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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Historic. Sleeps 14.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

Highest-rated property in Manitou Springs. Book all three units here to sleep 14

Despite VRBO reporting more than 200 properties in Manitou Springs, this property is one of only 40 vacation rentals actually in Manitou Springs. Now in its third year, this property has garnered 100+ reviews and more 5-star ratings than any other in Manitou Springs. See all the reviews at

This property consists of three individual luxury apartments. On the first floor, a two-bedroom/two-bath unit sleeps up to six. On the second floor, there are two one-bedroom/one-bath units that each sleep up to four. There are separate listings for each of the three rental units. This listing contains information and pricing for renting all three units together. Email us for help in renting one, two, or all three units, paying for only what you need to accommodate up to 14.

Information and pricing for renting the 1st Floor unit is at Information about the 2nd Floor one-bedroom/one-bath units are at: and

Email us for help in deciding what you need to rent to host your group.

This historic, award-winning property sits across from a park with Fountain creek bubbling through it, just one block from downtown Manitou Springs. Originally the carriage house of Jerome Wheeler, one of the town’s greatest benefactors, this building has been lovingly renovated with beautiful detail.

Each of the three apartments is a fully-independent living space with its own digitally-secure, steel-clad entries. All are built to commercial codes with all-new electrical, plumbing and heating systems. Safety features include a one-hour fire separation between all units, smoke and CO detectors, and fire extinguishers. All are individually insulated for comfort and quiet.

All apartments feature well-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, dishwasher, full laundry, HD televisions with satellite service (including 2017 NFL Sunday Ticket, meaning that every NFL game will be available for viewing this season), original artwork, king-size beds with memory foam-topped mattresses, jetted bathtubs, air conditioning (in 2nd floor units), a deck or patio, free parking and wifi.

Every room is topped with crown molding (even the bathrooms) and textured in soft pastels. The living areas are finished with oak floors and wool rugs, while the kitchens and baths are fitted with porcelain tile. The bedrooms are topped with panned ceilings and floored with thick, sumptuous carpet.

The 1st Floor apartment is a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath unit. The master bedroom offers a four-poster king bed, 39" HDTV, and full en suite bathroom with jetted tub. The beautiful rose and cream colors of the bedroom compliment the cherry wood furnishings. The guest bedroom includes a four-poster queen bed and gorgeous armoire, and is finished in shades of cream and blue. The living room sports a 42" HDTV and a beautiful leather sectional. A full kitchen, oak dining room, laundry and full guest bathroom make this unit complete. Open the French doors to your flagstone patio, equipped with a gas grill and dining table under the shade of a gazebo. This rental comfortably sleeps up to six guests with use of the queen size 19" air bed.

The 2nd Floor East unit offers accommodations for up to four guests. The bedroom is finished with a panned ceiling, a California king bed, walk-in closet and 40” HDTV. The full bathroom is complete with jetted tub. The full kitchen comes complete with granite counter tops and breakfast bar, cooktop oven. and all the modern amenities. The unit is equipped with air conditioning and full-size laundry. The queen-size sofa sleeper accommodates two additional guests. The living room is complete with a 42” HDTV and French doors opening to an alluring deck with beautiful views of Pikes Peak's foothills. This unit is described in full detail at

The 2nd Floor West unit also accommodates up to four guests. The bedroom features a king-size four-poster canopy bed, panned ceiling, and walk-in closet. The full bathroom is complete with jetted tub. This unit offers air conditioning and full laundry. The fully-equipped kitchen is finished with granite counter tops and breakfast bar. The large sofa in the living room opens into a queen sleeper for two additional guests. The French doors open to a beautiful deck with gorgeous views of the foothills. Enjoy breakfast or dinner in the beautiful outdoors.This unit is described in full detail at


These vacation rental apartments are in Jerome Wheeler’s carriage house built in 1888.

A second cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jerome Byron Wheeler served during the Civil War, surviving to marry Harriet Macy Valentine (whose family founded Macy’s department store) in 1870. By 1879 he had become the president and a major shareholder of R. H. Macy and Company after the deaths of both its male heirs.

In 1882, Wheeler and his wife visited Colorado, seeking relief for Harriet’s severe bronchitis. They visited Manitou Springs (called ‘Manitou’ back then) as it was famous for its mineral waters. In 1883, they built a summer home here, naming it ‘Windemere.’ This sat where the Post Office is currently located.

Soon, Wheeler began hearing reports of silver strikes in Aspen, and he purchased interests in promising mines. Although his time at New York City's most prosperous department store produced years of record sales and profits, Jerome Wheeler’s ambitions were shifting toward Colorado. Wheeler left his position and sold his shares in Macy’s in 1888.

Wheeler became involved in numerous mining ventures in Leadville and Aspen. He organized the Aspen Smelting Company, and built a mountain tramway to bring ore down the mountain to the smelter. He was president of the Croseus Gold Mining and Milling Company, as well as the Rock Hill Consolidated Gold and Silver Mining Company in Leadville. He was a partner in a marble quarry, and was president of the Grand River Coal and Coke Company. Before long, he was phenomenally wealthy.

He built two of downtown Aspen's landmarks; the Wheeler Opera House and the Hotel Jerome, putting nearly one million dollars in each. These are both thriving today. He built the first bank in Aspen, as well as a large residence, but never lived in the home. Known as the Wheeler-Stallard House, it currently serves as home to the Aspen Historical Society.

All told, he invested nearly $6 million into developing Aspen, and is remembered fondly as an icon there as a result.

Jerome Wheeler became a director of the Colorado Midland Railroad when it was organized in 1885, and brought rail connections to both Aspen and Manitou Springs. He and Colorado Springs railroad tycoon James John Hagerman invested over $100,000 in the extension of the Colorado Midland Railroad to the western slope, the first standard gauge railroad to cross the Continental Divide. Some of the rail beds and tunnels for this railroad can still be seen in various places around town and along US-24 west of Manitou Springs.

He started the Manitou Mineral Water Company, which was very popular back east and was even served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

He invested in the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, a cog railway that still transports passengers to the top of Pikes Peak.

As he had in Aspen, Wheeler also built the first bank in Manitou Springs, the Wheeler Bank. This yellow brick building sits at the east end of downtown.

At the intersection of Manitou and Canon Avenues sits a triangle of land with the clock donated by Wheeler to the town. His wife had been intrigued by a similar clock in Italy, so he spent $3600 to provide one for Manitou Springs.

In 1892, Wheeler became embroiled in the first of a series of lengthy and costly lawsuits over one of his silver mines. The combination of the judgments and the Panic of 1893, resulting in the crash of the value of silver, cost Jerome Wheeler nearly his entire fortune.

Wheeler's mining company laid off all its employees. His banks failed and closed for two years, but Wheeler paid his depositors every dollar and they lost nothing.

Manitou Springs continued to benefit from Wheeler’s largess, even after his fortunes had dwindled. He contributed $50,000 toward the construction of Manitou Avenue and outfitted a volunteer fire company. In 1913, after a devastating flood, he gave $10,000 to the city for emergency repairs.

Jerome Wheeler spent most of his remaining years at Windemere until his death on December 1, 1918.

New York. Aspen. Manitou Springs.

Jerome Wheeler was successful wherever he went, and he and Harriet certainly could have lived wherever they desired. But ultimately, they chose Manitou Springs as their home. Come to Manitou Springs and see what they discovered. This is a great place to be.

History of Windemere

Jerome Wheeler’s Windemere estate in Manitou Springs included an elaborate conservatory, this carriage house, billiard rooms and two bowling alleys. Roses for the Cliff House Hotel were grown in the conservatory and placed on guest's pillows each night.

After the death of the Wheelers (Harriet died in 1916), the estate was sold off, and the Wheeler residence was demolished for a hotel. The post office was built on the site in 1940.

The carriage house was divided into apartments somewhere around 1920. There were seven apartments in the building, which fell vacant in the 1980's. We purchased the building in 1993 with the intention of developing it into a bed and breakfast. Ultimately, due to the constraints of time, money, full-time jobs, and kids to raise, the bed and breakfast was never realized. As they say, "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."

Come see why this property has now reached its highest and best use, over 125 years in the making. We think Jerome Wheeler would be pleased with what has become of his carriage house.

More Details


West Colorado Springs Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1st Floor Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , Full ensuite bath for Master Bedroom
    1st Floor Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    2nd Floor East Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    2nd Floor West Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 1st Floor Master Bedroom - 1 king
    1st Floor Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    1st Floor Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 19" thick queen air bed
    2nd Floor East bedroom - 1 king , California king
    2nd Floor East Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sofa sleeper
    2nd Floor West bedroom - 1 king
    2nd Floor West Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sofa sleeper
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • tennis


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The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Historic. Sleeps 14.
average rating of 5.0 based on 102 reviews

Great place to stay while visiting Manitou Springs

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time to stay at The Carriage House, both times over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed our stay this time as much as the first time. We rented a one bedroom unit on the 2nd floor as well as the two bedroom unit on the first floor. There was plenty of room between the two units and we had everything we needed to cook a nice thanksgiving dinner. The property is very well maintained, and the descriptions and pictures are right on. We loved staying here. Kris and Tim are wonderful to work with. The Carriage House is right across a small park from the Main Street where there are many cute shops and restaurants. We love walking around town. The first time we came it snowed and this time we had beautiful sunny days. We would definitely stay here again if we get back to a Manitou Springs.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kitty, Thank you so much for staying with us again! We sincerely appreciate your business and your very kind review! Tim and Kris
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Best Family Trip in Years!

  • 5 of 5

Our family rented out all 3 apartments. From the moment we arrived until we checkout, Tim and Kris we awesome. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The location was convenient for walking to many of the local Manitou Springs shops and resturants and bars. It was the best value of our trip and we would highly recommend it to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, Thank you for your kind review. We loved having your family and are glad you enjoyed staying with us! Hope to see you back some day! Tim and Kris
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Our stay at The Carriage House in manitou Springs

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Very clean & extremely well kept up. The owners/landlords were very nice.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nanny, Thank you for your kind review. We enjoyed having you; so sorry about the weather! Kris
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One of our favorites!

  • 5 of 5

This was one of our favorite places due to primarily the owner's attention to detail and going out of the way to make us feel welcome. The location was just perfect for Manitou springs as we could send our kids across the street on their own to play at the park and we could all easily walk the very short distance to 'downtown'. We really liked all the personal touches at the property and felt very comfortable relaxing in the outdoor patio as well.

If we're ever in Manitou springs again - this place is a "for sure" that we'd come back and stay - thanks for all you do!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Nate! We certainly enjoyed having your family and look forward to hopefully seeing you again in the future!
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Great location, very nice place

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Tim and Kris for making our stay so great. Lovely house, nice welcome and a great location for walking into town. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Steve. We thoroughly having your family and very much appreciate your kind review!
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Home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, great amenities included, very clean property and friendly hosts. What more could you need. . .

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Christine!
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Tim and Kris Monroe
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Tim and Kris Monroe

Tim and Kris have resided in Manitou Springs for the past twenty-eight years, and can’t think of a better place to call home.

They share their home with Maggie, an English Springer Spaniel, and Cassie, a twenty-pound Cocker Spaniel bent on world domination.

Tim and Kris Monroe purchased this apartment in 1993

Why Tim and Kris Monroe chose West Colorado Springs

Manitou Springs has so much to offer: a plethora of recreational options, wonderful historic district with numerous shops and restaurants, more natural beauty than your heart can imagine, family events throughout the year, many recognized attractions and more than 250 days of sunshine a year.

What makes this apartment unique

Our home, once Jerome Wheeler's carriage house, is a gorgeous, award-winning historic building one block from downtown Manitou Springs. Enjoy summer band concerts from your deck or patio. Walk to numerous hiking trails and the Manitou Incline. Saunter across the park to the downtown district with its quaint shops and interesting people, with no need to search for a parking space. The owners, Tim and Kris, live in their own, private unit on-site. So, any issues that arise are handled in a timely manner. Having personal knowledge of the restaurants, trails, and attractions of this wonderful area, they are more than happy to offer insight and suggestions from eating establishments to scenic driving loops.


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Colorado Springs
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Whole House Cleaning Fee $180 + Tax
Pet Fee $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.03%

Discounts are offered for multiple unit rentals. Call or email us for information about these discounts.

The listing web page for the 1st Floor unit is:

The listing web page for the 2nd Floor East unit is:

The listing web page for the 2nd Floor West unit is:

The web page for the respective listing will calculate the rate for your desired stay in that unit.

Cleaning Fees: --- 2nd Floor units: $60 --- 1st Floor unit: $90 --- Whole House: $180

Please email us for verification of availability and rates, or with any questions you may have.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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