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Holmes Harbor Water Front Cottage * Great Western Sunsets

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 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 small sailing boats. Ocassional kayaks, or skulls. Otherwise it's a sleepy harbor. Thursday's to Monday's you'll see folks out in boats setting crab pots.

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

There is a variety of Outdoor Seating, Hammock, Chaise Lounger, Adirondack Chairs, Various Benches. Umbrellas. Seating easily moved from Sun to Shade and back, or just try and use it all during your stay. Not easy. Too many options, and it's always changing.

Yard Games for Humans, Croquette, Bocce Ball, Badminton, Frisbee, even kites for the local beaches,


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. 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.

Note, the house is a shoe free zone, Please bring slippers, or warm house socks.

Kitchen 🏠🍴🏠

WELL equipped. All major appliances, plus most smaller kitchen "gadgets". Better dish and cook ware, and lots of it. Cooking Staples and a variety of spices supplied. Herbs from our gardens, plus veggie garden in season.

Sleeping 🌝🛏🌜

Main floor bedroom has a queen pillow top 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. .

Cottage Ammenities

Heat 🔥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** Sorry no cats. We have Eagles

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.

Lastly, Dogs are not to be left in the house alone.

Currently only taking One Guest Dog per rental.

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

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.


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

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

More Details

Julia Higgins
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.

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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

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 Freeland

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:
  • 1000 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 ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets NOT Allowed on Furniture, Nor Bedding. Pets not left in cottage alone. No excessive barking Poop must be scooped
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 4.9793816 based on 97 reviews
Tucson, AZ

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: September 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as expected and hoped for.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our weekend stay at this lovely cottage. The view was amazing , the property beautiful, the cottage warm and comfortable and the host friendly and helpful. I hope to be able to return when the weather is warmer so to enjoy sitting on the deck for coffee or cocktails.

Thank you, Julia for sharing.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm and inviting and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Julia is wonderful and so quick to help make the stay extra special. We enjoyed the wood stove and cuddling on the sofas and reading and watching for wildlife and boats on the water. Wish we could stay longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for opening your little cottage up to us. We had such a great time, we even got snowed in. The cozy feel of your home was just perfect for our weekend away from the city. And the views are phenomenal!! Eagles, birds, and sea life.

Your home had everything we needed in order to cook all the meals we brought and loved the spices! You truly went above and beyond, even taking us to Orchard Kitchen, as taxis are harder to come by on the island. We highly recommend doing dinner there as well.

Thank you again for recommending the hikes, we saw a bald eagle, and were two of very few people on the trails. We had a great time on Whidbey Island, and would certainly recommend staying here!! When we decide to return, you will be our first home to check on :) :)


Jared and Jen Hobbs

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and extremely welcoming cottage and grounds

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to relax, unwind and explore the area. Everything we needed was provided and our hostess was so welcoming and charming, as were her pups. Julia made us feel right at home and it was evident that she wanted to facilitate a wonderful Thanksgiving for us. Chase loved having his buddy arrive at the door each morning to play and romp around the secure 2 acre property. He also loved the dog treats. Thanks again and we would love to come back again!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming gateway with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful location and a cozy and adorable house. It is immaculately maintained and has lots of character and artistic touch. It also has anything you need on a vacation. We greatly enjoyed our stay, Julia is wonderful and very attentive. We came for my husband's birthday and she was so helpful and gave us candles for the cake, and her home baked cookies were so delicious, my daughter had difficult time sharing them. The highlight is of course the location, it is one of the most tranquil and picturesque views that I could just stair for hours. Thank you very much Julia, we had a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Gordon's on Blueberry Hill
Wifire Fireside Coffee Bar
Double Bluff Beach
Great Sandy Beach, Dog Friendly
Prima Bistro
Great Menu, Fun Staff, Reservations a Must
Village Pizzeria
Roaming Radish -- CLOSED
Fun Imaginative Menu, Great Location, Friendly Staff, Reservations Suggested
Bubba Burger
Freeland's First Food Trailer !! Bring your Sense of Humor....These Gals are NOT Shy !...
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




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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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