Vashon Island Farm Cottage: a World Away Yet a Short Ferry Ride from Seattle.
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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 www.vashonchamber.com 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.
Member since: 2014
- 350 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Our farm cottage and Vashon Island in general is a magical place for children. The cottage can accommodate two adults with a child under ten who is comfortable sleeping on a rollout latex topper. One adult and one child of any age or one adult and two children under 10 could work. Sorry, more than three people, total, is too much for the cottage....moreless
There are no steps leading to or in the cottage. There is a small lip at the front door. The front french doors allow a wide opening. The toilet area may be narrow for some wheelchairs. Check with us about dimensions....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Vashon is a semi-rural island with lots of small farms, trails, beaches and small roads for bicycling. It also has a traditional town with a movie theater, restaurants, grocery stores, and small shops...moreless
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 3 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min 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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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.
Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Vashon Island, WA, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.
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The cottage entrance
the bedroom with queen size bed
Kitchen: fridge, microwave, toaster oven, sink, and washer/dryer
it's April; time to till the sunflower field. Apple orchard in background
Saturday Farmers Market offers a wide variety of organic products from Vashon
Kayaking in Quartermaster Harbor; rentals available
Getting off the Island: the smaller water taxi and the larger auto ferry
The moon over Tramp Harbor fishing pier
Mt Rainier National Park; it dominates the view from the beach
Yes it sometimes snows on Vashon!
Hiking in the Cascade or Olympic mountains
The boardwalk leading to the cottage
A madronna gracefully curves around the cottage
breakfast table or laptop workspace
clothes storage in the main room; sunflower bouquet from the field
Inner Quartermaster Harbor Marina in Burton
The Coffee Roasterie; a place to hang on the main highway
The walk down to the beach from the cottage. Foot and horseback only.
The Washington State Ferry System, the nation's largest.
The Puget Sound shore at Maury Marine Park a 15 minute walk from the cottage
Mt Rainier in a sky of pink
The many faces of the mountain; this time emerging from a fog bank.
Some of the 15 varieties of sunflowers we grow from pale yellow to deep red
They're really cute as long as they stay away from my crops
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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