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Family, Pet And Horse-friendly Farm, Minutes From Whale Watching, Beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Barn Loft Apartment W/ Full Kitchen & Bath, Sleeps 6, Private Deck

This loft apartment has everything you need: An open floor plan with full kitchen and bath, separate bedroom, roomy den, and its own entrance for total privacy. Finished pine wood floors, cathedral ceilings and skylights abound in this apartment that has a private master bedroom with a queen-size bed, a lovely den with two full-size pull-out couches and a ladder accessible loft area with full size air-bed.. The kitchen is European style and has a full-size refrigerator and stove with oven, and the bathroom, completely renovated in 2016, includes a full-size shower. There's a large wood deck where you can relax and watch wildlife, or check to see what our horses are doing.

Matt Claussen
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About Matt Claussen

Matt is a retired park ranger and Amy is a journalist and writer who decided to combine their love of horses and the ocean by living on beautiful San Juan Island.

Matt Claussen purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Matt Claussen chose San Juan Island

We searched for years to find just the right place where we could be near the breath-taking beauty of the ocean and the majesty of whales and also keep our beloved horses at home. Our farm has a perfect central location, and we are ten minutes away in either direction from the best that San Juan Island has to offer, including whale watching, beachcombing, kayaking, great restaurants and fun shops.

What makes this apartment unique

Our farm is a favorite of tourists, who often pull over on the road out front to take a photo! We especially love the red metal roofs that top every building--hence the name we gave it. While we are in the 'rain shadow' and therefore protected from getting the rain that Seattle is famous for, if it does have a brief shower here you will enjoy the rhythm of the rain on the roof. And minutes later, when the sun is back out, you can walk out onto the deck and spot a deer stepping out of the woods that are only steps from your door.


Friday Harbor Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom, which was completely renovated in 2016, has a full-size stall shower and plenty of room to store anything you need.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
  • The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, an armoir and a dresser. There's a skylight and a quaint nook for reading or making a toddler bed.
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
This peaceful retreat is in the middle of everything San Juan Island has to offer--whale watching, kayaking, bike touring, sight seeing, hiking, shopping, dining, fishing. It's perfect for couples wanting a romantic weekend, groups of friends or a family looking for the time of their lives.


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Family, Pet And Horse-friendly Farm, Minutes From Whale Watching, Beaches
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews

A true delight

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place and terrific hosts. Our kids loved the farm; gathering eggs, watching the was great. Such a gorgeous island with plenty to do for the family!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Don't hesitate to stay here! The property and the property owners are wonderful. We stayed with our two children and both Matt and Amy were so welcoming with the children - introducing them to the animals and engaging them to learn about the horses.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and central on SJI. Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two nights in July 2017. We arrived with our electric bikes on the Glacier Spirit from Port Townsend and made our way to Red Roof Acres by way of American Camp/Cattle Pass. Amy met us, and the rooms were spotless. Lyme Kiln Park is three miles away, so every night we rode down to have picnic dinners there. Also nearby is the Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Friday Harbor is only six miles away, so if you don't want to cook in the small but well set up kitchen, restaurants are close. It's a lovely and comfortable place. Thank you Amy and Matt!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Great place and friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

I 100% recommend this vacation rental - great place to stay, excellent location, relaxing and friendly.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Private, Quiet, and Clean

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay at Red Roof Acres! The upstairs apartment is spacious, clean, and although the wood floors and other wood accents give it a beautifully rustic feel, it has all the modern amenities. I'm always curious about the bed when I read reviews (always trying to avoid back pain!), and I can tell you I slept like a log (a comfortable log for 4 nights!), waking rested and refreshed every day. The pictures are certainly accurate, but really don't do the place's truly beautiful, serene and worth every penny.....and I live on a beautiful farm at home!

I've stayed in many VRBO's and have been fortunate to have had lovely experiences, but Matt and Amy are certainly a calibre above the norm. They were both kind, helpful, informative, and very inviting. I felt welcome - even when they happened to see me in town one day, before I had spotted them, they stopped me to say hello and chat, and see how my day was going. That being said, while at the house, the space is so well situated, that I could have as private and quiet of an experience as I wanted, or knock on their door if I needed.

I travelled with my two dogs and found the island(s) to be VERY dog friendly. Friday and Roche Harbors offered (tasty!) eateries and most stores that dogs could enter - the other islands were similar. If you are a dog guardian and traveling with your four-legged companions, this place is awesome! And I should note that I have pretty strict cleanliness requirements for my dogs (flea free, regular baths, NO dog odors, NO accidents - I love dogs but don't like to live in "dog"), so my expectations for a clean house are very high, and this house met my expectations (and more) with flying colors.

I have been to 3 of the 4 islands serviced by the WA State Ferries and think San Juan is by far the most picturesque. The rolling green hills and open landscape offer panoramic views, whether driving or hiking, often with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, including The Olympics and Mt. Baker. Most of the hikes I took were through historical landmarks, that gave such a sense of going back in time - because structures and landscape have been preserved for over a century!

If you were a friend headed to Washington, I would strongly suggest a visit to The San Juans and a stay at Red Roof Acres! You won't be disappointed....and I'd want to hear all about your trip when you got back! :)

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely gorgeous! Cozy and very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend! We were overwhelmed by the beauty of this property when we arrived-- it looked like it was from out of a picture book. The loft was so cozy and comfortable, and the hosts are absolutely lovely. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Nearest Airport
5.4 Miles
Friday Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Herb's Tavern, Friday Harbor, WA
Nearest Ferry
5.9 Miles
Friday Harbor Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.4 Miles
San Juan Golf & Country Club, Friday Harbor
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Amtrak in Mount Vernon, WA
Nearest Motorway
28.6 Miles
Highway 20, Anacortes, WA
Nearest Restaurant
5.9 Miles
Back Door Kitchen, Friday Harbor, WA
Nearest Ski
83.6 Miles
Mount Baker Ski Area, Glacier, WA
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lime Kiln State Park
Car: necessary

Private and peaceful, Red Roof Acres farm offers your own adorable barn loft apartment, capable of sleeping up to 6, complete with a full kitchen and bath and wood-burning fireplace and nestled amidst 23 beautiful acres of pastures and woods in the heart of San Juan Island. Pack a picnic lunch and head minutes down our road to a popular whale-watching site at Lime Kiln State Park, where you can spot an Orca or Minke whale, or stroll to an internationally-acclaimed lavender farm that's just around the corner. Have you always wanted to bring your horse on a vacation where you could ride on a beach? We offer overnight horse boarding and are just minutes away from hundreds of acres of trails and horse-friendly beaches. As a family owned and operated farm, we have a barn with an adjoining paddock, three separate pastures, a round pen and parking for your horse trailer or RV. For those who want a full water experience, you can take a whale-watching boat tour, rent kayaks and spot wildlife such as seals and bald eagles, or test your fishing skills on a chartered boat. It's also fun to rent mopeds or bicycles and get a more personal look at the island, which boasts lush woods, gorgeous shores and plenty of wildlife, including deer, raccoons and wild turkeys. Or take a ten-minute drive into town and enjoy some of the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to get an ice cream cone from the little shop on the docks--they have wonderful flavors! Our farm is located at the center of all that San Juan Island has to offer, and yet is so private that you can't see any neighbors.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $150

*Parties of five or more will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.
Please note the apartment will have an initial supply of toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags, and once that is used up, the guest is responsible for purchasing their own.
Horse boarding is $60 per night per horse, and that includes feeding grass hay.
For payment, we accept PayPal, personal checks or you can pay online through this VRBO site.
Our cancellation policy:Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund.
Bookings canceled at least 14 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations must be made by 12:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) on the appropriate day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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