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Ocean & Bay View, High Hill Retreat

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, ocean and bay view

Vacation in this elegant and comfortable home set in a hillside meadow with sweeping views of forest, bay and ocean.

This house is perfect for family vacations and romantic retreats. Sandy ocean beaches, world-class golf, charter fishing, coastal hiking—this area has it all. Expansive view, elegance and comfort, family friendly equipment, large kitchen and dining area—this house has it all.

The upper level of the house is great for gatherings: the living room, gourmet kitchen and dining area are all one lofted space surrounded by a wraparound deck. The living room has a fireplace with raised hearth and plenty of soft, comfortable seating on our beautiful leather furniture. Every upstairs room has a sweeping view of forest, the Oregon coastline and the bay.

The kitchen accommodates several chefs at once with a central stove-topped island and plenty of counter top. Or barbecue on the 500 square feet of deck. The dining table seats eight with ease or reduces to a cozy dinner for two.

On warm days, have drinks on the deck at our bistro table. On cool days, enjoy a crackling fire while watching cable TV or a DVD, or playing a game with the family. WiFi is also provided.

1. The large upstairs master bedroom has a queen bed with a water view and a fireplace at the foot.
2. The private and cozy downstairs bedroom has a queen bed.
3. The third bedroom doubles as a second living room with warm pine paneling. You must pass through this room to get to the downstairs bedroom, so it is not suitable for adults needing privacy, but it’s great for the kids or a bunkhouse style retreat. It has two comfortable single beds and plenty of floor space for our Pack-n-Play cribs or camping-style mattresses on the floor.

The house is family-friendly. We provide a portable crib, a high chair / booster chair, a pack and play, expansion gates to protect the little ones from the stairs, cabinet protectors and outlet plugs and some toys, games, movies and picture books.

The house is located on a two-acre lot with a small level lawn and large sloping fields for outside play. There is a circular driveway that will allow a trailer with a 20-foot boat to pull through without backing. Parking is available outside in a secluded courtyard. Parking for additional boats can be arranged on a nearby lot.

We are located on the most beautiful temperate coastline in the world and the area offers something for everyone. Nearby are:
• Mile-long Bastendorff Beach for sand play, surfing and beach fires
• Charleston Marina with charter fishing, a boat launch, whale watching excursions, crabbing, clamming and oysters
• The famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort with multiple world-class golf courses and restaurants
• Sunset Bay State Park for barbecue grills on the beach and summer swimming for the kids
• The Mill Casino Hotel for great food and entertainment
• Shore Acres State Park with its botanical gardens and gorgeous holiday light display
• Seal Rock to view hundreds of sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals playing inside a secluded atoll and to maybe even see a whale cavorting in the cove
• The Cape Arago Beach loop for miles of easy walking along the wild coastal cliffs, viewing the spectacular scenery and waves cascading over the rocks.

Then return from the day’s activities to enjoy a roaring fire and share dinner in your gourmet kitchen. Or have dinner minutes away at a restaurant in the Charleston boat basin, at the Mill Casino Hotel or the five-star restaurant at the Bandon Dunes Resort.

The nearest airport is only 10 miles away: Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH). During the summer months there are daily flights on United Airlines to San Francisco and Denver, and PenAir Airlines to Portland, Oregon. Private aviation is also accommodated.

Please note that we are serious about our NO PETS policy at this time. And we are very strict about our NO SMOKING policy. The primary renter must sign a rental agreement with the owner and provide a copy of their driver’s license. The contracted renter must also be 25 years of age or older.

Ask us about handicap accessibility.

We hope that each of our guests will return again and again, looking forward every year to their vacation time in this beautiful area. And we hope you will love the beauty, the comfort, the expansive view, the cozy fires, the artistry of this home, designed and built by our family patriarch.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The renter who contracts with us must be at least 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We are very strict about this policy. Any evidence of smoking in the house will result in a forfeiture of your security deposit....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No pets at this time. There have however been pets in the house at various times. We thoroughly clean, but if your allergy is extreme take note....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Downstairs Bedroom: 1 queen

    Private and cozy....moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Spacious with a view and fireplace. Perfect for romance....moreless

  • Living room / Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Doubles as a warm-paneled, living area. Perfect for kids....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Of the Oregon coastline sweeping away to the north....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Out to the horizon. Watch the fishing boats returning to the bay....moreless

  • Resort:

    Bandon Dunes Golf Resort nearby. World class golf and 5-star restaurants....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 26 - Oct 28, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Refundable Security Dep. $300


If booking over 30 days in advance, 50% of the rental fee, the entire security deposit of $300 and the cleaning fee of $100 are due at the time of booking. The remainder is due 30 days prior to stay.

If booking within 30 days of stay, the entire rental fee, security deposit and cleaning fee are due.

A copy of signed rental agreement and a copy of driver's license must also be received before booking is final.

Thank you for choosing High Hill Retreat. Enjoy your stay!

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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9.7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Southwest Oregon Regional (OTH)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Miller's At The Cove
15.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Highway 101
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
High Tide Cafe
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bastendorff Beach

Car: Recommended

If you love fishing, golfing, hiking along a gorgeous coast, sandy beaches or wildlife, this is the place to be.

• 5 minutes to long, sandy Bastendorff Beach

• 4 minutes to Charleston Marina

• 16 miles to the famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

• 6 minutes to Sunset Bay State Park Beach, swimming, basketball, tide pooling, hiking, golf course, volleyball, picnic grills

• 9 miles to the Mill Casino Hotel

• 24 miles to Tenmile Lakes County Park with a boat ramp, swimming area, water skiing and jet skiing

• 9 minutes to Shore Acres State Park

• 12 minutes to Seal Rock with hundreds of sea lions & harbor seals to view

• 15 miles to the North Spit and Horsfall Beach for miles of sand beach, wildlife viewing and surf fishing

• 3.5 miles to the beginning of the Cape Arago Beach loop

Catch these local festivals:

• Whale Watching Spoken Here (Shore Acres) - March 19-26, 2016

• Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed - April 23, 2016

• Charleston Seafood Beer and Wine Festival - August 13-14, 2016

• Blackberry Arts Festival - August 27-28, 2016

• Oregon Shorebird Festival - September 16-18, 2016

• Octoberfish Festival (Right in Charleston Marina!) - October 2-4, 2015

• Shore Acres Holiday Lights (Spectacular!) - November 24-December 31, 2016

• Downtown Coos Bay Christmas Tree Lighting - November 25, 2016

• Christmas Miniature Village & Train Display (Just down the hill!) - November 28-December 24, 2016

• Whale Watching Spoken Here (Shore Acres) - December 24-30, 2016


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1985

About: This house was designed and built by our family patriarch, Gordon S. Howard. Gordon was many things over the course of his life: a Broadway actor, singer, director, radio DJ and university professor. He was also a writer, sculptor and photographer. Many of the sculptures and photographs you see in the house were created by him. And—oh, yes—he was also a commercial salmon fisherman for a time out of Charleston harbor. Gordon loved to do all the food gathering he had done as a young man growing up in this area: hunting deer and elk, digging clams, catching Dungeness crab, fishing in the ocean, rivers and lakes, gathering blackberries, wild huckleberries and even wild hazelnuts. He loved to clamber over the rocky coastline, poking into secret coves, and he loved to have hotdog cookouts at Sunset Bay. His family loves all that too.

Why Coos Bay, OR, USA:
The story goes that when Gordon was looking for property on which to build his dream retirement home, he found this lot for sale. He crawled beneath the thick undergrowth to the center of the lot and climbed a tall tree. From that vantage point, he saw the view he knew he wanted for his dream house. Over the years, Gordon and his wife, Helen, were able to buy extra lots to fill out two acres of land and preserve their view for all time. A lot of love, woodwork-sanding and good family times have gone into this house. Now we share it with you. May you experience the magical peace this place gives us.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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  • The House & View

    The House & View

  • The Wraparound Deck with Ocean and Coos Bay Views

    The Wraparound Deck with Ocean and Coos Bay Views

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Dining Room - Breakfast Bar - With Ocean View

    Dining Room - Breakfast Bar - With Ocean View

  • Master Bedroom with View and Fireplace

    Master Bedroom with View and Fireplace

  • Downstairs Bedroom

    Downstairs Bedroom

  • 3rd Bedroom or 2nd Living Room - Has 2 Twin Beds

    3rd Bedroom or 2nd Living Room - Has 2 Twin Beds

  • Nearby Forest Trail

    Nearby Forest Trail

  • Local Salmon Fishing

    Local Salmon Fishing

  • Dawn from the Deck

    Dawn from the Deck

  • Enjoying the Ocean from a Nearby Trail

    Enjoying the Ocean from a Nearby Trail

  • Circular Driveway & Lower Yard

    Circular Driveway & Lower Yard

  • Living Room with Ocean View

    Living Room with Ocean View

  • Gourmet Kitchen

    Gourmet Kitchen

  • Table Seats Eight

    Table Seats Eight

  • Upstairs Bathroom with Shower

    Upstairs Bathroom with Shower

  • Downstairs Bathroom with Tub and Shower

    Downstairs Bathroom with Tub and Shower

  • Meadow Below the House

    Meadow Below the House

  • Sweeping Bastendorff Beach - 5 Minutes Away

    Sweeping Bastendorff Beach - 5 Minutes Away

  • Local Lake Fishing

    Local Lake Fishing

  • View from a Nearby Walking Trail Along the Coast.

    View from a Nearby Walking Trail Along the Coast.

  • Ocean View from All Rooms Upstairs

    Ocean View from All Rooms Upstairs

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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