Decorated in a Western rustic theme, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with an outdoor hot tub is located in the beautiful Selle Valley north of Sandpoint, Idaho. Cozy, comfortable and secluded, yet close to town, the lake and Schweitzer.
The house's location is super private and quiet on 10 treed acres with views of the mountains, yet is only 15 minutes from downtown Sandpoint. The house is a well-apportioned, 1,360-square-foot space that sleeps up to 6 with a queen bed in the master bedroom, a full size bed in the second bedroom and a full size sleeper sofa in the third bedroom, which also serves as the TV/family room. The queen mattress is a firm all-foam mattress with an optional topper, and the full-size mattress is an Englander Pillow Top -- both very comfortable! The main bathroom includes a neo-angle shower stall and doubles as the laundry room. The master bedroom features a beautiful, deep, 5-foot-long cast iron tub minted in 1923.
The flooring is a mix of bamboo, acid-stained concrete, slate and carpeting. The home features modern, custom-built and vintage furniture, specialty tile and rock work, and artisan touches throughout. The house was recently redecorated in a Western rustic theme and includes luxurious furnishings, lots of beautiful artwork and custom paint jobs. The fully stocked kitchen features concrete counter tops and a fabulous, genuine copper penny backsplash, with seating for three around the island and six at the trestle table.
A TV lover I am not, so I don't have satellite service, but I do have a TV on a wall mount in the family room, plus lots of DVDs and VHS movies for guests to enjoy. If you must watch the latest news or sports game, this may not be the place for you; however, there is wireless Internet (Frontier broadband DSL, high-speed unlimited use) and the closest sports bar and grill is only seven miles away. The house includes an electronic dart board and lots of games, so families can enjoy spending quality time together.
The house is heated primarily by the wood stove, but it also has electric heat in every room. Nothing feels better than wood heat! The Blaze King stove is a new model with a glass door so guests can watch the fire. Mesmerizing and relaxing! While the house is lovely, the best part may be the outdoor hot tub under the stars! The hot tub is only about 50 steps away from the house and is not visible from the house, nor the camping cabin.
The property includes an RV site and camping cabin, accessed by a separate driveway, that would allow the possibility of group retreats. You may see other guests from time to time, but the cabin and house are not within sight of each other.
Outdoor hot tub, patio with chiminea, horseshoe pits. Barn, round pen and fenced area for horses. Walking trail on-site and access to 150 acres a half mile away to walk, ride horses or go to a pond and view wildlife.
Общение с гостями
I like to greet guests when they arrive and show them around the house and property, orienting them to the wood stove, hot tub and other features. I really enjoy meeting my guests and visiting with them, but I'm not intrusive or a busy body. I love offering advice/tips and sharing my knowledge of the area to help them get the most out of your stay. My aim is to interact with guests as much as possible or as little as desired.
Другие важные подробности
If you bring horses, it's an extra $10 per head per night to feed out of my barn. Firewood is provided for the wood stove and outdoor chiminea. If there's anything you forgot or anything you need, don't be afraid to ask. This is a rural neighborhood in snow country, and the drive includes 1.4 miles of gravel county road and 2 miles of paved county road. While the county does a good job maintaining the roads, guests may encounter snow-packed surfaces and the possibility of fresh snowfall before the county plows following a winter storm. Thankfully, there are no hills or curves to negotiate. I mostly commute with a front-wheel drive car with snow tires in winter, although I do also have a four-wheel-drive pickup that I can utilize as needed. I have a 1,200-foot-long, level driveway that we plow and maintain ourselves, but guests may have to deal with fresh snowfall until we are able to plow after a storm. I would recommend that guests be prepared for driving in snow, with good tires, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
No smoking in the house. Don't stray onto my neighbors' properties. Limit hot tub to five users at a time and no unattended children please – no splashing, horseplay, or getting in and out repeatedly. Clean up beforehand and wear shoes to the hot tub, getting in with clean feet. Don't change the temperature setting, and handle and replace the cover carefully. Don't sit on the pillows, as that tends to break the plastic tabs that hold them in place. Please respect the use of this amenity! If the hot tub is misused, such as introducing a lot of dirt and debris, a minimum $50 fee will be added to your reservation. No heavy partying. Quiet time from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. so as not to disturb my neighbors or camping cabin/RV guests. Note, dogs are no longer allowed in the house. Sleep in as few beds as you need. I don't charge a cleaning fee, so before you check out: Sweep the floors; wipe down all the counters, table and appliances; and strip the sheets and pillow cases from the beds you used. Load dirty dishes in the dishwasher and set it to run. Put dirty towels or sheets in the washing machine and set it to wash. Please stoke the fire and shut it down. Turn off ALL electric heaters. If these check-out procedures aren't followed and my house is left messy, I will add a $50 cleaning fee to your reservation. Thank you for making this fun and affordable for everybody!
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I'm a backcountry horse woman, downhill skier and bicyclist who loves the outdoors and being active. I recently retired from working professionally as an editor for a local publishing company for 25 years, editing Sandpoint Magazine, Schweitzer Magazine and books, such as trail guides and natural history titles. I have one dog, Beau, whom I call a North Idaho hound terrier, one cat who's old and mostly stays inside, and an Arabian/quarter horse mare named Bunny (no, I didn't name her!).
Originally from Wisconsin, I grew up in North Idaho riding horses, skiing, snowmobiling, dirt biking and voraciously reading books. While I was growing up in Sandpoint and Bayview in the 1970s-80s, I lived without electricity and running water three different times, so I'm not afraid of outhouses or roughing it.
After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1985, I moved back to Madison, Wisconsin, to study journalism at the University of Wisconsin. I returned to Sandpoint in 1990, bought property, married, built a house, raised a son and stepdaughter, got unmarried, and am now married to my present partner, Mike, whom I convinced to join me in offering vacation rentals. We formed Twin Cedars Camping and Vacation Rentals LLC in 2014 with the goal of semi-retiring together. Between the two of us and our properties, we have two homes, three RV sites, a camping cabin and a tipi available. We plan to live in each of our homes for half the year, while the other home is open as a vacation rental.
I'm a home brewer who's passionate about good beer, cooking from scratch, and seemingly endless home improvement projects. Mike is a private pilot, and we enjoy flying around the area and airplane camping, as well as backcountry trail riding and horse camping.
I love having guests and sharing my knowledge of the area. We live in an outdoor paradise, and we like to share our pieces of paradise with others.