Winery to offer guest house


The living room at the Tefft Cellars guest house features a cozy leather sofa. Though there won't be much to watch on the TV because there's no cable or satellite, guests will be treated to a high standard of living, Donna Tefft said.

OUTLOOK - Beginning on Jan. 1, Tefft Cellars will offer guests a unique winery experience.

Donna Tefft, who along with her husband Joel own and operate the Outlook winery, said beginning next year the couple's winery will offer guests the chance to stay in their three-bedroom guest house situated in the middle of their vineyard.

Tefft said the house was originally a bed and breakfast, but the thought of being around to have food prepared seven days a week wasn't very appealing.

"What we're trying to do is keep it simple, but somewhat luxurious," she said.

That means the Teffts have invested a lot of time and money into the project.

Joel's step-son Brian McKee, who is the winery's general manager, estimated that they've spent more than $30,000 to renovate the house, which McKee lived in for part of his childhood, he said.

The Teffts have saved money by doing a lot of the work themselves, she said. The only work they didn't do themselves, Tefft said, was the carpeting.

Originally the house was three bedrooms with a den, he said. But when they turned it into a bed and breakfast, they decided to block the door to one of the bedrooms and knock down the wall between the two, creating a larger bedroom.

"We figured a den in a B&B is kind of pointless," he said.

Tefft said that even though the house is no longer a bed and breakfast, as a guesthouse the extra space in the bedroom will be nice to have.

"We're trying to get it all decorated and ready, and make each bedroom kind of different," she said.

Joel's brother-in-law, Jack Stauffenberg, has created a lot of the window treatments for the bedrooms and living room, Tefft said.

"The whole reason it became a guest house is because of him," she said of Stauffenberg.

She said that each bedroom will feature antique console radios. The house will also be decorated with family heirlooms.

The kitchen will also be fully functional. It'll feature all the appliances visitors will need, Tefft said. The countertop and backsplash will also be brand new when the house becomes available to guests.

The house won't have much in the way of high-tech entertainment though, Tefft said. There won't be cable or satellite TV, but guests will be able to watch movies if they bring them.

She said the deck will be refinished in the spring and a variety of gardening and landscaping will be done then to make the back yard appealing.

"Sometimes when nobody is here we come and sit back here," she said of the deck. "In the summer, this is awesome."

There's even a barbeque for guests to use, if they want.

The Teffts aren't the only ones who enjoy the back yard. She said her three ducks and one goose make regular trips around the property, usually going by the guest house deck a couple times a day.

Each of the house's bedrooms features its own private bathroom, so each room will be fully private, Tefft said.

The living room couch also pulls out, so the house can sleep up to eight people if guests are willing to share a bathroom.

One of the house's biggest selling points, Tefft said, is its central location in the Yakima Valley.

"What's nice about this place is that it's in the middle of wine country," she said.

She said it's in the perfect location to make trips both north and south.

Tefft said the guest house can be rented for one night for $250, for two nights for $350, and for a week for $500.


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