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Beautiful Riverfront Home

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom 2 bath on the Big Deschutes River

Otterhouse is located right on the Deschutes River, 5 minutes from Sunriver Village and 20 minutes from downtown Bend or Mt. Bachelor. This 2 BR/2 BA, 2200sf vacation home sits 30 feet from the Deschutes River, directly across from a wetland/forest wildlife preserve. Quiet. Bucolic. This is the perfect retreat for playing in Central Oregon’s recreational paradise.

Enjoy unlimited mountain biking, fly fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, golfing, horse back riding, dirt bike riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding on dozens of local rivers and lakes, as well as water skiing and sailing in the Cascade Lakes recreational areas. Don’t miss the numerous festivals and events in Sunriver, Bend, Sisters and Redmond. Enjoy fine dining, terrific microbreweries, art galleries and live music venues throughout this vibrant area.

This riverside two-story chalet-style home features an open floor plan with natural light and vaulted cedar ceilings. It has a spacious, warm library/loft as well as a large TV entertainment room. There’s even a 9 foot shuffleboard table. The library sports a queen sleeper couch and there are two twin floor futons for sleeping wherever you like. The master bedroom has a California king and the downstairs bedroom a queen, both with luxury linens.

The living room features a pellet stove, soft leather furniture and a lovely bistro table at the windows overlooking the river. French doors open to the patio from the dining area, offering a gas BBQ, intimate seating area, as well as a dining deck to take in the breathtaking views. The kitchen is fully equipped and then some. A laundry room with washer/dryer/iron/board is available as well. Amenities include free WiFi, flat screen TV with surround sound and Blue Ray DVD player, Ipod docking speakers/alarm clocks.

Sit and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife from inside or outside. Watch deer, elk, otter, ducks, geese, osprey, eagles and the rare great owl. Other visitors include squirrels, raccoons, foxes and cottontails. You can walk to an eagle’s nest, or launch a boat right from the yard; there’s even a good fishing hole right out front!

Although wonderfully private and in a quiet neighborhood, it is less than 5 minutes to Sunriver Village, and all its amenities, including: grocery store, restaurants, shopping, equipment rentals, stables, observatory, nature center, new huge pool complex, and ice rink(winter only).

Come and see for yourself; we think you will love our mountain paradise!

More Details

Lars Ihle
Member since: 2014
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 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Lars Ihle

My wife, Jean, and I love the outdoors and the Bend area is paradise for us . Whether it’s mountain biking or fishing, kayaking and canoeing, the best is here in Bend. Not to mention excellent, locally sourced dining , and fantastic local breweries.

Lars Ihle purchased this house in 2012

Why Lars Ihle chose Bend

Right on the river with a view of nature. Launch a kayak right off the back lawn.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Relaxing at the Otter House”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 NEW

The Otter House was exactly as advertised. It looks just like the pictures, was very clean, in great condition, and well stocked with towels, games, books, kitchen supplies, and a great location along the river. The beds were very comfortable, there was plenty of hot water and all the appliances worked. The owner was easy to work with. We did everything by email which made it convenient. There are a few restaurants, well stocked supermarket (not just a small country market), gas station and post office within 5-10 minutes of the house. Note that while the house address is "Bend", it is actually located in Sun River, almost 21 miles southwest of Bend. But with what little traffic there is (if you can call it traffic), it only takes 20-25 minutes to drive to downtown Bend. The house was also equipped with a couple of bikes and kayaks for our use which was great to have. We were able to put in to the river right from the back yard.
May 2014
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Bend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Master bedroom upstairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
There is also a sleeper couch and futon available.


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Beautiful Riverfront Home
average rating of 4.904762 based on 26 reviews
Greer, SC

Great property! Perfect for family fun.

  • 5 of 5

The property was well stocked with anything you would need including many games and movies. The beds were comfortable and very welcome after a long day of snowboarding. Kids enjoyed seeing the birds outside the window and water birds in the river. Thanks for a fantastic stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time at Otter house

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Otter house. This was our third time renting the place. We had beautiful fall weather and were able to take advantage of all the house and its location had to offer. Being able to kayak from the backyard was a big plus. Easy access to the many miles of bike trails and short drive to the spectacular Cascade Lakes Highway.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pullman Washington

What a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

This house is a real gem. We hated to leave when our stay was over. The house is well designed and very comfortable. The added availability of bikes and kayaks was the frosting on the cake!

The location is peaceful and convenient for exploring the beautiful high desert and the surrounding mountains.

We loved staying at Otter House and plan to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best view on the whole river. Ducks!

  • 5 of 5

The place is impeccably kept up. The outside yard and view are gorgeous. Ducks and other birds. Deer sleep in the yard. It's quiet! The only downside was leaving. We have to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The OtterHouse

  • 5 of 5

Amazing home right on the Deschutes River! THe house was well stocked and the owners had put a lot of thought into attention to detail. The home has a/c and this year we definitely needed it. THe nights were cool so we were able to use the fire pit nearly every evening. The otter house has lots of games for children as well as a large assortment of books. We used 2 of the 4 bikes and took them by car to Sun River and rode the bike trails. We fed the wildlife daily and were rewarded with many birds, squirrels, ducks, and a family of deer that came every day. We would highly recommend this gem of a vacation rental to anyone who wants a delightful, quiet, yet convenient place to call home for a bit.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a peaceful and relaxing place at Otterhouse.

  • 5 of 5

First, we were blessed with wonderful weather that inspired lots of outdoor activities. We did a two hour float on the river with the double kayak and the canoe and ended right at the house. We took Uber back to the car and what a wonderful couple of hours. Otter house is so conveniently located to so much fun. The house itself, was just right-comfortable and spacious and nicely decorated. Bird watching from the backyard at cocktail hour was great. There is a redwing blackbird that never backed down from the larger scrub jay at the bird feeder. The only animals he backed down from were 5 deer that came along and with their long tongues, cleaned the feeder out! All in all, excellent! Next time we will stay a whole week. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 8.0%

Cancellation Policy:
$200 deposit will be forfeited if cancellation is done with less than 30 days before arrival date.
Please be aware that dates shown with a diagonal line through them are not available for booking due to house cleaning. Stays of more than one week will incur an additional cleaning fee of $60
Thank you,
Lars Ihle

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.