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5 Bedroom House in Woodland Park
Rate (US Dollars): $ 270 - $ 360 per Day
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 12-14

Large green energy home is a family retreat on rural land bordering National Forest. Secluded but near town.....
Average Review Score 5 out of 5
Vacation Rental Description
This spacious residence has easy access, yet it is secluded in the mountains where you bask in clean air and brilliant winter sun.

The backyard forms your own private park. You can relax while your children are engrossed with the excitement of their own secluded space. The large log playground provides swings for tiny tots to adults. Logs form a balance bridge, slide pole, a sliding board, climbing tires. The concrete basketball court has two baskets. Equipment is available to set up tether ball, volleyball or badminton. The treehouse is a cozy hide-a-way. National Forests border the property and provide hundreds of acres of hiking. A treasure map leads the adventurous through the mountains to an old gold mine and 'treasure.' There are hammocks, a campfire pit, lawn chairs, a miniature waterfall, gas grill. For winter fun there are sleds and snow tubes. We are located in the beauty of Ute Pass.

Relaxation is enriched with our spacious spa / game room. There you can soak in our hot tub where you can listen to music as you cheer on your friends playing ping pong or working out on various exercise machines. There is a child's foosball and air hockey table plus an adult foosball table and 8-foot slate pool table.

Since your vacation is a time for rest, we splurged on the bedding. Memory-foam on the mattresses provides form-fitting support. The beds are covered with fluffy down comforters. Sleep in the unique, theme-decorated bedrooms - each is an imagination experience.

'King’s Crown' room has a king-sized bed. 'Country Garden' has two queen size, canopy beds. 'Grandma’s Attic' has two twins, one of which is an adjustable bed that can be positioned for special sleeping needs. 'Wilderness Trail' has two twin beds. 'Mountain Adventure' has two twin beds inside a large tent. Finally, one of the living rooms has a queen-size hide-a-bed.

The house is specially designed to be environmentally friendly. Sun rays flood the house with toasty warmth during the winter, and in the summer the house is naturally cooled. Laundered linens are dried on a line in the fresh mountain air. Woodland Park, our nearby 'City Above the Clouds,' boasts an average of 300 sunny days per year, more than San Diego, CA or Miami Beach, FL.

In the summer the 8500 foot elebation means pleasant days and cool nights. Another benefit of our high eleveation, recent studies show that obese people can quickly lose weight and keep it off for weeks afterwards by spending time at higher altitudes.

Our expansive solar windows take advantage of the sun and clean mountain air. Through them you look on to your private yard. There is no central heating system, so on those occasional winter days when the sun is hidden, you set individual heaters in the rooms or better yet, your family will gather around your glowing fire in the wood stove. 'Roughing it' never felt so good.

The home is well stocked with a big commercial stove, bread maker, large cooking pans, commercial steamer, crock pot, blender, toaster, microwave - equipment that surpasses most home kitchens. Plus we supply a good supply of your basic staple foods so you generally need to buy mostly just meat, produce and dairy. There is baby equipment: high chair, crib, backpack baby carrier, stair guards.

We, the owners/managers live nearby so are immediately available to provide for your every need.

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD
  • Heating
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Amenity Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Sterio
  • TV

Sun Mountain Retreat has recreational activities on grounds for any age. For the little ones: sandbox, dress up clothes, raggedy ann dolls, tire swings. For school age children: large log playground, treehouse, snow tubes and sleds, child-size air hockey and foosball, For all ages: a treasure hunt to an old gold mine, hot tub, basketball court, volleyball, badminton, tether ball, ping pong, full size foosball, work-out equipment, 100's of videos, board games, books, CD's. The large, country kitchen is stocked with most food staples, bread-maker, blender, large commercial baking pans, 6-borner commercial stove, toaster and so much more for large-group cooking.

  • Adventure Sports
  • Biking
  • Playground
  • Cinema
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Horse Riding
  • Hunting/Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Night Clubs
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Rafting
  • Snow Boarding
  • Tennis
  • Theater
  • Theme park
  • Zoo/Wildlife

Other Amenities:

Our home is designed for family fun. Lots of mountain hiking is available on the neighboring National Forest. There are recreational choices on-site for all ages. Especially popular is the treasure hunt through National Forest to an old gold mine.

Travel Options
Rental Rates
Price Table
Season Rate
Rate Period Nightly/Weekly/Month Minimum Stay
May 15 - Sep 15 $360/$1,995 4 night min stay
Nov 23 - Nov 30, 201 $360/$1,995 4 night min stay
Dec 19 - Dec 26 2014 $360/$1,995 4 night min stay
Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2015 $360/$1,995 4 night min stay
Standard Rate $270/$1,190/$3,600 3 night min stay
  Low Season Price: $270 per Day
  High Season Price: $360 per Day

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay Additional information about rental rates Fees: Tax Rate 3.9% Notes: Any reservations could require a refundable damage deposit of $300 to $500. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be charged the 2.5% booking fee. Cancellation policy: 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

12 Reviews of Property 32091 Woodland Park

Review 13663 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Guestbook Comment

Guest Colorado Native (Nebraska)
Date of stay 12/01/07
Review Submitted 12/01/07

My husband, 2 kids (ages 9 & 11) and I had a fabulous time in Oct. at your home! It was also great to be able to accommodate my sister, brother-in-law and 81-year-old father who joined us for the final night of our stay. The kids absolutely LOVED all the extras, especially the treehouse, tetherball and treasure hunt. In fact, the treasure hunt (which Karen & Bob so cleverly devised) was probably the highlight of our stay. And it's no ordinary simple kids'-stuff hunt. It takes about 20 minutes or better of hiking to find the treasure (providing you catch all the subtle clues and don't give up). The kids actually found the cave three separate times (though the adults they drug along were doubtful each time). What fun!

Review 13662 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Guestbook Comment

Guest Anonymous
Date of stay 05/01/08
Review Submitted 05/14/08

OH What a place. We visited in the first week of May 2008. On our arrival we saw Elk just below the house. The background setting of the house is Romantic Setting. I was up most before 05:30 having my coffee everyday. The sun came up over the back hill around 08:00 and it was out all day. So much space in the house. Game's for the kids Galore! Mule Deer just about everyday coming through in the morning, afternoon and evening. Bear just across the street. I have Pictures of it all. The Hiking! Oh the Hiking.This house is located in just the right place. Close to everything! The Treasure Hunt was GREAT! Not going to spoil the fun for ya and tell ya anymore about it. View of Pike's Peak, WOW! Even though we had a few Snow (Sleet)times, we were in our shorts and short sleeves before 10:00 am. I just wanted to say around the house BUT, the beauty of Colorado is amazing. So much to see! Hope everyone who Stay's has a Great Visit like we did. Will visit AGAIN! Thank You Karen and Bob! What a vacation!

Review 13661 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Guestbook Comment

Guest Anonymous
Date of stay 06/01/08
Review Submitted 06/01/08

What a wonderful home for a family reunion! Nine of us spent the week for our son's graduation from the Air Force Academy. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. A great place to relax - the outdoor fire pit was a big hit, the site of nightly marshallow roasts and good times. Young and old enjoyed playing on the swing set. The families who came out to share a barbecue with us were envious of our foresight in renting such a wonderful home. All enjoyed sharing with each other around the big dining area table and huge picnic table. The wildlife was a great plus - the deer and birds feeding right outside the back door. Plenty of room for all! We're ready to do it all over again!

Review 13660 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Ring in the New Year!

Guest Woody4UK (California)
Date of stay 12/27/08
Review Submitted 01/06/09

We have rented property all over the world (literally) and this property ranks in the very top of our experiences. The location is fantastic for staging to mountain adventures or city excursions. Our hosts, Karen and Bob, went above and beyond to ensure a fantastic time was had by our little group of 11 (ages 2 and up). The home and all facilities are top rate and we have a million memories to savor until next time!

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, pet owners, sightseeing.

Review 13659 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Relaxing recreation

Guest bearseeker (Fountain, CO)
Date of stay 05/09/09
Review Submitted 05/21/09

This was the most relaxing vacation we've had in years. The house was great, the kids loved the jungle gym. The treasure hunt was a blast (you have to follow the map and not the trail for real excitement, very cool). It was an awesome vacation, one we will never forget.

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

Review 13658 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013


Guest The Dan (Georgia)
Date of stay 05/01/10
Review Submitted 05/10/10

Myself and 10 other guys returned to Colorado for another week long fishing adventure. The lodge had plenty of room for all of us. The lodge was clean and well supplied and in the center of everything. There were mule deer and or elk in the yard everymorning and evening. Karen was very helpful and a joy to talk with on the phone everytime we had a question prior to and during our stay. We would highly recommend the lodge to anyone seeking a comfortable place to house alot of people centrally located to good fishing and the sights that colorado springs and the surrounding area has to offer. In case anyone is wondering about the fishing we caught about 400 trout in the 6 days that we fished and all were returned to the water except a few for dinner each night.

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.

Review 13657 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

The Gardner Reunion

Guest Zayani (Marietta, GA)
Date of stay 07/03/10
Review Submitted 07/15/10

Our stay was outstanding. We had folks aged from 6 months to 65, and there was a comfortable space for everyone. The girls manned the playground, using it as a fashion model's castle. The boys couldn't be kept out of the forest looking for Joe Jo's cave of lost treasure and tracking deer. The young folks stayed in the game room, and the older folks just sat around watching the deer walk by. The people in Woodland Park were wonderful, very friendly. With lakes, national parks, and tourist sites so close, there was no need to venture very far. Many of us only left the house to eat at the Circle H Smokehouse (yummy beef ribs) and to shop in Manitou Springs. I highly recommend this home to anyone looking for someplace cozy and comfortable to stay for a large family or group. Avoid the tourist traps and enjoy the beauty that surrounds the house!

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

Review 13656 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Amazing Vacation!

Guest Carol T.
Date of stay 07/30/11
Review Submitted 08/09/11

Thank you so much for making your beautiful home available! We could not have chosen a more perfect place for our family vacation celebrating our 40th anniversary. We had 12 people and there was more than enough room. The setting of the house is beautiful and relaxing. There was so much for everyone to do without ever leaving the house. The kitchen was wonderfully equipped, the beds were cozy and comfortable, the kids loved the game room and playground, and the hot tub was so relaxing! We can't wait for our next trip to your amazing home! Thanks again - it was great!

Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.

Review 13655 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Memorable Vacation

Guest Missouri Meanders (Missouri)
Date of stay 08/06/11
Review Submitted 08/21/11

Thanks Karen and Bob for sharing your “game house” (as our 3 year old grandson called it) with our family during our vacation. We loved having a home base to come home to every night after a day out enjoying the beautiful scenery and perfect weather. All the sights, sounds, and escapades will be forever imprinted in our memories, including the nightly vigilance for the ever-elusive bear who teased us with evidence of his existence to the car chase and gunfire we found ourselves in the middle of in Walsenburg on our trip to the sand dunes. Our 2011 Colorado Vacation will be one we will not soon forget. Thanks for being a big part of that.

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing.

Review 13654 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Colorado Christmas Cabin 2011...Success!!!

Guest Melissa F. (Kerrville, Texas)
Date of stay 12/17/11
Review Submitted 01/06/12

I grew up in Denver, and Colorado is truly home in my heart. My husband and I live in South central Texas now and really wanted the Christmas to be an easy going, fun and memorable one for our entire family. We decided on this wonderful home because of it's large size and kid friendliness, and invited all of our close relatives from all over the country to join us for a Colorado Christmas. Let me just say that this house did not disappoint at all. We absolutely loved our time there. When we arrived it was chili inside because the house is heated by the sun and the wood burning stove. We started a fire easily and the house got warm right away. It was very special and the kids loved the warm fire. They also have many space heaters all over the house to heat what ever area you like. I loved how quiet the house was and how accommodating. I hardly had to bring anything but clothing and food. The room we stayed in had a very comfortable bed and also had a pack n play for my one year old saving us much space in our vehicle. Everyone else informed me that their beds were also very comfy. We felt secluded tucked into the mountain side, but the house is very close to walmart and the town of Woodland Park. (five min drive) We had lots of fun getting food and cooking big feasts for the whole family. The pool table, ping pong, and foos ball kept all the men very entertained. We got about a foot of snow a couple of days into our trip which made it a little challenging to get up the street to the house, but by the next morning the snow was cleared very quickly and the sun melted the rest. We played in the snow a lot and got plenty of use out of the sleds in the mud room. We also enjoyed the fire pit outside a couple of nights. There is nothing like having s'mores around a fire pit with the glistening snow surrounding. They made Christmas so special for us by proving all the decorations, and Karen even dropped off her KitchenAid mixer so we could make some Christmas goodies! They kept us stocked up on fire wood, and any little thing we needed they were happy to come quickly. I have two small children, and we all felt the house to be very safe for them. They have taken many steps to baby proof the home.This was the most relaxing and peaceful Christmas my husband and I have had in a long time. Thank you so much Bob and Karen for a Christmas that we will cherish forever. If you want a peaceful, fun filled mountain adventure vacation this is the place for you.

Review 13653 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Rustic, Charming, Comfortable

Guest Q I.
Date of stay 08/31/12
Review Submitted 09/28/12

I found this home to be a warm and welcoming place. The backdrop of the woods and mountains makes it an excellent place to go for a fun vacation. When you walk into the backyard and smell the fresh mountain air, you immediately feel refreshed! I found myself admiring God's creation from the backyard of this home. As I walked from the back door to the swings, I took in the fresh air and felt glad to be in such a peaceful place. The hike up the mountain was a little challenging (I was out of shape) at first, but it was definitely worth it! If you are traveling with a large group, the home offers a variety of activities. The children in our group loved the game room and backyard! The adults found the patio and backyard area ideal for a number of activities such as reading, relaxing and taking in the mountain air, shooting some hoops, playing tether ball, etc. Did I mention that the home is stocked with a variety of board games? Their kitchen is also well equipped with appliances and dishes, so we were able to make the most of our meals. There is definitely some history to the home. I kept wondering to myself the unique stories that were behind the decor. If you are humble enough to appreciate a remarkably simple, yet relaxing getaway into the mountains, the home is just the place for you!

Review 13652 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review Submitted: 07/11/2013

Comfortable Family Retreat

Guest John K.
Date of stay 08/24/13
Review Submitted 09/08/13

We just returned from a stay at Sun Mountain and thoroughly enjoyed it! We were in town for Parents Weekend at the USAFA, which was, as advertised, about a 40 minute drive away. This made for a nice balance of accessibility for the few times we went back and forth, but it still gave us all (especially our cadet son) the feeling of being "away from it all" for a bit. Even though the house is right up the road from the highway, once you're there it feels very isolated and quiet. There are a few neighbors through the woods, but we never honestly felt the need to close any drapes to have a feeling of privacy in the house. The home back up to (and is generally surrounded by) forest, and there's a nice hiking trail right at the end of the driveway. We saw deer in the backyard most nights we were there, and we even saw a bear amble through one night. Despite its relatively rural location, Woodland Park is only 5 minutes up the road and really has everything we could need, including a Wal-Mart, Safeway, and lots of nice restaurants. Beyond Woodland Park is some beautiful country and made for some amazing drives. Apart from its location, the house was a great fit for our family of 6. The bedrooms are set up to well to maximize sleeping spots. All of the beds were super comfortable, and there was so much room that some of our kids hopped between bedrooms some nights. While the home does not have A/C, even in late August the nights were very comfortable, and we usually got up to close the bedroom windows in the middle of the night because it was getting too chilly. I would not consider the home modern by any stretch, but it is very comfortable. The owner's attention to detail, and desire to cater to our needs, was apparent from the moment we stepped inside. The kitchen is large and very well-stocked. My wife made two big family dinners while we were there, and she found everything she needed in terms of pots, pans, and utensils. Overall the home had a casual country feel to it. We all enjoyed the game room as well, especially the ping-pong and pool. While my only somewhat negative comment would be a slight lack of inside gathering space for a large crowd in one place, the game room provided a great place for us to play together and hang out. There is a huge picnic table and comfortable seats outside as well. What really topped off our stay was the owner's responsiveness and helpfulness. We really felt like we were her guests rather than renters.

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

Owners Profile
About the owner

We, Bob and Karen Magistrelli, built Sun Mountain Retreat for our family home. God carried us through the unknowns of construction - working miracles all along the way. We designed the home for kids - where they could be safe and have fun. We raised our seven children and numerous foster children here Years later we moved nearby to a home where we now take in men coming out of prison. We help the men start life over after years of isolation from society. Our income from Sun Mountain helps to provide for the needs of these men.

Why the Owner Chose Woodland Park:
When our family home, now Sun Mountain Retreat, was no longer needed by the family, we could not bear to sell it, despite multiple buyer requests. We love this area and we love our family home. Our seven children are grown and settling in the immediate area. Making Sun Mountain a vacation home has involved all our children. Running it has been a great joy to us as we see our guests enjoying our home as much as we did.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our most unique offering is the wide range of fun family activities right at our home - from a private backyard park to a large indoor recreation room and spa. Our home is central to a wide range of activities. Guests can enjoy the city offerings of beautiful Colorado Springs and can also be challenged with the outdoor activities of the mountains that surround us. Our home was designed to conserve our limited natural resources - as a 'green' home our guests can know they are part of needful conservation.

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