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John S. Lewis

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian

Spectacular Warm Springs Mountainside Retreat - At Base of Baldy - Walk to Lifts

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


Central Idaho Estate Rental Photos and Description

7 bedrooms each with own bathroom plus sleeping alcove, sleeps 17 in beds



Spectacular luxury resort home located at the Base of Bald Mt. in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum (Sun Valley, ID). Home is three minute WALK from Warm Springs day Lodge and lifts, and five to ten minute drive from downtown Ketchum and the Sun Valley Lodge complex. Main living spaces and decks look up at the Warm Springs, Greyhawk, Hemingway, and Cozy ski runs. Unobstructed panoramic views in all four directions. Professionally equipped kitchen that can easily prepare meals for up to 20 guests who can all be seated in the spacious dining area. Eight person hot tub and covered kitchen patio area with great views, fireplace, infrared gas heaters, and both natural gas and charcoal grills.

Other Key Features of Our Home: The house construction is wood and steel framed with a stucco exterior and shake shingle roof. The rock inside and outside of the house is moonlight quartzite from a quarry near Challis, Idaho. The home has been designed utilizing half levels throughout the house as opposed to full stories which optimizes the flow and utilization of space. The main living area is comprised of the living room, kitchen, and dining area (including the wet bar) with spectacular views of Bald Mt. through the very large unpaned windows. Various doors in each space open out onto the upper deck, and door in the kitchen leads out to the covered kitchen patio with great views of Bald Mt. where there is a fireplace, two overhead infrared gas heaters, and natural gas and charcoal Weber grills. The mud room is expansive with six different entrances/exits, and the washer/dryer is located in this area. Just outside the kitchen is the mud room landing and pantry with many provisions for the house, a second refrigerator, and ice maker.

Professionally-equipped Kitchen: The kitchen is well-equipped and designed for the production and service of meals to as many as 20 guests. In addition to the Sub-Zero refrigerator and six-burner range, there are two Whirlpool Dishwashers, two Dacor ovens, one Dacor microwave, and two compactors. The kitchen is equipped with ample cooking ware and implements, herbs and seasonings, various basic food condiments, and plentiful quantities of dishware and glassware for large gatherings.

Study/Offices and Multiple Wood-Buring Fireplaces: Two study/offices are located in the Master Bedroom Suite. The first study is also a well-equipped office with scenic northwestern views of Guyer Ridge and the distance slopes of Warm Springs canyon through expansive panoramic windows. The office has a spacious desk which is well-outfitted with all of the necessary desk accessories and office supplies. In addition to the WiFi Internet connection throughout the house, there is an HP All-in-One Printer, Canon Copier, bar refrigerator with ice maker, TV, VCR, and digital cable receiver. The other study is smaller but comfortable and airy with a desk, HP Printer, and TV.

Our home has a total of five wood-burning fireplaces for your enjoyment, comfort, and ambiance located in the living room, master bedroom and family room, common area of the guest quarter, and outdoors on the kitchen patio.

Our home is heated with floor-based radiant heat throughout the main house. The Guest Quarters above the garage is heated with forced air heat. Like most homes in the Wood River Valley, our home does not require or have air conditioning available since it is naturally cooled during the summer months by cross ventilation created by the many windows throughout our home.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
John S. Lewis (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian

About John S. Lewis

Private equity investor. We live in Hillsborough, CA in the San Francisco Bay area, and own this second home which we built and finished in early 2002.

John S. Lewis purchased this estate in 2002

Why John S. Lewis chose Central Idaho

We have been visiting Sun Valley area since 1986. Used to rent condominiums next door in the Village at Greyhawk, then purchased one in 1993. Purchased property our home is on in 1995. Started construction in 1999, and completed house in 2002. Started renting home in late 2007 at Christmas.

What makes this estate unique

Spectacular views in all four directions. Short three minute walk to the Warm Springs Day Lodge and lifts in the winter. 5-10 minute drive to downtown Ketchum and the Sun Valley Lodge.


based on 6 traveler reviews

Spectacular Warm Springs Mountainside Retreat - At Base of Baldy - Walk to Lifts
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Gorgeous Home; Amazing Setting

  • 5 of 5

This home is GORGEOUS and the setting is spectacular! It was the perfect place for a family gathering. My family of 18 and I spent 5 days at this stunning home in early October as we finalized details for my brother’s wedding at nearby Galena Lodge. Everyone had his or her own quiet sleeping area and bath, while the first floor’s open kitchen/living area/wrap around deck and patio kitchen served as our gathering area. The multiple refrigerators, sinks, prep areas, and dishwashers allowed everyone to contribute her or his cooking and/or bartending talents to the pre-wedding festivities. In between ‘events’, many of us walked out the door, hiked up the mountain, and walked to the hot springs just upstream. My husband and nephew left the house on two of the bikes and rode through the state forest. Even beyond the amazing features of this home, were John’s insights on the surrounding area. He provided us with the names of caterers, restaurants, a fly-fishing outfitter for the intimate bachelor party, and the names of places coveted by the citizens of Ketchum. He was a fabulous destination host. I cannot say enough about this home, the location, or the owner. Five stars!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wilmington, DE

Magnificent House - Better in person

  • 5 of 5

First, I should say that the owner and the maintenance crew are very detail oriented. Instructions on home and condition of home are impeccable. While we had high expectations from the photos provided, our group was pleasantly surprised to find a home that exceeded our expectations. We have been renting ski houses for nearly 20 years and this is one of two homes we plan to rent again on a future trip. The challenge will be having a group big enough to fill up this massive house. House has everything you need and more. We felt like we were in someone's home rather than a rental property. Kitchen is extremely well supplied and has two refrigerators, dishwashers, sinks, and trash compactors. It was a pleasure to prepare and share meals. Three separate living rooms with wet bars, home office, zoned stereo system, two laundry areas, comfy bedding, large dining area, etc., etc. Walk to lifts is easy in just a few minutes and some in our group did it in their ski boots. Not even necessary to check skis at the mountain. Mud room had lots of hooks and storage for everyone's jackets, shoes, & skis - we never even used the front door. If I had any complaints it would be the house is so large it took a day to learn my way around and we did not have enough time to take advantage of all the house has to offer. Don't even think of renting elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chestnut Hill

Wonderful Experience in every aspect...

  • 5 of 5

The house: A+++ beautiful, well furnished, well maintained.

The Location: A+++ for skiers only 300' from the lift.

The Owner: A+++ very organized down to the last detail, quick effective communications. Also has a great caretaker who was very helpful, even made us some delicious chili for our arrival. The best.

Overall Experience: A+++++++++++++++++++

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best place we've ever rented.

  • 5 of 5

I've been planning my family's annual reunion now for 20 years and this house was the best home we have ever rented. It is in pristine condidtion and beautifully appointed and stocked. The location is wonderful--very close to the mountain and to downtown Ketchum. The house worked exceptionally well for a group of people--from the different levels and areas for the bedrooms and separate sitting areas which afforded us some privacy to the big spaces where we could share time with each other. The kitchen was better stocked that my kitchen at home. Finally, the owners are incredibly organized and professional in their dealings and made the contract and payment side very easy. I will come back to this property and these owners.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm Springs Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The Lewis Home is in an ideal location to enjoy the beauty and recreational activities of the Ketchum-Sun Valley area. Nineteen of us--including children, teens, and adults--enjoyed this fabulous home that provided us with a wonderful reunion facility, with several in our family exclaiming it was one of their favorite vacations. Not only was the home well-maintained and more than adequately equipped, but the layout provided privacy and ample space for each individual family unit. We could not have asked for more, and we highly recommend this home for those desiring a choice and memorable experience in this area.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Asheville NC

Amazing ski house

  • 5 of 5

This is a spectacular, spacious home, one block from the Warm Springs ski lifts, fully equipped with everything you might need for a perfect vacation.

The owner was very helpful and the caretaker saved us from a Super Bowl disaster with her timely assistance.

Highly recommended for families, or large groups.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Friedman Memorial Airport, Hailey, ID

Our home is located in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum, Idaho adjacent to Sun Valley, Idaho, one of the premier destination vacation resorts in the world. Ketchum is a two and half hour drive from Boise, or a 45 minute flight from Salt Lake City.

Other Activities: skiing (wallk to lifts)

Golf: Several public and private golf courses are located within 10-20 minutes of our home including the Bigwood Golf Course, Sun Valley Golf Course, Elkhorn Golf Club, and the Valley Club (private) down near Hailey.

Ski: Our home is a short three minute walk away from the Sun Valley Co. Warm Springs Day Lodge and the lifts that take you to mid-mountain and all the way to the top of Bald Mt.


Rates & Availability

Sun Valley Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 High Summer
Jul 26 2016 - Sep 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
2016 Fall Slack
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 22 2016
4 night minimum stay
2016 Low Winter
Nov 23 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
2016 Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
2017 Low Winter
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 High Winter
Feb 17 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Low Winter
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Spring Slack
Apr 17 2017 - May 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Low Summer
May 26 2017 - Jun 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 High Winter
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Fall Slack
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Low Winter
Nov 22 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Christmas/New Years
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $450 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

10% Travel agent/rental agent commissions available. Weekly/monthly rates already include additional discounts. Owner will approve all rentals after contact with responsible party. For cancellations, if paid in full up front, no refund, but will credit payment to new rental dates. If 33% deposit paid for reservation, full refund if cancelled 90 days before stay; within 90 days, refund only if replacement rental is secured. Mid-stay housekeeping available. Concierge services not included, but can help arrange if requested.

10% discount on all rates if paid in full up front when making reservations. Otherwise, 33% deposit required along with $1,000 refundable security deposit and $49 renter's insurance premium for $1,500 non-deductible damage protection. Rental balance due along with 11% city and state taxes ninety days before rental. Payment by wire transfer or PayPal preferred; also take credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Central Idaho Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 9500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Ski-In ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Steam Shower
    Yellow Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Blue Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Castle Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Pioneer Room - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Steam Shower
    Elk Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Canyon Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Mud Room - toilet , shower , Steam Shower
    Powder Room - toilet
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Blue Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Pioneer Room - 1 queen
    Elk Room - 1 queen
    Yellow Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Two twins can be converted to single king
    Canyon Room - 2 twin/ single , Two twins can be converted to single king.
    Kids' Space - 2 twin/ single , Two twin mattresses with linens on carpeted floor.
    Castle Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , Bunk bed and one twin.
  • All bedrooms with the exception of the Kids' Space have their own full bathrooms with bath and shower, and one or two sinks. Please note that if desired, it is possible to configure the two twin beds in two of the above bedrooms, the Yellow Bedroom and Canyon Room, into king size beds using a king size mattress in each room on top of the twin bed bottom units.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Our home is heated with floor-based radiant heat throughout the main house. The Guest Quarters above the garage is heated with forced air heat. Like most homes in the Wood River Valley, our home does not require or have air conditioning available since it is naturally cooled during the summer by cross ventilation created by the many windows throughout our home. Electronic media systems are located in several rooms of the house--living room, guest quarters common area, study, master bedroom, family room. Infrared natural gas heaters are positioned above the entryway into the house as well as over the kitchen patio. They are controlled by timer switches. The driveway/courtyard, decks, and hot tub deck are capable of being heated with a snowmelt system, but we have restricted the usage of this system over the past year due to the cost of natural gas and to conserve energy. As an alternative, we use a snowplowing and shoveling service which is included in the rental expense.

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