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Spectacular Columbia River Gorge Retreat~Vacations/Weddings/Reunions/Workshops

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Hood River - Griffin House on the Gorge

Private Gorge Retreat! Overlooking Miles Down the Gorge! 4 bdrm/2.5ba/Add Suite

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. This classic home and gorgeous grounds feel swept up yet stand solidly, commanding breathtaking, year round views ~ widely acclaimed for spectacular sunsets, osprey and bald eagle sightings. The Griffin House ambiance is unequaled! Enjoy the gorgeous Rattlesnake Ridge stone fireplace after preparing dinner in our fantastic kitchen .... fab local vino in hand, well... just can't be beat for a delightful retreat!

During the Winter / Spring season we rent by the week and perhaps the month, some long weekends so email for details regarding your specific needs please!!

The Garden Suite studio apartment, also known as my Leopard and Red Leather Lair ; ) may also be available separately or in conjunction with the entire house and grounds as additional Family Room, bathroom and sleeping quarters.

Weddings, Retreats, Vacations, Holidays, Business and Corporate meetings, Workshops and just enjoyable stays are all options.

Call to discuss your needs whether wedding, elopement package, reception, corporate retreat and/or family reunion plans. Summer 2016 discounts now in effect for booking early! Our bookings for 2016 and 2017 have begun.

Comfortable and lovely furnishings can be moved to suit desires, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with superior rugs and a baby grand piano make the spacious Griffin's Great Room, on main floor, a delightful place to relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas and ambiance. Our 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 classic claw foot tub.

Upstairs, enjoy our four bedrooms, comfortable bedding, fun art, amazing vistas to wake up to, and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath offers a granite counter and great shower with with river view and river rock. Fun!

Our Garden Suite / studio apartment is our lower floor, with private entrance, full bath, efficiency kitchen, facing garden and lawn can be rented with and opened to the main house, or separately for $105 per night, weekly and monthly rates may apply ~ nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor for larger groups.

Our Garden Suite (Leopard'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 5th bedroom/3rd bath within. It includes a sleeping area with king size bed / or two twins, full bathroom, clothing armoire & efficiency kitchen. Exit right out to the Epic Lawn, the place for lawn sports, outdoor dining & lounging, providing private time for guests. *Tip: 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 five 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) offers a special tasting experience to our vacationers or please talk with me about a private tasting, party or wedding reception with our wines and staff! Award winning Cathedral Ridge can also work in conjunction with The Griffin House for a rehearsal dinner site, special event or fun tasting evening 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, massage, 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

C.Griffin / Rectory Flats LLC
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
10 November, 2016

About C.Griffin / Rectory Flats LLC

I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 25 years ago. I fell in love with the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and the region. I have had homes here ever since! I've owned, renovated and rented our quite a few over the years, meeting 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 event, VRBO and retreat new friends! Weddings, Reunions, Retreats and Perhaps THE best hot tub location in the world! Ahh, the romance!! Lucky me ~ love to share when it works!!

C.Griffin / Rectory Flats LLC purchased this house in 1986

Why C.Griffin / Rectory Flats LLC chose Mount Hood

Private retreat property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a true romantic retreat away from it all, close to dining & shopping downtown Hood River, to ski Mt. Hood, to hike Mt. Adams, to play in the many rivers and enjoy the NorthWest as never before. After finding our spectacular property and family retreat, our home base, I knew I'd never leave! Our wonderful home's been, recently gorgeously remodeled and features fantastic kitchen with 'A River Runs Through It', The Great Room and Stone Fireplace, we've added grand blue slate patios, epic elegant lawns, a mermaid fountain and mature landscaping abounds, ... spectacular if I do say so myself! Our private grounds offer THE best vistas looking West, far down the Gorge for miles and the Sunsets!!! - Breathtaking!!! Look North to Swell City and 'the Hatch', Hatchery, and upriver a ways. Enjoy the Epic Lawn, Stone Patio, many comfortable spots to relax and enjoy life, take spectacular photos, enjoy 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, views and more extraordinary views plus privacy on captivating, lovely, landscaped grounds of our Gorge retreat! Comfortable, elegant furnishings offer a uniques special experience. Regarding events: we are ala carte so you can choose your own wedding / event set ups 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, Corporate Meeting, Etc. with advance agreement / additional fees. Watch live windsurfing/kiting action on the river ( and from our live cameras, imbedded in our cliffs. World famous Swell City and the Hatchery are right on the river here, viewed from our perch on the Gorge edge. 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!


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Spectacular Columbia River Gorge Retreat~Vacations/Weddings/Reunions/Workshops
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can not say enough about this property. It was everything and more. The owner Claire was very nice and accommodating and if we needed anything she was right there. The house and views were amazing. Plenty of room for my family of 4 my mom and dad as well as my 92 year old grandma. Perfectly located and the views amazing. I just can't say enough about this place. A little slice of heaven. If we come back we will definitely rent here again. We spent an entire week at this house and I did not want to leave. We were very pleased!! A great time had by all!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent vacation rental with best of the Gorge views

  • 5 of 5

In 30 years of going to Hood River this vacation rental has the best environment and views of the Gorge. It is well maintained. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

Happy New Year!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to bring in 2016! The views alone were worth it! By far my favorite moments are when my guests, who arrived at night, woke in the morning to the spectacular view of the Gorge with a resounding WTF?! Yep, that good. And pretty darn awesome from the Hot Tub as well!

The place itself is like a cozy, eclectic museum with plenty to look at inside and out. Great outdoor entertaining space, huge kitchen, with mostly everything you need (except for a cheese grater!). The beds were comfortable with great views to wake up to. Plenty to offer in the way of games and for those who are musically inclined. Claire was very accommodating and helpful. Though you are close to the highway, you forget it very quickly when you look out onto the Gorge. Plenty of space from neighbors for a nice level of privacy.

It’s close enough to the Mt. Hood area, as we took off on a few adventures and hit snow within 15 minutes for some snow shoeing/cross country skiing fun. Such a beautiful area. Claire has a great book with many trails near by that helped us find our way.

We had so much fun! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Rock

The Griffin House

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely Breath-taking Views of the Columbia River. The pictures on this website do not do this beautiful house justice--much larger interior than we thought it would have, gorgeous well sized kitchen, stone-paved shower with river view. Large screen TV, baby grand piano, plus gorgeous well-furnished living room with huge glass windows for the view. Huge patio space with hot tub overlooking THE best view of the river valley, not to mention plenty of comfortable patio seating with fire hearth. Beautiful mermaid statue and small pond out front. Our host was excellent, made wonderful recommendations for our stay and took great care of us. The only downside I would have to say is the master bedroom, which is small, but still has a fabulous view of the river. Great location on the outskirt Hood River, easy assess to local beer taprooms, wine tasting, downtown shops, and waterfront beach park. Would highly recommend to family and friends. Just Beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review! Our family appreciates your positive comments and as for the Master Bedroom size, we agree and this season are adding a pop out skylight/dormer to enlarge the room substantially! Like the one we did in the Blue Room, only bigger, so be sure to come back and I'll thank you with a special bottle of Cathedral Ridge fine wine for the suggestion! All the best, The Griffins
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Portland, OR PDX
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel ~ Valentino's
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Cascade Locks
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Indian Creek Golf Club, Hood River Golf & Country
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Hood River
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 84
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Columbia Gorge Hotel & White Buffalo
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
The Columbia River ~ Event Site in Hood River
Car: necessary

Hood River, Oregon at the center of the awesome Columbia River Gorge, is nestled between Mt. Adams rising 1.5 miles (2.4 km) above the Cascade crest to the North and Mt. Hood Oregon's highest mountain at about 11,240 ft., to the South. Major outdoor paradise on so many levels! Many choose to get married here and our Spectacular Gorge Views are backgrounds for some of the Most Amazing Photo shoots! Perched a few hundred feet above the Gorge, looking Miles West (think awesome sunsets!) to the North with gorgeous grounds, hot tub and fantastic home .... well, we call home this Pacific Northwest Paradise here at The Griffin House on the Columbia River Gorge!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hood River, Mount Hood

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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £119
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,587

Book w/ Owners: WEDDING / Outdoor CONCERT / Family REUNION / REHEARSAL Dinner / Personal/Corporate RETREAT~ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY for ANY group event + Event Insurance, coordinator, regulations ~ most spectacular, gorgeous & memorable location! We are flexible on price if you are couple only ~ 1 bdrm ~ personal chef, catering, private wine tasting, etc. available. Add our Garden Suite $110/nite ~ depending on availability.
REgarding pets ~ only small no-shed, mature, hypo-allergenic dogs possibly, with PRIOR AGREEMENT AND APPROVAL plus pet fee/deposit! No cats or LARGE dogs!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hood River in Oregon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Clawfoot tub for soaking or shower, roomy, pink/red 50's
    Upstairs Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Tile/stone shower w/ River View! Toto bidet toilet, granite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Garden Suite provides a third full bath & efficiency kitchen
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Sunroom Extra bed - 1 Single Bed
    Gorge View Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Gorge View Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    The Green Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    The Blue Room - 2 Single Bed , Great skylight highlights cozy bedroom, view across river!
  • Two Gorgeous Gorge View bedrooms ~ comfortable queen beds and linens. Two more cozy, tasteful bedrooms with additional queen and single beds, dressers, closets. Sunroom Extra bed, like sleeping in the treetops with amazing Gorge View for one. If you have the Garden Suite, leopard and red leather styled family room included, put a couple there in the king day bed and enjoy more space for fun Roku TV and relaxing.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Be sure to consider The Griffin House as a perfect location to host your Wedding and Reception as well as Rehearsal Dinner! We host/rent out for many Events, Meetings, Reunions, Concerts, etc. with additional special arrangements and fees, over and above vacation rental fees... Photos last your lifetime, make them the BEST at The Griffin House!

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