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Sandpoint's Boho bell tent on Lake Pend Oreille

Tent hosted by Billie Jean
4 guests3 beds1 bath
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New in 2021, replacing the tipi, is a fabulous stargazer bell tent on Lake Pend Oreille at Hawkins Point! A dream come true for glamping lake lovers! It's situated on a private beach on shoreline facing south over Idaho's largest lake, just minutes from Sandpoint. Includes access to the beach and dock, beach shelter, a fire pit and campwood, outdoor shower and sink, and other amenities, plus access to an outdoor hot tub.

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Imagine a private beach on Idaho's largest lake with spectacular views of water, islands and mountains, where you can sleep in a LiT Stella Stargazer bell tent next to the water and watch the day unfold. The bell tent is waterproof and bugproof, a big improvement over the tipi! Plus, we are planning to really glam it up with luxurious bedding and fun furnishings in a Boho style with lots of color and panache! Photos to come! The cover photos shows the exact bell tent on order.

Stay right on the water and have access to all the amenities of a family-owned beach: a dock, fire pit, barbecue grill, horseshoe pit, concrete boat ramp suitable for paddlecraft, a table that converts to two benches, beach shelter, hammock, outdoor shower and sink, and more. We even supply wood for the fire pit!

Down at the beach, guests are provided with a small fridge, a clean, well-kept porta-potty, and outdoor shower and sink with an on-demand propane water heater. The large wooden fence blocks off the beach from Sunnyside Road, adding to the privacy of this special spot. The lake is at your doorstep in this special spot on Lake Pend Oreille!

Hawkins Point is the farthest point on the Sunnyside Peninsula, named for the fact that it faces south; it's a gateway to the northern end of the lake and the Pack River Delta. Equipped with a queen-sized bed and two fold-up, roll-away beds, electric lamp/table, and even an electric heater in the colder parts of the season, to give guests a wonderful experience camping on the lake with style. Bell tents are magical spaces that allow you to sleep under the stars and imagine living in simpler times.

A double hammock, handmade in Mexico, is hung in the shade for guests to enjoy some lazy time lounging near the water on the east side of the boathouse. And maybe best of all, a fabulous outdoor hot tub is available for soaking under the stars overlooking the lake! The hot tub is found behind the home across the road and is only a two-minute walk from the beach.

The spectacular bell tent accommodates up to four guests. We cannot accommodate large, multi-family groups on the beach. For larger groups, consider renting the house and/or RV site. Extra vehicles may be parked across the road on the host's property.

The beach may also be accessed by other guests and family members outside quiet hours. Please be welcoming and friendly!

Sleeping arrangements

Common spaces
1 queen bed, 2 single beds


Beach access – Beachfront
Free parking on premises
Shared hot tub
Pets allowed
Hair dryer
Fire pit
Long term stays allowed
Security cameras on property
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Sandpoint, Idaho, United States

Sunnyside is a rural Sandpoint neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Pend Oreille, where there's a mix of farmland and family homes. This is a popular recreation area with Sunnyside Access, Hawkins Point Boat Launch and Oden Wildlife Management Area. Many families have been here for decades, including the family that owns the property at Hawkins Point. People come here to fish, swim, ride bicycles, paddle, go boating and more.

Hosted by Billie Jean

Joined in December 2014
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I'm a backcountry horse woman, downhill skier and bicyclist who loves the outdoors and being active. I retired in 2016 from working professionally as an editor for a local publishing company for 25 years, editing Sandpoint Magazine, Schweitzer Magazine and books, such as trail guides and natural history titles. I have one dog, Beau, whom I call a North Idaho hound terrier, an Arabian/quarter horse mare named Bunny, a filly named Karat born June 1, 2019, and a mule named Buner Pie. Originally from Wisconsin, I grew up in North Idaho riding horses, skiing, snowmobiling, dirt biking and voraciously reading books. While I was growing up in Sandpoint and Bayview in the 1970s-80s, I lived without electricity and running water three different times, so I'm not afraid of outhouses or roughing it. After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1985, I moved back to Madison, Wisconsin, and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I returned to Sandpoint in 1990, bought property, married, built a house, raised a son and stepdaughter, got unmarried, and am now married to my present partner, Mike, whom I convinced to join me in offering vacation rentals. We formed Twin Cedars Camping and Vacation Rentals LLC in 2014 with the goal of semi-retiring together. Between the two of us and our properties, we have two homes, five RV sites, a camping cabin and two bell tents. We live in each of our homes for half the year, while the other home is open as a vacation rental. I'm a home brewer who's passionate about good beer, cooking from scratch, and seemingly endless home improvement projects. Mike is a private pilot, and we enjoy flying around the area and airplane camping, as well as backcountry trail riding and horse camping. I love having guests and sharing my knowledge of the area. We live in an outdoor paradise, and we like to share our pieces of paradise with others.
I'm a backcountry horse woman, downhill skier and bicyclist who loves the outdoors and being active. I retired in 2016 from working professionally as an editor for a local publishi…
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No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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