The SpaceThe bungalow is separate from the main house, and has a rustic feel, but is very comfortable. The queen bed upstairs and both twins downstairs have wonderful memory-foam mattresses. There is a full kitchen with an under counter fridge, gas range, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster and all the dishes and pots and pans you need. New geothermal system provides heat and air conditioning, and solar panels on the roof of the main home help make this a green property. We recycle everything as well. Guests have full access to 20 acres, including an enclosed garden with lots of sitting areas, a great fire pit for campfires, a hot tub on the main house deck, a weber gas grill on the main house deck, and pasture leading up to the neighbor's horses. Guest AccessGuests have the entire bungalow which is separate from the main house. Access is via a fairly steep gravel driveway off of a primitive gravel road. In the winter 4WD or AWD is required to get to the house if there is fresh snow.
There is a washer and dryer in the main house that can be made available by arrangement.
We are rural and hence our communications are rather primitive compared with many more populated areas. We have Wi-Fi, but it is via satellite and isn't always very vast or reliable. (Fast internet is available at several places 6.5 miles away in Colville, including the Public Library.) Our cell service is spotty (texting usually works,) but I do maintain a land line for that reason that can always be used for emergencies. We have DISH network so the TV is good. Interaction with GuestsI work full time, but I am usually available in the evenings, on weekends, or early mornings for a chat. I have put together an information packet with local restaurants and things to do, and I love helping people learn more about our small community. I am available by text during the day when I'm at work in case a guest needs to contact me.
Booking does not include breakfast, but welcome cookies and fresh ground locally roasted coffee are provided. The NeighborhoodColville is a town of 5000 in a beautiful mountainous and forested area of Northeast Washington. There are some good restaurants, an excellent library, several good grocery stores and one store featuring organic and local food (in Kettle Falls - 8 miles from Colville.) In the summer the county fair is held in Colville, and there is another festival at the beginning of August. Farmer's markets are held twice a week from Spring through Fall. There is a community theater group that puts on plays from time to time.
One of the best things about Colville is the abundant outdoor recreation that is available here. There are two downhill ski areas within 45 minutes' drive, plenty of cross country skiing and hiking, mountain biking, boating on the Columbia River and several lakes, fishing, hunting and camping all around. Getting AroundSince our area is rural, a car is a must. In the winter, 4WD or AWD is needed to get up my driveway. My place is about 1500' higher than Colville, so while biking is possible, it isn't an easy ride and would be on gravel roads. The only public transportation available is the Goldline Bus, which travels twice a day between Spokane Airport and Kettle Falls, stopping at communities in between (including Colville.) Other Things to NoteColville is a small town and my place is 6.5 miles northeast of it. The drive to Colville takes only 10 minutes, but the feel of the place is decidedly rural. There is plenty of wildlife to observe - deer, wild turkey, quail, raptors, and sometimes elk. We often hear coyotes at night. I have two cats, Wild and Bandit, who both love to be petted (not allowed in the bungalow.)
We are in a fire-prone area because our climate is dry in the summer, so it is necessary to be very careful with fire. Sometimes campfires are not permitted.