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Cozy Garden Retreat Cottage In The Heart Of Downtown Manitou Springs

Bedrooms 1
Space 320 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3 adults


A warm, garden cottage nestled in a grotto in the heart of Manitou. This renovated boutique (320 sq. ft.) dwelling dates to 1896, and is seconds to springs, coffee houses, shops, trails & spas. The Nest is a half block from Manitou Avenue but surprisingly private, and it is surrounded by nature.


The cottage has three rooms--a bedroom, a living room with adjoining kitchenette, and a 3/4 bath.


A full-sized, memory foam bed in a separate bedroom provides great comfort and privacy. Baseboard heat (dedicated and adjustable) sets the room to your most comfortable sleeping temperature. The bedroom has a door that opens to an outdoor seating area behind the cottage. The room contains a TV, DVD player and DVD collection, as well as shelves for storing clothes.

Living Room

The Living Room is equipped with a Jotul gas heating stove, a sectional couch with end tables, a round, and a circular, wooden table settee with two chairs. The room is perfect for lounging, and the couch, one section of which lifts up for storage becomes a queen-sized bed for one additional adult guest or two children.


The kitchenette adjoins the living room. It has a half-sized fridge, toaster oven, microwave and double sink, electric water boiler, french press, a all the necessary plates, mugs and utensils. The gas stove top serves as prep space, but can be utilized for stove top cooking if/as necessary.

Soak up the intimate environment of the garden, with limestone retaining wall and patio seating, both in front of the cottage and in a nature nook off of the bedroom. Sunlight beams into the cottage through windows on all sides, and through a skylight over the shower. Sun-filtering blinds and a gas stove are perfect for those days when you just want to curl up in a soft, warm blanket and read while you sip hot tea.

Need an additional place on site for other family members (up to 8) to stay? We also have a 2 bedroom, 2 loft, 2 full bathroom property in neighboring Old Colorado City. See

More Details

Christopher Dwyer
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, russian, Minimal French and Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Christopher Dwyer

Chris and Jillian are community-builders, and believers in the power of positive intention. Chris teaches yoga, practices permaculture, and works as a local food systems advocate. Jillian leads a company that makes organic, gluten-free bread mixes, and chocolates.

Christopher Dwyer purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Christopher Dwyer chose West Colorado Springs

The 1919 Main House, 1896 Cottage and 1/3 acre grounds are a surprising mix of private and ultra-convenient.

The owners are in the process of evolving their property into a center for community engagement, a place where people, groups and communities can learn how to become more self-reliant, abundant and joyful in this time of societal transition.

What makes this cottage unique

Boutique, private cottage that feels like it's in a nature bubble, but that is half a block from historic downtown. Inquire with hosts about local connections and additional on-site and off-site services and packages, from healing treatments and herbs, to yoga instruction, to healthy food products, to discounts at local restaurants and the local spa.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment we arrived, we were treated as family by our hosts. The privacy of our charming cottage was special, yet just one block from downtown activities . .. a most memorable holiday. We plan to return again and again to this lovely mountain retreat.
Dec 2015
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West Colorado Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 320 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Stay cozy with the heat lamp or gaze at the clear blue Colorado sky through the skylight in the shower. Private and surrounded by nature.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Full-sized, memory foam mattress which makes for a very comfortable sleep. DVD player & movies available. Wake to the sound of chirping birds in the grotto and have hot tea on the back patio area by the rock wall.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Cozy Garden Retreat Cottage In The Heart Of Downtown Manitou Springs
average rating of 4.75 based on 53 reviews
Centennial, CO

Wow! This place could not have been more charming

  • 4 of 5

We booked a weekend away to celebrate a one year anniversary. The plan was to use the cottage mainly for sleeping because we would be so busy mountain biking and hiking. Well, Mother Nature threw a wrench in our plans and brought freezing rain and snow. There is no better place on earth to be holed up for a day or two than the "Gnome Cottage" - as we called it. We arrived to find truffles and mixed nuts and everything we needed to feel comfortable and at home. We slept like babies in the super comfy bed. When the VRBO description says it's a 1 min walk from downtown that is not an exaggeration. It is literally a minute. It would take ten times longer to drive and try to find parking. Despite how close it is to downtown, it truly does feel like you're in a little cottage in the woods.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to host you, Brad, and we love the moniker "Gnome Cottage," which we believe captures beautifully the Fablehaven-esque sanctuary in the heart of Manitou Springs. Jillian was thrilled that you liked the organic, hand-rolled, Peruvian dark chocolate truffles she crafts for our guests and for guests of the new Sunwater Spa. We welcome you back to fall in love at the foot of America's Mountain anytime.
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Santa Fe, NM

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The cottage met our family of four’s needs perfectly. Private parking was easy, location was just right to walk and explore town with the kids, and the friendly owner came out to chat and even brought us fresh eggs one morning. Great hospitality and a modest, comfortable cottage made for a lovely trip. We would stay here again next time we’re in the area!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

I could not have asked for a better getaway. This cottage is cozy and extremely convenient. I did not have a car during my stay, and I was able to walk everywhere in downtown Manitou Springs. The owners are extremely kind and welcoming! I will definitely be back. Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

Parking is very tight for a full size pickup. Smaller than we wanted but loved the location. Bed didn't fit us.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I planned a quiet weekend getaway and found this perfect little spot. We loved everything about it. It seemed so private, while tucked in among neighboring homes due to its close location to the main street, which was so convenient. The bed was comfy, and the little fireplace warmed us quickly after walks down to the close cafe for breakfast or after walking the street and shopping.

We even loved the circle door, little bunny and chickens at the neighboring home to start our adventures each day. It felt like such a fairy tale.

The owners were attentive and quickly responsive, not that we needed anything. I would definitely return here and stay, and think it would be just beautiful in the summer!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Cozy and Quaint

  • 5 of 5

Loved this little cottage. It's centralized in the middle of Manitou Springs. Very easy to walk anywhere downtown. Parking was super easy (that's always a plus when you're driving a rental).

Still deciding which feature of the home I like better- the skylight in the shower or the antique stove.

Loved our stay and highly recommend this little spot :-)

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Pikes Peak
Old Colorado City Historic District
Cave of the Winds
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Colorado Springs Airport
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $35
Tax Rate 11.03%

The Nest at the White Yarrow Inn & Homestead is a drug-free, smoke-free, pet-free environment.
Cancellation policies are as follows: 100% refund with more than 28 days notice; 50% refund with between 14 and 28 days notice; refund of security deposit only with less than 14 days notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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