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Donna

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

RIVERFRONT RETREAT, RELAX!! EZ I-5 access Portland,OR.-Seattle,WA. Book it today

24 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Kalama House Rental Photos and Description

3bdrms, 3baths, lrg deck overlooking river, big trees, FPs, small groups do well

ANOTHER 5 STAR REVIEW!!! Thank you wonderful guests! Fall is upon us & we're looking forward to evenings by the fire! "Peace of the River" vacation rental home offers Lodge like comfort and large wraparound deck. Great relaxing time for all! Get your "PEACE of the RIVER" THIS YEAR! Reserve your dates today. Have a Family gathering or Romantic Retreat. Plan a Guys Fishing Trip, or a Girls Weekend, Great for 2-3 couples, or small groups. Book your stay today! Throw your hectic schedule out the window! Unplug & Relax in our comfy environment. So quiet you can hear yourself think. Satellite TV, internet, WiFi available but also great place for taking a 'Tech Time Out!' Enjoy your favorite beverage on the deck as the 'river parade' floats by in summer. Walk to the local 'swimming hole'. Bring tubes & float the river during summer. Read (wide variety of books here), do yoga or power nap your way to rejuvenation! Ease on in and make yourself at home today! Great room w/FP. Modern kitchen. Master BR (queen) w/full bath on main level. Also main level smaller 2nd BR, queen futon+hall bath w/shower. Downstairs spacious den w/FP & large windows overlooking river accommodates additional sleepers on double futon + 3/4bath. Washer/dryer. NO SMOKING. NO PETS. Best for up to 6 people. High bank waterfront, not recommended for young children, but we let families decide. Many families with children of different ages have stayed without incident. We just want to use an abundance of caution for the safety of the young ones. Things to do: Try your luck at fishing. Visit local antique shops in nearby Kalama. Enjoy day trips to Mt. Saint Helens (volcano, lava caves), Portland, quaint Astoria, OR; Treehouse Island Zipline in Silverlake, the Columbia River falls, the Outlet Malls up I-5N to Centralia for shopping. For a special treat plan a visit to the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in nearby Rainier, OR to see the Sloths and other interesting wildlife. BUSINESS DETAILS for renting this property. We prefer to have you Contact Owner with your rental inquiry and any questions you may have. Clicking "BOOK IT NOW" starts a 24 hour time clock to complete rental arrangements. So if you choose the "BOOK IT NOW" option please provide ALL your contact info plus a copy of your driver license & or passport (for our out of country guests) so I can prepare your personalized Rental Agreement and upload it to the website for your approval within the 24 hour countdown. This is sometimes challenging due to travel/business schedules, or people in different time zones or other countries. Secure financial arrangements are made through website only. Preference given to 3+ day rentals. Holiday weekends 3 day minimum. Reservation confirmed upon receipt of 50% rent, approved rental agreement & Property Damage Protection (nonrefundable). Credit cards accepted through website. Final payment is due 30 days before arrival date. See Sample Rental Agreement & House Rules on website. See website for cancellation details. Once final payment is made, within 30 days of arrival, NO REFUNDS are given so we recommend Travel insurance to preserve your vacation $ in case last minute cancellation becomes necessary. BOOK YOUR STAY TODAY!!!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Donna (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Donna

We LOVE the quiet natural beauty of this area and we find it a very restful get away from our hectic chaotic lifestyle plus we enjoy the modern & comfortable lodge-like feeling of this home. When we are here we go 'off schedule', reading, napping & watching the 'river parade' and doing whatever suits us whenever we feel like it.

Donna purchased this house in 1995

Why Donna chose Southwest Washington

So many of the homes along the river are jammed together but this great place sits on over 4 acres, is nestled in the trees and feels secluded and private.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting my family and I stay in this wonderful home! I would love to live in this house. The scenery is breathtaking. One of my favorite things about this house is how much space there is! I would definitely recomment this for a vacation get away.
Jun 2014
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Reviews

4.9
based on 24 traveler reviews

RIVERFRONT RETREAT, RELAX!! EZ I-5 access Portland,OR.-Seattle,WA. Book it today
average rating of 4.875 based on 36 reviews
Brooklyn
5

Wonderful get-a-way for the family

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time. Great location to all things near Mt Saint Helens. Donna was fantastic from start to finish with the booking. The house had everything we needed for a family of 7. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Leah, thanks so much for your wonderful review! We really appreciate you choosing "Peace of the River" for your family vacation and we hope you find some occasion to return. We did go down over Labor Day weekend and spent some time giving that BBQ grill a good scrubbing so thanks for the heads up on that! The grill was fine when we were there in in July but after 4 groups it definitely needed some attention! :)
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5

Wonderful, Relaxing, Comforting Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property for a family retreat, hoping to find the perfect place to relax and unwind. This wonderful property greatly exceeded my (high) expectations. It was every bit as nice as the listing - and the wonderful owner - promised it would be. Instead of the typical "oh, I guess it'll be alright for a few days" that I often feel when I rent, I found myself delighted and wanting to stay even longer. That's a hard thing to achieve in my book.

Let's start with the owner. She was extremely responsive. She was extremely forthright. And she was extremely pleasant. My best interchange on any property I have rented to date. Wonderful customer service, very warm and personable.

The listing was spot-on accurate. And truth be told the amenities and layout were even nicer in person than they sounded in the listing! The place is beautifully sited overlooking the river, but separate from it and therefore private. No one can look in on you through the large walls of windows. Large decks wrap the river side of the house, with chairs and tables that make it comfortably useable and enjoyable. The sound of the river burbling just yards away only added to the charm.

The interior is light-filled and comfortable. The main room is huge, and overlooks the forest and the river. There is great flow of space from kitchen to dining to living to deck. The kitchen was well equipped and lacked nothing. The same is true for the bathrooms. A lower level great room was equally large and open and comforting, with similar light and windows overlooking the river.

The property was very clean and very well maintained. None of those "ooops, let's overlook that flaw" that you find in so many rentals these days. The property was outfitted and maintained at a level on par with how one would keep a house, it was that warm and cozy and clean.

I would definitely go back to this wonderful property, and I would certainly recommend this property to friends and family. It was a wonderful find.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, thank you so much for that great review! We work hard to make "Peace of the River" an enjoyable experience for our guests and also a good value. We hope you, your family & friends find a reason to come back soon! Take Care, Donna
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4

Lovely river house

  • 4 of 5

Lots of space, comfy layout, big deck with nice view of forested river, all expected amenities, well equipped kitchen. Lots of good books. Super-helpful and responsive owners! Quiet rural neighborhood conveniently close to I-5 and Kelso/Longview. We did a day hike at Mt. St. Helens and stopped at Astoria on the way home (both are a bit over an hour away). I would agree that it's sketchy if you have kids who want to visit the river at the house, the slope is really steep and there's no obvious access.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alexander, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay at "Peace of the River" and we thank you for your kind review. We do state on the website that we are high bank waterfront and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of children, that we don't recommend this property for families with kids. But we have had many families stay without incident so we always leave it up to them. The bank IS steep and the water's edge isn't always user-friendly (not a nice flat beach area). With the yearly spring snow melt the river swells and changes the bank every year so we never know what the circumstances will be for getting down to the water. Since we can't guarantee that a path down the hill will be safe and without risk, we have made the decision not to keep a pathway cleared as there are MANY other nearby places to access the river. Thanks for choosing "Peace of the River" for your recent vacation lodging. We hope you'll remember us next time you are thinking of a stay in this beautiful area. Take Care, Donna
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5

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful and remote setting yet convenient from I-5. We had a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jason, thanks for your nice review & thanks for choosing "Peace of the River for your vacation. Hope you and your friends find occasion to visit again soon. Take Care, Donna
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5

Our stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a family gathering. This place is perfect. Hope to stay here again on future visits.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks J.P. We appreciate you taking the time to post a review of your stay at "Peace of the River". Your family is always welcome back anytime!
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5

What a tranquil, beautiful place, on the river.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the river house. We know Donna and len who own the house. It is exactly as advertised. Many comfy places in the house to sit and read and relax. Comfortable furniture.

Good size table for eating and playing games. Donna goes the extra mile to make sure her guests have extra of everything

Laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap paper towels. you will want for nothing. When we arrived the former guests had left some good wine, so that was a plus also. A large area down stairs for a family to stay together and be comfortable.

Can't say enough good things about the house. Not far into Kalama for shopping and perusing antique shops.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Gayle & Joey for the wonderful review. We are SO GLAD you enjoyed your stay at "Peace of the River" and we hope to see you back again next year! Take Care, Donna & Len
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Map

Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
in the town of Kalama
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
in the town of Kalama
Car: necessary

We often see herons fishing the shoals below, eagles flying overhead and once we saw an elk herd on the ridge across the river! And as noted by VRBO...Relax and Unwind in Southwest Washington.The scenic area of southwest Washington offers breathtaking scenery, sandy beaches, small port towns and all the activities of the Northern Cascade Mountains close by. The area is known for its fertile estuaries and centuries-old landmarks. Charted by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1805, southwest Washington was considered the most desirable area to settle west of the Rocky Mountains. It now offers a delightful escape from city life for vacationers looking to relax and enjoy the spectacular local scenery.

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Rates & Availability

Kalama House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$225
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$275
Fri,Sat
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.7%

NO SMOKING. NO PETS. All bookings thru vacation rental website. Minimum 2 night stay. Holiday Weekends-3 nights required. Preference given to 3+ night rentals. GENERIC RENTAL AGREEMENT which includes house rules is available on request, as it won't fit in this space. If interested in renting, we prefer that you nofitfy us by email thru website. We will ask you to provide all your contact information along with a copy of your driver license in order to secure your reservation. If you wish to use the "BOOK IT NOW" link, you will be on a 24 hour time clock to complete the booking process so be prepared to provide all contact info and copy of driver license when you click on that link. Any questions, just contact us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Kalama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , MBR bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main Level hall bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 2nd level off large den
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master BR
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon allows guests a private sitting room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd level den w/FP double futon queen + sleeper sofa
  • Master BR on main level has queen bed and full bath. 2nd bedroom on main level has queen bed futon with nearby access to 3/4 bath. Downstairs spacious den has a double futon bed plus pull out couch (queen) for additional sleeping arrangements, reading nook overlooks river, and 3/4 bath nearby.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the little ones, we don't recommend this property for families with young children due to high bank waterfront. However, we have had many families stay with different age children without incident. We let the families decide.

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