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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 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.


Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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average rating of 4.78 based on 50 reviews

Lovely Home; Fabulous View

  • 5 of 5


- Beautiful home; GREAT view. Thank you for sharing!

- Clean and welcoming upon arrival.

- Thorough instructions for travel, home access, and use of equipment.


Suggest using a process for determining when items need restocking ahead of guest arrivals -- especially glassware and other dishes.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Samadhi House...morning coffee and evening BBQ, wine and conversation on the deck while overlooking the straight, amazing view from the home and the gazebo just a short walk away, the wooded and secluded area...this is a beautiful and peaceful location and it worked very well for us to venture to various areas of the island..Lime Kiln, South Beach, American Camp, Lavender farm, English Camp, Roche Harbor. We also made a couple trips to Friday Harbor about 20 minutes from the home. We were a family group of 3 adult couples and the home accommodated us well. We appreciated the kind, helpful and timely communications from the homeowner.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In samadhi the mind becomes still.....

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, stunning view. Perfect place to experience samadhi. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you "got Samadhi." :-) It's wonderful to share with folks who really appreciate it, like you. Thanks!
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Beautiful view, nice amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely hillside home with beautiful view of the puget sound. Nicely appointed home accommodated our two families comfortable. Very peaceful decor.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous View

  • 3 of 5

The house is lovely, and the view from the deck is magnificent. When we were at the house, we spent all of our time outside. It is very isolated (which is wonderful), and it might be hard to find without Ajayan’s excellent directions. We were a large group—6 adults and 5 young children. We enjoyed a glass of wine on the deck each night, but there were only 3 mismatched wine glasses. A few more would have been nice. The bathtub on the main floor was so clogged when we got there that we couldn’t use it, but there were 2 others to share. The master bedroom is fabulous—very large with a view of the water. However, the 2 bedrooms on the main level are quite small. There is a very nice children’s room on the lower level; I think that the house would be more suited for older rather than younger children. I would highly recommend that you take pictures of any existing damage when you arrive—scratches on furniture, stains on carpets, cracks on glasses, etc. It must so difficult for an owner and housekeeper to ascertain when damage has occurred. With pictures, you will have a record.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, wine glasses: we start every season with a full set of 12, and usually a few get broken, but this season we've had more breakage than usual. We have ordered another set. Occasionally, a drain clogs and we'll have it cleared ASAP, but you need to let us know. We didn't hear about this until you checked out, so we couldn't do anything for you, but were able to clear it for the next guest. I appreciate your letting us know so it didn't continue beyond your stay. Of course, I invite any guest to take all the pictures they like of any damage they see when checking in. We do rely on our housekeeper to let us know of damage. We are off island and she cleans thoroughly before every guest and is intimately familiar with every nook and cranny of the home. When she spots new damage, she takes her own pictures to keep a record and sends them to us. This is relatively rare, but does happen 1 - 3 times year. We don't charge for broken glasses and the like, but for more significant damage, we do submit to your insurance, which you purchase by default when you book the property. The insurance always covers the damage, so we've yet to deduct from any one's damage deposit.
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Beautiful mountaintop house with incredible views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful home for 7 nights, and enjoyed every minute of the peaceful surroundings. With the incredible sunsets, and comfortable accommodations, it made for a very enjoyable and relaxing vacation. The driveway to the house is very steep, and the last 200 meters is a challenge, on gravel road. There is also no satellite T.V. We watched several of the movies that were available within the home. We enjoyed cooking in the wonderful kitchen, and also relaxing on the deck. The daily visits from the deer and black fox were most enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • 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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $750

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!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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