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Orcas Island Waterfront Vacation Home W/ Private Beach Amazing views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Classic Waterfront Home, Private Beach, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 6)

This is a wonderful place to get away from the hectic world! A Magnificent View, a Private Beach, a nice yard, eagles, and marine wildlife. Bring your binoculars!

Our comfortable waterfront Orcas home is located at the end of a private road on 7 acres, on the east side of the island, roughly midpoint between Point Lawrence and Doe Bay.

San Juan County Vacation Rental Permit: 00PROV18

The property commands a magnificent, sweeping view of Rosario Strait, Cypress, Sinclair and Blakely Islands, the Peapod Rocks, and the Cascade Mountains. It's a wonderful big sky and big water view that captivates. Please see my website for pictures.

We offer you a very private, peaceful spot to spend time with friends and family. The sounds are seagulls, changing tides, and the wind in the trees. And, from the house, yard, and your own private beach, you can enjoy passing boats and marine life. Sea lions, otters, orca whales, deer, bald eagles, and seabirds of all kinds abound.

In warm weather a picnic table, lawn chairs and barbeque are put out. Because of a southerly exposure, the yard is a great place for soaking up the sun and dining outdoors.

In the winter months, a cozy fire and a good book will provide welcome relaxation while you watch the changing maritime scenery.

Guests who visit our house take away fond a full moon rising over the Cascades, a bald eagle landing right out front in our largest tree, a salmon doing a tail dance across the water...or the ultimate: a pod of whales on parade 75 yards offshore. And, no one forgets our view and the peacefulness.

We have been renting the house for happy vacations for thirty years. Over the years, many couples and families have returned to enjoy this wonderful place.

Keywords: Waterfront Vacation Home, private waterfront

More Details

Melinda McGee
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2017

About Melinda McGee

I grew up in the South and was blown away by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Melinda McGee purchased this house in 1986

Why Melinda McGee chose Orcas Island

I fell in love with this place the first moment I walked into the yard. It has an amazingly open captivating view of the water and a private beach in a very private location. The house is very sweet and comfortable. I bought this property with the intention to eventually retire there. I am now living in California and will eventually sell this property to another family to enjoy. Please let me know if you would like to move to Orcas Island.

What makes this house unique

For the past thirty years many families and couples have had relaxing and wonderful times here watching the wildlife, especially the bald eagles. Getting away from the hectic, technology driven lives and refreshing and rebooting in nature.


Doe Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Also a Folding baby travel crib
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Radio & IPod/iPhone Player, travel crib, booster seat, Books, Games & Puzzles. I caved and got a flat-screen TV and DirecTV, needs to be requested in the off-season. You don't have to turn it on because the waterfront wildlife and boat activity is much more interesting to watch. Internet needs to be requested in the off-season. No Pets and No Smoking.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Orcas Island Waterfront Vacation Home W/ Private Beach Amazing views
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Stunning view, spacious house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great three day stay, relaxing and watching out over the water towards the nearby islands. The owner was very prompt about responding to our inquiries. The house is off the beaten path, but still within easy driving distance of Doe Bay Resort, Moran State Park, and Eastsound. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our very short stay. The views and the tranquility at the end of Peapod Lane were fantastic. We enjoyed the ability to cook our own meals and sit at the dining table overlooking the water.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Magnificent view and comfortable house in a very quiet setting.

  • 5 of 5

Owner was very helpful and easy to work with. House is lacking nothing and is set up nicely to take in the wonderful view. Nice and quiet setting with plenty to explore in the area. Beach access is dependent on tides and requires a little rock hopping. Fun tide pools when the tide is low, and also a secluded pebbly beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simple accomodations. Perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

An excellent place to witness the power of a winter storm, watching the eagles soar, sipping coffee and reading a good book. Limited, but excellent options for dining in town.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved It!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. Very private location, beautiful view and so quiet. The owner Melinda was wonderful. We decided on a whim to get out of town so we were booking the house on the road while she was in Japan!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Doe Bay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this Doe Bay home. It was perfect for our family of Grandpa, Grandma, son, wife and 2 year old. The view of the bay is just gorgeous anytime of the day or night! The fenced grassy yard was perfect for our little one, and the walk down the great stairs to the private beach was awesome.

It was so peaceful at the end of the road - we all thought it the best sleep ever! Melinda has thought of everything to make for such a comfortable week, with an extensively supplied kitchen, beautiful dining area and large living room. The location was a short drive to Moran State Park, an oyster farm, kayaking and plenty of hiking! We'd sure love to come back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Waterfront, Beach, Bird Watching (American Bald Eagles); Whale watching (Orcas); Other Marine Life (seals, sea otters)


Rates & Availability

Doe Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Aug/Mid Sept
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Fall & Winter Season
Sep 16 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee min. 2 hrs $60
Tax Rate 10.1%

$200 reservation/security/cleaning deposit is due at booking. This is non-refundable for cancellations of summer rentals and for cancellations without 14 days notice. Cleaning is charged on an hourly basis - Minimum Cleaning fee: $60, minimum two hours, additional time is charged at $30 an hour.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please call me immediately. Deposits are non-refundable.
Any rent paid will be refunded in full, only if we are able to rent the house for the time period you reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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