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Spirit of Curlew Lake

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Located 18 miles South of the Canadian border and 8 mile north of the historic gold mining town of Republic. Home built with 72 windows, every window with a beautiful view of the lake, mountains, wildlife or many other sights. Being here has a wonderful effect on our guests with 4 secluded acres for the house to be nestled in.

We love the country and brought a little of the city when we added a spa area downstairs. Who could resist a morning tan and facial before an afternoon hike or horse ride, or? So much to offer, call now for booking reservations or more info on our area. Keep in mind a wonderful place for artists, photographers or writers to create. Contact us soon for your year-round vacation retreat.

Attention New guest and old friends...

We are offering special Winter rates. This will begin Oct. 1 thru May 1 . Take Good care and enjoy. Our quality and thoughts are always kept High. Look very forward to hearing from you Sharlene. Owner of The Spirit of Curlew lake.

More Details

Sharlene Ketrenos
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Sharlene Ketrenos

The Spirit of Curlew Lake is my canvas on which i have painted with passion for over a decade. The home is welcoming, peaceful and easy for all to find comfort. Its a constant in my life and grounding for me, yet also a work in progress, as we always strive to improve the guest experience.

I studied the arts in college and brought all that I learned back to my hometown, Curlew, where I graduated high school and made lifelong friends. This place is special. Glad I can share it with you.

Sharlene Ketrenos purchased this house in 2001

Why Sharlene Ketrenos chose Republic

I designed and built the Spirit of Curlew Lake (with help from some wonderful people). It was a risky thing to do, at the time the largest home in the county, but it brought more investment to this far flung community and boosted tourism in the poorest county in the state.

What makes this house unique

The home has a spiritual quality hard to describe but discovered by all who come here. The views through 72 windows are spectacular. The surrounding landscape is breathtaking and the wildlife is a constant source of wonder and the 4 acres provide privacy and room to roam.


Republic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet
    Full 4 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 air mattresses available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Spirit of Curlew Lake
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful Curlew Lake

  • 4 of 5

We spent three nights at the Spirit of Lake Curlew with a large family group. There was enough room to accommodate everyone and still feel like we could escape to our own spaces, when necessary. The house is well-equipped with everything you might need to be comfortable, cook a full meal, and have fun, and the owner is responsive and provides excellent recommendations on things to do in and around the area. We spent a day kayaking from the State Park (just three miles up the road) and another day swimming at the Ol' Swimming Hole in the town of Curlew. The neighborhood is lovely and quiet for evening walks, but wear mosquito repellent! The house captures great views of the beautiful lake and surrounding hills.

As a recommendation to future guests, bring an eye mask if you're sensitive to light when you sleep. The windows are large and the house is light-filled, so you will catch the early morning sun.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best!

  • 5 of 5

I didn't actually get to stay here ( had to cancel) but just talking to the owner Sharlene and how wonderful she was and how easy she made everything for me was just the best. If anything else I'll make another reservation for a different time just because of her!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colville, Washington

Wonderful all around!!

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental was wonderful. Everything was clean, well stocked, lots of extras like the Foosball table and kayaks, it was very well decorated and comfortable. The house boasts beautiful views and is roomy. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Accommodations and amenities were impeccable. All of the little touches made this a stay to rememberase. Access to the volleyball court, boat, kayaks, and other toys was amazing. Cabin has access to a lovely little private lagoon on the lake. I absolutely recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a beautiful place to be..!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent our family new year at the spirit of curlew lake, and the only thing I can say is I am already thinking about going back there again. The owner is super friendly and helpful and she is willing to go out of her way to help and make your stay perfect. Thank you again........we loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, WA

Dream Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

By far the best vacation I have been on! Such a lovely, warm & inviting home! Thank you Sharlene! The whole family found it difficult to leave!

This was the first road trip for our 9 month old son. He LOVED being there! My husband and I are eager to return. In fact, I'm looking at carving out time to do just that as soon as we can!

I wouldn't go anywhere else!

Thank you again!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stonerose Interpretive Center & Fossil Site
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Lots of great walking and hiking along the rails to trails, which passes within quarter mile...
45 minute drive to a town with great character nearby. Several restaurants, lots of great an...
Grand Coulee Dam & Visitors Center
Just under 90 minutes drive, enjoy the Laser Light Show on summer nights. They have a casin...
Republic Pizza Co.
Republic Brewing Company
Great place to enjoy the local scene, tasty micro-brews, and good eats next door.
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Meritt Field
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Firehouse Brewery, Republic
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Christina Lake BC
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 21
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Tamarack Pizza in Republic
Nearest Ski
39 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Curlew Lake State Park
Car: recommended

NE Washington near Republic & Merritt Field Airport.

Other Activities: Parasailing, horseshoes, shopping, boating, wildlife viewing, spas, kayaking, snowmobiling, fishing, ATV's and dirt bikes, birding, fossil hunting, gold panning and rock climbing.

Republic is a historic productive gold mining town located in the northeast corner of Washington state, in Ferry County. Although off the beaten path, the rewards are too many to list. The views throughout the Okanogan Highlands are truly spectacular, the wildlife is abundant... its like going back 100 years to a simpler time.

Our home overlooks the 8 mile length of gorgeous Curlew Lake from the north end. The lake is a great place for recreational fishing and boating. We provide four kayaks for our guest's use.

In downtown Republic you can explore Stonerose Center and learn of the geologic history of this amazing area.

Winding nearby is the scenic Kettle River, which flows up and down from British Columbia into Washington and back up again. A very popular place for fishing, wildlife viewing including Big Horn Sheep, Moose and Bear, as well as tubing for many fun going families.

Ranches nearby, like Diamond K provide horseback riding adventures. Go to Swan Lake and see (and hear) the Loons as their calls provide a wonderful ambiance for all who take the time to listen. Enjoy.

If you like to snow Ski: Chewelah to the east and Sitzmark to the northwest are each within about a 45 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Lake Boat with Trolling $40 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.9%

Reservation Refund Policy:
Guests acknowledge that by reserving a stay at Spirit of Curlew Lake they are committing to our limited inventory. If you change your mind and wish a refund, the cancellation must be no less than 60 days prior to your scheduled stay to receive 90% back, the 10% allowing us to recoup booking fees and lost opportunity. If you fail to cancel at least 30 days prior to the scheduled stay the 50% deposit shall be retained and you receive any monies paid above that. If you fail to cancel at least ten days prior to your stay, all monies paid are forfeit and you owe the entirety of the scheduled stay as we wont be able to rebook that inventory. Thanks for your understanding.

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.