are fabulous. We will definitely be back!

Heather and Amy, Denver

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Heather and Amy! Glad you enjoyed exploring our area. The fenced backyard is a big hit with our pup parent guests. See you when you return! ~Ruth
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Los Alamos, NM

Lovely Getaway

  • 5 of 5

On our return visit we spent our downtime enjoying the front porch admiring the expansive views and cooler temps. Very much enjoyed fresh vegetables from the wonderful greenhouse. The house is well stocked with teas, coffees, and all necessities making the visit very carefree. Our days were spent hiking in the spectacular Sangre De Cristo Wilderness and it was great to come home to such a relaxing and well taken care of place. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed hosting your group again and look forward to your return! Winter hiking? ;) ~Thanks, 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 8.8%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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