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Whispering PInes Cabin Forest Retreat-Island Park Idaho Woods

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath, sleeps maximum 10

A great retreat for a small get-together, fishing or snowmobiling trip, Yellowstone vacation, corporate retreat, or couples getaway. Whispering Pines, located 45 minutes from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, sits on 2 acres of heavily wooded pine trees in an easy-to-access, out-of-the-way subdivision.

Island Park has so much to offer the outdoor person. The cabin is off Yale-Kilgore Road about 7 miles west of Idaho Highway 20. Peace and serenity surround the lodge. Over 3500 square feet provide lots of elbow room here. The two-car attached garage is uncommon for rentals in the area. Relaxing on the peaceful, large deck surrounded by the woods finishes off the day of enjoying outdoor activities, geological wonders, and wildlife.

You'll see reflections of the forests and wildlife in the decor and comfortable furniture throughout the cabin. The living room has views of the woods and features a massive floor to vault natural river rock gas fireplace.

Main Floor: Master BR, reclining sofas & chairs: The living room features a massive 2-1/2 story natural river rock fireplace with a large wrap-around hearth, comfortable reclining sofas and chairs, and two doors leading out to the deck. A wall-mounted HD satellite TV/Blue-ray disk player is handy for news and entertainment.

The wrap-around deck holds two six-foot picnic tables, lots of deck chairs, a child's bench, and two gas barbeque grills.

The kitchen has an open floor plan with wood floors, most cooking supplies, appliances, cookbooks, and staples. We hazard to guess this is best-stocked kitchen you've seen in a vacation rental. So you won't need to haul or buy most seasonings, sweeteners, dry goods, oil, foil, things to boil. Bring your own canned goods and perishables. (There are small full grocery stores in West Yellowstone and Ashton--both about 35 miles north and south, respectively.) Four built-in bar stools and dining area to seat 10.

A wide variety of books, brochures, and magazines are located throughout the cabin: the local area, wildlife, recreation, cooking, condensed novels, fact books, travel, childrens and teens books, inspirational, poetry, history.

The main floor master suite is the 'River Room' and has a private door to the deck. It features a king-size log pole bed, private bath with a soaking tub and a separate glass shower, and double sinks. Another bathroom with a shower (no tub) is handy on the main floor. Laundry facilities are also on the main floor.

Second Floor: two loft areas, three wildlife-themed bedrooms: The open balcony area on the upper level offers views of a nearby mountain and great lounge and conversation seating looking down on the living room, the rock fireplace, and into the woods--wonderful retreat for reading, games, visiting, contemplating the universe, daydreaming, or napping. Bedroom two (the 'Bear Room') on the upper level has a queen-size log pole bed and room for a crib, cot, or airbed (all available in the cabin). Bedroom three (the 'Moose Room'), also on the upper level, has another queen-size log bed and a queen sofa bed. Bedroom four (the 'Buffalo Room'), on the upper level, has a full-size log pole bed and features a bonus loft with a set of twin-size log bunk beds. All rooms furnished with dressers and seating; the Bear and Moose rooms have closets.

Bonus room: entertainment, games, satellite TV: The recreational room above the garage is the 'Yellowstone Room': a large space decorated with a wall quilt and photos of Yellowstone and the Tetons and equipped with an entertainment center--VCR, DVD player, satellite TV, game console--foosball table, a full-size futon, sofa, love seat, two recliners, plenty of floor pillows, an air bed, custom log board game table, and lots of floor space for games and gathering. You'll find in this room a loft area (the 'soft loft), a large choice of games (from Monopoly and Yatzee to Twister, crocodile golf, and brain games) videos (including Yellowstone, wildlife, & family videos), puzzles, and books, a white board, for a variety of entertainment options.

Cell-phone service may not be available in the cabin depending on your carrier. So you can truly 'get away' if you want. (Stepping outside may improve your signal; the metal roof may interfere with interior reception.) NO internet or land telephone connection is provided at the cabin. There are local businesses that may provide internet capabilities.

More extras:

A few small toys and stuffed animals, Lincoln Logs, etc., are available to keep the younger ones occupied. Lots of towels and extra sheets and blankets and warm throws fill the linen closet and cabinets. Some sweatshirts, light jackets, hats, gloves, ear warmers, small hiking packs and poles are around the cabin in case you'd like to enjoy the cooler mountain evening air or want to take a walk around the neighborhood or in the Park. You can peruse gazeteers of the trails in Idaho and Montana, road atlases, area recreation pamphlets and brochures, etc.

We make sure you'll have enough napkins, paper towels, tissue, cleaning supplies, detergents, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, hair dryers, cuddly blankets, iPod players, night lights, kitchen wraps, foils, bags, tablecloths for in and out.

A firepit out in the woods is fun to sit on the logs and cook marshmallows, some-mores and hotdogs, quiet night firesides with memory- and story-sharing, and warming up. There is usually an extra cooler in the garage and a fishing pole or two. Within a few miles is Stoddard Mill Pond, a stocked pond for children.

When the snow is gone, we often see deer within several feet of the cabin--especially in the early evening and morning, huge owls, squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (rock chucks), grouse, bats, robins built a nest on the deck, chickadee, sometimes a mountain bluebird or hawk. While walking in the neighborhood we've seen moose; the neighbors have spotted bears in the north meadow, elk, and foxes. We hear coyotes when out in the evenings at times. Each month of the spring through fall, different colors of wildflowers show in the woods. You'll discover some great photo backgrounds just by the cabin or in it!

No, we don't have air conditioning, but rarely need it. We are at about 6,300 feet above sea level, and it cools down significantly every night. Although sometimes in July and in August, the high temperature may be in the 90s for a couple weeks, the nights can be 40 degrees cooler. The cabin has several ceiling fans and additional portable fans and heaters. The main floor has central heat with an auxilliary propane unit in the living room; the second level has in-wall individually-controlled heaters in each room.

During snowmobile season, we keep the driveway plowed and attempt to keep the walkways cleared. You can sled out north from the cabin into the neighbor's meadow (with permission) then northwest to Yale-Kilgore Road leading you to hundreds of miles of groomed trails. The driveway has sufficient cleared parking area for your trailers and trucks. Some of our guests back in the driveway to unload trailers beside or in front of the garage.

We have a new county home occupation permit, which ordinance was implemented in 2011 governing short-term rentals, and are in compliance (or beyond) all requirements for safety, health, capacity limits, neighborliness, and hospitality. We, therefore, have been required to lower our capacity to 10 people.

Please, NO SMOKING ANYWHERE on property. No pets. No snowmobiles in garage.

Further details for this vacation rental

Main Floor: Master BR, reclining sofas & chairs: The living room features a massive 2-1/2 story natural river rock fireplace with a large wrap-around hearth, comfortable reclining sofas and chairs, and two doors leading out to the deck. A wall-mounted HD satellite TV/Blue-ray disk player is handy for news and entertainment.

The wrap-around desk hold two six-foot picnic tables, lots of deck chairs, a child's bench, two gas barbecue grills.

The kitchen has an open floor plan with wood floors, most cooking supplies, appliances, cookbooks, and staples. We hazard to guess this is best-stocked kitchen you've seen in a vacation rental. So you won't need to haul or buy most seasonings, sweeteners, dry goods, oil, foil, things to boil. Bring your own canned goods and perishables. (There are full grocery stores in West Yellowstone and Ashton--both about 35 miles north and south, respectively.) Four built-in bar stools and dining area to seat 10.

A wide variety of books, brochures, and magazines are located throughout the cabin: the local area, wildlife, recreation, cooking, condensed novels, fact books, travel, childrens and teens books, inspirational, poetry, history.

The main floor master suite is the 'River Room' and has a private door to the deck. It features a king-size log pole bed, private bath with a soaking tub and a separate glass shower, and double sinks. Another bathroom with a shower (no tub) is handy on the main floor. Laundry facilities are also on the main floor.

Second Floor: two loft areas, three themed bedrooms: The open balcony area on the upper level offers views of a nearby mountain and great lounge and conversation seating looking down on the living room, the rock fireplace, and into the woods--wonderful retreat for reading, games, visiting, contemplating the universe, daydreaming, or napping. Bedroom two (the 'Bear Room') on the upper level has a queen-size log pole bed and room for a crib, cot, or airbed (all available in the cabin). Bedroom three (the 'Moose Room'), also on the upper level, has another queen-size log bed and a queen sofa bed. Bedroom four (the 'Buffalo Room'), on the upper level, has a full-size log pole bed and features a bonus loft with a set of twin-size log bunk beds. All rooms furnished with dressers and seating; the Bear and Moose rooms have closets.

Bonus room: entertainment, games, satellite TV: The recreational room above the garage is the 'Yellowstone Room': a large space decorated with a wall quilt and photos of Yellowstone and the Tetons and equipped with an entertainment center--VCR, DVD player, satellite TV, game console--foosball table, a full-size futon, sofa, love seat, two recliners, plenty of floor pillows, an air bed, custom log board game table, and lots of floor space for games and gathering. You'll find in this room a loft area (the 'soft loft), a large choice of games (from Monopoly and Yatzee to Twister, crocodile golf, and brain games) videos (including Yellowstone, wildlife, & family videos), puzzles, and books, a white board, for a variety of entertainment options. There is even an old sewing machine if you want to stitch a bit.

Cell-phone service may not be available in the cabin depending on your carrier. So you can truly 'get away' if you want. (Stepping outside may improve your signal; the metal roof may interfere with interior reception.) NO internet or land telephone connection is provided at the cabin. There are local businesses that may provide internet capabilities.

More extras:

A few small toys and stuffed animals, Lincoln Logs, etc., are available to keep the younger ones occupied. Lots of towels and extra sheets and blankets and warm throws fill the linen closet and cabinets. Some sweatshirts, light jackets, hats, gloves, ear warmers, hiking packs and poles are around the cabin in case you want to enjoy the cooler mountain evening air or want to take a walk around the neighborhood or in the Park. You can peruse gazeteers of the trails in Idaho and Montana, road atlases, area recreation pamphlets and brochures, log home magazines, etc.

We make sure you'll have plenty of napkins, paper towels, tissue, cleaning supplies, detergents, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, hair dryers, cuddly blankets, iPod players, night lights, kitchen wraps, foils, bags, tablecloths for in and out.

A firepit out in the woods is fun to sit on the logs and cook marshmallows, some-mores and hotdogs, quiet night firesides with memory and story sharing, and warming up. There is usually an extra cooler in the garage and a fishing pole or two. Within a few miles is Stoddard Mill Pond, a stocked pond for children.

When the snow is gone, we often see deer within several feet of the cabin--especially in the early evening and morning, huge owls, squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (rock chucks), grouse, bats, robins built a nest on the deck, chickadee, sometimes a mountain bluebird or hawk. While walking in the neighborhood we've seen moose; the neighbors have spotted bears in the north meadow, elk, and foxes. We hear coyotes when out in the evenings at times. Each month of the spring through fall, different colors of wildflowers show in the woods. You'll discover some great photo backgrounds just by the cabin or in it!

No, we don't have air conditioning, but rarely need it. We are at about 6,300 feet above sea level, and it cools down significantly every night. Although sometimes in July and in August, the high temperature may be in the 90s for a couple weeks, the nights can be 40 degrees cooler. The cabin has several ceiling fans and additional portable fans and heaters. The main floor has central heat with an auxilliary propane unit in the living room; the second level has in-wall individually-controlled heaters in each room.

During snowmobile season, we keep the driveway plowed and attempt to keep the walkways cleared. You can sled out north from the cabin into the neighbor's meadow (with permission) then northwest to Yale-Kilgore Road leading you to hundreds of miles of groomed trails. The driveway has sufficient cleared parking area for your trailers and trucks. Some of our guests back in the driveway to unload trailers beside or in front of the garage.

We have a new county home occupation permit, which ordinance was implemented in 2011 governing short-term rentals, and are in compliance (or beyond) all requirements for safety, health, capacity limits, neighborliness, and hospitality. We, therefore, have been required to lower our capacity even further to 10 people. You'll see we in-turn, lowered our year-round rates also.

Please, NO SMOKING ANYWHERE on property. No pets. No snowmobiles in garage.

More Details

Owner
Don Schwemmer - S & S Investments, LLC
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Don Schwemmer - S & S Investments, LLC

Dave Stompro and Don Schwemmer own S & S Investments, LLC

Don Schwemmer - S & S Investments, LLC purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Don Schwemmer - S & S Investments, LLC chose Idaho

This is a perfect get-away. Although it is easily accessable via very well maintained roads, it is secluded in a forest of pine trees, in a private subdivision. It is log exterior and completely tongue-and-groove pine interior, providing that true wilderness cabin feel. It is a spacious cabin with 4 large bedroom, with large living room, loft, and bonus room to let you spread out and enjoy.

What makes this cabin unique

It is close to all the benefits of Island Park and Yellowstone, yet it provides cozy privacy. It has a fireplace with no equal and is completely decorated with wilderness and local artwork. The wrap around deck is expansive and is great to enjoy the forest sights for morning coffee, afternoon nap, BBQ, or evening wind downs.

It's a place we love to be.

Guestbook comments from the owner

IN ISLAND PARK SNOWMOBILING AND STAYED AT WHISPERING PINES, ABSOLUTELY CANNOT BE BEAT! EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS DONE RIGHT. WE STAY IN TWO TO THREE CABINS A YEAR AND THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST ONE WE HAVE EVER STAYED IN.
Jan 2010
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Amenities

Island Park Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Snowmobiles or 4-Wheelers are not allowed inside the garage.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Printer
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib/playpen, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) twin bunks in loft
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
2-1/2-story river rock fireplace is the focal point viewable from second story balcony area also. Most cooking and baking staples stocked--things you would not find in just any vacation rental! No telephone land line; some cell phone users will find reception intermittent or not available at the cabin because of metal roof and relatively remote location; no Internet connection. You can truly be 'on vacation'.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews
5

Awesome Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the cabin were very appealing but you’re never really sure until you open the door. Cabin was awesome more than we expected. Real remote feel without it being too far from a general store or gas. The cabin itself has more than enough space for the max amount of guest. There wasn’t a thing we felt was missing when we were relaxing at the cabin. You’re about 25 miles from West Yellowstone (Montana) which is also the West Entrance to the park. West Yellowstone has some larger grocery stores and it’s a great little town. A lot to do in the surrounding area of the cabin as well. Everyone in our party was impressed with the cabin and continued to talk about it once we got home. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect cabin in peaceful whispering pines...

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was much more than we expected for the price! It was the perfect place to come home to after exploring the surrounding area of Island Park. The porch off the back provided a relaxing time during a couple of rainstorms and for drinking coffee in the morning before the family woke up. My boys (3yo and 8yo) really enjoyed the fire pit and the 2 acres to explore and look for rocks and animal tracks (we were visited by a young bull moose and a deer while we were there). Inside, they loved the loft looking over into the living room from the loft, the toys under the stairs, sleeping in the bunkbeds in a second loft and watching the dinosaur movies in the game room. The kitchen is very well stocked. We have stayed in multiple cabins and this one by far has the best kitchen set up as far as utensils and staples. The inside provided plenty of spaces to get together as a family and also some secluded areas if you are in need of some alone time! :) I really enjoyed reading in the big comfy chair in the loft every night after the boys fell asleep. I anticipate we will be coming back here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with family and friends and it was absolutely amazing. Plenty of room for everyone. Big dinning room table for everyone to gather around. The cabin was well stocked for everyone's needs. I would rent this cabin again it felt like home a nice cozy place to stay.

Book this cabin you won't be disappointed :)

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great. Our family loves this cabin. Second time renting it.

  • 4 of 5

Only problem was NO hot water running in the showers.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for response Bruce. We appreciate the feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and again apologize that of the downstairs bathrooms' hot water was not working. We discovered that the breaker was tripped on 1 of the 2 electric hot water heaters. We hope that your courtesy credit was sufficient for your troubles and hope that you come back to visit us soon!
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5

A little slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Whispering Pines not only met, but exceeded our expectations! It was absolutely perfect in every way. Plenty of room for multiple families with bedrooms/bathrooms for all 3 families in our group. Could not believe how well stocked it was (pantry, paper products, games, books, movies). The garage was also convenient allowed us a safe place to store kids bikes, empty coolers, bike racks, etc while out exploring IP & surrounding area. Of all the VRBO's we've stayed at over the years, this one takes the cake! Only negative/regret is that we had to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The Whispering Pines Cabin was a perfect place for a large group. We all had our own space to retreat to when needed, the decor was warm and welcoming, and this has got to be the most thought-planning, well-stocked place I have ever came across in my travels; from the filled kitchen pantry and the luxurious sheets and towels to the many amenities throughout the house. Thank you for sharing this lovely place.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Providing this cabin for your relaxing and enjoyable get-away and positive, exceptional, life-long memories is our mission.
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Map

Nearest Motorway
7.5 Miles
ID Highway 20
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Boondocks
Car: necessary

Just north of Island Park Reservoir and in the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Idaho, area, about a 45-minute drive from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone, Montana, you'll find this large cabin tucked in a 2-acre wooded lot with easy year-round access. From snowmobiling to fishing, sightseeing, hiking, golf, 4-wheeling--you'll find a vast array of outdoor activities and sights and sites available here. 90 minutes from Idaho Falls Airport and 5 hours north of Salt Lake City.

Nearest Airport : Idaho Falls at 90 Miles

Nearest Motorway : Highway 20 and Yale-Kilgore Road at 7.5 Miles

Nearest Ski : Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Alta, Wyoming at 80 Miles

Nearest Golf : Island Park Village at 20 Miles

Nearest Restaurant : Boondocks (open during peak summer & winter) at 5 Miles

Other Activities: Near Yellowstone National Park--45 minutes from the west entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana; Cabin is located in Island Park, Idaho; Near Henry's Fork.

Great snowmobiling with an array of groomed trails. Four-wheeling in the summer takes you to breathtaking views.

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Rates & Availability

Island Park Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,660
$8,700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 8.0%

50% of the total, including the damage deposit, is required to reserve the property. The remaining 50% is due 2 weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date. Credit card or cashiers check payments are preferred. Checks will only be accepted from US residents.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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