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Riverfront Lodge Furnished with Antiques, Close to Mountain Lakes & Detroit Lake

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View of the home from one of the best fishing spots on the Santiam riverbank.

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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Come enjoy a quiet retreat beside a crystal clear river in the Cascades. This is an original 1941 mill owner's home, recently renovated and stocked with turn of the century antiques. It has three bedrooms upstairs, and a large room downstairs we've equipped with a unique triple bunk bed for kids. It's really too large to be called a cabin at about 2,600 sq. feet. We prefer family rentals of up to six but no more than eight people at a time. There is a formal sitting room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and sunroom in the back with a card table, futon and television. There is no phone or cable service.

The home is 3 miles upstream from Detroit Lake, and at the end of the road on a large 3 acre riverside lot. There is nobody immediately upstream or across the river, affording great solitude. The Santiam River is a perfect kayaking and fishing base. Many hunters also use the area. (I don't hunt) Rainbow trout are easily catchable by fly or spin casting in the backyard during the summer months. I keep my riverbank mostly clear of trees and there are several jetties that make very good, private fly fishing locations.

Detroit Lake has two marinas and a variety of fish species including trout, salmon, kokanee, a few steelhead, and catfish. Waterskiing and swimming is also popular in the clear, warmer lake water. There is a convenient public boat launch at Hoover Park just a couple miles away. Mongold Park offers good swimming access.

If you like heath spas, Breitenbush Hot Springs is a few miles away and offers scheduled massages, classes, and natural hot springs. It's been there since the 1920s in one form or another and you'll find a large lodge where refreshments may be served. Note that this is a popular nudist friendly establishment.

The main attraction is the wilderness. There are many, many lakes and hiking trails in the vicinity. Marion Lake is the largest hike-in lake in the state. Our favorite fishing lake is Daly Lake about 30 minutes away, and there is a restaurant in that direction called Marion Forks that offers scenic riverside dining. If you continue on to Sisters there are many shopping and dining options available in this quaint western-themed small town. Clear Lake (20 minutes) is interesting with flooded old growth trees standing on the bottom. A small lodge rents boats and serves meals. The McKenzie river is also in that area and has over 20 miles of trails.

Another really great hike is along the Metolious River, if you're heading to Sisters for dinner. I just don't know where to begin in describing the options! If you like the outdoors, and are interested in a quiet, eclectic home with great fishing on the premises, our place makes a wonderful base off the beaten path. Here's a recent article about the history of Detroit, OR:
Surprising historical discovery made at Ore. lake when it hit lowest level in 46 years.

Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1YKWMMe

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Owner

Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/09/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 2700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Age 25 or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great for kids, they'll love the snakes! (we have lots of small garter snakes in the yard, blue tailed skinks, and trout)...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    By the river or on the deck is fine. Please, never in the house. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We really mean it. Your dog is not exceptional....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Sunroom

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    upstairs...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    upstairs far end toward river...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    upstairs, left of stairs...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 3 twin/ single

    bunk beds downstairs in master bedroom. 1/2 bath, tv, games...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) In the middle bedroom. Pretty firm., Double Beds (1) In the end bedroom on the right., Twin or Single Beds (1) In the smallest end bedroom on the left., Bunk Beds (1) A one-on-a-kind triple bunk bed with TWO upper bunks and one lower. No need for fighting over the top bunk. It's L-shaped, not three stories tall. :)...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    New half bath off the bunk room. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower

    Recently remodeled, copper basin sink, antique washstand...moreless

  • Both bathrooms are newly built in the last couple years and clean. One has a basin sink on sideboard with shower tub, and the other is a small half bath in the bunk room. Both are on the first floor. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Trout in the backyard. 45 minutes to skiing. 30 minutes to Breightenbush hot springs. 10 minutes to lake with boats and water skiing. Hiking & and mountain lakes. Snakes in the yard! Logging! (not really) ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    fishing and outdoor, a few kids titles and novels. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD player in the living room and DVD TV game system in the bunk room for kids. There is NO CABLE or tv service...moreless

  • Games:

    Puzzles and a few games...moreless

  • Music Library:

    There is a disc changer in the sunroom with an iPod hook up hanging down. aux is the setting for your own mixes....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    There is a small tv in the bunk room with a game cube and a few titles. The sunroom has a bigger LCD tv and DVD player. NO tv service, just movies!...moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Game cube and 4 controllers. The tv in the bunk room is small so you have to be willing to sit close as kids often do....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Monkey Ball, Starfox, Timesplitter two, harvest moon, animal crossing...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There are a 100+ DVD movies. Fun! Newer flat screen tv installed. Again, NO tv or satellite service, only dvd movies...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    There is a tiny beach down from the fire ring. Just big enough to wade in & soak your legs. Not beach enough for a towel-- and the river's cold, swift, and shallow for serious swimming....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    We are in the Cascades so there are mountains all around. From the house, you'll mostly see river valley hills shrouded in clouds in the winter and starlit from behind on summer nights. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Several wild acres and riverfront on the North Santiam. Trees, grass, occasional wild animals along wild and scenic river...moreless

  • Water View:

    There is a great old porch swing looking up river to a bridge on Church street and the mountains beyond. There is also a fire ring with cooking great and adirondack chairs for telling stories. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Located on several acres along the wild and scenic Santiam River...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    We have a round table that might seat 6 in a friendly way, and outdoor seating for 8, where most prefer to be in the summer. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Electric clothes drier....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    There is a large, open garage suitable for one car or three motorcycles. It is recently paved....moreless

  • Garage:

    We have an open hanger of a garage barn into which you can drive a car. there is plenty of parking....moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric wall heaters in most rooms. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    There are towels in the cabinet in the bathroom closets....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two leather sofas and rocking chair in the living room by fireplace. ...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    There is no reliable cell service at the property. There is a signal sometimes from the riverside, and a signal can be found at highway 22 at the top of the hill. (about a ten minute walk)...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    The street really ends before our driveway, which is gravel. So I guess it's all more or less off street. Drive SLOWLY on the gravel out of respect for our neighbors and your vehicle....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    We've created a large grassy knoll in the back with electrical, water, and septic hook-ups. We do not anticipate anybody will need to use this. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Yes...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Clothes washer....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    The living room has an original heatilator fireplace with two fans on either side built into the mantel. It's pretty neat to see work and does heat up the room. You'll have to buy/bring cut wood....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Automatic coffee/espresso maker. Bring your coffee. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pans, pots, silverware, place settings for 8, knives, strainers, spatulas. There are marshmallow sticks and grilling utensils to go with the iron grate on the fire ring by the river. I think we've covered all the basics you'd need like corkscrews, bottle openers....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    yes...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen has an antique apron sink. Hoosier cabinet, granite slab counters. There is a microwave and nice coffee maker. We try to stock condiments in small packets. There is a store up the hill....moreless

  • Microwave:

    You got it....moreless

  • Oven:

    Also electric...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Usually salt, pepper, sugar, coffee filters and basic spices. No guarantees. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New normal-sized refrigerator....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Plain old toaster, nothing exciting here. :)...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    We just installed a new 16' x 20' deck with wrap around bench seating. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    People do kayak through our back yard river in the summer. I haven't personally done it, and I would suggest experience and safety gear. People do drown on the Santiam. It's very cold. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a huge two acre lawn area surrounding the home. We have a couple yard games and a child's archery set....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have an iron grate by the river for campfires, and a Weber charcoal kettle on the porch with a chimney starter. Bring your own charcoal if you want to use it. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    I keep a life jacket for children you want to protect by the river. ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Quiet Season
Oct 10 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$190 $195
Fri, Sat
$1,050

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Christmas
Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2016
5 night min stay

$215
flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$195 $215
Fri, Sat
$1,400

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

No smoking in the house and never any pets, thanks. Six people maximum preferred, up to 8 for +$25/night. Trash must be taken with you when you leave because we have no pick up. Thanks!


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

3.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Cedars
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 22
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Idanha Grill
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
HooDoo
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Detroit Lake

Idanha is a small town 3 miles east of Detroit lake, about halfway between Salem and Sisters. It is the last town before going over the Santiam Pass through the Cascade Mountains. Our location provides a quiet and private base from which to explore Detroit Lake, the most popular recreational lake in Oregon, or many other high mountain lakes in the immediate vicinity. Breittenbush Hot Springs offers massages, hot tubs, and therapy classes of a wide variety. Hoodoo Ski resort is about 40 minutes away for winter fun. Clear Lake is about 20 minutes away and also features a small lodge and boat rentals for exploring this natural wonder that has visible upright sunken old growth trees all over the bottom.

The Santiam River, which flows ice cold through our backyard above Detroit Lake, is a popular kayak river that is navigable from above and below our property. Rainbow trout are stocked weekly from Memorial to Labor Day weekend, and are easily caught fly fishing or by dangling a worm. This is a great place to practice your technique or teach a friend, as the fish are quite willing to play on most days. We keep an iron campfire grill and chairs on the bank for star gazing at night far from the city lights and noise. All you'll hear is the river and the stories friends tell around the fire.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: We think a good vacation home should be far enough away to feel away but close enough to reasonably get to and enjoy. Idanha is about 2 hours from Portland, where we live. There are many things to do in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness that we wouldn't get to on a day trip and that offer a variety of outdoor activities... hiking, fishing, fun on a mountain lake. We love the area and the people in Detroit Lake are really friendly and love tourists.

Why the Owner Chose Idanha, OR, USA:
We loved the location that features a remote, quiet location that is still on city water and services. The home is a rarity in its close proximity to a scenic river, and this was 'grandfathered in' from 1942. The Detroit lake properties view a drained reservoir most of the year, while our backyard river is always flowing beautifully.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Large, quiet home at the end of the road, on a river Good rainbow trout fishing on the property Kayaking access if you want to float to the lake downstream Many high mountain lakes and hikes in the vicinity Detroit Lake is three miles away, the most popular lake in Oregon Clear Lake is about a 20 mile, beautiful drive Hoodoo ski area is also about 40 miles Sisters and Camp Sherman are about 45 miles But many guests never leave the property because you can walk out back and sit by the river reading or drop a line and catch your dinner just about anytime in the summer.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/09/2016

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Photos

  • View of the home from one of the best fishing spots on the Santiam riverbank.

    View of the home from one of the best fishing spots on the Santiam riverbank.

  • Front of home, two car covered garage and long driveway for a boat and trailer.

    Front of home, two car covered garage and long driveway for a boat and trailer.

  • Kitchen is equipped with antique sink, stove, and hoosier cabinet. Coffee maker!

    Kitchen is equipped with antique sink, stove, and hoosier cabinet. Coffee maker!

  • Living room with ceiling fan. Cool in the summer, cozy in the winter with a fire

    Living room with ceiling fan. Cool in the summer, cozy in the winter with a fire

  • Five new windows in the back look toward the big backyard.

    Five new windows in the back look toward the big backyard.

  • Campfire at night by the river. Lots of wood washes up every year.

    Campfire at night by the river. Lots of wood washes up every year.

  • River front relaxation.

    River front relaxation.

  • Clear cold Santiam river, off Mt. Jefferson

    Clear cold Santiam river, off Mt. Jefferson

  • Middle bedroom has a queen size bed

    Middle bedroom has a queen size bed

  • upstairs queen size bed looks toward river

    upstairs queen size bed looks toward river

  • A fall deck view from French doors after it was completed in 2012.

    A fall deck view from French doors after it was completed in 2012.

  • Detroit Lake

    Detroit Lake

  • River view, upstream.

    River view, upstream.

  • Back of the house from the river bank. New roof and deck shown.

    Back of the house from the river bank. New roof and deck shown.

  • Dining room and view toward living room fireplace.

    Dining room and view toward living room fireplace.

  • Sunroom in the back with a futon and ceiling fan.

    Sunroom in the back with a futon and ceiling fan.

  • Santiam downstream from our property.

    Santiam downstream from our property.

  • Marshmallow time

    Marshmallow time

  • Dining room, old stained glass from a retired church in Kansas

    Dining room, old stained glass from a retired church in Kansas

  • Easy trout fishing in the back yard. (Most of the summer)

    Easy trout fishing in the back yard. (Most of the summer)

  • twin bed in small end bedroom

    twin bed in small end bedroom

  • Unique triple bunk bed in the downstairs room. game cube, small tv w/dvd player

    Unique triple bunk bed in the downstairs room. game cube, small tv w/dvd player

  • Kanes Marina in Detroit, 5 miles away from our house. They rent boats.

    Kanes Marina in Detroit, 5 miles away from our house. They rent boats.

  • The snow lingers longer by the river, and looks better on trees!

    The snow lingers longer by the river, and looks better on trees!

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016

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