Over 8000 square feet of sun light filled rooms with 3000 square feet of outdoor entertaining space, including 4 fireplaces, a fire pit, 1000 square foot trex deck with pergola and large barbecue grill, gym, perpetual motion pool, secondary fully stocked kitchen in mother in law apartment, 4 car garage with ample parking spaces on drive for plenty of guests, 4 miles of trails behind house for exploring, numerous entertaining spaces, easily accommodates 40+ people for a dinner party, multiple dishwashers for easy clean up after, beautiful king size beds in 4 bedrooms, and queen in 5th , 6th. Children's rooms sleep multiple children with pull out beds and bunk beds. Play set in the back yard complete with 2 slides and an easy access ramp. Lilac gardens and flowering trees flank the front door and backyard 15 foot outdoor fireplace connected to fully furnished outdoor living room. Come and enjoy this pristine property for your next family reunion or simply to enjoy the beauty of Colorado. Air Force Academy families encouraged and welcome to take advantage of military discounts.
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- 21 Jun 2018
We are a family that loves the outdoors and all that Colorado has to offer. We hike and bike in the trails behind the house, we horse back ride up the street at the equestrian center, we love skiing and snow boarding. When the weather is nice we love to swim in the pool and eat out on the deck, then sit by the fire outside and roast marshmallows while watching for shooting stars. On a clear night we've seen lots of them!
Susanne purchased this House in 2013
Why Susanne chose Black Forest
This property is special because it is so private and surrounded by beautiful nature. It sits back on the 5 acre lot, and there are 20 acres of ponderosa pines around it. The trails behind the lot are part of Black Forest park and are beautiful but also very safe and easy to navigate because of signs and a neighborhood they wind through called Cathedral Pines. It is a 4 mile loop. If you want to experience a 5 star hotel feeling in the mountains, but close to shops and great restaurants, this is the place for you.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We were fortunate to book this beautiful, family home for AFA graduation 2017. The location was great for us!! It took us about 12-15 mins to get to the North gate. We had 11 family members join us for the trip and stay in the home. The pictures with the listing are very accurate. You will be impressed with the lovely portico and porch when you arrive!! It is a very warm and welcoming home!
The bedrooms were comfortable, spacious, and tastefully decorated and afforded plenty of privacy. We enjoyed having different gathering spaces for TV viewing, conversation, and game playing. The outdoor area is fantastic as well!! There was plenty of room to spread out or gather all together in one space. The kitchen is well appointed. The dining areas are open to each other with made meals very festive! There are two large refrigerators/freezers in the kitchen and a third located in the downstairs kitchen. This was great for so many guests! We were able to stock up on groceries and have plenty of storage for food and drinks. The one thing I would suggest to make available for guest use in the kitchen is an ordinary 12 cup automatic drip coffeemaker instead of the pod type..just to accommodate a large number of coffee drinkers which we had every morning! Otherwise, you are set to prepare a feast!
The home owner converted a main level play room to a bedroom for my elderly mother which we appreciated because of her mobility issues; she was able to stay on the main level the entire stay. There are four bedrooms upstairs with three full bathrooms and three bedrooms downstairs with two full baths. The closets are all locked in each bedroom for the owners personal items, but they provided hanging racks for clothing (be sure to ask for extra hangers). We had access to the laundry room and were able to launder clothes and towels during our stay. The home gym and hot tub/lap pool was a hit with our guests. It is a very relaxing space with pretty views of the lower level outdoor space.
I can't say enough about how wonderful the the home owner was to work with in every way! She was always prompt in replying to requests and stayed in close proximity to the home, so she was available for assistance if needed! Thank you, Susanne, for opening your home to us! We LOVED it! I highly recommend this gorgeous home!
So happy you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your positive feedback! We'd love to have you back again for your next visit to the Academy!
Perfect for AFA wedding trip! Highly Recommend!!!
We spent a week here for my son’s wedding. The house is as beautiful as the pictures. Landscaping is lovely, & well maintained. We had 12 adults, 1 child, & 1 infant in our group. Working with Susanne was very easy. She responded promptly to any questions, & was intent on ensuring the best experience possible. We had planned to have a rehearsal/meet & greet picnic for up to 50 people at a local park. Susanne suggested we meet at the house instead. We did make that change. There was ample parking, beautiful outdoor areas to mingle, & we could retreat indoors for the stray afternoon showers. Guests enjoyed the zip line, in-ground trampoline, playfort, & badminton. They especially loved feeding the fish in the koi pond. Everyone commented on how perfect the house was for our function.
When we arrived, Susanne & her team were working hard to finish the cleaning. I’m afraid we may have rushed them out. All the beds were made with fresh linens.There were plenty of pillows & extra linens. Fresh wildflowers adorned the mantle & kitchen table, lemonade was in the fridge & a bowl of fresh fruit was on the counter. The baby crib requested was available. There were several humidifiers for our use. The kitchen was stocked with various appliances, including a regular coffee maker, waffle iron, etc. There are 3 ovens in the main kitchen. One was not working properly, but we did not need it. Two dishwashers in main kitchen worked fine. There were two sub-zero fridges in main kitchen, completely empty for us. The second fridge door seemed to have a balance problem, but just needed to be pushed shut completely each time it was opened. The main kitchen was sufficient for all our needs. We did not use the basement kitchen at all. There were two gas grills on the deck off the kitchen. The burners on the larger grill were not all functional. I let Susanne know a few days before it was needed. A new grill was delivered the very next day. We stored excess trash in the garage until trash day, and just set it out next to the cans for pickup. There is a large stone stairway outside down from the main deck. It is absolutely gorgeous. Be very careful, as it is steep. Allergy sufferers be aware, a dog does live here.
We took advantage of every amenity. We played pool, swam in the infinity pool, played cards and board games, hiked and ran the trails in Black Forest Park, and relaxed around the fire pit and the outdoor fireplace.
Thank you Susanne for sharing your home!
Wonderful for family gathering.
The location is beautiful as is the home. It is perfect for a family gathering. We enjoyed the large patio and the volleyball net and hot tub. Outdoor fireplace was great. The big tables in the kitchen and dining rooms were perfect for family games. All beds were very comfortable and there are plenty of bathrooms. Let the owner know ahead of time how much refrigerator space you will need so they can make room. The owner was very helpful with suggestions and responded quickly to all questions. We had a great stay!
Wow. Words can't convey my experience with this rental. The home is located in Black Forest, surrounded by gorgeous and mature pine trees. The property is beautiful, with a playground (perfect for my two kiddos), a beautiful fire-pit, and ample room to walk around and play. At night, we were able to sit outside and look at the stars. JUST MAGICAL! The house itself is stunning. One of the most gorgeous homes I've ever seen. It looked like something you'd find in a Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware catalog. HUGE kitchen. Amazing spaces to relax and enjoy each others' company. The bedrooms were just as welcoming. The sheets, linens and beds were SO comfortable. I've traveled all around the world and never had this level of comfort! And our hostess made sure we were well taken care of from start to finish. She was welcoming, easy to communicate with, and made us laugh! I normally don't write reviews, but I was just so struck by my experience here that I had to share!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again for next year's vacation.
I absolutely loved staying here for the weekend! It was the perfect place to get away in the midst of my busy life. The house was designed like a dream-open spaces, stone fireplaces, and a beautiful farmhouse kitchen to cook in. I enjoyed every bit of the amenities such as the outdoor fire place, completed basement with a kitchen, and spacious rooms for gathering people together. My friends and I loved having a weekend here and we felt at home as we made s'mores in the outdoor fireplace. We also enjoyed late night dinners on warm summer nights on the beautiful lit deck looking over the tall Colorado trees. I would definitely recommend staying here and the outdoor fireplace is an amazing site especially at night time under the beautiful Colorado stars! The hostess was so warm and comforting and made us all feel at home, she is truly a homemaker. I can't wait to come back and enjoy a home away from home very soon!
We loved our stay! Our favorite parts were the outdoor fireplace, the large kitchen, cozy beds, and that it felt out of town but so close to all we needed. We can't wait to come back!