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Alexa Palmer

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Come to the James McCool House in Walla Walla

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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House, Pet Friendly: 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Experience the artful blend of historical elegance and modern convenience at the James McCool House in Walla Walla, WA. Originally built in 1895 by James McCool, son to a Walla Walla founding father, the home has served as the residence of some of the area’s most prominent figures over the past 100 years. In 2010, the home was completely and carefully restored. The large stately rooms, with soaring ceilings and wood accents, welcome you to a warm and inviting environment.

This 'pet friendly' guest home has approximately 3,000 square feet of living space, including 5 bedrooms (including 2 master suites) and 3.5 bathrooms and sleeps up to 12. There is 1 California King, 1 King, 2 Queen, and 2 Twin Beds. Additionally, there is a Queen sized pull-out couch in the family room. This guest home is wonderful for large groups, especially those that want more privacy than offered at a hotel or B & B.

Eat-in kitchen has brand new appliances and opens into the formal dining room, which seats up to 12. Slide open the original cedar pocket doors and connect the family room to the formal dining room. Outdoors, the private landscaped backyard is the perfect setting for a relaxed barbeque with friends and family. Enjoy a glass of wine on the wraparound porch, and the second floor master bedroom balcony is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee. Further, to help kick off the celebration, a complementary bottle of wine will be waiting for you upon your arrival!!

Centrally located, The James McCool House is only one mile from downtown wineries, shops, weekend Farmer's Market and Whitman College. Short drive from Stateline wineries & airport tasting rooms. Visitors won't find a better value for a wine country guest home than The James McCool House in Walla Walla! (in the Walla Walla, Napa Valley and Sonoma wine country areas.)

Ideal for wine country getaways, family reunions, holiday gatherings, corporate retreats, golfing, hunting or to simply enjoy the wonderful town of Walla Walla.

Keywords: House, Home, Vacation Rental, Guest Home

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Alexa Palmer (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Alexa Palmer

Tracy and her brother Chris discovered this wonderful, but neglected home in 2005. Though the home was showing its age of more than 100 years, the home's underlying grand and proud features were clearly evident. Drawing on Tracy’s passion for historic homes, her talents as a designer, and inspired by their late grandmother, the next several years were spent painstakingly bringing the house back to its stately origins, while making sure it was equipped with all of the present day conveniences.

'Our motto throughout the restoration was ‘quality takes time’, and we think its effects can be seen in the details throughout the home. Welcome to our home and the fantastic town of Walla Walla, Washington! '

Alexa Palmer purchased this house in 2005

Guestbook comments from the manager

We love Walla Walla!! We had a fun time wine tasting and bachelorette-ing! Thank you!
Jan 2012
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based on 46 traveler reviews

Come to the James McCool House in Walla Walla
average rating of 4.804348 based on 71 reviews
Enumclaw, WA

Could not have been happier with this vacation rental. It's even lovelier then the pictures depict.

  • 5 of 5

It was a weekend wine-tasting family getaway to Walla Walla. We're all local Washingtonian's but none of us had ever been to Walla Walla. There was plenty of room for the 8 of us in this home. We used all 5 bedrooms. The 3 full bathrooms were perfect for our group, and having the additional powder room by the living-dining room was very handy. I heard no complaints about the beds and pillows. The home stayed very comfortable. The heating system worked great. Upon arrival we had some difficulty getting the locked door to open, but luckily I had Alexa's phone number handy, we called her and she immediately answered the call and talked us through the "trick" of unlocking the door. Once we had it down we could lock and unlock it without any problems. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, historic home for a vacation rental. We enjoyed our visit to Walla Walla very much, so much so that I'm sure we'll be back for more visits and Wine tasting. By the way, we loved the downtown area. So many wine tasting places within walking distance. The streets are very clean, the stores were cute, unique, and people so friendly and helpful. The front of the Macy's Building was so unusual. Come to find out it was the old original movie theater from back in the day. Macy's is in there now. It was smart of them to keep the original building front. The woman working at the "Visitor Center Booth" was so nice and helpful. Thank you Walla Walla for a great weekend vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Great house for groups

  • 5 of 5

We had a mini Whitman reunion and rented this house for 10 people. The only consideration (which didn't bar me from my 5 star review) is that this isn't the best neighborhood--the two cross streets are busy and can get a little loud, but the house seems well insulated ear plugs would probably take care of any extra noise. Once you are inside, you will be very happy.

The house has five nicely appointed bedrooms, tall ceilings and good spaces for entertaining. The owners left us clear instructions that we were to call with any difficulties, but we didn't have any. They also left us a bottle of Tranche wine, which is great!

Three bedrooms are upstairs. The master has an en suite bathroom, the other two share. Only one of the downstairs bedrooms has an en suite, the other has a powder room with no shower next to it. That couple just went upstairs to shower and it really wasn't an issue for us.

The location is about 5-6 blocks down 2nd from downtown, so close but not too close.

We would definitely rent this again (though so many people want to be in our house next year that we may need to rent a bigger one!).

We loved McCool. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland Ohio

Wine Tasting 101

  • 5 of 5

McCool House was perfectly situated in a residential neighborhood close to downtown (0.5 mile walk). The house is spacious with a nice kitchen where everyone gathered between events. The beds were comfortable and the rooms well maintained. I believe all the bedrooms had a TV although I don't believe anyone ever used any of them during our Labor Day Weekend wine tasting tour. Owner responded quickly to one issue with water draining in tub. There are multiple tasting rooms around Main street and easy driving distance to many wineries in the valley. Has a large enough driveway for 3 or 4 SUV's. Also close to Fat Duck Inn where we had a fantastic dinner.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming & Well Appointed House Close to Everything in Walla Walla

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for our wedding weekend to house the bridesmaids and their dates. The kitchen was very useful for baking the wedding cake and making cocktails! The house has great natural light, great air conditioning and good common areas for the group to use. The kitchen is fully equipped with all you could need for cooking and food storage. The little parking lot area was nice as well. We thought this house was an incredible value and would definitely rent it again!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Great location and amazing space!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 had an amazing time wine tasting in Walla Walla. Part of what made the time fantastic was this fantastic house! There was plenty of room. The kitchen space was wonderful and was used for group breakfasts and dinners. The backyard and grill was a wonderful space to hang out. There was a fantastic small grocery store a couple of block walk, along with a short walk to downtown to wine taste. One small thing to know is that the floors speak because of age, but all of us liked it and was not bothered by it at all. Comfortable! Convenient! And, would definitely recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Perfect location for this comfortable home!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic weekend! Extremely comfortable home centrally located for wine tasting. Property is in great shape with lots of room to spread out. Comfortable beds and quiet surroundings made for a good nights sleep. Well appointed kitchen, although you should bring your own knives for cooking. Would stay here again without reservation!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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The James McCool House is located close to downtown Walla Walla, Washington. Enjoy ArtWalk, shopping on Main Street, visiting the numerous tasting rooms downtown and eating at the many gourmet restaurants. Enjoy a Shakespeare play at the newly renovated Power House Theatre or catch one of the numerous bands playing at downtown venues.


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Jan 2 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 10.9%

Cancellation Policy:
A sixty (60) day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than sixty (60) days prior to scheduled arrival date will be issued a refund, less a 5% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within sixty (60) days of scheduled arrival date will be entitled to a refund for all days reserved (less a 5% cancellation fee) only if we can re-book the property for the same dates at the same rates. If we are unable to re-book the property for the same dates at the same rates, no refund will be issued. Early departures do not warrant any refunds.


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Washington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs Master Bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Updstairs Master Bathroom - full bath with shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Downstairs Hallway Half Bathroom - toilet and sink.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Hall Full Bathroom - Clawfoot Tub/shower combo.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Downstairs Master Bedroom, with full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Downstairs queen bedroom. Adjacent to half bath in hall.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upstairs Master Bedroom with Cal King Bed & private bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs Queen Bedroom, adjacent to hall bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs Twin Bedroom w/2 twin beds, adjacent to hall bath.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Convertible Queen sleeper sofa in living room downstairs.
  • King size beds (2) King bed in downstair's Master Suite; California King bed in upstair's Master Suite., Queen size Beds (2) plus, Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sofa sleeper in living / tv room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis

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