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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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

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 Friday Harbor

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
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • 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 4.7719297 based on 57 reviews

Flexible floorplan!

  • 5 of 5

First off, I was a bit worried because of previous reviews concerning the “scary” road. That was nonsense. Yes it’s on a steep hill but so what? No biggie. I had also read about the quirky layout but this was great for us. Our party was a mix of elderly, middle aged, young adults, and small children. We wound up making sleep pallets on the floor for the children in the upstairs br, which was enormous! The adults had the beds, and the 20-somethings had the basement. Perfect. Bear in mind there is no direct access from inside the house to the basement... you must go outside onto the deck and down some stairs to get to it, so it would not work for small tots like ours. But again, we just put the big kids down there so it was great. Now for the best part.... the view of the water was just breathtaking. Each morning the adults would slip outside onto the deck to drink coffee before the kids woke up. We saw deer walking around below us and it was so peaceful and calming! We were all here for m daughters wedding, and we wanted peace and serenity to surround us and only good vibes, and that’s what we got. The wedding itself was at Lime Kiln lighthouse, which was very close to us. This home is NOT in Friday Harbor.. it’s about a 20 minute drive from there, which could be a detriment to some, but for us it was just what we needed. One thing worth mentioning is the ones who showered downstairs did say the water pressure was bad at times, but the pressure upstairs was ok. So to wrap this up, the house was perfect for us and I’m so glad we got to stay here. It was a beautiful large home, with a flexible plan, with killer views!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tammy, So glad you loved your time at Samadhi house and that it worked for you and your group. We always love it when people enjoy it as much as we do. Thank you for your kind review. Best, Ajayan
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Phenomenal views and nature

  • 5 of 5

My extended family came to visit from other states and the San Juans were the perfect location to show them the beautiful Pacific NW. We were lucky Samadhi was available for our family of 10 adults and 2 kids. It was the first time my husband has ever said he loved the accommodations even though we've traveled extensively. Everyone felt comfortable (a bed for each one) and being together in this island retreat was what family is all about.

We drove to Friday Harbor's marina one day and went crabbing on a friend's boat. Just FYI, most of the parking spots in town are normally 2 hours long, but we were lucky to score one for 8 hours in front of the court house (1st & Court). Caught some Dungeness while out on the Sound and had a huge crab feast at the house that evening. Another day we drove to Roche Harbor, but there wasn't much to see there. However, along the way, we stopped by the lavender farm and bought a lot of it to bring home. The alpaca farm was a nice treat, too. A good time was had by all.

Just a bit of precaution...the road coming into Skylark Lane is a bit rough. My sister's van pulling all our supplies and suitcases couldn't make it over the rise until the 4th try. My SUV did great, but my husband's car did incur some damages because he didn't see the huge rocks in the lower driveway. It was pitch black when we arrived so it was no one's fault.

All in all, this staycation was the best one for our large family. Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your beautiful home. We will rent it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had an amazing time in this beautiful and comfortable home. We especially enjoyed the peaceful setting and spectacular view. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

A breathtaking view and remote peaceful location.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay at this house. There were no surprises and it worked very well.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay, Teresa. Thank you for your review!
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Round Top, Texas (between Houston and Austin)

A jewel in the middle of a forest

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we stayed more remotely to the town of Friday Harbor. And, we sure enjoyed the peace and solitude. We were two couples, who were accommodated nicely in two of the 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. We flipped for the divine Master Suite; we lost, but no matter as the expansive view out to the Haro Straits is stunning frim myriad vantage points. The decor is lovely, and the well equipped kitchen allowed us to hurry home after daily adventures to stunning sunsets, cocktails and leisurely dinners. The twinkling lights on Victoria Island, directly across the strait, were also a treat on our clear nights.

A huge movie selection on DVDs was enjoyed, and wild life abounds - my the deer are tame!

Just a delightful week, in this beautiful home, right up to the time we sadly had to depart.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kathy. So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Had a good experience except for the power outage

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful property with amazing views. House was well equipped with the exception of an "emergency box" that should contain flashlights, and instructions on what to do in case of a power outage.

House was a bit dusty but then there were a great deal of objects to keep dust free.

Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend to a friend

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I regret we did not have a flashlight for you during the power outage. The flashlights we had in the kitchen must have been moved/removed by previous guests, and our staff did not notice this. I'm sorry for your inconvenience. We already have an emergency medical kit at the house, but will make sure to provide extra flashlights and bottled water going forward. We rarely get less than a 5-star review, and I know from your phone communication that you held us responsible for the power outage. However, as I explained, this was a general power outage on the west side of the island. Someone had driven into a power box that was above ground (all the power cables are below ground) and this knocked out power to nearly 800 houses on the island for about 7 hours. There was even a story in the local news about the cause of the power outage. Note this was the first power outage we'd experienced on the island in our 3.5 years of ownership, so future guests need not be overly concerned about this issue.
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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 $265
Property Damage Insurance $59
Refundable 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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