Large private suite & bathroom - 1 King & 2 Twins (10 minutes to Moscow)
About Dan Castle
Dan - I love to plan, design, and build most anything. Some would describe me as a technical outdoorsman. As an engineer, I work remotely for tech companies across the US. I like to travel, eat exotic foods, and savor craft beer. C.C. - I'm a full-time mom with my spare time spent reading classic literature, philosophy, and history; playing the drums; writing a fantasy story I'm developing; and most of all, dancing.
Why Dan Castle chose Viola
Starting in 1985 as a sophomore in college, I worked three summers in Sandpoint, Idaho on the construction of my father’s log home. It was during that time that I began forming a dream to someday build my own ultra-custom log home. In 1991, I graduated with an M.S. degree in Human Factors Engineering and started work for Hewlett Packard. Ten years later, in 2001, I began plans to secure a beautiful semi-rural homesite for a handcrafted log home. I attended many log home shows and toured open houses of log homes in in Colorado and British Columbia, and after two years of extensive learning and research about log home construction methods employed by various companies in North America, I narrowed down my list of log home companies to a handful in British Columbia Canada. I then traveled to each site to interview each company’s team before making my selection. It was during this time that I began designing a home in Chief Architect. When my “rough” design was complete, I selected Rick Taron, an experienced log home designer in Northwest Washington, to take it to completion. We worked together for about a year before finishing a one of a kind engineered design and structural plan. I designed the home with a Bed and Breakfast in mind with four large 600+ sq. ft. bedroom suites, each with its own private bathroom and separate entrance. Suites are decorated with colors, artwork, and/or full wall murals to fit seasonal themes. Three suites (Spring, Summer, and Autumn) are setup to share a 1000+ square foot common recreational area equipped with a full kitchen. Moscow Mountain affords many hiking and biking opportunities, available via an extensive trail system maintained by local biking club MAMBA. I enjoy the convenience of regularly exploring the mountain in all seasons and I rarely see anyone else when I am out running, biking, or skiing for a couple hours.
What makes this Apartment unique
The 48-acre property, a short 5-mile or 10-minute drive to Moscow, Idaho, was purchased in 2003. For living in the forest on Moscow Mountain, this location off Saddle Ridge Road is about the best possible location available for minimal travel time to Moscow and views of the Palouse. The city lights of Moscow make a spectacular view at night, and on a clear spring day the snow capped peaks of the Seven Devils Mountain Range are visible 105 miles to the south. The building site is located within the forest in a natural meadow on a gentle south facing slope to maximize views and solar gain. The property includes the ridgeline of the west end of the Moscow Mountain range. Access to the property is via Greenview Lane, a private, fully paved road. Road maintenance responsibility is shared between the four families living on Greenview Lane. During most winters there is snow on the road for less than a month but when snow is on the road four-wheel drive is recommended or needed. Since beginning construction the road has always been open and usable with neighbors being very friendly about working together on maintenance and snow removal. Via a maintained trail system, right out the front door you can enjoy wildlife such as moose, deer, turkeys, and on occasion other more shy creatures such as foxes, coyotes, and black bears. Approximately 20 mature apple trees are scattered around the property within the predominantly Ponderosa Pine forest. A few old growth trees may be found with one near the house probably exceeding 400 years in age. Many Douglas fir, wild cherry, and plum trees as well as other medium sized deciduous trees may be found on the property, along with deer stands, ATV trails, and a seasonal spring. The many species of wildflowers are an amazing display of beauty throughout the spring and summer. My favorite is the tens of thousands of wild purple irises that bloom in the meadow around the house.
The rooms were large, comfortable, and clean. The view was very impressive, both in the day and the city lights in the evening. Dan was very helpful, too, when we realized we'd forgotten to print off tickets for an evening show. Definitely highly recommended.
Warm & cozy stay.
Loved everything about our stay.
Unique, clean and very comfortable.
We didn't end up spending a whole lot of time here, but it was perfect for our needs. Very clean, comfortable and we were accommodated with our schedule which was all around the WSU football game. Highly recommended.
SO Gorgeous!!! ...but no AC :(
We booked for a night in late July. Everything was as described. The whole thing is gorgeous for a cabin. Multiple great views from the room and a private patio! The bathroom even has a sliding door to seal off the toilet separately and two sinks so we felt totally pampered! Not to mention the common space has a small kitchen, washer/dryer, a couch, and a ping pong table! And the ceiling was lofted and I think that was like blue pine or something? So gorgeous! Nothing about the place felt cheap!
The real hitch for us was that there was no AC (but they do have heating for the winter). They had made an attempt to cool the room at least by leaving our windows open, but even that and the ceiling fan and a box fan propped against the window were no match for the July heat. My poor hubby was miserable until about 3 am.
I would totally love to visit again and it seems like a great place to stay (especially if you're going to be there for more than a night and get some use out of the facilities!) I just probably won't go back in the summer heat next time. Also they have a tiny table with cheesy items for sale in the common space that felt a bit out of place because the rest of the accommodations were so amazing. I would recommend the owners investing in some better souvenirs than woven trivets and bean face plates. It made me giggle. Like I dunno, get some laser etched glasses or printed coasters or something? You could do some great branding with that house!
TLDR; Amazing quality place has no AC so be careful in the summer. Great facility for extended stays! Highly recommend!
Thank you for your review! We certainly apologize for the heat. We had a mini-heatwave as we do some summers in Northern Idaho when it gets above 90 for a couple weeks. Our caretaker wasn’t well-versed in how to cool down your room with the typical mountain breeze that starts up around sundown. It should have been cooled down by the time you arrived. We will be having some training sessions this week to take care of this for future guests. We have also added more 2 more large fans on stands and plan to have a whole house (attic) fan installed for next summer.
As far as the craft table of handmade items, they are created by our little girls who like to make things for our guests (especially those guests with children). We like your idea of creating a souvenir table with some classy items that guests may purchase to remember their special occasion when they stayed with us at the LogCastle Inn.