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Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in

Explore the area

    Popular LocationManitou Cliff Dwellings18 min walk
    Popular LocationManitou Incline18 min walk
    Popular LocationCave of the Winds7 min drive
    AirportColorado Springs, CO (COS)26 min drive

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About this property

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You'll have the entire apartment to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West

Historic Manitou Springs apartments in Manitou Springs Historic District, near Cave of the Winds
Despite VRBO reporting scores of properties in Manitou Springs, this property is one of only about 40 vacation rentals actually in Manitou Springs. Now entering its sixth year, this property has garnered more than 350 5-star reviews. See more than 100 of these reviews at Vrbo listing 1194615 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 pictures and pricing for the 2nd Floor West one-bedroom/one-bath apartment. Email us for help in renting one, two, or all three units, paying for only what you need to accommodate up to 14. Information for renting all three units is at Vrbo listing 1194615. Information for renting the 1st Floor two-bedroom/two-bath unit is at Vrbo listing 696207. The 2nd Floor East one-bedroom/one-bath unit is at Vrbo listing 1074904. Email us about combining units for your group, or for help in deciding what you need. 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 building code 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. These apartments feature well-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, dishwasher, full laundry, HD televisions with satellite service, original artwork, king-size beds with memory foam topped mattresses, jetted bathtubs, air conditioning in the 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 2nd Floor West unit, described and priced in this listing, offers accommodations for up to four guests The romantic bedroom features a gorgeous king-size four-poster canopy bed, walk-in closet and beautifully restored wardrobe. This stunning room is embraced by soft green and cream colors highlighting the rich, dark furniture. The bathroom is complete with jetted tub. This unit offers air conditioning and full laundry. The full kitchen comes complete with granite counter tops and breakfast bar. The living room is equipped with a 42" HDTV, a large recliner sofa, and a queen 19" air bed for two additional guests. The living room is finished in blue and cream tones. Enjoy breakfast or coffee with gorgeous views of Pikes Peak's foothills. The 2nd Floor East unit also 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. 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 a deck with equally beautiful views of Pikes Peak's foothills. This unit is described in full detail at Vrbo 1074904 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 guest bedroom includes a four-poster queen bed and gorgeous armoire. The living room sports a 42" HDTV. A full kitchen, oak dining room, laundry and full guest bathroom make this unit complete. This unit comes with a 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. This unit is described in full detail at Vrbo 696207 Historical 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, 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. Downtown 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 seven apartments about 100 years ago. The building 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.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this apartment offer coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
Recreational amenities at the apartment include an outdoor tennis court.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Tim and Kris Monroe
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Ski

  • Snowboarding and cross-country skiing nearby

Pool/Spa

  • Shared/communal pool

Internet

  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking
  • Car recommended

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Blender
  • Paper towels
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker

Bedrooms

  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided

Bathrooms

  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Jetted bathtub
  • Toilet paper
  • Hair dryer
  • Soap
  • Towels provided
  • Shampoo

Living spaces

  • Dining room

Entertainment

  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Music library
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Outdoor furniture

Laundry

  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat

Comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Suitability/Accessibility

  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In the city center
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital
  • Near a zoo

Things to do

  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Tennis on site
  • Snowmobiling nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Sledding nearby
  • Ice skating nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

General

  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 600 sq ft (56 sq m)

Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 28

Check-out

Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions

Pets

Pets not allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property

About this area

Manitou Springs

In the city center, this apartment is in Manitou Springs's Manitou Springs Historic District neighborhood, an area with good shopping. While the natural beauty of Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can check out Broadmoor Golf Club. Check out an event or a game at Broadmoor World Arena, and consider making time for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a top attraction not to be missed. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings - 18 min walk
  • Manitou Incline - 18 min walk
  • Cave of the Winds - 7 min drive
  • Red Rock Canyon - 7 min drive
  • Garden of the Gods - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportColorado Springs, CO Airport (COS) - 26 min drive

Restaurants

  • Good Karma Cafe — 5 min walk
  • PJ's Bistro — 8 min walk
  • Royal Tavern — 8 min walk
  • Sahara Cafe — 8 min walk
  • The Loop — 8 min walk

Frequently asked questions

Is The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West?
Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.
What time is check-out at The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Where is The Heart of Manitou Springs. Award-winning. Luxurious. Romantic. 2nd Floor West located?
Located in Manitou Springs Historic District, this historic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcade Amusements and Cave of the Winds. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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5/5 Excellent

Perfect place
So easy to deal with Tim and Kris. The apartment was clean, modern, fully equipped, right in town, and quite private. A total winner. We will definitely be back.

5/5 Excellent

Just perfect
The property was exactly as described, bed was amazingly comfortable, all the kitchen supplies you could ever need, close to town and close to many attractions! Highly recommend!

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful place. Wonderful stay
The unit we stayed in was very cute and cozy. Kitchen had pretty much everything you needed. The bed was beyond comfortable. They also allowed our pup to join us on this adventure which was very nice of them. Will definitely stay again. Only downfall was parking. Just a little cramped and very hard to leave at night because you can’t see. But once I figured it out, wasn’t too bad.

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Wonder Location
We love the location. It’s right in the heart of Manitou with a beautiful view of the mountains. The owners were easy to access and very sweet. The cottage was very nice and clean.

5/5 Excellent

Great Place!!!
Everything as advertised, great hosts!!!!

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