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


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 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.

More Details

Michael Dickson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

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 Idaho

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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Coeur d'Alene Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • 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 ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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).
  • 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 we're planning a 2nd 24' Tipi by the trout ponds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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: 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(61 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.9180326 based on 62 reviews

A Great Place for the Entire Family!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best place we've ever rented. Once we all arrived, noone wanted to leave. Even when our three days were up. The house is beautifully decorated in a rustic style, the rooms are private and comfortable. Unlike most other rentals the kitchen was stocked with everything you need, spices, pots and pans, griddles, pancake mix, flour, sugar, I could go on and on... No need to run to the store for anything. The best part for us had to be the setting. Feeding the trout was a hit! Many trails just a step out the door. An adventure for every age, including our dogs.This was an amazing vacation! We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rural Idaho home

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time! The owners are very welcoming, the house has amazing history, and the surrounding forest land is stunning. Thank you so much for the amazing weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Why 4 Stars and not 5??????
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Perfect spot to get away!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our return trip to elk mountain ranch! Just like last year, the house was fully stocked with all we needed. We saw bald eagles, elk, turkeys, and deer, all from the comfort of the cozy front room of the home... and we loved hiking up the hill behind the old homestead cabin. The views were amazing! We can't wait to come back again. Susan and Mike are always so nice and provide lots of help and recommendations. What a truly special find on VRBO!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time!

  • 5 of 5

Did a company retreat, perfect setting thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Adventure Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! Great place for kids, families, adults! The only thing you need to bring is food! The kitchen couldn't be more complete! Blenders, griddles, all kinds of pots and pans. Dishes, utensils from forks to a pastry blender! There are family movies galore! A spectacular playroom! Snow shoes and sleds to borrow even a dress up closet! Spacious enough for a multi family stay. You won't get in anyone's way. Kids can take a nap without impacting the whole family. So much to do just inside the house-did I mention the all of the games, puzzles crayons? We had such a short visit, only a few of our group got to spend much time outside but there are many different outdoor fun opportunities. We had a variety of age groups from 2-60yrs of age-everyone wishes we could stay longer. Our daughter got married in town and we hosted a 20 person family dinner afterwards and there was plenty of space for all! The house is a cozy combination of new and old. You feel like you are having a bit of trip through the past with all of the different items up for decoration and the architecture! The owners were very, very pleasant and accommodating. If you needed anything or had a question they were only a phone call away. Just pack your bags and some food and you are ready for an adventure!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great weekend at Elk Mountain Ranch...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property and wonderful hosts. Hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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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


Rates & Availability

Coeur d'Alene Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2 2017 - Oct 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Off Season
Oct 2 2017 - May 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
May 2 2018 - Jun 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jun 16 2018 - Sep 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2018 - Oct 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Off Season
Oct 2 2018 - May 1 2019
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $20

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.

CHECK-IN TIME IS 4:00 PM AND CHECK-OUT TIME IS 11:00 AM. 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.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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