Herons View is located on the desirable Burton peninsula, overlooking the idyllic inner Quartermaster Harbor. A short ferry ride from West Seattle or Tacoma, the island of Vashon has a distinctive character to it - very rural with a laid back feel to it. Don’t be surprised when you see cars with “Keep Vashon Weird” bumper stickers!
The village of Burton, one of the first settlements on Vashon, has a local store (Harbor Mercantile but everybody calls it Sandy’s store, after the owner), Post Office, barbers, a garage plus an art gallery and antiques store. The social hub of Burton is the Burton Coffee Stand, written about in the NY Times. Burton also has two marinas, one public and one for Quartermaster Yacht Club.
At the center of the Burton peninsula is the 68 acre Burton Acres park with many trails winding through its leafy woods. A ten minute walk takes you to Jensen Point park with all types of watersport equipment to rent. During the season, Dungeness and Red Rock crab are plentiful. Clams can be found in the tidelands (including huge geoduck clam). Remember to pick up your State shellfish license before clamming or crabbing and check the State Health Dept website for any health warnings.
Herons View is a birdwatcher’s paradise: we have a resident pair of Great Blue Herons that hang out on the dock and wade along the tideline. A couple of Belted Kingfishers enjoy perching on the dock pilings. In addition there are bald eagles, ospreys (aka sea hawks), hummingbirds and the usual seagulls and Canada geese. The Burton peninsula is home to many deer, so please drive slowly - and feel free to shoo them out of the garden!
A private road/driveway serves the house and its three neighbors. Five private parking spots are located at the top of the property and more parking is available in the driveway. The terraced garden at the front of the house contains lavender, rosemary, rhododendrons and many other plants. The gardens by the waterside contain raspberries, herb garden, blueberries and other herbaceous plants.
Probably the highlight of the property is the large ironwood (AKA ipe) deck right on the water. A large stone table comfortably seats six and an additional glass topped table seats a further six people. Steps lead down to the private beach and a floating dock lets you tie up a kayak, canoe or sailing dinghy. A mooring buoy is available, please email for more details like depth, tides etc. A large natural gas stainless BBQ with four burners and a side burner is just a couple of steps from the deck.
Large stone fireplace with gas stove insert. 55 inch LCD TV with Blu-ray player and receiver.
Couches that comfortably seat nine.
Solid maple wood dining room table with seats for eight
Cook’s kitchen! Newer stainless appliances including large side-by-side fridge freezer, gas stove with five burner cooktop, microwave, convection toaster oven, coffee maker and Miele dishwasher. Also well stocked with a blender, food processor, paella pan, etc. The kitchen is equipped for serving twelve people, with additional serving settings for another twelve.
Downstairs Master bedroom
With large sliding doors and windows overlooking the water, this beautiful master bedroom consists of a sleeping area with a king sized bed, a fireplace and roomy seating area, walk-in closet with California Closet fittings and hotel style safe and a bathroom with a large walk in shower.
Separating the downstairs master from the two other bedrooms on the east side of the house is a fully equipped laundry room with high efficiency front loading washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.
Consists of two twin beds which can be put together to make a king wide bed and a large closet.
Similarly furnished with two twin beds which can be put together to make a king wide bed and a wardrobe.
Recently remodeled with twin sinks, soaking bathtub and dual shower.
This room can be used as a den, game room or bedroom with a leather queen sized sleeper sofa, game table and chairs. A 40 inch LCD TV sits on a set of cabinets with games, puzzles and other entertainment. A large closet has California Closets shelves, drawers and hanging space. A powder room with toilet and sink is located off this room.
Second Floor Great Master Suite
Available for additional rent (included in July and August rent), this master suite takes up the entire second floor and overlooks the harbor. The suite has a king sized bed, seating area in front of the fireplace (note, fireplace gas is turned off during the summer months), daybed with trundle (can be made up as two twins next to each other or king wide), closet and a bathroom. The bathroom consists of a shower, vanity with sink and toilet. In addition there is a desk, desktop PC, monitor and printer. Please note that if you choose not to rent with it, it will be vacant.
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*** $650 per night excluding the second floor Master Suite. $800 including the second floor Master Suite (included in July and August). ***
4th July pricing is for any seven nights over the 4th holiday.
Cleaning fee is for up to eight people (inc children), $250 for more than 8. Excess cleaning charged at $50/hour
Please note that the hot tub by the deck is currently not working, as we cannot find somebody to repair and maintain it on island and so it not part of the rental.
Please note, either the Refundable Security Deposit or the Damage Protection Policy required (not both).
$500 deposit for stays less than 7 nights and more than 90 days away from start date (with reminder due 90 days before) and $1000 deposit for stays 7 or more nights.
Please note we cannot except any pets due to severe allergies.