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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,397 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
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

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.

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.

Originally, Mike and Hollie designed the Elk House for a family of three with their daughter's special medical needs in mind. A peaceful home in a serene environment has been a dream come true, but they simply outgrew the indoor living space. The Nelsons now have 5 daughters and a son ages 11, 6, 5, 4 year-old twins and their newest addition who is now 15 months old! They currently live in the Quinault 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 Lake 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 daughters 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:
  • 1397 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Welcome to the Elk House! 4 Private Acres/Close to Hiking and Lake Quinault!
average rating of 4.9148936 based on 49 reviews

Relaxing Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to the Elk House was delightful! The property was gorgeous, well maintained, clean and welcoming. I appreciated the extra pantry items available because we forgot a few things (thank you for the coffee!). Our family of 6 stayed comfortably in this house. The full size kitchen made it easy to cook for our family so we didn't have to eat out. We had a campfire one evening too, but the elk didn't visit the night we had a campfire. The elk did visit two evenings and one morning during our 3 night stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great value, beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

The Elk house was clean and just the perfect size for a family of 4. The loft sleeps 3/4 depending on who can share a bed; the master is private (closing door). It was raining the whole time we stayed, so the covered grill was awesome and the Elk came out to say hi this morning as we were packing up to leave. Thanks for a great visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elk House Review

  • 3 of 5

At it's prime, the Elk House was probably a wonderful, unique destination. Unfortunately today it is tired and suffers from significant deferred maintenance. Lights are burnt out, the microwave and stove top need a good cleaning and there were no linens for the kitchen. It still is a unique location and the elk did make an appearance. With a little elbow-grease, the Elk House could return to it's prime. Be aware that there is no cell coverage at this location, the wifi is painfully slow and the driveway very muddy. A map of the property would be nice.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Didn't get to see much because we got in late, but the house was gorgeous and Quinault was lovely.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent cabin property in the Quinault Valley

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time staying at The Elk House. Great location with plenty of elbow room for your activities. The owners are kind, responsive and superb to have as hosts. We will be returning!!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pefect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

The Elk house was such a wonderful place to stay. The location can't be beat. Close to everything. The home was warm and inviting. We loved all the windows looking over the beautiful grounds, the beds were very comfortable, having a full kitchen and laundry room was fantastic and 2 bathrooms was great. The house was spotless. It rained almost everyday, so it was nice to come back and pop on the gas fireplace to warm up and start cooking dinner. Do not hesitate to stay won't be sorry.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Quinault House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

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 5.

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

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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