We are now BOOKED THRU JUNE. 9 days left in July.
We are located 21 beautiful miles from the ferry.
The kitchen is great for cooking and supplied with condiments, herbs and spices.
Enjoy a private home with view of salt water and pond on seven private acres with cottage gardens, woods, lawn plus flowers, herbs, and some vegetables available for guests. One guest has described as "island rural with a view." Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, gas stove, refrigerator, waffle iron, blender/food processor, coffee grinder, drip and electric coffee maker, dishwasher, and filtered drinking water (no need to bring bottled water.) The wood stove with supply of kindling and firewood makes for cozy winter warmth. There is a bathtub/shower in the tiled bathroom. The bedroom has a Queen size bed, and there is a single sofa bed downstairs. The large lawn is great for croquet, badminton, or bocce.
Located 21 miles from the ferry, it is a bit of a drive, but beautiful. It is about ten miles from town of Eastsound, 1.6 mile from Doe Bay Cafe, and 6 miles from Moran State Park (third largest of all state parks in Wash.)There are lakes and lots of trails as well as Mt. Constitution, highest land in all San Juan islands.)
$138 is the winter rate (Oct.-May). June and Sept., $158/night, July, Aug., $188/night...rates include 10.1% lodging tax. Special rate for one week is $780/winter, $880/June, Sept and $1120 July, August. Monthly rate depends on time of year. Military and teachers please ask about 10% discount.
For those with sensitivity to fragrance, low or no odor cleaning supplies and laundry soap are used.
Feel free to walk about the property. There is 7+ acres.
*Please note that in the winter, there is a chance of snow. Usually only an inch or two. But as the road up has a few steep spots, I recommend to guests that if it starts snowing, take your car down to the main road and walk the half mile back up. If it is snowing in Seattle or Anacortes, don't come!
Interaction with Guests
Not much. Almost always available by phone, but live in Seattle a lot.
We like the quiet at night. And the many birds.
Most visitors to Orcas arrive by ferry and car. Some fly in and rent a car. There is no bus to my place. I have had guests that arrive by bicycle! :)
Other Things to Note
Bring a flash light in the winter. There are solar path lights, but low light if it is cloudy during the short days.
Guests need to recycle and compost. If no recycling/composting...take all of trash with you or pay extra $25.
No smoking, no parties, no pets.
House rules checklist:
1. Separate compost and recycle from rest of trash or take trash with you.
2. Wash dishes before leaving.
3. Turn off any heaters when leaving and lock doors. Leave key inside on counter.
4. Keep gates closed to keep deer out of garden.
Everything was exactly as we had hoped. There was a very cozy and calming atmosphere about the house (and fresh flowers throughout - a great touch!), and there was also plenty to explore in the garden. One of our favorite activities was sitting at the dinner table watching finches and other birds visit the bird feeder.
Also, we made most of our meals at Nadine's home and found the kitchen cookware/supplies to be more than ample (I didn't expect a food processor nor a vegetable peeler, for instance!). Unless you have a very specific need (we brought a small rice cooker, for instance), you probably can pack light.
Thanks, Nadine, for making our stay possible!
Winterpond is the most wonderful place to stay. Orcas Island is beautiful, and to find this wonderful house to stay in was like frosting on the cake! I knew I was going to have a wonderful stay as soon as I pulled up to the gate and got my first look at the house and property. Nadine has created a wonderful place to rest, rejuvenate and relax. Every care has been taken to provide her guests with all the comforts of home...or more! Comfortable places to sit, a kitchen equipped with everything you could need, a wonderful wall speaker sound system and music choices, fluffy robes to lounge in, a very comfortable bed that looks out onto the water and trees, and a very comfortable bathroom. The weather was so glorious that I didn't need to use the wood stove, but it is there for those cold nights. The yard is huge and impressive. Fully mature tress surround the house and make you feel like you are alone in your own universe. The pond is a wonderful feature, and I was woken one morning to the sounds of ducks enjoying the water. I also fell asleep to the sound of frogs...lovely! Winterpond sits at the top of a hill with an amazing view down to the water. I spent quite a bit of time in the comfortable bedroom chair simply staring out at the view. The only thing the house doesn't have are the groceries you will want, and I found the store in East Sound to have an excellent selection. East Sound also has wonderful shops highlighting local artist's work, a pub full of atmosphere and a wonderful library. I will definitely be staying at Winterpond again. What I can tell you is that you will be SO sorry if you only book one night....once you experience how enchanting Winerpond is you will wish you never had to leave.
Just as charming and delightful as the pictures suggest! A perfect get-away for two. Bring food and things to cook - the house kitchen is nice, and it's easy not to leave for the whole weekend. I've stayed here twice now, waking up to the sound of birds outside the kitchen, and falling asleep to the gentle spring rains.
I would recommend this quiet, serene home to anyone looking for a getaway. It has beautiful views and a nice homey feel! Nadine knows how to host and is very hospitable! My wife and I had a lovely week!!!
We just had the most amazing AirBnB experience I could have ever dreamed of! Nadine is a kind, communicative, and helpful host, and her home on Orcas was truly perfect: peaceful, beautiful, comfortable. My only complaint was that we had to go home!
I'm not sure where to start with Winterpond - what a beautiful home! It is everything other reviewers said which led to our booking Winterpond for a weekend in the PNW. It's the perfect escape from city living, perfectly quiet and serene. It's remote but easily in driving distance of Eastsound, with plenty of options for restaurants. We spent much of our time on Orcas hiking nearby at Moran State Park. We cooked several meals in home, enjoyed the view from the front porch, and just plain enjoyed Nadine's home. We wish we had stayed more than two nights! You will be sad to leave - highly, highly recommended staying at Winterpond. Charming, relaxing, serene and plenty of opportunity for activities on the island. We were spoiled by starting our vacation here and then heading into Seattle (hotels just seem wrong after you've stayed at Winterpond). You must see for yourself!
Our stay at Nadine's home on Orcas Island was lovely. It was as much a pleasure relaxing inside or on the deck as it was to hike in nearby Moran state park. The decor was lovely, the landscaping natural and thoughtful, and the location perfectly remote for a weekend away.
Everything was as I expected from Nadine's communication and the stay was stress free.
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I am a retired P.E. teacher. Bob, my partner, is a retired geologist/glaciologist. We like to bike, kayak, social dance, hike and read a lot. And, we are tidy and quiet.