The Agape Farm and Retreat is a popular vacation getaway for guests seeking peace and quiet in a beautiful farm setting. Situated beneath Mount Lamborn and the West Elks Wilderness near Paonia, Colorado, the Agape Farm has over 4,600 square feet of tasteful living areas, suites, bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, and eco-friendly facilities. The property has a total of 5 guest rooms, each with its own bath, including one oversized guest suite that can easily accommodate 4 people. The property was built green, with Ndura concrete form insulation, R29 walls, solar water heater, and high-efficiency windows. The owners’ quarters include a master suite with office, oversized kitchen with premium appliances, living room, and a guest room with its own bath that can also be used for overflow guests. A comfortable yurt is situated outside the garden and sleeps two. Total pillows: 18. Delta County has relaxed land use regulations and is business-friendly. The main inhibiting factor to new construction is the availability of water; however, the Agape Retreat’s commercial well allows for expansion. There is ample room for construction of new guest units.
The premises at Agape Farm & Retreat include 28 acres of sustainable outdoor amenities, including a commercial well, domestic water tap, 2.8-acre vineyard, 550 austrian pine trees, productive gardens, alpaca and goat pens, and 20 acres of hay ground. The farm has excellent water rights, with 20 shares of Stewart Mesa Ditch and an underground pressurized irrigation system that allows the new owner to expand the vineyard to 5 acres or more. Paonia is known throughout Colorado as the source for premium-quality peaches, apples, cherries, plums, and apricots, and Agape could certainly be the site for new orchard or wine grape plantings. Agape has intensive garden plantings, with a canopy of bright yellow sunflowers shading the entry and raised beds with varieties of perennials and vegetables.
The property has been crafted into a popular bed and breakfast, where guests enjoy relaxing under the whispering pines, taking bicycle tours of the surrounding countryside, heading into Paonia to visit a craft brewpub, touring local vineyards, hiking into the mountains, or fishing some of the 300 lakes on the nearby Grand Mesa. The area is also famous for excellent big game hunting, as well as fly-fishing the Gold Medal waters of the nearby Gunnison River.
Interested buyers should go online and research the reviews for the Agape Farm & Retreat. Though it’s only been in business three years, the retreat is receiving accolades in Travel and Leisure magazine as the “#3 thing to do outside of Denver”, a five-star rating in TripAdvisor, a recent spotlight in the 5280 Mile High Magazine, named an eco-friendly travel and unplugged escape in Colorado, and referred to as “a perfect day in the North Fork Valley” by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The income stream is rapidly improving, with dramatic gains in gross revenues year to year.
The Agape Retreat is centrally located between Aspen, Crested Butte, and Telluride. Each resort is about 2 hours away. The property is on a year-round paved road that sees occasional snows, but is never snowed in. Winters are mild, with snow accumulations rarely over 6 or 8 inches. The property is very close to a good airfield, where savvy pilots headed to Aspen or Telluride stop over to refuel at lower rates than they find at the resort airports. There are excellent commercial connections in Grand Junction, about an hour and a half to the west, and in Montrose, about an hour southwest. Hotchkiss, 15 minutes west, has a new medical clinic with good services, as well as excellent local hospitals in Delta, Montrose, and Grand Junction. Paonia, about 8 minutes to the east of the farm, is known for its relaxed vibe, booming biodynamic farming culture, excellent fruit and produce, and beautiful views.
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