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Bruce Woolverton

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish, some french

Great Views of Forest & Sea - Cozy, Sunny, Waterfront Cottage

17 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Overview

Puget Sound Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This is the perfect vacation spot whether you're traveling thousands of miles or simply doing a stay-cation in Western Washington. Located on rural Vashon Island--situated strategically in Puget Sound between the cities of Seattle & Tacoma, this beautiful waterfront cottage allows you to soak up the rhythms of the forest & the sea and yet be close to the urban attractions of the area. Observe the rich bird life on land and the salmon, seals, porpoises and occasional whales as they swim & play in the waters at your front door.

The cottage is totally private from its neighbors but open to the sea. It has a cirque of large Douglas fir & Madrona trees to the north & east and is open to the view of Puget Sound, the Point Defiance Preserve and Gig Harbor to the south and southwest. All of the day rooms and one of the bedrooms afford views of the sound and of the ferry, Chetzemoka, which makes the run between Vashon and Pt Defiance each hour during the day. The cottage is hidden from the street above and affords wonderful privacy. At low tide you can cruise the beach and reward yourself with awesome views of Mt Rainier. Meteorologists will tell you that this sunny southern location gets an average of 10 inches less rain per year than the northern part of the island.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW AND READ WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS COTTAGE.

The 1200 sq ft cottage was completely renovated over the last several years and offers an array of outdoor living spaces, a beautiful bath and lovely bedrooms in addition to the charming kitchen, living & dining rooms. The side of the house has two sets of french doors which open onto view two decks (600 sf). There are numerous smaller viewing decks and a 500 sf patio at the water's edge. All these spaces feature comfortable, high quality outdoor furniture. You may never want to go indoors during your stay.

The stony beach is reached by descending a few steps from the property’s bulkhead. Fruit trees, grasses and landscaping have recently been added.

During the day you can observe the hummingbirds, tanagers, herons, eagles & other seabirds, along with the plentiful sealife. At night listen for the sounds of the animals drifting across the silence of Puget Sound from the Pt. Defiance Zoo. Beyond its natural beauty, Vashon Island also offers a thriving arts community and everyday amenities such as an excellent supermarket, bakeries and numerous restaurants. This is truly a splendid spot where you can relax on the shores of Puget Sound but be close to everything on island and from Olympia to Seattle.

FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS Click on 'Slide Show' under 'LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION'.

Keywords: cottage,waterfront,views, sunny

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
Bruce Woolverton (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish, some french

About Bruce Woolverton

I've been living in Western Washington state for most of the last 30 years. In my family, we've always loved the feel of islands. In the summer, my siblings and I all live surrounded by water in places as various as eastern Canada and the Big Island of Hawaii. For me there's no place better than Vashon.

Bruce Woolverton purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Bruce Woolverton chose Puget Sound

When I first set foot on the property a friend was living here. As I sat on the steps going down to the water, soaking up the sun, breathing in the sea air and taking in the view, I thought the spot an absolutely perfect getaway. I still do. And our guests always remind us about just how special it really is.

What makes this cottage unique

Lots of beautiful outdoor spaces--some of which are very private.

Reviews

4.9
based on 17 traveler reviews

Great Views of Forest & Sea - Cozy, Sunny, Waterfront Cottage
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
Chicago, Illinois
5

Cozy Cottage on the water

  • 5 of 5

This is our fifth stay on Vashon and our second stay at Clam Cove. Clam Cove is definitely our favorite with its three tiers of lovely outdoor space for relaxing or entertaining. You can enjoy your morning coffee on the upper deck, have dinner on the middeck and a glass of wine by the fire on the lower patio at the water's edge, all with beautiful views of the sound and local wildlife. During our stay we saw humming birds, deer, a pair of eagles, seals, otters and one evening we were entertained by a whale! Both the indoor dining area and living room have expansive views of the water where you can enjoy watching the ferry come and go even on rainy days. The living room is stocked with a generous compliment of books, music and some games for quiet relaxation. The cottage is located on the quiet side of the island but just steps from the Tacoma ferry. You are about a 10 minute drive from Burton Hamlet and Quartermaster Harbor where you can rent kayaks for an afternoon, 15 minutes from the famous Minglement coffee roaster and grocery and 20 minutes from downtown Vashon which boasts some wonderful little restaurants. You can also explore Maury Island and visit the lighthouse at Robinson Point, also no more than 20 minutes away. Seattle ferries are on the north end of the island for anyone wanting a day in the beautiful city of Seattle. We very much enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to staying again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very charming cottage a special place.

  • 4 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay (even if the weather of Washington didn't completely cooperate) not the owners fault. We enjoyed the cottage charm and location however the stairs are a challenge if your knees are weak or hurting. We had a nice BBQ with locate friends who loved the cottage. The town of Vashon has all of the amenities you should need for a nice stay. They have a charming old fashion drug store with the nicest employees you could ask for. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our cottage at Clam Cove has beautiful views and two large decks for great outdoor living. The house and decks are 18 steps down from the street. In addition, there is a lovely flagstone patio below at the property's waterfront.
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4

Cosy cottage with a beautiful view of Dalco Passage

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable, secluded feel even though it is close to the ferry terminal. Well designed decks with views of the water for enjoyment of good weather days. Stairs to the rocky beach when the tide is out. Interior is well appointed and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped. Clawfoot tub in bathroom requires careful entry and exit. Owner Bruce Wolverton was attentive and helpful.

We enjoyed our stay and will consider renting the Cottage again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Illinois
5

Very Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband, my adult daughter and I rented this cottage for a week in July. The setting is beautiful and the weather was perfect, cool evenings and warm days. The views are spectacular, either from the multilevel outdoor deck, living room or kitchen. My son, his wife and 2 children live on the island and there was plenty of room for outdoor entertaining on nice evenings and a comfortable living room if it rained (with Netflix!). This is our third rental on the island and my favorite.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, TX USA
5

Family from Texas

  • 5 of 5

Location Location Location! This lovely comfortable house the view, the easy access to both privacy and good restaurants. The owners care for their beautiful garden and outdoor rooms and that is just the outside. Inside the beds are so comfortable, the kitchen has the cinnamon you need for that recipe, and NETFLIX. WE CANNOT WAIT TO COME BACK. Oh then there is the reading bed that looks out to the ferry crossing, read and relax!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO
5

What a special little spot!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 and we stayed here when we came to visit our daughter, who attends UPS, for parent's weekend. It was a perfect spot for us and we plan to keep coming back! There is absolutely no need to look elsewhere. The trip to Tacoma to visit the campus was within easy reach. In the other direction, it was a beautiful drive across Vashon Island to take the ferry to downtown Seattle. We fell in love with Vashon Island the most though and want to stay put as much as we are able next time around. This little cottage was comfortable, quiet, charming, relaxed, whimsical and tasteful. We felt so at home here! We cooked meals together, sat for hours in front of the big windows overlooking the water, read, daydreamed and watched the ferry glide back and forth. My 14 year old loved the built-in bed that is very much like the one she has at home in Colorado. Bruce was accommodating and friendly.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Seattle-Tacoma
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Tahlequah-Pt Defiance
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Vashon Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Anthony's at Pt Defiance (by ferry)
Nearest Beach
Clam Cove
Car: recommended

Vashon Island is known for its arts & crafts and locavore (local food) movement. Characterized by a long New York Times article (March 30, 2012 Travel section) as a sort of 'Mayberry meets Burning Man' kind of place. Vashon never fails to surprise and delight in its cultural & lifestyle diversity!

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Rates & Availability

Vashon Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 9 2016 - Sep 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
$255
$1,550
 
 
September, 2016
Sep 7 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,450
 
 
October, 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,350
 
 
May, 2017
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,350
 
 
Memorial Day, 2017
May 26 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
June, 2017
May 31 2017 - Jun 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
$235
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Refundable damage deposit $350

-The house has an absolute overnight capacity of 4 adults and/or children.
-For spring/fall pricing 2015, contact owner/manager

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Puget Sound Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis

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