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“Amazing, unique retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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291 Syringa Heights, Sandpoint, ID 83864   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Sandpoint B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Amazing, unique retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My family of five stayed, all too briefly, in the Syringa Suite for two nights. What a treat to have the opportunity to enjoy in a funky little "home of our own" in the midst of such an architectural gem. The suite had a full kitchen which makes it completely possible to cook every meal should one wish to. I don't know where to begin to describe how perfect a fit this place is on so many levels.

Hosts: Heather Pedersen is a dynamic, energetic, genuine and fun woman who seems to have an innate need to fit people with their every whim. We weren't able to meet her husband, Bruce who was off bettering the veterinary world a distance away. We were welcomed by the charming and helpful home assistant, Rebecca, whom my 13 year old daughter and I think is incredibly cool. Heather's daughter, Rio, was warm and helpful.

Space: The photos say it all. I loved the space so much that I was one of the many that requested a booklet of details of the house as a souvenir. It seems that every nook and cranny has an interesting story.
Some highlights: My children and husband had fun playing in the boats on the pond and we enjoyed watching the B &B dog, Panda herd the bossy guinea hen herding the other chickens.
Heather's brother in law came by one evening to treated us to fabulous fireside guitar playing and singing. He was joined by another guest who picked up a house guitar. Our family picked what seemed like two quarts of raspberries from the bushes above the pond. The kids enjoyed the pool and hot tub.We enjoyed sharing our wine on the deck, in the hammock, strolling the grounds...
Talus Rock Retreat is a blessed place. I recommend it to anyone treating themselves to a peaceful, yet playful haven.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Gorgeous and unique property with all the amenities...great location (only a few minutes from town), beautiful and private setting, amazing attention to detail thru out this custom Tuscan style lodge. We stayed for 2 blissful nights. And, hostess, Heather...the greatest! Thank you for everything! Dede & Rodney

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

My fiancé and I stayed at Talus one night in the Arbor room. The room is gorgeous - especially the ceiling and the tub/tree shower. Heather was kind enough to arrange for massage therapists to come to the room and provide their services to us there and we were also able to purchase a bottle of wine that was ready for us in the room. There is a little pond out back where we were able to paddle board which was fun. The pool and hot tub outside did not appear to be working but we had our our private tub in the room so it wasn't an issue for us. Breakfast included yogurt and some raspberries. The reason I rated Talus at a 4 was because I was extremely weirded out and turned off with the closets that were in the Arbor room. There were no doors on them - just a piece of fabric draping from them and someone's clothing and belongings were in them - some items were visibly hanging out on the floor from under the piece of draped fabric. It was like we were just sleeping in someone's room with all of their personal belongings open to whoever walked through the room let alone stayed in it. This made us a but uncomfortable. Other than that it really is a unique and beautiful place to stay and we enjoyed our night there.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Been to many B&Bs over the years, and this one has to be one of the very best. The owners and staff truly make you feel like family while giving you all the space you need to find your level of comfort. They are the absolute best at reading their guests' requirements and expectations and effortlessly providing them. Want to chat? Never a problem. Need help? Ditto. Want to blend into the background? Easily done, and most important, readily accepted.

Potential visitors should note that the breakfast part is simple and basic as can be, and daily room service will only be provided if requested. If you are the types wanting creative meals or automatic turn-down service, Talus Rock may not be for you. For those of us who do not want our mornings prescribed and who want privacy, it was most appealing, and though there is an occasional train passing through (within a mile), we found it added to the charming feel and was not at all intrusive. Everyone is attentive without being uncomfortably so; that alone is worth the cost. Add beautiful scenery, an adorable and friendly resident mutt, and enough to do in the area to make this way station a welcome home-away-from-home, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better way to while away the days. You'll not only miss the area when it's over, but you'll miss the people you've met as well. Can't imagine a better experience or more friendly folks.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

This is the 2nd, of many, many more times to come, that we have stayed in the Nooma Expanse. The suite itself is completely amazing and the property absotutely breathtaking! But the best part is the hosts, the Pederson family... they are the epitome of hospitality!
We lolook forward to many, many more years of memories there with our 3 children!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I came to Talus Rock after a different hotel reservation in Sandpoint turned out to be subpar. We called last minute to check on vacancy and by some miracle they still had a room available! We arrived and felt instant warmth. Owner Heather opened the door and said how happy she was we were there, a sentiment echoed minutes later by Rebekah, who works there. Both women were approachable, friendly and laid back; ready to help us with our bags and answer any questions we had about the house or the town. We were then greeted by some of the other guests and liked everyone so much that we spent the night in, hanging out at the dining table with some of the others. If a social trip isn't your thing, don't be deterred; there were guests in the house that we didn't see the entire time we were there. The house is massive so you can have as much privacy as you want. The common area can accommodate a number of people and is far enough from the bedrooms to keep the house quiet. Heather and Rebekah were committed to making sure we had all the comforts our hearts desired, but also gave us space. The house is a 5 minute drive from downtown Sandpoint, achieving both remoteness and accessibility. We'd planned to stay one night but were enjoying our time so much we booked in for a second night. Both nights we stayed in the Kipling room. It's a worldly, relaxing room with a king size bed and a balcony that overlooks the 18-acre property, with breathtaking views of the mountains. The room has treasures from Heather's time abroad and intricate mosaic tiling in the bathroom, as well as an oversized jacuzzi tub and a gorgeous copper sink. We basically felt like royalty for the time we were there, without breaking the bank. We're hoping for a return trip soon :)

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I have yet to find a place as wonderful as this. Thank you, Talus Rock! Clean. Peaceful. Private. Kindest People. You guys are amazing. How you accomodated our circumstances is beyond belifef and we are so appreciative. I loved having my own "kitchen/sitting room" off to the side in the house. The themes of the home are fabulous and so interesting, calling attention to different parts of the world. Your fireplace is awesome. Most of all, I love sitting in your chair in front of the most beautiful scenic views and feeling a peace that passes all understanding. Thank you, Heather, for your Mission and your heart for people and third-world children. Blessings to You.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 291 Syringa Heights, Sandpoint, ID 83864
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Location: United States > Idaho > Sandpoint
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Sandpoint
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the privacy and peacefulness of Talus Rock Retreat for your special getaway. A private, chic, and eclectically elegant timber frame and Tuscan-style retreat, this exceptional property caters to those who appreciate nature combined with old world charm. With 6 individual suites available, the cozy provisions can be enjoyed by a couple for a weekend getaway, a romantic honeymoon, a pristine mountain vacation, or a simple get-away to enjoy rejuvenation and inspiration. Or, take the tranquil villa in its entirety to accommodate an intimate extended family reunion of up to 24 people, a spectacular rehearsal dinner, an indoor catered holiday gathering, or a corporate or other non-traditional, informal group affair. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Talus Rock Retreat Hotel Sandpoint
Talus Rock Retreat Sandpoint, Idaho

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