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The Loft' Guest Home on Pickering Passage

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Fourth year as VRBO property owners. The Loft is conveniently located to enjoy and discover the Olympic Peninsula and beautiful South Sound. New construction - a warm and inviting getaway, just over an hour and a half from Seattle and forty minutes from Olympia. A bit off the beaten path but a quiet and relaxing setting. Queen size Murphy bed in main room and two twin mattresses in the loft. Kitchenette with two-burner stove, microwave/convection oven, under counter refrigerator, small dishwasher, dishes, utensils, cookware, coffee maker and toaster. Flat-screen TV with DVD selections, patio with BBQ, table and chairs, Bathroom with full-size shower. Wi-Fi and cable. Access to the beach from owner's yard. Security gate. A quick drive to activities in Olympic National Park, 40 minutes to Olympia's Farmer's Market and restaurants, short drive to Hood Canal, Gig Harbor, Bremerton, golf courses and other destinations on the peninsula. Wineries and breweries are nearby. Owners live on site and are available to provide directions and information about the area.

Walk the beach, sip some wine, read a book or go off and explore the area for the day. Public boat launch is 1.5 miles away or bring your kayaks and launch on the owners beach. Enjoy our neighboring deer, the curious seals and otters, heron and an abundance of birds. Eagles above and an occasional visit from Orca whales.

Linens and towels are provided. There is ample hiking nearby and

fishing and crabbing in the area if you bring your own boat.

More Details

Christy Rowe
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Christy Rowe

We are excited to offer our Loft House to vacationers to enjoy our 'little peace of heaven' that we are enjoying in our semi-retirement. Our family has had vacation property in Mason County since the 60's so we are very familiar with the area. We have had lake property and then moved to saltwater property on Pickering Passage as a family in 1989. We originally lived and grew up in West Seattle but after the kids leaving home and semi-retirement we decided to build a home in Mason County moving here permanently in 2013. We are loving the community and the people we've met. The setting is serene, quite and peaceful. We look forward to having others enjoy this special spot exploring the South South and the Olympic Peninsula.

Christy Rowe purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Christy Rowe chose Puget Sound South

Many people don't know much about South Sound. Once they visit by boat or car people are amazed how quiet and beautiful this area is and by how close to hiking and exploring they are. We talked about moving out of Seattle for several years and finally made the move permanently April 2013 and we LOVE it here!

What makes this cottage unique

Benefits? Close to hiking, the Olympic National Forest, the salt water, Hood Canal. Birds, deer, otters and eagles galore. Unique get-away in an area of the Northwest that many people don't even know exist - South Sound.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Written review and responses between Homeowners and Guest:

Homeowner: "What did you especially enjoy about your stay?"

Guest: "Really enjoyed the quietness. Beautiful spot. I was there for golf and it met my needs perfectly."

Homeowner: "Is there anything we could have done to make your stay more enjoyable?"

Guest: "No, everything was very nice."

Homeowner: "Do you have suggestions we might consider adding or changing - either in The Loft unit itself or to the outdoor spaces?"

Guest: "It was perfect for me and more than I expected. I don't think you should change anything."

Thank-you Devin ~ we are glad your eight nights here were enjoyable.
Jun 2015
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Shelton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full size walk in shower, sink and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Murphy bed in the main room. Ship style ladders (2) leading up to the loft area where there are two twin size mattresses, reading lights and a great view out the clerestory windows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking


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The Loft' Guest Home on Pickering Passage
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend staying VRBO #588194. We had a wonderful time! The cottage was modern, attractive and comfortable. Had everything we needed for a great get away! Quiet, peaceful-water gazing and cool breezes so relaxing. Fantastic stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ladies! It was a pleasure having you here and so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again in the future.
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Seattle, WA,

Great weekend getaway close to Seattle.

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 had a great mini vacation at the Loft! It is a beautiful location and a very well maintained property with amazing gardens and landscaping. The Loft is well equipped, clean and super comfortable. We enjoyed walking on the beach and exploring nearby Shelton and Lake Cushman. The owners are on site and very friendly, but left us to ourselves unless we needed something. We will definitely recommend the Loft to our friends and hope to return again. Davis Family, Seattle, WA.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, Modern, Lovely and Welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. A perfect place to easily launch kayaks with kids. The home had everything we needed to make delicious meals. The grounds surrounding were fun to explore--you never need to leave. Hugh front yard for the kids to run around. A perfect place for a romantic get away. The hosts are incredibly kind and thoughtful and helpful.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Kelly. We loved having you all here and you'll need to come back again! We try our best to provide our guests with everything they need to have a wonderful time away from home and relax. This has been our third year as a VRBO and we learn something from every guest and enjoy all the wonderful people we have met. Always try to accommodate and love the positive comments.
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Beautiful home, amazing beach access

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at the Guest Home on Pickering Passage. Highlights for us were:

- a yard for our son to enjoy

- beach access and water views just beyond the main house

- a dock that provided fun family fishing during high tide

- picking blackberries

- seeing deer

The owners were incredibly accommodating and the home itself is absolutely gorgeous and well stocked (great kitchen space, extra pillows, games). The wi-fi is also excellent. It was a great stay and would recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your kind review. We enjoy having visitors enjoy this beautiful area and exploring the Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal and Pickering Passage. We moved here full-time three years ago and have loved every moment of the peace and quiet and beauty. Hope to see your family again soon!
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Beautiful property - peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

Christy was a great host. The loft was clean, bright and very comfortable (even the Murphy bed!). The property grounds are beautiful. We really enjoyed our visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was awesome. It's been a while since our last family vacation and this was the perfect place. The loft is not a big place but it has everything you will need from wi-fi to toothpaste. Beds were comfortable. The ladder to the loft was pretty steep so you do have to watch your step going up or down. The owners were very friendly and courteous. Quiet surrounding and beautifully landscaped yard. Beach access from owner's back yard which we have full access to. Did not have a chance to use the kayak during this visit but it's available for guests to use. The information binder at the loft has lots of info on nearby restaurants and activities if you are not familiar with south sound. All in all, an excellent place. Will definitely return in the future. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your very positive review. It was a pleasure to meet your family and hope you will return - winter break as your son said? This response describes our setting very well. This is the first summer we have advertised our Loft house as a vacation rental and it has been a wonderful experience. From each guest and their comments we learn something, add something, change something to continue to improve our get-away. One point to clarify is the use of the kayaks. Originally we were not going to offer them to guests because of the liability involved. We are researching how to best offer the kayaks for use and what type of liability release forms and/or insurance we may need to have. Pickering Passage is such a great place to boat and kayak, it would be a plus to have the kayaks available. Stay tuned! But if you have your own kayaks, bring them down. There also is a public boat ramp 1.5 miles north of us to launch your own boat for the day. We are encouraged by our guests and their comments and we are so glad to be able to share our little bit of peace and quiet in a beautiful setting with others. Thank-you. ***UPDATE: We now have a Hold Harmless Agreement to offer if renters would like to use our kayaks. Thank-you!
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Spencer Lake Tavern
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 3
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Spencer Lake, Fresh Start Deli, Olympic Deli
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Shelton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
Jun 15 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $50

The owners live on site and access to the beach is provided via the owner's property.
Rates are subject to change.
No pets allowed and no children under the age of 10 years old.
No smoking policy in effect.
Quiet hours after 11 p.m. and before 8 a.m.
Check in after 3 p.m., Check out at 11 a.m.

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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