Seven Porches Guest House
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Waitsburg house description
Seven Porches Guest House in 'hipstoric' Waitsburg is your affordable value-added alternative to rooming in Walla Walla. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Walla Walla and its surrounding wine country, Waitsburg has a gourmet culture all its own with the popular Whoop Em Hollow Cafe, the charming Coppei Coffee Co., the eclectic jimgermanbar, the one-of-a-kind Anchor Bar, the 1950s Betty's Diner, the authentic Monarca Mexican Restaurant - not to mention the Laht Neppur micro brewery.
Norman Rockwell couldn't have painted a more American small town. One of the oldest cities in the state, Waitsburg was established in 1865. Its homes and Bruce Mansion museum are steeped in that legacy as a frontier wheat town, while downtown buildings have been restored to offer a unique gourmet and shopping experience.
Waitsburg is 40 minutes from the friendly, down home and rarely-any-lines Ski Bluewood resort - a mountain that has the second highest base elevation in the state of Washington.
With its original wood interior finish, fir floors and warmly appointed rooms, a stay at the Seven Porches is a trip down Memory Lane with all the modern conveniences. It's a mere block and a half from the restaurants and bars downtown, and the highways (124 and 12) that connect the city to the Tri Cities, Walla Walla, Dayton and Ski Bluewood.
Plenty of seasonal outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and mountain biking abound with spring, summer and fall festivals to boot.
From the large regional car gathering known as All Wheels and the Classic Auto Show to Mule Mania weekend and Pioneer Fall Festival, the events season in the Touchet River Valley has something for everyone. Add regular shindigs and wine events in Walla Walla to that and there's almost always something to do in wheat and wine country.
Seven Porches has two large upstairs suites with queen-sized beds. One has a balcony and its own access to one of the upstairs bathrooms. The upstairs also has two smaller bedrooms with double beds and a quiet seating area with a view of the Bruce Mansion. The four upstairs bedrooms share two bathrooms: one with a tile shower and one with a large soaking tub.
The two bedrooms downstairs each have queen beds as well, share a private hallway and a bathroom with shower. Linens and towels are provided.
The television room off the kitchen has an HD cable set with a comfortable leather couch. WIFI is accessible throughout the house. The dining room table seats 12 and the kitchen is a feast for cooks who enjoy cooking meals on a six-burner Viking stove and oven.
During the spring, summer and fall, it's a joy to hang on the large porch that covers two sides of the house and watch local residents walk, drive, bike ride and sometimes horseback ride down the campus-like residential length of Main Street that's the scene of an all-American parade on the third weekend in May.
Keywords: This charming historic home at the heart of Waitsburg near Walla Walla wine country is ideal for one-night stays, a weekend or a week. Rent one or more double-occupancy bedrooms or the entire six-bedroom, three-bath house.
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
- Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 2.75 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Shared Kitchen
- Air Conditioning
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
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The house is perfect. Comfy beds, very clean and a great kitchen, we played games and drank wine at the wonderful dining room table. Wind and rain kept us off of the porch or the back patio, but we laughed none the less. I don't know just what has happened to Waitsburg between the reviewer on the 16th and our arrival on the 18th, but we could not find coffee or food in town. Drove the 7 miles to The Tuxedo and had great burgers. Spent the second day in Walla Walla and brought dinner home with us which was great, just enjoying each others company. We rented the entire house which was perfect. I would recommend the Seven Porches for a group that want to spend time together, play games and cook together.
- Guest Sandy (Boise, ID)
- Date of stay 06/18/13
- Review Submitted 06/21/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway.
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My husband and I just returned from a bicycling getaway in the beautiful rolling wheat fields of Waitsburg and Walla Walla County. Seven Porches was the optimum base for our 4 night stay. Difficult to say which was the best part - sitting on the porch on Main Street watching the world drift by? meeting delightful travelers coming/going? staying in a stunning 100-year old stately home? walking into town for a yummy iced latte? cooking up a meal in the state-of-the-art kitchen? sipping some amazing Waitsburg wine and whiskey? sleeping in the comfy cozy bed without a care in the world? It's a tough call. It was all delightful and we plan to return and bring our friends.
- Guest Melody M.
- Date of stay 06/12/13
- Review Submitted 06/17/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
We'll be back
We'll be back
This is a nice place to stay. The owner is very friendly and our room and bed were just fine. No breakfast, but we weren't particularly looking for that amenity. Instead we purchased some granola, yogurt and juice and ate it at the table after keeping the juice and yogurt refrigerated. So everything worked well for us.
- Guest TFY (Hood River, Oregon)
- Date of stay 07/20/12
- Review Submitted 07/29/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
$65 per room per night Monday - Thursday (weekdays) $75 per room per night Friday - Sunday (weekends) $350 per night for group use of entire house weekdays $375 per night for group use of entire house weekends
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: How many hats can you wear? A career journalist and former foreign aid specialist, Imbert Matthee's entrepreneurial ambitions came to rest in Waitsburg, where he owns the newspaper, the coffee shop and the Seven Porches Guest House. Imbert and his wife Karen originally bought the historic Stimmel home as a second home, soon found themselves living there full-time and subsequently decided to share the dream with visitors and travelers to the area. Imbert has a labradoodle retriever named Dizzy after the famous jazz trumpeter and loves to take him for long runs in the never-ending wheat field roads that surround Waitsburg. He and his family now divide their time between Waitsburg and the Seattle area, where Karen has a job as PR and partnerships manager for the outdoor retailer Ex Officio.
Why the Owner Chose Waitsburg:
We took a first-ever trip to Walla Walla and rode our bicycles up to Waitsburg, which offers everything metropolitan suburbs can't: splendid star light, rolling country roads, hollows steeped in frontier history, skybound raptors and the sight of the beckoning Blue Mountains.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Waitsburg and the Seven Porches have easy highway access from Portland and Seattle; a unique gourmet food culture written up in magazines and newspapers worldwide; American roots that go very deep and very proud; striking distance to wining, dining, skiing and the great outdoors.
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