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Relaxing Skagit Bay Beach House with Sunrise, Sunset, Island & Mountain Views

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedrooms With Views, 2 Baths. Sleeps 10. Open Plan Kitchen

This home is a beloved getaway on the water at the end of a private lane on Skagit Bay with access to a lovely cove beach. Casual and comfortable with a Pacific Northwest feel, it's decorated with Pendleton blankets and regional art. The well equipped kitchen includes a cuisinart, kitchenaid mixer, cast iron and caphelon pots and pans.

The house sleeps 10 in four bedrooms, each with water and island views. The downstairs master bedroom has two queen beds and is handicapped accessible. Upstairs bedrooms are furnished with one queen bed, one double bed and one twin trundle bed. Upstairs bathroom has a shower. The downstairs bath has a tub with shower and a washer and dryer.

The open plan living space includes a large extendable dining table that can seat 10 for meals with family and friends and comfortable chairs and sofas for daytime and evening lounging. Bookcases are filled with a wide range of reading choices, from field guides and cookbooks to classics of fiction and non-fiction as well as boxes of games and puzzles for family fun.

A partly covered south facing deck provides a grand view of Martha's Bay, the North Fork of the Skagit River, the Swinomish Channel and its myriad boat traffic, and the many islands of Skagit Bay. The deck offers excellent bird watching as the tides shift, with great blue herons moving onto their feeding grounds as the water recedes, and then replaced by ducks, geese, and gulls when it returns. Eagles often fish out over the bay, and before and after fishing perch in fir trees next to our house. Seals follow schools of fish as they return on incoming tides, as do families of river otters. Dot Island, just offshore, is the home and nesting site for oyster catchers, whose sharp cries can often be heard from the house. The deck has tables and chairs and a gas grill for outdoor cooking and dining. A large steel artisan made firepit in the west side yard can be used for evening fires and roasts.

Excellent bay and estuary kayaking are a short carry and a few steps down to the adjoining cove. There is a boat launch under the Rainbow bridge which is about 5 minutes away. Certain areas get very shallow at low tide so knowing the waters is a good idea. There is plenty of parking for a vehicle with a trailored boat. There is water in the cove from mid-tide and above, so tide tables must be consulted when planning trips! The cove is also an excellent place for children to explore and play under adult supervision.

The point adjacent to the cove provides a unique and commanding 270 degree view, east up the Swinomish Channel to Hole in the Wall and the entrance to La Conner, beyond to the channels of the North Fork of the Skagit, south past Goat Island to Camano Island, west to Whidby Island, and north past the Dead Man Islands and Hope Island towards the hidden passage of Deception Pass. Tides and water levels change dramatically twice a day affording ever changing views.

The home is equipped with internet/wifi, cable TV, a DVD player and a CD player/radio.

More Details

Owner
Martin Duffy
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Martin Duffy

I have been spending time in the Skagit Valley since the early 1970's and have always loved it.

Martin Duffy purchased this house in 2007

Why Martin Duffy chose Northwest & Islands

We have spent time in the Skagit all our adult lives, returning summers as children have been born and grown, and now with grandchildren. We started in a one room cabin above Fishtown, graduated to an A-frame, and then to our present home. Why? The cycle of the seasons, the plowing, the planting, the harvesting, each field a painting, a sculpture on its own; the arrival of snow geese and swans; the eagles, cormorants, great blue herons; the pattern of wind waves on water; the mud. The charm of the small town of LaConner, the unbeatable seasonal fresh local food and flavors at Snow Goose Produce, our favorite place to shop. Dinner at Nell Thorn's, one of the Northwest's premier restaurants, local and regional art shows, the Museum of Northwest Art.

What makes this house unique

The water. The ever changing tides. The birds. The view. The fresh food. Proximity to hiking in the North Cascades or exploring the San Juan Islands.

Amenities

La Conner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on main flooor; includes clothes washer and dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , on second floor; includes sink, toilet, shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , east bedroom second floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , northwest bedroom second floor trundle bed w/ 2nd pull out
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , large master bedroom main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , west bedroom second floor
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 beds sleeps 10. Large downstairs bedroom has water views to the west, two queen beds, closet, dresser, and space for chairs, table, and play area for kids. One upstairs bedroom has water and mountain views to the east with a double bed; one has water and mountain views to the west with a queen bed; one has a water view to the west with two trundle beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Come check out the Tulip and farm festivals. There are boat shows and car shows. The Museum of Northwest Art has a great auction. There are a few bike and road races that happen in the area. There is a large motorcycle gathering. Fishing and crabbing are great in season. The birdwatching and beach combing are amazing. There are lots of art galleries and restaurants to check out. There is also some good live music and theatre. Theatre came be seen in Anacortes and Conway. Edison/Bow, Mt. Vernon and Anacortes as well as LaConner are good places to check out.

Reviews

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Relaxing Skagit Bay Beach House with Sunrise, Sunset, Island & Mountain Views
average rating of 4.5 based on 34 reviews
5

Serenity for nature lovers

  • 5 of 5

I chose this house because of the location by the water. And we were not disappointed. It is spectacular. Always some animals to watch from the deck or the yard. Each bedroom has views, and the main room is just open on all sides.

The house is old and simple, but we had all the space we needed. We were 10 adults and never felt that we were on the top of each other. All is provided, you just need your toothbrush. The dishwasher is the trickiest part, but we did not care :-)

Martin is very helpful. He called me two days prior to our arrival to explain everything.

I will come again, for longer time.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Catherine and her family were very easy to accommodate and took exceptional care of the house. We would gladly welcome them back again anytime.
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Seattle, WA
4

Large, comfortable beach house

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our four nights at this beach house and used it as a base during our son's wedding in Mount Vernon. Being busy with activities didn't stop us from sitting on the large deck and spying eagles, dozens of other birds and watching the tides. We'd definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, homey, cottage feel! Perfect for my family style of R&R vacations. Plenty to do in the area, but really enjoyed the scenery, the eagles that played in front of us daily. Supplies were solid,, beds were comfortable,...perfect for our few days here. Looking forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Had a wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I stayed here during the Tulip Festival. It was big enough for all of us to have our own beds. This is not a sparkling clean, completely updated house. So if that's what you expect, don't go there. It's an older home with tons of character. Artwork is so original, furniture comfortable, and the view! Wow. We saw all kinds of wildlife - coyote, heron, tons of shore birds. And, as we left, a bald eagle flew by right in front of us.

My sisters and I loved this house. We may come every year, the Tulip Festival being one of the best of our trips together.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Cranky but fun

  • 4 of 5

First of all, this was an ideal location for our guy's get-away (preceded by one night with just me and my wife). This is our 3rd house for our annual weekend, and everyone agrees it was the best. The living area is vast, with windows all around looking out at the weather and water, a perfect eating/game playing table, great gas fireplace, comfortable beds and lots of them, bathrooms are clean and functional, etc. There is an intentionally retro feel about the place which is very nice and so much more sensible than other overly modern vacation rentals we have been in.

The only down side to this is that the owners seem to have almost intentionally kept the place sketchy and marginal with touches like exposed fluorescent lighting, a very strange dish washer, the remains of a rusted out old BBQ on the deck (next to a usable one), a pile of rusting lawn chairs in the lawn, and a depressing view from the driveway that makes your heart sink when you pull in. While there were lots of extra food supplies in the kitchen, the utensils and overall usability of the kitchen had some issues.

But the important fact is that the place is very entertaining, comfortable for the most part, and the view and location can't be beat. There was really very little that compromised our enjoyment of our 3 nights there. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I will have to say that I take exception to the characterization as sketchy and marginal. A previous guest broke one of the hand blown glass shades for the pair of lights with compact flourescent bulbs in them so they were taken down to be replaced. Also 4 of the 6 lawn chairs around the firepit are aluminum so they won't rust. They do sometimes get blown over in heavy winds. We have regular landscape maintenance done in the front and the back of the house so it will look attractive. The dishwasher is a portable which may not be common but I am not sure that qualifies it as strange. The kitchen although not posh does seem to be very functional. It is something at the end of this season that we will likely renovate. The old bbq has been removed. I am glad that overall though you seemed to have highly enjoyed your stay.
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Washington
5

Relaxing and peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very relaxing and peaceful with beautiful views. Perfect place for a girls relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and we would be happy to have you back again anytime. Thank you. Martin Duffy
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
SeaTac
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
La Conner Tavern
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Anacortes
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Off Highway 20 towards Anacortes
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Mt. Vernon
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 20
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
La Conner
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mt. Baker
Nearest Beach
Steps away

There is a golf course near by. Deception Pass that is very close. There is a kayak rental place in LaConner called LaConner Kayaks.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.