|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Some guests who visit Barbary House say it feels very secluded, quiet and relaxing. Others say that they never run out of things to do. Barbary House has the advantage of a secluded setting, but is located in a community with a lot of activities available.
There are tall trees all around the house which offer privacy and shade, although there's filtered sun all day. The house faces a nice, big deck that has built-in benches and counters, plus a classic charcoal grill. There's an outdoor dining table with 4 chairs plus a recliner and hammock. The deck is partly covered, and it wraps around 3 sides of the house, making a safe, dry play area for kids. The back yard is a fenced secret garden. The house is set back from the road by a forested green belt so you won't see anyone unless you want to go find someone.
The big dining room table will accommodate a feast, and offers enough room for a leisurely puzzle and a long game of Risk--at the same time even. The kitchen is fully equipped for preparing your own meals, and a charcoal grill is available for whatever seafood you picked up in Belfair or Shelton. Or if you don't want to cook there are restaurants as close as Spencer Lake or Allyn.
The master bedroom has a queen bed and a modest closet and dresser. It includes a private 3/4 bath and a private entry door. Each bedroom and bath includes its own thermostat and baseboard heater. The second bedroom has a California-bunk (i.e. a Twin on top of a Double,) a built-in desk, closet, and a TV with DVD player and VHS library.
Upstairs someone will discover a curtain-divided loft. One side has a Queen bed and the other side features a Trundle-style bed (1 Twin that slides under another Twin for storage.)
Hartstine Island is a very scenic island featuring miles of nice beaches and jagged scenic coves. There are two state parks on the island for your exploration, and on the mainland there are additional boat launches and parks. The island is located at the south end of Puget Sound, a salt water network of fjord-like passages and bays. There is abundant beach life, such as crabs, mussels and sand dollars, especially at low tide. Sea gulls and herons are common, and sometimes you can hear or see harbor seals in the water. There have been whale sightings as far south as Hartstine Island but they are rare. Bring your kayak, canoe or power boat. You can fish and dig shellfish on Puget Sound, within guidelines, and there are several lakes nearby for fresh water fishing. There are a couple of golf courses on the mainland, as well.
The neighborhood of Hartstene Pointe is located at the north end of Harstine Island. (I know, the spellings are oddly inconsistent.) Being a point, there are beaches on 3 sides of the neighborhood, which amount to more than 2 miles of nice walkable beach. There is a lagoon near the tip of the point, which has a boat launch, and is an ideal place to put in your canoe or kayak. There's a spit that protects the lagoon, which is driveable and has fire pits and benches. There are several picnic areas in the neighborhood, as well as miles of scenic walking trails.
Near the main gate is a club house available to guests. There's a pool with a hot tub (which is open Memorial Day weekend until mid-September.) In the club house there's a pool table, ping pong, video/book library, reading area and free Wi-Fi access. Across the street is a health and fitness facility. The neighborhood is gated, and has paved roads, which are great for biking or roller blading. (No motorized vehicles other than cars are allowed however--unless it's an electric golf cart.)
You can stay at Barbary House whether you are expecting utter relaxation and bliss, or whether you want to bring the boat and bikes and just keep active. Or maybe you want a little of both. You can have it your way here.
Hartstine Island is about 2 hours from Seattle, and 1 hour from Olympia. You can take the ferry from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula and then drive onto Hartstine Island. Or you can drive the entire way, either through Olympia or across the Tacoma Narrows bridge.
Keywords: house, loft, bungalow, cabin, beach house, casual, kid-friendly, dog-friendly,
I've always loved Puget sound, either on the beach or in a small sailboat. Hartstene Pointe is a very beautiful spot on Puget Sound, with views of Mount Rainier and of the Olympic Mountains.
The beaches are mostly gravel but sandy in places, and feature a lot of sea life. There's a sand dollar nesting area not far from the house on the closest beach. I never knew that sand dollars are purple when they are young. Walking on the beach, or sailing a small craft is where I feel the closest to nature.
Took a group of friends & really enjoyed the cabin, situated in a quiet gated community. The kitchen was fully equipped and we took turns cooking. I also really liked that there were 2 bathrooms. It was a short walk to the beach, and there was also a walking trail nearby. We also checked out the nearby farmers market. It is true that there is no TV here, but we knew that in advance & found it peaceful to be without it for a few days. As for cell phones, I have T-Mobile & got reception if I walked away from the house. Other carriers seemed to do better.
Charming cabin. Owner was a joy to deal with. Easy access to many beautiful beaches and wooded trails.
Our family of three spent a three-day weekend at this Harstine Island retreat and had a supremely enjoyable stay. The cabin is cozy and warm, centered around a large wooden table for family activities. The kitchen may not be granite and shiny, but it is totally what you expect in a woodsy island cabin. Our 15-year old daughter took over the loft area as her own space. A huge wrap-around deck and easy chairs provide outdoor spaces as well as a large comfy hammock slung between trees. We took walks to the beach nearby, hiked along the bluffs, and enjoyed the sunny beach out on the point. The view across Puget Sound is beautiful and relaxing. Sandwiched in-between a very busy trip to the Northwest in which we hiked and climbed far up Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood, to the point of exhaustion, the island was a welcome retreat in which we were able to lay back and do very little as we wanted. One drawback is that there is no wi-fi in the cabin, however this was really an inconvenience as we simply timed our internet usage to our visits to the community center where the signal is strong. At the central building there is a large and inviting pool, (the photos at this site do not really do it justice, or the island or the cabin for that matter, and should be updated) large enough to swim laps in. The large and hot jacuzzi was also well used to soak our weary bones. This is a quiet spot, so if you are looking for a hub of activity or have a lot of restless teenagers who need to be tethered to their devices you might seek out a place closer to civilization, but I totally recommend it as a getaway when what you want to do is recuperate from our all-too-busy lives.
This is a wonderfully charming cabin in the woods. If you're looking for hi tech and modern, go stay in an expensive hotel. If you want to get away from it all to sleep under the trees and walk to the beach while relaxing in comfort, sign up immediately. The owners are the nicest people in the world and work hard to make sure that your stay will be wonderful.
Harstine Island is a nice getaway, but we wish we had stayed somewhere else.
First, the good:
The house/cabin is decent. There are two full bedrooms. The first bedroom has a queen size bed with a private bath. The second bedroom has a bunk bed and is near the hallway bath. The kitchen is adequate. The dining room has a nice table and lots of seating. The living room is cozy. There are two lofts for the kiddies which we didn't really investigate. There is a deck that surrounds almost the entire cabin. The house is in a very nice gated community.
Now the bad:
The owner/manager Jan is a headache to deal with. She does not know how (or refuses?) to return calls and emails. A week before our arrival, I called and emailed several times in order to get directions to the house. I could never reach her and she never returned my voicemails or emails. We literally did not know where we were going until we arrived that afternoon and she finally answered her phone. That was not a good feeling when we traveled cross country to get there.
When we finally got directions and got to the house, we discovered a full load of dishes in the dishwasher that had not been put away. We also discovered a load of towels in the dryer that had not been put away. Furthermore, the beds had no sheets on them and had to be made. The last thing we wanted to do after travelling cross country and are tired is a bunch of housework. I've been in many VRBO houses and never had a house unprepared before.
Our stay was uneventful for the most part. Except that Jan had not given instructions or made arrangements to pick up our security deposit and payment for balance due. So she left a voicemail with instructions to leave the checks on the counter. Not a big deal, except that I *specifically* requested that she MAIL my uncashed security deposit check back to me, assuming she was satisfied we did no damage. Well, it has been over a month since we have stayed there. She hasn't cashed the check and she hasn't mailed it back to me. I can only hope that she is not holding it over me in hopes of not getting a bad review.
As I'm sure the ad describes, the house has no wifi. Also no TV in the living room. No cable/satellite. Cell phone reception at the house is terrible at best.
Last note is a word of caution. It rains a lot there obviously, and the deck was super slippery.
Save yourself a headache. Stay somewhere else.
We really enjoyed our 4 nights at Barbary House. Took long, cool walks/hikes along the shoreline and down to the Spit and the Marina. Caught up on the "InterWeb" while checking out movies and books at the Clubhouse. Oggled the deer, raccoons and blue heron up close and personal -- we don't have 'em back home. Sat out on the deck and relaxed under the golden leaves. Felt all the stress of raising teens melt off after the first 24 hours, and even started to miss them. Maybe we'll invite them along next time -- or maybe just invite a dog or two instead -- but we'll be back!
Barbary House is located in the gated community called Hartstene Pointe. This means you'll have access to over 2 miles of shared Puget Sound beach, rich with marine life, plus two boat launches, picnic shelters, fire pits, a club house, swimming pool and fitness center. Hartstene Pointe neighbors pride themselves on keeping the neighborhood natural-looking, so everywhere you go there are trees and underbrush, including wild huckleberries. It does not have the overdeveloped feel of a lot of waterfront communities. There is a network of nature trails that take you into the trees, down into ravines or along breathtaking waterfront bluffs.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
In addition to being our rental manager, Jan Avery is employed at our neighborhood association and is unable to take phone calls during the day. As a result, please allow her a day or two to respond to calls and emails. Thanks...
Contact our manager Jan Avery to book your stay and to arrange payment. Typically one night's rate plus the cleaning fee is sufficient to confirm your reservation, payable by bank check to our manager, with the balance due at check-in.
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