|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
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A charming, secluded hideaway nestled near the heart of Eastsound, At Home Cottage is one of seven homes in a quiet residential community surrounded by forested open space with walking trails to the center of town. At Home Cottage is a lovely home that has been thoughtfully furnished to make your stay on Orcas a memorable experience.
Built in the Craftsman style, it has a delightful flower-filled front porch with comfortable chairs and ottomans to put your feet up on and relax. Each cottage has a private patio and ours has been fenced and filled with trees, plants and flowers along with a bistro table and chairs to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon lunch. When you’re ready to barbecue, you’ve got everything you need, along with a new Weber propane grill.
The living room has an electric fireplace for heat and ambiance and is furnished with a comfortable sofa (that hides a queen bed) and wing-back reclining chairs perfect for relaxing and reading a good book or watching a movie on the large flat screen TV featuring premium channels on DirectTV. An internet enabled Blu-ray DVD player is there for watching movies from our library or your own, or streaming NetFlix movies, Pandora music and much more. There is also a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker that allows you to enjoy your music from your smartphones, computer or notepads. It’s portable, so you can move it from room to room or out to the patio or porch, just as you would at home. You’ll also find original and engaging artwork from well-known Orcas Island artists here and throughout this charming house to delight your eyes.
For the gourmet cook, the kitchen features all new stainless cookware and all the kitchen gadgets a casual or gourmet cook wants to find (along with sharp knives!). Whether you want to bake a cake, cupcakes, or a pie, or even cook up some waffles, you’ll find what you need. A full range of the most often used spices are supplied, along with a variety of other pantry items. We’ve even got some cookbooks to inspire you! If you just want to bake a pizza, there’s a pizza stone for the grill or oven, ready to use. Don’t want to cook, but want to blend a Margarita? We’ve got that covered, too.
The dining area features a long trestle table with benches that will seat six or a cozy 8 with added chairs. It’s the perfect place for assembling a puzzle, playing games or sitting down to a family meal. Linens and place mats are provided. The pantry area nearby contains everything you need to set a table for eight, and it also features a desk where you can pull up one of the stools and use your laptop or write post cards. USB hubs are here and scattered throughout the house for easy charging of all your electronics.
Upstairs you’ll find pillow top mattresses in both bedrooms, along with luxurious soft linens and lots of pillows. Like the living room, each one has a new internet-enabled flat screen TV and Blu-ray player, along with DirecTV. The Master bedroom has another Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker to listen to your music. The rooms have delightful cross ventilation to take advantage of the cool marine breezes and also feature remote-controlled ceiling fans with dimmable lights.
The bathroom is spacious and features a large combination tub and shower with a curved shower bar. A mounted lighted makeup mirror and hair dryer are provided. A washer and dryer are upstairs, along with an iron and ironing board. Laundry detergent (unscented) along with stain remover are provided, making it easy to take care of laundry needs.
Throughout the house, you’ll find top-down, bottom up blinds which allow you to enjoy the sun and sky or the night stars, while giving you privacy when you want it. Overhead lights are dimmable both up and downstairs and we’ve scattered remote controlled candles throughout to add to the ambiance. We’ve also provided lap blankets for those cool evenings on the porch, and even a backrest pillow and laptop desk for those who like to browse the internet from the comfort of their bed.
One of the delights of this quaint residential neighborhood is that it is so close to everything in Eastsound, yet it is a quiet and private place for relaxing at the end of a busy day. Shopping, restaurants and wonderful bakeries, public beaches, museum, the Village Green, Saturday Farmer's Market, library - all are only steps away from your door here in At Home Cottage. Convenient parking at your cottage door lets you come and go as you please, or simply park the car and leave it there for a change! A communal lawn is perfect for games and a delightful covered outdoor pavilion has a large picnic table and wood burning fireplace for roasting marshmallows.
Eastsound’s Waterfront Park is just a short walk and across the street from At Home Cottage. It is one of the most scenic parks on Orcas Island with breathtaking views of Indian Island and Fishing Bay. Whether you want to explore Indian Island and the tidal pools at low tide, play games on the lawn or just relax and enjoy the view, we’ve provided you with the means to do it all (do bring an old pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet, or a pair of boots to really enjoy the tidal offerings). If you’re coming for the 4th of July, you won’t have a better place to stay to enjoy the fireworks at the park!
Enjoy the fresh marine air, cool evening breezes and our sunny summer days. Evening is the time for romantic walks on the beach, having a refreshing drink on the cottage porch, enjoying a fire in the pavilion's outdoor fireplace, or simply relishing the peace and quiet after an idyllic day spent exploring our gem of an island. Whatever you choose to do, we think you’ll feel right at home in our cottage, which is just what we intended!
Our family is naturally attracted to Orcas Island through my husband Tom who was raised in these islands. He lived on a farm on Shaw Island and commuted to high school on Orcas in the daily mail-boat. He left the island, as most of his friends did then, after high school.
We visited when our children were very young, and I fell in love with the island. We thought about it many times as we moved around in our working lives, and eventually found an opportunity to move here in 2001.
In the years since we've moved here, we've hosted friends and family here on Orcas and delighted in introducing them to the beauty of our island home. A good number of them have now come to live here as well.
Tom is a local historian and he's written a book on behalf of the local museum in the Images of America series entitled Orcas Island. A copy of it is in the cottage for your enjoyment.
Jenny Welch purchased this cottage in 2014
When I found At Home Cottage, it was love at first sight and I knew it would be the perfect spot to give our guests a real sense of what it's like to live here on Orcas Island and enjoy everything it has to offer. Newly constructed, the cottage has been thoughtfully filled with everything I can think of to make your vacation a carefree delight. I hope you enjoy staying in it as much as I do!
Minutes from all attractions, At Home Cottage is located mere steps away from Eastsound's Waterfront Park overlooking beautiful Indian Island and Fishing Bay. Launch your kayak, explore the shore or just relax in the park and enjoy the breathtaking view. Walk to shopping, fine dining, bakeries, the museum, the Farmers Market and all Village attractions.
We've been visiting Orcas Island for over 20 years and this was the best place we've ever stayed! I did not want to leave. The house itself is cute, clean and extremely well stocked. We had every single thing we needed--beach towels, toys, and chairs, bbq tools, fun puzzles and games, baking pans for berry crumble and pancakes, etc. Perfect for a family of four or two couples. It's right in town and you can walk to the beach, the farmer's market and Darvill's for coffee in about 3 minutes but because it is set back from the road it's quiet and you feel like you're in the forest. We also met the owner and she was very nice and helpful. We can't wait to come back!!
We stayed at the cottage for 6 nights and it was great. We have a two year old, and the house was perfect for her - a pack n play, high chair, baby gates and outlet covers were all provided in addition to the standard housewares. We appreciated how quiet the house was and really liked all the neighbors. The house is part of a tight little community with a nice green space. The location was great as well, we could walk everywhere - restaurants, stores and parks. The beds were super comfortable, the house was incredibly clean and the front porch was a great spot for a glass of wine at the end of the night. We'd definitely stay here again.
Would definitely stay here again. Owner was fabulous and could not have been more helpful. Good luck in trying to find something in the house that is not there. Everything was extremely clean and beds were very very comfortable.
We stayed at the At Home Cottage for four days and very much enjoyed it. The cottage was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and beautifully furnished. The cottage was, in our view, in the perfect location. We could walk to everything in Eastsound but it was quiet and peaceful. Jenny is incredibly organized and provided any information you could possible need while on Orcas Island. We will definitely try to stay at At Home Cottage again. We loved breakfast at Rose's Café and Brown Bear Bakery and Cafe. Dinner at Rosario Beach was delicious. We did a hike at Moran State Park and that was beautiful - highly recommend it.
Excellent accommodations and a pleasant owner. There is nothing to want for except to stay longer.
This little cottage was perfect. Right in the main town of East Sound. Walk to everything. New cottage with everything you need and most importantly, clean as can be. Jen was a pleasure and the perfect host. We'll be back!
While a car is not necessary to enjoy all that Eastsound Village has to offer, you might want to have one to explore Orcas Island to its fullest. Beautiful Moran State Park and Mount Constitution are a scant 8 miles away. Fishing, swimming, and hiking are only some of the things to enjoy on the trails and lakes of this wonderful park. Crescent Beach is the best walking beach on Orcas and it's a short 1/2 mile walk from At Home Cottage. Kayaking is available on Crescent Beach, as well. A very short walk from the cottage will find you at Waterfront park where you can relax on the grassy shore (beach blanket and chairs are available for you to use) and delight in the views of the entire sound or walk to Indian Island at low tide to explore the ecosystem there. There's sand and rocks to explore at low tide and we've provided sand toys for children to enjoy.
Fourth of July festivities, along with many other community events, are centered around nearby Waterfront park and you'll be in the midst of it all, while remaining peacefully secluded in Alderwood Cottages' forested setting.
Like all of Eastsound, we're in the path of our small local airport and small planes can be heard taking off from time to time during the day.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 12 2016 - May 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Children under 2 years of age will not count as additional guests.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.