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Historic Grand Farmhouse in Cashmere's scenic Brender Canyon

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 5 Bedrooms + 3rd floor fam. rm, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 14-18)

This beautiful and fully restored 100-year-old farmhouse, built by one of the original pioneers in the Wenatchee Valley, is situated on 20 private acres in Brender Canyon, about 15 minutes from Leavenworth. With over 3,000 sq. ft. & 3 full stories, the farmhouse includes a huge stone wood-burning fireplace, new furniture, carpet, lighting, hardwood floors, new bathrooms and fixtures, beamed ceilings, antique furniture and period pieces throughout. There is a 10-foot dining room table that seats up to 18 guests handmade from the 100-year wood made available during the restoration.

Five full bedrooms and a charming fully-screened sleeping porch sleeps 16 comfortably. The former attic was completely remodeled into a modern game room & den complete with large screen TV, ping pong table, game tables, 3 twin beds, a hide-a-bed and 2 large couches. New carpet, vaulted ceilings and ceiling fan plus beautiful lighting is throughout.

The real charm from this historical property is in the land and surrounding vineyard, orchards, huge Black Walnut trees, flower gardens, pristine hills for hiking. These 20 acres adjoin Forest Service Land for a peaceful setting with elk, deer, and other wild animals always close at hand. This is the perfect family getaway for a weekend or a week with Leavenworth so close, the Columbia River for boating, and quaint & quiet Cashmere with its parks, Pioneer museum, Aplets & Cotlets store, wineries, bakeries, restaurants, bowling alley, and huge antique market places. The Wenatchee River is nearby for summer floating.

Please note: Friendly dogs are permitted as long as they are not left alone inside the house or allowed on the furniture. Wild alcohol or questionable parties are NOT permitted. Five car parking limit without prior permission. No camping, RV's, snowmobiles or ATV's are allowed. Event fees (with prior permission) may apply for groups with attendees not included in farmhouse overnight charges.

Keywords: Renovated Historic Farmhouse

More Details

Julie Szmania
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Julie Szmania

Our busy family of five includes three college-age sons. We own and have operated a fine-dining restaurant in Seattle, where we permanently live, for over 24 years. And also own the Warm Springs Inn as of 8/13 (B&B and event venue) on the Wenatchee River nearby. Chef Ludger (& owner) was born and raised in Germany, so he naturally gravitated to the 'Bavarian beauty' and pioneer history of this old house. Julie Szmania was born & raised in Seattle, but travelled the world enough to recognize the beauty here. I'm a UW Husky, one son is a WSU graduate, and two are WWU Vikings. Plus our 2 great dogs love the farm and vineyard which we planted as a family in 2008. We now have private label Brender Canyon Vineyard Red Field Blend available for sale.

Julie Szmania purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Julie Szmania chose Cashmere

Cashmere is like a dream come true in that is combines the beauty of all 4 seasons within 2 1/2 hours of Seattle. The Wenatchee River is close for tubing, the Columbia River is close for water sports and fishing. The mountains are close for skiing and we have hot enough weather to grow our own vineyard. This house is huge enough to have lots of families share it at one time without feeling crowded ever. Our kids love the 3rd floor game loft especially. We use our mountain & road bikes, as there are many hiking and horse trails. Plus 300 days of sunshine guaranteed in Cashmere is great & it's in the heart of Chelan Co. wine country. We liked the peace and privacy of acreage and our sons love all the activities surrounding the area.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The wild animals are wonderful - as long as they stay out of the vineyard. Herds of elk and deer roam the property, plus the occasional coyotes howl. We've seen a bear and a mountain lion, tons of hummingbirds and song birds. The spring peonies are gorgeous, fruit trees and orchards are everywhere, the house is surrounded by 100+ foot tall old Black Walnut trees for shade and sheer beauty. There's lots of grass to play croquet or badmitten, slip & slide or throw a frisbee. Plus we have several friendly hens in summer and fall for farm fresh eggs daily. We treat this as our home to share with friends so it comes fully stocked with everything we could think of that you might enjoy including cords of firewood, toys, books, movies, games, puzzles and kitchen items. A Wi-Fi hotspot is not on site if you really want to work during your stay!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Oh my gosh! What a fabulous place. The whole house exudes

your warmth and care. I enjoyed looking through the photo

books and getting a sense of all the hard work you all put

into restoring your farm house. So many wonderful, original

features: the ornate door hinges, the little triangle shaped doo-dads in each corner of the stairs, the light fixtures,the piece of decorative metal above the front door. I absolutely adored the "Betty Crocker" stove. Very cool. The whole place reminded me of the Iowa farm I spent Summer's on when I was growing up. And then their are your personal touches like the beautiful quilts. "
Sep 2009
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Cashmere Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • One King size bed with 4-post antique frame in master bedroom on 2nd floor, Queen size Beds (3) in main floor master bedroom with private bathroom and 2 bedrooms on 2nd floor, Double Beds (1) In upstairs bedroom with bunk beds, Twin or Single Beds (3) 3 twin beds are located on the 3rd floor. Two are antique Pioneer feather beds and one is a regular twin. Great for kids, Sleeper Sofa hide-a-bed on top floor loft along with 2 more huge couches very comfortable for sleeping. Teenagers seem to like this spot the most. (1) Bunk bed (with another full size double bed that makes for a great 4-person family or kids room.)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Working vineyard with Syrah, Sangiovese & Merlot grapes. 20 acres of ground to hike, sled, snowshoe or cross country ski.


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Historic Grand Farmhouse in Cashmere's scenic Brender Canyon
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodations. Love the big table, the big sofa, the third floor, the snowy slopes for sledding.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dolwick/Lally families for staying once again. So happy you were comfortable and had lots of snow to play in. Please come see us again when you want to relax any time of year. Have a great New Year ahead! Julie & Ethan Szmania
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Wonderfully preserved & such a warm welcome place!

  • 5 of 5


I wanted to let you know that we fell in love with Brender Canyon Farm. It was perfect & I cannot express enough how much it warmed our hearts. The history is amazing & you are lucky to have acquired such a special piece of it. It is wonderful that it will not be lost & that you have been determined to preserve it & share it with others.

My grandparents were right at home in the humble beauty of it & we were blessed to wake up with snow covering the canyon which made everything magic! We loved the space & the Christmas decorations brought everything together perfectly. This is a place we would return to in a heartbeat as we found it unforgettable.

I hope that we cared for it well & returned everything to its place. Please let me know if something was missed. Thank you so much for this experience & we wish you warm upcoming holidays!


Heidi Goodwin

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Goodwin family: So happy to know you all had a wonderful, magical Holiday experience at the farm. And a dusting of snow is perfect "frosting on the cake" as they say! Knowing all ages of your family were comfortable, is a great feeling for us and that you appreciated the history of the valley and the homesteaders who built and thrived on our property for 120+ years. Thanks again for staying at The Farm and we hope you can return again someday. It's beautiful in all seasons. Warm regards, The Szmania family
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Great House in Cashmere

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed this comfortable home where multiple generations were happy and had fun.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to return next yesr!

  • 5 of 5

Spent 3 days with high school girlfriends. Lots of room. The setting is gorgeous. This was my 3rd time at the Farmhouse and I highly recommend it for large gatherings.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cheryl and the Naughty Niners! Glad you had a fun time one again "glamping" at our farmhouse. See you next year in June. Always wonderful to have you here... J&L
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Awesome home to share with Family..

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to say how much fun our family had at the Farm cooking and sharing such a great space. We loved every minute of our stay and hope to come back again...

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review and most importantly, for staying at the Farm and enjoying the place so much. We hope you can come back again as well. It's really fun in the winter too with all the snow and activities. Have a great summer and thanks again! Julie & Ethan
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Wonderful winter getaway for extended family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 nights, using the farm as our home while skiing at Mission Ridge. Our family of 8 adults and 3 young kids shared the very large space with ease. It was especially nice for the family grump, who is very sensitive to noise at night, to have his room on the ground floor that was quiet at night. Others were able to party and play games in the 3rd floor playroom without disturbing him. The 5 chickens and fresh eggs daily was a nice bonus. The kids had as much or more fun sledding in the yard as they did skiing.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bob & family: Thank you so much for the nice words and more importantly, knowing you all had fun at the farm. Yes, it is pretty quiet and the house is large enough to get away from the "chaos" of kids playing on the 3rd floor. (family grump? :-) funny! ) I'm sure the chickens were happy to provide some eggs too. Glad you could come for 4 nights - of skiing and sledding. Please return anytime when you can hike and bike all those beautiful surrounding mountains. Thanks again, Julie & Ludger Ethan, prop. mgr.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
East Wenatchee
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Devil's Gulch Drinkery, Milepost 111, Crow,
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mount Cashmere Golf Course & many in Wenatchee
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Leavenworth Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 2 / Hwy 97
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
La Casa Grande, Brians Pizza, Milepost 111, Anjou
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Mission Ridge 35 miles; Stevens Pass 1 hr drive
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Columbia River
Car: necessary

1 acre vineyard, 20 acres of pasture and woods, easy hiking, horse trails, badmitten, croquet, outdoor fire pit, river tubing in summer, all water sports on the nearby Columbia river. NO HUNTING.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Pet Fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.2%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Holiday pricing differs depending on dates, so contact us directly for quotes. Min.nights required may vary depending on holiday. No camping, RV's, snowmobiles or ATV's. Parking is limited to 5 cars without prior permission. Event charges may apply for guests on property who are not staying overnight & included in fees. Capacity limits apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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