Angel House is not your usual log home. It was built with the care and attention to detail that only a custom log home builder and his artist wife might choose for themselves. They built it with their own hands and they wish to share it with those who would like to experience life in the woods AND a bit of luxury. It was featured in Log Home Living Magazine in May 2010, and in STUDIOS Magazine in Summer 2013. Just 1.8 miles from a paved highway, the property is on a scenic by-way bordered by San Isabel National Forest. Vibrant blue skies, beautiful rock outcrops, mixed forest and an abundance of wildlife make our location extra special. Quietly nestled in an aspen grove at 8760 ft., the Angel House is artfully appointed with colorful decor, featuring a spacious great room with 20 foot ceilings and a moss rock fireplace. With plenty of seating and a modern vibe, leather couches invite you to unhook and unwind. A flat screen TV and surround sound system provide music via Sirius radio, your bluetooth enabled devices, and entertainment via DISH Network. A collection of books as well as several DVD's of movies filmed in Westcliffe provide local flavor. The spacious open kitchen with granite countertops will make a discriminating cook feel right at home. An island surrounded by colorful leather stools makes it easy to prepare meals and stay connected to the conversation. A variety of pans, utensils, serving ware, dishes and table linens needed to set a beautiful table; along with small appliances such as a toaster, blender, coffee maker, make for easy meal prep. A full size dishwasher, microwave, oven, stove, and refrigerator, plus plenty of cabinetry are ready to store anything you brought along. Your hosts provide paperware and dish soap, plus a few other treats like organic free-trade coffee, herbal teas, basic spices, hot cocoa and fixings for a pancake breakfast. The oak dining table seats 6 and can be expanded to seat 8. Additionally the breakfast bar seats 4, all seating is in close enough proximity to allow for easy conversation. Because of our remote location, your hosts are happy to provide personal grocery shopping services or line up a caterer to prepare your meals and have them ready and waiting in the refrigerator so that you may enjoy a fully relaxing vacation with quality food that meets specific dietary needs. The closest restaurant is 25 minutes away, so eating out for every meal is not the favorite choice of our guests. Call your hosts for details on this unique service option. The spacious master suite has a king bed, writing desk, dresser, and a leather recliner for reading. The master bath has double vanities, a tub/shower and laundry facilities.Laundry soap and skin care/bath products and fluffy towels are provided. The second bedroom has a queen bed, dresser and make up vanity. A full bathroom is easily accessible within steps of the bedroom door. The third bedroom features twin bunks with stairs for easy access to the top bunk. Underbed dresser drawers provide ample storage. A half bath is within the bunk room for easy access. All of the bedrooms and bathrooms are outfitted with high quality bedding, toiletries and plush towels. There is plenty of closet space to hang clothes, and dressers in each bedroom, encouraging guests to unpack and make themselves at home. There are 2 decks, one off the great room and a larger one off the kitchen that provides outdoor space for entertaining in style. An outdoor grill, a gas fire pit, and comfy patio furniture for lounging are right outside the door. The patio table seats 6. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with high altitude gardens and there are spots to read or meditate and enjoy the serenity of the woods. A ski chair swing invites you to have a seat and contemplate. The only thing you will hear is the sound of the leaves, the chatter of birds, and the whoosh of the wind. It is not unusual to see our local critters, as Puma Canyon is home to elk, deer, bobcats, wild turkey, coyotes, red tail hawks, owls, and golden eagles. A herd of big horn sheep lives a couple of miles away. Our community is one of 10 in the world that has earned a Dark Skies designation. The stars in our evening sky are a wonder to behold. Sunrises and sunsets are pretty spectacular as well. Angel House is a perfect place for a family gathering, a girls get away, or a small writing retreat. Your hosts are literally right next door, and they are happy to provide opportunities for guests to explore a new skill or improve on one they are already interested in. Contact them for personalized expeditions or workshops in the arena of biking, fishing, skiing , hiking, snowshoeing, fiber art, writing, yoga, and fitness. A spa day package is available for an additional fee. A local massage therapist comes to you, along with access to amenities such an infared sauna, PEMF mat, vibration plate machine, elliptical trainer, spin bike, free weights and private or semi-private yoga instruction. Call your hosts for details. An on-site yoga studio is in process and will be completed by summer 2016. Angel House is a great place to serve as a home base for a variety day trips. Some our favorite spots accessible within an hour of scenic driving include a visit to Bishop's Castle, and a picnic at Lake San Isabel. A 40 min. drive to Canon City allows for exploration of the Royal Gorge; ride the train, cross the bridge on foot, experience the zip line. Fly fishing and white water rafting is a specialty of the area. A day of antiquing in Florence is a fun and relaxing 30 minutes away. A 50 minute drive to Pueblo provides for boutique shopping in the old town area and a stroll on the riverwalk. Going west, Mission Wolf is a great place for wildlife lovers. Within an easy 1.5 hour drive there are many attractions to be found in Colorado Springs, including the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Santa's Workshop, the boutiques in Manitou Springs, Air Force Academy, and the Garden of the Gods. Want a westbound scenic drive? Try Salida, just 1.5 hours away. Artisan shops, restaurants and Monarch Ski Area await. Drive southwest to spend the day at the Great Sand Dunes. Every road you travel is endowed with a beauty all it's own. Even the road to the Angel House is part of the Scenic By-Ways system. Your hosts have mapped out all of these day trips and made restaurant recommendations in order to make it easy to pick one and get on the road!