2 Queen Beds, 1 bath, nestled in the woods with decorative garden and views
About Danielle Rosellison
I moved to Orcas Island when I was ten years old and graduated high school on the island in 1998. Like many Island Girls, I wanted to get as far away as possible and went to school in Chicago for a few years. By the time I was 20, I figured family was a little more important than I thought it was and I moved back to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Bellingham where I've been since.
Danielle Rosellison purchased this Cabin in 1991
Why Danielle Rosellison chose Orcas
My parents bought this property to get away from city living in 1991. My brother and I recently inherited the 8.5 acres and, due to it's magic, look forward to it being a place of peace for generations to come.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Spacious but some issues
When we first arrived, I could not get my Prius up the steep gravel drive. There were some ruts and my tires could not get traction so I ended up parking in a pullout below the unit. When we got inside there were some issues with the cleaning. The previous guests had not cleaned all of their pots so when I went to cook I had to clean the first two pots that I wanted to use. I didn't want to use the coffee but since it had dead coffee in it I cleaned that also. There was one other upkeep issue in that there was a loose stone on the steps up to the door which was a hazzard. One final issue that they can't do much about is the noise when it rains. Due to the roof design it gets incredibly noisy when it rains, making it very difficult to sleep. Also note that there is no key for the unit. Although the area appears to be safe, we are more comfortable locking doors when we leave valuables inside. The place is very spacious and we felt relaxed when we were inside. Large windows look out onto lovely views of the surrounding forest. Note: the internet was very slow ( I had trouble loading web pages with graphics ) and there was also no place to hang clothes. DVDs were provided but they were fairly dated and geared towards children.
This is a beautiful, peaceful and charming cabin. It's open and bright with beautiful views over the land (and a teeny view of the water!). The bed is comfortable, kitchen stocked with some cooking essentials, several sitting areas, good books (Nancy Drew was fun!), Netflix plus some DVDs. My only complaint would be that additional information is needed as to which light switch goes where (there are lots of them), how to turn on the ceiling fan and if the small gas stove works and how. Otherwise, wonderful place. We would come back.
Thank you so much for your comments and enjoying The Roost. Our family was there immediately after you left and ironically, added diagrams about how to make the ceiling fan work!! I'll do my best to add diagrams on the rest
We don't want to "label maker" the place out as we're afraid it will detract from the artsyness of The Roost, but I see no reason we can't add a lighting/light switch diagram to the informational folder on the table Look for that Winter 2019!
Thank you again for coming and staying, and for being so respectful when our property managers had a brand new baby. We appreciate you!
Retreat with wonderful amenities
I don’t want to say how great this place is because I want it all to myself. From every door knob to the comforts bed to the beauty, it blew us away. See for yourself. Already looking for renting again in October
Orcas Weekend Getaway
The property was simply stunning and equally serene. We enjoyed having a full kitchen to make dinners and a cozy outdoor fireplace to relax next to in the evening. Extra linens and towels were provided as well as firewood for the indoor fireplace. One evening we enjoyed the hot tub as we gazed at the stars above. I would recommend this to a small group or couple looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or those looking to explore the pristine landscape of the PNW. Danielle was a lovely host and communicator. Thanks for the peaceful weekend at The Roost!
The peacefulness and location of the property were ideal. It was just what we needed for a relaxing weekend away from the city. We enjoyed the outdoor fireplace and hot tub and loved having the ability to make our own meals in the fully equipped kitchen. It was just a short drive into town (about 15 minutes) where we enjoyed great food and a bit of local shopping. I would recommend this cabin to anyone looking to explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest! We will definitely be back.
Perfect hideaway on Orcas Island
We spent two nights at The Roost in April 2019, and could not have asked for a better stay. The space is beautifully unique and cozy. We absolutely loved cooking with the wood-burning range (although it does take some extra time) and felt very much at home at this lovely wooded retreat. Guests should be aware that there is little cell service, and the WiFi is not particularly strong -- this made for a perfect few days to disconnect from our otherwise fast-paced life! There are lots of spaces inside and out to enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings and an extensive DVD collection for those who prefer to watch a movie. The kitchen was also well-stocked with essentials to accommodate cooking meals. We would 110% return to the Roost.
Orcas Island is a magical place; the feeling of serenity will overwhelm you as soon as you get off the ferry (if the ferry ride hadn’t done it already). With not much open after 9pm and no stop lights on the island, come expecting the true meaning of “island time”. This is a place to relax, re-center yourself and get back to a simplistic lifestyle while enjoying nature.
I would encourage people to do as little as possible while on the island: walk, read, sit. However, if you want to “do things” on your vacation there is plenty to do on our small island. Water activities including whale watching, kayaking, or sailing are common attractions. You can also walk onto the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island for free. The main town is right at the ferry dock and offers shopping, restaurants and “town” activities.
Moran State Park is approximately a 35 min drive away offering: Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands with breathtaking views, Cascade Lake for swimming, a playground and renting paddle boats, and Mountain Lake, an easy, flat 4 mile loop hike.
To know the best things on the island, ask any working islander (cashier, server, etc.). They’ll happily tell you the latest and the greatest!!
Check out everything you need to know about making a ferry reservation at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries. You leave from Anacortes and I highly recommend making a reservation!