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A comtemporary home that is great for families & large groups just 6 miles North

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Home In A Quiet Residential Neighborhood.

Located 6.3 miles north of downtown Ketchum our home is a quiet oasis in a residential neighborhood called Eagle Creek. It features a great room with a unique 4 sided glass fireplace, a large, 50 inch, flat screen television, Blue ray DVD Player and wireless internet. The back deck has a hot tub under a covered gazebo to help you relax after a hard day of skiing the sloops in the Winter or hiking and biking the trails in the Summer.

It comes with a washer and dryer and fully equipped

kitchen. It has a large dining room table that seats 14 and can be expanded to seat 20. The downstairs has one bedroom, which is our bunk room and sleeps, 4 with the bathroom room located right across the hall. Upstairs has 3 bedrooms and two full baths. All have queen size bed with flannel sheets and down comforters for the Winter.

The master bedroom also has a set of bunk beds, with cable TV, a new 40 inch Flat Screen, Blue Ray DVD Player and private bath. The other two bedrooms also have queen beds and share a full bath.

The house comes with a double car garage and cleaning service so at the end or your stay you just walk out the door.

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Jim Pittman
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Jim Pittman

My wife & I love to ski. We live and work in Portland Oregon, but love Sun Valley and the Wood River Valley. Good friends recommended the Sun Valley Ski School as one of the best in the nation and we took our first lessons on Baldy in the mid 70's. The 300 days of sunshine, the snowmaking, the grooming and the improvements made by Earl Holding, have made it our favorite winter resort. The groomed corduroy with an inch of 'cheater snow' make everyone a wonderful skier, you just can't make a mistake! But as the saying goes people come to Sun Valley for the Winters but stay because of the Summers. As good as Sun Valley is in the Winter, it is even better in the Summer.

Jim Pittman purchased this house in 1979

Why Jim Pittman chose Central Idaho

With a name like 'The Red Neck Retreat' you know there has to be a story and there is! After way too many drinks on a ski trip to Park City in the 70's we decided we could do our own version of a 'time share.' We took a vote and Sun Valley was everybody's favorite. When we sobered up the next day it still seemed like a good idea. So 5 guys formed a partnership in 1979 with a mandatory Buy/Sell in the event of death, disability or divorce and came up with the name 'The Red Neck Retreat,' after the Jerry Jeff Walker song 'Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother.' There is a ski sign over the garage with double black diamond's that says 'Hardcore.'

Hardcore is what we call the boys 3 day ski trip in January that has being going on since the mid 60's. It still only has two rules: One, no matter what you do the night before you are on the lift at 9 am. Two, you ski the last run of the day from top to bottom and the last guy down buys the first round of beer.

My last remaining partner died on the chairlift in Feb. 2012. He skied the bowls all day in a foot of new snow, had lunch at Seattle Ridge and died of a heart attack on the Cold Springs lift heading home. Not a bad way to go, but way too young at age 69. As a result we have decided to expand the rental beyond the handful of friends who go every year.

What makes this house unique

We choose the house out North of town because it is out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Ketchum, yet only 15 minutes from the Warm Springs and 11 minutes to the River Run lifts in the Winter. It also catches the afternoon sun.

With an easement to the Big Wood River we enjoy some of the best fly fishing in the Wood River Valley. Only a few locals know of the access to the river from our neighborhood. In the Summer when the town is packed with tourists, you are not affected. You are just 2 miles to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Harriman trails for Cross Country Skiing in the Winter and Mt. Biking and Hiking in the Summer. Galena Lodge is just 17 miles North and Red Fish Lake Stanley 33 miles from there.

During the Winter we drive 11 minuets to the River Run Lodge and ride the Gondola, to the Round House, to begin our day.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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A comtemporary home that is great for families & large groups just 6 miles North
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews

Clean, comfortable, and well stocked with the essentials.

  • 5 of 5

Nice area away from town, very quiet, but still close to Ketchum. We loved the big, centrally located fireplace. The dining table was big enough for all 8 of us. There was a smaller table we used for puzzles and games. Each room could control the temperature, which was nice. We cooked in most nights and the kitchen had everything we needed except a 13x9 baking pan, which I brought just in case!! Consensus from our group " it was awesome!"

Jim, the owner, was good about checking in by phone to make sure everything was ok. We definitely would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cozy and ideal for large families

  • 5 of 5

A large and cozy home with plenty of amenities including a fireplace, a well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, bathrobes, and an outdoor hot tub. The house is situated a few miles from Sun Valley in a quiet neighborhood near the river. Hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing trails are easily accessible. Jim, the owner, was easy to communicate with and our arrival/departure were simple and hassle free. A wonderful find for our family and a place we plan to stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richfield, Utah

Comfortable house, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a month in the Wood River Valley and ended up wanting more. We have always enjoyed this part of Idaho and Jim's house is located in a perfect, quite location. Close to town but out of the traffic, peaceful neighborhood, next to the river and close to hiking and biking. Jim was very good to work with us and very helpful to all our needs.

The house was comfortable and had all that we needed. Thank you Jim for letting stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Good for a group

  • 5 of 5

Great open concept for our group & the babies. Missed being in town at times but quiet neighborhood with a walking loop has its advantages, too

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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good time in good place

  • 5 of 5

all my family and friends really enjoyed our stay in Jim's house which is spacious, clean and well equipped.

Owner is a very nice and easy to communicate and talk with.

House is located in nice, quiet neighborhood away from town noise but not too far also.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Comfy Home

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for letting us rent your home. Our family had a great time enjoying the outdoors hiking, biking, and fishing the wood River. This is a good size home, with comfortable beds and updated appliances.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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"Beer and wine served with first run movies."
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Hailey, ID
Nearest Barpub
6.3 Miles
Pioneer Saloon
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Big Wood
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
6.3 Miles
Pioneer Saloon
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Mt. Baldy, Warm Springs
Car: necessary

Our home is 6.3 miles North from the center of town in Ketchum, Idaho off highway 75, on the West side of the road. Located 2 miles from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and just 17 miles from Galena Lodge with world class cross country skiing in the winter and mountain biking and hiking in the Summer. We are 100 yards from the Big Wood River with an easement to the river. The Wood River trail system runs directly behind our house for mountain biking and hiking in the Summer and snow shoeing and cross country skiing in the Winter.


Rates & Availability

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Ketchum House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 bunk bed , Sleeps 4-Bath across the hall
    Upstairs Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4 has a private bath, '40 HDTV & Blue ray player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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