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Reconnect with Nature

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Quiet forest setting with beach access, sleeps 4+ kids loft

Cross the bridge to Harstine Island and enjoy a beautiful and quiet retreat in the woods. Relax in the comfortably furnished cabin or enjoy exploring the 5 acre wooded property and private beach access. Surrounded by huckleberry bushes and nestled among giant Alaska Cedars and Big Leaf Maples, this cozy cabin shares the quiet woodland with the property owner’s home. This delightful 1 bedroom cabin (sleeps 4+) has a comfy queen bed, a double size futon in the living room and a kids sleeping loft, complete kitchenette, and covered front porch with gas bar-b-q are also included.There are several state parks on the island and a marina or plan an excursion to the wonders available on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Ruth Nisco and Scott Lowry
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Ruth Nisco and Scott Lowry

Scott and Ruth met 2 years ago thru an online dating site and have been together ever since. They discovered that they shared the dream of getting out of the rat race and settling somewhere out of the city. Scott and Ruth love getting creative in the outdoors; gardening, animals, photography, trail blazing, and the idea of creating a homestead are some of their passions.

Scott is a native Washingtonian and graduate of UW. He worked many years at Boeing in Washington and Arizona, he has also been a firefighter, a scuba diver, and the best barista ever! Scott enjoys his current job at Taylor Shellfish, where he gets to go out on a boat everyday, farming oysters. Scott is also one of the biggest Seahawks fans on the planet! Ruth was born in Hawaii and also lived in Washington D.C., but most of her life has been in the Seattle area. She does prefer the sunny life of Hawaii, but has become enchanted with the rainy forest of Harstine Island! Ruth recently graduated with a degree in graphic design and finds her new life on the island inspirational.

Ruth Nisco and Scott Lowry purchased this cabin in 2017

Why Ruth Nisco and Scott Lowry chose Shelton

Last summer Ruth & Scott started looking for some property to purchase away from the big city of Seattle. Their search lead them to the little known island called Harstine. They booked a weekend at the Huckleberry House, then owned by Jim and Wilma. It was love at first site and to their amazement, Jim and Wilma Neal were looking to sell! The Neal's were hoping to find someone who loved and appreciated the property and who also would keep the VRBO cabin going.

After renting the main house and managing the cabin for them for the last six months, Ruth & Scott have been able to purchase the property and are now the proud owners of the Huckleberry cabin.

Ruth and Scott enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of earth with others, and hope that everyone who visits the Huckleberry House feels the magic too!

What makes this cabin unique

Peaceful, serene, lush, green, mystical maple trees, mossy fairy trails, quiet beach, campfires, best oysters and shellfish in the world, Huckleberry Creek, deer, birds, cozy homey cabin, relaxing hot tub in charming garden, signature zucchini+apple bread,

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the wonderful tidiness left in the cabin and the treehouse. It was delightful to hear that the girls enjoyed their sleeping quarters up near the birds.
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Shelton in Mason County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Full Bath: Shower/Bathtub /Sink /Toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Kid's loft sleeps 2 children
  • This delightful 1 bedroom cabin (sleeps 2+2) has a futon in the front room and a kids sleeping loft above the bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Picnic table and fire pit at cabin site and at the community beach which is walking distance. Two State Parks for hiking and boating with a marina on island. Kayak rental available in Allyn


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average rating of 4.9215684 based on 106 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the Huckleberry cabin. Had a great time exploring Harstine Island and really liked the private beach access. Good location to depart from daily to explore the Hood Canal and peninsula areas. Hot tub was perfect after hikes and late at night. Ruth and Scott were great hosts and helped us feel right at home. Thank you! Stayed 6/27-29

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Ruth. She showed us the cabin and told us of the beach access. In the forest is a trail that is easy to follow. A hot tub is available near by. We gathered oysters, explored the island, and ate lunch in Shelton at Blondie's. We look forward to our next visit to Hastine Island. Thank you Ruth and Scott for sharing your slice of heaven with us.

Jon and Angie

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restorative, Relaxing Nature Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My solo retreat at the Huckleberry was wonderfully restorative. I enjoyed exploring the wooded trails on the property (often accompanied by the owners' adorable cat Timber) and the island. If you don't feel like unplugging completely, there is cable and netflix to keep you entertained. The owners were thoughtful and kind and even left a loaf of zucchini and lemon bread for me. If you need a break, this is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay at

  • 5 of 5

The Huckleberry house is lil gem on the island. It has everything you need but the most important thing is, that place is quiet and very relaxing. We really enjoyed the hot tub especially at night with the disco lights on. The hosts are super friendly and will accommodate all your needs.

Ruth, thank you for your special zucchini and apple bread you shared with us. It was delicious.

Thank you Ruth and Scott for your hospitality.

Hopefully we'll be back soon

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cute and relaxing setting

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay at the Huckleberry House - cute interior, plenty of privacy, close to beautiful hikes, and delicious zucchini apple bread greeting us when we got there! Thanks so much to Ruth and Scott for allowing us the have a relaxing respite on Harstine Island.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great "Mom Getaway"

  • 5 of 5

Ruth and Scott bought this property recently after having stayed at Huckleberry House themselves as guests! I don't know if they've changed anything from the way it was with the previous owners, but Huckleberry was bigger and more "put together" than I'd thought from the pictures. Ruth gave me the tour, including a walk-though of the treasures inside the Guest Book -- this thing has everything! From a map of the trails on their property, to picture-based instructions for finding the 'secret' beach, to foolproof how-to's for using the many remotes. The ONLY place I've stayed that tells you how to use the remotes! Between the microwave and the toaster/convection oven you could cook whatever your heart desires! Uh, just don't try to use them at the same time or it throws the circuit on the power strip -- oops! Speaking of which...I can verify the smoke detector works and is sensitive to use of the convection oven, but a few flaps of a towel in front of it got things quiet again :) Bring your own food, but granola bars, coffee, tea, instant oatmeal, and homemade apple zucchini bread were provided. The TV has DISH, Pandora, and Netflix, plus a small library of DVDs to choose from. Beautiful whimsical trails on the property with a few playful surprises if you're looking closely. I can only imagine it's even nicer in the summer. Mature landscaping makes tea on the little porch a delight. It was just me and my mountain dog and there was ample room for the two of us. This cabin could sleep up to 4 adults + 2 children in the loft, but you'd have a hard time finding space for everyone to sit for meals so you may want to plan to eat in town if you're a party of 6 (or picnic on the floor if you're feeling young at heart). A heater in each room kept the temperature cozy, though with the big down comforter on the bed I didn't need the heater! It was a treat to soak in the full bathtub in the morning, then take a dip in the hot tub that evening (you'll find flip flops in the closet for getting you there and back). I didn't venture up into the treehouse myself, but plan to return with my kiddos to test it out. Thank you Ruth and Scott!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
SeaTac International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Spencer Lake Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Bremerton to Seattle
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Lacey, near Olympia
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
State Highway 3
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Spencer Lake Bar & Grill/Olympic Bakery & Deli
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Car: necessary

Activities within a short drive:

• bakery and restaurants, Alderbrook Inn and Restaurant on Hood Canal - 30 minutes drive

• salt water fishing and crabbing in South Puget Sound or Hood Canal (in season / wa license required).

• fresh water lake fishing nearby (wa license required).

• serene boating and kayaking (bring your own or rent one in neighbori


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £18.87
Damage Deposit £49.07

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.