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Charming 1895 Historic Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
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 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.

More Details

Denise Ruscoe
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 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


Independence House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets may not be left unattended in the home during your stay. Pet owners must pick up and dispose of pet waste.
  • The host must be notified of any additional overnight guests. The two night minimum applies to additional guests.
  • 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 2 - toilet , Located on the second floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Over-sized bathroom with shower stall and separate claw foot bathtub. Body wash and shampoo provided.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • 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
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main floor. Queen bed w/ tempurpedic mattress topper
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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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Charming 1895 Historic Home
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Yakima, Wa.

The golf getaway

  • 4 of 5

We all enjoyed our stay at the Fluke house. Our group were cozy and comfortable. Thanks for the opportunity to visit and golf with our friends group.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Quaint, beautiful, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The property was just as described! The owners are such nice and attentive hosts. They assured we had everything we needed. The home is a charming historic jewel, well maintained and updated with modern comforts but keeps its unique charm of yesteryear. It is situated in a residential area, close to stores and the wine country. The yard/ landscaping is well manicured , lush , gorgeous trees, shrubs and flowers ! We absolutely loved it! Wish we could have stayed longer. Though the home does not have air conditioning, we were quite comfortable with fans and the cool evening air chilled the house quite nicely. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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West Fir, OR

Truly a home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the most wonderful home I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. From the moment you enter there is a sense of peace and tranquility. I usually do most of the cooking and how delightful it was to want for nothing in the kitchen. Denise and Jeff have tastefully appointed this home with everything the wandering traveler could ever want or need. The furniture is comfortable and inviting. Huge TV in the living room to view your favorite shows. This is a 5 bedroom home that could accommodate multiple guests. An antique piano in the gorgeous dining room could not have been more beautiful. Memory foam bed and pillows. You melt into the mattress it's just that comfortable. More towels and linen that you could ever use and a new washer and dryer to clean your clothes if you have been on the road a while. A great old claw bathtub to soak in after a tiring day off wine tasting. Within walking distance to many restaurants and pubs. A 5 minute drive to other eateries. A great outdoor space to sip more wine after your dinner. A fire pit already with wood and just waiting for your arrival. Denise and Jeff are just a phone call away should you need anything. Denise met me at the house to show me where everything was and to answer any questions. I cannot thank you enough for making this such a special retreat to escape to. I will return again and highly recommend this charming old Victorian home.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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hull georgia, madison

A charming historic home.

  • 5 of 5

Denise and her husband gave us a warm welcome . The house is clean and comfortable . The area is quiet and the Pink restaurant near by serves good breakfast , we enjoyed our stay and will recommend to any body .

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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I give this 10 stars!!!!! Absolutely a wonderful place to stay with family!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with family and had such a wonderful time. Highly recommend to anyone staying in the area. More then enough room for everyone. The outside area is a great space to hang out. Close to everything. Will stay here again no doubt about it. Thank you Jeff and Denise!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

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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