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Charming 1895 Historic Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

19th century charm with all the 21st century amenities needed for your comfort.

Located in the Historic District of Independence our home is ready for your visit to the Willamette Valley. The home is walking distance from downtown Independence, 3 miles from Western Oregon University and easy access to the valley's best wineries. During the Summer the downtown association sponsors music and movies in the park with seating on the grass. Seasonally, the Farmers Market is just 4 blocks away where you can find fresh produce and local products.

The inside living space is open and welcoming. Comfortable seating to relax and rejuvenate. The living room has cable TV, DVD player with a selection of movies, and Wii game system. The dining room is ready for a romantic dinner for two or an evening of board games and puzzles. A piano is also available in the dining room. A country kitchen, equipped with electric range and oven, microwave and dishwasher, is ready for preparing a home cooked meal or warming up leftovers from your last meal out. The refrigerator has a filtered water dispenser and ice maker.

The primary guest room is downstairs and sleeps 2 in the queen sized bed. The second level of the home has 4 additional bedrooms and may accommodate up to an additional 9 guests. The second level includes a half bathroom. Use of the second floor rooms will incur additional fees. The base rate includes use of the first floor of the home based on an double occupancy for a maximum of 2 guests.

Outside the home offers additional areas on the covered porch and deck, patio table and chairs, or around the fire pit to relax when the weather is good.

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Denise Ruscoe
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About Denise Ruscoe

Hello! My name is Denise and I am delighted to welcome you to Independence, Oregon and the Fluke House. Raising 3 kids in this circa 1895 historic home and quaint town brought many joys in the last 20 years. I continue to reside in Independence and am excited to open up the Fluke House to guests. I love and continue to develop the yard and gardens. Guests will be invited to take advantage of the outside seating areas of the home to relax and rejuvenate. I love Oregon and enjoy living in the central Willamette Valley with easy access to the coastal areas, mountains, and cities. At home I enjoy knitting, yoga, and trying new recipes. I look forward to sharing my favorite flavors of Oregon with guests.

Denise Ruscoe purchased this house in 1993


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Charming 1895 Historic Home
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews
Ukiah, CA

Perfect Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My family chose this charming home so that we could visit with our daughter, a Western Oregon U student, over the Thanksgiving holiday. Jeff and Denise were wonderful, even going the extra mile with route logistics when traffic became an issue. The house was perfect ~ well stocked, cozy, but large. We couldn't have asked for anything more. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Had a great visit with family living in the area. The house was just what we wanted. Thanks Denise and Jeff. Hope to stay there next time. Bob and Diane and family.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Charming house

  • 4 of 5

This lovely house still has the feel of a 1905 home, especially the kitchen, which was well-stocked with all the necessities. However, it could use a little freshening up; e.g., replace the hard-water stained coffeemaker and clean/paint the cabinet under the sink. Although the very large downstairs bathroom has a wonderful old clawfoot tub and lots of natural light, the shower could use an update and is very small. The large laundry room was most appreciated. The neighborhood is quiet, and downtown is within easy walking distance and offers many wonderful restaurants and a great bakery, as well as beautiful historical architecture. A very good out-of-the-way place to stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Tri-cities, WA, USA

Love this location

  • 5 of 5

One of the most comfortable houses we've stayed in while on vacation. Second time visit and we hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Charming house, town, and owners.

  • 5 of 5

Came up from CA for a last minute getaway... knew nothing about Independence other than reading some reviews about it. What a great choice! House was just perfect, everything we needed, comfortable and fantastic location, walking to downtown for happy hour, food etc. Nicely located for wine tasting, beer tasting..anything really. Our hosts were fantastic and friendly, welcoming us and our dogs. We really appreciate homes that let us bring our friends with us! Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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So Fantastic!!

  • 5 of 5

The Fluke House is first rate! Situated with easy access to Willamette Valley wineries, many Oregon colleges, I almost hate to "share this secret!"

Whether you rent only the first floor, which is huge and perfect for two, or the entire house for up to twelve, you simply cannot beat the quality and comfort. Everything was clean, beds are extra comfortable, towels and kitchen are stocked and equipped well, lots of hot water and space.

Our daughter and her now. husband, attend Western Health Science's Comp Northwest medical school in Lebenon. She and her now husband chose this area for their wedding so classmates. and professors along with family could come. We are so glad she did or we may ever have found you!

We would easily come back and rent either as a family or even just us a two person get away retreat.

Thank you, Denise and family for sharing your amazing family home!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Portland, Oregon; PDX
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Three Legged Dog
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Dallas, Oregon
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Amtrak; Salem, Oregon
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 51
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
The Pink House Cafe
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Lincoln City, Oregon
Car: necessary

25 miles from Oregon State University, 3 miles from Western Oregon University, and 15 miles from Willamette University. Located centrally to fantastic Willamette Valley Wineries, the Oregon coast to the West and volcanic mountain range to the East. The Willamette river is only 4 blocks away. Boat ramps located at the Riverfront Park in downtown Independence. See The Fluke House page on Facebook for local events and happenings.


Rates & Availability

Independence House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Base rate covers guest use of the first floor of the home for a maximum of 2 guests.
Additional fees apply for the use of any of the bedrooms upstairs for groups of 3 or more guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Independence House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Located on the second floor
  • Over-sized bathroom with shower stall and separate claw foot bathtub. Body wash and shampoo provided.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Located on the second floor: tempurpedic mattress topper
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Located on the second floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Located on the second floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 bunk bed , Located on the second floor: sleeps 2-3
  • Located on the ground floor. Queen bed with tempurpedic mattress top.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf

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