A charming, secluded hideaway nestled near the heart of Eastsound, At Home Cottage is one of seven homes in a quiet residential community surrounded by forested open space with walking trails to the center of town. At Home Cottage is a lovely home that has been thoughtfully furnished to make your stay on Orcas a memorable experience.
Built in the Craftsman style, it has a delightful flower-filled front porch with comfortable chairs and ottomans to put your feet up on and relax. Each cottage has a private patio and ours has been fenced and filled with trees, plants and flowers along with a bistro table and chairs to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon lunch. When you’re ready to barbecue, you’ve got everything you need, along with a new Weber propane grill.
The living room has an electric fireplace for heat and ambiance and is furnished with a comfortable sofa and wing-back chairs perfect for relaxing and reading a good book or watching a movie on the large flat screen TV featuring premium channels on DirecTV. An internet enabled Blu-ray DVD player is there for watching movies from our library or your own, or streaming NetFlix movies, Pandora music and much more. There is also a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker that allows you to enjoy your music from your smartphones, computer or notepads. It’s portable, so you can move it from room to room or out to the patio or porch, just as you would at home. You’ll also find original and engaging artwork from well-known Orcas Island artists here and throughout this charming house to delight your eyes.
For the gourmet cook, the kitchen features all new stainless cookware and all the kitchen gadgets a casual or gourmet cook wants to find (along with sharp knives!). Whether you want to bake a cake, cupcakes, or a pie, or even cook up some waffles, you’ll find what you need. A full range of the most often used spices are supplied, along with a variety of other pantry items. We’ve even got some cookbooks to inspire you! If you just want to bake a pizza, there’s a pizza stone for the grill or oven, ready to use. Don’t want to cook, but want to blend a Margarita? We’ve got that covered, too.
The dining area features a long trestle table with benches that will seat six or a cozy 8 with added chairs. It’s the perfect place for assembling a puzzle, playing games or sitting down to a family meal. Linens and place mats are provided. The pantry area nearby contains everything you need to set a table for eight, and it also features a desk where you can pull up one of the stools and use your laptop or write post cards. USB hubs are here and scattered throughout the house for easy charging of all your electronics.
Upstairs you’ll find pillow top mattresses in both bedrooms, along with luxurious soft linens and lots of pillows. Like the living room, each one has a new internet-enabled flat screen TV and Blu-ray player, along with DirecTV. The Master bedroom has another Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker to listen to your music. The rooms have delightful cross ventilation to take advantage of the cool marine breezes and also feature remote-controlled ceiling fans with dimmable lights.
The bathroom is spacious and features a large combination tub and shower with a curved shower bar. A mounted lighted makeup mirror and hair dryer are provided. A washer and dryer are upstairs, along with an iron and ironing board. Laundry detergent (unscented) along with stain remover are provided, making it easy to take care of laundry needs.
Throughout the house, you’ll find top-down, bottom up blinds which allow you to enjoy the sun and sky or the night stars, while giving you privacy when you want it. Overhead lights are dimmable both up and downstairs and we’ve scattered remote controlled candles throughout to add to the ambiance. We’ve also provided lap blankets for those cool evenings on the porch, and even a backrest pillow and laptop desk for those who like to browse the internet from the comfort of their bed.
One of the delights of this quaint residential neighborhood is that it is so close to everything in Eastsound, yet it is a quiet and private place for relaxing at the end of a busy day. Shopping, restaurants and wonderful bakeries, public beaches, museum, the Village Green, Saturday Farmer's Market, library - all are only steps away from your door here in At Home Cottage. Convenient parking at your cottage door lets you come and go as you please, or simply park the car and leave it there for a change! A communal lawn is perfect for games and a delightful covered outdoor pavilion has a large picnic table and wood burning fireplace for roasting marshmallows.
Eastsound’s Waterfront Park is just a short walk and across the street from At Home Cottage. It is one of the most scenic parks on Orcas Island with breathtaking views of Indian Island and Fishing Bay. Whether you want to explore Indian Island and the tidal pools at low tide, play games on the lawn or just relax and enjoy the view, we’ve provided you with the means to do it all (do bring an old pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet, or a pair of boots to really enjoy the tidal offerings). If you’re coming for the 4th of July, you won’t have a better place to stay to enjoy the fireworks at the park!
Enjoy the fresh marine air, cool evening breezes and our sunny summer days. Evening is the time for romantic walks on the beach, having a refreshing drink on the cottage porch, enjoying a fire in the pavilion's outdoor fireplace, or simply relishing the peace and quiet after an idyllic day spent exploring our gem of an island. Whatever you choose to do, we think you’ll feel right at home in our cottage, which is just what we intended!