Jim and Carol Fitzmorris have established another vacation rental for groups, families and travelers to the Norwood area. Located less than a mile up the 44ZN Road, the log and stone house offers an elegant living space in a charming, country setting.
The Fitzmorris family built their home five years ago, with care and style, and a part of that is available as a rental.
A type of duplex, the lower portion of the home has a separate, private entrance. The lower unit features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it can sleep eight people. At approximately 2,000 square feet, the space accommodates families very well, Carol Fitzmorris said. The great room, an open-concept floor plan, enables the kitchen, dining room and living room to remain united.
Fitzmorris said she wanted guests to be able to cook with ease. For this reason, she installed a 36-inch six-burner gas stove for them there.
At the same time, the Fitzmorris do have a loft available, along with two rooms in their personal home — adorned with aspen wood, vaulted ceilings and a skylight — that they make available on AirBnB.
For some occasions, the whole house can be rented.
New trees, landscaping, grasses, flowers and even a pond add charm to the vacation spot; Incredible views of the Lone Cone Peak make this property even more special.
The lower unit features a patio; the upper, a deck. Both outdoor spaces have a grill on site.
Fitzmorris said in the last few years, some have used the home as a wedding venue. Because of the hunting opportunities that abound in the Norwood area, some of the same hunters have come from out of state and continue to stay in her home. Most of them book a return trip to stay with the Fitzmorris one year in advance.
Just 2.5 miles outside of the Norwood’s core area, the property is a short distance to the grocery stores, Indian Ridge Bakery, the Happy Belly Deli and more.
A retired nurse, Fitzmorris is a caregiver by nature. She also worked in hospice for six years in the local area.
For her, having people come and go in and out of her home feels enjoyable. She likes the solitude of country living, but is happy to meet new people and share her space. She’s built relationships the last few years by getting to know the folks that stay with her and her husband.
She said she can’t say that she’s ever really had any bad experiences.
Though she doesn’t advertise that she cooks, she will often bring treats for her guests: scones or biscuits for those in residence for several days. She said she sees it as a way of giving back.
Well-behaved dogs are also welcome to the Fitzmorris venue, as long as they can get along with the cats.
“I like giving back,” she said. “And I love to share and open my home.”
Anyone interested in checking out the Fitzmorris’ property should visit VRBO, Homeway or AirBnB. Additionally, Fitzmorris can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.