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Historic Romance..Olympic Nt Park, Wildlife/Shell Beach, Canoe, Spa..Paradise

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property


WELCOME to THE HISTORIC BALCH RETREAT on HOOD CANAL. A photographers playground in nature's paradise, where the Olympics meet the expansive, crystal clear waters of Hood Canal in Brinnon, Wa near Pleasant Harbor Marina. Fronting over a 1,000 ft of wildlife and shell rich beach + the many wonders behind in Olympic National Park. Convenient and not to miss east side of Olympic Nat'l Park provides considerable travel time savings from most locations for less time in transit, and more time enjoying this amazing paradise.......

INTRIGUING WILDLIFE OBSERVATION + CONTINUALLY EVOLVING, SWEEPING VIEWS that will materialize before you. Awe inspiring, breathtaking skyline color changes at sunset and sunrise that include Mt Rainier and Mt Baker. Wildlife area directly in front provides your own personal version of Animal Planet. Resident harbor seal colony and pups, or the otter family that lives at the base of your beach stairs. Great fun to spot beaver and the local Roosevelt Elk herd that drop by the beach, and your yard. Numerous resident bald eagles fly directly out your window, and are quite a thrill when flying just feet away. Local Golden eagles dwarf numerous resident bald eagles. Interactions on the beach between the two eagle groups are truly entertaining.

BIRDING PARADISE, & WHALE TRAIL! Located on the Pacifc NW Whale Trail (click Hood Canal) + numerous fascinating bird varieties from 4 ft tall herons to numerous hummingbirds, and everything in between. A true birding paradise with some gorgeous varieties, and birding books on site.

PROVIDED CANOE (with life preservers) takes you even closer to immersing with resident wildlife, or stroll the shell rich beach enjoyed by all ages. Venture on to acres of tidelands teeming with fascinating marine life at low tide. Great fun for all ages.

DISH NETWORK satellite TV with HBO/SHOWTIME, and premium channels provided.

RESERVATION REQUEST, or QUESTION (please fully review LOWER RATES/NOTES section before inquiring)? Due to the rare historic nature of the property, information beyond that of standard rentals is required to reserve. For accurate rate quote, please let us know AGE OF EACH PERSON (all ages, including tentative AND visitors) + age/breed of EACH pet/animal. Canines only, please.

Extensive BEDROOM, BATHROOM, and HOME AMENITIES info in "AMENITIES" section below.

LOCATED ON THE WIDEST EXPANSE OF NORTH AMERICAS LONGEST FJORD, with the majestic Olympic Mountains meeting the crystal clear waters of the sea. A romantic and intimate favorite with singles, couples, and honeymooners + small groups. 4 private sleeping areas + 1 semi private loft (see Amenities section for bed info), with 2 ensuite bathrooms, and third bathroom in close proximity to bedrooms provides privacy (no need for window coverings), time savings, and convenience. One level living on main floor if desired, provides ease of movement for those with limited mobility (see below).

SUCCULENT HOOD CANAL SEAFOOD AND SHELLFISH. We know the best area beaches and spots to obtain oysters, clams, crab, shrimp, mussels, and geoduck from the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal. Please let us know what type of seafood interests you when inquiring.

THIS QUAINT NANTUCKET WATERFRONT CHARMER constructed by T.B. Balch in 1920, one of the original founders of Brinnon is rumored to be the closest to the water in all of Jefferson County. Great care has been taken to provide historically romantic ambiance. Stay at the only nationally registered, historic, waterfront holiday rental in close proximity to Seattle and Tacoma, and one of rare few in the Pacific NW.

BALCONY TIME - a guest favorite that offers a panoramic, built in, covered balcony with unobstructed day and night (moonlit water is a true sight to behold), rain or shine views. Relax and observe the wildlife in their natural setting, and expansive water/Mt Rainier views while enjoying zero gravity recliners. Our year round hummingbirds that sometimes compete for the balcony feeder can sometimes be quite a show!

HIKING, MTN BIKING, and SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN WORLD RENOWNED OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK CLOSE BY. closest side of Olympic Natl Park/Forest to Seattle or Tacoma..1.5 hrs. Old growth forest with beautiful, glacially fed, cascading waterfalls that are tremendous fun to explore and view, in addition to amazing picturesque trails (camera is a must!). Panoramic, forever views of downtown Seattle, Mt Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges + most of Puget Sound, all in close proximity by car, or hike in. Enjoyable and pet friendly Dosewallips State Park, with historic logging train trails is a close 3 min walk.

SUBMARINES AND MORE...Also unique to The Historic Balch Retreat is the interesting Trident Navy subs that practice next to the Estuary shelf in the middle of Hood Canal. One of few places in the world to view this unusual and interesting sight right from the interior or exterior of the home!

CENTRALLY LOCATED FOR BEST OF THE PACIFIC NW TOURING + SWIMMING, KAYAK RENTAL PACKAGES, BOATING, and FISHING in Hood Canal, or the numerous rivers (Dosewallips River is steps from your door where it meets Hood Canal). Just bring your poles. Kayak rentals can also be provided to your door + diving, and equipment rental nearby. Indulge in a relaxing massage on your deck next to the water (warmer months). Wine tasting, casinos, exceptional Olympic Mtn Ice Cream, and sampling at unique distilleries is also available. Visit quaint, historic seaports, with gorgeous Victorians. Great day trips for Twilight fans, Hurricane Ridge, Whale charters (in season), or ferry over to Victoria B.C. For out of state guests, centralized location allows for touring the very best of Western Washington. Pure relaxation is also a desirable option. There is something for everyone. The list is virtually endless......

ROMANCE ABOUNDS...Intimate and popular with couples and honeymooners. Indulge with a romantic toasty fire (cooler months), couples massage, hypnotic, sweeping, water and mtn views, 2 person, panoramic, moon lit (ck calendar) master suite jetted spa, complete with candles in the expansive master suite. On site massage therapist is also available. Celebrate each other with so many appealing things to do together, or revel in total relaxation.

THE LITTLE EXTRAS... we are one of the few holiday rentals to offer RELIABLE, HIGH SPEED WIFI with focus on reliability and high speed (elusive in most Olympic Peninsula vacation rentals). Cleaning takes place the day of your arrival for a home that is warm, inviting, and low allergen. Wood starter package for a crackling fire (inside or out) and kitchen, dining, and bath products provided. We've tried to think of everything, including mobile massage therapist should you wish to indulge. High powered ZOOM binoculars that bring wildlife and Trident sub activity up close, and personal are provided, plus full equipment to harvest and prepare your fresh from the water feast, including rubber boots/waders, and fishing pole. So many amenities from beautiful stemware, numerous spices, to built in magnifying mirrors in bathrooms, and romantic atmosphere by candlelight. The large bonfire ring with built in split log seating near the moonlit waters edge are memories waiting to be made. Don't miss the plump, sweet blackberries on site mid to late summer.

TEA LOVER?....You'll likely feel right at home with the many teas for sampling or exchanging. You may discover your new favorite!

PREFER NOT TO COOK? Esquire magazines #2 choice for Best Bar in America is a close three minute walk at the Geoduck Restaurant, with WATERFRONT deck seating (warmer months). Additionally, The Half Way House Restaurant/Bakery (1 min drive) offers legendary pies/desserts, and homestyle cooking. Fabulous pizza, sandwiches, and salads, with indoor/outdoor waterfront seating now available at Pleasant Harbor Marina less than 2 minutes.

DIVING ANYONE? Discover octopus, wolf eels, starfish, crabs, shrimp, anemones, algae bloom, clams and numerous other sea creatures in one of the best diving locations in the Pacific Northwest. Diving gear rental nearby, or diving charter less than 2 minutes from your door at Pleasant Harbor Marina.

SENIORS AND THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY have a mere 3 steps down from the parking area, and 1 step up to the country covered front porch, if staying on the well equipped main level in the charming blue room bedroom, with covered view balcony entrance. The main level provides large, open concept kitchen and dining, full bath with antique shower ring tub, with grab bar in close proximity to main floor bedroom, media room (can serve as 4th bedroom), living room, and panoramic, covered, built in view balcony.

Step back to a simpler time, and experience a unique combination showcasing history, wildlife, Olympic National Park, Hood Canal, and the best of the Pacific NW in nature’s paradise.

More Details

Tori and Wade
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2017

About Tori and Wade

The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal is our dream home where we will ultimately retire. We love sharing the home, wildlife beach, and Olympic National Park with friends and family, and want our guests to feel as if they are staying in a well-appointed, historic holiday home of a good friend. We hope you will experience the many wonders that we have.

Tori and Wade purchased this house in 2007

Why Tori and Wade chose Hood Canal

We chose this property after nearly a decade long search for a historic waterfront home, with placement near old growth forest where considerable wildlife abounds, preferably on Hood Canal near great restaurants! Our long wait was well rewarded. We hope you'll adore this photographer's playground as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

Historically romantic waterfront fronting the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal on the widest expanse of the longest fjord in North America. Thrill to some of the most hypnotic and romantic moonlit views you may ever encounter. Evolving views ever changing include Mt Rainier + one of the rare places in the world with Trident subs to observe, with shell laden beach on a wildlife estuary.


Brinnon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please review Rules and Policies before reserving.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • PRIVATE VIEW SUITE (lower level) - toilet , shower , Bathroom with shower ensuite + built-in magnifying mirror.
    MASTER SUITE w/ 2 person panoramic view jetted spa - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Romantic ambiance in 2 person jetted spa w/ day/night views.
    MAIN FLOOR BATHROOM..ANTIQUE PORCELAIN TUB W/ SHOWER RING - toilet , combination tub/shower , In close proximity to main floor and media rm bedrooms
  • Master and lower level bedrooms ensuite. Main level bathroom near main floor bedroom. Built in magnifying mirrors in all bathrooms, and 2 hair dryers. Space to set health and beauty aids in all 3 bathrooms!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite..2 person VIEW spa, 40" TV+opening view skylite
    PRIVATE MEDIA ROOM next to main floor bathroom - 1 twin/ single , Twin gel/memory foam convertible bed + LARGE flat screen
    Upper level loft - 2 twin/ single , Semi-private loft area, with opening panoramic view skylite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main floor view bedroom near bathroom w/ balcony entrance.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private lower level view suite, w/ panoramic deck entry
  • All beds comfort tested.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Foaming soap, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, hair dryers, and built in magnifying mirrors in bathrooms. High magnification zoom binoculars, shellfish equipment, rubber boots/waders for exploring tidelands, sparkling stemware, tea, coffee, paper towels, toilet paper, and large bundle of wood in addition to all items listed above are provided. We can often times supply the sun, earth, stars, and moon (literally)!

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(61 traveler reviews)

Historic Romance..Olympic Nt Park, Wildlife/Shell Beach, Canoe, Spa..Paradise
average rating of 4.885246 based on 61 reviews
Portland, OR

Unplug and relax!

  • 5 of 5

Looking for your “typical” vacation rental on the Hood Canal, the Historic Balch Retreat is not it.

If you want to feel as though your best friends have lent you their personal water front residence, complete with warm furnishings, antiques, a well-equipped kitchen, and comfortable beds, then you have come to the right place.

From the moment you step through the front door you feel as though you have stepped back in time to the days when life on the Hood Canal was simpler and more relaxed. The charm of this 1920’s waterfront home is carried throughout in even the smallest of details.

This home is all about relaxation and detaching yourself from the stress of everyday life. Unplug and curl up with a good book. Marvel at the abundance of wildlife right outside your back door. Seals, sea lions, Eagles, and varieties of sea birds too numerous to list. Even the occasional raccoon family scampering through the yard.

To get more up close & personal with nature, hop in the canoe and take a leisurely trip along the banks. If you're lucky you will have plenty of curious seals to escort you. After canoeing, take a walk along the banks and look for shells. Don’t forget your camera!

After sunset, light a fire in the fire pit and make s’mores. Your kids will remember this far longer than what was on the TV that night.

A few recommendations to make your stay a memorable experience.

• Take your groceries. The local store is not well stocked. It is okay if you run out of milk, but beyond that, the nearest store is 23 miles away.

• This is the Pacific Northwest. If you want sandy beaches, go to California.

• Despite what yo may think, the owners cannot arrange for elk or deer, or other wild animals to parade past your door as you eat your breakfast. They are wild and come and go as they please.

• While the house does sleep 9, 6 might be more comfortable. The dining table seats 6. The living room also seats 6, comfortably, with possibly room for two more for short periods. Don't overcrowd the place, especially in the winter months, too many people could impact your relaxation time.

We actually had the pleasure of meeting Tori & Wade and we can tell you that you won't meet two nicer people who truly care about their guests.

In nearly every way the Historic Balch Retreat exceeded our expectations.

Do not pass up the Historic Balch Retreat. Just please save us a long weekend here and there. We will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a family reunion to celebrate a 70th birthday. The house was immaculate, and beautifully put together and felt larger than it was since we all had our own space to get away. Our 3 kids loved exploring the Tidal Flats, watching seals from the balconies, relaxing on the large sunny deck and having a bath in the jacuzzi tub. The house lets in so much light that even on cloudy days it feels like a tropical vacation. We have a lot of food intolerances and so cooking meals was an absolute must, the kitchen was well stocked with equipment, spices, and storage containers (which I forgot of course). And we didn't lack a single tool (that's a tough call, we like to cook extravagantly). All in all we loved it here and would return again and again.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Portland, OR

Amazing setting!

  • 5 of 5

A terrific retreat on the beautiful northern Hood Canal with easy access to hiking, beaches, and towns along the Olympic Penisula! The owners, Tori & Wade, have thought of everything you could need! Beach access down some wooden stairs, an included canoe with oars/life jackets, a terrific balcony and fire pit, a charming home with modern accessories, a "things to do in the area" station, and it's even dog-friendly! I highly recommend this property for families, couples, and anyone looking to get away!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Lovely retreat with lots of character

  • 5 of 5

We loved the amazing location and charming home, which is well appointed. Perfect for a mid-winter getaway with lots of games and puzzles for bad weather days. Walking distance to some gorgeous hiking trails in Dosewallips State Park, when the sun peaks out. The view is spectacular from nearly every room in the house and lots of cozy spots to curl up and enjoy it.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, had everything you needed whether it was a couple or a whole family! right on the beach, a lot of wildlife, cool old house with a lot of character, nice mix of old school and modern amenities, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. The owners are very attentive, never saw them but they answered my e-mails immediately!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place. Our family of 3 generations will hold a life time memories of these two days we spent at this place. Nice layout wth cozy areas to gather at the fire, or have a warm family meal around spacious table. Snowy days added their charm. Nice decor touches and historic elements to get a feeling of the old times.... The kitchen is very well equipped with all what we needed including spices and condiments. Comfortable beds with soft linens, really home away from home. Homeowners were very accommodating and made us feel welcomed like a dear family guests. :) Thank you Tori and Wade for that wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Esquire magazines # 2 Bar in America 'The Geoduck'
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Lake Cushman Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Halfway House House Restaurant...HEAVENLY desserts
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Hurricane Ridge
Car: necessary

Other Activities: diving, shellfish harvesting, crabbing/shrimping (in season), wildlife viewing, wineries, distillery sampling, scenic hiking, water sports, swimming (July/Aug), restaurants, shelling, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, shopping, canoeing, Victorian viewing.

Golf: Lake Cushman, Alderbrook, and Port Ludlow golf courses are all accessible from The Historic Balch Retreat.

Ski: Ski and snowboard at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park!!


Rates & Availability

Brinnon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 23 2017 - May 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 16 2017 - Jul 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jul 28 2017 - Aug 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Aug 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
LABOR DAY ( split)
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Reliable wifi - FREE $0
DISH premium TV - FREE $0
Pet Fee $49
Cleaning/laundry $185 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Canoe use - FREE $0
Tax Rate 11.0%

ADDITIONAL GUESTS/VISITORS POLICY: ALL persons (ages 0-120), including visitors and tentative persons require disclosure when reserving.
CLEANING/LAUNDRY: 1-5 persons in 3 beds or less $135 (must be requested at beginning of reservation). 6+ persons OR more than 3 beds $185.
SUMMER SEASON: Unable to create 1 or 2 night gaps betweeun reservations.
REFUNDABLE SECURITY DEPOSIT: Applies to standard occupancy of up to 5 persons. Extra persons, and/or pets additional.
PETS: Please provide AGE and BREED(S) of EACH pet/canine. Small breeds begin at $49 each.
PRICING: Can change at any time unless confirmed by reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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