Our home is a custom-designed / custom-built, 2 bedroom and 2-1/2 bath house, designed to take advantage of the amazing views atop Burdoin Mtn. which sits at 2000 feet elevation just above the town of White Salmon. We offer excellent access to all types of recreation including windsurfing, kiting, biking, and hiking. Hike or bike from the doorstep with public access to one thousand+ acres of top-rated trails connecting within minutes to three of the Gorge's prime attractions including the renowned Coyote Wall/Syncline, Major Creek, and Catherine Creek, as well as Hospital Hill and the Evergreen Highway. Coyote Wall is considered one of the top ten must-see attractions in the state of Washington. River access is within a 20 minute drive. We oriented our house to take advantage of the views and built the living room as a partial octagon so that it focuses on 12,450 foot Mt. Adams and the surrounding territory. Wildlife abounds, with privacy, solitude, peace and quiet. It's a great retreat for recreation/sports seekers, writers, readers, a small family, a couple wishing a romantic or quiet getaway, or a solo traveller. We also mow trails through our private 15 acres for children to play and explore in a close environment, for wildlife viewing, or for quiet meditative walks, with small benches along the trail to sit and enjoy the peace of nature. We have a unique and most spectacular Gorge view within a 2 minute walk from our house, overlooking a panoramic expanse of more than 70 miles of Columbia River Gorge from 2000 feet of gently sloping bluff---the Columbia River to the West, to the South overlooking the Hood River Valley and town of Hood River plus a stunning image of Mt. Hood, and to the East you gaze up the mighty Columbia towards the high deserts of Eastern Oregon and Washington. Next to our house we have a children's play structure for active entertainment for the kids. We have a lovely deck along the east side of the house overlooking our field--a perfect spot for morning tea, coffee, or even breakfast! Every room in our house offers a unique view of its own, even the bathrooms. Our open-design kitchen has all modern stainless steel amenities, plenty of custom counter tops with a peninsula for seating. Upstairs in the Master area we have a queen bed plus a twin loft bed to accommodate up to two adults and two children. There is a sitting area adjacent to this bedroom and a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub and new shower, of course with views. The downstairs/daylight basement bedroom also has direct access to an outdoor patio, with a bunk bed double mattress on the lower bunk, twin on the upper, and its own full bath/shower. Our house was designed to provide a cozy and warm atmosphere, with plenty of privacy and modern amenities and to incorporate the beautiful nature and surroundings of our hilltop paradise. Our home is 'green' and healthy, with natural floor coverings (wool, sisal, cork, and bamboo), high-efficiency updated appliances, and we only use green products and non-chemical cleaning solutions. We have nationally ranked top-tasting private community well water. You can be assured that you will return home after your stay feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, well and healthy, and perhaps happily exhausted from recreation!
- House1700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay4 nights
2 Bedroom/2.5 Bath With PRIME MTN. VIEW, hike/bike from house, see wildlife!
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- within a few hours
- german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 22, 2018
About Lisa Neuburger
Dave and Lisa met in the Gorge in the early 90's, sharing many of the same interests. We built our home together in 1995 and now have a small family which includes Nicolaas, age 9, and Jin Bo, age 5, plus our dog, Cosmo, 5 chickens and a stray or rescued animal here and there. We both have extensive sports backgrounds which brought us each separately to the Gorge in the 1980's. Lisa no longer competes, Dave no longer climbs into the highest altitudes, but we love introducing our children to the opportunities we had and which abound in the Gorge area, including windsurfing, skiing, rock climbing, sailing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. Our children indulge in viewing, identifying, and tracking the wildlife around our home or down by the River. They love to explore, looking for trails, scat, nests, etc. and they really enjoy the summer treat of sleeping outside and counting the shooting stars! We feel so very fortunate to have our beautiful home in the Gorge and look forward to sharing it with guests like you!
Lisa Neuburger purchased this House in 1990
Why Lisa Neuburger chose White Salmon
Lisa discovered this property in 1990 and immediately fell in love with it, with its sweeping gentle fields and spectacular view to Mt. Adams. Lisa had been traveling to the Gorge since 1985 for professional windsurfing races, and although from the Virgin Islands, she felt more and more at home in this beautiful area and began looking for property in 1989. In 1994 she designed her dream home and had it built by DC-3 Construction, completed in 1995 and updated along the way. The house was built to incorporate as much of the surrounding nature and beauty of the area and Dave did the hand-hewn beamwork himself. Unlike many custom home building projects which leave the homeowner feeling slighted or unhappy, this one left Lisa feeling as if the house enveloped the best and brightest energy and beauty within its walls. We have loved and maintained the house and have updated it accordingly, including the addition of new siding and a new deck in 2011, and new appliances in 2012/2013. Our two young children love this home and the property and spend much of their time here outside playing and exploring, as children are meant to do! We love it here and hope that you will also!
What makes this House unique
The views from the knoll upon which our 'House on the Hill' is built are ever-changing and spectacular. Mt. Adams sits loftily large to the North, which was what first caught my eye when I found this property. Just as magnificent as Mt. Adams is, the surrounding meadows and trees (our acreage was once a treeless meadow) are equally lovely. The flora and solitude attract an abundance of wildlife which we so enjoy watching from the deck, from the living room, or from the upstairs bed in the early mornings or late evenings. Every window brings a view, even windows at the stairs landings. The peace and quiet almost causes a buzz or ringing in your ears. The easy access to recreation is what brought us here in the first place. Probably one of the greatest special bonus 'views' which some guests have been honored with, is watching a mother deer give birth in the high grasses of the swale just below our house. That is our secret maternity ward, and it is incredibly special. We love the wildlife around us and make every effort to not disturb or disrupt the comings and goings of our beautiful native critters. If I were not the homeowner and constantly finding projects around the house, my favorite activity here would be, and one day WILL be, just to sit for hours with a book, perhaps on the bench inside our circle of trees down below the house. Sometimes I sit there and just listen to the birds and the wind, and look out over the meadow and savor having something so beautiful right here in our own backyard, literally. Also, in the last 22 years, the Syncline, Catherine and Major Creeks trails have gone from being our little secrets for running and mountain biking from our neighborhood, to being officially 'developed' as trails by the Forest Service and put on area recreation maps. So our secret trails are now highly-sought out attractions, like the Coyote Wall, and they are all so easily accessed on foot or by bike right from our front door.
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Peace and Family Friendly Experience
A perfect place to get away from all the chaos of a busy life. The house brought our family comfort and a quiet environment to play board games, read and bbq with an incredible view all around. From our walks every morning and night around the property to our times to sit and enjoy the full moon and stars, it felt like we were staying in a tree house. So close to all the fun. We white water rafted at Zoorafters (AWESOME), hiked to 5 different waterfalls, enjoyed a soak in the hot springs at Carsons Mineral bath house and did the ropes course at Skamania Lodge. We stayed during the hottest week in July and the house does not have air conditioning. It was very warm, but it helped to leave the windows open and we brought extra fans. All in all, a comfortable stay.
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay but am sorry it wasn't completely to your satisfaction. Our house sits at a much higher elevation than the town of White Salmon, and is a constant 9 degrees cooler than Hood River. We built it with high energy efficiency values, utilizing the ground temp to cool the lower bedroom which is below grade, maintaining an ambient temperature of approx 68 degrees, and the upper floors are built to utilize efficient cross-ventilation when the windows are open on at least two sides of each room to take advantage of the constant cooler breezes at 2200 ft elevation. We have a ceiling fan in the living room and a floor fan in the upstairs bedroom to keep air circulating if it should become stagnant which it seldom does. We also have blinds that help keep the south and west sun exposure from heating the house through the windows which provide the strongest solar (heat) gain if not pulled. We state on VRBO that the house does not have air conditioning so I'm sorry you found it below your standard. We're happy to advise our guests if they feel uncomfortable in our house if you contact us to let us know during your stay.
Wonderful - Great for a long term stay
We stayed at this property for a couple of months and fell in love with the breathtaking views and serene setting. Truly a treasure in the Columbia River valley. The property owner was great and graciously accommodating for our stay. We would highly recommend this location for anyone wanting to experience the natural beauty and nature of the area.
Unique Night Sky, Custom Home, Gracious Landlords, Access to Scenic Trails and Mountain Views
Imagine flipping over on your belly and to look out the window right at the head of your bed and seeing a beautiful sky full of stars. Going to bed in this beautiful home is as wonderful as the daytime views of Mount Adams, fields, hills and trees.
The house is designed and decorated in a very personal style that we found it both pleasing and practical. We were there for 10 days and cooked many meals in the well equipped kitchen. We enjoyed afternoons and evenings in the spacious living room and on the deck (both with a full view of Mt. Adams).
There are many local options for scenic running and hiking trails, including the very close access to stunning views of the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood. Other activities within driving distance include white water rafting, the beautiful Maryhill museum, the Stonehenge replica, and many excellent wineries. We especially enjoy Cascade Cliffs in Wishram, Memaloose and Tetrahedron in Lyle.
Lisa and David are the most gracious and helpful hosts that you can imagine. We felt as if we were their honored guests. You will find this house to be perfectly equipped and the hosts to be there to answer any questions.
If you are considering staying in the White Salmon area, our family wholeheartedly recommends this home.
You discovered our little secret of seeing the stars at night from bed :-). We love that. We're very glad you were able to take advantage of and enjoy all of the amenities inside the house as well as in the beautiful surroundings of the Columbia River Gorge. We try to offer each guest a unique and wonderful experience in our home.
My 9 year old daughter and I had a great experience at this special location. The home was replete with all essentials, and it felt very homey and welcoming. It's an extremely quiet and private space, with easy access to White Salmon, fruit orchards, rafting, hood river etc. the views from almost every room are magnificent. Be sure to bring warm clothes for the very cool mountain evenings. And enjoy the Lammas, humming birds and deer.
We're very happy that you and your daughter found our home so welcoming and comfortable and well-suited to your needs, and that your stay was enjoyable. We find it a complete joy to sit back and watch the resident wildlife enjoying the peace of life on the Hill as well as our neighbors' llamas! We welcome you back again.
Great views of Mount Adams
This is a very spacious home with nice furnishings and panoramic views from everywhere. Also a spacious yard and a nearby trail that provides an excellent vista view of the gorge. It suited our needs well as a home base for a predetermined itinerary.
We are glad that you were able to take advantage of and enjoy the amenities of our house, including the nearby trails, and that it suited your needs well. Thank you for your review.
Just what we needed!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in White Salmon, and the house was the perfect place for us. The house has a lot of personality. Lisa, you have a great way of decorating that makes every room feel like home. All the personal touches (and yes, we loved the chocolate and coffee you put there just for us!) made it hard to leave. We enjoyed the ride to and from the house as much as we did our destinations. The directions are specific and to the point. I am the world's worst navigator, so this was really appreciated! We loved the mountain view from the living room! The kitchen was very user friendly, so making meals there was easy and convenient. We loved our day trips! There is so much to see! Hood River had lots of restaurants, windsurfing, kite-boarding, wine tasting - lots of fun! The stars at night were incredible! It was a great time had by all! Thank you!
We are very happy that our House on the Hill suited your needs and helped to make a comfortable and enjoyable vacation for you. Meeting the needs of our guests, as much as we are able, is our pleasure. Thank you for your review. We hope you return.
Our custom built home sits upon 15 acres of rolling fields which not only provide outstanding mountain views but also local wildlife viewing from the house/deck. Surrounding our property are top-notch recreational trails. 1000+ acres of ranch, Trust, and Forest Service lands provide supreme mountain biking, hiking, and running trails, all accessible to our guests, including direct and easy access from the house to the Coyote Wall/ Syncline, one of the great and beautiful geological features in the Gorge area, rated a top ten attraction in the State of Washington. Mountain biking trails are beginner to expert levels. Wildlife viewing and bird watching is great, including deer (fawns are birthed in the swale below our home, approx. 150 feet away, in the late spring), coyotes, rabbits, porcupines, occasionally a bobcat wanders along, red-tailed hawks, ospreys, jays, finches, flickers, mountain bluebirds, great horned and pygmy owls, and bald eagles all call Burdoin Mtn and the surrounding area home and are visible or audible from our house. Views from the house are oriented towards Mt. Adams to the north, with east views towards the 5000 ft. Simcoe range in Eastern Washington, the Eastern Columbia River Gorge, and territorial/ sunset views to the west. There is a slight summit view of Mt. Hood to the south, more visible in winter when trees are bare. We have one of the most spectacular Gorge views of the entire Columbia River Gorge area and the Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood , within a 2 minute walk from our property, from 2000 feet above the river. It's a lovely place to check out the wind on the river, take a cup of coffee or tea, or just to indulge in a spectacular view! We are minutes driving to the best windsurfing and kiting sites in the Columbia River. Hood River, Oregon, with its cultural, recreational, social events, and restaurants and movie theatres is a mere 20 minutes drive from the house. The town of White Salmon, WA. offers some of the best coffee and breakfast bagels in the Gorge area, a brew pub, Mexican and fusion dining and cafes, as well as a complete grocery store and health food market, within a 10-15 minute drive. A one-week stay in our house will not allow enough time to explore and cover all the usable mountain biking and hiking trails accessible from the house!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
House available for rental April through October. Contact owner for special access request October through March.