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Charming, mountain, quiet, beautiful, cozy, relaxing, very private

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, Living room, Sitting room, large kitchen. DSL

The home is located on the south side of Mount Saint Helens, a short distance from the boat ramps at Lake Merwin at Cresp Bay and Yale Reservoir at Saddle Dam. Near by is also the beautiful Lewis River and Merrill Lake. For the avid fisherman bring your boat for easy access to the boat ramps. For Fly Fisherman there's fly fishing only areas, on Merrill Lake and Lewis River. For the golfer there's the Lewis River Golf Course located on the Lewis River, also offers fine dinning. East of Cougar is The Swift Reservoir it's a massive mountain lake with boating sports. For the Mt St Helens climbers, the home is located seven miles from the registration at Cougar and climbers bivouac is twenty two miles from the home. For scenic drives and hikes there's gorgeous water falls to visit, foot bridges at Lava Canyon, and Windy Ridge on the east side of Mt St. Helens. The Ape Caves just out of Cougar are also a popular destination for children and adults. In the winter there's a snow park east of Cougar for snow mobiles and cross country skiing.

Property Manager
Vickie Facchini
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had such a wonderful stay in your home. Thank you for being such a great host. We had a fantastic time exploring the area (snowshoeing at Mt. St. Helens and Ape caves) and relaxing at the house (playing games, cooking and puzzling. It's hard to leave!
Mar 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Charming, mountain, quiet, beautiful, cozy, relaxing, very private
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Camas, WA

Excellent Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year that my family has stayed at Vicki's home over the New Year Holiday. It is clean, beds are comfortable and the setting couldn't be better. There are great trails and parks nearby to explore if you so choose, there is even a fun trail behind the house to explore.

Both years we have had lots of snow, and it makes us all feel like we are in a winter wonderland. We Love It!!!

This is a great house, you won't be sorry.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased your second visit to Blacktail was as awesome as the first time you visited. I feel it's a special peaceful place too. Thank you for your communication and taking such special care of the home, please come back anytime.
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Wonderful Holiday Gathering Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay, thank you! Your home is a fairly good central meeting place for our family. This is the 2nd Christmas we have been fortunate to have been able to have in your vacation home. It works so well for us, with 3 adult boys and their families. It is so comfortable with room to spread out. We put puzzles together, played games inside, played in the snow outside, and had some wonderful meals. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Connie for your gracious note. I am so pleased your family can make wonderful Christmas memories at Blacktail. You are welcome back anytime and thank you for being a wonderful guest and taking such great care of the home.
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The cleanest house we ever rented

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house with our friends for Thanksgiving. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. The house looked way better than on the pictures from VRBO. It is very bright with big and cozy rooms, lots of decorations, amazing back yard with forest and creek on the property.There were lots and lots of toys for kids in the room upstairs, also amazing storybook. The house is super clean! We never rented such a clean house before. It looks sparkling clean. There are lots of pots of all shapes to cook. Vickie, the owner, gave us a call once we arrived to ask if we had everything we needed. And I should say we got more than we expected. I would totally recommend this house to my friends!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your kind review. I am grateful the home exceed your expectations and you appreciated the housekeeping. Your welcome back anytime. I appreciated your business. Respectfully, Vickie
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Luxurious home

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for several families- lots of nice touches. Well equipped kitchen, lovely yard.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting Blacktail. Your welcome back anytime! I appreciate how well you took care of the home.
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Beautiful and private.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the house and property - very nicely furnished. The instructions to get in were accurate and easy to follow. We will look for an opportunity to return with our family.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review and taking such exceptional care of the home, you are welcome back anytime.
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Beautiful home and location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Blacktail cottage and loved the location and everything about the home. It is in a quiet and stunningly beautiful environment, close to lakes, small towns and of course a rather impressive volcano. The home is exceptionally well appointed, and has everything needed for a comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Lakes, boating, sailing, fishing, water skiing, kayak, hiking, water falls, fly fishing only, golfing, swiming, Mt. St. Helens climbers registration, Ape Caves, mountains, river, ski mobiling

Other Activities: Cross Country Skiing, hiking


Rates & Availability

Amboy House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
Dec 1 2016 - May 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Summer Rate
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $60 + Tax
Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.6%

Guest maximum 8 additional guest up to 10 $15.00 per night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amboy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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