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Holmes Harbor Water Front Cottage * Great Western Sunsets

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4,

The Property

Private Beach House located on ONE FULLY Landscaped Acre on Holmes Harbor, Whidbey Island.

Located on the east side of Holmes Harbor - Best Part *** Enjoy FULL Western SUNSETS

180 View across Harbor to golf course and Holly Tree Farm, South to the Olympic Mountains, and North to the San Juan Islands Medium high bank. No beach access from property.

Gardens to enjoy seasonal herbs, greens, tomatoes,whatever the garden produces any given season.

Beaches, Hikes and Parks

However Double Bluff - one of Washingtons ONLY Dog Friendly beaches is <5 minute drive parking to parking. Plus numerous 15 beaches, hikes, & parks, range from 1 to 17 miles away.

The House

Beach House has a well appointed Living Room, Dining area, and TV Room. OPEN Floor plan.

180 View from picture size windows.

Propane Fireplace on a thermostat. Plus Electric ConvectAir heat.

Satellite TV, Stereo - I-Pod compatible, Wireless Internet

Main Floor Bedroom with Queen Pillow-top Bed, Plus loft with Queen Pillow-top. Loft is not appropriate for small children.

WELL equipped kitchen and laundry room. Thirsty Towels, Nice Bedding. Better dish and cook ware. Cooking Staples supplied.

The deck lends itself to FUN outdoor living at it's best. From Mornings sipping coffee, to lunches on the lawn, or an evening sun set, watching a slowly sinking sun.

Enjoy outdoor living on the grounds.

140' of waterfront, fully landscaped.

Planted with specimen trees, plants and shrubs.

Wysteria, Honeysuckle and Clematis vines.

Herb garden to supplement your meals or spice your tea. **Garden Greens in season; Lettuce, Arugula, Radishes, & Swiss Chard. Raspberries and Apples when ripe.

You'll find no end to places to sit and relax. From a Ski Lift Chair Swing, Hammocks, Chaise Loungers, Benches, chairs, Umbrella's Outdoor Dining Set. Many outdoor benches throughout the property. Sit in the sun sun or shade. Listen to music, or the birds. Hummingbird feeders and gold finches are among the many who reside along side bunnies, owls, and the Eagles live only two doors down, soaring the skies above, or fishing off the bank. Herons, Sea

lions, sea otters among the harbor visitors.

Yard Games: Lawn Darts, Bocce Ball, Croquet & Badminton. Soccer balls, and more.... Always changing.....

Gas BBQ. Garden Umbrellas, Deck Blankets for cool evenings.


Entrance to the property is gated for privacy. Otherwise is fully fenced. Plus a smaller side yard for your 'Fido'. Pet Friendly - Complete with indoor and outdoor dog toys. Outdoor dog wash with hot & cold water (in season).

**Simple Dog Rules**

No Dogs on Furniture nor Bedding.

Poop must be scooped.

MUST BE friendly with other dogs, as neighbors have dogs across fences, as does owner.

Barking for play is OK :) Barking for sake of barking, :(

Lastly *Sorry but dogs are not to be left in the cottage alone.

See what others have to say about the home.... Read our guest reviews.

Keywords: Beach House, Cottage, Water Front, Gardens, Large property 1acre+,

More Details

Julia Higgins
Member since: 2007
Speaks: german
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Julia Higgins

HI, This property was my home for several years. When I bought the place it was uninhabitable. The house was in shambles. The grounds were over grown in places, or had otherwise never been used. Over the past 15 years, I with the help of 'friends' (most of whom still answer the phone when I call :) ) have made the property a unique slice on Holmes Harbor. Built originally in the 1940's - I have tried to maintain the unique character of the 'cabin' and have the grounds compliment it's size.

I have combined native plant growth with fun areas for playing, relaxing and working - though I don't expect you to partake of the later. I strive to always have something blooming in the gardens - no matter the season.

Julia Higgins purchased this house in 2001

Why Julia Higgins chose Whidbey Island

From the moment I drove in the driveway - after cutting back fist sized black berry to fit in the driveway....I knew the potential this property had. Great Eastern placement. Cooler, yet sunny in the mornings.... WHAT's more the afternoons and Evening SUNSETS will take your breath away....or give your heart a renewed sense of Peace.

The house had a good layout, open and easy - she just needed some, well, a lot of TLC. With new everything from flooring, walls, insulation, appliances all the meaty stuff.... she's a gem.

Added Benefits we're within 15 minutes to the ferry, and close to all that's 'happening' on Island.

What makes this house unique

Great Location. QUIET Property. SUNSETS, Fun House whether you are 3, 30, 60, or 90 years old. Read my reviews. You'll find that some 3 NOW 4yr old's think the loft is the 'bomb' and the swing is fun. Most others are in the 30 - 60+ year range. AND my 90 year old guests like the ease of getting around, enjoying the deck.

The house is well appointed. NOT your typical rental furnishings. Fun Art, added appointments. I try to keep things fresh, and make changes each year.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

Holmes Harbor Water Front Cottage * Great Western Sunsets
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 76 reviews

Absolutely Charming

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our week at the Holmes Harbor cabin. We found it immaculate, comfortable and cozy with many artistic touches. The owner was accommodating and provided excellent communications before, during and after our stay. The cabin's location on nearly 2 acres features stunning views of the water and sunsets, plus a peaceful, private setting that's hard to replicate on Whidbey Island. We enjoyed fishing, beachcombing, Farmer's Markets, fresh salmon,halibut and crabcakes; homemade pies; and postcard scenery everywhere we went. I don't think you can beat the price/value and amenities of this very charming cabin.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful Christmas holiday at this cozy, charming cabin with a spectacular water view. The place was well-equipped, comfortable and decorated for the holidays. Julia was easy to communicate with and did everything to make our visit enjoyable. We brought our dog and she and the well-mannered resident dogs played well together. This was a splurge for us but we hope to return and highly recommend this vacation rental to others.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't have been more enjoyable!

  • 5 of 5

This was just the place we needed for rest and relaxation on Whidbey Island. Julia was the penultimate "Chamber of Commerce" for the area offering not only a lovely location and peaceful accommodation but also providing great ideas of things to do whether we went North or South on the island. We so enjoyed our stay here and visits with our hostess and her puppies!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the charming cottage. Julia and her "boys" were such wonderful hosts! Our days always started out with coffee on the porch overlooking the bay ,and ended with food and wine on the porch watching the ever changing sunsets. We had fun daily outings on Whidbey, but the highlight was always coming "home" cooking up a gourmet meal and relaxing and soaking up the views. Whidbey is a magical place and Julia and her property definitely "dazzles"!!

Karen and Rod

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond all of our expectations

  • 5 of 5

If you like charm, this is the place for you. The cottage was spotless, and so many little extras - the basket of blankets and pillows by the door for chilly mornings on the deck, sooooo pet friendly (dog wash station, treats, room to run), fresh flowers in almost every room - I could go on and on. Julia is the consummate host - very attentive to what you need, lots of "local knowledge" and recommendations, and a great sense of humor to boot. The cottage is perfectly situated - spectacular view, quiet, easy distance to all the shopping/dining you need, as well as golf courses and other activities. And so much going on on the island - you would never run out of things to do. We felt right at home from the moment we arrived, and we were definitely not ready to leave. We will be recommending this place to all our friends and can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage on Holmes Harbor

  • 5 of 5

The cottage on Holmes Harbor is wonderful! We enjoyed the home and property so much with beautiful sweeping views of Homes harbor. The location was great and the cottage was more than comfortable with great touches everywhere we turned. Julia was great in offering us access to the property and her wonderful vegetable gardens. We enjoyed the hospitality and comfort of the cottage and grounds so much! Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several Options
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Holmes Harbor Gold Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several OPTIONS 1 to 1.5 miles away
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
TOO MANY TO LIST Nearest 3 minutes
Car: necessary

Visit nearby eclectic Langley - with art art, shopping. Greenbank famous for Loganberry Pie, And Historic Coupeville. Numerous Native and Specialty Nurseries. Farmers Markets, Festivals, Art Tours, Restaurants abound from family to fancy.

Local Activities

Walk or Bike to Freeland. Kayak from a variety of Put-Ins, MapMyRide for Bicycle Routes, Hiking Trails, Fort Casey Historical Site & Light House, Deception Pass


Rates & Availability

Freeland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Winter 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.7%

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $200 for Humans $300 for Humans with Pets
Cottage Sleeps 4 Max * On Two Queen Pillow Top Beds.
Dogs are not allowed on furniture nor bedding. Pet Fee $30

Cancellation SUMMER is 45 days prior, otherwise 30 day cancellation applies.
Rates Subject to change. Seasonal and by year. Guaranteed once payment is made

First Dog Stays Free, Second Dog $50 Fee.
Dogs MUST BE FRIENDLY with humans and other canines. See more dog info on our property description
Dog rules must be followed, or result in loss of damage deposit.
Cottage is full at 2 Humans and Two Dogs.

Rates Subject to change. Seasonal, and by Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Freeland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large oversized shower, no tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) **NEW** Queen Pillowtop in Bedroom Plus a Queen pillow top in loft area, Lower ceiling in loft area Cottage Allows for Maximum 4 Guests Loft is not appropriate for small children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Located on one Fully landscaped acre. 140' of waterfront - 180 view of Holmes Harbor - Olympics to the Cascades - Western Sunsets. Lots of seating; chairs, chaise lounger, benches. Fruit & Shade Trees *NEW Leafy Greens garden, Supplement your meals with not only countless herbs, but NOW GREENS while in Season Fresh Herbs, Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Apples, and who knows what comes each summer - No Guarantees, but there's always something.

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