USA Washington Puget Sound Port Ludlow Listing #28371

Shine Road Retreat - Port Ludlow, WA

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21 reviews
Max. occupancy: 10 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Bed, 2 Double Bed 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 4 dog max 
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Waterfront Home w/ Squamish Harbor View & Beach Access - Dogs OK!

Gorgeously located on the shores of Squamish Harbor in Port Ludlow, this four-bedroom, waterfront home exudes calm, relaxation, and serene natural beauty in every season. It's a wonderful spot to spend the summer collecting seashells on the beach across the street and winter holidays curled up under a blanket with a view of Puget Sound. The interior living space is full of natural light, with windows throughout the home that frame views of either the ocean or the surrounding evergreen canopy. Come home from a morning on the beach, a kayaking excursion, or an exploration of the Olympic Peninsula to toss the day's clothes in the private washer/dryer and both prepare and eat dinner with an incredible view. Bring your coffee and dessert outside to the deck, and settle in for a good show or a movie in either the loft or the downstairs den.

What's nearby:
This waterfront home is located on Squamish Harbor in the peaceful community of Port Ludlow, across the street from a set of steps that lead to the beach (please note that the steps are on a pulley/wrench system and they need to be lowered and raised). You'll be two miles down the road from Shine Tidelands State Park, a great place for fishing, harvesting shellfish, birding, kayaking, and walking the beach. The small town of Port Ludlow is six miles north, where you'll find the marina, the Port Ludlow Golf Club, and the Village Market for your convenience. And if you're looking to explore this lovely part of the Olympic Peninsula even further, you'll find the charming Victorian town of Port Townsend only 22 miles north.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Full kitchen
Dog-friendly for a nightly fee
There is a pickleball court available
PLEASE NOTE: The Internet has been known to be intermittent, due to the area and provider. We are actively working with the owner and the provider to see what steps may be taken for improvement. In the meantime, please do not expect to rely on a high-speed connection. The internet service provided is best for intermittent email usage only and not for anything more involved than that.
**Across the street are steps to the beach, which are on a pulley/wrench system. Lower the steps to the beach for access; when leaving the beach, please raise the steps. Due to tides and currents, please do not leave the steps lowered or they may get swept away in the tide.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

House rules


Kitchen & dining






Sound view


Water view


Beach access


Internet : Wave



Wireless router

Sound dock

On-site activities

Tennis court : Private


Gas grill : Private



Boat rental available

21 reviews

George T. Aug 2022
It was great. The house itself was a little dated inside, but appliances are new and everything worked great. We cooked a lot at the house and it had pretty much everything we needed to do so- Well stocked with kitchenware and the basic cooking supplies. Rooms were comfortable- Some more pillows might have been nice but it was sufficient. The bay view was amazing, and access to the water wasn’t as complicated as we anticipated based on the listing details. Low tide was fun for the kids as we found hundreds of crabs under rocks, even shrimp and an eel. We brought inflatable kayaks and had a wonderful time. The bay is very calm. The front road is small and low traffic. The highway behind the house, while invisible, had a lot of road noise… but was not really noticeable from inside the home. The house has great air conditioning- which isnt on the listing by the way and should be updated (we almost didn’t select this home because of that- We stayed in August so it was pretty warm out). We played pickle ball, and lots of basketball (there were two basketballs available there). The grounds were really nice, fruit trees in the back. Watered, green turf would have been nice but not a big deal. The property has irrigation systems but it doesn’t look like they’re in use. There’s a small lake nearby which we loved too- quaint for some light, quiet fishing. Overall, a great little property, but I was not a fan of how early the check out is. 10am is a bit much. Even 11 would be better and a late checkout would have cost another $115.
Brenda S K. Aug 2022
The views were stunning. The access to the water was lovely. The house was very accommodating for our family of 7… enough space for privacy but also for time together. The basketball court that doubled as a pickle ball court was an unexpected treat.
Wish we had a few more days there.
Charles M. Aug 2022
Great house, great views, basketball hoop, pickle ball court, plenty of parking. Close to SR104 so road noise, slow internet.
CORINNE F. Jul 2022
The views
Robert V. May 2022
We had a great time with our group of 10 folks - perfect amount of sleeping space, gathering spaces (inside and out) and recreational space (driveway and pickleball court). We loved being able to walk down to the rocky beach just across the little road as well. Unfortunately there were a lot of little things that would have made for a better experience. The grill was absolutely nasty, uncleaned, covered in grease with previously used utensils under the cover. Our fault for not checking this before we bought all the supplies for a cookout, but it was still a very gross experience to encounter. There are not enough kitchen materials for 10 (or 6 for that matter) people to use without having to run the dishwasher almost constantly. The kitchen chairs were all on the verge of falling apart before we even used them our first day there - we spent a lot of time standing and eating around the table because we did not want to be those guests that broke the camel's back. The coffee caraffe also had a sizeable crack in it which made making coffee every morning more of a task than would be expected. The towels and one of the bed's sheets had stains on them which was very gross and not the standard we assumed we were paying for. That also goes for the pillows which were plentiful and completely flat - BRING YOUR OWN PILLOWS! These are some of the disappointments, but hopefully all easily resolvable by Vacasa - otherwise we had a very pleasant stay.
Manager response:
We appreciate you taking the time to help us improve the guest experience at Shine Road Retreat and hope you enjoyed the great beach access, spectacular views, and spacious accommodations. Deep cleans have been done throughout the home, and inventory is up to par for the maximum occupancy. Thank you!
Adam J. May 2022
If you are on the fence about this place, it is better than expected. Plenty of space, good location, and awesome view!
Rosemarie C. Mar 2022
My family of 8 adults, 2 dogs and 1 baby stayed at Shine Road for the weekend. I just wanted to comment on a few things I read in earlier reviews that I didn't find quite accurate... and were better than the reviews had led me to believe! First, while it wasn't 100% spotless, we found the house very clean. Really the only thing we found were a few pans with some stuck on grease and carpets with dog hair. That didn't bother us, we were thrilled to find a dog friendly home. The internet worked just fine to watch movies on the TVs and use our devices without trouble. The kitchen did have salt, pepper, oil, etc. as well as about every cooking utensil you could need. The water was hard, and had mild sulfur odor, but very hot and good water pressure. We found the futons very comfortable. Maybe most importantly, the reviews made me concerned about getting to the beach, which was the major draw of this property, but the pulley system is both super easy to figure out and very easy to use. If you can walk down stairs, you can get to the beach. We definitely enjoyed ourselves! The one thing I might ask Vacasa to include in their house info is how far up and down the beach you're allowed to walk and/or fish. We know some property owners are sticklers for their tidelines and it would have been nice to know the expectations of the community.

Overall, we loved this house and would definitely come back!
Janet C. Mar 2022
This house is great and the view of the Hood Canal is beautiful. Beach access is across the road and easy. There was plenty of space and we had a good time.
I paid $1450 for 2 nights, so my expectations were that I would get my money's worth. Ummm... no.
If it were my house (and I am a former VRBO owner) I would:
1 Spring clean. We have little people and they found plenty of places that had been ignored. The walls around the trash can in the kitchen were filthy. Utensils put away dirty. Just needs a deeper clean.
2. There weren't enough dishes to accommodate our family. This is an easy fix.
3. There is a cute tennis court with a net (with holes in it). No tennis 🎾 or balls. No net on the basketball hoop; and again, no basketball 🏀. Bummer.
4. The fireplace did not have instructions for safe use. Another easy fix.
5. No recycling can. Come on. This is Washington and we recycle. I had to take our recycling with me.
In summary, this would have been a much better rental if we didn't have to pay almost $800 in fees and taxes that made this last minute rental so expensive and not worth it.
Manager response:
Hi, Janet! We appreciate you staying with us though we're disappointed to read you weren't fully satisfied. There are rackets and balls provided for the pickle ball court, though tennis balls will be missing since they're not suitable for the game. The basketball net did go missing, but the hoop is still usable with the basketball kept in the garage. The Port Ludlow area does not offer curbside recycling; the recycling center is located near the village store and hiking trails. Thank you!
Melanie S. Nov 2021
The house was nice. A bit secluded. A+ It was easy to get to. A+. 4 bedroom 3 bath as indicated. Bedding was nice and comfortable. Ample blankets pillows towels.
Now, the reason low review. The double ovens were so dirty they smoked when preheated.
Coffee filters were cone instead of basket shaped. An added expense to buy the right ones for coffee.
The dishwasher worked but so loud and crazy sounding (like a dying cat) we had to turn music up loud to drown out the sound.
There were clocks/white noise machine in every room that didn’t work. 🤔
Ran out of paper towels.
Couldn’t get the fire place to work. When contacted the contact person. I got. Fireplace not for clients. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤔 so don’t expect to use it.
The sun goes down this time of year at 4 pm. Couldn’t be outside cause a lack of lighting. Specifically the basketball court/tennis. My son was most disappointed in that.
With the internet in and out (which was told to us) there was no way of watching movies at least. (No DVD player) that would be nice. No games either. A deck of cards would be nice to have. Not everyone that stays there lives in the area. We had to buy games on our own.
No reusable shopping bags. It would be nice for the renter if these were available seeing that the store changed for bags.
No way to access the beach. It was all locked up and no idea how to get to it. The Vrbo said there was hot tub. Wasn’t one which was 1of the reason we got this house. No tissues, extra paper towels or napkins. That would’ve been nice. So you know. TVs are roku. 2 one in media room and 1 in loft. The Vrbo also stated canoe wasn’t one. The king bed is upstairs in a room that isn’t a master. Queens in the masters down stairs.
In renting a house for a week a day or more. It’s the little touches that would make the experience more enjoyable.
I hope this helps. Communication and having what you say you have is a must.
Manager response:
We appreciate your review, Melanie. We're sorry to read you had some disappointments during your visit. The property manager has updated the listing to show the fireplace is not for guest use. The oven is getting a deep clean, and the dishwasher will be inspected. Thank you!
Louisa B. Oct 2021
This home was in a nice quiet private location yet easy to find, access was a breeze. Lots of parking space, loved the yard including basketball court and the view deck. The furnishings were comfortable, the house was clean and supplied with everything we needed. The beds were heavenly. I was impressed with the kitchen, spacious and much better stocked than most rental kitchens. I felt like the manager really cared about our experience. We would definitely come back!
shelly r. Oct 2021
We loved the place. Very much enjoyed view of the water. Would love to stay there again.
Lynnae R. Sep 2021
We appreciated the lovely view of the water and the convenient access to Port Ludlow, Poulsbo, Port Gamble, and Kingston. The great floor plan allows for quiet sleeping arrangements but also generous spaces for dining and visiting.
Martin E. Sep 2021
A/C worked well.
Manager response:
Hi Martin, thank you for staying with us and taking the time to provide this review and feedback. We sincerely apologize that your visit was not the stellar vacation for which you had planned and that we strive to provide our guests. We hope that the compensation provided is some resolution for the issues experienced and shows our commitment to guest satisfaction. Please know that our experienced team is a phone call away and happy to assist with any needs that arise. We truly hope to have another chance to host you for a future stay.
Emmalisa S. Sep 2021
The home was beautiful and with 3 full bathrooms there was plenty of space for 7 adults and 1 toddler. Also the view was gorgeous and the water was easy to access.
Susan P. Aug 2021
The house and location were great! The only problem was the internet. 2 family members needed to work remotely from the house. The internet stopped working at about 8 or 9 am and didn’t start working again until around 8 pm. This happened 7 days in a row. It was a bummer my son and partner had to leave 2 days into the reunion. The area has a reliable internet provider, Wave, but the house is using something else. If the internet worked this would be a 6 star review!
Manager response:
Hi Susan, thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay! We're pleased to hear that you had a wonderful time overall and enjoyed this charming home. We would like to clarfy that this home does have Wave internet, however we attempt to make guests aware ahead of time in the listing that the internet service provided is best for intermittent email usage only and not for anything more involved. Please know that our local team is currently working with both the owner and internet provider to see if it can be improved. We regret that this heavily impacted your stay and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you again for providing this valuable feedback. We hope to have the chance to host you again soon for a more enjoyable family vacation!
alice t. Aug 2021
Beautiful view. Well equipped house. Dog friendly. Clean. Rock beach.

Close to Shine State Park where you can walk to a sandy beach.
Kathryn K. Jul 2021
Shine Road Retreat comfortably accommodated the ten of us (six adults and four kids). The house was well stocked and clean for our arrival. Both the house and the back deck furniture were comfortable and well cared for. The pickle ball court was a bonus! When we had a question, the local Vacasa rep was incredibly helpful and quick to respond.

Most of all, the location cannot be beat! With it’s own private dock, we were out on our SUPs and kayaks every day. The kids loved exploring the coastline while the tides were out, and we were all thrilled by the abundance of wildlife, including otters, eagles and deer. We also loved the convenience of easy drives to Port Ludlow and Port Townsend.

We would definitely book this home again!
Brian W. Jul 2021
The house and views are amazing, the house is well laid out and has A/C, bedding/carpets/bathrooms were clean. The house smelled clean and fresh. We had a few issues and Vacasa responded quickly. Some of the short falls were poor internet, barley worked. BBQ was dirty and out of gas, place was in need of deep clean, under couch and microwave was dirty, basketball hope net and tennis net ripped, outdoor table loose and broken. Missing basics like salt and pepper, most utensils were cheap and melted.
Manager response:
Hi, Brian! Thank you for helping us to improve the guest experience by providing your feedback. The internet is not reliable in this area; we have added more detailed verbiage about this on the listing. We will try to get the nets replaced. We hope to see you again!
Melissa M. Apr 2021
Lovely home in a beautiful area. Clean and well-kept with plenty of indoor and outdoor space. All the basic amenities were there. Would definitely visit again. Only drawbacks were the noise from the highway behind the house, and the wi-fi was very unreliable - seemed to only work overnight.