1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
- english, Japanese
About Martin Duffy
I am a long time Seattle antique dealer. I have been vacationing in the Skagit Valley since the early 1970's. Me and my family use to stay on a 90 acre cow farm with the most spectacular territorial views of the Skagit river, Skagit Delta, local islands and the Skagit Bay. At that time my mother was part of two archeological excavations that happened on that property and a neighboring property. We have continued to return to the area, drawn by it's natural beauty, fresh local bounty of food, good art, local farms, activities of myriad types, water sports etc.
Martin Duffy purchased this Cabin in 2000
Why Martin Duffy chose La Conner
This property is a nice casual relaxing getaway to nature that has many nearby attractions to check out if you want. It has nice style and character. It has cool furnishings and all the amenities.
What makes this Cabin unique
You are out in nature but with all the comforts of home. Also you are near to most anything you might like to do. It is a relatively private setting. The nearest houses are approximately 75 yards away.
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Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A little too funky
The check in was easy, and the location is very nice. But this place is very grubby, and the bathroom smells strongly of urine.
Also, the building is in very poor shape, and creaks and shakes when you walk around.
I am very surprised by this review. The grubby description and smelling of urine in the bathroom seems so unfitting to what it actually is. It does creak sometimes as you might expect a kind of rustic cabin built in the 1970's would.
We'll definitely be going back!
My boyfriend and I had an awesome time at the cabin for his birthday! It's very clean, cute, cozy and peaceful. It's so close to wonderful beaches, hiking and all kinds of fun things you can do in the area. Loved the board games and fire pit! The owner Martin was very attentive to all my questions and helping me through the process of renting the cabin. It was my first time going through VRBO and he made it easy! Thank you Martin for letting people rent out your wonderful cabin! We'll be back and next time we hope to stay longer. Jennifer Ihlen
Cute pet friendly cabin
This is a really cute little pet-friendly A-frame cabin that is truly stocked with everything inside. There is a fire pit outside too which my kids loved. Downsides were that it was not as secluded as I'd thought and the owner made us feel less than welcome while there. I had traveled to the area in order to shoot the daffodil bloom for work, so while I went to shoot, I left the kids (two adult kids) and our dogs to hold down the fort while I was gone. While I was gone, apparently the owner came to the property around sunset with his dog and offered to show the kids how to get to the water, which they declined, not knowing if he truly was the owner and finding it a little odd. When I returned I sent Martin, the owner, a note checking in to see if he indeed had stopped by and to let him know that we really liked the property, when he curtly asked me how many people were at the place and how many dogs. I explained I had 2 kids and 3 dogs and he let me know that he did not know that I would have an extra person and pets and I would need to pay him additional amounts to cover this. I explained that when I booked the property I thought I would just have my daughter and I traveling, but at the last minute my son decided to join us. The property listing simply said it slept 6 so it didn't occur to me to notify him that we'd be bringing my son. VRBO also listed the property as pet friendly and did not list any restrictions on pets or policy for adding them, at least that I saw. It simply said it was pet friendly so I didn't think twice about bringing our dogs. The owner made me feel like I was trying to sneak something in or get something on the cheap, which I was not. It was unfriendly and abrupt.
The long and short is that I was happy to pay the extra fees because the property was cute and I am not in the business of pulling a fast one. I simply didn't realize. To resolve this, the property description and/or VRBO need to specifically note that this is a per-person and per-pet fee property and treat it as such up front. The property owner should also brush up on his hospitality skills. I work in the tourism industry and specifically selected this property as a candidate to add to my organization's referral listings but based on the process and the experience, I wouldn't do so now. There are a lot of cute properties out there, but the ones that treat you really well are the ones folks will go back to.
I would say Annette's recounting of my exchanges with her and her kids is a mischaracterization. It is true that she did not accurately state how many guests were staying or did she disclose that she was bringing 3 dogs. One of the dogs was a large Malamute and the other two were large breed dogs that were juveniles. Most guests I have found at least ask what is acceptable as far as bringing pets before they would bring them. Also I think that most people expect to pay a pet fee, especially if they are working in the tourism industry. She acts as though she has never heard of such a thing. Or that there could be an extra person charge over the base rate which she also didn't mention that she was bringing a third person. I just happened to be out taking my dog for a walk on a gorgeous day and while passing by the cabin saw guests with 3 dogs. My dog really wanted to say hi and I introduced myself as the owner of the cabin. I asked them how everything was and if they wanted to know how to get to the beach because I knew that I hadn't told them in the voicemail I left with basic instructions. They said no and didn't seem at all interested in any social interaction so I said goodbye and let them be. Annette and I had an email conversation later that night about the number of guests and the dogs which was very straight forward and far from being curt. I simply wanted to know how many people and how many dogs were staying and asked her that. When I told her there would be an extra charge for the unmentioned guest and dogs she said that she didn't think that she needed to let me know about them because the property listing said that it could sleep up to 6 and that it was pet friendly. And this was after I altered my typical 2 night minimum stay to let her stay only one night.
We loved staying in this tidy cabin. Close to La Conner, Deception Pass and more!
I enjoyed our Christmas there with our kids but will not go back.
The cabin was adorable but had issues. It was not as secluded as it appeared in the photos. There were balls of long white dog hair on the floor with an abundance of it under the very uncomfortable couch. The bathroom was unclean with hair on the toilet and toothpaste all over the sink. Our first night there we tried to make soup on the stove and the burner caught fire. My husband had to clean the burner trays, one had holes all over it so he wrapped it in foil. After cleaning those he noticed a puddle of grease underneath the stovetop and needed to clean that as well. I love the idea of a rustic cabin but the cobwebs were everywhere. We also could not find a fire extinguisher.
Sorry to hear that your stay was unsatisfactory. We typically make sure the cleaning is done to a high level. I will stress that again to the cleaners. I checked the stove after I saw this comment and replaced all of the catch pans although only one actually needed it.
Beautiful and spacious cabin
The property was great and it stayed plenty warm on a below freezing night. I do hope that in the future the property is cleaned better beforehand (e.g., large cobwebs around the bed, soiled dishes in the cabinets).
I am glad to hear that you were plenty warm on cold nights. I know that I am very meticulous about the cleaning when I do the cleaning, which is the majority of the time. Guests typically do help out and do a lot of cleaning before they check out and I don't typically closely inspect the dishes, silverware, glassware and pots and pans that are put away for cleanliness. I guess that someone didn't clean something too well which I apologize for. I think that is by far the exception and not at all common. I am not sure why someone would feel like that's needed to leave as part of their review and not to just share that type of concern privately. As for the cobwebs, I do my best to remove them and any spiders that I see as well. There's only so much that I can do however and occasionally a guest may encounter a spiderweb. In the future, I would appreciate if guests would address these types of complaints to me directly instead of posting them to a review because there are very out of the ordinary occurrences at my place.
Lots of beautiful places to get out and explore the natural beauty of the Skagit Valley and it's surrounding waters. This fertile land and waters provides an abundance of fresh local foods that can be found at produce farm stands, farmers markets, groceries etc.There are many art galleries in the area and an excellent museum in LaConner. Tulip season is a major attraction every year as well as the Snowgeese migration. The fishing and crabbing is excellent in season. There are many festivals especially during the summer months.Close to the Anacortes ferry to go to the San Juan Islands. Close to many major cities so you can get all of those needs met as well.