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.
- House1600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Three Bedrooms, Two Baths With Ocean And Mountain Views
Karen Key Speck
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 18, 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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.
Great place to stay!
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!
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.
Cherie L. Lindholm RE
This beautiful cabin was perfect for our family of 6 with 4 adult-college age kids!
We loved that the cabin was close to town, but very secluded and peaceful. We grilled fresh oysters and watched seals and birds from the deck, and explored the lower beach and found starfish, anemones and other sea life at low tide. Plenty of room and all the amenities we needed - but we were only there at night for the most part. We explored a few islands in our time in the SanJuans and enjoyed coming back to our "home base" for a relaxing evening. Thank you for sharing your little slice of Heaven!
Beautiful views of the water and mountains.
We were treated to beautiful views of the water and mountains from this property. Mt Baker was out in all of its glory. There was enough space for our group of 5 adults and 2 kiddos to sleep and hang out. Kitchen was a bit small but we made it work and were still able to cook our meals just with fewer chefs in the kitchen. 🙂 We did have some troubles with the dishwasher working properly, even with following the directions provided on how to use it. We ended up hand washing most of our dishes. Also, we did not notice the fine print stating that toilet paper, paper towel, dish and hand soap were not provided. I have stayed in many rental properties and that was the first time I have had to bring my own toilet paper. Make sure to stop in town and pick some up before heading out to the house. We enjoyed walking down to the beach front. One other sort of interesting thing was the inventory list of every single item in the house. Overall a good experience.
We're so glad the mountain was out during your stay. It truly is gorgeous. One point to correct, we do provide all guests with an amenities kit which includes t-p, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, and starting trash bags. After the initial start-up guests may supply the extras for the duration of their stay.
Thanks for the heads up on the dishwasher. We will see if there is anything maintenance can do to make it work more efficiently!
Cherie L. Lindholm RE
Photos don't do it justice
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.