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Seashell Beach House Whidbey Island Kid Friendly Private Beach

Freeland, WA, USA
  • House1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6). Pets not allowed.

Sleeping Accomodations for 6:

Two bedrooms:

2015 New King bed +1 Twin bed in 2nd floor OceanView Master Bedroom w/Deck.

2015 New Queen Bed +1 Twin bed Downstairs GardenView Bedroom

Direct Beachfront. No bank, walk a gentle slope to the ocean. Relax to the lap of the water in a quiet peaceful area. Savor colorful Western sunset views across Holmes Harbor. Spacious living, kitchen dining. Upstairs 25 foot wide master bedroom has panoramic Ocean views via large windows for a light & cheery interior. Plus a balcony overlooking the ocean.

This south & west facing beach is warm as it enjoys long hours of afternoon sunshine. Just 3 stair steps from the lawn to the warm sunny beach you'll find lots of interesting driftwood, seashells, and pretty stones to collect. A beachcomber's delight. Free seafood when you dig for delicious clams and pick mussels from our beach.

Drive your car close to the house for easy unloading in our spacious driveway.

The house is 7 minutes from Freeland & Freeland Hall, a popular wedding venue. 12 minutes to Langley from South Whidbey Island’s charming Beverly Beach neighborhood where the beaches are private and the fir trees wave at you as you walk quiet roads.

Saltwater views on all levels. The home has expansive stone countertops, tile, carpeting. Comfortable leather furniture in a spacious relaxing living room, kitchen, both decks & master bedroom provide sights of sea and shore birds, ducks & geese, sea lions, harbor seals on Holmes Harbor Sound. Eagles are common sightings with their distinctive tiny voice. Grey whale sightings are a possibility in the spring.

Enjoy a upstairs master bedroom that runs the full length of the house with an ocean view balcony and private bathroom. The other bedroom and bathroom are on the main level, along with a full well stocked kitchen and living room.

A spiral staircase from the deck leads to the lawn, seaside vegetable garden and beach where you may see bunnies, deer, squirrels, and other wildlife. Gray Whales are seasonal March/April. Crabbing in season! The saltwater in front of the house is shallow & warms in the summer for floating, swimming and snorkeling. A great place to launch your kayak or canoe. Bring your boat to launch 5 houses North via a beach access road.

Surrounding natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, biking, sightseeing, golf while a short drive to Freeland or Langley allows access to plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining options. Lots of venues with live music on the island.

Enjoy a private get-away or family vacation at this wonderful beach house!

Pick up a free Whidbey Weekly paper on Thursday to find out current activities. Find it inside Pay & Save Market & many shops.

Keywords: Whidbey Island Puget Sound

Sunny Warm Private Beachfront Rental

Colorful Western Sunsets, Beachcomber delight

Property Manager

Duncan McPhee

Member Since 2009
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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:
Apr 20, 2018
About Duncan McPhee

Originally from Michigan. Santa Barbara & Laguna Beach, Calif. for schools, then 7 colleges. MFA in Photography Since 1970, I lived in upcountry Maui with horses for 32 years, 1971 to 1979 had a retail clothing shop in Makawao often riding horseback to work. 1979 to 2004 serving clients as an active Maui Realtor. 2002-2007 I spent 6-8 months at a time traveling in underdeveloped Asian & African countries. Since 2008 my time is mostly Whistler B.C. Canada, Maui, Hi., Whidbey Island, Wa., & LaQuinta, Ca . I’m an active, nomadic, spontaneous flexible, outdoors kinda gal. Under developed countries spark my interest as they change so fast, visiting for extended time engaging with local folks in their community & country, hiking & horse trips, reading books, investigating culture, history & politics of the country I'm traveling. My enjoyments in no particular order: Hiking in the Himalayas, Kayaking, biking, camping, sailing, cooking, outdoor lifestyle, long Horseback camp trips, yummy wine, dancing, supporting local business, organic gardening, listening to NPR, CNBC attending interesting film, theatre, dance, art, music. Oh, and paperwork: I love my family & friends. I’m social, love language, delight meeting, engaging with strangers, especially young travelers. Spas & massage, film documentaries, biographies, beautifully written books no matter the subject. I delight in: amusing my self, telling the truth, travel by public transport, river/horseback and cheese. I rarely hurry yet can get ready to go in a heartbeat, love doing anything I’ve never done before. I have a penchant for funny one liners.

Duncan McPhee purchased this House in 2010

Why Duncan McPhee chose Island County

I love the beach and neighborhood, a great place to walk shady tree lined streets away from busy traffic. It is private, friendly and so close to anything you might want or enjoy. No franchises in South Whidbey so you can shop supporting small businesses. Wine tasting, wonderful farmers markets, studio art tours, great unique music at local coffee houses.

What makes this House unique

Viewing nature on a pristine beach, enjoy organic garden veggies, dig shellfish from the besach. I love to kayak, paddle board, crab, swim, boat and bicycle from my front door Free public buses into Freeland on weekdays. A huge variety of quiet forested walking trails and an even bigger selection of beaches to walk along. The ferry ride is a 12 minute ride from Mukilteo to Clinton, no reservations departs on 1/2 hour. Go upstairs in the ferry to enjoy the 360 degree views of the islands and Cascade Mountain range on the trip.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 twin/ single, 5 OceanView windows Upstairs Master+Deck+ ensuite tub/shower
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Ground floor Garden view. Separate Bathroom with a shower
      • Vaulted Ceiling, Quality linens & a variety of pillows. 25 foot wide Master upstairs bedroom has ensuite bath, walk in closet. Beautiful ocean views from 5 big windows with a walk out deck overlooking the ocean. First floor Bedroom has garden views. Both bedrooms have 1 Queen + 1 twin bed.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Large East facing window. Hair dryer & curler, guest shaver
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Entry Bathroom, Separate from the bedroom, hair dryer
      • Fluffy towels, separate electric heaters in each bathroom. First Floor bathroom at the entry also has 2 overhead heat lamps.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Enjoy the pebbly beach, watch ducks in the winter, seabirds in the summer, crab boats, tugs, an occasional new ferry gets towed by after it has been built in the boatyard which you can see at the South end of Holmes Harbor.
        • Beachfront
          No Bank waterfront, enjoy the lap of the water whooshing across the stones as the tides change. Direct beachfront, an easy stroll down the grassy lawn to the ocean to find clams, mussels, driftwood, moonsnails.
        • Downtown
          Freeland 8 minutes drive. Restaurant/bars, PO, Payless Grocery, Drugstore, library, thrift stores, churches Langley: 15 min drive. Restaurant/Bars, WICA Theater, Movie Theatre, Shops, churches
        • Ocean View
          View gorgeous sunsets,Look West, across the sound to see Whidbey Island's East Ridge. Ocean views sweep from the South to direct West and a bit North. A short walk North gives Olympic Mtn Views.
        • Oceanfront
          Summertime swimming & floating is super. Shallow here & the water can be warm hi tide. Bring your snorkel and view the crabs close up. March April Grey Whales sporadically cruise Holmes Harbor Sound when their food sources are abundant
        • Water View
          Amazing views of Holmes Harbor Sound from almost every room in the house.
        • Waterfront
          Walk a short gentle slope from the house to the Beach on Holmes Harbor Sound.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Spacious 15 x 25 foot room. Fabulous ocean views North and South, Lots of windows Open living/kitchen/dining
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Stacking, Please clean the lint filter before & after use.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      No fitness room. Yoga & Pilates DVD's, yoga mat & block, large & small exercise balls, magic circle. Look under TV Cabinet
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Electric baseboard heat in all rooms with separate thermostats for each room. Main level bathroom has ceiling heat lamps.
                    • Internet
                      Wireless throughout the house.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Hotel Quality 400-500 count
                    • Fireplace
                      Not for wood burning. This is a decorative one with candles to light for romance. Starfish on the hearth
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of parking. 2 cars in the driveway which is close to the house. 2 car or small boat parking at street level
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Incredibly spacious driveway close to the house with ease of turn around.
                    • Telephone
                      3 cordless walk around phones, one by the window seat and one in the upstairs masterbedroom. speaker phone in kitchen. Pens and paper and phone books right there.
                    • Towels Provided
                      One hand towel and 1 bath towel for each guest. Extra washcloths provided in each bathroom
                    • Washing Machine
                      Large capacity, front loader in the Entry behind the louvered doors. Detergent & stain remover provided
                    • Wireless Internet
                      High Speed Internet. The code word is posted in the dining area. by the telephone. A short Ethernet cable is also provided if you need one.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Heats up the house wonderfully and can be used as a cook top during occasional power outages. Large seasoned split wood pile in the drive way. Buy kindling at Ace Hardware or break up dry branches.


                        • Microwave
                          Panasonic Cookbooks in cabinet above the microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Drip Coffee maker, stainless French Press, coffee grinder, coffee filters & one of those Melita holders to do individual drip coffee.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Plenty of everything. Lots of sharp knives, cutting boards. Pizza, baking, turkey roaster, cake, muffin pans
                        • Dishwasher
                          Bosch Stainless Steel
                        • Kitchen
                          Under sink water filter plus a brita pitcher, blender, microwave, dishwasher, waffle iron, mixer, 4 slice toaster, rubber gloves for dishwashing and hand lotion.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Good variety of quality of kitchen tools, pots and pans, solid surface electric stove w/warmer burner. On the wall: lots of spices & herbs. A magnet holds a variety of sharp knives. Kitchen tools at your fingers
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Big selection of herbs, spices, vinegars & oils, soy. starter coffee beans and teas. Fridge has squeeze catsup, mayonaise, mustard.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Stainless steel double door. Ice maker and water not connected. Tide info on the fridge with the shellfish hotline magnet to call prior to digging
                        • Stove
                          Stainless solid surface electric glass top stove with warmer burner. Self cleaning oven. Frying pans in bottom drawer
                        • Toaster
                          4 slice Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Oak dining table, 4 chairs & 2 extra chairs in LR, High Chair & extra leaf under stairs, 3 x 6 foot Island Bar with 2 swivel bar stools. Lots of electric outlets under counter on Living room side.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Magazines & books, poetry to read
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  blueray DVD, CD, Ipod Dock, FM.
                                • Games
                                  Scrabble, cards, dice, Petanque (small bocce set in wooden case) Upstairs bedroom: Big chess set with table and comfortable chairs
                                • Music Library
                                  New 4 speaker quality sound for DVD, CD, ipod port and FM radio. A variety of DVD's & CD's to choose from. Under the TV the cabinet has yoga ball, pilates magic circle with good videos. Yoga Mat under stairs
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  1 TV with 150 chanels, blueray DVD, CD, Ipod Dock, AM/FM radio (card on TV stand has local radio chanel list.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  TV swivels so you can watch it in the kitchen or the living room.
                                • Toys
                                  Toys and childrens books for young ones.
                                • Video Library
                                  A variety of DVD's to view. yoga and pilates DVDs & exercise equipment in TV cabinet


                                    • Balcony
                                      Balcony deck off master bedroom on 2nd floor
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      2 large decks: #1 Oceanfront West-facing Sunsets & the Beach with high table & chairs #2 large front entry deck, BBQ, a picnic table, garden views. Plenty of seating and tables. #3: 2nd floor Deck off Master Bedroom
                                    • Golf
                                      Useless Bay Golf course nearby and a kooky 8 hole course is located in Clinton
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Many Fresh Herbs year round seasonal fruit and vegetable edibles. For my guests enjoyment, I plant a large oceanside garden in the spring. Some veggies continue to be available over the winter
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Beach toys for children in rubbermaid box by the ocean vegetable garden fence.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • live theater
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • churches
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • shelling
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • racquetball
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing


                                                            • Amazing ocean views from almost every window. This is the place to bring your bikes, canoes, kayaks or boat. You are on the waterfront! A boat launch road is up the street. Lounging on the long comfy window seat overlooking the sea is deliciously relaxing. You can watch your kids on the beach from the house. 2 bedrooms: Oceanview Master has new King & 1 twin. Garden View New Queen bed and 1 twin bed. Comfortable leather furniture is set around the fireplace in a spacious living room plus a wood stove for toasty evenings & electric heat in all rooms. A large upstairs bedroom has 5 windows to view the sea, it parallels the ocean with a King bed, a Twin bed and a Leather chaise. Main floor bedroom has a Queen & Twin bed: garden views. The beach is a fabulous walk at low tide. Beachcombers delight~ enjoy lots of shells, lovely stones & driftwood. A colorful variety of neighborhood boats, canoes and kayaks adorn the beach.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              40 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Cute beach front cottage

                                                              Anna M.Sequim, WA

                                                              We really enjoyed our stay at this beach front home. It is in a beautiful location and the home is very eclectic, clean, and cozy. The beds and pillows were comfortable.

                                                              The driveway is an issue. We had two vehicles and it was very difficult to maneuver them in and out of the driveway/parking area, especially given precise parking/driveway instructions. You may want to bring fire making supplies if you will be staying in the winter months. When we arrived the heat was turned off and the home was very, very cold and we were unable to make a fire due to inadequate fire making supplies.

                                                              The beach was wonderful, covered with shells, no sand-dollars unfortunately. We saw many eagles and seals, a sea otter on the beach and a little bunny in the yard. The big picture window with seating was great; we spent all of our time in front of the window enjoying the view, both during the day and at night looking at the stars. A pair of binoculars would have been great to enhance the viewing. None the less we had a great stay and would love to come back.

                                                              Beautiful view

                                                              Denise O.Bellingham

                                                              I love the view and layout of the house. It's cozy and comfortable and our family had a great time sitting in the picture window relaxing with a wonderful view of the water , walking the beach and playing games. The house is in need of some minor maintenance and upkeep but nothing that affected our stay. This is the second time we have stayed here and we thoroughly enjoyed the view, deer and other wildlife that came by. Duncan and Kathy were great to work with and accommodated our very last minute reservation request! Thank you for that!! And we will stay again!


                                                              Suzan H.

                                                              Very comfortable. Not quite as tiddy as we thought it should be. Great location!

                                                              wonderful beach house

                                                              jen r.

                                                              This is our second year renting at Seashell Beach House and we hope to come back again next summer. The convenient location close to Freeland and Langley can't be beat, and the sloping lawn with easy access to the beach is what we love best. The house is very comfortable, with a roomy and open sitting, dining and kitchen area-with great views of the water.

                                                              Relaxing Stay!

                                                              Karen M.United States

                                                              We had a nice week long stay at this lovely home which is right on the water with large windows. Responsive owners who care a lot about their property and have taken the time to write detailed instructions about how to care for their home and use items (electronics, etc.).

                                                              Quiet, lovely, well equipped, and comfortable.

                                                              AMY Z.

                                                              We enjoyed our 4 days at the Seashell Beach House. A lovely view from the back deck and the cozy window seat. The kitchen was well equipped (we especially loved the waffle iron, one of the old well-seasoned and non-teflon ones -- what I wouldn't give to find one of those!). The upstairs "master" bedroom is lovely with a glorious view and a little porch looking out to the water. The room is so large that there is also an extra twin bed, and that is where our 16-yr. old wound up sleeping instead of the 2nd bedroom downstairs. That 2nd bedroom is very crowded with a double bed and a twin bed. If you have a few young kids, that would work. But it is a bit cramped and dreary and so the one upstairs was way more appealing for our teen. Thanks for the lovely and relaxing stay.


                                                              Freeland, WA, USA

                                                              Antique, boutique and thrift store shopping, lots of walks and hiking trails in forested areas, Bike lanes too. Clams, mussels, crabs at your front door, shore fishing a short drive (Freeland Ace Hardware sells licenses). Farmers markets abound with abundant fruits, veggies, craft & art booths, Meerkirk Botanical Gardens is 12 minutes away. . Each month South Whidbey entertains with a variety of festivals, studio tours, music events, wine tastings. Visit Historic Fort Casey, Jet boat at Deception Pass. You'll enjoy supporting friendly local businesses, with only 1 franchise at this end of the island. In Langley: Clyde movie theatre is low cost with great films. Actors performing @ WICA Theatre have superb acting skills. Musical events abound in variety in coffee shops and private homes. For sport, Kayak and bike rentals or bring your own.

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              If you desire a holiday booking for different dates or less than 4 nights, give me a call at 425 344-0141. I'll do my best to arrange that for you. Sales tax + cleaning fee apply & are in addition to all rates. Maximum 6 guests for this property

                                                              40 Reviews
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