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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. 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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

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; 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 4.965517 based on 66 reviews

A gem!

  • 5 of 5

The photographs do not adequately capture the beauty and serenity of Diamond Hill House. Huge spruce, fir and cedar tower over the comfy 3 bedroom cottage full of beautiful antiques. We enjoyed sipping our morning coffee on the large sunny porch. Piano playing guests will especially enjoy the vintage full upright piano and eclectic collection of sheet music. The cottage is surrounded by manicured grounds and gardens. Guests have free rein to explore the entire five acre property and linger on conveniently placed benches along the trails. Having lived on Orcas for over thirty years, your onsite ( but unobtrusive) hosts are very knowledgeable as to what you might wish to do and see during your visit. We especially enjoyed hiking in Moran State Park. Our only regret was that our stay was too short. We highly recommend Diamond Hill House as a great place to unwind.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We could just barely hear the Chopin coming from across the way...what a treat for us! Come back soon - V & B
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Great people, island and scenery

  • 5 of 5

We were comfy in the Parker's Diamond Hill Home with their hospitality, antiques, and little restful spots throughout the yard. The piano and hosts were the best! And I want to go back and do more painting!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful, perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the Diamond Hill House! Victoria and Bruce are lovely hosts and the property is simply beautiful with more thoughtful details than you can imagine. We had a relaxing stay despite or chaotic small children and they had a magical time exploring the property and the rest of the island.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Family times on Orcas - having raised our two sons here we know how much fun both parents and the young ones have! Little boy "H", when I gave him a fresh sprig of basil said..."this smells like food!" So right!
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Our Stay was Too Short

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here while we were attending a wedding on Shaw Island. It was a quick trip--two nights and we were gone most of the days/early evenings to wedding functions. So we didn't really have the opportunity to enjoy the house and lovely, natural grounds. We'll have to come back again for that.

The owner (Victoria) was very responsive and helpful. Easy access to the ferry but still a feeling of seclusion. This house worked well for us.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree! Two days/nights go by really fast on the island - and Diamond Hill House environs lend themselves to wanting to stretch every moment. Here's hoping these guests come back! V
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Stunningly beautiful and serene

  • 5 of 5

Lucky find- beautiful, secluded property, much in natural state, the rest wonderfully designed. Tables, chairs and benches thoughtfully arranged around property to afford appreciation of nature. House was spotlessly clean, cozy and comfortable, with all amenities. Very comforting

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Owners were so friendly and helpful, house was beautiful and comfy, and setting idyllic. We would come back in an instant!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear from you! And you would be most welcome indeed. I loved your response to the fresh garlic from the sun garden..."looks so good...we'll use with our menu for tonight's dinner!" Very tasty -
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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