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Lavender Hill Farm is well known on Vashon Island for our U-Cut lavender stand and farm store, open from late June through early August. The property has 1500 lavender plants and more than 15 varieties, as well as beautiful gardens and stunning views. Come vacation in this tranquil setting in a 1930's farmhouse, thoughtfully updated and spacious enough for a reunion of friends and family. The long farmhouse porch is the perfect spot for morning coffee overlooking the gardens, fields, Quartermaster Harbor and Mount Rainier. Listen to the bees as you stroll through the fields and wander into the town of Burton, just a five minute walk, for supplies, coffee, and some browsing or a meal on the deck of the Quartermaster Inn. Inner and Outer Quartermaster Harbor is a short walk.
The house is light and bright, with nicely appointed guestrooms and three bathrooms for guests. The kitchen works for a crowd, with two ovens, a large center island, 6 burner cook top and large pantry - and there's a second fridge in the basement. The living room has two seating areas, there are two tables in the dining room and the long porch table seats twelve.
Enjoy the stars at night, the quiet, and spend your days biking, riding horses, kayaking or just finishing a book or writing one (wireless internet throughout the house). The island has a movie theatre, movie rental (and you've got cable as well) and many concerts, performances and gatherings to keep you as active as you like.
While you're relaxing, the lavender will continue to be harvested and there will be people dropping by at the U-Cut stand - the entrance is far away from the house. You're welcome to wander down and learn a little about lavender - we dry, we shuck, we make wreaths and lavender oil. Depending on when you're here, we're happy to have you join in.
Please visit our website for more photos and more info - see you in the lavender!
We have a portacrib with bassinet insert, baby gate, potty, and changing pad. There is a selection of games, books and toys for children....moreless
The main floor of the house has a level entry and there is a ramp from the carport. There are two bedrooms on this level and a bathroom. We have a grab bar by the toilet and a shower seat. We are not fully ADA-compliant....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Please no smoking inside - smoking is designated area outside (shade garden). We prefer that visitors not smoke....moreless
Pets Not Allowed:
We regret we cannot allow pets on the farm, except service animals...moreless
King size beds (1) in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (3) 3 queen beds, Double Beds (1) double futon sleeps children in basement queen bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (3) 3 twin beds - 2 in one bedroom, 1 in living room, Baby Cribs (1) 1 portacrib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) foldout double sofa...moreless
Christmas/New Year Holidays Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2015 5 night min stay
Winter Jan 6 - Mar 15 2 night min stay
$450 Fri, Sat, Sun
Memorial Day Weekend May 21 - May 27 3 night min stay
$600 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Summer Jul 31 - Sep 2 3 night min stay
$600 Fri, Sat, Sun
Thanksgiving Week Nov 23 - Nov 29 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$550 Fri, Sat, Sun
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Additional charge for over 10 guests - $25 per night or $100 per week up to 14 guests.
Events at the farm are not included and a separate agreement must be made with the owners.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Organic farms, bird watching, indoor skate park, cyclists paradise
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Tom works as the head of a labor union local in Northern California and Cathy is an actor who also runs a non-profit providing education in Cambodia, where we adopted our two younger daughters. We also have a grown daughter and son. Tom is also a writer of slang books - we live in Berkeley, California during the school year and hope to retire to Vashon eventually. We have learned a lot about lavender in seven years and love our time on Vashon.
Why the Owner Chose Vashon Island: I've been visiting Vashon since 1994, when good friends moved here from Los Angeles. It's a very special place. Tom and I bought a small cottage in 2003 and fell in love with the lavender farm when we came to pick lavender. In 2006, we were lucky enough to buy it. We kept the previous owners' tradition of opening a U-Cut stand, and have learned a lot about lavender in four years. For the last three years, we have participated in the lavender farm tour, a wonderful weekend with 2500 visitors coming to enjoy the lavender. This year, the tour is on hiatus, so we're able to offer vacation rental weeks. Each year, we feel we can pick up with friends and routines. We love our time on Vashon.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse: What do I love most about Lavender Hill Farm? The view is amazing - Mt. Rainier, the boats in the harbor, the lavender. We think of it as Maine and Provence rolled into one, with snow-capped mountains as a bonus. It's quiet and the stars shine bright. I love working with the lavender - very relaxing. The house is big - it's so cheerful and so many places to curl up with a book. There's room for many guests (we had 55 last summer - just friends visiting!) and the porch is the perfect gathering place! I soak in the claw foot tub in the master bedroom and then sink into the king-size bed. Truly a vacation from our lives in the Bay Area - and no traffic! It's also so easy to get here. The airport is a 20 minute cab ride or 30 minute bus ride to the ferry, and the island bus comes to our corner (and sometimes right past the house. The island has good restaurants, an arts scene, pools, and lots of opportunities for biking and hiking.