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Cozy Downtown Retreat

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Garden District House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths (Sleeps 10)

This 4 bed/2 bath vacation rental located in the downtown Garden District of Coeur d'Alene Idaho, easily accommodates eight to ten guests and is updated with bamboo floors, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is stocked with all of the essentials, and all linens are provided.

This home also features two main floor bedrooms in addition to the main floor bath, to accommodate guests who have difficulty with stairs. The third and fourth bedrooms are located on the second floor with the second bathroom. Three bedrooms are furnished with a queen size bed, one with additional bunk beds for those traveling with children, and the fourth has a King sized bed.

The basement is a cozy spot, with a pool table and cable TV for late night entertainment that doesn't disturb the rest of the house. Bring your ipod! We have a stereo system in the basement that allows you to hook up your ipod and listen to your favorite music.

Well behaved pets are always welcome at this home, and they are sure to enjoy the large fenced backyard.

The patio and fire pit offer a great location for a family BBQ.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Lauren VanVeelen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016

About Lauren VanVeelen

Lauren, Jebediah and our daughter, Liliana. Jebediah is from Washington State and Lauren is from California, where we primarily reside.

Lauren VanVeelen purchased this house in 2007

Why Lauren VanVeelen chose Coeur d 'Alene

We bought this house as our first home when we got married. Since California is difficult and expensive place to buy and we have family in CDA, we thought it would be a great investment to purchase a home there, where we can enjoy vacations with the family and hopefully have a place to retire down the road.

What makes this house unique

The home is walking distance to all of the fun things to do in CDA. It's in a great neighborhood and there are year-round events and activities to enjoy.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Cozy Downtown Retreat
average rating of 4.214286 based on 14 reviews

Nice quiet neighborhood and plenty of bedrooms/beds for larger groups.

  • 4 of 5

Nice, clean place but the basement was a bit dank and could use active ventilation. Pool table was a fun addition but a few more chairs would have been nice. Back patio was lovely, BBQ was nice and we picked up wood from a local grocery and enjoyed the patio fire pit. Great space for larger families with an open kitchen/living area. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of pots/pans/plates/glassware and utensils.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not quite as advertised

  • 2 of 5

We were a group of 6 staying for the 70.3 race weekend and had to pay a premium price per night for this property due to it being race weekend. Initially the home owner wanted us to stay for 7 nights as this was normally the full ironman race weekend and owners can impose this requirement, but for a half ironman, they gave us a reprieve since this was just for the half and we booked so far in advance.

This property is not worth the premium price. The photos in the ad are very strategically taken. The bathrooms were very very dated and are in need of major work (drains don't fully drain upstairs, ceilings have holes in them, and baths are in rough shape). The basement is not 'cosy' and I would describe it as 'musty'. The backyard and front (general curb appeal) is very disappointing. The grass is not in good shape and is basically weeds. There is no table in the back and with random garden hoses strewn about along with a rough bbq, the backyard is not an appealing place.

The place was clean and the beds were comfortable but I think it would be quite crowded with 10 ppl as one bedroom would have 4 ppl (2 in bed and 2 bunks). The kitchen is in good shape but I was disappointed to open the coffee maker and see a mouldy filter with grounds in it. Not the end of the world, but for the price we paid, this was another disappointment.

The location is good but overall, while the listing wasn't untruthful, we were expecting much more than we received.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than we expected

  • 5 of 5

We spent endless hours online searching for the right house for our holiday vacation. I normally don't write reviews but this house was truly perfect. Great location, great yard, clean on the inside, and well stocked. We had guests visit and there was plenty of space. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your home. The kids enjoyed the snow and it really was the highlight of our week. We hope to make this a yearly tradition.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice home, but not very wheelchair accessible

  • 4 of 5

This was one of two homes rented for our family reunion. The location was great! It was easy walking distance to downtown, a park with a great playground, and the lake. We also enjoyed outings to Farragut Park, Crystal Gold Mine and the Old Mission. The outside patio area worked great as an extra seating area for our family meals and just relaxing outside. The fenced yard was a nice size and worked great for our dogs, although the weeds were pretty tall. The home was clean and the kitchen was nice with newer appliances. The younger kids loved spending time in the basement with their own tv and the pool table. The only problem we had was wheelchair accessibility for grandpa who is confined to a wheelchair. Lauren was great at working with us so we could get more detailed information about wheelchair access in the home and plan ahead for his needs. The front door is not accessible by wheelchair due to the height of the steps, but we were able to get the wheelchair in the house using the back door with a small portable ramp we rented. The door to the main floor bathroom is less than 2 feet wide and does not allow any wheelchair access. We were able to make things work by renting a bedside commode and having grandpa wash using the kitchen sink. The hallway entrance to the main floor bedrooms was also very narrow (only about 25") and the wheelchair barely squeezed through. Before renting this home for wheelchair accessibility it is very important to make sure the wheelchair will squeeze through those narrow openings. Other than the accessibility issue, our group enjoyed the house and it worked well for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Spot

  • 4 of 5

This house is so close to downtown. was within walking distance to the water. It was large enough for us, accommodated 6 adults and 4 kids. It is cozy, yet we did not feel cramped in any way. We enjoyed sitting out in the backyard every evening. The house was clean upon arrival and very well stocked, the kitchen has everything you need. We would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

Good towels, dank basement, dark lighting, especially in living room and kitchen, dead bushes, grotty upstairs bath/shower, steep stairs, scanty paper towels.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had our first child this year and hadn't been in town to keep an eye on the yard and with the heat, it did dry up fast! With one week of watering daily, it perked back up and is as green as ever. The lighting in the kitchen is warm and we purposely have kept it that way... makes the house seem cozier to us. The stairs to the upper level are steep but there is a rail and the rooms are very large and comfortable upstairs. The bathrooms are not anything fancy but they are clean and work well for family stays, with one upstairs and one downstairs. I've never received a rating based on paper towels. I hope this helps for our future renters... we have never received a poor review in the past.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Spokane International Airport
Car: recommended

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, minature golf, basketball court, boating, horseshoes


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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Cancellation Policy: >90 days loses deposit, 90>30days is responsible for 50% of contract, 30> is responsible for contract in full.

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Garden District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • Downstairs bath has a shower and upstairs bath has a tub/shower combo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen + Twin Bunk beds
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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