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Anderson House at Oro Bay - Historic Waterfront Inn

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Space 4,533 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms + Den, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13, Puget Sound Waterfront Estate

Welcome to Anderson House

Anderson House at Oro Bay is a vacation rental home located on Anderson Island in the south Puget Sound region of Washington State. Nearby cities include Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Chambers Bay and Steilacoom. It is 10.4 Miles (including the 20 minute ferry ride)to Chambers Bay Golf Course which is home to the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament and about a 2.5 hour drive from Portland, Oregon.

A short 20 minute ferry ride from Steilacoom on the mainland, Anderson Island is a wonderful retreat from everyday cares without the crowds of other Puget Sound islands. The Steilacoom ferry terminal is approximately 32 miles south of SeaTac International Airport.

Anderson House is owned by the Randy Anderson family, descendents of early Island pioneers Elsie & Erik Andersen. It was previously operated as a Bed and Breakfast Inn, and has been featured in Northwest Best Places, as well as Sunset and Puget Sound magazines.

This historic waterfront Scandinavian style farmhouse has a unique and peaceful setting on 20.86 acres, overlooking Oro Bay. The house has been completely renovated and updated in classic farmhouse style. Each room offers tranquil bay, garden or pastoral views. The expansive front porch is an ideal place to enjoy the view, read a book or rock your cares away as bald eagles soar above the tall fir trees and the bay. A private dock provides access to kayaks and small boats at high tide. The property features expansive flower and vegetable gardens. Cows can be seen grazing lazily in the adjacent pastures or next to the picturesque barn.

Anderson House is the ideal location for families and friends to gather for special occasions. It has been used for small business seminars, and creative retreats. Anderson House and property are not available for weddings or large parties of any kind. Children with adult supervision are welcome. No pets, no smoking and no RV parking or camping is allowed on the property. Our caretaker lives in the home adjacent to the property, should guests have questions during their stay.

The House sleeps a maximum of 13 people. Overnight guests are restricted to no more than 13 people (including children). No more than 25 people are allowed on the property at any time.

The first floor of the house offers a formal living room with a wood burning fireplace and satellite TV / DVD player; a large farm style kitchen; a formal dining room with seating for 13; a den with two twin “toe to toe” beds, TV and attached full bathroom; a laundry room equipped with washer and dryer; and a powder room. The home is equipped with wireless Internet access and a land-line telephone for local calls.

The second floor has four queen size bedrooms, each with their own attached full bathroom (3 with shower, 1 with tub). One bedroom also has a twin daybed for sleeping.

The third floor playroom has one double bed with a half bathroom.

The bright kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, dishes, glassware, pots and serving dishes. Appliances include a Subzero refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, gas & halogen cook top stove, microwave and electric convection oven. The large, round breakfast table seats 6, and is a great place to hang out and keep busy cooks company. Conveniently located outside the kitchen is a gas grill for barbecuing.

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Erin Anderson McClun
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Erin Anderson McClun

Anderson House is owned by the Randy & Bettymae Anderson family, descendents of early Island pioneers Elsie & Erik Andersen. Randy grew up spending his summers on the Island working on the original family homestead farm. Bettymae became enchanted with the Island upon her first visit back in 1946 and as Randy puts it, 'I was not sure if it was me or the Island she loved more!'

Erin Anderson McClun purchased this farmhouse in 1985

Why Erin Anderson McClun chose Washington State

Bettymae,an accomplished artist and writer, restored the home and gardens completely in 1985. It was formerly operated as a Bed and Breakfast Inn and served as a base for many creative endeavors. The Anderson Family is now happy to offer the entire home for other families and friends to enjoy.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Anderson Island is truly a hidden gem in the Puget Sound. Anderson House is a perfect place to restore ones spirit and creativity, connect with friends and celebrate family.


Pierce County Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4533 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 1st Floor Powder Room -
    1st Floor Den 'Toe to Toe' Bathroom - combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    2nd Floor Bedroom#1 Private Bathroom - shower
    2nd Floor Bedroom#2 Private Bathroom - shower
    2nd Floor Bedroom#3 Private Bathroom - shower
    2nd Floor Bedroom #4 Private Bathroom - shower
    3rd Floor Playroom/Bedroom #5 Bathroom -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom #1 - 1 queen , 2nd floor with private shower bathroom
    Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , 2nd floor with private shower bathroom
    Bedroom #3 - 1 queen , 2nd floor with private tub bathroom
    Bedroom #4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor with private shower bathroom
    Bedroom #5 - 1 double , 3rd floor - off playroom with half bath
    Den/Bedroom #6 - 2 twin/ single , 1st Floor Den 'Toe to Toe' beds with private tub/shower bath
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Anderson House at Oro Bay - Historic Waterfront Inn
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

Delightful house that my children and grandchildren loved. The home felt very nostalgic for me. I felt like I was going back in time visiting my grandmothers farmhouse. My little granddaughters loved naming the cows. (Blackberry and little Blackberry) Raven (the caretaker) and the Anderson's were very kind and accommodating. We couldn't have asked for a more picture perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Canyon Lake

Perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house at Oro Bay! It was perfect for a few families, with each bedroom containing it's own bathroom. The kitchen was extremely well stocked for our early Thanksgiving Dinner and the spread out areas allowed everyone to enjoy time the way they wished. Love, love, love!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casual Elegance in a Gorgeous Setting

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better experience at the Anderson House at Oro Bay. Not only is the house spacious, gorgeous, and inviting, but we had everything we could possibly need, including a gourmet kitchen. We enjoyed watching a pair of eagles nesting in the trees and taking walks in the woods and along the water. We didn't use the fireplace, but a fire had been thoughtfully laid out for us, ready to light. Every aspect of the house, from the beautiful architecture to the comfy furnishings to the lovely quilts and beautiful artwork made our stay extra special. We all agreed we would return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Stay at Anderson House on Anderson Island

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there in June of this year and enjoyed it very much. We were there with family (total of 13) to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We found the house and location to be all that we could have expected - even with a modest amount of rain which kept us indoors a couple times. It was, after all, June on Puget Sound! We did enjoy being in a house of an older era rather than a modern one.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City

Relaxing quality vacation home perfect for family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Anderson House at Oro Bay for our family of 12 adults arriving from 5 different states. The kitchen and dining room were outstanding as well as the bedroom suites. We had fresh salmon from the Seattle Pike Place Market and picked 2 quarts of blackberries along the road to make a black berry pie. We hiked in most of the parks on the Island including the private Anderson family Picnic Point. One of our highlights was feeding the cows in the field next to the house breakfast bagels with the couple who came to care for them.

On one of our treks back to the Island, we arrived 10 min before the ferry was to depart in lane 3. I ran down the hill to get tickets as the ferry was loading. We cheered as we were the second to last vehicle on the ferry. We made pop can fishing poles and caught and released silver dollar size crabs along the shore. Our family played pickle ball on the courts on the Island and enjoyed a meal at the Island restaurant. We were able to donate some of our extra food to shoppers at the Island General Store who were happy to get it.

The owner answered all of our questions and the on site care taker, Raven, was a wonderful hostess.The history on the Island and home were interesting for us to learn. The home was well equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay in the many conversation spaces! Thank you for sharing this wonderful home with our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing beyond words!

  • 5 of 5

This property was simply amazing. We rented the house for a 50th birthday celebration and what a delightful party! The house was very comfortable and quite accommodating. Large rooms and plenty of space to have little gatherings or one big gathering. We had our big dinner around the lovely dining room table after spending most of the afternoon on the front porch playing games and sitting in the rocking chairs enjoying each other's company. I can't say enough about how easy it was to work with Erin and Raven. We were lucky to rent in the off season but the house rules were quite reasonable and great for our group of over middle agers. The houses gardens and path made for some nice early morning walks, exploration and contemplation. With ample parking (always a concern for some of our group) we didn't have a care. As islander's ourselves, we appreciate the diligence that Erin and Raven showed in helping us get the reservation and get settled.

If you want my opinion, any group of seasoned adults would be missing out if they didn't consider this house for a weekend or week stay.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Anderson Island Ferry Dock
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Riviera County Club
Nearest Train
11.5 Miles
Amtrack Tacoma Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Riviera Lakeshore Restaurant
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Family Owned Picnit Point (Private)
Car: recommended

The Island offers many recreational activities. By special arrangement to our guests, access is available to the Anderson family privately owned “Picnic Point” on the west side of the Island. The private, old growth timber hiking trail leads to the beach for beach combing, clam digging or, what else – picnics!

Anderson House is adjacent to well-designed Anderson Island Park trails that allow hikers to cross the Island and explore beaches both on the west and east sides of the Island. The sleepy Island roads are ideal for bicycling or long walks. Golf privileges are available to our guests at the Island nine-hole Riviera Country Club. The Tacoma and Oro Bay Yacht clubs are located just across Oro Bay from Anderson House. Swimming is available at “the Ole Swimming Hole” park located on Lake Josephine, one of two fresh water lakes on the Island. There are tennis and volleyball courts, as well as playground facilities on the Island. Massage services are available on the Island.

The Anderson Island Historical Society’s “Johnson Farm Museum” is a wonderful place to visit and get a feel for Island life and its early pioneers. It is host to the annual Salmon Bake, summer band concerts, autumn Apple Squeeze and various lectures throughout the year.

Groceries and general goods are available at the Island General Store. Dining is offered at the Lakeshore Restaurant and the Island Coffee Shop. Catering services are available on the Island.

Nearby off-island attractions and day trips include: golfing at the Chambers Bay Golf Course which will be home to the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament, Point Defiance Zoo and Park, The Museum of Glass, Seattle’s Pike Street Market and Space Needle, shopping in Bellevue Square, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and Mt. Rainer National Park.


Rates & Availability

Pierce County Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Summer 2017
Jun 29 2017 - Sep 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2017 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017/2018 New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Low Summer 2018
May 28 2018 - Jun 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
High Summer 2018
Jun 15 2018 - Sep 10 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

Cancellation Policy
$100 cancellation fee for all cancellations.
Full refund of deposit (less $100 cancellation fee) will be made if cancellation is received in writing 90 days prior to arrival date.
No refund will be made for cancellations less than 90 days (150 days for 2015 U.S.Open) prior to arrival date, unless the house can be rented for the same time period and rate as reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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