|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
The 2015 season marks this three bedroom/ three bathroom gated estate's fifth year on the vacation rental market. The theme of this stunning Lopez Island home is quiet, casual, though refined and tasteful comfort. The home is situated to capture the expansive view facing directly east into Thatcher Pass, framed by Decatur Island to the north and Blakely Island to the south (look on your map of Puget Sound). From the living room or deck, watching the Washington State Ferries make their route from Anacortes to Lopez and beyond is a treat for eyes. At night, the slowly moving brightly lit ferry in the dark water is like a sparkling jeweled necklace (pardon the hyperbole, but this is not an exaggeration).
Of course, the recreation begins, literally, in your own rear yard. Spencer Spit State Park is a 10 minute walk up the secluded beach, which is accessed by the private path from the house. This is one of the only homes in the area with beach path access. The house is a convenient 4 miles from both the ferry landing and the village. Both are a mild bicycle ride away.
This graceful home would not be described as a “cabin” or “cottage.” This inviting and casual residence is tastefully furnished, with cherry wood floors, eleven foot vaulted ceilings, and features original oils and lithographs by famous northwest artists. Much of the decor is mid-century modern and some of the woodwork and ceramic pottery lamps are true period pieces. The kitchen is stocked with all the appliances, tools, and dishes necessary for creating full gourmet meals.
All of the rooms are large and spacious and while the house is approximately two thousand square feet it has an open and airy feel (the large glass exposures to the water enable this). The ranch style floor plan features a central living room, dining room, and kitchen. To the south of the central area are the two main bedrooms. The master bedroom has a 3/4 bathroom “ensuite.” The master bedroom has a king size bed with a sweeping view of Lopez Sound. In the morning, throw open the French doors to your private deck and greet the day by viewing the eagles that frequently soar overhead.
The second bedroom features a queen size bed, a garden view window, and a full bath just outside the doorway. Songbirds will be just outside your window.
To the north of the main common areas is the “kids wing” which contains a playroom, art making alcove, the kids bedroom (two sets of bunk beds), and a ¾ bath. The bunks in the kid’s area fold out on the bottom to become full-size futon. The kids suite features both garden and water views. Although we indeed love our children, the door to the 'kids wing' can be closed so that the children can occupied with games or a DVD, while the adults enjoy a late supper or sitting by the fire in the living room.
Just out the back door, facing the water, is a large grassy play area for children to run and play. There is a large netted soccer goal set up. The natural stone firepit is nestled into the rear lawn, overlooking the beach-bluff.
Your days on Lopez will be spent out on the island hiking, whale watching, deep water fishing, birding, biking, boating, lounging, and reading. Our across the road neighbor is Horse Drawn Farms where you can purchase local ingredients from Ken and Katherine’s farm stand for your meals. You will often see their strong and muscular horses pulling plows.
This extremely private, five acre gated estate is situated at medium bank. The only sound you will hear in the morning is the chirping of songbirds, and the low rumble of the ferry as it winds its way across the Puget Sound.
Once on the pebble and rock beach you can hunt for clams or take in fresh Dungeness crab (bring your inflatable craft and buy a crab-pot in town). There are large driftwood logs strewn for miles for children to hang and play on. From this beach one can walk north to the state park or south as long as the terrain permits. We own a private mooring buoy and guests will be provided with the GPS coordinates.
In the evening you may prepare your own dinner in our fully equipped kitchen, or use the propane gas grill on the rear patio. Following dinner you will likely spend your evenings by the firepit over looking the expansive view. With six Adirondack chairs surrounding the firepit, bring your food and drink down from the house, and wait until the stars fill the sky above you. The kids love making 'Smores' by the crackling fire!
There is a good quality, tuned, upright piano; your piano teacher will be delighted that you practiced during your vacation! This is a truly a magical, special home; a place to look forward to returning for many years, a place to build your own family traditions.
(Please take careful note of the person occupancy and length of stay requirements prior to your inquiry. No more than 4 adults or 4 children (8 total) at any time. There will be no exceptions made.)
Keywords: water view, three bedroom, three bathrooms,
The owners are an active family with a sixteen year old child. The home and its decor have been designed with the comfort of both adults and children in mind.
Christine purchased this estate in 2004
The San Juans are close enough to Seattle (where we reside full time) to escape for the the weekend. Though they are just distant enough to get to (you must take the car ferry), so that even a few nights away feels like a rejuvinating adventure.
Enjoy hiking, biking, restaurants, kayaking, snoozing, lounging, reading, fishing, crabbing, boating, Bar-B Que, etcs.
We've visited Lopez Island many times over the years and at different times of the year. Our recent spring visit was the first in this beautiful home with a stunning view. During the wet days of our visit, we actually enjoyed staying inside! The home has water and garden views. There is plenty of room for everyone without getting into each other's way. The books and activities for kids, such as building blocks and books about the natural world, are thoughtfully edited towards curious explorers. Being located above the beach saved extra time in that we didn't have to pack the car to travel to a beach. We had a truly relaxing time--just what we wanted.
This was our family's third time staying at this beautiful home. We return each time because we have stayed at quite a few of the homes on Lopez over the years, and love this one the most. The views, the family soccer on the lawn, waking up in such a comfortable bed with the sun streaming in, a great and cozy space for the kids, and the excellent kitchen are just some of the things that make this place our favorite.
We love biking to town, or to the nearby farm stand. Access to the beach couldn't be easier, and we enjoy walking to Spencer Spit to rent kayaks. This house is in a great location for fun and adventure.
The owner is a pleasure to deal with, and has always been very helpful and responsive.
Highly recommended for a great vacation.
This was our family's first trip to the San Juan Islands. When searching for a vacation home to rent, this beautiful home and property caught our attention. It had everything we look for in a vacation property and much more. Our teenage sons were thrilled when they saw a basketball goal on the property since they both play basketball at our local high school.
Christine was wonderful to deal with from our first few emails to the phone call for us to get to know one another a little bit before we reserved her vacation home. The wonderful communication and correspondence didn't stop there. Christine was available to answer any questions we had about the home and Lopez Island. Since she knew we would be traveling with three teenagers, she recommended kayaking with Colin and bike riding. She also recommended restaurants, places to hike and sightsee, and the awesome Horse Drawn Farms where we could get organic meats and produce.
The property and house were beautiful. Our teens enjoyed walking on the beach with us as they tried to catch clams. The walk was breathtaking from the house to Spencer Spit State Park. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The five acres gave the boys plenty of space to run off some energy as they played basketball, soccer and croquet. My husband and I enjoyed relaxing outside on the lounge chairs and reading books as we looked out over the water. We saw a beautiful bald eagle several days we were there. It was so quiet, peaceful and relaxing.
The house is spacious. The teens enjoyed having their "own" area. My husband and I did as well. All the beds were very comfortable. We usually miss our own beds on vacation, but that wasn't the case this time. I enjoy cooking and was excited to find a well equipped kitchen and a large grill to use while on vacation. We enjoyed eating some our meals at this home, but we also enjoyed eating out several times. Our favorite restaurants were the Southend Restaurant and The Galley.
We will definitely be returning to vacation on Lopez Island again and plan to stay at this vacation rental. Thank you, Christine, for helping make this vacation one our family will never forget.
This was our first trip to the San Juan Islands (we have 2 kids ages 11/13)....what a *wonderful* trip! The house and location could not have been any better. The views are amazing, the location is quiet/private, and the house was super clean and perfectly maintained. The pictures really don't do it justice....so much better in person! The house had everything we needed and the kitchen was perfect for cooking. In fact, we didn't eat out one time...it was such a treat to go across the street and get fresh organic vegetables/meats or drive down the road and get fresh seafood. We biked, hiked, kayaked, fished and played all week! The kids loved playing croquet, soccer and basketball or watching a movie in the "kids wing". The owner was so gracious and generous in helping us feel comfortable and acquainted with the island and the home.....we can't wait to come back to THIS wonderful house.
This home is absolutely beautiful, well-maintained, and the view is fantastic.
Perfect place for my two teens to toss the frisbee, read, play boardgames, relax, and enjoy some nice family meals together. We never went bicycling around the island. We were just too cozy in the house. But we did visit Shark Bay, and enjoy a couple delicious meals at Bay Cafe.
We really enjoyed our stay here!
This was our first visit to Lopez Island but we have spent 5 summer vacations in the San Juan's and rented multiple houses. Although we had a little trouble initially getting onto the property (for which the owner profusely apologized) the house and the views were spectacular. The house was very well equipped and as beautiful as advertised. The views were spectacular and the house was in a great location, especially near some fun kayaking. Although the house allowed all the privacy one would want, we had gardeners working in the yard, sawing, blowing and doing what appeared to be yearly maintenance for 2 days. They usually started early in the AM and were there most of the day. This house is definitely not for young children (we have a 12 yo, well behaved son).If you have children that are somewhat wild and not very careful, this house is NOT for you. There are a lot of valuable pieces of art, expensive flooring and furniture that require a lot of care. There are very explicit rules for the house explaining that this is not just a rental but their house and one should be very careful. All and all if you want a beautiful house in a great location but requiring some care this is the place. You can't find a better house. We found Lopez Island VERY quiet but at the end of our trip it kind of grew on us. There is definitely more to do on San Juan Island with a lot more restaurants and entertainment. If you want solitude, this is your place.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
November - April
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
May - June, October
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
July - September
Jul 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
|Notes||A refundable $400.00 security deposit is required with a signed rental contract. 50% of the rental total is due 60 days prior to arrival date, the remainder is due 14 days before.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.