House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
About Julie Rathbun
My wife grew up in Walla Walla and I met her while attending Whitman College. We love it there and try to get back as often as we can. We also love cycling and can make great recommendations for area rides, restaurants and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out our house.
Julie Rathbun purchased this House in 2006
Why Julie Rathbun chose Walla Walla
Walla Walla is one of the greatest areas in the state for being outdoors, cycling, fishing, hunting and close to skiing at Bluewood in the Winter months. Of course Walla Walla is also home to some national and internationally renowned wineries and up and coming restaurants.
What makes this House unique
The Tandem House is located by the historic Pioneer Park. The park was designed by John Olmstead, who designed Central Park in New York, as well as numerous other Parks in Washington and Oregon. The Park is home to some state and national record trees. Tandem House is walking distance to Whitman College (10 min) and downtown (15-20 min). We also stock the garage with 3 speed bikes to explore the town on.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Worth every penny!
Had a super stay at the Tandom House. Very spacious and clean. Great location close to downtown, but on a very quiet street. Everything was exactly as expected. Highly recommended.
Nice home with lots of space. Clearly effort put in to updating. However, we encountered a few problems worth noting. We rent vacation homes frequently, and have stayed in others in Walla Walla. The appeal of this one was the cruiser bikes and tandem (thus the rental's name - "Tandem House") so we could get around town and over to campus without the car and not have the hassle of renting/returning. Upon arrival, we eagerly went in search of the bikes, only to find them in the garage behind a lot of other storage - essentially inaccessible. Perhaps winter storage. In the house, noted a sign on the dishwasher saying "sorry, not working". This was our welcome. I reached out to the owners, who did respond quickly, apologizing, saying the dishwasher did work (ps - it did) and that they would pay for us to rent bikes. The rental offer was a nice gesture but time/hassle factor too high. Later that evening when we were winding down, we tried to work the TV but had not been left a passcode. Texted owners and received it relatively quickly. Went to bed thinking this rental was my first ever VRBO disappointment. I gave it a 3 because these a such ea
I think we did fall short this time and it pains us to have our first negative review.
We were trying to accommodate a last minute stay request and unfortunately some preparations were not completed to our satisfaction. In retrospect we should have turned down the request until we were able to personally verify details of the house were in order.
In doing work on the house some tools were left blocking access to our bicycles, which were temporarily put towards the back of the garage and in our communication with the people maintaining the house this was not taken care of. We offered to pay for rentals at the local bicycle shop, but understand that it wasn't convenient.
The plumber was able to service the dishwasher, but an earlier note was left that should have been discarded.
We upgraded our television and cable offering from over the air antennae to a Amazon Fire TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime Movies and failed to have a passcode present in the new directions.
It is our hope to insure that everyone has a effortless and relaxing stay at our house and unfortunately we didn't meet the expectations of our guests.
Wine week with Friends
We really enjoyed our time at Tandem house. The neighborhood was quiet and the home was spacious and well appointed. We loved that we were 5 minutes from everywhere including some of the estate wineries!
Wonderful house with a nice big kitchen!
I loved the neighborhood and the house. The updates to the kitchen and baths are so appreciated. We were there to work but one of our little group took advantage the the available bikes.
I would have loved to have found a case, I like having flowers when staying away, and the kitchen knives were really junk. One of the reasons we get a house when working out of town is to be able to make our own breakfasts and lunches, so decent kitchen implements are important.
I would definitely like to rent this house again, but will bring my own knives and my Keurig!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful home with us!!
Tandem House is a wonderful home away. The location is great and we enjoyed walking to town and playing at the parks close to the house with the kids. We enjoyed visiting local wineries and eating at some local favorites. Look forward to a return visit!
This is house was perfect for 3 couples for a weekend of wine tasting and golf. It looks to be recently redone inside and was very clean. Nice open design downstairs is perfect for a larger group to cook or socialize. The owners report having a recent theft from the garage (including a couple of the tandem bikes it seems) so they do have a security camera mounted there. Very nice neighborhood however and close to town.