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Waterfront Octagon House, Exceptional Views, South Puget Sound

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Study, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

NOTE: Please do NOT use the online booking until we have confirmed the reservations with you, and discussed the payment options. For direct contact, please call Todd -- the owner -- at: five-zero-three, nine nine seven, five seven eight eight. (sorry for spelling it out - VRBO deletes numerical phone numbers and email addresses).


'This is a first for us! Within 5 minutes - almost immediately, we felt at home here and settled in for a perfect 3-day getaway. There's a serenity to the space. Thank you for making it available to us! We hope to return.'

'Thank you so very much for allowing us the use of your home. The website does not do this house justice. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this place is. The unique design and setting were ideal for a relaxing getaway. Nothing compares to the view of the Olympics off of your fabulous deck. We enjoyed having the piano, conversation pit, study, well-stocked kitchen and all of the other items you have so graciously shared. We will look forward to returning one day.'

'Thank you for sharing your extraordinary home with our family. Everything about your place seemed welcoming and peaceful. I sense it was built with a great deal of love and a huge amount of generosity! We have been staying on this island for 30 years, and this was by far our family's favorite. ... This was a special healing time for us.'


Our unique 'Octagon' House with a large deck and sunken Fireplace and Conversation Pit is ideal for enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Set in the Northwest Forest, the house overlooks the south Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains to the west, with gorgeous sunsets and views of the activity on the Puget Sound.

Our home is located on Harstine Island, in the Hartstene Pointe community on the north end of the island. Harstine Island is a large, forested island near Shelton, Washington, accessible from Route 3 between Bremerton and Shelton. The island is very non-commercial, rural in nature, with abundant wildlife.

The Hartstene Pointe community is the largest on the island (about 400 homes), and offers a number of amenities available to all residents and guests. Harstene Pointe offers friendliness, security, and many amenities: beaches, picnic facilities, tennis courts, exercise area, heated spa and pool (summer only), trails, clubhouse with ping-pong, billiards, games, and a library. If you have a boat, there is a marina nearby and public launch facilities. Each home has its own secluded setting where you will feel very close to nature. Feel free to participate in the community and enjoy its amenities, or simply enjoy the solitude of our home and its setting. From the large covered deck you will see deer, raccoons, an occasional coyote, birds, and other wildlife up close, and the beautiful Olympic Mountains across the water.

Just inside is a large, open living and dining area with a conversation pit and massive stone gas fireplace: very cozy in the cooler weather. A grand piano is available, and the dining area can seat up to eight people. The Kitchen is fully stocked, not only with cookware and utensils, but also with a full range of staples that you are welcome to use. A gas stove, electric grill, microwave, toaster, and toaster oven provide a variety of cooking options.

Two bedrooms with individual baths are fully stocked with linens, pillows, and towels. The 'King Room' has a king bed, and the 'Queen Room' has - you guessed it - a Queen bed. The study looks out into the forest and over the water. It contains a desk with a wireless internet connection, Television, Audio/Video center with DVD, VCR, Radio, Cassette, and Roku, plus a comfortable reading area. There is a single mattress and frame in the closet that can be used for sleeping a fifth person.

Our home is ideal as a base from which you can explore the Olympic Peninsula, the old logging town of Shelton, picturesque Hood Canal, Fort Townsend, Olympia, Bremerton, and Tacoma. Seattle is accessible by ferry. Many people enjoy collecting clams, oysters, crabs, salmon, and other sea creatures, while others like to explore the mountains, trails, and 'rainforest' of the Olympic Peninsula. For the occasional nice meal out, we can recommend several excellent local restaurants.

Whether you are looking for a forest retreat, a base camp, or a variety of nearby activities, our home is an ideal choice.

Pet Owners: no pets, please

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
August 7, 2017

About The Owner

We love this house, and particularly the setting in the forest with the view. We enjoy sharing it with others, and have found that almost all of our renters over the years have been very respectful of the place, and leave very positive comments for us.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is our first trip to Harstee, even though we are Seattle-ites. The experience is one that I hope we can repeat soon. Your home is truly a refuge -- the books, music, view, accommodations, and especially the piano. The peace and quiet was absolutely wonderful!
Oct 2013
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Shelton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Study - 1 twin/ single , Single mattress or airbed in closet for 5th person
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), plus a single mattress or airbed in the study closet that can be placed on the floor for an extra person.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Conversation Pit, Grand Piano, Covered Deck with exceptional views, Fully stocked kitchen, Kitchen staples, Electric & Propane Grill, Toaster Oven, Toaster, Garbage Disposal, all linens & towels provided, Hairdryers, Full Laundry facilities, Cassette, radio, wireless internet connection


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Waterfront Octagon House, Exceptional Views, South Puget Sound
average rating of 5.0 based on 65 reviews

Amazing retreat with unbelievable views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay here. First of all Todd was great in answering all our questions prior to and during the stay. The views from the house and deck are spectacular!! We even saw a deer and 2 fawns while eating dinner on the deck!! The sunsets from the deck were jaw dropping. The cabin was spotless and well stocked with supplies. The island is perfect with hidden trails and picnic beach areas. The farmers market was a definite must do!! We were sad to leave this little slice of heaven. Thank you Todd for some amazing memories and photos!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A view with a house...the Octagon House

  • 5 of 5

Just as advertised. Scenic, quiet and clean with a view that gives you the pines, the water and the snow capped mountains.

The house was very unique and well-appointed. We even enjoyed the ride over the bridge every day and the security gate entrance.

Great price and definitely worth staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week, and wished it was a month, great place to stay, great hosts, great location, would stay here again,,,for sure

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place to relax and renew

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't do this lovely home justice, and that's really how we felt from the moment we arrived--at home. The property was exceptionally clean, scrupulously maintained, and generously stocked. The owners have thought of everything--from carefully labeling the light switches, to providing detailed, explicit instructions on how to light the gas-log fireplace, to generously leaving a well-stocked larder of staples (flour, sugar, couscous, arborio rice, herbs and spices) with instructions to "help yourselves." We spent hours a day sitting on the spacious deck, looking out over the Pickering Passage to the Olympics in the background and listening to the birds. The superb sound system was an unexpected pleasure, as was the treasure trove of jazz and classical CDs. We couldn't have asked for a more restful, relaxing, enjoyable vacation. Thank you, Todd and Lynne, for sharing your jewel of a home with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for providing this review. We appreciate it very much, and hope to see you again.
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Car: necessary

Within easy walking distance, Beachcombing, Crabs, Oysters, Clams, Clubhouse with Library, Games, Billiards, Fitness Center, Further afield are golfing, & the Unique Olympic Rain Forests


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

Reservations during June, July and August for fewer than 4 nights will be accepted if space is available, but only when booked within 45 days of your desired check-in date. Please inquire, as we will do our best to accommodate you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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