The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal
The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood CanalPremium views from most roomsCome see the Brinnon Elk and wildlife!Romantic panoramic view jetted spa in master suiteViews of Mt. Rainier!!Constantly changing views and private tidelands!A firepit close to the waters edge for fun times.Chef's kitchen w/ orig 1920 sink and drainboard.Master king size pillow top bed w/ built in lampsThe peice de resistance', opening skylights!!Original antique 1920 tub with shower ring!Master bed and bath with built in bed lampsLarge panoramic water views from nearly every roomOriginal leaded glass windows throughoutEnjoy your large "wildlife observation deck".Panoramic view jetted spa w/ skylights in master.Dosewallips River Estuary meets Hood CanalInteresting shoreline along with shell laden beach1 of 3 gorgeous waterfalls close byKayakers paradiseMain floor balcony is outdoor enjoyment anytime
6 Reviews

From $175 / night

4 bedrooms
8 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
Type: Home
Per night: $225 - $395
Per week: $1,225 - $2,765
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Brinnon vacation home rental
4th night FREE for stays through May 2012!! 6th night FREE June 1-15, 2012!!

March-June is our popular SEA LION PUPPING SEASON at the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary in front of The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal.

Come experience historic simple elegance, Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary, sweet, succulent seafood from your 1,000 ft beach, outstanding kayaking, panoramic view hiking at Olympic Natl Park, and Hood Canal at its finest. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR THANKS FOR REVIEWING RATES AND AVAILABILITY CALENDAR.

Located off the picturesque Hwy 101 SCENIC BYWAY on Hood Canal, experience The Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary with over 1,000 feet of privately owned waterfront. The Historic Balch Retreat is rumored to be the closest to the water in all of Jefferson county, AND is on the largest expanse of Hood Canal. Enjoy plump, sweet shellfish, shell laden beach, succulent crab and shrimp (in season), and so much more. The very best in eco-tourism.

"The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal" a charming and historic Nantucket, was constructed by T.B. Balch in 1920 - one of the original founders of Brinnon. T.B. Balch strategically picked the finest waterfront for his personal residence, where the Dosewallips Wildlife Estuary meets the widest expanse of Hood Canal, a MAJOR WILDLIFE DRAW!  Watch and listen to the frolicking sea lions (and their pups), vocal otters, "THE BRINNON ELK", majestic bald eagles that at times will fly 20 ft from your deck! Colorful, gorgeous birds abound (spring-fall), in addition too occasional whales, and many other species that should keep you entertained.

Also unique to The Historic Balch Retreat is the Trident Navy sub's that practice next to the Estuary "shelf" in the middle of Hood Canal. All of this is in plain view, right in front of The Retreat. For your convenience, our stairs to the beach are attached to our large entertaining deck.

FANTASTIC HIKES/MTN BIKING, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AND FOREST, SPECTACULAR KAYAK/BOATING and so much more!! - Come experience some of the most scenic hikes you can imagine, and overlook most of the entire Puget Sound and Cascades on nearby trails. Waterfalls abound in world renowned Olympic National Park. Kayak, canoe, boat, fish or crab, right in front of the home on a natural fjord (Hood Canal). Pleasant Harbor Marina is a short mile away. Go wine tasting and explore nearby quaint seaports or soak in the soothing relaxation of your romantic Hood Canal paradise. The list is endless.

LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE IN ROMANCE? Indulge with a romantic toasty fire (indoors or near the waters edge), a relaxing indoor jetted spa with outstanding Hood Canal view (the moonlight on the water is truly inspiring), and huge master suite with king size bed. Celebrate each other, with so many appealing things to do together, or revel in complete relaxation. PugetSoundRomance.cm is our home site name for a reason.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL - Come experience some of the sweetest, plumpest, and exceptionally large oysters from our acres of private tidelands, along with clams and mussels. The perfection of our shellfish is due to the minerals coming out of the Dosewallips River. Shellfish thrive on it! To cook those outstanding shellfish, their is a large 1920 chef's style kitchen with original 1920 kitchen sink and built in drainboard. Open concept cupboards and leaded glass cabinetry completes the picture. Well appointed kitchen offers mostly period design small appliances and all the modern amenities, complete with spice rack and fresh mint from your garden (summer and fall).

PREFER NOT TO COOK? Esquire magazine's #2 choice for "Best Bar in America" is just a two minute walk at the Geoduck Restaurant and Tavern. Additionally, The Half Way House Restaurant a two minute drive or ten minute walk, is famous for superb home cooking and HOMEMADE PIES. For pizza lovers, Pleasant Harbor Marina a one minute drive, offers renowned pizza and sandwich delicacies as well.

SENIORS AND THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY. When inside the home it is a destination within itself. Only 3 steps down from the parking area and no stairs if staying on the main level in the charming main level "blue room" bedroom. The main level provides a deluxe kitchen, 1920 style bathroom (with original shower ring tub), media room, dining, and living rooms. You'll love the covered view balcony off the "blue room" bedroom and living area, with patio heater, recliners, and the ultimate in views that is constantly changing. Very close to the water (rumored to be the closest in Jefferson County), so you can talk to your family with ease from the balcony while they are on the beach, so you won't miss a thing (see reviews below)!!


FAMILIES, COUPLES, MATURE ADULTS, and WELL TRAINED CANINE GUESTS, find The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal to be a serene escape from the ordinary, allowing a low key waterfront, Thomas Kincaid style setting (think paintings). An enjoyably unique place to reconnect with loved ones and nature.

Step back to romantic 1920 simple elegance, a WILDLIFE sanctuary style setting, constantly changing waterfront views, world renowned seafood, superb boating, kayaking, and diving, Olympic Natl Park, & so much more, on the premium portion of the Hood Canal.

We will get back to you in a timely fashion, so you will not be kept waiting. We consider this to be common courtesy.

1.5 hours from Seattle, 3 hours from Portland, 1 hour from Olympia

Photos by WiseImages

Keywords: Olympic Peninsula Pennisula Paradise , Hood Canal Paradise , Puget Sound Romance .

Victoria Cole

Area Information
Activities: Golf, Sightseeing, Restaurants, Wineries, Oyster harvesting, Clamming, Crabbing, Kayaking, Sailing, Boating, Waterskiing, Jet Skiing, Shelling, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Windsurfing, Biking, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking trails (four minute walk), Fishing, Hunting, Antiquing, Museums, View Victorians, Nursery Tours, Mushroom harvesting in fall, Pleasant Harbor Marina (1 mile),
fishing/boat charters, and dive excursions. This is just the beginning.

About the owner

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Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Dec 01 2016 Mar 14 2017 $225 $245 $1,225 - 2 Nights
Mar 15 2017 Jun 14 2017 $295 $295 $1,475 - 2 Nights
Jun 15 2017 Sep 09 2017 $395 $395 $2,765 - 4 Nights
Sep 10 2017 Nov 30 2017 $295 $295 $1,475 - 2 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Deposits: 4th night FREE through May 2012 including MEMORIAL WKND!! Please rates below for Memorial weekend. 6th night FREE June 1-15, 2012!! PETS: Fee on sliding scale. DAMAGE DEPOSIT: please inquire.
Payment Options: Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Other Fees: RATES BASED ON USE OF 2 BEDROOMS. Add $50 per night, per each extra bedroom (3rd and 4th). 2 guest maximum per bedroom. Additional guests over 8 - $95 (Spring, Fall, Winter)....$125 per person (Peak) covers entire stay. MEMORIAL WEEKEND: $495 night for up 2 bedrooms. $50 night per extra bedroom. 3 night min., 4th night FREE!! THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS: $495 night, 4 night min, 5th night FREE!! PAYMENT METHODS: Echeck (elec secure debit) or Visa, M/C, Discover please add 3%.

Reviews (6)

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6 reviews
Rhett Molitor

You can't beat the view.

Rhett Molitor

Lake Havasu Arizona

You can't beat the view.

July 29, 2011

My family decided to have a reunion for 1 week at this historic inn and had the most relaxing marvelous time. My family is spread out all over the country and it was great to bring everyone together here. It is pretty breath taking to see seals and bald eagles in abundance right out your window. From this location we went hiking and took senic trips to Mt. Olympus, which is by the way something to behold. We also visited many islands and surrounding villages.We enjoyed the local seafood. We ate clams and oysters we harvested ourselves at low tide. If you plan to stay and enjoy seafood like my family does you may want to buy your salmon and crab at the Pike maket place in downtown Seattle. Its 1/3 the price there instead of locally.. Great Experience, The Molitor Family

Nancy Allred

Wonderful location

Nancy Allred

Fort Mill, SC

Wonderful location

June 15, 2011

My husband and 2 teenage children and I stayed for 5 nights at the home. We were greeted our first evening with seals swimming nearby, eagles flying past the windows and even an otter on the shore. This is a charming old house with an incredible location for the nature lover. My children had a great time down at the water, which is right off the back steps, watching all the animals and looking at shells. We cooked fresh seafood we picked up in Port Townsend and had great pie at the Halfway House restaurant down the street. We picked up our groceries on the way in since there is no large store nearby. FYI. The house was a bit far from some of the things we wanted to see, so we made long day trips to Sol Duc and Hurricane ridge. The Olmpic Animal park in Sequiem is a must do with kids. Overall, this was our best vacation yet.


Mother's Day and birthday celebration


Vancouver,WA, & Bellingham, WA

Mother's Day and birthday celebration

May 12, 2011

Our entire family had a wonderful four night stay at the Balch House. Beautiful gardens greeted us as we arrived. The house was cozy, clean and welcoming. Everyone pitched in to prepare delicious seafood meals. We picked sweet plump oysters right out the front door, and we dug steamer clams at Dosewallips Park just down the road. Seals frolicked in the waters from sunrise to sunset. Bald eagles soared by us. We had a bonfire and made S'mores one evening. We hiked beautiful nearby forest trails and we saw some spectacular waterfalls. The house is well equipped with reading material for every interest. If you need more hiking information it is readily available at the Community Center in Brinnon. If you are looking for a nice restaurant with quality food nearby, I highly recommend the Timber House in Quilcene. The kayaking is great & rentals are available at the marina nearby. We brought our 16' skiff, but we were so busy that we didn't even have time to take it out! You will not lack fun activiites when you stay at The Balch House. It is also the perfect place to go for a quiet retreat. We hope to return!!

Kristi Russell Southard

Wonderful Family Get Away!

Kristi Russell Southard

St. Louis, MO

Wonderful Family Get Away!

April 5, 2011

My husband found this wonderful historic home on the internet and we knew immediately we had to give it a try. It was absolutely wonderful! Terrific views from every room, well stock kitchen with all appliance needed for any type of cooking, comfortable beds, and plenty of hot cocoa. My husband, mother-in-law, 4 children and I enjoyed hot cocoa in the mornings watching the sunrise from the deck. Many wonderful memories where made and will always be remembered. We hope to come again soon!

Vicki Grigsby

Exceeds Expectations!

Vicki Grigsby

Camas, WA

Exceeds Expectations!

October 28, 2010

From the moment you drive down the drive way and see the spectacular water view, to the well appointed interior, the place does not disappoint. Loved the skylights in the upstairs bedroom as well the majestic view of the water while enjoying the jacuzzi tub. Tori has provided personal touches that will make anyone's vacation a delight. We went for a great hike just a short distance away and traveled a short distance to Port Townsend, but ultimately, it is a very quiet peaceful getaway. We'll be back!

Teresa Berntsen

Dream date on Hood Canal

Teresa Berntsen

Olympia, WA

Dream date on Hood Canal

July 29, 2010

We spent a magical four days in this slice of heaven on Hood Canal. A beautiful home overlooking a gorgeous piece of waterfront. The charm of a historical home that is tastefully remodeled, very clean, and fully equipped. Everything you've ever thought of needing is here, including a kitchen that accommodated my husband, a gourmet cook. Within a few blocks we put in our kayaks and brought in a bounty of clams and oysters. Relaxed on the decks; evenings over the outdoor fire; enjoyed bald eagles, seals, amazing sunrises, beautiful grounds. Gracious hosts who have thought of everything you might need, you will feel their love of this place all around you.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Magnificent 1920 Waterfront Retreat - 5/5 Enjoying a Forgotten Era
Guest: wenwa (Wenatchee, WA)
Date of Stay: 09/06/09 Review Submitted: 03/25/10

My wife and I enjoyed the historical aspect of this house. It was nice, and I think more relaxing, to get away from modern concrete style condo vacation rentals. It brought back the feeling of a slower paced time from the past. We probably enjoyed the wildlife more than anything. Because a fresh water river flows into the salt water of Hood Canal directly in front of the house, wildlife is more abundant in this area, the principle ones being sea otters and bald eagles. We used this property as a home base for sightseeing in the area. Main attractions were the town of Port Townsend with its Victorian homes and the small villages up and down Hood Canal with all of their tourist shops and seafood outlets. Sitting on the outdoor decks was especially enjoyable while watching the the boats cruise in and out of the nearby marina. Even though we didn't, the lower deck is large enough to entertain a fairly good sized group of people. The neighbors' homes are not right on your "doorstep", which is nice for privacy. The house was very clean and comfortable. The furniture is of the style that fits the era that the house was built in and the beds have heavy quilts, just like the "old days". Even though the kitchen is still the style originally used in the house, it has been updated with all of the modern appliances we are accustomed to. All in all, this rental home was a nice change of pace bringing back the feeling of a forgotten era. Unless a person wants to vacation at a totally modern day residence, I would recommend the "Balch" house for a unique vacationing experience.

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.

Magnificent 1920 Waterfront Retreat - 5/5 Enjoyable Get-Away
Guest: Charlie&Scout&Yeti (Seattle)
Date of Stay: 03/26/10 Review Submitted: 03/30/10

We spent this last weekend in Brinnon, and had a wonderful time. The house is very well decorated, and has all the amenities needed for an out of town trip. We made meals in the kitchen, played board games, watched videos, sat on the deck and watched the eagles, elk and birds. An extremely relaxing and enjoyable time.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway.

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What a find!
Review submitted: April 13, 2010 Date of arrival: March 11, 2010

We loved how close the water was, the thoughtful gift left for us, and the feeling of walking into 1920. Can't wait to return. It really is serenity.

Diane and Glen Harris

Great Find!
seattle253 (Seattle, WA)
Review submitted: April 14, 2010 Date of arrival: April 7, 2010

We found this place by total accident, but the pictures and the description just seemed too good to pass up. As a couple, we rented the house for three nights, and couldn't have been happier with our stay. The house was clean, well-stocked with kitchen appliances for cooking and baking needs, as well as just being generally comfortable and cozy. The views from each room were spectacular, and the location was quiet, calm, and relaxing. The master suite is fantastic- the jacuzzi tub alone (with it's amazing view day or night) is worth the stay. Wood floors and othr old charms (moldings, paneling, windows, etc.) make the house a true gem. The house is easy to find, and close to hiking, beaches, and other fun outdoor activities. We enjoyed the sunrise and coffee from the main-level desk with it's comfortable chairs and great view. A variety of animals (we saw eagles, seals, and other wildlife) easily seen, and the recereation areas nearby were wasy to access and enjoyable as well. We were incredibly happy with the no-cleaning fees, and the efficient and prompt communication from the property managers. They made us feel like we made the right choice for our local vacation. We hope to go back again and bring other friends since we enjoyed our experience that much. Definitely worth it!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

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