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Birch Leaf Farm & Guest House

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Birch Leaf Guest House


Last updated: 02/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 6 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 16-18)

You will find the Birch Leaf Guest House at the head of Pine Valley in Northeast Oregon near Halfway. We are quietly tucked away between Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness and Idaho's Hell's Canyon at the south end of the Wallowa Mountains. The Guest House is the perfect place to spend the night before rafting down Hells Canyon, or to stop over on your back country tour of the Wallowas from Halfway to Joseph, or whatever adventure brings you to this amazing outdoor paradise.

The Birch Leaf Guest House is a beautiful farm house originally built in 1906, recently updated with all of our modern amenities. The main Guest House sleeps up to 11 people with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. For parties of more than 8 guests, we offer access to two more bedrooms and another 1/2 bath. We have a lovely dining room and library area, separate TV room, two covered wrap around decks, and a kitchen stocked with cooking staples ready for your use.

Visiting here you can get away from it all and truly enjoy the great outdoors. Just 5 miles north, Red Mountain climbs to an impressive 9,500 feet and forms the southern end of the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. 15 miles east, on the Idaho border, lays the Snake River and 6,000 foot-deep Hell's Canyon. Summer activities in the area include white-water rafting, fishing and hunting, llama trekking, hiking and backpacking. During the summer and fall we have natural flower gardens, fruit orchards, and a pond at the back of the property. During the winter, enjoy snowmobile trail riding access directly from the property.

At an elevation of 3200 feet, we enjoy a sunny growing season, spectacular fall colors, and incredible powder snow in the winter. Enjoy relaxing on the deck taking in the beautiful scenery or the clear starlit sky with the sound of crickets and the breeze rustling through the trees nearby.

The Birch Leaf is a working farm. During your stay, you will likely find Butch out doing maintanence of one kind or another. From harvesting, to fencing, to moving the wheel and hand lines, there's always some farming going on!

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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/27/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 18
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Additional pet cleaning fee of $25/night or a maximum of $100/stay....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 16-18

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bedroom 6


  • Queen size Beds (3) Main House: 2 Queen Beds Annex: 1 Queen Bed, Double Beds (3) Main House: 2 Full Beds Annex: 1 Full Bed, Twin or Single Beds (2) Main House: 1 Twin Bed Annex: 1 Twin Bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Annex: 1 Twin Day Bed, Bunk Beds (1) Main House: 1 Bunk Bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Telephone available for emergency calls


  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Guesthouse is set at the base of the Wallowa mountains....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Accessible via Butch's house. May not get great signal strength throughout the house....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Wrap around deck on first and second floors....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.4
from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$1,170 $3,490

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • OutClean ($95house only) $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 8.8%


The base rate of $195 per night is good for up to 4 people. The extra guest fee of $25 per night applies to guest #5 through #12. The nightly rate will be capped at $395 per night for groups of 12-18 people. If the system produces a rate higher than $395 per night, please adjust your reservation to reflect 12 people and email us with the actual number of people you are reserving for.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 02/27/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Andrew & Katy Nachman live year around in McCall, Idaho. For many years, they led whitewater rafting, trekking, climbing and other adventures in Idaho, Oregon and around the world. When not in McCall, they can be found in Halfway at the Birch Leaf, piddling in the orchard, picking mushrooms in the forest or hiking in the Wallowa Mountains behind the farm. Our warm and welcoming caretaker Butch (also shown) lives on site and takes care of the property in our absence.

Why the Owner Chose Halfway, OR, USA:
Andrew had stayed at the Birch Leaf Guest House several times in the previous few years, hosting clients the night before launching a Hells Canyon whitewater trip. When the property went up for sale, he thought he needed to show his fiancee Katy the place. As they drove from Baker City, OR towards Halfway, Katy thought 'Why does he want to live in the middle of the desert?' And then they came over the ridge line and there were these beautiful snowcapped peaks rising in the background, with this beautiful verdant green valley at its base. 'It's like a little Switzerland', Katy said. As the rest was history. The valley and our farm is peaceful, relaxing, rejuvenating and far away from anything but close to many outdoor pursuits like hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, berry and mushroom picking, hunting etc. We feel in love with the place on our first visit, and someday hope to move here permanently.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Here are just a few things we do while here: Picking fruit in the orchard Hunting morels in the forest Hiking in the Wallowas Snowmobiling Fishing in Brownlee and Oxbow reservoir Hot springs Rafting Hells Canyon Enjoying the amazing sunsets and beautiful setting Doing absolutely nothing

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/27/2017

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  • Birch Leaf Guest House

    Birch Leaf Guest House

  • Contemporary Kitchen

    Contemporary Kitchen

  • Bridge to Guest House

    Bridge to Guest House

  • Kitchen & Sitting Area

    Kitchen & Sitting Area

  • Library & Dining Room

    Library & Dining Room

VRBO #222703

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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