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Stunning Views-Amazing House-Secluded-John Day River-Airstrip-Painted Hills

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Mitchell - Twickenham Vacation Rental

4 Bedroom, 3 bath house with stunning views in a gorgeous and secluded valley

The Twickenham Vacation House is centered on our 1000+ acre working ranch in a secluded and scenic valley. Upon entering the house, you encounter breath taking views through floor to ceiling windows of the surrounding mountains, alfalfa fields, orchard and river. The Sutton Mountain Wilderness area is located directly behind the house and access to the John Day River for fishing, rafting, tubing and swimming is in front. Out back beside the 100 year old smoke house is a barn where you can keep your horses for trail riding. The shop/garage contains river toys (2 canoes, kayak, tubes), trailer, and plenty of space for bicycles and/or vehicles.

This "fly-in" house is on a private airstrip (04OR) with parking right along the driveway. Permission must be obtained before using airstrip. A courtesy car is available.

The main floor is open concept featuring 20 foot ceilings, skylights, a wood burning stove, a fireplace, and walls of windows. There is a spacious, fully equipped kitchen, large dining table, elegant living room and comfortable family room. Three large sliding doors lead to an expansive deck where you can take in the fresh air and tranquility, grill and dine.

All four bedrooms have scenic views, three with deck/patio access. There are three full bathrooms. The master bathroom was just completely remodeled. The rec room has a wood burning stove where you can hang out, watch movies in surround-sound on Blu-ray and play x-Box 360. Sliding doors lead out to a lower outside patio and deck with additional seating, table with fire pit, lawn and hammock under the birch trees.

During your stay, you will enjoy fine furnishings, bedding, and kitchen ware. For all of your groceries, there is a walk in refrigerator with tap for your beer keg if you desire as well as an upright freezer. High-Speed satellite internet and land line are provided for your communication needs as there is no cell phone service in the valley.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Adam Temple and Irene Busmalis
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
6 November, 2016
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About Adam Temple and Irene Busmalis

Adam and Irene fell in love in Twickenham! "We love raising our two children, Alex (15) and Marin (6), and living on the ranch with Grandma Sherla (93)."

Adam's family has been ranching in Wheeler County for five generations and Adam now manages the family ranch. Adam grew up East Coast/West Coast and Mid-West, but always spent his summers in Twickenham. He is a Ohio State Grad and returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Irene grew up in New York and worked on Wall Street before starting a new career as the Mitchell School math teacher. She graduated from Hamilton College and has graduate degrees from Columbia University and George Fox University.

Adam Temple and Irene Busmalis purchased this house in 2015

Why Adam Temple and Irene Busmalis chose Eastern Oregon

Adam's grandparents built this house for their foreman when their cattle ranch encompassed 100,000 acres. In 1985, when most of the ranch was transferred to the BLM, to become the Sutton Mountain Wilderness area, the house was sold to a family friend. Generous family members have repurchased the property so that Adam and Irene can keep it in the family.

What makes this house unique

The views are amazing and it's a unique opportunity to enjoy Central Oregon from a secluded and luxurious home. The wildlife surrounding the home will amaze. The river offers many ways to appreciate it. The local roads are popular with cyclists, both road and gravel. The area offers fabulous hiking right from your door. If you haven't seen a night sky as full of stars as in Twickenham, you need to.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Stunning Views-Amazing House-Secluded-John Day River-Airstrip-Painted Hills
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Thanksgiving Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with our family. The house is beautiful and stocked with everything you might need while you are there. The owners were quick to get back to us with questions and even left us some wine for our Thanksgiving meal! We loved our time there and will be back for sure!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Twickenham stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house in the beautiful John Day River canyon. This was the perfect spot for a group of old friends to spend a relaxing weekend visiting and exploring. First off, the location was beautiful. Lush green alfalfa fields cover the valley floor that lead up to rolling brown hills of sagebrush and Junipers. And then topped with high columns of rimrock that changed colors throughout the day as the light changed. And since the house was located just above an alfalfa field on one side and an old orchard on another, there were also lots of birds, deer, and wildlife to keep us company. The house was perfect for that setting. It was very roomy and open. The Living room area was at least 1,200 sq ft, so plenty of area for large groups. But the 180 degrees of large picture windows all around also made great, great reading areas for our small group. We didn't expect to be pampered in eastern Oregon, but the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms were all furnished/equipped with top quality stuff which made our stay even more enjoyable. We hope to make this an annual trip.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property and house! Had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning location and beautiful home. It was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We look forward to going back! The property was incredible and we enjoyed watching the sunset every evening.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True 'Home on the Range'

  • 5 of 5

Located in a secluded, quiet and extremely picturesque location on the John day river. The house is spacious, clean and filled with natural sunlight and is very comfortable. It is fully equipped, even the pantry is well stocked. Views from the deck and in the living room are amazing. Deer greeted us every morning and evening just beyond the deck. Be sure to stick around to see the gorgeous sunset at dusk.

Adam is a gracious and friendly host. His grandmother's book gives a 'sense of place' what it's like to live here. One piece of advice: It is remote and we were glad to have packed enough food during our stay.

In short, my wife and I loved it. A true getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Wow I can not say enough about the Twickenham Vacation Rental. Not only is the house and view amazing but Adam & Irene are wonderful host. This is very remote for those of us that come from the city life. My husband and I stayed in this big beautiful house alone so there was plenty of space. We saw two Eagles many deer and even a snake. Not a rattlesnake though. We did a lot of exploring, plenty of sites if you are willing to drive to get there. Painted Hills were amazing and one of the sites I had on my bucket list. We also did a lot of hiking through the John Day Fossil Beds even though it was pretty hot. Special treat was Adam shuttled us so we could raft the river which was a total unexpected treat. Thank you Adam it was wonderful. If you get a chance to stay here don't pass it up. Make sure you bring food because stores are few and far between. The house is well stocked so you will not have trouble finding cooking supplies and everything you need to prepare meals. Adam and Irene have stocked the house with all the comforts of home. Best VRBO we have used and we use them all the time. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
Collins Landing Strip
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
RJ's in Fossil
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Kinzua Hills
Nearest Motorway
100 Miles
I-84 at Biggs Jct.
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Sidewalk Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
John Day River
Car: recommended

The Twickenham Valley on the John Day river is a beautiful location at the center of Wheeler County. The basalt layers form rimrocks that provide dramatic scenery and numerous seasonal waterfalls. The river is famous for small-mouth bass fishing . The Sutton Mountain Wilderness area abuts the south side of the property with the Horse Mt. Wilderness a couple of miles east. Twickenham is centrally located between the three units comprising the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Painted Hills unit is closest--just over the mountain south of the house, or if you choose to drive, about 15 miles around the mountain.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mitchell, Eastern Oregon

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2 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £39
Cleaning £51

Introductory Rates. Pets are welcome with prior approval, with variable fees. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mitchell in Oregon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • There are two bedrooms on each floor. Rec room has a sofa and futon, bedding provided. 2 cribs and a junior/child bed are stored in the house as well.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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