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Karen Key Speck

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

A Wooded Adventure - Yet Close To Town

5 Reviews
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Orcas Island House Rental Photos and Description

Three Bedrooms, Two Baths With Ocean And Mountain Views

This lovely location is further enhanced with all new furnishings and significant remodeling. Expansive views to the north with opportunity to view eagles, whales and other wildlife. You will be awed by the mountain range and ski resort lights at night. A three story floor plan for a relaxing vacation and lovely community beach just a short walk away. Also close to town for your convenience. Make merry and play the upright piano for sing-a-longs.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Key Speck (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Karen Key Speck

I first visited Orcas Island as a 10 year old child staying at a summer camp. My wonderful memories brought my husband and me to the island again when our children were toddlers. We had such a delightful time that we looked for property to buy for ourselves. In 1969, because of its seclusion and view, we bought a lot at Raccoon Point. Our Lindal Cedar Home was built on it in 1972. Only 2 or 3 families came out to Raccoon Point for many years. We had a completely private beach, watched the whales, otters, seals, eagles, deer, enjoyed Mt Baker in the rising and setting sun, saw the ships passing in the distance and the kayakers and fishermen fishing from their boats. The beach is still private with only a few dinghies and kayaks pulled up on shore. Low tide uncovers starfish, sea anemones, barnacles, crabs, and other tide pool life. Driftwood abounds while the beach is forever being changed by the tides. The peacefulness, the views, the beach are the same way today as 40 years ago.

Karen Key Speck purchased this house in 1969

Why Karen Key Speck chose Orcas Island

Once you arrive at the Cedar House, you may take off your wrist watch, then forget about time and not put your watch back on until it is time to catch the ferry to the mainland.

Reviews

4.8
based on 5 traveler reviews

A Wooded Adventure - Yet Close To Town
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
5

Serene secluded house with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fun week with family in this great house! We had beautiful views of the mountain and sunsets, enjoyed watching the harbor seals, and were visited by many deer. We had plenty of room for all of us. We had 3 little ones under 6 so we loved the beach at Moran Park. We enjoyed Eastsound and traveling around the island. The deck is great! The hardest part was finding it the first time. Thank you for a great stay. The house was immaculate when we arrived.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to share your wonderful Orcas experiences in one of our fine vacation rentals. This too is one of my favorite houses because of the big trees, big views and sometimes big wildlife. <G> Come see us again. KJKS
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4

Gorgeous Location But Some Concerns

  • 4 of 5

Everything said by other reviewers is true - a gorgeous location, peaceful, wonderful views. The kitchen is small if you're accustomed to a gathering spot for cooperative meal preparation. The main problem is how little in basic supplies like soap, paper products, etc. are provided. The lengthy instructions sent ahead of time mention this, but it's odd compared to other VRBO properties we've enjoyed. The property is some distance to the nearest store. If you arrive late to this property and forget or can't get to the store for such things, it's inconvenient as is having to make up beds required of guests at this property. Plus, it's not gracious and welcoming. If it costs a bit more to provide such amenities, many like us would not object.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased you enjoyed your stay in this lovely home. What makes it so great is that it is only 5 miles from Eastsound yet has a wonderful sense of park-like privacy. We do clearly disclose our policies in advance so guests are well aware of what paper, plastic and soap products are provided versus those the guest may supplement. (Our way to hold costs down, as there are many guests who say they appreciate the affordability of our vacation rentals and like the options.) Thanks and come see us again. KJKS
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Austin, Texas
5

Beautiful Views, Peaceful Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

Our family get together included 2 parents and 3 twenty-something kids. Everyone loved this rental. It's secluded, has beautiful views of the surrounding water, opportunity to see wildlife and includes access to a community beach. Just walking around in this small community is fun and interesting. The house has lots of nice porch space, good separation of bedrooms and a large room on the bottom floor for tv or movie watching with maybe 100 videos. There is also a nice laundry area and plenty of books to read. You'll find a fire pit behind the house if you want to roast hot dogs or marshmallows. You can't miss the wood in the shed, but you'll need kindling. There is a wood stove inside if needed. The house has nice, comfortable beds and furniture. There's plenty of room for 6 people to have a place to sit in the living room, if you have more some might want to go downstairs to the family room or sit on the kitchen table chairs. There's a great loft area upstairs outside the bedroom, with children's toys and an area for reading. Follow the direction provided by the rental agency and you will find the house. It's not hard but we wondered if we were on the right road, there aren't many street signs. After that, everything was lots of fun!! Keep the kitchen trash can away from the wall heaters, we melted one and found a replacement at the local hardware store in town. It would be good if there was a sign on the trash can, we were not thinking about that outcome and it got cool at night so we turned on the heater for a while. We left our trash in a 33 gallon bag in the trash can behind the house because the recycling center hours did not work with our departure. The management company was good enough to dispose of it for us and we were only charged $12 for that large bag. A good service and reasonable cost. I think everyone on the island pays by the bag for garbage disposal. Our visit was in early September, 2015. This rental was a very good value for the money spent and a wonderful stay for us!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. It's nice to receive such nice feedback in this day and age when it's easier to complain than compliment. Sounds like this house was nearly perfect for your Orcas visit. We hope you retain wonderful memories and will visit Orcas with us again! Property Manager, Karen
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Edmonds, WA
5

moonlight on the water

  • 5 of 5

Four longtime friends had a wonderful short stay in September. Quiet and cozy. Loved the deck overlooking the beautiful water.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This rental is secluded and quiet and a wonderful spot to visit with family and friends. We are so glad you did just that and had a good time. You just missed the big harvest moon which was incredible! KJKS Cherie L. Lindholm RE
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Granbury, TX
5

Overlooks the sound

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully situated on the northeast side of the island, it has 2 sides with unobstructed view of the water. Not overly large, but it was comfortable for the 6 of us and accurately described. We were visited by bald eagles, harbor seals, and a mink. It has a secluded feel even with the neighbors. The drive from town seems long at first (gravel road with turns and 15 mph speed limit) but isn't a factor. Many of the roads on the island are slow and this house is closer than many. Look out for turkeys on the road! We would like to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for sharing your experiences at this delightful rental. We love the wildlife visible here and are so glad they all came to visit during your stay! Thanks for staying with us and come back again. KJKS Cherie L. Lindholm RE
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Map

Nearest Airport
5.5 Miles
Eastsound / Port of Orcas
Nearest Barpub
5.5 Miles
Eastsound
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Orcas Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Orcas Island Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5.5 Miles
Eastsound
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Private community beach
Car: recommended

Our location is special in that is end of the road private but only five miles from the main hub of activity of Orcas Island - Eastsound. The house is accessed the last 2.5 miles on a dirt/gravel road affording a sense of adventure.

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Rates & Availability

Eastsound House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Prime
Jun 12 2016 - Sep 11 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,495
 
 
Shoulder
Sep 12 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.1%

If you'd like to do your own cleaning and laundry of the rental prior to departure, there are no additional housekeeping fees. $125 to clean, $50 for laundry plus tax additional. $12.00 per full bag of trash.

Within seven days of making a reservation, a complete Rental Application is required along with a check for one half the rent total and $200 refundable security deposit. Sales tax is 10.1%. You will receive a confirmation in writing. Your balance is due two weeks prior to arrival.

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Amenities

Orcas Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs master bedroom's bathroom with shower stall.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bathroom has tub and shower combo.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom is upstairs with a bathroom with a shower.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom 2 is on the main floor with a second full hall bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bedroom 3 is on main floor with shared hall bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Lower level family room has 1 queen & 1 double futon couch.
  • There are three separate bedrooms, plus a downstairs family room which can sleep 3-4 more.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
Notes:
Visiting Orcas Island renews one's spirit and returns you to nature. This location is perfect for watching wildlife, exploring the community beach, enjoying peace and quiet and walking the dirt roads near the house. Or hope in the car and be in town in just ten minutes.

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