Camping

Sandpoint's Boho bell tent on Lake Pend Oreille

  • 4 Guests
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathroom

New in 2021, replacing the tipi, is a fabulous 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. For the 2023 season, the beach debuted a brand-new Fernweh model bell tent from Life inTents. 

Imagine a private beach on Idaho's largest lake with spectacular views of water, islands and mountains, where you can sleep in a LiT Fernweh bell tent next to the water and watch the day unfold. The bell tent is waterproof and bugproof, a big improvement over the tipi! The tent is glammed up with luxurious bedding and fun furnishings in a Boho style with lots of color and panache!

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. 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 lamps and tables, and even a propane 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 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. Be prepared to cross Sunnyside Road to reach the hot tub.

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, a second bell tent (Gypsy) and/or RV sites. 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!

We love meeting our guests and having personal interaction. You won't find friendlier hosts or a more unique space in Sandpoint!

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 Public Boat Dock 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.

Sandpoint is home to the only Amtrak depot in Idaho and Sandpoint Airport. The closest public bus transportation is found in town, where the SPOT bus operates in Sandpoint, Dover, Kootenai and Ponderay. The site is about 10 minutes away from Highway 200, and another five minutes to Ponderay or 10 minutes to downtown Sandpoint.

Bell tent guests don't have exclusive use of the beach; they may see family members or other guests outside of quiet hours. During quiet hours from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., you will have the beach all to yourselves. Be friendly and welcoming if you see us or other guests. To have more full use of the beach, consider renting other accommodations on the property: the house, Gypsy bell tent and/or RV sites. 

The house is a vacation rental in summer; be mindful of quiet hours and that the hot tub may be used by other guests, so plan to alternate usage.

Follow the host's directions! Do not trust your GPS out here in the country.

A porta-potty and outdoor shower are on-site at the beach as well as access to well water and lake water at the hydrants. Luxurious beds and bedding are provided. There's a picnic table that converts to two benches and a few camp chairs, but if you want more comfortable seating, please bring your own.

Please dispose of normal household garbage only in the can provided on the beach. Take large, unwanted items with you to dispose of at home.

Up to two well-behaved dogs are allowed, but you must tell me about them and agree to follow our rules for pets. Please note, if you plan to bring dogs, you have to understand that they can't be allowed loose inside the tent. When they're in the tent, they must be kept in a Vari kennel, which I provide. This rule is necessary to protect the integrity of the tent. Please don't reserve this tent if you're not willing to crate your dogs while inside the tent. The bell tents are completely screened inside, and dogs tend to scratch at the screens or even bust through the screens. We've already had two tents damaged by dogs who were allowed to be loose inside the tents. Dogs must be leashed on the beach and be friendly with other dogs and people. Thanks for understanding.

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Parking

Pets welcome

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The fun, colorful Boho inspired interior with a queen bed and one or two fold-up rollaway beds

The bell tent sits at the water's edge on Lake Pend Oreille

New in 2023, the LiT Fernweh model bell tent

Fresh off the truck, the new Fernweh tent was put up May 1, 2023

Shown at sunrise in May, the lake is not quite at summer pool level in this photo

Looking south from the beach

Amenities

Pool & spa facilities

Heated Outdoor swimming pool (Shared)

Parking & facilities

Parking available, Parking-on-street , Parking included

Policies

Accessible 24/7 , Pets welcome

Entertainment

Deck chairs, Bicycles , Canoe/Kayak

Kitchen & dining

Charcoal grill BBQ, Gas BBQ, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator , Toaster

Location features

Beach front, Lake, Rural , Waterfront

Bathroom & laundry

Bed linen, Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower , Towel set

Heating & cooling

Heating available

Home Safety

Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher , Smoke Detector

House Rules

  • Pets welcome

Check-in: 04:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

Location

5507 Sunnyside Rd , Bonner County, United States

The location is easy to reach on Sunnyside Road from its west entrance off Highway 200. DO NOT follow your GPS if it directs you to the east entrance of Sunnyside Road from Highway 200, which takes much longer and is a rustic, one-lane road in places. From Sandpoint, take Highway 200 east toward Hope. A few miles past the town of Kootenai at mile marker 35, turn right on Sunnyside Road. It slopes downhill and goes through a railroad underpass, where you turn left to follow Sunnyside Road. Continue for 5.5 miles to 5507 Sunnyside Road, which is marked by a blue mailbox on the left just before the Hawkins Point Public Boat Launch. The privacy fence and gate to the beach is on your right and directly across from the driveway and is marked by a sign for Twin Cedars Camping and Vacation Rentals. The bell tent is at the east end of the beach next to the boathouse. The gate will be open so you can drive straight onto the beach; stay on the gravel and park next to the fence panels. Only one car on the beach is allowed. If you bring multiple vehicles, move them across the street above the host's home after you've unloaded your gear.

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Billie Gerke

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Sandpoint's Boho bell tent on Lake Pend Oreille
Bonner County, United States
from €NaN per night