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Priest Lake Waterfront Retreat at Cavanaugh Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,920 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

LAKESIDE CABIN at Priest Lake is a perfect getaway for a couple or the entire family. The cabin is spacious with its own private BEACH and DOCK for boating, sunbathing and swimming. The deck is well appointed with comfortable furniture, a gas grill and is fenced to give our guests the privacy they desire yet allowing them to view the lake and beach. The cabin was built to afford maximum view potential, the entire lakeside exposure is windows. The cabin is surrounded by trees on three sides which provide a natural, quiet and private setting.

Keywords: Beach House, Cabin, Waterfront, Beach, Getaway, Vacation, Boating, Skiing, Snow, Sun, Private, Relax, Private Dock, Fishing, Boating, Fine Dining, Furnished, Friendly

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Russell Alway
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Russell Alway

My wife and I have been vacationing at Priest Lake for nearly 15 years. For several year's we rented a cabin at Hill's Resort and enjoyed it, but really wanted to have more space and privacy, so a few years ago we began to rent homes on the lake. As we got to know more about the lake we fell in love with Cavanaugh Bay. When our cabin became available to purchase in 2010 we jumped on it and will never look back. Since it is impossible for us to be here all summer, however, we want to share our beautiful cabin with others. We are confident that you will enjoy the comfort and beauty of our lakeside retreat as much as we do.

Russell Alway purchased this house in 2010

Why Russell Alway chose Coolin

Priest Lake is rightfully known as Idaho's Crown Jewel. The water is crystal clear and the lake is enormous, so there are lots of places to go and coves and islands to explore. The fishing is good, the boating is outstanding and the skiing and boarding is awesome. Cavanaugh Bay is a special place. The waters here are the quietest on the lake. Our neighbors are fantastic and the majority of them do not rent so we want to make sure that our renters respect them and the 11 pm rule. For the most part you can hear a pin drop after 11pm. You can sit outside and be amazed at the night sky full of zillions of bright stars, listen to the swish of the water on the beach, the hooting of the owls and the beating of each others hearts as you snuggle under the moonlight. You can't beat it!

What makes this house unique

We love this cabin because it gives us the ideal spot to relax, soak up the sun, swim, and totally forget the workaday world. We are avid hikers and their are hundreds of nearby trails surrounding the lake. These include many with little or slight elevation gains and some that are strenuous and challenging. If you like waterfalls and photography like we do, this is a heavenly place to be. In the winter there are hundreds of miles of snowshoeing, snowmobile and cross country skiing trails which offer incredible views of mountains and lakes. When we want to get out we have only a ten minute walk to Cavanaugh Bay Resort or a fifteen minute boat ride to several other resorts who also have fine dining and live entertainment in the summer months.


Coolin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1920 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Guests enjoy Slippery Rock where they can slip down a moss covered natural granite slide for fun and excitement. Guests sometimes fly into Cavanaugh Bay Airport as it is only about one half mile to the cabin. Hiking abounds around the entire lake with many secluded beaches and lots of delicious huckleberries along many of the routes. Cavanaugh Bay Resort offers a small grocery, Nice Dining, Live Music and free WiFi. Leonard Paul Store offers a small grocery, deli, launch, ice, propane, and CD rentals.


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Priest Lake Waterfront Retreat at Cavanaugh Bay
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

A Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, relaxing vacation! We loved this property and truly felt "at home" during our visit. Thank you so much for sharing your lake home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For several years we rented various properties at Priest Lake. When we bought our own home we were determined to give our guests a lasting, enjoyable and special vacation. We value our ability to provide the best experience available at Priest Lake.
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Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We travel throughout the world, so we speak from experience. This property is everything it is advertised to be and more! You will not notice the difference between here and your own home. The home is equipped with every convince. The kitchen in particular is awesome. The lake is gorgeous and the water is as pure as it gets. We loved that they left their bikes for us. We used their visitors book to explore the many trails as we love to hike. Enough said, you can't do better!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vaction!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for 7 days. At the end of the 7 days we were so sad to leave. The location and the house was perfect. when we were planning our trip the owner was so helpful. We had a maintenance issue during our stay and we called the owner and he had some over and had the issue fixed immediately.

We would book again!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spokane Valley, WA USA

Excellent Family Lake Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My Wife and I and Grandchildren arrived on Sunday, to be followed by our Daughter and her Husband on Tuesday and Son and his Bride on Thursday. We boated, swam, went tubing, hiking and fishing lots and lots of just relaxation time to unwind in this magnificent "cabin". Any and everything that we thought we might need for our stay we found to be already available for our use. Simply a very very fantastic time and experience and we hope to stay again at the same location again and again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim and Jean, Thanks you so much for visiting our cabin and for your early reservation for 2016. Nothing makes Patty and I happier than sharing our waterfront retreat with wonderful people like yourselves and knowing that great family memories are being created. Russ and Patty
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Portland, OR 97201

Priest Lake Family reunion

  • 2 of 5

The house was attractive and the location was as described. The fotos of the amenities such as furniture did not reflect the condition we found. The beds were made but the property was not clean or neat. There were dirty dishes in the dishwasher which we discovered after preparing our own dinner. There was trash on the porch, the deck furniture was covered in debris and out of place, the living room rug was rolled up and standing against the TV Cabinet. There was dust on the platform where the wood stove stood. The kitchen counters were clean but the drawers were not. The only updated appliance was a washer dryer the rest worked except the refrigerator which was not cooling when we arrived. The owner was responsive in our prior dealings including making an effort to send a repair man for the refrigerator. We unplugged it to reset it and it starting working. We arrived with 10 guests, the maximum permitted but there were linens for 9 persons and 9 towels, one each for the week. I brought extra towels and left them at the property clean and folded. We called the owner to ask for bed linens and he promptly sent one of the cleaning ladies. She provided the linens but no pillows or pillowcases. She apparently told the owner that we had violated the permitted number of guests. We signed up 10 guests and we had 10 guest for 3 days and then we had 9 for the rest of the week. The house can sleep 10 but with only 2 bathrooms it is not advisable. The best mattress was in the master bedroom.

Unfortunately one of our children forced the screen door shut and broke the hydraulic support. I asked the cleaning ladies who arrived before we vacated the premise to report the damage and to let the owner know we took full responsibility for the damage. We gave them a $40.00 tip and apologized for our tardiness in leaving. The beds were stripped, the towels washed and dried and back in the closet, the dish washer was washing the dishes and the refrigerator was clean and the trash gathered up and in the car ready to be taken to the dump. I quickly took a shower before departing. I had been working since 6:30am and was still in my nightgown with a long sleeved blouse over the top. The owner told me that the cleaning lady said I was running around naked all morning. The owner charged us $67.00 for the screen door, and $50.00 for late departure. He refunded the difference on Sept. 9. We enjoyed our Blue Diamond Ski Boat and being on Cavanaugh Bay. We love the lake!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After years of wonderful experiences with guests at our cabin, I was shocked and disappointed with this review. When I received the call that the refrigerator was not working, I immediately called for service. It was determined that the refrigerator door had been left open. I sent the cleaning lady with more towels and sheets. She told me afterwards that she had counted three adult females and nine teenagers for a total of twelve people. When the cleaning lady arrived at 10am on the day of departure she said she found all of the guests still at the cabin. They did not leave until 12:30pm. I did charge the lady for the repair to the front door and a late departure fee of $50, since she admitted to these. Damage to the furniture, our missing row boat, and removal of trash from the deck were not charged to the guest because she denied responsibility. The renter told me she has been coming to Priest Lake for years, but has yet to find suitable accommodations. I wish her well in her quest.
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Spokane, WA

Amazing Lake Home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband I just returned from a bliss filled 2 weeks at this amazing home on Priest Lake. the location of this cabin can't be beat ~ minutes from Cavenaugh's you can have a fantastic meal and listen to live music. We have both traveled to Priest Lake any time we had the opportunity since we were children and would place this home, location and experience at the top of our list of best vacations.

The cabin is very well appointed with an updated kitchen, comfortable living room and spacious bedrooms. The deck surrounding the cabin is a welcome break from sitting in the direct sun and a great place to relax & read a book. We spent most of our time enjoying the large dock and beach area in front of the house. There are a number of chairs and lounge chairs available.

The only recommendation I have for future travelers is to bring a few extra fans. We were there when it was over 90 degrees every single day. While there are a couple of fans available in the cabin, if you are like us, you will want to have a couple extras to help cool things down in the evening.

Thank you for our wonderful vacation Russ and Patty! We loved it!

P.S. to future travelers ~ no need to bring any extra movies for the evenings, there is a massive movie library with something to please everyone from kids to adults!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anna and Jeff, Thanks so much for your kind words. Patty and I want every guest to enjoy being at the lake as much as we and you do. We appreciate your suggesting more fans. I will buy them and take them over next week as we will be there for our annual get together with our adult children and their families. The memories we are building at the lake are priceless gifts for us all. Russ and Patty
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Nearest Airport
105 Miles
Spokane Interantional, Also public airstrip 1/2 mi
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cavanaugh Bay Resort
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Priest lake Golf
Nearest Train
105 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cavanaugh Bay Resort
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Car: recommended

Numerous hiking opportunities on level long or short hikes as well as challenging hikes to mountain tops, waterfalls and gorgeous views. Private plane airport just 1/2 mile from rental home. May land float planes in Cavanaugh Bay. Boat Launch just 1/2 mile from home. COUGAR CREEK hiking trail just 200 ft from home. Cougar Creek 580 feet from home. Cavanaugh Bay is a great sheltered bay for water sports.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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