|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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The OSPREY NEST is a lakefront home with an extraordinary view both from inside, and outside from the deck and private dock. The lake water is crystal clear and just the right temperature for swimming. Guests can use the ladder at the end of the dock to get into the water or use the spacious dock to sunbathe and watch the boats go by on their way to Bottle Bay Resort just down the lake. Schweitzer Mountain ski runs can be seen from the end of the dock and across the lake, the mountain scene changes constantly in the light providing endless photo opportunities. And if you are an early riser you might see a special bird visitor on the dock, ducks, geese or a blue heron. We're not sure why the the fishing from the dock is especially good but the blue heron takes advantage of it too. Across the road and high up in one of the trees is an eagles nest. Lucky guests may see them soaring or swooping for a fish and they will certainly hear their calls.
Dining on the outdoor deck is the preferred place to eat. The gas barbecue is right outside the kitchen window and it is easy to bring food from the Pullman kitchen to the deck. The bedrooms in the home are located on opposite ends of the home for privacy; the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room are in the center. The cozy living room is paneled in knotty pine and contains a wood stove for those especially cool mornings. The location of the house makes it easy to take advantage of all the things to do in town or run down to Bottle Bay Resort for a casual meal on their dining deck, get boat gas or even rent a boat. There are many hiking trails in the area. One of the best, the Gold Hill trail is just a short walk from the home.
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My husband and I met and both graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. My husband was a retired Air Force Colonel, a rescue pilot in the Vietnam war(a Jolly Green Giant), transitioning after the war to C-5As (the worlds largest airplane)and becoming a squadron commander at Travis AFB. After 23 years of service he retired and worked for Hughes Aircraft company as the director the of Market Research in Los Angeles. Ten years later, after sponsoring 2 sons through college, we decided to change our lifestyle completely and we purchased Bottle Bay Resort which we owned and managed for 12 years.
Dorette High purchased this house in 1997
My husband and I purchased this vacation home as an addition to the cabins on Bottle Bay Resort. When we sold the resort in 2001, we just couldn't part with this little house. We loved Bottle Bay and the resort and our neighbors and friends and we wanted a place to come back to for as long as we were able.
The extraordinary view is mesmerizing and ever changing. An eagles nest in the tree across the road gives guests a chance to spot the eagles, hear their calls and perhaps see them fish. There is surprisingly good fishing from the dock and wild geese often show off their families, swimming by the dock as do several other kinds of ducks. Within easy walking distance from the home is the Gold Hill hiking trail maintained by the Forest Service. Nearby Bottle Bay Resort(3.5 miles)has a pleasant restaurant and cocktail lounge. Menu selections are moderately priced and the outdoor deck is shaded on a hot summer day when you would rather not cook. The resort also has boat fuel, boat rentals and boat mooring. Shopping in the town of Sandpoint is 8.4 miles from the home. Schweitzer Mountain Ski resort is a 20 mile drive from the home. Besides the views, hiking, restaurant and gift shop, guests can rent mountain bikes and really enjoy the mountain.
We were 3 couples and a small baby. One couple slept in a tent. The cabin was clean and was well equipped. The large deck was our favorite spot during the day. The kitchen and dining area is small but that was no problem as we ate all our meals on the deck. Town is a very short boat ride from here and the nearest marina is even closer at Bottle Bay! We loved our stay and can't wait to go back.
There is not doubt about it the view of the lake is fantastic. Lake Pend Oreille has been a regular favorite of our for years, most of our time has been at the southern end of the lake. This year we decided to make a change and go to the northern end of the lake. We took our 22 foot boat and looked foreword to having it parked conveniently in front of the cabin. Unfortunately it is a stationary dock and the deck is much higher than the gunwales of our boat which made getting in and out difficult. That wasn't the most trying situation; as the lake was extremely rough with white caps rolling several afternoons and evenings and tossed our boat around like it was a dingy. While this going on there was not a whisper of a breeze at the cabin. If you plan on bringing a boat with you, be cautious. The cabin shows some wear and parts were clean, but not everything. The windows were dirty, surprising because part of staying "at the lake" is enjoying the view. Cobwebs along baseboards and ceiling corners aren't inviting. The deck and furniture overlooking the lake is nice but had not been cleaned, it was dusty and littered with pine needles. This is a cozy cabin but in need of attention to detail.
This was our first time to northern Idaho and we were very happy to stay at the Osprey Nest. It was my wife, me, our 11 month old and my mother in the cabin. The cabin had everything we needed for an 8 day stay and the size of the deck was great.
My one concern leading into the trip was the high expected temps (95) and that the cabin didn't have A/C. Since the house faces east, only 20% humidity during the day, is shaded by the trees, and has good wind off the lake, temps in the house were never a problem.
The biggest surprise was how close great hiking was to the cabin. About 0.2 miles from the house Gold Hill ascends about 1400 ft in about 3 miles to a great lookout of downtown Sandpoint and the bridges.
In eight days, we were able to mountain bike at Schweitzer, race in the Sandpoint Long Bridge Swim, go charter fishing for Kamloops, hike about 20 miles, bum around Sandpoint a couple days shopping, rent a boat for the day and most importantly just relax by the lake.
On the last day of the trip my wife and I both agreed, it would be hard to take another week long vacation anywhere but Sandpoint and the Osprey Nest.
Great place, just as advertised. Perfect water,great swimming, eagles and ospreys can be seen every day, just a short cruise to Sandpoint to stroll through galleries and get ice cream.
Both teens and our dog loved the place.
The only suggestion would be more comfortable and bigger bed in master bedroom. Than I would give it 5 stars.
Property manager and a handyman were great and very helpful to address our needs immediately.
The cabin was not as clean as we are use to. The pictures were very accurate and we enjoyed the view.
Wonderful vacation house. Views were spectacular! Great fishing and swimming off the dock. Loved watching the eagles fish. I could not of dreamed up a better place to vacation. Thank you for sharing your home.
Waterpark located next to Silverwood Amusement Park - 29 miles.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$100 + Tax|
During the off season (between 15 September until 15 June) the home may be rented by the month (31 day minimum). The guest pays his own utilities which consist of electricity and telephone and provides his own linens and firewood. Direct TV and Wi-Fi service are paid by the landlord.