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North Cascades Skagit River Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Mountain chalet, 2.5 bedrooms, sofabed, 2 Baths, Mountain/pasture views.

Peace and tranquility at the gateway to North Cascades National Park—under two hours from Seattle! Spacious, cathedral-ceilinged wood construction in a rural paradise.

World-class fishing (or just watch the salmon run!) at the confluence of the Skagit and Cascade Rivers and top-rated hiking in the North Cascades, near many trailheads including spectacularly beautiful Cascade Pass and Hidden Lake/Lookout.

Chalet comfortably hosts two to six adults in two large bedrooms (master suite and loft) plus a sofa bed in the great room. An additional bunk bed nook for two persons each under 150 pounds (kids, assumedly) brings the total to eight.

Complete kitchen and optional laundry, within walking distance of Marblemount for dining and shopping.

Weekend rates do not apply on stays of five days or longer. Subject to availability, we also offer a 2-guest option for use of the main floor only (one bedroom, kitchen/dining, TV, sofa bed, one bath) at a 10% net discount! (Upstairs to remain unused during such stays, subject to a fee deducted from the damage deposit.)

Keywords: Chalet,Cabin,Mountain,River,View,Fishing,Hiking,North Cascades,Cascade Loop

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2017

About Steve

We're a professional couple from Seattle with an importing business that brings us to all corners of the world. We love out of the way, undiscovered paradises.

Steve purchased this chalet in 2011

Why Steve chose North Cascade Mountains

We became attracted to Marblemount a number of years ago while on hiking vacations and purchased a small farm there. This beautiful chalet on the Skagit River came along a little later, AMAZINGLY, just a few short weeks AFTER we took the rainbow shot that now serves as our logo. 'Rainbow House' is being enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of friends, clients and guests who have discovered the restorative magic of the Upper Skagit Valley and the North Cascades.

What makes this chalet unique

Wherever we are in the world, all we need to do is think of ourselves at our North Cascades property, taking brisk walks in the mountain air along the Cascade River to the Marblemount fish hatchery, watching Marblemount's famous bald eagles in Winter or the King Salmon running in early Fall.

We call it a 'Marblemount Moment.' So will you!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Marblemount in Skagit County

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Glassed-in stone shower, custom wood vanity.
    Upstairs bedroom bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Handheld shower, custom wood vanity and mirror.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Bedroom - 2 Double Bed
    Children's Bedroom - 1 Bunk Bed , For children under 150 pounds.
    Great Room sofa bed - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sleeps two!
    Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , High profile sleigh bed.
  • Master high profile Queen with light walk-in closet, Upstairs two full Beds with bath and balcony adjoining, Bunk Beds in small upstairs bedroom, Great room sofa bed (1) with private entrance to Master Bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Traveling with a newborn? A Graco Playard infant crib is stored in Master Bedroom closet. No need to pack!


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(21 traveller reviews)

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North Cascades Skagit River Retreat
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Great house. Excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and well-appointed. Perfect for a family trip to the North Cascade National Park. We would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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North Cascades

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Rainbow House. It was perfectly situated to allow access to the North Cascades and nearby parks and hikes. Excellent location in beautiful country. Steve was very easy to work with and highly responsive. We'd stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, Beautiful Home Close to North Cascades NP

  • 4 of 5

This home is as lovely and well appointed as it looks in the photos. Living room furniture is starting to get a bit worn, but it's still pretty comfy, the art is lovely, color scheme is warm and inviting, setting is very private. Even though it's on Hwy. 20, it's set far back from the road so that when you sit on one of the multiple decks, you feel tranquil and surrounded (literally) by natural beauty. The coffee maker needs an upgrade--a surprisingly low quality mini coffee maker for an otherwise upscale kitchen. The bathrooms are brand new, but there's a tub in the lovely bath upstairs (with a killer view out the window!), so if you are shower-takers-there's only the one off the master bedroom.

A few oddities--check-in process is a texted code on the day of; if you happen to be hiking where there's no reception, you don't actually get the code (and any other relevant message) until you are practically at the house. On the day we checked in, we were texted to wait until 5:30 to arrive, but the housekeeper was still there doing laundry until nearly 6:30. The rates for this house are deservedly on the high side, so it was pretty surprising to be asked to pay an additional fee if we wanted to use the washer and dryer in the adjacent laundry room.

All that said, when we had to leave two nights early from our five night stay as a result of illness, Steve graciously gave us a partial refund for one of the nights and waived the fee for the use of the washer and dryer. Thoughtful available kitchen essentials like trash bags, soap, dishwasher detergent, fresh sponge...but bring your own provisions--shopping nearby is pretty limited and beyond salt, pepper and a couple of spices, there is nothing else stocked in the kitchen. Would definitely recommend this lovely house!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your very helpful comments. We have been planning some kitchen and pantry amenity upgrades following a busy business travel season, and a number of the items you mentioned were already on the list! We do apologize for the late housecleaning, the housekeeper has now managed to find an assistant (not easy in such a remote location!) to help speed things up when check-out and check-in are on the same day. Regarding the door code, as each guest has their own unique code we have always awaited news from housekeeping. It now occurs to us that these codes can be predetermined, and we will try to do so for ASAP notification. Again, many thanks. Our regrets that illness shortened your stay. We hope you will visit us again!
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Really lovely.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely and comfortable house on equally lovely land. You couldn't ask for better access to great hiking. And after a day of hiking, it felt wonderful to unwind on the porches and to admire the landscape. If we had the time, we'd stay here for weeks instead of days.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great comments, which capture the scenic, pastoral essence of Marblemount and the North Cascades—all within two hours' drive of Seattle. Please come see us again!
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Austin, TX

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay. The house is very comfortable and is set in a lovely little valley. Truly wonderful hikes in the area!!! The Northern Cascades are splendid! The little towns around aren't much to speak of, so bring your provisions. Steve is very nice to work with.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

A magic spot in the Cascade mountains

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my family at the Rainbow house for a long weekend. The location is perfect, with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and country side and close to multiple hiking trails. We really enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the surroundings and learned about the salmon cycle in the nearby river. The house is adorable and very comfortable, with everything needed to feel like home. Everything was immaculately clean and cozy. The beds were very comfortable, with nice quality linens. The kitchen was fully equipped and the bathrooms had toiletries and every detail needed. The owners were very easy to communicate with and we had no problem at all making the booking or getting there. They also gave us directions and information on the multiple hikes available in the area. If you like to have a quiet and comfortable place to be after visiting a beautiful area of WA with lots of outdoor activities, this is the perfect place for you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rosa, thanks for taking the time to write, and for your return visit! You captured the essence of Rainbow House! We hope it is not another three years before we see you again.
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Nearest Airport
115 Miles
Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Marblemount Diner, Buffalo Run, Mondo's Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
State Route 20
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Marblemount Diner, Mondo's, Buffalo Run, Q-Car BBQ
Car: necessary

North Cascades National Park Visitors Center in Newhalem (14 miles), North Cascades Institute Learning Center on Diablo Lake (20 miles), Marblemount Fish Hatchery (walking distance along Cascade River), Marblemount Ranger Station (2 miles)

Day Trips: Winthrop (90 min East over the pass on SR 20), LaConnor (90 min West, on the Puget Sound)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Marblemount, Cascade Mountains

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Hiking and Rafting Season
5 May 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £116.58
Additional Guest Fee £15.54 per person per night
Damage Deposit £194.3

Latest check-out is 11am and earliest check-in is 4:30pm. On same-day turnovers 6pm check-in will apply. We will be flexible when possible.

PAYPAL remittance is welcome for reservations prepaid on booking

Rates are subject to change prior to confirmation of reservation and receipt of deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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