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Diamond Hill House: island life and times

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bed, 2 bath, sleeps 6


Diamond Hill House offers the potential for an experience that will refresh your sense of well-being. We know this can be true because many who have visited have told us that they have been immeasurably enriched by being in this place. It is a home and an island haven that has proven to welcome all who spend time.


The 5-acre property is gently crisscrossed with paths through the Salal, native Douglas and Grand Fir, Cedar, and Ocean Spray. The view leads to sunrise vistas toward Obstruction Island, across Eastsound inlet. Several picnic settings are situated within the acreage. BBQ? Ready in minutes, the propane grill is on the deck facing the pond, perfectly suited to prepare seared steaks, fish or to pop open fresh oysters purchased at the Farmers’ Market in Eastsound. Badminton or croquet played on what we affectionately call our “lawn spot” can be set up at a moment’s notice. You’ll see, in the photo gallery, that we’ve contrived a bit of a golfing challenge in the midst of it all with a single green in the center of the lawn spot with chip shots that challenge even the most experienced. This activity is known for its success in making serious golfers laugh heartily and non-golfers believe in themselves.

Ease of Access

And yet there is ready access to the ferry landing (7 minutes away) for coming and going or for an inter-island day trip; Orcas Village for Friday night tunes and dinner; culinary options in Eastsound, Deer Harbor and West Sound; Farmers' Market at the Village Green, and ease of access to a fine selection of locally owned and operated restaurants.


Moran State Park and Turtleback Mountain entice hikers and offer magnificent views. Orcas Athletics offers a complete weight training and pool facility in Eastsound; Rosario Resort and Spa is upscale; the Golf Course (a real 9-hole one, not our creation) is reasonably priced and open to the public. Morning slow walks are always a possibility; bicycles and kayaks can be rented. The swimming beach at Cascade Lake is very family friendly with picnic areas, dinghy or paddleboat rentals, and playground structures. Just down the road is Lake Killibrew - filled with very smart bass. :)

Sailing and whale watching

We can give you recommendations for whale watching, sail and salt-water fishing charters offered by island operators.

House and Grounds

Diamond Hill House is two-stories with living room, kitchen, free standing wood stove, master bedroom, and bath on the first floor; two bedrooms, full bath and loft library/game area on the second floor. A wrap around deck on the east and southeast face the summer sunrise and afternoon warmth. Nestled in the center of the wooded five-acres, the house, shop, orchard, and gardens share a clearing that includes a wetland, pond, and walking paths. A number of picnic and quiet sitting benches will quickly be discovered on your walk-abouts.

We are happy to answer any question you might have about the island and Diamond Hill House. Just let us know! Our shop-loft dwelling is not too far away, giving us the opportunity to assure you optimum comfort and courtesies during your stay. At this time we are offering our home to guests during the warmer seasons: spring, summer and early fall.

Victoria and Bruce

More Details

Victoria and Bruce Parker
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Victoria and Bruce Parker

Recently retired, I enjoy being busy during the summer with gardening and keeping Diamond Hill House beautiful and ready for guests. Bruce manages the property and is the sailer in the family. Our two adult sons live in the Seattle area so we get to see them quite a bit!

Victoria and Bruce Parker purchased this house in 1992

Why Victoria and Bruce Parker chose Orcas Island

Privacy with a view, nested in mature Douglas Fir and Cedar forest with Salal undergrowth. Lots of light and windows in our home keep you connected to your surroundings. Feeling of openness.

What makes this house unique

Diamond Hill House is located in an area of Orcas Island of 5-acre+ ownerships. While providing quiet privacy we are within easy reach of the ferry landing, Eastsound, and a great bass fishing lake: Lake Killibrew. Moran State Park is a 25 minute drive and Turtleback Mountain hikes about 15 minutes. Lawn areas in front of the house allow for a game of croquet and badminton; a single green golf course challenges all comers with woods and pond shots; sunrise/set bench for coffee or champagne; walking paths within the grounds; and the stars appear within arms length. Travel to other islands, Victoria, Canada, and the mainland are simple to plan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely & peaceful setting from which to enjoy this magical island. Thank you for your hospitality and the Wonderful cuttings from the sun garden.
Jun 2017
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Orcas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • A full bathroom downstairs and the second full bathroom upstairs. Fresh and simple. Hairdryers, basic toiletries, fat towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , antique writing desk and dresser, rocking chair
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , botanical prints, antique curly maple bedroom set
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , unusual tri-mirror dresser, sailboat photos, rocking chair
  • Each of the three has clear, natural light and warm colors. Coordinated linens and carefully chosen antiques. Ever so quiet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Would you like us to provision the kitchen for your arrival meal? Just let us know. If you arrive after 9PM the grocery store by the ferry landing is closed. We'd be glad to help in this way! Sample menus for breakfast and/or dinner are available.


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Diamond Hill House: island life and times
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 55 reviews

Nice place!

  • 5 of 5

Home clean and well equipped. Helpful and communicative owners. Grounds are fun for kids to explore.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The paths through the salal and woods kept the young ones very busy I think! So glad everyone had a good weekend on Orcas and at Diamond Hill House. V
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Orcas Island, Washington

Top notch

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Diamond Hill House. It is a very peaceful setting with a fabulous yard and grounds to stroll around. Victoria was an excellent and friendly host.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Special shared interest in gardening and NW landscape plants. Sent a few starts home with them for a new yard project they have in mind. Fun!
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Such a beautiful and tranquil setting providing a perfect base from which to explore Orcas Island.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at your lovely and well appointed cottage..It was beautifully

furnished and well stocked with every item needed both in the kitchen and throughout for

maximum comfort and enjoyment. Loved the antique touches throughout!

The surrounding landscape and verdant green forest with well framed water view were much

admired and perfect for picture taking..

We had a memorable experience and highly recommend Diamond Hill house to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sometimes you can just tell when a guest falls in love with the yard and woods around Diamond Hill House. These folks are gardeners so it was really fun to open the Sun Garden to them to pick herbs and flowers - V
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Great experience, highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with kids in this place. Bruce and his family are very friendly and extremely helpful in providing direction, helping us with questions and basically everything. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood, lot of area around for kids to play with, very clean and great furniture and antiques. We will definitely book again if we visit orcas again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to hear from Siva that their family stay was so successful. The days went so quickly - and the note from their "almost 7 years old" saying how fun the yard and board games were was worth a thousand words -
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Orcas Island, Washington

Great Orcas times.

  • 5 of 5

They said they will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Eastsound Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Orcas Hotel, Orcas Landing
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Orcas Landing
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Orcas Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Orcas Hotel or West Sound Deli
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Crescent Beach, Eastsound
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Orcas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jul 18 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.1%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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