Maggie's Manor, one of the quintessential San Juan Islands vacation rentals, on Orcas Island is a sunny, gracious four bedroom waterfront family vacation home surrounded by spectacular views of Deer Harbor.
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Step out onto the welcoming front porch or into the command view outdoor Spa, where you can relax and look at your own picture postcard vistas of the smaller San Juan Islands and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance or at night gaze at myriad of stars in the sky and the twinkling anchor lights of the boats at rest in Deer Harbor.
Maggie's Manor sits high above our private 300' wide deep water Deer Harbor shoreline on 3 ½ acres with ample manicured lawns. Soak in the sun, clean air, and sweeping views from the bird-filled gardens. Keep toasty around the outdoor campfire while watching for Northern Lights under the star-filled sky at night. Hike through our private 110 acre wildlife preserve and wild natural organic farm at the heart of Deer Harbor and look for Great Blue Heron, Bald and Golden Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Osprey, River Otters, Raccoons, Black Tailed Deer, and a host of other San Juan Islands wildlife. A birders’ delight!
With this Orcas Island accommodation you may actually want to prepare your own meals. Whether you like to cook your own crab, barbeque your own salmon, steaks or like to cook hot dogs over the open fire you will like the west side of Maggie's outdoor cooking area and campfire pit. Perhaps you are preparing an anniversary dinner or hosting a small party or wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. There is enough room in our kitchen for many cooks and helpers. With four sinks spread over three separate areas there is plenty room to prepare a festive gourmet meal. Serve on the east deck, the west yard picnic area, or the dining room all with spectacular water views.
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The Deer Harbor area of Orcas Island enjoys some of the nicest weather these 'banana belt' San Juan Islands offer---lots of sun and little rainfall! Sunny Deer Harbor is a hub of San Juan Islands marine activity, with fishing, whale-watching for Orca and Minke whales, sea kayaking, boat rentals and sailing charters available, as well as moorage facilities for your own boat.
Maggie's Manor, a true family vacation home that has been perfect for family reunions, wedding guests, multiple family, vacation rentals, with a romantic getaway feeling. Reserve your dates now!.
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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 house in 1996
We acquired this classic island waterfront home from a dear family friend who had lived there for over 40 years. We added the third and fourth bedrooms on the upper floor along with a second bathroom. The original tiny kitchen was enlarged to a gorgeous, modern 400 square foot kitchen. After extensive refurbishing and redecorating, we began welcoming vacationing guests in the summer of 1997.
Maggie’s Manor is located on our 140 acre estate, near our home, and also near our other wonderful vacation rental an extremely popular chalet, the Gnome House. 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.
Should your dates not be available in this beautiful home, please see our other wonderful vacation rental homes: " Grandma and Grandpa’s Getaway for 2 adults + one child, "Famous Romantic Gnome House Chalet “ for up to 4 adults, and in the off seasons, Maggie’s Getaway for up to 4 guests.
Words can not even describe the incredible time spent here on Orcas in your home. We love it and don't want to leave. Our children, Chris, Lindsey, Cole and Tod (our groom) found your home to be absolutely perfect!
Your generosity and thoughtfulness on Friday to manicure and nurture the property for our very special event for that evening was just wonderful! We hosted the perfect rehearsal dinner from the front deck, through the house, and out to the back yard. The house was so equipped with just anything we needed and that was a Godsend!! The view is gorgeous, and we were lucky enough to have a full moon overhead.
Our son's wedding on Saturday waas spectacular, our boat excursion on the Odyssey for whale-watching for a catered reception was amazing!
And, Meg, your store is wonderful! I can't wait to hear what our grandson had to say about his bear rug from Daddy Cole.
Once again, Meg and Bob, thank you so much for a wonderful vacation home for our family. We shared memories we'll never forget!
Maggie's Manor is well equipped for large groups (we had 10 people). Kitchen is well stocked. There were plenty of towels. Lots of seating, deck is great, and fire pit out back was nice. It is a very peaceful place with a great view of Deer Harbor.
That being said, there were a few things that were a little funky. The kitchen and upstairs bathroom had carpeting! Not a good idea. You can't sweep it and who knows what is in it. Kinda gross. There are two sinks in the kitchen island which seems like a good idea but there are no sprayer nozzles so you can't clean out the sink without pouring pitchers of water in them. Plus the faucets swing out over the counter so if you accidently turn on the water with them like that you've just run water all over the counter and floor. The water pressure was too low for the main kitchen sink nozzle to spray so again no way to clean out the sink without a lot of effort. Garbage disposal doesn't really work; caused a blockage and the sink wouldn't drain, had to do some ad hoc plumbing work. Doors don't close very well. Main floor bathroom could use some updating. So, some things that could be fixed to make it totally top notch.
But, nothing was a show stopper and it was a great weekend.
My family and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy Maggie’s Manor on multiple occasions. We love the time we have spent there as a couple, for a romantic weekend, as well as the time we have spent there with extended family for a family reunion. The house is warm and inviting with amenities that met all of our needs. We loved the chef’s kitchen, the fire pit outside, the beautiful decks overlooking the harbor and sitting in the hot tub under the stars. Orcas Island and specifically Deer Harbor is home to some of the most pristine and relaxing surroundings anywhere in the country. My family and I travel extensively and return repeatedly to this hidden gem. What always makes our stay at Maggie’s complete is the care with which the owners take care of their property and their guests. They go to great lengths to ensure that all of your needs are met and offer up their extensive knowledge of the island to make your stay is truly memorable. I can’t say enough about Maggie’s Manor: the location, hosts, and amenities are absolutely amazing.
We rented Maggie's Manor for our ladies' Bible study group to have a retreat. Meg and Bob were most accomodating and made sure we had everything we needed, even down to some specialized kitchen utensils. The house was clean and welcoming, hot-tub was warm and they even stocked firewood for us. We were so thankful for such a wonderful place to meet (including a piano!) and such a beautiful kitchen to prepare our meals. The setting is fabulous, with gorgeous views and great places to walk or run right from the house. The owners are very gracious hosts. We highly recommend Maggie's Manor for your gathering.
We always enjoy our stay at Maggie's, it has all the character of an old Orcas farmhouse AND all the comforts one could want on vacation. We will be back!
Maggie's Manor was the perfect place for an intimate escape with friends. We were blown away by the amazing view of the water and Olympic mountains from the hot tub, and spent many hours taking in the beautiful scenery. Meg and Robert were wonderful hosts who paid great attention to detail in preparing the property (chopped fire-wood inside and out, full propane tank, etc.). To be blunt, we couldn't find the other review further from the truth. The house was well kept, clean, and comfortable, and we felt like it was worth every penny. In fact, we have already made our reservations for next new years! Our stay was fantastic, and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have stayed in such a beautiful place. We highly recommend this property to anyone seeking a private get-away on a gorgeous island. Thanks again Meg and Robert, we really appreciated this weekend.
Mike + Friends
We traveled with our friends to Orcas Island on July 24th to stay 3 nights at Maggies Manor. We found the rental on the internet and both my friend, and I spoke with Meg Conner prior to renting her vacation home. We were told that Maggie's Manor was a gracious, lovely, home filled with antiques, boasting a fantastic view of the sound. We were also told that there was an 8 person hot tub and wifi available. This is what we found:
A shabby, tired, rundown, old farmhouse. Old, somewhat dirty, uncomfortable furniture. Extremely uncomfortable beds. Laundry from the previous renters left to get moldy in the washer, outside garbage cans full. Overgrown yard that is unkempt and getting to the point that it is blocking the view of the sound. A hot tub that only heats, the jets don't work. Cobwebs in the showers, dusty furniture, no bath mats, no towel racks, bedding that is from the 1990's. Wifi that only works sometimes and then you have to go outside at that. A tv that gets terrible reception. All in all a terrible experience. We saved for this trip and at an exorbitant cost per night we thought that we were getting something really nice. I have stayed in houses that only charged a fraction of what this house rented for and they were much nicer. I think it's sad that people take such advantage of others. It's an island and you're a captive audience so they know that you can't go anywhere else. Orcas Island over all is wonderful and well worth visiting...just don't make the mistake we did by staying at Maggie's Manor.
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.