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Beautiful Riverfront Custom Log Home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home on the gorgeous Santiam River

Spacious custom built 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath log home on the Santiam River. Two level home, large kitchen, gas fireplace, sleeps up to 13 people, game/gathering room with pool table, sitting room with murphey bed, master bedroom with shower and jet-tub, guest WIFI network, wrap around deck, outdoor fire-pit, picnic table, horseshoe pits, fully fenced yard & trail to the river's edge. Just minutes from Detroit Lake and Breitenbush Hot Springs and a short drive to Hoodoo Ski Bowl.

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Diane

Tom Bell: I am a well-established dentist in Salem, Oregon, having graduated dental school at the University of Minnesota in 1970. I grew up primarily in Montana and Washington where I loved to fish in my spare time. My wife, Paula, was an 'Air-Force brat' who lived all over the U.S. and in England for a couple of years. I met my lovely wife at the University of Minnesota and we have three wonderful children, now grown. My wife and I built our log home just outside of Gates in 2006 as our primary residence, however after a couple of years, decided to move back to Salem to be closer to our family and many grandchildren. We have since used our log home as a get-a-way for family & friends and more recently as a rental property. Our home is very large with an open floor plan but surprisingly 'homey'. The home, though modern, has a very rustic feel and the setting is nothing short of breath-taking. Located on the Santiam river, minutes from Detroit Lake and Breitenbush Hot Springs and a short drive to Hoodoo Ski Bowl there is no shortage of fun outdoor activities. After your busy day, take a long, hot bath in the jet tub and curl up with a good book in front of the gas fireplace or roast a marshmallow at the outdoor fire-pit. We hope you enjoy your stay at this unique vacation spot as much as we do! -Tom Bell

Diane purchased this house in 2006

Why Diane chose Gates

We built our log home on the Santiam River just outside of Gates to live a more quiet life. I love to fish and spent much of my spare time in this area. The scenery is beautiful and the fishing is fantastic!

What makes this house unique

One of my wife and my favorite spots is on the back porch overlooking the river with a good cup of coffee after dinner. Our grand-kids love playing horseshoes in the front 'yard' and roasting marshmallows at the outdoor fire-pit. In the summertime, we spend a lot of time fishing, boating, jet-skiing and camping at Detroit Lake. In the wintertime, our family loves to go skiing, sledding and snowboarding at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. We have most of our birthday celebrations for our family at the log home as the kitchen is great for large gatherings, the home is big enough to sleep many people & although only 40 minutes from Salem, it feels like a mini-vacation. It's our home-away-from-home!


Gates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath located up-stairs.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located on main floor.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bath located in master bedroom on main floor.
  • Master bath includes a large tub and separate shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom on main floor, walk-in closet & Bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Located upstairs, view of the river, walk-in closet.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Located upstairs, view of front wooded area, walk-in closet.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Located upstairs in "Great Room"; bunk beds; no closet
  • All bedrooms (except "Great Room") have a walk-in closet, dresser, night-stand with lamp, ceiling light w/ fan, chair & window w/ view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Queen Murphy bed in loft on second floor. Bunk beds (single on top, double on bottom) in 'Great Room' on second floor. Hide-a-bed (full/double) in living room on first floor. Add'l bedding, blankets & pillows for add'l sleeping on couches, etc. Two port-a-cribs with linens, one kid walker, kid-gate for stair case & portable high chair available for use for those with small children.


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Beautiful Riverfront Custom Log Home
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews

We'll be back!!!

  • 5 of 5

The setting is amazing, the property is perfect and the home has everything you could need, we'll definitely be staying there again!!! Diane is very responsive to any contact, thanks so much for letting us enjoy your beautiful log home!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great host and the House was even better than represented. We had a great time and would recommend. Tuned on the river and caught trout.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house and great experience!

  • 5 of 5

I would definitely stay here again! Very kid friendly and amazing house!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay! Very comfortable and homey.log home

  • 5 of 5

Loved hearing the river flowing in the background. Well worth the trip from Texas to spend an awesome vacation with family. Many treasured memories to share for years!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Spacious Log Cabin

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely home. I stayed here with a large family group of 9 and there was plenty of sleeping spaces. The jetted tub was much appreciated after a long day of outdoor adventures. This home is perfect for summer and winter stays and my kids are already asking if we can go back next year. Thank you Diane for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home was amazing! The view is wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was clean. The deck is amazing. The kitchen is well supplied. There was plenty of room for our family of 13. The view of the river is beautiful! We would love to come again! The only complaints we could make is the hornets/yellow jacket nests around and the weak WiFi signal.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Car: necessary

Just minutes from Detroit Lake & Breitenbush Hot Springs & a short drive (less than one hour) to Hoodoo Ski Bowl.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $50

We accept all Visa, MasterCard & Discover for all payment and fees. Sorry, no checks accepted. Our cancellation policy is as follows: 1. If the reservation is cancelled more than 30 days from the check-in date, a full refund is credited to the card used for payment. 2. If the reservation is cancelled 30 or less days from the check-in date, a refund of monies paid less a $250 fee is credited to the card used for payment. All cancellation requests must be in writing.

$150-300 Cleaning fee, depending on above number of guests in party
$150 Refundable Security Deposit
$50 Non-refundable Pet fee (per pet) Limit typically two pets
Full Payment by credit card due to secure reservation
Check in 4:00pm / Check out 11:00am
Responsible party must be at least 23 years old (proof may required at time of reservation)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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