4 bed, 2 bath home w/ beach access. Couples discount avail non holidays Sep-June
Fun family of four - Yvonne, Ron, Wyatt and Wilhelmine (Willie). We live and work in the Seattle area and love coming to Ocean Shores for weekend and holiday escapes. We turned our home into a vacation rental to cover costs and all profits go to helping us send our oldest child to college. In the process, we have discovered all the positives of helping travelers have an amazing weekend or vacation experience. We make a lot of really nice connections with people and their families.
Yvonne purchased this House in 2015
Why Yvonne chose Ocean Shores
We bought this property for the beautiful, quiet and very private natural surroundings and easy access to the beach. This is a great spot to bird watch and listen to the waves out on the deck. The house is close to the spectacular beauty of the Olympic Peninsula and Rain Forest. We also love to cozy up in front of the fireplace with a good book or movie.
What makes this House unique
Privacy, quiet and nature surround this property - making it a relaxing retreat. Somehow this home remains warm and cozy, but still easily accommodates a family gathering of up to 10 for a gourmet meal. We have a well-appointed kitchen for preparing any kind of meal. If cooking is not your thing, it's a short drive into town for some local seafood or a Celtic feast at Galway Bay. In addition to our cozy fireplace, we have over 200 DVDs in our library for all ages to enjoy.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Fun at the beach
Spent Labor Day weekend for a friends reunion at Ocean Shores. Had a great time. This house is in a great location with easy access to the beach by car or a short 10 minute walk, and a short drive from town. The house definitely showed some heavy use but was clean and comfortable. If I had to share one piece of constructive criticism from a guy that does quite a few VRBOs each year is that there are WAY too many house rules. I can’t imagine managing a home like this and the variety of guests that use the home but having rules like, no shoes in the house, what type of jeans you can wear on the furniture and extra charges for data usage is a little over the top. That said, Yvonne the owner was great to deal with and has a beautiful property.
Your review seems a little out of character with the communications we had before your visit. I have reached out to you directly to discuss specifics of your visit to try to understand what we could have done better. As with every one of our visitors, I provided you with detailed and timely information about what to expect, plus a freshly clean house to make sure your vacation was easy and comfortable. I understand free time spent with friends and family is precious and often hard to schedule, so I take this quite seriously. I was happy to read you and your friends enjoyed your visit.
It is disappointing to read you felt our rules to be extreme. But, I do want to point out you would have seen them up front in our listing and you do always have the option to choose to book with someone else when you do not believe a home is going to be a good match. Please take into account, our rules are in place so we can ultimately protect our ability to keep the house in excellent condition for each and every one of our guests. Rules are not really one size fits all and some have been added to address very specific issues we have encountered with other guests. You did not incur any internet overages and we did not keep any part of your deposit, but our ability to bill only the guests that incur overages does help us keep the rates down for everyone. It is true, we do ask guests to leave their sandy shoes in the entry and we do that to keep the rest of the house smelling clean and not like a wet sandy beach.
All that said, should you find yourself back in the area and think you would like to stay with us again, let me know ahead of time what you feel we could do to get your 5 star recommendation.
-Yvonne, Owner Operator
Expectations: some hit, some missed
The living room, kitchen, deck, and upper stairs bedroom were fully met our expectations. The downstairs (bed room 2 and 3) are ready for new beds, and a freshening on the furniture. Bedroom 4 only has one window with a screen, and the door outside needs a screen door so you can get cross ventilation on a sunny day and lucky us we had wonderful weather.
Based upon the very large damage deposit we expected all the rooms to be on par with the living room. As advertised they have a huge collection of DVD's, so many that storage space for the guest is at a premium.
The woods are wonderfully green, but a warning of the sand burrs would have been appreciated especially before our 5 and 7 year old's headed out to the grass in there bare feet.
We paid the required fee for early check in and were able to do that, but we found the dishwasher with dishes, and the payment method for the early access fee required by the owners resulted in an addition fee on our card.
The owners were responsive and checked in with us. If it had been a little more proactive (re the sand burrs) it would have been even better.
All in all, we had a good time, but the opportunity for a great time seemed to be missed.
Dick, I am surprised to read your public review comments about my home. Your experience seems very different from our many other guests. There were several times during your visit when you contacted me so I am not sure why you did not mention this long list of issues at that time. The dishes left drying in the dishwasher allowed your family the extremely early check-in you requested, and which we accommodated.
It is a fact that the home is next to the woods and this natural setting has many animals, insects and even some plants that sometimes require guests to use common sense to navigate and enjoy. Any sand burrs that were encroaching from the woods have already been removed - since you mentioned this in one of our conversations. It's unfortunate that none of the supervising parents thought to tell the small children to wear shoes to use the trail. I do need to mention that, like I did with you before your arrival, I openly ask all of my guests to communicate to me directly about anything damaged or not to their expectations when they arrive or before they leave, to help me maintain the property in the same condition as we expect it to be when we stay in the home ourselves and especially for our many guests. When that does not happen, there could be unknown issues that I am not then able to mention to new, incoming guests.
Our house photos are current and accurately depict the era of all of the furniture throughout the home. We have had no other complaints about the beds and compared to the rock-hard beds of Europe, I do believe mattress comfort is a matter of taste. We also provide fans to help keep the rooms cool when it gets hot in the summer.
Worth noting, you chose to do the higher damage deposit, in lieu of our insurance option, so I made sure to process your refund in full, on your check-out day. And, credit cards used by guests charge a standard 3% processing fee, which I have no control over. Guests do have an option to use e-checks if they wish.
We sincerely hope your family did enjoy your holiday spent together, in any case.
Wonderful Location and Home
We enjoyed a wonderful relaxing weekend with family! The home was awesome with everything we needed. We will definitely go back!
It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. We look forward to having you back!
Nice, bright house at the great location
Nice, clean, bright and private house at great location. Kids enjoyed short walk to the beach through the grassland. Would definitively stay again.
It is great to see you and your family enjoyed your visit! Thank you again for staying with us.
Property was clean and well cared for! The owner was accommodating to our individual needs! We were able to move in and feel like home, everything we needed was there!
Chrissy, we loved having you and your family! We hope to have you back soon. Thank you for the nice review.
Warm and inviteing!
Very nice well kept house cozy clean very well outfitted great location close to beach. The owners were very helpful and friendly would stay here again!
So happy you enjoyed the location and found our home comfortable. We hope to have you back soon.
Take advantage of the many local beaches. There is fishing and hiking as well as the potential of taking a day trip to the Olympic National Rain Forest.