House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2- 8)
Meg and Bob Connor
- English, French
About Meg and Bob Connor
We have lived full time on Orcas Island since 1975, raising three sons, who are now married with children who love to visit their grand-parents. We have been happily married for 45 years! We moved up here with a down payment and no jobs and over the years have done many things. We have worked, farmed, been in construction, operated heavy equipment, coached Little League for all three sons, participated in countless community activities, volunteered at the school, run two successful gift and clothing shops, designed and built several buildings including the amazing Gnome House, and remodeled our other vacation rental waterfront home, Maggie's Manor, using the outstanding design drawings of our eldest son, now an Architect. We are involved in cutting edge restoration of marine habitat and just completed a 9 weir salmon ladder and planted over 1500 plants and trees over our estuarine and riparian areas. If you have a Facebook page, visit the Deer Harbor Stewardship Project page to see some of what we have been doing. We hope you will 'Like' it. We have extensive backgrounds in skiing, sailing, cycling and mountaineering. We enjoy adventures and vacations with our children and grand-children.
Meg and Bob Connor purchased this House in 1996
Why Meg and Bob Connor chose Deer Harbor
We acquired this classic island waterfront home from a dear family friend who had lived there for over 40 years. We added the third and fourth bedrooms on the upper floor along with a second bathroom. The original tiny kitchen was enlarged to a gorgeous, modern 400 square foot kitchen. After extensive refurbishing and redecorating, we began welcoming vacationing guests in the summer of 1997. Maggie’s Manor is located on our 140 acre estate, near our home, and also near our other wonderful vacation rental an extremely popular chalet, the Gnome House. We wanted to share our Orcas Island lifestyles with visitors from all over the world. We have on-going environmental restoration activities on our 3 streams, several ponds, magnificent 20 acre estuary, and 20 acre wildfowl marsh, as well as beautiful, productive farm and forest land. It is considered the most significant environmentally diverse San Juan Islands' property by local, state and federal environmental agencies. The beauty and tranquility of Nature inspires everyone who visits. Orcas Island is the most popular place in Washington to get married, and is the dream vacation spot for people all over the world, and we get to live here! And when visitors leave and we say 'goodbye', we always because we are happy to see them go, but rather because we are so happy that we don't have to leave this paradise!
What makes this House unique
In addition to the extraordinary beauty and serenity of Nature,so inspiring to us all, the incredible good weather in Deer Harbor is one of the main reasons for living here. Deer Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island is located in the 'Rain Shadow' area of the Great Pacific Northwest enjoying only 23 inches of rain and over 260 sunny days annually. This means that we can enjoy the great outdoors all year long, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, etc. There have been documented over 80 species of birds frequenting the extremely vibrant freshwater marsh. There are a variety of environmental programs in progress. We work with scientists, students, and Native Americans on our restoration efforts. Our property is the site of the first white European settler on Orcas Island, Louis Cayou, who married into the Samish Nation in the mid-1800s. We are working with the Samish descendants of Cayou in our restoration efforts, and hope to have their annual Canoe Journey with about 60 canoes stop here in the future. Should your dates not be available in this beautiful home, please see our other wonderful vacation rental homes: " Grandma and Grandpa’s Getaway for 2 adults + one child, "Famous Romantic Gnome House Chalet “ for up to 4 adults, and in the off seasons, Maggie’s Getaway for up to 4 guests.
one small or medium dog, with permission
up the hill is a great play set for the children
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Very nice. Thanks Meg!
Outstanding views! Bald eagle sighting!
Fabulous island home for family gathering!
Maggie's Manor is a lovely four bedroom, 2 bathroom, classic island home for our family of 7 plus a baby. Huge beautiful kitchen make meal preparation a delight and a true family affair! The view is incredible: Deer Harbor bay, boating activity, the occasional seaplane landing and taking off, ferry boats, just great! There is even a piano in the large living room!
We all loved our stay at Maggie's Manor and will definitely return!
Good for Large Groups
Maggie's Manor is well equipped for large groups (we had 10 people). Kitchen is well stocked. There were plenty of towels. Lots of seating, deck is great, and fire pit out back was nice. It is a very peaceful place with a great view of Deer Harbor.
That being said, there were a few things that were a little funky. The kitchen and upstairs bathroom had carpeting! Not a good idea. You can't sweep it and who knows what is in it. Kinda gross. There are two sinks in the kitchen island which seems like a good idea but there are no sprayer nozzles so you can't clean out the sink without pouring pitchers of water in them. Plus the faucets swing out over the counter so if you accidently turn on the water with them like that you've just run water all over the counter and floor. The water pressure was too low for the main kitchen sink nozzle to spray so again no way to clean out the sink without a lot of effort. Garbage disposal doesn't really work; caused a blockage and the sink wouldn't drain, had to do some ad hoc plumbing work. Doors don't close very well. Main floor bathroom could use some updating. So, some things that could be fixed to make it totally top notch.
But, nothing was a show stopper and it was a great weekend.
Thank you very much for the nice review. We are glad to hear that your group had a great time at Maggie’s Manor. The maximum occupancy for Maggie’s Manor is 8 people, however, not 10; so we are confused as to how the original reservation for up to 8 guests, expanded into 10. The water and septic systems are designed for up to 8 guests, as are the four bedrooms with beds for 8 people. Thus the quirks you experienced, for the most part, were most likely due to exceeding the maximum occupancy of the house. Maggie’s Manor is large and has lots of space both inside and outside for dinner parties, small wedding receptions, and other group entertaining; however, more than 8 people staying in the house as guests for an extended period of time, can stress the systems.
To respond to your comments about carpeting in the kitchen: the Pacific Northwest climate, we felt, lends itself to enjoying a carpet under foot, rather than cold tiles or linoleum, and we did install an easily cleaned low pile carpet which we shampoo meticulously, and vacuum fastidiously before and after all guests. Carpeting is a matter of personal taste I guess.
Sounds like all in all, you enjoyed the house, and a great weekend was had by all. Thanks for leaving the house in great shape, tidy and clean, upon your departure!
Amazing vacation rental! Have stayed here over and over again.
My family and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy Maggie’s Manor on multiple occasions. We love the time we have spent there as a couple, for a romantic weekend, as well as the time we have spent there with extended family for a family reunion. The house is warm and inviting with amenities that met all of our needs. We loved the chef’s kitchen, the fire pit outside, the beautiful decks overlooking the harbor and sitting in the hot tub under the stars. Orcas Island and specifically Deer Harbor is home to some of the most pristine and relaxing surroundings anywhere in the country. My family and I travel extensively and return repeatedly to this hidden gem. What always makes our stay at Maggie’s complete is the care with which the owners take care of their property and their guests. They go to great lengths to ensure that all of your needs are met and offer up their extensive knowledge of the island to make your stay is truly memorable. I can’t say enough about Maggie’s Manor: the location, hosts, and amenities are absolutely amazing.
Wonderful Time at Maggie's Manor!
We rented Maggie's Manor for our ladies' Bible study group to have a retreat. Meg and Bob were most accomodating and made sure we had everything we needed, even down to some specialized kitchen utensils. The house was clean and welcoming, hot-tub was warm and they even stocked firewood for us. We were so thankful for such a wonderful place to meet (including a piano!) and such a beautiful kitchen to prepare our meals. The setting is fabulous, with gorgeous views and great places to walk or run right from the house. The owners are very gracious hosts. We highly recommend Maggie's Manor for your gathering.
Whale-watching/marine wildlife tours leave from Deer Harbor daily. The San Juan Islands are world famous Orca whale habitat. A beautiful waterfront park, 2 marinas, famous Turtleback Mountain San Juan County 1500 acre park. Boat rentals, charter sailing, charter fishing, kayak tours. You can visit other San Juan Islands by day trip ferry rides. Visit our website or google 'Orcas Island' for more information and photos about numerous parks and features to explore.