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Olympia, Waterfront, Beach house on Puget Sound overlooking Mt Rainier

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps house on beach with Mt Rainier views!

Beachfront home with full amenities and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier. Located on the water, within moments from downtown olympia and multiple national and state parks, there is something for everyone. The mild winters and warm summers offer a perfect place for a weekend getaway of short-term rental.

With 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, this cottage can comfortably sleep 4 guests. The kitchen, breakfast area and living room are adjacent to the deck with lounge chairs, outdoor eating space and hot tub.

House rules:

No smoking. Pets considered. Please notify hosts in advance of guests other than those staying at the home due to liability. Our location is quiet and private but please respect that loud noise carries due to our location on the water.

There is a studio apartment on the property that is usually occupied. There is plenty of room and space for all the enjoy the peace and quiet!

Activities to do in the area:

Washington state capitol & state capitol museum

Hands on children’s museum

Nisqually reach nature center

Percival landing boardwalk

Priest point park

Governor’s mansion tour

Olympic flight museum

Millersylvania state park

Kayaking on pudget sound

Mystic journeys sailboat charter

Olympia farmers market

Bird watching


Horseback riding




Favorite restaurants:


Batdorf & bronson coffee

Dockside bistro

Fifth avenue sandwich shop

Hearthfire grill

La petit maison

Lemon grass

Olympia coffee roasting co.

Rivers edge

Sage’s brunch house

Steamboat annie’s

Stone creek wood fired pizza

Wagner’s european bakery & cafe

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, Some French and Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Kathy

I grew up in Olympia, graduating from Olympia High. My parents and family live across Eld Inlet. I now live in San Francisco and run an interior design firm. I like to come to Olympia often for family visits and to enjoy the Great Northwest.

Kathy purchased this house in 2007

Why Kathy chose Puget Sound South

I bought this property because of the fabulous Mt Rainier views and the waterfront location. It is amazing to watch the water change with the seasons and the time of day. It is amazing to wake up looking across Eld Inlet to Mt Rainier! I often kayak across the Bay to visit my parents who live on Cooper Point. Or, it is a short drive.

What makes this house unique

'Pickering' is an amazing retreat! It is a great place to decompress and relax. It is very romantic! One can take walks on the beach and enjoy the views. There are lots of outdoor activities available nearby.


Eld Inlet House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom #1 has vanity, sink, toilet and tub/shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This bathroom has a vanity, sink, and toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This bedroom looks out over the bay & Mount Rainier.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , IKEA sofa made into a full-sized bed, sleeps 2. or 2 twins
  • Master bedroom overlooks Puget Sound with King bed. Bedroom #2 is TV Room has large leather sectional sofa that can be made into double bed. Additional futons can be made into 2 twin beds. Down comforters, down pillows, linens provided.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Olympia, Waterfront, Beach house on Puget Sound overlooking Mt Rainier
average rating of 4.4736843 based on 19 reviews
Seattle, WA

The View Is Unforgettable!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this waterfront flat for the hot tub but it came with much more. While I was packing, I received an email that the flat was ready and I could move in anytime. I have rented many VRBOs and no one has proactively let me know I can move in early until Wendy, one of the homeowners. This is a family owned respite and has such a feel. We felt at home preparing meals, enjoying a fire in the fireplace, and selecting a novel from the abundant library. It was Seahawk Sunday so we enjoyed the game on a TV much bigger than our own. And then there's the view. It was sunny and clear so we experienced Mt. Rainer over the water while in the hot tub. Not to be missed. You can't go wrong with this vacation rental!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose

Great picturesque cottage

  • 5 of 5

We love the Olympia cottage, the deck views were spectacular, the rocky beach always fun to explore, the hot tub inviting at night. Some people have called the decor dated, we found it charming and cozy with plenty of space to hang out between excursions. The location is just remote enough to not have the city next door but not so remote as to make groceries and dinners a bother. It's only about 20 minutes to Olympia but it's also close to parks, nature trails and other goodies. The cottage was very well stocked, in fact I would say the most well stocked of any of the VRBO homes I have rented. The pantry was stuffed with cooking essentials that you might forget when shopping. The bed was comfortable and there's a great TV room and an extra bathroom. The kitchen is small but has a table and everything you may need. There are bookshelves crammed with books, binoculars to view across the sound and an amazing view of Mt. Rainier, which is spectacular at sunset. We would go on excursions during the day and then go back to the cottage and have dinner and soak in the tub under the moon. All in all we had a great time here and I'd highly recommend this location if you're visiting the area. The only drawback was the traffic between SeaTac and Olympia, but that's due to construction on the freeway that I'm sure will be done at some point.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time at the Pickering Beach House!! We hope you can come again. :-)
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and cozy home. The view is amazing!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The view, the view, the view! The deck overlooking the water facing Mt. RAINIER can't be beat.

  • 4 of 5

Although the house could use some updates, the bed was super comfortable. A new hot tub was being delivered the day we left which was much needed. Super quiet and secluded area where neighbors are nearby but with the vegetation, privacy is not an issue. Kathy and Wendy were quite accessible with any questions. The view was outstanding!!!!!!!! Although we did not use kayaks they were available for use.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view, Enjoy the Outdoors, Inside Not so Much

  • 3 of 5

Our family enjoyed the view of the Puget Sound, the beach combing, and the remote location of the home. Seeing deer every day and enjoying the fresh air was wonderful.

We do feel like the level of cleanliness left something to be desired. Sitting on the furniture produced a cloud of dust, many spider webs in the air vents throughout the home, mold and a definite musty smell underneath the sink in the kitchen. Many of the things in the house are over 30 years old and not well taken care of. Also, the home is advertised to include children, yet the manager of the home had a hard time with our daughter playing with a soft, pillow-like door stop, that was on the floor. There is a request to leave our shoes outside the home, but the floors were filthy and not well cleaned. The level of expectations for the renters seems to exceed the level of expectations for themselves.

The first time I did dishes there was a lack of drainage in the kitchen sink. It was taken care of very quickly, and we appreciated that.

In the description, it is mentioned that there are full amenities. My understanding is that this would include a washer and dryer. We rent from VRBO multiple times per year and all the houses (with all amenities) include a washer and dryer.

We will not recommend this property to our friends or relatives.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The washer and dryer are in the garage, available for use by guests and soap is provided. The floors are vacuumed and mopped between each guest visit. We do request that guests keep their shoes out of the house in order to keep the floors clean. Thank you for the heads up about the furniture, we had the pieces vacuumed as well. This home is really not suited for large families. We do encourage guests to keep the food in the kitchen or out on the deck and to limit the guests to four.
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Kent, WA

Feels like home -- very relaxing with an amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed for 2 nights during the 4th of July weekend to get away from our every day busy lifestyle. The beach home is a bit outdated but we both loved the eclectic furniture and decor. It felt very at home and quite cozy. It was perfect for us. There were quite an array of books. It was fun to peruse through them. There were a few games. We took advantage of playing Risk and Mancala. We don't watch much TV so we never turned on the TV even once. However, the internet connectivity is quite lacking. It's very slow. I ran a speedtest on it, and I was getting 5 megabits per second if I'm lucky. It was no big deal as it wasn't important to us. We were getting excellent connectivity with both Verizon and AT&T on our phones. The kitchen is well-stocked with all the amenities that we needed. We brought food & snacks so we didn't have to leave the home so we can just concentrate on relaxing and not have to think of anything else. We did take advantage of cooking meals on the grill. There were charcoal briquettes provided and there was a lighter device in the kitchen. We ate all our meals on the deck overlooking Eld Inlet and even had an amazing view of Mount Rainier. We brought two of our own 12 1/2 foot paddle boards with our own safety equipment so we didn't take advantage of the kayaks provided. We were able to easily store the paddle boards on the deck at night. During the day, we kept them at the bottom of the wooden stairs leading to the beach. The water can get quite choppy in the afternoons. There is a considerable difference between low and high tide. I would advise bringing thick soled shoes to walk along the beach during low tide as it's very rocky. It's great for beach combing and we found quite a few pretty shells to take home. We especially took advantage of the hot tub. It was perfect to relax in after paddle boarding and perfect at night with some wine. Wendy did a wonderful job of keeping us updated throughout the whole process and even surprised us one morning with a very cute gift basket of goodies. The thought and details that went into everything was just amazing! The bed in the main bedroom is a comfortable king size bed. We shut off the hot tub at night so we can listen to the water. We really enjoyed our stay and would do it again!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
64 Miles
SEA-TAC (Portland OR 126 miles, 2 hours)
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Amtrak Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
20 feet from the beach!
Car: necessary

Olympia, Washington. Beach front! Views of Mount Rainier!


Rates & Availability

Eld Inlet House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 25 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Kayaks $25
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 8.8%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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