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Derek Doremus / VR 365

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Giggle Fish Beachfront Cabin + Guest Boathouse (fully-fenced) + 2 Kayaks

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Hoodsport House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6

Crabbing is HOT right now directly in front of Giggle Fish!

WELCOME TO GIGGLE FISH

* LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!!! 1.5 miles North of Hoodsport on the water.

* Best Private beach lot in Hoodsport (See Photos)

* King Beds 2, Queen Bed 1 (Sleeps 6 max + a happy & mellow pooch)

* Ideal for Couples, Families or a Romantic Getaway

* Fully Fenced Grass Yard ideal for children and pet security

* OYSTERS - delicious!

* Gorgeous Water Views from every room

* Kids LOVE love the outdoor fire pit roasting marsh mellows

* 2 min to Hoodsport IGA Grocery Store

* Wi Fi-enabled

"CLOSE ENOUGH TO USE TECHNOLOGY BUT FAR ENOUGH AWAY YOU WON'T WANT TO".

Bill Gates has four vacation homes on Hood Canal (Google it!) but it's still a well-kept secret just 90 min. from Seattle (2 hrs. from Portland). Few places in the world offer such natural diversity with the OCEAN & MOUNTAINS - both in one location.

'Giggle Fish' is your Beach Cabin + Guest Boathouse located in Hoodsport, WA, on Hood Canal. It's so close to the water you can fish from the living room. This property is unique because it sits on a corner lot with a natural, unbuildable beach (200') between you and the neighbor. Privacy is hard to find here where homes normally sit side-by-side.

ACCOMODATIONS

* Relax in the comfort of this 2-story home on 100' of waterfront built in 1999

* BEACH CABIN - 2 Bed & 1 Bath (1,000 sq. ft.)

* The cozy Boathouse has a Queen LOG BED, private deck (right over the water) and 3/4 bath, plus flat screen TV.

The Cabin has 2 bedrooms upstairs both with KING Beds and flat screen TV's. The cozy Boathouse has a Queen LOG BED, private deck (right over the water) and 3/4 bath. Awake to breathtaking water views - and watch SEALS and BIRDS - all from the comfort of your warm, cozy bed. This fully fenced yard has a child safety gate to the beach. The Boathouse is great for teens or if one couple desires privacy. No garage, park along Hwy 101 like the locals.

INDOOR AMENITIES

Down comforters and luxury bedding in every room, plus a KING "SLEEP NUMBER BED" in Master and modern, whimsical beach decor throughout. The main level includes an open kitchen with eating bar and stools, dining nook with seating for 4 and sectional couch, full bath, 40" HD LCD Cable TV, Blue-Ray DVD player, games, Wi-Fi, toys, books, crib/Packn'Play, inflatable toddler bed.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

Wrap-around deck, with awesome, panoramic Hood Canal water views, which includes a covered gas BBQ area and comfortable seating galore - plush patio furniture and 2 outdoor dining areas. Relax on the double chaise lounge with sweeping water views. Awesome fire pit (w/benches that fold into a picnic table) ~ Make s'mores with your kids ~ YUM!!!, Bluetooth-enabled CD stereo and outdoor rock speakers. Beach towels, chairs, cooler, buckets, shovels/rakes provided for your day playing on the beach. 2 one-man Kayaks provided. Participating guests must sign and return our liability release form before arrival. Kayaking is an amazing way to experience Hood Canal, but do so at your own risk.

THINGS TO DO

* Kayaking (2 Kayaks provided)

* SEALS, bald eagles, heron ~~ Good chance you'll see 'em!!!

* Fishing, crabbing, clamming, shrimping

* Championship GOLF (Salish Cliffs & Alderbrook)

* Hoodsport Winery (2 miles, tasting daily)

* Diving 'Sund Rock' & 'Octopus Hole'

* Secret 230' WATERFALL (directions provided)

* Located directly on 'Scenic Hwy 101' (one of America's most beautiful drives)

* Lake Cushman Boating

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Derek Doremus / VR 365 (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Derek Doremus / VR 365

Newly Listed with VR365 Property Management which is run by our good friend, Derek, who is a true PRO at Customer Service.

Why Derek Doremus / VR 365 chose Hood Canal

After 2 years of searching the PNW for a special beach town, we finally chose Hoodsport! A Hoodsport address was key because it's the only real 'town' with full amenities along the entire 60 mile stretch of Hood Canal (aside from Belfair at the far end). This home is just 2 minutes from the Hoodsport IGA Grocery Store which is extremely convenient (especially for wine and dessert at night!) We love the quick drive from Seattle & Portland -- literally two roads - I-5 to Hwy 101 -- and not being at the mercy of a ferry.

The West side of Hood Canal is an 'Outdoor Lover's Paradise' with endless Ocean & Mountain activities. Hoodsport is a charming, waterfront town with Restaurants, Pub, Gift Shops, 2 Liquor Stores, Winery, Gas, Coffee Shop, Ice Cream Shop, Public Dock, Arts & Crafts, Dive Shop, Massage, Salmon Hatchery, Bank, Library, Outfitters Store (w/licensing), Olympic Park Visitor's Center, Kayak Rentals & Whiskey Distillery (opening soon).

What makes this house unique

Giggle Fish is a 'One of a Kind' vacation property. The rare privacy makes it one of the best beach lots in Hoodsport. It's also one of the few with a lawn for kids and playing Bocce (provided). It's a perfectly-balanced getaway because you can adventure -- or RELAX and do nothing at all -- both while surrounded by the peace and serenity of nature.

FOR HIKERS - just up the hill is the Olympic National Park 'Staircase' entrance and many popular day hikes surround the home (all levels).

FOR SCUBA DIVERS - you can literally SEE world-famous 'Sund Rock' dive spot from the deck (See Photo) voted one of the world's top Wall Dives by 'Scuba Diving Magazine' and 'Octopus Hole' is just 1.5 miles North - both known for GIANT OCTOPUS & wolf eels

'So close to the water it feels like you're on the boat, but with all the comforts of home.'

Guestbook comments from the manager

Oyster stew, Oysters baked with feta and smoked salmon, Oysters raw and with eggs for breakfast - the sparkling sun and the quiet water was great! We hope to come back in March with the kids...or not with kids... :-) Thank you!
Jan 2014
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Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)
Giggle Fish Beachfront Cabin + Guest Boathouse (fully-fenced) + 2 Kayaks
average rating of 4.510638 based on 75 reviews
Portland, OR
5

My perfect weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My perfect weekend at Giggle Fish is all I can think about!

This is the second time we’ve stayed in this home. The first time we stayed in the main house and this time we went with another couple and their 2 kids so we decided to take the boat house for our room.

We arrived Friday night & settled in for the weekend. This house has all the comforts of home with some lovely touches. Extra hooks for all our jackets, everything we could possibly need in the kitchen, great sheets and bedding, new TV’s with cable and I know this sounds silly, but full size appliances are important to me – so I appreciate the full-size refrigerator, stove & washer/dryer.

Saturday morning I had to unfortunately catch up on some work emails and I knew from our first visit there would be free wi-fi. So I took my coffee and laptop out to the deck and enjoyed the view of the water while I took care of work. If you have to work on your weekend – this is the best way! The deck has two sides – the front part is uncovered and offers some really nice furniture (couch, chairs, table, loungers) and if it starts to get misty (it did once for about 10 minutes) you can just move to the covered side and still enjoy the view!

So the men went golfing (there’s a course about 20 minutes away) and us ladies and kids stuck around the house and as soon as it hit low tide we scrambled down to the shore to pick a bucket of oysters for dinner. This is my favorite part of the weekend on the canal. We picked oysters, turned over rocks and explored the crabs and sea-life. Our friends children (ages 2 and 4) had a blast! After hanging out on the beach for a few hours we headed back in for lunch and naps! For dinner we roasted up the oysters we picked on the very nice, very big BBQ.

Ok – now I have to tell you about this boat house. Since our friends have the two kids and it made sense for them to have the two bedrooms in the main house – so we stayed in the boat house – and oh-my-gosh – we LOVED it! Big, comfy bed, large windows, bathroom with shower, deck on the front and about 30 steps from the main house. It was the most perfect hide-away I could have ever imagined.

Sunday we lingered as long as we could – not wanting to go home. We took the kayaks out on the water, picked a few more oysters, relaxed on the deck…. I think about our friends and getting to share the weekend with them at Giggle Fish and what wonderful memories we made...how could I not share?

  • Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA
2

Good property with very creepy management

  • 2 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very unhelpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I do not recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We booked a 4 night family vacation at this property with 6 adults and 3 babies/toddlers. The first red flag that there was something wrong with the management came immediately after our arrival. Due to work obligations and other circumstances, the 6 adults arrived in 5 separate cars just after 4 pm on Saturday. Within 10 minutes, we received a phone call from someone associated with the property (Callie?) who stated the "housekeeper" had just happened to drive by and noticed that there were 5 cars in the parking area and they wanted to make sure we were not exceeding the 6 adult limit. We assured her that we were not. We thought the call was a bit strange, but didn't let it bother us too much. On the third day, we returned to the property after a day hike in the Olympics to find a suspicious and quite rude elderly "appraiser" who was taking pictures of the property through the fence. We found this to be very odd and after a terse conversation with him, he drove off. A few minutes later, we received an email from the management company offering a "friendly reminder" that they do not allow tents in the yard because it makes it seem that there are more than 6 people staying there. The email also asked us to reconfirm that we did not have more than 6 adults. We did have 2 small sun shades in the yard to protect the babies' skin during the hot days, but we did not have any tents and by that time were down to 5 adults due to an early departure and we replied to the email to that effect. However, the bigger question in our minds was how did the management know that there were sun shades in the yard? The property has a large fence separating it from the highway, so unless you are peeping through the fence you can really only see the yard from the neighbor's house and from the water. Is the property under constant surveillance? Who was the mysterious "appraiser" who didn't seem to know anything about local real estate? It all seemed very creepy t

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 5 stars for Giggle Fish, but 2 for the grumpy Mason County Appraiser. Yep, that was indeed the County Assessor doing his job (which happens once every 6 years). No one fitting that description works at VR365. If he wouldn’t have worked that day, this review would be different. The housekeeper saw tents because the gate door was open when she drove by (as they returned from the Olympics). That’s why we emailed because we didn’t know if they were indeed tents. We manage 22 properties and have worked with hundreds of guests who’ve consistently given us an A+ rating in guest customer service. Our mission is to make everyone happy. I’ve apologized several times to Emily for the confusion. I’m happy they were able to enjoy the Olympics and sunny weather at beautiful Giggle Fish.
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Seattle, WA
5

Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was more than helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We stayed at the Giggle Fish house with 2 other couples and had an amazing time. The house is very well decorated and equipped, and the view is fantastic. The location from downtown Hoodsport is perfect, far enough away to be quiet, but a quick drive if you need anything. I highly recommend this home, it was perfect for our visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer, We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed all the amenities Giggle Fish has to offer and the beautiful waterfront location of the home. Thank you for recommending the home to others and we hope to have you stay with us again soon! - VR 365 Manager
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4

Wonderful Olympic Waterfront Experience

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Our stay in the Giggle Fish home was the highlight of our Pacific Northwest vacation. Our family loved the beautiful views including seals and the cute little 1 bedroom boat house. We collected oysters on the beach and the kids loved the kayaks. The owners have made the most of their amazing outdoor areas -- lounge chairs, outdoor sitting areas, and a great firepit. Gigglefish is simply wonderful! We had a bit of confusion with the housekeeping at checkout but the management company resolved it quickly. For those planning to make Gigglefish the base for their explorations of Olympic National Park, although it is a beautiful location, it is 3-4 hours drive from the Olympic Nat'l Park highlights (Ho Rain Forest and Hurricane Ridge). There are some Olympic NP trails within a 15 minute drive, but to get to the north or west side of the park is a very long slog. Choose Giggle Fish if you want to experience what relaxed Washington 'coastal living' is like.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeffrey, Thank you for your glowing review! To clarify, the South “Staircase” entrance of The Olympic National Park is just up the hill from Giggle Fish (WA-119). It’s really too bad they didn’t know. It’s beautiful. The guest information book on site has all this information. We’re also available anytime. Vacation Rental 365 - Derek
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4

Sisters and Spouses Get Away

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was more than helpful.

The vacation rental was very clean.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Six adults travel every other year for a getaway together. This year was Giggle Fish. It is a beautiful setting with lots of opportunities for amazing experiences. Off the deck we watched seals each morning, saw rainbows almost daily, and campfires each night.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review! We couldn't be more pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Giggle Fish and were able to experience all best the area has to offer up close and personal. We hope you will come back and visit us at Giggle Fish again soon! - VR Manager
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5

Our stay

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was very clean.

I was very happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We had a great time as usual! It's our 2nd year here and just love the view!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to have you stay with us for the second year in a row! Giggle Fish is an awesome property with spectacular views and we are so glad to hear you had another great experience with us there. Thanks again and see you soon! - VR 365
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Hood Canal isn't realllllllly a canal, but a glacier-formed fjord which carved 60 miles along The Olympic Mountains. The mountains skyrocket 7,000 feet straight up from Hood Canal, creating a majestic, breathtaking backdrop. The clear waters provide world-class salmon fishing, crabbing, clamming and shrimping and miles of pristine shoreline for kayakers, divers, beachcombers, boaters and lovers of nature.

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Amenities

Hoodsport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 King beds, 1 Queen bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling

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