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Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

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Last updated: 11/10/2016

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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Private Gorge Retreat! Host special events with additional event fees!

The Griffin House nests, like its mythological namesake, on a secluded acre and a half on the lofty cliffs that form the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. This classic home and gorgeous grounds feel swept up yet stand solidly, commanding breathtaking, year round views ~ widely acclaimed for spectacular sunsets, osprey and bald eagle sightings. The Griffin House ambiance is unequaled! Enjoy the gorgeous Rattlesnake Ridge stone fireplace in the Griffin's Great Room, upper rooms available for some weekends along with your wedding or event .... fab local vino in hand, well... just can't be beat for a delightful retreat!
During various seasons we rent our Garden Suite by the week and perhaps the month, some long weekends so email for details regarding your specific needs please!!
The Garden Suite studio apartment, also known as my Leopard and Red Leather Lair ; ) is included with most event or wedding rentals and may also be available separately or in conjunction with the entire house and grounds as additional sleeping quarters.
Weddings, Retreats, Weekend Vacations, Holidays, Business and Corporate meetings, Workshops and just enjoyable stays are all options.
Call to discuss your needs whether wedding, elopement package, reception, corporate retreat and/or family reunion plans. Summer discounts for booking early and on weekday evenings for your special celebration! Our bookings for 2017 have begun.
Comfortable and lovely furnishings can be moved to suit desires, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with superior rugs and a baby grand piano make the spacious Griffin's Great Room, main floor, a delightful place to relax, bridal party preparation and photos shoots, private family space during event, enjoy the spectacular vistas and ambiance. Our gorgeous kitchen is enhanced by hewn granite counters with 'A River Runs Through It' art installation and a spacious island of artful Brazilian granite plus all the equipment and amenities you could want. Find a full bath on main floor ~ with classic claw foot tub. Additional 1/2 bath off the front porch too.
Upstairs is often for rent providing available bridal party rooms, make up mirrors, fun art, amazing photo opps, and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath offers a granite counter and great shower with with river view and river rock. Fun!

Our Garden Suite / studio apartment is our lower floor, with private entrance, full bath, efficiency kitchen, facing garden and lawn is included with wedding rental and/or can be rented with and opened to the main house, or separately for $105 per night, weekly and monthly rates may apply ~ nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor for larger groups ~ it is fully rented this Winter/Spring 2016-2017 and available beginning June. Weekdays a great deal Mon-Thurs for $250 often!
Our Garden Suite (Leopard's Lair perhaps? ; ) provides a special, red leather and leopard lounge ambiance where visitors can find a place of their own amidst fine leather furniture, huge old beams, relaxing warm hues, on exotic leopard carpeting. Add a dining table for two alongside the large TV and lounge the evening away! Our locked off, private garden suite is made accessible to house and/or provides a 5th bedroom/3rd bath within. It includes a sleeping area with king size bed / or two twins, full bathroom, clothing armoire & efficiency kitchen. Exit right out to the Epic Lawn, the place for lawn sports, outdoor dining & lounging, providing private time for guests. *Tip: Glimpse a most intriguing Gorge perspective via the Griffin’s “secret” tunnel, looking West!!

At The Griffin House and our Garden Suite, you are welcome around the fantastic grounds and invited to enjoy the stunningly views and lounge in our outdoor furniture about the property.
Downtown Hood River is approximately a five minute drive to historic town center, boasting great shopping, art galleries, fine cuisine, theater, wine tasting, and coffee/internet cafes. It is a 15 minute walk from there to the Event Site for world class windsurfing, the 'spit' where the kiteboarders launch, and a 10 minute walk to great fly fishing near the mouth of the Hood River itself. There are wineries and local brew pubs within five minutes or so of our retreat and several other vineyards with winetasting in the general Hood River Valley area.

By special arrangement, Cathedral Ridge Winery (the closest) offers a special tasting experience to our vacationers or please talk with me about a private tasting, party or wedding reception with our wines and staff! Award winning Cathedral Ridge can also work in conjunction with The Griffin House for a rehearsal dinner site, special event or fun tasting evening for out-of-towners!

Mt. Hood Meadows, a winter ski resort, is about 40 minutes south. Historic Timberline Lodge, with year-round glacier skiing is about a 50 minute drive. Mt. Adams recreation is just across the Columbia. Lost Lake and Timothy Lake are within a one hour drive and the infamous Mt. St. Helens is approx 2 hours drive to see a most spectacular viewpoint at Johnston Ridge.

There are numerous spectacular, scenic routes for road biking and mountain biking with varied trails for all ages/abilities. White water rafting and kayaking is available on both the White Salmon (5 minute drive)and Deshutes River (60 minutes approx). Enjoy numerous options for hiking, windsurfing, and kiteboarding for all levels (The Event Site, The Hook, The Marina, and the Spit are a 3-4 minute drive and watch the action at Swell City and the Hatchery sites from the grounds here!) Check out hatchcam.com for live views of the river and sailing/kiting sites.

Fine catering, flower delivery, wine tasting, babysitting, massage, party planning are all available at The Griffin House by special arrangement with outside vendors.

Keywords: Photo Shoot, Location Photos, Columbia River Gorge, on the bluff, views, spectacular, near downtown, Private Parking, Elegant Lawns, Concerts, Unbelieveable Vistas, Gorgeous Grounds, Gorge, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, wifi, elegant, private home, retreat, family reunion, wedding, reception, ceremony, vacation, elegant, photo, photography, special, ultimate, National Scenic Recreation Area,

Owner

Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 11/10/2016

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Only small, adult, non shedding, non allergenic, dogs may be considered, though we primarily do not accept pets....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Main Floor Only ~ For visitors Only! The bathroom on main floor is not specifically wheelchair equipped and does not have the special handrails, etc. but, is on single floor for entry and is roomy. Ramp outdoors allows access to patios, at weddings we book accessible portable bathrooms....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Sunroom Extra bed: 1 twin/ single

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  • Gorge View Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • The Green Room: 1 queen

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  • The Blue Room: 2 twin/ single

    Great skylight highlights cozy bedroom, view across river!...moreless

  • Our Gorgeous Gorge View bedroom ~ comfortable queen bed and linens. Two more cozy, tasteful bedrooms with additional queen and single beds, dressers, closets. Sunroom Extra bed, like sleeping in the treetops with amazing Gorge View for one ~ weekend with event and some weekdays. If you want only the Garden Suite, leopard and red leather stylish and fun with Roku TV and choice of 2 twins or 1 kingsized super comfy bed, let us know....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Main Floor: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Clawfoot tub for soaking or shower, roomy, pink/red 50's ...moreless

  • Upstairs Bath: toilet, shower, bidet

    Tile/stone shower w/ River View! Toto bidet toilet, granite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Garden Suite provides a third full bath & efficiency kitchen...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

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  • Depending on how much of the home you rent for your Wedding or Event, these can be available for private guest use and reception guests use outdoor porta-potties for large groups....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Be sure to consider The Griffin House as a perfect location to host your Wedding and Reception as well as Rehearsal Dinner with additional fees and prior contract agreement! We host/rent out for many Events, Meetings, Reunions, Concerts, etc. with additional special arrangements and fees, over and above vacation rental fees... Photos last your lifetime, make them the BEST at The Griffin House!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Video Games:

    Wii in the Garden Suite....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Not huge, but some fun movies located in the Garden Suite shelf....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Swell City and the Hatchery most famous beaches for launching windsurfing and/or kiteboarding adventures. Fantastic to watch from home, check conditions. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Wake up to sunshine on Underwood Mountain in WA across the mighty Columbia River....moreless

  • Water View:

    Absolutely THE most spectacular Columbia River Gorge View Location! Photo opportunities spectacular! West of historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, Perfect for Weddings/Events ~ stay right nearby!! Elegant.....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    We don't like a large table to take up so much space all the time ~ large wood antique from China sets up easily ~ directions on hand or ask Owner to provide set up in advance. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Heat Pump System for air conditioning and heat....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The Griffin's Great Room baby grand, antique piano use with permission...moreless

  • Parking:

    Event parking next door for approx 60 cars, private parking within the Estate for family and some vendors....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Private parking on this large property!...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    By Advance Agreement with Owners...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    two laundry areas ~ Main Floor and Garden Suite...moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Our list of preferred services included on The Griffin House website at www.TheGriffinHouse.com. We will be happy to assist in securing the right people to service your special occasion with catering, wine, flowers, etc....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Basic or French press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Well equipped including all the basics plus a juicer, even a food dehydrator if you like, to bring home our world famous Hood River fruit! Ask owners!!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    2 dishwashers ~ great for entertaining...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped spacious kitchen with 'A River Runs Through It' unique art installation in thick granite counters! Views all around!! Gorgeous Brazilian riverbed large granite island....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Warming oven, convection / traditional oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Not fully stocked, but ask!...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas/propane, 5 burner cooktop...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Rent downtown / 5 minutes away...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Enjoy many delightful areas from which to view the Columbia River Gorge spectacular vistas from our aerie at The Griffin House, while renting our home or Garden level suite. Please view photo tours on our website: www.TheGriffinHouse.com for a more complete overview of lawns, patios, landscaping....moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearby...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 on property, borrow upon agreement w/ owner...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lots!!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    by special arrangement ~ Traiger Grill ~ chip in for large quantities of wood chips, starter provided! Please request this smoker grill from owners....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$650

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000

Notes:

Book w/ Owners: WEDDING / Outdoor CONCERT / Family REUNION / REHEARSAL Dinner / Personal/Corporate RETREAT~ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY for ANY group event + Event Insurance, coordinator, regulations ~ most spectacular, gorgeous & memorable location! We are flexible on price if you are couple only ~ 1 bdrm ~ personal chef, catering, private wine tasting, etc. available. Add our Garden Suite $110/nite ~ depending on availability.

REgarding pets ~ only small no-shed, mature, hypo-allergenic dogs possibly, with PRIOR AGREEMENT AND APPROVAL plus pet fee/deposit! No cats or LARGE dogs!


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland, OR PDX
0.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel ~ Valentino's
18 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cascade Locks
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Indian Creek Golf Club, Hood River Golf & Country
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Hood River
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 84
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Columbia Gorge Hotel & White Buffalo
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
The Columbia River ~ Event Site in Hood River

Car: Necessary

Host your Wedding or Special Event, Family Reunion, Retreat or Meeting at The Griffin House in Hood River, Oregon We are located at the center of the National Scenic Recreation Area perched above and within the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Nestled between Mt. Adams rising above the Cascade crest to the North and Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest mountain at about 11,240 ft., to the South, The Gorge is a major outdoor paradise on so many levels! Many choose to get married here and our Spectacular Gorge Views are backgrounds for some of the Most Enchanting Photo shoots! Perched a few hundred feet above the river on the Gorge, looking Miles West (think gorgeous long sunsets!) and to the North with gorgeous grounds, lawns and fantastic Griffin's Great Room and home that may be rented for the day or weekend of your wedding .... well, we call it home, this Pacific Northwest Paradise here at The Griffin House on the Columbia River Gorge! www.TheGriffinHouse.com

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1986

About the owner: I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 28 years ago. I fell in love with the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and the region. I have had homes here ever since! I've owned, renovated and rented out quite a few over the years, meeting wonderful residents & vacationers from around the country and world as my business, On The Hood, Inc. grew. In time, homes have come and gone with ONE exception!!! The Griffin House, in its most spectacular location, captured my heart permanently, and will always be a family and friends' retreat now shared with a few, special event, VRBO and retreat new friends! Weddings, Reunions, Retreats and Perhaps THE best Photo Shoot location in the world! Ahh, the romance!! Lucky me ~ love to share when it works!! Please be in touch ~ availability for longer than a weekend is rare FYI but just inquire!

Why the Owner Chose Hood River, OR, USA:
Private retreat property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a true romantic retreat away from it all, close to dining & shopping downtown Hood River, to ski Mt. Hood, to hike Mt. Adams, to play in the many rivers and enjoy the NorthWest as never before. After finding our spectacular property and family retreat, our home base, I knew I'd never leave! Our wonderful home's been, recently gorgeously remodeled and features fantastic kitchen with 'A River Runs Through It', The Great Room and Stone Fireplace, we've added grand blue slate patios, epic elegant lawns, a mermaid fountain and mature landscaping abounds, ... spectacular if I do say so myself! Our private grounds offer THE best vistas looking West, far down the Gorge for miles and the Sunsets!!! - Breathtaking!!! Lifetime memories created in the many photoshoots here for Weddings and Events, Family Reunions and Retreats, etc. Look North to Swell City and 'the Hatch', Hatchery, and upriver a ways to the East as well. Enjoy the Epic Lawn, Stone Patio, many comfortable spots to relax and enjoy life, take spectacular photos, enjoy VIEWS, the pond, beautiful Oregon landscaping, and did I say 'THE best views looking way way West down the Columbia River Gorge'? The Garden Suite, downstairs, is fun, cozy, boasts leopard and red leather accents and looks out to the Great Lawn and Annual Garden. It is rented separately during the week and some weekends as well as being included with your Wedding or Event.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Views, views and more extraordinary views plus privacy on captivating and lovely, landscaped grounds of our Gorge retreat! Comfortable, elegant furnishings offer a uniques special experience in the Griffin's Great Room. Regarding events: we are ala carte so you can choose your own wedding / event set ups within our acre and a half property surrounded by fantastic old stone walls, lawns and mature trees and plantings. Outside catering and coordinators with approval and proper licensing and insurance of course. Gorgeous for a Wedding, Family Reunion, Special Event, Corporate Meeting, Etc. with advance agreement / additional fees. Watch live windsurfing/kiting action on the river ( and from our live cameras, imbedded in our cliffs. World famous Swell City and the Hatchery are right on the river here, viewed from our perch on the Gorge edge. Near kiteboarding and windsurfing sites, fantastic biking, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking ~ outdoor life! Columbia River Gorge wineries are amazing and we especially love to recommend Cathedral Ridge Winery, just nearby! Your first tasting is "on us" when you book!


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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 11/10/2016

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Photos

  • Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

    Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

  • The Great Room ~ spectacular views, comfortable settings, rearrange-able too!

    The Great Room ~ spectacular views, comfortable settings, rearrange-able too!

  • Bureau in the ivory hued Master Bedroom!

    Bureau in the ivory hued Master Bedroom!

  • Looking out on a snowy day from the Blue Guest Room

    Looking out on a snowy day from the Blue Guest Room

  • The Floral Suite

    The Floral Suite

  • Sunny reading spot in the summer, cozy snowy spot in the winter!

    Sunny reading spot in the summer, cozy snowy spot in the winter!

  • Relaxin' Above the Gorge!  You Can Too! We Have a Nice Hammock.

    Relaxin' Above the Gorge! You Can Too! We Have a Nice Hammock.

  • Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds by our Stone Patio.

    Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds by our Stone Patio.

  • Griffin's Great Room inspires!

    Griffin's Great Room inspires!

  • Gorgeous in Fall, Blue Slate steps and patios ~ love our mature trees!

    Gorgeous in Fall, Blue Slate steps and patios ~ love our mature trees!

  • Winter warmth and stellar views!

    Winter warmth and stellar views!

  • Art installation!  '1959 Caddy ala Caddillac Ranch on grounds by firepit area!

    Art installation! '1959 Caddy ala Caddillac Ranch on grounds by firepit area!

  • Master bedroom suite - has some of the most stunning views of the Gorge

    Master bedroom suite - has some of the most stunning views of the Gorge

  • Wake up to dreamy views in the Blue Guest room!

    Wake up to dreamy views in the Blue Guest room!

  • A clear morning from the Indigo Guest room - similar to the view from the Master

    A clear morning from the Indigo Guest room - similar to the view from the Master

  • The Cozy Pendleton Suite!

    The Cozy Pendleton Suite!

  • Evening gathering on the Stone Patio

    Evening gathering on the Stone Patio

  • Our View of the Gorge...  Yours To Enjoy Indoor and Outdoors!  All seasons!

    Our View of the Gorge... Yours To Enjoy Indoor and Outdoors! All seasons!

  • The Great Lawn has hosted some Epic Events and fun for all Note Superteetertott

    The Great Lawn has hosted some Epic Events and fun for all Note Superteetertott

  • Girls Weekend ~ Celebrate at The Griffin House! Bachelorette Party ~ plan events

    Girls Weekend ~ Celebrate at The Griffin House! Bachelorette Party ~ plan events

  • Love Winter at The Griffin House. Warm by our Stone Fireplace ~ Great Room ~

    Love Winter at The Griffin House. Warm by our Stone Fireplace ~ Great Room ~

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017

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