9 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 28 (sleeps up to 36 w/ Cottage & Studio)
- english, spanish, cantonese
About The Quintessa
30 years ago, Tessa painted a watercolor scene from a dream. There were water lilies, deer, a church, a cruise ship with snow-capped mountains along with sailboats, a dense forest, and a bi-plane all set amongst a 4-story home with a quaint cottage on the side. Remarkably, Tessa & Carrie discovered such a home 7 years ago on Whidbey Island. The Quintessa has been the choice for family reunions, company off-sites, and intimate garden weddings with accommodations for 36 guests under one roof. Celebrations include a 50th Wedding Anniversary, and a couple who made plans on the day they married to return the island 10 years later to celebrate. Finding local treasures to please guests is half the fun of this business. Chef Vincent Nattress with his amazing culinary skills at The Orchard Kitchen adds to the delight of The Quintessa's guests. Famed cake-maker extraordinaire turned bagel maker, John Auburn, at Whidbey Island Bagel Factory, continues to impress. The Quintessa has provided lodging for the 3-day Ragnar Relay starting from the Canadian border down to Whidbey Island - 190 miles of stunning Washington scenery. This year's group is from Brook's Sports, designer & maker of high-performance running shoes. Tech companies have held department off-sites incorporating friendly competitions. And then there is Pie Camp by famous pie maker, Kate McDermott and the Art of the Pie. When families select The Quintessa for their reunion, it always brings back fond, heartfelt memories of Carrie’s family reunions held every year no matter where in the world the children and grandkids were living. Tessa & Carrie actively promote Whidbey Island by enthusiastically sharing its beauty and the goodness of its multifaceted community. This is why Tessa & Carrie provide their guests with so many Whidbey options including dining recommendations and fun-filled events which can be found on their website at VisitWhidbeyToday.com.
The Quintessa purchased this Estate in 2005
Why The Quintessa chose Clinton
Whidbey Island abounds with animal life which adds to its beauty and excitement! Eagles are plentiful as well as deer and rabbits who frolic on the grounds.
What makes this Estate unique
Large heron and ducks often visit The Quintessa's pond. The trail on the property crosses a year-round stream that is part of the salmon spawning cycle. The Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom is just down the street where guests can learn all about this process while on a picturesque walk. Both whales and Orcas can be seen during Ferry rides, while cruise ships, cargo ships, and even surfacing submarines can be seen from the home passing through the Sound. Our neighboring town, Langley by the Sea, is just a few miles away and offers many activities including shops, artists and dining. Be sure to try your hand at glass blowing or rent a moped while you're down at Langley!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking allowed outdoors only
Caution advised for ponds and creek on site.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
For an on-site Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, or Farewell Brunch: CONTACT US FIRST as there are event fees and a requirement to book the entire Estate.
Check-out is at 11 am. A $75 fine will be assessed for not checking out on time. Housekeeping arrives at 11 am to clean the property.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only. NO proms or teen parties.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Choir Retreat 2019
This was our third time staying at this location. We absolutely love it! We noticed something missing from the home and it was brought to us in less than 10 minutes. Great location and size for our 21 choir members to stay, fellowship, rehearse, and explore. Thank you once again for EVERYTHING!
Such a wonderful place with incredible hosts we had to stay twice!
We were fortunate enough to discover Carrie, Tessa and the Quintessa when we were searching for a place to hold my mother-in-law's 90th birthday party. Her wish was to have a place, preferably on Whidbey Island, that would house the entire family , all 28 of us, for the weekend. We could not have found a more perfect spot! 4 generations gathered with space enough for all. The incredibly well-stocked kitchens and dining room made cooking for our gang easy and fun. The grounds and available games made for hours of entertainment. And Carrie was the perfect host, available for consult when needed. She was a fabulous resource! We did have to drive a short way to the beach and into Langley. But nothing was very far. The weekend was just what my mother-in-law had hoped it would be.
The house worked so well for the family that we booked it a second time to house the entire family for our daughter’s wedding. Once again, it more than met expectations!
Historic 70th Birthday Bash!
We had 7 children + spouses, 18 grandchildren and some friends at the Quintessa for 3 wonderful, fun filled days! Beautiful property with plenty of space both inside and out. Everything we needed was on the property. We would all recommend this property!
Great place for family reunion
Carrie and Tessa are very helpful. Family reunion with ages from 2-75 was easily accommodated with activities and interests for all on property and in the area. House is extremely well equipped and organized.
Best place we have ever stayed! Carrie is so wonderful to work with.
The house and property were incredible! Our family and friends had a wonderful time enjoying the gardens, the views and the kitchens. We all fit comfortably and never felt on top of each other. The house was well outfitted with everything we could need.
The Quintessa has a year-round stream, pond, trails, pastoral and distant marine views. A 9-hole golf course is located on same road, as well as many local artists and organic farmers. Just a few minutes to several beaches!