Port Angeles Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
Unique House On A Unique Property In The Olympic Wilderness.
There's a feeling I get when I look to the West. Nestled on the North Olympic Peninsula, in a wilderness valley with lush forest and park like meadows cradling the beautifully pristine East Twin River is a special lodge. In addition to modern and comfortable living space, you can feel the good energy. Seeing and hiking the river through a sublime valley on a system of ancient trails and deer paths is a good place to get back to nature. The location of this 18 acre camp site is way off the grid but central to all the cool destinations the Olympic Peninsula has to offer. It's a short 1/4 mile hike to the beaches on the Strait of Jaun de Fuca where surfing, crabbing, beach combing, and fishing can be enjoyed. The NOP offers a 'where do ya start?' list of stuff to do. Physical address is 95 Pangea Trail Rd. It is about 26 miles West of Port Angeles, WA, on Hwy 112 and then 1/4 mile south on Bear Creek-West Twin Rd. (Forest Service Rd. 30). The Joyce General Store has gas, food, laundry facility, etc. located in Joyce just 11 miles East of property (on Hwy 112).
The place is essentially open and well lit with windows up to a cathederal ceiling with a peak at 26', kitchen downstairs and bathroom and shower upstairs. Beams, columns, and logs support the loft style 2nd floor that looks out over and up the river. Acustics are incredible. This long term owner-builder project even includes some owner-builder furniture. Heat and cook with wood stove, light by oil lamp and Honda generator for lights and TV/DVD, Hot water by Instant heat (propane). Full shower/bathroom, small (propane) fridge, and a outdoor barbeque (propane) grill. You will find what you would find in a normal home - but it is way off the grid and very private in a beautiful little valley with one access road. Build a bonfire outside in the one of a half dozen campfire pits if ya want! Your pets are more than OK - they will love it!
A new Rumford Fireplace is working well for small fires.
Firewood is expensive! The nice cut firewood is for inside (woodstove or fireplace) burning. For yer campfire outside please gather wood on the property (use the wheelbarrow). There's plenty on the grounds. If you use the good firewood outside in yer campfire I need to charge $10 per wheelbarrow full.
The property was placed in a conservation easement agreement through the North Olympic Land Trust (NOLT) in 2005. This is pristine wilderness and can never be developed (or really anything else within eye site) in perpetuity. Very cool, thank you very much.
There are shelves of about 200 non-fiction books that include the best on our founding fathers and heroes, environmental conservation, and construction. If ya want to fish, rubber boots and hip waders, and even a level wind and fly rod are there to enjoy. Bring your favorite candle or incense or take a hot shower after hiking the wilderness terrain and blazon trails along the river. There are plenty of easy trails but my favorite is a real leg burner. 'Leg Burner' is a short cut trail to the beaches located on the north side of Hwy 112. The Twin beaches at the Strait Of Juan de Fuca are a popular surfing destination. There's lots to do at the beaches so head over and hike as far as ya want to find cool stuff.
Small and large campsites are numerous in this secluded river valley that has more than a 1/4 mile of trails along the low river bank. There are half a dozen rock fire pits for campers already set up. Plenty of firewood is available. Groups to 150+ can camp and enjoy the outdoors for parties, reunions, or musical concerts.
This place is for lovers of the outdoors and natural wilderness. You don't have to be conservation minded to enjoy this place but understand that like any development, guns and pesticides are not allowed - nor needed. And a new day will dawn for those who stand long and the forest will echo with laughter. Have a wonderful stay and enjoy.
Make sure you print and read the House Manuel. I must email it to you.
BTW I'm new to VRBO. There are about 30 great reviews on the place.
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
- Events Allowed
- smoking allowed
About David & Mitra Morse
Building this 'Duck Cave' is a blast but must confess I would have finished much earlier if it wasn't for time spent enjoying the wilderness and river. I bought this 18 acre property in 1991 and got the building permit in 2001. Sure, I'd be much more financially secure if I would have invested in hi tech but one thing is true; it's not the things we have but the memories we make from them that are important. Oh, the stories.
I used to make money but now I make furniture. My little riverside hide out has served as my primary design studio and I finish pieces at my shop in Edmonds, WA.
Why David & Mitra Morse chose Port Angeles
Its just a cool place with some of the cleanest air on the planet. It's all about clean livin.
What makes this chateau / country house unique
This property is under a conservation agreement with NOLT (North Olympic Land Trust) and protected from development in perpetuity. That's just to start with.