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

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Last updated: 03/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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!
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1397 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years and older...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Family centered atmosphere inside and out...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is strictly prohibited ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Bedroom 2 includes one queen bed and 1 day bed with trundle....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    2 extra tall twin air mattresses are also available....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The living room has a large ottoman with a twin hide-a-bed...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 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....moreless


  • Books:

    Books for all ages ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    The DVD player is built in to the upstairs television....moreless

  • Games:

    Variety of board games, cards and puzzles ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network/HDTV...moreless

  • Television:

    39-inch flat screen television (Living Room) 27-inch flat screen television with built-in DVD player (Loft)...moreless

  • Toys


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains amidst Roosevelt Elk, Bald Eagle and Black Tail Deer on 4 acres of private property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Open concept eat-in kitchen seats 4 comfortably, but additional bench-style seating can be added to seat 6. A high chair is available upon request....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Internet:

    Free WiFi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Comforters, bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases are provided. Air beds are recommended if you want to 'camp-out' on the floor...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Open concept living room seats six comfortably and room for additional seating. Living room offers new leather sofa, love seat, movable ottoman with twin hide-a-way bed and flat screen television....moreless

  • Parking:

    Circular driveway and plenty of private parking ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line phone available for local calls only. Credit cards can be used for long distance....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Fabric softener and detergent is complimentary...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12-cup coffee pot and coffee grinder ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, glasses, bowls, utensils, pots and pans, coffee pot, cookie sheets, casserole dishes, crock pot, and more! Enjoy a fully functional kitchen....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full eat-in kitchen that is open to the living room ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double Oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, tea, coffee, coffee filters, paper towels and toilet paper...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    5-burner gas range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered front porch with recessed lighting and outdoor seating spans the entire front of the home...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    4 acres of private land for you to enjoy and explore. Includes yard, elk habitat, forested area and a creek that borders the property...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large propane outdoor grill on covered front porch and outdoor fire pit...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Season
Dec 17 - Mar 31, 2017
1 night min stay
Peak Season
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
1 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $65 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 12%


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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Last updated: 03/24/2017
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142.32 Miles
Nearest Airport
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
1.88 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Salmon House
45.03 Miles
Nearest Beach
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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Quinault, WA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Explore Zeigler Creek which meanders around the property. A favorite spot!

    Explore Zeigler Creek which meanders around the property. A favorite spot!

  • Spectacular trees on the property capture sunlight and give shade for picnics

    Spectacular trees on the property capture sunlight and give shade for picnics

  • Lodge-style living room complete with 2 hide-a-beds and gas fire place.

    Lodge-style living room complete with 2 hide-a-beds and gas fire place.

  • Double oven with gas range and full-size refrigerator

    Double oven with gas range and full-size refrigerator

  • Every window in the home has a gorgeous view!

    Every window in the home has a gorgeous view!

  • The upstairs loft is complete with a full bath, trundle, and queen size bed.

    The upstairs loft is complete with a full bath, trundle, and queen size bed.

  • Nestled in the Quinault Rain Forest

    Nestled in the Quinault Rain Forest

  • 4 secluded acres for you to enjoy

    4 secluded acres for you to enjoy

  • Wildlife viewing is common at the Elk House!

    Wildlife viewing is common at the Elk House!

  • Plenty of space to entertain and relax

    Plenty of space to entertain and relax

  • Zeigler Creek

    Zeigler Creek

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017

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