My husband and I have watched all our favorite charming little rustic northwest cottages disappear and be replaced by suburban-looking dwellings with all the amenities (and charm) of a hotel chain. We were therefore delighted to find a simple, cozy dwelling nestled in the trees overlooking Puget Sound with a postcard view of Mt. Rainier. As city dwellers, we WANT seclusion where despite being only a few feet from the road, we seldom see a car. We could venture into town (if we choose) and find a remarkable selection of food and restaurants (including the historic coffee roaster) but return to the seclusion of a tiny, cliff top "nest" and sit back and read. Yet, if we needed a soup ladle (my husband makes an amazing chanterelle cheese soup) we could walk next door and borrow one from the innkeeper. I would equate our stay to an immersion experience when traveling abroad . . . this was experiencing the charm of the authentic Vashon/Maury island . . . and we were captivated by the stories of the island's history the locals and the innkeeper were willing to share when we took the time to listen. If you are looking for a sanitized hotel quality experience, this is not the place I would recommend. However, if you see the charm in someone modifying a windows to work as a door and other elements that craftsmen of the past used when building their own living quarters, then you will appreciate the charm of the Nest Cottage. This is the cottage Sleeping Beauty would have lived in (minus the thatched roof) when growing up in the woods . . . not the palace she later returned to. For those of us preferring a cottage to a palace, this is a delightful getaway from the hustle and bustle of a impersonal world, where neighbors chat, lend soup ladles, and share their pride in a simpler way of life.
I had stayed at Edson House about a decade ago. It was rustic and cozy then. It's very run down now. But the reason for my specific review? Why? All the places looked like the worse motel 6 The linens were all worn Scorched pillows (from the baseboard heaters?) Having to transport my own firewood in my own car to for the wood stove. Broken knobs on the furniture Kitchen cabinets installed with no knobs. Bathroom window did not open. The place wasn't clean. Dirty dishes in the kitchen and best of all. The wonderful joke the manager made about us making porn when I told my wife we could watch our DVD (of the skydiving earlier in the day)
My husband and I visit Vashon Is. WA several times a year from CA to visit relatives and the Artist's Studio Loft is our choice for our stay on the island. The beautiful rooms & gardens make for a wonderful, peaceful get away. Jacqueline, our hostess, has always been so helpful & thoughtful. We will be back.
This setting was not only beautifully kept, but very comfortable and relaxing. The setting was tranquil. The location was easy to find and close to town but still situated so that you felt wonderfully far from it all. The gardens are amazing and would make a lovely setting for a wedding or family get together. We would definitely stay again.
This was an impulsive outing. We called Jacqueline at the last minute on Friday night. She called back immediately and put us up for the night. The B&B is charming, in a beautiful natural setting, and Jacqueline is a gracious hostess!
My husband and I were very disappointed with our stay here. The room smelled musty like a garage and it was dusty with cobwebs. The bathroom is very very small. The towels and linens were not good quality and the bed makes a weird sound somewhat like a canadian goose when you turn over in the night. (double bed..not a queen) The food left for continental breakfast was essentially trash. The apples were old wrinkly and bruised, the cereal was stale and the yogurt expired on Nov.9, 2009, This was 40 days before our stay. The coffee tasted like soap. This is the first time I have ever left a B&B and had to go find breakfast. The grounds are beautiful....should put as much attention into your rooms.
My fiance and I stayed at the Artist's Studio Loft this past summer. We were amazed by how beautiful the grounds, the cabins, the experience was. It was better than described on your website. We were taken in by the "Zen like" quality of the gardens and the artistic touches on everything- the pathways, the sculptures, the fencing with trellis, just everything. Thank you for the experience.
Oh my goodness, this place was absolutely wonderful, peaceful and relaxing. A definite respite from busy city life. Our stay was romantic, enjoying quiet strolls around the well kept grounds in the evening and awakening each morning to a multitude of birds singing ever so beautifully. A dip in the jacuzzi with a glass of wine rounded out a delightful evening over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Jacqueline and Lance were the most hospitable innkeepers. It was a pleasure being guests at their B&B. Fondly, Steve and Tanya
beautiful grounds and room--we stayed in the riverberch which has a wonderful private porch. the innkeeper had the gas turned off because it was warm during the day, but in the evening it got very cold and we wished we'd asked her to turn it back on when we arrived. she was not available that evening when we called to see if she could turn it on. just a warning that it can get cool in the evenings. we were there memorial day weekend.