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GREAT VALUE for Reunions and Retreats!

Bedrooms 9
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

9 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 28 (sleeps up to 36 w/ Cottage & Plus)

What our guests are saying about us:

- “House was great. SO MUCH SPACE. Loved the openness.”

- “By far, the nicest and most convenient place we've ever held our retreats!”

- “Lovely light, open spaces. I appreciated having a separate Cottage space.”

Spacious & elegant, this multi-level home offers 9 bedrooms. Views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains complete your experience!

Remarkably spacious and easy-to-find, The Quintessa, is less than 35 miles from the Seattle Space Needle and 5 miles away from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry.

Need more room? Ask us about:

- The Cottage ~ 1 bdrm 1 bath with separate shower and jetted tub sleeps 5

- The Seaside PLUS ~ studio with 1 bath sleeps 4

- Fernside, our neighbor’s place ~ 2 bedroom 2 baths sleeps 6

The Quintessa is perfect for memorable family reunions, garden weddings, retreats, or special gatherings of any occasion.

Set on the Southern part of the Island, The Quintessa is located within minutes to many attractions including a nine-hole golf course, a variety of beaches, and an abundance of local artists’ studios. Take a drive to nearby Langley, The Village by the Sea, featuring a vintage movie house, live music and theater, eclectic boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, bookstores, and fabulous food!

EMAIL US so that we may provide you with our FULL WEBSITE filled with videos, more photos, a list of fun activities, detailed rate information, as well as floor plans and individual room accommodations!

Garden Wedding, Memorable Family Reunion, Company Off-Site, Retreat & Getaway on Whidbey Island

More Details

The Quintessa
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, cantonese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Quintessa

30 years ago, Tessa painted a watercolor scene from a dream. There were water lilies, deer, a church, a cruise ship with snow-capped mountains along with sailboats, a dense forest, and a bi-plane all set amongst a 4-story home with a quaint cottage on the side.

Remarkably, Tessa & Carrie discovered such a home 7 years ago on Whidbey Island.

The Quintessa has been the choice for family reunions, company off-sites, and intimate garden weddings with accommodations for 36 guests under one roof.

Celebrations include a 50th Wedding Anniversary, and a couple who made plans on the day they married to return the island 10 years later to celebrate.

Finding local treasures to please guests is half the fun of this business. Chef Vincent Nattress with his amazing culinary skills at The Orchard Kitchen adds to the delight of The Quintessa's guests. Famed cake-maker extraordinaire turned bagel maker, John Auburn, at Whidbey Island Bagel Factory, continues to impress.

The Quintessa has provided lodging for the 3-day Ragnar Relay starting from the Canadian border down to Whidbey Island - 190 miles of stunning Washington scenery. This year's group is from Brook's Sports, designer & maker of high-performance running shoes. Tech companies have held department off-sites incorporating friendly competitions. And then there is Pie Camp by famous pie maker, Kate McDermott and the Art of the Pie.

When families select The Quintessa for their reunion, it always brings back fond, heartfelt memories of Carrie’s family reunions held every year no matter where in the world the children and grandkids were living.

Tessa & Carrie actively promote Whidbey Island by enthusiastically sharing its beauty and the goodness of its multifaceted community. This is why Tessa & Carrie provide their guests with so many Whidbey options including dining recommendations and fun-filled events which can be found on their website at

The Quintessa purchased this estate in 2005

Why The Quintessa chose Clinton

Whidbey Island abounds with animal life which adds to its beauty and excitement! Eagles are plentiful as well as deer and rabbits who frolic on the grounds.

What makes this estate unique

Large heron and ducks often visit The Quintessa's pond. The trail on the property crosses a year-round stream that is part of the salmon spawning cycle. The Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom is just down the street where guests can learn all about this process while on a picturesque walk. Both whales and Orcas can be seen during Ferry rides, while cruise ships, cargo ships, and even surfacing submarines can be seen from the home passing through the Sound. Our neighboring town, Langley by the Sea, is just a few miles away and offers many activities including shops, artists and dining. Be sure to try your hand at glass blowing or rent a moped while you're down at Langley!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carrie is a consummate hostess, we arrived to a sparkling place, which exceeded our expectations and to friendly hand painted signs welcoming us by name. As it was a birthday party for a teenager we'd booked her place for, it lent perfectly to the party atmosphere. We loved the Quintessa and will hope to make it an annual thing. Carrie is super sweet too, we highly recommend her and the Quintessa!
Jan 2016
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Clinton Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • For an on-site Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, or Farewell Brunch: CONTACT US FIRST as there are event fees and restrictions to discuss before booking.
  • Sorry - NO proms or teen parties
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 1st Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 3rd Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , 3rd Floor
  • Spacious baths with ultra plush towels await you!
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Veranda suite master - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Veranda kids bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleeps 6 or more
    Main House guest - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Main House master - 1 king , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 2 - 2 queen , sleeps 4
    Main House bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 4 - 2 queen , sleeps 4
    Main House guest 2 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
    Main House bedroom 5 - 1 queen , sleeps 2
  • Heart Defibrillator ~ Sleep soundly and restfully on our full range of available beds in this 9 bedroom estate. Our fully appointed 1 bedroom Cottage with jetted tub and separate shower can be rented independently as well as our new Studio. Sleeps 2 to 32! Accommodations can be customized for your personal needs. Twins, Queens, and Kings. Some private suites with private baths.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 34 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Quintessa is perfect for family reunions, intimate weddings, and corporate retreats! Enjoy treasured time together cooking, playing, bonding, and reconnecting with friends and family.


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average rating of 4.9038463 based on 185 reviews

Incredible stay at The Quintessa!

  • 5 of 5

Working with Carrie was incredible, for our stay at the Quintessa a few weeks ago. She was very flexible when last minute things came up and she was extremely accommodating for our family who stayed the weekend. The property and home itself is beautiful and spacious. It felt like it was made for us. We were able to host a rehearsal dinner at the Quintessa and there was more than enough room for everyone who attended. I would highly recommend the Quintessa to anyone staying on Whidbey Island for one night or for several days. Carrie made the entire weekend feel so easy and seamless. I hope we can stay there again some day.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Awesome house and great communication!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Quintessa for a birthday getaway for my wife and 20 of our friends - more than enough room for everyone. We hosted a birthday dinner at the house and it was perfect - two kitchens in the main house (including the LARGE main kitchen), all of the prep pans/utensils and dishes/glassware/silverware that you would need. And Carrie and Tessa were very helpful and responsive from booking through end of our stay. Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Quintessa is a great place for a retreat!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great ladies retreat from our church at The Quintessa. The house is very specious. Beautiful scenery from the windows throughout the house. Trail in the backyard is awesome.

Great place for retreats, family reunions, or any other accession.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Great location and setting for our annual gathering - spacious, clean and accommodating!

  • 5 of 5

The owners of The Quintessa made our stay wonderful. Communication was timely and smooth from the initial viewing of the property through our check out. We had a group of 13, so most people had their own bed and only a few had to share bathrooms. The bathrooms are very spacious so sharing is not a problem. The beds are comfortable, plenty of blankets and linens provided. The kitchen and dining areas are large and can accommodate a variety of seating arrangements, both inside and outside on the lovely deck. The main meeting areas are very spacious and provided a cozy setting with a gas fireplace glowing on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the grand back lawn provided a perfect setting for a competitive game of bocce ball. As a community, we all enjoyed the variety of spaces available for small group gatherings. Thanks again to the owners for their availability and cooperation with our various requests and needs.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location for a wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our women's choir held our annual retreat here after our previous location booked up extra early in the year. Every attendee had wonderful things to are just a few of their comments:

"House was great. SO MUCH SPACE. Loved the openness. It is a great space for those who want to socialize as well as have some alone time. It's also super convenient with the multiple fridges."

"I had a great time with my choir gals. Beautiful location and spacious house."

"The large living room and kitchen on the main floor allowed all of us (22) to hang out together without feeling crowded."

"Lovely light, open spaces. I appreciated having a separate space (the cottage) so that I could decompress before/after rehearsals. It also meant I could prepare in quietness;-)"

"By far, the nicest and most convenient place we've ever held our retreats!"

Thanks to Carrie and Tessa for being so accommodating! We can't wait to be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freiburg, Germany

Successful family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Having searched extensively for a house that could easily accommodate a group of 22 in real beds and with enough space that we would not be tripping over each other, we were extremely pleased to stumble on the Quintessa. Realizing it was on an island and that we would have to plan for additional driving time between Seatac airport and the house in order to account for possible ferry delays, we booked both the main house and the Cottage. As others have written, the home and gardens are clean, well-maintained and well-equipped. And if any problems or requests surface before or after arrival, Carrie and Tessa are responsive, generous with their time and resources, and take care of situations immediately.

Having the multi-level house plus the Cottage meant our 90-year old family member could be on the ground floor (Level 2) with a bathroom right outside her door so she didn’t have to climb any stairs. It also allowed the young family with the 14-month old to have their own realm in the Cottage so they didn’t have to worry about disturbing anyone at 5:30 AM when the baby woke up. When considering the distribution of family members, we did have to be conscious though of the fact that 1 of the 2 bathrooms that served the 11 people on Level 3 was within the master suite. Therefore, people had to go through the master suite to use it.

A highlight of our August visit were the blackberries that grow near the trash can area as well as along the road across from the house. We went out many times to pick them fresh for breakfast as well as once to bake a pie and once a cake (for which Carrie and Tessa so kindly lent us the 2 eggs we didn’t have). Note: there is a deep ditch right in front of the vines at the beginning of the area along the street, but not further down the road.

At the house, the toys for young children and board as well as lawn games (stored in the lower level closet next to the laundry room) were a hit with various family members. And activities farther afield that were not mentioned on the Whidbey Island activity website that we enjoyed immensely were a private clam digging excursion to Double Bluff Beach with June Davis of Sound Water Stewards and a visit at the house from the Island Mexican Taco food truck (from Freeland) for dinner. Carrie and Tessa can provide contact information for those activities.

Looking back on our week, all 22 of us could unequivocally say that the Quintessa helped make our reunion a great success.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Prima Bistro
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Clinton / Mulkiteo
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Island Greens
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Everett Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 525 and Cultus Bay Road
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Langley Cafe
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mount Baker
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: recommended

The Quintessa has a year-round stream, pond, trails, pastoral and distant marine views. A 9-hole golf course is located on same road, as well as many local artists and organic farmers. Just a few minutes to several beaches!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable Deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.7%

WEEKLONG STAY SPECIAL: stay for 7 nights and receive a discount of $500! Applies during both Peak Season and Off Season!

PEAK SEASON ~ 3 night min stay (June 1 - Sept 15) $1600 per night for up to 28 guests in the Main House (add the Cottage for 32 guests in total)

OFF-SEASON ~ 1 night min stay (Sept 16 - May 31 ~ some holidays excluded) $1600 for 1st night, $1200 for 2nd night (25% off) and $800 for 3rd night and all nights after that (50% off)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.