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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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 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 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
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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Portland, OR

Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

The log cabin is spacious, the setting is beautiful, and the property owners are responsive. Five stars - great spot to bring the family!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach, CA

Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. It is a very nice cabin. The owner was very helpful and responsive to any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overall a great getaway

  • 4 of 5

Our stay included 8 adults and 5 children and there was plenty of room for all of us. The wrap around, covered porch was amazing with views of the river. The only negative was the furniture/tv's/appliances could use some updating. Some of the beds were not as comfortable as hoped, but I could just be getting old too. Overall, a great house and the pictures don't do it justice!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Women's Retreat #14

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for opening your beautiful home to us. We had a wonderful and very relaxing retreat! Enough room for all of us girls to sleep. Very cozy front / dinning area to gather for games and good laughs. We woke to a beautiful snowy Sunday morning, amazing how the white snow makes the marvelous colors of the river just pop out!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

This place has so many things to do, you can keep each other entertained all weekend! Even with a fair amount of rain on the weekend we spent at the cabin we were able to enjoy the view and relax on the amazing wrap around deck that surrounds the whole house. There were plenty of games of pool played (nice table), plenty of camp fire stories (nice seating), and great food the whole weekend (kitchen is very well labeled and stocked). Do yourself a favor, this place is worth a couple night stay! Cheers

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • 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

Gates House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Standard Rate
Sep 22 2017 - Oct 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Oct 26 2017 - Jan 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $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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