We rented the Villa for a family reunion/vacation last June and were so happy we chose this vacation retreat! The reunion was in Colorado Springs and I was hesitant about the distance to the Springs from the Villa, but was assured it was only 40 min., and it was! The drive to the Springs is easy and, like so much of CO, picturesque. I am so glad we stayed at the Villa instead of in the Springs. We felt like we truly had a mountain get away vacation!
The home itself has everything you could ask for; a well stocked kitchen, comfy beds with nice linens, great layout, room to gather and spend time together, or go off for some alone time. We had two toddlers and when we got there we found two pack-n-plays and two high chairs (one of them looked brand new!).
There was a drought while we were there, so no fires in the fire pit, and we were asked to conserve water until the water truck could make it's delivery the next day. We tried to be conscious of our water use the whole week, and were much more aware of this when we returned home too.
Everyone enjoyed fishing on the pond, although they threw most of them back for future visits. We had 3 generations fishing at one time! This will probably never happen again. The poles are there and ready to go. (Funny story: we sent Dad out to find the highchair in the garage, but instead he found the fishing poles and headed straight to the pond!)
We cooked most of our meals at the Villa, which is easy thanks to the spacious, well appointed kitchen. It is stocked better then most peoples home kitchens! We cooked out on the grill and then sat by the patio to eat. There is also a table just outside the kitchen that is perfect for your morning coffee! All of the patio areas are enclosed with a glass railing, so you don't have to worry about the kids falling/wandering off.
We took day trips to the zoo in the Springs (feed the giraffes!), Manitou Springs (best ice cream), and tubing down the Platte river. The tubing was enjoyed by everyone, although some of us just sat our chairs in the river to cool off.
We did have lunch out after the zoo at Rudy's BBQ, which is right on Rt.24. It was delicious and you can get family size servings and share.
Pam and David are super helpful, yet not intrusive. They have lots of info available for both the house and things to do. When I couldn't get a dvd to play for the grandkids, Pam came to my rescue!
Hope we can come back again sometime!