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Katharine de Baun

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Magnificent Rocky Mountain Views - 15 Mins to Colorado Springs

71 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Cascade-Chipita Park House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Enjoy total privacy, stunning Rocky Mountain views, and convenience to Colorado Springs, Green Mountain Falls, and Woodland Park at our newer passive-solar mountain home at the gateway to towering Pike's Peak. Kick back with a steaming cup of coffee and enjoy exceptional North East views of Ute Pass through a wall of windows in your living room - or lounging anywhere on the 3000 square feet of decks. Stroll out the side door and pick up Esther's Trail heading up into Pikes Peak National Park. Or drive a mile over to the North Pole amusement park and the start of the toll road to the top of majestic Pikes Peak.

Our house is perfect for romantic retreats, working vacations, family gatherings, and personal or holiday celebrations, with plenty of open spaces for entertaining, a large family room on lower level equipped with fridge, wet bar, board games; LCD flat-screen TV; wireless broadband service; and unlimited long-distance phone calls. New furnishings, light rustic/southwest interior, fully stocked kitchen, beds, and baths.

Master bedroom top level has king-size bed, cable TV, double-head shower; two bedrooms on main level - queen bed in one and bunk-bed in other - share hall bath; Bottom level has bedroom with two twins, hall bath, and pull-out double bed in family room.

Keywords: Vacation House, House Rental

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Katharine de Baun (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Katharine de Baun

Hello, I'm a busy Mom of four kids ages 18 through 11 recently transplanted from central New Jersey to Oregon! My past job experiences have included teaching community college and co-founding one of the first parenting websites, Moms Online. Over the last ten years I've gotten involved in managing rental properties here in NJ/PA, volunteering (Girl Scouts and PTO), and working as Editor in Chief for fitsmi.

Katharine de Baun purchased this house in 2005

Why Katharine de Baun chose Colorado

My husband and I bought this house as a bit of a lark - it was featured in a NYT piece in the Friday 'Escapes' section on Feng Shui homes. My mother-in-law was increasingly unable to travel and it just made more and more sense as we talked about it: why don't we buy it so we have a place for all of us to stay when we visit her? I did a little research about VRBO homes in the area and, at least at the time, there wasn't much competition (there's more now but we're still doing okay). We set up the house to please ourselves and our guests at the same time. It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun too.

What makes this house unique

We love, love, love the view at all hours, from watching the sun come up over the mountains early in the morning to dusk shadows and then sometimes a beautiful moon over the pass. My husband and I also love walking the Mt. Esther trail every morning we can (the head of the trail is a 10-minute walk away). When we're at the house, we enjoy complete privacy and the sense that we've gotten away from it all, but we also love the convenience of driving 20 minutes or less to many shops/attractions, from Colorado Springs to Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Cave of the Winds, the local Rock Shop (our kids take forever to spend $5 in there!), Pike's Peak cog train, and more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family had such a wonderful time in your beautiful home in the mountains. Everything was just perfect the entire stay. During our stay, we went to the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Olympic Training Center, and Denver, but wherever we went, this was always a wonderful place to come back to every night. We all enjoyed Esther's Trail and we waited in anticipation of the mysterious bear! Last night htough, we found the garbage can dumped over, so we assumed he had come for a visit. Tomorrow we will venture home to Phoenix - 110 degrees!
Jul 2008
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Reviews

4.9
based on 71 traveler reviews

Magnificent Rocky Mountain Views - 15 Mins to Colorado Springs
average rating of 4.8591547 based on 104 reviews
Marion, Iowa
3

Gorgeous location, needs TLC and AC.

  • 3 of 5

This property is located close to all that this wonderful area has to offer yet is tucked away in an out-of-the-way neighborhood that felt safe and private. The mountain views are spectacular and the property owner was helpful and easily accessible. We were pretty happy with our stay. Much has been said about Teddy, the visiting neighbor dog. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was to have him checking in on us. I would have no problem recommending this property to anyone interested in a fun family vacation, looking for accommodations to fit a larger group.

That being said, we had to buy 2 box fans just to sleep comfortably. I had not looked to see if AC was included in this property--an assumption and oversight on my part. After a few nights it did cool off outside to help with sleeping, but with all those windows it was always too hot by day to stay in the house. I also had to talk my husband out of taking a day of vacation to "spruce up the place." He wanted us to weed the overgrown property and fix the porch swing. The house itself was clean enough at first glance but not if you dropped something under a chair or couch cushion and got a closer look. A kitchen drawer was broken. The lighting in all but the master bath was very poor--a moderate complaint of my teenaged daughters.

None of those things were a big deal, just enough minor things to make the difference between 3 and 4 stars. But we had a wonderful time in spite of it!

Recommended nearby activities: Hiking at Garden of the Gods. Toured The Air Force Academy. Church at Woodmen Valley Chapel. Shopping in Old Colorado City, Dinner at Sonterra Grill in Colo Springs (personal recommendation by proprietor and it was great). We rented a pontoon in Lake Pueblo State Park for a day (45 minutes away). The kids loved cliff jumping and fishing. Then had some great Mexican food at Cactus Flower in Pueblo. Amazing pizza at A.J.'s in Woodland Park. There were so many things we didn't have time to do.

NOTE: Driving to the summit of Pike's Peak is NOT for the faint of heart. I honestly thought I was going to have a heart attack! There are few guardrails. I wished I had hiked it with my husband and 3 of our kids instead of driving! Consider the train!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this thorough and thoughtful review. It's true that the house has no AC, and since once a summer or so a guest brings this up, I will make this more clear in the property description. There is a note in the house book about using cross-ventilation (there is usually a nice mountain breeze if you open the right windows) and ceiling fans. Most of the house remains cool but if you have all of the windows shut, and it's a sunny summer day, the morning sun will uncomfortably heat up the main living area (a good thing when the temperature is cool in the fall/winter/spring!). Once the sun passes behind the house for the afternoon, the heat is not a problem if you open windows. And at night it always cools down, so you should never be uncomfortable sleeping unless you keep all the windows shut. The lights in some of the bathrooms are energy-saving lightbulbs that take awhile to brighten fully after you flip the switch. Was just at the house and noticed the weeds and some dead trees -- the trees are already gone and I will tend to the weeding when I'm out in October for a house spruce-up! Glad your husband didn't spend his vacation weeding but appreciate the thought :-) Thank you for choosing our place and glad you had a great time overall!
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Fort Worth, Texas
5

Everyone had a great time at the house. It was the perfect size for our large group.

  • 5 of 5

Everyone enjoyed the Kulsa house. Our group of 8 adults and 2 children were all comfortable. The pictures and description accurately represent the house, which was well kept and maintained. Great views and even greater weather. Plus the house is in a great location, close to Manitou Springs, Pikes Peak and Cripple Creek. There's too much to do close by in a one week stay. Spectacular views from the main deck, where we spent most of our time at the house. I wouldn't consider the drive to the house difficult, but it would be best to arrive during the day, which we did. The directions provided by the owner were excellent and once you find the house, you are in for a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great place for Great Memories

  • 5 of 5

Truly an amazing house and location ! Within minutes of many attractions around Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and the grocery or gas stores. I have no complaints except our time ran out! Fell in love with the area and will be back for another Rocky Mountain vacation. Did not see any bears, except for the big "Teddy " that paid us a few visits. He is a sweet dog that loves to pop in for play date , my grandsons loved him. So if this big brown and white dog appears on the deck, just give him a big hug and he will show you some love back . Take a drive through the neighborhood , it has some hidden gems that add so much to the trip- Capita Park and Green Mountain Falls !

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Scenic and certainly lived up to my high expectation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for a short get away with easy access to local attraction. I'll certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time but the stay did not start well. There seemed to be a miscommunication between the owner and the cleaners. When we arrived on the check in day at about 5 PM the house was not cleaned from the previous tenants. Seems the cleaners did not realize the house was rented the week before us. We called the contact person Kim. She was very apologetic and quickly arrived with her crew to clean.

Once we got past the cleaning the stay was everything we had hoped for. The house is beautiful and the vista is spectacular! We have just two small suggestions. First, the house has WiFi but an Internet connection is only available if you are an Xfinity customer; otherwise, you have to purchase a temporary account (per device I believe). Providing an Internet connection (cost factored into the rental price of course) would work better. Secondly, a TV in the upstairs main room would be nice. We had a rainy day and watching movies in the great room with a view of the misty mountains would add to the experience.

All in all just a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great mountain getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This house was a great place to stay while visiting with our family. We had three families (my parents and siblings w/ kids) so the bedrooms/bathrooms on all three floors provided everyone with their own space. The property was clean, its owner was responsive to my questions, and the views out the windows were even better than we expected (sometimes photos on these sites can be deceiving... not in this case!)

The location was easy to find using GPS and provides easy access to pretty much everything in the Colorado Springs area. (We visited Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Helen Hunt Falls and the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.)

We were all impressed with this property and would happily return or recommend it to our friends/family.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Colorado Springs Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.7 Miles
Blue Moose Tavern
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Kissing Camels Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 24
Nearest Restaurant
2.4 Miles
Black Bear Restaurant
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Breckenridge
Car: necessary

One of the best trails in the area, the Mount Esther trail, which switchbacks up into network of Pike's Peak trails, is a short walk from the front door...

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Rates & Availability

Cascade-Chipita Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall
Aug 28 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,875
 
 
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
$350
$2,200
 
 
Holidays 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$350
$2,200
 
 
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,700
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.13%

SATURDAY-TO-SATURDAY RENTALS ONLY DURING SUMMER/HIGH SEASON.
$150 cleaning fee. $25/night pet fee if approved by owner.
Rentor/head of party must be at least 25 years old.
Four-wheel drive highly recommended during snow season.
For USAFA graduation week, please ask for quote.
Holiday weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) are $2100 weekly rental only; dates are flexible please ask owner.

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Amenities

Cascade-Chipita Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Clean, house-trained pets considered upon request for extra fee

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