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Beautiful Craftsmanship, Beautiful Scenery, Beautiful Hospitality

Bedrooms 3
Space 940 sq. ft.
Property type house boat


About the property

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Moored in a protected cove at Hope Marine on Ellisport Bay 18 miles east of Sandpoint in North Idaho. The town of Hope nearby is a small lakefront community on the east side of the lake surrounded by state owned protected wilderness.Make this your lake front accommodation on the largest lake in the Pacific Nothwest, Lake Pend Oreille.

Think of the perfect place far far away. Where there's no stress and the visual stimulation is breathtaking like a perfect dream. This is Lake Pend Oreille!

Become our guests on The Mary Ellen and experience a Great Idaho Getaway together!

Our floating houseboat with 940 sq ft of living space comfortably sleeps ten. Five beds framed by custom mahogany woodwork. (Linens and towels provided )

Prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen and BBQ to serve on the teak table set for ten.

There are 2 private staterooms, 2 bathrooms and Captains quarters upstairs with a jacuzzi tub for two.

It's easy to relax by the cozy fireplace inside and watch the Canada Geese swim by or view the sparkling water reflecting a majestic mountain backdrop from the 140 square foot deck upstairs.

We provide a Mad River Canoe for your personal use to paddle anytime.

There are 2 fishing rods aboard for you to catch some bass, perch or kokanee for dinner. Reserve your pontoon boat with the Hope Marina.

Remember to Book a full day of exciting fishing on a Charter Fishing boat. Pend Oreille charters and Diamond charters are fishing guides just down the dock.

Water Sports equipment Paddle Boards, Kayaks and Jet Skies are available to rent June July August at the marina.

Just walk down the dock for homemade huckleberry pie after dining on the outside deck of the newly remodeled Floating Restaurant .

The Mary Ellen is a wonderful place to celebrate with family and friends or that special someone.

Rent The Mary Ellen for your Family reunions, wedding parties, or for a romatic getaway.

Experience the best of North Idaho together.

Peak Season is July and August rent is $1800 Friday to Friday.

Other Months are $1400 Friday to Friday or $235 per night with a 2 night minimum.


Contact us for your reservation

Mary and Bill Bowne

PHONE 208-263-0169

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Mary Ellen Bowne
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 27, 2017

About Mary Ellen Bowne

Bill and Mary designed and built The Mary Ellen in 2001.

We bought 10 acres north of Lake Pend Oreille near Oden Bay.

Building our own custom design home.

We live here for the Backpacking,Hiking in the surrounding area.

Alpine Skiing in the winter months, Mountain Biking in the Summer at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Kayaking and Fishing on Lake Pend Oreille are favorite activities too.

The Sandpoint community is another strong reason we live here. A variety of Fun filled Events planned all year for all ages to participate in.

Why Mary Ellen Bowne chose Hope


From Orofino ID

Great time had by all. Wonderful family time spent sharing and new beginnings.

From Rich land WA

We love your little piece of heaven on the lake.

From Idaho Falls ID

Wonderful,Beautiful, Relaxing.

From Terry MT

This is Life!

From Somemers MT

You 2 are so lucky to have this beautiful boat and view.

From South Pasadena CA

Nice 'crib'...Our 3rd time & we still love it...

From Boise ID

All the comforts of home,fantastic hospitality.

From Spirit Lake ID

What a wonderful retreat. We feel very special!

From Larwerence KS

In a clutch we needed a place to stay and how lucky we got to stumble upon The Mary Ellen, we will be back and stay here again, its peaceful, gorgeous view, beautiful people, great canoe[ Vermont Mad River] and a savior for our holiday. Simply Superb!

From Snohomish WA

Had a fantastic visit, loved the houseboat. It had everything we could have wanted. Been to tons of places for vacation. This was of of our Best vacations!

The Lake was amazing. Hope to be back before the end of summer.

From Leduc County AB Canada

A great place to spend our 30th Anniversary. Loves the views, Lake front, and unique property.

From Challis ID

Had a great time. Fireworks were awesome in front! Very nice getaway.

From London UK

Magical place wrought with creative inspiration

and souls infused by the healing energies of mother nature.

Gratitude & Respect

From Calgary AB Canada

This is truly Paradise. Thank you!

Everyone is so friendly too.

From Pasadena CA

Ah Mary

Had we known we'd have been here years ago! If someone had said that there is a place where worries disappear-Mother nature is in control, you rest, smile and soak and enjoy a sunset like you're seeing one for the very 1st time, they would be referring to The Mary Ellen and this fantastic Lake.

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Guest Book Affirmations [Glad they chose The Mary Ellen]

From San Diego CA

Great Fun. Grandsons caught over 100 fish!

From Cary NC

One word Amazing!

From La Crosse WI

Perfect, Wonderful, Tranquil, To short-wish longer stay.

From Minoa NY

Thanks for 3 days of paradise!

From Jackson CA, Tocoma WA, Fulluton CA

Family Reunion, Great Boat, Great View! Enjoyable time had by all.

From Big Bear City CA

The water, the mountains, the wildlife, the houseboat! Life doesn't get any better!

From Island Lake IL

Black Satin Water, Black Velvet Skies,

Beautiful Moon light Nights.

From Calgary AB Canada

We had a great stay! Incredible views. Kids has a blast!

From Leduc AB Canada

We had a wonderful time, Great views,

Great accomodations,Great Vacation. Thanks


Hope House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 940 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Mary Ellen was designed and built by the owners. We designed our Floating Vacation Rental for our guests enjoyment! With custom woodwork and mahogany paneling throughout, the luxurious setting is conveniently located at Hope Marine in Hope ID With Floating Restaurant,Charter Fishing,and pontoon boat rentals.


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Beautiful Craftsmanship, Beautiful Scenery, Beautiful Hospitality
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Great place on the water!

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific time staying on the houseboat! The kids absolutely loved being right on the water and the views over the lake were tremendous. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing residence on the lake. Mary Ellen was an excellent host.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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We Love the Marry Ellen

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed staying on The Marry Ellen. Everything was provided except groceries. When we arrived we were met with kind welcoming warmth, even a gift basket and coffee were left to welcome us. The full kitchen complete with dishes was a plus. The beds were clean and comfortable. All we can say is we loved it.

Kim W.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Spokane Airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Idaho Club
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
2 BEACHES Samowen State Park and Trestle Creek

Charter Fishing and Pontoon Boat rentals are available at the Hope marina.

A Health Club with a pool, Convenience store. Expresso shop, Kayak and Bicycles Rentals are just next door.

The Floating Restaurant and Lounge down the dock specializing in seafood cuisine

and home made huckleberry deserts

Horseback trail riding and Mountain Biking are popular activities at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

or ride the chair lift to the top and pick huckleberries with panoramic views of Lake Pend 'Oreille, Preist Lake ,

The Cabinet Mountains in Montana and the Selkirks Mountains running into Canada

Sandpoint 18miles away has many events all year. Arts and Craft Show, Wooden Boat Show, Lost in the 50's, Music Festival, Draft Horse Show and Rodeo.

Other Activities: Charter Fishing, Nature Hike in the Ross Creek Cedars, Rent Kayaks and Paddle any where on the lake, Fishing is great just off the dock.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 8.0%

We rent The Mary Ellen
Friday to Friday during the months of July and August 7 nights for $1800

May,June,September 7 nights for $1400 tax is 8%
or stay two nights for $470 tax is 8%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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