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Charming Island Farm Compound with Memorable Water Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming Island Farm Compound Cottages with Harbor and Pastoral Views.


If you enjoy the discovery of special out of the way places, welcome to our vacation cottages in the charming hamlet of Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. This sunny, five-acre country farm compound boasts spectacular views of the harbor and distant islands, pastures and gardens, farm animals and surrounding hillsides.

Our property offers 3 detached bedrooms as outlined below.

Your choice of accommodation and corresponding rate will be determined by the number of and configuration of bedrooms needed for your party. Only one group will be at the compound at a time, regardless of the units chosen. Once the calendar is booked for a specific set of dates, the units that are unoccupied will no longer be available. Please choose from the following:

Our one bedroom CARRIAGE HOUSE COTTAGE is hand-crafted from island timbers and exudes a feeling of warmth and comfort. Furnished from our collection of friendly antiques and collectibles, you're sure to enjoy the views from the window seat, soaking in the claw foot bathtub, or lounging in an Adirondack chair on our spacious decks. The Carriage House sleeps up to 3 in a queen and a twin.

For those who'd like to have a larger gathering of friends or family, we can sleep 4 people in our BUNK HOUSE. A charming accommodation with large, covered wrap around deck area, comfortable rope hammock, and ample outdoor living space. Comfortable beds, a nice bath with rain shower, cookhouse-style kitchen on the covered porch, and the same wonderful views shared by the rest of the property. 'Glamping' at its best! Sleeps up to 4 in a queen and a set of twins, enabling up to 7 guests with the Carriage House.

Just steps away yet private, an additional bedroom suite is available in the BOAT SHED. This favorite rustic, yet cozy accommodation has double bed, sitting area, bath with rain shower, and its own sunny deck with water and garden views. Sleeps up to 2. Available only as a second or third bedroom as needed with the other accommodations.

Many of our guests enjoy gathering around the rock fire pit for an evening camp fire, or engaging in a rousing game of ping pong in the pasture! Our hens are happy to provide you with fresh eggs when they're laying, and you're free to pick fresh herbs from the garden.

If it's accommodations with character you're after, beautiful gardens to roam, the sound of burros to make you smile, or a place to just sit back and feel at home, we invite you to join us for some true island-style living!

Keywords: Cottage, Bunk House and Boat Shed

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 December, 2017

About The Owner

Over the years we have collaborated on the restoration of this historic property, which includes our home, a converted dance hall, and numerous other buildings that we've built or moved onto our land in an effort to preserve what we deem as valuable. Using mostly recycled materials, and our builder/designer skills, together we have created this family farm compound that we now share with others.


Bicycle and boat rentals, whale watching and sea kayak tours available at Deer Harbor Marina. Daily Kenmore Air float plane service to Deer Harbor. Other small hamlet amenities a short walk away include post office, dock store and restaurant.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on Deer Harbor on San Juan County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Changes or cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to arrival date for full refund. Within 21 days, refund is subject to rebooking.
  • A $30 handling fee applies to all changes and cancellations. $125 cleaning fee for stays 7 days or longer.
  • Owner's stated cancellation policy overrides any policy offered by VRBO.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Carriage House has claw foot tub and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Carriage House. A small twin may also be set up for a child.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Charming Island Farm Compound with Memorable Water Views
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Charming but uncomfortable

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the carriage house, and the cottage itself was adorable. It was the perfect setting for a couple wanting to get away. Unfortunately, the bed was hard as a rock. We both woke up with numb limbs and sore backs. Being mid-August it was fairly hot, but there weren't any fans provided.

Also, even though the listing stated that only one group would be in the compound at a time, there were two other parties there besides us. The owner did warn me on the phone in advance, but it was still disappointing not to have the place to ourselves. If the listing had specified as much, I wouldn't have had a problem.

Overall it was a pleasant stay, just uncomfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jen, So sorry you found the bed uncomfortable! We've never had any complaints, so I guess you're used to a softer sleep. As far as others being here, I specifically informed you of the situation before you booked. Those guests had booked months in advance, before we changed the listing. We are always here for special requests, and we do have fans for our guests use. I'm sorry you didn't ask us.
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Enumclaw, WA

Great place to chill and relax!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful find! The facilities themselves are charming, we loved the rustic decor! And the outdoor kitchen was a big hit with everyone! Of course we had beautiful weather so we were able to thoroughly enjoy the outdoor property entertaining other out of town guests with eating our meals outside! We are outdoor people so this was a great draw for us! We had some family with boats docked at Deer Harbor which was just a walk down the road!! A fun place to gather for a family reunion!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than words can explain!!

  • 5 of 5

Rutabaga is such a beautiful, relaxing getaway! We had a group of 6 people. My husband, two girls and myself stayed in the bunkhouse which was perfect with two twin beds and a queen bed as well as a bathroom with shower and an outdoor kitchen! If you haven't had the pleasure of using an outdoor kitchen this is your chance!! Even though we had the indoor kitchen in the cottage that my sister and her boyfriend stayed in. Having separate houses was very nice for sleeping, showering and privacy. The pictures online are beautiful but truly do not do justice for this property. We were all in awe of this place from the moment of arrival. My daughters 12 and 9 spent the first 30 mins or so taking photos of the cottage and bunkhouse. Location was wonderful with a 20 minute drive to Mount Constitution (which I highly recommend hiking to the summit). Each night we enjoyed peaceful campfires overlooking the fields, marina and water. The owners are available if you need anything. Each area is impeccably maintained and cleaned, the beds are comfortable and warm. There's not a negative thing about Rutabaga. We look forward to our next trip to the Islands and to enjoy this amazing place again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

My high school girlfriends and I stayed at Rutabaga, an absolutely charming place on Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, in Washington State. We totally enjoyed staying at the Bunk House and Boat Shed. The two buildings were filled with wonderful old artifacts from the fifties and earlier. (For the first hour we were there, I took many pictures of all the cool things!) The kitchen was on the side porch outside the Bunkhouse. There was a fire pit not far from the buildings for those who wanted to sit around the fire at night. The hosts were great! We had a very relaxing and fun time at this wonderful place.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Country Summertime!

  • 5 of 5

We and one of our young grandsons stayed in the Bunkhouse during a perfect summer get away, while another part of the family, with two more young grandsons, were docked with their sailboat at the Deer Harbor Marina. The boys romped and played, and rolled in the grassy lawn, created a wonderful pirate skit to perform around the evening bonfire. Roasted marshmallows and told gentle ghost stories to top off the night. The boys loved feeding carrots to the burros, and swinging in the hammock while we cooked breakfast in the fun outdoor kitchen and grilled evening dinner - all to feast at the picnic table and chairs. We all will remember this as one of our best times ever! Thank you, Blake and Dave.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a true gem!

  • 5 of 5

An amazing property with amazing host!!

We couldn't have asked for a better vacation with 4 nights at Rutabaga! Our family with a young toddler, in-laws and good friends with two younger children had the best time staying here. We also invited 5 other family to join us for BBQ on the property. The burros and chickens were also great additions to the property. A perfect countryside getaway for busy city dwellers. Garden and property were in pristine condition. Décors and everything else is rustic, raw and very tastefully done. Also a perfect location to watch July 3rd fireworks from Deer Harbor.

We definitely plan on returning. Thank you Blake and Dave for your warm hospitality! We look forward to visiting again in the near future. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Bunk House (sleeps 4) $250/nightly
Bunk House/Boat Shed(sleeps 6) $325/nightly
Carriage House (sleeps 3) $250/nightly
Carriage House/Boat Shed (sleeps 5) $350/nightly
Carriage House/Bunk House (sleeps 7) $400/nightly
Carriage House/Bunk House/Boat Shed: $500/nightly

Changes or cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to arrival date for full refund. Within 21 days, refund is subject to rebooking. A $30 handling fee applies to all changes and cancellations.

$125 cleaning fee for stays 7 days or longer in each unit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.