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Last updated: 03/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Lopez Island house description

This rambling oceanside home offers sweeping views of San Juan Island, lodging for up to 12 people, homey amenities, and a getaway vacation you'll never forget. Known as Channel House this sunny westside waterfront home has 315 feet of waterfront and 5 acres with wooded uplands. With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, 3 gas stoves, 1 wood stove and a bar area complete with dartboard, it is ideal for extended families or multiple families. Couples will also appreciate the privacy and special amenities offered by this idyllic getaway setting.

Upon entering Channel House, you are immediately welcomed into the bar area where guests gather for casual evenings playing darts and recounting the day's activities. This opens up onto the dining area and kitchen with a nearby reading nook, all with spectacular channel views. Down the hall from the kitchen you pass the first bedroom, known at the Bunkhouse, it sleeps four in 2 bunk beds and is the perfect hideaway for kids and teens. The Bunkhouse has its own TV and the house is stocked with a huge video library. Wi-fi and satellite TV are also available throughout the house.

Down the hall is the first living room complete with an expansive selection of books to suit everyone’s interests, a cozy gas stove and views through the pines to San Juan Island in the distance. This is the perfect space for the luxury queen size air mattress which is available upon request. Two full, nicely appointed bathrooms are adjacent to this room, both stocked with plenty of fluffy cotton towels.

Beyond this living room, down a private hallway, are two additional bedrooms. One has a king-size bed and the other a queen-size bed. Both have abundant closet and drawer space. Nearby is the mudroom with a full size washer and dryer and access to the side yard and parking area.

The second living room, with a wood burning stove, is located toward the rear of the house and features a chess board, board games, and a telescope for boat and bird watching. Eagles are sighted regularly here.

Follow the stairs upstairs to the secluded, king-size bed master suite with its own living room. office, romantic gas stove, and 2 covered balconies to soak in the spectacular views. The en suite bathroom has double sinks and a full bath/shower.

The amenities of this house extend beyond the interior to its wraparound deck and 6-person spa. Just past the deck your private beach waits below where sea glass, shells and other treasures are collected.

Keywords: house,retreat,multi-family,getaway,home,cabin,lodge,rental,property

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Children Welcome:

                not reccommended for toddlers...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Freezer
              • Ice Maker
              • Oven
              • Toaster
              • Coffee Maker
              • Refrigerator
              • Dishwasher
              • Microwave
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen


              • Towels Provided
              • Heating
              • Linens Provided
              • Fireplace
              • Parking
              • Living Room
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Parking Off Street
              • Wood Stove
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Washing Machine
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer

              Other Amenities

                  • Baby bed, high chair and other supplies available.


                  • Video Library:

                    Nearly 1,000 titles in the extensive DVD and VHS collection...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Premium Direct TV Package...moreless

                  • Games
                  • Books
                  • Television
                  • Stereo
                  • VCR
                  • DVD Player
                  • CD Player


                  • Free Long Distance:

                    Including international calls...moreless

                  • Internet
                  • Telephone
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Computer Available

                  Pool & Spa

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Balcony
                      • Kayak / Canoe
                      • Wood Deck
                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                      • Porch / Veranda


                      • Away From It All
                      • Family

                      Location & View

                      • Oceanfront
                      • Ocean View
                      • Beachfront


                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Kayaking
                      • Hiking
                      • Sailing
                      • Golf
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Boating
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Shelling
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Other Activities

                          • o Rent a bike and explore the rolling countryside and open farmland of Lopez. o See the seals & sea lions at Shark Reef Park after walking in on the beautiful wooded trail. o See more tide pools and climb the rock at low tide when you visit Agate Beach Park. o Visit the picturesque Center Church and the Lopez Cemetery. o Play a round of Golf at the Lopez Golf Course o Rent a Kayak and paddle in protected Fisherman Bay or explore the more dramatic shoreline of the island. o Browse the book store, shops and galleries in this walking village. o Saturdays May thru September, enjoy the eclectic choice of wares from the many local vendors at the Farmers Market. o See a free movie on Saturdays at the Library. o Visit the many Galleries and Studios around the island. o Walk Channel Houses’ 2 miles of protected shoreline at the bottom of your private stairway. ...moreless


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                          • Lovely Lopez

                            Lovely Lopez

                            • Guest Ambie S.
                            • Date of stay 04/04/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/10/14
                            I stayed in The Channel House for two nights with a group of close friends and we had a great time! It was hard for us to leave. We enjoyed the hot tub, the outside heaters and sitting on the deck enjoying nature and a large table to gather around to share conversation and memories to last a lifetime! Thanks again!

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Great location, beautiful house!

                            Great location, beautiful house!

                            • Guest Benjamin G.
                            • Date of stay 11/20/13
                            • Review Submitted 12/17/13
                            We spent Thanksgiving 2013 at the Channel House and could not have asked for a better location. Hope to make it a yearly tradition.

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                          • Was everything I was hoping

                            Was everything I was hoping

                            • Guest Sarah J (Seattle, WA)
                            • Date of stay 11/14/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/20/13
                            Channel House is gorgeous! A group of nine of us stayed there to celebrate a birthday and everything exceeded our expectations. The house set up is great for entertaining (darts were so fun!) and the kitchen is fully stocked. The wrap around deck is huge and would be great in the summer. The fire pit and stairs to the beach are so charming, and the hot tub was clean. Small touches were very nice - tons of movies to choose from, better than average bedding, and towel warming racks! The only thing of note was that the listing says there's a pull out sofa and that it sleeps 12, but at some point that pull out was removed so it actually only sleeps 10. A bit of confusion with my group since it was all adult couples and we'd planned on using the sofa, but not a huge deal. We hope to return!

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children.

                            Manager response: Dear Sarah: We are terribly sorry about the removal of the sofa bed..... Sandra and I stayed there just a couple of weeks ago with a full house and the sofa bed was so broken-down we had it removed but forgot to remove it from the VRBO listing. Unfortunately you had already booked the house before this happened. We did however send up a luxury queen sized air matress before your stay.... was it not there when you arrived? The sofa-bed has now been removed from the listing until we replace it which we plan to do shortly. Other than that we are delighted you liked our home. Martin and Sandra Button. Owners.

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                          • Channel House

                            Channel House

                            • Guest Anonymous
                            • Date of stay 09/22/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/06/13
                            The best part of this rental were the beautiful views from the deck. It also had a nice layout with several different rooms to accomodate everyone's activities. We enjoyed the reading materials, puzzles, great kitchen, heaters on the deck for cool mornings and convenience to town.

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                          • A piece of heaven

                            A piece of heaven

                            • Guest Lorraine (Soda Springs, ID)
                            • Date of stay 09/07/13
                            • Review Submitted 09/17/13
                            This property worked very well for our family. We were delighted to find a high chair, playpen and baby rocker there for our little ones. The views are amazing. Climbing the stairs several times a day became a norm. We loved having a great beach right out the back door. We are all looking forward to a return visit to this piece of heaven.

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                          • Excellent in all respects

                            Excellent in all respects

                            • Guest Anonymous
                            • Date of stay 07/19/13
                            • Review Submitted 07/30/13
                            We had a 12-person family gathering and the property was wonderful. The advert and pics actually underestimate the property, in my opinion. The beach is almost deserted for half a mile in each direction, the view of the water from the very long deck is wonderful 24 hrs a day, really, and the master suite is like a property in itself, with a good bed overlooking the water. There are also two gas heaters on the deck to support evening dining and hanging out. The kitchen was a little cramped for a large family that really gets into cooking but the stove is gas. Four of the sleeping spots are in two bunk beds in one room, in case that matters to you. Lots of flat space to pitch a tent or two, as well. Cupboards are not child-proofed and there are knick-knacks that need to be moved to higher ground with an 18 month-old around, but we had no problems, especially with 11 people to watch the kid. Terrific place.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, people with disabilities, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

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                          • Paddlers


                            • Guest Paddlers (Bend)
                            • Date of stay 05/26/13
                            • Review Submitted 06/08/13
                            We had a great time at this property. The beach below is great and the sunsets amazing. My favorite part of the property was sleeping with the windows open and hearing the sea and the seals splashing around. There is plenty of room and tons of movies to watch for the occasional rainy day.

                            Recommended for: Families with young children.

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                          • Terrific vacation home

                            Terrific vacation home

                            • Guest Dawn G.
                            • Date of stay 04/02/13
                            • Review Submitted 04/16/13
                            We rented Channel House for three nights in April and highly recommend it. Lopez Island is a small, rural island with friendly people who wave at every car. Two families (4 adults and 6 children) stayed in this house, which had the perfect sleeping arrangements. The secluded beach, great trails, and wildlife were exactly what we were looking for to get away from our hectic schedules. Everyone loved the hot tub, dart board, hundreds of books and movies, and the fire pit. Our communications with the owner were easy and directions were precise (but I wouldn't want to look for the house for the first time after dark). We had a couple of issues while we were there, but the on-island manager helped us straighten them out right away. I wish we would have taken bicycles because Lopez Island is ideal for cycling. Thank you for sharing your home with us; we had a fantastic vacation!

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                          • Had a great time...

                            Had a great time...

                            • Guest Malai (Bellevue)
                            • Date of stay 10/12/12
                            • Review Submitted 10/17/12
                            We (group of 8 adults - 4 couples) had a great time in Channel House...wished we could have stayed longer..we stayed only for two nights.. but its full of fun with lots of gaming...and the spot is very good.. but we had little trouble in locating the house even after reaching near it when we arrived in night...perhaps more lighting in nights would help... but overall our experience is very very good...

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Channel house

                            Channel house

                            • Guest Stan (Fairbanks)
                            • Date of stay 06/09/12
                            • Review Submitted 06/29/12
                            House was perfect! Entire setup worked out great for my extended family. Definitely a place to return to.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children, romantic getaway.

                            Manager response: Hi Stan, Thanks so much for your nice comments. We would love to have you and your family back again next year. Dates for 2013 are already filling up so let me know if you want to block out a few days. All the Best!

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                          Special offer: Kick Off Summer with 10% Savings

                          Summer is almost here so start planning your dream Lopez Island vacation. Book your trip NOW for dates in June and receive 10% off your weekly rental fee. Enjoy the San Juans and SAVE.

                          Offer for: Jun 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2014 View calendar

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                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Cleaning Fee $195 + tax
                          • Pet Fee $100 + tax
                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Tax Rate 10.1%


                          One Week Minimum July & August

                          We will be accepting 1 WEEK MINIMUM bookings for JULY & AUGUST 2012 until May 15.

                          After May 15th we will accept reservations for 2-night minimum bookings.

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                          Last updated: 03/29/2014
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                          About: My husband and I both have very busy schedules that include lots of travel and the day-to-day requirements of running our own companies. We come to Lopez to rejuvinate and spend time with our family. I grew up in Seattle and have a deep appreciation for all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. We love to fish, hike, kayak, snoop around the village, cook, and spend time here unplugged from the demands of our hectic lives.This is our dream house and we are sure you will enjoy its charms as much as we do.

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                          This listing was first published here in 2011.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

                          $595 per night (USD)

                          4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 12

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                          Minimum stay: 2 nights
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