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Beautiful Orcas Island Waterfront Home with Spectacular Views & Wildlife

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 - 7 nights


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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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Mary Quinn
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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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 Island

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the Quinn Cottage guest book:

"The view is amazing! Our favorite spot was sitting just above the tidepools looking at the purple and orange star fish and listening to the water lap on the shore. The cottage had everything we could possibly need and felt like home. What a treasure of a place."
Oct 2011
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Beautiful Orcas Island Waterfront Home with Spectacular Views & Wildlife
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Wonderful Getaway Place

  • 5 of 5

Four of us, old college friends, spent a long weekend thoroughly enjoying this house and its surroundings. At first, the idea of going outside to get to the third bedroom seemed odd, but it wasn't an issue and the bedrooms all worked great. The view from the downstairs bedroom, the living room and the deckscsnt be beat. We watched the seals frolicking on logs nearby, experienced a big storm (so cool!), enjoyed a couple of nights by the wood burning stove. Although it's not a big place, it was very comfortable for the 4 of us and very well appointed. We even took two hikes nearby and enjoyed a stop at the local pub and brewery. A wonderful place to have a great weekend retreat!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glorious visit

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of six friends celebrating a special birthday and what a perfect place to do it. We absolutely loved the house...beautiful inside and out, very well appointed, homey and comfortable. Lots of time spent on the deck admiring the view, the birds and seals who came every night to sleep on the deck. We packed in a lot of activity...Mt Constitution, Mountain Lake, Turtleback Mountain, Orcas Pottery, the fish hatchery, Rosario tour, whale watching boat trip, and visit to Friday Harbor. And five days was still not enough. I would certainly return. It was a magical experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just an owner's clarification: a little typo in this lovely review that might make readers wonder -- the seals sleep on the dock, not the deck:). We are so pleased that this nice group of friends had a great time at our favorite place.
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A great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay on Orcas Island! The large outdoor area is located right on the water and has outstanding views of the water, the ferrys and the tide pools. The house is very nice and fully equipped. It is located close to the ferry dock and the grocery has great sandwiches for picnics and gourmet pizza. Deer Harbor is close by and we went sailing (Northwest Classic Daysailing) and kayaking (Shearwater Kayak Tours) from there. Don't miss the hiking at Turtleback Mountain, the southern views on the hike to Ship Rock are fantastic. Island Hoppin Brewery is a great brewpub. Many nice restaurants in Eastsound, we especially like Mijitas and Cafe Olga. We enjoyed the slower pace of island living as well as picking our own raspberry's while hiking or on the driveway. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning views in this beautiful cottage that has it all!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Mary and Jeffrey for allowing my lady and me to stay in your beautiful cottage. It truly felt like a home away from home. The location is perfect and couldn't have been more convenient for us when we arrived on the sea plane in West Sound. The views were amazing no matter where we were on the property. Between the boat parades in and out of the harbor and the wildlife and nature views we couldn't have asked for more! We lucked out with the weather - sunny every day we were there! Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. Looking forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Quinn cottage, it was cozy and convenient to the town and ferry,yet still remote and peaceful, the view was absolutely breathtaking, with every modern convenience if you needed, the whale tour was next to the ferry and was also very organized, we saw lots of k pod whales, can't wait to return again next year, Mary and Jeff were awesome too always answering any questions straight away, and the information for the cottage and our stay helped a great deal.

Thank you Mary and Jeff

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed this little bit of heaven immensely. The view was stunning, it is hard to describe the peaceful feeling of sitting on the porch with a cup of tea watching the ferry move silently across the water. The location was very convenient, it was close to the ferry and to town and yet felt like it was a private retreat deep in the woods. The house and yard are decorated with delightful and whimsical touches.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Eastsound Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Orcas Ferry Landing
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Orcas Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Oras Ferry Landing
Nearest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Orcas Village and ferry landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Bayhead Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Westsound Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Eastsound Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Deer Harbor Village and Marinas
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Killibrew
Nearest Point of Interest
Orcas Island Golf Course
Car: recommended

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

Orcas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Oct 16 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Low Season 2
Nov 28 2016 - Apr 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season I
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 9.7%

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

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Orcas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , This single is a lovely day bed.
  • Bedroom 1 is a large room on the lower level of the home. This very inviting room has many windows with lovely 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, or is even more 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • 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.

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