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Sandpiper Haven: Fabulous Waterfront Beach House-VIEWS, Kayaks, Famous Penn Cove

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bdrm/2 bath, Sleeps 5, Comfy Yr Round, Direct to Beach, VIEWS, Boats, Pool

Why Choose us? An impressive over 150, combined five-star reviews in less than 7 years of ownership, amazing property, stunning location, and attentive Hosts. We value you as our Guests! As Top Performers, we have earned Premier Status with Home Away. And we have over 50, five star reviews at our newer sister property, Sunset Beach Haven. Experience for yourself what sets us apart from the pack!

Sandpiper Haven is a charming two bedroom, two bath, single story, low bank waterfront house located on world famous Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, with direct beach access , phenomenal views, a great deck, nearby boat launch, and much much more. Conveniently located between Coupeville and Oak Harbor, enjoy fabulous VIEWS south across Penn Cove of the Olympic Mountains and Coupeville, and east of the Cascades! With annual rainfall of just over 21 inches, nearly half of the regional rainfall, you can enjoy being in the rainshadow of Whidbey Island.

We are also very PROUD to announce our NEW Vacation Waterfront Sister Property on Whidbey Island, about 10 minutes from Sandpiper Haven, on the dramatic west beach of Whidbey Island: visit Sunset Beach Haven, property VRBO/Home Away ID number #4059156 for more info on our new listing.

Back to Sandpiper Haven - which we have owned and managed since 2011. Sandpiper Haven is truly a bird watcher's paradise with floating flocks of resident and migratory water fowl and overhead visits by a neighboring family of eagles. For the seafood lovers, try mussel and clam digging and enjoy fishing just steps from the back door.

The day brings beautiful views of boats, seals and otters playing in the water, and of the snowy peaks of the Olympic Mountains rising in the distance beyond the shores of Penn Cove. To the east catch glimpses of the Cascade Mountains as well. The house is south facing to capture the warmth of the sun on a large private deck in fair weather, or inspire romance watching storm-churned waves while comfortably seated indoors by the large stone gas fireplace.

Evenings can be spent by a private firepit roasting marshmallows, curled up with a book on super comfy new living furniture by a gas fireplace, playing games and doing puzzles with friends and family, or watching a movie on the new HDTV.

Or, you may prefer an evening out with great dining options in Coupeville, Langley, Oak Harbor and beyond.

We have added many updates including high speed internet, new HDTV with cable, Roku and ipod docking stereo, new outdoor furnishings, gas grill, fire pit, enhanced promontory, new Queen Sleeper Sofa, and much more. This is a low-allergen environment. For this reason, no pets and no smoking are permitted (and please don't ask). Enjoy this comfy, well-appointed and well-supplied house in a phenomenal setting.

During Peak Months, also enjoy access to two sea kayaks and a 12' Rowboat to Qualified Guests to explore the cove, fish or crab (and yes, we have crabbing and fishing gear too).

Also, access to the local heated outdoor community pool as our Guests Memorial Day Weekend and mid-June through Labor Day.

The house sleeps up to 5 comfortably (6 under special circumstances and with additional fee), and generally best for groups up to 4, with a heavenly pillow-top Queen Bed in the Master, and two twins in the 2nd bedroom. A new sleeper sofa with additional memory foam topper in the Living Room. We even provide a portable crib and bedding for infants. Dine comfortably inside or out. We can make exceptions for a sixth Guest, but this approved on a case-by-case basis.

An outdoor private promontory allows you to get further away from it all, boasting even more fabulous views down the beach and across Penn Cove.

Action seekers may kayak the cove or explore the many hiking and bike trails within minutes from the house. Bring your own boat or jet ski and launch it from our private community-owned boat launch and dock just several houses from the property.

The house was built in 2003 so is well-insulated and perfect for year-round enjoyment. Many Guests spend their holidays here, finding plenty of cookware and warmth for a joyful getaway.

More about the area: The historic waterfront town of Coupeville, visible across the cove, can be reached in minutes by car. Oak Harbor, to the North, is also minutes away for major shopping amenities and restaurants. And to the West lies Historical Ebey's Landing Preserve and the nearby Coupeville Ferry with service to historic Port Townsend. Greenbank Winery, antiques shops, galleries, the town of Langley, and Deception Pass are also nearby.

Best suited for: families, romantic getaways, couples retreats, girls weekends away, small reunions, great stays when attending a wedding, holiday gatherings, anniversary present for the grandparents, rewards for employees, adventure-seekers, and many more.

Visit our website, see our video, and read our reviews, and.... look no further. We have over eighty, five-star Reviews on VRBO/Home Away and another over twenty on other listings. You'll see what sets us apart from the pack and why we take your vacation so seriously - we truly want to provide a home-away-from-home in a fabulous, memorable setting. We look forward to having you as our Guests. Stay and Play at Sandpiper Haven.

Note, although we allow for "instant book", we do contact all Guests after reservations and ask a few questions to make sure the fit is good. If we find out after the fact that some Groups are not a good fit for our property - bringing too many Guests, or pets or previous poor reviews, for example, we may need to cancel the reservation. On rare occasion we may have received a booking on a different listing site that has not updated to Home Away (usually synced several times a day). We try and resolve these issues promptly, within 24 hours of your booking, so any cancellations of your reservation if needed are only made in extreme circumstances. It is our home, after all, and we want to make sure it is a good fit for both parties. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you!

Julie and Peter

More Details

Julie and Peter Mattson
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Julie and Peter Mattson

We are a family of four and have always loved the out of doors. Here we are in the Kenai Fjords exploring in 2014. Julie grew up outside of Boston, and Pete in Durango, and we both met out in the Seattle area back in 1994 through our love of kayaking and the out-of-doors. Come and stay at our home and see what we enjoy so much about the Pacific Northwest (PNW), Whidbey Island, and Sandpiper Haven in particular.

Julie and Peter Mattson purchased this house in 2011

Why Julie and Peter Mattson chose Oak Harbor

We love Whidbey Island and have spent years traveling around the Pacific Northwest exploring. We looked at many different communities when considering a second home. Whidbey Island was by far the winner, and Sandpiper Haven took the cake. We are hooked. Whidbey has so much of everything great that the northwest to offer and perfect our family - views, mountains, water, beach, hiking, biking, clamming, kayaking, fishing, and exploring, or just plain kicking back as a family with games, puzzles, a good home-cooked meal, or curling up on the couch with a good book.

What makes this house unique

Sandpiper Haven is really 'Heaven' to us - we love the beauty, peace, direct access to beach, easy exploring of the area, and comfort of this beautiful home. Sometimes we choose to just simply hang out and do puzzles, play games, read books, and enjoy each other's company. Other times, we love sitting on the expansive deck viewing wildlife such as the bald eagle that perched on our nearby dock for TWO hours the other day, or the kingfisher hovering right out front and the abundance of hummingbirds that are curious beautiful little birds. If you can't find Julie she might be sipping her coffee in the morning or enjoying an evening glass of wine at our peaceful private promontory.

And then there is kayaking, clamming, crabbing, boating, and all the great parks and exploring nearby. A short drive to Coupeville is always rewarded with ice cream for the kids at their fabulous ice cream parlor, Kapaw's ($3 for 3 scoops, no joke!). A short trip over to Port-Townsend on the ferry is rewarded with visits to Nana and lots of great restaurants and shops and an old fort to explore too (okay, so you can't probably visit our Nana, but it is a fun town).

Come and enjoy Sandpiper Haven and we hope (believe) that you'll love to come back year after year! Just read our Reviews and see what others have to say.... We now have several Guests who have visited 4 times! And many who have booked 3 times. We strive to create a home where Guests can feel comfortable coming back year after year and creating memories to last a lifetime! It brings us great joy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are a new family and this was our official "just for the four of us" vacation. And your cabin made it perfect! Our six year-old children were thrilled to find the perfect games and toys. Kristin and I enjoyed the view, walk, and cozy times inside. Thank you.
Feb 2012
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Oak Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We expect Guests to treat our home well. Expectations include: do your own dishes, start a load of laundry before departure, be courteous. Thank you.
  • No grease or medium or large food particles down the sink. We are on a sensitive septic system. Please take out the trash before departure. Thank you.
  • Dispose of all shellfish remains back on the beach below high tideline to keep odors down in the house and trash. Clean fish and shellfish outside.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Soaps, towels supplied
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , W/D also here, laundry detergent, dryer sheets supplied
  • Plenty of towels, beach towels, and basic soap provided. Hairdryer provided, first aid kit, and few toiletries if you forget them. Washer/Dryer in 2nd bathroom. Laundry soap, dryer sheets, stain remover provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Sleeps 2-3
  • Portable Crib with bedding provided. Extra Queen bedding and foam topper - can join the two twins in 2nd bedroom to make a Queen bed. New Queen sleeper sofa with an added memory foam topper in the Living Room sleeps up to 2 more people.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Bring your cell phone. There is no land line in the unit but cell phone coverage is quite good. Spotting scope with bird books and binoculars in LR. Basic fishing gear provided with 3 rods. Crab pots available during crabbing season. Digging gear for clamming or collecting famous Penn Cove Mussels off the beach (license needed). Note occasional closures to these seasons. Complementary HIGH SPEED wireless WIFi internet available with two dedicated lines. HDTV with cable, and Roku with complimentary Netflix and Amazon Prime. Plenty to watch. No DVR.


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Sandpiper Haven: Fabulous Waterfront Beach House-VIEWS, Kayaks, Famous Penn Cove
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Amazing, clean and peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

The entire experience at Sandpiper Haven was perfect!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A charming house with a stunning view!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our mini-vacation with friends from Vermont. It was well-situated and very quiet at night. The views of the cove were wonderful, with sunrise and sunset being particularly stunning. The birds were fun to watch, as well as the harbor seal.

The house was well-appointed. The kitchen had everything we needed and the owners have clearly worked to make sure extra supplies were provided. The gas fireplace was great: cozy with no fuss! The two nearby towns are close enough for convenience and the hiking options were numerous.

All in all, it was a great get-away spot!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than 5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this place. EVERYTHING !

The location and setting are fantastic. We enjoyed waking up to the views of Penn Cove. Sunrise to Sunset you will love it. The home is fully equipped. It has all one needs to feel just like home. We can't wait to come back. Julie and Peter are fabulous hosts. There are not enough superlatives to describe our stay. Short distances to all Whidbey has to offer and more. When we toured the area from Anacortes to Langley, we could not wait to get back to Sandpiper Haven. Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vickie and Chris, Thank you again your stay, and then extending it after arrival! And we can't thank you enough for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and your words warm our hearts. It's really our goal to create a space folks want to come back to time and time again :). Looking forward to your return visit - Julie and Peter
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Snuggled in quiet Penn Cove with a perfect southern exposure for beautiful sunrises and sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Julie and Peter have thoughtfully furnished their cottage with everything you will need for a relaxing getaway. The cottage lived bigger than its 1000+ sq ft with a perfect layout. The back deck with a southern exposure and open view of Penn Cove provided long days and evenings to relax and take in the spectacular view. The protected inlet was perfect for kayaking and we were lucky enough to be out when a pod of porpoises came to visit. Being close to Coupeville for dining and Ft.Ebey for hiking was an added bonus.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alfred, Thank you so much for your stay and we are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. We appreciate the time you took to write such a kind review! And the porpoises. How special. We don't get to see them that often but when we do, what a treat! Do come again. -Julie and Peter
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

It was our "Girls Weekend" and we had so much fun. We were there last year also but this year the weather was beautiful just like the picture. We walked the beach, sat in the sun, visited the local communities which were wonderful and close. Everything we needed and more was available. All around a super place to stay. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet, fun place to stay. Barbara

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara, You folks are such wonderful Guests! And kept the house so clean. We do occasionally allow 6 Guests and for your group, it'll always be okay! Thank you again. So glad the weather cooperated this year (last year was a major wind storm!!!). All our best - Julie and Peter
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Beautiful Place!

  • 5 of 5

Sandpiper Haven is a beautiful place. The home was spotlessly clean, the interior was tasteful and very comfortable and they had everything you could need for a wonderful stay. Penn Cove is the clearest water I've ever seen on Puget Sound. There was a constant wildlife presence including seals, herons and a spectacular appearance of a pod of Orcas right out front. Hiking at nearby Ebey's landing was amazing and there was even a local market a few blocks away with goodies like home made pies and local produce. The owners were super friendly and helpful. It was a perfect vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. You folks were fabulous Guests and we look forward to your return. Orcas !!!! That is an awesome (and rare) site. Ebey's Bluff Hike is our favorite too. All Our Best - Julie and Peter
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Sea-Tac International Airport - 2+ Hours
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Coupeville to Port Townsend
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Whidbey Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 20
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Coupeville or Oak Harbor
Nearest Beach
Our back door, down short private path with rail
Car: recommended

Sandpiper Haven is directly on Penn Cove is uniquely situated between Oak Harbor and Coupeville, Washington, on beautiful Whidbey Island. The region features the best of the Northwest with water activities, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, clamming, wildlife viewing, whale watching, and just plain kicking back to relax.

Other Activities: Clamming, crabbing, fishing, kayaking, whale-watching, boating. Visit our website for many links to these activities and places to also rent gear. We provide a crab pot, fishing gear, and digging equipment for clamming and mussel digging.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (up to 4) $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.7%

Please do not ask about pets. We love the critters but must say no do to family health issues.

Cancellation Policy: See Rental Agreement and Policy at time of Booking.

Cleaning Fee: is nonrefundable. We do charge more for 2+ week stays. We do not upcharge cleaning fees and we pay our cleaners a living wage. As such, we also expect Guests to be tidy, and abide by house rules. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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