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Michelle Kuhtenia

Member since: 2013
Speaks English

Beautiful, Family-friendly, Spacious Home w/Hot Tub & Striking Mountain Views!

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Colorado - Casa Friede

Clean, Cozy, Well-kept, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home With Mountain Views.

Great family-friendly mountain home that can sleep up to 9. Enter the home on the 2nd level into the living area with spacious family room overlooking Mt. Lindsay and Mt. Blanca. Stay cozy in the cold weather with electric baseboard heating and/or with the modern wood stove. Enjoy cooking in the kitchen overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard. Kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator (ice trays), built in oven, microwave, electric stove with griddle, and dishwasher. There is also a toaster and coffee maker for your convenience. Enjoy meals in the dining room overlooking the mountain view or outside on the deck. Relax in the solarium taking in the serene alpine setting through the wall of windows or have fun playing games. A full bath with shower is located just off the solarium. Outside upper deck with deck chairs is accessible from the solarium. All the bedrooms are downstairs. Master bedroom with king-size bed, full, in-suite bath (sunken tub), second bedroom with 2 single twin beds, third bedroom with a twin over double bunk bed. Full bath in downstairs hall (shower) serves both second and third bedrooms. Also available are 2 twin cots that can be placed wherever desired in the house and used to sleep two additional people.

Full size washer and dryer are located in downstairs hall for all your laundry needs.

The yard surrounding Casa Friede has been painstakingly landscaped over the years by the former owners and adds to the charm of the home. In addition to the upper deck, there is a lower deck area with bench seating where you can sit, enjoy the lovely yard and listen to the wind rushing through the trees.

Wildlife is abundant in Forbes Park as are the opportunities to enjoy it. Access to San Isabel National Forest is available from within the Park. You can walk the many roads within the development and enjoy some of the 5,000 acres of protected common land which includes meadows, streams, forests, lakes and beaver ponds. Also available in Forbes Park are many miles of hiking, cross country skiing, and mountain biking.

Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park only 45 minutes away. You'll be amazed at the massive sand dunes and will feel like you are in the middle of a desert. You can get up close and personal and climb the dunes and enjoy the creek that runs through it during the spring and early summer. This is one of our family's favorite spots in Colorado.

Also within 2 hours are several ski areas (see link below for more info) that you can take a day trip and enjoy. La Veta and Cuchara are about an hour or less drive from Casa Friede and offer local dining, shopping and entertainment options fun for all ages.

We invite you to come experience Casa Friede and explore beautiful Southern Colorado.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michelle Kuhtenia (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks English

About Michelle Kuhtenia

My husband, David and I (Michelle) currently live in Central Ohio with our 3 children. David fell in love with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains many moons ago when he went on his first hiking trip. A few years ago, while surfing the internet looking for potential property in Colorado, he discovered Forbes Park. He visited the area several times then brought me along. We both agreed this was a great place to buy a vacation home, and the rest is history!

Michelle Kuhtenia purchased this house in 2013

Why Michelle Kuhtenia chose Colorado

We started our search in Forbes Park by looking at available lots with the intent to build; however, when we were shown Casa Friede on a whim, we fell in love with the house. The former (and original) owner was so nice and had kept up the house so beautifully that we decided to continue their legacy in the name of the house.

What makes this house unique

The fact that Forbes Park has access to San Isabel national forest, is within around 2 hours or less of several nice ski areas, and is close to a host of other options for hiking, sightseeing, cross country skiing, etc. was very attractive to us. There are great options for either summer or winter activities for the whole family.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful, Family-friendly, Spacious Home w/Hot Tub & Striking Mountain Views!
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Happy Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

My family all enjoyed this lovely home in a great location. We arrived to folded towels and turned down beds, a well outfitted kitchen, great shower, plenty of room for visiting or finding privacy. Forbes Park was great for cross country skiing and hiking. Several family members drove to Wolf Creek for downhill. The owners had the driveway cleared after a moderate snow so it was easy to get in and out.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Our group totally loved our week in Forbes Park and our stay in Casa Frede. The only things we had to bring was ourselves, our clothes and our food. Everything else was provided. The home is well furnished and the sleeping arrangements worked great for us. We saw lots of deer on the property and were able to drive to the lake to see the elk. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for a week and really enjoyed the place. It was very clean and the views were beautiful. It is very spacious and fully stocked with easy instructions. The owner is easy to deal with and very helpful as well. I highly recommend staying here. The location is great too as it isn't as far from the main gate as some of the other cabins available for rent. I highly recommend and would definitely rent again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Mountain home

  • 5 of 5

Me and some friends stayed here for a home base for rails and ales 2015. We didn't anticipate the distance from the train station but we loved every minute of being at this house. Amazing views, sunset and great mountain feel. This is a great place to stay for the weekend or homebase for the area for an extended trip. Much recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eunice, Louisiana

VERY quiet

  • 3 of 5

I enjoyed staying at Casa Friede for two days during June. It was exactly as shown in the pictures, but the hot tub did not heat so my hubby and I were disappointed. Nevertheless we enjoyed the peace and quiet there and even went to the National Sand Dunes and Zapata Falls

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are currently present at Casa Friede for our own visit and are diligently working on the hot tub issue. We will ensure the hot tub is fully functional for future guests! We did try to work out a solution with our guests during the stay referenced above but unfortunately were not successful, and we do apologize for the inconvenience. We are fully committed to making sure all of our guests completely enjoy their stay and experience the comfort, beauty and amenities of Casa Friede as expected. Sincerely, Michelle and David (Owners) UPDATE - 7/24/2015 We are pleased to report that the hot tub issue has been resolved since early July. It is fully functional and has been working consistently. Michelle and David (Owners)
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Like a child so were we; so much wonder and majesty. A new song.

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't resist the review title and tried to capture our hearts' longing. At least this is how I felt in our Christmas journey this year to Casa Friede. We are blessed to have another opportunity to stay, again, in a great place and enjoy ourselves. If I may, try to describe so much: scrambling to get going, rubber tires pulling along so many, sleepy faces, wind, warmth, sighs, time, cities, miraculous road machines, fingers & windows, dashboard feet, makeup-less, silence, snow, grand designs, convenience, smiles, welling up, slippery, shorts, photos, four wheeling, sun & earth tag team snowing glitter, tracks, suit cases hitting the floor, discovery, family, feasting, planning, carpet, heat, comfort, hot chocolate, relaxing, outings, restaurants, sights, shopping, skiing, first timers, kisses, bumps, bruises, health, strength, climbing, national wonders, frozen, treacherous & adventures, holding hands, hot tub, picture perfect plans, memories, going before us, God is good! Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
136 Miles
Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Ft. Garland
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 160
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Ft. Garland
Nearest Ski
83 Miles
Red River Ski Area, NM
Car: necessary

Forbes Park is a beautiful, gated 13,000 acre development located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It's far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be a fantastic get-away location, but close enough to civilization to offer lots of fun options for sightseeing, outdoor adventuring, shopping, dining or just relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous mountain views and wildlife.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cuchara, Southeast Colorado

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Security Damage Deposit £190
Pet Fee £38
Cleaning Fee £137 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.8%

Casa Friede is available to rent 5/2015 - 1/3/16. We will close for the rest of the Winter season from 1/4/16-5/14/16. We will open again from 5/15/16 -1/14/17.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Colorado, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Downstairs Hall Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Upstairs Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located off of solarium.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed , Twin over double bunk bed - could sleep up to 3.
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom has in-suite master bath with sunken tub.
    Cots Available - 2 Single Bed , Two twin cots are available for use anywhere in house.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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