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Historic Farmhouse - Stunning Waterfront Views!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

5 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 14

Hello and welcome to Marty's Place at Strawbridge Farm, a 5 bedroom plus vacation rental with room for a few people or your entire family. This newly restored 1909 farm house has all the amenities of a modern home, but has maintained its rustic sensibilities. Come and enjoy the breathtaking views of Saratoga Passage, Camano Island and Mount Baker. Sit by the crackling outdoor fire pit, walk or run across 4 1/2 acres of fields and gardens with your children, or simply sit and read under the many fruit trees and experience the renewing spirit of this setting. Year-round watch the roosting eagles soar above the bluff, and watch the spectacular Northwest sunset from your front and center seat in the gazebo. The gray whales will pay you a visit from March through May as they migrate to their distant destinations.

The walls of this house have been blessed with over 100 years of laughter. Please help us build another 100 years with yours.

Special Features: Piano - 1st Floor is handicap friendly - Sleeps up to 14 people - gourmet kitchen - fire pit on the bluff overlooking the water - gazebo - children's bedroom with two large bunk beds - stunning views of the Saratoga Passage, Camano Island and Mount Baker

Marty's Place runs on 100% renewable energy provided through Puget Sound Energy's Green Power Program.

More Details

Charlie Tomberg
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, . Also Spanish and Tagolog by email only
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2017

About Charlie Tomberg

In 2004, the Tomberg family bought Strawbridge Farm and renamed it 'Marty's Place at Strawbridge Farm' in honor of their father, Martin William Tomberg. They undertook a complete remodeling and upgrading of the house, but even after the modifications, Marty's Place retains much of its original rustic sensabilities. In 2005, Strawbridge Farm once again opened to guests as it was in the past. The walls of this house have been blessed with almost 100 years of laughter. Please help us build another 100 years with yours.

Who's Marty of Marty's place? Martin William Tomberg was our father. Born in New York in June of 1926, an avid Yankee fan and entrepreneur, he devoted his life to his family. Sitting in his well worn recliner, reading the New York Times with the din of Sunday morning political commentary in the background, our father created a home full of love and memories.

He was also an extraordinarily generous man who gave without expectation of receiving. His generosity continues today with the gift of this property to his family. Our dad could spend hours sitting on a bench enjoying a beautiful view and we hope that you enjoy sharing in his generosity as you gaze over the bluff out to the Saratoga Passage and the beauty of the surrounding area.

Charlie Tomberg purchased this house in 2005

Why Charlie Tomberg chose Whidbey Island

Marty's Place is a five bedroom plus vacation rental home with room for a few people or your entire family. Our guests enjoy the privacy of our 4.5 acres overlooking the water, but we are just a short walk to Langley, a pretty village by the sea. Come stay with us to get away from it all but with all of the amenities and shops you need just a walk away.

What makes this house unique

Marty's Place can accommodate up to fourteen people, which is more than most of the other vacation rental homes on Whidbey Island. Few other places can match our stunning views or the quiet tranquility of our unique setting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We arrived at MARTY'S PLACE and discovered the wonderful photos online told only half the story. This is a terrific house, warm and inviting, with great views and grounds. The flow of the main floor welcomes a large family together as a big group or gathered in smaller conversation areas. The kitchen is well appointed and the layout works for more than one cook! As we were there in early Spring we were thankful for the large covered porch and fire pit. The location is perfect; walking distance to Langley and only a short drive to many of Whidbeys other attractions.
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Historic Farmhouse - Stunning Waterfront Views!
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

So much happy

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our family reunion. Walking distance to town if you've got teenagers with no car who need to get away from the adults, and also plenty of separate nooks for different groups to have their own socializing space. Fire pit for those clear summer nights. Bunnyopolis in the blackberry bushes, and deer on the lawn. Sunsets on Saratoga Passage. The kitchen was a dream; I didn't even want to leave that kitchen to go kayaking and still fantasize about renting the house for Thanksgiving one day. Absolutely amazing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Redmond, WA

Fantastic for family gatherings!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at this gorgeous home for a week, and can't wait to return. We had family coming in from Pennsylvania and Colorado, and felt this would be a lovely place for our group to gather, and we were not disappointed. With 6 adults and two small children, this was the perfect base for us to explore Whidbey Island and the surrounding area. This home is spacious, perfectly equipped, beautiful and extremely well maintained. With the gourmet kitchen and large dining area, we planned evening meals each night in the house. The wrap around covered porch is the perfect location for afternoon happy hour, bird and whale watching, and just relaxing. We also took advantage of the wonderful fire pit, roasting hot dogs and eating S'mores! Langely is within walking distance and has quaint shops and restaurants to enjoy. I can't say enough about this fabulous home. It oozes pride of ownership! Our family made special memories here that will never be forgotten!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Welcoming home

  • 5 of 5

Our group of old friends has traveled widely together through the years, and were fortunate to spend a few nights at Marty's place. It is a comfortable, welcoming home which is very well appointed. Lots of space for the 8 of us, great kitchen, comfy beds, very relaxing and quiet. Charlie was quite helpful and answered questions promptly. Langley is a charming village, with a few good restaurants if you decide not to cook at the house. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't ask for more

  • 5 of 5

This September my group of 50 something year old women will be embarking on the 25th anniversary of travelling together. And where are we celebrating? At Marty's Place, of course! Actually, this will be our 4th year staying in this beautifully restored old home on Whidbey Island. A gourmet's dream kitchen, plenty of room for the six of us to put together a fantastic meal or two. Views everywhere you turn, wonderfully kept grounds, fantastic covered wrap around deck, comfortable beds and lots of bathrooms! And if that weren't enough, a very helpful and responsive owner/caretaker should any problems arise. I can't recommend this home enough. But don't make your reservations for early September...that's when we go!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tupelo, MS, USA

Charles from Mississippi

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely no negative aspects to report. I suspect our 6 adults and 3 children added about a decade of laughter [but hopefully not wear] to your house. Absolutely wonderful venue and would return in a heartbeat. Great pastries, coffee, chocolates, groceries, and restaurants in Langley a double plus.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Marty's place for a family reunion. We had nine people in our party with ages ranging from 3 to 63. Wonderfully comfortable home with huge yard for lots of outdoor activities. The kitchen is equipped superbly. The town of Langley had plenty of dining options. You won't regret staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Seattle / Tacoma International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Moe's Tavern
Nearest Ferry
7.7 Miles
Clinton ferry to Mukilteo
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Useless Bay Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3.3 Miles
SR 525
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Car: recommended

Marty's Place is within walking distance of Langley, a charming village by the sea, with antique shops, galleries, a movie theater, many restaurants and a spa. Whidbey Island offers many opportunities to explore the beauty of the Northwest. It has three state parks, a local winery, farms, seasonal farmers markets.

The following are just a few of the many nearby attractions and activities: Whale Watching, picnicking, wine-tasting, bird watching, beachcombing, marina, yachting, hiking, beaches, swimming, pier fishing, groceries, boating, golfing, restaurants, sailing, biking.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £406
Housecleaning Fee £223
Pet Fee £41 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.7%

We accept credit and debit cards, checks, PayPay and secure transfers from your bank account.

The stated prices reflects a 3% cash discount.
Pet fee is $50.00 per pet.

Longer Stay Discount: Stay with us for five nights or more from September to June and get 10% off the rent for your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Available arrival


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Langley in Puget Sound

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Whidbey's Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    The Map Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    The Weathervane Room - 1 Double Bed
    The Garden Room - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 4 Sofa bed/Futon , Four hideabeds
    The Shipmates Room - 2 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Two sets of bunk beds. Top - Double, Bottom - Twin, trundle
  • 5 rooms with two queen beds, 4 double beds, 2 twin beds, 1 baby crib and 4 hideabeds
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Piano; Fire pit; gazebo; gardens; deck; large screen TV; gourmet kitchen; WiFi; binoculars; stunning views. 110V outlet in carport for charging electric cars.

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