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Spectacular Mountain Castle Retreat

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 8,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6.5 Baths (Sleeps 14-16)

Commanding breathtaking views and situated on 80 acres bordering National Forest and the Fraser River, our beautiful home has been featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and shown on the Home and Garden Channel's Dream Builders!

Located only minutes from Winter Park Ski Resort, the Devil's Thumb Cross Country Ski Facility, and the 27 hole Pole Creek Golf Course. Access from the door to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing on the gold medal Fraser River. This 8000 square foot home comes with all the necessary amenities to make your stay perfect: all bedrooms with private bathrooms, large master suite with conversation nook and fireplace and a private study, two living rooms with fireplaces, 4 decks, 2 patios, enormous kitchen with table to seat 12, formal dining room for 12, conservatory, outdoor hot-tub, and billiard room. Non-smoking.

William or Joyce Carpenter
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About William or Joyce Carpenter

Craglough House was built by Bill and Joyce Carpenter as their dream home. Joyce is a social worker in the Social Work Department at the University of South Florida. Bill is a professor and chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The house is modeled on Cragside, a Victorian mansion in Northern England. David Elfring, a renown archtect, captured the spirit of Cragside but with modern conveniences.

Why William or Joyce Carpenter chose Winter Park Area

Joyce and I fell in love with Colorado many years ago. We spent several years looking for the perfect spot. We found the current location in the early 1980s and then proceeded to buy all the land we could afford. By 1997, we had aquired 80 acres and then started house construction. Improving the road, bringing in electricity, telephone, and building the house were epic tasks. You will enjoy the products of the effort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely vacation/anniversary celebration we enjoyed in your wonderful home. Our entire family fell in love with Craglough and all were sad when it was their time to leave for the Denver airport. Keith and I stayed until Wednesday morning and truthfully, yours was the first home we have rented over the years that we didn't want to leave before our time was up. Everything was furnished and appointed beautifully, the kitchen was beyond compare and we couldn't have been more comfortable. So, thank you!

Krista was very helpful and we appreciated the fact that she was there if we needed anything. Turned out we didn't, but we knew she would help if needed.

Please feel free to use our comments. They just didn't say enough good about how comfortable we were. The design of your home was one of the best we've been in and we've been in many. How blessed you are to have this wonderful place to visit and eventually live in.
Dec 2009
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Tabernash House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Powder Room
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • water skiing


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Spectacular Mountain Castle Retreat
average rating of 4.875 based on 41 reviews

Perfect weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful mountain house - perfect for everyone who stayed

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property for a large group.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, the property is gorgeous. Property management was very responsive. Would definitely rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The caretaker was the very best you can have. He made our stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home with lots of space!

  • 5 of 5

Mark the caretaker was great and accommodating! We thouroughly enjoyed our stay! Beautiful views:)

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Special Christmas at Craglough House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 adults and 2 children spent Christmas vacation at Craglough House. It was the perfect setting for our holiday. The house was large enough for all of us to have separate rooms and bathrooms, yet beautiful large shared spaces as well. The master bedroom was a sanctuary and retreat. It was a large suite all of it's own on the upper floor. The study and the conversation nook in the master bedroom by the fireplace looking out over the valley were some of my favorite spots to relax and recharge. The conservatory is a great place to sit and have tea or coffee. Most of the rooms have a spectacular view. The living rooms with fireplaces were cozy and large enough for all of us to gather. We enjoyed the hot tub almost daily. It was well maintained and very clean. The entire house was exceptionally clean. I want to return in the summer to enjoy the numerous decks and patios. Our 2 year old granddaughter was excited to see the trains and we would run to the window to watch them go by together.

We we minutes from Winter Park to ski, Devil's Thumb Ranch to cross country ski and many great restaurants. We prepared most of our meals in the large kitchen with the family gathered around the 12 person kitchen table. The dining room table seated 12 as well but we loved all being together to cook and clean up. We have several great cooks and the kitchen was large enough that all could work at the same time. We loved the multiple large appliances and the kitchen was stocked with anything we needed to prepare food. We really appreciated having 2 pack and plays for the grandchildren supplied so we didn't need to bring them on the plane. Mark, the caretaker was very accommodating and easy to contact if we had any questions. Communication in renting the house was excellent and reassuring. All of our questions were answered quickly. This a beautiful property that I hope we can return to. We will have a lifetime of wonderful memories from our 2016 Christmas at Craglough House. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, California, USA

Beautiful location for a vacation

  • 4 of 5

We held our family reunion with 9 adults at this beautiful home. The house was perfect in that it gave us all our own private suites yet wonderful places to gather as a family. We spent loads of time in the sun room each morning talking! The location was perfect to access Winter Park, and also Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. We were able to enjoy mountain biking, hiking, paddleboarding, fly fishing - all less than an hour from the house. We enjoyed some great dinners in the large dining room and games in the living room each night.

The house was immaculate. Each bedroom suite had plenty of linens and towels to accommodate our needs. The caretaker Mark, was extremely helpful in accommodating a few glitches that occurred. This is one of the nicest properties we have ever rented through VRBO.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Denver Internation Airport
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Pole Creek Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Fraser, Colorado
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US Hwy 40
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Winter Park Resort
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Boating, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Downhilling, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Bird watching, Sunset watching, Relaxing


Rates & Availability

Tabernash House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $400
Tax Rate 5.7%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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