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Anderson House at Oro Bay - Historic Waterfront Inn

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Space 4,533 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms + Den, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13, Puget Sound Waterfront Estate

Welcome to Anderson House

Anderson House at Oro Bay is a vacation rental home located on Anderson Island in the south Puget Sound region of Washington State. Nearby cities include Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Chambers Bay and Steilacoom. It is 10.4 Miles (including the 20 minute ferry ride)to Chambers Bay Golf Course which is home to the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament and about a 2.5 hour drive from Portland, Oregon.

A short 20 minute ferry ride from Steilacoom on the mainland, Anderson Island is a wonderful retreat from everyday cares without the crowds of other Puget Sound islands. The Steilacoom ferry terminal is approximately 32 miles south of SeaTac International Airport.

Anderson House is owned by the Randy Anderson family, descendents of early Island pioneers Elsie & Erik Andersen. It was previously operated as a Bed and Breakfast Inn, and has been featured in Northwest Best Places, as well as Sunset and Puget Sound magazines.

This historic waterfront Scandinavian style farmhouse has a unique and peaceful setting on 20.86 acres, overlooking Oro Bay. The house has been completely renovated and updated in classic farmhouse style. Each room offers tranquil bay, garden or pastoral views. The expansive front porch is an ideal place to enjoy the view, read a book or rock your cares away as bald eagles soar above the tall fir trees and the bay. A private dock provides access to kayaks and small boats at high tide. The property features expansive flower and vegetable gardens. Cows can be seen grazing lazily in the adjacent pastures or next to the picturesque barn.

Anderson House is the ideal location for families and friends to gather for special occasions. It has been used for small business seminars, and creative retreats. Anderson House and property are not available for weddings or large parties of any kind. Children with adult supervision are welcome. No pets, no smoking and no RV parking or camping is allowed on the property. Our caretaker lives in the home adjacent to the property, should guests have questions during their stay.

The House sleeps a maximum of 13 people. Overnight guests are restricted to no more than 13 people (including children). No more than 25 people are allowed on the property at any time.

The first floor of the house offers a formal living room with a wood burning fireplace and satellite TV / DVD player; a large farm style kitchen; a formal dining room with seating for 13; a den with two twin “toe to toe” beds, TV and attached full bathroom; a laundry room equipped with washer and dryer; and a powder room. The home is equipped with wireless Internet access and a land-line telephone for local calls.

The second floor has four queen size bedrooms, each with their own attached full bathroom (3 with shower, 1 with tub). One bedroom also has a twin daybed for sleeping.

The third floor playroom has one double bed with a half bathroom.

The bright kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, dishes, glassware, pots and serving dishes. Appliances include a Subzero refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, gas & halogen cook top stove, microwave and electric convection oven. The large, round breakfast table seats 6, and is a great place to hang out and keep busy cooks company. Conveniently located outside the kitchen is a gas grill for barbecuing.

More Details

Erin Anderson McClun
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Erin Anderson McClun

Anderson House is owned by the Randy & Bettymae Anderson family, descendents of early Island pioneers Elsie & Erik Andersen. Randy grew up spending his summers on the Island working on the original family homestead farm. Bettymae became enchanted with the Island upon her first visit back in 1946 and as Randy puts it, 'I was not sure if it was me or the Island she loved more!'

Erin Anderson McClun purchased this farmhouse in 1985

Why Erin Anderson McClun chose Pierce County

Bettymae,an accomplished artist and writer, restored the home and gardens completely in 1985. It was formerly operated as a Bed and Breakfast Inn and served as a base for many creative endeavors. The Anderson Family is now happy to offer the entire home for other families and friends to enjoy.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Anderson Island is truly a hidden gem in the Puget Sound. Anderson House is a perfect place to restore ones spirit and creativity, connect with friends and celebrate family.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Pierce County

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4533 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 1st Floor Powder Room -
    1st Floor Den 'Toe to Toe' Bathroom - bath with shower , jacuzzi
    2nd Floor Bedroom#1 Private Bathroom - shower enclosure
    2nd Floor Bedroom#2 Private Bathroom - shower enclosure
    2nd Floor Bedroom#3 Private Bathroom - shower enclosure
    2nd Floor Bedroom #4 Private Bathroom - shower enclosure
    3rd Floor Playroom/Bedroom #5 Bathroom -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom #1 - 1 large double bed , 2nd floor with private shower bathroom
    Bedroom #2 - 1 large double bed , 2nd floor with private shower bathroom
    Bedroom #3 - 1 large double bed , 2nd floor with private tub bathroom
    Bedroom #4 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , 2nd floor with private shower bathroom
    Bedroom #5 - 1 double bed , 3rd floor - off playroom with half bath
    Den/Bedroom #6 - 2 single bed , 1st Floor Den 'Toe to Toe' beds with private tub/shower bath
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Anderson House at Oro Bay - Historic Waterfront Inn
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Quiet and lovely

  • 5 of 5

The house fit all the needs of our family gathering. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was a dream and we all fit around the large dining table, which doubled for crafts during the day. The property was lovely and peaceful, and we enjoyed walks on the road (super low traffic) and the nearby park trails. We were lucky enough to come when the lilacs and fruit trees were in bloom -- a beautiful, fragrant addition to a really special weekend.

All logistics were handled quickly and easily. The owners were easy to reach and responded promptly -- they made sure we were happy with everything.

Thanks for providing a beautiful setting that made our family gathering that much more memorable.

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful family home

  • 5 of 5

Many of our family members came together for a Celebration of Life and stayed at the Anderson House. We were blessed with beautiful weather and the house was a perfect fit for our family.Can't wait to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 22/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We were very impressed.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we saw this beautiful home on the VRBO listings, we were almost certain it was for us.

Vacationing on Anderson Island offers a relaxing experience, a chance to connect with nature and breathtaking views. The community is welcoming and seems as if they never meet a stranger. They are helpful in every way and are so friendly.

The island invites you to explore and enjoy. The general store and restaurants met our needs for last minute groceries and enjoyable meals when we didn't care to cook at the house. Both restaurants offered an assortment of wines and cocktails.

From the moment we began asking questions of Erin, she was prompt and thorough in her responses. We had several conversations so that Erin could make her sure we felt comfy and happy at Anderson House at Oro Bay. Erin, we can't thank you enough for making us feel so welcomed and appreciated.

Additionally, Raven was so kind and thorough when we arrived. She was available with just a phone call or text.

We love to cook and enjoy all that a home has to offer and this beautiful home had everything we needed and more. The kitchen comes equipped with every gadget needed (within reason) since it was formerly a B and B. We stayed amazed at the kitchen tools available to us.

All rooms were comfy and offered beautiful views.

We have no negative comments at all.

Erin, thank you for your hospitality. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 04/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingston, WA

Beautiful and relaxing home!

  • 5 of 5

The Anderson House was the perfect venue for our winter book group retreat! The living room was ideally suited to encourage long discussions and/or some serious game playing in front of the cozy fireplace. In the well appointed kitchen, with every type of kitchen tool imaginable, we were able to cook up wonderful meals and the dining room table easily seated our group of nine women. The bedrooms were beautifully furnished and the beds were incredibly comfortable! Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 04/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, Washington

Perfect place for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this farmhouse! Plenty of comfortable space for our family to spread out as well as all be together! We lucked out with perfect weather for January and enjoy fishing, parks and the trails!

No complaints!!!

  • Review Submitted: 16/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well equipped for a Thanksgiving tradition

  • 4 of 5

We brought along our own kitchen equipment to prepare our meals but really didn’t need to. The large kitchen had everything including enough place settings to run a small restaurant. The furniture was very comfortable and there were plenty of antique pieces to make for a lovely quaint setting. There was an abundance of firewood for the grand fireplace and a TV to watch the Huskies win the Apple Cup.

It was easy to book with Erin and Raven was there to welcome us in. Raven also invited my disabled son to help feed the cows; it was the highlight of his visit.

We had some minor plumbing problems and the exterior railings could use some maintenance but we would recommend this property. We were instantly comfortable in the dining and living rooms with the grand windows and everyone appreciated the large wonderfully appointed bedrooms.

  • Review Submitted: 04/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greetings David, Thanks so much for your thoughtful review and recommendations. We have made an appointment with a plumber to address the minor issues you brought to our attention and have the railing repairs scheduled as part of our winter maintenance projects. We appreciate you leaving the house in such nice condition when you left. If ever you have plans to visit the Island again, we would love you have you back! Best, Erin
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Anderson Island Ferry Dock
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Riviera County Club
Nearest Train
11.5 Miles
Amtrack Tacoma Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Riviera Lakeshore Restaurant
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Family Owned Picnit Point (Private)
Car: recommended

The Island offers many recreational activities. By special arrangement to our guests, access is available to the Anderson family privately owned “Picnic Point” on the west side of the Island. The private, old growth timber hiking trail leads to the beach for beach combing, clam digging or, what else – picnics!

Anderson House is adjacent to well-designed Anderson Island Park trails that allow hikers to cross the Island and explore beaches both on the west and east sides of the Island. The sleepy Island roads are ideal for bicycling or long walks. Golf privileges are available to our guests at the Island nine-hole Riviera Country Club. The Tacoma and Oro Bay Yacht clubs are located just across Oro Bay from Anderson House. Swimming is available at “the Ole Swimming Hole” park located on Lake Josephine, one of two fresh water lakes on the Island. There are tennis and volleyball courts, as well as playground facilities on the Island. Massage services are available on the Island.

The Anderson Island Historical Society’s “Johnson Farm Museum” is a wonderful place to visit and get a feel for Island life and its early pioneers. It is host to the annual Salmon Bake, summer band concerts, autumn Apple Squeeze and various lectures throughout the year.

Groceries and general goods are available at the Island General Store. Dining is offered at the Lakeshore Restaurant and the Island Coffee Shop. Catering services are available on the Island.

Nearby off-island attractions and day trips include: golfing at the Chambers Bay Golf Course which will be home to the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament, Point Defiance Zoo and Park, The Museum of Glass, Seattle’s Pike Street Market and Space Needle, shopping in Bellevue Square, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and Mt. Rainer National Park.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$270.96
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$677.4

Cancellation Policy
$100 cancellation fee for all cancellations.
Full refund of deposit (less $100 cancellation fee) will be made if cancellation is received in writing 90 days prior to arrival date.
No refund will be made for cancellations less than 90 days prior to arrival date, unless the house can be rented for the same time period and rate as reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.