WE DO HAVE HIGH SPEED CABLE INTERNET AND FREE WIFI.
This amazing custom home was designed and built for the actor Shephard Houghton and his wife in 1984. They would spend four or five months here each summer. In Shep’s memoirs he writes “It’s a beautiful home, with a view of sea and forest and [the public beaches in the Hoodsport area offer] lots of oysters, clams, shrimp, and salmon”. Shep appeared in silent films as a youngster, and went on to appear in such films as “Gone with the Wind”, “Showboat”, “Red Badge of Courage”, “Hello Dolly”, “Hindenburg”, and TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Kojac”, and “star Trek”, among others, before retiring in 1976. He was well-liked for his personality and work ethic and befriended quite a few Hollywood legends along the way. Framed posters of some of his work are hanging in the game house. His memoirs can be found on the coffee table in the living room.
There is just so much to enjoy about this house! Cook up a family meal in the large kitchen (while enjoying canal views), rest on one of the 2 large decks. Play pool, darts, ping-pong, or Donkey Kong in the private game house attached to the house. Put in your kayak at the county rock wall below the house (kayaks not provided). Or just explore the steeply terraced property to enjoy the wide open views of the Hood Canal. (There is a fig tree, plum tree, grape vine, and strawberry patches on the property, all offering fruit during their season.)
Of course, the Olympic National Forest is at your door and Lake Cushman is just 5 miles away. There is hiking, boating, sightseeing, fishing, shellfish harvesting, hunting, shopping, etc., all within minutes of the house. There are even a few popular Casinos just a short distance south on Highway 101.
Looking to harvest shellfish? There is no shellfish harvesting available at the Deckhouse. Visit one of several local public beaches along the Hood Canal at low tide. Lilliwaup State Park beaches are just ½ mile away, and Hoodsport just 5 minutes away. Another shellfish harvesting area not far is Potlatch state park to the south. Local laws and ordinances must be observed. Some, but not all, of those ordinances include: Oysters must be harvested during proper seasons, only on public harvesting beaches, by hand, and shucked on site and shells left where found. Anyone over age 15 must have a license to harvest any shellfish or to fish. Each harvester must have their own bucket. There are strict limits on number each person can harvest, too complicated to outline here. Please check Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife “recreational shellfishing” website for easy to follow rules. Also, please visit "Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Information" online for hourly biotoxin safety updates. Again, there is no shellfish harvesting available at the Deckhouse. Neighbors plan to prosecute people who trespass/harvest shellfish at the beaches below our house. It is a crime. Don’t do it. The entire cove, beachfront and bulkheads, below our house is off-limits to harvesting. This includes the bulkheads to the left and the crescent beaches to the right, as well as the tidewaters of the county park where the fire ring is.
We do allow short stays, so if you are traveling up the coast and just need a place to rest your head for the night you'll find brand new beds and clean fresh sheets await you. The master bathroom has a huge, elegant shower. The other large bathroom, next to the king size bedroom, has a huge bathtub with a removable shower head. The shower head can be used on the wall or held in the hand. The bathroom by the living room is a 1/2 bath. The bathroom on the ground floor is a 1/2 bath.
Our home will sleep up to 10 people comfortably, depending on the number of couples and kids. Only bring the number of people you booked for. There is a bedroom with queen bed, a bedroom with king bed, a loft with 4 twin beds, a full size futon on the ground floor in the office area adjacent to the washer/dryer, and a queen size sleeper sofa in the game house. The following group types will be comfortable here:
-- 4 couples
-- up to 6 parents and up to 4 kids total, or 4 parents and 6 kids
-- up to 8 parents with no more than 2 kids total
-- Up to 8 adults
LIMIT NUMBER OF ADULTS IS 8 TOTAL. PERIOD.
LIMIT NUMBER OF CHILDREN IS 6 TOTAL. PERIOD.
The kitchen is large and well stocked with pots, pans, dishes, small appliances, blender, mixer, microwave, coffeemaker, dishwasher, etc. Guests provide their own food. We also supply the towels, shampoo, body wash, washer and dryer, laundry and dish detergents and beach towels.
THINGS WE WISH WE DIDN’T HAVE TO SAY, BUT WE DO:
The neighbors’ beaches are not included in this rental. Please don’t treat them as an extension of our property. The beach our guests can access is the rocky beach directly below our property on the grassy wedge of land owned by the county. It is rocky but provides access to the water for kayaks or to enjoy the water- but no shellfish harvesting allowed. If you are looking for a place to raid private oyster beds to fill your buckets keep looking and book somewhere else. It is a crime which our neighbors plan to prosecute.
This is not a party house. This is not an event house. This is not a book-10-but-invite-everyone-you-know house. “Unexpected” guests are still guests. Daytime guests are still guests. Evening guests are still guests. “But they didn’t sleep here!” If they were on the property they’re guests. If you're looking for a place to bring more than 10 people, please keep looking. You'll annoy the neighbors, forfeit your deposit, likely incur additional expenses beyond your deposit, and earn a negative review. If, when the cleaning company shows up, the house looks like a frat house on Sunday morning you will be charged for additional cleaning and dump fees.
We have a security camera facing the front and rear entrances. You'll be recorded as you come and go.