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Karen Palmer

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

San Juan Island Premier Waterfront Lodging WOW!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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What if you could...





Enjoy this hidden paradise.

Share this quiet, cozy, comfortable,

San Juan Island Waterfront Home

with friends or family.

Comfortably sleeps 9.

A Luxurious Affordable Vacation Destination on San Juan Island offering the best in San Juan Island Lodging.

• Located on the sunny side of San Juan Island.

• If you are looking for a relaxing quiet island setting, look no further.

• Soak in sun all day while you enjoy the panoramic views .

• BBQ in your own park like yard steps.

• Enjoy an evening campfire on the beach

• 3 bedroom, 2 full Baths

• Great Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Laundry Room

• 40' + of outdoor deck

• Patio Furniture

• Gas Bar B-Q

• Park like grounds leading to waters edge

• Beach side fire pit

• Picnic Table

• Indoor and outdoor Toys for Children & Adults

• A luxurious affordable vacation destination.

• Catering to families and friends getaways.

• Endless variety of activities year round.

• Sitting on 1/2 acre of lush countryside

• Relaxed quiet setting.

• Walk out Beach .

We hope that our attention to detail shines through each and every moment of your stay. We've tailored each room, our hospitality and amenities

to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

All that is missing is you ----- Come Visit!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Karen Palmer (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

Sue & Ed:

We all just wanted to say thank you so much for your hospitality. We were thrilled when we walked into your lovely home ----the care you put into making sure your guests are comfortable is very clear. We loved the cooking class & can't wait to 'wow' our friends back home with our new culinary skills!

The firewood was very appreciated too -- Aaron couldn't wait to get out there and get it started last night.

So----thank you again for making our stay on San Juan so memorable/comfortable/special.

P.S. we saw about 2 dozen whales yesterday, we tracked them for about 3 hours!
Apr 2015
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based on 32 traveler reviews

San Juan Island Premier Waterfront Lodging WOW!
average rating of 4.71875 based on 62 reviews

Wonderful place, exactly as billed.

  • 5 of 5

We can't say anything better than the other reviews and property details provide--we had a wonderful long weekend at this private, serene retreat! We are 2 families with young kids. We had immediate access to hiking and mountain biking trails; took the cooking class which, 2+ months later, we are STILL raving about; and explored Roche Harbor, Friday Harbor, and Lime Kiln. We could see little details where the owners had taken care to implement feedback from other travelers (i.e., there are toys outside for kids now, etc.). Very thoughtful. All in all, a perfect mini vacation, thanks in great part to our warm hosts!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property on Garrison Bay

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our stay - comfortable home and great location on Garrison Bay. We used the fire pit every evening and had our kayak in the water each day. Susan provided an early morning treat each day and they were always delicious.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Time!

  • 5 of 5

We had another fantastic stay, here! The accommodations are outstanding, beautiful grounds, and Ed and Susan are the perfect hosts, thank you! We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to welcome you back to Garrison Bay Estates. Thank you for the kind words. We do try our best to make everyone feel at home. We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Regards, Ed and Susan p.s. Glad you like the Grilled Crab recipe, it is amazing isn't it.
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Amazing little paradise on the island

  • 5 of 5

The location of this property gave me the best escape ever had on vacation. Located on a quiet area on the west side of the island surrounded by waters and English Camp national park you can see the water and wild animals right out of the windows. It's just like a little heaven on earth. I don't mind at all the fact that it's 9 miles from the Friday harbor where most of the shops and restaurants are. There are some houses around here but very quiet and low traffic that my son and I had good time riding our bike. In fact we attempted to extend our stay another night but it wasn't available. So I can't wait to come back here for a longer stay on my next vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I totally agree with you Garrison Bay is a comfortable, quiet, relaxing locating with amazing nature, wildlife and views to offer. We also do not mind the ride to town since there are only two stop signs and max 45 mph. Thank you so much for your lovely review. We do hope to see you again soon. Ciao, Susan
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Clean, well stocked, roomy, NO Privacy!

  • 3 of 5

CONS: In our opinion the cons out way the pros because we paid thousands for supposedly a PRIVATE cottage/house. Let's reveal that the owners live next door and do NOT understand what "absolutely do not come over here" means! Owner Susan thinks bringing over a small plate of desserts entitles her to come over unannounced in early am walking on decking and looking in every window! There are NO blinds or window covering on living room and dining room areas which give no privacy day or night! The only way to get air in main part of house is to open double doors to backyard, there are no screen sliders to keep out bugs. Only one tv it's in living room. Mattresses in bedrooms in our opinion are not comfortable and some squeak. Be very careful while using tub in hallway bathroom and shower unit in master bathroom no skid mats or stop skid on bottom of surfaces. The fire pit is in open view of owner's sitting in yard, on deck or house, again no privacy. The dock in pictures is not for renters use.

PROS: Cottage/house is very clean, well supplied kitchen and bathroom towels, large dining room and sofa area. We enjoyed seeing the deer in yard around house.

We left day early due to Owner Susan's intrusions!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Should a guest notify us with a concern or problem we address that issue immediately. We do hope any problems are brought to our attention quickly and not on Day 6 of a 7 Day stay. As a responsible owner who receives an upsetting phone call from a guest in residence, it is necessary to visit the property and confirm guest safety. Italiani Dolci, fresh baked Italian Breakfast Treats are complimentary and optional. The size of the plate of sweets is determined by the number of guests staying in the home. Each dish is specially packaged and set on the railing at the side door; unless a guest is outside, in which case a dish of sweets is handed to that guest. Should a guest choose not to receive these morning treats, we would hope the guest will notify us of their wishes at the beginning of their stay and not the day before their stay is over. For home entry, there is a side door, a front door and the double French doors leading to the Bay. We have not had a need to screen these double doors as most guests enjoy the openness. There are no draperies on the French doors, to do so would block the amazing view. All other opening windows are screened and have either blinds or draperies or both. Non-skid in tub and shower was applied by manufacturer and has been checked for safety. We do not provide rubber mats due to hygienic reasons. The vacation home sits on a tree lined one acre parcel with an open beach area. Yes, the owners, my husband and I, live next door. Due to the abundance of trees, homes in the area, owners included, cannot be seen from inside the home, or deck area. From owners home the rental home or driveway is not visible. From the beach you can see the shoreline of the Bay, several other homes, as well as English Camp National Park across the Bay. You will also see folks enjoying their kayaks on Garrison Bay and boats of all sorts that come to anchor. The listing information on VRBO and HomeAway clearly mentions No Dock Access from this home. It is mentioned on our web site as well as in the Rental Agreement all guests acknowledge prior to completing a reservation. Any photo of the Bay taken from the vacation rental property will show docks. All of the photos on our web site as well as HomeAway and VRBO are accurate. Susan
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60th Birthday celebration with family and friends

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing experience! The hospitality at Garrison Bay Estates is incredible, Susan is very serious about making sure that your stay is perfect... daily morning treats that were top notch delicious, the house is incredibly comfortable with all the amenities from a fully stocked kitchen to the toys and games for kids and adults, oh and the setting is spectacular- queue the eagles, deer and seals. I can't think of a better way to get away for some fun, relaxation and celebration with friends and family. My only regret is not booking an evening cooking with Susan and Ed - next time ;-)

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ellen, Thanks so much for your lovely review. It is hard not to have a good time at Garrison Bay Estates. The location is amazingly beautiful. Our guest comfort is so important to us, so our wish for each guest is to enjoy their visit, to relax, to be comfortable , to create new memories and most of all leave as friends. I am very happy you all enjoyed Italiani Dolci. Much love goes into baking these treats to share. Glad your Birthday Bash was a success and yes, next time we should do an Italian Dinner/Class. We look forward to welcoming you all again soon. Ciao, Susan
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Roche Harbor
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
San Juan Golf & County Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Roche Harbor
Nearest Beach
Waterfront Right Outside Your Door!
Car: recommended

Garrison Bay, near Roche Harbor Resort & Marina 1-5 mi

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Horseshoes, Wildlife Viewing, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa.


Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Colorful Fall
Sep 16 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Peacefully Quiet
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Almost Summer
Apr 1 2017 - May 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 22 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.1%

The home is inspected, cleaned, and sanitized before your arrival. After Guest departure Representative will provide two hours of normal cleaning. You may choose to self-clean, meaning you leave the home in the same condition that you found it (including washing/drying linens, we will make the beds and hang the towels). If additional cleaning is required, the actual cost will be deducted from your security deposit at the rate of $25 per hour.

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Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Walk in Shower, Dual Vanities, Soaking Tub for 2!
  • Walk in Shower in Master Bath. Tub/shower combo in Hall Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size comfort with luxury linens
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Feather beds!! Extra cozy and plush
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen Comfort with Feather Bed
  • Master Bedroom with King Size Bed, private deck, great water views. Master bath has dual vanities, full walk in shower. Bedroom #2 , Queen Bed with comfy feather bed, desk & seating area. Garden Views Bedroom #3 with two Double Beds and garden view. A twin size roll away is available as well as Baby gear, crib and booster seat at no extra charge.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 9 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Parking For Boat/Trailer, Kitchen Fully stocked! Including, coffee pot, blender. Cook books too! Beachfront - Walk out Beach with wonderful views to British Camp National Park. Enjoy the wildlife in abundance. Garrison Bay Estates is a quiet, cozy luxury island getaway!

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