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Historic Gooding College, Beautiful Building Small Town up to 24Bedrooms, 15Bath

Bedrooms 23
Half Baths3
Property type castle


About the property

West Wing 15 Bedrooms 9 Bath, add East Wing ($350) for 24 bedroom 15 bath total

The Gooding University Inn, the old Gooding College building, is full of history and makes an excellent getaway for 1 person to large reunions. This is not a "cookie cutter" stay, the facility is unique and is full of charm. It was abandoned and neglected for many years and is now being remodeled and updated. There is a lot of work done, but it is "a work in progress", if you are looking for a Marriott like facility this is not it. The environment is open and rustic, with large hallways and rooms and some parts of the building needing finishing touches. We know you will enjoy making treasured memories with us.

This beautiful historic building was the Gooding College, built in 1920. It has been restored/modernized and makes a wonderful getaway for family get-togethers and other events.

West Wing:

The west has 15 bedrooms (each sleeps 2-8 people), 9 bathrooms, and a fully remodeled/modernized kitchen, dining room, game room and more . Currently we have beds for over 60 people, plus cribs and portable playpens. Also the Theater Room with High Definition Surround Sound and 3D movies, and a large play/gathering room (22'x75’) is included. Please take a look at the photos to see how beautiful this building is.

East Wing

In the sumer the east wing will be available for an additional fee. The east wing will add 9 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms to your space. If you need the extra space the east wing sleep 36 additional people in comfort. The additional cost to add the east wing to your rental is only $350/night. THE EAST WING IS ONLY AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE RENTING THE WEST WING.

Check In: 4:00 pm (contact us if you need to come or drop stuff off early)

Check Out: 11:00 am (let us know if you leave early, so we can get a jump on cleaning)

Gooding is a quiet small town but there's lots to do:

Gooding City of Rocks

Gooding City of Rocks is an area of unusual and highly scenic rock formations. Erosion has carved fascinating spires and hoodoos from the underlying deposits of solidified volcanic ash. Excellent hiking, sightseeing and solitude. About 15 miles north of Gooding on Highway 46, turn west at the BLM sign for Little City of Rocks. Follow the signs and travel about 7.5 miles on a generally well-maintained dirt road, which is suitable for passenger vehicles if conditions are dry. For more about the geology of Gooding City of the Rocks

Malad Gorge

The Malad River Canyon is 250 feet deep and 2.5 miles long. At Malad Gorge State Park, located right off Interstate 84, you can view the canyon and walk along the rim. The highway crosses over Malad Gorge, but the angle of view hides the deep gorge where the river cascades into Devil's Washbowl. Views of the gorge are best from the slender-but sturdy-bridge that arcs across the canyon.

Niagra Springs & Thousand Springs State Park

The churning, icy blue glacial water is a National Natural Landmark and part of the world-famous Thousand Springs complex along the Snake River. The park provides a great opportunity to drive into the 350-foot-deep Snake River Canyon. Once inside the canyon, you'll find year-round fishing in Crystal Springs Lake, including a handicap accessible site. Waterfowl and other wildlife are abundant.


Mountains to the north of town, just a 35 mile drive, offer to local folk or to those traveling through a place to enjoy the beauty of nature as it has been created. Fresh clean mountain air enhances the lives of those who enjoy the excellent camping areas available in the mountains outside of Gooding.


Just miles away are some of the world's most famous winter ski resorts - Sun Valley, and also not far from there is Soldier Mountain. Also enjoy cross country skiing.


Flat lands around the valley add make great snowmobiling. Also, the Gooding County Snow Park at the Gooding-Camas County line, includes 150 square miles of BLM and private land for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and sledding.

Gooding Public Pool

Enjoy going for a dip at the well maintained and convenient public pool. Cost is $3/person, three and under is free. Hours 1pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm The pool accompanies a park with playground equipment and space to run around. just 5 minutes away.

Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake

Cliff jumping/Swimming/Large playing fields/Sightseeing. Open all year, hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $3 per vehicle The swimming area has a beach blocked off perfect for younger children and for playing in the sand, lifeguards, kayak and paddle board rentals, picnic areas with shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, swings and fishing available. In addition you can purchase refreshments. There are trails to walk too. The lake is surrounded by reeds and rocky cliffs. Beautiful setting. The amazing Shoshone Falls in also included is the price. Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake are a must do for any group.



Great hole in the wall pizza joint. Get away for the big chain restaurants and enjoy arcades, air hockey, and pool, and some of the best pizza you will ever have. 5 min away

El Toro

Truly an amazing authentic mexican treat. Try the Molcajete you won't be disappointed, guaranteed, only $15 and feeds 2 if you're hungry. 5 min away.

Tomato's Italian Grill

Elegant dining at an affordable price. This is our favorite date night restaurant. We highly recommend the Bacon Spezie $13 and the Italian Nachos (full) $8.50 We buy both and split them. 35 minutes away.

New China House

In the mood for Chines? Try the New China House. Also serves great american breakfast lunch and dinner. 5 minutes away

Water Sports:

idahowatersports (rental equipment)

invertsports (rental equipment)

paddlethesnake (rental equipment)


Dierkes Lake (cliff diving, swimming and so much more) *highly recommended

Horseback riding:




laser-mania (awesome mini-golf)

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

tandembase (base jumping!)

More Details

Lana and Daniel Brown
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, russian
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Gooding

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 99
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 12 -
    Bathroom 10 -
    Bathroom 11 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 13 -
    Bathroom 14 -
  • 23 Bedrooms, Sleeps 99
  • West Wing Bedroom 01 - 2 large double bed , privet bath
    West Wing Bedroom 02 - 1 large double bed , private bath
    West Wing Bedroom 03 - 1 extra lg. double bed , privet bath
    West Wing Bedroom 04 - 2 large double bed , connecting door to room 3
    West Wing Bedroom 11 - 1 large double bed , open connection to room 12
    West Wing Bedroom 13 - 2 large double bed , connected to room 14
    West Wing Bedroom 14 - 1 large double bed , 3 single bed , connected to room 13, 1 bunk-bed
    West Wing Bedroom 15 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , 1 bunk-bed
    West Wing Bedroom 19 - 1 large double bed , 6 single bed , connected to room 20, 2 bunk-beds
    West Wing Bedroom 16 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , 1 cot , 1 bunkbed
    West Wing Bedroom 17 - 2 large double bed , connected to room 18
    West Wing Bedroom 18 - 2 large double bed , connected to room 17
    West Wing Bedroom 20 - 2 large double bed , privet bath, connected to room 19
    West Wing Bedroom 12 - 2 large double bed , 3 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , open concretion to room 11, 2 bunk-beds
    x East Wing Bedroom 114 - 2 large double bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 115 - 2 large double bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 116 - 2 large double bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 119 - 2 large double bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 220 - 2 large double bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 221 - 2 large double bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 210 - 2 large double bed , 1 single bed
    x East Wing Bedroom 212 front - 1 extra lg. double bed , privet bath, leads to second room
    x East Wing Bedroom 212 back - 1 large double bed , 3 single bed , second room to 212 front room, has bunk-bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Historic Gooding College, Beautiful Building Small Town up to 24Bedrooms, 15Bath
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 23 reviews

Great for our big family

  • 5 of 5

Great hosts and the house fit us comfortably.

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great ecperience.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this facility for our family reunion. There were 40 of us and we had plenty of room. The rooms were clean and comfortable and perfect for our group. There were activities to keep everyone busy having fun. We had a couple of babies in the group and were pleased to have cribs, highchairs, and even a changing table. We also enjoyed the fire pit, barbecue grills, volleyball net and TV and game room. This facility made the reunion a huge success.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Wedding in Gooding

  • 5 of 5

We rented this entire place to house our guests for a wedding we had in Gooding on July 2nd. It was such a wonderful experience. The University Inn is not short on charm, and has so many areas for people to hang out. We rented out every room and everyone remained comfortable and cool in the July heat. We were also able to host a movie party as well as a BBQ rehearsal dinner outside. It was so affordable and memorable. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large enough for my family! Lots of room for activities.

  • 5 of 5

We just had a wonderful week at Gooding College Inn. With a family of 44 we needed a space that was large enough and reasonably priced. We found all of this at Gooding college. We enjoyed the ball room (Luau), Movie room (Star Wars Marathon) Game room (kids play) Gathering room (Visiting) and the dining room and well appointed kitchen that accomodated my family with all being able to eat at the same time. The exterior provided a wonderful background for family pictures as well as a great space for the bounce house and water side and the biggest water balloon fight in town! We found the local grocer and pharmacy very adequate for things that were needed. The air conditioning units kept us very comfortable in spite of the 100+ temperatures outside. I can't wait to see as renovations continue, turning this property into a great venue for large groups! Thank you Daniel and Lana!

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a BIG family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We planned for 65 and 53 made it. This place reminded me of the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel, before it was updated so many years ago. It is a very big place. Large hallways, staircases and rooms. Not all have in room bathrooms, but they are just a door away. The kitchen is large, as is the dining room and family gathering room. The kids enjoyed the basement TV room and gaming room. Everyone was impressed with this Inn. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 01/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orange County, CA

Loved it. Had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Took showers, watched a movie in the theater, played air hockey, did laundry, and made scary movies at night walking through the house. Super fun.

  • Review Submitted: 30/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$318.57
Pet Fee AU$31.86

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made