Oh guys, I have been anxiously waiting to be able to share this amazing Manzanita Oregon vacation rental with you that we recently got to experience! I’m literally on the edge of my seat with fingers flying over the keys to get this post out to you!! I just KNOW you are going to love this as much as Brian and I do, since you all like cottage-farmhouse style, salvaged materials with history, reusing, and yes – imperfections, just like I do.
In fact, this house easily fits in the ‘Fixer-Upper’ style so popular right now – and with the history and love of detail that goes along with it. And if you’ve ever stayed at basic beach rentals before, with their typical beach-souvenier-laden decor and cast-off furniture, you know this is not the norm!
I couldn’t be more happy that Kim from The Houses on Manzanita Beach contacted me about her Manzanita vacation rentals– and as soon as I saw this video of her houses, I knew they were special and that you would appreciate them like I did!
There are 3 rentals, sleeping 8 to 20 and all are very reasonably priced for their location on the beautiful 7-mile-long Manzanita Beach, especially when you split with family and friends. One house has direct beach access and all of them have access across a neighborhood road, with the incredible views to match.
Even though we didn’t need to sleep 20, the historic Reed House that Kim and her husband recently renovated was available for us to stay in – and saying it was incredible is an understatement. The views from the deck take your breath away – this is such a wonderful stretch of beach with a view that looks good in any weather (I snapped all these photos on our first day, since I knew from the weather app that rain was coming!).
Kim has described the remodeling of Reed House as “a labor of love” and you will see why – every part of this house has been touched and updated, with original materials salvaged and reused whenever possible. To fill in, there are salvaged sinks of all kinds, new wood to match the old, antique art, and the coolest assortment of light fixtures!
Since pictures really are going to tell the story of this house, I took a LOT – many of which I just couldn’t fit (as it is, I had to split this post into 2 pages!), but I’ve been sharing them on Instagram, too, so you can follow me there to see even more. So, let’s take a tour, and I’ll try to keep my words to a minimum!
Historic Reed House
You can see right from your first step into the house on the lower level that you are in for a treat. The attention to detail, the white shiplap walls, salvaged doors, and original beadboard are all there. I couldn’t wait to see what awaited at the top of the stairs!
The Great Room
A beautiful open stairwell with a fantastic light fixture leads to a huge open great room with views that will make you never want to leave! You know how when you vacation with a large group that includes kids and pets, you seem to always be on top of each other? Yeah, that will not be happening here. There are multiple areas to sit and relax, talk, read, and eat. Places for everyone and then some.
Again, this is where you’ll see the personal aspect of the remodel – Kim told me that she’s been on many family reunions and knew that having enough places for different ages to hang out was a priority. That and enough bathrooms – there are five full baths here- and plenty of kitchen supplies. Yesssss!
Some of the sweet touches – things that didn’t have to be there, but add so much ambience:
- the original working stone fireplace
- a vintage telephone ‘booth’ complete with a salvaged payphone that works just like a regular local phone, no need for coins!
- salvaged wood ceilings, beadboard walls, and new pine walls – all working together beautifully.
The rest of the main level consists of a master bedroom and bath with king bed (and a flat screen TV), a queen bedroom, and a nice sized main bath.
I loved this set of French doors – for the look and the view – and I thought this tile entry ‘rug’ was not only stunning but brilliant, since it’s a spot you can take off your wet, sandy shoes without damaging the reclaimed fir floor.
Yeah, we were all pretty happy to be staying here.
The Third Floor
Upstairs you find a quaint sitting area under the eaves with another TV, and a ton of books to choose from, plus three bedrooms and two more baths (which are adorable – see them in the bathroom section below). Two of the bedrooms have one queen bed each, while the third bedroom offers two built-in queen beds tucked under the eaves with a dormer window overlooking the ocean.
The kids in any family would love to be able to talk to people on the main level through the vintage grate in the floor, wouldn’t they? See what I mean about the sweet little touches?
The Lower Level
You actually enter the house at the lower level (see the entry to the stairwell above), which is a hangout space lots of people will love with a media room, pool and ping-pong tables. This level houses the two bunk rooms, each sleeping 4 plus another fun bathroom.
That’s 7 bedrooms and 5 baths – imagine everyone having their own space, no couch-sleeping required!
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