Perched on 5 acres with stunning views of the Valley
About Derek Howard
Life in Lost River for me began as a weekend retreat from my environmental law practice in Washington, DC. I loved life in Lost River so much that I made it my full-time home for over five years as a telecommuter. In Lost River, I enjoy hiking, snow skiing, training for triathlons (running and biking world-class rural roads, open-water swimming at Trout Pond), tossing bags in the Lost River Cornhole League, painting and silk screening (check out my T-shirts for sale at the Lost River Artisans Coop!), and nesting on the homefront (reading, writing and cooking). With some exciting career and life changes, Lost River has become a part-time retreat again. I'm happy to begin this new chapter of sharing my place when I'm away with others looking for the perfect place to relax and recreate!
Derek Howard purchased this House in 2007
Why Derek Howard chose Lost River
The property consists of 5 acres in the heart of Lost River with a cozy 2 bedroom/2 full bath home perched on the mountaintop ridge with stunning views of the Valley.
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Lovely location, great views but a few issues
We absolutely loved the location of this house and enjoyed a most relaxing, no agenda type of vacation. Hours were spent sitting on the screened in porch which looked out on nothing but a surround of trees with beautiful mountains beyond. We would have given it 5 stars except for the following concerns:
-We were informed that the tap water is not for drinking but that bottled drinking water is provided so we did not bother to bring our own. However, both of the 5 gallon containers were empty upon our arrival so we had to contact the owner and property manager trying to find out how to handle the situation. The property manager was a bit defensive, putting the responsibility on the owner for not having it there for us. She told us where we could go to buy water - not something we felt like getting back in the car to do after arriving early evening. I made contact with the owner, he apologized, said he was out of town and unable to assist but that he would contact the property manager for some assistance. He thoughtfully offered to pay us back for the water that we would have to buy but we declined and just dealt with it ourselves. However, we never heard anything more from either one regarding having any water delivered; we just had to buy lots of bottled water from the grocery store. It didn't ruin the vacation, but it was an unexpected nuisance. We recommend you confirm that drinking water is available.
- The gas grill is in poor repair and broken; though I had planned on grilling for one of our meals, it did not look safe to use so we couldn't grill as planned.
- There were some cleaning issues - very dirty ceiling fans, a lot of debris on the deck and picnic table which we needed to clean off, some cobwebs inside. Not overwhelming but just not what you expect when a cleaning fee is part of your rental cost.
To end on a positive note, my husband forgot some clothing in a drawer and when I contacted both the owner and property manager, this was taken care of in a very timely manner and the clothing arrived in about 3 days.
So, we definitely would recommend Dereks house if you want a very quiet and peaceful time with a beautiful view of the mountains. The issues above would not prevent us from returning.
Perfect weekend getaway
The cabin and view are even better than than they looked in the pictures.
The star of this property is the incredible view of the mountains that you just can't stop looking at. It is so wonderful to eat meals on the deck or watch the sunrise. I would highly recommend this property for a 2 person stay or perhaps parents with children. It is more challenging for 2 couples. The master bedroom and bath is wonderful, the second bedroom with bunk bed and tiny bathroom more of a challenge, especially for 50+ year old people. Also there is only comfy chairs/seating for 2 or 3 people with some chair rearranging. Drinking water comes from a cistern and you are cautioned not to drink it but use bottled water. There were only empty water bottles there for our visit, fortunately we brought several gallons ourselves. Unfortunately two of our party accidentally consumed water through ice cubes and early morning tea, and then suffered a mild version of a Mexican visit as a result. Overall its a nice property with a great view to wake up to if you are a party of 2.
Great place for a few days of R & R
Our party of 3 enjoyed our 3 night stay very much. The views from the deck are amazing. While the pictures online show more deck furniture than there actually was- there was a picnic table, 2 folding chairs on the open deck, as well as 2 comfy chairs in the screened in porch. The kitchen is great to cook in, with plenty of dishware and good quality pots and pans. The door to the bedroom on the main floor needs a little work, it would not shut completely. All the beds and linens are very comfortable. We had a wonderful meal at the Guesthouse- highly recommend. Wi-fi worked well.
The view from the cabin was wonderful...very peaceful and quiet. The cabin is very nice but needs some attention. A number of the window shades need to be replaced. The fan on the downstairs bedroom was stuck on “on”. The stopper in the upstairs bathroom is stuck. The door to the downstairs bedroom is hard to close and the downstairs bathroom door doesn’t stay locked if you push on it. These are minor flaws that can be easily fixed.
The kitchen is well appointed with whatever one needs for cooking.. The WiFi and TV reception was good. Lost River Grill and Guest House restaurants are good. Just driving the backroads through the mountains is a delight.
You may want to do something about the 6-inch deep hole in the front yard near one of the new sapling trees planted. My husband let the dog out before bed and stepped into it, causing quite a fall. Other than that...we loved it!