About this listing
Beautiful views of Cultus Bay, Olympics, seabirds & deer from our unit, which is the lower level of our home. ( not a separate building) Ping pong ! Grill, hammock & gravity chairs on deck. Countertop oven, hot plates, & microwave in kitchennette.
Astounding southwestern water/mountain view in Clinton on the southwest shore of beautiful Whidbey Island. Gorgeous sunsets. Large windows frame the views from all of the rooms except the bathroom! We are waterfront, on a hillside above the channel that connects to Cultus Bay. Herons, eagles, gulls, ospreys, hummingbirds, otters, and more delight us! Deer frequent our back yard, too, and many guests have enjoyed waking up to grazing deer outside their window.
We offer you a place to stay that is not exactly a “separate unit”, but is more than a private room. You will stay in the downstairs level of a 2 story house. You'll find one traditional bedroom, and a second "bedroom" that is screened off from the living area with permanently installed shoji ( Japanese style wood and rice paper) screens, which may be left open or closed. This room may double as part of your living area during the day, since it is beside the kitchenette, the rocking chair and glider, and the fireplace insert. Private bathroom with tub and shower.
There kitchenette/living area is modest but charming, with a refrigerator, two-burner hot-plate, a microwave, and a countertop small oven, and a small dining table for four. During the winter you may enjoy using the fireplace insert. The Ping pong table, is situated in a part of the downstairs unit where we store our own books, art supplies, music tapes, and some of our personal items. (We don't want you to be surprised that this part of the experience is not devoid of our personal effects!) The brand new ( Oct 2014) outdoor deck faces water and mountains, and there is a dock if you want to moor your boat. Pick-your-own raspberries in season in our front yard. You have your own entrance IF you are comfortable walking down a hillside either on grass, or on wood chips. If not, use the stairs inside our house, which are immediately to the left of our front door. Let us know if you want us to put up a portable screen, if you prefer that the entrance via the stairs be more private. There is a door between the two floors.
We live upstairs, and will share the washer/dryer with you. If you want to do more cooking than the downstairs kitchen allows, let me know and I will schedule time for you to cook, unless I happen to be having a dinner party that day!
Just 15 minutes from the WA State Ferry in Clinton, which crosses over from Mukilteo. We MAY be able to pick you up if you aren't traveling with a car. Twenty minutes south of Langley, a sweet seaside town. Twenty minute walk to Island Transit buses, which operate Mon-Friday commuter hours and are free.
Our lot is more deep than it is wide, so please know that our home is close to our neighbors on either side, but our community is a quiet one, so hopefully you won't even notice. None of our guests have mentioned this to us as a concern.
Wireless connection. Just upgraded DSL speed to 30 as of July 2 2015. Non-smokers, no pets.
Daytime lounging around: we have chosen to put a regular bed in the shoji room, since it is so much more comfortable to sleep in than a pull-out couch. But this means we don't have a couch. Lounge on the bed, or in the rocking chair or glider, or on the outdoor deck!
We are not a traditional B and B, and not professionals in the hospitality industry. Our pricing reflects this! We want to share our beautiful view and hospitality with you. We have registered with Island County as a short-term rental, so we pay taxes to support Island County’s infrastructure.
Guests have access to the entire lower floor of the house, as described above. Guests have three choices of entry to the guest space. The outdoor entrance is not ideal for people with mobility issues. Guests may prefer using our upstairs entrance, through our garage , a shared hallway, and down the stairs to the guest area. We recommend this entrance during the rain or snow.
OR Guests may walk to the north of our house, around the side of the house on a grassy hillside, down a ramp, onto the lower deck, then into the house. This is the entrance to use IF you must wheel there, but it is steep for wheels and so needs a strong guide.
OR Around the south side of the house, there is a wood chip pathway through two garden gates, down a hill. We suggest you bring a flashlight if you choose to use either entrance around the side of the house as we don't have a side light installed.
Interaction with Guests
We love meeting our guests, and will welcome a conversation, a cup of tea, or a walk together, if the guests would like that, and if our schedules coincide. However, we recognize that some of our guests prefer total privacy, and we honor their wishes, too. Let us know what you prefer.
We love the view from our home, and we enjoy the beach walk just a few minutes from our house. We adore the exceptional quiet in this neighborhood, the sea air, the birds, and even the deer, though they nibble at our foliage.
A twenty minute walk to an Island Transit bus stop, which operates week-days only. Taxi service is available on the island. And, we will pick you up at the ferry if our schedule allows. Make it clear, when you contact us for a reservation,if you need a pick-up.
Other Things to Note
We live upstairs, and will share the downstairs washer/dryer with you. This is our home, which we enjoy sharing with flexible airbnb guests. It is not a hotel, not a Bed and Breakfast , and not an expensive private rental with professional staff! It IS a friendly, welcoming place to stay with a gorgeous view, ping pong, and plenty of board games!
* This is a quiet community. Be considerate of neighbors regarding noise level.
* Very quiet after 10 PM
*These are usually the maximum combinations of adult/children that this space could accommodate:
1) One adult and four children, with two people in one queen, three people in another queen ( or one sleeping on a small pad on the floor)
2) Two adults and three children
3) Four adults
Talk to us if you have more than that. We may be able to accomodate you.
*We are on a septic system, so water usage must be conserved and nothing but waste and water should be disposed of in the toilet or drains.
Part of the view from the shoji room. This room is beside the kitchenette and can be used as part of the daytime area.
First of all James and Janet are first class type of people. They are very accommodating and respectful of your privacy. The bedrooms are nice but are somewhat old fashion. The view of the lake is breathless and not to mention there is a park near the property with a large football field, basketball court, tennis court, and playground for kids. We look forest to coming back, God willing.
This was our first time to Whidbey and we were very pleased with our location. Janet and James are very kind and have a beautiful home. The views from the bottom level (guest floor) and patio are wonderful! We really enjoyed watching the sun set and then waking up to water views.
What a wonderful place to rest and enjoy the beautiful view. Our hosts were very kind and have a lovely place to get away. We will definitely be here again!!
James met us at the door and was very helpful in laying out the area for us and the ferry schedules. They have a delightful space, with a marvelous view, great deck chairs, well appointed kitchen and plenty of linens. We had a visit from a deer and raccoon while we ate breakfast and watched the herons fly over the bay. Would highly recommend this two bedroom for anyone looking for a quiet and restful stay. James/Janet are great hosts!
We took a very last-minute trip to Whidbey Island, and James and Janet were able to accommodate us on very short notice. Their house is beautiful, and the view is outstanding. We took the short walk down to the water/docks and admired the wildlife (owl, baby deer, herons) as the sun set. We spent the rest of the evening rekindling what can now be described as an obsession for ping pong.
Everything was clean, the bed was comfy, and the space was roomy. James and Janet were kind hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. We couldn't have been more pleased.
Very welcoming. The place was immaculately clean and beautiful...just as it looks in the photos.
Janet was very accommodating and friendly upon arrival. She gave us an informative walk through of the property and afterwards gave us plenty of privacy. The property was beautiful and relaxing. We enjoyed the deer outside our door in the mornings and couldn't get enough of the bay view. We would definitely stay here again. The house had all the amenities to cook small meals at home and make coffee.
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About the Host, James/Janet
Janet and James married 30 + plus years ago! Since then, we have raised two children who are now adults, and we have worked as social workers, administrators, and educators. Currently, James is a University of Washington School of Social Work lecturer, and Janet works with families and their young children. We love our beautiful location where we have the privilege of enjoying gorgeous sunsets, kayaking, and sea birds. Our island home is rich with local farmers, and we grow garlic and raspberries, too: we eat lots of fresh veggies and will direct you to where you can find them, too. We enjoy learning about culture and the interactions between our birth, local, and global cultures as well as our individual gifts and challenges. We love the Clyde, our local movie theater that is still affordable. Our recent trip was to Ireland and all of the UK, an amazing array of experiences . We love meeting people, and if you would like, we'd enjoy spending some time with you when you visit if our schedules allow. We speak basic Spanish, but will need a dictionary to communicate deeply. We are thrilled to be living in a state where any two adults who love each other can marry. We are members of Whidbey Island PFLAG.