1 Bedroom 1 Bath, Sleeps 2 To 5
- english, spanish, cantonese
About The Quintessa
30 years ago, Tessa painted a watercolor scene from a dream. There were water lilies, deer, a church, a cruise ship with snow-capped mountains along with sailboats, a dense forest, and a bi-plane all set amongst a 4-story home with a quaint cottage on the side. Remarkably, Tessa & Carrie discovered such a home 7 years ago on Whidbey Island. The quintessa estate has been the choice for family reunions, corporate retreats and intimate garden weddings with accommodations for 32 guests under one roof. Celebrations include a 50th wedding anniversary, and a couple who made plans on the day they married to return the island 10 years later to celebrate. Finding local treasures to please guests is half the fun of this business. Chef vincent nattress with his amazing culinary skills adds to the delight of the quintessa's guests. Cake-maker extraordinaire, john auburn, at j.W. Desserts, always continue to impress their guests. The quintessa has provided lodging for the 3-day ragnar relay starting from the canadian border down to whidbey island - 190 miles of stunning washington scenery. This year's group is from brook's sports, designer & maker of high-performance running shoes. Like last year's group, it is certain that their priorities will be 'where's the shower?” 'take me to the bedroom!' and 'help, i can't make it up the stairs!' When families select the quintessa for their reunion, it always brings back fond, heartfelt memories of carrie’s family reunions held every year no matter where in the world the children and grandkids were living. Tessa & carrie actively promote whidbey island by enthusiastically sharing its beauty and the goodness of its multifaceted community. This is why tessa & carrie provide their guests with so many whidbey options including dining recommendations and fun-filled events which can be found on their website at q123.Info.
The Quintessa purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why The Quintessa chose Clinton
Whidbey Island abounds with animal life which adds to its beauty and excitement! Eagles are plentiful, as well as deer and rabbits who frolic on the grounds.
What makes this Cottage unique
Large heron and ducks often visit The Quintessa's pond. The trail on the property crosses a year-round stream that is part of the salmon spawning cycle. The Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom is just down the street where guests can learn all about this process while on a picturesque walk. Both whales and orcas can be seen during ferry rides, while cruise ships, cargo ships, and even surfacing submarines can be seen from the home passing through the sound. Our neighboring town, Langley by the Sea, is just a few miles away and offers many activities including shops, artists and dining. Be sure to try your hand at glass blowing or rent a moped while you're down at Langley!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking allowed outdoors only
Caution advised for ponds and creek on site.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Smoking is allowed outdoors only. NO proms or teen parties.
For an on-site Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, or Farewell Brunch: CONTACT US FIRST as there are event fees and a requirement to book the entire Estate.
Check-out is at 11 am. A $15 fine will be assessed for not checking out on time. Housekeeping arrives at 11 am to clean the property.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Best stay of my life and I’m 62
Just what I was looking for... Tessa, Carrie and Quintessa were amazing!
Relaxing getaway on Whidbey Island
Top notch ! We had originally intended to visit Pike Place in Seattle but instead decided to stay on Whidbey Island our entire time and enjoy the beach , the food the wine the warms and chill vibe of the Quintessa Cottage .....
Great views. A great way to bring your friends and family together. A lovely island experience.
Weekend Getaway - Preview for our October 2019 Wedding!!
Oh my, The Quintessa!!
The accommodations, the grounds - and most especially the HOSTS are incredibly amazing in every way! Every detail is so thoughtfully carried out - from the sweet personal touches, the complimentary snacks, juice & water, the pristine cleanliness, the luxurious linens, the variety of sundries available.....I can go on and on. It is perfection.
We look forward to sharing The Quintessa with our entire brood of 28 for our intimate Whidbey Island wedding!!
Paradise in WA
Where to start.... This was my second stay at the Quintessa with my I I I I recently stayed in the cottage with my girlfriend. Everything from start to finish with this place was just absolutely magical. The owners were in constant communication with us - email at first and then via text to answer any questions we could have possibly had. They were prompt, courteous, and worked with us to make sure that our reservation was perfect.
We stayed in the cottage. Let me tell you, it was a miniature paradise for the two of us.
The Cottage: The cottage is extremely cozy. There are large windows in the main area offering spectacular views of the property and the island. The bed is one of the most comfortable I've found myself in in a very long time. There is a fireplace heater in the living room, a provided space heater for the bedroom, and a very efficient wall heater for the bathroom. Our whole stay was warm and cozy. Beyond that, the kitchen is fully equipped, there's a washer/dryer in unit, a tub, shower, and plenty of extra bedding/blankets/towels/etc.
The small things: Awaiting us upon our arrival was a sign welcoming us with our names on it as well as champagne glasses and sparkling cider (it was new years). Additionally there was some granola and 2 gallons of fresh water provided just in case you're not comfortable drinking/using the double filtered well water. The owners also gave us their number should we need anything extra (including additional water/etc.). They were even kind enough to leave us some handpicked flowers from Pike Place during our stay.
The Island/Property: WOW! The property itself sprawls behind and in front of the cottage offering ample opportunity to explore. Beyond that, it's only a nice 30 minute walk to Maxwelton Beach which offers spectacular views. There's still a ton more to do on the island that we hope to get to next trip.
In simple summary: This place is absolutely amazing. Don't hesitate, book now!
Beautiful property. Clean, Quiet, Cozy, Magical.
Everything was so wonderful. We could have never asked for a more beautiful and relaxing getaway. Carrie & Tessa are so kind; they really make you feel like you are part of their family. Thank you so much for a beautiful weekend! We both really hope we can revisit someday, soon!
The Quintessa has a year-round stream, pond, trails, pastoral and distant marine views. A 9-hole golf course is located on same road, as well as many local artists and organic farmers. Just a few minutes to several beaches!