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Charming Historic Cottage in Queen Anne: Views of Pier 91 and Puget Sound

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

A Private Cottage with spacious 1 bedroom, 1 bath with Fireplace and Courtyard

Le Bijou truly offers its guests the best in a private retreat in the City located just steps from the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle. You are steps from Chihuli's Glass Museum, MoPop (formerly EMP), Space Needle, Pike's Market, Amazon, The Gates Foundation, Space Needle, —Cancer Research Center, Fred Hutch and more. This beautifully kept jewel is located on historic Queen Anne Hill, the only neighborhood in walking distance of the City.

THE SPACE

'Le Bijou' of Queen Anne (The Jewel of Queen Anne) is a 1909 Craftsman-style cottage located on the western bluff facing Puget Sound It has its own entry and sits overlooking a courtyard. Restored to perfection to preserve the Arts & Crafts details of the early 20th century, this home features charming crown molding and wainscoting, as well as lathe and plaster ceilings. The walls and original old growth fir floors were lovingly and meticulously repaired and given new life.

~Le Bijou is completely equipped with all the modern conveniences and luxuries one would hope to find in totally up-to-date accommodations in the city . . . yet it’s nestled in a private, quiet, intimate Queen Anne neighborhood.

~You’ll enter the cottage along a bricked walkway. Go through the front garden to the courtyard and you’ll find the entrance to the cottage. Le Bijou epitomizes the phrase 'private retreat.'

~The living room retains its original architectural elements, with the addition of a gas fireplace to take the chill out of the evening air. A beautiful antique cherry mantel with marble surround is a focal point of the living room.

~Do you long for a truly decadent night’s sleep in a fabulous bed? Well, we’ve provided for that, too. Through French doors, you will find the master bedroom, where you’ll embark on what very well may be the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had. We have personally researched and selected luxury, earth-friendly mattresses that can be adjusted for you and your sleeping partner’s unique comfort preferences. Our mattress covers, deluxe mattress toppers, and pillows have also been carefully vetted and chosen, in partnership with a seasoned bedding expert, for your total comfort. We’re confident you won’t go "Sleepless in Seattle".

There is additional queen-sized bed in the living room. This sofa/hide-a-bed, made by American Leather, is the finest, most comfortable convertible bed made. It is NOT your typical hide-a-bed. Of course, the linens are all selected specifically for your comfort with their perfect weight, drape, and breathability, and always freshly ironed for your arrival.

~ The kitchen has everything a cook could want: handsome original cabinetry, plus a farmer's cast iron apron sink, exquisite tile work, and a granite table with 2 whimsical chairs that remind your host of 'Alice in Wonderland' and the Red Queen at tea in the garden.

~The bathroom is well stocked with everything to pamper you: heated floors, a restored claw foot cast iron soaking tub, 48" granite-topped vanity with ample drawer space for longer stays, and a graciously sized shower. Turkish towels of the highest quality are provided for you, as well as top of the line, spa quality cleansing products. For stays longer than 7 days, fresh linens and towels will be provided.

If you need a larger more spacious home, I own the home next door called Bluff Overlook. It is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home. You can see it at VRBO.com/818886

GUEST ACCESS

'Le Bijou' is completely separated from the main house on the property and totally self-sufficient, as if you were staying in your own residence. You’ll enter the brick courtyard along a bricked garden path, past a unique garden cultivated at the front of the property. You’ll be welcomed into the courtyard with perennial and annual flowers comprising a lush garden atmosphere. You can barbecue your catch of the day and spend the afternoon in comfortable seating enjoying the sunshine or sitting around the fire pit. Or you might while away an afternoon or evening relaxing, barbecuing, conversing around a fire in the evening, dining by moonlight, and enjoying the magnificent views from the bluff and Puget Sound.

INTERACTION WITH GUESTS

A lockbox is provided for guests for convenient daytime or nighttime access. It is opposite the front door on the porch vertical beam with a flashlight for additional light at night.

Your host lives in the main home on the property and is available to answer questions, provide information, or find what might be missing from the kitchen, or anything else you may need.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

West Queen Anne is on the bluff overlooking Puget Sound, West Seattle, the Olympic Range and Cruise Ship Terminal. The immediate area is easily accessible to the Theater District, Seattle Center/Space Needle, shopping, fine and casual dining, and boutique bars and pubs in upper and lower Queen Anne, artisanal bakeries, quaint shops, Pike Place Market, SAM (Seattle Art Museum), many university level educational facilities, and more. All major hospitals — Virginia Mason Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, Group Health Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — are within 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll find Queen Anne to be an artistically thought out, calm, peaceful haven within the heart of the city's hustle and bustle.

GETTING AROUND

'Le Bijou' of Queen Anne is located one-half block from the bus stop and within easy walking distance of Lower and Upper Queen Anne and all of Seattle's many attractions, while providing the ultimate privacy and comfort in a beautiful setting. For longer distances, a car is recommended.

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE

Location and accommodations are ideal for visitors, vacationers, and executives. It’s also ideal for individuals traveling to Seattle for medical care, being in close proximity to hospitals and medical research centers.

More Details

Owner
Debera Reiley
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Debera Reiley

~ It’s me, Debera, your host. Perhaps you’d like to know a bit about me before you become a guest on of one of my properties. I would certainly want to know who I am renting from away from home if not a hotel.

~ Just a few tidbits: I was raised in Tucson, Arizona and attended NAU and UAA. Lived in central Texas for a couple years Taught school for awhile and then got the wanderlust. I had never seen much except the desert and hot and dry. As a youngster, I’d dream about really high magnificent mountains and the ocean and always travel (read those books with a flashlight at night in bed under the covers). As a high school student I saw photos of New Zealand and its green green landscape and glaciers.

~ Bingo: I started for New Zealand by way of Canada and Alaska in a VW Westfalia. (I know a strange routing but why not? Upon arriving in AK, I took one look at the mountains cascading into Turnagain Arm and that was it. I was hooked. Alaska became my home for 30 years. Hiking, skiing,sailing and raising children filled those years along with foreign travel in winter(typical Hawaii for Alaskans, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Middle East (by accident)and Africa. If you don’t get out of Alaska in winter, cabin fever will set in.

~ Another Bingo…what to do next: I was raised with Latin as a language choice(impossible to speak) and always wanted to speak a foreign language. New chapter: I took my precious dog, Oliver Twist, and moved to France in 2004, went to a language institute, studied harder than I ever remember, hiked, skied , sailed across the Med, road motorcycles with my dog, parasailed, sailplaned….Oh my goodness, it was a fabulous year and a half. Why do all wonderful things have to come to an end?

~ Another chapter on the way. I didn’t have a plan coming back from Europe except I didn’t think long dark winters were what was right for me. I stopped in Seattle to see friends and here I am.

Debera Reiley purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Debera Reiley chose Seattle

\When I found this place at the end of 2013, it was run down, everything overgrown, little to no maintenance in years, complete renovation of everything was needed. I saw the possibilities, liked the neighborhood, the bluff and sunsets, a place to garden, a place of tranquility and LOTS of work. One year later, I am still working on it and will be for probably years to come. I like the process of dreaming the impossible and making the dream come true. I love the cottage. I will go over there when there are no quests and feel like I have gone on vacation. I thoroughly enjoy the setting on the West Bluff looking out to Puget Sound with the marine traffic coming and going. The street is tree lined and quiet, not something I experienced in lower Queen Anne. The property offered me a place to live and make a home plus this darling cottage that I have lovingly restored to its former beauty and given it my own twist of creativity. Then, the opportunity to garden again did the trick for me. I love this location as I am so close to everything mentioned before but feel like I am not in the city. I can take what I want in the city and then retreat to my little haven on Queen Anne. There is a tranquility about living here that is very special to me.

What makes this cottage unique

'Le Bijou', (The Jewel), is a separate beautiful space. It is not living in someones home, or a condo/apartment. It is 15 to 20 minutes from everything from entertainment, hospitals, research centers, technology research,universities but right in the city. Le Bijou's location is Queen Anne and on the west bluff with expansive views of Puget Sound, fabulous sunsets and sunrises is my idea of perfect. My street is quiet with great neighbors who are friendly and all seem to have dogs...love the doggies. It is a place of calmness and tranquility but accessible to whatever it is that pleases you. Coming home is like ....well, really coming home.

Being a host has been very important to the quality of my life. I meet interesting people from all over the world who are looking to Seattle as a place to explore, adventure, visit families, conduct business, try out new experiences. I hope to add a special experience and a personal touch for each guest while staying in Le Bijou . It is fun and rewarding for me to see guests really enjoy and experience fully their vacation and visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Debera- It was great to see you and as usual your hospitality was overwhelming. Sorry we were on such a tight schedule. We will definitely be back to visit on a more casual note in the not distant future. We have come to really enjoy seattle. Mitch
Jun 2016
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Amenities

West Queen Anne Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , 48' vanity with many drawers for longer term visitors
  • Antique claw-footed cast iron tub completely redone, Marble and glass tiled 4' x 4' shower with pebble base has a feeling of a marine landscape. 48' vanity with black granite top with plenty of storage for long term visitors. Kohler toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    other - 1 queen , American Leather hide abed in living room. Very comfortable.
  • Bedroom contains an antique iron bed with an utra-plush queen-sized mattress, English antique buffet with granite top, reading sconce lamps, luggage racks and french doors to the living room. Additional queen-sized bed is in the living room. It is a American Leather hide abed, the fines and most comfortable hide abed made.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

Reviews

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5

All the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed at many VRBO properties and this was one of the most enjoyable. The location is perfect to explore all that Seattle has to offer. The immediate neighborhood is exquisite, gorgeous homes and meandering streets perfect for an evening stroll. The water view directly across from the property is perfect for watching the sun set. The house itself has many seating areas for comfort and conversation. The beds, including the sofa bed, are very comfortable and the linens are fabulous. We especially enjoyed the claw foot bathtub, and the gas fireplace. We would not hesitate to stay at Debera's "Le Bijou" again and could easily live there full time, it was that comfortable. Debera is a most gracious host, always available, never intrusive. Should our travels bring us back to the Pacific Northwest, "Le Bijou" would happily be our base camp once again.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review with all of the details that you liked in the neighborhood, about Le Bijou and what I have tried to create here for the enjoyment of others. Meeting you and your lovely children (young adults) was a treat to see how seamlessly you communicated and worked together whether adventuring or getting Nora to her appointments. I do hope she lands the job here...then you would be coming back to Seattle. My best to you and the children.
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5

Awesome stay at Le Bijou! We'd stay here again.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Debera! Your Le Bijou cottage was a perfect retreat for our stay in Seattle. Very comfortable, you did such a great job with the renovations!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best experience we've ever had ❤️

  • 5 of 5

Words can't describe how wonderful our stay was at Le Bijou. Even though we arrived late at night, Debera was so gracious and stayed up to greet us. We were traveling with young kids, and knowing how tired we all must be, she helped us get the pull out bed ready, while we unpacked the car.

The house itself was packed full of charm. We could tell that a great deal of care was put into the restoration of this charming little cottage. It was cleaner than any hotel room that we've ever stayed in, AND more comfortable! We were so thankful that we could cook in the beautiful and fully stocked kitchen. We never found ourselves needing anything!

The huge bed was one of our favorite amenities! It felt like sleeping in a cloud! It was obvious that Debera took great care in selecting a high quality (organic!) mattress, and amazing bed linens. My husband and I even talked about how we typically *miss* sleeping in our own bed while on vacation, however both of us found the bed at Le Bijou to be more comfortable than our own!

One evening during our stay, we even had dinner with the neighbors that our family befriended during our stay. Debera so kindly hosted us all, and we spent the evening enjoying the gorgeous weather, yummy food, and wonderful conversation.

To best sum up our trip, it felt as if Le Bijou was our home away from home. We were truly sad to leave this special place ( even after adding an additional night to our stay!) If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay at Le Bijou, I would highly recommend it!

We can't wait to go back soon ❤️

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a family traveling with 3 young children. Normally, the limit on Le Bijou is 3 but after a conversation with Keely, I accepted their reservation while holding my breath a little. Their visit was absolutely fantastic. They had already been on the road for more than a week when they arrived at Le BIjou. Do not hesitate to have this family stay at your vacation rental. The children were extremely well behaved, respectful, and made friends with neighbors easily. It was great fun to have a barbeque with both families, wonderful to see happy children playing together. Mom and Dad are the best as well. A lovely experience for me especially.
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5

Serene and beautiful cottage accessible to the heart of Seattle.

  • 5 of 5

Look no further for the most wonderful accommodations for your trip to Seattle. This gorgeous cottage and delightful owner provided us with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The cottage is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated with the ultimate comfort in mind. The bedding is beyond comfortable and ensured the best rest after busy days of sightseeing. Debera made sure we had everything we needed including a container of ground coffee to get us started in the morning! Our favorite thing was to return to the cottage in the evening and have cocktails in the courtyard, so relaxing and beautiful, made so by Debera's amazing gardening skills. We asked her to join us for evening cocktails and got to know her for the warm and lovely person she is. The area is quiet yet accessible to all the fun touristy things Seattle has to offer. The hidden stairways in Queen Anne are a must to explore. Just step out the door of the cottage and begin walking to find them! We had to move on to Victoria after only 4 nights but could have stayed there forever. Thank you Debera!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I had the privilege of hosting this lovely couple from Alabama in Seattle for the first time to visit their son. Yes, it was a fun time for all of us. The weather was perfect, they were out of the heat and humidity in the South, had wonderful times with their son exploring the sites of Seattle , lovely evenings together after full days relaxing in the courtyard and sharing life stories. I sincerely hope you will return any time of year.
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5

Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Debera,

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your lovely restored cottage. It was just what we needed, comfortable with every amenity. The sunsets were amazing! Also easy parking which is a real bonus in Seattle.

We will be back on our next visit to our granddaughter!

Thanks again, Alexandra & Robert

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous host in a fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5

Debera went out of her way to be a wonderful host during our two week stay. The cottage had everything we needed and the location couldn't have been better for exploring Seattle. Couldn't recommend it more highly!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

West Queen Anne Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
2017 Summer
Jul 18 2017 - Sep 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$245
From
$265
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Fall
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$185
From
$225
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$320
 
 
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$250
From
$270
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$135
From
$150
Fri,Sat
$925
$3,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $45 + Tax
Cleaning/Laundry $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.1%

Pets are $20 per night. Ask for pet agreement.

Additional guests over 2: $40/night for each person

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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