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Diamond Hill House: Live, for a Time, on an Island.

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View Obstruction Island, pond, and landscapes from the wide deck.

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Last updated: 08/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Hello!

Diamond Hill House offers the potential for an experience that will refresh your sense of well-being. We know this can be true because many who have visited have told us that they have been immeasurably enriched by being in this place. It is a home and an island haven that has proven to welcome all who spend time.

Privacy
The 5-acre property is gently crisscrossed with paths through the Salal, native Douglas and Grand Fir, Cedar, and Ocean Spray. The view leads to sunrise vistas toward Obstruction Island, across Eastsound inlet. Several picnic settings are situated within the acreage. BBQ? Ready in minutes, the propane grill is on the deck facing the pond, perfectly suited to prepare seared steaks, fish or to pop open fresh oysters purchased at the Farmers’ Market in Eastsound. Badminton or croquet played on what we affectionately call our “lawn spot” can be set up at a moment’s notice. You’ll see, in the photo gallery, that we’ve contrived a bit of a golfing challenge in the midst of it all with a single green in the center of the lawn spot with chip shots that challenge even the most experienced. This activity is known for its success in making serious golfers laugh heartily and non-golfers believe in themselves.

Ease of Access
And yet there is ready access to the ferry landing (7 minutes away) for coming and going or for an inter-island day trip; Orcas Village for Friday night tunes and dinner; culinary options in Eastsound, Deer Harbor and West Sound; Farmers' Market at the Village Green, and ease of access to a fine selection of locally owned and operated restaurants.

Activities
Moran State Park and Turtleback Mountain entice hikers and offer magnificent views. Orcas Athletics offers a complete weight training and pool facility in Eastsound; Rosario Resort and Spa is upscale; the Golf Course (a real 9-hole one, not our creation) is reasonably priced and open to the public. Morning slow walks are always a possibility; bicycles and kayaks can be rented. The swimming beach at Cascade Lake is very family friendly with picnic areas, dinghy or paddleboat rentals, and playground structures. Just down the road is Lake Killibrew - filled with very smart bass. :)

Sailing and whale watching
We can give you recommendations for whale watching, sail and salt-water fishing charters offered by island operators.

House and Grounds
Diamond Hill House is two-stories with living room, kitchen, free standing wood stove, master bedroom, bath, and laundry on the first floor; two bedrooms, full bath and loft library/game area on the second floor. A wrap around deck on the east and southeast face the summer sunrise and afternoon warmth. Nestled in the center of the wooded five-acres, the house, shop, orchard, and gardens share a clearing that includes a wetland, pond, and walking paths. A number of picnic and quiet sitting benches will quickly be discovered on your walk-abouts.

We are happy to answer any question you might have about the island and Diamond Hill House. Just let us know! Our shop-loft dwelling is not too far away, giving us the opportunity to assure you optimum comfort and courtesies during your stay. At this time we are offering our home to guests during the warmer seasons: spring, summer and early fall.

Victoria and Bruce

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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/28/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 for individual(s) financially responsible for rental....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Our two boys, now 29 and 30 and living off island, loved growing up here, spending lots of time outdoors. Have their oak high-chair if needed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Steps to the deck for both entries....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    antique writing desk and dresser, rocking chair...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    botanical prints, antique curly maple bedroom set...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    unusual tri-mirror dresser, sailboat photos, rocking chair...moreless

  • Each of the three has clear, natural light and warm colors. Coordinated linens and carefully chosen antiques. Ever so quiet....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • A full bathroom downstairs and the second full bathroom upstairs. Fresh and simple. Hairdryers, basic toiletries, fat towels....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Would you like us to provision the kitchen for your arrival meal? Just let us know. If you arrive after 9PM the grocery store by the ferry landing is closed. We'd be glad to help in this way! Sample menus for breakfast and/or dinner are available....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A take and put fiction and nonfiction as well as a (stays at the house) reference library of gardening and local history....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Big screen for DVD's. Orcas Village Store near the ferry landing offers DVD's for rent, also....moreless

  • Game Room:

    The loft library invites you to engage in parlor games or perhaps a quiet tuck-away for reading and journaling....moreless

  • Games:

    New and oldies, both. Board, puzzles and card games and some for young ones, too.....moreless

  • Music Library:

    An eclectic collection: classical, jazz, country, and world music CD's. My piano music collection is right next to the big black upright. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Modest CD player and speakers with a CD library of varied genres. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Television/entertainment area is smarter than we are....moreless

  • Toys:

    Croquet, putter and an adjustible club, badminton, bocci ball, frizbee, and wiffleball are ready to be tried out. ...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Nestled in 5 wooded acres with a framed view of Eastsound Bay and Obstruction Island, the privacy is serene....moreless

  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Antique oak table and chairs; crystal chandelier. Cozy for 2-4 or, with leaves, easily expand to 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric wall heaters quickly warm up this efficient home....moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi connection for your laptop and i-things....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Tall ceilings and many windows. Big screen viewing and surround sound system for evening movies....moreless

  • Parking:

    Adjacent to the house; room for several cars if needed....moreless

  • Telephone:

    The island has sketchy cell phone service. Most work fine at the house; some don't. FYI :) Land line available if needed....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Cozy on any night. Kindling and wood provided....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee bean grinder, french press, and drip options for fresh brew. A teapot, too!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Set an elegant or casual table with crystal white Italian china, selection of glassware and linens. Revere-ware pots and pans, Corning ware casseroles, china tea cups and pot, and trays....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Easy for several to cook at the same time. Open and well equipped. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee and grinder, tea and pot, sugar and flour, spices, and the critical ingredients: garlic and olive oil....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Rent-able from several shops in Eastsound....moreless

  • Boat:

    Both charter sail and fishing boat listings are included in your welcome packet....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Decks wrap around the house on the sun sides. Several picnic table settings are situated near the pond and outlook. Lawn chairs are...out on the lawn. :)...moreless

  • Golf:

    We've created a single green course with pond and forest tees. More formally, Orcas Golf Course is near Eastsound and the public is welcome....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Several kayak rental option listings will be in your welcome packet. Paddleboats and canoes available at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Native salal surrounds lawn areas in front of Diamond Hill House, around border gardens, the pond and orchard. Walk paths through the natural understory to see wildflowers, lichens and ferns....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    On the deck and ready within minutes with a view to the pond, the propane grill is handy. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Public court in Eastsound....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Cascade Lake offers options: paddleboats, canoe, and fishing skiffs to rent....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
Jun 2 - Sep 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$285
$1,900
Fall 2016
Oct 1 - Nov 1, 2016
2 night min stay
$260
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$265

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 10.1%

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Eastsound Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Orcas Hotel, Orcas Landing
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Orcas Landing
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Orcas Golf Course
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Orcas Hotel or West Sound Deli
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Crescent Beach, Eastsound

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: Recently retired, I enjoy being busy during the summer with gardening and keeping Diamond Hill House beautiful and ready for guests. Bruce manages the property and is the sailer in the family. Our two adult sons live in the Seattle area so we get to see them quite a bit!

Why the Owner Chose Eastsound, WA, USA:
Privacy with a view, nested in mature Douglas Fir and Cedar forest with Salal undergrowth. Lots of light and windows in our home keep you connected to your surroundings. Feeling of openness.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Diamond Hill House is located in an area of Orcas Island of 5-acre+ ownerships. While providing quiet privacy we are within easy reach of the ferry landing, Eastsound, and a great bass fishing lake: Lake Killibrew. Moran State Park is a 25 minute drive and Turtleback Mountain hikes about 15 minutes. Lawn areas in front of the house allow for a game of croquet and badminton; a single green golf course challenges all comers with woods and pond shots; sunrise/set bench for coffee or champagne; walking paths within the grounds; and the stars appear within arms length. Travel to other islands, Victoria, Canada, and the mainland are simple to plan.


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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/28/2016

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Photos

  • View Obstruction Island,  pond, and landscapes from the wide deck.

    View Obstruction Island, pond, and landscapes from the wide deck.

  • Light-filled and ready for visiting with family and friends.

    Light-filled and ready for visiting with family and friends.

  • Tall wood-stove stack stretches up to second floor clear story windows.

    Tall wood-stove stack stretches up to second floor clear story windows.

  • Restful master bedroom is invites sleeping in and the occasional nap, even!

    Restful master bedroom is invites sleeping in and the occasional nap, even!

  • The loft library beckons adjacent to two bedrooms and full bath.

    The loft library beckons adjacent to two bedrooms and full bath.

  • Sense of gardens with botanical prints. Queen bed.

    Sense of gardens with botanical prints. Queen bed.

  • Full bath adjacent to upstairs bedrooms and the library.

    Full bath adjacent to upstairs bedrooms and the library.

  • Stargazer lilies are mid-August blooms. Very fragrant addition to the deck pots.

    Stargazer lilies are mid-August blooms. Very fragrant addition to the deck pots.

  • Foxglove and catmint welcome.

    Foxglove and catmint welcome.

  • We put the hummingbird feeder up in early spring. Often a scout alerts us.

    We put the hummingbird feeder up in early spring. Often a scout alerts us.

  • Summertime badminton can get very serious!

    Summertime badminton can get very serious!

  • Paths through the woods are ready to explore.

    Paths through the woods are ready to explore.

  • Pond iris blooms remind us of yellow butterflies.

    Pond iris blooms remind us of yellow butterflies.

  • Designed to encourage cooking & dining  - fully stocked with china and glassware

    Designed to encourage cooking & dining - fully stocked with china and glassware

  • Piano stays tuned and ready and now topped with large screen center.

    Piano stays tuned and ready and now topped with large screen center.

  • Master bath. Simple, fresh.

    Master bath. Simple, fresh.

  • The library is full of good reads, puzzles, and games. WiFi at the ready.

    The library is full of good reads, puzzles, and games. WiFi at the ready.

  • Morning sunshine.

    Morning sunshine.

  • Cozy warm with touches of red, the twin beds offer options.

    Cozy warm with touches of red, the twin beds offer options.

  • Seasonal color and annuals are favorites.

    Seasonal color and annuals are favorites.

  • We call it the ribbon garden: a slim shape beside the pond.

    We call it the ribbon garden: a slim shape beside the pond.

  •  A flag close-up reveals the name: Diamond Hill Golf Club. We chuckle about that!

    A flag close-up reveals the name: Diamond Hill Golf Club. We chuckle about that!

  • Sedums love full sun. So far the deer haven't chosen these blossoms for snacks.

    Sedums love full sun. So far the deer haven't chosen these blossoms for snacks.

  • Sometimes a rainbow comes to visit.

    Sometimes a rainbow comes to visit.

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