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Review 2935: Owner, Painted Place
3bed/3bath house in Walla Walla, Washington
July 2007, 3 days
We were joined by another couple for a summer getaway weekend in Walla Walla. The Painted Place was perfect for four of us.
It is located near downtown Walla Walla in a nice neighborhood. It very convenient for visiting Walla Walla, Whitman College or the wineries of the area. The neighborhood is very charming with many houses built in the early 1900s and the trees are lined with large trees planted by the pioneers who settled in Walla Walla.
Everything is close by but you will probably want to drive. The grocery store is about five blocks away. Downtown is about a five minute drive. There are many restaurants located in the downtown or close by on Second avenue.
The house is a beautiful Arts and Craft house built in 1905 which has recently been lovingly restored. It has all the modern amenities you would want but still has the ambiance of the Arts and Craft home. The decor is wonderful. The house is two stories with three bedrooms; two on the upper floor and one in the basement. There is also a sofa that can be converted into a bed in the library/TV room.
There is a nice patio in the backyard. It includes a gas BBQ and outdoor seating. It was great to sit outside in the morning and enjoy our coffee. There is also a nice porch in the front of the house. The garden is very well kept and landscaped.
Everything was in excellent condition and very clean. The house is equipped for three couples. There is enough seating in both the living and library. We took advantage of the DVD and sound system in the library. There is a large dining table to seat at least six people.
The library has a DVD and stereo system. We watched a couple of DVDs and enjoyed the great selection of music CDs. The collection ranged from classical to blues; old favorites to new hits.
We stayed in the suite one with the large king. The bed was very comfortable with great linen. Our bathroom had a shower/bath and two sinks. It was stocked with nice soap and shampoos. Our friends bedroom has a four poster bed and a similar well stocked bathroom. Both bedrooms had small flat screen LCD TVs.
I wish I had as well equipped and spacious kitchen as the one in this rental. I prepared a great BBQ dinner one night. We had breakfast each morning in the house along with lots of snacking. It is well equipped for wine tasting with more than adequate wine glasses. They also have a great supply of plastic dishes and glasses if you want to eat on the patio.
Problems or Bonuses
We were impressed by the air conditioning system. It was a record hot summer day when we arrived and the system did an outstanding job of cooling the house - all three floors.
There is good off street parking.
The artwork is really great. It has been decorated with the Walla Walla wine region in mind which was perfect for us.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I booked directly with the owner. I dealt with the owners via email and they were very prompt in replying. They provided lots of information about the house and activities in the Walla Walla region. We paid $300.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely. This is one of the best vacation rental that I have stayed at. We took our best friends and they loved it. It is perfect.
Things to do in this area
There is much to do in the charming small town of Walla Walla. It is a home to over 60 wineries specializing in red wines - Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. We have visited and recommend Woodward Canyon, L'Ecole, Buty, Saviah, Iserhower, Dusted Valley and Cougar Crest. For dinner, We enjoyed Creektown Cafe, Sweet Basil Pizza, and T. Maccaroni's.
The downtown has been recognized by Sunset Magazine as the "Best Main Street." There are interesting walking tours of the downtown, Pioneer Park and historical houses. There is also good outdoor art.
Nearby, the towns of Waitburg and Dayton are very interesting. There are nice drives through the wheat fields of the Palouse or the nearby Blue Mountains. There is also good birdwatching in the nearby wildlife refuges.
Also, in early July, it is Walla Walla onion time. Walla Wallas are a sweet onion similar to Vidalias. You can find them for purchase in the fields or at the weekend Farmer's Market.
It is the perfect place to slow down and relax.
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