We are located 21 beautiful miles from the ferry, but that is a good thing for more quiet and solitude.
There are two nearby restaurants, but many in Eastsound, a twenty minute drive.
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. Relax and enjoy.
Nadine's home was everything I had hoped for and more. I love that it is tucked away and the hills, and although there are neighbors nearby, you feel like you are completely alone. Her house was gorgeous, I never wanted to leave. Nadine was available by phone and email, and gave nice suggestions of restaurants and things to do. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Nadine had all the arrangements in place for our arrival and we had a truly wonderful stay at Winterpond. The house was so charming and welcoming - it was the perfect place for a quiet getaway. Plenty of wood was provided for the stove which was much appreciated. We couldn't have asked for anything more!
We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at Winterpond. The house is beautifully decorated, so thoughtfully designed, spotlessly clean and well supplied for visitor's needs. We loved the views, the walks nearby, the comfortable living room and real dining room; everything about our stay, despite lots of rain followed by a windstorm and very cold weather. Thanks for sharing your home on Orcas! We hope to return.
What a wonderful place to spend a weekend! The home was lovely, rain was abundant and Orcas was as magical as ever. Nadine was an attentive and responsive host and we appreciated her hospitality very much, despite not being able to meet her. We would return again!
We had the most spectacular time on Orcas! Winterpond is gorgeous and exceeded our expectations. There were so many ways in which Nadine obviously went above and beyond - the plush bathrobes, the fluffy bedding, the goodies in the kitchen (pancake mix, coffee, tea) and we thoroughly enjoyed the vinyl collection and sound system! The home is full of light (naps on the couch in the sun were had!) and the wood burning fireplace was gorgeous in the evenings. I cannot say too many good things about this welcoming home, straight out of a catalogue! Wonderful!
We loved our stay here!- the house is beautiful and very clean. Nadine stayed close by and even came by to check on us (we had called her because we could not find the house and due to my cell phone reception we could not connect and she wanted to see if we made it okay).
Even though my cell phone reception was poor, the internet was great.
We slept great and the wood stove did a great job of heating the home.
We'Ive stayed at a number of (website hidden)'s and AirBNB's, but Winterpond was by far the nicest place we've ever been. Beautifully decorated and designed, the cottage is a perfect place to hang out while on Orcas Island. It's nice and private, and even prettier than the pictures (which is hard to believe). If I were Nadine I'd definitely charge more!
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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.