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Barb Brunius

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Orcas Oasis -Beautiful Estate with Marine Views, Spa & Indoor Pool

52 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Orcas Island Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, Main House, Guest House

** Member of VRBO since 2011 with secure bookings through Orcas Oasis **

* 50 five-star reviews in 5 years and never any complaints about our direct payments *

*** New 100 Mbps Broadband service ***

This 14 acre secluded estate on the top of Scott Hill on Orcas Island is truly an oasis. It has over 180 degrees of magnificent marine and mountain views. Enjoy the 3,200 feet of living space on the main level plus the many luxury amenities like our 70-foot lap pool, complete exercise room, and hot tubs-- all with fantastic views. Explore our woods, start a campfire and enjoy the views, or just pick your favorite spot to relax. Listen to the birds sing while you relax in the hammock next to the ponds set in a peaceful opening in the Douglas fir forests. Then sit back, at the end of the day, with a drink and your friends and watch the sun set over the Gulf Islands.

As you enter our main house you will be immediately drawn to the expansive ocean views from the many windows of the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The main living area has a large screen TV; a large dining table; a family room; and spacious kitchen with all dishes and utensils needed to cook a gourmet meal. These areas, most bedrooms, the master bathroom, and the sitting area all have vaulted beamed ceilings, stone counters, elegant built-in cabinets, and custom dining tables. The 3 bedrooms (all with queen beds) are in the other end of the house with two bathrooms, a laundry room, and a sitting room with two stained glass windows and space for the convertible beds. The numerous decks add space to enjoy the peaceful views.

Our guest house also has beamed ceilings, stone counters, and elegant built-in cabinets. The design and accommodations are as nice as the main house - just smaller. Please contact Owner with any questions about guest house rental.

The lower spa level of the main house includes a large hot tub, 70-foot indoor lap pool, bathroom, pool table, and a fully-equipped exercise room.

Also available is a picnic area with a fire ring so you can enjoy a campfire with s'mores and beautiful sunsets.

Orcas Oasis also has a lovely meadow with wildflowers, space to run and explore, or play a game of horseshoes or croquet. There are two ponds where you can relax in the hammock and enjoy the sound of the birds splashing in the water.

Minimum Stay:

*Spring (April 1 to May 25): 2-night & 2-bedroom minimum;

*Memorial Day (May 26 to 30): 4-night & 3-bedroom minimum;

*Early Summer (May 31 to June 17): 3-night & 2-bedroom minimum;

*Summer Season (June18 to Sept 4): 7-night & 3 bedroom minimum;

*Early Fall (Sept 5 to & Oct 29): 2-night & 2-bedroom minimum;

*Thanksgiving (Nov 23 to 26): 4-night & 2 bedroom minimum;

*Winter Holidays (Dec 22 to Jan 1): 5- night & 2 bedroom minimum;

*Other Federal Holidays: 3-night & 2 bedroom minimum;

*Rest of the year: 2 night minimum.

*Shorter stays will be considered within 30 days of arrival date or between two existing reservations.

*Shorter stays within 30 days of arrival date will be considered with a surcharge of $250 for less than minimum stay.

*Rates for 30-night stays are available during the non-peak seasons - with no sales & lodging taxes required.

*Ask Owner about other possible discounts available for winter stays of 30 nights or longer.

Maximum Occupancy: 12 guests. Contact owner with any questions.

Rate Information:

*Our rates are based on the total number of bedrooms required during the entire stay. Each bedroom is considered to be double occupancy.

*We only rent to one family/party at a time, this is not a shared house rate like a B&B. If not all the bedrooms are ordered we close off the bedrooms that are not going to be used. We have a flexible reservation system so if you are not sure of the number of bedrooms at time of booking you can add sleeping capacity up until 1 month prior to arrival.

*Book your reservation on our Reservation page. Pay with check, PayPal, or credit card.

During the off-season (within 60 days of arrival), it is possible to rent our guest house instead of the Main House for approximately 60% of the cost -- See Notes on Rates Section for actual cost. Please contact Owner for any questions on pricing.

* The base rate is shown on the listing rate schedule. Additional guests are $50 per night (double occupancy) plus tax.

*$300 Security Deposit is refundable if the home is left in good condition and there is no damage.

*Rent & Fees: 25% at booking. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival.

*Day Visitor Daily Rate - $35/person (only available if max occupancy has not been exceeded).

*Pet Fee - $20/night/pet.

*Refundable Pet Deposit - $100.00/pet.

*Cancellation Policy: If more than 60 days before reservation, full refund less administrative fee of $300 Main House. Within 60 days of reservation, loss of entire deposit plus 25% of rent and fees if we are not able to re-book your dates. Fully refunded (less $300 administrative fee) only if we are able to rebook your dates.

ORCAS OASIS CAN BE RENTED ALL YEAR. This is a beautiful home to host your family's holiday festivities. Email or call for availability.

The Orcas Oasis web site calendar is kept current. BOOK ONLINE NOW BY VISITING OUR WEBSITE. To find our website link, scroll down this page. the Link is located just before the pictures at the bottom of the page. Look for the bold words that say 'CLICK HERE – The Orcas Oasis Web Site.

The Owners (Barb & Bob) live on the property. We are available for needed guest services, to answer questions & make repairs.

Keywords: Magnificent marine view estate and spa on Scott Hill in the Victorian Valley.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Barb Brunius (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Barb Brunius

Bob & Barb moved from Minnesota to be close to the ocean and to sail. We bought a great 40ft racing sailboat and spent much of the last 13 years in competitive racing in the Pacific NW. Before moving we went shopping for land on Orcas and purchased 16 acres on the top of Scott Hill in the Victorian Valley. We built a custom home and guest home designed by renowned local Architect Roy Lundgren.

Barb Brunius purchased this estate in 1998

Why Barb Brunius chose Orcas Island

We built on the Scott Hill location due to its fantastic marine views to the SE, South, West ans NW. We also never tire of the year-round great sunsets. We built on Orcas Island because of its location -- on the water and close enough to the mountains for convenient skiing without living in the snow. We also love the weather. Orcas has short winters without much snow, cherry blossoms in February and March, sunny summers, and generally moderate temperatures.

What makes this estate unique

Privacy with expansive marine and mountain views, bird songs in a peaceful setting, camp fires in the woods, relaxing in the hot tub, swimming in the indoor 70-foot lap pool, and exercise facilities so you don't feel too decadent enjoying all the other amenities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Booking a rental house without having the chance to see what the property is like ahead of time always feels a bit risky. With Orcas Oasis, though, you can put those fears to rest. Situated at the top of a hill overlooking West Sound, the spacious main house offers top-quality finishes, comfortable living spaces, expansive views, and every modern convenience you could ask for. Special features include an indoor lap pool, exercise and weight room, a hot tub, and hundreds of feet of decking from which you can watch some of the most beautiful sunrises or sunsets you will ever see.

The property also includes a large open space behind the house which is terrific for kids or pets to run around in. Larger groups will find that the layout includes several different types of living space, both inside and out, so those wanting some time away from the main group can find some solitude. Barb and Bob have created an oasis on Orcas Island that we hope to be able to revisit again and again.
Oct 2012
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Orcas Oasis -Beautiful Estate with Marine Views, Spa & Indoor Pool
average rating of 4.826923 based on 65 reviews


  • 2 of 5

There is no denying the property is beautiful, the surroundings were breath taking. However, there was no privacy what so ever. The owners and cleaning lady all reside under the guest house. The information provided makes it sound like they were no where within sight or hearing, this is not the case. The guest house sits directly next to the main house. We witnessed the female owner enter our guest house room within an hour of us checking in and she did not ask our permission and gave no reason as to why she needed to enter our bedroom. She came to the house 4 times over the weekend. Within hours of our arrival the owner came knocking on the main house asking for her large boiling pot as she was having guests. Why would she not have planned that out better and gathered the pot before we checked in or even during the 45 min tour of the house (yes, it was way too lengthy)?! We were woken up both mornings at 4am by her and her husband loading vehicles and slamming doors and talking loudly. They walked all over the property in our plain sight and hearing. There was no privacy and the entire time we felt like someone was watching us. They even did laundry in our rental house while we were there. I've never had this kind of experience before and if I had been the one paying, I'd asked for a large refund. I will not be recommending this house to anyone. The deck was half finished, with garden hoses strewn about over walkways, the house was not clean, the windows had dust and hand prints all over them, the bathrooms had large spider webs, the dishwasher did not work and it took 3 tries to get one load clean. This was supposed to be a family vacation to celebrate Mother's Day. Our in laws mother flew in from out of state and she was even woken up by the loud noises at 4am. I'm completely flabbergasted as to why any of this was acceptable!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was quite amazed to see this review since the person that made the reservation (the Renter) had said that they had a wonderful time during their stay at Orcas Oasis. What I found out is that the Renter did not write the review. The review was written instead by the Renter's son's girlfriend. Since she had nothing to do with the details of the reservation, she probably didn't know that, when the Renter had asked to check in 4 hours early, the Renter was told by the owner that we might still be finishing up getting the rental ready for them and she said that would be OK. The few things that needed to be completed within that first hour (and were the reason why they saw me four times) were items that would have been completed well before their arrival if they had arrived at the normal time. There also are a number of statements made which are just not true. The cleaner does not live on the premises and was not even on site anytime during their reservation. The dishwasher does and did work during their stay. As the Renter said – they just did not understand how to set the dishwasher's controls the first evening. The Renter also agreed that no one came into their rental during their stay to do the laundry and that the house was clean. The large deck project was complete and some in their group even commented on how nice the new deck was. What we are sorry about is that my husband had to leave at 5 am to catch a boat on the first morning of their stay. But the car had been packed the previous day and there was no slamming of car doors and loud talking. But being woken up early on vacation is never nice and we apologize that the couple in the guest house was in anyway bothered by that disruption.
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Renton, Wa

What a fantastic spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at Orcas Oasis! The dogs LOVED running around the grounds and we enjoyed watching them. Our stay was so much fun, we didn't even feel the need to leave the house! We will remember the views and our stay there forever.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR

It was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 9 who wanted to get away from the city and have some adventures. Orcas Oasis was the perfect destination! The house is beautiful, the views are amazing and we all had a great time!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

"Many Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! For all of our travels, we have never stayed in such a beautiful home and location. We had everything you could possibly need in the kitchen for preparing large meals (in fact I have a couple of items on my wish list now). It was a wonderful four-generation vacation with so much to do: horseshoes, toad ponds, huge playing field for making "nature stew", hot tub and pool -- (and exercise room if there was ever a 30 minute time for self). Read a great book. We all enjoyed it so much & hope we can return some day. Your hospitality was wonderful!"

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eugene, Oregon

We All Loved It!

  • 5 of 5

Our family totally enjoyed our week long stay at Orcas Oasis. We've stayed on the island many many times before, but this location and rental was the best we've ever experienced. The house has an incredible view, and a very well equipped kitchen. The kids enjoyed exploring the outdoors, and we all enjoyed the hot tub, lap pool, and pool table. It truly is a beautiful retreat!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Something for Everyone

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of eleven had a great week at this property! The views are beautiful and the interior of the house has comfortable,attractive furnishings. The pool table was a very popular choice of activity followed closely by the pool,exercise room and hot tub. The three boys aged 7, 12 and 16 were not bored. Different groups of us enjoyed kayaking, whale watching, hiking, and sampling the restaurants in East Sound. In the evenings we had plenty of room for card games and board games or just relaxing on one of the outdoor decks. Follow the driving directions carefully to reach a lovely place that is not far from the ferry.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Kenmore Air float planes land at West Sound
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Orcas Hotel Octavia's Bistro
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Orcas Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Orcas Island Country Golf Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
No public trains on Orcas Island
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
There are no freeways on Orcas, only country roads
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Orcas Hotel Octavia's Bistro
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mt Baker is a 2 hour drive from Anacortes ferry
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Closest Public waterfront
Car: recommended

1 mile from the Orcas Ferry landing. Google Maps (or your car's G.P.S.) should be accurate from ferry landing to Orcas Oasis. But don't count on GPS to find your way around Orcas as the maps often do not show Orcas local roads accurately.

We are 1 miles from a great grocery store, marina, restaurant, kayak tours, tour boats to see Orca whales, and coffee shop. We are 2 miles from Westsound village and about 7 miles from Eastsound.


Rates & Availability

Orcas Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Holiday Main House 3-BR Rate
May 26 2016 - May 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Early June MainHouse 2-BR Rate
May 31 2016 - Jun 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer Main House 3-Bdrm Rate
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
September Main House 2-BR Rate
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
October Main House 2-BR Rate
Oct 2 2016 - Oct 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov Main House 1-BR Rate
Oct 30 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Main H 2-BR Rate
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Dec Main House 1-BR Rate
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Dec Holidays Main H 2-BR Rate
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Deposit/pet $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Spa Access Fee Varies $150 + Tax
Pet Fee/night/pet $20 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 10.1%

*Guest House available Nov. to March @ $150 wkday, $200 wkend, $1050/wk. Extra pp $40/nt (double occupancy).
*Guest House usually available only within 1 month of arrival (within 2 weeks of arrival for weekend-only stays).
*Please contact owner for any questions on accommodations & rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Orcas Island Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Heating
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Rumpus Room
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 - Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Marble shower and marine views
    2 - Shared Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Designed so more than one person can use facilities
    3 - Pool Bath - toilet , shower , In lap pool area
    4 - Guest House Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 1 - Main House Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Large bedroom with panoramic views
    2 - Main House West Bedroom - 1 queen , Marine views
    3 - Main House East Bedroom - 1 queen , Pastoral views
    4 - Guest House Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    5 - Guest House Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , Double bed is in adjoining room
    6 - Guest House Loft - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (3): The main house has a queen bed in all three bedrooms. Double Beds (1) The main house sitting room has a 47'' wide futon bed. Twin/Single Beds (1) There is a 38'' wide roll-away bed with a comfortable 6' mattress that can be added to the main house. Crib (1) Our Pack & Play can be added to any of the queen bedrooms. Child Cots (2) Portable 48'' long x 26'' wide. Guest House: Queen (2). There are also (2) twin beds and (1) double in the guest house. There are also additional child-sized mattresses that can be added.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Enjoy the Orcas Oasis: 70-foot indoor lap pool, Picnic table with split wood for camp fire and sunset view of West Sound, the Gulf Island, Boundary Pass and the Canadian Gulf Islands, Orcas Oasis is on the top of Scott Hill in a Douglas Fir forest and views of Thatcher Passage, Cattle Passage, Wasp Passage and the Olympic Mountains.

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