Talus Rock Retreat

291 Syringa Heights , Sandpoint, 83864 USA (Show map)


A B&B full of whimsical surprises and a tasteful array of treasures from 6 continents, Talus Rock has 3 fully-equipped kitchens, Brazilian tigerwood decks, heated floors, stunning mosaics, copper tin ceilings, tree shower, waterfall, fish-stocked pond, and a 4th floor tower that frames the endless, unparalleled 270 degree views of Lake Pend Oreille and the spectacular Cabinet Mountains. Talus Rock Retreat is the perfect place to host a small, intimate bed and breakfast related corporate or church retreat, family reunion, wedding, honeymoon, holiday party or romantic getaway. We are also conveniently located only one mile from downtown Sandpoint (two minute drive or 5 minute bike ride), tucked away on 18 acres of peacefully secluded forest land.




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  • Guest room5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Talus Rock Retreat....a Hidden Gem !!

4.6 on March 05, 2018

My wife and I can't speak highly enough about our recent stay at Talus Rock Retreat. We felt right at home from the moment Ashley welcomed us upon our arrival. We loved staying in the Grand Arbor suite with plenty of room to spread out. After a day of skiing at Schweitzer Mountain the hot tub was a welcome sight- a perfect 103 degrees, outside on the patio overlooking the snow covered trees and hills....just awesome. Ashley gave us some great restaurant suggestions, and we also loved the two nights that we decided to eat in and take advantage of the comfy surroundings offered at Talus Rock Retreat (relaxing common areas, theater, etc..). All of the staff was excellent and there if you needed anything. Our thanks to Ashley, Erik and Billy for making our stay so memorable. Ashley is definitely a resident expert on all things Sandpoint (and a fellow foodie), Erik was always willing to lend a helping hand, and Billy's smile is a welcome sight and a great way to start the day. If you have time be sure to book a massage with Allison. Talus Rock Retreat is a hidden gem and we look forward to visiting again.....

A Treasure in the woods

5 on February 12, 2018

My words won't really do Talus Rock justice. Incredible Weekend. My non-profit chose Talus rock for our team retreat this year and i'm so glad we did. It's beautiful, comfortable, and serene. The family and staff are kind, engaging, interesting, and positive. Every one of us enjoyed our own private posh room, each with its own atmosphere. The atmosphere is luxurious and relaxing. It was the perfect place for us to relax and get away while getting a great deal of work done. It is tucked away in secluded opening in the woods. Its close to town but feels far away. It really is like a childhood dream - the impossible mansion full of art, beauty, and positivity. Heather, et al are genuine, good, caring people. Interesting, humble and just the kind of people who I want to spend time around and do business with. we booked for next year before we left. I know I speak for all of us when I say we are excited to return.


5 on January 15, 2018

We had the most amazing two night stay at Talus Rock Resort. The moment we arrived it felt like home and Heather and staff are caring, loving, accommodating and gracious host. We honestly felt as if we had stayed with a very close family member who just so happened to have an amazingly wonderful home in the heavenly setting. We can't wait to go back. The crazy thing is....this wonderful setting is only a 40 minute drive from our home...LOL!


5 on January 13, 2018

Lovely! The people, the place, the view, the hospitality... LOVELY!

A piece of heaven on earth...

5 on January 06, 2018

This review feels to me a Catch-22. If we share with the world how much we truly, truly adored our stay at Talus Rock Retreat then the world may descend upon Sandpoint, Idaho and book the rooms that we've come to appreciate. On the other hand, it just isn't very considerate to keep a perfectly good secret treasure to ourselves either. So, we will share... TRR is absolutely incredible and has become for our family a life-long treasured memory for all time. The precious people - the helpful, doting and considerate staff - the lovely location - the warm-welcome - the ambiance - the unique architecture - the many lovely details (many I'm sure we overlooked) - the gentle, sweet doggies - the well-planned layout - the acreage - the fabulous fireplaces - the comfortable furniture - and back to the precious people. From the time we pulled up to the TRR and had to close our gaping mouths to the time we longingly looked over our shoulders as we drove away, our family knew TRR to be a special spot on the planet. We will be back and in the meantime, we will forever reserve a space in our hearts for the memories made at Talus Rock Retreat. Thank you so much Heather and Bruce for sharing your piece of heaven on earth!

Our wedding was fantastic!

5 on October 03, 2017

We were married at the Talus Rock Retreat in February 2017. It was a beautiful venue in such a special place. We have stayed here twice now and had a wonderful time with both visits. They were very accommodating for our wedding and helped our concerns with their relaxed environment. We would recommend not only staying here but also checking out the venue for a special occasion. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the breakfasts are outstanding. We felt like we were family and not just guests. We would like to thank all of the Talus Rock staff for such an amazing wedding!

A hidden sanctuary

4.8 on February 25, 2017

This beautiful sanctuary was far beyond our expectations! Walking through the intricately carved front door, we felt an immediate sense of warmth from the host, the structural beauty & design of the interior, and the panoramic view from the great room. We stepped into the magnificent Grand Arbor room, where they had a bottle of wine, chocolates and flower petals to celebrate our 5th year anniversary on Valentine's Day. Breakfast was a delight, along with wonderful conversation! We would highly recommend this beautiful well kept secret, to anyone wanting an escape or a gathering of family & friends. We were blessed beyond measure!

Talus Rock Retreat Rocks!

5 on February 13, 2017

Wow! Talus Rock Retreat is a very unique experience! The entire Inn is very unique. Very private and well-appointed rooms. The innkeepers and excellent food also make it a very memorable experience. Highly recommended!

Talus Rock

3.8 on December 06, 2016

A beautiful and hidden gem. Very serene and relaxing. A great get away. Staff was wonderful. My only complaint would be that for the price, a second meal, like a light lunch be provided. Otherwise, it was a wonderful experience and would highly recommend.

Fabulous Bed And Breakfast!

5 on November 02, 2016

Talus Rock Luxury Lodging is truly a piece of heaven on earth. My husband and I had the blessing of staying the weekend at Talus Rock to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary. We have been through a lot together and needed a place to take a breath. I have been battling breast cancer since the end of 2014 . I did chemo, radiation , and major surgeries. I'm now in remission . Praise God! We stayed in the Grand Arbor Suite . It was very romantic. The view was spectacular. The details of the room were amazing. A relaxing jetted tub, incredible tree shower, and copper ceiling. It was so peaceful. We let the fresh air in our room and savored every moment we had there. We went for a walk on the trail on the property. We enjoyed a gorgeous view of the mountains, pond, and beautiful landscaping. One of our favorite spots was sitting by the fireplace. We loved the staff there too. Warm, welcoming, and gracious host. The wonderful breakfast in the morning was a real treat. We even made a couple of new furry friends Panda and Piper . Adorable, doggies. We love the fact the owner uses dollars spent to help children in need around the world. We plan on going back for many years to come for special occasions. It's a great place to get away from all of life's busyness and stress and enjoy this beautiful home.

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Rooms & Rates

Suite, 1 King Bed, Mtn. View*

Often chosen as the honeymoon or anniversary suite, this heavenly, romantic, open-air style space features a jetted tub for two, king bed, an octagonal 30-foot copper ceiling, and a one-of-a-kind double-headed tree shower. Open the French doors to a private deck, step outside, and be surrounded by the gorgeous backdrop of North Idaho’s majestic Cabinet Mountains. Breathe in the fresh mountain air of the northwest as the moonbeams dance on the wooden floors. (Can sleep 2 a pullout hide a bed for 2)

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room, 1 Bedroom (Selkirk)*

Decor hints of the open ranges of the Serengeti, splashed with warm earthy tones and afternoon sunlight make this room a favorite. With slate and glass tiled tub/shower, the bathroom is complemented by the hand-hammered copper sink. Sneak up to the cubby for a windowed peak at the forest – you just might see a moose or a bear! (Can sleep 2 a loft with a single mattress.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Accessible*

Perfect for a couple or small family, this lovely room is cozy and luxurious. It’s a plush mini-apartment with a separate ramped entrance, wraparound private deck, full kitchen, relaxing living room (with a queen futon) and an adjoining queen bedroom. Enjoy the intricate details such as the inlaid colorful sunflower mosaic-tiled shower and matching sink, striking copper-colored tin ceilings, and eclectic artwork! Attached to the main area, this executive paradise is private with a separate entrance (so you can have your cake and eat it too!) (Can sleep 4-5)

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Accessible, Mtn. View*

A splurging couple or close-knit group will feel thoroughly at home in our versatile 3,200 square-foot luxury suite. It is perfect for an extended family gathering, corporate meeting, ski or youth group function, indulging honeymoon couple, or a friendly get-together. King master bed/bath suite, spacious living/dining room full kitchen, ½ bath, slate fireplace and posh home theater. The ground floor location provides a private entrance and immediate access to the gardens, hot tub, fire pits, and the rolling Talus Rock Retreat acreage.(Can sleep up to 12 – 14 on futons, fold-out sleepers, bunk beds, and rollaways.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double , 2 Twin

Cabin, 1 Bedroom*

This darling little cabin is perfectly situated near the northeast corner of Talus Rock Retreat's wilderness playground nestled among big ponderosa and bull pine trees. The Hippie Hideaway is a cozy delight for the couple seeking an into-the-woods, simple yet enchanting lodging experience! The eclectic, tiny, 120 ft² quaint and cozy cottage features a comfy double futon, wood burning stove, double burner hot plate, vcr/dvd, mini-fridge, outdoor enclosed plumbed shower/sink/toilet, private deck, and fire pit, privacy, peace and quiet. The Hippie Hideaway is the ideal lodging accommodations for a lone traveler who loves simplicity and a place to rest their head while passing through town, or the adventurous couple needing a place to rest with a desire try out something new!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Kitchen*

This tiny home may be wee in the sense of space at 190 sf, but it is grand in both setting and luxury! Experience the "less is more" phenomenon; indulge in simplicity while finding time to appreciate the little things in life. Come stay in "The Little Love" and feel a whole lot of love! This new custom crafted tiny cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, (including a gas oven and stovetop) and has a private fully plumbed bathroom with shower. The woodworking artist designed a unique set of stairs to the queen-bedded loft. With the delightful and private self-sufficiency, the luxury extension of the main property is great for a weekend getaway or even an extended couple stay! Complimentary wifi internet is available in the main house only a few hundred feet away where you are welcome to join us to commune, relax, and enjoy an amazing Cabinet Mountain view. A made-from-scratch buffet style breakfast is complimentary using fresh eggs and veggies from the

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room, 1 Bedroom (Rio)*

Our pretty, pastel-colored, north-facing bedroom has a view of the horse arena and lush forest that borders the wilderness area. The copper dragonfly sink in the slate and glass tiled bathroom surrounding the deep tub perfect for bubble baths adds a calming touch. The pop-out loft is a fun little cubby incorporating the high ceilings of this cozy room. (Can sleep 2 a loft with a single mattress.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Room, 1 King Bed, Mtn. View*

Enjoy our east-facing Kipling Room featuring a wildly colorful bathroom inlaid with over 200 Talavera Mexican tiles surrounding a deep jetted tub! Open the sliding glass doors to a Parisian balcony and take in the awe-inspiring views of the waterfall, pond and Cabinet Mountains. With a view to behold, this room is peaceful and cozy. (Can sleep 2 1 child/small adult on rollaway.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

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Location Type

Downtown, Mountains, Secluded, Small town


Spokane, WA (GEG) 80 miles

Directions to property:

Cross the long bridge over Lake Pend O'reille into Sandpoint. Follow 95 through first light into downtown (you're now on 1 st Ave.) Stay Left. Make the first left on Church Street. GO through 2 crossroads (but no stops) to first stop sign. At stop sign, make a Left (5th Street). Go to light (and T) and bear Right onto Hwy 2 East. Cross Boyer Avenue at light (see "Dubs" on your left). Make a Right on Division. Make the next left on Pine Street. Pass Sandpoint West Athletic Club on left. Go under the overpass. Make a Left on Syringa Heights Road. Count 2 driveways on your left. 291 Syringa Heights Road—goes back into the woods, you'll see a horse arena.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Silverwood Amusement Park, The Festival at Sandpoint, Lost in the 50's, Lake Pond Oreille, Hiking & biking, Skiing at Schweitzer, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Farm, Villa

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Desk, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Piano, Pool, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Outdoor pool & hot tub, Outdoor fire pits, Movie theater in the Nooma Suite

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4
  • Check Out:: 11
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of the total reservation amount
  • Cancellations: Cancellation Policy A - Lodging 1-2 nights A deposit of 50% of the total reservation amount is required for booking. If cancellation occurs * 7 days or more before your arrival date, then 50% of your deposit will be refunded. * Inside 7 days of arrival your credit card will be charged for the entire amount of booking. * During high season ( Holidays, Holiday weekends and Special Sandpoint Events, such as Lost in the 50s, Winter Carnival, Oktoberfest, and the months of January, June, July, August and December ) cancellations made within 15 days are non-refundable, your credit card will be charged in full. Due to high wedding and total house rental opportunities forgone, if you reserve any Friday, Saturday or Sunday night during high season (as defined above), cancellations made within 100 days will be considered non-refundable; credit card will be charged for entire amount of booking. Cancellation Policy B - Events (15+ guests) and/or 3+nights lodging A deposit of 50% of the total reservation amount is required for booking. NOTE: Events consisting of more than 15 guests will also be subject to both the Damage and Cleaning Deposit Policies.



Heather & Bruce Pedersen

Languages spoken

American Sign Language, English

Resident Pets

Dogs , Farm Animals

About the innkeepers

This God-inspired vision of husband and wife is a response of gratitude to His blessing on our family. Together, we have created this home as a love letter and retreat to serve those who serve others. May He forever bless this offering as a place of rest for souls in need of healing, love and peace. And may we always remember to be unconditionally generous in helping others with the abundance He has allowed us to enjoy. We welcome you. Bruce, Heather, Kipling, Rio and Selkirk

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Kitchen Bar, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free, Dairy Free