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Spectacular estate for families, fishing, hiking and biking!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 12)

The 150-acre Sawtooth Valley Ranch is a fly-fisherman's paradise ideal for family gatherings. The compound offers a beautiful park-like setting surrounded by acres of manicured lawns, trees and a large pond stocked with rainbow trout. The famous Salmon River runs just below the foot of the property where you can fish for miles up and down its banks. The main house has unobstructed gorgeous views from all rooms of the spectacular Sawtooth Mountains. The log home was featured in Log Home Living Magazine and sleeps 12 including the guest quarters. With panoramic views in all directions, it inspires, refreshes and quiets your soul. In the summertime, you can sleep with the windows open and hear the creek as it meanders its way to the moonlit pond. Stroll the grounds with a cup of coffee in the stillness of the morning and realize that this is how we were meant to greet each day. Relax in a rocking chair on the back porch and watch the ranch horses suddenly pick and race across the pasture, just because they can. The expansive lawn is great for football games, capture the flag or you can try your skill on our regulation-sized croquet court. We also have a fun horseshoe pit, and are located along the famous Fisher Creek / Williams Creek mountain biking loop. Nearby within minutes are fabulous lakes and hiking trails including hikes right off the ranch. You can also arrange to ride horses from a nearby outfitter. Within a 10 minute drive is world renowned Redfish Lake which offers an abundance of day activities and fabulous hikes.

The Ranch is situated in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. They say that the Sawtooth Valley is “the West the way you’ve always imagined it would be.” From the great room, dining room and master are spectacular views of the jagged Sawtooth Mountains with peaks towering to 10,000 feet and on the other side, the White Clouds with peaks to 11,000 feet. The ranch is situated in the middle of the Sawtooth Valley, which runs about 20 miles long and one to two miles wide. There are over 50 alpine lakes within 5 miles of the ranch and too many creeks to count -- offering dozens of great day hikes and mountain biking trails.

At the northern end of the valley, and 12 miles from the ranch, is Stanley -- the staging area for rafting the Salmon River. Stanley also offers a number of restaurants that while rustic in decor serve up delicious entrees. More refined dining is available at Redfish Lake Lodge and Idaho Rocky Mountain ranch, both of which take outside diners. At the Southern end of the valley, about 12 miles from the ranch is the outpost of Smiley Creek with great hamburgers and milk shakes. Just 45 minutes south of the ranch is world famous Sun Valley which offers fabulous skiing, golfing, trap shooting – you name it.

MAIN HOUSE (Sleeps 8)

The two-story main log house has been featured in Log Home Living Magazine and offers drop-dead views of the Sawtooth Mountain Range from every room in the house. The cozy Great Room has two facing leather sofas, antique wagon wheel chairs and a massive stone fireplace with game table. Adjacent is the dining room with log table that seats 10 in comfortable padded hickory chairs. The gourmet kitchen has recently been expanded to encompass 370 SF and offers a new gas Wolfe Range, Sub Zero, and a rustic island for prep work with bar stools for conversation. Stone back splashes and stainless steel counter tops complete the ranch-kitchen feel. Off the kitchen is a charming breakfast nook with beautiful views and lots of morning sunlight.

The master bedroom and bath is downstairs with private deck. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one with twin beds and the other with a queen and twin bed all with Ralph Lauren fabrics. There is a full bathroom upstairs along with a loft and another twin bed.

GUEST BARN (Sleeps 4)

A pathway over a stream connects the main house to the barn with its guest quarters. Upstairs in the barn is a two bedroom guest quarters and full bathroom. One bedroom offers a log queen bed and the other offers two twin beds. Downstairs is a family room with satellite TV and DSL connection.

Both the Main House and Barn are furnished in western antiques, log furniture and Ralph Lauren and Pendleton fabrics and bedding.

Keywords: log home, sun valley area, Sawtooth views, trout pond, creek, horses

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2017

About The Owner

My wife and I built this ranch in 1996 and visit it often with our children. I publish magazines. My wife is an artist and often paints plain air at locations near the ranch.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose Stanley

We were looking for a ranch property that was close to Sun Valley, Id., but not too close! We wanted to be able to drive in for golf, skiing or dining but wanted to feel like we were away from all the 'busyness' of town. We were also looking for a location that offered fabulous views and a large stock pond for fishing or swimming and plenty of recreational activity right outside our front door! We also wanted to build from scratch so we could put our own imprint in the log home. We found it! And you will enjoy it very much too!

What makes this house unique

What is so nice about this ranch property is that it is very relaxing and soothing, yet if you want lots of activities and action, it's all right there too! There is so much to see and experience with so many hundreds of miles of great hiking or riding trails right outside your door. Terrific fishing right from our pond or from the Salmon River which runs along the foot of the property. And you won't believe the views from every room in the home!


Stanley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , upstairs main house
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , upstairs main house
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , upstairs guest barn
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , upstairs guest barn
    Loft + Den - 1 twin/ single , upstairs main house
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (6)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Meandering stream runs through the property and into a large, stocked trout pond directly in front of the two-story log home which is set in a beautiful park-like setting with trees, acres of lawn and fabulous views.


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Spectacular estate for families, fishing, hiking and biking!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Washington DC

A spectacular, memory-making experience in true cowboy style!

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to write a review only because I don't want the secret to get out! Sawtooth Valley Ranch is a truly magical experience for anyone. My family stayed there (5 adults, 4 children and we had room to spare) for this past week and cannot wait to go back. The Lawler family has outfitted this home to perfection. Each bedroom is comfortable and cosy, offering quiet space in the midst of a big family gathering. The living spaces are wide open with gorgeous views. The sprawling lawn leading to the pond was the perfect place for the kids (6 and under) to run, run, run and play for hours. Cocktails on the porch watching the sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains was stunning. And the spot is a terrific location for exploring the Valley. This is a must-do for any group looking for a way to escape the pace of city life and truly revel in the Idaho experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Go! You must go!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this wonderful ranch several times and love it! The beds are so comfy, great amenities in every room from kitchen to baths and beyond. To get up in the morning and walk out to the lake with your morning coffee or just sit on the veranda, the view will knock your sox off! Access to the best hiking or biking trail is just a minute away. You won't need to drive anywhere unless you want to float down the river. You can't go wrong with this ranch!! Go!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orange County, CA, USA

Guys Week was a Blast

  • 5 of 5

A group of us over 50 guys spent a long weekend at this awesome place. It easily and comfortably fit 10 of us. This place is fully outfitted and very comfortable while not being too fancy. We ate well, cooking easy stuff on the grill and in the kitchen. We played cards, horse shoes, fished in the pond, hiked and hung out watching incredible Sawtooth sunsets telling stories the entire time, most of them with some sliver of truth. During the days we found easy access and thrills rafting the Salmon River out of Stanley and trail riding in the Sawtooth Mountains. We plan to go back again this year.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elegant luxurious experience to be repeated for many years to come!

  • 5 of 5

This home welcomed us in a way we have never experienced before. The feeling you get as you enter the driveway is one you'll remember and want to come back for. Before reaching the house you'll pass a beautifully converted barn where two bedrooms and game room can be found. In the main house you will find the other bedrooms and loft as well as large open gathering spaces for friends and family. A giant picture window in the living room brings in the outside while a door leads you to a large wrap around porch with rocking chairs pointed out to fantastic views of rolling greens and majestic mountains. This place was perfect for our friend reunion! Near by you'll find horseback riding, river rafting, hiking and a lake to swim and boat in. Our group enjoyed cooking at home most nights but did have two great dinners in Sun Valley. My husband and our friends plan to make this our yearly retreat! Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laguna Beach, CA

Great Family Vacation spot with Epic View of Sawtooth Mountains

  • 5 of 5

I visited this beautiful property last June. The sunsets over the towering Sawtooths take your breath away. It was the perfect spot to "unwind my southern cal stress" The main house is warm and comfy and has an eclectic collection of American Western ornamental articles throughout. Great place to get your kids off their cell phones and I-Pads and get them to appreciate the beauty and wonders of nature. I found myself waking up in the morning catching a trout on the pond in front of the house, making a hearty breakfast of trout, eggs , bacon and biscuits then taking a nice long hike into the valley behind the property and seeing sheepherders protecting their flock. Lunch at Redfish lake and a nice bike ride. You can do it all here. I plan to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laguna Beach, CA

Daniel Boone might've slept here! If he did, I bet he loved it as much as me.

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular might be an overused word, but it is the best word I can think of to describe the experience of staying at this ranch. The views of the mountains are amazing. We fished, we hiked, we played horseshoes and we drank a lot of coffee sitting on the porch looking out at the mountains.

I slept in the barn and my buddies slept in the house. I'm not sure who got the best end of the deal. The barn was very quiet and comfortable. The rooms in the house were also very well done. Where you slept was a no lose proposition.

The kitchen was very conducive to cooking country style meals. Even those of us who seldom cook really enjoyed the experience.

All in all, this ranch is perfect for a real cowboy or a "city slicker" like me.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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