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William or Joyce Carpenter

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

Spectacular Mountain Castle Retreat

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Winter Park Area House Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
William or Joyce Carpenter (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

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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based on 30 traveler reviews

Spectacular Mountain Castle Retreat
average rating of 4.866667 based on 31 reviews

The Craglough Home exceeded our high expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

We hope to come again! The home is absolutely beautiful and spacious. The well-stocked kitchen, even though we brought what we needed from Denver, was a warm welcome! Erica, the manager on the property also made us feel welcome. She was very helpful when we had trouble with one of the cars and so happy to answer any questions and offer helpful suggestions. When it snowed one night she had someone plowing the long driveway the next morning. We loved the winter views from so many windows. The easily lit gas fireplaces made everything more cozy. The sound system allowed us to personalize our stay with the music we love. The kids loved skiing in Winter Park and Mary Jane. They had a great time one day at the awesome recreation center in Frasier. Our stay couldn't have been better! Thank you for sharing your little corner of Paradise with us!!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Tampa, FL...USA

What it means to be in the mountains in Colorado

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic describes this home in the mountains. Rustic and Luxurious. Sit on a patio and watch the sun set over the valley and mountain stream. Cook in a kitchen that begs to be cooked in....I can't do it justice in words. I'll say this...This home and this area of Colorado was everything we hoped and dreamed a mountain vacation would be......MJ

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marvelous Home

  • 5 of 5

Aloha to you and Mahalo Nui Loa. Thank you so much for providing such a marvelous home for our family. We gathered from the east coast, the north country of Minnesota, California, Hawaii, and Denver, Colorado. It was a blessing to be together to bid a fond farewell to husband, father, grandfather, and brother-in-law. We loved hearing the trains go by and viewing the marmots at play outside. This was a perfect setting for a much memorable week!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dickinson, North Dakota

Fantastic Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic vacation with your home as our gathering/bonding center. We thank you for sharing your spectacular home with us for 2 years. Many happy memories have been created here and many photos to treasure. We thank you again and hope we can come back again someday soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an amazing experience here!! Bringing fourteen people together for a week was quite fun! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with all of us. So many memories were made this week. Now as some of us go to Denver and some travel back to Alabama, we can look at pictures and discuss all the great experiences we had here! Thank you again.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had an AWESOME stay at Craglough in Tabernash!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolute blast on our Winter Park spring break 2014 vacation!!! Our communication with owners/caretaker was perfect and very thorough. We had a big group and the house was certainly accommodating! We skied three days and the weather was perfect. The hot tub was great after a long day on the slopes. We cooked in the awesome kitchen two of the four nights. It was very clean when we arrived and we left it very clean when we left. I would definitely recommend this place and hope to return in the future. One thing I would recommend for anyone planning this home is a four wheel drive vehicle, as it snowed several inches one of the nights/days and the drive to get there can get a little hairy.... Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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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

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Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season II
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property 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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Winter Park Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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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