Great Views of Forest & Sea - Cozy, Sunny, Waterfront Cottage
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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Vashon Island cottage description
This is the perfect vacation spot whether you're traveling thousands of miles or simply doing a stay-cation in Western Washington. Located on rural Vashon Island--situated strategically in Puget Sound between the cities of Seattle & Tacoma, this beautiful waterfront cottage allows you to soak up the rhythms of the forest & the sea and yet be close to the urban attractions of the area. Observe the rich bird life on land and the salmon, seals, porpoises and occasional whales as they swim & play in the waters at your front door.
The cottage is totally private from its neighbors but open to the sea. It has a cirque of large Douglas fir & Madrona trees to the north & east and is open to the view of Puget Sound, the Point Defiance Preserve and Gig Harbor to the south and southwest. All of the day rooms and one of the bedrooms afford views of the sound and of the ferry, Chetzemoka, which makes the run between Vashon and Pt Defiance each hour during the day. The cottage is hidden from the street above and affords wonderful privacy. At low tide you can cruise the beach and reward yourself with awesome views of Mt Rainier. Meteorologists will tell you that this sunny southern location gets an average of 10 inches less rain per year than the northern part of the island.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW AND READ WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS COTTAGE.
The 1100 sq ft cottage was completely renovated over the last several years and offers a two-level 600 sq ft deck, a beautiful bath and lovely bedrooms in addition to the charming kitchen, living & dining rooms. The waterfront is reached by descending the steps to the property’s bulkhead and stony beach. A beautiful 500 flagstone patio (500 sq ft) has recently been installed on the bulkhead of the property just above the beach.
During the day you can observe the hummingbirds, tanagers, herons, eagles & other seabirds, along with the plentiful sealife. At night listen for the sounds of the animals drifting across the silence of Puget Sound from the Pt. Defiance Zoo. Beyond its natural beauty, Vashon Island also offers a thriving arts community and everyday amenities such as an excellent supermarket, bakeries and numerous restaurants. This is truly a splendid spot where you can relax on the shores of Puget Sound but be close to everything on island and from Olympia to Seattle.
FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS Click on 'Slide Show' under 'LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION'.
Keywords: cottage,waterfront,views, sunny
- Vacation Rental
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Wood Stove:
- Parking Off Street:
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Massage Therapist
- Jet Skiing
- Theme Parks
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Horseback Riding
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Vashon Island is known for its arts & crafts and locavore (local food) movement. Characterized by a long New York Times article (April 1, 2012 Travel section) as a sort of 'Mayberry meets Burning Man' kind of place. Vashon never fails to surprise and delight in its cultural & lifestyle diversity!...moreless
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So happy and comfortable it was hard to leave
So happy and comfortable it was hard to leave
We are so happy and comfortable in this cottage that I don't think we will be able to leave. We have stayed at a lot of rentals in the U.S. (including two pleasant rentals on Vashon) and in France, where our work has taken us. We have never been happier or more comfortable than we have been here. The house is so welcoming. Paris and the great forests of Provence have their charms, but this feels like home. We wake up early in the morning, cuddle up on the window seat and watch the light change on the water and the ferry glide back and forth. Yesterday we saw two bald eagles playing their tricks. These two were quarreling over a fish, which they carried off over the house. The hummingbirds seldom leave; they are so close that we've been able to show our grandchildren the minute working of their throats as they get their tongues through their beaks into the feeder flowers, the difference in male and female markings and the territorial behaviors of the males. It's like being in a bird blind, except it's warm and cozy and we don't have to wear waders. The owners have obviously made so many ingenious (and labor-intensive!) modifications to the house, without changing its wonderful historic cabin charm. We have everything we could possibly need and everything works well. Thanks so much for all of the hard work. We're having such a happy and relaxing time. This home has given us a wonderful holiday.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 12/22/13
- Review Submitted 01/22/14
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car.
We loved staying in this cozy house. Great spot, great views, quality furnishings, friendly hosts. Even vacationing without a car is possible in this place with ferry and buses very handy. Highly recommended
- Guest Kim (Melbourne, Australia)
- Date of stay 08/13/12
- Review Submitted 02/09/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, tourists without a car.
Most relaxing vacation we've ever had
Most relaxing vacation we've ever had
My husband and I stayed with my mother in this cottage over the 4th of July week. It was the most relaxing vacation we've had in years. Not only is Vashon Island friendly and peppered with interesting local eateries, the farmer's market is fantastic. There are even local wineries that you can drive or bike to, and carry all of your new bottles home to the cottage. We spent most of our days grilling and enjoying the sunsets on the deck. However, one day we rustled ourselves up from the comfy lounge chairs and went Kayaking. A friendly neighbor kayaking by said hello, and let us borrow a kayak! (this is how friendly people are here!). We spent the next two hours Kayaking around the island. It was quite beautiful. The cottage also has a firepit near the water for those evenings you may want to spend watching the ferry go bye with a glass of wine. One of the best parts about the cottage are the bedrooms. The beds are so comfortable! I'm very picky about mattresses and linens, and the cleanliness and quality of the beds and beddings is very nice. Rest assured, you will get a fabulous night's sleep in this place! What I also love about the cottage and what the owners have done is that they give you beautiful nature of the waterfront without taking away any modern amenities. You'll still be able to access high speed wi-fi, and they have a good flatscreen with cable for movies. There's also an adorable fireplace in the living room for this winter months. Another place where the amenities are apparent and the upgrades in the bathrooom. You can take a soak in the bath and relax, knowing that you're surrounded by greenery and privacy. I plan to return the cottage as often as I can. This island is one of those special places that you visit, you don't want to leave!
- Guest Sara (Oakland)
- Date of stay 07/04/12
- Review Submitted 01/09/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
I spent 2 weeks at this lovely cottage on the water on Vashon Island. It's located close to the Tacoma Ferry which I found to be a really neat experience. Watching it come in during the day and nite was lovely. The house had everything I needed, and since I like to cook they had supplied so many things you would ordinarily not find to accomplish that. The bedrooms were comfy, I had friends and family over and they thoroughly enjoyed it also. As it was winter I wasn't able to enjoy the outdoors but if it had been summer it would also have been great. The owner was totally available to answer any questions if needed to make my visit truly easy. Would rent again in a heart beat. Thanks
- Guest Pam (Montana)
- Date of stay 12/07/12
- Review Submitted 01/06/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
If you want to have an amazing treetop view of Puget Sound, this is the place for you! Whether lounging on one of two decks or window viewing from inside this cozy cottage, you will be drawn into the beauty and peace of this special place. On the second day of our three week stay, we were thrilled to sight an orca...then two...then 4!!! surface. We were graced with this magnificent show while sitting on the deck! Needless to say, we were charmed! If you want to experience owners who are welcoming, responsive and respectful of your stay, Bruce and Tom qualify! We delight in our memories and are grateful for the experiences offered us during our stay on Vashon Island
- Guest Dave & Joan1 (Marshfield, WI)
- Date of stay 02/03/10
- Review Submitted 02/03/10
There just are no right words. We rented this cottage for an entire month and never wanted to leave. It was comfortable, private, tidy, nicely decorated, and perfectly situated on the "quiet" end of the island--- right on the shore so we could watch the ferry glide past during the daytime. Pride of ownership is apparent everywhere on this property, but particularly in the outdoor spaces. Two large decks overlook the water and they are beautifully adorned with potted plants and flowers as well as comfortable deck furniture.Vashon is special and this cottage is even more so. We can't wait to return!
- Guest Jill & Bill (Tucson, AZ)
- Date of stay 10/28/09
- Review Submitted 10/28/09
My daughter, sister and myself stayed in this cottage for a week in July. I have never had such a peaceful vacation. If you want to get away relax, read and just look at the beautiful surroundings, this is the place for you. It has everything that you could possibly want from a dishwasher, laundry facilities and a great kitchen. We spent alot of time on the deck day and night looking out on the Peugeot Sound. My favorite spot in the house is the window with the bed. I spent many a night with my laptop looking out the window at the beautiful sunsets. Vashon Island is great. Lots of nice places to eat and a well stocked grocery store. We picked up fresh veggies from the farmer's market every day for our dinner. I am already wishing I was back there. You wont be disappointed if your looking for a beautiful relaxing vacation. We are already looking forward to going back hopefully next summer.
- Guest Lila M. (Fullerton, California)
- Date of stay 09/16/09
- Review Submitted 09/16/09
This cottage has come to feel like our home away from home. We have stayed for a month the last 3 years and plan to stay again this year. The house is perfect -warm and cozy and surrounded with such beauty. Our children have named the Heron that lives in one of the trees. We have watched sailboat races, migrating salmon and whales and of course the ferry from the wonderful decks. The island has beautiful beaches, hikes, places to swim and perfect bike rides. We can't think of anywhere we would rather be!!!!
- Guest The Latiolaits (Pasadena, CA)
- Date of stay 03/17/08
- Review Submitted 03/17/08
What can I say but that this cottage is THE PERFECT place to relax and get away from it all! The interior has a rustic, warm and comfy feel throughout. The modernizations and upgrades made over the years have been done masterfully to preserve the original cottage ambiance.Our favourite part is reading or napping in the wood-paneled sleeping nook that has a full view of the water and across to Tacoma's Pt. Defiance park.The spacious kitchen is well stocked with utensil and gadgets. The island has a fairly wide variety of restaurant to chose from, but if you like to cook, there's a fantastic market in town, replete with local organic produce, rare cheeses, artisan breads and a superb wine selection that you will want to bring back to the cottage and make a wonderful feast of all the northwest bounty, served al freco on the large terrace off of the dining room.The built-in bookcases are stocked with interesting books but If you feel the need to access the outside world, the cottage has a free WiFi internet and lovely LDC TV with DCD player. When you’re at this cottage, you won’t want to leave! It’ truly a bit a heaven on earth. I can’t wait to return!
- Guest Steve and Brad (Montr?al, QC, Canada)
- Date of stay 03/06/08
- Review Submitted 03/06/08
We just returned from this cozy cottage on the South side of Vashon Island and felt compelled to underscore the highlights of our wonderful six night stay before Christmas. Location, location, location! The views from this cottage perched above the sound give one the feeling of being in a treehouse with all the modern amentities of a vacation cottage. We opened and closed our days with spectaculars views from almost every window, (even a view from the antique claw footed tub in the wonderfully rennovated bathroom). Some of these views included a wide variety of bird life, a sea otter and pods of Orca whales seen from a Tahlequah ferry excursion. The ferry is located just down the hill from the cottage and quietly qlides to and fro adding to the serene vantage point found in a small, cozy, window box style day bed. In addition to the comfort and relaxation experienced at the cottage the island of Vashon has much to offer - kind, compassionate, helpful residents, a winery, a great downtown coffee house, bakery and well stocked grocer. We will return again with great anticipation!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 01/09/05
- Review Submitted 01/09/05
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May 31 - Jun 30, 2014
4 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2014
4 night min stay
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2014
3 night min stay
Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
3 night min stay
Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2015
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
-The house has an absolute overnight capacity of four (4) people.
-Stays of four days or fewer will have a $90 cleaning fee added.
-For winter/spring pricing 2014, contact owner/manager
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $350
- Taxes Not included
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- Nearest Airport: Seattle-Tacoma at 24 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Tahlequah-Pt Defiance at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Clam Cove at Vashon Island
- Nearest Golf: Vashon Country Club at 10 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Anthony's at Pt Defiance (by ferry) at 1.7 Miles
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: I've been living in Western Washington state for most of the last 30 years. In my family, we've always loved the feel of islands. In the summer, my siblings and I are all living surrounded by water in places as various as eastern Canada and the Big Island of Hawaii. For me there's no place better than Vashon.
Why the Owner Chose Vashon Island:
When I first set foot on the property a friend was living here. As I sat on the steps going down to the water, soaking up the sun, breathing in the sea air and taking in the view, I thought the spot an absolutely perfect getaway. I still do. And our guests always remind us about just how special it really is.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Lots of beautiful outdoor spaces--some of which are very private.
- Primary: (206) 499-5566 (Washington, USA)
Links to more information:
Private sunny deck w/ great water views--see slideshow at 'Links to more info'
Cozy livingroom with wood-burning stove & views of Puget Sound
New waterfront patio w view of Dalco Pass to Pt Defiance. Steps to stony beach
Master bedroom very private w/ cathedral ceiling and skylights that open (2012)
Cozy daybed affords view of sound, ferry, bird life no matter the season.
Well-equip. kitchen w/skylights, GE Profile stove, D/W & everything for the cook
Great afternoon light reaches into the living room almost all the year.
Summer view of deck from house has tree house feel and effusive flowers in pots.
Daybreak on Pt Defiance Park as seen from cottage.
Sunny-stormy day as seen from the house.
Water side of house on a sunny winter's day.
Beautiful waterfront flagstone patio completed spring of 2013 (500 sq ft) Landscaping added subsequent to photo.
Puget Sound Views fr living, dining, den, kitchen, office and one of the bedrms
Cozy living room has woodstove, seating for five, flat-screen TV & DVD player.
Traditional country bath & shower and double sinks
Classic country kitchen open to dining & sitting area, incl d/w & great cookware
Kitchen's GE Profile stove/convection oven-one of the many tools for avid chef
Summer view from decks: Dalco strait, Pt Defiance & Gig Harbor five mi distant
Looking up from lower deck to upper deck w/ cirque of trees beyond. Clematis, geraniums & other flowers & shrubs on both decks.
View from living room of fog bank across Dalco strait in autumn.
View of house from lower deck at dusk in winter.
Morning winter view from deck. Deck receives great sun late AM & afternoon.
Latest addition. New deck at top of stairs to waterfront. It's bathed in sun when other outdoor spaces are in shade.
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