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This Pet- Friendly, Cedar Forest Retreat Overlooking Murphy Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8 (2X Queen Bunk Beds)

You will enjoy your morning coffee or sunset evening glass of wine from the beautiful 1000 square foot deck overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. This private, peaceful retreat is minutes from the vibrant town of Sandpoint and the City Beach. The cabin retreat has 2 bedrooms equipped with double queen bunk beds, dressers and can sleep 8 people. High speed Wifi and Netflix are also included. There is a propane Bar-B-Q and an outdoor oversized stone patio with fireplace, full kitchen and washer and dryer. Just a 15 minute drive to Schweitzer, a 40 minute drive to Silverwood Amusement Park, a 20 minute bicycle ride to City Beach or a 5 minute drive to downtown Sandpoint . Close to great hiking and biking trails. Enjoy all the great things this amazing town has to offer...great shops, restaurants, festivals and best of all amazing weather!! In the winter you can ski from nearby Schweitzer Mountain, snowmobile, cross-country and snowshoe. Year round activities at your doorstep. The retreat is pet friendly. We have a chocolate lab named Murphy and with the home on Murphy Bay, Murphy's retreat came to life.

Erin & Thomas Schmidt
Member since: 2014
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Erin & Thomas Schmidt

Erin and Thomas are Canadians that wish they lived in Sandpoint. We have vacationed in Idaho for the last 15 years starting with tents at Sam Owen Campground, a tent trailer at Round Lake campground, a travel trailer at Spring Point Campground and then found this gem of a place off of Lakeshore Drive. Sandpoint is our happy place and if you havent experienced Sandpoint yet, i bet it will become one of yours as well.

Erin & Thomas Schmidt purchased this house in 2014

Why Erin & Thomas Schmidt chose Sagle

Finding Murphy's Retreat was the luckiest day for us. The house had been on the market for 6 months and we ended up purchasing it in February / March. We knew right away what it could offer even though it was the end of winter. Our first goal was to replace the deck and then in 2015 we built a stone patio. These 2 projects have altered the place such that there is a focus on enjoying the outdoors. The location is off of Lakeshore drive which is a beautiful area with many nice homes in the area. It is also very close in proximity to all common amenities.

What makes this house unique

The unique benefits Murphy's Retreat offers is truly the many places you can sit and enjoy what outdoor Idaho offers. The deck is oversized at ~1000 square feet and the stone patio is even larger.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sagle in Bonner County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(27 traveller reviews)

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This Pet- Friendly, Cedar Forest Retreat Overlooking Murphy Bay
average rating of 4.851852 based on 27 reviews

All the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

This place has all the comforts of home and dog friendly! Great views of lake and mountains from the amazing deck and patio fire pit. Very private feeling. My dog enjoyed all the new smells and sights and sounds. We used the BBQ every day and the weather was perfect while we were there in April. The beds are comfy with two queen size bunk beds in each bedroom...although there is only one bathroom, it is roomy and the bathroom counter has plenty of space and storage. Roomy closets with lots of hangers, and washer and dryer in nice sized laundry room. Really enjoyed the WiFi and NetFlix. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting in the trees with lake and mountain views

  • 4 of 5

Super clean cabin and very comfortable beds. Well equipped with anything you could think of. Property is very convenient to Sandpoint and points north or south. It is very quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed great views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Our dog was very happy exploring around the cabin. Plenty of room to stretch your legs.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, Thanks for your review. We are happy you and your dog enjoyed your stay. We would love to have you back anytime. Erin and Thomas
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Great Place for a Memorable Schweitzer Family Ski Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Murphy's Retreat was a wonderful place for our family of 5 to enjoy after skiing Schweitzer. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our own meals. The beds were very comfortable. When the snow was piling up in the evening, we called the owners who quickly arranged for a snow blower to clear the road for us so we could get out in the morning for another day of skiing. The laundry room was perfect for hanging all of our wet ski gear each night.

We would have liked extra blankets for the beds but we just turned up the heating system and it made the house very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tonilee, We are very pleased Murphy's Retreat met your expectations for your trip. We will make note of your comment about blankets and ensure there are extra in each bedroom. Erin and Thomas
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  • 5 of 5

Clean, cozy, well equipped and great owners.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Excellent!
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Comfortable, clean, and conveniently located close to Sandpoint.

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our experience in Sandpoint, and Murphy’s was a comfortable home to operate out of. It is close to town but set in a beautiful pocket of its own, surrounded by fragrant cedar forest and views of the lake. The hosts were easy to contact and communicate with and made us feel welcome. We’d recommend it to others and would use it again ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sara, Thanks for the 5 star review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We welcome you and your group back anytime! Kind Regards, Erin and Thomas
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Simple, convenient and perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Murphys Retreat was the perfect place for us to unwind and relax after a very hard time in our life. The place itself is very simple, somewhat dated (which I was loving) but clean and perfectly charming. The deck, lower stone landing and the location in the wooded area with a slight view of the lake were amazing. Our sons and dog loved their stay here as well.

The home was well equipped with plenty of towels, paper products, a surprising array of spices, oils and vinegars which I had packed but found that they were already there. We made use of one of the kayaks for our 10 yr old as well as the fishing rods. We caught a 5.5 lb wide mouthed bass at Shepherd lake and had him for dinner. Amazing vacation area and we definitely will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Charmaine, Thanks for the great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your time at Murphy's Retreat! We would love to host you again. Cheers, Erin and Thomas
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Sandpoint City Beach
Nearest Airport
5.8 Miles
Sandpoint Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fourty One South Grill and Lounge
Nearest Golf
5.1 Miles
Elks Club
Nearest Train
3.8 Miles
Sandpoint Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
US 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fourty One South Grill and Lounge
Nearest Ski
16.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.1 Miles
Springy Point, Sagle
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £75.29

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.