3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 8 plus plenty of parking
My husband Rocky and I bought the land in 1996. Rocky built the home himself in 1997; in fact he built almost every home around us. We love animals. We have five German Shepherds and three Percheron Draft Horses. We have 3 "babies." We rescued their father, Gus, the stallion in 1998 when he was 13. He crossed the rainbow bridge 3 years ago. We rescued the mother, Ebony, in 2007. We lost Ebony last year (2015). We are left with their three "children" - Blackjack (boy - foal) - born May 1, 2009; Pepperjack - (girl - filly) born April 30, 2010 and Hijack born April 30, 2011.
Cathy purchased this Cabin in 1996
Why Cathy chose Sandpoint
In 1996, my daughter-in-law and I were sent on a trip to buy property in Idaho, Washington, Montana or Oregon. The very first place the realtor took us was Sandpoint. After we drove across the Long Bridge into Sandpoint, we knew we were home and we looked no further. My husband built their home. On our property, he built the A-frame and later a state-of-the-art dog kennel for me to breed and train German Shepherd dogs. We trained for police, protection, search and rescue, cadaver, companion, obedience (you can't always tell it with my 3 "pups" who are 3 years old. My husband changed the dog kennel into our current home in 2011. We live on the property but can't hear or see you unless you want or need something. We try to give you as much privacy as we can.
What makes this Cabin unique
The list is too long. The house itself is comfortable and has tons of storage places and room for sleeping bags if needed. Wildlife is everywhere. We have 4 pair of nesting bald eagles nearby. Moose and deer are abundant along with black bear, geese, ducks, wild turkeys and more. We've fed the deer through the winter of 2015-16 and have up to 30 now hanging around.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Quiet and beautiful
Our hosts were gracious and friendly. The horses on the property are beautiful. I would recommend it for a quiet stay if you want to get away from the city.
We had a great time celebrating my sons birthday. The house was clean and had plenty of room for all of us. We enjoyed going down to the lake which was fairly close.
Was very home feeling!!! The wifi did not work but that was honestly the best part😍
Property is beautiful inside
LOL about the Wifi - please if you ever come back let us know ok? We would have gladly fixed it. Thank you for staying with us.
Be sure you want a cabin
To be fair, we were not looking for an cabin and we booked this property because we could not find anything else in the area for a family reunion. Thankfully because of the reunion we were not at the cabin much during the day. The beds and linens were clean and the cabin tidy. The grounds however were pretty run down, lots of unused things lying around and the yard was dry grass. Some things to be aware of. There is no cell phone reception. We had 4 different phones on 2 different networks and no coverage.. The fence is electric around the horses, watch the kids!! The screen upstairs was left to cool the place but it does not close tight, as a result bees! The wifi did not work and I did use the password given in the information. The remote was missing for the dish network so that was a bust. It's not for little kids!!! lots of stairs and the decks are high. Also when you check in the door is unlocked and a key is left by the door. Great idea, but the key left did not fit the door! So everyday we loaded up most of our stuff because we could not lock the door. All of this is kind of what happens in a place you do not know but the most disconcerting thing is that I left 3 messages for the owner to help out with some of the issues and absolutely no response. Summary! Ask a lot of questions before you go!!!
To be fair, your party tried to cancel at the last moment and Homeaway didn't let you so understand why you would have some anger and resentment. Let me take issue with your statement that the grounds are run down. You are referring to the fact that the grass is not as green as you think it should be in the middle of August when temperatures are in the 90's to the 100's. I personally moved the water sprinkling every single hour. I had a timer so I wouldn't forget. Perhaps you failed to notice that in the town of Sandpoint, no one's lawns were as green as you or they would like. I wo I live in the house you passed to go in and out. On day one, a male in your party informed me that the last tenant had left the wrong key and they were locked out. I immediately got him the correct key so you guys could lock it when you left so I don't know what your deal is. We have 3 draft horses and the electic fence keeps them in and the moose out. I asked face to face if you needed help and so did my husband and both of us were told everything was great. Our renter uses the same wifi that is in the Aframe and he ever lost internet service - if yours was down his would have been too. We're replacing the screen door which would already be done if you had the courtesy to let us know it was an issue but you didn't. I left you 4 remotes with instructions. A universal remote operates Dish and we have Netflix etc as well. Had you told us there was a problem we would have helped. And yes the key was inside just like I told the renter - you avoid the hassle of a formal check in. Most people (all actually) like that. Surely you saw our photos of the interior and exterior as well as the baby gate we provide for child safety. Every single thing here could have been fixed immediately to your satisfaction if 3 of you didn't tell us there were problems - they said everything was "great!" You did not leave me one message. They would automatically go through Homaway and they have no records either. The note I left explains about the electric wire and how to use the remotes.property. The used stuff that was put out at the shop was put there for someone to pick up. If you are talking about used stuff at our house on the deck / we're remodeling. You left the house very clean and I thank you for that but there are tons of holes in your story. I would have told you where in the house to use your cell phone and how but you never asked even when both of us w face to face
Place was nice, not well heated. Had to have noisy space heaters running. Bottom floor was always cold. Could use lamps close to beds. Maybe some small rugs in winter to make lower floor seem less cold. Too many steep stairs for us. Kitchen could have done with better cooking pans most had non stick coating peeling off, and were small. If saying could house for 9 people, should have dishes and glasses and cookware for 9 people. We had trouble on road even with snow tires, might give a precaution to others for winter weather. Just a few suggestions. Thank you. It is in a beautiful location. My husband enjoyed snow shoeing.
There’s No Place Like Home
Sadly, our stay at Northern Exposure Ranch did not go well. The cabin itself is nice. We made friends with the 3 horses on the property. The views are great, the loft beds were comfortable, as were the two leather recliner/rockers in the living room. It had plenty of hot water and good well water. However, the downstairs bedroom was cold and the electric blankets did not work; it looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned since the last occupants - there was dust on the floor, on the silverware in the drawer, the coffeemaker, the microwave and the tile counters. VRBO’s description touts Wi-Fi access that’s basically non-existent. The password works to get you in but goes nowhere so loading apps for a weather report, directions, email, or information about local resources is futile. My guess is, the metal roof was a great shield against any signal trying to get in or out. If you’re bringing a cell phone, take note of who your carrier is. My daughter has Verizon and got “No Service”. With AT&T, I had at least 1 bar, sometimes 2 depending on where I stood. I lit a fire in the wood stove and within 15 minutes, long enough to warm the air in the flu to create an updraft, smoke began leaking from around the door and floor of the firebox - even after pulling the tagged handle. A clogged flu pipe? Cathy’s instructions said to text her for assistance with the stove but with the wireless connection, there was no response.
A comment indicated a Thanksgiving dinner was cooked there. I found this rather curious. The kitchen layout prevents you from opening the oven door more than 3-4 inches before hitting the top drawer of the cabinet. The refrigerator doesn’t seem to work. The food we brought didn’t stay cold and neither did the Blue Ice packs we stored in the freezer.
On Tues morning we woke to a steady snowfall that, contrary to Monday’s forecast, continued all day. Tues evening, the lights started to flicker. At 10:00pm we lost electricity and spent the rest of the night in a cold, dark cabin with no running water. There was one large candle and one small one - no flashlights were available that we could find. Wed AM arrived with 15-18“ of snow. We’d heard nothing from Cathy (who lives atop the access road to the cabin), so I called to say we were leaving early; she did offer us a refund for Wed. After 2.5 hrs of shoveling, we left - only the main road to the highway was plowed. I wouldn’t rent this place again as a winter getaway - too rustic for me!
We lived right on the property. You saw us going in and out. You waved. I asked for your problems and questions and you never gave me any. The people before and after you gave excellent reviews. Yes this is a rustic getaway and it is a secluded mountain property. Yes the electricity went out all over our mountain which is why we refunded you a night. There were flashlights and candles. You sound like me - probably like modern hotel rooms. But I love this house. We lived in it for 13 years and its a hit with anyone who wants a secluded mountain retreat. If you want to try again some time I'll give you a 10 percent discount and this time I'll make sure you communicate with me.
Our A-frame is about 8 miles from Sandpoint, 11 from Schweitzer Mountain Ski Lodge, 10 from Priest Lake and Priest River. Close to the Pend Oreille River and Lake. Plenty of fishing.
Other Activities: Something is always going on - the Festival at Sandpoint, Lost in the 50's just to name a couple. We have several repeat renters like the one below:
We were guests at the cabin in 2007 and again in 2008. It is relaxing, and secluded. We saw several moose and a black bear during our second visit. We plan on visiting again in 2009 - it's like a home away from home.