Creative Colorful Island Cottage in Forest

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Light-filed little refuge in the woods. Writers retreat, quiet womb like space; a place for solace and introspective. Deer, birds, nature watching, reading, calm, sweet- heart time.
Near the House, also for rent by the night, but both very private.

The space

Welcome to this charming, private cottage.
Winter price is $79.- with some higher prices on Holidays & summer season:)
ALL KIND PEOPLE WELCOME, no matter what religion-, sexual orientation- or country you are from!
The Cottage is set near the Small Whidbey Island House, which is totally overgrown and hardly visible from the cottage.
It is set among the trees on 3 acres on beautiful Whidbey Island, 2 miles from the town of Freeland (antique stores, grocery store, post office, etc., etc.), about 5 miles from my favorite beach, "Double Bluff", that holds stunning views of the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains with miles of walking.
The cottage is a cozy, light- filled and airy space with its high ceiling and many windows and skylights.
The stand up sleeping loft has an opening window and the skylight for a more spacious feel, as well as a comfy double size bed and a writing desk and chair. And because of the wire railing, it is not suited for children. Sorry for that.
The galley kitchen is equipped with an under the counter fridge, a apartment size gas range, a toaster oven, a coffee maker, an electric tea kettle, all the dishes and basic condiments. It has a granite and a butcher top counter.

There is Italian tile on the bathroom floor as well as in the shower.
There is plenty of closet space in case you decide to stay longer.
You may lounge on the inviting window bench seat to take in the open forest view, or enjoy the WiFi to write those long- due letters on your computer.
Have your morning breakfast under the porch and listen to the birds.

Either way, this super quiet romantic place for two will leave you nurtured and nourished by its splendid green views and quiet nature surrounds.

In 2001, my friend, who is a fine wood worker, and I started to build this wonderful space, using recycled materials as in Windows, doors, flooring and tile. We built it as a retreat for writers. We hand chafed the big posts and beams for a more rustic look. It took us 1.5 years, every day after our regular jobs to finish building it!
I love how quiet it is here and how dark it gets at night because we are far away from city lights. Each neighbor has 3 to 5 acres of property and from mine I can see a little bit of the home of one of them.
I like that it is only about 2 miles to Freeland where I can find the grocery store and post office as well as some stores for treasure hunting or a cafe to sip coffee in on a rainy day.

And please: do read the house rules! That way there are no surprises for you.

This is my third space posted on this web site. The other ones are:
~The smaller and lower priced space Tiny House / Caravan ( ).
~The bigger House that has a queen size bed (
~The DOG Friendly, Ocean & Mountain View Apartment (

Guest access

Check in is at 4pm or later!
Key code to retrieve the house key will be send to you upon completion of booking.

Other things to note

The garbage & recycle can is at the end of entry deck & past the porch seat, the compost forest area is by the little path leading to the car & in the woods by the small pitch fork- just pile the compost on top, please place all seafood shells into the driveway to be driven over the birds love the calcium:)

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Cleaning Fee $30
Security Deposit $200
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Please leave the place how you found it.

Leaving items behind: you are responsible for $30 of my time + $ amount for sending left behind items.
If you choose to use oil on the bed/linens, you also choose to replace them, since oil does not come out of them after washing.
NO SMOKING ON THE WHOLE PROPERTY!!! I feel strong about that!
no candles please.

No pets. Thank you!

Please circle the drive how the sign says: counter clockwise, because it is a tied turn around and the best way in and out, and please unload your car first and then park it in the guest parking spot; the spot is a bit tied as well.
Thank you!


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

302 Reviews

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Nathan User Profile
September 2017
Great spot in the woods. Comes with a fun eclectic collection of CDs and books. Small space but wonderfully set up.

Karan User Profile
September 2017
My wife and I would highly recommend the Mandeja's cottage on Whidbey Island. The cottage was private, charming, and a perfect retreat for us. We especially appreciated the little details in the cottage such as fresh coffee beans, board games, guidebook that made our stay comfortable and convenient. The cottage also has an amazing location, just few miles from the Clinton ferry, Langley, and great restaurants in Freeland. Mandeja is a lovely host and we hope to enjoy another retreat in the cottage soon.

Kerry User Profile
September 2017
Excellent spot in a perfect, quiet location. There are a handful of stores under 10 minutes away if you need anything and easy access to general Whidbey destinations. I had everything I needed and no issues at all during my stay. It worked very well as a spot to get some projects done and collect my thoughts. I recommend an extension cord or longer USB for devices and the flashlight is a must :)

Susan User Profile
August 2017
Be prepared
Mandeja User ProfileMandeja is a superhost.
Response from Mandeja:
Hmmmm....interesting. Perhaps the space was not the right match for your needs. Cheers, Mandeja
August 2017

Joshua User Profile
August 2017
It is incredibly inviting and relaxing here - no TV, no distractions, just peace and quiet. The parking spot is a little tricky, but Mandeja doesn't pretend it's not, so you won't find any surprises. Would absolutely stay there again, if they'd have me!
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Cheryl User Profile
August 2017
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Katie User Profile
August 2017
This cozy cottage is the perfect getaway spot on Whidbey Island. It is an easy point of access to many restaraunts and sites. It is particularly wonderful if you enjoy the quiet and appreciate nature. We were a little nervous to be without air conditioning in August, (we are from PA), but it was comfortable and quite cool compared to what I expected. The complimentary coffee is a must! We highly recommend Mandeja's cottage for your island getaway!
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Mandeja User ProfileMandeja is a superhost.

I am a dynamic woman who has traveled the world and found a pearl named Whidbey Island. I tried to leave once, but to no avail: she beckoned me back into the beauty of her many beaches with views of many different mountains, a community one may only hope for, and the serenity of nature that fills me with solace not found anywhere else on the planet.
I am looking forward to sharing this special place with you!

Also, this is who I am as a guest:
Being a considerate visitor is very important to me. I promise that your space will be gratefully occupied and left as clean as I found it -- no exceptions. I value your privacy as well as my own, which means that our interactions will always be respectful of your time and energy. You can expect timely communication to coordinate logistics, as well as friendliness and warmth from me during my stay.

Thanks for considering me as a guest in your living space. I know that many Airbnb listings are located in people's homes, and I really appreciate the extension of trust that makes these exchanges happen. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns about hosting me -- I read house rules carefully, and will always be open to direct communication about your needs or requests (before & during a stay). See you soon!

Davide and I have been a couple since 2008 and are experienced and responsible travelers.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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