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Southworth Garden Getaway

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bathrooms, Wood Stove, Hot Tub, Gas Grill And Fire Pit

We are uniquely positioned on a popular bike route through the peninsula, with Seattle just across the water. The house is also nicely positioned within walking distance (1/2 mile) to the ferry that goes directly to West Seattle, which is a 40min. trip. There are also several beach access points nearby. The house itself is a great destination for a family, a couple, or a bunch of friends to gather and relax. Also enjoy a fun and beautiful garden space (all organically grown!) as well as a joining play field with volleyball net and crochet.

Property Manager
Liz and Mimi
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2017

About Liz and Mimi

A couple of years ago I (Mimi) lost my husband Steve and found my myself alone in a big house. The kids all love to visit when they can so occasionally the house is bustling with activity. We were a military family before Steve retired and landed in this beautiful house in Washington, so it was important to the kids and I that we could all still have this place to stay connected to and rooted in. That is when I first started brainstorming ways to make the house more useful while still being able to keep it. With the help of my daughter Liz, I began transforming the house and garden into a peaceful retreat. Earlier this year I remarried! A close neighbor and friend found himself in a similar situation, loosing his wife. So to further perfect the story of this VRBO, I had a new place to live while still being able to offer this family friendly place for others to vacation in. My kids like spending time at the old homestead when there is time in the schedule. It's a win win, they get to come home to enjoy the house they grew up in and now others can use it too.

Liz and Mimi purchased this house in 1994

Why Liz and Mimi chose Puget Sound

My husband and I thought this would be a great place to raise kids and it was! We moved in when our youngest was in pre-school. They've all grown up here. The first thing that sold us was the location. While investigating the house with realtors, my kids spent a pleasant afternoon down at the beach during a low tide....they were in heaven! We've always enjoyed beach time or walks along the beach road as you make your way around the neighborhood.

What makes this house unique

This house is fun to relax in but it is also a great central hub for many outdoor activities around the sound. Bicycling, kayaking, hiking and fishing (to name a few) can all be easily accessed with no major traffic hurdles yet it's only a ferry boat ride away from Seattle.

There is also plenty to do on the property. We recently had a professional Volley Ball net installed with an adjustable net, bocce ball set, croquet set and badminton set all available for use during your stay.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a lovely getaway spot! We had a wonderful weekend, biking over from West Seattle and exploring the Mosquito Fleet trail over to Port Orchard. The best part was coming back to a nice hot soak in the tub and an evening fire in the fire pit. So relaxing to come over and enjoy the quiet and the stars. Thank you for making your home available; We will definitely look for your place again!
Sep 2014
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Port Orchard House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Shared bathroom in the hallway between bedrooms.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private bathroom located in master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located down in family room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom, vanity sink, bathroom, TV/dvd player
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , Double bunk beds!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Pull out sofa in the family/TV room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • tennis
The cleaning fee can be removed by following our special "move-out and clean checklist" Ask us for details.


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Southworth Garden Getaway
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 31 reviews

Had lovely time in a lovely home!!

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I we're in the area for a wedding. The home was perfect for the 8 of us. The grounds we're fantastic. We used every amenity with the hot tub, fire pit and BBQ. Rooms we're spacious and had everything we needed.

Our only disappointment was the waffle iron was missing after we bought supplies to enjoy a nice breakfast. The outlets in the bathrooms also didn't work.

Our overall stay was successful and I enjoyed the small town of Port Orchard.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home and a great getaway!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Southworth garden getaway. The property was as described and tidy and comfortable.

The house is well maintained, and instructions are clearly provided for everything. The property manager was very responsive to our queries. The hot tub experience was great in the garden setup. The ferry terminal is walking distance. we had our own car, and everything was very easily accessible.

Overall great stay. we had one issue with the ice dispenser (was leaking when we woke up the day after checkin) but it didn't matter to us since we are not big on ice... We notified the manager, who said they would look at it during cleaning after our check out

Definitely recommend staying here for a calm and peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very quiet and beautiful place for family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and beautiful place for family vacation. Very close to ferry station, which provides connection to Seattle.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get away with grandchildren

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and comfortable home. The owners made our stay very welcoming.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

Short walk to a rocky slimy beach, you can see a small piece of the water. The garden was nice, picked some cherry tomatoes for dinner one evening. The hot tub was enjoyed by all once we got the temperature up. Loved the deck off the master bedroom, double chasse lounge was great for evening star gazing. I was disappointed with the town of Port Orchard, absolutely nothing to do in that town. So glad the Kitatas fair started so we could visit there.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful homey property

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed stayin in such a cozy house. It was a very comfortable place and close to the Southworth-Fauntleroy ferry. We were there for my son's wedding. There were 5 of us. The house is large and Mimi was very gracious. The battery in the door lock needed replacing and she came right up and changed it.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

SECURITY DEPOSIT- A security deposit of $200 is required. The deposit is NOT applied toward rent; however, it is fully refundable within 14 days of departure. Tenant waives the right to their deposit by violating any of the written policies.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund