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Spectacular, Secluded Mountain Retreat

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

9 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, 3 half Bathrooms, Sleeps 25

The place to go to get away from it all....Situated in the renowned Methow Valley (foothills of the North Cascade Mountains), this private retreat is nestled in a secluded basin all its own, at the end of the road. The property's 160 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wildlands, with the nearest private property over a mile away. There is great hiking and skiing right from the door, and a wood-fired sauna to cleanse and rejuvenate you. The Lodge features a rustic, wood interior with a handsome rock fireplace. The cathedral ceiling and skylights in the 800 square foot living room provide an inspiring atmosphere for rest and renewal. There is ample space for family and friends, but it's also cozy enough for a quiet romantic getaway. The newly-constructed Bermhouse has hand-finished artisan interiors. It's a perfect place for family reunions, weddings, or a quiet break from the rest of the world! To guarantee privacy, we only rent to one group at a time.

Winter fun!: in the winter we have about 10km of professionally groomed ski trails winding through the property, with several slopes to choose from for back-county skiing, snowboarding or sledding. For the most part, the only people in this valley are our guests, so there's a good chance you'll get some freshy snow!

Spring, summer and fall: Spring, summer and fall have their own attractions -such as a blanket of wildflowers covering the land, or the joy of swimming in cool, clear mountain waters. There are a variety of hikes right from the door of the lodge, taking in views of the Methow Valley, old-growth ponderosa pine trees and snow capped peaks. Our favorite is a loop hike that takes about an hour, and circumnavigates the valley with views of the Sawtooth Range. You can also hike to the top of Lookout Mountain, with 360 degree views of both Sawtooths and North Cascade Ranges - takes about a half a day. Or sit by the seasonal creek, flowing down from Lookout Mountain into a pristine pool. There is fishing nearby, wildlife to watch, or just hang out in blissful peace and quiet!

There are modern media-amenities - TV, DVD player, wifi access, but we also have some good old-fashioned games, great to bring family and friends together.

Notes:: This property is solar powered! It operates just like normal for the most part, except that we can't handle crock pots, and we have non-electric means of making coffee, with thermoses to keep it warm through the day. We strive to be environmentally-friendly, by recycling and composting food waste, and ask our guests to do the same!

Caretakers live on the property, around the corner from the main house. They are well-practiced at being invisible, and their objective is that you have a very quiet and peaceful stay!

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 8, 2017

About Lindsey

I have always been a very nature-oriented person, I have degrees in both Geology and Geography. I travelled for many years, interested in experiencing lots of different landscapes.

Lindsey purchased this house in 1999

Why Lindsey chose Washington

I lived in Seattle for numerous years and did lots of retreats in various places nearby. While the retreats were beautiful in their own way, they always felt somewhat suburban, with neighbors fairly close by. I was looking for somewhere where people could really feel they had left the world behind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Three sisters, one sister-in-law and one lone husband spent five glorious

days at Skalitude. Wide open spaces, blue skies, fresh snow and superb

lodging made for a better trip than we could hope for!

Rush hour at Skalitude = x-county skiier, four deer, two dogs, a bald eagle

and a wild turkey.

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts and entrusting your little piece of

utopia to us! (our dogs thank you too!) Your hospitality and stewardship has

made this a truly unique and memorable trip.
Feb 2009
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Okanogan County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king
    Bedroom 9 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 10 - 3 twin/ single
  • 2 Queen beds, 1 King bed, 19 twin beds.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The three bedroom Lodge has recently been remodeled, adding a radiant heat floor and beautiful bamboo flooring. There are another six bedrooms with twin beds (can be pushed together to make king-size) in the new passive-solar Bermhouse. We only rent to one group at a time, so you always have the whole place to yourself! We also have a couple of tents, one 15x15 (seats 25 people), the other 2000 sq feet (seats 200), for additional space in summer. It's a perfect place for a picturesque wedding, or a fun-filled family reunion. We now have wireless internet, so you can stay connected in the middle of nowhere! Quality Assurance: this is a full-time vacation rental house, professionally run since 2003.


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Spectacular, Secluded Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 34 reviews

wonderful remote cabin

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and secluded cabin situated on a large meadow surrounded by National Forest Land. Well furnished and very usable with good beds, bathrooms, nice kitchen, and lots of common area.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great home with peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

It is great to have a peace place spend for our long weekend. Everyone have a comfortable bed and have enough table for dinner and to parking. The service is good.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Vancouver, WA

Fabulous place

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at Skalitude were delighted to find ourselves in such a nice place. The lodge is quiet, spacious, and comfortable, and the property is in a beautiful setting, with forest, open meadows, and nice vistas all around. It was late spring so lots of flowers were in bloom, and there were many birds to watch. As there are no other residences nearby, the property is also quiet, secluded, and peaceful. Lindsey is attentive and helpful, but also circumspect so that guests feel they have as much privacy as they'd like. We definitely enjoyed our stay and would happily plan another vacation there the next time we visit the Methow Valley area.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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seattle, WA, USA


  • 5 of 5

I booked Skalitude over labor day weekend for a large family reunion of 9 people and a dog. We were a mixed group, some loving nature and others not so much. In the end everyone loved the experience there regardless of their slant. You have a large valley all to yourself with hiking trails etc and are in the midst of nature with a place that seems most certainly nurtured by people that are in tune with the deeper and mystic elements of existence. While these caretakers are nearby you never see them unless you seek them out. Everyone found their own rhythm and stride here and any tensions a large group might have in smaller place disappeared here. Skalitude is truly off the grid with self sufficient electricity and water. It's amazing that the power is self sustaining over the summer. The only issue we had is that we ran out of water the last morning before leaving. I was warned of this because they have had a particularly dry year this year, not to mention the fires. Not a big deal but if unlimited access to water is a requirement, then skalitude is probably not for you.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Solstice Wedding SUCCESS!

  • 5 of 5

Since getting married at Skalitude on Summer Solstice this year, we are still amazed at how amazing a setting and opportunity was provided to us by the hosts. They went completely out of their way to ensure a successful event for everyone involved and worked directly and tirelessly with and for us. Since this beautiful place was thankfully untouched by the Carlton-Complex Fire, we will be able to come back here for years to come- which we plan on doing! There is really no other place with the buzzing sense of serenity, stewardship, beauty, and inclusiveness that we have experienced every time we've visited, and are so thankful we found Skalitude to exchange our vows.

We stayed at Skalitude a few times prior to the wedding to get a general feel for how the big event should go, and every visit marveled at the cleanliness and upkeep of the amenities and the surrounding natural beauty, of which pictures could never do justice. The lodge is the hub of the property with cooking and showering for decent-sized groups, with additional opportunities to relax in the nearby wood-fired sauna and recently built Bermhouse (with the cleanest composting toilets we've ever experienced)! The nearby opportunities for adventure are incredible at all times of year, but the crux of the experience would be staying within and experiencing the Skalitude Valley and it's panorama of intensely beautiful hillslopes blanketed with either warmth & wildflowers, snow, dramatic fall colors, or vivid greens of new plant growth in the spring. The Methow and various towns contained within are worth visiting too, just don't take the time and spiritual replenishment granted by all aspects of Skalitude for granted!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Missoula, MT

Comfortable and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

What a great setting in the forest!

Thoroughly enjoyed the easy access to hiking trails. Wildlife abounded as well.

Close proximity to numerous recreational and tourist opportunities.

Everything was clean and well kept. Owner was excellent in explaining necessary information about the lodge and our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Our guests appreciate the silence this property has to offer. They

say that although many places say they offer seclusion, this is the only place that really delivers. We have also been told that the photos don't really capture the place, it usually exceeds peoples' expectations!

For small groups, you do get the whole place to yourself although we may not have all of the beds made up.

Other Activities: My favorite way to spend the day here is to wake up lazily, maybe read for a while, watch the birds and squirrels, have a yummy meal then go for an interesting hike for a couple of hours in the surrounding hills, checking out the mountain views and old-growth trees. Come back to a cleansing sauna and some wine with dinner, then maybe a movie on the TV or a game with friends. Simple, relaxing, enjoyable!

Ski: Right out the door are about 7 miles of private, corduroy-groomed ski trails, plus numerous slopes for backcountry skiing or boarding. The Loup Loup Downhill ski area is about 25 minutes away, with 1200 vertical feet of family-friendly runs, i think a daily pass is still less than $50! There are also great nordic trails up at the Loup, you just need a Sno-Park sticker to ski there, one of the best deals around. Further north in Winthrop are the famous MVSTA trails, more expensive but always excellent grooming.


Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 5.0%

Summer: $220 per night for first 4 guests, $25 each additional adult, $20 per child
Winter: $240 per night for first 4 guests, $25 each additional adult, $20/child (December 1 to March 15)
Two night minimum; three nights on holiday weekends
Pet fee is $25 per dog
$25 pet fee per dog; dogs may not be left unattended
Deposit required to hold a reservation
Cleaning fee $75; taxes 5%
Rooms rented singly if available one month prior to desired date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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