Cabin in the woods
Submitted: January 12, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
Cabin is comfortable and kitchen is well stocked. There are 3 queen sized beds, 2 in one large basement room and one in the loft. Would have been nice to have a bunk/2 twins. There is a futon style couch/bed but the mattress is unsleepable.
The accommodation for a pet I would rate Excellent. There is a back porch and a fenced yard so my dog could be let out without having to worry. The snow was VERY deep, I think a more adventuresome dog would have figured out how to hop over the fence that was partially covered in a snow drift.
It was in the low teens the first couple nights, and it was hard to keep the cabin warm. When it warmed up to the 20's the cabin stayed warm. The owner provided space heaters which helped.
This cabin is far from the ski resort, up a windy road. Since there has been a lot of snow, the road was a sheet of ice. We managed with 4WD, would not want to be on this road in a sedan. It was 45 minutes at least to Schweitzer.
The cabin is a work in progress. The kitchen tiles were broken, frig door did not seal shut. In the cold basement was a large jetted tub, could easily hold 2-3 people, that looked new. The basement is one LARGE room, would be nice to have a curtain, or some sort of divider...
Only cell service that works in Verizon, and there is no land line. Internet was sporadic. Cable TV good, but Dish network is more common, and could not get Fox! This was true in the sports bar in town as well.
Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you here. First Fox - it is on channel 28 and I too have not been happy because that IS Dish network with hundreds of channels that you had but if you went to the channel you would have seen that Fox was blocking its programs from Dish. I'm happy to report that some time in the last 2 or 3 days, we got Fox back. Yay!!! The high snow in the yard happens because of the A-frame roof - the snow doesn't stay on it but slides down into the sides of the yard. My husband actually moved the entire fenceline back (it used to go all the way to the drive) for that very reason and he actually shovels that part of the yard when guests are not there so it won't get too high. The home was built in 1997 and we plan on replacing the tile counters this year or next (as well as the middle floor doors and windows. The heat from the wood stove apparently dries the tile grout too much but we are going to replace it with more ceramic tile because the tile can withstand heat - even from items taken directly off the stove or from the oven. We were not aware the fridge door wasn't sealing. We will check that (we want our guests comfortable plus we also don't want the electricity bill to be effected. The reason we have electric blankets on the downstairs beds is because it is a daylight basement. We do plan not only in actually walling off the downstairs bedroom (which was OUR bedroom when we lived there - and why there is a wall-to-wall mirror-doored closets) but also plan on putting hydronic heat in the floor and then it will great on the feet. It's going to take a while for us to do all the changes. We plan on putting in 3 more queen sized beds (1 in the loft and 2 downstairs). We won't put in bunk beds though because when our sons were very young one of them went up and over the rail (nightmare) and hit the tiled floor this was in AZ) face first. It almost killed him and we found out then that's actually common. We are in the mountains of N.Idaho which is why I always say 4 or all wheel drive is mandatory. It's a 20 minute drive to Schweitzer - we offer privacy, quiet and tons of parking. I don't know why you had sporadic internet. I do know your son was watching downloaded tv shows - which I explained to you doesn't work here because we have satellite. No landlines because of the phone company and though there is a cell antenna in the Aframe,you told me you had T-mobile which you said was worthless here. Thanks again for staying with us!
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