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Cozy, Rural Retreat close to Everything

Bedrooms 1
Space 925 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Rural setting with all amenities ideal for couple or small family

Our little house is very cozy and close to all the Gorge attractions. Less than 10 minutes to Hood River, White Salmon and Washington side kiting and windsurfing launches, this secluded yet accessible one acre property is ideal. Deer, turkeys, bald eagles, song birds, squirrels love it here, as will you. Our one bedroom open loft sleeps two comfortably with a queen sofa-sleeper and twin love seat-sleeper in the living room which sleeps an additional two to three friends or your children. Family friendly locale, with partially fenced large grassy area with tree swing, chairlift swing and hammock.

Tyler Barnes
Member since: 2016
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Tyler Barnes

Environmentally conscientious, owner-builder, designer with a B.A. in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington. Have lived in "The Gorge" since 1993 and married a real "local girl" from Mosier, Oregon. Together we have traveled the world and settled down in this amazing community. We enjoy sharing our home with people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and take in all that our little spot has to offer.

Tyler Barnes purchased this house in 2000

Why Tyler Barnes chose Underwood

We bought this one acre parcel back in 1999 with the intent to build a shop and garage with living quarters above – the space you are in now – that we would live in while building the main house, when time and money allowed. As a “young couple” with no money, we searched for used and reclaimed materials, enlisted the help of friends and family to help build this structure, and essentially were able to “build a house” ourselves. Providing shelter for yourself is a primal experience and is exhausting, challenging and rewarding.

What makes this house unique

Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington. The latitude is 45.73 and the longitude is 121.526. Located above WA State Route 14, the 20 square mile community with approximately 1,053 residents is nestled on the side of Underwood Mountain (2,755 feet elevation) which rises between the Little White Salmon River and the White Salmon River. The Underwood Community Center includes a gym, playground with picnic tables, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, horse riding paddock, planned community gardens, with a nearby post office (ZIP 98651) and a recently built fire station.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Good morning! The place is lovely. We just saw a turkey in the backyard! Watching the deer family with our coffee this am from the deck. Matt and Barley (our dog) saw the deer family on their afternoon walk, too! It's good to get out of the city.
Jun 2016
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Underwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 925 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Generous 36"x48" shower with pedestal sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Stairs lead to a cozy sleeping loft with large skylight. Lie in bed and watch the stars. Queen bed with down comforter and feather pillows.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Cozy, Rural Retreat close to Everything
average rating of 4.866667 based on 32 reviews

Cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a little honeymoon. It was just what we were looking for. Cute decor, comfortable, close to activities but quiet, and it has a nice TV. We stayed when it was super hot (mid to high 90s) and it was pretty toasty. I was comfortable but my husband runs pretty hot and was disappointed there was not central air. There is an air conditioner in the bedroom but the water reserve fills up quickly and it would not stay on the whole night. Other than that this place is amazing. I would highly recommend and would gladly come back. It was hard to leave at check out time!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect - quiet, private, comfy and more

  • 4 of 5

I expected it would be nice but this place is much nicer than I gathered from the listing photos. Beautifully furnished and well-equipped. Everything I needed was available and easy to find. It was a great comfort to return to after a hard day's play. I like quiet and privacy and was not disappointed. Owner is extremely responsive and helpful - many replies were almost immediate. This is one of the best, most-carefree vacation stays I have ever had. Many thanks to the owners!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time in Underwood

  • 5 of 5

This is a great spot to spend some quality time with friends and family. Lofted deck overlooks a well-kept yard that is full of swings, a hammock, and chairs to lounge in. The hosts were very considerate for the unusual heat wave in the region, and we were greeted with a cooled two-story lofted house that had fans and a small A/C running when we arrived. Fell in love with both the home and retreat. This home will definitely be a part of our list of quick weekend getaways from Portland. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and unique

  • 5 of 5

Such a thoughtfully designed property, it was adorable and conveniently located to Hood River. Hosts were great as well!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this cozy rental. The deck was especially nice to sit and have a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. Kitchen was well equipped although appliances were a bit dated - not a big deal for us. Tyler and Traci were very responsive to our questions about the area. Close to great mountain biking, hiking, breweries and wineries. Just be aware that there is a $2 charge for the toll bridge. Overall great weekend getaway for us.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Had everything you would need Owners very friendly

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Portland International (PDX)
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
White Salmon, WA
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Husum Hills Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
WA SR-14
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
White Salmon, WA
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Mt. Hood Meadows
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Cheap Beach or the Hatch
Car: necessary

White Salmon is 4 miles away with most major services.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $39
Additional Guest Fee $35 per person per night
Pet Fee $25

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. We love those furry friends too, and we respectfully request the size, breed, age and number of pets you intend to have join you on your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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