WINTER IS AWESOME IN THE SUNNY SAN LUIS VALLY! Cross Country skiing right outside the door in the friendly foothills of the Sangre de Cristos and just an hour to Red River and Taos Ski areas. EarthNest Cottage is your winter sanctuary, your quiet and welcoming place for rest, contemplation, writing, meditation, and a laid back sunny snow season. Every Winter we welcome longer-term renters, offering great discounts for a week or a month!! Your vacation home is near the Great Sand Dunes National Park and just an hour's drive to Taos and Red River Ski areas. Bring your bathing suit for nearby natural hot springs and enjoy the simple country-living luxuries of this solar and wind powered three-level stucco cottage. Remote and quiet, yet accessible by country roads, this country home comes as a whole package, but if you wish, for added privacy, there are two independent living areas, each with its own entrance, kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs you have a queen-sized Tempurpedic bed and a single lofted bed. For starlight sleeping the sun-room's single couch adds a fourth bed on the downstairs level. For families or for small groups, it's great to have this lower level family room with its own gas-range kitchen and delightful sun room. Your view overlooks 150 miles across the mesas of the San Luis Valley to the far horizons of the San Juans and the Continental Divide. It's no exaggeration to say that you'll love this big roomy house, but you'll be amazed by the "forest-grove" downstairs bathroom. What an illusion! The gorgeous copper and brushed-nickel tub and the slab of mahogany vanity are surrounded by massive oak trees, captured by the murals' photographer. Check out our photos! With all electric and electronic comforts being solar powered and off the grid, we are thermostat heated and have plenty of hot water. In fact our 300 foot well has been tested many times, and our water is ten times more pure than the best city water anywhere in the US. The open architecture of the main living area, with its high vaulted ceiling and overlooking loft provides lots of natural light, and the big rock fireplace is great for snuggling up or for sharing a toddy with your loved ones. A nice wood stove on each floor, backed up by our thermostat heating system, means constant comfort and warmth. Yes, you can carry in some firewood from the woodpile, but you don’t have to. The main level kitchen is practical, functional, and comes with all you need for cooking. My pantry is open to you for the regular staples like S&P, oils, flour, sugar etc., and lots of choices for teas and spices. You'll wash dishes the old fashioned way, by hand. Instead of TV we offer a nice flat screen monitor with ROKU, giving you access to Netflix and other selections, or you can plug in your own music and games. If you're not outside most of the time, which is easy to do here even in winter, you'll have an excellent library to browse. This is not a Martha Stewart home. The character of the house is eclectic, exuberant, colorful, worldly, and somewhat whimsical. You'll enjoy the company of Leo, the great mahogany lion who just sits there on the hearth, protective and majestic. The bathroom on this level is Tahitian, with a Gauguin print, a Talavera ceramic washbasin, and a very nice claw-foot tub and shower right next to the window. You'll see passing deer and maybe a herd of elk as you bathe. Overlooking the living room, behind a handsome ship-white railing, is the Loft, the sunny third level dormer with a nice double brass bed and a good reading light. The big bay window gives a "penthouse" view of the area and provides nice cross ventilation of clean mountain air. A needle-point loveseat, a big aloe cactus, and a huge healthy jade plant complete the picture of simple farmhouse pleasures, all nicely put together. On the main level, the 400 sq ft sunset-facing dining room has polished pine flooring and seven windows overlooking the spectacular views of Mount Blanca, Mountain Home Lake, and the vast reaches of the Valley's mesas, rimmed by the San Juans on the far horizon. The handsome custom built distressed-wood table and leather chairs hold six (or eight) for dinner, and there are plenty of colorful plates and table settings available for your family feast. Total sleeping capacity looks like this: two couples, two singles, plus two more on the upstairs and downstairs couches, making a total of eight. A folding cot is available too. The grounds have plenty of room for camping, tenting, and there’s lots of parking for snowmobiles, motor homes, RVs and ATVs, bikes and whatever other play toys you bring. Snowboards, sandboards for the Dunes, and fat-tire bikes can be rented, and folks who like ice fishing are likely to bring home some rainbow trout for dinner. To get away from dreary grey skies and socked in cities, consider making EarthNest Cottage YOUR SUNNY WINTER INTENSIVE RETREAT and COUNTRY GETAWAY!