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Welcome to the Elk House! 4 Private Acres/Close to Hiking and Lake Quinault!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Rain Forest Getaway On 4 Private Acres

The Elk House is the Quinault Rain Forest's best kept secret! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath open-concept home was built in 2006 and sits on 4 acres of private land for you to enjoy and explore. It's hard to decide where the yard ends and nature begins. Barbeque on the 280 sq. ft. covered porch and watch for Roosevelt Elk that often graze in the front field, sometimes as close as 30 feet from the house! Get cozy next to the gas fireplace under 17 foot vaulted ceilings and watch for bald eagle, black-tail deer and great blue heron--regular visitors of the property. Enjoy the outdoor fire pit area and stargaze on clear summer nights. Explore nearby Zeigler Creek, picnic under a giant Maple tree and take leisurely walks around the property. The Elk House property is tranquility at it's best!

If you want to venture out, drive, bike or walk the South Shore Road and discover nearby hiking trails, explore the World's Largest Spruce Tree, visit the famous glacier-fed Lake Quinault, or jump in your car or take a guided tour of the 31 mile loop drive into the Olympic National Park to see spectacular waterfalls, giant evergreen trees and wildlife. Whether you are here to experience outdoor recreation or just get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Elk House is the perfect place for you to rest and rejuvenate.

While staying at the Elk House you will enjoy all the comforts of home. A fully functional kitchen with double convection oven and gas cook top, full-size built-in microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator allows you to enjoy family dining in a private and pristine setting. The open-concept kitchen/dining room/living room creates a family atmosphere that can't be beat! Take refuge in the 350 sq. ft. open loft with a large picture window or in the private suite on the main floor.

The Elk House was built with the outdoor enthusiast and family in mind. Everywhere you look, nature abounds. Make your next memory in Lake Quinault at the Elk House!

More Details

Mike and Hollie Nelson (Owners)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Mike and Hollie Nelson (Owners)

Mike was born in Alaska and spent most of his childhood exploring the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He moved to Washington in 1996 and has lived in the Grays Harbor area ever since where he currently works in the road maintenance and construction business and for a local school district.

Hollie was born and raised in Lake Quinault, graduated from Washington State University and married Mike in 2001.She taught for 12 years as a school teacher and now works as an Early Childhood Coordinator for a local school district

Originally, Mike and Hollie designed the Elk House for a family of three with their daughter's special medical needs in mind. However, the family simply outgrew the indoor living space as their family increased in size. The Nelsons now have 4 daughters and a son ages 12, 7, 6 and 5 year-old twins. The Nelsons also provide foster care for children in need and have a licensed foster home in the area.

The Nelson's are active in their children's school, church and community. They have a passion for serving others and feel privileged to share the home they have made so many memories in, with others. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Elk House!

Mike and Hollie Nelson (Owners) purchased this house in 2006

Why Mike and Hollie Nelson (Owners) chose Quinault

Mike and Hollie built the Elk House in 2006. The surroundings were perfect as the property borders the land that she grew up on as a child. Ziegler Creek, that borders the property was the creek she played in as a child during the summer months. The surrounding fields are where she spent most of her spare time riding horses, quads, hunting, fishing and hiking. Owning the Elk House Property, adjacent to where she made her childhood memories, was a dream come true for both Mike and Hollie. It has been such a blessing to make similar memories with our children and to know that others will do the same.

What makes this house unique

When the house was built in 2006, we were amazed at the amount of wildlife in our 'front yard.' When local salmon are spawning, bald eagle sightings are a daily occurrence. Great Blue Heron spend ample time at Zeigler Creek and it's soul soothing to hear the sounds of birds singing on a spring or summer morning while you drink a cup of coffee on the covered front porch. An occasional sighting of Black-tail deer and coyote, and the rare, but majestic passing-through of a bobcat or black bear remind us that we are in the heart of the Quinault Rain Forest.

All of the local wildlife are are fascinating to watch from the large and expansive windows in the home! However, our most frequent visitors are the famous Roosevelt Elk. When we thought about what we should name our home as a vacation rental, Mike asked, 'What's the first thing you think about when you think of this home and our property?' The answers was clear---Roosevelt Elk. And so, our home suddenly had a name--The Elk House. Herds as large as 50 elk graze comfortably on the property on a regular basis. The only boundary they seem to sense is a 20 foot perimeter around the house. Needless to say, we get the most amazing view on earth when they visit! You may hear elk bugling back and forth, witness the bulls 'fighting', Cows (female elk) nursing their calves, and enjoy the entire herd grazing and even playing right in front of your eyes. There are very few opportunities to view this magnificent animal so up close and personal in a home setting. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The Elk House is a beautiful home in a peaceful and lovely setting. Everything about the Nelson's home is comfortable and upscale. Everything about the Quinault area is outstanding; we visited the Hoh Rainforest, the Loop, waterfalls, trails, Ruby Beach and ate at the Lake Quinault Lodge. We were visited by a herd of about 40 elk early two mornings for hours. The magnificence of these animals was equal to their alertness of our presence and ease in how they cared for themselves and each other. To witness their behaviors up-close and personal was a privilege and a one-of-a-kind experience. We are so delighted that the Nelson Family has thought to share their treasure. Thank you so much."


John and Lisa
Jun 2014
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Quinault House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 features a single vanity, toilet, combination tub/shower, large mirror and towels. Bathroom 2 features a single vanity, toilet, shower, large decorative mirror and towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 2 includes one queen bed and 1 day bed with trundle.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 2 extra tall twin air mattresses are also available.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The living room has a large ottoman with a twin hide-a-bed
  • Bedroom 1 includes: 1 queen-size Sleigh Style bed with pillow top mattress, down comforter and fine linens, 2 matching night stands, dresser, large closet, and a beautiful mountain view. Bedroom 2 rests in a beautiful loft-style retreat that includes a large picture window, flat screen television, queen-size bed with down comforter, one day bed with trundle, fine linens, 2 matching night stands, dresser, large closet and private bathroom. This is a perfect room for kids or adults and has plenty space for sleeping and lounging. The home sleeps 8 (6 in beds and we have 2 twin extra tall air beds that will sleep 2). The open concept living room now has a large ottoman on wheels that holds a twin hide-a-bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 57 reviews

Amazing place!!

  • 5 of 5

The home is in a beautiful place! Thank you for the wonderful time, our family had a blast!!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the open concept of the house. The setting and everything was just perfect. Getting to see Elk in the back yard was a plus.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Great spot in the Quinault valley!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for our annual father-daughter fishing trip (with my boyfriend) and the house and location worked perfectly! A secluded spot with a herd of elk in the field in the morning. Days out on the rivers and evenings warming up in front of the fire and drying gear back at the house. A true gem.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Elks, rainforest and peace

  • 5 of 5

A lovely A-frame house overlooking a meadow visited by elk in the Olympic rainforest. A perfect family get-away for hiking and games.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at the Elk House. We missed the internet but went into town to the Mercantile and found free internet there. We had a great time hiking in the area. The house was very comfortable and well stocked.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was very comfortable and the elk appeared every morning.

  • 5 of 5

Would like to return when we are not distracted by a category 5 hurricane striking our home.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olympic National Park
Hoh Rainforest
Rain Forest Resort Village
Lake Quinault Lodge
Hurricane Ridge
Lake Quinault
Nearest Airport
142.32 Miles
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
1.88 Miles
The Salmon House
Nearest Beach
45.03 Miles
Ocean Shores
Car: recommended

1 mile away from Lake Quinault

Close to the World's Largest Spruce Tree

Nearby hiking trails

2 miles from the Lake Quinault Lodge


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59

Rates and availability are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Quotes are based on 7 people. $15.00 charge for each additional person over the age of 4.

100% refund if cancelled 2 weeks prior to arrival. Otherwise, your first payment (= to 50% of your total stay) will be non-refundable.

Emails from the Elk House may be sent to your SPAM. Please check your junk/spam folder.

Owner'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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