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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:
June 12, 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 Washington State

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Beachfront Cottage steps from private sandy beach. Magical lifetime experience.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place is absolutely spectacular! My husband and I spent the weekend there and it could not have been more perfect. It is such a cute, clean and cozy house that sits right on the beach. You cannot beat the view. It's also conveniently located as the ferry is merely a 5 minute walk away, so if you want to venture out into Anacortes, it's really easy. In addition to the house being absolutely wonderful, the owners, Jan and Dick, are two of the loviest people you will ever meet. They are so warm, welcoming and just all around genuinely good people. What a fabulous find. I truly can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Caitlin and Ryan were the kind of guests all VRBO owners dream of having! Kind, thoughtful, tidy, fun. When they departed, the cottage was as pristine as when they arrived. Perfect guests and we hope to see them again! Jan Iversen
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Yakima Washington

Beautiful home with amazing amenities!

  • 5 of 5

For the years we have travel to Guemes this property far exceeded our expectations! The proximity to the beach, ferry and store is wonderful - not to mention the beautiful mornings and evening sitting on the deck enjoying the boats, mountains and the ocean which is right in front on the deck. The homeowners have taken great care inside and out! Every room is well appropriated - you will be pleasantly surprised and everything you need is in each beautifully decorated room. The owners are wonderful and we really were disappointed to leave this amazing property! You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing get-away

  • 5 of 5

Jan and Dick have done an amazing job of providing for every need and want for a relaxing retreat. They are welcoming and accommodating when you need them and invisible when you don't. The beach cottage itself is lovingly appointed, appropriately stocked and perfectly situated for beach-front fun, from beach combing, to reading on the deck, to building sandcastles to just watching the world float by. The nearby store (2 blocks away) has the basic things you might forget and the attached restaurant has a delicious local and seafood menu. I can't imagine a better spot and can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Gem on Guemes Island

  • 5 of 5

We are packing up for another visit to the Iverson's cottage on Guemes Island. We stayed at this delightful gem in June and knew we must make a return trip this summer. Jan and Dick, our hosts, are such a welcoming couple. Jan has an amazing eye for decorating. The cottage is comfortable, immaculate, charming with fascinating touches. The setting is lovely and the beach just steps away. It is a perfect, relaxing get away.You are guarenteed to having a truelly pleasant stay. We leave tomorrow and can't wait to relax and enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

We came to stay with another couple visiting from Colorado. This was the perfect little vacation retreat - right on the water. The owners graciously greeted us and showed us around when we arrived. What a lovely couple! The little touches they have added to this beautifully decorated cabin made it feel like an elegant home. Each touch felt in place and made a comfortable atmosphere. The beds and linens were comfortable and made for a great nights sleep. The living room and kitchen had everything we needed and even more to make us comfortable. And the back porch! We spent most of our time sitting on the porch just feet from the shore soaking up the sun and enjoying the ocean breeze and crashing waves. Such a treat! We would and will recommended this retreat to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mukilteo, WA

Loving Guemes Island

  • 5 of 5

We had a great Mother, Mother, Daughter retreat at this lovely cottage by the sea. Dick and Jan were great hosts. The cottage has absolutely everything you need. The water side deck is a lovely place to spend the day. You could not be any closer to the beach. Don't come to Guemes if you are looking for night life. This is a very quite beautiful Island. Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Skagit County Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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.

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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