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The Quintessa

Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, cantonese

Ideal for Family Reunions!

23 Reviews
Sleeps32
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Overview

Whidbey Island Estate Rental Photos and Description

9 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 32 (with separate cottage also available)

The Quintessa is a remarkably easy-to-find home is less than 35 miles from the Seattle, Washington Space Needle and just 5 minutes away from the Mukilteo / Clinton ferry.

Spacious & elegant, this multi-level home offers 9 bedrooms with a separate cottage. Views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains complete your experience!

Set on the Southern part of the Island, The Quintessa is located within minutes to many attractions including a nine-hole golf course, a variety of beaches, and an abundance of local artists’ studios. Take a drive to nearby Langley, The Village by the Sea, featuring a vintage movie house, live music and theater, eclectic boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, bookstores, and fabulous food!

The Quintessa is perfect for memorable family reunions, garden weddings, retreats, or special gatherings of any occasion.

Garden Wedding, Memorable Family Reunion, Retreat & Getaway on Whidbey Island

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More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
The Quintessa (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: 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, corporate retreats and intimate garden weddings with accommodations for 32 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 adds to the delight of The Quintessa's guests. Cake-maker extraordinaire, John Auburn, at J.W. Desserts, always continue to impress their guests.

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. Like last year's group, it is certain that their priorities will be 'Where's the shower?” 'Take me to the bedroom!' and 'Help, I can't make it up the stairs!'

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 Q123.info.

The Quintessa purchased this estate in 2005

Why The Quintessa chose Whidbey Island

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carrie is a consummate hostess, we arrived to a sparkling place, which exceeded our expectations and to friendly hand painted signs welcoming us by name. As it was a birthday party for a teenager we'd booked her place for, it lent perfectly to the party atmosphere. We loved the Quintessa and will hope to make it an annual thing. Carrie is super sweet too, we highly recommend her and the Quintessa!
Jan 2016
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Reviews

4.9
based on 23 traveler reviews

Ideal for Family Reunions!
average rating of 4.869565 based on 153 reviews
5

Great Space for a Class!

  • 5 of 5

Five stars to the Quintessa! Carrie is so quick to respond from the get go and was so very helpful that planning for a weeklong class trip was made easy.

The estate is in a beautiful neighborhood in Whidbey Island. The children were impressed with the house but fell in love with the grounds! The gardens are well-tended and with the variety of flowers and trees, there were colorful millipedes and snails around.

Love, love the kitchen! It was huge so was easy to maneuver and was highly organized so items were quick to find. The basement with its storage full of games and costumes were a hit when we stayed at home one day! Of course the rooms were numerous and spacious and the bathrooms well-appointed that the house was able to accommodate our group of 40.

What makes this place special though are the owners. They are kind, caring and hospitable. From the rooms pre-labeled with students' names, to special gifts for the chaperones, the details were noteworthy. When we needed their help during our stay, they were swift to our aid. Whether it's information or a duct tape, they were efficient.

Highly recommend to anyone who wishes to have a wonderful time! Thank you Carrie and Tessa; looking forward to staying with you guys again! ❤️

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Women's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed one night at the Quintessa on Whidbey Island for a women's retreat (25 women spanning from 23-88 years old) and loved it. We had plenty of room to cook (huge kitchen with plenty of everything), visit, relax and just enjoy ourselves! It is close to the ferry and yet tucked away in a quiet setting. We plan on returning next year for two nights!!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Perfection - from start to finish!

  • 5 of 5

The Board of our nonProfit Organization stayed at The Quintessa for a leadership training retreat and all 26 of us could not have been happier with the house, Carrie and her amazing service, and the entire weekend. The house was emacultaely clean, with details of a luxury hotel like an indivdual set of towels on each bed, coffee, tea, everything. Carrie was wonderful and responsive through the whole booking process and also throughout the stay. She welcomed us and was so quick to bring us anything that we were in need of, but mostly everything you could hope for was already at the house. It was fully equipped and the perfect place for that many people. Incredibly spacious and in a quiet lot out on the island. She was quick to return a few lost and found items too. I'd recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Great place for team retreat

  • 5 of 5

Quintessa is THE place for team-building retreat if you have more than 30 people coming. Carrie was so nice explaining everything through the booking process. The house is well-furnished and decorated. The kitchen is really big and has everything you need for cooking,baking and BBQ. We really wish to come here again for our next party!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Perfect house for multiple generations and kids!

  • 5 of 5

Imagine spending a rainy November week with multiple generations of family members including 7 small to mid-sized children, all under one roof for the entire week. Sounds like a nightmare, doesn't it? Not if you're staying at The Quintessa.

Carrie and Tessa have outfitted their huge estate with playthings for all ages, including costumes and clothing for dress-up for the little ones, toys and stuffed animals, games, puzzles for old and young, and last but not least, Air Hockey for the bigger kids. There is even a plastic covered craft table in the kitchen! It was heaven!

We were able to sleep all the kids on one level along with a responsible adult couple, gave the eldest couple their own cottage retreat, and our hard-working ranch couple their own "anniversary" suite. I am disabled and on oxygen, and the main floor - where the family gathered daily, was perfect for me, with a bedroom and bathroom close by the kitchen.

Carrie and Tessa were helpful and quick to respond to any request, sine they live on the property.

The location was perfect for several excursions, to Langely, Fort Casey, The Whale Museum and Deception Pass. One couple even went all the way to Hurricane Ridge!

This is a vacation I will never forget!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Wonderful Family Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Now that we are back to reality, I can sit and reflect on what a wonderful time we had at the Quintessa. The grounds are beautiful, the house is roomy and well-stocked, the owners are lovely and helpful! There was even a clothing steamer to take the wrinkles out of our dresses and suits! It was such a joy to have three generations together in the home. We enjoyed the toys for the little ones, the spacious living room for our charades, cooking together in the spacious kitchens, and the lovely surroundings for hiking, kayaking and shopping. We made memories to last a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
SeaTac
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Prima Bistro
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Clinton / Mulkiteo
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Island Greens
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Everett Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 525 and Cultus Bay Road
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Langley Cafe
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mount Baker
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Maxwelton
Car: recommended

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!

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Rates & Availability

Clinton Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Off Season
Sep 16 2015 - May 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
$1,600
$6,300
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$1,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.7%

WEEKLONG STAY SPECIAL: stay for 7 nights and receive a discount of $500! Applies during both Peak Season and Off Season!

PEAK SEASON ~ 3 night min stay (June 1 - Sept 15) $1600 per night for up to 28 guests in the Main House (add the Cottage for 32 guests in total)

OFF-SEASON ~ 1 night min stay (Sept 16 - May 31 ~ some holidays excluded) $1600 for 1st night, $1200 for 2nd night (25% off) and $800 for 3rd night and all nights after that (50% off)

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Amenities

Whidbey Island Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 1st Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 3rd Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , 3rd Floor
  • Spacious baths with ultra plush towels await you!
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • Veranda suite master - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Veranda kids bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleeps 6 or more
    Main House guest - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Main House master - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 2 - 2 queen , sleeps 4
    Main House bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 4 - 2 queen , sleeps 4
    Main House guest 2 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 5 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
  • Heart Defibrillator ~ Sleep soundly and restfully on our full range of available beds in this 9 bedroom estate. Our fully appointed 1 bedroom Cottage with jetted tub and separate shower can be rented independently. Sleeps 2 to 32! Accommodations can be customized for your personal needs. Twins, Queens, and Kings. Some private suites with private baths.
Entertainment:
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 34 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Quintessa is perfect for family reunions, intimate weddings, and corporate retreats! Enjoy treasured time together cooking, playing, bonding, and reconnecting with friends and family.

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