Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Brinnon - The Historic Balch Retreat
Historic simple elegance, wildlife, canoe, & shell rich beach+Olympic Natl Park!
********Every 3rd night FREE for dates listed under WINTER SEASON!! Additional FREE NIGHTS available. Please review upper and lower rate section for applicable dates and charges.
********STEP BACK TO A SIMPLER TIME FOR AN OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY SEASON.
********CRAB SEASON THROUGH DEC 31st. CANOE PROVIDED.
WELCOME to THE HISTORIC BALCH RETREAT on HOOD CANAL located off the iconic and picturesque Pacific Hwy 101 Scenic Byway, and convenient 1.5 hrs from Seattle or Tacoma. Showcasing continually evolving, unobstructed, sweeping Hood Canal and Mt Rainier views, with Olympic Natl Park as the backdrop. Relax and enjoy historic simple elegance and ambiance, coupled with fascinating wildlife - our own little version of Animal Planet. Discover seals and their pups, otters, beaver, Roosevelt 'Brinnon' elk, bald eagles, HUGE golden eagles + numerous fascinating bird varieties, and other intriguing wildlife. Experience Puget Sound's only nationally registered, historic, waterfront holiday rental home on over 1,000 ft of wildlife rich beach laden with shells, part of the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary on Hood Canal. One of a select few historic, waterfront, holiday rental homes available in the entire Pacific NW, yet in close proximity to Seattle and Tacoma.
For an even better sense of what you'll experience see HistoricParadise.com.
LOCATED ON THE WIDEST EXPANSE OF NORTH AMERICA'S LONGEST FJORD. with the majestic Olympic Mtn's meeting the crystal clear waters of the sea (Hood Canal). A popular romantic and intimate favorite with singles, couples, and honeymooners, yet comfortably accommodates up to 9 guests in 6 comfortable beds, with privacy and time savings of 3 convenient bathrooms. A professional and amateur photographers playground well centered as a home base for touring the highlights of Western Washington, and Olympic Peninsula. Premium crab, shrimp, clams, geoduck, oysters, and mussels (limits/seasons may apply) in the lovely waters of Hood Canal.
STEP BACK IN TIME to many original 1920 features while observing wildlife the way they were meant to be viewed...in the wild. Old growth forest with numerous, impressive cascading waterfalls are close by.
BALCONY TIME - a guest favorite that offers a panoramic, built in covered balcony with day and night (moonlight on the water), rain or shine views. Relax and observe the wildlife and gorgeous views on the old fashioned rocking glider, or zero gravity recliners while staying toasty warm by the patio heater in cooler months or late evenings. When hummingbirds compete for the balcony feeder it can be quite a show!
NEAR WORLD RENOWNED OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK and Forest (closest side to Seattle/Tacoma 1.5 hrs). Old growth forest with beautiful, cascading waterfalls that are tremendous fun to climb in and around, in addition to amazing picturesque hiking trails. Panoramic, forever views of downtown Seattle, Mt Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges + most of Puget Sound, all in close proximity. Fun and pet friendly Dosewallips State Park, with historic logging train trail is a mere 3 min walk.
THIS QUAINT NANTUCKET WATERFRONT CHARMER was constructed by T.B. Balch in 1920, one of the original founders of Brinnon. Located on the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary, a MAJOR WILDLIFE DRAW and feeding ground. It is the best way to observe nature including the prized Roosevelt 'Brinnon Elk' herd that sometimes visit the yard, or beach. Bald and huge golden eagles with amazing wing spans sometimes fly within 30 ft at eye level is truly something to behold, along with numerous bird varieties that are both beautiful and interesting to observe. Seal lions are sometimes quite playful, and you may even see some adorable seal lion pups. Cute river otters and beavers frequent our beach in addition to orcas on occasion.
SUBMARINES AND MORE...Also unique to The Historic Balch Retreat is the interesting Trident Navy sub's that practice next to the Estuary ''shelf'' in the middle of Hood Canal. One of few places to view this unusual and interesting sight right from the interior or exterior of the home!
CANOEING, SWIMMING, SCUBA, BOATING, AND SIGHTSEEING...Provided canoe takes you even closer to wildlife, and fun exploration. If additional watercraft are required kayak rentals, diving charters, and boat launch available at Pleasant Harbor Marina, less than 2 minutes away. Cool off in the waters and play (yes, play!) in the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal. The Retreat is the perfect place to begin any of the Olympic Birding, Culinary, or Scenic Loops, or combine all 3! Indulge in wine tasting, casino's, exceptional Olympic Mtn Ice Cream, and sampling at unique distilleries. Visit quaint, historic seaports, some with gorgeous Victorians. Great day trips for Twilight fans, Hurricane Ridge, Whale charters (in season), or ferry over to Victoria B.C. Pure relaxation is also a desirable option allowing you to revel in the soothing effects of your historic Hood Canal paradise. There is something for everyone. The list is virtually endless....
ROMANCE ABOUNDS...Intimate and popular with couples and honeymooners. Indulge with a romantic toasty fire (cooler months), a relaxing indoor PANORAMIC view jetted spa (the moonlight on the water is truly inspiring), with candlelit ambiance. Expansive master suite, with luxury pillow top king bed. Reconnect on the unique cushioned leather double rocking chair indoors, or yesteryear rocking glider on the view balcony. Celebrate each other with so many appealing things to do together, or revel in total relaxation.
THE LITTLE EXTRAS... Natural and luxury soaps, body wash, shampoos, and lotions, accompanied by high powered zoom binoculars that bring wildlife and Trident sub activity up close are also supplied. Clam rake, buckets, oyster knives, rubber boots/waders, and oyster gloves are ready to help you prepare your fresh from the water feast. So many amenities from beautiful stemware numerous spices to built in magnifying mirrors in bathrooms, and romantic atmosphere by candlelight. There is even a picnic table for guest use on the beach. We have attempted to provide items that will delightfully enhance your step back in time including provided canoe, and large bonfire ring with built in seating near the moonlit waters edge. Pick fabulous, plump, sweet blackberries on site mid to late summer for pie and cobbler perfection, or enticing snack.
PREFER NOT TO COOK? Esquire magazine's #2 choice for 'Best Bar in America' is just a three minute walk at the Geoduck Restaurant. Additionally, The Half Way House Restaurant/Bakery a couple of minutes away with legendary pies/desserts, and 2 for 1 steak night on Friday's! Pizza anyone?? Pleasant Harbor Marina makes a mouth watering pizza, along with hot sandwiches, salads, and homemade apple crisp with fresh Grannie Smith apples ala mode. Restaurants in Brinnon are reasonably priced, convenient, highly rated on TripAdvisor, and absolutely delicious!!
RAIN SHADOW positioning outside of the many convergence zones on Hood Canal can provide more favorable weather in many cases.
SENIORS AND THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY. Our retreat is user friendly. A mere 3 steps down from the parking area, and 1 step up to the country covered front porch when staying on the well equipped main level. The charming ''blue room'' bedroom with covered view balcony entrance provides functioning with ease. The main level provides a large, open concept kitchen and dining, 1920 style bathroom with antique porcelain shower ring tub, private media room, and living room. . Since the home borders the waters edge, you can converse with those on the beach from the view balcony and lower deck.
Step back to a simpler time, and experience a unique combination showcasing history, wildlife, Olympic Nat’l Park, Hood Canal, and the best of the Pacific NW in nature’s paradise.
FOR INSTANT RATE QUOTE...please click 'DETAILED PRICE' above owner photo (upper right portion of listing). Additional cleaning or deposit may apply beyond 4/5 guests if using 'Detailed Price' or information may be required.
If interested in reserving (rates based on single/double occupancy), please let us know the following:
A) Number of adults.
B) Age of each child
C) Amount of persons that have not yet committed, or day visitors?
D) Will pets accompany? Please state AGE and BREED(S) of each, and if spay/neutered. IF NONE, please state 'NO PETS'.
Questions...360-271-3629 or email for timely response. We hope to assist you in discovering the many wonders of The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal as we have.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Tori and Wade
We have special interest in restoring historic properties to their former glory. We adore history, wildlife in their natural setting, and marine environments, so were beyond fortunate to combine these favorites in one unique setting, with partial rain shadow placement. We certainly hope you have the opportunity to experience the many wonders that we have, and want our guests to feel like they are staying in a well-appointed historic vacation home of a good friend.
Tori and Wade purchased this house in 2007
Why Tori and Wade chose Brinnon
The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal provides the setting and ambiance that we typically look for in our personal travels.
What makes this house unique
Puget Sound's only authenticated, historic, waterfront vacation rental, fronting the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal + moonlit water views on the widest portion of North America's longest fjord. Constantly evolving views that include Mt Rainier, with a premium former oyster farm for shellfish enthusiasts, part of the DW Wildlife Estuary + Olympic Natl Park/Forest for those that love wildlife and old growth forest. Truly a historic paradise.
Guestbook comments from the owner
My husband found this wonderful historic home on the internet and we knew immediately we had to give it a try. It was wonderful! Terrific views from every room, cozy beds, well stocked kitchen, phenomenal panoramic spa tub in the master, and lots of hot cocoa. My husband, mother-in-law, children and I enjoyed drinking hot cocoa watching amazing, WARM sunrises in Feb! Wonderful memories were made and will never be forgotten!