Far from the bright lights, but accessible to vacation communities and small city Boise, Idaho, Wapiti Meadow Ranch is 130 acres of lush meadows located in a remote high mountain valley surrounded by heavily timbered ridges, rushing streams and endless miles of hiking trails, and some of the best trout fishing waters in the Inland West. Located between the South Fork and the famous Middle Fork of the Salmon River, the tributary waters that flow through our meadows are full of cutthroat, rainbow and bull trout. We have operated the ranch (which also has four comfortable cabins, in addition to the main lodge) as a high end fly fishing lodge and guest ranch for over 20 years, and are now ready to retire, travel and relax in other beautiful spots in the world. Our historic log lodge, built in the 1920's by hand from materials harvested off this original homestead, is modernized to have a gourmet kitchen, additional prep and clean up kitchen, multiple ovens, refrigerators and freezers, two dishwashers and all the kitchen equipment needed for our former business. It has two bathrooms with three bedrooms, a study with satellite TV, ( and our offices) upstairs, with a large great room (featuring a baronial sized stone fireplace), dining room that seats 18, kitchen, pantries, washer-dryer, and the 'mud room' that doubles as additional kitchen space. It is beautifully furnished with lovely antiques and comfortable seating. The covered front porch has log furniture, including a swing, and looks out onto our meadows and mountain 'neighbors'. The ranch also has four comfortably furnished cabins, three with two bedrooms and one with one queen bedroom, baths with showers, small kitchens, porches on each, and additional washers and dryers. In total the ranch could accommodate a group of 20, but we would welcome a trade with only 2. All sleeping quarters and baths are fully appointed with linens. We could accommodate guests while we were in residence in our cabins.
We have spectacular mountains as 'neighbors', as well as wildlife - small animals and birds of prey, elk, deer, moose, are often present in our fields, while black bear, cougar, wolves, coyotes, bobcats and other predators are inhabitants of our forest surroundings, but never intrude on our ranch surroundings or trail travelers. There are two other ranches in our secluded valley, both former homesteads. One belongs to our family and the other is owned and loved by the descendants of the original 'developers' of our ranch, back in the 1920's. In truth, the valley inhabitants are all 'family', and warm, friendly and helpful as folks must be when living in such an isolated environment. We are 1 1/2 hours from the closest town (Cascade or McCall, Idaho), and can travel there by good mountain roads, paved except for the closest 16 1/2 miles to the ranch. Hikes from the ranch lead to mountain summit vistas over the largest Wilderness area in the Lower 48 states - endless mountainscapes, and to a number of high mountain lakes teaming with various species of trout - rainbow, cutthroat and even goldens. Our 75 plus miles of mountain streams offer some of the best fly fishing in the US West, one even flowing through the ranch property. History goes deep here, with artifactual finds on the ranch from over 6,000 years ago. This was the country of the Nez Perce and Shoshonne, Hudson Bay Trapper, gold prospectors, and hardscrabble homesteaders who opened the wilderness west. Visitors can enjoy exploring ghost towns, gold panning, mountain biking, game watching, huckleberry and morel picking, as well as the hiking and fishing that are the mainstays of our recreational activities.
We are a mid-60's couple who have been entertaining ranch guests for the last 20+ years and are ready to retire and explore some of the 'outside' world. We are now beginning to spend time in New Zealand in the winters and would like to experience living in several other places while we can still enjoy the out-of-doors which has been the mainstay of our existence. The Highlands of Scotland and England (our ancestral heritage) and Tuscany (we love fine food and good scenery) are top on our list of places to visit, between relaxing at our ranch when we're not entertaining anymore and basking in fine, moderate New Zealand summers during our (very unmoderate) winters. With the extensive infrastructure we have here at the ranch, it seems a shame to have it stand idle while we explore, and we would like to continue to share our spectacular location with others - and home exchange seems to be a wonderful way to accomplish both missions. We have grown children and would be traveling alone or with other adult couple friends, so would welcome accommodations for from two to eight. Country (we're not afraid of remote) settings would be preferable, or small village locations. Historical locations would be most welcome.