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Most Premier Whale Watching Vacation Home on San Juan Island

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

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,

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Most Premier Whale Watching Vacation Home on San Juan Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Marvelous, quiet, unique retreat with a million-dollar view

  • 5 of 5

My wife and son (5 yo) chose the Waterhouse to have a warm, family-focused New Year holiday and we couldn't have found a better spot. There is a gorgeous, breathtaking view from every room. Although we enjoyed watching the east coast new years party on TV with our son, we also loved watching a few fireworks displays across the water (Victoria/Port Angeles) when midnight hit Friday Harbor. The house had everything we needed: a gourmet kitchen, (we made all of our meals at the house during our stay); very warm, comfortable beds; a wonderful living room with my favorite feature: a couple of window sill/day bed hybrids on which my wife and I lounged, read books, and enjoyed watching the abundance of wildlife; and a very kind and attentive property owner. With some extremely cold, blustery weather in the forecast during our stay, Suzanne was very pro-active, making sure that we were safe, comfortable, and that everything was in working order. We're definitely keeping this property on our "favorites" list and look forward to a return visit in the not-too-distant future.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a view!

  • 5 of 5

This was our familyThanksgiving get together. Imagine cooking Thanksgiving dinner on a huge Viking range, with a gas fire in the fireplace when a pod of orcas swims by. Add a few Black Tailed deer, a couple of playful otters, a Bald Eagle or two, waves crashing on the rocks, the snow capped Olympics. The house was so warm and inviting, we really didn't want to leave.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Location

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Waterhouse for a week in November - and had a great time! The house is located very close to the water and is positioned to provide maximum privacy to its guests. Additionally, the house truly was designed to capitalize on the the view. It was great to just sit in front of a fire and relax while watching the wildlife (seals, bald eagles….and tons of deer) pass by just a few feet away. The owners were easy to deal with and the house was clean. We look forward to staying at the Waterhouse again in the not too distant future!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indescribably beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The most serene setting you could ever imagine. The house is great and wonderfully comfortable and provides many panoramic views to enjoy, but unless its blowing a gale outside, why not spend every moment in the incredible grounds? I couldn't imagine a more serene place to stay on the island. I'd recommend buying your groceries before you arrive, because you won't want to leave. I could not give a higher rating. No way you'll be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 4 fantastic late October nights at the Waterhouse. We loved the privacy, views, as well as the the abundance of wildlife. We saw a fox that strolled right up to on the deck, bald eagles on the rocks at water's edge, and plenty of deer wandering through the yard. It was a little late in the year for lots of whale activity although we saw quite a few humbacks, orcas, porpoises, and dolphins on a whale watching tour later in the week. The house itself is extremely comfortable no matter the weather and the kitchen is well equipped. There is a gorgeous view from every window and it's hard to beat relaxing on one of the window seats while taking in the scenery. We especially loved late afternoons and evenings by the cove side fire pit! We hope to be back again soon!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We LOVED it!

  • 5 of 5

The five of us (ages 2 to 68) were in absolute heaven.

On day two of a visit a huge Orca whale almost joined us for coffee on the rocks directly behind the house. It was incredible. Five of the seven days we stayed here the Orcas (and a humpback) cruised back and forth behind the house making it really hard to care about going anywhere else or do anything but watch them.

When the Orcas did give us a break we walked up the driveway picking blackberries for a pie, visited nearby beaches (where a fox decided to crash our picnic), and went for runs on the trails....all of which was wonderful...but the best was getting back to our San Juan Island "home."

The house, the yard, and rocks behind the house were are favorite spots. Complete privacy with the perfect view.

I'm keeping this review short as others have said it all so well - but, I did want to say ....after seeing the island and other spots to stay .....we could not have been happier with our choice to stay here and were sad to leave,


Caveat : obviously, depending on the time of year you go and luck....I can't promise you Orcas watching like we experienced

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Sep 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 25 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

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.

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 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
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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
gorgeous 1400 foot shoreline on Straits of Juan de Fuca, spectacular whale watching, sandy fire pit area, unique privacy, lawn to shoreline, sunny deck

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