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Most Premier Whale Watching Vacation Home on San Juan Island

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths (only one has a shower)

San Juan Waterhouse

Located on the sunny west side of San Juan Island, with stunning whale watching opportunities, this private, waterfront home offers superb vacation lodging.

Built uniquely close to the shoreline, the Waterhouse is a very secluded island home whose beautiful southwestern views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan De Fuca are breathtaking in all seasons. Situated on three acres with 1400 feet of rugged, pristine coastline, the home provides much sought after 'old island' privacy. Enjoy a front row view of the resident Orca whales, which hunt migrating salmon directly offshore and often sleep in the cove.

Custom built with much attention to creative details, enjoy a beautiful stone fireplace (gas flame just recently installed) when ambiance and warmth are the inspiration. The fully equipped kitchen includes a professional Viking stove, a great invitation to the serious chef. A stainless propane BBQ on the deck makes outdoor cooking a breeze.

Multiple French doors, a vaulted ceiling and an open living space floor plan surrounded by windows provide customized comfort, and spectacular water views from all rooms.

There is plenty to do with the rocky coves and a private gravel beach to explore. Tide pooling is excellent. Bring your binoculars because bird watching is superb, with resident Harlequin ducks and the local Bald Eagle 'Rocky'. Watch fox, otter, and deer close by, or pack your favorite beverages, a great book and relax on a sandy haven directly in front of the house. Two well furnished decks with outdoor seating, a picnic table and Adirondack chairs also beckon. Small beach fires are allowed if a fire ban is not enforced on the island. Best of all is whale watching as this stretch of shoreline has been identified by a Whale Museum biologist as a feeding area for Orcas. Watch whales pass by from the deck as their family groups come within a few yards of shore, hunting salmon.

Keywords: Spectacular Waterfront, Beautiful custom Home, private, whale watching,

More Details

Owner
Suzanne
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

Amenities

Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • Master bathroom has claw foot tub and a separate shower. Second bathroom has claw foot tub only
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) upstairs, off of kitchen with visual privacy but no door. nice room for kids, carpeted, small tv/vcr.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
gorgeous 1400 foot shoreline on Straits of Juan de Fuca, spectacular whale watching, sandy fire pit area, unique privacy, lawn to shoreline, sunny deck

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Most Premier Whale Watching Vacation Home on San Juan Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Kingston, WA
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the few days we spent here. The weather turned out to be beautiful, and we saw so many sites from the house itself, let alone the time we spent exploring the island. A fox came right up to the glass door and looked inside to see who we were, and two eagles circled the deck. One landed and posed for photos before calling to its friend and flying away. The house is spacious and homey, and I was able to conduct two classes online without a problem while there. I have a bad ankle and was in a walking cast, and I was able to get to the house without too much problem and even explored the rocks a bit.

We so want to return!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Deborah. I was especially glad to hear that your online classes went without a problem. Great information. You were wonderful guests and we are happy to have you back.
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5

Spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best weekend with our family in this beautiful home. The views are just breathtaking... the photos don't do it justice! Our kids had so much fun exploring the grounds, making s'mores and watching the wildlife. We saw whales, sea lions, eagles and a sea otter greeted us on the deck one morning! Even when windy and raining, we had a great time playing games and cards while watching the huge waves. The house is warm and inviting and the owner was fantastic to work with. We miss it already and will definitely be back! Thank you again, Suzanne, for such a lovely experience!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful and relaxing vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in many vacation rentals in Washington and Oregon over the past 19 years (everything from rustic cabins to elegant large houses) and the Waterhouse is one of my favorite places ever! It really feels like a well cared for home. This house truly fits in with the surrounding environment, with its low profile, shingles and sod roof. While there are a few other houses around, once you are there it feels quite private and it was built so that you can see the water no matter where you are in the house. As I'd hoped, the window benches are wonderful places to relax and watch the ever-changing sea and sky, even when the wildlife is quiet! The boys had fun exploring the rocks, logs and tide pools just outside the house, and even in April we had a warm day when we could sit in the chairs on the deck and soak in the sun! The kitchen is well stocked and the living room is cozy. The beds and furniture were really comfortable and all slept well! Suzanne made sure we understood how to work things and was very helpful. We did see birds, eagles, hawks, and deer, the fox stopped by a few times and an otter popped up on the grass for a few moments one evening. We knew we'd be too early for orcas this time, but hope to come back sometime when they're more likely to be around. All the San Juan Island activities were within a short drive and American Camp is just down the road with history, hikes, rocky coastline, pebble beaches and more wildlife. As we left I was trying to figure out when we could come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Blissful vacation house by the water

  • 5 of 5

We spent a relaxing weekend over spring break in this lovely home. The view is wonderful, and the sound of the water lapping at the rocks is unforgettable. Our kids played on the pebble beach and enjoyed seeing otters, seals, and eagles. The owner (Suzanne) was helpful and accessible, and everything felt easy!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing place, amazing view

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our two kids for a long weekend during mid-winter break in February. Suzanne was extremely responsive in the lead-up and warmly welcomed us once we arrived. The house is simply spectacular in every way. Just feet from the shoreline, you are greeted with unbelievable views. The house is well laid out with separation between bedrooms, along with a main living area where everyone could hang out. The kitchen was well stocked and left us with nothing wanting. While we always enjoy going around the island, we felt perfectly happy spending many hours around the house reading, playing games, or gazing out the windows. The property is private and a nice size, giving the kids lots of room to play and explore. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to return- perfect vacation weekend.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as 2 adult couples for a much too short weekend in February. This is the perfect vacation home for a vacation getaway. Once you arrive there is no reason to leave. I could sit in the bay windows and look out at the wildlife all day long. It has a well appointed kitchen, lots of good books and some games to play. It is not far from town, and the more athletic members of our groups enjoyed biking and running from the house around the island.

The house is beautiful and the owners were a breeze to communicate with. I can imagine sitting on the deck in the summertime and watching for Orcas. It has a beautiful sunset view.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Exploring Eagle Cove and Beautiful American Camp, miles of trails to hike nearby. Friday Harbor is a 12 minute drive, English Camp is a 20 minute drive and Roche Harbor 30 minutes.

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Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Shoulder
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
$350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,400
 
 
Shoulder
Sep 25 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$290
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Reset Fee $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.57%

Winter and Shoulder rates are set for 1-4 occupants. There is a $40/night extra fee for a 5th occupant.
Summer rates are set for 1-5 occupants with no additional charge for a 5th occupant.

Thanksgiving holiday is a five night minimum, Christmas holiday is a one week minimum.

Winter and Shoulder season requires payment upon confirmation of booking. During Summer months, downpayment of 50% is required at confirmation of booking with remaining 50% due 30 days prior to check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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