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Famous Gnome House Chalet on Amazing 140 Acre Private Setting

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Welcome to the Gnome House in sunny Deer Harbor, Orcas Island Washington State.

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Last updated: 09/18/2014
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Deer Harbor chalet description

The Gnome House is a truly memorable romantic getaway or family fun vacation rental. This premier Orcas Island vacation chalet is located on a 140 acre magnificent private setting…..a renowned wildlife and bird watching paradise.
The Gnome House is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, timber-framed Orcas Island cottage constructed with massive timbers, cedar arches, and hand carved tree trunk posts.
Come discover this delightful site of many a honeymoon, many romantic evenings, magical family vacations, one of the truly romantic Orcas Island getaways or quintessential Orcas Island experiences. A perfect family vacation rental cottage - children and grandparents love it!

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We designed and crafted the Gnome House to stir up your imagination.
A few of the hand-crafted features:
• ...a wooden spiral staircase with carved squirrel and acorn newel posts
• ...leading to a very romantic master loft with a queen-sized sleigh bed
• ...a fairytale-like Scandinavian alcove cupboard bed with delightful murals ... a completely unusual, charming, yet modern fully equipped kitchen
• ... a romantic, cozy wood-burning stove
• ... a Scandinavian sofa/double bed perfect for relaxing or guests sleeping
• ...a fabulous, private hot tub spa under the stars
...a large stone fire pit surrounded by seating, for campfires and S’mores.
The Gnome House truly inspires every visitor. '..an architectural gem..' 'How did you build those arches? ' ...never seen anything like this before...' ' like a fairy tale...' '..how did you fit that floor to the stonework...' 'I would love to live in the Gnome House!'
Visit our web site by clicking on the link in this listing or google Gnome House Deer Harbor to see many photos, a video tour, and information and pictures about the magnificent setting. You can view our up-to-date availability calendar to plan your vacation.
Deer Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island is located in the 'Rain Shadow' area of the Great Pacific Northwest enjoying only 23-25 inches of rain and over 260 sunny days annually. Northern Puget Sound is home to just under 90 orca whales, countless seals, sea lions, otters, Dahl's porpoises, Minke whales, salmon, eagles, thus, fishing and whale-watching are very popular activities. Orcas Island has numerous parks including the 1500 acre Turtleback Mountain Preserve, and Deer Harbor's own community Waterfront Park. The 140 acre incomparable private preserve for guests at the Gnome House is considered a treasure by local, state and Federal environmental agencies and institutions.


Keywords: family reunion, honeymoon, romantic getaway, cabin, vacation rental, cottage, hot tub

Property Type

      • Chalet

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Refrigerator
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided
              • Wood Stove
              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Parking
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer

              Other Amenities

                  • The Gnome House is constructed with massive timbers, cedar arches, and hand carved tree trunk posts, a fairytale-like Scandinavian alcove cupboard bed with delightful murals, a wooden spiral staircase with carved squirrel and acorn newel posts, a very romantic master loft with a queen-sized sleigh bed, a fine shipbuilder's bay window dining and reading area, a large stone outdoor fire pit surrounded by seating for campfires, a freshwater wildfowl marsh, a renowned wildlife and bird watching paradise, nature trails, fruit orchards, ponds, streams, meadows, forests, magnificent views, farm land, play set, gardens, golden retriever Cedar, two cats Sparky and Tater, a fabulous, private hot tub spa under the stars,.... Come discover this delightful site of many a honeymoon, many romantic evenings, magical family vacations, one of the truly romantic Orcas Island getaways, a quintessential Orcas Island experiences. A perfect family vacation rental cottage – children and grandparents love...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Games
                  • Books
                  • CD Player
                  • Stereo
                  • DVD Player
                  • Video Library

                  Communications

                  • Telephone
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Hot Tub

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Rentals one mile away...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                      • Lawn / Garden

                      Theme

                      • Adventure
                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Romantic

                      Location & View

                      • Waterfront:

                        On our private 140 acres property there is a 300 feet of rocky beach; 1000 feet of sandy tidal beach, and 3000 feet of estuarine shoreline...moreless

                      • Water View:

                        Filtered water view from Gnome House and hot tub but gorgeous water views from everywhere on our 140 acres...moreless

                      • Beach View:

                        Filtered water view from Gnome House and hot tub but gorgeous water views from everywhere on our 140 acres...moreless

                      • Beachfront:

                        300 feet of rocky beach; 1000 feet of sandy tidal beach, and 3000 feet of estuarine shoreline...moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        Olympic Mountains in the distance; Turtlehead and Turtleback Mountain nearby...moreless

                      • Village:

                        Deer Harbor is one mile away....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Churches
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services
                      • Kayaking
                      • Cycling
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Swimming
                      • Sailing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Equestrian Events
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Library
                      • Marina
                      • Playground
                      • Cinemas
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Golf
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Boating
                      • Shelling
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Walking
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Shopping
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Tennis
                       

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                      Jan. 2nd - April 5th & October 7th - December 20th  nightly $130-$150 weekly $840
                      April 6th - May 24th & Sept 9th - Oct 6th  nightly $160-$185 weekly $1030
                      May 25th-Sept 8th & Nov 28th-30th & Dec.21st-Jan 1 nightly $190-$225 weekly $1230
                      Rates do not include 10.1% San Juan County lodging tax
                      

                      Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                      Last updated: 09/18/2014
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                      Location

                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      seaplane dock 1 mile away. airport 10 miles away
                      7 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Orcas Ferry Landing
                      Deer Harbor
                      Nearest Beach
                      on site
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant
                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Orcas Golf Club
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Deer Harbor Inn

                      Car: Recommended

                      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.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1986

                      About the owner: 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.

                      Why the Owner Chose Deer Harbor:
                      We designed and built the Gnome House as a tribute to our Scandinavian heritage, and as a tribute to the place we first met in Kitzbuhel, Austria. It began as a family guesthouse and now for the past 20 years has been an extremely popular vacation rental, perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, honeymoons, and special occasions galore. It is located on our 140 acre estate, near our home, and also near our other wonderful vacation rental 4 bedroom waterfront home, called Maggie's Manor. 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 smile...not because we are happy to see them go, but rather because we are so happy that we don't have to leave this paradise!

                      The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
                      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.


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                      Photos

                      • Welcome to the Gnome House in sunny Deer Harbor, Orcas Island Washington State.

                        Welcome to the Gnome House in sunny Deer Harbor, Orcas Island Washington State.

                      • The Gnome House foyer. Come in relax and enjoy this famous chalet.

                        The Gnome House foyer. Come in relax and enjoy this famous chalet.

                      • The north half of the main living area. Baseboard electric or wood heated.

                        The north half of the main living area. Baseboard electric or wood heated.

                      • Romantic Gnome House has been the venue for many a beautiful wedding. Happiness!

                        Romantic Gnome House has been the venue for many a beautiful wedding. Happiness!

                      • Beautiful washroom with sunken tub.

                        Beautiful washroom with sunken tub.

                      • This photo highlights some of the famous woodwork and design of the Gnome House.

                        This photo highlights some of the famous woodwork and design of the Gnome House.

                      • Looking east from the Loft Sleigh Bed. See the squirrel and acorn newel posts?

                        Looking east from the Loft Sleigh Bed. See the squirrel and acorn newel posts?

                      • Gorgeous views from our vacation rental houses' play set

                        Gorgeous views from our vacation rental houses' play set

                      • A rare big beautiful snow day in 1966. Over 3 feet of snow to the delight of all

                        A rare big beautiful snow day in 1966. Over 3 feet of snow to the delight of all

                      • Everyone loves Cedar, our Golden Fetcher.  He will greet you with a tennis ball.

                        Everyone loves Cedar, our Golden Fetcher. He will greet you with a tennis ball.

                      • Fishing in the islands is super fun for the entire family.  Salmon for all.

                        Fishing in the islands is super fun for the entire family. Salmon for all.

                      • Our three gnome sons in 1986 in what is now the very popular gnome cubby bed.

                        Our three gnome sons in 1986 in what is now the very popular gnome cubby bed.

                      • Romance of family fun. This area at the Gnome House is perfect.

                        Romance of family fun. This area at the Gnome House is perfect.

                      • The south sunny half of the main living area. Notice the shipbuilding carpentry.

                        The south sunny half of the main living area. Notice the shipbuilding carpentry.

                      • Dining, game playing, reading, and popular 'wedding' nook.

                        Dining, game playing, reading, and popular 'wedding' nook.

                      • The gnomes' kitchen, convenient, efficient, and complete.

                        The gnomes' kitchen, convenient, efficient, and complete.

                      • Past the Gnomes' cupboard bed and up the spiral stairs to the master loft.

                        Past the Gnomes' cupboard bed and up the spiral stairs to the master loft.

                      • Looking west over the 'Sleigh of Dreams' in the master loft.

                        Looking west over the 'Sleigh of Dreams' in the master loft.

                      • View of the Gnome House east side as you drive up upon your arrival.

                        View of the Gnome House east side as you drive up upon your arrival.

                      • Your private Gnome House campfire, picnic, table, and hot tub area.

                        Your private Gnome House campfire, picnic, table, and hot tub area.

                      • The Gnome House nestled in Nature, just the way gnomes prefer.

                        The Gnome House nestled in Nature, just the way gnomes prefer.

                      • 'Tater and one of his many admirers.  This darling little girl loved our pets.

                        'Tater and one of his many admirers. This darling little girl loved our pets.

                      • Springtime takes bloom near the play set.

                        Springtime takes bloom near the play set.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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