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Gorgeous 4-Bedroom Island Retreat With Island/ Water Views; Sleeps 12

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs2
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Get away from it all in this luxuriantly appointed, beautiful 4-bedroom home with spectacular water and territorial views. So quiet all you can hear is the swish of birds’ wings.

Samadhi House is perched atop Mt. Dallas, the highest point on San Juan Island in Washington state. It boasts spectacular views of Haro Strait (separates the US from Canada), the Canadian Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, and forested mountains. Surrounded by the glories of NW nature, you can’t see a single house. But you will watch as cruise liners silently head towards Alaska and eagles and hawks soar overhead. You may even spot the occasional whale breaching in the Strait. At night, you’ll see the distant lights of Victoria and Sydney B.C. The perfect private retreat!

Samadhi House features:

• 4 bedrooms; sleeps up to 12

• 3 fireplaces (2 gas, 1 electric)

• Free WiFi

• Gourmet kitchen


• Workout equipment

• Two Jacuzzis

• High-end luxury bamboo bedding and quality mattresses for the best night’s sleep

• Heated floors

• Large flat-screen TV

• DVD movie library

• Washer/dryer

• Indoor, outdoor seating

• Library of great books

• Installing heat pump for air conditioning by Summer 2016.

While a haven of solitude, Samadhi House is only minutes from all the amenities you could ask for:

• 7-minute drive to Lime Kiln State Park, the Northwest’s premier Orca viewing point from which to see these amazing whales feeding within 20 yards of shore (seasonal)

• San Juan County park, where friends can camp and you can launch your kayaks or other small boats

• Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor – Restaurants etc.

• Lavender farm

• Winery

• Golf course

• Whale watching tours

• Kayaking Tours

• Sail boating

• Beach combing

• Scooter rental

• Hiking

• Shopping

• Museums

More Details

Property Manager
Ajayan Borys
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Ajayan Borys

We love to travel, write, meditate, be out in nature and connect with others. We hope our home allows for all of those activities for you. Samadhi House contains many of the artifacts of our life of travel and study. We share it with the hopes that you will find the same peace here that we find.

Ajayan Borys purchased this house in 2014

Why Ajayan Borys chose Friday Harbor

We fell in love with San Juan Island many years ago and have been coming up here to write for 7 or more years. We have looked and looked for our house. When we saw this one we knew we were home.

What makes this house unique

Samadhi House allows for complete peace. We love the view from the master bedroom, the view from the chaise lounge in the living room (with a good book of course and binoculars near by), the view from the downstairs great room and the feeling of the whole house.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Friday Harbor in San Juan County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , day bed with twin trundle that pulls from underneath it.
    Blue bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Peacock room - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed
  • plus couch space for 3 in a pinch and a blow up mattress in the peacock bedroom that can be pulled out and made up.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Gorgeous 4-Bedroom Island Retreat With Island/ Water Views; Sleeps 12
average rating of 4.754717 based on 53 reviews
Round Top, Texas (between Houston and Austin)

A jewel in the middle of a forest

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we stayed more remotely to the town of Friday Harbor. And, we sure enjoyed the peace and solitude. We were two couples, who were accommodated nicely in two of the 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. We flipped for the divine Master Suite; we lost, but no matter as the expansive view out to the Haro Straits is stunning frim myriad vantage points. The decor is lovely, and the well equipped kitchen allowed us to hurry home after daily adventures to stunning sunsets, cocktails and leisurely dinners. The twinkling lights on Victoria Island, directly across the strait, were also a treat on our clear nights.

A huge movie selection on DVDs was enjoyed, and wild life abounds - my the deer are tame!

Just a delightful week, in this beautiful home, right up to the time we sadly had to depart.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kathy. So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Had a good experience except for the power outage

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful property with amazing views. House was well equipped with the exception of an "emergency box" that should contain flashlights, and instructions on what to do in case of a power outage.

House was a bit dusty but then there were a great deal of objects to keep dust free.

Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend to a friend

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I regret we did not have a flashlight for you during the power outage. The flashlights we had in the kitchen must have been moved/removed by previous guests, and our staff did not notice this. I'm sorry for your inconvenience. We already have an emergency medical kit at the house, but will make sure to provide extra flashlights and bottled water going forward. We rarely get less than a 5-star review, and I know from your phone communication that you held us responsible for the power outage. However, as I explained, this was a general power outage on the west side of the island. Someone had driven into a power box that was above ground (all the power cables are below ground) and this knocked out power to nearly 800 houses on the island for about 7 hours. There was even a story in the local news about the cause of the power outage. Note this was the first power outage we'd experienced on the island in our 3.5 years of ownership, so future guests need not be overly concerned about this issue.
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I want to let you know some things about this house that I would have liked to know before I came.

  • 5 of 5

First, it was a good fit for our unusual needs. We were on San Juan Island for our son’s wedding & entertained two groups, one 40 & one 50, for dinner. The home owner assured me there would be room; he was right. The most charming part of this house, is the deck, facing the lovely water view, with long tables & ample room to serve everyone. It was grand.

The kitchen is well-equipped. There is a large refrigerator, a great cooktop, & wall ovens-- microwave, convection, & warming. The convection oven was large enough to cook 6 chocolate tortes; & then to cook 50 baked potatoes, kept warm until serving in the warming oven. When cooking for a crowd, one needs to bring one’s own large pots; but that is to be expected.

As for the road, describing it as unpaved doesn’t give the picture. It is true your car will make it. It is also true, in my view, giving someone a glass of wine & then expecting them to drive it would be malpractice. The sharp turns, paved or not, make the whole thing downright treacherous. I am not a wimp about roads, raised at the end of a long unpaved ranch road & now living near the mountains where I drive routinely. This is different. We called a shuttle company to provide service to & from both of our dinners; lucky to retain those services despite our very last minute call.

Now the house: the main luxury is the view. There are many steps, so it would be a problem for anyone with disabilities. I do not think it is accurate to say that the house sleeps 12 in the ordinary sense unless many are children & no one needs any privacy. There is one very luxurious master suite. There is a twin bed in that suite; but unless the people using it are not desirous of having privacy, it is not very useful. Also be warned that the homeowners keep the closet doors locked & the armoire full so that, if one comes with long dresses to wear to each night’s events as we did, there is no place to hang them (we draped them across the twin bed). Then there are two other quite small bedrooms-- one with a queen bed & one with a double bed. The house is oddly configured-- one can only get to the double bed room by going through the bathroom or outside. There is a basement large open room, only accessible by going outside & down steps. There are 4 twin beds there, which could sleep any number of people, using it sort of as a dormitory.

All in all, we loved our time in this house and were grateful to have found it.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad the house worked for you and your wedding was a success. Re: the road, it is indeed curvy but in the 3 years now of renting, no one has had an accident, thankfully. The speed limit on Mt. Dallas Rod is 15 miles per hour, and if you observe that limit, you should be safe. That said, let's be honest: Judging from the 5 large black garden garbage bags you left chock full of just empty alcohol bottles (plus other bags of garbage), it was more than a glass of wine you were concerned with. Yes, it goes without saying that drinking and driving is irresponsible as well as illegal. Since you must have known you would be serving so much alcohol, I would have hoped that you would have planned in advance to get a shuttle, observe the law, and not let your friends and family drink and drive. Clearly, we do not allow our guests to break the law or endanger themselves or our neighbors. Along those lines, in part thanks to your stay, because of damage to the house, kitchenware, and the large amount of garbage left by parties like yours, we no longer allow weddings or any large party with alcohol at our house. This is now a published house rule. To anyone considering renting our house, please note that going forward we will only host gatherings of friends and families without the big party element. Finally, to clarify, here's the bed and bathroom layout: 1 master bedroom on top floor with King bed and a trundle bed with two twins (private bath) 1 bedroom on main floor with a queen (shares bath with other main floor bedroom) 1 bedroom on main floor with a full (shares bath with other main floor bedroom) 1 large room on separate bottom floor with four twins and 1 blowup queen (private bath) The above could sleep 12 in beds given the right mix of couples and singles. In addition there are two large couches that we have used for sleeping. One is in an office with semi-private space and the other is in the living room, which is open.
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Lovely Home; Fabulous View

  • 5 of 5


- Beautiful home; GREAT view. Thank you for sharing!

- Clean and welcoming upon arrival.

- Thorough instructions for travel, home access, and use of equipment.


Suggest using a process for determining when items need restocking ahead of guest arrivals -- especially glassware and other dishes.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Samadhi House...morning coffee and evening BBQ, wine and conversation on the deck while overlooking the straight, amazing view from the home and the gazebo just a short walk away, the wooded and secluded area...this is a beautiful and peaceful location and it worked very well for us to venture to various areas of the island..Lime Kiln, South Beach, American Camp, Lavender farm, English Camp, Roche Harbor. We also made a couple trips to Friday Harbor about 20 minutes from the home. We were a family group of 3 adult couples and the home accommodated us well. We appreciated the kind, helpful and timely communications from the homeowner.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In samadhi the mind becomes still.....

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, stunning view. Perfect place to experience samadhi. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you "got Samadhi." :-) It's wonderful to share with folks who really appreciate it, like you. Thanks!
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Friday Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
San Juan Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Duck Soup Inn
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
San Juan County Park
Car: recommended

Located right above Lime Kiln State Park, the most prominent Orca watching point in the Pacific NW.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £199.52
Damage Insurance £44.42
Damage Deposit £564.67

Please note that normal check-in time is 4 pm and normal check-out time is 10 am. We try to accommodate early check-ins and late check-outs, but that is dependent upon adjacent bookings and our cleaning staff's schedule. Also, please note our cancellation policy (please see the rental agreement). Thank you!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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