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'Almost Heaven' Vacation Home

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View of cabin on one acre lot.


Last updated: 11/03/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Stanley cabin description

*Please note the extra fees for more than 2 people.*
“Almost Heaven” is an 1,100 square foot log vacation home located on one acre in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area wilderness. The cabin has a huge Southern exposure and windows all around with a view of the Sawtooths. Four skylights, light pine floors and sheet rock walls give the cabin an airy, light, clean atmosphere.

Downstairs is a living/dining area and well-equipped kitchen, one bedroom with a queen bed, and a full bath. Upstairs is a gigantic, high-ceilinged loft with a queen bed and double futon. There is also an inflatable queen aero-bed. Outside is a south and west facing two-sided deck for glorious outdoor relaxation, eating, and sleeping if you’re the hardy type.

The cabin is well-designed, clean, comfortable, and spacious. Furnishings are traditional/
contemporary and tolerate children, dogs, and relaxed adults. While offering taste, style, and comfort, the cabin is definitely a get-away cabin rather than your luxury home-away-from-home.

“Almost Heaven” is located in a small, quiet vacation community - three miles outside Stanley at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains - that has a mix of one-acre and five-acre lots. Most lots have small cabins. The entire neighborhood abuts forest service land. You can walk out the front door to hike or bike to pristine lakes, creeks, meadows, and mountains.

Stanley itself, population ~100, has a great spa (massage with a glass of champagne and incredible mountain view), horse rentals, boat and bike rentals, and river rafting.

If you want a 'city' fix bigger than Stanley, you can be in Sun Valley in one hour for gallery walks, the summer symphony, golf and tennis, or the nationally-known Wine Auction. There are also many additional places to hike, bike and enjoy water sports in the Sun Valley area.

Keywords: Log home, wilderness get-away, vacation house, comfort, charm, Sawtooths.

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Massage


              • Children Welcome:

                Young children should not be left in the loft without supervision....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered:

                Dogs are allowed with additional deposit....moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

              • Bedroom 2


              • Bedroom 1


              • There are two queen beds, one in the loft and one in the downstairs bedroom. Also one double futon in the loft, and one double inflatable mattress to be used anywhere....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1


              • Tiled bath/shower, Kohler fixtures, handcrafted wood cabinets.

              Other Amenities

                  • Four skylights, light wood flooring, huge south-facing windows, and sheet rock walls make this log cabin especially light and airy. The surrounding neighborhood is primarily seasoned summer residents who maintain a quiet, respectful, local atmosphere....moreless


                  • Books:

                    Psychology, fiction, non-fiction, business. ...moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player:

                    Cassette player - no DVD. Small TV monitor with a built-in cassette player....moreless

                  • Games:

                    Monopoly, chinese checkers, chess, cribbage, cards, word games, darts....moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    Classical, rock, folk and blues CDs....moreless


                      • Away From It All


                      • Churches
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Library
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Restaurants

                      Local Services & Businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Boating
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Location Type

                      • Mountain View
                      • Rural

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Swimming
                      • Whitewater Rafting
                      • Wind-Surfing


                      • Dining:

                        Custom-made table with seating for 8. ...moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 8 people


                      • Computer Available:

                        No computer service at the cabin; wireless in town....moreless

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating:

                        Electric baseboard. ...moreless

                      • Linens Provided:

                        Flannel or cotton sheets, down quilts & pillows. ...moreless

                      • Living Room:

                        Sofa, arm chairs, side tables, games, boombox, CDs, books....moreless

                      • Mobile Phone:

                        Verizon receives the strongest signal....moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Parking area accommodates 2 cars. Additional space in the driveway....moreless

                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                        In the driveway....moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Cell service but no in-house telephone. ...moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Stove:

                        Vermont Casting with lots of firewood....moreless


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        Pots, pans, baking dishes....moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Settings for 8+ people. ...moreless

                      • Kitchen:

                        Blender, coffee grinder, toaster oven, cookware, spices and other cooking basics. No dishwasher or microwave....moreless

                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items:

                        Spices, sugar, flour, teas. Pure well water. ...moreless


                      • Bicycles:

                        Bicycles may be rented in town. The property has no bicycles, however VRBO automatically inserts a '1.' ...moreless

                      • Boat:

                        Can be rented at Redfish Lake Lodge. None at the cabin itself. ...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        A large deck wraps around the south and east sides of the cabin: Four outdoor chairs, two outdoor tables and two sunbrellas....moreless

                      • Golf:

                        Available in Sun Valley, an hour from Stanley....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Can be rented at Redfish Lake Lodge. None at the cabin itself. ...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Weber charcoal grill. Outdoor fire ring....moreless

                      • Tennis:

                        Available in Sun Valley, an hour from Stanley....moreless



                      Write a review 4.2
                      from 11 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
                      • Taxes Included


                      The rates quoted above are for two people. Additional guests are $35/person/night or $200/person/week.

                      I will call you when I receive in inquiry since I like to talk to renters before agreeing to a booking.

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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                      Last updated: 11/03/2014
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                      • Stanley Baking Company

                        "A terrific breakfast and lunch place. Get there early, however, or you'll need to wait in line."

                      • Elk Mountain Rv Resort

                        "A family-friendly and family-run place with great ribs and pies in a downhome atmosphere."

                      • Meadow Creek Inn & Spa

                        "Great massages after which you can relax on the deck and take in the Sawtooth Mountain view ..."

                      • Kasino Club

                        "Great salad bar and "old time local" feel. Also, good specials, roast beef and fish favorite..."

                      • Redfish Lake Lodge

                        "Great views, great food, great hiking, a beach for kids, weekly music. Sometimes it can be a..."

                      • Sawtooth Hotel

                        "Great atmosphere with interesting, healthy, plentiful food and an outside deck. Run by the ..."


                      Car: Necessary

                      You can hike right from the cabin's front door into National Wilderness lands of high mountain peaks and pristine lakes. There is access to rock climbing, both friendly and challenging hiking and biking trails, talks on local wildlife and wildlands, and extremely friendly people.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1991

                      About the owner: I live and work in Ketchum, Idaho, next to Sun Valley resort, consulting to businesses and supporting entrepreneurial development both in and outside the area. Almost Heaven is my get-away, usually during the summer when life turns more toward recreation and visiting friends. When the cabin isn't rented, I'm there relaxing. I am a Ph.D. psychologist and organization development consultant who grew up in NYC and has 'come a long way, baby!' to this completely different lifestyle. While I occasionally miss city amenities, I'll never live in a big city again. I enjoy knowing that travelers, big city or otherwise, can have a chance to feel the peace that I do in the mountains at my cabin!

                      Why the Owner Chose Stanley:
                      I visited Stanley way back in 1969 as one of the first people on commercial trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. I returned 21 years later and fell in love with the area all over again. I bought an acre of land, hired a local builder with whom I designed Almost Heaven, and lived in a tent for four months on the property watching the cabin go up log by log. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made! Virtually everyone who visits says the cabin has a magical calming effect on their minds and spirits.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                      I love the sound of quiet - it seeps into my soul and calms me. I can sit for hours on the large deck and look at the mountains, the wildflowers on my property, read, hang, visit with friends. There's nothing better. The cabin is visitor-friendly and I have wonderful neighbors (who come in for the summer) whom I visit when I'm not reading and recovering from working life.

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                      Speaks: english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • View of cabin on one acre lot.

                        View of cabin on one acre lot.

                      • Closeup of kitchen

                        Closeup of kitchen

                      • More downstairs shots and loft shot.

                        More downstairs shots and loft shot.

                      • Another part of downstairs bedroom.

                        Another part of downstairs bedroom.

                      • Another outside view of cabin.

                        Another outside view of cabin.

                      • Jima Rice, owner, standing in front of Sun Valley Resort.

                        Jima Rice, owner, standing in front of Sun Valley Resort.

                      • View of the living room, facing south, from the loft.

                        View of the living room, facing south, from the loft.

                      • View of kitchen and dining area.

                        View of kitchen and dining area.

                      • Another view of downstairs bedroom (different duvet).

                        Another view of downstairs bedroom (different duvet).

                      • Another view of loft.

                        Another view of loft.

                      • View from loft. Note two of the four skylights at the upper picture boundary.

                        View from loft. Note two of the four skylights at the upper picture boundary.

                      • More shots - although upholstery is  different now.

                        More shots - although upholstery is different now.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2010.

                      Date last modified - Monday, November 03, 2014

                      $220 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

                      View calendar: Updated 11/03/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                      Member since: 2010
                      Speaks: english
                      • Calendar last updated: 11/03/2014
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                      (208) 726-1848 (Idaho, USA)

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