The first thing I noticed as I awoke that morning was the utter silence of this serene setting. I wandered up to the kitchen, put on some coffee, and sat back on the covered deck in one of those beautiful hand-made Adirondack chairs, with a hand-crocheted blanket over my shoulders, and watched the sun peek through the thick trees. All you could hear was the babbling of the creek below, and the rumble of the waves in the distance. Ahhh! The dog came out to join me, although she seemed not to want to get up from the comfy bed inside her own vacation-home crate!
After finally coa...xing everyone else to climb out of their memory-foam beds and enjoy the fresh-made waffle breakfast at the built-in nook , we took a short walk through Seabrook. Passing the new Town Hall, indoor pool, parks, and shops, all just a few steps away, it was amazing to realize how close to everything this house in Madison Lane was, yet it was still so private and quiet.
And, of course, the beach! After hours of riding the beach cruisers through the town, playing in the surf, making sand castles, trying our hand at clamming, and letting the dog chase the ball, we returned "home" for lunch, just before a passing dose of liquid sunshine! We were even able to rinse off our feet (and paws) at the hot water bib next to the front porch.
Even though we were inside for a while, there was still plenty to do. We played games and read books in front of the gas fireplace, and listened to our music on the Bose deck. There were even maps, books and photos of travel from around the world to peruse and enjoy. The kids had a ball – their room just looked like fun – even for adults! With their own HDTV, BlueRay, Wii system, books, games, toys, art supplies – they could have spent all day in there!
As the clouds cleared and the now re-emergent sun dropped towards evening, we had a great barbequed dinner at the picnic table (everything was there – every utensil, appliance, or spice you could need!). Moving into the spacious living room, we cuddled into the soft, comfy couch and chairs, and watched a movie on the big HDTV. After getting the kids ready for bed (which was easy, with the two sinks and large bathroom!), it was our time.
Just two steps out the master bedroom and we sunk into the beautiful hot tub! With the jets soaking away the worries, looking back up through those trees, enjoying a glass of wine in complete privacy, and then, finally, retiring to the king-sized bed just steps away. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. I can think of no better way, or place, to ComPass the Time!
Please note: The property is located approximately one flight down from street level on one side. It is located in Madison Lane's incredible sloped wooded lots with a front porch overlooking the woods.
Additional amenities include: games, playground, doggie drying towel, mill 109 pub and restaurant, two adult beach cruiser bicycles, plenty of hooks and racks for shoes, coats, leashes and keys, direct access to hot tub! (a very unique feature!), knives and a large selection of utensils, blueray player and selection of DVDs, west-facing front porch for enjoying evening sun, main bath:, hairdryer, toys/balls (including "chuck-it"), storage items – multiple sealing containers, ziploc bags, foil, etc., place mats, easy day trips to olympic national park, quinault & hoh rainforests, books, games, and puzzles, individual reading lights and shelves for books, mountain biking trails, bose docking station for iphone and ipod, plenty of shelves and cubbies for storage, washer, dryer, iron, ironing board (although this is vacation!), large tub with curved shower bar and tile surround, child / pet gate with pass-through door, beach and pool toys (kites, pails/shovels, noodles, balls, and beach chairs), 6-person hot-tub facing forest for utter privacy! (just off master bedroom and bath), ice cream maker, handmade pillows and throws, second bedroom:, plastic dinnerware for children and outdoors, HDTV with blueray player, large gas grill with utensils, wii game system and games, hand-made folding picnic table with umbrella and seating for 6, twin bunk beds with memory foam mattresses, colours art painting studio, fire pits in crescent park (s'mores, gatherings), lil's pantry market, master bedroom:, individual reading lights, pack-n-play, the salty dog pet store, high chair, full array of serving dishes, leash, luxurious pottery barn queen-size sleeper-sofa, bike rental tent, basketball court, dog crate (collapsible, for up to 70lb dog), large bay windows offering plenty of light and views of forest, spacious pantry, beach and pool towels, miles of coastline, hi-speed wireless internet throughout home, fully enclosed and fenced yard, covered deck with adirondack chairs facing forest, crockpot, spacious bathroom with twin sinks (a rarity!), fully-stocked kitchen, including spices, salt and pepper, oil, etc., treats, 42" HDTV with hd cable lineup, night stands, hot/cold hose bib for warm rinses, built-in nook with seating for 6, dog park, clamming equipment (gun, shovel, net), luxurious spa robes, wine glasses and openers (for times when one isn’t enough!), shopping, restaurants, post office and services in nearby pacific beach, food/water dishes, horseshoes and shuffleboard in crescent park, pet / child gate with pass-through door, horseback ride on the beach, three-drawer dresser, large dog bed, umbrellas (for those not-so-sunny days), games, toys, art supplies, pots and pans (including baking dishes, roasting, cookie sheets, casseroles), king size bed with memory foam mattress, vaulted ceilings, teapot, coffee maker, granite countertops, fully enclosed and fenced yard with fire pit, warm water rinse station outside, hiking trails, refrigerator with in-door ice and water dispenser, waffle maker, comfy reading chairs with lamps and tables.
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