River House, a 2600 sf home on a high bank above the Elwha River, shows views of the River and the distant snow-topped mountains that are a photographer's delight, presenting an ever-changing vista of light and shadow.
The spacious great room/dining area/kitchen is lit by a three-story prow window and invites day's end relaxation with television, wood stove and comfortable leather seating. The dining area features seating for six around a large teak table. The modern kitchen is well-equipped for meal preparation. A deck off the living area and a hot tub and fire pit come with views of the River and mountains.
The "Sockeye Suite" a light-filled room with an en-suite bath, king size bed, television and walk-in closet, encompasses the second floor, assuring the greatest privacy. A balcony off the bedroom is a fine place to take your morning coffee. The adjacent "Tuckaway Room," a cozy spot with a comfortable twin bed, shares a bath with the Sockeye Suite.
On the main floor, a third bedroom features a king- size bed, television, a walk-in closet and an adjacent designated bath. "Waterfowl Room" takes its theme and colors from exquisitely detailed duck prints and decoys.
The fourth bedroom is the striking "Upland Game Birds" room featuring prints of a pheasant in flight and ruffled grouse, a queen bed, walk- in closet and an adjacent designated bath.
Though River House does not have ramps, it is accessible via 2 steps at the front of the house. The open kitchen, dining area and living area are very spacious, including wide aisles in the kitchen, making wheelchair and other assisted mobility easy. The deck off the dining area is the same height as the interior flooring, allowing outdoor viewing of the River and mountains.
A path down to the River allows a close-up view of the changes in the water flow since the the Glines and Elwha dams were removed.
We are blessed with occasional visits from deer and the Herrick Road elk herd, as well as cougar and bear spottings.
Our neighbor has several goats and a flock of chickens that visit regularly. (They sell fresh eggs which are a real treat.)
Across the River is the Olympic Hot Springs Road entrance to the Olympic National Park. This entry leads to a recently built overlook to the former site of the Glines Dam.
Lake Crescent is about 15 minutes west on Highway 101. The Lodge has a covered porch and outdoor seating fine for sipping your tea, coffee, wine etc and viewing a stunning lake, recently voted the best in Washington. There are easy flat walking paths on the grounds as well. A mile-long trail leads to the 90 foot Marymere Waterfall.
Olympic Raft and Kayaking is literally "right down the road". Harbinger Winery's Tasting Room is about 6 miles east on 101, on the right side. Right next door is Adventures in Kayaking.
In addition, the home comes complete with a washer/dryer, three Tv's, Cable television with HBO, a fire pit and a hot tub to relax in while you check out the amazing views.+ More