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Dog-Friendly Fishing/Ski Home, Organic Yard, by River/Mountain

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

PLEASE NOTE: I only receive payments via check. If you reserve the property, I will reply immediately with my contract, pet etiquette sheet, and other details.

WELCOME to 515 Wood River Drive, one of the original fishing homes in Ketchum, Idaho! We face the Big Wood River, with great fishing year 'round. And we're just a short walk to town, the bike path, and Bald Mountain -- Sun Valley's premier peak with great winter skiing.

Our authentic, beautifully preserved log home has been completely remodeled: two bedrooms and two baths upstairs and a large master bedroom and bath downstairs. But, we’ve retained the original log-cabin look of the original house. We were in love with the house when we first saw it; we love it even more after our extensive and careful remodeling. And, we’ve attempted to bring inside some of the outside that is historic Ketchum, the Ketchum we love. The kitchen’s hickory cabinets blend with the color of the logs of the outer walls. The white tile reflects the snow in season, while the forest green grouting and other green accent colors — like the green leather and upholstery in the living room — reflect the evergreens and grass of the spring and summer.

In keeping with our affection for the house, which we want to share with you, you will find a number of fragile wood carvings — of fish, beaver, raccoon, and bear — that we commissioned a Montana artist to create. We had another artist capture the feeling of Idaho in oil paintings you’ll find displayed in the living room, the master bedroom, and the hallway. The house is light and sunny; windows overlook the yard and the Big Wood River. It’s not a very large home; very few homes in this area, many 70 years old and even older, are not large … at least by today’s standards. But our house is charming and cozy.

The house comfortably sleeps 6 in beds. We also have an optional cottage on the property with a queen bed, living/dining area, and washer/dryer. It can be rented either to guests in the house or separately.

We love dogs — I am privileged to own two adorable Goldens myself — and have designed the house to accommodate the needs and safety of our four-legged friends. The property is completely private with mature trees surrounded by a handsome fence that offers full security to children and pets.

~Mary Ann Peters

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About The Owner

Mary Ann Peters grew up in Northern California, a member of an old California family, who enjoyed fly fishing, backpacking and skiing in the west with its Golden Retrievers. Upon receiving her PhD, she moved to Palo Alto, California where she has lived and worked, lecturing on marketing at the MBA level, running a high tech consultancy, and participating on boards.

The Owner purchased this house in 1990

Why The Owner chose Ketchum

As a youngster, her family would vacation in the Sawtooth region where they hiked, fished, and skied in the winter. She developed her love for down hill skiing on Bald Mountain (Baldy) in Sun Valley. Once the family was grown, she and her husband purchased a gem in Ketchum; one they remodeled over 15 years. It was important to the family, to maintain the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of old Ketchum even though they completely updated the property.

What makes this house unique

One can enjoy an extensive book collection while relaxing in a home not a vacation rental house. The property was remodeled with one thing in mind: guests should feel comfortable as if they were in their own home. And if one likes to cook, he/she will find almost every cooking gadget he/she requires. The large, fenced backyard is safe for children and dogs whom we welcome. The property is fertilize with organic, safe products; no chemicals. From the picnic table one has beautiful views of Baldy and one of the 30, lovely evergreen trees that line the property. The bike path is minutes from the house. One can walk to town in 10 minutes or ‘skip’ down the path to River Run to join the Bald Mountain hiking trail or jump in the River to cast a line. The house is conveniently located for all types of activities provided by The Sun Valley Company (Summer Symphony, music concerts, ice skating, hockey, gallery walks, and more). Biking, mountain biking, fly fishing, skiing, hiking, and walking are just of some the outdoor activities that are available within minutes from the house. And if one wants to stay ‘home’ one can relax, read, or sit at the picnic table and enjoy the views and weather.


Ketchum House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 bedrooms in main house (1 king, 1 queen, 1 pair of twin beds) + detached cottage w/ queen bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Picnic table, fenced-in organic yard, optional cottage (with queen bed, washer/dryer, living/dining area).


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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Fantastc, cozy Ketchum home on Big Wood River

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful week at this home, which is walking distance to downtown Ketchum and right across from the Big Wood River. The home is a true mountain retreat with loads of peace and quiet, but with all the modern comforts you need. The kitchen is fully stocked and has all the appliances you need to cook all your meals. There is a gas fireplace in the living room, which we used during the cool autumn mornings and evenings. (The central heat works great; the gas fire was more for atmosphere.) The king size bed in the master bedroom is very comfortable, and the bathroom is well designed. We enjoyed taking walks on the nearby Wood Valley trail, and as a fly fisherman I could be on a productive stretch of the Big Wood River in a matter of minutes. My wife and I thorougly enjoyed this charming and well appointed home and hope to return before long.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this cute little cabin for ourselves and our 2 grown children and their significant others to stay as well. It worked perfectly as there are 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. We were also able to bring our 4-legged family members and they enjoyed their stay as well. The property is close to town for shopping and restaurants as well as the beautiful green belt. The living/dining area worked out well for us as we ordered pizza in and played fun games. The homeowner was awesome to work with and we will definitely be going back!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Sun Valley Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been coming to Sun Valley every summer for nearly 3 decades and have always longed for an opportunity to vacation in Mary Ann's Wood River log cabin. The home's central location and dog friendly yard were perfect for our family group and we spent each evening enjoying the cool breeze and mountain serenity on the brick patio that connects the main home to the adjacent bungalow. Mary Ann has maintained the house and yard beautifully and it was outfitted with everything we needed for our stay. In summary, this Wood River vacation home was a special experience for our entire family and we look forward to returning in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely spot!

  • 4 of 5

For several years now, my husband and I have stayed in the small, one-bedroom unit adjacent to this house. Our friends stay in the house on the same property. We appreciate the fully stocked kitchen, washer/dryer, and proximity to town, the Wood River trail, and Herriman trail.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views, close to the river, resort and town

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here multiple times and its always great - pet and kid friendly. An amazing views of the mountain (Baldy) from your patio complete with picnic table and grill. Its easy to walk into town and has easy access to trails for hiking or biking. Mary Ann is the perfect host and you'll love this place!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great mountain home - close to town & skiing

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented for Christmas this year - Two dogs, 2 kids and nothing but fun. The kitchen was well stocked, easy use of outdoors for dogs to play and cozy setting for games and puzzling apres ski.

We will definitely come again - hopefully next time for some fishing!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $320
Pet Fee $75

Rates are subject to change and do not include 3% Ketchum lodging tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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