House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
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About Mary Quinn
We have been vacationing on Orcas Island with our five children since 1979, traveling from San Diego to the San Juans for numerous years in a motorhome. After the first trip the children would not consider missing a yearly Orcas visit. For many years we rented a barn on the island, storing our toys (boats, kayaks, berry pie-making gear), looking forward to trips of fishing, crabbing, hiking, lake swimming, and berry-picking. As Orcas Island more and more became 'home' to our children, they cried as we left it each trip, motivating us to find our own place on the island. So after many years of drooling over island property, we finally purchased our own piece of 'the rock' in 2004, making our dream of a Quinn Cottage a reality. Now our seven (so far!) grandchildren join in the trips, adding more fun, adventures, and memories about Orcas. We know that Orcas Island and our Quinn Cottage will continue to be a huge part of our family culture for years to come. We invite you to visit and experience the magic yourself. Be prepared to fall in love with it as we did. Jeff and Mary Quinn
Mary Quinn purchased this House in 2004
Why Mary Quinn chose Orcas
After renting vacation homes for years on Orcas Island, we learned that the amount of sunlight and warmth varied greatly from one place on the island to another, greatly impacting our vacation experience. So we narrowed our search to only south-facing, sun-filled spots for our own home. In addition to catching both the sunrise and sunset, the orientation of Quinn Cottage gives it hours more of sunlight each day compared to north or east facing locations on the island. Even on short winter days Quinn Cottage gets every minute of sun and light available. This makes cottage vacation days longer and warmer, with sunsets and twilights that go on and on. The huge cottage windows and multiple skylights flood the cozy cottage interior with this lovely light all year round.
What makes this House unique
It is difficult to express the wonder, peace, and privacy found at our Quinn Cottage. The magic of the warm, sunny southern exposure, with the sunrise and sunset across water and islands, as well as the romantic parade of ferries and boats, is a never-ending delight. The number of land and bird species that can be watched from the huge cottage windows and wraparound deck is awesome. The off-season change of landscape colors and wildlife, viewed from the interior living space with a cozy fire, makes the best escape imaginable. Remembering our own experiences of years of renting summer homes on Orcas, we have been determined to make the Quinn Cottage an inviting, well-equipped, and charming place for our cottage rental guests to stay. Nothing pleases us more than to share our magic spot with others, so from the lovely furnishings to the spotless condition of the home, rental guests can tell immediately that they have made the perfect choice for their getaway. We love reading the glowing entries in our cottage guest book as well as receiving the grateful emails after guests' visits. We invite you to become one of our next cottage rental guests so you can also enjoy this very special place. Jeff and Mary Quinn
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Contact the owners for children under 4.Contact the owners for children under 4.
No pets - Sorry -- no exceptions!Sorry -- no exceptions!
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 4 - Contact the owner with questions about this.Contact the owner with questions about this.
- We request that renters bring "inside shoes/slippers" so that they will leave "outside shoes" at the door.
- We request that all food and drink be consumed at the dining room table or on the outside deck to protect the lovely interior furnishings from damage.
- Re: a late cancellation -- most of your rental fees will be refunded if the house is re-rented. See the rental agreement for other safeguards.
Quiet, comfortable home with a great view
Our party of 4 seniors enjoyed our stay at Quinn Cottage for a week. The high points were the location and view, and the general comfort of the accommodations. We love to cook, and the kitchen was very well stocked. The challenge was finding stuff, as it was in essence overstocked. And the fridge was in the pantry, which was awkward. Some labeling of cupboards et al would help guests find what they are looking for.
It took a bit of adjustment to get us used to the 'no shoes in the house' rule, especially because one bedroom was downstairs, accessible only by going outside. That is not a big deal unless it rains, which it did for us nearly every day.
The hosts were very responsive to our inquiries via email, and it was a treat to arrive to find a bottle of wine waiting for us.
We arrived with high expectations, and left feeling that most had been satisfied.
Orca's beach house
A couple of surprises, fridge not in kitchen being a different one, a "gas" chiminea another novelty, but overall a beautiful house and piece of property on beautiful Orca's Island. Very relaxing watching the boat traffic float by, listening to the tides come in aand out.
Orcas Waterfront Home
We couldn't have had a better stay at Jeffrey's home. There were six of us, and the house was perfect: a wonderfully stocked kitchen and pantry with all the pots, pans, and dishware we needed to make dinner every night, and the house itself was incredible: nearly two whole walls of the living / dining room are windows and the view is out onto the woods and water and the islands in the distance. There's a great deck off the living room with adirondack chairs, a great outdoor dining space, as well as an additional patio down below with a gas chimney. One can walk down a staircase to the water and swim or just watch the tide come in and out. More generally, the house is in a beautiful spot, secluded and on a small cliff overlooking the water, and it was really nice to just stroll around on the roads leading to and from the property.
It is a beautiful home, and we had an incredible stay and would absolutely stay there again.
Great location and beautiful setting!
This cottage was in a great location and the pictures don't do it justice. The front living room, dining, and kitchen area is all open and surrounded by windows, as well as having 7 skylights. What gorgeous views! The owner was fabulous to work with & was very helpful with the info that she provided to us early in the booking stage. We can't say enough good things about this cottage!
So many great things to say. Very well stocked for guests, beautiful location, lots of communication! Walking in it was clear we were in a well loved home. We saw otters, Orcas, porpoises, seals, etc. Tons of deer around the property too! Very quaint. Truly a special place!
Great tide pooling is fun at low tide directly in front of the house; it is possible to launch a lightweight kayak from the property depending on tides; just 2 miles away is an easy boat and kayak launch ramp and boat slips; Orcas Village is a lovely 2 mile walk or quick car trip away for groceries, coffee, or convenient island hopping on the ferry; owners share personal tourist information and help with trip planning; the cottage is well off the main road for country lane walks and total quiet and privacy; bird watchers find the cottage a paradise of discoveries with both native and migrating birds in full view from the windows and decks; children and adults are constantly amused by the fascinating serene parade of boats and ferries as well as seals and otters lounging on logs in front of the cottage; within walking distance is Killibrew Lake with exploring, fishing, and nature walks for the entire family; relaxing in the sun and enjoying meals on the deck are perhaps the favorite activities of all.