About the property
- House1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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 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: NEW! Adult and child coloring supplies with card table so you can leave your art project set up even during meals! We have Blu-Ray/DVD player in the living room and two bedrooms. 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 a small lending library.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
Why Owner chose Shelton
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.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
As soon as you step into this lovely home, it feels just like you are at home.
My whole family felt comfortable, relaxed, care free, at peace, we could go on and on about this home. We have decided to now book this vacation home every year! The vacation home literally had everything you possibly could need. Plus PHENOMENAL views, we would recommend! Not only to mention the owners were extra friendly, which made our family’s spring break vacation perfect! That’s the start of our family memories.
Thank you for your kind words, we are so glad you loved your trip. We try hard to keep a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, just perfect for sharing time together.
I look forward to hosting you again next year; be sure to book early to get your choice of weeks!
Best view. Great house.
View was absolutely the best. House was great. So many things for everyone. Grandkids had a blast and we did too.
We loved our stay ..
We had a wonderful time staying in this house over a long weekend. The beach and the weather were both a pleasant surprise. I would recommend this home to anyone that likes to relax on the water.
This place was a great surprise - better than expected
We had an awesome time, with a bunch of little kids, the beach and sea life you can stay here without having to plan more day trips or activities- it's a great place
Nice Get away
My family had a wonderful time. The house was perfect. Had everything you need, right on the beach. It was perfect.
I am glad your family enjoyed our beach house, and we would love to host your family again. One of our best features is how close we are to the water; it was a major reason my parents chose this property.
There is no internet and the cell service is really bad... I loved it! The views are fantastic from almost anywhere in the house. We weren't lucky enough to see orcas or dolphins, but there were jellyfish, starfish, a big crab and a couple times every day a sea lion would pop up about 60 feet out and check out what we were doing. There are a ton of DVDs to choose from. Anything in the kitchen you would need is probably waiting to be used. Don't even worry about enough towels. The whole family would definitely return and recommend this place to anyone!
I am so glad your group enjoyed their time. The Puget Sound is a special place that helps makes life time memories and many of our guests had visited when they were children and now want to share the experience with their own children.
We choose to not have internet so that all generations can have meaningful face to face interactions.
We would love to have you come stay again!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.