The Whaley Historic Mansion
She sits, a bit forlorn, like an elegant lady sitting on a park bench. Perhaps somewhat tattered around the edges, but her grandeur is still apparent. So sat the Whaley Mansion, until one day Diane Wainhouse walked in. As she wandered through the historic and stately home, the thought came to her, “This lady needs rescuing.” And that is exactly what Diane was able to accomplish: with a great deal of care and tenderness – and plain hard work – she breathed new life into the Whaley Mansion and made it proud again.
The home has a long history in Chelan. It was built in 1911 by the Ellingsworth’s from Nebraska. Later, the Whaley family, prominent in the town, moved in, and Miss Myrtle Whaley lived here until 1975. In 1984, it became a bed and breakfast that thrived for many years.
The Whaley Mansion has lived many lives and the latest chapter is now opening. You will notice all the freshness and youth that has been injected into its interior and furnishings. Special care has been taken, however, to incorporate the traditional with the new. Some of the vintage wallpaper remains, and the original windows, large and handsome, pour light indoors. Take your time and don’t miss a room, for each one has its own style and personality.
The Whaley Mansion sits proudly in South Chelan surrounded by flowering trees and fifty-four rose bushes. She has a fresh face, but has retained the dignity of the grand manor she has always been.
South Shore Retreat
The Stimac’s delightful home sits on the lake just before Minneapolis Beach in one of the most desired locations in Chelan. Stepping into the home is like stepping into the pages of Coastal Living magazine. It is picture-perfect.
Grey siding and white trim create a sophisticated, and yet welcoming appearance. Inside, you will notice the washed wood floors, pale grey walls, and white cabinets. What could be called the “coastal style” of decorating lends a feeling of casual elegance.
The expansive open floor plan moves your eye straight to the vista of Lake Chelan and invites you to linger. Notice the striking contrast of the oversized dark dining table against all the white, and the bright, clear lighting dropping over the kitchen counter.
Exploring this charming home, you will discover all manner of places to snuggle up with a good book or to store away your treasures. The bar in the lower level is a feat of artistic creation put together of rustic wood. Take your time to notice the effect of clever design ideas in creating this waterfront delight.
Big Beams on the Lake
Listen to the water as you stroll through the front door of this beautiful home in Key Bay on the North Shore of Lake Chelan. The sound of the water feature prepares one for the beauty of this sophisticated, yet rugged home.
Handsome, dark beams are the most prominent feature of the house, dominating both inside and outdoor settings. On the main floor, large open spaces with a stone fireplace separate the master suite at one end and a guest suite at the other. All four bathrooms feature heated floors and custom tile work by a local craftsman. The beautiful dark dining table invites you to enjoy a meal looking out over Lake Chelan, while the long breakfast bar is the perfect place to start the day. In the powder room, the owners have taken a grandmother’s sewing cabinet and turned it into a vanity to house a sink designed and carved out of rock in New Mexico.
The principal outdoor feature of the home is the deck facing the lake with large beams framing the view. Magnificent chandeliers light the space that can be warmed in cooler months with a stone fireplace and radiant heating in the ceiling. Ample seating easily accommodates family gatherings. Beach, pool, and lake access are just steps away.
With its atmosphere of comfortable elegance, this home is made for family living at the lake.
“Meer Huis” is Dutch for Lake House. The minute you enter this handsome home it’s clear why the owners named it as they did: the panoramic view of Lake Chelan is magnificent. Expansive windows draw the eye over the beautiful swimming pool to the sparkling waters below.
Although the Kingmas hail from Gig Harbor, they have traveled to Chelan for over 38 years to enjoy the lake with their family. With Meer Huis, they can easily house all their children and grandchildren – everyone at once! The quaint sunroom on the first floor is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the splendid view. Particularly charming is the upstairs attic room with a cozy window seat that feels like one’s own private little perch.
The charming garden was originally designed by a Master Gardener with a wealth of different plants, trees, and flowers. Connecting two separate ponds is a small stream that leads up to a shady gazebo – a special place to sit in the evening under twinkling lights. The pool area facing the lake is flanked by an outdoor kitchen and seating area, ideal for family barbeques overlooking the water. Meer Huis is a lake house indeed!