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100 Dreamy Acres.100 Mile Views. Night Skies.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,625 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Estate, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Grape Hill is for people who GET IT. Nothing else around is like Grape Hill. Imagine a secluded beach with mile upon mile of panoramic views, now have it all to yourself, add cool interiors, a fine kitchen, and lots of great things to do within minutes. The inner artist & photographer & chef inside you will come out and want to play! The drive in to the center of Walla Walla is nothing. No bother at all to go wine tasting and then come home to change clothes and be right back in Walla Walla. Probably no more than going to your grocery store. The biggest difference is that you get to Grape Hill and everything slows down.

Rolling Palouse hillsides, open vistas, and seclusion. Simplicity to bring our shoulders down. True REST, the kind that recharges the batteries with JOY. This special spot keeps altering perceptions...such a huge supply of positive charge. When we visited Sedona we heard lots of talk about energy vortexes. Maybe Grape Hill is one of these?

It can be really hard to leave Grape Hill even for fine restaurants and lovely wine seven minutes away.

Here, you can hear silence, and then that silence is filled up with sounds you could have missed...a hawks wing, a tractor off in the hills miles away. You see the light as it changes constantly and watch the movement of the wind on the fields. There is Wi-Fi and music and TV and hawks and pheasants and deer on the hillsides.

So...stay upstairs in the king bed or downstairs in the queen, there are joys to discover in each. Great reading spots abound, plenty of places to set your wine glass.

The house is built with eight-inch framing and high insulation factors for green energy efficiency and passive heating/cooling. Except in high summer or winter months it is seldom necessary to turn on either heat or ac, but both are on automatic central systems. Winter months are especially gorgeous and the cold weather provides a perfect reason for enjoying the fireplace.

After finishing building the initial housing structure, we decided to occasionally rent and share this stunning beauty with others. It has gone a little wild, more than planned, but sharing the joy is good stuff.

(Please note that we love kids, but children and smoking inside are absolute no-goes. BTW...no discounted rents ever on first time rentals...please do not make offers. When you come back again, and you probably will, that's when we are happy to extend a hand. One other note- vineyard and wheat farming will include the occasional planting or harvest activity. Our vineyard manager or farm manager will also be by occasionally to check on grapes and wheat. They have no access for inside the house; you might catch a glimpse of them working.)

100 mile+ views changing constantly with the light and the weather. Grape Hill is custom and unique in every sense. Over the next several years, the house and farm will continue to evolve toward a long-term vision that continues to reinforce grace with this special landscape. Our first wine went into bottle in 2008. Big Table was built out in the fields. Call it our Grape Hill slice of Provence...

From miles out, Grape Hill fits in the landscape, a metal industrial agricultural building amongst the fields; perfectly normal sight set in the farm country. We didn't want to make the house the focus, not here at such a special spot.

Once inside, things change.

Think of a chic Tribeca loft or a San Francisco modern. Clean and minimalist, but warm and unpretentious, too. Polished concrete floors and 19 foot ceilings. Eight inch moldings. Two big baths with cherry vanities. A double-head granite shower upstairs in the big loft, an over-sized granite tub with shower downstairs. DVD players/LCD TVs with movie selections in both sleeping areas. A big screen TV in the living room for hanging out and enjoying a special movie. Cherry cabinets, granite and glass, stainless steel appliances and unique lighting arrangements...and who would guess it?

Views in every direction are framed by tall windows looking out to the Blue Mountains, Dry Creek, and hundred year old farmsteads in the valley below. You can spend hours on the patio or walking the fields day and night. Amazing stars and awesome sunsets. Bring your passion. Bring new recipes to try. You're in for something special!

More Details

Owner
Mike & Sue
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Mike & Sue

Sue and I live on an old horse-breeding property in Bellevue. We raised three delightful kids there and now watch in awe as they are turning into young adults. Sue teaches elementary school, I sell property, write, and make wine. No plans for a winery, just great joy in bringing lovely flavors from the little vineyard.

Mike & Sue purchased this house in 2003

Why Mike & Sue chose Walla Walla

I looked over land in the San Juans, in Kittatas County, and all over the NW for fifteen years. Nothing ever quite hit home. Sue and I came over to Walla Walla with our boys for a soccer tournament back in 1999. We decided between games to take a drive out to a new winery called Spring Valley where we met a winemaker named Devon and enjoyed the amazing wines that he was pulling out from barrels from his first vintage. After warming to wine and conversation, we drove around the Palouse and were awestruck by the rolling scenery. Three years and many trips later, we had still not found the right spot. So, Sue and the kids and I wrote letters to every land owner with at least fifty acres all around the special landscape we have come to love. One hundred and twenty five letters yielded nine responses, six telling us about rich family histories going back to the 1800s and declaring that they will never sell. Three considered selling, but only one determined to let me see the property. That one property was Grape Hill. I knew we wanted it the minute I saw these views. But there was much more to getting the OK than just writing a check. And that is another story!

What makes this house unique

At Grape Hill, optimism breaks past all the negative news and overcomplicated stuff we let into our lives. Shoulders come down, time slows down, art and poetry replace demands and we find ourselves phoning old friends. Wood fires and wine, sunsets and smiles replace tensions and revitalize our souls. This is a magical place, one of these rare places on the planet that open the senses and reward us for being alive. Over in Sedona they talk all the time about energy vortexes. Well, I don't know anything about that subject, but maybe Grape Hill has the properties about which they speak. We are so out there and away...but only five minutes from the city.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a weekend with dear friends in Walla Walla. We were attracted to Grape Hill by Mike and Sue's description, and by other guests' reviews. We were not disappointed. It is a unique property, with 360 degree views of soothing landscape. The formula is that of a winner...very busy folks drive 5 hours across the state and arrive at a sanctuary of rest and renewal. Restaurants and Wineries are in close proximity but neighbors are scarce. The rolling hillside provides a fine setting to dine in or out, given the notion. Thank you for your willingness to share your lovely home.
Apr 2010
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Walla Walla

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1625 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , outdoor shower , All summer long, the outside shower is amazing.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Double-heads.
  • Large Tub Downstairs, Granite and Glass Double-Head Shower Upstairs. The best experience of all, by far, is enjoying the outside shower!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • King size beds (1) There is a new king size bed with memory foam mattress upstairs., Queen size Beds (1) There is a new queen size bed with memory foam mattress on the main floor., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A convertible bed is located in the upstairs den. Please plan to let us know beforehand to have the housekeeper make up this one.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • snowboarding
Notes:
Inspiring views in all directions...wide open vistas. Photographers and painters should definitely bring along your tools and supplies. The sky and landscape is constantly changing and always inspiring. Bring your Ipod for use with the docking station.

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100 Dreamy Acres.100 Mile Views. Night Skies.
average rating of 4.9880953 based on 91 reviews
5

Relaxing week at amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a very relaxing weekend in Walla Walla; drinking wine, eating good food and soaking that beautiful views at Grape Hill! We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best place we've ever stayed!

  • 5 of 5

This property is nothing short of amazing! It seems like it's in the middle of nowhere but it's only 10 minutes from town. It's well equipped, the beds are super comfortable, the water pressure is amazing, and it's so quiet. We will definitely be returning next time we visit Walla Walla.

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

It's the closest experience to being on another planet! Breathtaking.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at the house and didn't want to leave. The feeling is you're 1000 miles away from everything, but really you're 10 minutes away from everything in Walla Walla. This is the type of place Ernest Hemingway would have stayed to write one of his great novels - the ultimate in peace and tranquility. The house is great, immaculately clean, with all the amenities of home; WiFi, washer dryer, big kitchen, TVs (though we never turned them on), great stereo, and really comfortable furniture. In fact the window seat in the main living room may be the most comfortable spot I've ever sat - ever. You could easily sleep there. Owner was great with communication. Seriously, everything was awesome. We'll be back for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 24/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Dreamy is right!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with another couple and we all really enjoyed ourselves eating and drinking our way through Walla Walla. Coming from a dense Seattle neighborhood, it was so relaxing to look out at the pastoral surroundings. Next time I will have to stay longer and bring my paints. The owners were delightful to communicate with, the house was fully stocked with everything you need, the beds we're so comfortable I actually asked the owner about them. Driving into town is really no problem at all.

This house and the land are so special, what a lucky find!!

  • Review Submitted: 16/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maple Valley, WA
5

Peaceful Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Lovely private location with incredible views all around. Easy drive from town. Well appointed house with everything you need. Great communication with the owner. Highly recommend you put this place on your list of places to stay in Walla Walla. Not much more to say other than awesome.

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

It was a beautiful place, with amazing views.

  • 5 of 5

I didn't realize how much stress I was carrying until spending a weekend here. What an amazing place to simply unwind.

  • Review Submitted: 03/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
ALW
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
jimgermanbar or the Green Lantern or Octane
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Veterans Memorial or Wine Valley Golf Club
Car: necessary

More than 100 Wineries are within a short drive. For a really fun day of tasting you may even want to hire a limo. There are also several day spas nearby. Foodies can plan for real fun. We are happy to assist with our own reviews of local eateries.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Walla Walla

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring/Summer
16 Mar 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$488
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$488
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$271.3
Cleaning Fee AU$135.65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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