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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 25, 2018

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: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • 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
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming 1895 Historic Home
average rating of 4.9347825 based on 46 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Fluke House. Denise and Jeff do everything to make your stay stress free. Beautiful grounds, charming home, everything just perfect for a very reasonable rent. Would definitely recommend, and hope to stay there again. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure! We will look forward to welcoming you back. Denise and Jeff
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Wonderful weekend, could not have been any better! Quiet, lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

I was interrupted in the middle of my note. My daughter-in-law realized that she left something in the house after we had locked the door and Denise was so kind and cane to let us back in. Her understanding and kindness was greatly appreciated.

The house was absolutely wonderful. I could not have asked for anything any better.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Fluke house

  • 5 of 5

The House was gorgeously appointed, the beds were great, the claw foot tub was incredible, the kitchen fantastic and the host was friendly and helpful. My daughter lives in Salem and we were down for her wedding. Fluke house gave us a place to hang out as a family, rest after our long trip and relax. It’s about a 15 minute drive from Salem to Independence. No trouble at all. And, we loved Independence, it was a short walk from Fluke house to Main Street, where we had an amazing Italian dinner and browsed the local art gallery and vintage shop. But, back to Fluke house, the outside spaces were nice, inside it functioned really well for us, we had a wonderful and relaxing stay with 6 adults and 2 children. Spotlessly clean, quiet neighborhood, beautifully decorated. Could not have been better.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Fluke house because I had fieldwork in the area. The house is lovely and comfortable - so much better than staying in a hotel. Yes, there is no AC, but we didn't mind it - the evening breeze cooled off the house. Denise is a kind and helpful host. I definitely recommend this place! :)

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a super cute and historic house.

  • 4 of 5

My family and my sister’s family (total of 10 people) stayed here last week. It is adorable, well appointed, and Jeff and Denise are all the things that this site boasts them to be. Seriously, we had a problem with the tv and they came out late at night and on Denise’s Birthday (writing this makes me feel like a monster) to fix it. The house is awesome. The only drawback we encountered is something that they can’t control, the heat. We were there on some of the hottest summer days and the house does not have air conditioning. They tried to help with box fans, but it was a little rough. Please stay here, but also, please be aware. The heat is the reason for the 4 stars. Everything else was clean and perfect and everything we could have asked for.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am just glad I was able to fix the TV!! Thank you for your feedback and review. It is difficult to keep the house cool when the outside temperature gets over 90 degrees and you have a house full of guests. We will continue to try to figure out how best to keep guests comfortable during heatwaves in the future. Denise
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Wonderful stay at the Fluke house!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, great location, very accomodating and friendly host. We enjoyed our stay. A lot of personal touches make you feel right at home. We would recommend it to all our friends and family. We look forward going back!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
Property 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 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.