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The place to go to get away from it all....Situated in the renowned Methow Valley (foothills of the North Cascade Mountains), this private retreat is nestled in a secluded basin all its own, at the end of the road. The property's 160 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wildlands, with the nearest private property over a mile away. There is great hiking and skiing right from the door, and a wood-fired sauna to cleanse and rejuvenate you. The Lodge features a rustic, wood interior with a handsome rock fireplace. The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the 800 square foot living room provide an inspiring atmosphere for rest and renewal. There is ample space for family and friends, but it's also cozy enough for a quiet romantic getaway. The newly-constructed Bermhouse has hand-finished artisan interiors. It's a perfect place for family reunions, weddings, or a quiet break from the rest of the world! To guarantee privacy, we only rent to one group at a time.
Winter fun!: in the winter we have about 10km of professionally groomed ski trails winding through the property, with several slopes to choose from for back-county skiing, snowboarding or sledding. For the most part, the only people in this valley are our guests, so there's a good chance you'll get some freshy snow!
Spring, summer and fall: Spring, summer and fall have their own attractions -such as a blanket of wildflowers covering the land, or the joy of swimming in cool, clear mountain waters. There are a variety of hikes right from the door of the lodge, taking in views of the Methow Valley, old-growth ponderosa pine trees and snow capped peaks. Our favorite is a loop hike that takes about an hour, and circumnavigates the valley with views of the Sawtooth Range. You can also hike to the top of Lookout Mountain, with 360 degree views of both Sawtooths and North Cascade Ranges - takes about a half a day. Or sit by the seasonal creek, flowing down from Lookout Mountain into a pristine pool. There is fishing nearby, wildlife to watch, or just hang out in blissful peace and quiet!
There are modern media-amenities - TV, DVD player, wifi access, but we also have some good old-fashioned games, great to bring family and friends together.
Notes:: This property is solar powered! It operates just like normal for the most part, except that we can't handle crock pots, and we have non-electric means of making coffee, with thermoses to keep it warm through the day. We strive to be environmentally-friendly, by recycling and composting food waste, and ask our guests to do the same! Caretakers live on the property, around the corner from the main house. They are well-practiced at being invisible, and their objective is that you have a very quiet and peaceful stay!
The three bedroom Lodge has recently been remodeled, adding a radiant heat floor and beautiful bamboo flooring. There are another six bedrooms with twin beds (can be pushed together to make king-size) in the new passive-solar Bermhouse. We only rent to one group
at a time, so you always have the whole place to yourself! We also have a couple of tents, one 15x15 (seats 25 people), the other 2000 sq feet (seats 200), for additional space in summer. It's a perfect place for a picturesque wedding, or a fun-filled family reunion.
We now have wireless internet, so you can stay connected in the middle of nowhere!
Quality Assurance: this is a full-time vacation rental house, professionally run since 2003....moreless
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning$75 + tax
Summer: $200 per night for first 4 guests, $25 each additional adult, $20 per child
Winter: $220 per night for first 4 guests, $25 each additional adult, $20/child (December 1 to March 15)
Two night minimum; three nights on holiday weekends
$25 pet fee per dog; dogs may not be left unattended
Deposit required to hold a reservation
Cleaning fee $75; taxes 5%
Rooms rented singly if available on
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Our guests appreciate the silence this property has to offer. They
say that although many places say they offer seclusion, this is the
only place that really delivers. We have also been told that the photos
don't really capture the place, it usually exceeds peoples' expectations!
For small groups, you do get the whole place to yourself although we may not have all of the beds made up.
Other Activities: My favorite way to spend the day here is to wake up lazily, maybe read for a while, watch the birds and squirrels, have a yummy meal then go for an interesting hike for a couple of hours in the surrounding hills, checking out the mountain views and old-growth trees. Come back to a cleansing sauna and some wine with dinner, then maybe a movie on the TV or a game with friends. Simple, relaxing, enjoyable!
Ski: Right out the door are about 7 miles of private, corduroy-groomed ski trails, plus numerous slopes for backcountry skiing or boarding. The Loup Loup Downhill ski area is about 25 minutes away, with 1200 vertical feet of family-friendly runs, i think a daily pass is still less than $50! There are also great nordic trails up at the Loup, you just need a Sno-Park sticker to ski there, one of the best deals around. Further north in Winthrop are the famous MVSTA trails, more expensive but always excellent grooming.
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: I have always been a very nature-oriented person, I have degrees in both Geology and Geography. I travelled for many years, interested in experiencing lots of different landscapes.
Why the Owner Chose Twisp: I lived in Seattle for numerous years and did lots of retreats in various places nearby. While the retreats were beautiful in their own way, they always felt somewhat suburban, with neighbors fairly close by. I was looking for somewhere where people could really feel they had left the world behind.