About This Listing
Indianola is a cute little village where people are friendly and nature astounds. The house is clean, updated and EASY TO GET TO. You can be on the wrap around deck with a cocktail looking out at the water in under 90 minutes from downtown Seattle.
We're talking about a 3 level, ~3000 sq ft house, built to last in the 80s and fully updated in 2013. The house has large upper and lower decks with nice views of Miller Bay and killer sunsets. The private community beach is just 5 min walk. The kitchen and bathrooms have all been remodeled and there is a clean, new Weber BBQ to grill up a storm. The house decor and furnishings are fresh and contemporary, while being in natural and serene surroundings. There are no lace curtains or itchy floral bed-spreads here. Instead, you'll enjoy pillow-top beds, a flat screen TV for movies, and a very nice shower or bath. All 3 bathrooms have been remodeled for a clean, fresh experience.
There are 3 bedrooms, 4 beds: two queen beds (in separate rooms on separate floors) and 2 twins, all 4 are new, pillow-top with down comforters, and offer a terrific night's sleep. There are 2 couches that make up to twin beds as needed. Refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer are all current as well.
Two of the 3 bedrooms and the master bath are in a loft space that is largely open to the rest of the house, as I hope you could see from the pictures. This means it is VERY open and you need to like the people you're traveling with quite a bit. It is an ideal space for 2 couples and a school aged kid or two. Privacy is limited; it is a house built for sharing and collective activities. :)
The kitchen is equipped with the basics- pots, pans, dishes, olive oil, spices and pantry items. You'll most likely want to pick up groceries. Some items are available at the Indianola Country Store (1 mile) including emergency toiletry, pantry items, dairy, fresh lattes and a small deli. We're also lucky to have Central Market in Poulsbo (10 miles) that has anything you could want.
Kitsap peninsula is just 60-90 minutes from Seattle, depending how you time the ferry. It is a perfect way to escape the city without travelling very far. Indianola is a quaint little town on Kitsap peninsula, and the house is a pretty terrific place to stay as you spend time on the beach, hiking around in the woods, and exploring. Heck, you might even want to go to the Clearwater Casino. Or maybe you just want to play Cards Against Humanity with your old friends and drink beers and eat chips.
The entire property is yours for your stay. There is a truck in the garage that you can't use, but other than that, the place is yours.
Interaction with Guests
You'll have any help you need with the house and with local attractions.
The house is in a residential neighborhood with an easy downhill walk to the beach and a more ambitious, uphill walk on return. The Indianola Store, Sunday Farmer's Market, Teeny Library and Long Dock are a short mile- it's a pretty walk, but a bit hilly so you'll get your cardio. When the tide is out, you can walk to town from the beach.
You're going to want a car. You need it. But parking couldn't be easier. I see signs and have heard tale of a bus, but she's elusive.
Other Things to Note
Be aware that the ferries can get really congested during peak seasons so it's best to plan your ferry ride for mid day on week days, or early morning or later evening on the weekends.
Indianola is a very pet friendly community, but I like to keep my house allergen free, so if you want to bring your 4 legged friends, let's have a conversation to see what is possible.
We can't have any smoking in the house of course. It's 2015! But if you want to smoke outside, it is vacation after all. So I'll provide an ashtray and hope that you'll empty it before you leave. If I have to pick up butts around the property, your deposit may be impacted.
I can't rent with less than 48 hours notice, mostly because I need the place to be perfect when you arrive and in this case, perfection requires a little planning.
Indianola had been a wonderful home away from home. We spent more than a month here with our little son (4 years) and everybody had a great time. The house is spacious with an open layout but I could move to the downstairs terrace overlooking Miller Bay while writing and working. We really did find everything we needed in the house. A big barbecue outside, a well equipped kitchen, puzzles and games to play by the fireside, table tennis in the garage, etc.
You can walk up the road to reach a small path that will bring you in 10 minutes through the woods to the wild beach covered with driftwood and you will see Seattle and Mount Rainier over the bay in the distance. Our son came here every day to collect shells, build a cabin and fly his kite. Best time is at low tide so have an eye on the tide chart.
Indianola has a nice country store including a deli/café with a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly community.
The location had been perfect for our weekly excursions as well, half-way between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. You can reach Port Townsend in an hour, a pretty small town characterized by its hippie community or head to Hurricane Ridge for an astonishing mountain experience in 1,5 h driving time.
Sara had been very inviting and generous. She did a great job in furnishing the place, made sure that we had everything while we had been there and I really appreciate getting known to her.
We already miss Indianola and definitely plan to return some day.
The Chiefs House is even more lovely than the pictures. The views are spectacular, the beds are sooo comfortable, and the kitchen is fully stocked including goodies left by Sara. Sara is a delightful person and available before and during our stay to answer any questions. We also made trips around the peninsula, to Bainbridge, and to Seattle all of which were easily accessible. Note that the top floor is open as advertised, i.e., no doors on the bedrooms, which was fine for us, but not private if privacy is desirable. We hope we get to visit again!
The Chief’s House is Great. The day we arrived Sara greeted us and gave us the Grand Tour and supplied us with a book of maps for the surrounding area that was very helpful.
A quiet community that is very friendly. Couples or Families, Indianola has something for everyone.
I recommend staying here.
The Ramos Family
About the Host, Sara
I like to get away. I like high quality stuff. I like sitting by a fire and I like walking on the beach. I like my family. I like other people (mostly). I like Indianola. If you are like me in these ways, maybe you want to book a stay.