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Mike & Sue

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

100 Acres.100 Mile Views. Zero VRBO Fees.

54 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Washington Estate Rental Photos and Description

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. 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! We'll be rebating those VRBO/Expedia fees back to you after your stay.

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!

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Mike & Sue (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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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100 Acres.100 Mile Views. Zero VRBO Fees.
average rating of 4.9814816 based on 61 reviews
5

Fantastic View and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Property was very nice. The views over looking the fields are amazing. Short drive to Walla Walla and wineries. House is nicely equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely plan a trip back.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Grape Hill: Walla Walla's Gem on the Hill

  • 5 of 5

To begin, Walla Walla is an outstanding destination in Washington State. With over 200 wineries, the area boasts great restaurants, good hotels , excellent recreation opportunities, good shopping and, of course, great wine tasting. We were meeting friends so we looked for a place to stay and Grape Hill looked like the perfect spot. As we drove up to the house, we were amazed at the setting - an expansive yard including a sitting/conversation pit and area for outside dining and a beautiful vineyard. Entering the house, we found it to be wonderfully appointed and a beautiful, welcoming homey setting. We moved from the inside to the patios and saw spectacular views in all directions - of the rolling fields and the Blue Mountains. While we planned to explore the wineries, we found ourselves drawn back to Grape Hill. Instead of dining out, we bought food to cook there and enjoy the views, the shadows and the great starry evening sky. Grape Hill was one of the best rentals - ever! From beginning to end, our hosts were great to work with and provided great information of the town, the wineries and what to see! Thanks so much, Mike and Sue.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

my husband and I recently stayed at Grape Hill and it was magnificent. the views were amazing and so peaceful. We even saw a few deer and a pheasant on the property. The drive into town was easy and less than 10 minutes. The property was just as described, well maintained, very clean, had everything we needed for our stay. We loved the large open feeling of the kitchen/dining/living room! There are 2 bedrooms in which one of them is in a loft setting. extremely nice with a great bathroom attached and a separate seating area. the stairs to get up to it though are not standard stairs, I would say they are more like barn stairs - steep and could be awkward for older people and possibly taking luggage up and down. We opted for the downstairs bedroom which was just as comfortable. We have rented quite a few properties over the years using VRBO and I have to say that Mike (the owner) was very easy to deal with and returned our emails in a timely manner(usually within an hour). He had great recommendations on restaurants and wineries in the area. we also went to the tourist info center which had information on a few walking tours of old homes in the area, and of historic buildings in downtown. If you like tacos, we highly recommend taking a trip south into Oregon along HWY 11 and a few miles south of stateline there is a food truck on the west side of the road that is called Bomb Tacos. $1 tacos and they are excellent!! we are from San Diego and have tasted a lot of tacos in our lifetime and these are awesome. they make there own corn tortillas too. this could be a great place for lunch as you wine taste in the stateline winery district.

overall had a great time and would recommend Grape Hill to anyone who wants to visit Walla Walla.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newcastle, WA
5

AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

We've been visiting Walla Walla for years and have always stayed at our favorite B&B, which was full for this trip. We now have a new favorite- Grape Hill! The vast expanse of land and sky was incredible, the only sounds being the crickets and songbirds. Cancelled dinner reservations for an outdoor evening dinner - truly inspriing vistas -sunset and a starry night. Our friends are world travelers - they exclaimed this was a world class experience.

The house is fantastic- lots of windows and window seating, , fully stocked kitchen, comfy beds, awesome sound system, outdoor patio furniture. Mike, the owner, is great...he takes care of his clients! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

This is a beautiful house on a stunning piece of land.

  • 5 of 5

This is the best place we have stayed in Walla Walla and we have been coming for several years. The house was lovely and comfortable, perfect for 2 couples. The setting was really stunning with 360 views. We canceled our dinner reservations and are at home each night so we could appreciate the sunset. We hope to come back.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Seattle, WA
5

Quiet, beautiful, high-end, and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're on it! Nasty little buggers.
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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
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
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.

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Rates & Availability

Walla Walla Valley Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Spring/Summer 2016
Mar 16 2016 - Nov 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
$350
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Winter 2016/2017
Nov 15 2016 - Mar 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100

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Amenities

Washington Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1625 sq. ft.
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 ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
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.

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