An adventurer's paradise. This cute and funky bungalow is located just moments from the beautiful Sunset Beach, famous for attracting the kiting community. There are hiking trails just before you reach Sunset Beach that lead to many of the area's natural and historical attractions. You can also fish, kayak or canoe at Sunset, Cullaby or Coffinberry Lakes which are all easily reached from the cottage.
The house is located directly between Seaside and Astoria. It is a great location for exploring both coastal communities. Astoria is historic with beautiful Victorians and a thriving new brew pub industry. Seaside is perfect for the kids with bumper cars, arcades, outlet malls shopping and an aquarium where you can feed the seals.
The house is small, yet functional. The bedroom nook houses a queen bed. It is divided from the living area by curtains. The bed is very comfortable. It is a great place to sleep in since it stays nice and dark and there is virtually no noise in the neighborhood (most days).
The second sleeping area holds a bunk bed with a double futon and a single bed above. This is usable as a "living room" if a couple stays or as another "bedroom" for other adults or kids.
In the front room here is a funky 1960's sofa near the woodstove that also folds into a bed suitable for one. The cottage can sleep up to 6 people. SInce it is small and there is only 1 bathroom, it is best for a couple or a family.
The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, griddle and a hotplate. There is plenty of pantry space and the home comes equipped with dishes and flatware for 6. There is a dining nook that seats 4 comfortably
The wood burning stove will be your main source of heat. Please make sure you know how to build a fire or be willing to learn. And please always be safe! If it is very cold, or if you are wary of the fire, there are two small electric heaters.
Just off the front steps is an outdoor covered area for BBQs, cuddling up and reading a good book, or an evening cocktail. There is also room to hang stuff out to dry after those long days on the beach! The yard is quite large and holds two trees perfect for setting up a slackline or clothes line if you prefer. There is also a lovely fire pit with benches for your enjoyment.
* Have fun and be safe!
* Don't burn the place down, only use small pieces of wood and newspaper in the wood stove. If you're not comfortable with fires just buy a few presto logs. They're easy to start and will keep the place warm.
* Don't flush anything besides toilet paper down the toilet. It is on a septic system. Please don't use harsh chemicals or bleach at the house. It will kill all the good critters in the system.
* Put your trash in the bin outside
* Strip bed and place sheets in hamper
* Contact me with any questions or concerns!
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Have a fabulous stay!
We really liked our stay at Shell Cottage! I find it so much more interesting to stay at unique, funky places than just a cookie-cutter condo that's sterile and boring. The mostly fenced back yard was perfect for our pup Lucy, and the beach access is RIGHT down the road. The cooking facilities are limited, which we were aware of from reading Keelin's listing. We were able to accomplish what we wanted as far as food with the griddle and hot plates, it just takes a little creativity in the small kitchen! We hope to come back again and stay longer!
Shell Cottage had some awesome features, it was close to the beach, there was a great fire pit outside, and it was close to Seaside and Astoria.
It was, unfortunately, much too small for three adults and a seven year old. There was a bit of a funky smell that got better once we got the scented garbage liner outside.
Over all, it would be a great place to crash out during the summer months, but was not the best to hang out (mostly) inside for a weekend.
We do say that the cottage is small yet functional.......we even go so far as to say it is best for a couple of family, so three adults was pushing it for being cozy. We are a family of five and still enjoy our time at the cottage, but we do agree that it can get a bit tight for more than two adults unless you are just looking for a place to spend the night. The price that we charge takes into account that it is small......but everyone loves it as much as we do for the most part, and we are glad that our guests still had a great time at the beach.
Couldn't have asked for a better trip! The cottage was great, very quiet and peaceful; easy to walk to the beach, yet still just a short drive to Astoria and Seaside. Highly recommend!
A very nice and fun visit to the Shell Cottage. The inside is kept clean, and the kitchen allows for easy preparation of breakfast and lunch. The location between Seaside and Astoria is perfect. We loved walking down to the beach (so close!), and the Fort to Sea trail was really interesting (get close and personal with some cows!). It worked very well with our small dog. We would definitely come back to stay here.
Wonderful little place, and exactly as the hostess described. I love that the door faces into the yard, instead of onto the street. We had a great stay and enjoyed the wood stove, all the clean linens, and the general atmosphere of the cottage. Although we lacked for nothing (except hand soap in the kitchen, of which I bought some and left it for the next guest), and felt very welcome, I left feeling as if, as a rental property, the place just needs a little more love...something I can't quite put my finger on. I'd expect ants at the beach, but the ones at the cottage were legion. I wouldn't expect cobwebs, or how rickety the bunk beds seemed. However, overall I still give this place a two thumbs up positive review.
Lovely little place! Just enough room for 4 adults. A perfect location for exploring this part of Oregon, and all the amenities needed for a short stay. Thanks to our hosts for a wonderful stay!
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I am a middle school teacher who loves to travel. My daughter and I enjoy traveling together and experiencing new cultures, language and trying new foods. We have been to Guatemala, Italy, Canada and Japan together. I have used Airbnb myself in Japan, Washington and Canada. In the past,I have always rented apartments wherever possible when traveling. I have rented from individuals in Florence and Rome, and in Guatemala. I was always worried that these apartments that I had paid for might not really exist when I showed up. When I found Airbnb I knew it was a fit for me in my personal traveling and hosting style. I believe guests want their own space where they can explore Portland at their pace and in their style. Having an apartment with a kitchen to come home to makes traveling, especially with children, so much easier.
Woohoo! Walter and I got married on October 30, 2011! I am now Keelin Brubaker!