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The Idaho Castle - A Great Place For A Family Vacation.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,300 sq ft
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 16

The castle sits over looking the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Hope, Idaho. The castle has 6,300 SF of living space and beautiful views of both the lake and mountains in the area.

Property Manager
Rob Holt
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Rob Holt

We live in Utah. My wife and I love to travel. We have 6 kids and 6 grandkids.

Rob Holt purchased this castle in 2010

Why Rob Holt chose Hope

I have always loved castles, when I saw this property and all of the beauty that surrounded, we wanted to own it and share it with our family and friends. Our family has fallen in love with the region. Lake Pend Orielle is one of our favorite places to visit, to watch, to boat on, and enjoy.

What makes this castle unique

Staying at the castle is a unique experience. How many times have you stayed in a castle? The beauty that you can enjoy from the castle is outstanding. One of our favorite things is sitting on the patio for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in the evening and just watching and enjoying this amazing lake. The sunsets are spectacular. The last two years we have started up a little fire on the fire pit and roasted marshmallows or cooked hot dogs. We have watched lighting storms and enjoyed seeing all of the stars. We love to visit the castle. All of our friends that have gone up with us, have just loved it. The Sandpoint area is great, Coeur d'Alene is about an hour drive away. Things that we have enjoyed in the area include: boating Lake Pend Oreielle, Main Beach at Sandpoint, The ski resort, traveling to Coeur d'Alene. Hiking, biking, golfing. Everything is relatively close by. Staying at the castle is just a special experience. The castle is constantly being upgraded and improved since we bought it as well.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Hope, Idaho

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Level Bath - toilet
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
    Green Bath - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Venetian Bath - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Green Room - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Kid's Den - 1 double bed , 1 bunk bed
    Tower room - 1 large double bed
    Venetian Room - 1 large double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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The Idaho Castle - A Great Place For A Family Vacation.
average rating of 4.25 based on 24 reviews

Perfect for a large family!

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we loved our experience at the castle. It worked perfectly for our extended family coming from across the country, with plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, and space to enjoy each others' company. The view was absolutely breathtaking, and we felt rejuvenated from our stay.

However, there are a few issues that future renters should be aware of:

1) Many of the window openers are broken. We could get them open, but then it was very difficult to close them again. Some wouldn't open at all.

2) The deadbolts on the exterior doors didn't have handles, making it very difficult to unlock the doors from the inside.

3) There's a step upstairs where the wooden trim is cracked and about to break off. It was a bit of a hazard and a little nerve-wracking reminding our kids not to step on it, both for safety and so they didn't break it further.

4) The Jacuzzi in the master bathroom appears to have been unused or inadequately cleaned for a long time. We tried turning it on, and it gushed out mildewy residue that we needed to clean up before we could bathe our children.

5) There is a broken tile near the pool table that is a small safety issue.

6) The bunk bed room could use some blinds; even with the perfect weather we had there, the room became quite warm.

7) There were ants in the kitchen and several hornets nests on the back patio.

8) There were instructions to clean the grill, but we couldn't find a grill brush we could use to accomplish that, so we did what we could.

9) The parking area in front of the castle was full of muddy puddles that did not go away despite perfect weather. It's in constant shadow, so the water doesn't evaporate, which made maneuvering cars and people difficult. Perhaps some gravel would help.

9) The neighbor was NOT happy to have us there. We were respectful and friendly and considerate during our stay, but he reminded us several times about speed limits, parking, even though we were careful to follow all the rules. Despite our friendliness, he glared at us every time we passed him. This is not anyone's fault, but it was obvious that he was not happy having renters there.

Again, we truly enjoyed our experience and would go back in a heartbeat. We just want to provide details to help future renters understand the circumstances, and to make the owners aware of small issues. Thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful castle!

  • Review Submitted: 08/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We enjoyed our stay at The Idaho Castle!

  • 4 of 5

The castle was beautiful and functional, with of course, a killer lake view.

  • Review Submitted: 25/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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“A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

  • 4 of 5

From the arrival at the castle gate, the long driveway into the property and the first sight of the castle it felt like a passage through time. This was a Beautiful, fun atmosphere to gather with family and friends. The opportunities for photo's are spectacular and loved the staircase and patio for taking special pics. The opportunity to dance on the castle deck at sunset overlooking lake Pend Oreille was awesome. The castle is rustic witch adds to the charm of the place but be prepared for some general wear and tear. Our manager Glen gave us his personal number and made himself available should we need him, he also offered suggestions for fun thing to do in the area . This has been a memorable and fun stay.

  • Review Submitted: 14/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for our small family reunion. We had 20 people 10 adults and 10 kids.

  • 4 of 5

Property good for our reunion just a little run down regarding windows and downstairs furniture. No sheets for sofa sleeper in master bedroom and very worn sheets and towels. Great kitchen and well equipted. No a/c and half of all windows no window coverings so it got hot but by sunset it cooled off very nice. We have decided we would definetely stay here again and the little quirks are just part of the charm. It's like staying in a real castle in need of repairs but that makes it more authentic. Lots of wasps and some people got stung which might be helped once they fix the windows and screens.

  • Review Submitted: 25/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our Idaho Castle stay was once in a lifetime experience. Fantastic, beautiful and amazing venue. Property Manager, Glen was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was very helpful and informative. He is a class act! Our stay was one of the most wonderful, magical times of my life.Thank you for sharing.

  • Review Submitted: 01/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at the Idaho castle!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I just want to express how lovely of a stay we had at the Idaho castle. The pictures really do not do it justice, if you are thinking of staying at the castle get ready for a wonderful stay . There is so many things to do you will not have time for all of it .The atmosphere of the castle is grand but home like you will feel very relaxed .

The management is friendly and willing to help if needed . Over all we had a wonderful experience . I will definitely give it a 5 star rate and if I could I would give it more

  • Review Submitted: 19/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Spokane International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Idaho Club
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Trestle Creek
Car: necessary

The Idaho Castle is located in Hope, Idaho over looking beautiful Lake Pend Orielle. It is centrally located to many different areas of this region:

15 miles east of Sandpoint, Idaho

25 miles to Schweitzer Mountain Resort

60 miles to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

90 miles to Spokane, Washington

75 miles to Creston, Alberta, Canada

30 minutes to Montana

45 miles to Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho

There are many activities to do in the area: boating, beach (park on the lake right below the castle) as well as main city beach in Sandpoint, fishing, golfing (Idaho Club is 10 minutes away), paddle boarding, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing. Sandpoint has some great restaurants and concerts.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$541.52
Pet Fee AU$67.69
Property Damage Insurance AU$79.87

$400.00 Cleaning Fee due at check in.

1. Check-In time is after 3:00 PM & Check-Out is 11:00 AM.
2. This is a Non Smoking Facility
3. No Pets are permitted at the Idaho Castle
4. Deposit of 50% is required to secure reservation.
a) No damage done to castle or it's contents, beyond normal wear and tear.
b) No charges are incurred due to contraband, pets, or collection of rents or services rendered during stay
c) All debris, rubbish, and discards are placed into dumpsters, and soilded dishes are placed in the dishwasher and cleaned.
d) All keys are left on the kitchen table and unit is left locked.
e) All charges accrued during the stay are paid prior to departure.
f) No linens are lost or damaged

5. PAYMENT: An advance payment of 50% of the rent is due upon making the reservation. The advanced payment will be applied to stay. The balace of rent is due 30 days prior to your arrival date.
6. CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations within 30 days of booked arrival date will be non-refundable.
7. Maximum Occupancy - the maximum number of guests are 15.
8. No daily maid service - linens and bath towels are included in the unti, daily maid services will not be included in the rental rate however it is available at an addition rate. We suggest that you bring your own beach towels. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken form the unit.
9. Falsified reservations will be subject to forfeiture of advance payment, deposit, and or rental money and the party will not be permitted to check in.
10. Any exception to these rules must be approved in writing in advance.
11. Storm and road conditions. No refunds will be given for storms. Mountain roads can be curvy and steep. Gravel drives are maintained, however, we highly recommend four-wheel drive or chains during months of snow. There will be no refunds due to road contions.
12. The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illness that occurs while on the premises or it's facilities

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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