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Gorgeous 4-Bedroom Island Retreat With Island/ Water Views; Sleeps 12

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Get away from it all in this luxuriantly appointed, beautiful 4-bedroom home with spectacular water and territorial views. So quiet all you can hear is the swish of birds’ wings.

Samadhi House is perched atop Mt. Dallas, the highest point on San Juan Island in Washington state. It boasts spectacular views of Haro Strait (separates the US from Canada), the Canadian Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, and forested mountains. Surrounded by the glories of NW nature, you can’t see a single house. But you will watch as cruise liners silently head towards Alaska and eagles and hawks soar overhead. You may even spot the occasional whale breaching in the Strait. At night, you’ll see the distant lights of Victoria and Sydney B.C. The perfect private retreat!

Samadhi House features:

• 4 bedrooms; sleeps up to 12

• 3 fireplaces (2 gas, 1 electric)

• Free WiFi

• Gourmet kitchen


• Workout equipment

• Two Jacuzzis

• High-end luxury bamboo bedding and quality mattresses for the best night’s sleep

• Heated floors

• Large flat-screen TV

• DVD movie library

• Washer/dryer

• Indoor, outdoor seating

• Library of great books

• Installing heat pump for air conditioning by Summer 2016.

While a haven of solitude, Samadhi House is only minutes from all the amenities you could ask for:

• 7-minute drive to Lime Kiln State Park, the Northwest’s premier Orca viewing point from which to see these amazing whales feeding within 20 yards of shore (seasonal)

• San Juan County park, where friends can camp and you can launch your kayaks or other small boats

• Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor – Restaurants etc.

• Lavender farm

• Winery

• Golf course

• Whale watching tours

• Kayaking Tours

• Sail boating

• Beach combing

• Scooter rental

• Hiking

• Shopping

• Museums

More Details

Property Manager
Ajayan Borys
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Ajayan Borys

We love to travel, write, meditate, be out in nature and connect with others. We hope our home allows for all of those activities for you. Samadhi House contains many of the artifacts of our life of travel and study. We share it with the hopes that you will find the same peace here that we find.

Ajayan Borys purchased this house in 2014

Why Ajayan Borys chose San Juan Island

We fell in love with San Juan Island many years ago and have been coming up here to write for 7 or more years. We have looked and looked for our house. When we saw this one we knew we were home.

What makes this house unique

Samadhi House allows for complete peace. We love the view from the master bedroom, the view from the chaise lounge in the living room (with a good book of course and binoculars near by), the view from the downstairs great room and the feeling of the whole house.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous 4-Bedroom Island Retreat With Island/ Water Views; Sleeps 12
average rating of 4.810811 based on 37 reviews

Samadhi house

  • 4 of 5

Nice house lively view. The kitchen was well supplied. Both bathrooms have deep jet tubs. This made it difficult for 2 of our ladies that have knee and balance issues. There was a walk-in shower upstairs. Again, same issues. But we had a good time. The sunsets were amazing.

There are a couple things I wish we would have known before booking. It is on a primitive (rough) road with a steep gravel driveway. Some cars would really have trouble. Also, the fact that the entrance to the house is up 2 flights of stairs. The 4 beds on lower level can not be reached from inside the house. They are like a separate apt. I feel those things should be information to have before you decide to rent. If they are not an issue for your group, then enjoy your time.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for raising those issues. We do want our guests to be well-informed before they rent and what is not an issue for most may still concern some. So the following might be of interest to prospective guests. There are three tubs in the property and two of them are deep (20 inches) with jets. For some getting in and out may be a challenge. The lower floor tub is standard, only 13 inches deep. The master shower does have an 8-inch lip that you must step over to enter the shower. The last few hundred feet of road is rough and the gravel driveway is on the steep side. For years we had two Priuses (very low clearance) and never had a problem. We’ve had weddings and hundreds of guests at our house and no car has ever had a problem getting in or out. So I do not believe any car will actually have a problem negotiating the road or driveway. However, if you are nervous about this, please consider it before renting. There are a total of 10 steps to reach the front door on the main floor. The bottom floor, which contains 4 twin beds, is reachable only from the outside. We love to share our paradise and as you can see from the reviews, the vast majority of renters love it as much as we do. Still, please be aware that even in paradise things are not necessarily perfect for all people. We hope this information helps you make an informed decision. Your enjoyment of Samadhi House is our priority. Best, Ajayan
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Spectacular views; luxurious home; just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Half an hour (uphill) from Friday Harbor. The drive is so worth it, as this home is a true retreat. Sitting outdoors and seeing Eagles, a black fox, and many deer as we chatted and inhaled the fresh air, was all we could wish for. 11 adults for a family reunion, and the house accommodated us all with quality linens, well equipped kitchen, books, DVDs, and beautiful art.

We played games (we brought some and he had someand took short trips to Lime kiln Park and Roche Harbor, but also walked up the road to a gazebo with another magnificent view.

Mr Borys is a pleasure to work with. He responded quickly to a few questions I had. The owner's manual was exceptionally thorough as well.

The house is even more attractive than the photos. And the views rivaled those of us who look out at the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, and Pacific oceans on a daily basis!

I highly recommend this vacation home and would love to return someday.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Marguerite, for your wonderful review. So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Perfect place for a relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful. Had a great stay in this wonderful well stocked and pristine home. That said, the place could have been a shack and I'd have given 5 stars for the incredible tranquil location and the most amazing view and breathtaking sunsets.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely well-appointed home in beautiful remote mountaintop woodsy setting

  • 5 of 5

Amazing mountain top views of Haro Strait, Canadian Islands, treetops, eagles, hawks, hummingbirds, and lots of neighboring deer. Very relaxing and lovely well-appointed home (furnishings, amenities) with bedrooms on 3 floors, ideal for multiple families/groups/family reunion. Drive includes some remote steeper gravel and dirt roads. Owner is very responsive, friendly, welcoming, and accommodating.

San Juan Island absolutely beautiful, serene, and relaxing, excellent vacation destination, with opportunities for whale watching (we saw ~15-20+ orcas at a rare Transient Greeting!), kayaking, buying live/fresh seafood, good restaurants/eateries, amusing alpaca farm, lovely lavender farm, lot of beautiful rolling countryside, bike and moped rentals, and parks/camps, museums, harbors, and marinas to explore.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very special place to stay......

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent 3 days at this lovely home retreat. What we saw, online, in the way of photos of the layout of the home were quite accurate. The view, alone, was worth the stay. This is a great home for a family gathering. The lower floor works so beautifully for teenagers who like their own space. The master suite is huge and can accommodate husband and wife and one or two children. The bedrooms on the main floor were quite adequate for couples. They are the only bedrooms that do not have a view of the water. The home was clean and well-maintained.

Speaking, again, of the water view, because of the large windows in this home, the water view comes inside the home and makes for a beautiful backdrop to the lovely furnishings inside the home. The kitchen layout is quite adequate for multiple cooks. The kitchen is well supplied. The barbecue, on the deck, is large enough for grilling for 9-12 people.

Though we were up on a mountaintop, we were only about 20 minutes, by car, to either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. The children had a great time kayaking and paddle boarding in Roche Harbor. Friday Harbor was fun for shopping, and for restaurant hopping. It would have been so easy to spend our three days secluded at our mountain retreat. So do not feel you need to go anywhere. The owner was very personable. and customer service was excellent. Yes, we would recommend this home to our friends, any day!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Welcoming , beautiful comfort....

  • 5 of 5

Our goal was to gather some family and friends for a birthday celebration. We could not have chosen a more wonderful home for the gathering. The home was beautifully appointed with a calming and peaceful interior while the views from the wrap around deck never ceased to awe. Evening sunsets and eagle watching were daily highlights along with exploring the beautiful island. (Lime Kiln State Park is a beautiful short drive away and not to be missed.) I would highly recommend Samadhi House to all folks who are looking for a beautiful, quiet, and comfortable home.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Friday Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
San Juan Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Duck Soup Inn
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
San Juan County Park
Car: recommended

Located right above Lime Kiln State Park, the most prominent Orca watching point in the Pacific NW.


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Summer Season
May 22 2017 - Sep 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $225
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.1%

Please note that normal check-in time is 4 pm and normal check-out time is 10 am. We try to accommodate early check-ins and late check-outs, but that is dependent upon adjacent bookings and our cleaning staff's schedule. Also, please note our cancellation policy (please see the rental agreement). Thank you!

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Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , day bed with twin trundle that pulls from underneath it.
    Blue bedroom - 1 queen
    Peacock room - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • plus couch space for 3 in a pinch and a blow up mattress in the peacock bedroom that can be pulled out and made up.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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