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Ideal for Family Reunions!

People28
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms4
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

9 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 28 (sleeps up to 36 w/ Cottage & Plus)

What our guests are saying about us:

- “House was great. SO MUCH SPACE. Loved the openness.”

- “By far, the nicest and most convenient place we've ever held our retreats!”

- “Lovely light, open spaces. I appreciated having a separate Cottage space.”

Spacious & elegant, this multi-level home offers 9 bedrooms. Views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains complete your experience!

Remarkably spacious and easy-to-find, The Quintessa, is less than 35 miles from the Seattle Space Needle and 5 miles away from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry.

Need more room? Ask us about:

- The Cottage ~ 1 bdrm 1 bath with separate shower and jetted tub sleeps 5

- The Seaside PLUS ~ studio with 1 bath sleeps 4

- Fernside, our neighbor’s place ~ 2 bedroom 2 baths sleeps 6

The Quintessa is perfect for memorable family reunions, garden weddings, retreats, or special gatherings of any occasion.

Set on the Southern part of the Island, The Quintessa is located within minutes to many attractions including a nine-hole golf course, a variety of beaches, and an abundance of local artists’ studios. Take a drive to nearby Langley, The Village by the Sea, featuring a vintage movie house, live music and theater, eclectic boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, bookstores, and fabulous food!

EMAIL US so that we may provide you with our FULL WEBSITE filled with videos, more photos, a list of fun activities, detailed rate information, as well as floor plans and individual room accommodations!

Garden Wedding, Memorable Family Reunion, Corporate Off-Site, Retreat & Getaway on Whidbey Island

More Details

Owner
The Quintessa
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish, cantonese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

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 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 estate in 2005

Why The Quintessa chose Whidbey Island

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 estate 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carrie is a consummate hostess, we arrived to a sparkling place, which exceeded our expectations and to friendly hand painted signs welcoming us by name. As it was a birthday party for a teenager we'd booked her place for, it lent perfectly to the party atmosphere. We loved the Quintessa and will hope to make it an annual thing. Carrie is super sweet too, we highly recommend her and the Quintessa!
Jan 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
SeaTac
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Prima Bistro
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Clinton / Mulkiteo
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Island Greens
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Everett Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 525 and Cultus Bay Road
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Langley Cafe
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mount Baker
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Maxwelton
Car: recommended

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!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Clinton in Island County

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Planning an on-site Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, a Farewell Brunch: please contact us first as there are event fees and restrictions for discussion.
  • We have a Sound Curfew of 10:00 pm on Island County. We thank you for observing this curfew in respect to our neighbors that surround us.
  • Check-in is at 4 pm / Check-out is at 11 am.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 1st Floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 3rd Floor
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , 3rd Floor
  • Spacious baths with ultra plush towels await you!
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Veranda suite master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , sleeps 2
    Veranda kids bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , sleeps 6 or more
    Main House guest - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , sleeps 2
    Main House master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed , sleeps 4
    Main House bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 4 - 2 Large Double Bed , sleeps 4
    Main House guest 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , sleeps 2
  • Heart Defibrillator ~ Sleep soundly and restfully on our full range of available beds in this 9 bedroom estate. Our fully appointed 1 bedroom Cottage with jetted tub and separate shower can be rented independently. Sleeps 2 to 32! Accommodations can be customized for your personal needs. Twins, Queens, and Kings. Some private suites with private baths.
Entertainment:
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
  • 34 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Quintessa is perfect for family reunions, intimate weddings, and corporate retreats! Enjoy treasured time together cooking, playing, bonding, and reconnecting with friends and family.

Reviews

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5

Wonderful location for a wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our women's choir held our annual retreat here after our previous location booked up extra early in the year. Every attendee had wonderful things to say...here are just a few of their comments:

"House was great. SO MUCH SPACE. Loved the openness. It is a great space for those who want to socialize as well as have some alone time. It's also super convenient with the multiple fridges."

"I had a great time with my choir gals. Beautiful location and spacious house."

"The large living room and kitchen on the main floor allowed all of us (22) to hang out together without feeling crowded."

"Lovely light, open spaces. I appreciated having a separate space (the cottage) so that I could decompress before/after rehearsals. It also meant I could prepare in quietness;-)"

"By far, the nicest and most convenient place we've ever held our retreats!"

Thanks to Carrie and Tessa for being so accommodating! We can't wait to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freiburg, Germany
5

Successful family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Having searched extensively for a house that could easily accommodate a group of 22 in real beds and with enough space that we would not be tripping over each other, we were extremely pleased to stumble on the Quintessa. Realizing it was on an island and that we would have to plan for additional driving time between Seatac airport and the house in order to account for possible ferry delays, we booked both the main house and the Cottage. As others have written, the home and gardens are clean, well-maintained and well-equipped. And if any problems or requests surface before or after arrival, Carrie and Tessa are responsive, generous with their time and resources, and take care of situations immediately.

Having the multi-level house plus the Cottage meant our 90-year old family member could be on the ground floor (Level 2) with a bathroom right outside her door so she didn’t have to climb any stairs. It also allowed the young family with the 14-month old to have their own realm in the Cottage so they didn’t have to worry about disturbing anyone at 5:30 AM when the baby woke up. When considering the distribution of family members, we did have to be conscious though of the fact that 1 of the 2 bathrooms that served the 11 people on Level 3 was within the master suite. Therefore, people had to go through the master suite to use it.

A highlight of our August visit were the blackberries that grow near the trash can area as well as along the road across from the house. We went out many times to pick them fresh for breakfast as well as once to bake a pie and once a cake (for which Carrie and Tessa so kindly lent us the 2 eggs we didn’t have). Note: there is a deep ditch right in front of the vines at the beginning of the area along the street, but not further down the road.

At the house, the toys for young children and board as well as lawn games (stored in the lower level closet next to the laundry room) were a hit with various family members. And activities farther afield that were not mentioned on the Whidbey Island activity website that we enjoyed immensely were a private clam digging excursion to Double Bluff Beach with June Davis of Sound Water Stewards and a visit at the house from the Island Mexican Taco food truck (from Freeland) for dinner. Carrie and Tessa can provide contact information for those activities.

Looking back on our week, all 22 of us could unequivocally say that the Quintessa helped make our reunion a great success.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, WA
5

Perfect house for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

I had 30 guests from my wedding stay here over the weekend and they loved it! There are plenty of beds and rooms for privacy, along with large gathering areas like main kitchen, the large yard and the air hockey area downstairs. There are two deck areas that are great for taking in the scenery as well. The location was great for us as everyone was a quick drive to our wedding venue Firessed Catering, and our main wedding events were in Langely and Maxwelton Beach. Beyond that, Cassie and the rental company is so easy to work with and responsive to any inquiries you have. I cannot recommend this place enough!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great place for a family reunion

  • 4 of 5

We just finished a great extended family reunion. The house + cottage were just perfect for our group of about 32 people. The property owners are excellent--lots of attention to the little details that make a house great, and they were very responsive when we had questions.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We loved the spaciousness, the grounds, the view, the organization of the kitchens, the bathrooms an

  • 5 of 5

We cooked in the big kitchen. Played lawn games on the big lawn, painted watercolors, visited with our friends, and laughed a lot.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

We brought a family of 29 and had an excellent time. The home is beautiful, spacious and well appointed. The hosts were very attentive and so kind. We cannot recommend this place enough - so many fun things to do in an ideal setting. Thank you Carrie and Tessa!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Clinton, Puget Sound

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Thanksgiving
21 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£4,084
for 3 nights
From
£1,346
 
 
Christmas
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£4,084
for 3 nights
From
£1,346
 
 
New Year's
29 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£4,084
for 3 nights
From
£1,346
 
 
May
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£2,737
for 2 nights
From
£1,346
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£1,391
for 1 night
From
£1,346
 

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.85
Refundable Damage Deposit £380.05
Tax Rate 10.7%

WEEKLONG STAY SPECIAL: stay for 7 nights and receive a discount of $500! Applies during both Peak Season and Off Season!

PEAK SEASON ~ 3 night min stay (June 1 - Sept 15) $1600 per night for up to 28 guests in the Main House (add the Cottage for 32 guests in total)

OFF-SEASON ~ 1 night min stay (Sept 16 - May 31 ~ some holidays excluded) $1600 for 1st night, $1200 for 2nd night (25% off) and $800 for 3rd night and all nights after that (50% off)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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