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Monthly Rental-Near Fort Worden and North Beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

New studio apartment with many windows and garden near beach and state park

Ideally located in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, this studio apartment is light and quiet and perfect for one or two people seeking a longer stay on the Olympic Peninsula. The studio is a short walk to the beaches and forests of Fort Worden State Park and a five-minute drive to Port Townsend’s Uptown or Downtown business districts. We’re just two blocks from a bus line, in an area with bike lanes, and close to trails and beach walks. It’s a perfect place to access the Olympic National Park and Hood Canal, to attend music festivals or conferences at Centrum, or to take in a film at the restored Rose Theatre. Port Townsend is full of unique shops to browse in on rainy days as well as cafes and historical museums.

This apartment was constructed in 2007 and has all cork floors, a new queen-sized bed, living room/sitting area, bathroom with a shower/tub, and a full kitchen. Numerous large windows make for lots of light, and the neighborhood is quiet. A set of stairs accesses the apartment, which sits above a garage (used for storage). A backyard garden designed to attract songbirds, butterflies, and bees rests between the apartment and the owners’ home and there are chairs and tables available for sitting outside during warmer weather. Our adjacent property to the east includes a vegetable garden and plum tree orchard. Deer are frequent visitors around the Froggy Bottoms neighborhood, and bald eagles soar overhead. Bird species common to the garden include Anna's hummingbirds, white- and golden-crowned sparrows, cedar waxwings, rufous-sided towhees, flickers, and occasionally sharp-shinned hawks.

Ideal for singles or couples, for those looking to get to know the area or relocate to Port Townsend, and for those seeking a quiet place to read, write, and dream.

Wi-fi available, electric heat. We’re sorry we can’t accommodate pets. A small driveway in front of the apartment is yours during the visit, along with outdoor seating.

More Details

Barbara Sjoholm
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, swedish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Barbara Sjoholm

We are both writers, and one of us is also an editor while the other is a wildlife biologist. We enjoy hiking, biking, traveling, and attending plays and concerts. Since moving into our home, we have devoted many hours to the development of our garden and designed it to provide habitat to birds, bees, and butterflies. Additionally, we have a small vegetable garden where we also grow good crops of strawberries (come in June!), and raspberries and blueberries (come later in the summer!).

Barbara Sjoholm purchased this studio in 2007

Why Barbara Sjoholm chose Port Townsend

The Froggy Bottoms neighborhood is very quiet and feels quite rural (deer are often seen, while coyotes and raccoons can be occasionally glimpsed darting here and there). Our garden also provides food, cover, and water to birds that reside here year-round. The apartment is small and cozy; visitors say it's a great place to retreat and a space to work.

What makes this studio unique

Port Townsend appeals to us because it's close enough to bigger city for plays and shopping, but much closer to the nature we love. The town itself vibrates with energy in the summer with visitors, sailors, and everyone out walking and biking. But in the quiet Northwest winter it's a charming place to settle in and appreciate the forests and farmlands of the Quimper Peninsula.


Port Townsend Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Tub/shower, toilet, sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen-sized bed.
  • Books
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A very nice studio with very nice people. A great place to temporarily call home.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful stay at Barbara and Betsy’s property!

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as described, clean,quiet, and well equipped. The location was good for walking or a short drive to town.Barbara and Betsy were helpful and available for whatever we needed. We definitely would recommend their property to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It Felt Like Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a month this winter and enjoyed it thoroughly. The cottage is nicely designed, well-appointed and spotlessly clean. After just a few days, we were referring to it as "home." Barbara and Betsy are very professional hosts, and strike an ideal balance -- being available if there is a need but giving their guests space and privacy. (We've been in other vacation rentals where the owners feel like an ever-present force.)

The location of this place is ideal. We would walk each morning to Fort Worden State Park, just a few minutes away, for walks to the bluffs, the lighthouse, the beach, etc. If so inclined be sure to walk to Taps at the Guardhouse at happy hour -- fun! The cottage is convenient to Port Townsend's grocery stores, the Rose Theatre, etc., but is also comfortably removed from the bustle of town.

We hope to return soon.

the Nolands, La Crescenta, Calif.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little gem

  • 5 of 5

Everything is convenient and attractive in this small but efficient apartment. The kitchen is well equipped, if you must cook at home and not go to the many, many great restaurants in Port Townsend. The location is an easy, short drive to Uptown or Downtown, and, best of all, a 15 minute walk (or 10 minute bike ride) to the beautiful, historic Fort Worden park. Beautiful quiet beaches--all connected to two other local beaches. Wonderful walks, birds, interesting things to see. I walked through the forest to the beach each day, stopping for coffee at the Ft. Worden Cafe. The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is on the wharf, and worthy of more than one visit.

The neighborhood is very quiet and one can manage a peaceful stay here. Barbara is there but not so much--it is a peaceful co-existence with her guests.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful studio, nice views with lots of Windows, great location!

  • 5 of 5

I was lucky enough to stay here for two months! I loved every minute of it and was very sad to leave. The location was perfect, the owners were very nice, and for me personally not having TV was wonderful. Nature is everywhere, the beach is within walking distance, and I really enjoyed the whole area tremendously. I hope to return shortly!!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Feels like home to me ;-)

  • 5 of 5

I spent a month in this comfortable, clean and quiet place, actually felt like home.

The hostesses are lovely, present to insure everything is ok for you, but gives you privacy if their intervention is not needed (I lived a storm there, very impressive, they provided me a flashlight :-) )

The bed is comfortable, you'll enjoy it, especially after long walks :-)

You can also cook if you want it, the kitchen corner allows you to be very independent.

But, if you don't have a car (like me) you can find yourself a bit annoyed with the laundry, for it's a bit far in town.

One thing could disturb you at the beginning (this is for non-residents, because in Europe we're not used to that) is the noise the fan can make, but you get used to it fast enough :-).

No TV (if you are "addicted") and the internet may be slow, you better have your own device.

I you are a walker, then you'll enjoy your walk. Every road finishes in the ocean so to speak.

In few minutes (max 30) you are at the beach, every direction you'll take, the ocean awaits for you.

Nature, colors and smells are just awesome.

When the weather don't allow you to go outside, you can enjoy the books that are at your disposal.

I can't wait to come back in summer, to be able to enjoy the garden, and for there are many activities that you can do, much more than during the winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Jefferson County Airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Port Townsend-Coupeville
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
State Route 101
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
North Beach
Car: recommended

Froggy Bottoms Studio is located within ten minutes driving of numerous restaurants specializing in Thai, Japanese, and Northwest Cuisine. Downtown Port Townsend is ideal for walking with many shops catering to book lovers, art collectors, and those interested in the sea. Many specialty shops offer unique gifts, home furnishings, and outdoor equipment. Businesses that shouldn't be missed include The Writer's Workshoppe/Imprint Bookstore, William James Books, the Summer House, the Green Eyeshade, Ichikawa Japanese Cuisine, the Fountain Cafe, Sweet Laurette's, and, of course, the Rose Theatre. Walkers and bicyclists can enjoy the 7-mile long walking trail past the Boat Haven, through forests and horse pastures. Maritime enthusiasts will enjoy visiting our ports and marinas, as well as the Northwest Maritime Center. In summer Port Townsend is busy with music festivals and a writing conference through Centrum at Fort Worden, as well as Shakespeare in the Park and many music venues in town. In fall Port Townsend hosts an international film festival. Almost all year round visitors can walk through the Saturday farmers' market or visit the farms themselves nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance $79

The booking is not refundable. Please consider your dates carefully. We suggest also purchasing cancellation insurance through VRBO.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.