An 680 sf, 2-story, private mother-in-law structure on south-facing waterfront property on Maury (Vashon) Island with spectacular Mount Rainier views, beach-access, and located close to Pt.Robinson lighthouse. Beautiful interiors, a wood stove to curl up next to, a kitchenette. Cozy, rural, quiet and comfortable!
The bathroom, eating space, and wood stove are on the main floor and the sleeping area is upstairs in the loft. Upstairs there is a queen bed and a smaller daybed (28" wide) that would work for a child or small adult. On the main floor there is a fold-out full size sofa bed ($20/person, including children, additional per night after two people). There are stairs to the south facing, Mt. Rainier view beach. Orcas sometimes visit, seals and otter pass by, and there are eagles perched in the trees most the time. The property is fairly remote, quiet and private, and the southern exposure beach is lovely.
The kitchenette consists of toaster oven, microwave, hot plate, crock pot and small refrigerator. Salt & pepper, decaf, teas, olive oil and balsamic are stocked.
Melita Creek Restaurant at the Vashon Island Golf & Country Club is 6 minutes away. Thai, Chinese, Mexican, French & American restaurants in the town of Vashon, 15 minutes away. La Boucherie is a fabulous farm to table dining experience (reservations recommended).
Firewood is provided (there is electric heat as well).
Laundry service available at $10/load. There is currently no laundromat on the island.
Pets are $20/night additional. They must be leased at all times in the yard for the safety of the ducks, chickens, cat, etc. They can be off-leash at the beach. Dogs must never be left unattended in the loft.
There is a barbecue outside should the weather permit, and a hammock and a fire pit at the beach.
We will be here to greet you or have the code available for you if we aren't. We have a friendly dog and no, he doesn't bark at night. Free range chickens and ducks peck around in the garden and our fluffy, lazy cat lies about the yard surveying his territory.
Other than our house, about 40 feet away, there are no visible neighbors. We have horses that pasture next door.
GETTING AROUND: Vashon is a great place to explore on your bike. The nearest bus is about 3 miles away. The 119 Metro Bus (to Dockton) serves that stop. If you need a ride to/from the bus, let us know in advance and we will likely be able to pick you up there. The island is accessible from west Seattle, Tacoma (Pt. Diefiance), and Southworth ferry terminals.
THINGS TO DO/SEE: Visit the Vashon Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of things to do on the island. There are art , garden, solar, farm tours, Strawberry Festival, wineries, a distillery, bike trails, equestrian events, fishing, hiking trails, beach combing, picturesque Point Robinson Lighthouse tours, Island Center Forest or Dockton Park Trails for mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking or jogging. Kyaks can be rented at Burton Beach, and the water there and at Dockton Park gets warm and is very swimmable in the summer. Horses can be boarded nearby, riding lessons or trail rides can be arranged. Riding on the beach is wonderful. If you have your own kyaks that are light weight and easily carried, they can be launched at the beach, although it is quite a distance down to the shoreline.
Art Lessons (painting, photography, drawing, ceramics), trail rides, massage, facials and day spa services can be arranged.
*Bring a pair of cozy slippers so you can leave your shoes just inside the door.
*There is a small duck pond in the yard and a very large one next door. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENTS AT ALL TIMES when they are outside, especially those that don't yet swim. The rooster can be "cocky" and protects his hens, so it's best to keep kids away from him.
*Septic system is fragile and VERY difficult to repair, so please don't flush anything that isn't designed to go in the septic tank. No plastic, paper, hair, tampons, pads, diapers, etc. PLEASE. (Damage deposit will be charged in the event a repair is required as a result of something in it that shouldn't be.)
*Pets with $20/day additional charge. The upstairs floors are unfinished plank so they are not good with pet accidents... Dogs can be free at the beach, but need to be leashed for the sake of the ducks, cat, etc. in the yard. Dogs may not be left unattended in the Loft unless crated.
* Our house is 40 feet away, so someone is around most of the time. We are happy to do whatever we can to make your stay comfortable and memorable.
* Check to see if there is a burn ban ((website: hidden)) prior to lighting the stove. If there is no wind for a few days, a burn ban is sometimes in effect. The fine is $1,000 for violating Puget Sound's Air Quality authority! Yikes!...Read more
On a bluff, south facing, with stairs down to the beach. On a 3 acre property facing Mt. Rainier across Puget Sound. No houses other than the host's nearby. On a private bulkhead there are chairs and a fire pit, a cold water sink, and a gorgeous beach for your fishing pole, kyaking ($20/person), beachcombing. Spectacular late 1800s lighthouse and huge Marine Park within walking distance to the east and west.. Bring a fishing pole for silver salmon fishing from the shore in August or September, an air mattress & bathing suit to float on in the summer, or enjoy the hammocks, fire pit ( as long as there 's not a burn ban) and a gas barbecue. Deer, otters, herons, seals, sea lions , osprey, eagles and in the winter, Orcas, may appear for you. We have chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses, a cat & a dog.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Nearest ferry port: 20 min to Tacoma, Seattle, or Olympic Peninsula Nearest airport: Sea-Tac Int'l or Vashon airstrip Car is recommended
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