|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
Enjoy miles of magnificent marine views that end in mainland views of the Cascade mountains with Mt. Baker and Bellingham to the east, the mountains of British Columbia to the north, and the city lights of Vancouver BC and the ski lifts at night. Watch a variety of marine vessels make their way across the strait of Georgia, including boaters of all types whose destinations are several smaller islands within a few miles of the cottage. Walk along hillside trails on this 11 acre parcel that includes old growth trees and native flora. Bald and golden eagles nests are located on the property. Watch for eagles soaring past or looking down on you from an old growth tree. Many other species of birds are also seen and heard about the property. Relax in the cozy atmosphere of the cottage with comfortable furnishings that include sofa and easy chair with movable down overstuffed pillows and large ottoman. The wood stove and large picture windows looking over the water create a relaxing ambiance.
Why the Owner Chose Eastsound: : Our first Orcas Island project was a chalet that we built in 1996 a mile west of our present site. We found the 2/3 acre and proximity to neighbors and traffic, although light, going by to be distracting from our relaxation and feeling of peace. We think that the north shore views are the best on the island, so we wanted to stay here. In 1999 we purchased the present 11 acres and built the cottage in 2004.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:: Year Purchased: 2004 - The sheer natural beauty of the place starting with the fantastic views and peaceful woods, the variety of birds ranging from eagles to hummingbirds, the quiet, the ability to start a short walk or long hike from the front door, the healing effect the place has on our spirits, lots of wild black raspberries in season, the varieties of wildflowers, the full moon rising over and reflecting on the water. We could keep going on, but this is a good start.
Owner Description/Comments:: We are a professional couple, a teacher and psychiatric nurse practitioner. After falling in love with Orcas Island in the mid 90's, we made a long-term goal of living here full time. In August of 2007 we achieved that goal. We like the feeling of community, and appreciate the high quality of the environment, the arts, and the natural foods that are all abundant here. We love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible working, walking, beach combing, and relaxing outside.
We are a professional couple, a teacher and psychiatric nurse practitioner. After falling in love with Orcas Island in the mid 90's, we made a long-term goal of living here full time. In August of 2007 we achieved that goal. We like the feeling of community, and appreciate the high quality of the environment, the arts, and the natural foods that are all abundant here. We love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible working, walking, beachcombing, and relaxing outside.
Owner purchased this cottage in 2004
Our first Orcas Island project was a chalet that we built in 1996 a mile west of our present site. We found the 2/3 acre and proximity to neighbors and traffic, although light, going by to be distracting from our relaxation and feeling of peace. We think that the north shore views are the best on the island, so we wanted to stay here. In 1999 we purchased the present 11 acres and built the cottage in 2004.
What a wonderful place to spend time. The views were spectacular, whether sunrise or sunset. It had everything we needed or wanted. We were so delighted with it we have already booked it for next year. We couldn't thank the owner more.
Adele and Dennis
The house was comfortable and nicely warm in December. Don was helpful and friendly. The views are great. The dogs can be rambunctious but are very friendly. I enjoyed their company walking on the property. Eastsound and Moran State Park are close by. I'm glad I chose to stay here instead of right in town and would choose to stay here again.
We stayed for a week and had a wonderful stay. The kitchen is well stocked, the views are wonderful and we want to come back. Our two miniature schnauzers got along well with the dogs and Jack the dog is just a big love.
This is truly a relaxing, lovely and pristine place. We ferried over to "get away" from the loud fireworks and general noise of living in Seattle over 4th of July weekend. All our expectations were met. Don was a wonderful host and the guest house is immaculate, comfortable and well-stocked. The pictures don't do it justice. Having rented many guest houses, lodgings across the country, it is rare to find a place that not only has all the kitchen accouterments you need, but ALSO spices, BBQ coals, condiments ready. We chose to cook in most nights to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings and truly feel we were "getting away from it all". The lovely restaurants in Orcas are a short drive away if you choose, but it was awesome to not "have" to go there as this lovely house accommodated our every need. What a great place to chill!
The bed was super comfy, wireless worked, satellite was great..it's definitely a home away from home. We saw a Bald Eagle fly by the window, deer, pileated woodpecker (the largest still confirmed as existent in North America) and other lovely creatures. Though the trees surround, there are enough views to be breathtaking. Linens were lovely, all was clean, fresh and well cared for.
About the dogs: I've read a couple reviews about issues with Don/Carla's dogs. Our experience completely discounted those reviews. We have a small toy American Eskimo that is our little boy. So, we are a bit "protective" of him and he is on a leash and doesn't run outside. We found, to our great delight, that Don and Carla are true dog people, their pups were friendly, kind, and in no way bothered us or "Newton" at all. In fact, we hardly ever saw his dogs other than a couple meet and greets. There was no inappropriate barking, no annoying behavior, none of that. There is, as Don has stated, a gate at the top of the stairs to the house, so if used, there is no way that one of the other dogs can be within range of any close disturbance. Newton was relaxed and happy the whole time and enjoyed his "private" deck. Larger dogs will indeed love to run with Don's pack or smaller if they are used to free form.
Orcas is a great place for all, humans, dogs and wildlife. We'll be back!
Hi Don & Carla,
Thanks for such a fabulous stay at your guest house! We had a great time and you were both very welcoming, we thank you! The house is simply wonderful, very roomy for a 1 bedroom and the other doggies were a delight. Our doggies had a great time too! The pictures of the view from the windows and deck do not nearly do it justice!
We had a four night stay here. The apartment is clean and comforable, and Don and Carla are kind people and excellent hosts. There are big windows with great views of the water and snow covered mountains .There is a nice porch to sit on to look out at the water. We cooked nearly all our meals in a very usable, well -stocked kitchen. We are big hikers, and there are wonderful hikes throughout the Island,all within a short drive of where we stayed. Eastsound is a chaming little town, and even though it was off season most places were open. We had a tasty meal at the bar in the New Leaf restaurant , and the bookstore is a great place to browse and have coffee or the best hot chocolate. I noticed some comments in the reviews about the black lab Jack. I may be biased since we share the same name, but we found him to a very entertaining, goofy and friendly beast. He can be pesky if you show him some attention, but we enjoyed his company.
Eastsound, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA (Less Than 4 Miles from Eastsound). Our property offers the best of both mountain and waterfront settings.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 24 - Sep 3
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Notes||There is a $200 damage deposit required prior to staying. This is refunded in full if the place is not damaged. Also, there is a $150 cleaning deposit of which $100 is refundable providing the cleaning person does not exceed her normal charge of $50. If you have pets that we have already ok'd you must pay a $200 deposit prior to your stay. This is refundable provided no damage occurs.|
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