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Bufflehead Beach Cottage

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights


Vashon Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom Cottage Beachfront

Bufflehead Beach Cottage is located on Vashon Island—the heart of Puget Sound—where rural lifestyles and natural wonders coexist a short ferry ride from urban pleasures in Seattle and Tacoma. Our cottage is located on Shawnee Beach--one of Vashon’s most pleasant shores--and a traditional Native American harvesting and camping beach, rich in wildlife and views of the Sound and Mt. Rainier. County bus lines connect with downtown Seattle (foot or car ferries) and SeaTac Int’l. Airport.

Our beachfront home has an intimate contact with the water at high tide—hear the waves from the great room and feel the spray on the porch during winter storms; and low tide brings miles of beachcombing! The gently sloping shore is an invitation to swim, paddle, fly kites, send the kids out with pails and shovels…Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented at nearby Jensen Pt.; and fishing, clamming, and crabbing are possible in season.

Vashon Island hosts a vibrant arts & crafts community and over 15 restaurants and cafes. Our major stores (and restaurants) are 5 miles away (“uptown”), though we have an excellent espresso shop (NY Times 2012) and a old-timey grocery store within walking distance (quaint little town of Burton). Bicycling and walking on both roads and the Island’s extensive nature trails, bird-watching (Quartermaster Harbor is an Audubon hot spot), antique and second-hand stores, artist studios and galleries, cinema and local live theater, live music “uptown”, and abundant farmstands, --can fill your days when you tear yourself away from a comfy beach-front seat on our porch. Neighborhood walks on quiet back roads, or along the shorefront road to Burton, round out your vacation days.

Our freshly renovated cottage has three exterior porches, flower gardens, and a beautiful brick walk past heirloom apple trees. A cozy private bedroom with a hand-crafted queen-size bed and (the very best) sleeper sofa in the living room can sleep up to 4 persons. The kitchen is fully equipped for family dining. We have flatscreen cable tv, broadband wi-fi and a collection of movies on dvd. The library is stocked with nature guides, and a broad selection of literature and popular fiction. The light-drenched great room has a wood-stove and double French doors overlooking the beach—only 30 feet away.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Christina Nichols
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Christina Nichols

Long-time Islanders seizing the day...

Christina Nichols purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Christina Nichols chose Puget Sound

Love at first sight--childhood beach memories reborn.


based on 42 traveler reviews

Bufflehead Beach Cottage
average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews

Cute and classy

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very cute and the view of the bay was wonderful. We had some dramatic weather that came up while we were there and the owners helped make us as safe and comfortable at the cottage and eventually ended up finding another place for us to stay when the weather promised to be dangerous. Great experience1

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet, peaceful, just right.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, just right for a romantic getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vashon Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage. Quiet, and soothing having coffee watching the seals early in the morning. The sofa bed was incredibly comfortable. Everything needed for a relaxing stay. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful getaway for kids and grown-ups, alike!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Bufflehead Cottage, highly recommend it. As advertised, the cottage is small but very comfortable and beautifully laid out. We are a family of four with 2 boys under the age of 6 -- they shared the bedroom and we slept on the pull-out sofa bed (which is very high quality and super comfortable). It was so relaxing to sit on the porch and listen to the waves and birds, and our boys played all day on the beach. Although we never met Christina, she texted us to make sure we were settled in and to ask if there was anything we needed -- very attentive while giving us our space and privacy. The cottage was spotless and the owner thought of everything, from extra towels just for the beach, to a fully equipped kitchen with coffee and tea and spices, to a whole collection of DVDs and novels (which we didn't have time for because we were having too much fun outside). Even some games and toys for the kids. The cottage is only a mile from the Burton store (if you forget any supplies), and very close to the Burton peninsula forest trails and Jensen Point boathouse, where you can rent kayaks and paddle-boards. We thoroughly enjoyed the locally-roasted coffee and homemade ice-cream from the Vashon Roasterie. A beautiful, peaceful getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this beach house on several occasions and each visit is just as relaxing as the first time we stayed. The house is clean and well maintained. We enjoy having the beach just a few steps away from the outside deck and at night watching the moon shine directly on the water. This is a wonderful place to stay to get away from it all and if you have any questions regarding the house Christina is only a message away.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A stunning waterfront respite

  • 5 of 5

The Bufflehead cottage was such a welcome and lovely respite from the world. The cottage is well-decorated, enchanting, and light-filled. I especially loved opening the big doors and sipping coffee while watching the gulls feast on clams and baby crabs. There's a stunning view of Rainier and the sunsets are fantastic. And the bed was exceptionally comfortable. All-in-all, the best of the cottages I've rented on Vashon.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
May Thai
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Vashon-Maury Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Vashon Highway SW
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Hardware Store Restaurant
Nearest Ski
72 Miles
Snoqualmie Summit
Nearest Beach
front yard
Car: recommended

Vashon Island is within 2 hours of Mount Rainier, the Cascade & Olympic Mountain Ranges, National Parks,

and the Pacific Ocean. Skiing, hiking, climbing, offshore fishing; and if urban life beckons--Seattle & Tacoma offer museums, night-life, and shopping galore only a 20 minute ferry ride away.


Rates & Availability

Vashon Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Fall Standard
Oct 4 2016 - Apr 28 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.6%

Base rate is double occupancy. $25 per extra person.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Vashon Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 All towels, soap and shampoo, provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeps 2-4 persons Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) (Best convertible sofa bed made!)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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