Weary of the rat race?
Do you need to refresh and get away from the pressure and bustle of life? How about a pastoral getaway in our custom- crafted mini lodges on our family farm on the Pacific Northwest Peninsula? Hop on a Washington State Ferry in Seattle and enjoy the cross-sound voyage to the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula. The Red House Farm, only minutes from the Southworth Ferry, is a hillside farm overlooking the Olalla Valley, where eagles soar and spectacular sunsets paint the sky over the ridge (we are located on the Kitsap Peninsula not Vashon Island).
The inspiration to develop guest lodgings on our farm came from our visits to Banbury Hill Farm in the UK (where owner and author Douglas Bond directs the Oxford Creative Writing Master Class) and from Tree House Point in nearby Fall City; we invite you to explore Pete Nelson's website at as you consider a wilderness getaway.
The Red House Farm currently has two guest lodgings completed for your repose and relaxation:
Brookside Cottage sleeps 2 in a double hotel-quality hide-a-bed, with shower (shared by Tarnside guests), 2 ET toilets (1 shared with Tarnside guests when using the shower), and a kitchenette with hot pot, 2-burner hot plate, hotel refrigerator, and bar sink.
Tarnside Cottage (Tarn is an Anglo-Saxon term for a small body of water) sleeps 4, in 1 double and 2 twin beds in a loft above; equipped with hot pot, and 1 ET toilet*; cedar and Tuscan tile shower, refrigerator, and hot plate in commons room.
Guests will have exclusive use of both Tarnside and Brookside cottages (beds for 6 total guests).
Special Writing Retreat, or for those who just need to rest, repose, and refuel the mind, heart, and imagination for a full week. Author Douglas Bond, owner of The Red House Farm, warmly extends a special opportunity to writers and others in need of a quiet place to create and rest.
sleeps 4, 1 dbl, 2 twins, hot pot, enhanced continental breakfast, ET
Nestled between rolling pasture and evergreen forest.
*Environmental toilets (ETs) are odorless composting toilets, sanitary, finely crafted,, comfortable, good for the environment, and simple to use: When you have finished using the toilet, from the bin provided, sprinkle a scoop of cedar sawdust over your waste material and close the lid. No mess, no odor, and, best of all, no effluent in the water table.
We have reconfigured our listings. Here are other reviews: Escape to a quiet farm12305 Olalla Valley Rd SE, Olalla, WA, 98359, United States
Date of Stay
Jul 25, 2018
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My family enjoyed a relaxing 5 days at the Red House Farm. We traveled with a 5 year old. The owners live on the property and are easy-going, responsive, and let you enjoy your privacy. There are two cottages, which we called "downstairs" and "upstairs". Downstairs has a fridge, hotplate (with cooking pots,pans, utensils, plates etc), hot water, shower and EC toilet. Downstairs has a pullout sofa bed, or space on the floor for an airbed (hubby has a tender back and needs v. firm sleep surface). Upstairs has a queen bed, EC toilet, tea making supplies, and a loft for an adventurous single person to climb up a sturdy steel ladder. The owners provided a selection of tea, coffee, milk, fresh farm eggs, fruit, pastries and oatmeal for us to assemble our own breakfast. Delicious and appreciated. Must do from the farm: > Al's pizza on Olalla Bay at low tide: mudflats for kids to dig and play, pizza (gf was awesome), and great beer on tap > Anderson point park: 3/4 mile downhill hike on wide safe path to beach through forest. > Bremerton (20 min drive) park and ride the ferry to Seattle (1 hour), walk to Seattle Art Museum and Pikes Place. We saw orca whales! > Manchester State Park: walk in forest and along coast (15 min drive from cabin) > Port Gamble (40 min drive from cabin): turn of the century village with handcrafts, tea house (amazing), huge park for picnic, views, and a large forest to hike (well marked) > Port Defiance Zoo and aquarium > Ruston restaurants: Wildfin To be aware: >>If you have young kids who cannot swim, be aware that there is a small water reservoir between the two cottages. >>for those that do not know what an EC toilet is.... ask! We were totally ok with the facilities- clean and fresh. Better than a long-drop (and much safer for kids). A huge thank you to the owners for a great stay. Hope you much success with the Red House Farm and cottages.