Waterfront cottage on Butler's Cove off Budd Bay in South Puget Sound near Olympia. Cottage sits 13 feet from water's edge. Boat, swim at high tide; beach comb at low tide. Quiet, wooded acre setting where you may spot deer, bald eagles, blue herons and other wildlife and birds. 27 steps (cement) with handrail down from the parking area to the house.
Perfect location for visitors to The Evergreen State College or to the State Capitol. Great option for a romantic get away or for a family vacation. Cabin is five minutes from west Olympia (where you will find Skep `n Skein Pub, Vic's Pizza, grocery stores, food co-op, shopping, restaurants, plus movie theaters and shopping at Capitol Mall), and ten minutes from downtown Olympia (live theatre, waterfront boardwalk, marinas, Hands On Childrens' museum, restaurants, Fish Brewery/Brew Pub, and the State Capitol campus).
Good base for visits to Washington coast and Olympic Peninsula, as well as Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier.
My family has owned this waterfront cottage since 1982. We lived there full time for 11 years before building a larger house to accommodate out growing (now grown) children. We continue to vacation at the cottage, hold family gatherings, or just go over for a walk on the beach or for a outing in the boat. We live not far away from the cottage so if you need anything while you are there, have questions, need directions or referrals, etc., we are usually nearby to be of assistance. The cottage is set up like a home and you will be quite comfortable there.
Deborah Pattin purchased this cottage in 1982
We fell in love with the property the minute we first saw it in June 1982. The cottage is nestled at the base of a hill on an acre of forested land. The road to the property is a windy country road that hugs a forested hillside. The second you drive onto the road, you feel the cooler temperature, smell the forest and the water. You give a relaxing sigh. Ah, relaxation. From the decks of the cottage, you are only 13 feet from the shore edge and you can watch the tides come in and out, and view the wildlife: deer, seal, blue heron and other sea birds, salmon, river otters and more. A wonderful place to relax.
Close to town but it feels like you are miles away. You can be downtown or at the State Capitol in 10 minutes, to The Evergreen State College in 5 minutes or less, and to Hwy 101 or Interstate 5 within 5 minutes, as well as to major grocery stores, shopping centers, service stations, movie and live theatres, pubs, restaurants, churches, museums, medical offices and the hospitals within minutes. But it feels like you are out in the country, in a quite, private retreat.
We were snug as bugs in a rug during the snow storm in February. It was great to have the cozy cabin to return to each evening during our 5 weeks on the job in Olympia.
The driveway view alone was beautiful. The trees and view of the inlet were perfect. Every day we saw a harbor seal and/or otters. The house was very clean, and we loved the fact that there were basics in the kitchen. There were spices and salad dressing, oils for cooking which was great because at our other homes on this trip we had to buy everything. It can add up real quick and then you have to toss it when headed home. The owner was very helpful and provided brochures and books on the area. We would like to stay here for a full month next time. There is also easy access to the Olympic peninsula and surrounding areas.
We loved every bit of it. The house is right on the water with beautiful views inside and outside. It was clean, with plenty of space for four people. We loved the cottage feel and definitely want to come back :)
Beach Cottage is very cozy, quaint, rustic, comfortable---a great get-away. Beautiful woodsy setting, but very convenient to Olympia and major shops. Four of us stayed here from July 3 to July 8, 2016. The second bedroom is a single bed, but there is a sofa bed. We were not crowded; the floor plan allows you to have your own space.
Pictures and descriptions are very accurate. Stairs from parking to the cottage are steep, something to consider if you have knee or back problems.
I would highly recommend the cottage to those who appreciate rustic qualities. Deborah answered all questions very promptly.
My family (three kids and hubby) absolutely loved our stay! Driving in we felt we were in the rainforest! Soo beautiful! It was so relaxing and the cottage had something for everyone. We played games that were provided and loved boating and finding huge jellyfish! Cottage is very cute and while not updated that is part of its charm:-) I only wish we had been able to use the great bbq on the ivy covered back patio!
Next time we will make it a longer stay! And owner was very helpful, responsive and lovely all around! Thank you!
The beach cottage was a pleasant alternative to Olympia hotels. Excellent location, and quiet. There was a musty smell upon first entering the cabin and visits by local shrews at night, but one needs to expect those living so close to nature and mud flats!
This a rustic cabin with lots of character on an inlet with lush forest surroundings. It's a quiet, restful escape from the city traffic noise and activity and yet is close to everything, and just a short, easy drive to downtown Olympia. The owners have provided just about everything you might need and Deborah was even kind enough to call me and let us know that the cabin was available early. It was fun watching the inlet fill below the house at high tide and slowly drain at low tide. A great place to just hang out and breathe.
Cottage is located on Butler Cove, a tidal saltwater cove off Budd Bay in south Puget Sound. Nestled in a wooded area, the cottage is less than 5 minutes from The Evergreen State College and only 10 minutes from the State Capitol and downtown Olympia. Butler Cove is a tidal area that empties to a stream at low tide and fills to the bulkhead at high tide.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 28 2016 - Sep 5 2016
1 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2016 - Dec 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$25 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
One night only stays incur a $25 cleaning fee.
Two night minimum stay for TESC graduation in June, and major holidays (New Years, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas). 2016 Summer rates are $140 night, $850 week with a MAXIMUM STAY OF TWO WEEKS (to allow for annually returning guests). 2015-16 fall, winter, spring rates are $130 night, $800 week, $1,900 monthly. Legislative discount of $1,700 during leg. session ($200 discount).
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.