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Beautiful Orcas Island Waterfront Home with Spectacular Views & Wildlife

Orcas, WA, USA
  • House1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 - 7 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Quinn Cottage

An Orcas Island Waterfront Retreat

The Quinn Cottage is a lovely waterfront home nestled on a sunny, wooded acre of land looking across Harney Channel to Shaw Island. The famous San Juan Island ferries and a continual parade of pleasure boats sail by the cottage’s view throughout the day. The south-facing exposure catches the sunrise and sunset as well as all the sunlight and warmth possible through the seasons. It is a perfect location.

The cottage is just two miles from the Orcas Island ferry landing and public dock and the quaint Orcas Village with a well-stocked country market, shops and eateries, the Victorian era Orcas Hotel and Restaurant, movie rentals, whale watching excursion boats, and kayak rentals. Also two miles from the cottage is Bayhead Marina with boat slips and an easy boat and kayak launch ramp. Lake Killebrew, a small public lake only one mile away, is fun for fishing and exploration.

An abundance of wildlife can be enjoyed from this pretty seaside retreat: deer, rabbits, raccoons, otters, mink, seals, bald eagles, heron, and an endless variety of other sea, shore, and land birds. At low tide the rocks at the water’s edge offer hours of exploration for oysters, starfish, crab, small fish, octopus, jelly fish, and other sea creatures.

Kayaking from this side of the island is fabulous. Other islands, coves, beaches, and villages are all within easy paddle distances. Rental guests are given information and advice so they can create their exciting kayaking adventures.

At night the sound of water lapping against the rocks and beach lulls visitors to sleep.

This light, airy, newly remodeled home has an open living room, dining room, and kitchen with vaulted ceilings, skylights, and floor to ceiling windows opening onto a large wrap-around main deck. The panoramic view from this 'great room' is stunning. It is also completely furnished with all the details of a cozy family cottage.

The main level has two bedrooms, both with Queen beds. The main level has a colorful bathroom with shower. The separate lower level is a very large bedroom with a main king bed area, a day bed and sitting niche, and its own bathroom with shower. It is connected to the upper level by exterior stairs and has its own private exterior entry. The water view is beautiful from this room's large windows. This serene lower level is perfect for a second couple or a children's getaway. It has its own books, games, television with cable and DVD, and plenty of space to relax.

All bedrooms have lovely pillows and spreads, cozy comforters, and high quality bedding and linens. The entire home has many European Bed and Breakfast touches and amenities.

Wood is supplied for the charming wood-burning stove in the living room. In addition every room in the home has its own baseboard heater and separate thermostat for year-round comfort.

The open, sunny kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, dining, and entertaining with lovely dishes, table ware, and linens. Even the gourmet cook will find the necessary appliances, cookware, bake ware, and utensils for any special recipe.

The pantry/laundry room has a washer and dryer, cleaning and laundry supplies, picnic ware, beach towels, and ample storage space. Many cooking essentials are available for use by the rental guest, including spices, herbs, coffee, tea, sugar and oils, and much more.

The large glassed-in upper deck and the water's edge lower deck have Adirondack chairs, dining tables, both gas and charcoal barbeques, a gas chiminea for 'camp fires,' and a double hammock. Both decks are lovely spots for reading, relaxing, dining, and the constant viewing of water and wildlife.

The landscaped areas around the house have whimsical pieces of “exterior art” and a full herb garden. The acre of land beyond the house is covered with mossy knolls and sunny fields, creating a cushion of peace for the cottage. No road noise can be heard from this serene spot.

Other amenities of this inviting home include wireless Broadband (high speed) internet, satellite television (Dish Network), puzzles and games, a large library of adult and children’s books and movies, a DVD player, and an Ipod dock.

Orcas Island itself offers many adventures, including hiking, sea kayaking, lake and ocean fishing, boating, whale watching, canoeing, shopping, beachcombing, and biking, as well as day trips by ferry to other islands and Victoria, British Columbia.

The island has many local fairs and celebrations, open-air music concerts, quality live theatre, flea markets, garage sales, and farmers’ markets.

Eastsound, the main village on the island, and a 15 to 20-minute drive from the Quinn Cottage through pastoral farmlands and beautiful mountain vistas, is a charming town with many restaurants, specialty shops, and a major super market.

A stay at the Quinn cottage leaves all visitors with lasting memories of adventure, escape, and rejuvenation. One of the Quinn Cottage vacationers said it this way: “As I sat on the cottage deck on the last day of our week’s stay, watching the sun slowly set over the shimmering water in front of me, I got a lump in my throat knowing that I had to leave this amazing place. I could see why the Quinns have been coming here for more than thirty years and still can’t wait to return. I knew that I would return as well.”

We invite you to visit this special island and stay in our own magic spot, the Quinn Cottage. Please check our website calendar for available dates. We look forward to getting your request by email. Please also feel free to request by email additional photos, Google Map location, as well as more excerpts from the Quinn Cottage guest book.

No Smoking, No Pets, Consult with owners about children under 5.

Also see our #335603 Quinn Cottage San Diego.

Keywords: home, waterfront, view, wildlife, privacy, quiet


Mary Quinn

Member Since 2005
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About Mary Quinn

We have been vacationing on Orcas Island with our five children since 1979, traveling from San Diego to the San Juans for numerous years in a motorhome. After the first trip the children would not consider missing a yearly Orcas visit. For many years we rented a barn on the island, storing our toys (boats, kayaks, berry pie-making gear), looking forward to trips of fishing, crabbing, hiking, lake swimming, and berry-picking. As Orcas Island more and more became 'home' to our children, they cried as we left it each trip, motivating us to find our own place on the island. So after many years of drooling over island property, we finally purchased our own piece of 'the rock' in 2004, making our dream of a Quinn Cottage a reality. Now our seven (so far!) grandchildren join in the trips, adding more fun, adventures, and memories about Orcas. We know that Orcas Island and our Quinn Cottage will continue to be a huge part of our family culture for years to come. We invite you to visit and experience the magic yourself. Be prepared to fall in love with it as we did. Jeff and Mary Quinn

Mary Quinn purchased this House in 2004

Why Mary Quinn chose Orcas

After renting vacation homes for years on Orcas Island, we learned that the amount of sunlight and warmth varied greatly from one place on the island to another, greatly impacting our vacation experience. So we narrowed our search to only south-facing, sun-filled spots for our own home. In addition to catching both the sunrise and sunset, the orientation of Quinn Cottage gives it hours more of sunlight each day compared to north or east facing locations on the island. Even on short winter days Quinn Cottage gets every minute of sun and light available. This makes cottage vacation days longer and warmer, with sunsets and twilights that go on and on. The huge cottage windows and multiple skylights flood the cozy cottage interior with this lovely light all year round.

What makes this House unique

It is difficult to express the wonder, peace, and privacy found at our Quinn Cottage. The magic of the warm, sunny southern exposure, with the sunrise and sunset across water and islands, as well as the romantic parade of ferries and boats, is a never-ending delight. The number of land and bird species that can be watched from the huge cottage windows and wraparound deck is awesome. The off-season change of landscape colors and wildlife, viewed from the interior living space with a cozy fire, makes the best escape imaginable. Remembering our own experiences of years of renting summer homes on Orcas, we have been determined to make the Quinn Cottage an inviting, well-equipped, and charming place for our cottage rental guests to stay. Nothing pleases us more than to share our magic spot with others, so from the lovely furnishings to the spotless condition of the home, rental guests can tell immediately that they have made the perfect choice for their getaway. We love reading the glowing entries in our cottage guest book as well as receiving the grateful emails after guests' visits. We invite you to become one of our next cottage rental guests so you can also enjoy this very special place. Jeff and Mary Quinn


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 twin/ single, This single is a lovely day bed.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 1 is a large room on the lower level of the home with its own bathroom. This very inviting room has many windows with beautiful water views and includes a King bed and a side nook with a lovely day bed. It is great as a private bedroom for a couple, especially when two couples are sharing the cottage, and is also often used as the 'kids' bedroom/playroom' -- a perfect way to give the adults more quiet time upstairs and contain kids' stuff to one area downstairs. Kids love having their own television, books, and games in this spacious lower level room. The main level of the home has two other bedrooms. Both of these upper level bedrooms have Queen beds. The cottage also has a portable Pack 'n Play for infants.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • The cottage has two newly refurbished, lovely bathrooms, one on each level of the home. The lower level bathroom has a stall shower, pedestal sink, and charming décor. The larger upper level bathroom has a stall shower and spacious antique marbled top vanity. It is across the hall from the two upper level bedrooms.

      Location Type

        • Ocean View
          Absolutely Spectacular
        • Oceanfront
          An easily managed set of wide, sturdy stairs leads down to fabulous tide pools below the cottage at the water's edge. It is possible to launch kayaks from the bottom of the stairs at the right tide.
        • Village
          The charming Orcas Village is just two miles from the cottage, making a perfect destination for a nice walk. It has a country market, cafes, coffee shops, and the historic Victorian Orcas Hotel.
        • Water View
          Absolutely spectacular


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      The 'great room' has floor to ceiling windows for stunning water views. A large sofa/love seat set, rocking chairs, flat screened TV, wood burning stove, and pretty accessories all invite escape.
                    • Broadband Access
                      High speed DSL internet is provided.
                    • Gas Fireplace
                      The lower deck has a gas chiminea for cozy 'camp fire' evenings at the water's edge. You can view this amenity in the cottage photos.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      The home has clean electric baseboard heating and separate thermostats in all rooms for the comfort of every guest.
                    • Internet
                      High speed DSL internet is provided.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Guests will find pillow top mattresses, luxurious linens, cozy comforters, individual throws, as well as lovely bath and kitchen towels at this seaside cottage.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      A new full-sized W/D unit is provided.
                    • Parking
                      The property has plenty of parking space.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      The cottage and driveways are well secluded from any road traffic. The driveway slope is mild and easily navigated.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      The acre of property has easy pull-in and parking for cars, boats, kayaks, or trailers in a large upper parking area. A lower area near the house is usually used for cars for easy passenger loading.
                    • Telephone
                      The cottage telephone can be used free of charge for all local AND long distance calls (just not international), both incoming and outgoing.
                    • Towels Provided
                      High quality linens for the bathroom and kitchen are provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      A new full-sized W/D unit is provided -- as well as laundry detergents and spot removers.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Wireless internet is provided with log on codes displayed at the cottage.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Chopped wood and kindling are available for your use in the charming wood burning stove in the great room.


                        • Microwave
                          A large over-the-range microwave serves all needs.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          The cottage has an electric drip coffeemaker with a timer and a large French press as well as an electric bean grinder.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          The home is fully furnished with high quality dishes and utensils to present a lovely meal. Pretty table linens, glassware/barware, and serving pieces are provided to make a beautiful meal complete.
                        • Dishwasher
                          The high quality Bosch dishwasher cleans with minimal rinsing.
                        • Kitchen
                          The cottage kitchen has beautiful, high quality appliances, including a diswasher and garbage disposal.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          The kitchen is fully equipped with everything to make even the gourmet cook happy. All types of bakeware are supplied, as well as a crock pot, rice steamer, food processor, and much more.
                        • Oven
                          A large electric oven serves all needs.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Many pantry items are available for use by rental guests, including coffee, tea, oils, vinegars, herbs, spices, sugar, floor, saran wrap, foil, baggies, and much more.
                        • Refrigerator
                          The side-by-side refrigerator/freezer has ample space for a family's needs. The pantry has many herbs, spices, flour, sugar, oils, and other staples for guests to use.
                        • Stove
                          A large gas stove serves all needs.
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              The dining area has floor to ceiling windows for spectacular water and sunset views during meals. Pretty table linens on the antique English pub table make every meal a celebration.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Lots of titles - fiction, non-fiction, travel, children's selections, island guides, and more are provided.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD Players are provided with both upstairs and downstairs TV's.
                                • Games
                                  Numerous board games, cards, puzzles, and more are found on both levels of the home.
                                • Music Library
                                  The cottage has an Ipod dock.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Both levels of the cottage have televisions with satellite network and DVD viewing.
                                • Stereo
                                  An Ipod dock is provided.
                                • Television
                                  Both TV's are high definition flat screens
                                • Toys
                                  Legos, Tinker Toys, and more are provided for younger children.
                                • Video Library
                                  The cottage has a good collection of adult and family DVD's. In addition, two miles from the cottage is a store with movie rentals.


                                    • Boat
                                      Marinas are nearby. The cottage owners, who are boaters and kayakers, have created their own Boating and Marina Guide with complete information they will email you upon request.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      One large glassed-in wooden deck surrounds the main level of the cottage and has dining tables, umbrellas, and adirondack chairs. A lower deck on the water's edge has a gas chiminea, chairs, and tables. The garden area also has two picnic tables with benches. The garden has an herb garden for the adventurous cook's use.
                                    • Golf
                                      Public course nearby.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak rentals and tour guides can be found two miles from the cottage at the ferry landing as well as at other locations on the island. The cottage owners created a Kayaking Guide you can request.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A new, large gas grill is provided on the large deck. Extra gas canisters are also provided for reliable fuel.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Public tennis nearby.


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • festivals
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • marina
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • photography
                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • paddle boating
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shelling
                                            • 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

                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • racquetball
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                    • snorkeling/diving
                                                    • sound/bay fishing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • The main living space, or 'great room,' has three walls of floor to ceiling windows that look out to the water view, the boats and ferries, ocean wildlife, and any activity on the cottage deck. Skylights look up to the trees and sky. Many guests call the cottage a 'tree house on the water's edge.' The views are breathtaking. The peace and quiet is remarkable.

                                                          40 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Simply Lovely

                                                          Leesa W.

                                                          We are long time vacation rental guests and the Quinn Cottage is one of the best places we've stayed at. The views are amazing! The house is comfortable, clean and well equipped. In a word, lovely.


                                                          Stepanie D.

                                                          Loved this home. We had a wonderful time and hated to leave. Home was very clean and comfortable with a gorgeous view. The location was quiet and peaceful. Just perfect. Can't wait for an opportunity to stay again.

                                                          Stephanie D. 10/27 and 10/28 2017

                                                          Wonderful location and equipped with anything needed. All information provided for finding the cabin

                                                          Lynn H.Miami, FL

                                                          You know you've had a great vacation when you don't want to leave 😄

                                                          Stunning View, Great Location, Wonderful and Relaxing Cottage!

                                                          PATRICE C.IRVINE

                                                          The Quinn Cottage is simply wonderful! To start, Mary gave us such great information about the cottage and the island, especially helpful was how to make a reservation for the ferry to and from the island. When we arrived on the island it was in the dark of night, so without her detailed directions we would most certainly have been lost. Cell service is spotty on the island, so you can’t always rely on GPS (however there is excellent Wi-Fi at the cottage so you can always be connected, if you want to be). The cottage is definitely off the beaten path, and right on the water. When you step into the living room the view is truly stunning. The cottage is wonderfully appointed and has all the kitchen gadgets you may need. The beds are comfortable and although we stayed in the main house upstairs, the downstairs “suite” looked very nice (it really is completely separate and private). We loved watching the ferries during the day and night. There are so many deer on the island that a couple of them literally walked by the kitchen one day. We also saw some seals in front of the cottage and there are birds galore. We rented a small boat at Orcas Boat Rentals in Deer Harbor and explored Jones Island State Park and went to Roche Harbor on SJ Island. We also took a whale watching trip with Deer Harbor Charters with Captain Nate and naturalist Trey (funny!) – They were the best, and we were able to see Orcas and other wildlife. We had a wonderful lunch at the beautiful and historical Rosario Resort, went to the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Eastsound, went to the top of Mt. Olympus in Moran State Park, and hiked to the beach in Obstruction Pass State Park. We also took the ferry for a day trip to Friday Harbor and drove around San Juan Island. The weather was rainy a couple of days (loved hearing the rain on the skylights in the living room!), and beautiful and sunny, in the 70s, a couple of days – perfect northwest weather. We’ve been back in “civilization” only a few days and miss the island life and the Quinn Cottage. We have already recommended the cottage to a friend, it is simply a wonderful and relaxing place to be!

                                                          Quinn Cottage

                                                          Rich K.

                                                          The Quinn Cottage was very nice and lived up to our expectations. Thanks

                                                          Great place for a vacation.

                                                          Susan T.Aloha, OR

                                                          Beautiful & relaxing views from the cabin. Well stocked and very clean, the fresh flowers and bottle of wine were a nice touch. All the instructions we received, especially about the ferry were very helpful. It would be hard having to go outside to get to the downstairs suite if the weather was bad, luckily it didn't rain while we were there. It is unfortunate that there is no way to launch a kayak from the water access stairs on the property; the pictures showing a beach & dock (not accessible) are a bit confusing. But there are lots of things to do on the island and we had a great time.


                                                          Orcas, WA, USA

                                                          Great tidepooling is fun at low tide directly in front of the house; it is possible to launch your kayak from the property depending on tides; just 2 miles away is an easy boat and kayak launch ramp and boat slips; Orcas Village is a lovely 2 mile walk or quick car trip away for groceries, coffee, or convenient island hopping on the ferry; owners share personal tourist information and help with trip planning; the cottage is well off the main road for country lane walks and total quiet and privacy; bird watchers find the cottage a paradise of discoveries with both native and migrating birds in full view from the windows and decks; children and adults are constantly amused by the fascinating parade of boats and ferries as well as seals and otters lounging on logs in front of the cottage; within walking distance is Killibrew Lake with exploring, fishing, and nature walks for the entire family; relaxing in the sun and enjoying meals on the deck are perhaps the favorite activities of all.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

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                                                          Special discounts may apply for rental parties of one or two during the shoulder and low seasons.

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