Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, Sleeps 4 adults + 2 small kids
Meg and Bob Connor
- english, french
About Meg and Bob Connor
We have lived full time on Orcas Island since 1975, raising three sons, who are now married with children who love to visit their grand-parents. We have been happily married for 52 years! We moved up here with a down payment and no jobs and over the years have done many things. We have worked, farmed, been in construction, operated heavy equipment, coached Little League for all three sons, participated in countless community activities, volunteered at the school, run two successful gift and clothing shops, designed and built several buildings including the amazing Gnome House, and remodeled our other vacation rental waterfront home, Maggie's Manor, using the outstanding design drawings of our eldest son, now an Architect. We are involved in cutting edge restoration of marine habitat and just completed a 9 weir salmon ladder and planted over 1500 plants and trees over our estuarine and riparian areas. If you have a Facebook page, visit the Deer Harbor Stewardship Project page to see some of what we have been doing. We hope you will 'Like' it. We have extensive backgrounds in skiing, sailing, cycling and mountaineering. We enjoy adventures and vacations with our children and grand-children.
Meg and Bob Connor purchased this Chalet in 1986
Why Meg and Bob Connor chose Deer Harbor
We designed and built the Gnome House as a tribute to our Scandinavian heritage, and as a tribute to the place we first met in Kitzbuhel, Austria. It began as a family guesthouse and now for the past 25 years has been an extremely popular vacation rental, perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, honeymoons, and special occasions galore. It is located on our 140 acre estate, near our home, and also near our other wonderful vacation rental 4 bedroom waterfront home, called Maggie's Manor. We wanted to share our Orcas Island lifestyles with visitors from all over the world. We have on-going environmental restoration activities on our 3 streams, several ponds, magnificent 20 acre estuary, and 20 acre wildfowl marsh, as well as beautiful, productive farm and forest land. It is considered the most significant environmentally diverse San Juan Islands' property by local, state and federal environmental agencies. The beauty and tranquility of Nature inspires everyone who visits. Orcas Island is the most popular place in Washington to get married, and is the dream vacation spot for people all over the world, and we get to live here! And when visitors leave and we say 'goodbye', we always because we are happy to see them go, but rather because we are so happy that we don't have to leave this paradise!
What makes this Chalet unique
In addition to the extraordinary beauty and serenity of Nature,so inspiring to us all, the incredible good weather in Deer Harbor is one of the main reasons for living here. Deer Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island is located in the 'Rain Shadow' area of the Great Pacific Northwest enjoying only 23 inches of rain and over 260 sunny days annually. This means that we can enjoy the great outdoors all year long, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, etc. There have been documented over 80 species of birds frequenting the extremely vibrant freshwater marsh. There are a variety of environmental programs in progress. We work with scientists, students, and Native Americans on our restoration efforts. Our property is the site of the first white European settler on Orcas Island, Louis Cayou, who married into the Samish Nation in the mid-1800s. We are working with the Samish descendants of Cayou in our restoration efforts, and hope to have their annual Canoe Journey with about 60 canoes stop here in the future. Should your dates not be available in this chalet, please see our other wonderful vacation rental homes: " Grandma and Grandpa’s Getaway for 2 adults + one child, Maggie’s Manor for up to 8 people, and in the off seasons, Maggie’s Getaway for up to 4 guests.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Very special place
We had a wonderful stay, the owners are welcoming and the house is truly amazing. On the 3rd day we were there, we were still noticing little details.....a sun carved on the inside of a cabinet door, a ruby piece of glass embedded in a newel post on the stairs. We really believe gnomes had something to do with building that house!
Gnome house is unique and lovely. It isn't perfect, but has everything your need with charm & grace.
You get pets that will walk with you and a lovely outdoor space with a hot tub. It was a wonderful stay.
Believe in bad reviews and don't do our mistake and not basic need for rental
My family spent a few days at this cabin in December 2018 and although we were very excited about this trip, but we were very disappointed with our experience:
The cabin was extremely dirty: there was dust on many surfaces including were the chinaware was in the kitchen, dead bugs everywhere including the kitchen sink, spider webs everywhere, dirty floors and rugs, extremely old and dirty sheets, hair on sheets and pillows, mold on lace shower curtain, dirty plastic shower curtain, and more. With two little ones, it was extremely hard to manage and we had to spend some time cleaning the cabin when we arrived.
The hot tub did not work, it kept leaking water and was not usable.
The BBQ was falling apart and barely usable.
The trash bins were full.
Shower knob was broken and did not work.
The water was only warm for a few minutes, making taking a shower very difficult.
We also didn't have a good experience communicating with the owners. Prior to our stay they responded very quickly but after we had this experience, they did not respond promptly and brought up excuses for everything that went wrong and threw the ball in our court, trying to say we did things wrong: saying we broke the knob while it was already broken when we first wanted to use the shower, saying that we left the cabin dirty while it was already dirty and there was even no vacuum cleaner provided (they expected us to sweep the floors before leaving), saying we didn't dispose our trash while the cans outside were full and we had to live with our trash bags inside a small cabin for 3 days, saying we couldn't use the hot tub because it was raining while we couldn't use it because it leaked water, saying we didn't check out on-time while we actually had paid for that night and just decided to leave early due to the inconvenience, complaining about our dog shedding, and so on. The messages about diaper bags and dog shedding was insulting to us as a family with kids and a pet and we really hope they owners had a more kid-friendly and pet-friendly approach, which we assumed they do due to the descriptions and photos of the family on the cabin's page.
it did not meet these basic needs and made our stay more and more unpleasant as new things kept coming up, to them point we had to leave one day earlier than what we had planned.They offered a refund while we were there to avoid the review and when we followed up later, many times, they denied.
I suppose after successfully renting vacation houses to hundreds of extremely pleased guests for over 20 years, we were overdue to have a group that was such a misfit. We should have been alerted to this right away when their negative comments began within 30 minutes of arriving. We have been using a professional cleaner for 15 years or so, so when these guests complained about dust, I immediately told them I would come right over to see what the issue was. They told me not to come over, they had already cleaned it up, so we were unable to verify their issue. It was pouring rain almost the entire time they were staying, so the 4 adults, 2 babies, and one huge shaggy German Shepherd dog (not allowed in the first place re: our house rules) were crowded inside for days. We offered to let them use our larger vacation rental house but they chose not to.
Damage was done to the house and decorations during their stay. The house was left in a most deplorable dirty condition, requiring 1 1/2 hours of extra cleaning and preparation on top of our usual 3 hour cleaning we ALWAYS do between guests. The shower knob was broken by them; the hot tub water was "topped off" every morning, so except for not choosing to use it in the pouring rain, it was ready for them every day. We are always extremely attentive to our guests, and have been for over 20 years. Guests comment positively on this attention all the time!
This group was an unfortunate misfit. Luckily our hundreds of past guests have been supremely happy, enchanted, and written glowing notes in our many guest books, and wonderful reviews other listing sites. We have many, many guests who return time and time again, so we know we are doing the right thing! We are always very attentive to our guests, and have always been very, very responsive to our guests. We love helping people enjoy their time on Orcas Island, and in our vacation rentals, and will continue to do so because we are certain about our care of and for our myriad of guests!
Gnome house was magical!
The gnome house is just as magical as it says in the description. This place was cozy and clearly made with love. It had a great (pre-heated) hot-tub, it was clean, and had all of the essential cooking utensils. I would highly recommend a stay at the Gnome House. Plus, Meg was extremely welcoming and helpful before the journey out to Orcas.
This place is absolutely adorable. It's like Snow White's cottage in the forest. Loved everything about it!
The Gnome House was like something out of a storybook, only better. Gorgeous woodwork everywhere, so cozy and exquisite. The hot tub under the stars is a wonderful way to end the day, which we spent exploring the island, and the Connors' property. The kitchen and BBQ were just what we needed, well equipped, and the wonderful bay window alcove dining area was great.
We will definitely be back to the Gnome House!
Whale-watching/marine wildlife tours leave from Deer Harbor daily. The San Juan Islands are world famous Orca whale habitat. A beautiful waterfront park, 2 marinas, famous Turtleback Mountain San Juan County 1500 acre park. Boat rentals, charter sailing, charter fishing, kayak tours. You can visit other San Juan Islands by day trip ferry rides. Visit our website or google 'Orcas Island' for more information and photos about numerous parks and features to explore.