8 beds, 5 private bdrms., 2 full baths. Outdoor Hot Tub. Private & Tranquil.
About Ben Budraitis
I am just like you...I work hard and try to do the right things that help make the slice of the world I live in a better place to be. Forest Haus is my home in the mountains that I like to escape to whenever I get the chance. It is a home I want to share with others that want to have a special vacation. I care about Forest Haus being the kind of home for you to enjoy as much as I do for myself. I grew up on the east coast, went to college in the midwest and found my way to Colorado in 1986. While I call Denver my home, I spend a lot of time in San Diego. My wife lives there! We get to commute between two great cities! It's great fun...and... when she gets tired of me, she just sends me back to Denver! The picture is of Joannie and I.
Ben Budraitis purchased this House in 1988
Why Ben Budraitis chose Baldy Mountain
I bought this property in 1988. I looked at many homes in several ski areas along the I-70 corridor. For me, I was looking for a place that offered an escape from the pressure of my everyday life. It needed to feel right in my gut and in my head. During my search, I found plenty of homes that were nice, but they felt just like being in my own neighborhood in Denver. They were close together and they didn't feel like they were in the mountains. I was looking for something that felt like an 'escape'. I visited Forest Haus several times before buying in 1988. It needed a little bit of elbow grease to shine it up, but the feeling I got and the setting of the home just ignited my soul. So after NOT being able to negotiate a better price, I decided that what I felt in my soul at Forest Haus was priceless. I love the proximity to town and the ease of hiding back in the forest when it is time to leave the bang and glitter behind. Tops on my list of reasons is PRIVACY because I don’t want the “uncontrollables” interfering with my time and enjoyment. I like the freedom of having land and trees all around me. I don’t want to be able to reach out my window and shake my neighbor’s hand. I can do that when I go back to Denver!
What makes this House unique
When I pull up in the driveway of Forest Haus and open my car doors, all the air from my Denver world is sucked out and I am breathing a different dimension of life. If you are looking for a place that will relax you, yet be convenient to the 'action' of downtown Breckenridge, Forest Haus is ideal. It lets you have a vacation on your own terms and offers peace, tranquility and privacy. To me, the feeling of having neighbors 2 acres away with lots of trees in between offers one's spirit more room to breathe and feel free. Forest Haus feels like more of an escape to the Rocky Mountains and an ultimate way to create special memories with those we love. There is only so much of shopping, restaurants and resort nightlife that I can endure. While I do love it, it is far better to leave it behind when I am done with being a tourist and focus more on my family, guests and myself. Your life batteries will get a full charge at Forest Haus! There is something magical about the setting...large towering spruce trees, home nestled, wind whispering through the trees, man and nature together, tranquil...quite zen like. I hope that you will feel the same magic in your heart, mind and soul that I do each time I come to visit Forest Haus. Enjoy!
Pool / Spa
Pets allowed - Dogs are welcome guests. No cats or other.Dogs are welcome guests. No cats or other.
No smoking - No smoking inside the home. Throw butts in trash.No smoking inside the home. Throw butts in trash.
Max guests: 14
Minimum age of primary renter: 23
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
A cabin that gave lots of good memories
Its a great cabin with great location we planned a outing to kremmling which was an hours drive. it snowed while we were there and it was nice and toasty in the cabin. overall i would totally do that again
This is the entire families impression of the property.
The owner was amazing, reservation portion was very smooth. The property location was fabulous only 5 minute drive to Main street. House lay out was great with enough bedrooms and living space for 7 people. Kitchen fully equipped minus a handle for the oven.
Hot Tub only got up to 96 degrees which was disappointing.
The issue we had were the cleanliness of the house. With the SARS-coV-2 out there, this is of huge importance and priority for any owner. The cleaning staff only does a "deep clean" twice a year per the owner. There was food in cushions, between the fridge and counter, cobwebs and build up dust on each window, photo frames and decor. We were skeptical the sheets were clean based on the overall condition of the house. There was no laundry detergent on site.
I took it upon myself and detailed the main level of the house by vacuuming baseboards, vents, cushions, ceiling, windows chandeliers, and decor. I hope you enjoy.
Beautiful classic cabin
Charming and Functional Breck Accomodations
We enjoyed our stay very much. Ben's home is welcoming and equipped to make a group or family multi-day visit easy. We were a group of 5 adults all here to ski and found things here to make our experience sufficient. The home is well-equipped but a little dated; especially the bathrooms. They need an upgrade. The kitchen is fully functional but an upgrade of the cabinets would help present a more contemporary experience. A gas grill would also be good to have.
Two families or a group of 6 adults will find Ben's home to meet their needs for an enjoyable time.
We take on a new project every year to maintain our home for cozy, nestled in the forest comfort. New carpet was the big buy this year. Replacing windows to help keep the home cozy is next in the process.
There is a balance between contemporary look and the Olde World European style that we try to maintain. We prefer the feel of an Olde World European home nestled in the forest because we want an escape from the the rat race of our modern world at home. But there is always room to blend the olde with new as time goes (and budget affords).
We do understand that everyone has their own tastes. For instance, out door grill aficionados will swear up and down that a charcoal grill is the only way to cook a steak. I also own a condo where the HOA requires that only outdoor grills that use propane gas be allowed.
At Forest Hause, we try to create the best balance by having a gas stove in the house and a charcoal grill outdoors. But another reason to cook outside with charcoal is because charcoal cooks hotter than gas. This proves to be a good thing at 10,500 feet above sea level in the dead of winter!
The house was great!
Ben was very responsive to any questions we had. The house had everything that we needed and was nice. Would stay here again!
Our home is nestled in the White River National Forest on 1 1/2 acres near the historic trail of Boreas Pass and looks across at the Breckenridge ski area, Peaks 9 and 10. It is less than a 5 minute drive down to Breckenridge Main Street, from our vacation home, where you can have fun with all kinds of activities. Out our front door you can cross country ski in the winter and go sledding on our hill in the back yard. In the summer you can hike/mountain bike the historic trail head by our house. You can shop, dine, enjoy festivals and dance to live music; ski, snowmobile, sleigh ride and ice skate for your winter sport; raft, sail, play golf, hike, horseback ride or do down-hill summer activities at Peak 8 (alpine slide) for your summer activities. There is much more to do and a lot to explore on your own! But the best part is that you can enjoy all of these activities on your terms...because when you are finished with your activities, the peaceful and serene setting of our vacation home lets you relax, enjoy and share the memories of your day without any interferences!
Other Activities: 4 x 4, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating,
Golf: There are several great courses to choose from in Summit County. Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Dillon/Silverthorne all have tremendous courses to play. All courses are 10 - 25 minute driving distances from Breckenridge.
Ski: From our home, you can see the upper portions Peaks 9 and 10 as a back drop to the towering pines that surround our property. It is a quick 5 minute drive down the hill from our home to the Peak 9 ski area and the middle of town. Our home is located 700 vertical feet directly above the town of Breckenridge on the east side of Main Street. You look across at the ski area which is on the west side of Main Street. Ask us for more details to help make your visit the best possible!