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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 Vashon Island

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:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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


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average rating of 4.4 based on 20 reviews

Relaxation on (Pacific Northwest) Island Time

  • 5 of 5

Dan and Sheri have a lovely cottage that makes for a great getaway. Located in a pastoral corner of Murray Island, it is both close to everything and yet remote enough to be quiet. We spent the day wandering on Vashon, then spent the evening relaxing in the cottage. The location is great - easy access to Dockton, Burton, or Vashon, but just a few turns off the main drag so it feels like you are all alone. The cottage itself is small and utilitarian, but has everything you need for a romantic or family retreat. We'd love to return if we can get more vacation time on the island!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. It's a nice drive from downtown, a short trip to the Pt. Robinson lighthouse, a short walk downhill to the beach - but we spent a fair amount of town enjoying the serenity of the cottage. Sometimes at night the breeze picks up and blows lavender smell into the room from the growing field just outside. Just wonderful!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome cottage in beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We loved this gorgeous, flower farm spot with a wonderfully designed cottage, ideal for our family of three, right next to the Maury Marine reserve. The owners had thought of everything we'd need to enjoy the spot. If you like a little rustic, this is for you.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, peaceful but needs a deep cleaning

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I spend a romantic weekend on Vashon Island. We had a very nice time walking on the beach (it is 15-20 min walk from this cottage), reading, and just being away from the daily routine. However, the cottage was not very well cleaned. Plates and coffee machine were all covered in spots and cups had dark circles from coffee or tea. It was dusty. Towels were not soft and very unpleasant to use, no paper towels. The city with all restaurants is about 20 minutes by car. I am very honest in my review. This place is very nice but needs some basic cleaning to make it feel like home.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We don’t use fabric softeners on our towels and bed linens and I hang them to dry outside in the sun during summer. Many of our guests prefer this natural approach. The cottage is professionally cleaned before each guest arrives; we will make sure that dishes are checked and cleaned after each visitor as well.
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  • 3 of 5

Host was great.Kinda cramped and no T.V. I probably would not stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Lovely, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful little cabin in isolated corner of Maury Island. The setting is idyllic, just enough room inside to relax with an expansive private front yard to sit and read a book. Kitchen is sized for light cooking. The island has so many things to do you will be exhausted at the end of each day, ready for a quiet evening in the country.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

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

no pets please.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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