Ravens Rook Main House is available only from June 19-September 30 , 2013 and is rented with a four night minimum. The house is suitable for adults only. Nature speaks loudest here on this secluded part of the island. However, it also has wireless!
This octagon hand-crafted post and beam house with water view is an island gem of craftsmanship and location. This one of a kind 1300 square foot house is an artistic arrangement of two story living area with many south facing windows and wood beamed ceiling with large skylights.
This island treasure is tastefully decorated with antiques and appointed with local art, located at the end of road in a very quiet area. The house is across the road from the 45 acre Shark Reef Sanctuary with walking trails to the water and a view of Olympic Mountains and the San Juan lighthouse.We are 10 minutes from village and 20 minutes from the ferry landing.
« There are two bedrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. A catwalk bridge connects the upper bedroom and library . The upstairs bedroom has a queen bed under skylights, large south facing windows, and view of the water. Te other upstairs room is a studio with a double futon bed.
» The downstairs bedroom has a queen poster bed with view of the water and French doors opening out onto the deck.
The bathroom is downstairs with a separate area for a large claw foot tub and shower room with a view.
« A comfortable seating area and wood stove make a cozy place to relax, read, or enjoy music. The piano is a delight to play and resounds in the octagon space.
The dining area seats 6, looking out to the water and large lawn. The fully supplied kitchen is open to the downstairs area and has a great view of the water. French doors open from the kitchen onto the spacious deck with pleasant views of the yard and water.
The large deck provides a great outdoor experience of relaxing around the umbrella table and enjoying your lunch or drinks while listening to the ravens and taking in the view of islands in the distance.
Views from the back yard include the islands near Shark Reef Park and beyond to the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Deer, eagles and ravens are common sights and there is a spacious lawn in the midst of big fir trees. The front yard includes terraced gardens and an ornamental pond.
Lopez has a reputation of being the friendliest of all the islands. We are very proud of our community spirit and low-key impact. Lopez is known for its great biking and and kayaking. There are numerous public beaches on Lopez for strolling and sunset-watching. It also has good hiking trails with great views Lopez Island is home to a diverse community of artists and craftspeople, as well as artisan food and beverage producers.
Between May and October the Lopez Farmers Market offers local crafts and produce for sale. Throughout the year Lopez Community Center hosts a variety of entertainment open to the public including drama, music, or a writers read. The Lopez Library is a hub of the community, with one of the highest circulation rate per capita in the state of Washington! Public computers are available at the Library and Wi-fi is available throughout the village. Chimera is an artist cooperative featuring a wide selection of local art and craft.
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In the early 80’s I moved to Lopez Island as a haven to raise my two children as a single mom. I was struck with the “pioneering spirit” and wanted to experience building from scratch. So after buying five acres, I took a year to create a clearing in the midst of the tall firs, and then peeled many poles for the post and beam cabin and house, and had remaining trees milled for lumber.
I first built the cabin in a summer, basing the design on what I could see of barn construction. Many upgrades have happened since then! My kids and I lived in the cabin for three years while I and a talented craftsman worked on the octagon house. It took a total of seven years to complete the house, as many of the custom joints were carefully fitted and the uniqueness of the design demanded creative approaches to traditional building. In those days you could build with an owner builder permit and we ended up doing everything ourselves.
There is something that happens when you live in the space you have created yourself. I got to see a reflection of my dreams and perhaps even of myself manifested in a form that has a permanence that has shaped my life. Building my home with the materials that grew here has given me a feeling of being an integral part of the nature that daily surrounds me. I am so grateful to live here as I do, and find it a pleasure to share that gratitude of island life with others.
Though there is the endless “keeping up” of a homestead, I no longer pound many nails or peel poles. I find myself working with others on land conservation, and sharing perceptions of sacred ecology in retreats. I enjoy having Ravens Rook Lodging as my small business—a way to share the riches of a quiet island life.
May it ever be so.
Perhaps one of the best benefits of living here is the rest and rejuvenation that comes with being in nature and being away from the busyness of noise and activity. One can sink into reflection or choose to be actively interactive on the water or on trails or the beach. The 45 acre Nature Sanctuary right across the road is only a few minutes walk to the trails that take you out through old forest to view the many seals hanging out on the rocks nearby and the splendid views of snow capped mountains and scenic lighthouse. And at the same time there are good restaurants and community activities in the village 10 minutes away
You , too, can come and enjoy it all!!