|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
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Enjoy miles of magnificent marine views that end in mainland views of the Cascade mountains with Mt. Baker and Bellingham to the east, the mountains of British Columbia to the north, and the city lights of Vancouver BC and the ski lifts at night. Watch a variety of marine vessels make their way across the strait of Georgia, including boaters of all types whose destinations are several smaller islands within a few miles of the cottage. Walk along hillside trails on this 11 acre parcel that includes old growth trees and native flora. Bald and golden eagles nests are located on the property. Watch for eagles soaring past or looking down on you from an old growth tree. Many other species of birds are also seen and heard about the property. Relax in the cozy atmosphere of the cottage with comfortable furnishings that include sofa and easy chair with movable down overstuffed pillows and large ottoman. The wood stove and large picture windows looking over the water create a relaxing ambiance.
Why the Owner Chose Eastsound: : Our first Orcas Island project was a chalet that we built in 1996 a mile west of our present site. We found the 2/3 acre and proximity to neighbors and traffic, although light, going by to be distracting from our relaxation and feeling of peace. We think that the north shore views are the best on the island, so we wanted to stay here. In 1999 we purchased the present 11 acres and built the cottage in 2004.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:: Year Purchased: 2004 - The sheer natural beauty of the place starting with the fantastic views and peaceful woods, the variety of birds ranging from eagles to hummingbirds, the quiet, the ability to start a short walk or long hike from the front door, the healing effect the place has on our spirits, lots of wild black raspberries in season, the varieties of wildflowers, the full moon rising over and reflecting on the water. We could keep going on, but this is a good start.
Owner Description/Comments:: We are a professional couple, a teacher and psychiatric nurse practitioner. After falling in love with Orcas Island in the mid 90's, we made a long-term goal of living here full time. In August of 2007 we achieved that goal. We like the feeling of community, and appreciate the high quality of the environment, the arts, and the natural foods that are all abundant here. We love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible working, walking, beach combing, and relaxing outside.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a private practice here on the island. My former husband Don and I fell in love with Orcas Island in the mid 90's, and we made a long-term goal of living here full time. In August of 2007 we achieved that goal. We like the feeling of community, and appreciate the high quality of the environment, the arts, and the natural foods that are all abundant here. Unfortunately my husband tragically died a year ago in March of 2014. It was a shock, but I am an even stronger believer in this community since the tragedy. I
love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible working, walking, beachcombing, and relaxing outside. I currently have a wonderful garden full of flowers and some veggies. I grew up on a farm in NE and I guess you just can't take the country out of the girl. I love working with people and enjoy an eclectic mix of rural practice and the arts here are outstanding.
Carla Weston purchased this cottage in 2004
Our first Orcas Island project was a chalet that we built in 1996 a mile west of our present site. We found the 2/3 acre and proximity to neighbors and traffic, although light, going by to be distracting from our relaxation and feeling of peace. We think that the north shore views are the best on the island, so we wanted to stay here. In 1999 we purchased the present 11 acres and built the cottage in 2004. We lived in the cottage in 2007 while we constructed the main house. This property is unique in that it has this outrageous view of the Salish Sea and the mountains of British Columbia. We also see Mount Baker. We have a surprisingly large amount of sunshine for being on the 'northshore'. Our view is approx 180degrees.
Close to Eastsound is a plus. Only ten minutes away, but you feel isolated on the property the way we are situated. We are about a 1/3 mile down the driveway and don't see any neighbors. The property is treed as well. There is a lot of wild-life and trails to walk. The sunrises, moonrises etc. are exceptional. The cottage is cozy and perfect for a couple.
This home has incredible views from the city of Vancouver way up in Canada and South to an astounding front row view of Mt Baker in all it's glory. Nice furnishings and very quiet. A big plus is Carla really does like dogs.
We had a great time on Orcas Island and this home and location were ideal. Carla is a very nice hostess and her dogs are very friendly when they were on the property. We will definitely return to this property. Ideal for active people. Great remote feel yet close to Eastsound services (Island Hopper Brewery!).
Just like Goldilocks said, "This one is just right".
Let's start with the view. We were blessed with sunshine revealing snow capped Mt Baker across the deep blue sound. At night, the lights of Bremerton sparkled across the water. We spent the first full day on the deck, reading, taking pictures. and talking about the view! Add in a beautiful pair of eagles, and deep green forest and it's heaven on earth.
The apartment is quaint and comfy, equipped with all the essentials. Great mattress and linens. If you require top of the line finishes and accessories, this is not the place for you. But it's clean, warm and cute. Some of the cooking utensils and BBQ need to be replaced, but if you're not on vacation to cook, don't let that stop you. Everything is passable.
My husband and I love dogs and hate to leave our two beasts behind when we travel by air. To our delight, and one of the reasons we rented Carla's place, her two dogs were on the property most days and evenings. Behemoth, black, barking dogs. And so sweet! They accompanied us on walks, stopping obediently at the property line, and we threw sticks and toys and rocks for Jack the indefatigable retriever. Volkie, the vocal black shepherd, doesn't do fetch but enjoys barking at Jack as he carries around his treasures. Carla, thoughtfully, has provided a gate to keep the dogs off the deck and out of the house, which we used sparingly, but if u aren't into dogs you'd never know they're there with the gate closed.
We had a snafu with the bed breaking the first night, but Carla brought over tools and hung out while my husband fixed it. She is a warm hostess and responded quickly to our problem.
The location was great--ten minutes from East Sound, but so secluded in the forest, we never heard or saw another human when we were home. Had a great time whale watching with Eclipse. Highly recommend them.
In short, we'll be back!
For an affordable place to rent in the middle of winter, this place really exceeded our expectations! All of the other reviews are incredibly helpful, I would recommend that people read them all before they book. The views are amazing, the cottage is so cozy, the wood stove is an added delight, and the trip down to the beach for the healthy and hearty is exhilarating! Note that the drive to the cottage from the main road could be challenging for some people, but is neither harrowing or unreasonable for the average driver. The owner's dogs are big and have loud barks which could intimidate some, but as long as neither your dog nor the people you are with are anxious, the dogs will get along famously and they have an amazing place to run around. The cabin is probably best for a couple, but I stayed there with my mother who was visiting and my husband, and there was such a sense of solace in the place that nobody ever felt crowded or without personal space (just sit on the deck or hike down to the beach!). Overall the owners have left nothing to be desired, as this place has all of the comforts of home. And Carla is a lovely person, she goes out of her way to meet your needs and make sure you're comfortable. Really this place was just heavenly. Thanks, Carla and Don!
This is a very peaceful setting with beautiful views and a comfortable cottage. I could feel stress draining from me when I sat on the porch looking at the water. Carla is a very helpful, friendly hostess. We will return someday.
We stayed here for a few days and had a great time. The view from the deck, in particular, is really amazing on a clear winter day. We could see Vancouver, BC and Bellingham without binoculars. Wood stove is nice and the kitchen is well stocked.
View was spectacular, very roomy kitchen, it had everything we needed. We had to find the house in the dark so be aware that it is a tricky drive in the dark.. During the day it really wasn't too bad. No special driving skills needed unless you drive a really big vehicle that is hard to drive anyway.
Eastsound, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA (Less Than 4 Miles from Eastsound). Our property offers the best of both mountain and waterfront settings.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
24 May - 3 Sep
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£153|
|Partial clean/dep fee||£115|
There is a $200 damage deposit required prior to staying. This is refunded in full if the place is not damaged. Also, there is a $150 cleaning deposit of which $100 is refundable providing the cleaning person does not exceed her normal charge of $50. If you have pets that we have already ok'd you must pay a $200 deposit prior to your stay. This is refundable provided no damage occurs.