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Beautiful Riverfront Custom Log Home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home on the gorgeous Santiam River

Spacious custom built 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath log home on the Santiam River. Two level home, large kitchen, gas fireplace, sleeps up to 13 people, game/gathering room with pool table, sitting room with murphey bed, master bedroom with shower and jet-tub, guest WIFI network, wrap around deck, outdoor fire-pit, picnic table, horseshoe pits, fully fenced yard & trail to the river's edge. Just minutes from Detroit Lake and Breitenbush Hot Springs and a short drive to Hoodoo Ski Bowl.

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2017

About Diane

Tom Bell: I am a well-established dentist in Salem, Oregon, having graduated dental school at the University of Minnesota in 1970. I grew up primarily in Montana and Washington where I loved to fish in my spare time. My wife, Paula, was an 'Air-Force brat' who lived all over the U.S. and in England for a couple of years. I met my lovely wife at the University of Minnesota and we have three wonderful children, now grown. My wife and I built our log home just outside of Gates in 2006 as our primary residence, however after a couple of years, decided to move back to Salem to be closer to our family and many grandchildren. We have since used our log home as a get-a-way for family & friends and more recently as a rental property. Our home is very large with an open floor plan but surprisingly 'homey'. The home, though modern, has a very rustic feel and the setting is nothing short of breath-taking. Located on the Santiam river, minutes from Detroit Lake and Breitenbush Hot Springs and a short drive to Hoodoo Ski Bowl there is no shortage of fun outdoor activities. After your busy day, take a long, hot bath in the jet tub and curl up with a good book in front of the gas fireplace or roast a marshmallow at the outdoor fire-pit. We hope you enjoy your stay at this unique vacation spot as much as we do! -Tom Bell

Diane purchased this house in 2006

Why Diane chose Willamette Valley Oregon

We built our log home on the Santiam River just outside of Gates to live a more quiet life. I love to fish and spent much of my spare time in this area. The scenery is beautiful and the fishing is fantastic!

What makes this house unique

One of my wife and my favorite spots is on the back porch overlooking the river with a good cup of coffee after dinner. Our grand-kids love playing horseshoes in the front 'yard' and roasting marshmallows at the outdoor fire-pit. In the summertime, we spend a lot of time fishing, boating, jet-skiing and camping at Detroit Lake. In the wintertime, our family loves to go skiing, sledding and snowboarding at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. We have most of our birthday celebrations for our family at the log home as the kitchen is great for large gatherings, the home is big enough to sleep many people & although only 40 minutes from Salem, it feels like a mini-vacation. It's our home-away-from-home!


Gates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath located up-stairs.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located on main floor.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bath located in master bedroom on main floor.
  • Master bath includes a large tub and separate shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom on main floor, walk-in closet & Bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Located upstairs, view of the river, walk-in closet.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Located upstairs, view of front wooded area, walk-in closet.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Located upstairs in "Great Room"; bunk beds; no closet.
  • All bedrooms (except "Great Room") have a walk-in closet, dresser, night-stand with lamp, ceiling light w/ fan, chair & window w/ view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Queen Murphy bed in loft on second floor. Bunk beds (single on top, double on bottom) in 'Great Room' on second floor. Hide-a-bed (full/double) in living room on first floor. Add'l bedding, blankets & pillows for add'l sleeping on couches, etc. Two port-a-cribs with linens, one kid walker, kid-gate for stair case & portable high chair available for use for those with small children.


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Beautiful Riverfront Custom Log Home
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
Aptos, CA

Beautiful riverfront log cabin with modern conveniences!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed eight nights with 6 adults & 2 young grandsons (our 2 daughters & families). The kitchen is well-equipped for baking/cooking and has many spices & basic cooking ingredients. The A/C was most appreciated as there were record-high temperatures during our stay. The kids loved sleeping upstairs in the bunk beds, and playing with the toys in the play chest & board games. We had a lot of fun playing pool in the evenings. I appreciated the thoughtfulness in providing laundry soap, paper towels, bath soap, tissues, & TP. We all loved the open living room with high wood beamed ceilings. We enjoyed all the nearby sites; Detroit Lake, Santiam River rafting, hiking Silver Falls, picking peaches & blackberries, roasting s'mores, etc. A very relaxing, super comfortable & fun vacation! We hope to return & highly recommend. Great communication with Diane who manages the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very restful. Great place to be with family

  • 5 of 5

Did not want to leave. Loved being by river in the woods. Place is very well maintained.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful! Very peaceful and cozy. We loved our stay and can't wait to come back!

Only thing that could use some upgrading is the couches...Other than that GREAT!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wilsonville, OR

A great time was had by all!

  • 5 of 5

We had 6 adults and 5 teen/tweens and everyone had a great time! The boys loved the game room, the girls hung out in the loft and the adults lounged in the downstairs great room. The porch and picnic table hosted many a card game and the beautiful river lulled us to sleep. The house stayed a great temperature the whole time. The fenced yard was perfect for the dogs and even the roaming dog was well contained. The only thing I would change is a larger bed in the third guest room (it was a double making it difficult to sleep 2 adults). Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hillsboro, OR

Family fun for everyone ages 58 to 1!☺

  • 5 of 5

It was our second year spending time with our sons, daughter in law and grandchildren in your beautiful log home. We enjoyed the great fishing, boating and water sports on the lake and the very relaxing atmosphere of your home and its surroundings. We will be back!

The O'Dell Family

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albany, Oregon

Annual Men's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to have a retreat. Soothing sound of the river rushing by and a gentle breeze. I just can't imagine it getting any better.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Just minutes from Detroit Lake & Breitenbush Hot Springs & a short drive (less than one hour) to Hoodoo Ski Bowl.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $150

We accept all Visa, MasterCard & Discover for all payment and fees. Sorry, no checks accepted. Our cancellation policy is as follows: 1. If the reservation is cancelled more than 30 days from the check-in date, a full refund is credited to the card used for payment. 2. If the reservation is cancelled 30 or less days from the check-in date, a refund of monies paid less a $250 fee is credited to the card used for payment. All cancellation requests must be in writing.

$150-300 Cleaning fee, depending on above number of guests in party
$150 Refundable Security Deposit
$50 Non-refundable Pet fee (per pet) Limit typically two pets
Full Payment by credit card due to secure reservation
Check in 4:00pm / Check out 11:00am
Responsible party must be at least 23 years old (proof may required at time of reservation)

Payment in full is expected at the time the reservation is made. We accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover. Sorry, no checks accepted. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cleaning fee rate is between $150 - $250.00, depending on event, length of stay and number of guests.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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