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Great Views of Forest & Sea - Cozy, Sunny, Waterfront Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

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, river otters, 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.


The 1200 sq ft cottage was completely renovated over the last several years and offers an array of outdoor living spaces, a beautiful bath and lovely bedrooms in addition to the charming kitchen, living & dining rooms. The side of the house has two sets of french doors which open onto two view decks (600 sf). There are numerous smaller viewing decks and a 500 sf patio at the water's edge. All these spaces feature comfortable, high quality outdoor furniture. You may never want to go indoors during your stay.

The stony beach is reached by descending a few steps from the property’s bulkhead. Fruit trees, grasses and landscaping have recently been added.

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.


Keywords: cottage,waterfront,views, sunny

More Details

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish, Limited French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 all live 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.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1989

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.

What makes this cottage unique

Lots of beautiful outdoor spaces--some of which are very private.


Vashon Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Great Views of Forest & Sea - Cozy, Sunny, Waterfront Cottage
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews

Mesmerizing views are unbeatable!

  • 5 of 5

This place has truly amazing views of ever-changing waters of the channel. We spent hours just gazing at the arriving or departing ferry and reflection of its lights in calm waters after dusk. Countless scores of various bird species were presenting awesome opportunities for bird watching right from the comfort of a reclining chair inside the house. Plenty of space for outdoor relaxation and beach combing at low tide. Stairs leading to the house and the beach are steep so some folks may find them challenging. The house itself is an aged seaside cottage and has a real charm of a bygone era. Its built-in daybed was an instant hit with my kids and its two bedrooms had plenty of space for all of us. I just wish a second bedroom had blinds to shield it from the morning sunshine – some people love it but if you like to sleep in it won’t work for you. And it would be awesome if it had a loveseat in the living room in front of a big window – reclining wooden chairs were comfy but left no chance for snuggling with a loved one or keeping a drink nearby. The internet connection was a bit flaky at times but still allowed us to view online TV and listen to streaming music. Kitchen could use some extra tools like a real bottle opener and a toaster but otherwise was well stocked. Overall we loved staying here and are looking forward to coming back in a future.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Waterfront Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 10 days in October and throughly loved every minute. The house is in a gorgeous setting, with multiple outdoor levels to enjoy it all. Although the water views are the star of the show, the flora, both wild and planted, are diverse and very interesting. We had some good weather, so we were able to chill on the lowest level, which is only 6-8 feet above the water. There is a fire pit down there too, which we used a couple of times. Watching the ferry come in and out every day became our pastime. The house is perfectly sized for 2 people, but we could have easily fit another couple. Everything was immaculately clean and tidy. The kitchen was well stocked with every implement you may need. Bruce is a gracious host who gave us some great tips. Vashon island is small, quiet, and very peaceful and this home was the perfect place to experience it. Highly recommended!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

This cottage is cozy and offers a beautiful southern view of water and Point Defiance. Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our long weekend at this VRBO site very much. It was private and quiet, yet we watched the ferry role in and role out which kept us from feeling isolated. The sparkling water view was so relaxing and the owner has created multiple outdoor rooms which are all very inviting. The dwelling itself still shows details from it's original cottage days but also has newer added spaces, all new windows and window frames, and very comfortable furnishings. They even have indoor and outdoor live potted plants, showing that this is a well maintained and loved property. We loved it too and plan to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Charming Cottage - we'll be back

  • 5 of 5

The views are wonderful, the cottage is charming and really nice, walking along the beach is great, and the ferry to Port Defiance Park is a stone’s throw away enabling you leave the car at home and to walk on and walk off. And when you aren’t actually using the ferry it’s fun to watch it come and go throughout the day. (We saw it crash into the ferry dock on one occasion.) Our host was very gracious and we’ll definitely want to come back again. Thanks, Bruce!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Restful, wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. It was comfy, personal,artistic, and we will definitely come again. And the window seat/bed, big enough for two to read on a rainy day while watching the ferries is great! For me the only challenge was the stairs both from the street down to the house and the long but beautiful stairs to the waterfront. If you have any hip or knee issues take this into consideration but for most people this only adds to the charm of the house. The decks are great with lots of comfortable outdoor seating. Vashon Island is very interesting with very good restaurants.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights in early March. It was super rainy so we weren't able to enjoy the outside patios however the views from inside are amazing. We enjoyed watching the ferries go back and forth right outside our window. There is also a humminbird feeder right outside a window of the little sitting area in the kitchen and it was lovely to drink coffee there in the AM and look for hummers. We cooked all of our meals in the nicely equipped kitchen and enjoyed the fact that there were even sharp knives to use. If you want a polished, new place, this is not the place for you. If you prefer a place with funky, comfortable charm you will love it here. Jana, Hanna and Janice

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Tahlequah-Pt Defiance
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Vashon Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Anthony's at Pt Defiance (by ferry)
Nearest Beach
Clam Cove
Car: recommended

Vashon Island is known for its arts & crafts and locavore (local food) movement. Characterized by a long New York Times article (March 30, 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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Damage Deposit $350

-The house has an absolute overnight capacity of 4 adults and/or children.
-For spring/fall pricing 2015, contact owner/manager

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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