|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This is for people who GET IT. Open vistas and seclusion. Simplicity that brings our shoulders down. True REST in a manner that reminds us of what it really means to relax. When we visited Sedona we heard lots of talk about energy vortexes. Maybe Grape Hill is one of these? This special spot keeps altering perceptions...what a huge supply of positive charge. It can be really hard to leave Grape Hill even for fine restaurants and lovely wine seven minutes away. Try to book well in advance; we have to do that ourselves so we know we can stay!
Think of a secluded beach with mile upon mile of open views, all to yourself, then add rolling landscape and lots of cool things to do within minutes. Prepare for the inner artist & photographer inside you to 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.
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 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 easily available. Winter months are especially gorgeous and the cold weather provides a perfect reason for enjoying the new fireplace!
After finishing building the initial housing structure late in 2007, 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.)
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 May, 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 new 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. You're in for something special.
Keywords: Estate Vineyard
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 estate in 2003
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!
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.
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.
Just a great place to get away and relax... 7 Mins to town but once at the property you feel a hundred miles away.... Fire pit and sunsets..... were great... and if you like to see stars... you are in for a great show...
Will be back... thank Mike for everything.
I must admit, this property offers something more than "just" a vacation home. The home is exactly as described and offers a delightful spot to fix dinner with friends after a fun day of wine tasting, and then to settle in for the night. There is a small "personal" vineyard outside the back door. The grapes were not quite ripe when we were there, so harvest was not underway. What we did not expect, however, was the stunning golden beauty of miles and miles of wheat-covered hills (actually it was stubble during our visit...but still the golden hue remained). I had no idea wheat fields held such beauty! As suggested, the outside shower amid such an uncompromising view was not to be missed...even on a cool morning! The house is literally minutes to both the airport and town. The town of Walla Walla reminds us of Paso Robles, CA, due to their shared wine culture and maintenance of older building facades and architecture. Whitman College is quite charming and has an excellent reputation. And finally, the home itself has all of the upscale niceties that one hopes for but does not necessarily expect. The WiFi here works well, as does the sound system and outside grill. The kitchen is well equipped, including plenty of spices and incidentals. In short, this home is well maintained and is a great spot to call "home away from home!"
We spent three summer nights at Grape Hill in the Walla Walla Valley. The territorial view is awesome, particularly at and after sunset. While mid-afternoons and early evenings can be hot, we used this time to explore, wine taste, shop and cook. The evening-to-night colors across the fields and hills are amazing. Mornings on the deck are comfortable too for coffee and reading. Don't be put off by the tin-shed appearance from the outside and the lack of shade trees. The house and property are hidden treasures, close enough to "civilization" (only four miles), but far from the crowds (if Walla Walla ever has them).
Inside, Grape Hill is very spacious, comfortable and well-stocked. The upstairs bedroom suite is a loft, accessed by a steep, but sturdy, ladder. Once there, however, it's tempting not to leave, except to eat or lounge downstairs. Or use the outdoor shower.
Our only complaint is that we didn't book it for more nights. Next time, we will.
Grape Hill was an amazing house and location. The house is wonderfully furnished and the kitchen has everything you need. With the views inside and outside you will want to stay home. THe house is only 1o minutes back to town. Great places to sit inside and outside. Ideal for a couple looking for some quite place to relax.
Grape Hill was just the best place to unwind, relax, and recharge at the same time! It represents the very best of Walla Walla by placing you smack dab in the middle of unparalleled beauty and tranquility, all while providing the creature comforts of a luxury home. Even though downtown was mere minutes away, we chose instead to stay "home" for an entire day just watching the always-changing views and pretending that we actually lived there. It was hard to leave! Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise with us!
We are two, shall we say mature, couples who stayed for three nights in the first of May 2014. It's hard to add to anything that hasn't been already been said in other reviews, but here are a few things that stand out. First off the, the house is spacious, much larger than the it appears in the photos and very private. The site is interesting in that it's on the top of one of the Palouse hills so the views are simply, perfect in all directions. We laughingly called the views: Palouse porn, maybe because we would sit and stare at the changing shadows, colors and light all evening.
We are very interested in all things "food" and found the kitchen well appointed. Walla Walla has some interesting specialty markets as well as a great butcher and we were able to put together very memorable dinners at Grape Hill. If you were there in the warmer months and could set dinner at the long table outside, it would surely go down as one of "those" most memorable dinners of a lifetime.
Mike talks about the outside shower. Well, so do we, don't miss it. To commune with the Meadow Lark in the cool early morning with hot water streaming down; it's not to be missed.
Last, I think it's excellent value. The house itself is worth it and then when you add in the beautiful private setting with the outside seating and views it just gets better and better.
Bud and Joan, Edmonds WA
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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Mar 16 2015 - Nov 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.