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Cozy Winter Escape, Private Hot Tub, Sauna, Library, Water View

Friday Harbor, WA, USA
  • Apartment800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Guest Suite with 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Sunny Knoll is a great location, a ten minute drive to both Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor. Escape the crowds and enter your own world, up a winding private drive through old growth forest, you pop out above it all in a tranquil twenty acres of glacially scoured meadows with spectacular views across the water to Vancouver Island.

The suite is a wing of a private home. It offers three private entrances, two bedrooms, a deck, wood fired sauna, and large library. Outdoors there is room to roam and explore with rope swings, and a hammock as well as a half court with ping pong.

If you want to feel 'away from it all' this is the place for you. The combination of privacy and extensive views is unique.

Please note the uneven terrain around the home is not appropriate for guests using wheelchairs or walkers.

Mt. Rainier is visible to the Southeast and the lights of Victoria, British Columbia twinkle in the West. The Suite's unique location provides stunning views of both sunrises and sunsets. Relax and enjoy the ambiance in your own private hot tub. Resident deer are often seen browsing in the yard.

At night the stars blanket the sky and lights of passing freighters dance along Haro Strait below. On foggy nights and mornings you can hear the distant call of the Limekiln State Park lighthouse foghorn.


Liza Michaelson

Member Since 2009
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 22, 2018
About Liza Michaelson

As a an educator and writer I travel extensively. When I am home I get the feeling of continued travel by hosting people in my guest suite. I enjoy facilitating guests vacations and helping them get the most out of their time on the island. As a long term resident of San Juan Island I have plenty of suggestions for activities! I raised my family here at Sunny Knoll, and I enjoy hosting families with children and seeing them explore and play around the mountain top.

Liza Michaelson purchased this Apartment in 1987

Why Liza Michaelson chose Friday Harbor

I grew up in Portland, Oregon and up my family would charter sailboats in the islands in the summers. I thought the San Juan Islands were paradise, and I moved here at age 24 to live my dream life. I can't imagine ever moving away from my private mountain paradise. After my children left home I opened the Guest Suite so others could enjoy this special place.

What makes this Apartment unique

Surrounded by pristine beauty and panoramic vistas, with areas to explore; or just relax with a book or in the hot tub watching the sky, trees, wildflowers, deer and birds....Sunny Knoll is a perfect spot for families as well as a romantic getaway for a couple (see specials).


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2) One of the beds is a temperpeudic mattress for people who like an extra firm surface for sleeping, Twin or Single Beds (1) The single bed is in the hot tub changing house. This is a good place for a quiet nap, or for someone who wants to sleep alone.


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
          • Bathroom has two doors; one into each bedroom.

          Location Type

            • Ocean View
              View of Haro Strait & Canada
            • Rural
              Quiet area frequented by Deer; room to roam.


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Budget
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Free Long Distance
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Parking Off Street
                          There is room for two cars to park outside the guest suite,completely off road and safe.
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Laundry facilities are in the main house and are available to my guests.
                        • Wireless Internet
                          free wifi provided
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Natural unbleached filters...organic coffee, honey and sugar provided.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Newly remodeled Full Kitchen in 2016
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Dining table indoors as well as a table on the patio.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 5 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Ping Pong Table
                                    • Television
                                      With Netflix streaming and a DVD player. No TV reception.
                                    • Toys


                                        • Bicycles
                                          We have an amazing Bike Shop in Friday Harbor that rents bikes and gives out maps.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Comfortable cushioned seating...outdoor table for meals...barbeque at hand.
                                        • Lawn / Garden


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  This is a large hot tub which seats four easily. It is outdoors and a great place to enjoy sunrises, sunsets and starry nights. Very private.
                                                • Sauna
                                                  Classic Finnish wood-fired sauna . Very private.


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

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • shelling
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • shuffleboard
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • whale watching
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • Extensive library, outdoor play area for children with swings and hammock, basketball court, tetherball, badmitten, ping pong. Wildlife viewing including deer and bald eagles. Spectacular vistas, sunrises and sunsets. Authentic Finnish indoor wood-fired sauna. Kids love the colorful mural in the 'jungle room'.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

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

                                                                      34 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Totally amazing retreat!

                                                                      Siobhan C.

                                                                      Even in the cold dreary winter, this place's beauty relaxes and soothes. Highly recommended!

                                                                      a perfect spot for decompression and relaxation

                                                                      Craig H.

                                                                      This was such a dreamy space to be in for 4 days. Our family came up for Thanksgiving and we had a tremendous time at Sunny Knoll. The hot tub and the sauna are perfect for decompressing and enjoying moments of peace. The natural light in the house was also really nice. Everything about Sunny Knoll was magnificent.

                                                                      peace up in the clouds

                                                                      Paul Y.Maryland

                                                                      We had a great time staying at Liza's rental and it was so nice to meet Lisa. I'm sorry our stay was not longer, but the time we had was enjoyable. It's very quiet and peaceful up there. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a few days of quiet and beauty.

                                                                      Beautifil and relaxing

                                                                      Jenny E.Garrison

                                                                      The guest house is artistically decorated and comfortable. The garden with its view of the ocean, hot tub and play area made the experience very special.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      It was a pleasure to have you here! Thank you for your efforts in leaving the place so clean.

                                                                      Just right!

                                                                      Karen B.

                                                                      This was SO comfortable for us! The studio is spacious, light and airy with everything we needed. The beds and bedding were comfy, the property is beautiful and relaxing and Liza is a gem - very warm and generous.

                                                                      What a magical property!

                                                                      Janet L.

                                                                      We had such an amazing experience staying here! The property is absolutely beautiful, we enjoyed eating dinner on the deck watching sunset and we even saw a few deer frolicking on the property. It is centrally located and so easy to find on my GPS. We enjoyed the hot tub, the swings, basketball, it was just so nice relaxing there! We had a lot of space inside and my two young children loved the books in the library and all of the toys as well. and Liza was so incredibly kind, such a great host, and helpful and gave me some tips for places to run locally. We definitely plan on coming back here! Why spend twice the amount of money for a small hotel room when you can stay on such an incredible property?!?

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you Janet. It was a complete delight hosting you and your sweet family. Hope to see you again.


                                                                      Friday Harbor, WA, USA

                                                                      Historic Parks, Lighthouse Tours, Moped rentals, bowling alley, Whale Museum, Art Galleries, Saturday Farmers Markets, Outdoor Shakespeare, horseback riding, sailboat charters & tall ship sunset tours

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      34 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.9/5
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