About this listing
Waterfront on Cultus Bay, just 15 minutes from Langley, with gorgeous western views of mountains, sunsets, herons, eagles, and deer. Your unit, with wall to wall windows overlooking the bay, is the lower level of our home. Counter-top cooking (hot plates, small oven, micro, toaster, teapot)in kitchenette. Ping Pong and large wooden train set. Just 15 minutes from the Clinton ferry, and 15 minutes to Langley. 1.5 hour minimum to Seattle, if no ferry line nor traffic!
Astounding southwestern water/mountain view, just 15 minutes from Langley, 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 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.
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.
The 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. Kids might enjoy our train set, books, and art supplies. (We don't want you to be surprised that this part of the experience is not devoid of our personal effects!) The outdoor deck faces water and mountains. Pick-your-own raspberries in season in our front yard. In the spring, summer and early fall you will 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. We prefer that you use the inside stairs in the late fall and winter because it gets slippery outside. 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 use our bigger stove. We are just 15 minutes from the WA State Ferry in Clinton, which crosses over from Mukilteo in 15 minutes.. The drive to the ferry from Downtown Seattle is from 40 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on traffic. There may be a wait for the ferry. We MAY be able to pick you up if you aren't traveling with a car. We are 15 minutes south of Langley, a sweet seaside town. We are about an 8 minute drive to the Whidbey Institute. 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 very quiet, and our guests frequently comment on the quiet, peaceful atmosphere here.
Wireless connection. Just upgraded to 50. 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 in our gravity chairs or colorful hammock!We love sharing our beautiful view and hospitality with you. We have registered with the State of WA and Island County as a short-term rental, so we pay taxes to support Island County's and WA State's infrastructure.
Guests have the entire lower floor of the house, as described above. In addition, guests with children can use our neighborhood playground.
There are two choices of entry to the guest space. The outdoor entrance is not ideal for people with mobility issues, and we do not recommend it during the slippery winter weather. 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 use a wheelchair or walker to get there, but it is steep for wheels and so needs a strong guide. We frequently host a family member who uses a chair.
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 yet.
Interaction with guests
We love meeting our guests, and will welcome a chance to socialize over , a cup of tea or wine, 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. Langley is just a 15 minute drive, Freeland is 20 minutes away, Greenbank is 30 minutes away.
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. Langley is just 15 minutes away.
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 our airbnb guests. It is not a hotel, not a traditional Bed and Breakfast ( no breakfast!) , and not an expensive private rental with professional staff! It IS a friendly, welcoming place to stay with a gorgeous view, peaceful setting, ping pong, and plenty of board games! Look at our reviews to see if you value what previous guests have enjoyed. We look forward to meeting you!
* As you arrive, please be sure to make sure you are at our home and not at a neighbor's home. Look for our address--8299--in reflective letters right above the door beside the garage door. If you don't see those numbers, you're at the wrong home (GPS guidance does NOT always get guests to the correct home).
* This is a quiet community. Be considerate of neighbors regarding noise.
* Very quiet after 10 PM
*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.
*Please always turn the kitchen fan on to the "high" setting when you are cooking, for adequate ventilation and to keep the unit smelling fresh!
* We may have extra produce in the garden. If we forget to let you know what to harvest, please ask!
*Please let us know if you need something. We probably have it upstairs and will gladly share!
* We hope you have a wonderful time in the lower level of our home. We live upstairs. Some airbnb guests didn't notice, in our description, that we live in the floor above the unit, so we are saying it again here- just to make sure you are comfortable with that!
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Janet and James married 36 + plus years ago! Since then, we have raised two children who are now adults! We have worked as social workers, administrators, and educators. James recently retired from the University of Washington School of Social Work, and Janet retired from her work 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, raspberries and other veggies that we will share with you in season. 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 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 members of Whidbey Island PFLAG.