About the property
- House4000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
4 Bedrooms With Amazing Master Suite, 5 Baths, Huge Decks, View, Playroom
Perched on the top of a tree covered hill overlooking Hayden Lake, its Tudor style inspired our kids to name it 'The Castle House.' It is large (appx 4500 sq ft), yet cozy and intimate at the same time. It is perfect for couples, families, or multiple families. The great layout allows for both privacy and inviting spaces for gathering.
The main floor is perfect for entertaining. You can easily gather with your family or friends in the open concept chef's kitchen overlooking both living and dining spaces. The kitchen includes high end appliances, 2 drawer dishwashers, prep sink, beverage fridge, and a professional 48' double oven range. The lake view dining room table with seating for 6 sits next to a gas fireplace and is open to a cozy living room with fireplace and television. The breakfast nook offers more lake view seating for up to 6 and a cupboard full of board games and cards. People can dine, play games, chat, sit by the fire and watch television, all in close proximity to one another. Step out the slider to the expansive deck with gas grill. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying the lake view by day and the city light view by night.
Also on the main floor you will find both a powder room and ¾ bath.
There is also an office on the main floor with desk and printer. The office also sleeps two. This is a perfect space for a grandparent or anyone who might have difficulty with stairs (Please note: sleeping arrangements in the office include two twins, one of which is a trundle which sits low to the ground. It might be difficult for some seniors to get in and out of).
Winding up the wooden staircase with wrought iron rails, you will find a balcony with a seating area perfect to read a book, or watch for deer in the front yard from the window seat.
The master bedroom is fit for a King and Queen with king size bed, gas fireplace, television, private deck, huge walk in closet , en suite bath with travertine throughout that includes stand alone deep soaking tub, two vanities, steam shower with two shower heads, heated floors and separate enclosed toilet.
There are two additional bedrooms upstairs. One has a queen bed, the other a full bed.
You will also find an additional full bath and laundry room
This is a walk out space with a slider and 10 foot ceilings throughout, so there is nothing about this space that says 'basement.' It's perfect for a second family or the teenagers. It is a private suite with expansive shaded deck, living area, bedroom with king bed, ¾ bath and kitchenette with sink and microwave.
While the adults are enjoying themselves upstairs, the kids will love playing in a space of their own. There is a very large playroom with foam rubber flooring with a swing, mini basketball hoop, lots of toys such as a lego table, blocks, matchbox cars, play kitchen, tables and chairs, books, and games for younger children.
We are sure you will feel at home in the Castle House!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Karen Winter
Hi from Mark and Karen! We LOVE our Castle House in Coeur d'Alene! After buying it, we put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making it what it is today. Sadly, not long after our project was completed, we needed to move closer to Mark's work. So, we decided to start a new adventure in the vacation rental business. Since we can't be there full time, it's nice to be able to share it! We know you will love being there as much as we do.
Karen Winter purchased this House in 2006
Why Karen Winter chose Hayden View Estates
We chose Coeur d'Alene because of the natural beauty:lakes, trees, and wildlife! Both Mark and Karen were looking at home listings together one night. We had looked at one after another, but hadn't found anything really awe inspiring. But, when we saw the picture of our house for the first time, we were stunned in a good way!! I guess it took our breath away! It reminded us of something that would be in a fairytale- something totally unique to the area. It was the Tudor style that inspired our kids to name it 'The Castle House.' The name has stuck ever since.
What makes this House unique
The first thing that made us fall in love with this home was the VIEW to die for: the lake, trees and mountains! And, at night, city lights! Seeing a doe with her two spotted twins in the yard the first time we were at the house helped too. We are only 1 block from the National Forest, where you can take a nature walk. The home is in close proximity to more outdoor recreational activities than we can mention. Here you are close enough to town, yet far enough to feel like you're 'away from it all'. The serenity of the nature surrounding the neighborhood makes it easy to relax. You'll have the best of both worlds here. You can easily enjoy the lake (it's 10 minutes away), but escape the summer noise of the lake and still enjoy it's beauty at the house. Did we mention the views? We have a fantastic gourmet kitchen if you love to cook, but if you don't, you are close to great local dining. Karen is a huge fan of the unique shopping. With all the space the Castle House is perfect for multiple families or multiple generations. Although there is lots of space, the feeling of the home is warm and cozy. We love the tudor style architecture. The home has so much character. Having kids we knew the separate play/hang out space for kids and teens would be perfect. We love to be surrounded by friends and family so the large decks for outdoor entertaining during the summer are the best, while we have plenty of room for gathering indoors by the fire during the winter.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Well appointed lake view property in a peaceful setting.
The owners were very easy to work with and flexible when requests were made to improve our enjoyment of the property. "Property manager" right across the street proved very helpful and went above and beyond to assist us!
Would recommend this retreat for family gatherings, as there is something for everyone to enjoy within the property. Especially good for those seeking a quiet getaway from a busy life, where nature can be experienced in an extremely comfortable and luxurious setting.
A little piece of Heaven 💕
Our family had a wonderful time. My children absolutely LOVED the playroom in the basement and the view from the deck is beyond compare. The owners were great to work with and the house and property had everything we needed and more than we could have wished for. We'd love to come back for a longer vacation & stay again!
Great Family Vacation Home
Everything is top of the line in this house. The views are to die for and so is the kitchen and master bathroom and bedroom. Very quiet neighborhood with no noise from neighbors whatsoever. The owners are responsive and easy to work with. The downstairs playroom was my kids' favorite place to be and my 3 year old cried and cried when we finally returned home because he declared the rental was now his home and he wanted to go back and live there. We will definitely be back when we return to CDA!
Beautiful home / spectacular views -- Family Thanksgiving trip
We stayed at this house over Thanksgiving to spend time with family from the nearby Spokane area. The house was everything that was advertised in the description and more.
The owner was extremely helpful and answered several questions by phone and email before we arrived. During our stay, the owner was available for questions with immediate responses by phone and text messaging.
The main floor was an open floor plan with the kitchen flowing into the dining room and living area. This worked especially well for those of us watching the football and basketball games on the large flat screen TV in the living area. The chef’s kitchen was stocked with everything you need, high end appliances and looked out towards the lake/city/mountain views.
As described, the kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms at the back of the house have 3 levels of large decks with spectacular views of Hayden Lake, the nearby valley, city lights and the mountains that frame the valley.
All of the bedrooms had comfortable beds and large closets. Each room also came with a view. The master bedroom was really over the top with a large flat screen TV, fire place, huge walk-in closet, large bathroom with a steam/shower room and luxurious bath that had the best views in the house.
The interiors were beautifully decorated and you could tell that the owners put a lot of attention into the details.
The house was immaculately clean and well stocked with bedding, towels, and personal care amenities.
Each day we enjoyed watching the local deer and even had some wild turkeys stop by.
Our visit also included a trip into nearby Coeur D’Alene for some holiday festivities that included a little bar-hopping and a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk with holiday lights.
Overall, this property was terrific and we will have memories from this trip that will last a lifetime. We are looking forward to our next visit to the ‘Castle House’!
We couldn't have asked for more. Comfortable, clean and the best view in town.
When you walk into the house you know what a great place you've rented. We had two couples and appreciated the 2 king beds, one upstairs and one downstairs. So plenty of privacy. However the deck and the view of the lake is the icing on the cake. Our only issue was a slightly temperamental thermostat, which could have been more of an issue if the weather was hotter. But bottom line... We'll stay here again on our next trip to the area.
We have been looking into the issue with the thermostat. Our guests who followed this visit did not experience problems, but we are nonetheless changing out both thermostats.
My overall impression of the stay in Hayden Lake, Idaho was positive. We had a wonderful play room, AC, and a kitchen equipped with more utensils and dishes and pots and pans than I've ever seen. Great for cooking. The house was very spacious and had lots of bathrooms and balconies. It was a very expensive splurge for us! We were charged more for an extra person who was 3 years old. There are interior video cameras and we learned to ignore them. The owner was extremely nice and helpful on the phone. It is closer to the freeway than the Amusement Park (21 miles) that we visited.
We are very happy that our guests had an enjoyable stay, but are disappointed that there is some dissatisfaction. We would like to offer our perspective regarding fees and our security system.
Our VRBO listing itemizes all fees, and all prospective guests receive an itemized quote. There are no hidden fees, nor are fees added after guests accept the quote. The additional fee referenced was for large parties, and is listed as “parties of 7 or more” on the quote. This was a party of eight. We can certainly understand that from a guest perspective, it may seem unfair, but there are a few reasons that this fee is charged.
The house is large and has quite a bit of detail work that takes time to clean to the high standard that we expect for our guests. There is more involved in housekeeping for a vacation rental than what is typical for one’s private home. When larger parties rent the home, there is extra time required for housekeeping and laundry, as well as more use of consumables. The large party fee is used to cover additional expenses. (While the fee is not related to age, our youngest guests may even result in more housekeeping time after enjoying the playroom and simply doing what all young kids do).
The house is equipped with a security system that includes a video camera in the living area of the house. It is only activated when the alarm is armed when the house is vacant. This camera is mentioned in written communication sent to guests before their stay. In this communication, guests are informed that the camera is not active while the home is occupied. We also suggest that guests cover it if they are bothered by it. Guests of course have complete privacy in our home.
We do send quite a bit of information, so it is understandable that details might be forgotten. Also, we now realize that while we are accustomed to security systems and their devices, our guests might not be. We will revise the written information to include more information about the various components of our security system, and post the information in an obvious place in the house.
We would like to emphasize that we are always available to guests to answer questions or address concerns. It is unfortunate these concerns were not brought to our attention during the stay.
The location of the Castle House is also perfect for holidays!! Do you have family scattered far and wide at Christmas? Having trouble getting everyone together? How about an early celebration? Start with a Thanksgiving dinner at the house, then celebrate the beginning of Christmas season starting the next day! The Coeur dAlene Resort hosts festivities the day after Thanksgiving, such as the Festival of Trees! Enjoy a banquet hall full of magnificently decorated trees amongst other things!
Or, how about the 4th of July? Not only is this prime season for enjoying the lakes of the area, but our decks are perfectly situated to enjoy the Hayden Lake Country Club firework show that takes place on the lake! Have a BBQ, and watch the fireworks without leaving the comfort of home!
The Castle House is perfectly situated to provide a sense of being secluded and close to nature, yet close enough to necessities and attractions. Deer frequent our yard, and there is a national forest within a 5 minute walk from the house with a hiking trail. A quick drive down the hill, and you'll find groceries, a drug store, a nail salon and deli, just to name a few. Daneen's is 10 minutes away, and has one of the area's best wine selections in addition to great sandwiches and more!
In about 15 minutes, you'll be at Hayden Lake Marina, one of our absolute FAVORITE summer time destinations! You can rent a boat (mention the Castle House and receive a 10-15% discount) and spend the day on Hayden Lake- a pristine and peaceful setting with very little boat traffic. After boating, pull in, be greeted at the dock by one of the Marina's very friendly and helpful employees, and have a drink and/or dinner at
the Boathouse Restaurant, which is right there at the marina! If you just want to take a dip, try Honeysuckle Beach on Hayden Lake.
If you have kids, they'll LOVE Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park, or the whole family would enjoy bowling at Triple Play- both just down the hill from the house.
Coeur d'Alene is about 15 minutes away, and offers so much in terms of biking, hiking, swimming, coffee houses, specialty shops, art galleries unique boutiques, antiquing and restaurants all on Sherman Avenue. Coeur d'Alene Adventures can get you set up with all your recreational needs: bikes, kayaks, etc!
For dining, we like Tony's on the Lake, Cedars Floating Restaurant, Beverly's at the CdA Resort, Capones and Bonsai. Looking for something really casual? If in season, try a huckleberry shake at Paul Bunyans!! Or, for a very unique dining experience, you can try the Clark House.
If you want to venture a little further out (but not too far!), you can try Farragut State Park- it's absolutely beautiful!! OR- Silver wood Theme Park is AWESOME! There are rides galore, including an enormous wooden roller coaster and a massive outdoor water park with attractions for all ages from toddler to adult!!
The incredibly quaint and scenic city of Sand point is just an hour away too. The drive in itself is a treat- so scenic. In the city, you'll find unique shopping, restaurants, and you won't want to miss City Beach.
In the winter, you have three places to ski to choose from all about an hour from the house. Or, stay close to home and enjoy a day of nearby sledding, come home and kick your feet up by the fire!
Winter time is also prime for bald eagle watching on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Check into cruises at the CdA Resort. You may also see some over Hayden Lake from the windows at home!