|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Grape Hill is for people who GET IT. Nothing else around is like Grape Hill. The inner artist & photographer & chef inside you will come out and want to play! 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. Try to book well in advance- we have to do that so we know we can stay in our own home!
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.
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 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!
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.
We really loved our weekend at Grape Hill. Gorgeous and comfortable kitchen/dining/living space, and great bed and bathroom upstairs. Sweet views by day and stargazing at night (we saw the ISS fly by).
Loved the funky stairway to the upper bedroom.
Was a little too chilly/windy to try the outdoor shower but I suspect there will be a next time.
Do be mindful with your shoes/sandals. Thistle thorns are everywhere and embed in soft soles such as flipflops. I found thorns we had tracked in to the carpeted area upstairs. It's a good idea to check your soles before coming in.
We recently spent the weekend at Grape Hill. Saying the property was amazing is just does not pay it justice. The rolling hills, the quiet secenery and the house itself were so far above even our high expectations. A great place to get away and enjoy yourselves for a weekend. LOVE this place!!!
This was our last regularly scheduled trip to Walla Walla to pack up our daughter who graduated from Whitman. I wanted a comfortable place to relax in between packing her up and cleaning. Grape Hill was the perfect place! It's roomy yet cozy. It's one big great room with a spot for everyone. We spent one morning trying out each of the reading nooks as we watched the fog roll in. The views are awesome even on a foggy day. Loved watching movies on the big screen as we snuggled on the big leather couch. The kitchen was easy to use and well stocked for my foodie husband! A perfect place for a family or two couples. only a five minute drive into town but you can get away from it all. . Thanks, Mike and Sue for sharing your little slice of Walla Walla!
Grape Hill is everything we hoped for in our vacation getaway home. Top notch kitchen appliances and utensils, a great entertainment system, and a cozy indoor fireplace were just a couple of the features we enjoyed. Outside, we enjoyed a sunrise fire to start our vacation off on the right note (Beautiful terrain, by the way)…and had to at least take one outdoor shower! All of the furniture, including beds, were comfortable. The upstairs loft was cozy, quiet, and very spacious. Both bathrooms were very nice, as well. You must not pass on this place if you are looking for piece, quiet, and tranquility on your vacation. You are close to town, but seem SO far away. TONS of great wineries close as well!
We have stayed here twice now and love this place.
Very peaceful and rejuvenating surroundings, and the house is unique with lots of windows, and open layout and wonderful views.
The kitchen was well equipped- easy to make great meals.
Looking forward to visiting Grape Hill again.
Of all the vacation rentals we have stayed in, Grape Hill was absolutely the best. From the house itself (wonderfully appointed, perfect size for four people, everything you could possibly need) to the entire property (only seeing one other home from where you are, the acres of rolling wheat fields, and the most incredible night sky ever), Grape Hill is the perfect place to experience Walla Walla. The owners are incredible as well. They are incredibly responsive, send you detailed instructions on what to do to get into the house, and have prepared fantastic recommendations on things to do in and around town.
Hands down, we will be staying here when our next trip to Walla Walla comes around! There is no other place in town that can touch Grape Hill - even the staff at local wineries know of the house!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 16 2016 - Nov 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|