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Newly updated interior! Great for Groups!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 BR/2BA: with bunk room for 5. On water's edge. Sleeps 9+2 on Sleeper Sofa

We have a full wrap around deck so close to the water it feels like you are floating. We are in a rural area, so it's relaxing and quiet. There are plenty of DVDs, and lots of games. The Puget Sound is located in Washington State. It is cold ocean water, with low and high tides, but no crashing surf. Our beach is wide and open with lots of sand, and plenty of pretty treasures for beach combing. We are close to several towns if someone wants to do shopping, antiquing, go out to eat or to a movie. There are several state parks nearby to hike or pic-nick. Seattle and Olympia are close enough to do a day trip. PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT handicapped accessible.

Wild Life: This section of the Puget Sound has abundant sea life including a small pod of Orca Whales (also known as "Killer Whales") otter, frequent sightings of seals, Red Box crab, and two types of jellyfish. There are moon snail, several varieties of clams that range from smaller than a dime to more than 8 inches across, and whelks. You will find lots of shells. We also have a nearby area that live sand dollars grow. A bald eagle often flies in front of the cabin; gulls, herons, ducks, cormorants, and other birds are common sights. We occasionally hear sea lions at night and seals are often watching us from the water in front of the house.

Parking and Accessibility: We have a large parking space that can hold at least 5 cars, or several RV's. We do NOT have electrical hookup or a dump station. This house is NOT handicapped accessible because the parking lot is at the top of the hill, and there are three flights of stairs connected to get down to the house on the beach. We have tried to include many of your necessities to enable you to pack light.

Electronics and Entertainment: Our beach house has a Blu-Ray/DVD player in the living room. We keep a large collection of DVDs but there is NO Internet service.There is no TV service, or cable either. Imagine being able to concentrate on interacting with each other instead of faces buried in electronic devices! Cell phone service (both phone and data) are subject to the whims of the cell phone gods... sometimes we get AT&T, sometimes Verizon, and usually Cricket. I'm not sure of the others. We have some games, cards and puzzles, and the lending book library is on the small size for now but growing.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

Why The Owner chose Puget Sound

Although we live in Portland, we think it is worth the 3 hour drive to come to the Puget Sound. When my parents were looking for land to build on, they asked around and this development was recommended. The beach is sand and pebbles instead of the more usual large rocks and barnacles. We are blessed with fewer rainy days. The water is so clear and blue with lots of sea life. We tried hard to design our home to have the least impact on the large trees around us, so we have the best of both worlds- a beach home and a forest retreat. Because the island is accessed by bridge, it allows guests to come without worrying about the ferry schedule. We like to come late Friday evening and wake up to the beautiful sunrise. Many of our guests are returning to the area to show their children the magic of Harstine Island that they remember from their own childhood.

What makes this house unique

We are blessed with a rare house that is right on the water, literally a few yards from high tide. This allows everyone to go out on walks whenever they want, and the children are close to the house for excited trips back to show that "special treasure" they just found!

Our house has an "Open Room" floor plan and all of the living room/dining room/kitchen areas face the large walls of windows. The deck wraps around the main living areas with a sliding door for easy flow of guests through several conversation areas.


Shelton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , across from bunk room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en-suite
  • Bathroom 1 is in Bedroom 1. Bathroom 2 is across from Bedroom 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Largest room.Firm mattress/memory foam top. Inflatable twin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , This room has 2 sets of bunk beds, One is a double bed
  • Bedroom 1 has a new mattress, and en-suite bathroom with shower. It has it's own balcony. Bedroom 2 has lots of extra room, and a balcony. Bedroom 3 is set up as a dorm room: 1 bunk with 2 twins, 1 bunk with twin over full futon. Living room has 2 sofa sleepers.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
Jen-Air cook top has SIX electric burners! There are electric griddle replacements for two pairs of burners. We have chairs and small tables on the deck for casual out door dining


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Newly updated interior! Great for Groups!
average rating of 4.8 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at this cabin. You cannot beat the location, it is right on the water and has plenty of bed space. Only recommendation would be to plan meals to not use the oven. It's on the older side and cooks unevenly and takes awhile. They have everything else you could possibly need. Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mikaela, thank you for your kind words, we love the location too. We are working on giving everything a face lift, so come next summer to see our progress! We plan to replace the oven during the off season when we do a bit more work on the cabinet it is in. It will still be 24" since that is all that will fit our space but it will be "new and improved." Thank you for staying in our home, we look forward to seeing you again. Elisa
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It was an awesome beach house.

  • 5 of 5

Location is perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and get away

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a blast at this cabin. It was a great location and it was nice and clean when we arrived.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family get together

  • 4 of 5

We came to Harstene Island to meet up with a larger group of family. This cabin was really only used for sleep and a shower. What a great sleep it was: the bed was very comfy and it was so silent and dark, that we slept deeply.

The beach is sandy and the view is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location, but the house needed some love

  • 3 of 5

The home is in a lovely quiet spot. The location, layout and amenities were as described. What was disappointing was the lack of care put into the upkeep and cleaning of the home. There was a note from the cleaner, apologizing for the state of the home. She said she usually had help but didn't that day. The floor was quite dirty. I swept the floor before the other guests arrived. There was a layer of dust on just about every flat surface. There were four beds that weren't made. There were piles of linens on those beds, and one of the beds was broken and seemed unsafe. We were missing a TV remote, which meant we couldn't change the volume on the TV. There was a problem with fruit flies, a large and random piece of insulation on a bookshelf, and a cigarette butt on the carpet downstairs. There was a gift basket that was dusty and its contents were all expired; most had expired more than six months ago. My interaction with the owner prior to the trip led me to believe she was conscientious about her property. She said she wanted to know if anything was broken upon our arrival. I emailed her about the state of her property upon our return from our getaway and did not get a response. If she had replied and acted like this was out-of-the-ordinary, or perhaps apologized, I might not have written this review. The fact that she didn't write me back leads me to believe this is not a surprise. Showing up to a weekend getaway and needing to sweep and make four beds is not acceptable.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this home for our family vacation this summer. The place was wonderful everyone had a great time and the kids didn't seem to miss cable or Wi-Fi. The house had everything we needed for our week there. We will definitely be back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Sea-Tac Airport (2 hrs or more)
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Spencer Lake Bar and Grill (20 minutes)
Nearest Ferry
41 Miles
Seattle to Bremerton 1 hr 10 min plus ferry time
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station (1hr 15 min)
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
State Hwy 3 at Pickering Rd (23 Min)
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Spencer Lake Bar and Grill (20 minutes)
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Harstine Island
Car: necessary

We are located on rural Harstine Island, not far from Shelton, WA. Our house is on the beach, with smooth sand, plentiful shells, beautiful beach pebbles, colorful sea stars, and lots of wildlife. To take advantage of the great views, our living room/dining room 'great room' has a wall of windows looking east with a large deck wrapping around three sides of the house. Bring your fishing pole, or take a nap. Have a sand castle-building contest. Bring your bikes, or hike in one of the nearby state parks. Visit the Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington (call ahead for reservations). This is a Wild Cat Sanctuary with 40 cats including Lynx, Bobcats, Serval, a Cougar, and a Leopard. It's only a few minutes drive from our house. Call (360) 427-4466 to make arrangements to tour. Poke around a local plant nursery, or visit our area's resident pottery artist. Enjoy antiquing in Shelton, or going to the movies at the modern cinema or the drive-in movie screen. There is plenty to keep busy, or just relax and let your cares dissolve at our peaceful island retreat.

Other Activities: Kayaking (bring your own)

Golf: We are North of Shelton, and Shelton Bayshore course is closest at 17 miles, and has a good rating. Here is their website:


Rates & Availability

Shelton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Off Season
Jan 8 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Refundable damage deposit $75
Cleaning charge $150

We have STAIRS to get to the house. If you have any questions, please ASK first! We have sleeping accommodations for up to 12 guests. There will be a charge added per person for groups larger than 8 guests.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discovery Cards and eChecks.
Inquire about special rates for last minute bookings or military rates.
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome. Large dogs considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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