5 bedrooms,1 full bathroom,1 half bathroom, 2 3/4 bathrooms, sleeps 12
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 12
Enhanced cleaning practices
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
House was excellent would recommend it to any person.
Thank you Earl. I must admit however that I was a bit dismayed to find out from you that you would only have given my property, or any property, a 5 rating if it were brand new, making that rating unattainable for the majority of Vrbo proprietors despite any effort, expense, or quality otherwise provided on their part. This is, in my case, in contrast to the straight 5’s achieved since 2008. However I am glad that you found no more substantive deficiency that could or should have been corrected.
Family gathering in Lake Shore Drive house on lake
My family gathered in Coeur d'Alene for a memorial service in March, and we stayed at Dr. G's beautiful home on the lake. This is a historic home, with an elegant flair in front and updated kitchen and usable dining and tv viewing space in the back. Our stay coincided with an unexpected snow storm, but the house has zoned heating thermostats so everyone was cozy no matter which floor they were on. The location right on the lake and close to town made walking easy, even with the frigid temperatures! The home was spotless. Everything worked. Toys for the kids in the basement play room. Plenty of linens and towels, soaps and kitchenware. We made all our meals at home, so we really appreciated having plenty of pots and pans and bowls and casserole dishes, you name it. Thank you for opening your home to us.
I very much appreciate such a comprehensive and positive review. I am fortunate to have a very conscientious and industrious team helping me — hats off to the Leake family who have been my caretakers for 20+ years!!
Amazing home and view!
We have rented this house many times. It is a beautiful home in an excellent location right on the lake. Great for a large group.
I am very glad that you once again enjoyed your stay, Julia. There is no greater reassurance to my team that we and the house are providing value than to see visitors return time after time. We will be looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Thanks again.
Family ski trip
Great, will do it again
Great home for a group!
We loved our stay at this house for our big group with kids! The house is super kid friendly, and creates separate spaces for adults to relax and enjoy. The location is amazing in proximity to the beautiful park, downtown CDA, and of course, across the street from the lake. Thank you for a great stay for our family!
If you are interested in gambling, the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation 20 miles south provides it along with golf at the top notch Circling Raven course. Four blocks from the house, don't miss Hudson's Hamburgers -- written up in Gourmet, Sunset, the Boston Globe, the front page of USA Today (twice), The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Also, the city has done an amazing job of providing a unique offering of several multi-activity parks flanking the downtown waterfront east and west -- in addition to the beautiful city park and city beach themselves which are right on the water, 2 houses from the Gumprecht House. Tubbs Hill just 4 blocks away is another unique, large, nature park owned by the city with well-marked hiking trails, multiple small beaches of its own, as well as rocks to dive off for those with no fear of heights. Closer, the Brooks Flying Service offers Seaplane rides ( perfect safety record dating back to before the Gumprechts' arrival in 1951) to gain an aerial perspective of the surrounding area. The Cedars floating restaurant is just west across the mouth of the Spokane River -- a can't fail delight. Most everyone also loves Tony's, east of town on the water, which is a wonderful Italian restaurant opened by Tony Carneiro (long deceased) in the 1950's and still excellent. Long before that the building housed a bordello which is amusing because you can still see the name of the madam written in the concrete entry. For those interested in gaining more flavor of rustic North Idaho, before discovery by tourists, a roughly 45 minute I-90 drive over Fourth of July pass into the Coeur d'Alene Mining district passes by the Cataldo Mission (founded by Jesuit Missionaries in the nineteenth century, the oldest building in Idaho) and State Park. Just a little farther (take the Kingston exit) brings you to the confluence of the North Fork (gold mining) and South Fork (silver mining) of the Coeur d'Alene River at Enaville.. A very few miles from the Kingston exit along the North Fork toward Murray (itself an original gold mining town still alive and rustic) brings you to The Snake Pit which is the oldest restaurant in Idaho. It is an authentic old west bar and grill complete with a history of an upstairs bordello. The beer is good but I love the huckleberry lemonade and the huge Chicken-fried steak. Speaking of bordellos, the very picturesque silver mining town of Wallace, farther up I-90 at the convergence of 5 major mountain canyons, was once famous for them (which mining town isn't?) and even has a bordello museum. Wallace once had the last stop light between Seattle and Boston since it took a very long time to decide how to make the freeway pass through that area without wiping out the town altogether. The surrounding mountain sides, plunging down to virtually the center of town, are truly amazing. You can have a helping of huckleberry ice cream at the appropriately named Red Light Cafe. A trip north along US 95 takes you to Athol where you can turn east to the town of Bayview sitting at the south end of Lake Pend Oreille. The view of the lake at Bayview is spectacular because Pend Oreille is the most impressive lake that no one has ever heard of. It is roughly 50 miles long, 10 miles wide at its widest and 1100 feet deep. The spectacular view at the south end is, naturally, of just a small patch. The US Navy tested its sonar technology in the lake and maintains an installation. The Silverwood theme park is just south of Athol. The obvious omission in this guide is the justly famous CDA Resort which is very close to the Gumprecht House. Its offerings are so numerous and significant that we can't really do them justice. Instead we suggest checking out its website. Conde Nast magazine in 1994 named it the number one resort in the world. If you knew Duane Hagadone, the owner and local favorite son, you would know that everything he does or owns is of utmost quality. He has said many times that quality sells and clearly has a love for his home town. Now we invite you to explore and find the many other vacation treasures overlooked in this brief guide.
About Roni Young
Dr Donald G. Gumprecht was a resident of the Fort Grounds from 1951, growing up a block away from the beach, down Military Drive in a house now known as the Doctors' Inn. He swam nearly every summer day at 'Graue's beach' and in 1977 was fortunate enough to purchase the house and beach property from the Graue family. In 1990 he relocated to Springfield, Illinois, and kept a caretaker in the house until 2005. Since that time, the house has been offered as a vacation rental for the enjoyment of a wide variety of individuals, families, and groups. Every attention has been given to making the house enjoyable for visitors of all ages and interests. Universally positive reviews (#1 out of > 700 VRBO/Homeaway area properties) have been very gratifying. We invite you to read them all from top to bottom.
Roni Young purchased this House in 1977
Why Roni Young chose Fort Grounds
The absolutely best location and accommodation to be had. We believe we have gone out of our way to accommodate families with a range of ages. Some of our happiest and repeat customers have been grandparents that book a fun vacation to be with their children and grandchildren. Because of its size and attention to the needs of all ages reunions of friends or families seem to be by far the most common reason for renting. We believe the price, spread out over the number in the renting party, is pretty reasonable. For families with children it certainly is more relaxing than a hotel.
What makes this House unique
This house was the first private lakeshore house built in Coeur d'Alene and had the pick of the lots, enjoying the very best view, sandy beach, proximity to the downtown area and the amenities of the Coeur d'alene Resort as well as the city park with its Fort Sherman-themed playground. Read our listing for detailed information and see also the Coeur d'Alene Visitors Bureau web site. It has lots of room and is set up to accommodate all ages, especially families and groups of families. Amenities for children include Pack-n-Play, High Chair, Stroller, Booster Chairs (3), Coloring Books and Crayons, Game Room with Wii, Air Hockey, Foosball, Game Chairs, dollies, Dollie stroller, toy trucks, legos, giant legos, blocks, board games, etc.