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Vashon Island Farm Cottage: A World Away Yet A Short Ferry Ride From Seattle.

Bedrooms 1
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A Great Place For Weekend Retreat, Or A Farm, Bicycle, Or Outdoor Vacation.

Vashon Island is a progressive, creative community, population 11,000 with a rural character in the midst of a vibrant metropolitan region. Seattle is accessible by the Washington State car ferry and by the King County water taxi that takes passengers directly to downtown. For more information about Vashon see and Wikipedia. Seattle is a prosperous city, entrepreneurial hub (Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks etc) with excellent food, music, theater and art.

Experience farm life and the spectacular beauty of the Pacific Northwest. You can learn about organic farm methods, make sunflower bouquets, pick fresh raspberries for breakfast one moment and explore Seattle or hike Mt. Rainier the next.

All this is possible from our cottage set in fields of sunflower and lavender, surrounded by Madrona, chestnut and walnut trees. Very quiet and private with high ceilings, lots of light and all the comforts of home: strong cellular service, wi-fi, compact kitchen with washer/dryer. our house is 200 feet away. Sleeps 2; 1 bedroom, toilet, shower, and hydronic heating. Located on Vashon Island in Puget Sound a ferry ride away from Seattle.

The property adjoins the 350 acre Maury Marine Park, a natural preserve offering a fifteen minute walk to the beach and miles of walking along Puget Sound. There are astounding views of Mt Rainier. Bicycling, kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding and summer swimming at the public pool are all available directly from the cottage or a short drive away. Many farm stands offer organically gown produce and eggs, and the town of Vashon has an excellent market, a range of restaurants and a first run movie theater. Two famous national parks, Olympic and Mt. Rainier, as well as Pacific Ocean beaches are a few hours' drive away. Deep rain forests, alpine meadows, glaciated peaks and remote beaches await.

More Details

Dan Carlson and Sheri Reder
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Dan Carlson and Sheri Reder

Sheri and Dan have lived on this property since 1982. We have raised our family here, started a small farm, and been involved in civic life. We love the out of doors and are avid bicyclists and hikers. Sheri develops new long term care options for the VA and Dan teaches at the University of Washington.

Dan Carlson and Sheri Reder purchased this cottage in 1978

Why Dan Carlson and Sheri Reder chose Puget Sound North

We bought this property because it has beautiful views, excellent soil for farming, and while rural and private was still close to Seattle where we continued our professions.

What makes this cottage unique

Kareli farm is located in a beautiful, peaceful environment where you can engage in an array of outdoor activities or just relax. Yet, it is only a short ferry ride from Seattle with a host of arts, restaurants, and shopping options.


Vashon Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom consists of a toilet and shower separated by a wall. It is closed off from the main room by folding doors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • The bedroom is a new addition to the cottage. Its high ceiling and many windows let in the south and west facing light. It is equipped with a queen size bed with a new matress. The bedroom can be made private or opened to the main cabin by means of solid wood folding doors.
  • Stereo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Vashon Island Farm Cottage: A World Away Yet A Short Ferry Ride From Seattle.
average rating of 4.5 based on 14 reviews

Perfect Island Escape

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was a great escape from Seattle for the weekend. Very comfortable and in a great location to explore the Maury Island Marine Park and Point Robinson. Also easy to get to KVI beach and town. Very serene surroundings. Loved the hammock on the property. Quiet and peaceful. A great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A bit disappointed

  • 3 of 5

This Is a cute little place out in the country that has potential but we did find that it lacked some amenities. There is limited privacy because there are few window coverings and the ones in the bedroom are see through at night. There is nothing comfortable to sit on, no sofa, no arm chair. The only mirror is a small mirror in the kitchen where you must blow dry your hair in the same place that you are cooking breakfast. I booked the place with my mother because we were told they could provide a futon for me to sleep on. (I was thinking futon with frame) When we arrived the owner, who is a nice man, delivered a mattress in a bag that I could use to sleep on the floor. I was a little taken aback because it was stained and so thin it was like laying on a rock. However, it did, after covering it with everything we could find, serve to make the rather hard bed more comfortable. So, we ended up sharing the bed together. The toilet, in a closet with the ceiling open to the room (forget privacy) and the shower, also in a closet, with no hooks for clothes or towels, took some getting used to, especially since the window directly across from the shower area has no covering. The lack of window coverings was rather awkward when the workers showed up to pick flowers. I know I am making this place sound terrible, but it is actually a cute little place that just requires putting up with some rather quirky things. My primary disappointment was that I felt things weren't communicated quite clearly and I think that the owner is charging too much for the actual amenities. We did enjoy out visit to the island very much and appreciated being surrounded by the farm.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like all our guests to have a five-star experience. It sounds like there was a mismatch in expectations in this instance. The cottage has one lovely queen bed ideal for a single adult or a couple. We also have a roll-up latex mattress which can be placed on the floor for a small child, but this was not a good option for two independent adults. We ordered new bedroom shades today; and we look forward to hosting new and returning guests in our farm cottage.
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Small Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

In the simplest terms, this cottage provides everything you need to make your visit to Vashon complete. Set outside of town, the tranquil, serene surroundings of nature will have you truly connected as city hustle and bustle fade away. A welcoming environment and comfortable setting, just to enjoy morning coffee out in the patio area while surrounded by lavender and sunflower fields was the best part. You have a beautiful shore hike within walking distance and plenty of bird watching. Should you need to run to town, you are all of 15 minutes away where there is a variety of activities to make your stay complete. The owner was attentive but also respected my privacy during my stay. I would absolutely recommend and return to this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I were looking to get away, but not too far, for our 1st wedding anniversary. We decided to ride our bicycles from our home in Tacoma, WA to Vashon Island. The ferry ride provided beautiful views of the sound. The hills of Vashon are difficult, but it was a fun challenge that I would do again. When I saw the cottage on VRBO, I knew it was what we were looking for. Dan was there to welcome us upon our arrival, and then gave us privacy for the rest of our stay. He was very knowledgeable about the area, and gave us a few ideas for places to eat and visit. The cottage is surrounded by a lavender and sunflower field, walnut trees, and we saw a few deer here and there. It had a great ambiance. We are very glad we chose to stay here and highly recommend it to anyone looking at Vashon for a visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! We support bicycling and offer a 10% discount to guests who come to the cottage on bicycle rather than car.
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beautiful stay at a quaint, remote cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for a weekend while visiting Vashon for a wedding. The home itself was perfect for 2 adults and the location was great. We were able to walk to the beach and enjoy the quiet farm location, which was a drastic and needed change from LA.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little cottage

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is perfect for a couple or a couple with a small child. You park near the owner's home and walk down a cute little boardwalk to your very private island cottage. It is set on a small farm with apple and nut trees, lavendar and sunflowers, and there was still room to have a little game of frisbee on the lawn in front. Being able to walk to nature trails and the beach was a major bonus. Dan and Sheri were helpful and kind, and even had an extra little mattress for our toddler to sleep on the floor of the living room. Great find!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
SeaTac Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
downtown Vashon
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Seattle car and passenger boat
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Vashon Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
downtown Seattle
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
downtown Vashon - multiple choices
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Snoqualmie Pass
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
15 minute walk
Car: recommended

If you like open space, big sky, natural environment, farming, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bicycling in the countryside, kayaking, long walks on the beach or on forested trails, , this cottage experience is for you. It is quiet; it is safe. Although you can take a car ferry or a passenger boat directly to downtown Seattle, if the primary thing you are looking for is an urban experience – shopping malls, art museums, restaurants and cafes, clubs – this cottage is not for you.

The cottage is about 350 sq ft. It has a lot of volume from vaulted ceilings, and a lot of light from the many windows, and porous connection between indoor and out. It perfectly accommodates two people and can accommodate two adults and a small child, but not more. The bedroom has a queen bed and there is a roll-out natural latex topper for a child. It’s a magical place for kids that like the outdoors; they can run around without the fear of cars and traffic.

Most visitors will need a car to get to our cottage and to drive to the town of Vashon where there are supermarkets, a movie theater, and a handful of restaurants and small shops. Bicyclists, however, can do all this without the internal combustion engine. We offer a 5% discount off the rental rate for bicyclists (in the form of a refund at the end of your stay). For an urban experience your car or bicycle or the local bus can take you to the ferry dock for a 15-25 minute ride to Seattle.

The cottage is located in a beautiful field – in spring the apple and pear trees are in bloom, in summer lavender, sunflowers, and raspberries are ready, in fall grapes, apples and pears ripen. It is a place to keep the noise down so you can hear the owls at night. At the same time excellent cell reception and wifi can keep you connected to the wireless world when you want it. Our house is on the same property so visitors are not far from help or advice if they need it.

The cottage can be a weekend escape from the city, an agri-tourism visit to a small farm, a writer’s retreat, or a base for exploring the Pacific Northwest.


Rates & Availability

Vashon Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 8.6%

no pets please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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