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Property Details: The Watermark Inn     


Property Details: The Watermark Inn
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Property Information
The Watermark Inn
810 E North Avenue
Challis, ID
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Price: Contact agent for more details
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5
Square Feet: 4,261
Lot Description/Acreage:
BLK 8 LOTS 1,3 CHALLIS ORIGINAL
Year Built:
1896
Architectural Style:
Victorian
(c.1860-1900)
 
Contact Information
Name: Marci Dixon
Agency: Mountain West Real Estate
Phone: 208-940-1925 or 208-756-1800
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Property History
In 1882, Donaldson and Mable Rowles purchased property from the territory of Idaho in the new town of Challis, Idaho (f. 1878). In 1896, the Rowles’ sold a piece of that property to Oscar E. Penwell, a cattleman and prospector from the mid-west, who then contracted Donaldson and Jim Wilkinsen to build his summer home. The Penwell House, as it came to be known, was hand-built by Rowles and Wilkinsen and enjoyed by Oscar E. Penwell until 1909 when the land and house were sold for delinquent taxes. Just over a hundred years later, the great-grandson of the builder, Donald Rowles, purchased the neglected home and lovingly restored it with his wife, Bonnie. The Penwell house was then renamed the “Benjamin Inn”, after the Rowles’ son, and soon emerged as a well-known landmark both within the community and from afar, earning the reputation as a premier destination in central Idaho.

The Penwell house is listed on the National Historic Registry of homes and is truly a one-of-a-kind, Victorian-Italianate architectural building. The expert restoration of the home and property mingle the finest attributes of the past with the comfort and luxury of today. The small-town charm of Challis, the sweeping views of Round Valley and the Salmon River, the rugged Lost River Mountain Range, as well as the burbling of Garden Creek in the Inn’s back yard all combine to complete an inspiring picture and serve as a wonderful backdrop to travelers visiting Challis.

In March 2012, The Benjamin Inn was renamed once again to “The Watermark Inn”, as the new owners wished to adapt a name that would resonate with the historical aspect of the home. That being, a unique watermark that was left alone on the hundred-year-old wood floors in the main entry as a talisman from the past. Our desire is to both preserve the beauty and history of the original Penwell House and provide the “Best of the West” in terms of service, fare, accommodations, and experience for our guests.

 
Property Description
This is an amazing property! This Victorian home, The Watermark Inn, has been meticulously remodeled offering state of the art, up to date amenities, electrical and plumbing. The house is on the historical registry so when it was remodeled all of the fine details of a classic 1896 house were kept in place. It is currently being run as a Bed and Breakfast with the basement finished out to house the property/business manager. This space could easily be converted to a recreational area or conference rooms. The kitchen was remodeled to a commercial kitchen. The Watermark Inn also has a catering license and is licensed to sell beer and wine. In addition to the main house there is a 223 square foot guest house with a separate entrance. This beautiful house is located on Garden Creek. The expansive lawn and over 500 square feet of decks and porches are a treat to relax and enjoy the quiet sounds of the creek. This property has so much to offer and has the potential to be the perfect dream. Call today for more details and to schedule a showing.

 
Additional Notes
Located where two scenic highways intersect… An authentic, western, mining and ranching cowboy town of Challis, Idaho is truly the “Wilderness Gateway” to all your outdoor pursuits. Access unparalleled fly fishing along the Salmon River, explore the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, catch a rodeo, float the river, ride horseback into wild horse country, or experience the best hunting the West has to offer all within minutes of the Watermark Inn.

Last Updated: December 6, 2017
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