Relax & reconnect with nature in our off-grid, 100% solar & wind powered A-Frame cabin set 8,400' high in the beautiful Wet Mountains! Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the night sky, dramatic sunrises/sunsets, & the quiet stillness of nature. Retreat in the uniqueness of a classic A-Frame cabin that includes a loft with queen sized bed, full bath w/ claw foot tub, full kitchen, & large deck for stargazing/yoga/chill time.
Unplug from life's craziness, relax & enjoy it!
We're 420 friendly :)
*If you're looking for a one night rental that's between two booked nights, send us a message for consideration. :)
Our off-grid A-Frame cabin, The Red A Chalet, gives you the opportunity to experience awe-inspiring views of the Milky Way, constellations, innumerable stars, and full moons so bright you can read a book under its light. If you cannot recall the last time you saw unpolluted skies, be prepared to be overwhelmed. Our local community is one of only a few, certified Dark Skies locales (& the highest) in the world. In the nearest town of Westcliffe you can schedule a private evening at the Smokey Jack Observatory for even more dramatic stargazing.
In addition to experiencing the wonders of the night sky, you will relax and hear the sounds of nature as not possible in a city. Wake up to bright blue skies and birds singing songs to help the sun wake up. You may even be lucky enough to see one of our local eagles, falcons, or hawks circling the skies (we provide binoculars for use during your stay). Or you might see our local mule deer herd, which can be as large as 40, eating grass right outside the cabin. You can also walk to the front of our 10 acre property for beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
Our vision is to have an experience that integrates the simplicity of our nature surroundings with low impact living. The property is a continual work in progress converting a former animal ranch to a sustainable vacation rental. Therefore, you may see ongoing projects (paused for your stay) on the property, such as the building of a new bathhouse and sauna, or other home renovations. Simply note that the pictures you see in our listing are the most updated photos of our progress.
As the A-Frame is powered by 100% renewable energy via solar panels and a wind turbine, all electricity is available per the power generated by the sun on any given day and/or as the wind decides to blow. While we have a relatively large solar array & battery system, the amount of electricity can range from essentially unlimited during high sun periods, to a small trickle or even none on very cloudy or stormy days. We obtain running water from our well, which is also powered by solar, as is our water heater. We have a secondary vintage hand pump well (good for workouts and relating to your grandparents) :) for any instance in which water is required and none is available in the house.
You can view your stay here as a traditional cabin that has the added luxuries of modern living when the Sun decides it to be the case. ;)
Please be sure to be prepared for adverse weather and limited/no power as a worst case scenario. Your stay will be an experience in living in accordance with nature and this can be a challenge to some, especially if there is an expectation of unlimited power and on-grid climate control settings. Also, please note that power availability into the night via battery power is much more limited during the Winter when the sun sets ~4:20 vs as late as ~9pm in the Summer, ie shorter days mean there is less time for the sun to charge the batteries. If you have any questions about a potential stay, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will be more than happy to assist! :)
The cabin is comprised of a full bath, kitchen, living room, bedroom loft, and an extra large deck for stargazing, meditating/yoga, eating outside, and just general chilling. The bathroom has just been renovated and consists of a refinished antique claw foot bathtub with shower handle, new low flow Toto toilet with heated seat, and new Duravit sink. The kitchen is next to be remodeled and currently contains an ultra high-efficiency Blomberg frig with freezer, a small energy efficient Wolfgang Puck countertop oven, two burner electric stovetop (primarily for use during sunlight hours), Mr. Coffee espresso machine, french press, Berkey water filter, and kitchen sink. We also have an all-in-one LG washer/dryer for clothes cleaning. Outside, we have a Weber charcoal grill for use except for periods of county wide burn bans. And for backup purposes, we have a two-burner propane camping stove when electricity is not available for cooking.
The living room has a wood burning stove, which is the primary heat source for the cabin and will be invaluable on cold days and nights (so will extra warm clothes and blankets). You can also do simple cooking/warming up of food with our iron skillets on top of the wood stove itself. We will provide you with wood during your stay to help keep you cozy. We also have a Gas Buddy indoor portable propane heater that uses 1lb propane tanks.
There is also a full size convertible sleeper sofa with soft linens and two extra pillows, and a 46" energy efficient LED LCD tv with standard and mini-hdmi cables for connecting devices. You can also stream directly from your device using our Chromecast device. You can also listen to our vast collection of vinyl on our record player.
While we do have wireless DSL internet, it is very slow (1.5mb/s) and can be unpredictable in its uptime. We usually can watch lower quality YouTube and Netflix videos and listen to streaming audio with no problem. Also, there is no reliable cell service at the A-Frame; however, you can obtain cell service with most providers in the town of Westcliffe (~25min drive), including free public wifi on Main St.
The bedroom is accessed by a narrow staircase, originally from a boat's cabin. The loft bedroom has a queen sized Tuft & Needle memory foam mattress for relaxing into a quiet night's sleep.
Our closest neighbor is about 300 yards away and has been the best thing that has happened to us since moving out to the mountains. He, like many other people out here have yards full of equipments, storage, back-hoes, etc... We live in a relatively rugged area where you have to connect and rely on each other as a small community. For instance, we work with our neighbor to have 100% free-range, organic, ranch eggs, which we will provide you with during your stay, depending on availability from the hens.
For hiking/walking, you can walk the local dirt roads, which seem more like wide trails since cars are so infrequent. You can also hike ~1hr to the top of the mountain right across the street from us, via a neighbor's vacant property, and see one of the most majestic 360 degree mountain views in Colorado, including a number of the highest peaks in the state. Additionally, there are large number public hiking trails, most of which are on National Forrest land, within a 20-45min drive.
Tipus de propietat
Westcliffe, Colorado, Estats Units