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Orcas Island 6 BR/3BA Craftsman Beach House *3 KAYAKS* *Mooring Buoy*

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-12)

**COZY yet roomy 2200 ft. home with 6 Bedrooms/3 Baths.**

Vacation Rental Permit since 2007



***WEEK-DAY DISCOUNTS Built into Rates ***

****Ferry RESERVATIONS mean NO MORE worry or wait!!****

***Great for small groups too!***




Beach just 200 yards away-Explore for miles!

Stunning Mt. Baker and Sound View

3 Free Kayaks-recreational, sit inside

Private Mooring Buoy for rent

Islands Sucia, Matia and Patos close by

6 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

Propane Firepalce

Large Fenced Lawn for games-Nearly 1 acre property!

2 miles to charming town of Eastsound

Outdoor fire pit

Tennis and skate park just 2 miles away

Moran St. Park (2nd largest State Park) just 15 minute drive


Orcas Island is the “Gem of the San Juan Islands”! Play on the beach for hours or sit on the porch to enjoy the stunning saltwater and Mt. Baker views. Your home away from home is a 2200 square foot 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow in a lovely quiet knoll with a few homes. Fir floors and high ceilings downstairs, this large, comfortable residence boasts 6 PRIVATE SLEEPING ROOMS with two shared baths and one ensuite bath, making it a perfect vacation home for one, two or even three families! (See “Sleeping Arrangements” below.) On nearly 1 ACRE of grassy lawn, you can enjoy volleyball, football, Frisbee, soccer, bocce, horseshoes, badminton, laying in the sun and evenings around the fire pit. The beach is just 200 yards down the gently rolling lawn and across a quiet lane. EASY TO USE FAMILY FRIENDLY KAYAKS ARE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE!



Every day you will be greeted with a view of Puget Sound and the spectacular sight of Mount Baker standing tall in the sunrise. (Weather providing!) The view from the living room, dining room, and covered porch across the big lawn is a joy to wake to each morning. You can see Sucia and Matia Islands with Patos Island just to the north. Relax as you watch the sun rise, see eagles soar and deer graze. The orientation of the house and grounds are open, light and sunny all day and late into the afternoon. The small neighborhood is quiet and friendly. The sun won't glare in your eyes as you watch Mount Baker bathed in the glorious light of sunset.


The beach is in Buckhorn Bay on Orcas Island. At all but the highest tide, you can explore the rocky beach for miles. (Note: The beach ranges from small to large rocks. Most of the beach is privately owned, so walk or explore-but don't camp or loiter.) Our mooring buoy is right in the bay. The free recreational sit-inside kayaks are easy to store at the beach or throw in the back of a truck for transport to another bay for exploring. Many guests have said this home is "better than waterfront" because the beach is so easily accessible. (Many waterfront homes in the San Juans are precariously perched on a rocky shore or on a high bank requiring a drive just to enjoy the beach! And if the home is on the beach, there is rarely a lawn and often the cost of rental is prohibitive.)


Quiet "Buckhorn Knoll" has three spread out homes on acerage just above the waterfront with 7 or so homes. It is pastoral yet beachy and the view of the sound and Mt. Baker is a dominant feature. The public beach access is a short 200 yard walk away. Waterfront owners own their beaches (most far below them out of site), but as long as you don't camp, burn fires or loiter you can explore the beach at all but the highest tide for hours.


Orcas Island near the town of Eastsound

Orcas Island in Washington State is known as 'the gem of the San Juan Islands'. The home is 20 minutes from the ferry landing and 2.5 miles from the charming town of Eastsound. (Think coastal Maine). Everything you need is waiting for you (except stop lights, traffic, fast food and franchises). Enjoy the adorable shops, restaurants, farmers market and even a movie theatre. You can eat local! It is easy to find food entirely grown or raised on Orcas! Closer still to the house, there is a lovely park with tennis courts, a Skateboard Park (designed and funded by Warren Miller himself) and a basketball court, baseball fields, and bocce court. Moran State Park, Washington’s fourth largest State Park, encompasses several gorgeous lakes for hiking, swimming and boating, are a 12-mintute drive where you can hike, swim, bike, paddle boat or kayak.


The Orcas Island Craftsman Beach House has a casual feel with comfortable and eclectic furnishings, making it easy to feel at home and relax. There are SIX separate sleeping rooms, with beds. (5 queens, 4 singles). Four Queens are NEW Memory Foam, Temperpedic type mattresses. 1 Queen is firm mattress with memory foam topper. The layout: Upstairs, off a large central hallway, there are 4 private bedrooms including a 'sunroom' with two dormer windows and a view to the water and Mt. Baker. 3 rooms upstairs have queens (one has an ensuite bath), 1 room has a twin trundle (two twins) and there is a shared remodeled full bath. Downstairs one bedroom is adjacent to the 2nd full bath and has a firm queen mattress with memory foam topper The other downstairs bed has a new tempurpedic style queen bed.


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More Details

Kati Nickerson
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO 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:
April 15, 2018

About Kati Nickerson

We live in north Puget Sound and have two adult children. We spent very summer of their early years sailing the San Juan and Gulf Islands and have traveled with them all over the world, including a once in a lifetime two-week sailing trip in the Greek Islands. We all believe that Orcas Island is the most beautiful place on earth.Sharing our home with others is a great joy and helps make our dream of owning a home in the San Juans possible.

Why Kati Nickerson chose Eastsound

It's the JUST RIGHT place! Room enough for large groups but cozy and warm and sooo comfortable when it is just the two of us. We have good friends with a home on the water near our home. Every time we left we'd look at the (at the time) distressed Craftsman Beach House and say "if that ever went on the market let's try to buy it". Well, it did and we did! The location is ideal with the stunning view, and the bright open acre to play on and grow fruit trees. The property gets lots of light. Our favorite marine parks in the San Juans (Sucia and Matia) are just a 10 minute power boat ride away. With a stunning 'exploring' beach a short stroll down the lawn, the town just walking distance (ok, a 40 minute walk, but still) or a short bike ride-(10 minutes) away, and great friends nearby, this home had everything we dreamed.

What makes this house unique

Really, we never have to leave if we don't want to! The big lawn is great for frisbee and all manner of family yard games; the firepit for songs, stories and s'mores; the beach to explore for hours and build forts; the warm, casual and traditional house for gatherings large and small and an old porch to sit on with a glass of wine while Mt. Baker lights up the sky. We have to pinch ourselves sometimes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a very enjoyable time. The weather was perfect-lots of sun and fun. This was our first time here and it couldn't have been better. Went fishing and put crab pots, hiking and just general hanging out. We want to book the same dates for next year!
Aug 2009
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Eastsound House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs central hallway
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ensuite Master Upstairs
  • Three full baths. Third bath in large master upstairs. The second upstairs bath is in the central hallway easily accessed by all four bedrooms. The downstairs bath is off the kitchen and adjacent to one of the two bedrooms.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen Room Upstairs - 1 queen , Large Queen Bedroom. Tempupedic style mattress.
    Sunroom-View Dormer Room - 1 queen , Room with a view! Tempurpedic style mattress.
    Downstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Firm mattress with memory foam topper. Next to bath.
    Downstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen firm mattress with temperpedic style mattress.
    Trundle Bedroom upstairs - 2 twin/ single , trundle bed- two singles great mattresses
    Master Upstairs - 1 queen , Ensuite bath-'Temperpedic' queen
  • Queen size Beds (5) Three upstairs- all Temperpedic-style Memory Foam. One standard nice firm mattress with memory foam topper in downstairs bedroom, one Tempurpedic style queen in the other. Twin or Single Beds (2) Trundle in one room. Baby Cribs (1) Two porta cribs are available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beach just 200 yards away-Explore for miles! Stunning Mt. Baker and Sound View, 3 Free Kayaks-recreational, sit inside, Private Mooring Buoy, Islands Sucia, Matia and Patos close by, 6 Separate Sleeping Rooms, 3 Full Baths Large Lawn for games, 2 miles to Eastsound, Outdoor fire pit, Tennis and skate park just 2 miles away, Moran St. Park just 15 minute drive


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Orcas Island 6 BR/3BA Craftsman Beach House *3 KAYAKS* *Mooring Buoy*
average rating of 4.746479 based on 83 reviews

Beautiful craftsman house, huge yard with fire pit, close to the beach and beautiful view! Thanks!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with my parents and siblings and kids and we had such a great time! Tons of room and we loved how many bedrooms there were. And the kitchen was so great, we cooked all our meals there and they had every type of pot and pan we needed. Loved the location, the beach, the view, everything! Will definitely be back again. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the new kitchen too!
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Space for multigenerational vacation

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our time, House had plenty of room for everyone and location was great.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Cozy place for the entire family.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Craftsman Beach House. The wonderful location of this house made beach and town access very easy. We were 3 generations of a family staying here--grandparents, parents, and four kids, and we were all very comfortable. The house is well stocked with the essentials, and comfortably outfitted so that we could cozy up with blankets on the cool evenings. There are plenty of pillows and towels for everyone. The kids and dog loved the huge yard, and the fire pit was a wonderful bonus on three of the five nights that we stayed. One of my favorite things while at this house was getting up before anyone else and enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the ocean on the beautiful covered porch. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a tranquil home with all the extras!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the soft blankets, peaceful neighborhood, and big beautiful windows for enjoying the views.

This house had a comfy bed for everyone and no one had to sleep on a sofa bed! My friends and I had a wonderful time cooking in the kitchen and staying up late looking at all the stars!!

We will definitely come back because this house felt like a home while we were visiting. Kati was beyond helpful to make sure we had everything we needed from ferry reservations to what was happening on the island during that week! Thank you so much!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, quaint, and perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful winter escape to this Orcas Island Cottage style house. Beautiful views of the sound and mountains, exploring the nearby beaches, enjoying the shops and restaurants in town. The house was perfect for our family of 5 with all kids getting their own room and having another friend joining and having their own room too. Certainly enough room for everyone. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, very well appointed house

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful view of the Salish Sea. Very convenient to east sound. The house is cozy and comfortable for a group, and the kitchen is better outfitted than any vacation rental I can remember.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Eastsound Airport on Mt. Baker Road
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
San Juan Islands Ferry System
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
180 Metres
Public Access 200 yards away
Car: recommended

Moran State Park, Cascade Lake, Mt. Constitution. Whale watching, excellent skateboard park, jr. sailing lessons, great farmers market.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Standard cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates may change until dates reserved.
$250-$500 damage deposit
Cleaning fee varies upon group size/# of bedrooms used-$175 to $300.
Extra persons beyond 6, 8 or 10 (depending on season) charged at $25 ea. per night, max $100 each
E-check or check preferred. cc +2.5% fee
Pet fee (dogs only) $100
Mooring buoy: $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund