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Prime Waterfront, 'the Beachhouse on Steamboat Bay'

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Last updated: 03/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 5 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)


1. The Beach: White, sandy, flat beach with shallow drop makes it very safe for small children to play, learn to swim, and build sand castles. “One of the best beaches on Priest Lake” The property is completely flat. No hill or steps to get down to the beach. If you’re at the cabin, you’re at the beach.

2. The Covered Deck: Relax and enjoy a drink in the shade 40 ft from the waters edge while watching your children swim in the shallow water.

3. The Space: If you are like me you may get tired of your in-laws (and vice versa) after a few days. The layout of this home makes it easy to get away from each other and have some peace and quiet.

4. Not the Tajmahal: Our guests find the home to be clean, comfortable and relaxing. If they whack the wall with a water-ski or track sand on the carpet it’s no big deal. They don’t spend time worrying about taking care of the facility, chasing their kids around and instead enjoy their stay.

5. Location: 4 miles north of Coolin. Minutes away by car to Cavanagh Bay Resort, Blue Diamond Marina, Leonard Paul Store, and the Moose Kn~~~. Being 4 miles from the South end of the lake also gets you to your vacation much faster from Spokane than many rental cabins on Priest Lake.

6. Southwest Exposure: We have sun until sunset in the summer (8-9 PM). Most rentals and resorts on the other side of the lake loose sun as early as 4 PM (4-5 hours earlier).

7. Your week stays your week: Stay once with us and you are a preferred customer for life. You have first right of refusal for next summer for the same week or pick another open week that you want more. Most of our clients return year after year until their children are grown and gone.

Priest Lake Idaho is one of the most beautiful under used lakes in the USA. It is located in the very remote tip of North Idaho. Our guests tell us they have never heard such quietness at night or seen more stars in the sky any where else on earth.

This Priest Lake home located on the shore of Steamboat Bay 4 miles north of Coolin, provides the perfect setting and atmosphere for that special family vacation any time of the year. Special features include a pristine white sandy beach, Fire pit, 100ft frontage, magnificent views, cabana-style deck, an enclosed sleeping porch, and a game room. The 2200 square-foot home is close to area resorts and restaurants. It has direct access to hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails. Abundant wildlife viewing includes moose, elk, bald eagle, and mountain caribou.

There is superb fishing; and fishing charters are available. Gourmet dining, snowmobile, watercraft, and PWC rentals are available at nearby resorts. Most of our guests think summer is the greatest time here. One of the best kept secrets is the winter! There are over 400 miles of under used, groomed snowmobile trails.('New' 25 mile groomed trail to Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort in Sandpoint!) Strategically placed warming cabins are scattered throughout the trails. Thousands of acres of untouched powder, pristine mountain peaks and bowls make for some of the best snowmobiling in the entire U.S.A. If you are an avid snowmobiler and haven't been here you're missing out!


“This is a Big Place with perfect accommodations. We liked the espresso machine! Great snowmobiling, we rode over 150 miles.”

“Three weeks of fun, family and Priest Lake memories. The accommodations were great!

“For the second year a week in paradise. Love the place! Off to Italy in Sept, Hawaii in January & three weeks of Ireland in June but this is the Greatest!”

“Thank You! The place was great! We enjoyed the snowmobiling”

“Wonderful time, great beach! We had a very relaxing time.”

“We loved the, covered deck, beach, and warm shallow swim area for the kids. Could spend the rest of my life here!'

“Dates get forgotten in this place. What a spot, a real change of pace.”

“The Beach House is great beach, deck. The perfect place to relax. You have thought of every comfort. We are very sad to leave!”

“This is our second day here and I told my family I don’t know what you’re going to do without me because I’m never going home”

“I came here not knowing exactly what to expect. All I knew was that my family needed to get away to reflect on God’s Beauty and regroup for the coming home schooling year. My prayers have been answered. The smiles of the girl’s faces and the adventures of this place were all it took. Our memories of the beach house and Priest Lake will remain one of our families greatest.”

“A very cozy & nice way to bring in the New Year. The fire pit was fun!”

What a remarkable and special house. Overnight it snowed at least a foot! We woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland. The view of the mountains & lake is amazing. We had so much fun sipping hot cocoa & gazing out the windows at the spectacular view. At night we made a fire in the snow and roasted marshmallows. What a neat spot! We thoroughly enjoyed the very nice welcoming neighbors. Ardy’s homemade pancakes are delicious. Hope to be back next year!

As you probably already know by now, this place is so incredibly awesome!! We all visited the rockslides and had quite frankly a blast!!! How did anyone ever find that place? We went up and down probably a 100 times. Unless some freak accident happens where the cabin burns down we are ALL COMING BACK next summer!

What a wonderful location. We had a lot of fun with the air hockey table and the foos ball game. Beautiful lake with great views and a lot of stars at night. Kids spent almost every waking moment on the beach, while the adults watched from the great deck. We will be back!

This is the first time we have been to Priest Lake in the spring. Had beautiful weather all five days! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! We saw an abundance of wildlife this trip; the most magnificent of all was a moose! A lot of great memories. We will be back this summer for sure!

I had a lot of fun playing in the shallow water. The cabin was clean, nice, fun, and pretty. It had a great view. My family and I can’t wait to come here again. Out of 5 different places we have stayed I would say that this cabin is the best. Thank you a lot!

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Member since: 2002

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/09/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Two Refrigerators, Fire pit (wood furnished summer) Pets NOT allowed


  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Foos Ball Air Hockey...moreless

  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    This home is comfy but not the Taj Mahal. Some renters are puzzled when they arrive and wonder what they paid the money for. Some it takes a day, some an hour to realize it is the best beach on Priest...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The covered front deck of this home sits 40 ft from the waters edge....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    10 at dining table and 4 at kitchen table...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Cell Phone Only...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    2 Refrigerators w/Ice...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Summer
Jul 8 - Aug 12, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $160
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 8%


Cleaning fee is $160. We rent Saturday to Saturday by the week only June through September.

$500 credit card deposit to hold your week. Pay first half of the rent shortly after you approve contract. Second half several months later. $500 Hold deposit becomes your refundable damage deposit or hold deposit for the next year.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/09/2017
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2.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cavanagh Bay
2.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cavanagh Bay Resort
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Priest Lake Golf Course
90 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 57
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cavanagh Bay Resort
70 Miles
Nearest Ski
Schweitzer Mountain
Coolin, ID, USA
Nearest Beach
The Beachhouse

Natural Granite Rock Water Slides, Canoeing, Gourmet Restaurants, Swimming(Large Shallow Area For Young Children), Watersking, White Water Rafting, and sledding


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: The Dorsey's at Priest Lake

Why the Owner Chose Coolin, ID, USA:
We love Priest Lake and there is no where on earth we would rather be! This part of he lake is known for it's shallower waters where the water is 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the lake. There is far more population on the other side of the lake which makes this area more peaceful, quiet, and less commercialized. Being only 4 miles from the south end of the lake makes it a quick trip for us from our home in Liberty Lake while having good access (no more than 15 minutes) to all the resorts by boat.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The things we enjoy the most when our large family comes to stay for our week is the spaciousness and the beach. The beach and shallow water allow the adults to relax on the front porch while the kids play in the water allowing without the worry of something happening to the kids in the lake. The large floor plan and many rooms in the cabin allows me to get away and hide from the rest of my relatives when I tire of being around them. This is a good thing for the both of us. Our family stayed at Hills for 7 years before we purchased this place. Every week we would burn hundreds of gallons of gas in the boat looking for a nice secluded beach for our use on our daily trips. During our week now it is common for us now not even to use a full tank of gas the whole week because we are too comfortable to leave comfort of the place we have.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/09/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Covered Deck, Watch the kids swim while you relax on the porch

    Covered Deck, Watch the kids swim while you relax on the porch

  • Family Room

    Family Room

  • Kitchen and Nook

    Kitchen and Nook

  • Master King Faces The Lake

    Master King Faces The Lake

  • Bedroom 4

    Bedroom 4

  • Bath 2

    Bath 2

  • Layout


  • Natural Rock Slides

    Natural Rock Slides

  • Priest Lake from Horton Ridge in the Summer

    Priest Lake from Horton Ridge in the Summer

  • Sundance Lookout Summer

    Sundance Lookout Summer

  • Steamboat Bay (Left) and Cavanaugh Bay (Right) From Sundance lookout

    Steamboat Bay (Left) and Cavanaugh Bay (Right) From Sundance lookout

  • The Beach

    The Beach

  • Foosball and now Air Hockey (Ping Pong removed)

    Foosball and now Air Hockey (Ping Pong removed)

  • Dining


  • Bedroom 4

    Bedroom 4

  • Bedroom 3

    Bedroom 3

  • Bath 1

    Bath 1

  • Steamboat Bay

    Steamboat Bay

  • Back Side of Roothaan above Echo Bowl

    Back Side of Roothaan above Echo Bowl

  • Priest Lake from Horton Ridge in the Winter

    Priest Lake from Horton Ridge in the Winter

  • Sundance Lookout Winter

    Sundance Lookout Winter

  • MT Roothaan and Echo Bowl

    MT Roothaan and Echo Bowl

VRBO #12159

This listing was first published here in 2002.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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