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Secluded Beachside Home on Harstine Island

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Beach house, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6, just a few steps from the beach

You'll love our beach house on Harstine Island's southern tip. Take in stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, Squaxin Island and Peale Passage from the huge deck and the rock, gravel and sand beach. Wander and explore the expansive tidelands. Comb the endless beach for sand dollars, sea shells, driftwood and other treasures while enjoying the solitude of one of Puget Sound's undiscovered gems. Bring your boat or use ours. Larger boats can be moored on our buoy. Swim, fish and crab in the clean waters of Puget Sound.

Most of the beaches on Harstine Island are privately owned, including all of the beaches you can access by walking from the house. All of the owners allow people to walk along their beaches, but gathering shellfish (clams, oysters and geoduck) by our guests is prohibited on these private beaches. Property owners are very concerned about people taking shellfish from their beaches, so I ask that you please respect their property.

The beach in front of my property has been over-harvested of its shellfish, so to allow nature to recover we are asking guests to only gather shellfish on the public beaches on the island. There is more information below on the public beaches and in the guidebooks at the house.

My bulkhead, made of large concrete blocks, is 100 feet long, and covers the width of my property. My beach goes all the way out to the lowest low tide point. You are free to walk on any part of my beach and neighboring beaches, north or south, but please DO NOT gather shellfish from the beach directly in front of the house or from neighboring beaches.

If you are planning to gather shellfish, you can drive to several public beaches on the island. One is Harstine Island State Park, which requires a short hike to the beach (DNR-24 beach) and is open to the public for clams and oysters all year. You can walk south on this beach for about a mile and you'll reach McMicken Island State Park, where there is also great shell fishing. Plan to be there at low tide for the best shell fishing. Here is the web address for more information about these beaches:

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Steven Johnson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016
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based on 31 traveler reviews

Secluded Beachside Home on Harstine Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Perfect Waterfront Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect vacation home! Everything about it, from the location to the amenities, are spot on. We enjoyed so so so many things about the place and the space; the views - the sound (and vision) of the ocean; the great wrap-around deck with adirondack chairs; the hammock; the well-appointed kitchen. A special note about kitchen - it has everything you need and the quality is high. Especially exciting to us were the stove-top espresso makers, which we used daily (espresso, wheeeeeeee!). The knives were all sharp, plenty of cutting boards, and a great deep sink for dishes (and dishwasher). Being able to kayak and canoe was a very special perk - part of the reason we chose this home in the first place. This is a place we want to return to again and again.


Definitely plan on bringing everything you need and staying; there are only a few options for groceries and eating out, and you won't want to leave the home.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Just stayed with a few buddies and this place is awesome! The view is unreal and the cabin is extremely private/quiet. It's stocked with tons of amenities, including kayaks and even a crab pot. I would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay. Parts of my family came together from different parts of the country and we all had a great time. Having the use of the boats and kayaks was a real treat. Everything you would want. Laying in the hammock, lounging on the deck, playing on the water, and a variety of games all provided. I would definitely recommend this property on Harstine Island. I was a bit surprised when I started down the driveway. I have a big F350 with a shell on the back so when I started down I decided to walk it first to make sure I could get out. Steep, but no problem. One of my grandsons and his wife talked about staying here for a get away. This quiet secluded beachside home was perfect for our family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing waterview, water access, all the comforts of home, and so much more...and dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

Such a great place inside and out, even better then advertised in the listing and pictures. The inside was tastefully decorated with local and native art. Lots of extras, had all the comforts of home. We enjoyed spending time indoors watching a rainstorm. The wraparound deck was awesome, and with the roof, we were even able to sit outside during the rain. Nice view from the hammock, that was very relaxing. We were able to wade out at low tide in our chest waders and get a few red rock crabs...found out my waders leak. We appreciated being able to use the kayaks and explore the area. We were so happy to find a dog friendly place. We didn't want to leave our pup behind, so that was a must and the owner made it clear that it was a dog friendly home.

The owner was very helpful. The directions to get to and into the home were spot on.

I would definitely recommend this property to my friends and family. I expect that we'll stay there again some time in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity and seclusion

  • 5 of 5

This comfortable house has all the amenities you could want, a well appointed modern kitchen, comfy and tastefully decorated living and bedrooms. Its spacious and light from all the windows and skylights. But the best feature is the wrap around deck that faces west for a constantly changing scene of the sound, mountains, clouds, etc. due to weather and tides. One could happily spend the whole day on the deck and not be bored! The beachfront house is set in the trees so it has a secluded feel even though there are houses nearby. We would recommend this to anyone from a large family or a romantic getaway. This is a fabulous find and we hope to return sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing weekend getaway spot

  • 5 of 5

I can not say enough great things about this beautiful home and its amazing location! The home was spacious, nicely decorated, very well stocked with anything you could think of needing, and RIGHT on the water. The location is so quiet; aside from the birds chirping and water rolling on to the beach of course :) My partner and I brought our dogs, and they had an amazing time as well.

The house has kayaks, crab pots, and a canoe. Nothing like launching a kayak right off of the bulkhead and cruising through the sound first thing in the morning.

I can not say enough great things about this location. We are already planning a return trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
SeaTac (SEA)
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Peale Passage
Car: necessary

Activities and attractions on the island include Jarrell Cove State Park and marina, McMicken Island State Park, Harstine Island State Park, fishing, boating, swimming (Puget Sound) and beach combing.

Activities and attractions in the area include Lake Cushman (1 hr. 30 min.), Mt. Ellinor (2 hrs.), Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal (1 hr.), Alderbrook Resort and Golf Course (1 hr.), historic Olympia (1 hr. 20 min.) and extensive boating, fishing and hiking opportunities.

Other Activities: Boating, relaxing, watching the sunset


Rates & Availability

Shelton House Rental Rates

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Peak Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 10.5%

Two night minimum.
Deposits required to secure rental dates.
Security deposit ($200) and Pet deposit ($100) are both refundable with no damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Shelton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , bunkbed
  • Living room contains a queen sleeper sofa.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
The house features two bedrooms (one with queen log bed and one with a full bed plus a bunk bed), full bath, laundry area, living room with sky lights and a propane fireplace, well-equipped kitchen and large open eating area. Expansive views from the living room, kitchen and eating area. The large wrap-around deck is perfect for relaxing, enjoying a barbecue or simply soaking in the natural beauty of the island. All rooms are on the main floor with equipment storage below. TV with DVD, VCR, wireless home theater system (no cable). Free wireless internet. For information about things to do in the area you may find these websites useful:

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