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Beautiful Mountainside Waterview Home on Gorgeous Orcas Island

People11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4000 sq ft home on five acres with magnificent views

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, livingroom, dining room, gourmet kitchen, media room (lite), playrooms, sauna, hot tub, decks with views, lots of closets, workshop, garages, outbuildings… (Comfortably sleeps 8, can sleep up to 10.)

This is a fabulous house on a wonderful island in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. It takes about 3 hours (drive and ferry) to get there from Seattle. Or, you can take a small plane from Seattle in about thirty minutes. Have your vacation, get-together, private time, or retreat in this comfortable, accommodating house, located on magnificent, magical Orcas Island. Set on five acres, maximizing views while retaining privacy, this house is spacious and private, with captivating views west and north to Canada up the Strait of Georgia. Hang out and relax with friends and family. Watch beautiful sunsets, observe bald eagles and deer, be entertained by hummingbirds, luxuriate in the hot tub while you stare at the stars.

This house has many accommodations and choices. It has been tastefully and carefully furnished (by the owner/designer/architect) with comfort in mind. There is a main staircase and a secondary staircase. The dining room table seats 8-10 and there is a charming, red,-enameled, propane stove/heater in the room. The open plan sweeps from dining to living room where there is a cathedral ceiling, large, wood-burning fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the magnificent view. The kitchen is fully equipped with a sub-zero refrigerator, main sink and bar sink (both with disposals), range, convection oven, microwave, blender, waffle-maker, and all the utensils and tools you need to prepare lovely meals and snacks. There is a large, walk-in pantry. The private master suite has a bedroom with a luxuriously comfortable queen-sized bed. The master bathroom has a king-sized bath, shower, two sinks, and sauna. The closets in the master suite are the size of an apartment in Manhattan (ok, almost, but one does have a window seat and built-in dresser). The kids have a wing all their own too with two bedrooms and two twin-sized beds in each. An adjacent sunlit, south-facing bathroom (with shower and huge bathtub) and two sinks give kids plenty of space. The media room with sofa, recliner, VCR, and CD players, and large TV monitor (with plenty of CDs but no TV connection), is next to the kid’s bedrooms. The guest room has another fabulous, hotel-quality queen-sized bed, and an adjacent bathroom with shower. There are two rooms we do not even know how to label (Bedroom? Yoga room? Ballet room? Playrooms?) Even the laundry room is huge. Throughout the house there are small crawl spaces within closets. The natural cedar decks stretch the entire west side length of the house, from north to south. The private hot tub on the deck is surrounded by madronas and evergreen trees but still has peek-a-boo views of Crescent Beach in one direction and Canada in another. There is a teak table and chairs with sun umbrella for fabulous outdoor dining, and lounge chairs, great for sunbathing.

Walk down the mountain past Crescent Beach to Eastsound Village, about a mile from the house, where you will find shops, restaurants, cafes, book store, and groceries. Take in a summer chamber music concert in town. Hike or bike on nearby Mount Constitution in Moran State Park or hike the reclaimed Turtle Back Mountain trail. Go kayaking, whale watching, or just wandering. Play games, finish puzzles. (This is a Bananagrams-friendly establishment!) Send your kids to classic Orkilla summer camp and be on the same island, but with some adult time of your own. Even, dare we say, do your work here. Sit at the dining room table, gazing from computer (with high speed connection) to the seemingly infinite view. It is inspirational.

The house is so very sweet that when we are there we always long to stay. It is perfect for family vacations, reunions, friend’s time away, writer’s retreats, or whatever. It is a magical, memorable place. Come, enjoy yourself here.

More Details

Property Manager
Mindy Cameron
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 November, 2017

About Mindy Cameron

We purchased this house about seven years ago when we walked in at sunset and the view took our breath away. We are a family of four, a mother who is an architect (trained at MIT) and a father who is museum professional. The mother grew up in New Jersey and the father in Texas. We met when we were each living in San Francisco and became inextricably bound by our shared sense of humor and love of culture. About 15 years ago, we began to work together, running a reasonably successful design business doing educational-purpose projects. Of course, as our teenagers have grown, we have not gone to Orcas Island as often as we have wished, despite its incredible magnetic draw. Whenever we are there we have a fabulous, memorable time and we hate to leave. Playing, relaxing, or working there -- staring out across the water and islands. It is altogether GLORIOUS. Orcas and the house are magical.

Mindy Cameron purchased this house in 2007

Why Mindy Cameron chose Eastsound

We live and work in Seattle and wanted to have a remote get-away house. We looked at all of the islands and rural properties we could and even considered designing and building our own home. But, the nature of building in so remote a place would entail a process that would be excruciatingly slow and we were impatient to have a place. This home was The One that we fell in love with after seeing dozens of other possibilities. So many people we know (and some we don't) have had remarkable moments on Orcas -- life-changing, inspirational, poignant moments. We are convinced that Orcas is the best and most phenomenal of the San Juan Islands. And we love this house and the island.

What makes this house unique

The floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows in the main rooms that face the incredible view are enough to want to stay forever. The spacious, commodious kitchen made a cook out of me (whereas, previously, I shunned the activity). The house with all of its rooms and closets within closets is a hide-and-seek paradise for kids, and the house is so large that you can easily find privacy or company. Every day there is something special here. The first night we stayed here, a deer ran across the deck. One day, a bald eagle settled for a while in the meadow below. Hummingbirds visit us often. In winter, looking out over an artist's dream view while being warmed by the heat of the fireplace is the best feeling in the world. Sitting in the hot tub under the stars underscored that we had made absolutely the right choice. I am not kidding. It is a dream come true.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on Eastsound on San Juan County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 / Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom also has a sauna.
    Bathroom 2 / Kid's Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has two sinks.
    Bathroom 3 / Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is adjacent to the Guest and Media rooms.
    Bathroom 4 / Powder Room - Toilet , This is a powder room off the kitchen and side entry.
  • 3.5 There is also an outdoor shower near the hot tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 / Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 / Guest Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 / Kid Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 / Kid Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen beds with high-end, hotel-quality mattresses. One is in the master bedroom and the other in the guest room upstairs. Twin Beds (4), two in each of the kid's rooms. There is also a double mattress bed on platforms in the extra (yoga/music) room. We have rails that can attach to the side of one twin sized bed. We have one queen-sized air mattress, and two, twin-sized air mattresses and it is also possible to sleep on the sofa in the media room.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Huge laundry room with washer/drier. Laundry detergent provided. Three fireplaces; one wood, two propane. Firewood provided. We provide linens -- towels, sheets, etc. -- for your use.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautiful Mountainside Waterview Home on Gorgeous Orcas Island
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews
5

Awesome Amazing Beyond Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This gem of a home is the best vacation rental I have ever experienced. Fully stocked kitchen made for some wonderful meals and the view is just incredible. Comfy beds n pillows....fantastic all around.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

It is a beautiful house in a beautiful setting. We really enjoyed our visit here.

  • 5 of 5

Our overall experience was excellent. The facilities are perfect. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We had a great time The view is spectacular ! Enjoyed the sunsets that last for an hour

  • 5 of 5

Well stocked kitchen. Comfortable beds. Wonderful view.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic home, great for families!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this home, we were in town for a wedding and the large space really fit our needs. Kids have plenty of toys/games to play with upstairs to keep them busy. Fantastic views from the deck and house is fully equipped for all your cooking needs.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingwood
5

This place is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • 5 of 5

The space is very comfortable with great scenic views. My entire family felt so comfortable staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Great views and spacious. Needs updates.

  • 4 of 5

We just spent a week during the 4th of July holiday at this very spacious house. The views were amazing and the distance to Eastsound was great! The hot tub was our favorite amenity of the place and worked very well. During the 4th of July, we had a pretty good (slightly obstructed) view of the local fireworks show.

The house could use some updates. There were curtain rods in many rooms, but no curtains. We had to rig up some blankets on the window to have some additional coverage. There were some holes in the wall, a musty smell in one room and some other aspects of the house that could definitely use some attention. It's clearly been a loved house and a few upgrades could go a long way to make this house truly special.

Orcas Island is an amazing place and we are thrilled that we could have such a special time with our family!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: July 2017 Responding to this guest's review and the need for "updates of our home": The mention of "holes in the walls" was a mystery, but it must refer to the carpeted cubby holes that the previous owner created for storage, or for his children's play. We keep them filled with plush toys. Most guests enjoy this feature. "Lack of curtains in the bedrooms" made it sound as if all our bedrooms had none, which is not the case. But we have assessed all our sleeping areas, and added new curtains on two windows. Thanks for the suggestion. Mention of a mildew smell in one bedroom led us to remove a pad under one carpet. That smell is gone. Thanks for your feedback.
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Location

Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Orcas Island
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Eastsound
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Orcas Ferry (WA State ferries)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Orcas Island
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
many in Eastsound
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: recommended

Orcas is a wonderful island in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. It is lush and mountainous, with many magnificent views from various mountain tops. There is a lovely town within walking distance from the house (and other, smaller towns on island), with shops and restaurants, good grocery stores, a hardware store, bike rentals, a skateboard park, a small cinema, one of the best chocolate shops anywhere, and a great bookstore. Local artists and artisans have studios and shops throughout Orcas. There are beautiful beaches, lakes, and a wonderful, historic state park. (Moran State Park, five miles from our house, has a historic tower at the top and exceptional 360 views.) Orcas Island is magical. It is a fabulous place to explore, hike, bike ride, drive... A mountain, purchased by the Land Trust, is open to the public for marvelous hikes. There is plenty of wildlife, such as bald eagles, deer, turkey vultures, etc. but nothing particularly dangerous to humans. An extremely delightful and classic summer camp is located on the island so that you might be able to send your kids there while you have time off nearby. There are summer concerts in the park, small festivals, book fairs, and a performance center which is the locale of a fine chamber music summer series. The island is a hang out for cultured people so the library is sweet too. (You can even get videos there.) The house and island are a perfect balance of civilized society and radiant wilderness.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on Eastsound, San Juan Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Holiday 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,942
for 4 nights
From
£410
£2,912
 
 
Summer Season 2018
25 May 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,942
for 4 nights
From
£410
£2,912
£10,244
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2018
16 Nov 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£1,942
for 4 nights
From
£410
£2,912
£10,244
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£1,358
for 3 nights
From
£352
£2,767
£9,829
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £226.98
Pet Fee £151.32
Property Damage Protection £74.9
Tax Rate 9.5%

Pet security deposit is per pet and refundable.
Please ask about check in/out times.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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