Bills Island Hideaway

We are so happy to be hosting you for your upcoming vacation! We are a family-owned company and believe that family comes first. We love to vacation, and assume you do too! We hope you take time to enjoy the area and make lasting memories. We are active on social media so please tag @ghosthostrentals on Instagram so we can be part of your vacation too! Every detail was curated to ensure a high-quality stay for our family and for you. We do our best to provide you with the ultimate vacation based on our own experience, as well as guest reviews and recommendations. Feel free to reach out at any time during your stay.

Frequently Asked Questions

House Rules

If any issues are encountered during your stay, please reach out to us as soon as possible! Timely communication is KEY in getting issues resolved. The guest services team will work to troubleshoot with you first before calling out a handyperson. If the handyperson is unable to find an issue or it was user error, the guest will be subject to paying their fee. If there is an issue identified with the property, the owner will pay their fee.

1. Smoking/Vaping: No smoking or vaping is allowed on the premises. A $200 per day fee will be assessed for each day of the reservation if it is found that guests have been smoking or vaping on the premises.

2. Pet Policy: Pet-friendly properties will be marked “Pet Friendly” on the listing, in the description in multiple locations, and/or in the images on the listing. 

- If the property IS pet friendly, we allow pets at the property at the cost of $10 per pet, per day. Emotional Support animals fall under this requirement as they do not have the same rights as Service Animals under the ADA.

- If the property IS NOT pet friendly, no animals are permitted at the property.

- Service Animals are permitted at ALL PROPERTIES at no extra cost, as they are protected under the ADA. 

Guests are required to pick up after their animal and will be charged $10 per exterior location if not cleaned up by the guest. If animals defecate or urinate on the floors, the guest will be responsible for payment of professional carpet cleaning services. If animals cause damage to the property, the guest will be responsible to pay for any repairs or replacement. For unauthorized pets, a $250 fee will be assessed.

3. Communication: Our guest services team is ready and able to help with issues that may arise. 24/7 monitoring is available on the booking platform of your reservation. If further assistance is needed, guests are welcome to text or call us outside of the platform. When reaching out please have the following information ready: The name on the reservation, the name of the property or address, the city where the property is located. The guest may be redirected to information already provided in the listing or the booking platform messages.

4. Early Check-In/Late Check-Out: Guest requests are subject to our cleaning team's availability. As a standard, the fee is $15 per hour past or before the indicated departure or arrival time. If several extra hours are requested, guests may be required to book the day before or after their desired arrival or departure day. 24 hours advance notice is required. If not approved in advance, a $50 unauthorized late check-out fee will be assessed for each hour past the indicated check-out time.

5. Tours: For short stays (1-15 days) in-person tours are not available. For guests looking to stay for extended periods, reach out for information about in-person tours.

6. Cancellation: By booking, guests agree to the cancellation policy on the listing, detailed on the booking platform. Cancellation policies are firm. If the dates of the initial reservation are rebooked by another guest after a cancellation from the original guest, a refund will be issued to the original guest.

7. Occupancy Limits: The maximum number of guests is indicated on the listing. The property may be able to sleep more guests in beds and non-traditional locations (sofas, couches, and/or air mattresses). Reach out with additional questions regarding occupancy, as it varies per property and county/city jurisdiction. Additional fees may be assessed for guests staying at the property above the number indicated on the reservation.

8. Reservation Changes: If a guest needs to change the dates of their reservation or the number of guests on the reservation, please submit a “Reservation Alteration Request”. Guests may be subject to adjustments in price due to the alterations made. The host reserves the right to deny requests.

9. Consumables: Paper goods, soaps, sponges, and detergents found at the property upon arrival are all that are included in the reservation. If additional items are needed, the guest is responsible for purchasing items for use during their stay.

10. Lost and Found: Guest items left behind will be held for 14 days. If guests believe they left an item, reach out to our guest services team via the booking platform. Items can be shipped to past guests for a $20 fee, plus the cost of materials and shipping. Payment must be received prior to shipping. After 14 days left items will be considered abandoned.

11. Acceptance of State of Property: Please survey the property upon arrival and communicate any pre-existing damages to avoid being charged for damages from previous reservations. Guests have the first two hours after check-in to report any issues. After that grace period, the guest accepts the condition of the property and will be subject to damages found after check-out.

12. Receiving Packages: Reach out to guest services for questions regarding receiving packages at the property, as it varies per property. The host is not responsible for items that are shipped to the property. For reservations longer than 15 days, the host may require a guest to sign a lease agreement outside of the booking platform or ask the guest to have packages delivered to another location or post office. 

13. Pests: Professional pest control is required at all properties and is something taken very seriously by the hose. If an unexpected bite or rash is reported, guests must seek medical attention to confirm the cause. If a medical professional confirms that the unexpected medical condition is due to pests, the host will contract a third-party pest control company to verify the presence of bugs in the property. Based on their report, appropriate action will be taken to control the pest, mitigate the damage, and make amends with the guest. 

14. Locked Out: If a guest locks themselves out of a door with a key, guest services can instruct the guest on accessing the lockbox. If it is a door without a key, guests will be required to call a locksmith at their own cost. If someone from the host’s team is dispatched, a $60 fee will be assessed.

15. Moving Furniture: Moving of furniture is not allowed. A $500 fee will be assessed if the cleaners have to move furniture to reset the property for the next guest.

16. Name on Reservation: Guests are not permitted to book on behalf of someone else. Exceptions cannot be made unless explicitly approved by the host, in writing, through the booking platform.

17. Extended Stay Cleaning Fee: For guests staying longer than 15 days, an additional fee will be assessed of 50% of the advertised cleaning fee. Extended Stay Cleaning Fee must be paid 24 hours prior to check-in or the reservation will be subject to cancellation.

18. Missing/Broken Items: Any items missing or broken must be reported to the host. Please leave broken items on the kitchen counter when you leave. Additional charges may apply.

19. Garbage: No garbage or debris left outside unattended. All garbage must be stowed in the bear-proof receptacle, located on the property. Extra charges may be assessed if not observed.

20. Doors and Windows: Please lock and close all windows and doors upon leaving to avoid wildlife/bug/critter encounters.

21. Parking: Specific information on parking limits can be found on the listing. Street parking is not permitted. Please note the orange poles and only park between them in the fall and winter, as those are areas that will be plowed for use.

22. Cameras: Outdoor security cameras may be in use and are disclosed on the listing. No cameras are located in or pointing to indoor spaces.

23. Thermostats: Please do not adjust the thermostat temperature below 65 to avoid water line freezing.

24. Wildlife: Wildlife visitors frequent the area, including bears and moose. Please be cautious and store food/garbage in bear-proof containers and do not approach wildlife. No food/drink to be left outside unattended.

25. Weapons: No firing of weapons of any kind allowed on property.

26. Tents: No tents are allowed, per subdivision rules.

27. Fires: No large bonfires and only firewood is permitted to be burned in the fire pit during non-fire-ban seasons. No pallets, plywood, garbage, or other debris are to be burned in the fire pit. All fires must be fully extinguished with water after use.

28. Please be patient as we work to improve the property! Our properties might require light maintenance and service during your stay, depending on vendor schedules. In the event that work needs to be done on the property during your stay, we will let you know in advance that a maintenance team member may stop by the property. If no one answers the door, they will have access to the property to service it during normal business hours.

Address & Directions

We recommend screenshotting the pictures below as service can be spotty in Island Park. You’ll find a map and an exterior photo of the property.

Depending on the navigation application you are using, our property has a different address. DO NOT FOLLOW GPS FOR THE LAST FEW MILES. 

  • Google Maps - 3627 Bills Loop Rd, Island Park, ID 83429 
  • Apple Maps - 3627 Bills Loop S Rd, Island Park, ID 83429

Below are written directions for your convenience:

  • Traveling North on Hwy 20 through Island Park, turn left at the Elk Creek Gas Station onto Yale-Kilgore Rd. 
  • Drive for 1.9 miles and turn left onto Buttermilk Loop Rd. (This is the road right before the bridge.)
  • Continue on Buttermilk Loop Rd for 2.7 miles, passing the Lakeside Lodge sign on your left.
  • Turn right onto IP Bills Rd/Forest Rd 336 and continue until you reach the subdivision gate.

(Video Tutorial) Hop out of your car and enter the Lockbox shed. Find lockbox 91 and use code 3409 to open it and retrieve the gate keycard. Return to your car, place the keycard near the sensor, and the gate will open. Drive through and RETURN THE KEYCARD TO THE LOCKBOX. (There is a second keycard that you can use during your stay that is at the cabin.)

  • Continue driving across the bridge and when the road forks take the road furthest to the right, Bills Loop Rd/Deer Ln/Bills Loop S Rd.
  • Drive for 0.5 miles and STOP FOLLOWING GPS when you see Island Dr/Windy Pine Ln/Fernwood Dr on your left.
  • Continue for 0.3 miles and a shared driveway will be on your left.
  • Turn into the driveway and our cabin is on the right. Look for tan siding with a blue roof.

Parking

Vehicles

  • Up to 4 vehicles can comfortably park in the driveway.
  • Please only park on the property. No street parking is available. Note the orange and white pole markers. During the winter only the sections plowed are available for parking.

Trailers

  • This property can accommodate different sizes of trailers based on the season due to heavy snowfall:
  • In the summer, trailers up to 12' in length can fit. Backing in is required as there is no turnaround.
  • In the winter, NO trailers are permitted.

If additional parking for vehicles or trailers is needed, before the subdivision gates there is a pullout that is maintained for year-round access. Parking there is free of charge.

Here is a map pin of its location - https://goo.gl/maps/rHErMKAZjqwf22Gu7

Check-In Time

4:00pm MST, unless otherwise agreed upon. Early Check-Ins are available on a case by case basis with varied fees based on the requested time.

Gaining Access

Your code will be sent 24 hours prior to check-in via message. Below are directions for operating the smart lock:

  • Unlocking Upon Arrival – Use the custom access code sent to you. Tap the logo icon to activate the lock. Type in your custom access code, tap the checkmark, and the door will unlock.
  • Locking Upon Departure – First, make sure the door is fully closed. During the winter, you may have to pull it closed with more force. Tap the logo icon to engage the lock. Check that the lock is fully engaged by trying to open the door.

Heating & Cooling

This cabin is equipped with central heating, as well as cadet heaters and a fireplace. The cabin is not equipped with AC, but the furnace fan can help circulate cool air in warmer months. If you find the cabin getting warm, we recommend opening the windows in the evenings and closing them in the mornings to utilize the cool mountain air. You can find the thermostat on the gallery wall in the living room.

If you are interested in using the fireplace, you can find the thermostat that controls it on the side of the rock surround. DO NOT tamper with the controls inside the bottom panel.

WiFi

Network Name: Candymountain

Password: 2084033824

Groceries in Island Park

There aren't any large chain grocery stores in Island Park, but here are our recommendations and what they offer:

  • Sam Patch Co. Grocery (Formerly Robin’s Roost) has recently finished construction on a new facility and is a full-fledged grocery store!
  • Elk Creek Gas Station has essentials like milk, eggs, bread, and a bunch of other random items. We often pick up our firewood here on our way into the cabin.

Larger grocery stores can be found in Ashton, St. Anthony, and Rexburg (south) and West Yellowstone (north):

Check-Out Time

10:00am MST, unless otherwise agreed upon. Late Check-Outs are available on a case by case basis with varied fees based on the requested time.

Check-Out Instructions

  • Gather all of the towels and put them in the washer. If you have time to wash AND dry a load of towels, that always helps our cleaners but is not required.
  • Load and start dishwasher. If no dishwasher, handwash dishes and set out to dry.
  • If there is a BBQ grill, thoroughly clean the grates and remove all traces of food to prevent wildlife interactions.
  • Don't worry about stripping the beds, but please leave ALL used beds UNMADE.
  • Set thermostats and space heaters to 65 in the winter. Turn off in the summer.
  • Bag and take out all trash to the dumpsters on the property. Any excess garbage that does not fit MUST be taken to the Island Park Landfill by the guests to prevent wildlife interactions. Failure to do so may result in additional charges.
  • All fires must be fully extinguished with water whenever no one is tending the fire. All food items used for cooking must be cleaned and properly stored to prevent wildlife from investigating.
  • Put back any furniture that was rearranged.
  • If any items were damaged during your stay, please do not throw them away. Leave them on the kitchen counter.
  • Turn off all lights & ceiling fans.
  • Close all windows and doors, then lock up.

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  • Bills Island Reminders

    This community is home to full-time residents and other vacationers. Please keep these rules in mind as you enjoy your stay at our cabin:

    • The speed limit for ALL ROADS on the island is 10mph for all motorized vehicles including ATVs, RTVs, UTVs, snow machines, etc.
    • DO NOT take from wood piles around the subdivision, as those are the private supplies of full-time residents.
    • Quiet hours start at 10:00pm. Please be respectful of other residents and guests by keeping noise to a minimum.
    • DO NOT use the Rexburg Boat Club boat launch. See our Boating guide for more information on where you can launch onto the Island Park Reservoir.
    • Keycards are needed to enter the subdivision. If a keycard is lost, a $300 fee per card will be charged to the guest. Please keep the Lockbox Shed card INSIDE the lockbox and DO NOT bring it to the property. There is a second card at the cabin to use during your stay.
  • Blinds & Curtains

    Please be careful with the blinds and/or curtains. If you are leaving the house for a length of time, it may be best to shut the blinds/curtains to keep the house cool.

  • Boating on Bills Island

    DO NOT use the Rexburg Boat Club boat launch.

    Feel free to use the community boat ramp to launch onto the Island Park Reservoir. We HIGHLY recommend doing a dry run to find the launch and figure out logistics before bringing your trailer as it is a bit concealed.

    Here are written directions for how to find it:

    • Turn right as you exit the driveway and follow the road back towards the entrance until you come to the fork in the road.
    • Stay left, continuing onto Bills Loop N Rd.
    • Drive for about .5 miles and you’ll find the launch on your left.

    The trailer and truck will have to be driven back to the cabin, as there is no parking at the launch site.

  • Exterior Windows & Doors

    To prevent any unwanted issues, please lock all doors and windows when leaving the property. If you go out for the day and will not be returning until dark, you may wish to turn your porch light on for ease of entry upon return.

  • Firepits

    Firewood is NOT supplied for guests, but is available for purchase at most gas stations, convenience stores, or grocery stores in the area.

    Please check for any current fire bans or restrictions that are in place on the Idaho Department of Lands website.

    In accordance with the Open Burning Ordinance set by Fremont County:

    • All fires must be attended at all times.
    • No large bonfires are permitted.
    • Only firewood is permitted in fires. No pallets, plywood, garbage, or other debris are to be burned.
    • All fires must be FULLY extinguished with water after use.
    • If food is cooked over the fire, be sure to dispose of any remnants in a bear-proof garbage can to prevent unwanted contact with wildlife.
  • Game Night

    Help yourself to our game collection! Just make sure all pieces end up back in their box.

  • Garbage & Recycling

    Due to the abundance of wildlife in the area, Island Park has a few rules when it comes to garbage disposal:

    • Bear-proof garbage cans can be found on the premise. Leave them in the same location so that they can be easily accessed by waste crews.
    • Please bag all garbage, do NOT put loose garbage in the cans.
    • All garbage MUST fit inside the bear-proof cans to avoid unwanted interactions with wildlife. If not adhered to, additional charges may be imposed. (The county will fine us for not observing their requirements and that fee will be charged to you.)
    • If garbage does not fit in the cans on the property at the time of check-out, additional garbage must be taken to the Island Park Landfill.

    If receptacles are full upon arrival, please notify us.

  • Hot Tub

    We have a few rules for guests who opt to use the hot tub that help keep it operable:

    • DO NOT use glass cups or bottles in or around the hot tub.
    • Please rinse out suits thoroughly before getting into the hot tub. The phosphates in laundry soap mess with the pH balance of the hot tub and can cause growth.
    • The hot tub is professionally balanced and maintained weekly. You may see a vendor stopping by during your stay.
    • Please report any damages to the host!
  • Outdoor Grill

    The grill is available for guest use free of charge. Guests are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the grill after use, as well as cleaning and putting back all tools used. If the cleaners find that the grill or tools were not cleaned prior to departure, an additional cleaning fee may be charged to the guest.

  • Television

    There are several smart TVs throughout the property that allow you to sign in to your personal streaming services. Just make sure to sign out before you leave!

  • Tipping

    Most services in the US should be tipped. Restaurants may automatically add on gratuity to your bill, so always double check before tipping. Wages are lower for these industries and personnel rely heavily on tips to make ends meet.

    Here is a general guide for tipping:

    • Waiter/Waitress - 15% - 20% of the total bill.
    • Taxi Service - 10% of the total faire.
    • Valet Service - 10% of the total cost.
    • Cleaning Service - Any amount is welcome and appreciated.
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