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BEAUTIFUL ELK MOUNTAIN RANCH ADJOINS OVER 2 MILLION ACRES OF NATIONAL FOREST!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Secluded Mountain Ranch, Serene, Peaceful, Beautiful & ONLY 15 minutes to Cd'A!

This magnificent and spacious home has 6 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The unique setting of this home is at the confluence of two streams and surrounded by pristine natural beauty to stir your heart. Like a painting come to life with romantic rock bridges, quaint stone steps and walls, lush pastures, fruit trees, flowers and jade-green ponds; this is a dream come true! This enchanting home is located at the gateway into the vast National Forest. This 150 Acre ranch is surrounded on three sides by U.S. Forest land; 2 1/2 Million Acres extending to Montana and Canada! There are deer, elk, moose, bear, wolves, bald eagles, wild turkeys, and ermine on or visiting this ranch; and we have maintained the property as a wildlife preserve. There are no visible neighbors and this is a place of serenity, peace and complete quiet except for nature!

The two streams are Marie Creek, which has high water in the Spring and early summer, along with several large pools of water and log waterfalls into mid-July. By early to mid-August, Marie Creek goes underground by the ranch. It continues to run above the ranch in the National Forest. Searchlight Creek runs the north-south length of the ranch and in front of the house. Searchlight Creek runs year round and is a perfect creek for children to play in the creek and the pools.

Home is 4,000 S.F with 6 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 2 Stone Fireplaces and a great Western Decor!

Elk Mountain Ranch was homesteaded in 1908 and the Deed is signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, on display at ranch. The center of the current house was built in 1930, and retains much of the charm of that time period. The later additions are very western and rustic.

This family ranch was offered as a Vacation Rental beginning May 1, 2014 for the first time. The furnishings and décor are that of a high quality, Western motif reflective of the love we have for this beautiful ranch.

The ranch is 150 acres with access into the National Forest. You can pan for gold in the creek! We now have a fire pit and provide firewood for your use! You can bring your Mountain Bikes, ATV's, Snowmobiles or Cross Country Skis and stay for a fun-filled vacation summer or winter! We do provide sleds for our awesome sledding hill and snowshoes to use on the ranch or into the adjacent National Forest land. We now have 2 full size Tipis, beautifully hand painted with native designs which are great for photos, overnight sleeping, for children to play inside or for quiet meditation.

Elk Mountain Ranch is also a private trout hatchery comprised of three separate spring-fed ponds where they are raised from fingerlings to full size adult trout which in turn, spawn, and continue the cycle. We provide trout food for our guests for which the trout which put on a spectacular show! We allow absolutely no fishing on the ranch and breaking this rule will forfeit one's damage deposit. Only the bald eagles and osprey fish unhindered; and we want our guests to enjoy all this majesty of nature.

More Details

Owner
Michael Dickson
Member since: 2013
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
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Michael Dickson

Elk Mountain Ranch has been in our family for over 40 years. My Dad was a German Artistic Stone Mason as is evident at the ranch. Our family immensely enjoyed and loved living at the ranch. We enjoyed foreign guests who came and stayed at the ranch, and it was such a wonderful experience, we decided to officially offer the home as a Vacation Rental. My parents lived there into their late 80's, as it was such a healthy environment. The ranch is now a wildlife reserve and timber farm. We live a short distance away which is convenient for care-taking the home and property. When you stay there, you have the home all to yourself!

Michael Dickson purchased this chateau / country house in 1970

Why Michael Dickson chose Coeur d'Alene

Elk Mountain Ranch is one of the most unique and beautiful properties in the Northwest. We found it amazing to feel so remote, secluded and peaceful and yet we could commute into Coeur d'Alene in 15 minutes for Shopping, Groceries, Restaurants, Church, Social Activities, Art Shops, the City Beach, or Silverwood Theme Park. In the photo we are tubing on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River which is just 25 minutes east, via Interstate 90.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

At Elk Mountain Ranch you can imagine it is 1906 and experience the peace and observe the wildlife just like the first pioneers did! ....If you'd rather golf at the World's only floating green, that is only 15 minutes away!....If you'd like a 'Cowboy steak' that is so huge you can't eat it all, that is 10 minutes away at the famous Wolf Lodge Inn & Steakhouse!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are a family from Kanagawa, Japan who stayed at Elk Mountain Ranch before it was officially a Vacation Rental. We and our three children watched "Little House On the Prairie," and were intrigued with the American West. We contacted the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce looking for a recommendation of a real western ranch to stay at on our vacation. Elk Mountain Ranch was recommended. We stayed for 10 days and it was beautiful, memorable, and the best vacation of our entire lives. The owners even had Western cowboy hats, prairie bonnets and clothes so we could dress up and take pictures. We went horseback riding, hiking, enjoyed the ranch and the easy drive to Coeur d'Alene. It was an experience of a lifetime and we wouldn't trade the memories for a million dollars!!! We still keep in touch with the ranch owners and love them like family!! Thank you so much!

Yukuto and Yoshiko
Jul 2001
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Amenities

Coeur d'Alene Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No fishing in the trout ponds, or deposit will be forfeited. No more than 12 guests on the premises, or deposit will be forfeited.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs; goes with Balcony Suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main Floor; across hall from Silver Bedroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Main Floor; would be used by the Loft, Moose, Wolf Bedrooms.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Bathroom is upstairs and adjoins the Bear's Den.
  • Balcony Suite has private 3/4 bath (shower); Silver Room is across hall from 3/4 bath (shower); Bear's Den Room has a 1/2 bath; Additional full bath on main floor with shower/tub (below Loft Room).
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Balcony Suite - 1 queen
    Silver Room - 1 queen
    Moose Bedroom - 1 queen
    Wolf Lair Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Bear's Den Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Native American Bedroom - 1 double
  • BALCONY SUITE has a Queen Bed and is on the 2nd floor with it's own stairway and bathroom with a shower. It has two balconies; outside & inside. The SILVER ROOM is on the main floor and has a Queen Bed and is across the hall from a full bath. The MOOSE ROOM has a Queen Bed and is on the main floor. The WOLF'S LAIR has a single bed and is on the main floor. The BEAR'S DEN is on the second floor and is in the original 1930's-vintage portion of the house. It has it's own stairway and has two single beds and a full size bed. Bear's Den also has a 1/2 Bath. The NATIVE AMERICAN Bedroom is on the second floor and has a full size bed; also has it's own stairway. There is an extra Queen size hide-a-bed in the REC ROOM, if you need extra sleeping on the main floor. The original 1908 Cabin is now a one room BUNK House with very rustic bunk beds just for fun! We also have a 20' TIPI to play in or to sleep in for a native experience; and a 2nd 24' TIPI by the trout ponds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Property adjoins U.S. Forest Service and Horizon Equestrian Park. The Park provides miles of great hiking trails maintained by the Backwoods Horseman's Association. The Forest Service land offers hundreds of miles for 4-Wheeling, Riding, Snowmobiling, Hunting, Huckleberry Picking, etc. Neighboring old time family ranch offers Guided Trail Rides, Family Barn Night, Wedding Facility, Wagon & Hayrides, Evening Dinner Rides with chuck-wagon steak dinner on their private 1,000 acre ranch: www.riderranch.com for more details. We are also just minutes from Wolf Lodge Steakhouse, Nationally renowned for giant 'Cowboy' and 'Cowgirl' steaks! Elk Mountain Ranch is ten minutes from Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene; and also the Wolf Lodge Exit (#22) of Interstate 90 can take you to the City of Coeur d'Alene in five minutes; or you can go east into the Silver Valley with Skiing at Silver Mountain, Mine Tours, Water Park, Gondola, Summer Concerts &Tubing on the Coeur d'Alene River.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.877551 based on 99 reviews
5

Great vacation for the entire family.

  • 5 of 5

We (all 13 of us) thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Elk Mountain Ranch. The house can easily accommodate a group our size which included 9 adults, Twin boys age 13 and 2 year old boy/girl twins. The owners really go out of their way to stock the house with everything you need for all ages. The surroundings are beautiful and the memories we made are priceless.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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5

Relaxation in heaven!

  • 5 of 5

The hosts were so gracious and absolutely everything you need is here! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you need including spices, pancake mix and syrup. The house is huge, and all my family fit. Loved picking berries every morning for breakfast. Kids would have a field day here. The grill was awesome. Hiking on property was super although a bit challenging if you wanted. I would so come back in a minute. 1/2 hour from Coeur D'Alene.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The views are astounding!

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect for anyone wanting to get away from their busy lives and enjoy a quiet getaway! Watching the turkeys and their babies feed everyday through the huge windows in the large den was a real treat. So many animals to see, lots of nature trails to walk and many photo ops. This house is the best stocked house we ever rented (and we’ve rented a lot). The house rustic and not modern, but the main draw is the location.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5

Incredible character in the ranch house!

  • 5 of 5

Fun to hike and feed the trout!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5

Peaceful and secluded with lots to do

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best vacations my family has had. The owners of this property are some of the nicest people. We enjoyed visiting with them The home is full of interesting history. If you forgot something, no worries pretty sure they have whatever you need. The house is very well stocked. I have never stayed anywhere that has had such a well stocked pantry and bathroom. They have every amenity needed to stay in touch with the outside world, but you won’t need it. Our teenage kids r usually glued to video games, cell phones, or TV. Not here. They were outside the whole week! We even played games as a family. The kids loved learning to play croquet, and badminton. They also played lots of other board games after dark that were available in the game room. They have any game you can think of! We all enjoyed feeding the trout and sitting around the fire pit in the evenings. Drinking coffee and watching the deer, turkey, ground squirrels, and birds. We even picked some fresh raspberries and blueberries and made a couple of homemade pies. There is plenty of property to explore and several hiking trails as well. We rented a boat and spent a day on the lake. The options for adventure in this area are endless! We hope to return someday. Would love to visit in the winter. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. Many great memories were made for us last week.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5

Highly recommended for families and anyone wanting to get away from the city and enjoy nature.

  • 5 of 5

We met the owners upon arriving and they were very accommodating. My family had an awesome week vacation at Elk Mountain Ranch. We highly recommend this place to families. We live in Los Angles and the city of concrete. To go to a ranch filled with nature was a lovely opportunity for a family. The kids feed the fish, played in the fields and explored nature. The adults took lovely hikes along trails and sat and observed the wildlife. Birds, deer and butterflies abound. In the evening we made a large fire and had s'mores. Everyone went to bed happy and looking forward to the next day. There was plenty of room for people to find some personal space and then come back to interact with the family. Everything needed (pillows, blankets, towels, spices, pots, silverware) was provided and easily obtained.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Spokane International Airport
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Coeur d'Alene
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Floating Green Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Wolf Lodge Inn
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Silver Mountain
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Higgins Point

Elk Mountain Ranch is in the area known as Wolf Lodge which is a north/south valley lying north of Wolf Lodge Bay of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Lake is just ten minutes from the ranch; there are docks,marinas, several restaurants, boat launching, lakefront park at Higgins Point. and public sandy beach areas from Wolf Lodge Bay all the way back to the city of Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene is a total of 15 minutes from the ranch, with all the amenities of 'The City By The Lake' an easy an breathtaking drive along Lake Coeur d'Alene! There is not one traffic light between Elk Mountain Ranch and Coeur d'Alene!

Coeur d'Alene now has a brand new Zip Line which overlooks beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene ! More information at www.ziptimberline.com.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $25

CANCELLATION POLICY: 100% REFUND IF CANCELLED AT LEAST 60 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL TIME; LESS A $25 Cancellation Processing Fee. If Cancellation is after 60 days, a refund will be considered, in the event of a verifiable emergency.

HOLIDAY BOOKINGS: FOR THE HOLIDAYS OF THE 4TH OF JULY, THANKSGIVING, AND CHRISTMAS WE WILL REQUIRE A 5 DAY MINIMUM STAY. WE DO NOT INCREASE OUR RATES AT THESE TIMES. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY BOOKINGS THAT ARE LESS THAN THE 5 DAYS, OR FOR DATES THAT INTERFERE WITH THIS POLICY.

CHECK-IN TIME IS 4:00 PM AND CHECK-OUT TIME IS 11:00 AM. During the summer season, when guests are leaving the same day, please come closer to 5 PM to make sure we are done cleaning. In the off season or when we don't have guests leaving and coming on the same day, we can be flexible with those times, and we can arrange to have you come any time after 2 PM.

DAMAGE DEPOSIT: THE DAMAGE DEPOSIT WILL BE FORFEITED IF THE NUMBER OF GUESTS EXCEEDS 12 OR THE NUMBER SPECIFICALLY AGREED TO BY THE OWNERS. DAMAGE DEPOSIT WILL ALSO BE FORFEITED IF GUESTS BREAK OUR RULE THAT YOU MAY NOT FISH IN OUR TROUT-HATCHERY PONDS.

PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST THE USE OF ELK MOUNTAIN RANCH FOR WEDDINGS OR ANY ACTIVITY OVER OUR LIMIT OF 12 GUESTS. WE ARE NOT LICENSED TO HOST WEDDINGS AND OUR FACILITIES ARE NOT FOR PUBLIC FUNCTIONS OR EVENTS.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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