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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:
June 13, 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous 4-Bedroom Island Retreat With Island/ Water Views; Sleeps 12
average rating of 4.785714 based on 42 reviews

Clean, comfortable, lovely space with great views

  • 5 of 5

8 of us enjoyed a sweet June stay at this hilltop home. Complete amenities and comfort, 4 bathrooms, everything expected for a comfortable stay is provided. The house is surrounded by tall trees that still allow full views over the strait to Canada.

The nearest shoreline (10 minutes' drive) is also the best shore for orca viewing on the island. We spent some picnic lunches there and saw bald eagles and a seal, however the only orcas seen were on whale watch boats.

We had cellular signal (T Mobile, ATT and Verizon among our group) at the house.

The owner responded quickly to a couple of queries.

Only cons to mention are very slow WiFi (apparently due to remote location), and no TV signal, although we did play a previously downloaded movie.

The final couple hundred yards to the house is a steep dirt/gravel road & driveway approach. We had light rain and were still able to drive to the house, I do not know if heavy rain would make access more slippery.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for the kind comments. Yes, Lime Kiln State park is not only the best Orca viewing site on the island, but it is said to be the best from land in the world. The Orcas often come right to the shore to feed on salmon that hang out in the kelp there. (The water is very deep even right at the shore.) Of course it all depends on luck! The season for Orcas is May - September. We've seen them many times, putting on quite a show there, breaching, etc., coming right up to the shore. As for the drive up to the house, yes, it is gravel hill, then flat dirt road. The driveway at the house is steep gravel as well. For the past few years, we've both had Prius's and had no problem in all kinds of weather. They are front wheel drive though. I also have a pickup truck, which is rear wheel drive, and even with an empty bed, I've not had any problems, save once this past winter when we had a snow storm. We've been booked pretty fully for spring, summer, fall for the past 2.5 years and no one has ever gotten stuck, though one reported feeling nervous about the driveway. Comfort levels do vary. So please do note: If you like to stick to flat, paved roads, this is not for you. Sometime in the next couple of years, we do hope to pave it all though...
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Fabulous site--quiet, peaceful, with a stunning view across to Victoria and great sunsets!

  • 4 of 5

My family of 5 adults and 5 kids spent 5 nights in this spectacular home. For the adults, everything was perfect---plenty of space for gathering and for being alone. It was quiet, well-appointed, and comfortable--to say nothing of the beautiful deck facing west for the sunsets. Once the kids recovered from the fact that there was no cable and therefore no tv, they adapted to watching the large collection of DVDs! All of us loved it--including the teenagers who normally admit to loving nothing. Thank you so much, Ajaya. Oh, and we never did figure out how to work the overhead fans, which would have been handy!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! Yes, thank you for your comments. Be prepared to disconnect, as there is no cable and no dish (the trees block to the south). We have plenty of DVDs, slow Internet (the best you can get in our location), so we download to our various devices to watch when we want to. But the joy of this place is the absolute quiet, beauty of nature, the magic of the whales nearby, eagles soaring by the windows, etc. Perfect opportunity to take a break from routine television watching... Make sure that sounds good to you before booking. We want you to be happy. Thanks. Ajayan
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A little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Samahdi House was the perfect place for our celebration. It was very comfortable for our eight adults. We cooked all of our own meals and shared them together around the table. Coffee and cocktails savoring the view were enjoyed on the deck. The secluded location will make you want to stay and enjoy when you get there. We packed up for the day to minimize trips back up the beautiful, but steep road. I highly recommend for a larger group wanting to spend time together.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views, peaceful and clean home

  • 5 of 5

My adult daughters and I got together for some time away and found the house to be a perfect getaway. The views were beautiful. The house is very peaceful and clean. I was especially appreciative of the clean kitchen. We enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the house to others.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

the only problem we had was the water pressure. the house is excellent for family reunion if you do have grown kids with their children. the downstairs unit is perfect for privacy.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas and New Years
Nov 22 2017 - Jan 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
May 22 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $750
Property Damage Protection $59
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!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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