About the property
- Chateau / Country House4000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 5 nights
5 Bedroom Plus Loft And Hide-A-Beds (Sleeps 10 adults + Kids), 4 full Bathrooms.
Located in the Back Bay of Eagle Harbor. 1 mile from the ferry, 3/4 mile (walkable) from shops, restaurants, bakery, groceries. Includes use of kyaks, canoes (lifejackets provided).
Large, wood burning firepit for evening gatherings. Marshmallows and chocolate provided! Gourmet kitchen to cook wonderful meals.
Beautiful gardens, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, granite countertops. WIFI, 3 Large flat screen TVs, wood-burning fireplace, outdoor firepit.
Every amenity to make your family vacation fun, relaxing and enjoyable.
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- within two days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 01, 2018
About Alice Tawresey
We have lived on The Island for 40 years. We've been in local politics, owned businesses here, worked for local churches. We raised our family here and love what The Island has to offer. We designed and built the house in 1995, remodeled the kitchen in 2010. Everything is in beautiful condition.
Alice Tawresey purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1995
Why Alice Tawresey chose Bainbridge Island
Great home for family holiday or vacation. Convenient, beautiful, luxurious, relaxing. Large enough for a family with grandkids, etc. Dogs will be considered after discussion with the owner.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Although it is salt water, the setting is like a Maine lake. Very green and quiet. Tide goes way out frequently revealing incredible wildlife. All kinds of recreation possible: Boating and other water sports. Pool, ping pong, Foosball, badminton, outdoor firepit, other.
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Nice place, secluded.
We had a nice week in the large house. The house is beautiful furnished with everything you need to enjoy your stay. Would probably not go with 6 couples again, more fit for 5 comfortably. The area is beautiful with plenty to do.
Absolutely fabulous house and owner
The house is absolutely great. At the end of the day, it is a peaceful haven to come home to. Lots to see and do and alice was very helpful with info. Wonderful vacation
PERFECT family get-away
This holiday was one of our best ever.
Kitchen well-equipped; house spotless, bed linens and towels clean and crisp and views spectacular.
We were within a short walk to town when we wanted to go, but enjoying all the house had to offer was just as perfect.
Cooking in the large sunny kitchen, kayaking, hot tub, perfect sun exposure, evening fire pit all made our time very enjoyable. No one was bored - plenty of activities for all. Hiking nearby, great food and shopping.
Alice was a super host, and we felt like the house was a home during our visit. Can't wait to return.
These were great renters! I hope they rent next year----they'll get a 10% discount!
The property was ideal for our needs. We had extended family together and the home was spacious.
This house and location are wonderful. The landscaping was beautiful and the hot tub was thoroughly enjoyed. The house was well equipped and large enough to avoid being on top of each other. Bainbridge Island is charming and it was great to be able to spend the days in Seattle and come back to the island in the evenings. The ferry is very easy to use and very convenient. We had a wonderful vacation and Alice is very accommodating.
School reunion group
Excellent. The "finder" of your property was "universally" applauded. Beautiful home, lovely setting, close to the city, amenities, adventures. Now 60 yrs + reunion group gets together every 2 years even after 35 years. 6-7 couples (some occasionally without the spouse), we like adventures (not too extreme), cooking in a group, and hanging on the patio talking and laughing about our legendary (and sometimes imaginary, I suppose) adventures, now and in the past. Great to have the canoes and kayaks for pleasant paddling in Eagle Harbor. The visitors come from NH, Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho, SF, DC, and SW Washington state. The lawn perfect for "ladder golf," bocce, croquet. The gardens lovely. The biking a bit arduous-this island is not flat-but doable, even for "older (but not old) geezers." The game room (Ping-Pong, pool, foosball) was nice.
Suggestions (not criticisms) previously communicated to the owner post visit:
We like to cook together - you were lacking a 12 skillet. Get an 8,10,12 inch non-stick skillet set.
In same vein, your knives were OK, but certainly could have use a sharpening (or simply buy a recommended sharper and keep it there).
The clam shells on the driveway and patio left by the gulls "cracking" clams lent a quaint and "seaside" touch, but probably should have been swept off before our arrival - it was cute, but bare feet and broken clam shell do not go together. Leave the push broom you lent us out and available or just blower it out prior to guest arrival. Very minor.
And finally, but also minor (and mentioned in my email to the owner), the bedrooms and bathrooms were lovely. But the commodes (toilets) are dated and while the flushing serviceable (although we had to plunge one of the guest bathroom toilets), it was slow (but successful). I would recommend "Comfort Height" (ADA height) toilets in the bath downstairs, the master and one guest bath. Maybe leave one regular height in one of the guests. Upgrade to the elongated models from the "round front." Flushing technology (yes, I am in the plumbing wholesale business) has improved greatly over the last 10-15 years and I think you can do better, even on less water. I want to emphasize this was very, very minor and probably only I gave this much thought.
A family celebration to cherish and remember!
Wow, where to start! When we began looking for homes in the area for our anniversary celebration and hosting our family of 12--ranging in age from 4 to70--we just kept thinking that this might be the ideal location. In fact, we wondered if could possibly be as nice as it seemed. . . Well, this home is even more lovely in person than as pictured. The ambiance, the light, the wonderful art work, a baby grand piano, and the various areas inside and out for gathering were all amazing. Having a dining room table and dishes to allow all 12 of us to gather for meals, and even fresh berries to pick from the garden--the whole week is embedded in our memory as the highlight of our 50th anniversary! It was hard to drive away...
Of course there was a lot to do in the area-- whale watching, ferry rides to Seattle, hiking in the nearby forest park, walking to town, kayaking in the bay, sitting around the outdoor fire, and enjoying the view from the hot tub. The children also loved the game room, and several slept there!
And finally, a big"thank you" to Alice for her warm welcome. She was most gracious when we asked to drop off belongings earlier than planned, and allowed us to include a beloved family pet for the week. We are so happy to have discovered this delightful home, and would love to return!
Free parking near ferry dock. Walk on the ferry for a day in Seattle. Or, drive on to go to the mountains or nearby cities. Drive to the Olympic mountains (no ferry) or to the Pacific Coast.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
More than 8 guests? We will charge an additional $25/stay/guest (children over the age of 5 will be considered additional guests) to cover laundry and wear and tear