Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Hood River - The Griffin House
Private Bluff Retreat! 3bd/2ba+sunroom +Suite ~ Overlooking & Part Of the Gorge!
The Griffin House nests, like its mythological namesake, on a secluded acre and a half on the lofty cliffs that form the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. The 2 story, 3 bdrm (plus sun room) w/2 bath upper floors of this 3 story home feels swept up yet stands solidly, commanding breathtaking, year round views, widely acclaimed for spectacular sunsets, osprey and geese fly bys, and bald eagle sightings. The ambiance is unequaled!
Comfortable and lovely furnishings, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with nice rugs and baby grand piano make the spacious main floor a grand place to relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Gorgeous kitchen is enhanced by hewn granite counters with 'A River Runs Through It' art installation and a spacious island of artful Brazilian granite plus all the equipment and amenities you could want. Find a full bath on main floor with claw foot tub to be shared.
Upstairs, enjoy our three bedrooms, comfortable bedding, fun art and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath has a granite counter and great, roomy shower with w river view.
Our Garden Suite studio apartment is our lower floor, with private entrance, full bath, efficiency kitchen, facing garden and lawn can be rented with the house, or separately for $95 per night. The ambiance is unequaled, nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor.
The Garden Suite (Lepard's Lair perhaps? ; ) provides a special, red leather and leopard lounge ambiance where visitors can find a place of their own amidst fine leather furniture, huge old beams, relaxing warm hues, on exotic leopard carpeting. Add a dining table for two alongside the large TV and lounge the evening away! Our locked off private garden suite is made accessible to house and/or provides a 4th bedroom/bath within It includes a sleeping area with king size bed / or two twins, nice living room, great furniture, full bathroom, clothing armoire & kitchen. Exit right out to the Epic Lawn, the place for sports, outdoor dining & lounging, providing private time for guests. Glimpse a most intriguing Gorge perspective via the Griffin’s “secret” tunnel, looking West!!
At The Griffin House you are welcome around the fantastic grounds and invited to enjoy the stunningly located, view hot tub with great jets and room for relaxing.
Downtown Hood River is approximately a three minute drive to historic town center, boasting great shopping, art galleries, fine cuisine, theater, wine tasting, and coffee/internet cafes. It is a 15 minute walk from there to the Event Site for world class windsurfing, the 'spit' where the kiteboarders launch, and a 10 minute walk to great fly fishing near the mouth of the Hood River itself. There are wineries and local brew pubs within five minutes or so of our retreat and several other vineyards with winetasting in the general Hood River Valley area.
By special arrangement, Cathedral Ridge Winery, the closest, will offer a special tasting experience to our vacationers or talk with me about wedding reception wine and staff! Award winning Cathedral Ridge can also work in conjunction with The Griffin House for a rehearsal dinner site or fun tasting event for out of towners!
Mt. Hood Meadows, a winter ski resort, is about 40 minutes south. Historic Timberline Lodge, with year-round glacier skiing is about a 50 minute drive. Mt. Adams recreation is just across the Columbia. Lost Lake and Timothy Lake are within a one hour drive and the infamous Mt. St. Helens is approx 2 hours drive to see the most spectacular viewpoint at Johnston Ridge.
There are numerous spectacular, scenic routes for road biking and mountain biking with varied trails for all ages/abilities. White water rafting and kayaking is available on both the White Salmon (5 minute drive)and Deshutes River (60 minutes approx). Enjoy numerous options for hiking, windsurfing, and kiteboarding for all levels (The Event Site, The Hook, The Marina, and the Spit are a 3-4 minute drive).
Fine catering, flower delivery, wine tasting, babysitting, party planning are all available at The Griffin House by special arrangement.
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- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
About Claire Griffin
I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 25 years ago in it, fell in love with the Gorge. I have had a home here ever since! I've owned and renovated a few over the years, rented them to wonderful residents & vacationers as my business, On The Hood, Inc. grew. In time, homes have come and gone with ONE exception!!! The Griffin House, in its most spectacular location captured my heart permanently, and will always be a family and friends' retreat now shared with a few, special VRBO new friends! Weddings, Reunions, Retreats and Perhaps THE best hot tub location in the world!
Claire Griffin purchased this house in 1986
Why Claire Griffin chose Hood River
Private gated property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a retreat away from it all, close to dining & shopping downtown, to ski Mt. Hood, play in the river, as well. After finding this spectacular property, I knew I'd never leave! Our wonderful home's been, recently gorgeously remodeled, fantastic kitchen 'A River Runs Through It', The Great Room and Stone Fireplace, we've added grand blue slate patios, mermaid fountain and mature landscaping abounds, ... spectacular if I do say so myself. Our private grounds offer THE best vistas looking West, way down the Gorge for miles and the sunsets - breathtaking! ... Look North to Swell City and 'the Hatch', Hatchery, and upriver a ways. Check hatchcam .com for live views! Enjoy the Epic Lawn, Stone Patio, many spots to relax and enjoy life, VIEWS, the pond, beautiful Oregon landscaping, and did I say 'THE best views looking way way West down the Columbia River Gorge'? The Garden Suite, downstairs, is fun, cozy, boasts leopard and red leather accents and looks out to the Great Lawn and Annual Garden. It is rented separately or together with main house.
What makes this house unique
Views, veiws and more views plus privacy from all around the grounds of our Gorge home! Prices offer so much more. Private retreat within our acre and a half property surrounded by fantastic old stone walls, lawns and mature trees and plantings. Gorgeous for Wedding, family reunion, special event with advance agreement and additional fees. Watch live windsurfing/kiting action on the river ( and from our live cameras, imbedded in our cliffs near. World famous Swell City and the Hatchery are right on the river here, viewed from our perch in the Gorge. Hatchcam.com is the live cam view of the two top sailing sites here, imbedded in our cliffs here. Near kiteboarding and windsurfing sites, fantastic biking, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking ~ outdoor life! Columbia River Gorge wineries are amazing and we especially love to recommend Cathedral Ridge Winery, just nearby and offer a free wine tasting with advance reservation.