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Secluded Gated Mansion

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 520 m²
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cooking School On Lake Union Provides Mansion For Guests

Hospitality at its finest when Blue Ribbon Cooking School acquired this Estate for epicureans last year. Complete privacy and thoughtful accommodations provided. Traditional home with generous wrap around porch and decks. Off the entrance there are large receiving rooms, dining room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen and pantry, media area, office/bedroom, laundry and pet accommodation. Up the wide wooden staircase there are four grand bedrooms and four baths.

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Seattle in a 100 year old mansion behind electronic gates with a lake and 37 acres of gardens. Blue Ribbon Cooking located at 2501 Fairview Ave. East on Lake Union in Seattle takes care of your every whim.

Chef's kitchen, antique dining room, comfortable living areas and the four bedrooms en suite off a grand staircase. Sit back on the wrap around porch and enjoy your private gardens.

More Details

Virgina Duppenthaler
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2018

Why Virgina Duppenthaler chose Eastlake and Portage Bay

Tranquil privacy and beauty. Private airstrip to land your plane. See article in Seattle Met

Venue News: Blue Ribbon Cooking Buys Sanders Estate.

What makes this estate unique

Comfortable craftsman family home with generous reception areas and casual spaces. Gated secure grounds.

You can cook in our fully equipped chefs kitchen with dishes for 30. Our hospitality team provides all levels of event services through our Blue Ribbon Culinary Center. Chefs and staff are available to provide any style of entertaining for a couple or large groups. Seating for 80 guests in the mansion.

Manicured grounds designed to accommodate an event for 400 people using tents and restrooms on 37 acres. Private airstrip.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Eastlake and Portage Bay, Washington

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 520 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • House Rules available upon request. Trip Cancellation Policy available upon submittal of payment or on line at ----------------,
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 30 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Mill Pond Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Arbor Room - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath en suite
    Master Suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Bath en site with steam shower
    Upstairs Main Floor. - toilet , tub , shower , Large unique bathroom with Antique fixtures and white tile
    Outdoor North (Adjacent to Arbor), - toilet , Men and Women's Restrooms located on grounds.
    Outdoor South (Adjacent to Reception Tent), - toilet , Men and Women's Restrooms located on grounds.
  • The bathrooms in the house have updated antique fixtures. The outdoor restroom areas to the north and south of the Mansion provide facillities for numerous guests in the gardens.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Arbor Suite - 2 queen , Delightful room with attached bath. Garden view.
    Master Suite - 1 king , Grand room with jacuzzi tub and walk-in steam shower.
    Library - 1 queen , Comfortable arm chairs and cable tv.
    Mill Pond Room - 1 queen , Sitting area with dressing table and attached antique bath
  • Please understand that this is a deluxe, traditionali home. We sleep 14 in comfortable beds but the home has entertainment areas for up to 80 people. There are four bedrooms off the main staircase for guests. There are three floors and each floor to the Mansion is about 2000 square feet. In addition the main level has a 8 foot wide wrap around covered porch looking over 33 acres of manicured grounds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
33 acres of gardens and ponds behind secure gates and fences. A golf cart can be made available.


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average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

False advertising,wrong location, bad plumbing, considering legal action

  • 1 of 5

The property is located 21 miles (one hour with traffic) from downtown Seattle south of the airport where the Homeaway map depicts it to be on Lake Union. It is located in the farm town of Kent which has few restaurants or amenities. The property location ruined our vacation plans to see the sites of Seattle because we had to commute one hour each way. We did not fly 2500 miles to see the sites of Kent WA. This is false advertising. For the $$ we spent on three nights we could have stayed in a boutique hotel near the space needle!

The property itself is old and quaint but has OLD plumbing too! Hot water literally ran out in 30-60 sec and some toilets were not flushable. Air conditioning was nonfunctional in the Seattle heatwave of August 3-5.

There are pretty flowers on the grounds but don't think about staying there when a much better located hotel is another option.

Of course once we got there there was no recourse - the owner herself was not present all three days. An email detailing the issues sent on day 1 was replied to with a form letter. They didn't bother to read it. So STAY AWAY from this pack of lies and spend your money at a reputable hotel instead.

  • Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and clean historic home with beautiful private gardens.

  • Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Sanders estate! Everything about the property excelled our expectations and we will definitely stay there again if we get the opportunity. They had more than enough room for 18 of us, lots of linens and dishes to accommodate everyone. I would recommend this place to anyone who has a large group and will be staying in the area.

  • Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charm, privacy and space in one fine package!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying what an amazing time we had in celebrating our family reunion at Sanders Estate! Grand place oozing history and charm. However, I think it was Curtis-the-Swan that actually stole our hearts permanently.

We had a family reunion for 17 people (15 adults and 2 teenagers) who came from Europe and North-America. We wanted somewhere none of us had been to before, a little a bit of luxury, lots of privacy as well as a location near to the airport and from where it would be easy to make day trips. Well, Sanders Estate was that and more, except we actually wanted to minimise the day trips (we did just Seattle, Mount Rainier and San Juan Islands) as it was just so wonderful to enjoy the house as well as the outside porches and grounds (how often can you enjoy a picnic on a private airstrip!).

The house was a perfect size (bedrooms, bathrooms an communal areas) for our group for one week and the people who enjoyed cooking (not me) were very impressed with the cooking facilities (we ended up having all the breakfasts and dinners at the Estate). The house was immaculately clean and functional. All the rooms had their own feel to them.

The description and photos on VRBO give an accurate picture of the Estate. The booking as well as the meeting&greeting was handled very efficiently and professionally. Whatever questions we had during our stay they were answered promptly. We were made feel very welcomed.

The wifi could have been stronger in the upstairs rooms.

  • Submitted: 5-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is a big thank you. I will share it with the the team that makes it possible to keep a 100 year old Mansion and 37 acres ready for guests to enjoy. Thank you for being memorable guests with sensitivity. Your group make us love what we do.
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Eastlake and Portage Bay, Washington

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$64 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$125.73
Cleaning Fee C$190.5
Tax Rate 9.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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