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Rent a moment In history at Fern Cove Nature Preserve's Belle Baldwin House

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Historic beach house with 3 bedrooms (2-queen & 2 twin beds) and gas fireplace.

Rent a moment In history at Vashon Park District's Belle Baldwin House at Fern Cove, home of Washington State's first female physician.

Named a State Historic Landmark, the Belle Baldwin house may be the only known intact example of the residential work of Harlan Thomas, a renowned architect whose buildings are distinguished Seattle landmarks.

Vashon Park District’s ‘green’ restoration process has returned the house to its 1912 glory, creating a relaxing, natural environment that honors the park and the past. Located on 750 feet of pristine Puget Sound beach, it doesn't get any better than this.

The house is located in Vashon Park District’s Fern Cove Park. The park is open to the public during the day for walk-in, passive uses, such as beach walks and bird watching.

The home was fully refurbished in 2008 to provide weekly rentals to the public. It features a large living - dining room with the original paned windows facing the shore and Baldwin creek. The three bedrooms (two queens/two twin), one bath house is comfortable for a group of six (there is also a roll-a-way available) and we provide all household items to assure a comfortable stay. There is a gas fireplace and nap friendly leather couch.

More Details

Property Manager
Eric Wyatt
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2018

About Eric Wyatt

The Belle Baldwin House at Fern Cove is owned by Vashon Park District and maintained as a vacation rental to help preserve its historical significance.

Why Eric Wyatt chose Vashon Island

This property is a world (and 30 minutes) away from the Emerald City of Seattle. Relax on the beach. Read a book. Kayak. Bird. Babble with the brook. Fern Cove is a pocket gem on Vashon Island.

What makes this bungalow unique

If you like cozy, this is the house for you. It has fine wood throughout and a modern gas fireplace and comfy chairs and overstuffed leather couch.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow around the Vashon Island around the King County

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Checkout Time is 11am. Departures after 11:15am will be charged $30 per hour in one hour increments.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Includes a beautiful claw-foot tub and separate glass shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We also provide a large picnic table and a glass patio table with umbrella that seats six.


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Rent a moment In history at Fern Cove Nature Preserve's Belle Baldwin House
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
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Fern Cove

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this little gem hidden in the woods! We spent many hours sitting around, reading the history, passing the guest book around in front of the fireplace. Every morning around 7:00 was spent walking the shoreline of Fern Cove discovering sea life we had never seen before. We had 2 houses, but everyone gathered here for meals. Late in the afternoon we watched the sunset and the geese fly in to bathe in the spring water from the creek running through the property. It was magical! We extended our stay, was very hard to leave. I definitely left my heart back at The Baldwin House!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The house is charming, beautifully restored and furnished, with spacious rooms and high ceilings. We were on the island to see family, so we didn’t get to spend as much time here as we’d have liked - but what time we had here was lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Richard, very much! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay - it is indeed a beautiful spot. We hope you can return again sometime and enjoy. Thank you again for staying with us!
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful quiet, spot and house is thoughtfully outfitted, clean and cozy.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us, Dan! We're glad you enjoyed the Belle Baldwin House, and we'd be happy to host you again anytime.
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Belle Baldwin House

  • 5 of 5

The Belle Baldwin House was a lovely property - spacious and open and located in a beautiful wooded setting next to the beach. Loved the push button light switches. Kitchen was adequately equipped for our cooking needs. Beds were comfortable, although we could have used top sheets on two of the beds as the comforter was too warm. But that's a minor detail. All in all a five star review.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Frances, for staying with us! Extra thanks for mentioning the top sheets - there should have been top sheets on the beds, and it's great to get feedback like this. We will talk with our housekeepers and make sure they know this. Thanks again, Vashon Parks Dept.
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The property was absolutely beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Spent five days at the house with my adult children. Every night had a breathtaking sunset to watch. Mornings were filled with deer, bald eagle and falcon fishing, hiking on the trail across the street and going out to explore the entire island. Last day we went kayaking in the bay at Burton. This was a great vacation. The Strawberry Festival was quaint however next time we will come when normal activities can take place and not so crowded. Local store owners in Vashon were very nice.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Laura, for staying with us! So glad to hear it was a great vacation - and yes, please visit again. Strawberry Festival can be very crowded! But we're happy you found some respite at Fern Cove.
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful old home, nicely renovated with a view of Puget Sound. I enjoyed every minute at the Baldwin House.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us! Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
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Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
The Hardware Store
Nearest Ferry
3.6 Miles
Vashon Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Vashon Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
The Hardware Store
Nearest Beach
Fern Cove
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £76.02

Refunds for cancellations made less than 60 days prior to arrival ONLY if we can re-book your rental. All cancellations are subject to a $25 administrative fee.

*Please note that we reserve the right to hold your credit card information for up to two days after check-out for damage security to Vashon Park District property.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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