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Birthdays and Family Get-Togethers! A Wall of Windows to Experience the Beach!

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

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

Why The 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.


Shelton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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


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Birthdays and Family Get-Togethers! A Wall of Windows to Experience the Beach!
average rating of 4.8 based on 40 reviews
Olympia, WA

Best view. Great house.

  • 5 of 5

View was absolutely the best. House was great. So many things for everyone. Grandkids had a blast and we did too.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay ..

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was a great surprise - better than expected

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Get away

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time. The house was perfect. Had everything you need, right on the beach. It was perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vanessa, 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.
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Amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, 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! Elisa
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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: June 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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