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A Wooded Adventure - Yet Close To Town

Eastsound, WA, USA
  • House1600 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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.

Property Manager

Karen Key Speck

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
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 Eastsound

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.


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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 on futon couches.


      • 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.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Mt. Baker is to the East.
          • Oceanfront


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        The entire living and dining room wall is glass facing the water bringing inside the glorious views! We do welcome children and ask that no inside shoes be worn to keep the carpets nice.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Drying rod also provided for delicates.
                      • Heating
                        Electric forced air wall heaters, baseboards and a wood stove.
                      • Internet
                        Wireless internet.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        All linens are provided including down and fiberfill pillows.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Parking
                        Parking for two normal sized vehicles (3 with organization,) and 1 extra space in the driveway above the house. Not suitable for trailers or RVs/semi cabs, etc.
                      • Telephone
                        Local calls are free.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove
                        Firewood is provided.


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            All sorts of utensils are provided.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            The kitchen offers good stainless cookware, blender, and many assorted glass and metal bakeware options.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster
                            Four slice toaster.


                              • Dining
                                The table has two pullout leaves and six chairs plus three additional chairs. We also provide a child's booster chair.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    A bookcase with a variety of books for you and your children's reading pleasure.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Some DVDs and VHS tapes provided.
                                  • Games
                                    A variety of adult and children's games in the family room - something for everyone.
                                  • Television
                                    The television reception is extremely limited. Canadian TV reception only. TVs are provided so you may play VHS movies.
                                  • Toys
                                    A small selection of assorted toys is in the laundry room.
                                  • Video Library
                                    Some VHS tapes and DVDs provided.


                                      • Boat
                                        No boat or dingy provided, but you may bring your dingy or kayak and launch at the Community Beach.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There is a main level deck on three sides of the house and a lower level deck outside the family/TV room. The deck has a picnic table and patio chairs.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Property is a high bank waterfront, so children are not permitted on the waterside. A great community beach with trail and steps to the beach is just to the east of our property.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Charcoal barbecue provided.


                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            There is a reasonably level access from the gravel parking area onto the west side deck into the house. However, doorways may or may not be wide enough for some wheelchairs.


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

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


                                                              • 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.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                7 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Great place to stay!

                                                                Shanie R.

                                                                We stayed here for a family get away with adults and also young children. There were great toys, books, chairs, and puzzles for the kids to play with which they absolutely loved! There were areas outside the house with steep drop-offs that made us nervous, but we just made sure to keep close watch on the young kids. There were fences up for safety in some areas to help with this, but not all. The view was amazing, the pictures really don't do it justice. We saw tons of dolphins and sea lions right from the balcony. Very peaceful and quiet area, with a secluded feel. We used the fire pit for marshmallows and smores at night which was very fun. Plenty of rooms and areas to lounge so you never felt crowded. The house heats up quickly with heater adjustment for every room which was great. One note is they do not have any paper towels, so if your planning to do your own cleaning or just want paper towels to use make sure to bring your own. We would recommend this place to anyone! Very reasonably priced and a great stay. The hosts even met us on the main road to help us find the house location in the dark since it is pretty tricky to find which was a big help!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It's such a treat to know the wildlife was out to greet you for your stay and that the house served your needs well. Please come see us again soon and tell your friends about your visit to Orcas with us. Thank you.


                                                                Property Manager

                                                                Cherie L. Lindholm RE

                                                                Photos don't do it justice

                                                                Roseann D.AZ

                                                                We just returned from a stay here with two children. Like the other reviews said, the first time you drive here it can be tricky to find. That said, it feels very private and secluded, and in a very scenic and quiet part of the island. We like to stay in areas like this, so it suited our taste. The house itself was very well-appointed and extremely clean. We had everything we needed... our favorite part was watching the sunset late into the evening from the wrap-around deck. We saw a couple dolphins and sea lions in the waters below us, and many black tail deer came around the house to my daughter's pleasure. The photos of the deck and the view don't do this justice- It's so lovely and peaceful, we looked forward to coming home each day and gazing out into the waters. We also loved the private beach at the end of the road, and spent many mornings exploring. We would highly recommend this with children though it does have a steep downstairs (with a door), so you will need to be mindful depending on ages. But there was a high chair and a play area with toys upstairs which was a nice benefit. We loved our stay! Hope to be back.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We paid each of those woodland creatures to show during your stay. LOL, no just kidding. But it is a location inviting to wildlife. So glad you enjoyed the house which we enjoy representing very much. Come see us again soon.

                                                                Karen / Cherie L. Lindholm RE

                                                                Serene secluded house with stunning views!

                                                                A guest from Indianapolis, INIndianapolis, IN

                                                                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.

                                                                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.


                                                                Gorgeous Location But Some Concerns

                                                                A guest from Solana Beach, CASolana Beach, CA

                                                                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.

                                                                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

                                                                Beautiful Views, Peaceful Get-Away

                                                                Mary G.Austin, Texas

                                                                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!!

                                                                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

                                                                moonlight on the water

                                                                Joyce C.Edmonds, WA

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

                                                                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


                                                                Eastsound, WA, USA

                                                                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 heavy treed, hilly road affording a sense of adventure.

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Cleaning Fee
                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                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. Guest is charged $12.00 per full bag of trash we remove.

                                                                7 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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