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Mammoth stone fireplace and turret were built by a WPA stonemason who also worked on Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier National Park.
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Ballard Hansel and Gretel Cottage

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Ballard Hansel and Gretel Cottage

4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
Sparkling clean4 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.
Self check-inEasily check yourself in with the lockbox.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

Northwest cottage nestled on 1/3 acre woodland garden in quiet upscale Ballard neighborhood. Charming and cozy 990 sq ft historic storybook house built in 1936 with Scandinavian influence. Feature home for 2015 Historic Seattle tour and appearing in “Old House Journal” May 2017 and “American Bungalow” Spring 2016. Comfortably furnished with a mix of antiques. Close to bus line, cafés, bakeries, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, public beach and marina.


Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Indoor fireplace
Laptop friendly workspace

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox


5 Reviews

Mary User Profile
July 2018
We were so excited to find the Hansel and Gretal Cottage on Airbnb. The pictures were charming and the reviews validated this special historic home. We also knew Ballard is a great area but we we awestruck by the reality of this very special place that is a tribute to the archite…
Bobby User Profile
July 2018
John is a gracious and thoughtful host. Wonderful story book house carefully restored with attention to detail. The house is very clean and as shown in photos. Perfect for two, a bit tight for four with sofa bed opened in living area. Fully equipped charming kitchen with c…
Dani User Profile
June 2018
If you’re looking for a truly unique, memorable and downright magical experience in one of Seattle’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Scott’s and John’s Hansel and Gretel Cottage is the place for you! The entire house is beautifully decked out in wall-to-wall antiques with so many …
Armi User Profile
June 2018
It was a blessing in disguise when my first Airbnb reservation was cancelled at the last minute by the host, and I was able to find this beautiful fairy-tale home set in the woods with fountains, a gazebo, benches, and even gnomes. The hosts, John and Scott, were quick to confir…
Susan User Profile
June 2018
I've stayed in many airbnbs and many in Seattle in various neighborhoods. Ballard is one of my most favorite neighborhoods in the world, and John's house just made it all the more delightful. It truly is like stepping into a storybook. It's cozy and comfortable and has fun touche…

Hosted by John

Seattle, Washington, United StatesJoined in May 2018
John User Profile
5 Reviews
I am a classical musician and Seattle native. I once worked aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 for a world cruise and visited 40 ports around the world. I was a tour escort for land tours along the way and enjoyed the hospitality aspect of working and getting to know passengers…
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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