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.
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. 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 (but not in the neighborhood directly below 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 or water access available at the Deckhouse but there are public areas just minutes away. 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 beautiful 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. Again, there is no shellfish harvesting available at the Deckhouse. The entire cove, beachfront and bulkheads, below our house is off-limits to harvesting and water access. 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. Kayaks can be put in from the rocky bulkhead of the small county park below the house.
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 12 people. Please review and understand the bed availability here. We want everyone to be as comfortable as possible. Some of the bed situations have limited privacy. 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 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. There is no beach or water access in the neighborhood below our house. Although kayaks can be put in from the rocky bulkhead of the small county park below our house. (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.)
Please only bring the number of people you booked for. 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 12 people, please keep looking. The house layout won't accommodate more than 12 comfortably.