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!
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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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.