FAMOUS GNOME HOUSE CHALET ON AMAZING 140 ACRE PRIVATE SETTING

Meg and Bob Connor

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FAMOUS GNOME HOUSE CHALET ON AMAZING 140 ACRE PRIVATE SETTING

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Overview

Deer Harbor Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

The Gnome House is a truly memorable romantic getaway or family fun vacation rental. This premier Orcas Island vacation chalet is located on a 140 acre magnificent private setting…..a renowned wildlife and bird watching paradise.

The Gnome House is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, timber-framed Orcas Island cottage constructed with massive timbers, cedar arches, and hand carved tree trunk posts.

Come discover this delightful site of many a honeymoon, many romantic evenings, magical family vacations, one of the truly romantic Orcas Island getaways or quintessential Orcas Island experiences. A perfect family vacation rental cottage - children and grandparents love it!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FINDING OUR WEBSITE LINK: Scroll down to the bottom of this page, the Link is located just below the calendar icon. Look for the bold words that say ” Our Fabulous Vacation Rental Houses in Deer Harbor

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We designed and crafted the Gnome House to stir up your imagination.

A few of the hand-crafted features:

• ...a wooden spiral staircase with carved squirrel and acorn newel posts

• ...leading to a very romantic master loft with a queen-sized sleigh bed

• ...a fairytale-like Scandinavian alcove cupboard bed with delightful murals ... a completely unusual, charming, yet modern fully equipped kitchen

• ... a romantic, cozy wood-burning stove

• ... a Scandinavian sofa/double bed perfect for relaxing or guests sleeping

• ...a fabulous, private hot tub spa under the stars

...a large stone fire pit surrounded by seating, for campfires and S’mores.

The Gnome House truly inspires every visitor. '..an architectural gem..' 'How did you build those arches? ' ...never seen anything like this before...' ' like a fairy tale...' '..how did you fit that floor to the stonework...' 'I would love to live in the Gnome House!'

Visit our web site by clicking on the link in this listing or google Gnome House Deer Harbor to see many photos, a video tour, and information and pictures about the magnificent setting. You can view our up-to-date availability calendar to plan your vacation.

Deer Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island is located in the 'Rain Shadow' area of the Great Pacific Northwest enjoying only 23-25 inches of rain and over 260 sunny days annually. Northern Puget Sound is home to just under 90 orca whales, countless seals, sea lions, otters, Dahl's porpoises, Minke whales, salmon, eagles, thus, fishing and whale-watching are very popular activities. Orcas Island has numerous parks including the 1500 acre Turtleback Mountain Preserve, and Deer Harbor's own community Waterfront Park. The 140 acre incomparable private preserve for guests at the Gnome House is considered a treasure by local, state and Federal environmental agencies and institutions.

Keywords: family reunion, honeymoon, romantic getaway, cabin, vacation rental, cottage, hot tub

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Meg and Bob Connor (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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About Meg and Bob Connor

We have lived full time on Orcas Island since 1975, raising three sons, who are now married with children who love to visit their grand-parents. We have been happily married for 45 years!

We moved up here with a down payment and no jobs and over the years have done many things. We have worked, farmed, been in construction, operated heavy equipment, coached Little League for all three sons, participated in countless community activities, volunteered at the school, run two successful gift and clothing shops, designed and built several buildings including the amazing Gnome House, and remodeled our other vacation rental waterfront home, Maggie's Manor, using the outstanding design drawings of our eldest son, now an Architect.

We are involved in cutting edge restoration of marine habitat and just completed a 9 weir salmon ladder and planted over 1500 plants and trees over our estuarine and riparian areas. If you have a Facebook page, visit the Deer Harbor Stewardship Project page to see some of what we have been doing. We hope you will 'Like' it.

We have extensive backgrounds in skiing, sailing, cycling and mountaineering. We enjoy adventures and vacations with our children and grand-children.

Meg and Bob Connor purchased this chalet in 1986

Why Meg and Bob Connor chose Deer Harbor

We designed and built the Gnome House as a tribute to our Scandinavian heritage, and as a tribute to the place we first met in Kitzbuhel, Austria. It began as a family guesthouse and now for the past 20 years has been an extremely popular vacation rental, perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, honeymoons, and special occasions galore.

It is located on our 140 acre estate, near our home, and also near our other wonderful vacation rental 4 bedroom waterfront home, called Maggie's Manor. We wanted to share our Orcas Island lifestyles with visitors from all over the world. We have on-going environmental restoration activities on our 3 streams, several ponds, magnificent 20 acre estuary, and 20 acre wildfowl marsh, as well as beautiful, productive farm and forest land. It is considered the most significant environmentally diverse San Juan Islands' property by local, state and federal environmental agencies.

The beauty and tranquility of Nature inspires everyone who visits.

Orcas Island is the most popular place in Washington to get married, and is the dream vacation spot for people all over the world, and we get to live here! And when visitors leave and we say 'goodbye', we always smile...not because we are happy to see them go, but rather because we are so happy that we don't have to leave this paradise!

What makes this chalet unique

In addition to the extraordinary beauty and serenity of Nature,so inspiring to us all, the incredible good weather in Deer Harbor is one of the main reasons for living here. Deer Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island is located in the 'Rain Shadow' area of the Great Pacific Northwest enjoying only 23 inches of rain and over 260 sunny days annually. This means that we can enjoy the great outdoors all year long, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, etc.

There have been documented over 80 species of birds frequenting the extremely vibrant freshwater marsh. There are a variety of environmental programs in progress. We work with scientists, students, and Native Americans on our restoration efforts. Our property is the site of the first white European settler on Orcas Island, Louis Cayou, who married into the Samish Nation in the mid-1800s. We are working with the Samish descendants of Cayou in our restoration efforts, and hope to have their annual Canoe Journey with about 60 canoes stop here in the future.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a spectacular weekend we just had! This has been one of the greatest times my girlfriend, Meesa, our dog, Ponca and I have had in a long time. When we first saw this place on your website, we knew we had to visit, but it was so much more charming and enchanting than we imagined it could be. I'm blown away by all the great details and woodwork of this home, it's every bit THE DREAM GETAWAY SPOT we've been searching for, we will definitely be back many more times and we can't wait to share our memories with all our friends! The hot tub was a grreat added bonus to gaze at the star-filled sky...we saw the longest shooting star we'd ever seen our first night here out there. You have a wonderful piece of property and we look forward to re-visiting very soon. P.S. Thank you so much fo allowing our dog. She had a VERY good time.
May 2005
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Reviews

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Famous Gnome House Chalet on Amazing 140 Acre Private Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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5

An amazing place to explore the wonders of Orcas!

  • 5 of 5
The Gnome House is such an incredibly unique and amazing place. What Meg and Bob have created on their property is so wonderful. We went with our young (10 and 9 years old) niece and nephew. The Gnome House itself is fantastic. Just the attention to detail with the building construction is incredible. It's not a fancy place (think more cabin-like than fancy resort), but it has everything you need and is quite comfortable. But the real charm of this place is the property. The kids spent every day down at the pond on the property catching frogs and even swimming. There's a playset with the most amazing view of Deer Harbor. There are acres and acres of trails to explore, pick blackberries. And even a permaculture garden! In the evenings it was roasting smores in the fire pit or sitting in the hot tub under the stars. And Bob was so kind, teaching the kids how to catch frogs and making sure they were having a fantastic time. Really, it was a vacation to remember and we'll definitely be back.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Deer Harbor Orcas Island
We Live in Renton Wa
5

Minimoon at the Gnome House on Orcas Island

  • 5 of 5
A year ago on 2-27-2012 Chuck and I got married and I went into for surgery right afterwards not having a Honeymoon. We decided this year to go ahead and take a little trip somewhere local. We tried thinking of a place where neither of us had gone before. We chose Orcas Island. After some searching we decided on The Gnome House. It was an Excellent Choice. Other then the weather everything was great. It would have been better if there were more places open to eat at. But being we had a little kitchen we ate most of our meals at The Gnome House. Everything was available for our use. Dishes, flatware, cooking pans and so forth.. It was very cozy. The inside decor was very nice and the work that went into building it was amazing. The owners were very pleasant and helpful. I hope to come back again. Only in the spring or summer though.
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you both. The Gnome House is so cozy and romantic, that many other visitors have thought it the perfect spot for a honeymoon also. Mid-week in February does mean more limited restaurant choices on the island;so hopefully you will return for a Spring or Summer or Fall visit to enjoy the full gamut. Orcas Island's rain shadow location means outdoor activities are enjoyed throughout the year. And the hot tub is especially great when the weather is cooler, too. All happiness to you both, Meg and Bob
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San Francisco, CA USA
5

The time of my life!!!!

  • 5 of 5
I enjoyed this rental with some friends, during the Secret Season-- and it is the BEST kept SECRET in vacationing!
Orcas Island is a place of awe-inspiring natural beauty, and the construction of the Gnome House, it's placement on the property, and the surrounding amenities magnify it! Many cultures, such as the Japanese, use nature's architecture to inspire their own art, design, and architecture: in this place you can cleary experience why that is!
The Connors are truly two of the most generous, hospitable people whom I have ever met.
Their dog, a congenial Golden Retriever, named Cedar is a terrific and homey accessory.
The outdoor hottub is so great, it almost makes you forget there is a bracing ocean a stone's throw from where you are soaking.
Every time I return to the Gnome House, I notice some new detail or meet some new Gnome peeking out from under an eave or branch.
Insomniacs pay attention: no one cannot get the best night's sleep of their life in the sleeping "cubby", the walls of which are hand painted, one scene including a Gnome bottle-feeding a baby rabbit!! Nightmares be gone!!!
I highly recommend the Secret Season-- all of the tourist crowds and inconveniences are gone, and I have always had great luck with the weather, since the Islands get so much more sun than Seattle. It is the time of year when you can really relax and enjoy the Island in its natural state. Also, the price is right!
Whether you are looking for a quick getaway from Seattle, or visiting from another country, the Gnome House-- and Maggie's Mannor for groups that need a little more space and creature comfort-- are the ultimate way to experience all that the great Pacific Northwest has to offer. Thank you Bob and Meg, for sharing it with all of us!!
  • Submitted: May 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Famous Gnome House Chalet on Amazing 140 Acre Private Setting
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Deer Harbor Orcas Island
United States
5

Gnome House on Orcas Island

  • 5 of 5
In the past decade I have stayed at the Gnome house many times. It is like a European Chalet in that it is quaint, beautifully made, quiet, and surrounded by natural beauty. The owners are sweet as can be and I felt completely at home. Orcas Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth and this is one of the best ways to see it.
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Deer Harbor Orcas Island
California
5

Exquisite, cozy, and relaxing. Perfect place to unwind and pamper yourself!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I have stayed numerous times at both of the Connor's vacation rentals; the Gnome House and Maggie's Manor. The Gnome House is truly a treasure, nestled into one of the most pristine and relaxing settings in the country. The natural beauty that surrounds this vacation rental is incomparable and whether you take a stroll through the grounds, a soak in the hot tub under the stars, or sit in a comfortable chair and look out over the beautiful harbor, all of your stress will melt away. And all of this beauty is second only to the beauty and craftsmanship that went into constructing the Gnome House. From the cozy sleigh-bed, to the beautiful wooden staircase, no detail is overlooked. It is a wonderful place to stay whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. The owners of this vacation rental are amazing people who go to great lengths to ensure that your stay is truly memorable. They love their island and will bend over backward to make sure that you experience everything it has to offer. I can't say enough about the Gnome House; its location, amenities, and hosts are simply amazing!
  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
seaplane dock 1 mile away. airport 10 miles away
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Orcas Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Orcas Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Deer Harbor Inn
Nearest Beach
on site
Nearest Point of Interest
Gnome House
Nearest Point of Interest
Playset
Nearest Point of Interest
Maggies Manor
Nearest Point of Interest
Deer Harbor Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Wildfowl Preserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Deer Harbor Estuary
Nearest Point of Interest
Deer Harbor Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Cayou Cabin
Nearest Point of Interest
Deer Harbor Waterfront Park
Car: recommended

Whale-watching/marine wildlife tours leave from Deer Harbor daily. The San Juan Islands are world famous Orca whale habitat. A beautiful waterfront park, 2 marinas, famous Turtleback Mountain San Juan County 1500 acre park. Boat rentals, charter sailing, charter fishing, kayak tours. You can visit other San Juan Islands by day trip ferry rides. Visit our website or google 'Orcas Island' for more information and photos about numerous parks and features to explore.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Deer Harbor Chalet Rental Rates

Notes

  • From $130/nt or $840/wk
  • US Dollars
  • Jan. 2nd - April 5th & October 7th - December 20th nightly $130-$150 weekly $840
  • April 6th - May 24th & Sept 9th - Oct 6th nightly $160-$185 weekly $1030
  • May 25th-Sept 8th & Nov 28th-30th & Dec.21st-Jan 1 nightly $190-$225 weekly $1230
  • Rates do not include 10.1% San Juan County lodging tax

Amenities

Amenities

Deer Harbor Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) in Master Loft Sleigh Bed Queen size futon mattress in Gnome Alcove bed Futon sofa opens to a double
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The Gnome House is constructed with massive timbers, cedar arches, and hand carved tree trunk posts, a fairytale-like Scandinavian alcove cupboard bed with delightful murals, a wooden spiral staircase with carved squirrel and acorn newel posts, a very romantic master loft with a queen-sized sleigh bed, a fine shipbuilder's bay window dining and reading area, a large stone outdoor fire pit surrounded by seating for campfires, a freshwater wildfowl marsh, a renowned wildlife and bird watching paradise, nature trails, fruit orchards, ponds, streams, meadows, forests, magnificent views, farm land, play set, gardens, golden retriever Cedar, two cats Sparky and Tater, a fabulous, private hot tub spa under the stars,.... Come discover this delightful site of many a honeymoon, many romantic evenings, magical family vacations, one of the truly romantic Orcas Island getaways, a quintessential Orcas Island experiences. A perfect family vacation rental cottage – children and grandparents love

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