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Beachfront Cottage steps from private sandy beach. Magical lifetime experience.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,140 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, Loft, 2 baths, 3 fireplaces, Waterfront - full amenities.

Cottage on 4 landscaped acres with pickle ball court, horseshoes, beach fire pit, secret garden. Catch Dungeness crab, dig butter & steamer clams, beach combing, bicycling. Walk to restaurant for great burgers, ice cream cones, microbrews and groceries. Walk down the beach to Guemes ferry which takes you to movie theater, restaurants, farmer's market, live entertainment & shopping. Cottage is 2140 sq ft with queen bed and twin beds, 3 TVs, Wi Fi, 3 fireplaces, 2 baths, 2 showers, 1 tub, upstairs library reading room with view, complete kitchen/dining area overlooking the water, washer/dryer, 300 sq ft of waterfront deck, includes private patio with dining for 8 + luxurious lounging area with lighting for evening reading and enjoying water views and sunsets. Tour the secret garden and owner's woodworking shop, mooring buoy available in front of cottage if you bring your own power boat. Dinghy available for rowing to and from your boat. Enjoy evening s'mores around the beach fire pit. Outdoor grill and outdoor clam/crab cooking kitchen.

Jan M. Iversen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 4, 2017

About Jan M. Iversen

Retired 5th generation Anacortes couple. Career military and Aerospace Industry. Came home to paradise on Guemes Island. Dedicated and active volunteers with wounded veterans, Island Hospital, Summit Assistance Dogs, Seattle Children's' Hospital, Hospice and Senior Advocates for Skagit County.

Jan M. Iversen purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Jan M. Iversen chose Skagit County

After traveling the world in the military and corporate environment, we found there was no place as beautiful, peaceful and enchanting as our home on Guemes Island.

What makes this cottage unique

Four acres of waterfront property on a no-bank sandy beach directly at your front door. South facing cottage brings all day sun, beautiful sunrise over Mt. Baker and sunsets over the San Juan Islands. Walk to the nearby store, rent a bicycle to take you to Mt. Guemes and a 1.5 mile hike to the summit where you will enjoy a 360 degree view of the San Juan Islands. During Spring and Summer the property comes alive with beautiful flowers, blossoming trees, the sounds of birds and other wildlife. Perfect time for sunbathing and beach-combing. Enjoy afternoon wine in the Secret Garden. A mooring buoy is available at your front door and you can cook your Dungeness crab catch and steamer clams in your own private outdoor kitchen. Fall and Winter can bring stormy weather, dynamic ferry rides and perfect days for beach-combing or reading by a cozy fire.


Skagit County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2140 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large space with vanity and storage.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Toilet, vanity and sink
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One large main bath with tub-shower combo , vanity and large storage closet. Charming guest shower with large storage closet. Next to new washer/dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom with two view windows and writing desk
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds in remodeled (2016) bedroom w/fireplace & closet
  • There are 2 Bedrooms: Master Queen bedroom and twin beds in separate bedrooms on the main floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Personal Chef: Contact owner for price quote and availability. Enjoy a peaceful, quiet day watching boats go by, the tides ebbing and flooding and seagulls, osprey, and other sea birds from your private cottage. Or, you can walk down the beach and enjoy an 8 minute ferry ride to Anacortes and experience music, theater, restaurants, spas, shopping, antiquing and the many marinas. If you bring your own power boat, there is a (Free) boat launch and you can keep your vessel (up to 25') on a buoy in front of the cottage. There is also a dinghy to row to and from your boat on the buoy. Great opportunity to cruise the inlet water ways in your boat and go crabbing or fishing then bring your catch home and cook it all in your private outdoor cooking kitchen.


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Beachfront Cottage steps from private sandy beach. Magical lifetime experience.
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Fabulous hosts! Perfectly charming cottage - right on the water.

  • 5 of 5

Clean and cute cottage - everything we were looking for in our escape to the San Juan Islands. Jan and Dick are so welcoming and eager to share their piece of paradise on Guemes but then disappear unless needed. Ferry was fun and easy to manage to get back and forth to Anacortes. Highly recommend this lovely property and location.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so fortunate sharing our cottage with wonderful, caring guests who really enjoy the beachfront location and easy way of spending an afternoon or evening just watching birds and boats go by. Our pristine cottage is comfy and welcoming which encourages guests to slow down and enjoy their time on our island. Thank you for the wonderful review, Sincerely, Dick and Jan
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The best place to stay in WA!

  • 5 of 5

If you want the perfect vacation home in the islands then this has to be it. The cottage is superb with everything you need for a comfortable stay and more. Right on the beach with plenty to look at, be it wildlife or boats of all shapes and sizes!

Dick and Jan are the loveliest people, who will make sure you have the best time staying on the island. Always helpful and kind but never intrusive, they are also very interesting to talk to!

The only down side is that it is very difficult to leave.

Loved every minute of our stay. Would return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our constant goal is to be sure our guests have a wonderful experience and treasure their visit to the San Juan Islands and our beach cottage. We want each guest to feel special, to relax and enjoy our beautiful part of the world! Sincerely, Jan and Dick
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It was absolutely fabulous

  • 5 of 5

Dick and Jan are amazing hosts. They were so welcoming and accommodating it was unreal. You felt like family. The house was so well equipped. If they didn't have it you didn't need it. 😎� Incredible views from the front deck. The whole experience was phenomenal. I would recommend to anyone Thank you Dick and Jan for a wonderful stay

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Perfect guests! Our cottage was as pristine when they departed as it was when they arrived. We are dedicated to providing a world-class experience and have fun while we're doing it.
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Best Rental!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I do a lot of traveling and a lot of VRBO rentals. I can not say enough great things about this cottage. It lacks nothing. From the minute you drive up, you will be in awe. It is absolutely the most coziest place I have ever stayed. The owners, Jan and Dick are also treasures! If you are going to Guemes, this is a must for places to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are dedicated to making our guest's experience at our beachfront cottage the wonderful memory of a lifetime. We enjoy treating our guests like our favorite extended family, providing what they need then leaving them alone to enjoy the fabulous island experience. We are so grateful for the kindness and considerate behavior of our guests and hope they will come again. Cheers, Jan & Dick
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Relaxing Eden

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! Our hosts, Jan & Dick, couldn't have been more friendly, helpful, generous, and fun to meet. If you're looking to relax, sit out on the deck and watch the maritime world unfold. Guemes Channel is fun to observe all day long. In the evening, the water traffic slows down, but blue herons and an owl delighted us. We found Guemes to be a great place to ride bikes, hike, but mostly relax. The cabin is comfortable, quaint, and offers plenty of privacy. It has everything you need, and more ... an amazing number of good books to read, games, etc. This is a gem; it is obvious that the hosts are passionate about ensuring their guests have a great experience. We certainly did!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our passion is making sure our guests enjoy a memorable visit to our cottage. Whether they choose to explore our island walking the beach, climbing Guemes Mountain, quietly reading and watching the marine traffic at their beachfront doorstep, walking to the store for great hambugers and cookies or exploring Anacortes shops and restaurants. They enjoy the privacy needed, but we're here to help when necessary and sometimes to even share fresh crab!
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Wonderful, Relaxing, Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two grown boys loved this spot. The cottage was immaculate and so nicely appointed. They thought of everything to make our stay extra special. The view and proximity to the beach were a highlight. We loved walking on the beach, biking, and just chilling on the patio. Jan and Dick were wonderful owners, so helpful and friendly. The first night we stayed, there was a great band playing outside by the Anderson's General Store and restaurant. A highlight was that we were there for opening crab season and got to enjoy some fresh crab via Dick's hard work. We would definitely go back. Kristen

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests included two grown sons celebrating a last fammily vacation together before moving on. They spent long, warm days playing sports on the sport court, walking the beach, getting "the best burgers ever" at our local store and exploring the island. Their first adventure eating crab just hours from the sea was a highlight for everyone. A lovely family!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bellingham, WA
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Channel Side Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.02 Miles
Anacortes, WA
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Anacortes, WA
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Channel Side Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Guemes Island, WA

Tulip Festival in April. Troller Fest in summer. Octoberfest. Oyster Run of 30,000 motorcycles in September. Weekly Farmers Market. Arts & Crafts Fair in August. Working Class boat races on Guemes Channel in August. Routine Sail Boat Regattas on Guemes Channel. Decorated Boat Parade on Guemes Channel during Christmas. Weekly live music on the waterfront all summer. World Class open water and inter-island kayaking. Annual Salmon Fishing Derby. Daily Whale Watching boat tours. Washington State Ferries to outer islands and Sidney/Victoria, B.C. Great seasonal claming and crabbing with your own private outdoor cooking kitchen.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.5%

New listing as of March 2015. Newly remodeled February 2016.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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