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Borders Barr Trail, PP Cog Railway, Incline, Creek. End of Road Privacy. Views!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. One of a kind, eclectic 3 BR/2BA modern Victorian atop secluded mountain. Designated as a Manitou Springs Historic District building. Quiet, quiet. Unbeatable privacy but close to amenities and outdoor activities. Walk (don't drive) to Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Barr Trail, Manitou Incline. "Residents Only" street. No tourist traffic. No tourist noise. FREE on-site, off-road parking. Organic linens. Luxurious comfort. Abundant living space. Meticulously maintained. Impeccable details. 10 foot ceilings. Unique architecture. Chef's kitchen. Granite counter tops. Stainless appliances. Free WiFi. Multiple OnDemand HDTVs. Relax on wrap around Old-World balcony and patios overlooking valley, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and Ruxton Creek. Garden of the Gods view. Captivating views of city lights, surrounding mountains, scenic rock formations, and towering pines. Extensively landscaped terraced gardens and trails meandering throughout property. Lovingly remodeled and renovated. Gather with family & friends to relax and rejuvenate.

Jean Phelps
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

Why Jean Phelps chose West Colorado Springs

As a little girl growing up in western Kansas, my mother and I would take several trips a year out to Colorado, riding the Cog Railway every August. As the Cogway traveled toward the summit of Pikes Peak, I remember many times gazing over at this particular cottage situated on the mountainside dreaming about what it would be like to own that home. After being in the previous owners family for over 100 years, I magically had the opportunity to purchase the historic hillside home this past year. Spending time at the vacation home has brought back special memories of the time I spent here with my mother (who has sadly passed away). I hope all guests who stay here will feel how special (in so many ways) this property really is.

What makes this cottage unique

My husband and I couldn't believe this property was finally for sale after being in the same family for 115 years. We jumped at the chance to own this particular cottage located in such a special area on the edge of the historic town of Manitou Springs. We can smell the fresh mountain air while sitting on the balcony overlooking Ruxton Creek and hear the Cog Railway blow it's horn and watch people ride up to the summit of Pikes Peak, waving as they go by. We can walk a few hundred feet and be at the beginning of Barr Trail, Manitou Incline, and the Cog Railway. The historic cottage is located at the end of a road where only residents are allowed so it allows for unparalleled privacy, quiet, and unbeatable views of surrounding mountains, wildlife, and the valley below.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house was wonderful. I have no idea why every rating isn't a 5. I guess the stairs surprises people? But I came to run and did the Incline 3x. Great time and great bed!
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in West Colorado Springs, Colorado

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Upon entering cottage, please remove shoes. Thank you.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second floor bathroom - toilet , shower , double vanities; walk in marble shower; separate toilet
    First floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , antique claw foot over-sized tub with shower surround
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, and mouthwash provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 2nd floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 3rd floor
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , 1 Twin Bed; 1 twin day bed with 1 twin trundle; 3rd floor
  • Second floor Master Bedroom with cork walls, original woodwork, doors, and hardware; 10 foot ceiling; Private entrance onto balcony and patio. Third floor open bedrooms have vaulted ceilings. Lots of storage in each. Every bedroom has mountain views with sounds of Ruxton Creek. Each bedroom has its own AC unit with 10,000 BTUs. Pack N Play located in Master Bedroom closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Borders Barr Trail, PP Cog Railway, Incline, Creek. End of Road Privacy. Views!
average rating of 4.647059 based on 52 reviews

Well equipped, roomy, and very cozy

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights and loved it. Close to everything we needed and far enough away where we enjoyed the quiet. Lots of room and comforts. Without a doubt we will book here again on our next trip to Colorado.

  • Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, perfect location!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at the Ruxton Retreat! The location was PERFECT, literally minutes from all the big sights, garden of the gods, Cave of the Winds, cliff dwellings, pikes peak, the incline (3 of our family did it and it took them 4 hours) and of course Manitou Springs, which is such an awesome town. The house was just beautiful, and had everything we needed, I so appreciated all the extras, like plenty of toilet paper (some VRBO’s only provide one roll), super nice towels and AMAZING linens. And even lots of extra blankets for cuddling on the porch! Speaking of the porch, that was probably our favorite spot, what a view!!! Also the separate tv watching areas were great, the upper level was great if we all wanted to watch something together and the lower level was perfect for 2-3 people. I was a big fan of the sleeping arrangements too, the master on the second floor was wonderful and our four kids (ages 12-20) slept on the top floor, two on each side, it was charming! The second floor bathroom was beautifully done. I guess if I was FORCED to say a negative, it would be the steep stairs (inside and out) but you really do get used to them after you get used to the elevation (we’re from Minnesota). Overall it was just a wonderful stay and we made great memories and would love to come back!!

  • Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and unique

  • 5 of 5

Snuggled up every morning with coffee and a blanket on the porch and watched the sunrise listening to the relaxing. This historic Manitou house has been updated into a charming, quirky getaway. Loved the chandeliers, restored beadboard ceiling, incredible linens and comfy beds. Great wifi and lots of channels so we could watch our team in the NCAA. Hiked up Ruxton and wandered Manitou. Ate breakfast at Mountain Shadows a Diners, Drive Inns and Dives restaurant in Old Colorado City....pretty amazing and had an incredible meal at the Melting Pot. Spent part of a day at Garden of the Gods. Everything is close Just know there are lots of steps, but the ambience is worth it.

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had so much fun staying here. We especially enjoyed basking in the sun on the balcony with our morning tea taking in the fresh air and view (In February!). It was perfect for our family to make meals and visit and also close to everything we wanted to do.

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stairway to heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Lots & lots of stairs to a really unique & well cared for home. It was beautiful & cozy! The kitchen was amazingly equipped & easy to find things. We did loads of cooking and grilling. Baby gate was handy for our crawler & washer/dryer was also appreciated. The 3rd floor loft area (shared with 4 beds - 2 on either side) wasn't as private or quiet as I wanted but the character & age of the home made up for it. Jean was easy to contact & very helpful. The views were lovely!

  • Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Ruxton Retreat was a charming getaway surrounded by nature’s finest views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time with family over the Christmas break at the Ruxton Retreat. The home is full of character and comfort. It is located right across from the Incline and is just minutes away from downtown Manitou Springs. The view of the mountains from the wrap—around porch were stunning.

The home has two living areas on separate and plenty of sleeping space for a large family. The eat-in kitchen is well-equipped, allowing me to cook almost every meal for our family. Everything is immaculate and the feeling of warmth from the owners spills over in every detail - from the fine linens to the claw foot tub.

Jean was extremely easy to work with and was responsive in every way!

  • Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank this guest for her thoughtful review and appreciate her and her guests as they were nice to communicate with and respectful of our vacation home.
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
0.82 Miles
The Loop
Nearest Train
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Nearest Motorway
1.12 Miles
Hwy 24
Nearest Restaurant
0.82 Miles
The Loop
Nearest Ski
99 Miles
Car: recommended

Home base for world-renowned attractions: Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Manitou Incline, Barr Trail (Pikes Peak Trail), Air Force Academy, Mineral Springs, Old Colorado City, Miramont Castle Museum, Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods, Academy Riding Stables, Royal Gorge Bridge, Park, and Railway, Cripple Creek, Historic Manitou Springs, Space Foundation Discovery Center, Echo Canyon River Expedition, Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in West Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
May 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Off-Peak Season
Oct 1 2018 - Apr 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
May 1 2019 - Sep 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$515.4
House Cleaning Fee C$161.06 + Tax

Book 7 nights, receive 50% off 7th night.
No Smoking of any kind.
No Pets.
Receipt of completed Vacation Rental Agreement required prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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