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Wren's Nest Studio on 7 Acres. Birdwatch, Relax Or Walk The Forest Trail

Bedrooms Studio
Space 385 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

385 Sq. Ft. Studio, Warm And Cozy. Birdwatch From The Comfort Of Your Bed.

The studio is located just off Wax Orchard Rd SW. A private driveway takes you to the back of our 7 acre property and to the studio in a forested setting. Relax, meditate or take a walk on the forest loop trail. Additional trail across the street takes you around Christianson Pond. We provide maps to the other trails on Vashon Island.

This 385 square foot studio is comfortable and cozy for two. Features a full sized bathroom, Queen size bed with temperpetic topper. Comfortably sized kitchen with stovetop for cooking, microwave oven, toaster oven and mid sized refrigerator. We include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, creamer, oil for cooking and other amenities.

Heating is with soft heat baseboard heaters and a propane fireplace. A flat screen TV is for watching movies. Choose from our DVD library stored in the brown hassock. WIFI is available as well.

Fine woodwork adds a special touch to the space and local art that sets the tone for bird watching. Local birding experts are available to give you a tour by reservation. Vashon boasts 250 species of birds. We also have plenty of deer, raccoons, possum, squirrels and other wildlife.

Owners live on the property. We have two dog s, sheep, chickens (no rooster) which you will see and hear from time to time. Birders and nature lovers will delight in the large covered bird feeding station just outside the front window. Bird watching from the comfort of your bed! There is a fire pit outside for those clear nights to watch the fire and star gaze. Firewood is provided.

We provide maps to all the trails and parks for your exploration. We encourage you to explore this beautiful little island. If you would like to reserve time with a professional Birding Guide we can arrange that for you.

We are 8 min. from our town center with shopping, restaurants, antique and gift shops and entertainment. Our community has a wonderful movie theater, performing art center, music venues and art galleries. Our fabulous farmers market is open 3 seasons a year featuring organic produce raised on our local farms. We also have several wineries a brewery and small distillery. There is a terrific book shop in town featuring used and new books. There are many espresso shops and stands. You may enjoy renting a kayak or paddle board and there is a large marina to accommodate your motor or sail boat. There is a fine 9 hole golf course that welcomes guests as well as a small but well equipped athletic club. But most people come here for the peace, the quite, the wildlife and the natural beauty. We are visited by two orca whale pods often.

No Smoking and No Pets please.

Weekly and monthly discounts.

More Details

Susan or Emma
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Susan or Emma

I'm semi-retired and enjoy photography and birdwatching. I've lived on the island for 28 years and wouldn't think of living anywhere else. I love to walk my dog on the many trails on the island as well as on the beach.

Susan or Emma purchased this studio in 1987

Why Susan or Emma chose Vashon Island

I've always loved the woods. Always wanted to live in a forest or near a forest and this was what I was looking for. I'm a gardner and musician and love to travel around taking photos.

What makes this studio unique

Forest setting but room for our animals. Private, serene, nature trails and star gazing.


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
SeaTac Airport
Nearest Barpub
5.6 Miles
The Hardware Store and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Pt Defiance / Tahlequah Ferry
Nearest Golf
5.8 Miles
Vashon Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
13.2 Miles
Seattle and Tacoma
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Wax Orchard Rd SW
Nearest Restaurant
5.6 Miles
The Hardware Store and Restaurant
Nearest Ski
105 Miles
Stevens Pass
Nearest Beach
1.9 Miles
Lisabeula Park
Car: necessary

Forest trail, bird watching, quite, private, gardens, nearby beaches and waterfront activities.


Vashon Island Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 385 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please no more than two cars allowed for parking.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • Full size bathroom
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Wren's Nest Studio on 7 Acres. Birdwatch, Relax Or Walk The Forest Trail
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 60 reviews

Unmatched privacy, beauty, and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

The owners have done a fabulous job of creating a first-class retreat for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and de-stress -- but in comfort. They've thought of everything you might need to enjoy your stay from a well-equipped kitchen and bath, a super-comfortable bed and pillows, to a hassock full of DVDs to enjoy after a long day of exploring Vashon. We delighted in watching the birds feeding in the beautifully-designed kiosk, which is surrounded by well-tended plantings obviously chosen with the birds in mind. We also enjoyed walking the trails, even though, as luck would have it, we arrived at one of the hottest times of the summer.

As bird-watchers ourselves, we appreciated the bird-themed decor (we're also members of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) in the Wren's Nest. The interior design was a pleasure in itself. If we'd had more time, we could have enjoyed just staying on the property for a couple of days. After the Wren's Nest, we're forever spoiled for accommodations elsewhere.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience -- a treat for ourselves for our tenth anniversary -- and it did not disappoint. We look forward to returning, perhaps in the spring.

With heartfelt thanks,

Sasha Sterling-Melseth and Curtis Melseth

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. Always a treat to have birders stay at the Nest! Hope to see you soon! Thanks, Susan and Emma
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Cozy, warm getaway for a couple.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the seclusion and the surrounded trees. Loved watching the birds, walking the trails and the comfortable bed. Perfect location for a romantic getaway!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was ideal for 2 people and a perfect two night get away. We highly recommend the Wren’s Nest

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. So glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Federal Way, Washington

Peaceful Studio in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Wren's nest is a stunning slice of peace and serenity tucked away in the woods of Vashon Island. It is obvious that Susan and Emma have considered every detail in putting together this little gem! We enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you Susan and Emma.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing the Nest and taking the time to share your thoughts. Happy travels!
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great amenities and surprisingly spacious for a studio. Loved the peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the space. We put alot of thought into making the space comfortable and cozy. Thanks, Susan
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Anchorage, AK

Great place: cozy, quiet, perfect for relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay. Totally surrounded by nature. I saw about 16 bird species from the front porch alone. The cabin was tip-top clean and had everything I needed. Off the beaten track but still within easy reach of most of the island (by car). Thanks! I feel very rejuvenated.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our little hide a way!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning fees per week $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.6%

Cancellation policy: Full refund 60 days prior to check-in. 50% refund 30 days prior to check-in.
Refundable Damage Deposit: A $200.00 refundable damage deposit will be charged for stays longer than 10 days up to 29 days.
Damage Protection Policy: Stays 30 days or more will be required to purchase a $59.00 Damage Protection policy instead of the refundable damage deposit.
Tax: Local tax of 8.6% will be charged

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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