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Charming Country Home in Park-Like Setting Near Icicle River

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Upstairs: 2 bedrooms, sofa sleeper, sleeps 6; Basement at extra cost sleeps 6

Located at the base of the mountains, this quiet country home is within walking distance of both the Icicle River and the Icicle Ridge Trail. Leavenworth is minutes away by car, and, for those traveling with bikes, it is an easy one and a half mile ride - and you don’t have to worry about parking.

Available year round, beautiful in every season, my home comfortably sleeps up to 10 people. Smaller groups will want to stay upstairs where there are 2 queen beds. Listed rates are for the upstairs house only. Larger groups will want to rent the basement apartment as well for an additional $100 per night. That will add two more bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, and a second full kitchen.

Situated on a five-acre lot, the home is surrounded by lawns. I have fond memories of summer gatherings where we would barbeque, play croquet, and, as twilight deepened, visit quietly and watch for deer crossing the wooded areas on their way to the river. Many evenings we would walk to the river, fish for salmon in season, and watch for deer and other wildlife at any time.

When days grow short and cold and it's time to move indoors, the fireplace becomes the central focus. Built by a fine mason out of local stone, the fireplace is a functional work of art. On snowy evenings, nothing beats gathering around a board game with family and friends while enjoying the beauty and warmth of the fire. An old-fashioned wire popcorn popper sits next to the glass doors, always ready to be used.

Leavenworth has long been the place to go for outdoor activities. Forty years ago, my uncle led pack trips into the mountain lakes located in the Cascade Range that circles the valley. Some of the trail heads to these lakes are located no more than 5 miles from Shore Street.

For me, rafting trips are a great option in the early summer before the water level in the rivers drops to tubing speed. Boating and fishing - or if you prefer, swimming and picnicking are available at Fish Lake or Lake Wenatchee, both around 15 miles away. And there's a wonderful swimming area downtown Leavenworth near Bear Island, but it will probably be crowded.

A recent option is wine tasting. There are now several wineries off of Highway 2 on the way to Wenatchee. And if you’re going that way, be sure to stop in Cashmere at the Aplets and Cotlets factory. They give a short tour of the plant, but more important, they have lots of free samples.

In winter, I like the local ski area. Ski Hill is family friendly, with modest slopes and tubing for those who don’t ski. Those who prefer harder runs will need to make the 40+ mile drive to the ski slopes on the top of Stevens Pass.

Leavenworth has, literally, dozens of restaurants but if you prefer to cook, the kitchen is well equipped. You will find some staples in the cupboards: coffee, tea, sugar, some spices, etc. These items are for your use.

The property is ideal for families—and for pets. Should you bring your pet, there is a sleeping area for it on the utility porch, adjacent to the kitchen.

Finally, no smoking in the house, please.

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Catherine Berman
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Catherine Berman

I am a retired high school teacher. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but my childhood years were spent on this very property--initially in a tent, then in what is now the basement apartment, and finally in the two bedroom home that my dad, a carpenter by trade, built in the 1970s. My cousin Carolyn continues to live on the property in the garage apartment that was my dad's place of residence after he retired.

Catherine Berman purchased this house in 1947

Why Catherine Berman chose North Central Cascades

I love my home here in Leavenworth. I look out at the trees that my dad planted and am at peace: the oaks that bring deer in literally by the dozens in the fall when the acorns drop; the ancient apple tree that gets visited by the brown bear. I have seen Leavenworth change from a dying railroad town to a bustling Bavarian Village, but these 5 acres retain the quiet of yesteryears. I remember my children and grand- children playing on these lawns where I hope one day to see great grand children.

What makes this house unique

My favorite part of the house is the fireplace. Dad chose a fine mason to do the work, and the two of them gathered local stone for the project. A beautiful, functional fireplace, it becomes the focal point on winter evenings. Enjoy its warmth in winter, its beauty any time of year.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming Country Home in Park-Like Setting Near Icicle River
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews

Great Snowy Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My brother's family and my parents joined my family for a long winter weekend in Leavenworth. The snow was deep, the weather perfect for sledding, and the house was a great meeting spot for it all. The location is convenient! We only have two-wheel drive on our van and we're able to get to the house without any trouble.

There were six adults and six children in our group. We used all of the beds upstairs and down as well as a pull-out couch upstairs. The beds were fine and everyone slept well.

The house was cozy, with a great area for shedding snowy gear before tromping all over the house. The fireplace was great to have. The kids enjoyed helping grandpa with the fire.

Just up the road, a neighbor had a little backyard sledding run open to anyone. It was perfect for our kids who range from four to nine.

As far as the kitchen goes, it's stocked to prepare food, complete with pots, pans, cutting boards, knives, baking pans, and mixing bowls. The biggest frying pan was about 8-inch and we had to get a little creative in the morning making eggs, sausage, and pancakes. We had forgotten our griddle. The knives were not terribly sharp, so if you're picky about those, maybe bring a good one along.

There were plenty of dishes and silverware for our crowd and more. The dishwasher was a bit on the smaller side, but high quality and we just ran it often.

A previous reviewer mentioned a pet-type smell. I didn't notice any type of those odors. My brother brought their black lab mix and she had a great time.

Everything was clean, lots of towels, plenty of bedding. Even special towels for the dog.

We would definitely recommend this cabin to friends or family. It was reasonably priced, a great location, and really gave us all we needed. So glad we got to enjoy the winter wonderland known as Leavenworth.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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  • 3 of 5

Great location, large house (two units). House is well equipped to accommodate stay for large group and serving meals. We enjoyed it. Our group agreed that a little better cleaning would be great as well wood for fire place provided for each night of stay. Heating system in the basement unit burns oxygen and windows do not open to provide fresh air, which makes very heavy air and hard to sleep. Manager on site did not bother us at all.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Felt like home. Warm comfortable, well stocked.

  • 5 of 5

We planned this trip to Leavenworth at the frist of the year, for Christmas. Our son lives there and the whole family wanted to spend time with him and all that Leavenworth has to offer. We all loved this home. I would book it again in a heart beat. It was like we had been there before, we felt like it was our home. The pictures on website don't do it justice, its bigger than it looks and my daughter and her friend and my daughter's dog took the basement apartment and they loved it. Private and comfortable. Nice fireplace and plenty of wood and kindling. Caroline the property manager was very nice and we only saw her a couple times the whole week there, but if we needed any help with anything she was just a phone call away. Catherine Berman the owner of the rental house is very nice and easy to talk to and very helpful. I highly recommend this rental property. Loved it. The Thomas, and Leon families.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Country Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property December16-19. The house was clean, nice, and decorated in a rustic style. It had everything we needed. Even a cute, little coffee bar. The main attraction was a beautiful stone fireplace, that included a light in the middle. The bathroom included shampoos, lotions, and bug spray. The house had many games. There were so many books available to read. I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy it more along with the town of Leavenworth.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Leavenworth home was Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Staying in this house was a really nice experience and added so much to our winter trip to Leavenworth.

After a full day shopping and sightseeing it was nice to come back to a place that became home to all of us for a few days.

Thank you....

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Warm and great location!

  • 4 of 5

The owner (Cathy) was great to book with and the property manager (Caroline) was courteous and friendly. She does live on the property grounds, but kept to herself.

The home itself was warm and well stocked! Nice crackling fires and warm drinks were perfect! Lots (like hundreds!!) of books, numerous board games and puzzles, and even a few baby toys. The 2 baby gates were a HUGE bonus for us too! Numerous VHS tapes for the children also! Great location near a creek and not too far from downtown Leavenworth. The property grounds were huge and gorgeous, with lots of space to roam and explore.

The main kitchen was tiny and hard to use for anything more than snacking. We brought food to prepare meals, but cooking a full meal for 9+ people was out of the question in that kitchen! We ended up eating in town instead. The mini dishwasher was perfect for washing cups and snacking plates, but anything more and it would've required numerous loads!

Also, while the separate space downstairs was great and necessary for our full party, the basement was very musty/mildew smelling. And very dusty and cob-webby. We had to wipe several walls and surfaces down before I felt comfortable with my young children down there.

Overall it was a great weekend getaway. But I'm not sure I'd book again for a party our size.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
2.5 Miles
Car: necessary


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Leavenworth House Rental Rates

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Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Prices as listed are for the house only. The basement apartment is an additional $100.

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Leavenworth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - basement - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - basement - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - basement - 1 double
    Convertible beds - house - 2 queen , Both sofas have pull-out beds.
    Convertible Beds - basement - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is a cradle available for babies and infants.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Property manager on site, can supply toiletries if needed: shampoos, razors, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

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