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Duncan McPhee

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Seashell Beach House Whidbey Island Kid Friendly Private Beach

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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Whidbey Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6). Pets not allowed.

Sleeping Accomodations for 6:

Two bedrooms:

2015 New King bed +1 Twin bed in 2nd floor OceanView Master Bedroom w/Deck.

2015 New Queen Bed +1 Twin bed Downstairs GardenView Bedroom

Direct Beachfront. No bank, walk a gentle slope to the ocean. Relax to the lap of the water in a quiet peaceful area. Savor colorful Western sunset views across Holmes Harbor. Spacious living, kitchen dining. Upstairs 25 foot wide master bedroom has panoramic Ocean views via large windows for a light & cheery interior. Plus a balcony overlooking the ocean.

This south & west facing beach is warm as it enjoys long hours of afternoon sunshine. Just 3 stair steps from the lawn to the warm sunny beach you'll find lots of interesting driftwood, seashells, and pretty stones to collect. A beachcomber's delight. Free seafood when you dig for delicious clams and pick mussels from our beach.

Drive your car close to the house for easy unloading in our spacious driveway.

The house is 7 minutes from Freeland & Freeland Hall, a popular wedding venue. 12 minutes to Langley from South Whidbey Island’s charming Beverly Beach neighborhood where the beaches are private and the fir trees wave at you as you walk quiet roads.

Saltwater views on all levels. The home has expansive stone countertops, tile, carpeting. Comfortable leather furniture in a spacious relaxing living room, kitchen, both decks & master bedroom provide sights of sea and shore birds, ducks & geese, sea lions, harbor seals on Holmes Harbor Sound. Eagles are common sightings with their distinctive tiny voice. Grey whale sightings are a possibility in the spring.

Enjoy a upstairs master bedroom that runs the full length of the house with an ocean view balcony and private bathroom. The other bedroom and bathroom are on the main level, along with a full well stocked kitchen and living room.

A spiral staircase from the deck leads to the lawn, seaside vegetable garden and beach where you may see bunnies, deer, squirrels, and other wildlife. Gray Whales are seasonal March/April. Crabbing in season! The saltwater in front of the house is shallow & warms in the summer for floating, swimming and snorkeling. A great place to launch your kayak or canoe. Bring your boat to launch 5 houses North via a beach access road.

Surrounding natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, biking, sightseeing, golf while a short drive to Freeland or Langley allows access to plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining options. Lots of venues with live music on the island.

Enjoy a private get-away or family vacation at this wonderful beach house!

Pick up a free Whidbey Weekly paper on Thursday to find out current activities. Find it inside Pay & Save Market & many shops.

Keywords: Whidbey Island Puget Sound

Sunny Warm Private Beachfront Rental

Colorful Western Sunsets, Beachcomber delight

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Duncan McPhee (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Duncan McPhee

Originally from Michigan.

Santa Barbara & Laguna Beach, Calif. for schools, then 7 colleges. MFA in Photography

Since 1970, I lived in upcountry Maui with horses for 32 years,

1971 to 1979 had a retail clothing shop in Makawao often riding horseback to work.

1979 to 2004 serving clients as an active Maui Realtor.

2002-2007 I spent 6-8 months at a time traveling in underdeveloped Asian & African countries.

Since 2008 my time is mostly Whistler B.C. Canada, Maui, Hi., Whidbey Island, Wa., & LaQuinta, Ca .

I’m an active, nomadic, spontaneous flexible, outdoors kinda gal. Under developed countries spark my interest as they change so fast, visiting for extended time engaging with local folks in their community & country, hiking & horse trips, reading books, investigating culture, history & politics of the country I'm traveling.

My enjoyments in no particular order: Hiking in the Himalayas, Kayaking, biking, camping, sailing, cooking, outdoor lifestyle, long Horseback camp trips, yummy wine, dancing, supporting local business, organic gardening, listening to NPR, CNBC attending interesting film, theatre, dance, art, music. Oh, and paperwork:

I love my family & friends. I’m social, love language, delight meeting, engaging with strangers, especially young travelers. Spas & massage, film documentaries, biographies, beautifully written books no matter the subject.

I delight in: amusing my self, telling the truth, travel by public transport, river/horseback and cheese. I rarely hurry yet can get ready to go in a heartbeat, love doing anything I’ve never done before. I have a penchant for funny one liners.

Duncan McPhee purchased this house in 2010

Why Duncan McPhee chose Whidbey Island

I love the beach and neighborhood, a great place to walk shady tree lined streets away from busy traffic. It is private, friendly and so close to anything you might want or enjoy. No franchises in South Whidbey so you can shop supporting small businesses. Wine tasting, wonderful farmers markets, studio art tours, great unique music at local coffee houses.

What makes this house unique

Viewing nature on a pristine beach, enjoy organic garden veggies, dig shellfish from the besach. I love to kayak, paddle board, crab, swim, boat and bicycle from my front door Free public buses into Freeland on weekdays. A huge variety of quiet forested walking trails and an even bigger selection of beaches to walk along. The ferry ride is a 12 minute ride from Mukilteo to Clinton, no reservations departs on 1/2 hour. Go upstairs in the ferry to enjoy the 360 degree views of the islands and Cascade Mountain range on the trip.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Seashell Beach House Whidbey Island Kid Friendly Private Beach
average rating of 4.607143 based on 28 reviews

Just what we hoped for! Seashell House

  • 4 of 5

House is steps from its own shoreline. Low tide walks for shells, seals in the bay, lots of birds, even an eagle! Great sunsets. Upstairs bedroom has incredible view of bay, as does the living area on the main floor. Kids and parents had a relaxed and fun time here. Recommend to anyone seeking a quiet island getaway! Wish we could have stayed twice as long at least. Owner provided a good value well described. Want to come back here.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Whidbey spring getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this as a very last-minute getaway without any of the usual due diligence and research that I do when booking VRBO properties. Boy, did we luck out! This is a great little house centrally located on Whidbey--easy drive to both ferries, Langley, and up to Deception Pass. We loved the private access to the beach and the house is beautifully set up for babies/toddlers, with a high chair, Pack 'n' Play, toys, a monitor, and lots of children's dishes. The one note I'd offer to prospective renters is that the two bedrooms are very different in size--the upstairs is huge and light-filled, while the downstairs room is small and a bit hard to maneuver in with the twin-sized bed that's been added to the queen. This worked out fine for our group (a family with young children and a couple) but might not be as ideal for two couples or two small families looking to share the space. The only other small issue was that although there were knives galore in the kitchen, none were sharp enough to cut things like bread (not an uncommon challenge in rental homes, but frustrating nonetheless). If you're local, I'd suggest bringing along a few of your own. The kitchen is otherwise well equipped and a pleasure to cook in. All in all, a great experience, and although we booked the property just two days beforehand, everything was processed promptly with no problems at all.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A really cute place.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice time at the Sea Shell house. The beds are so comfortable and it was nice to come "home" to such a cozy place. Thank you very much.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and peaceful island getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My two adult sons and I spent five days over Christmas here at this property. The owners are very kind and were very helpful--including very precise and easy directions to the house from Seattle on the ferry and once we drove onto the Whidbey.

The house is cozy with wonderful picture windows looking out on Puget Sound. Since it is December, we knew it would be cold and probably rainy...but there were opportunities to stroll the shell laden beach between raindrops. So quiet and lovely.

The house is equipped with everything one would need in the kitchen. There is also a Blue Ray/DVD player which we loved having.

It's a quick 15 minute ferry ride into Seattle, and we spent a few days exploring the "big city."

If you want to really feel like you are "getting away"--this is such a perfect choice. I will definitely be returning--maybe this summer!

A special thank you to Duncan and Kathy for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Petaluma, CA.

Peaceful and Serene

  • 4 of 5

My wife and 2 year old son and I stayed for a week and loved it. It was so peaceful. The tides coming and going and back country roads with the windows were wonderful. They set up all the gates for our little guy and it made it really easy and he loved playing with all the trucks and pre-stocked toys. Big bonus for parents. We only ate out one night and cooked there most nights and they had everything needed down to a blender for the homemade salmon chowder we made. My only suggestion would be a humidifier. We ended buying one as the heat really can dry out the space. Freeland is a quick drive away. We felt secluded but close enough to Freeland and there's a great back road to Langley. The shopping centers have all that you need and there's a good playground down in Freeland. See you again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michael, Forgive my slow response. I am here staying in the property and will head to Ace Hardware & buy a humidifier. Thank you for your input. I'm always happy to make improvements. Im here (March 2016) planting spinach, parsley, tyme cauliflower & kale plus more flowers. Best, Kathy Rose
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Chatsworth, Ca. USA

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this great house on the water! The neighborhood is beautifully wooded, the garden full of herbs and vegetables and the bay very quiet and serene. The view from the living room window and the master bedroom was amazing!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Freeland Hall
Nearest Point of Interest
Putney Woods Trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Freeland Town Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Meerkirk Botanical Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Clinton Ferry Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to Port Townsend
Nearest Point of Interest
Pickles Deli
Nearest Point of Interest
Mukilteo Coffee House
Car: recommended

Antique, boutique and thrift store shopping, lots of walks and hiking trails in forested areas, Bike lanes too. Clams, mussels, crabs at your front door, shore fishing a short drive (Freeland Ace Hardware sells licenses). Farmers markets abound with abundant fruits, veggies, craft & art booths, Meerkirk Botanical Gardens is 12 minutes away. . Each month South Whidbey entertains with a variety of festivals, studio tours, music events, wine tastings. Visit Historic Fort Casey, Jet boat at Deception Pass. You'll enjoy supporting friendly local businesses, with only 1 franchise at this end of the island. In Langley: Clyde movie theatre is low cost with great films. Actors performing @ WICA Theatre have superb acting skills. Musical events abound in variety in coffee shops and private homes. For sport, Kayak and bike rentals or bring your own.


Rates & Availability

Freeland House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2016
May 4 2016 - Jun 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fathers Day
Jun 17 2016 - Jun 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2016
Jun 17 2016 - Sep 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Sep 23 2016 - Nov 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Veteran's Day Weekend
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter 2016 & 2017
Nov 28 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Weekend
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Martin Luther King
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Lincoln's Birthday Weekend
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.7%

If you desire a holiday booking for different dates or less than 3 nights, give me a call at 425 344-0141. I'll do my best to arrange that for you. Sales tax + cleaning fee apply & are in addition to all rates.

Maximum 6 guests for this property

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Whidbey Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
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  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
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  • Child's Highchair
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  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large East facing window. Hair dryer & curler, guest shaver
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Entry Bathroom, Separate from the bedroom, hair dryer
  • Fluffy towels, separate electric heaters in each bathroom. First Floor bathroom at the entry also has 2 overhead heat lamps.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Ground floor Garden view. Separate Bathroom with a shower
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 5 OceanView windows Upstairs Master+Deck+ ensuite tub/shower
  • Vaulted Ceiling, Quality linens & a variety of pillows. 25 foot wide Master upstairs bedroom has ensuite bath, walk in closet. Beautiful ocean views from 5 big windows with a walk out deck overlooking the ocean. First floor Bedroom has garden views. Both bedrooms have 1 Queen + 1 twin bed.
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  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Amazing ocean views from almost every window. This is the place to bring your bikes, canoes, kayaks or boat. You are on the waterfront! A boat launch road is up the street. Lounging on the long comfy window seat overlooking the sea is deliciously relaxing. You can watch your kids on the beach from the house. 2 bedrooms: Oceanview Master has new King & 1 twin. Garden View New Queen bed and 1 twin bed. Comfortable leather furniture is set around the fireplace in a spacious living room plus a wood stove for toasty evenings & electric heat in all rooms. A large upstairs bedroom has 5 windows to view the sea, it parallels the ocean with a King bed, a Twin bed and a Leather chaise. Main floor bedroom has a Queen & Twin bed: garden views. The beach is a fabulous walk at low tide. Beachcombers delight~ enjoy lots of shells, lovely stones & driftwood. A colorful variety of neighborhood boats, canoes and kayaks adorn the beach.

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