|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
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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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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
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.
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!
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!
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! ❤️
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 16 2015 - May 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
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)