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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Wireless Internet
  • children welcome


About the property

You'll love this brand new cottage with unobstructed views to the east plus wonderful open space for outdoor fun. The beach will offer hours of fun for exploring and experiencing the local wildlife.

A peninsula on the waterfront offers exploration of two different beaches and beautiful views.

Leave the city cares behind and enjoy this rural setting. Located near Obstruction Pass Trailhead Park for a hiking experience you won't forget. Mooring Buoy, no dingy.

Property Manager
Karen Key Speck
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Karen Key Speck

My family saw this property by boat over a hundred years ago and became an original settler on Orcas Island homesteading about 150 acres in total.

Karen Key Speck purchased this cottage in 1890

Why Karen Key Speck chose Orcas Island

There were five children who each inherited property.

My son and I bought this particular piece of land from my brother. We built a new cottage, but retained the rural spirit of the beautiful land, beach and views.

What makes this cottage unique

The end of the road privacy is a special commodity in this busy, hectic world. At our beautiful cottage you can walk the beach, play in the field, sun on the deck, or relax inside with a good book. We invite you to see what our family discovered over 122 years ago. You can even visit the local museum and learn about our homesteading forefathers.


Olga Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has grab bars in the shower/tub and on the wall. (Though not a low-lip tub entry.)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin fold-up mattresses on portable frames are in the home.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a picnic shelter near the beach. When not in use by other family, you may use it and its chairs.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Serene and scenic getaway on Orcas

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at this vacation rental with its stunningly scenic and idyllic setting. The cottage itself is well equipped in every way and was very cozy and comfortable for our group of three family members. We also had the pleasure of visiting briefly with Dorothy and learning about the history of the property. The weather could have been more cooperative but that is seldom in our hands in the Pacific NW! The sun finally came out just as we were taking the ferry back on Sunday. We will definitely keep this as our first option for a future longer visit to the San Juan Islands.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bainbridge Island, Washington

Fabulous 2 BR Waterfront House on Orcas, Reasonable Priced!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the second time this summer, and were "wowed" even more than on our first visit (if that's possible)! This two bedroom, two bath house is so comfortable, private, and pretty, with spectacular views (we had the most glorious full moon over the water that I've ever seen) and your "own" beach for launching kayaks and skipping rocks. It's an easy drive to Eastsound with its amenities, but who wants to leave such an idyllic place? The hosts are friendly and helpful but not intrusive at all. We are going to try to come back again in every season!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

Private beach with view!

  • 5 of 5

My parents and I rented this little cottage for 3 nights in September. We had amazing weather and the house and grounds were perfect for us. My mother loved the kitchen, and my Dad and I the view of the water, private beach and view of Mt. Baker. I spent all of the mornings watching the sunrise over Mt. Baker just to go back and watch the alpenglow on Mt. Baker as the sunset behind us. Neighbors were quiet. House had everything we needed. I believe the owner is a descendant of the original homesteader and we chatted with some family a bit when they drove down the lane. Very welcoming and friendly. The rental company was easy to work with and gave very detailed directions on how to get to this little part of the island. The only thing I would change for next time is maybe to pay for the housecleaning as the list of things to do made us a bit nervous. That said, I promptly received my full deposit back. Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful waterfront, cozy, comfortable home!

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic house on a beautiful piece of property. The view itself is worth everything. We loved the private beach and grassy rock to sit on. Each morning we brought our coffee and breakfast down to the water, enjoyed the incredible views of water, islands, and Mt. Baker, and felt like we were the only ones around. The short walk from waterfront to the house made it feel like we had the whole property to ourselves and was incredibly enjoyable. I cannot emphasize this enough - the views, nature, and surroundings are incredible! Great yard to bring a football or frisbee to play around on or just laze in a chair. It would be perfect in the summer to bring your kayak and leave straight from the front yard!

Onto the house, a perfect size! The open living room and dining room made it feel comfortable, the wood burning fireplace gave us something to cozy up to at night, and the well equipped kitchen was great to cook in. Beds were comfortable, bathroom was spacious, and the deck was perfect to sit on. Huge windows on the whole front of the house gave us quite the view to wake up to and go to bed to. The 2 bedrooms were good size and comfortable. House was clean and well-maintained.

The location was great. Close to Doe Bay and Olga Cafe (a must do!). Easy access and a short drive from Eastsound and the ferry and very close to Mt. Constitution and Moran State Park.

Karen was great work with as well - we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think I'll take a few days off work and stay here myself! I know it's a beautiful house and location and I always recommend it, but you wrote a lovely review which the owners and I appreciate! Come see us again soon. Karen
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Bainbridge Island, Washington

Best Waterfront Rental on Orcas: Comfort, Privacy, Spectacular Views from Sweet New Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Orcas Island for our anniversary for at least 10 years, and this is our new "favorite!" The new 2-bedroom waterfront cottage, with expansive views to the east over Rosario Strait and Cypress Island, is on a park-like lawn leading to a low-bank waterfront cove. We were able to easily launch our kayaks from the pebble beach, and enjoyed watching a family of otters in the cove, as well as three bald eagles that hang out on the picturesque rocky peninsula that juts from the shore. This is truly a magnificent place to wind down and relax. It's the most quiet spot we have found to stay on Orcas, although it's only about 15 minutes from East Sound.

The house itself is exceptionally comfortable, with a new suede couch in the living room, a queen bed in each bedroom with high quality mattresses, and a large bathroom with a deep tub/shower combination. Two rollaway twin beds are offered for larger families. The home is nicely equipped with everything you need to prepare meals, which we enjoyed eating out on the deck (there's a big gas barbeque there too). The house also has a large HD television/DVR (if you can ever tear your eyes off that view--we couldn't) and washer and dryer.

Dorothy, the owner, is a gem. Her family has owned the property since it was homesteaded 120 years ago, and they still live nearby but are not in the least obtrusive. We intend to come back here whenever we can, and highly recommend it to others. They also host weddings, large and small, using a large shelter near the water. What a great place to begin a marriage, or to put the pizzaz back into one!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you chose to stay with us in this lovely cottage. It is so nicely done and the setting is gorgeous. We're glad you agree. Come see us again! K. Speck - Cherie L. Lindholm RE
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Cedaredge Colorado

Two wonderful weeks

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cottage for 2 weeks - one with our children and grandchildren and one week without the full family.

The pictures on the site accurately represent the cottage. The cottage was clean and very well-equipped. Two large windows and a glass door provide a spectacular view of the Rosario strait that serves freighters,sailboats and fishing boats.The large deck provided wonderful downtime to enjoy these views.

We played ball on the spacious yard, enjoyed numerous explorations of the pebble beach and watched an eagle who makes the peninsula it's home. Since the picnic area was not used during our stay the little cove became our own private beach.

In our real life, we live in a rural area so the atmosphere of the location and the extraordinarily friendly and helpful owners felt just right. I suppose someone who expects the hotel accommodations or a crowded white-sand beach might not have the terrific vacation that we had.

For us, the experience of waking to this magnificent view and exploring Orcas Island was everything we hoped that it would be.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to share your vacation experience. We are pleased it was positive. (I knew it would be as this is a special house and spot.) We welcome your return and hope it will be soon. Karen - Cherie L. Lindholm RE.
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Rates & Availability

Olga Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Dec 10 2016 - Jun 10 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 11 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $75 + Tax
Laundry $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.1%

If you'd like to do your own cleaning and laundry prior to departure, there are no additional housekeeping fees.
If you'd like us to clean it is $75 and $40 for laundry plus tax = $126.62 additional. Garbage removal is $12.00 per can. You may take it to the dump yourself and save some money.

Credit cards not accepted. Personal checks accepted up to two weeks prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Enjoy the 'gem' of the San Juan Island, Orcas Island!

This archipelago of 172 named islands offers ferry boat rides in and among the most beautiful waterways in the world. Discover the charming hamlet of Olga on Orcas Island just a few miles east outside of Eastsound, WA.


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