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A Magical Place Beside a Magical River

Bedrooms 6
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

You've never seen anything like it. Let's start with the house; an eccentric, artistic, retrofit of a barn and a standing vernacular home connected by a greenhouse/hot tub room that makes you feel cozy and in the middle of the wilderness at the same time. Artisan touches include exquisitely carved beams, functional metal sculpture, a 'wildstyle' fireplace and hearth, a spiral staircase picketed with apple and pear limbs, an outdoor swinging bed (the dream machine), and other details too numerous to mention.

Summer or winter the gathering spot is the huge kitchen/dining/living room area where kids can play, adults cook, and slackers can pull books off the well stocked shelves and ride the plush couches or comfy chairs. In summer you'll move out from there to the giant wrap around decks complete with two hanging beds, for cocktails and river viewing. And in winter you'll retreat the opposite direction to the Fred Flintstone hot tub room for a soak in the unique hot tub.

Upstairs find a sleeping loft furnished with a queen sized bed and two twin beds in an very cozy alcove. Open the window in the summer and let the sound of the river take you down, down down... The master bed and bathroom are also on this floor, both airy and oversized, with a star gazing deck perched off the bedroom. The bath is equipped with a steam room and his and her sinks. There is also a bunk room adjacent to the master but not separated by a door.

Down the back stairs there is a bedroom furnished with a queen sized bed and another bedroom with a queen and a set of bunks. Both are paneled in warm pine finished the old Scandinavian way- sans trim. Beautiful! The downstairs bedrooms share a bath equipped with a 6' claw foot tub accessorized with shower hardware. The floor is limestone pavers which feel great in bare feet- especially in winter when the hydronic heat warms them. Downstairs further is a T.V. room with a large sectional which can serve as two twins and a twin futon couch . On the porch are two hanging beds, the most sought after cribs in the summer. We have slept six (kids) on the king sized bed. It has magnificent views of mountains by day and stars by night. The other bed is a full and has a view of the river!

In Summer slip out the back door to explore the Magical Methow. The property stretches along 1500' of riverfront with many shady nooks to view wildlife from (you will see many many deer, otters, and various other critters here) or write in that journal you've always promised yourself you'd be attending to. And fishermen- seize the day! This stretch of the Methow has a huge population of rainbows, cutthroats, and, in the fall of the year, steelhead. Flies only please! In winter you can traipse along these same byways with only the hush of the river and shush of your skis to accompany you. Birdwatchers also take note- the Methow Conservancy surveyed the property and found the highest concentration of migrating songbirds in the entire valley here.

If your objective is sheer relaxation, wander no further than the paradisical pond, complete with huge decks, a gazebo, and a pure sand beach, that lies to the north of the house. The olympic size trampoline pretty much provides for the kids all day entertainment.

Also, if this house isnt big enough for you we have another house next door with a pool, jacuzzi and four bedrooms.

Keywords: house,ranch,farmhouse,estate,retreat,lodge,bohemian palace,weddings

More Details

Peter J. Vogt
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018


Winthrop Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • wheelchair accessible
  • festivals
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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A Magical Place Beside a Magical River
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews
Ontario, OR

Great house for large gathering with kids.

  • 5 of 5

5 high school friends brought their spouses and kids to meet up. Great place. It is quirky in a good way. It is the kind of place where you could spend several days with kids and never leave. There is just that much to do there. Town of Winthrop is close by with some neat shopping. Also, plenty of places to go for a run or a bike ride around for the parents to get their exercise in. But the kids never needed to leave, they were entertained the entire time just by the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, beautiful spot

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely LOVED this property and house. The house is quirky and unique and slept a lot of people comfortably. The main kitchen is incredibly spacious with good counter space and room for busy people moving around. Pete was so helpful making us feel at home and letting us make the most of the outdoor space of the property all the way down to the river. He also got someone to come in last minute on a holiday week to fix a broken board on the deck by the pond that had been broken by the previous renter. Overall, we had an amazing 5 days here and didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memories Forever

  • 5 of 5

Best place to date. The most eclectic work of art at every turn in this palace. Peter, thank you for sharing this unforgettable stay with us. Very magical!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a memorable house and location- our group looks forward to this stay every year!

  • 5 of 5

A spiral stair case in the kitchen? A hot tub built into the river rock floor of the atrium? Huge two-foot-square beams supporting the ceilings? Beds that hang from chains on the front porch? This place has it all. I could go on and on. Our group has stayed in this house for five years in a row and it has become quite ledgendary amongst those who have had a chance to stay. The quirks are many (missing electrical plates on sockets, no directions about what to expect or how to clean up, holes in the screen door, family photos adorning the walls, etc) but these all just add to the "magic." You never know what you'll discover while exploring the house. Thank you, Peter, I hope you will continue to allow us to enjoy your property for years to come.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Covington, WA, USA

Big cabin for big group

  • 5 of 5

We have a large family and at times it's difficult to find a cabin that will fit all of us, but this cabin was a great fit! It's very big and spacious and has lots of space for kids to play, which was great!

It also has a very old and western style to it and was a very nice and different experience. The best thing was the steam room. There was no jacuzzi, instead it was a soaking tub and was inside the cabin. Overall we had a good experience, everyone was happy and enjoyed their stay.

Thank you

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a Christmas miracle !!

  • 5 of 5

We had a huge crowd (22) and you can't please everyone, but I didn't hear a complaint from the whole group. Everyone kept commenting how this place was perfect. There were a couple things that didn't work, but overall we had such a great time. The owner was very accommodating and that made our stay even more enjoyable. We had our privacy and it was 3 days we will never forget. We are very likely to come back again in the summer.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Methow has ample and varied opportunities for outdoor activities. Call us and we can discuss.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

Most of the parties renting this house are large. If you have a smaller party, we can close off the two back bedrooms which are, in fact a separate mother in law unit. Price for smaller parties may be negotiable depending on season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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