House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
We are a retired professional couple who love the natural beauty of God's creation & enjoy quiet relaxation, fishing, hiking, and travel. We remodeled our first home on Whidbey Island in 1975 and have built and remodeled number of in the Bellingham area and now again on Whidbey. This architecturally designed, well built built home is a true gem. It was a joy to revitalize it. In the process we added a touch of Cape Cod giving it a more cozy feel. The name Ranvik is Lisa's family name in Norway which means Bay of The Ravens. We appreciate art and architecture & this house offers some of both. Ranvik Beach House was designed by a Seattle architect in 1964 as a family vacation get-a-way at the height of the Mid-Century Modern era. He developed Admiral's Cove which includes a mile of beach. He had his choice of any building site on which to build his signature beach home. This site was selected for its outstanding orientation to all the breathtaking natural beauty and has the largest beach frontage of all the surrounding homes providing an extra measure of privacy. It is one of only 3 homes built by Sellen Construction (one other one on Whidbey & the Bill gates home!). They also built the Amazon headquarters in Seattle. The house reflects the state of the construction art at the time with a wonderfully timeless, very functional beach vacation home design. The interior is very unique with beveled ship-lap interior & exterior siding and many interesting, angular corners and spaces. Our total interior remodel in 2012 maintained the home's original, unique character while incorporating the convenience & comforts of a modern home. The tasteful update is in a cozy, bright, contemporary Scandinavian style. We continue to make small improvements as needed. Since completing the remodel in early 2012 we have found this to be a magical place for relaxation and enjoyment. It is our hope that you will have the same experience while staying here.
Lisa purchased this House in 2011
Why Lisa chose Coupeville
We lived on Whidbey Island years ago & have been coming back several times a year ever since. So we knew what a wonderful place it is . For several years we had been looking for a beach home to use as a get-away retreat for family and friends. We considering many areas we concluded the Coupeville / Keystone area. We discovered that this area offered unsurpassed natural beauty along with a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Coupling that with the fact that it has some of the best weather west of the Cascades and is easily accessible by car clinched it for us. Now that we have had this beach house for a number of years; we have no doubt that we made a great choice! This is truly a wonderful place where one can just totally relax. At the same time, if in the mood, there is a wide variety of fun, interesting activities only minutes out the door. We are confident you will enjoy it as much as our family does! 2018 update: Please read our reviews you will see that we're not the only ones who think this is a Magic Place. Over 100 Five Star reviews in less than 6 years with only a single 4 star rating! All our guests have been thrilled and so are we! We're confident you will be also.
What makes this House unique
There simply isn't a nicer, better located beach house in the Coupeville area! Ranvik Beach House is located in the Olympic rainshadow. The result is third less rain and 30% more sunshine than most of western Washington, Oregon and lower British Columbia. It is appropriately referred to as the 'Sunny Side of Whidbey'. Like to dine out? You are in luck as as Whidbey Island has been designated a state tourist 'Culinary Destination'! The close and very quaint towns of Coupeville and Freeland offer many excellent dining options from basic fare to gourmet dining. There is great shopping and spas for extra relaxation. Several wineries are close to the beach house with a wineries tour map available at the house. Having spent many years living Whidbey, we are very familiar with the Island and can assist you in gathering current information about tourist sites, outdoor activities, restaurants and special events on Whidbey Island. If your idea of vacation & relaxation involves physical activities such as walking on the beach, fishing, biking (road or mountain style), day hiking, golf, kite flying, diving, kayaking, boating, or swimming you will find a great place to do any of these within 15 minutes of the beach house. There is seasonal salmon and steelhead fishing from shore August - March. Ebey Historical Preserve, Fort Casey and other sites feature a wide variety of interesting places to explore. A near by public pool, basketball court, volleyball lawn an freshwater lake are within steps of the house and are available to guests. Area Accolades: Travel & Leisure’s Most Romantic Summer Destinations July 2010 issue featured Whidbey Island as one of their 16 picks world wide: “Though it’s a 20-minute ferry ride from the Seattle suburb of Mukilteo, this island oasis feels like the Pacific Northwest's last frontier... Sunset Magazine has named the Keystone to Port Townsend as one of the 5 best ferry rides in the NW
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wonderful get away!
This beautiful home is set in an idyllic location, so peaceful and stunning. Highly recommend!
We have stayed at numerous VRBO homes and this was far and away the most impressive. The location is stunning and the design of the home, perfect. Details for a stay that many homes leave out had been considered and hosts replied quickly and thoroughly to any questions. We will be back to Ranvik Beach House and will recommend to friends without hesitation. Thank you for sharing your incredible home with us!
IIThanks Beth, it's always such a wonderful compliment when guests say Ranvik is the best! It is nice to know that so many feel that way. We are so glad that all your needs and expectations were met and exceeded. We look forward to your return in June!
Dan and Lisa
We so enjoyed this beach house!! The beach views were amazing and right off the deck. The house was gorgeous, clean, and updated. The kitchen was well stocked with necessities as well as the bathroom . We would love to visit again♥️
Thanks Jennifer, we're glad you had a great time and found all your needs meet while staying at Ranvik Beach House. Come again soon!
Best, Dan & Lisa
Wonderful house,great location, very attentive owners. Highly recommended if you are seeking a first rate vacation house with a spectacular view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Hey Harry; thanks for returning to Ranvik all the way from Cleveland. We're glad your stay went well. Thanks for the review, we look forward to your return.
Dan and Lisa
Great indoor and out door space... right on the water!
The place was wonderful, right on the water... great out door space.. great sunsets.... large common room allowed the cook to be part of everything.. nice that there is a separate media room so we all did not have to listen to the TV... gas fire place was a nice feature for the day it rained... the kitchen was fully stocked with everything you need... comfortable beds.. very quiet location.... just what we were hoping for and more!
Thanks Roxanne; We are glad to hear that you enjoyed so many of our amenities.
Best, Dan and Lisa
Beautiful house in a great location
Ranvik Beach House was even better than we expected. It was well appointed & stocked. Dan & Lisa were very responsive before & during the stay. It was close to several parks with walking paths & even a playground at the community pool/recreation center. We had a wonderful, restful, fun long weekend.
Thanks for the great review Kathryn. It’s always nice to hear that our place was even better than advertised.
Best, Dan and Lisa.
Not only is the house beautiful but the area surrounding it is one of the most scenic locations in Washington with fun, interesting activities for people of all ages!
While you are here you may want to visit the historic town of Coupeville just 12 minutes away to check out the historical museum, some great little clothing shops, antique stores, a gem of a beach store and of course great restaurants. 2.5 miles from the beach house is the Keystone Underwater Park for diving, a State-Federal wildlife preserve for birding and beach walking, and the Admiralty Lighthouse & Fort Casey for the historians. Deception Pass Boat Tours & Olympic National Park less than an 1 hour away.
Arboretum, library, playground, marina, churches, winery tours, antiquing, beachcombing, bird watching (200+ species in area), walking, biking, (we have 2 comfort bikes for your use) whale watching, scenic drives, freshwater (40 minutes away), bay, & beach fishing, boat launch, (2 miles away) ATM/bank, laundromat, massage therapist, medical services, groceries, hospital, many festivals in Coupeville. . Great for naps too