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100 Dreamy Acres.100 Mile Views. Night Skies.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,625 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Estate, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Grape Hill is for people who GET IT. Nothing else around is like Grape Hill. Imagine a secluded beach with mile upon mile of panoramic views, now have it all to yourself, add cool interiors, a fine kitchen, and lots of great things to do within minutes. The inner artist & photographer & chef inside you will 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.

Rolling Palouse hillsides, open vistas, and seclusion. Simplicity to bring our shoulders down. True REST, the kind that recharges the batteries with JOY. This special spot keeps altering perceptions...such a huge supply of positive charge. When we visited Sedona we heard lots of talk about energy vortexes. Maybe Grape Hill is one of these?

It can be really hard to leave Grape Hill even for fine restaurants and lovely wine seven minutes away.

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 music 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 on automatic central systems. Winter months are especially gorgeous and the cold weather provides a perfect reason for enjoying the 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. They have no access for inside the house; you might catch a glimpse of them working.)

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. Bring new recipes to try. You're in for something special!

More Details

Owner
Mike & Sue
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Mike & Sue

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

Why Mike & Sue chose Washington

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!

What makes this estate unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Apr 2010
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Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant
"Beautiful setting and good food. Best spot for a good chat is right at the bar."
The Maple Counter Cafe
"German pancakes!"
Colville Street Patisserie
"Superb. Lots of Whitman students and foodies for amazing pastries, gelatos, and lovely coffee."
The Green Lantern Tavern
"Beer, pizza, burgers, pool. Nice place to hang out and converse with a wide variety of Walla..."
Graze Catering
"Totally rocks for lunch!"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
ALW
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
jimgermanbar or the Green Lantern or Octane
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Veterans Memorial or Wine Valley Golf Club
Car: necessary

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.

Amenities

Walla Walla Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1625 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , All summer long, the outside shower is amazing.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Double-heads.
  • Large Tub Downstairs, Granite and Glass Double-Head Shower Upstairs. The best experience of all, by far, is enjoying the outside shower!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1) There is a new king size bed with memory foam mattress upstairs., Queen size Beds (1) There is a new queen size bed with memory foam mattress on the main floor., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A convertible bed is located in the upstairs den. Please plan to let us know beforehand to have the housekeeper make up this one.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
Notes:
Inspiring views in all directions...wide open vistas. Photographers and painters should definitely bring along your tools and supplies. The sky and landscape is constantly changing and always inspiring. Bring your Ipod for use with the docking station.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9859157 based on 78 reviews
5

Solitude and relaxation with a view forever!

  • 5 of 5

The "house on a hill" exceeded all of my expectations! I must admit I got a little nervous heading out of town and into the rolling hay fields, however, we were completely blown away when we discovered this gem. The home itself was amazing with all its amenities, but the 360 degree views are like none other in the area. We changed our dinner plans to "dining in" each evening so we would not miss the beautiful sunset each night. There is a small vineyard onsite as well, and we were fortunate enough to be there for the Syrah harvest. Very cool experience and we look forward to returning soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Best place in town. Amazing views, outdoor shower, outdoor dining table, well stocked kitchen, and many little extras. We had a great time exploring the area while staying here. You wont be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at this home. On this trip we brought some friends with us. We all thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay. The house has everything you need for cooking a meal at home which we did one night. The livingroom is large and has comfortable furniture for relaxing. Relaxing and enjoying the view outside with a glass of wine in the evening is magnificent. Since the last time we visited the owners have added an outdoor seating area with fire ring and dining table, along with horseshoes. This time of year the sun is pretty intense and there is not much shade, but after 7pm it starts to cool down (sunset is late -8:30) so seeing the colors of surrounding fields change with the setting sun was great. We also went to eat in town and wine tasting. Made an appointment at Rasas for tasting. Very fun! Bob, who gave us the tour, was very personable and fun to talk with. Great wine! Would recommend this place if you have time. The only caution on the house is that the upstairs bedroom may not be suitable for older people or anyone who has trouble climbing stairs. The stairs are steep up to the loft bedroom. People without mobility issues can handle it fine though. There is a downstairs bedroom that is very comfortable too. The owners do an excellent job with communication before and after our stay. They also have a great list of recommendations for dining and visiting the area. Directions to the house are easy to follow. We love this house and would rent this again the next time we visit Walla Walla.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Beautiful. Excellent escape from city life!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property with an absolutely gorgeous setting. Great escape from city life and amazing sunsets! Mike was incredibly accommodating, helpful and made us feel right at home. Quite the drive from Seattle and so I would recommend at least 3 nights, but beautiful regardless.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Fabulous setting. You want to see the stars they are here. Best place to enjoy breakfast and dinner

  • 5 of 5

When the setting commands, we eat in. No eatery in town can match the setting. You are by yourself with nature. Bring your good wine and food and set back and enjoy. We will be back as it was better than billed. Cheers

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little bit of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and the property is just stunning. Worth the trip!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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