Karen Magistrelli

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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Sun Mountain Retreat

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.

Keywords: Eco friendly, solar heat, on-site recreation, large house, borders National Forest

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
I think you could easily promote 'The Lodge' as a great wedding spot. The local B & B's want to make you pay through the nose for the privilege of getting married there.

Again, thank you for providing us with the perfect place for our special day. I hope there will be future visits for us.
Apr 2006
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Karen Magistrelli

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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.

Karen Magistrelli purchased this house in 1985

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.

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.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
average rating of 4.65 based on 20 reviews
Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
(719) 687-9703
Woodland Park South Central Colorado


  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: A thousand thank you's for your comment. To be rated as the best rental in all your world travels - we are honored. Karen
Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
(719) 687-9703
Woodland Park South Central Colorado
Colorado Springs


  • 5 of 5
This is extremely important to anyone considering this vacation home. In looking at a possible weekend getaway with friends, we had tentatively set a date in August. I then became alarmed with this awful review and decided it needed to be checked out in person.

Quite frankly I’m shocked with the slanderous review. What I saw equals anything we’ve seen in Vail or Aspen. It is perfect. It is stunningly beautiful. Shame on them for scaring us. I’m so glad I came up. They were right the pictures don’t do it justice. It is more pleasing to the eye than I could have imagined. I told the owner that someone must be trying to sabotage them. They are booked today or I would have considered staying the rest of the weekend now that I’m up here.
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
(719) 687-9703
Woodland Park South Central Colorado
greeley co


  • 1 of 5
The pictures do not do it justice where to start. The grounds are terribly kept. From the massive buckets under the roof drainage that stink have things growing in them to the amazing tree house that hardly any one could fit into. The flat tether ball that was not able to be used. The basket ball court with two baskets one a 5 foot tall person could dunk in the other looked like if was touched it might fall over. I really appreciated the stove that had a note that the temp on the front was not always right so to turn the over up from 200-400 extra degrees to cook food and you had to open the door to look at the meat thermometer stuck in the side of the oven. The upstairs bathroom was so nasty there was black stuff on the shower curtain the walls honestly looked like they might have mold and smelled so bad that no one from our group took a shower in it. That means we had 9 people go through one tiny shower on the bottom floor that was hardly any bigger. Not to mention the shower didn't really drain so you were showering in 3-4 inches of water we even went to the nearby store and got clog remover stuff which didn't really help. At one point one of our family members had the bed fall apart in the middle of the night to find out that it was sitting on a pvc piping frame. The décor was extremely out of date the pool table looked like it was a shag carpet pool table. All of the TV's are from the 90's and yes they did have buckets and buckets full of vhs tapes to watch. The hot tub was actually really nice except it was inside the garage so after sitting in it for 5 minutes you were drenched in sweat. I would only recommend this home to some one that seeks to lock a family of 10+ into a ancient tomb void of modern amenities'
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: We are very conscientious about providing the best possible vacation for our visitors. Still our home needs constant upkeep and repair –probably just like yours . So on a big chalkboard with our welcome message we state our phone number and say, “Please call Bob or Karen if you have any needs.” We live five-minutes away. When we were checking on the comfort of these guests, they told of their spirited ping pong games, but mentioned NO negatives. There was NO phone call requesting our help. IF we knew their concerns, we would have been there in minutes.
Their lack of communication led to another serious dilemma when we went to clean and found broken items, including the bed. A broken bed with guests coming!! But God already had provided a solution. Just hours before we realized the bed was broken, a neighbor mentioned giving away a new bed frame. How unusual is that! We call it God’s miracle. The next guests had their needs met, despite our last minute scramble.
I encourage you to see a key message of the review - our game-equipment. You can see that clearly our home is not designed for ages 55+, but for families to play together, to experience outdoor adventures, to step out of old comfort zones. I see it as good news that our recreation equipment is heavily used. Research shows that children who play actively …learn they don't need to depend on television for entertainment, reduce stress levels, improve attentiveness, combat the epidemic of childhood obesity, learn how to share and cooperate with one another, and much more. This list tells why we go to great effort to provide MANY recreational opportunities for your family.
Let me tell you honestly, it would be FAR easier and cheaper for us to merely dust off the big-screen TV they wanted, than to maintain our…sandbox; pool table and pool cues; ping pong net, paddle and balls; basketball court; the tether ball (which a local bear likes to chew), the tires and ropes and logs of the big playground; the clues and treasure for the gold mine search, etc.
The tone of this review clearly contradicts the many positives of other reviews – even a review by the VRBO bear. Most of this review was misleading or blatantly inaccurate. Space here is limited so we do hope to prepare a link where we can give more pictures and details that expose the errors of this slanted review. Please join us there soon or call for clarification. Thank you. Bob & Karen
Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
(719) 687-9703
Woodland Park South Central Colorado


  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
(719) 687-9703
Woodland Park South Central Colorado


  • 4 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Mountain Lodge, On-site Recreation, Sleeps 14
(719) 687-9703
Woodland Park South Central Colorado


  • 3 of 5
This house from the looks of the pictures looked great. When we arrived, we were disappointed, it didn't look at all like the pictures. They need to do some up keep on the outside yards, lots of long grass and barrels of pots with weeds growing in them, and old broken chairs and stuff laying around. Inside, they have a lot of knick knacks everywhere and they all needed dusting, and the decor is dated. The kids loved the ping pong table, but all the balls were cracked so we had to buy some. This house has a lot of potential, it's got a beautiful floor plan and the beds were comfy. We would have been more comfortable without the canopies over the beds, they seemed more like dust magnets. And if they spent a little more time cleaning all the fake flowers and stuff around the house. The owners are super nice, and my kids had a great time playing on the playground, which was very sturdy. We went on the treasure hunt, and found the cave, but there was no treasure, kids were kind of disappointed. But it was still an adventure for them.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: At first I was saddened with this, our first negative review. Now I welcome it to clarify who will enjoy our home.
Our home is not for everyone. It is designed for mountains, not city. It is a naturalistic, environmentally-friendly, country lodge. It features open space and rugged décor. Guests relax and have fun in a casual atmosphere that protects our environment. It is not for those who want to be awestruck with an immaculate, refined, luxurious executive home.
Our home is "dated" with an antique décor brings a touch of nostalgia. We display a grandpa’s mining relics and a grandmother’s kitchen supplies.
We major on having many recreation choices. Our hot tub and games are heavily used. We work hard on maintaining that equipment. There is a lot involved. The treasure hunt through the mountains, is a unique family activity. Families love it. I’m sorry that when these guests found the cave, the clue to the treasure had been taken. That clue is now replaced.
The yard is xeriscaped to save precious water in our summer drought. We grow wildflowers and drought-resistant plants--some might call these weeds. We call them part of our natural beauty. Our grass is sparce and leggy even after mowing. We’ve decorated our 3 ½ acre yard with various antiques-- a rusted push lawnmower, some broken down chairs, a pot belly stove. To us this is a touch of history. Our home is not air conditioned, it is cooled with fresh mountain breezes.
I hope this will help you decide if our home will provide the vacation experience you want. The pictures are accurate. They show that our home features lots of sun and country views coming in through large windows. Instead of plush carpets, we have tile and area rugs. There’s no elegant brocade couch; it’s rugged leather. Homey decorations replace a sleek and polished look. Instead of a lush lawn with beautiful plantings, we have a playground, space and relaxing privacy. In considering our home think: Large, natural, fun, family-friendly, country, rugged, open space, sunlight. This is what you pay for.
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary
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Availability & Rates


Woodland Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 15 - Sep 15
4 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2014 - Dec 26 2014
4 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 5 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.
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Woodland Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Backpack
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking On Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wood Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Air Hockey
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Foosball
  • CD Player
  • VCR
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • DVD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Video Games
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Patio
  • Child's Swing
  • Sand Box
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Small Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • pond
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • fishing
  • basketball court
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • snowboarding
  • rock climbing
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
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.
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