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Historic Homestead ~ the Brown Family Farm

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Last updated: 04/23/2014
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Lake Wenatchee cabin description

Built in 1901 by some of the earliest settlers in the Lake Wenatchee valley, this unique log home has been lovingly owned and maintained by their direct descendants ever since. All the hand built charm and rustic beauty are intact, but now coupled with amenities such as electricity (1920s) indoor plumbing (1940s) and high speed, fiber optic, wi-fi (2008). Most recently, we've remodeled the kitchen/dining area to a more open floor plan, and the downstairs bath just because… well, it really needed it. And we added a hot tub. Aahhhhhh.
The homestead occupies 15 private, peaceful acres and is a destination of its own, or a fabulous base camp for the area's many outdoor activities. It's only 25 minutes to either Steven's Pass or Leavenworth. Without even getting back in the car, you can cross country ski, snow shoe, sled, hike, bike, swim and mountain climb. There are chickens laying eggs for your breakfast, and our horses grazing in the pastures.
The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of comfy antiques, many of which have been here for generations. It easily acommodates two familes (2 king beds, 2 doubles, and a full finished attic with 2 twins plus lots of sleeping mats and sofas so all the kids can crash.) When you settle in for that second cup of tea, you know you're nestled in walls constructed of virgin timber and built by hand without electricity or fossil fuel. The cozy feel of the house takes you away from the cares of modern life, and back to a simpler time.
The Brown Family Homestead is the perfect place to get away from it all and reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Make it your second home, but without the headaches of ownership.

Keywords: Farm, private, acreage, log cabin, cabin

Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            Your well behaved dogs and horses are welcome. ...moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            This is a farm house kitchen! It has everything for the serious cook, even canning equipment and a pressure cooker....moreless

          • Ice Maker
          • Refrigerator
          • Kitchen
          • Dishwasher
          • Microwave

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            In the summer we put in a window unit in an upstairs window. As it never stays hot at night here in the mountains, just the one unit is plenty to take the edge off a hot afternoon....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Washing Machine
          • Garage
          • Gas Fireplace
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • outdoor riding arena, pipe fence corrals, hand built log barns, fresh chicken eggs, feral apple orchard...moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • VCR
              • DVD Player

              Communications

              • Telephone
              • Wireless Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Hot Tub

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        From every room in the house, your eyes rest on only mountains, pasture, forest and rustic outbuildings....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Swimming
                      • Kayaking
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Golf
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Hiking
                      • Fishing
                      • Hunting
                      • Skiing
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Cycling
                      • Tennis
                      • Live Theater
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Shopping
                      • Museums
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Cinemas
                      • Restaurants
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Sailing
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Sledding
                      • Antiquing
                      • Boating
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • can't wait to go back!

                        can't wait to go back!

                        • Guest Ben
                        • Date of stay 03/07/14
                        • Review Submitted 03/20/14
                        The owner was so easy to work with! Why can't all travelling be this fun! We hope to make this place an annual tradition, so close to the Lake...so far from traffic and noise. Great big kitchen for our large group to eat and cook in, loved the spa...thanks Karen!

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

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                      • The best get"away" - Farm close to town

                        The best get"away" - Farm close to town

                        • Guest jotravy (Vancouver)
                        • Date of stay 12/27/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/04/13
                        The property and the owner made this one of our most memorable local getaways ever. The home is full of history and the pictures don't do it justice. Lake Wenatchee was an easy and beautiful walk away. Leavenworth, Plain, Cashmere were all close and offered us unique activities, dining, antiquing, pubs, parks, skiing, snowshoeing and more. Stevens pass ski hill had great conditions and was 20 mins away. We had 6 adults stay each night (11 total enjoyed the home at separate times) and there was still tons of space. The home itself is what made this trip. Very relaxing, lots of games, we skied down the hill on the acreage even!!, had a fire to ring in new years, and spent most the time sharing a drink by the fire with good friends while playing games. It was so relaxing to do nothing. We had a chance to feed the horses, check out the chickens, and play in the snow! Karen was beyond helpful (best I've dealt with in years of renting places) and the home needs to be stayed at to be understood.. Over 100 years old but great amenities. Thanks so much from all of us and our dogs who loved it too!!

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

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                      • Great -- even w/o power

                        Great -- even w/o power

                        • Guest karenbSea (Seattle)
                        • Date of stay 12/21/12
                        • Review Submitted 12/31/12
                        Despite lack of power for 2 of our 3 nights -- our 3 generation group of 8 (grandmother, 3 adult daughters, a husband, 3 kids ranging from 5 to 19) had a great pre-Christmas stay. "Cabin" was spacious and comfortable. Plenty of communal space and still room to escape from it all. Nice XC skiing and snow shoeing w/o getting in the car. Kids of all ages had fun making a sledding run and feeding the horses. Karen was super nice and helpful. Look forward to returning again when the hot tub is up and running.

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children.

                        Owner response: Wow! You and your group win the prize for all time most hardy travelers! Even knowing there had been a blizzard, and the power was out, you came up anyway. You have an awesome family, able to snuggle down in primitive circumstances and still have fun. Please come back soon!

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                      • A great farm experience!

                        A great farm experience!

                        • Guest Karen (Seattle)
                        • Date of stay 07/01/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/16/12
                        My husband and I and our two kids stayed here for a week with his parents and we had a really great time! Karen was a pleasure to work with, very friendly and helpful. The property worked out well for us; we could bird watch every morning and the kids loved to visit the chickens and horses. We did some hiking and visited Leavenworth, as well as some wineries in the area. The house was large, and the downstairs was very open and the kitchen had lovely windows to look out as you cooked. We used the hot tub in the beginning of the week, when it was cool at night. It was great to see the stars while soaking. We will come again if we can find a time when it's available!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children.

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                      • fabulous girls weekend

                        fabulous girls weekend

                        • Guest Dawn (Ellensburg Washington)
                        • Date of stay 10/01/11
                        • Review Submitted 05/04/12
                        No kids, men or pets...lots of wine, great food and the best atmosphere you could ask for. This place is just magical. We have done several girls long weekends in a variety of places and by far this was our best experience. Karen and her family are just wonderful and you couldn't ask for more in terms of location and beauty. Loved the horse, chickens, cat and even the chipmunk that tried to join us. The kitchen is well stocked and that dining room table was the hub of our stay. We vowed never to go to the same place twice, but we all agree that some vows are meant to be broken!

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

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                      • Wonderful, peaceful vacation

                        Wonderful, peaceful vacation

                        • Guest Rami A. (-)
                        • Date of stay 03/25/12
                        • Review Submitted 04/04/12
                        We recently stayed a week at the Brown Family Farm. The stay was absolutely wonderful! We were warm and cozy in the cabin while the snow fell outside. The kids loved getting fresh eggs from the hen house, and feeding the horses grass. Our friends enjoyed the visiting neighborhood dog so much that they wanted to take her home. The kids wanted eggs everyday for breakfast - which was a nice change of pace from Pop Tarts and sugary cereal! We made big family dinners and enjoyed much lively conversation. The kids enjoyed Netflix each night, and a computer with internet made it easy for the adults to keep up with email and such. We streamed music from Pandora and enjoyed just relaxing together. There was plenty of space - and everything one could need was provided. A special treat? Our puppy was able to enjoy the vacation with us! We will definitely be back!

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • We love this getaway!

                        We love this getaway!

                        • Guest Lisa (Edmonds)
                        • Date of stay 03/09/12
                        • Review Submitted 03/28/12
                        Going to "The Farm" is one of our favorite things to do! It is so comfortable, peaceful, beautiful...I could just go on and on. There are so many things to do in the area and Leavenworth and Stevens are just 30 minutes away. Karen is a wonderful hostess...We love "The Farm"!

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Awesome Family Winter Get-away!

                        Awesome Family Winter Get-away!

                        • Guest Hilary K. (Seattle)
                        • Date of stay 02/19/12
                        • Review Submitted 02/28/12
                        I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for sharing your family's home with us, Karen! We had a wonderful stay, and were really sorry to leave! The kitchen was fantastic and it was fun to have room to host friends for dinner. Thanks for the recommendation of the See-n-Ski trail. We towed the kids one day and enjoyed the sunshine on the river. The kids loved the sledding hill and bringing the horses treats, and built a rather impressive series of forts in the attic space. Hank the dog was threatening to stay, too. We'd love to come back in the summer.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Warm and Chamring

                        Warm and Chamring

                        • Guest Anonymous
                        • Date of stay 02/03/12
                        • Review Submitted 02/06/12
                        We had a fabulous couples weekend at the Brown Family Farm, while researching the venue for our upcoming wedding. The farmhouse was warm and cozy with plenty of room to spread out, and the property was beautiful, even covered in snow. :) Our dogs enjoyed playing in the snow, discovering the horses and the chickens. All of us have nothing but rave reviews for the house, the farm, the area and the owner (Karen). I know our wedding will be exactly as I had envisioned it. Karen is creating a wonderful space for everyone to enjoy.

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Cozy and perfect.

                        Cozy and perfect.

                        • Guest Bethany (Seattle, Wa)
                        • Date of stay 12/09/11
                        • Review Submitted 12/12/11
                        We had a lovely girls weekend at this adorable cabin. Karen was helpful and accommodating and made sure that we were comfortable and happy! The horses, chickens, snow, and Christmas lights made for the perfect atmosphere.

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

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                      Mar-May, & Nov .. $199/night Sun-Thurs ... $249/night Fri-Sat (2 night minimum)
                      Jun-Feb ...... $279/night Sun-Thurs ... $299/night Fri-Sat (3 night minimum)
                      Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas & New Year's... $325/night (3 night minimum)
                      Labor Day/4th of July/Memorial Day..... $299/night (3 night minimum)
                      Rates for first 6 guests. Additional $15/guest/night
                      $100 non-refundable cleaning fee/$300 refundable deposit
                      special weekly rates available
                      

                      Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                      Year Purchased: 1901

                      About the owner: Greetings from the mountains! I'm Karen Dickinson, and I consider myself lucky to be this generation's custodian of the old homestead. It's truly a special place, offering a direct link to another time, and another way of life. I'm committed to its preservation and to sharing it with the wider world. I hope to develop an on-going relationship with a few families, probably from Seattle, who want to make the farm a regular part of their lives. As I am living just 1/2 mile down the road, I will be on hand to personally get you settled in and make sure your stay is a wonderful experience. Wanna learn how to preserve peaches? hear about the best trails and the hidden berry patches? swap stories about horse riding wrecks? learn how to get the eggs from under a sitting hen without getting pecked? Call me and we'll talk about having you up. My family and I look forward to getting to know you and yours. Cheers, Karen


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                      Photos

                      • kitchen

                        kitchen

                      • downstairs bath

                        downstairs bath

                      • Southwest bedroom (king)

                        Southwest bedroom (king)

                      • spring silly horse in upper pasture

                        spring silly horse in upper pasture

                      • Friendly ponies

                        Friendly ponies

                      • Northeast bedroom (king)

                        Northeast bedroom (king)

                      • back yard

                        back yard

                      • View from the back yard

                        View from the back yard

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                      This listing was first published here in 2009.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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                      4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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