Ferry from West Seattle pulling into Southworth, 1.5 miles from our property.

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

Entire home/flat

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1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

One of the three listings on our 10 acre property in the woods just a 5 minute walk up from the Puget Sound, this little cottage is the perfect weekend getaway or writer’s retreat.

The space

The "Little House," as we have always called it, is the perfect quaint romantic getaway or rustic writer's retreat. It's cozy and completely self-contained with one bedroom, a living room that includes the original brick fireplace, and a spacious newly refurbished kitchen with washer and drier. The bathroom features a small (and short!) clawfoot tub.

It feels the most 'urban' of our properties because it is closest to the gravel road, closer to the water, and is within sight of a few neighbors, including our great, great grandfather's craftsman style (c. 1897) home. It still feels private since it is tucked into the woods. Through the trees you can also see the water and, if you look carefully, the shores of Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

This 1905 cabin used to belong to our Aunty Suzy and cousins Vicky and Brad, our family antique collectors, and we have lovingly decorated it with a number of their curio's.

We are just 1.5 miles from the Southworth ferry dock; you can walk here in 30 minutes or drive it in 5.

Altogether there are three separate homes on the property that can together accommodate up to 15 - 17 during summer - plus a small studio for events & yoga tucked into a bamboo grove, which can accommodate up to 20 people (book separately). We also have an organic garden, fresh eggs daily from our chickens, and a few informal trails to explore.

We also live on the property so you may see people wandering around from time to time but all units are completely private, separate and tucked away in the woods.

This is a peaceful spot and the ultimate in "slow-life" where you truly step back in time. A cozy place for a couple or perfect for anyone seeking solitude and a slower pace, surrounded by nature. While quite comfortable, we still hand-wash our dishes, bbq using charcoal and chop wood for the wood stoves and fireplaces. Only 40 minutes from Seattle by ferry (25 minutes, if you happen to catch the direct ferry), this is a wonderful place to unhook from your fast-paced life and curl up with a book and a cup of tea in front of a roaring fire.

It is a short walk downhill to the new Harper Pier which includes a water-level dock with swimming ladder; you can jump off into the brisk Puget Sound! Squid fishermen and local anglers also hang out on the pier or fly fish from the rocky beach. Next to it is a funky coffee shop that is open when it suits the friendly owners.

We do consider pets on a case by case basis. A $35 fee may apply with a short list of house rules for pet owners.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire house, the grounds, some informal trails on the property, a delightful seasonable heirloom garden, and fresh eggs from our hens. We also provide a starter supply of firewood.

Interaction with guests

The owners live on the property as well and although their home is private, they are available to answer any and all questions. There are three rental homes on the property so you may run into other guests as well.

Other things to note

If you are taking the ferry across, we suggest you stock up at PCC, Trader Joe's, or Thriftway in West Seattle as the gastronomic choices are better on that side. Once on the peninsula, the Fred Meyer nearby has a reasonable organic & natural food section, and Central Market in Poulsbo is excellent.

Drive to Bremerton (30 mins), park your car there, and walk on to the ferry that takes you directly to downtown Seattle and the Pike Street Market.

The Fauntleroy Ferry is a 40 minute walk from the property; at the other end are a few nice restaurants, Lincoln Park with beaches, and an outdoor heated salt water pool!

We are perfectly situated to explore the Olympic Peninsula:

30 minutes from waterfront parks on both sides of the Kitsap Peninsula with stunning views of Seattle and the Cascades to the East, or Olympic National Park to the West.
30 minutes from Tacoma, Point Defiance Park and Zoo, old town antiques, and the Museum of Glass.
1 hour to historic Port Townsend
1.5 hours to Port Angeles and the ferry to Victoria, B.C.
1.5~2 hours to Lake Crescent, Olympic Nat'l Park, Hurricane Ridge, and Sol Duc Hot Springs
2~3 hours to La Push, Neah Bay Makah Tribal Center, Pacific beaches, and the Hoh Rain Forest
2 Hours to Mount Rainier National Park

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 11PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: £48
Security Deposit: £160
Weekly Discount: 12%
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM

You are a guest in our home so please take care of it as you would your own. Not a place for loud parties or raucous gatherings. We tend to be "early to bed and early to rise" but lingering with a glass of wine or s'mores around a bon fire under the stars is something to enjoy as late as you wish, as long as you are respectful of neighbors. Owners live nearby on property. No smoking inside. Pets are negotiable.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

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6 Reviews

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Ant User Profile
February 2017
Quiet, dark, accessible, cozy. Near the water, a part of the woods, antique touches, a cabin, a hearth.

Kimberly User Profile
October 2016
Fran's little cabin is wonderful and cozy, and the Harper Hill grounds are beautiful. She was extremely responsive with communications before and during our stay, and was thoughtful and generous with a snack basket and fresh eggs from the chickens. We loved exploring Kitsap and highly recommend Fran and the Little Red House!

Robert User Profile
October 2016
Beautiful rustic house with all the modern amenities. Very quiet and peaceful.

Emmitt User Profile
September 2016
The little red cabin was just what we needed to unwind and celebrate my wife's 30th birthday. It was cozy, quiet, and had everything we needed. The best part was the full-size kitchen, stocked full of any and all cooking equipment one may need to prepare a full meal. There were also some nice treats on the counter and the fridge, which was a nice bonus. Everything was clean and comfortable, especially the bed. Fran was very quick to help with any needs we had (even at 10pm, when we locked ourselves out), like extra firewood. She also respected our privacy, and was not intrusive at all during our stay. She really seems to know how to make someone feel at home. The property itself is absolutely beautiful and gave a strong feeling of solitude, even though it wasn't far from town at all. I would definitely stay here again.

Sarah User Profile
July 2016
Our stay was heaven on earth! The cabin was perfect, packed with creature comforts like fresh eggs and great toiletries, the grounds make for some spectacular hiking and thinking and one very happy dog!

Alana User Profile
June 2016
This lovely little cottage is a great place from which to explore the area. Quaint and cozy and nicely appointed. The welcome gift of local cheese and coffee was appreciated. Fran is lovely as well. We felt like it was our own place nestled in the trees but a quick drive to pick up anything we required. A nice place for those looking to get away from the city.

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Port Orchard, Washington, United States · Joined in May 2014
Fran & Michael User ProfileFran & Michael is a superhost.

This property has been in our family for seven generations. In the early days, our relatives spent happy summers on the hill living in simple, utilitarian tent platforms while enjoying the woods and time together. Over the years, uninsulated bunkhouses, cabins and cottages replaced tents and eventually some family moved to live here all year round.

People often say that the minute they step foot on the hill, they feel that it is very special. It is a place to rest, relax, rejuvenate, spend time with others, and enjoy the natural beauty of the woods. Truly an “old-school” Pacific NW retreat!

This is our second season renting on Airbnb and we thoroughly enjoy our guests!

Response rate: 100%
(past 30 days)
Response time: within a day

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