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Holmes Harbor Water Front Cottage * Great Western Sunsets

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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


Private Beach House located on ONE FULLY Landscaped Acre on Holmes Harbor, Whidbey Island. Located just North of Freeland on the East Side of Holmes Harbor,

*** Enjoy FULL Western SUNSETS ***. Lots of Sun, and a few old growth Trees to provide shade on warmer days.

The deck lends itself to FUN outdoor living at it's best. From Mornings sipping coffee, or an evening sun set, watching a slowly sinking sun. A Garden Chiminea for Gentile Evening fires in the garden. S'mores Encouraged, Sticks provided. Deck Throw Blankets provided.


180 View across to Holmes Harbor Golf Course, The Holly Tree Farm, South to the Olympic Mountains, and North to the San Juan Islands Medium High Bank.. No beach access from property. Resident Eagles, Herons, Sea Otters, ocassional Seals and Sea Lions. Owls serenade evenings and mornings. Bunnies. Lots of birds, bird houses, bird baths.

Tuesday evenings in summer, a community sailing club fills the harbor with a few small boats. Ocassional kayaks, or skulls. Otherwise it's a sleepy harbor.

Gardens to enjoy seasonal herbs, greens, tomatoes, whatever the garden produces any given season. Lots of seasonal perennials, flowering vines, trees. Fruit Trees, plum, apple, cherry, fig, and hazelnut.

There is a variety of Outdoor Seating, Hammock, Chaise Lounger,, Adirondack Chairs, Various Benches. Umbrellas.


Nice open floor plan, Amazing for a home built in 1942.

Large Windows. And easy open flow pattern.

I'm honest here... the cottage well, planned, and on a larger property. But I do limit to four guests, for sereral reasons. LIving Space, and Septic System.

Living Spaces 🌷🏡☀️🏡🌷

Living and dining are in a shared water view with picture windows and a full light door. 180 View of the Harbor. Great sunny deck, 10'x15' Easy seating and Umbrella.

TV room 12'x12' , just off the living space, with a great window view out the Harbor.


WELL equipped. All major appliances,plus most smaller appliances, and "equipment". Better dish and cook ware. Cooking Staples and a variety of spices supplied. Herbs in garden, plus veggie garden in season.


Main floor bedroom has a queen bed. Loft has the second queen pillow top. *Note that the loft has a short peaked ceiling - Fine for most folks, but an issue for some. Loft is not appropriate for small children.


Bathroom has an oversized shower, with a seat. Bath vanity is 52", with drawers. .

Propane Fireplace on a thermostat. Plus Electric ConvectAir heat.

Satellite TV, AUX Speaker for your tablet, iPod, or similar, HighSpeed Wireless Internet

The cottage is a shoe free zone. Please bring house socks, or slippers in cooler months.



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, :(

Sorry, We have to decline intact males.

Currently only taking One Guest Dog per rental.

And when it's a full house, 4 Adults, an added dog may not be appropriate.

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

Read Our Reviews. We've been on VRBO for 10 Years.

See what others have to say about the home, and property,

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

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


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?

Search the Following

Double Bluff, Bayview, Langley, Ebby's Landing, Fort Casey, Deception Pass, Coupeville,

To Make Your Exploring More Enjoyable. The cottage has a small back pack for carrying water, sunscreen and other items. An insulated Picnic Basket, plus a cooler bag for your outings to the Farmers Market and such.

A kite for Fort Casey and it's open windward fields.

My Rates 🌷

I don't charge extra for Weekend Nights, nor Holidays.

I do have a standard Two night minimum all year, and three night minimum during Peak Summer and Holiday.

My standard rate is for Two People. My theory is that two

shouldn't pay for four. So, I simply add on for over two, and hold capacity at four. The cottage is an original summer vacation home. It's not huge, fits four well. And the septic is not built for more :). For those that are septic familiar, it's an expensive but necessary part. I thus strive to avoid damage and repairs.


I Attempt to tell you just about everything, anything I can to familiarize my guests with what the property and area has.

The VRBO App on my page lists eateries, activities. Lists of services, grocery stores - one mile from the hose:) and such. Places change of course, I attempt to keep up...but sometimes fail. If it's not on my list, then I find that service, or quality is lacking. There is also a folder and business cards/directions at the cottage.

There are Actually TWO Full acres here. I live on the property as well. In my own home, my own gardens and such. I designed the second home to be separate, not look directly into the existing cottage. I have gently separated the two homes, with their own fenced yards for dogs. The property is FULLY Fenced....on every the gate at the driveway is closed, it's a dog heaven. I have two dogs myself; A rescue Shepard Mix and a younger Golden (updated 1/2017), both boys. Their pics are on the photo page. Thus our pet rules for those who visit. For those of you who are not visiting with dogs, Please respect that there are resident dogs. They are friendly. Love to visit and sit with you for sunset, morning java...but somehow they do get "it" and leave those folks alone who are not dog interested.

Not every VRBO property is for everyone. That's the beauty in VacationRentalsByOwner - VRBO

I try to provide a fun different experience, with gardens, dog wash, games, garden fireplace, lots of seating, changes each season.

More Details

Julia Higgins
Member since: 2007
Speaks: german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 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.


Freeland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • See Pet Rules above Pets NOT Allowed on Furniture, Nor Bedding. Pets not left in cottage alone. No excessive barking Poop must be scooped
  • House is a Shoe Free Zone
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, 43" pan, no tub. 52" Vanity with drawers.
  • 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
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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Holmes Harbor Water Front Cottage * Great Western Sunsets
average rating of 4.976744 based on 86 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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Beautiful view, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Julia is the consummate host! Her vacation rental is welcoming, clean, and well stocked. She quickly responded to questions we had when we got there. She even recommended restaurants in town. The view is incredible too! This is a special spot on Whidbey. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Felt like home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view, nice grounds, comfy beds, very clean, with everything you need. Julia was friendly & attentive but not overly so. We saw eagles, bunnies, hummingbirds, and sea otters. The stars were amazing. Her dogs were quiet and gentle. They'd come by at least once a day so you could pet them and give them a treat (supplied by the owner). It's close to everything but worlds away. Book early, this place is awesome!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is beautiful, quiet and serene!

  • 5 of 5

We were VERY happy with our stay here! The home is secluded and quiet. The view out back is amazing- no matter where you are; the deck, the lawn chairs, the little wicker settee- it is so lovely. The home is completely furnished and we didn't lack anything.

Julia is very kind and helpful.

This was also the best location for us. We were able to do everything we wanted and see everything without driving forever to get there, yet once we arrived back at the house, everything was peaceful and perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quirky slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better spot to land on Whidbey Island. From the moment we stepped onto the property I knew that we were someplace special. Julia made sure that every detail was perfect. The cabin was clean, well appointed with everything we needed and the view from the front porch was incredible, complete with bunnies! We had plenty of towels, blankets, pillows and even bocce ball. In the morning we picked fresh greens and strawberries from the garden for our breakfast. The grounds are gorgeous and well tended with lots of unusual adornments here and there including a fabulous vintage trailer collection.

There was plenty of room for 4 of us to spread out and enjoy a beautiful weekend.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage with Everything I Needed for a Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay in this cozy cottage just outside Freeland. It looked small on the outside, but once inside, it is roomy and cheerful. The bed was very comfortable as were all the chairs. Unfortunately I had to do some work while I was there so I really appreciated the Wi-Fi which worked well. I also cooked all my dinners for 3 nights and I found the kitchen to be quite functional. There wasn't one thing missing and there were lots of extras including dog bowls and even liver dog treats. Everything was neat and tidy and spic and span clean. Julia had filled vases with fresh cut flowers from her beautiful yard.

The entire property is fenced and beautifully landscaped and of course, the view was just spectacular. I took my dog and he had a blast playing with Julia's dogs romping around the property.

I went into Freeland each morning for coffee and one day, I took my dog to Double Bluff Beach which is off-leash. We had a nice two mile walk on the beach, then went into Langley to poke around. We had a marvelous trip.

Thanks for your warm hospitality Julia. I would stay at your beautiful cottage again in a minute and highly recommend it to others.


  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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, eateries, music

BayView - for Wine Tasing, a Beer Tap zoom, Saturday Farmers Market

Greenbank - famous for Loganberry Pie,

And Historic Coupeville. Eateries, History, IceCream, and Shopping

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $200

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.

Rates Subject to change. Seasonal, and by Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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