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enjoy island living on a sandy Puget Sound beach with a view of Mt. Rainier

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Beach House - 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s) - 1 Bath - (Sleeps 4-6)

Waterfront Beach House (850 square feet with a full kitchen and a huge deck) with magnificent views of Mt. Rainier to the South and the Olympic Mountains to the North. Have a fire on the beach (158 feet of low bank waterfront) and play in the sandy beach coves. Bring your boat, the crabbing is great! Launch it from the private, concrete boat ramp and tie it up to the buoy. Bring your tennis shoes (we supply racquets and balls) and play tennis on the all-weather court. A croquet set is available to enjoy on the lawn by the beach.

Fox Island Details: Fox Island is accessible by bridge (NOT ferry) from Gig Harbor and Tacoma, WA. Zog's is a new bar and short order restaurant on the island with Convenience store attached.

Gig Harbor Details: Gig Harbor, 'the Maritime City,' is still a commercial fishing village. It has restaurants, shops, galleries, and recreation just 10 miles from the Beach House.

Boating Details: There is a boat ramp on the property where you can launch your private boat and tie it up to the buoy out front. You can rent boats in Gig Harbor and Tacoma.

Hiking/Walking Details: you can walk the beach a mile in each direction when the tide is out. There are many in-land walking trails nearby.

More Details

Sue and Bill Spencer
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Sue and Bill Spencer

The picture is of Sue and Bill in their Kitchen at Christmas time.

Sue is a retired Tennis Pro who now enjoys gardening and sharing her beautiful flower gardens with others. Her gardens were on the Gig Harbor Garden Tour in 2004.

When they lived in Connecticut, Sue ran a successful B&B for many years.

Bill owns a small business and enjoys landscaping the 13 acres behind their house. When he is not doing those activities, he can be found crabbing in front of their house. He loves sharing with guests the many nearby destinations where they can experience the incredible beauty of the Pacific NW.

Sue and Bill Spencer purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Sue and Bill Spencer chose Fox Island

We own the Beach House next door to the house we live in, because we wanted to protect our view of Mt. Rainier and because we enjoy sharing the view and the beach with others ... particularly new visitors to the Pacific NW. They cannot believe what a beautiful place we live and the abundance of wildlife that surrounds us.


Fox Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , upstairs
    Living Area - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Size, Poorta Crib , queen size air mattress for Kids
  • There is a large Master Bedroom with a King Size bed (topped with a Memory Foam mattress) and a sitting area upstairs. Downstairs there is a Queen Size, leather sleeper sofa that is very comfortable (an air mattress on top of coil springs below it). There is a Queen Size air mattress which sleeps children on the floor and a baby crib is available on request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 12 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. Catering Available. Tennis court, buoy, concrete boat ramp, croquet, cottage gardens, crabbing and fishing with license and in season, views of Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains.


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enjoy island living on a sandy Puget Sound beach with a view of Mt. Rainier
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Seattle, Washington

We found our annual meeting place

  • 5 of 5

The beach house was the perfect place for two friends (one from Seattle, one from Ireland) to meet and catch-up on each other's lives. We took advantage of the bbq and shared a bottle of wine on the very private deck looking at our gorgeous 180 degree view of the Puget Sound. The kitchen is well stocked with all the items you need and the bed was the most comfortable bed I've slept in! Inez and I look forward to re-connecting at the Beach House for many more years! Thank you Bill and Sue for creating and sharing a beautiful place. Jill (Seattle) and Inez (Dublin, Ireland)

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2008
  • Stayed: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thoroughly enjoyed their visit.
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Medical Lake, WA

Cozy and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and secluded but convenient to the tourist spots and Gig Harbor restaurants. The beach house is perfect for a relaxing vacation. The view was amazing and the deck is literally on the water. The house is well equipped with everything you could possibly need, including binoculars to watch the abundant wildlife. We would love to visit again.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We met in Mexico and wanted to get together again. It was the ideal place for a combination of quiet, relaxation, and fun. The cottage itself was totally charming and well equipped. The large sunny deck afforded wonderful views of lush lawns, beachfront, Islands, and Mount Rainier. We went in to Gig Harbor for the Marine Festival. The parade, the music, the boats, the people, the vendors, it was all perfect. Our hosts were helpful and we could have chatted more but they left us alone which is what we wanted. We would certainly return if the opportunity arises.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Judy for the nice review. Please come back and see us again soon, Sue and Bill
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Lovely Fox Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled to book the beach house and it proved perfect for our vacation. Bill and Sue are the consummate hosts. They were readily available when needed and gave us great suggestions for restaurants, places to visit, a lovely area in which to stroll... they even gave us a tour of their grounds and an architectural rundown of their beautiful house which was featured in Home and Garden (wow). The beach house itself is insanely cozy. As everyone has mentioned, it is very tidy and has every amenity you need, comfy bed included. It’s the perfect home to return to after a long walk on the beach during low-tide. And it’s so private. You literally have your own private beach. We spent a great amount of time just mellowing out watching the birds and seals. Would love to come back in the spring or summer as well. So relaxing and blissful we wished we could stay longer!

Klara & Max

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Klara and Max for the nice review. We hope that you will return soon. We enjoyed having you at the Beach House and in our home next door. Sue and Bill
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Review of The Beach House, Fox Island

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay at the beach house. Bill and Sue we're fantastic hosts, they were very welcoming and had lots of useful information about the local area and interesting places to visit. They also very generously didn't charge us for our first night after our flight from the UK was delayed. The location is beautiful and quiet but within very easy reach of shops and restaurants in Gig Harbor and also the interstate for travelling around. We had lovely weather and were able to soak up the sun on the very private decking and watch the boats go by on the water. There were just a couple of steps down from the decking to the stony beach which was great for a stroll a mile each way and would be good for fishing enthusiasts (there was fishing equipment to borrow). The water looked very inviting but was too cold for swimming unfortunately. Inside, the cottage was very comfortable and fully equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday. The bedroom was very spacious with loads of storage and a huge comfortable bed.

We visited Mt St Helens, Olympic National Park, Seattle and Portland, all within easy reach for a day trip by car.

Would definitely recommend the Beach House to friends and family and hope to come back and visit some of the other wonderful places Washington has to offer. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington State

Refreshing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

When I visit, I feel like I've gotten away from everything; I feel at peace. The 180-degree view of the water from the deck and from the large windows inside the beach house are exhilarating and inspiring. Sitting out on the deck listening to the lapping of the water is relaxing; when the tide comes in, I feel like I'm actually out on the water. I love walking along the beach when the tide is out. I bring my own groceries, cook in the kitchen, which is well-stocked with cooking utensils and condiments. The deck has a table and chairs, and I love to eat out there. There is also table and chairs by the window inside so you can eat inside as well while still enjoying the gorgeous view. The owner is friendly and very helpful in answering questions. I would definitely recommend this property to a friend or relative; this is currently my favorite vacationing spot.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
SeaTac Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Bremerton to Seattle
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Madrona Links
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
SR #16
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
85 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
in front of Beach House
Car: necessary

The Beach House is part of a 13-acre compound with over 350' of waterfront, which includes a century old home, one of the original houses on Fox Island. Stroll through the lovely cottage gardens, which were featured on both the Gig Harbor and Fox Island Garden Tours.

The Beach House is 10 miles from Gig Harbor with all it has to offer ... an authentic, working fishing village with restaurants, art galleries, museums, movies, parks, shopping, etc. It is 13 miles from Tacoma, WA with its new LeMay Car Museum, more restaurants, etc.

Other Activities at the Beach House: Tennis, Croquet, Hiking Beach combing, Boating, Kayaking, if you bring your own boats

Golf: The Madrona Links Golf Course is a public golf course within 12 miles of the Beach House. The Chambers Bay Golf Course is further, but worth the drive because it hosted the 2015 US Open Tournament and it is open to the public.

Ski: Skiing at Crystal Mountain, 'Washington's largest Ski Area' near Mt. Ranier, is only 85 miles from the Beach House. It has a new Gondola to take you to 7,000' where there is a restaraunt with magnificent views of Mt. Rainier at 14,410'

There is more skiing at Snoqualamie Pass and at White Pass.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 8.0%

Cash, personal checks or money orders only at checkout.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Off Peak; October 1 - May 24 $125 per day and $800 per week. Monthly Rate is negotiable.
Peak; May 25 - September 30 $225 per day and $1450 per week

Deposit of 1st night's Rent plus $50 Cleaning Fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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