Consider a stay in this rustic, hand made cabin, restored in 2013. It offers a very quiet and private setting, and yet only 20 minutes from Priest Lake. Can be rented with "Sylvia's Selkirk Retreat," which is 1/4 mile away.
Current conditions: 11/21: Beautiful conditions but increasing rain will soon close the meadow driveway, requiring guests to park at the upper driveway and take a short (3 minute) walk to the cabin. Bring your own bedding during Fall and Winter stays. A hand cart is available to bring in supplies. 10/1: Meadow View Cabin log repair is complete! See pictures from the repair under Photos. Fall: Everything is in good order. Recent rains have cleared the air from fire smoke and softened everything. Lots of wildlife about.
This very private rustic log cabin was hand hewn in 1978 and renovated and refurnished in the Fall of 2013. It has a large first floor (450 square feet) which includes a living room, kitchen and dining area. The loft has a sleeping area for two with twin beds that can be arranged together or apart. The sofa folds down to sleep two adults. The roof peak of the cabin is 16 feet high.
Meadowview Cabin sits 40 feet above Priest Lake (and about 7 miles by car from the lake) on 25 acres with trails on the property for walking and for hiking into the surrounding national forest, with peaks of 3000 feet. From the porch looking north, you see the Tola Ridge. Your neighbor is a 600 acre wilderness preserve (see pictures) owned and managed by the Kalispell, who allow hiking, fishing (with Idaho license), and non-motorized transportation. Visit the reclaimed Gooseberry Creek and fish native Idaho cutthroat trout thanks to the Kalispell's work. You may see a wide variety of wildlife on the property and in the area, including elk, moose, deer, coyote, turkeys, rabbits, etc.
The cabin has solar power which supplies both 12-volt lighting and 110 volt circuits. The kitchen is equipped with dishes, pots, pans, cutlery, everything you need to cook (email host for complete inventory). Bring your cooler as there is no refrigerator. The propane stove top has three burners and there is a propane grill outside with a grill box. There is a Lodge Hibatchi grill. You may also grill in the fire pit. Kitchen water supply from counter top container pumped by hand from the well (nonpotable). You will want to be comfortable cooking and washing without continuous piped water. It only takes a minute to pump five gallons of water from the well outside the cabin.
Meadow View Cabin is very rustic. Drinking water must either be brought in or treated. Very clear non-potable water is available from the hand pumped well, creek, or snow melt for cooking and personal cleaning. There are separate sinks for personal washing and cooking. The heat is from a Fisher wood stove. Firewood is provided. There is a very nice outhouse behind the cabin. Take a moment to make sure this appeals to you. Guests report that the rustic aspect of the cabin is one the chief pleasures of the experience.
Discounts for longer stays, veterans, those in public service, and Bonner County residents.
For more images, see the group, "Friends of Sylvia's Cabin and Meadow View Cabin" on the popular social media site which sounds like a book of faces.
You may use the entire cabin and camp and bring campers onto the property. Additional charges may be applied to groups larger than six.
Interaction with guests
Discounts for longer stays and for veterans and those in public service.
Other things to note
Great swimming and boating on Priest Lake. See the museum and ranger stations for additional recreation. Also Priest Lake town website. The cabin sits on the edge of a wildlife preserve managed by the Kalispell. You may hike on the 600 acre meadow and explore their reclamation project, which involves restoring native trout (fishing with Idaho permit) and restoring the natural creek bed of Gooseberry Creek. Mountain bike Tola Ridge (see photo).
Do not smoke in the cabin, do not clean fish or game in the cabin, no flame lanterns or heat sources (aside from provided wood stove), no motorized or horse access to the big meadow, but hiking is permitted on the big meadow.
Pets are welcome, but please do not remove the extra cover on the sofa if you want to let your pet on the sofa. Some guests will be allergic to your pet's fur.
My wife and I have lived, worked, and raised a family in Spokane since 1989 and are happy to offer this cabin for your enjoyment. The Priest Lake area is one of our favorite places to visit, and we hope you enjoy it as well.