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Birch Leaf Farm & Guest House

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type house


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 16-18)

You will find the Birch Leaf Guest House at the head of Pine Valley in Northeast Oregon near Halfway. We are quietly tucked away between Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness and Idaho's Hell's Canyon at the south end of the Wallowa Mountains. The Guest House is the perfect place to spend the night before rafting down Hells Canyon, or to stop over on your back country tour of the Wallowas from Halfway to Joseph, or whatever adventure brings you to this amazing outdoor paradise.

The Birch Leaf Guest House is a beautiful farm house originally built in 1906, recently updated with all of our modern amenities. The main Guest House sleeps up to 11 people with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. For parties of more than 8 guests, we offer access to two more bedrooms and another 1/2 bath. We have a lovely dining room and library area, separate TV room, two covered wrap around decks, and a kitchen stocked with cooking staples ready for your use.

Visiting here you can get away from it all and truly enjoy the great outdoors. Just 5 miles north, Red Mountain climbs to an impressive 9,500 feet and forms the southern end of the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. 15 miles east, on the Idaho border, lays the Snake River and 6,000 foot-deep Hell's Canyon. Summer activities in the area include white-water rafting, fishing and hunting, llama trekking, hiking and backpacking. During the summer and fall we have natural flower gardens, fruit orchards, and a pond at the back of the property. During the winter, enjoy snowmobile trail riding access directly from the property.

At an elevation of 3200 feet, we enjoy a sunny growing season, spectacular fall colors, and incredible powder snow in the winter. Enjoy relaxing on the deck taking in the beautiful scenery or the clear starlit sky with the sound of crickets and the breeze rustling through the trees nearby.

The Birch Leaf is a working farm. During your stay, you will likely find Butch out doing maintanence of one kind or another. From harvesting, to fencing, to moving the wheel and hand lines, there's always some farming going on!

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Andrew & Katy Nachman
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
6 April, 2017

About Andrew & Katy Nachman

Andrew & Katy Nachman live year around in McCall, Idaho. For many years, they led whitewater rafting, trekking, climbing and other adventures in Idaho, Oregon and around the world. When not in McCall, they can be found in Halfway at the Birch Leaf, piddling in the orchard, picking mushrooms in the forest or hiking in the Wallowa Mountains behind the farm. Our warm and welcoming caretaker Butch (also shown) lives on site and takes care of the property in our absence.

Andrew & Katy Nachman purchased this house in 2005

Why Andrew & Katy Nachman chose Eastern Oregon

Andrew had stayed at the Birch Leaf Guest House several times in the previous few years, hosting clients the night before launching a Hells Canyon whitewater trip. When the property went up for sale, he thought he needed to show his fiancee Katy the place. As they drove from Baker City, OR towards Halfway, Katy thought 'Why does he want to live in the middle of the desert?' And then they came over the ridge line and there were these beautiful snowcapped peaks rising in the background, with this beautiful verdant green valley at its base. 'It's like a little Switzerland', Katy said. As the rest was history. The valley and our farm is peaceful, relaxing, rejuvenating and far away from anything but close to many outdoor pursuits like hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, berry and mushroom picking, hunting etc. We feel in love with the place on our first visit, and someday hope to move here permanently.

What makes this house unique

Here are just a few things we do while here:

Picking fruit in the orchard

Hunting morels in the forest

Hiking in the Wallowas


Fishing in Brownlee and Oxbow reservoir

Hot springs

Rafting Hells Canyon

Enjoying the amazing sunsets and beautiful setting

Doing absolutely nothing


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Halfway in Baker County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Queen size Beds (3) Main House: 2 Queen Beds Annex: 1 Queen Bed, Double Beds (3) Main House: 2 Full Beds Annex: 1 Full Bed, Twin or Single Beds (2) Main House: 1 Twin Bed Annex: 1 Twin Bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Annex: 1 Twin Day Bed, Bunk Beds (1) Main House: 1 Bunk Bed
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Telephone available for emergency calls


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Birch Leaf Farm & Guest House
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
Milton-Freewater, Oregon

New Years Cheer to 2017

  • 4 of 5

A group of us are snowmobiler's and it worked great, plenty of parking and closer to the snopark too. Plenty of rooms for the amount of people we had, and space to hang out. It's a older house so it has set backs to the modern comforts that we have today, but the view in the morning was spectacular.

My only drawback is that it takes awhile to get a reply... I had to search for the address... But plan to come back. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay and experience...

  • 4 of 5

Serene location, beautiful house wonderful noncity experience. Would definitely visit again for an extended stay. Stable WiFi would have made few family members who remotely worked from there even merrier.

Plum trees around bearing delicious fruits complimented our meal and kept kids busy.

Overall, loved our stay and experience.



  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birch Leaf ease

  • 5 of 5

clean, beautifully kept surrounding yards, easily accommodated drop in friends

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gig Harbor, Washington

Christmas at Halfway

  • 4 of 5

It was a beautifully serene spot. We had family meet us from Idaho and we from Washington. It was absolutely beautiful as promised.

The house was furnished with everything we needed and more. We were a bit dismayed by the set mouse traps, but there was no evidence of mouse activity while there, so that turned out ok. Just needed to get rid of them so the children were not hurt.

The beds were disappointing. My husband had to sleep on the sofa because the bed was so uncomfortable. (The kids took the good bed...they arrived first and had first pick.)

Butch was very nice and saw to anything we needed. He even set up a sleigh ride with Belgian horses which was a highlight for our granddaughter.

We had planned on bringing our 3 dogs, but only brought one. He had a blast running in the snow. We built a snow lady and swung on the tree swing. It was a sweet, memorable time.

I am still awaiting a promised refund for the pet cleaning fee as we left the place super clean and there should have been no evidence of our beagle.

Over all, good experience, the place is for sale, so don't know if we can ever go back, but would consider this a returnable vacation if it stays a rental.

The driveway was on the base of a steep hill, had to get a fast run at it. Recommend 4wheel drive in the winter.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Brenda, Thank you for the kind words regarding the house and Butch our caretaker, and we are thrilled that your family had such a nice holiday and experience at the Birch Leaf. We do hope that you will return for another stay sometime soon! To address a few of your comments: Beds - there are some unique beds in the house, antique / old fashioned bed frames with the springs built into the frame. We've replaced quite a few of them and mattresses, but have left several because they've been in the house so long. They are a bit "bouncy" with those old fashioned springs:>) We recently brought over a new king bed as well for one of the rooms. Driveway - You are right about our upper driveway, in the winter it can be a challenge to get out without 4WD. Our lower driveway is pretty flat and better for 2WD or for trucks pulling snowmobile trailers. Pet Deposit - You should have received your pet deposit refund a couple of weeks after your stay, and we thank you very much for how clean you left the house after your stay! We'd welcome you and your beagle back anytime! Thanks again for staying with us and we hope to see you again! Andy & Katy
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Snoqualmie wa.

I booked the trip

  • 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the house and how it is set up. Worked great for our group of snowmobilers.

The only reason I didnt give it an excellent score was that the hot tub was not working. Butch the caretaker was great! He provided us with info about the area and town, it really made it nice to have a local to help you out! I am planning on doing a return trip this winter, I just hope for better weather and maybe a hot tub that works?

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Jerad! It was not the best year for riding in the area but glad you enjoyed your stay. Replacing the hot tub is on our wish list and hope we can make it happen soon, but in the meantime we do not advertise that we have one. But we get it, when it is cold and we see that puppy on the porch, we sure want to soak as well! We usually butter up Butch with a beer or two and then poach his!!! Hope to see you again next year and hope for better snow!
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Beaverton Oregon

Charming getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Birch Leaf in Halfway! The house is beautiful and was stocked with everything we needed. It was exciting to stay in a house with so much rich history. The caretaker was wonderful and made us feel welcome and well taken care of. Our 2 nights passed quickly and I wished we had planned for more days. I would definitely stay here again and have already recommended it to friends and family! Thanks again for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Halfway, Oregon

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.95
OutClean ($95house only) £116.85
Refundable Damage Deposit £194.75
Tax Rate 8.8%

The base rate of $195 per night is good for up to 4 people. The extra guest fee of $25 per night applies to guest #5 through #12. The nightly rate will be capped at $395 per night for groups of 12-18 people. If the system produces a rate higher than $395 per night, please adjust your reservation to reflect 12 people and email us with the actual number of people you are reserving for.

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