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Forest Haus... A True Rocky Mountain Vacation Experience

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 14. Outdoor Hot Tub. Private & Tranquil.

Our family has owned this magical home for nearly 25 years. The locals call our home 'Forest Haus' because of its location and serene setting. We call it our 'Breckenridge Escape' because when we get away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life it renews our spirit every time we visit. You can't overestimate the value of a great vacation. Our home is a 'difference maker' in that regard! I am sure you have heard the saying 'location; Location; LOCATION'!!

Our home offers family style luxury accommodations in a private setting on a 1 1/2 acre lot, with towering blue spruces surrounding the property line and the soothing sound of the wind whispering through the trees. The home is nestled in the White River National Forest with a natural Victorian setting outside and tongue and groove stained birchwood with vaulted, wood beam, family room ceiling inside to provide a comfortable, warm ambiance.

We are just a few minutes from the "Touristy" action in the heart of town (skiing, restaurants, shops, nite life) but a quick peaceful escape back to Forest Haus when its time to enjoy peace and privacy with family and friends.

Take our tour on this website and see why our mountain retreat can help make your visit a very special & meaningful vacation. We have tried to capture the essence of Forest Haus in our description, but there are intangibles that can only be described by the vacation experience and feeling that Forest Haus will leave etched upon your heart and soul.

Enjoy A True Mountain Vacation Experience in Comfort! 'Forest Haus' offers all the conveniences of home, including a full kitchen, utensils, a 47 inch big screen 3D TV, Blue Ray DVD /3D, (bring your 3D glasses!) Sony Play Station 3, Stereo Tuner/CD player, iPod hookup, Wireless Internet, outdoor speakers, washer, dryer, coffee maker, and microwave to name but a few. The dining room is large with plenty of room for large families.

Enjoy the views out our door, and the comfort of our hot tub on the deck, sheltered by an open-air roof. The stars and Milky Way are vivid and spectacular in the evening sky from our home. You will also enjoy wildlife vistors in our very personal setting.

In the summer, hiking and biking trails are right out our front door. Or relax on the back yard deck to a glass of wine, dine outside on our outdoor dining set beneath the pines, and listen to nature at play.

In the winter, use the cross country ski trail out our front door for some gorgeous views up and down the valley or let the kids sled down our hill (we have scooter sleds in our garage). The ski area is just a short five minute drive down the hill from our home and so are the town activities.

A Vacation on YOUR TERMS... There are a lot of vacation choices available to you. There are not many that offer the kind of vacation experience that our Forest Haus offers.

Vacations are precious and good ones are priceless. You are going to spend a good deal of hard earned money to have a good vacation with family and friends. For me, there is nothing worse than saving your way to a bad vacation. We have tried to make Forest Haus a great value for our guests!

Our home is not cheap...but it is not expensive either. We are somewhere in the middle of the pack, but offer the best vacation value. What Forest Haus offers is the optimal blend of true privacy and tranquility along with good proximity to the town below. Have fun downtown when you want to, but when your are done with the crowds, take the short five minute ride back to the house and not worry about 'noisey' and /or 'nosey' neighbors.

You don't have to share our hot tub with anyone accept those that have joined you on your vacation. You don't have to sit in a hot tub and shake hands with 'bubba and the boys' sitting in another tub on the deck right next to yours! Does this sound a bit 'tongue in cheek'? Yes, ...probably...but it is a lot closer to the truth than you might think!! Not many homes in the resort offer the kind of privacy that Forest Haus does. Many are built so close together, you can reach out and touch your neighbor. I live in a house packed neighborhood day to day in Denver. When I go to Breckenridge, I want to escape to the mountains....not another jam packed housing community.

Check Out Our Story...: Experience nature close up. The starscape at 10,500 feet is incredible and like no view you have ever seen! Sitting in the hot tub and looking up at the stars and the vivid Milky Way is breathtaking!! Our home provides your visit with real privacy; quiet setting in the forest; close proximity to the action; a vacation on 'your terms'...It is all covered in our story about Forest Haus. Give us a call. We would love to meet you. If we can't answer your call, lleave us your telephone number and we will call an introduce ourselves to you. We are friendly and want to share our treasure with great, respectful, fun loving people like you.

Our Goal: To provide you with a vacation experience unmatched in the Colorado High Country.

The Budraitis Family

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Ben Budraitis
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Ben Budraitis

I am just like you...I work hard and try to do the right things that help make the slice of the world I live in a better place to be. Forest Haus is my home in the mountains that I like to escape to whenever I get the chance. It is a home I want to share with others that want to have a special vacation. I care about Forest Haus being the kind of home for you to enjoy as much as I do for myself.

I grew up on the east coast, went to college in the midwest and found my way to Colorado in 1986.

While I call Denver my home, I spend a lot of time in San Diego. My wife lives there! We get to commute between two great cities! It's great fun...and... when she gets tired of me, she just sends me back to Denver! The picture is of Joannie and I.

Ben Budraitis purchased this house in 1988

Why Ben Budraitis chose Breckenridge Area

I bought this property in 1988. I looked at many homes in several ski areas along the I-70 corridor. For me, I was looking for a place that offered an escape from the pressure of my everyday life. It needed to feel right in my gut and in my head. During my search, I found plenty of homes that were nice, but they felt just like being in my own neighborhood in Denver. They were close together and they didn't feel like they were in the mountains. I was looking for something that felt like an 'escape'. I visited Forest Haus several times before buying in 1988. It needed a little bit of elbow grease to shine it up, but the feeling I got and the setting of the home just ignited my soul. So after NOT being able to negotiate a better price, I decided that what I felt in my soul at Forest Haus was priceless.

I love the proximity to town and the ease of hiding back in the forest when it is time to leave the bang and glitter behind.

Tops on my list of reasons is PRIVACY because I don’t want the “uncontrollables” interfering with my time and enjoyment. I like the freedom of having land and trees all around me. I don’t want to be able to reach out my window and shake my neighbor’s hand. I can do that when I go back to Denver!

What makes this house unique

When I pull up in the driveway of Forest Haus and open my car doors, all the air from my Denver world is sucked out and I am breathing a different dimension of life. If you are looking for a place that will relax you, yet be convenient to the 'action' of downtown Breckenridge, Forest Haus is ideal. It lets you have a vacation on your own terms and offers peace, tranquility and privacy.

To me, the feeling of having neighbors 2 acres away with lots of trees in between offers one's spirit more room to breathe and feel free. Forest Haus feels like more of an escape to the Rocky Mountains and an ultimate way to create special memories with those we love.

There is only so much of shopping, restaurants and resort nightlife that I can endure. While I do love it, it is far better to leave it behind when I am done with being a tourist and focus more on my family, guests and myself.

Your life batteries will get a full charge at Forest Haus!

There is something magical about the setting...large towering spruce trees, home nestled, wind whispering through the trees, man and nature together, tranquil...quite zen like.

I hope that you will feel the same magic in your heart, mind and soul that I do each time I come to visit Forest Haus.



Breckenridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Level
  • We have a 75 gallon commercial grade water heater which provides plenty of hot water. Our home and water is heated by gas to provide quick recovery on hot water and a comfortable temperature in the home. We have make-up mirrors in the bedrooms to keep bathrooms free for necessities. (Remember, more bathrooms does not equate to more hot water or adequate water pressure in the mountains!! -- we do both well).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Upstairs Level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs Level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Main Level
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Main Level - Bunks
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , Large Garden Level
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Pull Out
  • All bedrooms have new mattresses and box springs. We have closets, chests, and dressers to provide ample room for your belongings. Each bedroom has a makeup mirror for the ladies and humidifiers to help our guests rest comfortably in a dry environment. All rooms are cozy and nicely decorated.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 14 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The home is clean when you arrive. Additional maid service can be provided for a fee. We have high speed ethernet or wireless connections for your laptop(s). Contact us for the wireless code if needed. Wildlife will regularly visit. It is not safe to try to touch wildlife even if they come to your door! You will get some interesting visitors such as a fox, many species of birds, squirrels, and raccoons. Do not feed these animals (except bird seed for the many beautiful birds that visit) and do not leave open containers of food outside at night. Our driveway is large with parking right by our front door. Daytime summer temperatures range from the high 60s to the low 80s with daytime isolated 'quick' rain showers. Evening summer temperatures range from the low 60s to the low 40s. You do not need air-conditioning in the mountains and likely won't find any homes that have air-conditioning. Wear layers.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Forest Haus... A True Rocky Mountain Vacation Experience
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews
Canadian, TX

Family and Pet Friendly

  • 5 of 5

In a nutshell, my son said it best as we drove away: "Goodbye home away from home".

Forest Haus is not a luxury rental as some I have stayed, but certainly was not advertised to be so. It was very comfortable, somewhat dated, but lots of room and still all the "luxuries" of home (full kitchen, coffee maker, gas cooktop and stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer). My kids had a lot of room to roam and spread out. We certainly did not need this big a place for 6 of us and our dog, but it sure was nice. Everything was in working order other than the cable/wifi was having trouble, but that really turned out to be nice. We watched some of the collections of movies at Forest Haus as a family instead at night. The hot tub was great as well. The location was awesome--very quiet and lots of room around the house for the kids to sled and the dog to run and play. It was about 8-10 minutes to the slopes in the morning to parking lot F (base of peak 9). The only negative to the house was only 2 bathrooms and the upstairs bathroom doesn't have a true shower (there is a tub with a hand held sprayer you could use while sitting in the tub).

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

Great house!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space but super cozy.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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When we opened the front door, we were thoroughly impressed.

  • 5 of 5

When we asked our son what was your favorite part of the trip, he answered, "when we first walked into the house". The openness and cozy feeling of a home, the windows allowing you to soak up the scenery all around you, and the easiness of finding anything we wanted in the home. Ben was easily accessible which added another layer of security. Amazing stay. We had 3 adults, 2 children, and our dog. Quality time together. We started putting together a puzzle on the dining room table, had the fire crackling, and Christmas music playing and admiring the views. Thank you for opening your home!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasantly Surprised, Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

The Forest Haus, is a beautiful home tucked away in the mountains. The pictures don't do it justice, its very roomy, with an open floor plan and a fairly spacious, well appointed kitchen. The interior is knotty pine, with cute nitchy details, wildlife artwork and skiing pictures. The bedrooms were comfortable, clean and well laid out, with 2 bedrooms up, 2 bedrooms on the main floor and a bedroom in the lower level. We'd ski during the day then come home to soak in the hot tub to relieve our aches and pains. Afterwards we'd all gather around the large kitchen table that had enough seating for 12, have a big meal and then play games. Also loved the wood burning stove which was in the step down TV area, it kept those watching TV toasty & warm. I'd definitely come back again, it is a great place anytime of the year. A couple minor maintenance issues with front door not shutting tightly and shower having hot water only, but called Ben and he offered to send someone up to fix it right away. Great place, will definitely be back and would recommend it to my friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful mountain house in perfect location for a family reunion to enjoy Colorado.

  • 5 of 5

This house was wonderful for our family reunion. The floor plan allowed plenty of space for indoor and outdoor gathering. The kitchen was large enough and well stocked. Our family is large and booked three separate locations for our reunion but we gathered here because it was the best for our needs. We didn't take advantage of the entertainment system (bc we just watched the Olympics) but it was complete with large screen, stereo, wifi, a large DVD collection, and more. The beds were comfortable and offered deep sleep especially after a soak in the hot tub. We enjoyed several trails just steps away up on Boreas Pass road. The location is SPECIAL!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Fremont, NE

Excellent Views

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 enjoyed this property. Walk out the door and up the road are trails and beautiful views. The hot tub was often used after a day of hiking and white water rafting. The house was fully equipped. We could use the crock pots to prepare a meal before adventuring out. Would highly recommend this house! Thanks Ben for sharing this wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Breckenridge Brewery
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Breckenridge Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 9
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Blue Moose
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Breckenridge Peak 9 Ski Area
Car: recommended

Our home is nestled in the White River National Forest on 1 1/2 acres near the historic trail of Boreas Pass and looks across at the Breckenridge ski area, Peaks 9 and 10. It is less than a 5 minute drive down to Breckenridge Main Street, from our vacation home, where you can have fun with all kinds of activities. Out our front door you can cross country ski in the winter and go sledding on our hill in the back yard. In the summer you can hike/mountain bike the historic trail head by our house. You can shop, dine, enjoy festivals and dance to live music; ski, snowmobile, sleigh ride and ice skate for your winter sport; raft, sail, play golf, hike, horseback ride or do down-hill summer activities at Peak 8 (alpine slide) for your summer activities. There is much more to do and a lot to explore on your own! But the best part is that you can enjoy all of these activities on your terms...because when you are finished with your activities, the peaceful and serene setting of our vacation home lets you relax, enjoy and share the memories of your day without any interferences!

Other Activities: 4 x 4, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating,

Golf: There are several great courses to choose from in Summit County. Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Dillon/Silverthorne all have tremendous courses to play. All courses are 10 - 25 minute driving distances from Breckenridge.

Ski: From our home, you can see the upper portions Peaks 9 and 10 as a back drop to the towering pines that surround our property. It is a quick 5 minute drive down the hill from our home to the Peak 9 ski area and the middle of town. Our home is located 1000 vertical feet directly above the town of Breckenridge on the east side of Main Street. You look across at the ski area which is on the west side of Main Street. We have a discount arrangement with a ski and mountain bike rental company. Ask us for more details on this.


Rates & Availability

Breckenridge House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April Avid Skier Season
Apr 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
After Ski Mud Season
May 1 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer's On Its Way
May 21 2017 - Jun 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Summer Time in the Rockies
Jun 11 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Holiday
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Here Comes Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Getting Ready to Snow
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Nov 24 2017 - Dec 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Pre Holiday Early Ski
Dec 6 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and New Year Holiday
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
January Season Start
Jan 6 2018 - Jan 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Per Additional Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $225
Pet Fee $75
Short Stay Daily Energy $25
Tax Rate 8.6%

We sometimes offer 2 night stays. Our lowest rates are offered for 7 night Sat. to Sat. or Sun. to Sun. stays. Rate schedule may not apply for stays that bridge across a weekend or rate bracket. Rates posted are averages for the time period and can be lower or higher depending upon period of stay, time of season, size or group and other seasonal and event related factors. Call to inquir

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