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Beautiful Elk Mountain Ranch Adjoins Over 2 Million Acres of National Forest!

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Last updated: 04/04/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Coeur d'Alene chateau / country house description

This magnificent and spacious home has 6 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The unique setting of this home is at the confluence of two streams and surrounded by pristine natural beauty to stir your heart. Like a painting come to life with romantic rock bridges, quaint stone steps and walls, lush pastures, fruit trees, flowers and jade-green ponds; this is a dream come true! This enchanting home is located at the gateway into the vast National Forest. This 150 Acre ranch is surrounded on three sides by U.S. Forest land; 2 1/2 Million Acres extending to Montana and Canada! There are deer, elk, moose, bear, wolves, bald eagles, wild turkeys, and ermine on or visiting this ranch; and we have maintained the property as a wildlife preserve. There are no visible neighbors and this is a place of serenity, peace and complete quiet except for nature!

The two streams are Marie Creek, which has high water in the Spring and early summer, along with several large pools of water and log waterfalls into mid-July. By early to mid-August, Marie Creek goes underground by the ranch. It continues to run above the ranch in the National Forest. Searchlight Creek runs the north-south length of the ranch and in front of the house. Searchlight Creek runs year round and is a perfect creek for children to play in the creek and the pools.

Home is 4,000 S.F with 6 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 2 Stone Fireplaces and a great Western Decor!

Elk Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1908 and the Deed is signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, on display at ranch. The center of the current house was built in 1930, and retains much of the charm of that time period. The later additions are very western and rustic.

This family ranch was offered as a Vacation Rental beginning May 1, 2014 for the first time. The furnishings and décor are that of a high quality, Western motif reflective of the love we have for this beautiful ranch.

The ranch is 150 acres with access into the National Forest. You can pan for gold in the creek! You can bring your own Horses, 4-Wheelers, Mountain Bikes or Cross Country Skiis and stay for a fun-filled vacation summer or winter! We do provide sleds for our awesome sledding hill as well as snowshoes to use on the ranch or into the adjacent National Forest land.


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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    We have a Children's Play Room filled with toys: 2' high Wooden Barn & Horses, Barbie Dolls, Dinosaurs, Little Boy's Workbench & plastic tools, Stuffed toys, Toddler's Doll Stroller & Lawnmower, Potato Heads, Books, Games, Puzzles for all ages. We also have a Baby Package with the following items available to use: Baby Bed with bedding (We will set it up ahead of your arrival if you let us know), High Chair, GRACO Baby Car Seat, Toddler Car Booster Seat, GRACO Stroller....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are welcome, completely housebroken (no puppies). We have a dog crate available if Pet is left alone in the house. Another option is that the Pet may be left in the entry 'Mud Room,' which would be more comfortable than a crate. We have a large Costco Pet bed and stainless steel food & water dishes for your Pet. The Pet fee is a non-refundable $20 fee. You can bring more than one for the pet fee. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Balcony Suite : 1 queen


  • Silver Room: 1 queen


  • Moose Bedroom : 1 queen


  • Wolf Lair Bedroom: 1 twin/ single


  • Bear's Den Bedroom: 1 double, 2 twin/ single


  • Native American Bedroom: 1 double


  • REC ROOM HIDE-A-BED: 1 queen


  • Balcony Suite has Queen Bed; Silver Room on main floor has Queen Bed; Rustic Room on 2nd floor has 2 single beds and day bed; Loft Room has single bed; Moose Room has a Queen Bed, is on main floor; Wolf Lair has a single bed; Recreation Room has a queen hide-a-bed (if sleeping for additional persons is needed). There is a 1930 vintage Bunk House with bunk beds if your kids would like a pioneer sleeping experience. We also have a 20' Tepee to play in or to sleep in for a native experience....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Upstairs; goes with Balcony Suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Main Floor; across hall from Silver Bedroom....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower

    Main Floor; would be used by the Loft, Moose, Wolf Bedrooms....moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Bathroom is upstairs and adjoins the Bear's Den....moreless

  • Balcony Suite has private 3/4 bath (shower); Silver Room is across hall from 3/4 bath (shower); Bear's Den Room has a 1/2 bath; Additional full bath on main floor with shower/tub (below Loft Room)....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Property adjoins U.S. Forest Service and Horizon Equestrian Park. The Park provides miles of great hiking trails maintained by the Backwoods Horseman's Association. The Forest Service land offers hundreds of miles for 4-Wheeling, Riding, Snowmobiling, Hunting, Huckleberry Picking, etc. Neighboring old time family ranch offers Guided Trail Rides, Family Barn Night, Wedding Facility, Wagon & Hayrides, Evening Dinner Rides with chuck-wagon steak dinner on their private 1,000 acre ranch: for more details. We are also just minutes from Wolf Lodge Steakhouse, Nationally renowned for giant 'Cowboy' and 'Cowgirl' steaks! Elk Mountain Ranch is ten minutes from Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene; and also the Wolf Lodge Exit (#22) of Interstate 90 can take you to the City of Coeur d'Alene in five minutes; or you can go east into the Silver Valley with Skiing at Silver Mountain, Mine Tours, Water Park, Gondola, Summer Concerts &Tubing on the Coeur d'Alene River....moreless


  • Books:

    We have a library of books from children to adult....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    We have a full range of Family friendly movies, Westerns, Drama, Comedy, Children's Movies & Cartoons. Over 100 movies! ...moreless

  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Rec Room has a Foosball Table, Dress up Costume Closet and Card Table/Chairs....moreless

  • Games:

    We have games and puzzles from child to adult age appropriate....moreless

  • Music Library:

    We have a variety of CD's with music from classical, easy listening, oldies, country, etc. ...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Satellite and Hughes Gen-4 Internet Access. Bring your own lap top. We do have WIFI....moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD Player & CD's ...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat Screen TV...moreless

  • Toys:

    We have a closet of Western, Pioneer and Civil War costumes, hats and photography props from child to adult; dress up & take your own vintage photographs. We also have a Play Room full of toys....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mountains of the Panhandle National Forest...moreless

  • Water View:

    Marie Creek, Searchlight Creek...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Formal Dining table & chairs for 8; plus small table & 4 chairs in kitchen nook, plus 2 bar stools at breakfast bar...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Stonework keeps the house cool; but we do have 4 large box fans if you need them. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Large River-rock Fireplace in Great Room; 2nd River-rock Fireplace in kitchen. Both has inserts....moreless

  • Garage:

    We have a double carport, no garage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    New Gas Forced Air Furnace; 2 working fireplaces* plus room heaters, wall heaters & electric fireplace. * We have a woodshed full of firewood which we furnish & wheel barrow/sled to transport wood....moreless

  • Internet:

    Satellite - Hughes Gen-4 (We now have a Wi-Fi Router-password is taped onto the desktop.)...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We have a full linen closet with extra blankets, pillows and misc. linens....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Double carport; and extra room for additional vehicles...moreless

  • Telephone:

    We have a land line for local or emergency calls, plus phone numbers and phone books....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    We furnish laundry soap, bleach, etc. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    .....and coffee & tea provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    New Dishwasher! ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen: Large pancake griddle ( pancake mix & syrup provided), toaster, blender, baking dishes, turkey roaster, full door of spices, and lots of misc. small appliances, dishes, pots, silverware....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Double Ovens...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic Food Staples if someone wants to cook or bake; Full Spices, Coffee, Tea, Pancake Mix, Basic condiments. If you forget to bring something, we don't want you to drive to town for an item! ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Double door; Freezer on one side, refrigerator on other side....moreless

  • Stove:

    4 Burner Range top...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Private balcony with Balcony Suite BR...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Small front patio; Grassy area with Outdoor table, chairs, umbrella, lounge chairs, picnic table by the Creek & children's size picnic table!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Plus 50 tree orchard; can pick fruit, berries & nuts in season...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large Stainless Steel BBQ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    We provide Sleds & have a great sledding hill that goes down the mountain and out into the meadow. We provide Snowshoes to use on the Ranch or USFS land. You can also bring Cross-Country Skiis....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season
Oct 2 - May 2, 2015
2 night min stay
$1,050 $4,200
May 3 - Oct 1, 2015
2 night min stay
$2,100 $8,000
Off Season
Oct 2 - May 2, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,230 $4,920
May 3 - Oct 2, 2016
4 night min stay
$2,310 $9,240
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $20
  • Taxes Not included


CANCELLATION POLICY: 100% REFUND IF CANCELLED AT LEAST 60 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL TIME. If Cancellation is after that time a refund will be considered, in the event of a verifiable emergency.

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Last updated: 04/04/2015
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46 Miles
Nearest Airport
Spokane International Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Coeur d'Alene
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
Floating Green Golf Course
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 90
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Wolf Lodge Inn
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Silver Mountain
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Higgins Point

Elk Mountain Ranch is in the area known as Wolf Lodge which is a north/south valley lying north of Wolf Lodge Bay of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Lake is just ten minutes from the ranch; there are docks,marinas, several restaurants, boat launching, lakefront park at Higgins Point. and public sandy beach areas from Wolf Lodge Bay all the way back to the city of Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene is a total of 15 minutes from the ranch, with all the amenities of 'The City By The Lake' an easy an breathtaking drive along Lake Coeur d'Alene! There is not one traffic light between Elk Mountain Ranch and Coeur d'Alene!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1970

About the owner: Elk Mountain Ranch has been in our family for over 40 years. My Dad was a German Artistic Stone Mason as is evident at the ranch. Our family immensely enjoyed and loved living at the ranch. We enjoyed foreign guests who came and stayed at the ranch, and it was such a wonderful experience, we decided to officially offer the home as a Vacation Rental. My parents lived there into their late 80's, as it was such a healthy environment. The ranch is now a wildlife reserve and timber farm. We live a short distance away which is convenient for care-taking the home and property. When you stay there, you have the home all to yourself!

Why the Owner Chose Coeur d'Alene:
Elk Mountain Ranch is one of the most unique and beautiful properties in the Northwest. We found it amazing to feel so remote, secluded and peaceful and yet we could commute into Coeur d'Alene in 15 minutes for Shopping, Groceries, Restaurants, Church, Social Activities, Art Shops, the City Beach, or Silverwood Theme Park. In the photo we are tubing on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River which is just 25 minutes east, via Interstate 90.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
At Elk Mountain Ranch you can imagine it is 1906 and experience the peace and observe the wildlife just like the first pioneers did! ....If you'd rather golf at the World's only floating green, that is only 15 minutes away!....If you'd like a 'Cowboy steak' that is so huge you can't eat it all, that is 10 minutes away at the famous Wolf Lodge Inn & Steakhouse!

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