About this listing
Our guest cottage, located in Bainbridge Island's trendy Lynwood neighborhood, blends the new with our rural mini farm and our friendly goats and chickens, 30 minutes from downtown Seattle by ferry. Enjoy the best of both worlds.
Our cottage is roomy and comfortable. There is a cozy seating area and the propane fireplace makes it romantic and warm even on a chilly day. Due to our insurance we are only allowed to accommodate 2 guests and there is no stove or oven . There are many restaurants in our area and a deli nearby for sandwiches, etc. The windows look out onto our mini farm with large trees, woodlands and grassy lawns. Parking is next to the cottage. There is a patio with table and seating for nice weather.
Guests can walk easily to the trail beside the property which is a lovely walk or a run or hike for those who like more exercise. The beach is about 400 ft in front of the property and we have seen Orcas playing in the waters of the sound from the beach. There is bird watching at the Schel Chelb Estuary a few hundred feet down Point White Dr. This section of Bainbridge is very popular with cyclists.
Interaction with Guests
Our home is located next to the guest cottage and we are available to help in any way we can. We will provide fresh towels daily and if the guests have forgotten to bring something we will try to provide it for them. We will change the sheets after one week if the guests are staying longer than 7 days. We do not provide daily housekeeping. Guests are welcome to ring our bell or call us for directions or just to ask about things here on Bainbridge or elsewhere in the vicinity and we will try to answer their questions or direct them to someone who can if we don't know the answer.
We do have goats, chickens and a rooster named Rupert. We cannot vouch for Rupert's behavior, he is a well behaved rooster but he does crow. The cottage is well insulated, if Rupert's crowing is a bother, closing the windows and turning on the air conditioning is the best remedy. We would like our guests to be well informed in advance of reserving the cottage and not book if Rupert or the other animals might be an annoyance to them.
The neighborhood is rural residential. We have goats and chickens on our mini farm. Within 100 feet, a very short walk, there are 2 restaurants, a pub, a wine bar and coffee shop, a deli and a guaint movie theather. Within 3 miles there is the downtown of Winslow with many shops and restaurants, a large cinema, a Safeway grocery, a Rite-Aid Pharmacy, and bike rentals, wine bars, kayak rentals, and much more. The town of Poulsbo is accross the Agate Passage bridge, approximately 8 miles away and is a very quaint Norwegian village with many shops and restaurants.
To go to Seattle there are morning and afternoon commuter buses which can take guests to the ferry terminal and an all day bus called BI-RIDE which will up passengers at the bus stop across from the TreeHouse Cafe, which is about 700ft from our property. There is also ample pay-for parking at the ferry terminal. Buses do not run on Sunday and only the BI-Ride bus runs on Saturday.
Other Things to Note
We ask that guests lower the thermostats if they are going to be gone for the day. Think green, please recycle bottles, cans, paper and all recycleables. There is a garbage can and recycle can behind the house. The City of Bainbridge has banned plastic bags so guests will find a re-usable grocery bag in the guest house. Check in is 3:00 PM and check out is 12 noon. These times can be flexible under certain conditions.
No more than 2 guests are allowed due to our insurance restraints which also prohibit cooking in the guest cottage other than microwave, toaster, and coffee/tea pot.
We do not allow pets because our old pugs are very territorial and do not get along well with others. Also, the goats are very afraid of dogs and are even afraid of our pugs, which is another reason we do not allow pets.
If something is really dirty and has to be washed the large wash tub in the laundry room behind the guest house is available to use - we're talking boots, bicycle tires, etc. The washer and dryer may be used by guests, please do not over fill washer and feel free to use the laundry supplies. Please don't feed the goats, they will beg, and they have delicate tummies. We will be happy to introduce you to them and to the chickens, the pugs and the crazy cockatoo.
My husband and I have lived aboard and captained a sailing catamaran for many years in South Florida and the Bahamas. We have lived on Bainbridge Island since 2005. After living aboard our boat here we decided to change from sailors to farmers and purchased our 3 acre property in 2009 after living on Bainbridge since 2005. We love the community and our neighborhood, plus the ability to take a ferry and be in downtown Seattle in about 30 minutes. This is truly the best of both worlds.