Our family recently went on a trip to Couer d’Alene, Idaho and, as is our preference, we poked around on VRBO to find out what type of vacation rental we could score for the occasion. As mentioned previously, we find it cheaper to book a vacation rental as opposed to a suite at a hotel. This way we have an entire place to ourselves and are also able to bring our own food and cook for ourselves. (By the time you house and feed our family staying a hotel, you might see that it is worth the price to rent an entire house for your ease and comfort!)
Now, another thing we find to be a great treat in a vacation rental is an attached swimming pool. (This doesn’t always happen for us, but when it does it is a great delight to our children and, let’s be real, for the parents too!) When we pulled up the VRBO site for Couer d’Alene homes, we instantly swooned over this listing for a four bedroom home with an indoor swimming pool.
This VRBO home is unique in that it also operates as a Bed & Breakfast (see Abbotswood House Bed & Breakfast). You are more than welcome to rent the entire house and use it as you would a typical VRBO and as that was our preference, that is what we did. If you are looking for a unique and fun place to stay while visiting Couer d’Alene, we would heartily recommend this house!
Some things to note:
- The pool is the center piece to everything. Literally. When you enter through the front door, you come into the second floor “loft” area of the house. Look over the balcony and down below, where you would normally see a living area, you’ll see the indoor heated pool.
- All bedrooms, living areas and the kitchen/dining area are located on the outskirts of the pool, behind a series of doors. (Due to the humidity created by the pool, they rightly request that you keep all doors to other spaces closed while staying at the house.)
- If you have young children, it is important to keep an eye on them. Although there is a cover you can place over the pool, it is still a pool and there is still the threat of danger! We established rules for our kids to follow immediately to prevent accidents. Chiefly, they were only allowed in the pool area with a parent.
- The hostess is quite considerate, kind. and accommodating. We had to change the dates on our trip due to some unforeseen circumstances and she was extremely understanding about it. We’ve had some VRBO owners give us a real hard time over changes which were outside of our control but in this case she made the change in dates without so much as a sigh. We were so grateful and were made to feel very wanted and welcomed. (Even with four kids! That’s a delightful feeling, let me tell you!)
- There are two living areas to “hang out” in. One is upstairs and is connected to the kitchen/dining area. The other is downstairs and contains a pool table.
- The owner does advertise a movie and book library for you to take advantage of during your stay. If that’s your thing, be aware that the selection is rather limited. There aren’t any selections for children at all. That was no matter to us as we weren’t in Coeur d’Alene to watch movies – (when we had down time we were happiest playing in the pool!) – but this is something you might wish to take note of if you are interested in stay-at-home entertainment in the evenings.
- The rooms were clean and neat and that’s a huge plus in my book. There were plenty of towels available, both for showers and swimming. The kitchen area was also pretty clean and well stocked. I would probably update some of the cookware if it were me, but I didn’t feel like anything was so terribly run down or dirty so as to make me feel uncomfortable in using it.
- There are two refrigerators in the kitchen, one which is exclusively for the use of the house guests and one exclusively for the hostess (for B&B purposes). The owner left some treats for us inside of our fridge and that was a fun surprise for the kids, especially.
- We liked the fact that that house is set in a neighborhood; it feels very safe. Although you are surrounded by houses it is easy to forget this fact as there is a high fence and plenty of shrubbery and trees (and curtains!) to give you all the privacy which you may desire.
- Did I mention the pool? When we were not out exploring the local area, we were in the pool. We had so much fun as a family swimming and playing together. Our oldest successfully learned to swim in this pool and the younger ones had a blast playing around. We brought some pool toys/inflatable items with us which ended up being a good idea. While there is a supply of pool toys on hand, they are mostly geared towards older children. If you are traveling with kids who have not yet learned to swim, you will want to bring inflatables specifically for their use. Note: you are trusted to adjust the temperature of the pool yourself which was great as we were able to prepare it to our liking with the littles.
All in all, we had an awesome experience staying at this house. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again and happily and heartily recommend it if you find yourself looking for a place to stay while visiting beautiful Couer d’Alene.
See also Abbotswood House Bed & Breakfast.
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