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Sublime Port Townsend Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cozy, modern 2-3 bedroom cabin tucked away on 6.6 wooded acres

The world drops away as you drive up our .2 mile driveway and catch a glimpse of the striking modernist home through the trees. The house sits amid towering firs and dramatic madronas atop a low hogsback running through the 6 acre property. The only other building in sight is our barn about 200ft to the east, which is not part of the rental. Walking past the door to the house on the wraparound 600sqft deck, you’ll look down on our private meadow, perfect for frizbee, badminton, or just sitting by the fire pit with a guitar, your friends and family.

There are essentially two bedrooms, the master is conventionally configured with a queen bed, but the second bedroom has a sliding wooden wall, a full size futon on the first floor, and a sleeping loft with a full size bed, and adjacent rooftop atrium. Then there is what we call the 'Kid Ship'... This is a loft space built above the kitchen, with a full size futon- a huge favorite of our kids, and any adult willing to climb a ladder. It isn't suitable for kids under 7. My bedroom of choice is the sunken living room, which has curtains closing it off from the rest of the house, a large stone fireplace, 46' LED TV, 14' ceilings, tons of windows, and a queen size hide-a-bed couch.

If there are members of your party with mobility issues, the main floor, driveway and deck are all in the same plane, and there is a gently sloped road down to the meadow, which can be easily navigated in either a wheelchair or a vehicle. There are deer, colonies of Thatcher ants, Pacific tree frogs, coyotes, herons , ravens, owls, and woodpeckers making frequent appearances when you make a little time for them.

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Port Townsend Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Madrona - toilet , combination tub/shower , Floodlit tree outside the window gives this room it's name.
    Kitchen - toilet , Just off the kitchen, under the Kidship.
  • The tub in the Madrona bathroom is truly one of the highlights of the house. The tree outside the huge plate glass window is particularly spectacular on a rainy night. The kitchen bath at the opposite end of the house is more utilitarian, featuring a toilet and sink under the Kidship.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Crew's Quarters - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , First floor:queen futon, second: full size bed (new)
    Captain's stateroom - 1 queen , The mattress and box spring in this room are new!
    Kidship! - 1 sleep sofa /futon , full size futon in this kitchen loft, ladder access only!
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size hide-a-bed in this large, fabulous room!
  • The master bedroom features a queen bed, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, and private covered deck. It is immediately adjacent to the bathroom, and has it's own door The crew's quarters consist of a first floor room which can be closed off from the house with a sliding wall, have a loft with a full size bed, and an atrium. The kidship sleeps two on a futon in a cozy loft over the kitchen. The luxurious living room can be closed off from the rest of the house with curtains, and has a queen size hide a bed.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our place is at once rustic and elegant, intimate and expansive, an ideal getaway for groups with mixed interests: dining, shopping, lavender farms, wineries, day hikes/bikes/sails/trails and whale watching excursions all are within easy reach.


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Sublime Port Townsend Retreat
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
Arlington, VA

Great place for a family retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I from Virginia stayed in this cabin for a long weekend with our adult son and daughter and their "others" from Seattle, along with a couple of their aunts. There were places of interest for all to visit during the day, and peaceful surroundings to return to. The owner was very responsive to questions that I had.

There was plenty of room in the kitchen for several cooks, and then to clean up and gab after dinner. The table was not large enough for all of us, but there was a hidden table and chairs all folded up which we set up next to the dining table so we could all sit together. I'm just disappointed the weather was too cool to enjoy the large picnic table on the deck. We enjoyed the eclectic furnishings of the cabin. It was a relaxing, fun place for all of us to enjoy each others company.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cabin in the wooods, but not far from Port Townsend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, along with our two daughters, 7 and 5, stayed here for 3 nights in October. We enjoyed staying at this unique place near Port Townsend. It was perfect in its tranquility, but proximity of Port Townsend. The girls loved "their area" and actually slept together up in the loft. They loved the drawing table and spent a good deal of their time there as well as reading all of the kid books in the bookshelves. They also loved playing ping pong in the loft. They really don’t understand the game, but they loved it all the same. They took a great deal of enjoyment in feeding the fish and made sure to do so each morning. My wife and I liked the furnaces spaced throughout the cabin that got the place warm very quickly and provided a great deal of ambiance. The entire setting was so quiet, peaceful and comfortable. The owner was fantastic with communication. I highly recommend and hope to go back someday in the not too distant future.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sitka, Alaska

Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Kitchen was well appointed as we used the house as home base for our adventures. The peace and quiet were just what we needed.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, Washington

A quiet playful house nestled in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed over a long 4-day weekend in late spring. The other comments do a good job conveying the ease of working with the property owner, Keith, and the unique character of the house. Our two kids, 9 and 6 years old, wanted to bring their bicycles and we were glad we did. They were able to ride around the driveway area in front of the house, and also explore riding on the grassy meadow between the firepit and house. (Our 6 year old couldn't pedal the uphills, but still managed to have fun coasting down the gentle grassy slopes.) The unique layout of the house and numerous nooks and crannies kept the children entertained as they found something new to discover around every corner. They also enjoyed taking on the task of feeding the koi daily.

The house, built in 1976, and obviously updated numerous times since, reflects a playful, retro-modern aesthetic. With a large drafting table at the end of a hallway, and numerous illustrative prints, the house has the air of an artists retreat with a wink towards retro aesthetics. In the dining room was a water dispenser with a spare 5 gallon bottle. The house well water is indeed mineral rich with the distinct sulfurous smell familiar to some hot springs. The house hot water temperature is set nice and high lending any baths the feel of soaking in a mineral hot spring. (In fact, even taking a shower leaves ones skin noticeably smoother.) We parents would love to come back just to take luxurious baths. The shower has low water pressure, but works well for normal bathing. The tub, without any step stools, is a bit high, so might take a little getting used to--especially for those less limber. But, making use of the grab bar and being careful made it manageable for us 40 somethings and our kids.

During our visit, my brother-in-law and fiance came to visit us for a night with their 13 year old dog. The owner was generously understanding. The guests found the side room loft to be comfortable and cozy and had a good nights sleep. There is only 1-and-a-half bathrooms for the entire house, so the adults shared the main bathroom with the smaller water closet helping alleviate any toilet traffic. ;-)

Probably because of the timing of our visit, we found the property around the house to be quite buggy with mosquitoes--with a few sneaking into the house too. On future visits, we would come better prepared to ward off mosquitoes, and treat bug bites.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Week Adventure in a big tree house sorta

  • 5 of 5

What a fun house to stay in. Every room is so interesting and set in different time periods. All rooms comfortable with big window, views across the treed 10 acres. Deck was a great place to have meals and hang out. Walking the property was fun and all areas mowed for paths to meadow etc. Cooking our meals was easy as all utensils and what you needed was in the kitchen. Plenty of room to spread out and my dog loved the big acres and deck. We had a blast playing ping pong. Really didn't feel like we needed to go to town for entertainment. I spent the four days house hunting in the area and touring Whidbey Island, just a ferry ride away. I would return to this house again and again. Very unique VRBO and special that the owners share it with clean and everything worked...plenty of heat for cool evenings. Nice get away

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lawrence, KS

Beautiful retreat in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week with extended family over the Christmas holidays. This was the perfect place! The location is magical, a drive down a long, narrow lane to come upon a charming and adventuresome house nestled in the woods. Lots of character and personality, nooks and crannies, and unconventional layout. After a few days there it felt like our home. The kitchen/eating/hang out area is where we lived, warmed by a cozy gas fireplace. The kitchen is well stocked with all the implements you could want or need. Built in the '70's this home retains that feel in a very fun and relaxed way. If you're looking for a memorable place that's a little off the main track, this is it. But it is for the fun at heart since the accommodations aren't all square, closed door rooms, and there is only one full bath (and a fun one at that). If you love the people you're with and want to come home to an open, inviting home with lots of outdoor privacy and no pretense this is it. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Keith Gosnell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Keith Gosnell

Kim grew up in the Port Townsend area, and I met her by chance while I was working at the Hamma Hamma oyster farm. Immediately smitten, I talked a blue streak until she had to go, and when we met again months later in Olympia (1988!) it was clear my sophisticated Washington D.C. yakking had done the trick! We bought the house in PT as Port Townsend is colloquially known, in '98 when Kim got a job in the area. We lived there for three years, and when her employment dried up, couldn't bear to sell. We live in Portland now, where Kim works in the field of her training and passion as an art teacher, and I'm the primary kid wrangler with a little remodeling on the side. We seriously love our place in PT, and look forward to retiring there someday, and living full time in our very special home.

Keith Gosnell purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Keith Gosnell chose Port Townsend

In a town best known for it's Victorian era architechture, our house stands out by representing a more recent wave of settlers to the area: Young creatives looking for an inexpensive, picturesque and bountiful setting to build their future in the sixties and seventies. From the winding driveway to the 600 sq ft deck, three gas fireplaces, delightful details abound throughout the property, which is largely undisturbed forest with a plethora of birdlife, deer, coyote, mushrooms, wild rhododendron,and once even a bobcat! In the meadow below the house, we've built a fire pit perfect for warming up any gathering of friends or family as night falls. Looking up into the 'bowl of stars' you'll understand why we couldn't bear to sell when we moved away to Portland in the early '00's.

What makes this cabin unique

Our property is very private, and we often hear that plans get scuttled in favor of just hanging around the property. The decor is irreverent cross section of the last century's creative threads. In particular we love the almost 50 windows framing lush green portraits of the forest in every room, and the feeling of being much farther from civilization than you actually are. Our well water is similarly 'part of the cure'! High in minerals, and with a distinct odor, you won't ever mistake it for overchlorinated city water.


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Point Hudson
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Sea J's Cafe
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Sirens Pub
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Joy Luck Restaurant
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Khu Larb Thai
"Khu Larb is not just the best Thai food on the Olympic penninsula, it holds it's own with th..."
Port Townsend Boat Haven
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Larry Scott Trail
"The Larry Scott trail has a trailhead about a mile from our house, and from there it's a ple..."
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Jefferson County International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Hilltop Tavern
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Port Townsend-Whidbey Island ferry
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Discovery Bay Golf Club
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Discovery Bay 'Railroad Park'
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
SR 20
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Cup
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Hurricane Ridge
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
North Beach
Car: recommended

Our House is an easy five mile drive to the myriad restaurants, shops, and the Maritime Center of downtown Port Townsend. Fort Warden State Park is our perennial favorite, with a sandy swimming beach, Marine Science Center, a derelict clifftop gun battery, miles of beach and hiking trails to explore, and Centrum's strong program of performing arts in the Blimp Hangar. The Larry Scott Memorial trail is a wide biking/ horse riding corridor with a trailhead 1.5 miles from our house which takes a senic route through tunnels, the forest, and along the shore directly to the edge of the commercial district.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Housekeeping $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

Monthly housekeeping is required

A reservation deposit of half the rental amount due via PayPal when reservation is made.
The remainder, $500 damage deposit, and cleaning fee due via PayPal no later than 30 days prior to first day of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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