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Cottage on a Private Island where the deer eat out of your hands!!

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 4 people (county regulations)

Romantic, newly remodeled water view cottage with gourmet kitchen; cozy, has a wood burning fireplace, Direct TV, and two sliding glass doors that open to the front deck--beautiful western view of Puget Sound, watch the sunset while eating dinner outside; master bedroom has queen size bed, sliding glass door to back porch, park-like view of large, open yard where deer gather; 2nd bedroom has double bed; county regulations and septic capacity prohibit more than 4 guests. Includes washer/dryer use, small deck in back. Perfect for that romantic Get Away for the Holidays!!! get away or writer's retreat!

Fall and Winter are great times to visit Herron Island: This is a peaceful time on the Island, after the summer holiday crowds have left. You can witness the deer rutting rituals from your deck, enjoy the solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The color change of the trees and bushes can be seen as you stroll down the country roads and also can be viewed on the surrounding islands and mainland. Ideal for that perfect get away or writer's retreat. Great for the Holidays!

Spring and Summer are perfect for outdoor activities, beach combing and long strolls; beautiful sunsets from the front deck.

Weekday Specials!!

More Details

Gayle and Lyle
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We will remember our weekend here as one of quiet solitude and sheer joy of feeding so many deer by hand. To actually get to touch these gorgeous wild creatures was a thrill we won't forget! Thank you for your warm hospitality and sharing your little piece of heaven! We will remember Herron Island always!
Sep 2011
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Lakebay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Includes dresser, bedside table, portable heater and fan in master bedroom Dresser and bedside table in 2nd bedroom
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Basic firewood is provided. Additional firewood may be purchased. One bucket of deer food is provided. Additional deer food may be purchased. Maximum of four guests. No pets due to proximity of wildlife.


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Cottage on a Private Island where the deer eat out of your hands!!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 17 reviews
Omaha, NE


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful island community. Very peaceful/laid back atmosphere. The place has everything you need and is very comfy. Our two kids had a time of their lives hand feeding the very friendly deer and our gracious host helped us out with some extra deer food. :)

PS - Don't forget to bring food 'cuz there are no stores or places to eat on the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderfully peaceful four day get away. Lyle was a great host. The home was warm and comfortable. Had the best nights sleep I've had in ages. But one of the best parts, was making several new friends of the many deer. Of course bribing them with food helped. We definitely plan to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
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Fabulous Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great quiet getaway! The owner was very friendly and helpful in getting us settled in. The party of deer also welcomed us, excited to be hand fed. I was equally if not more excited to feed them. The house is lovely with just the right balance of updates to make the stay comfortable. The wooded setting with a view of the water through the trees keeps it a getaway experience. We had a great time. I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Great romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

My Fiance and I were on a limited time frame due to his obligations with the military. Gayle and Lyle were great in acomodating our needs. It was everything we had hoped it would be. We feed the deer right out of our hands. it was clean and very romantic. They had fire already started and going for us when we arrived. I would recomend this place to anyone. We will come back and stay again. Thank you for making our time wonderful.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet island with dirt roads.

  • 4 of 5

We arrived at the ferry dock in Lakebay twenty minutes early for the 4pm ferry and missed the ferry by three cars (the ferry holds eleven cars). So we were happy when it came back to get us at 4:30 instead of making us wait until the 5pm scheduled time. The ferry guy walked up to our car to give us our visitor pass and collect our $22. If you want to be out of the car during the ferry ride, you should probably walk on, as we couldn’t open our doors after we loaded.

When we got off the ferry we were surprised to see dirt roads. We found the cabin easily and when we arrived Lyle was there. The DirectTV worked well as did the gas grill, but internet (DSL) didn’t work at all (our Verizon smart phone worked great though). The beds and the couch were comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with dishes and utensils.

August isn’t the best time to go because the west-facing deck gets pretty hot and we had to keep the curtains closed to try to keep it cooler inside. The swimming beach is very nice and there is a big fire pit there, unfortunately there was a burn ban during our stay. We enjoyed feeding the deer, but had to be very careful walking around because of their leavings. The island was very quiet, so sleeping was easy. Lyle and Gayle were great to work with. They returned our deposit through PayPal within hours of our departure. All in all, a good stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet Paradise :)

  • 5 of 5

I love this place. It was peaceful and quiet. People on the island are really friendly and you can feed the deer by hand. Good for kayaking, fishing, boating, and other water. There is also a playground, basketball courts, and an open field for kids to play. Thank you Lyle and Gayle for our wonderful stay at the cottage house. We will definitely come back next year. You deserve another five stars!!! :)

~Tony and Tiffany Do, Beaverton, Oregon; Huy Do, Portland, Oregon; Mamie Mooney and Zaiya Watts, Maple Valley, Washington

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6.8 Miles
Home Port Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Herron Island Ferry
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Hwy 16 at Purdy
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
South Beach, Herron Island

Herron Island is called 'The Jewel of S. Puget Sound'. It is a perfect getaway on a peaceful, private island and is only a 10 minute ferry ride from the Key Peninsula dock in Lakebay. The Island is small and can be easily navigated around by canoe or kayak. There are 7 miles of tree-lined country roads to walk or drive while enjoying views of the Olympic Cascades, Hartstine Island and Olympia. There are 2 community beaches and parks. Day trips can include Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Seattle and Port Townsend. Many other small towns and State parks are close by.

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing,crabbing, clamming, feeding deer


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