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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

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 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Cozy Garden Retreat Cottage In The Heart Of Downtown Manitou Springs
average rating of 4.7 based on 31 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: Apr 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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Quaint and cozy.

  • 4 of 5

It was a delightful and cozy house. Perfect for our mother daughter retreat. Location was so accomadating to explore the shops and interests of Manitou. Would love to return and see what Christopher does with his landscaping endevours.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, it sounds crazy, but inspired by permaculture, we're planning to build out the upper grounds into a faerie-friendly food forest, meaning that people and earth spirits alike can have a place to sit, enjoy nature, have tea gatherings, and feast on all the edible plants and herbs we are continuing to grow. Oh, and we're also converting the garage into a loft-style rental for community events and VRBO guests. See you next time at the White Yarrow!
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So cozy!

  • 5 of 5

We ALWAYS LOVE staying here. It's the coziest retreat. It's so convenient to walk right into town. Chris and his wife are also the greatest hosts! Thanks for a second amazing stay. We'll be back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words and for being such conscientious guests. We're thrilled to have repeat visitors--people who love the cozy environment we provide and the many wonders that come with staying in a town at the foot of America's Mountain.
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perfect name, perfect nest

  • 4 of 5

Great location for in town dining and drinking...beautiful interior and nice outside space. A little snug but tastefully done..French yogurt was a nice touch and Christopher was a friendly host. We enjoyed having the chickens as neighbors.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, quiet and convenient

  • 4 of 5

We felt like we were in a cabin in the woods rather than a cabin one block from town. We enjoyed our stay and loved the accommodations. It did take my 6'1" husband a little time to remember to duck his head when entering the bedroom. LOL. Thanks for everything Chris!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City

Cozy, quaint seclusion in downtown Manitou Springs

  • 5 of 5

Less than 100 yards from Manitou Ave, but with a beautiful secluded feel, this tiny cottage made for a great base of operations and welcome retreat at the end of the day. We found it well appointed, plus some really nice touches such as local honey, a French press for the supplied fair trade coffee, plus some delicious home made treats awaiting us on arrival. The little bricked courtyard out front is a delightful bonus for relaxing in the mountain air.

Our hosts could not have been better. An interesting and fun couple, they were extremely attentive the couple times we had "needs", but otherwise invisible. We'd come back in a heart beat!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Colorado Springs Airport
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

West Colorado Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Vacation Season
May 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall-Winter Special
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $100
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.

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