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Lifewater Ranch - A Place Of Rest And Healing. Fishing, Hiking, Spa, Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 0 - 1 nights


About the property

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We cater to families and those in need of healing and rest.

Prices are geared toward inexpensive yet quality family vacations.

World class fishing, river rafting and hunting is available in the area as well.

We feature a solar heated pool (generally available from June-September) and a nice large hot tub for year-around relaxing and star gazing.

Our grounds occupy 160 acres - lots of room for hiking and exploring. Several ponds are also available for fishing and swimming. We are located about 15 minutes off of Highway 12 about halfway between Lewiston and Missoula. Animals are present as this is a working ranch as well. We have chickens, Scottish Highland cattle, and a few horses.

A more details listing as well as our event calendar and photos can be found at our website of the same name.

More Details

Sanford Staab
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Sanford Staab

I am an ex-retired homeowner doing my best to keep this ranch by sharing it with others. I used to be a Microsoft Developer, made my fortune and came here for Y2K and to retire only to lose it to professional money managers. I have long had a vision to share this beautiful place with others and at the same time help support the many talented and interesting people that live in this area. I am also a chess coach and love to help kids learn how to think clearly.

Sanford Staab purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why Sanford Staab chose Kooskia

Kooskia is in the Palouse valley and is known as the banana belt of the northwest. It is one of the best kept secrets for a quality lifestyle. My kids have left the house so now we have a large, empty place we want to share. This property has so much water on it and herbs and views and beauty, we just love it. You will experience the feeling of wilderness with the top notch comforts of a fancy home complete with AC and uninterruptable power.

Water is in our name because that is what we have with the highest quality and a lot of quantity.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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Guestbook comments from the owner
Feb 2016
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Kooskia Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Guest - toilet , On main floor off of living room - two door entry.
    Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Off of master bedroom
    Basement - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Guest Room - 1 twin/ single , upstairs
    Boys Room - 1 bunk bed , Boys room colors - upstairs
    Girls Room - 1 twin/ single , Girls room colors - upstairs
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Available for an extra fee. PC and private bathroom
    Basement - 1 king , 1 child bed , Pool Table, Entertainment Center, PC access, Private Bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
See our visiting staff and programs pages at for details. Guests can make arrangements ahead of time to enlist the many local talents here for such things as housekeeping, cooking, herb instruction, massage, custom healthcare, tours, nature hikes, exercise, hunting, river rafting, etc. Call the owner if you don't see what you want.


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Lifewater Ranch - A Place Of Rest And Healing. Fishing, Hiking, Spa, Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Gorgeous wedding getaway for a very affordable price

  • 5 of 5

We held our wedding ceremony here on June 26th 2017 and it couldn't have been any more perfect. This property is absolutely breathtaking! The owner was very kind and went above and beyond to help make our special day be a very memorable one. We fell in love with the area. The pool was a great bonus along with the hot tub. Being able to watch the stars at night while relaxing in the hot tub was one of my favorite things about lifewater. Our family enjoyed the pool in the heat of the day and then had fun in the evenings while playing by the ponds and catching some frogs. The owner also allowed us to ride around in the 160 acre property on our dirt bikes, feed the cows some alfalfa pellets and allowed us to use some wood from the property to build the arbor we used for our wedding. Overall we really enjoyed our stay while at lifewater.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I equally loved having these people here for our very first wedding! They were honest, accommodating and respectful of my property. We had 30 people here which was utter chaos - yet all went well. The experience gave me information that I was able to use to improve features of this place for larger groups. I was especially happy that I was able to use our outdoor music system to play their wedding march and other music for the reception. I was also able to make some improvements to our RV hookup to make future guest stays less of a hassle. Lifewater Ranch is out there and takes a bit to get to but I have found very few people that didn't feel it was worth the drive.
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Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

Private get-a-way. Large comfortable well appointed home with salt water pool and big hot tub set in a gorgeous wooded setting. We had a family reunion here and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Had pretty much everything we needed. The pool was a definite attraction, getting much use. Plenty of areas for different groups to congregate. Pool table, large screen TV with online access, trails to hike and lots of wildlife to see. Beautiful area. We'll be back and will recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wild River Adventures
A blast for rafters
Syringa Lodge
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Clearwater International Airport
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Orofino Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Kooskia Cafe
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Mount Idaho Skiing
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Button Berach
Car: necessary

Lifewater Ranch lies close to the bitterroot mountains of Idaho, some of the most scenic and wild areas of the US. Game hunting and world class fishing and water rafting are available nearby. Ecologically untouched, abundant wildlife and totally healthy.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Damage Insurance $99
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until confirmation is received.
You can bypass VRBO rates by registering directly at
See our calendar of events at for available times.
Rent is for whole house with owner in master bedroom. For an extra $100/night the owner will move out and use of the Master Bedroom is available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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