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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

A very unique home built by my father in the 70's. On a peninsula, we are right on the beach with a island just off shore adding a bit of privacy. In the high water season (spring and summer) there's a nice swimming hole and in low water season you will have to walk out a bit as the water recedes. We have a spacious yard with plenty of room for RV's and campers or in the winter, snowmobiles and trailers. There is a long interior drive that allows you to pull a boat or trailer through the property without backing up to exit on Gooseneck ct. There is possibility for port a potty rentals in the summer if there were extra people wanting to camp or bring trailers (there are a couple of good parking places under the trees away from the house). There is a stove heated sauna not many steps from the front door that is rather relaxing after the days activities.

The house is very open being the only rooms in the house to have a door are the bathroom and the wood/storage room.
YOU MUST know how to light and keep a fire in the winter months as our electric heating system is way outdated and does very poorly. There are two wood stoves that will keep the cabin plenty warm.

The first floor contains the Kitchen/dinning area that is equipped with a double sink, electric oven/stove, toaster oven, blender, juicer, fridge/freezer, a rock top island/bar and a large dinning table (seats 9) and benches. Sitting areas on the first floor include the sun/solar room with many windows and a futon , long coffee table and few chairs. The other seating area is where the TV and wood stove are located.

At the top of the first set of stairs you will find the bathroom (with an old cast iron tub and a funky shower rigged up that works well enough but should be bigger. There is a book case with some health books, lots of kids books, some hippy books and crayons. There is a futon and an old drafting table with some stools to have deep conversations around or color some pictures. There is a dresser and another bookcase with a growing selection of books before you enter the laundry area. In the bedroom you will find a full size bed and desk with a great lake view out the windows lining the room.

Up the narrow stair case to the third floor is the more private bedroom with a queen and single bed and once again a lake view! Above that is a secret tower which must remain locked...

On the maps it may look like the house is a block from the lake but that is meant to represent the size of the property,. The front lawn ends at the beach area. In the summer months you can enter the property from either Gooseneck Ct. or Scott Ln. whereas mentioned before, there is a round drive connecting those two roads.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Must be watched at the water, we are right on the lake. There is only the gradual recline of the lawn to the beach which makes it easy for toddlers to traverse. Also there are banisters between the floors, a very open hand rail going to the second floor that is not fully finished and matches for the sauna and wood fires. This is not a good match for an unruly or unsupervised child....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outside smoking is fine....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    These are open bedrooms ( no doors)...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    This is a semi private bedroom, it is the entire 3rd floor...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


Other Amenities

  • RV's welcome! Plenty of space! An additional $25 per RV.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A few childrens games......moreless

  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    A educational selection of documentaries and music and a television to watch them on. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There is room for 9 at the old wooden table and 4 more on stools at the rock table....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 13 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Downstairs furnace and portable heaters. Two woodstoves and passive solar windows in the sun room....moreless

  • Parking:

    No covered parking except under trees. Plenty of parking with room for trailers and RVs. Pull through driveway exits onto other street without having to back out....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    2 wood stoves and plenty of wood and kindeling....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There is a coffee grinder with some beans in the kitchen, also some teas....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven:

    We need to upgrade but it works just fine. There are some pans in the bottom drawer. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    An older refrigerator with a fair sized freezer. ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    2 slicer, dark or light. Also a toaster oven in the back room....moreless


  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak and paddleboard rentals available in 2015....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A fair sized yard, a croquet set. A compost heap....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    A few steps out the door. Wood fired and candlelit....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 30 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 24 - Nov 25, 2016
2 night min stay

flat fee
Dec 23 - Dec 25, 2016
3 night min stay

flat fee
new years
Dec 30 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay

flat fee
Winter carnival
Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2017
2 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Taxes Not included


We are open to a one night stay at the rate of $200.00

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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1.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Donald D. Coski Memorial Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tamarack Resort
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Donnelly, The Buffalo Gal
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
Tamarack Resort

Car: Necessary

Several miles from Tamarack Resort, just a 2 mile snowmobile, jet ski or boat across the lake. A 25 minuite drive to McCall accross the scenic valley.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1925

About the owner: My name is Rhea and I am the daughter of the incredible man that built this cabin. I live in a hut not far away.

Why the Owner Chose Donnelly, ID, USA:
Jon: 'It's a hand me down property. My grandfather got it from the government, probably stoled from the Indians. The cove is more protected from the wind than the lake proper and it seemed like a good place to build a cabin, grow a garden and keep a goat.'

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The old logs, the bones of the structure seem to strike people singularly. The candlelit sauna in the hillside can be a bit of a catch for some, especially in the chilly evening. A campfire out the front door is a tradition here, like an ancestral home. The privacy offered by the trees and island creates a lot of serenity on what can be a busy lakefront. It is not to close to town and not to far... Oh yea, we have vegan cook books!

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View from front yard bench.

    View from front yard bench.

  • Sauna


  • ...side yard.

    ...side yard.

  • Dinning/Sun 
(1st floor)

    Dinning/Sun (1st floor)

  • (1st floor)

    (1st floor)

  • Stone slab table in kitchen area. (1st floor)

    Stone slab table in kitchen area. (1st floor)

  • Bathroom (2nd floor)

    Bathroom (2nd floor)

  • Dresser by laundry door. (2nd floor)

    Dresser by laundry door. (2nd floor)

  • Washer and dryer through doorways. (2nd floor)

    Washer and dryer through doorways. (2nd floor)

  • Third floor.

    Third floor.

  • Looking to 2nd and 1st floors over stairway (3rd floor)

    Looking to 2nd and 1st floors over stairway (3rd floor)

  • East side of house, looking at the lower sitting area (with woodstove) windows.

    East side of house, looking at the lower sitting area (with woodstove) windows.

  • The Sun Room
(1st floor)

    The Sun Room (1st floor)

  • Lower sitting area with wood stove and TV. (1st floor)

    Lower sitting area with wood stove and TV. (1st floor)

  • Door to the wood/storage room by stairs. (1st floor)

    Door to the wood/storage room by stairs. (1st floor)

  • Kitchen with previous floor color. (1st floor)

    Kitchen with previous floor color. (1st floor)

  • Library with futon and old drafting table. (2nd floor)

    Library with futon and old drafting table. (2nd floor)

  • 2nd floor.

    2nd floor.

  • Second floor bedroom with full bed and desk.

    Second floor bedroom with full bed and desk.

  • Queen bed,
3rd floor.

    Queen bed, 3rd floor.

VRBO #587977

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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