I am a retired P.E. teacher. Bob, my partner, is a retired geologist/glaciologist. We run, bike, kayak,and hike. We dance, esp. Zydeco, Cajun, and blues. And, we are tidy and quiet.
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Winter Pond is perfect for a secluded get-away. The house is spacious, well equipped and immaculate! Impressive craftsmanship and landscaping. We sat on the porch for hours in the sun reading and watching many birds take turns at the feeder. Frogs croaked in the pond each night as we enjoyed a fire in the wood stove. It was a perfect experience!
I can't give this place any less than 5 stars. The house is amazing and we really enjoyed our stay. It was very relaxing to chill out in the living room and on the porch. The view from the bedroom is fantastic.
You can hear the sounds of tree frogs and birds outside at night. My wife found this very calming.
So delighted and still relaxed from our 3 night stay at Winter Pond. Have stayed on Orcas for years, this is absolutely the best vacation rental we have found. Beautiful,comfortable well thought out home and grounds. Loved the bird song beautiful views and stars at night from the balcony as well as our rooms. Cozy touches all around. Nadine was thoughtful to meet us briefly to see that all was well with our stay. Will be back for a longer stay next time!
My hubby and I stayed 3 days for our anniversary! It was fabulous! The cabin is stocked with all the essentials plus it has a beautiful artistic ambiance! Perfect for a relaxing getaway for us!
Thanks Nadine for such a wonderful trip!
Response from Nadine:
So glad you had a good stay. I was worried about the weather, knowing that with children you probably don't get away by yourselves much, and it was raining a lot in Seattle. Thanks for your stay and leaving everything tidy.
I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful house in which to stay. Everything about it was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and would come back again. No doubt.
The house is filled with natural light, the yard is beautiful and there is so much to look at. Beautiful birds visit the feeder, the views from the house are amazing, the kitchen is one of the best equipped I have used and the inside of the house is so nicely appointed. Tree frogs can be heard at night - they sound so close. It is so quiet - I could get used to that. Orcas Island is a great place to visit.
This is a very nice little house in a quiet neighborhood. The house is clean and comfortable. Nadine is very accommodating and met us, when our schedule allowed, to show us the house. The back yard is perfect for sitting outside on nice evenings. There is even a view of the Ballard bridge from the yard, but it might go away when the trees get all of their leaves. There is plenty of on street parking and the location is perfect for getting to and from via Hwy 99 or I-5. I will definitely stay here again if I have the opportunity.
Winterpond is a wonderful fortress of solitude. Removed from cell phone connectivity, it's an oasis in these hyper-connected times. It was so quiet I could hear the beat of the wings of the geese that flew south in formation over my head as I sat on the deck, enjoying the morning sunrise.
Nadine's home is absolutely perfect-- thoughtful touches abound, from the Buddhist art to the well-appointed kitchen to the "Birds of the Pacific Northwest" guide by the dining room table (even if you're not a bird watcher, you'll become one by the end of your stay-- feeders are placed in direct view).
The bedroom has two walls of windows that make you feel like you're sleeping in a treehouse. I woke each morning to a glistening water view through the trees.
Highly recommend Winterpond if you're feeling the need to recharge and restore. From the guest book, it's clear that people return year after year. I can see why.
We loved staying at Nadine's quiet, charming, comfy cabin! Enjoyed cooking in the fully functioning kitchen, hanging out on the loveseat, getting toasty with a wood fire and climbing up the ladder to the spacious bedroom.
This house is amazing. It's super cozy, clean and comfortable. I really enjoyed tending the wood stove. There's a piano and variety of shakers if you feel like jamming. Also, there is a copy of John Prine's "Fair and Square" album in the CD collection. I probably played it ten times through. I would love to stay at this place again at some point. Highly recommended!
We had a fantastic stay on Orcas. Quite a secluded, relaxing location, but still never too far away from civilization. The house had everything we needed.
Don't miss visiting Doe Bay Resort for brunch....great to have such a nice spot close by (a couple of miles).
Also, we were fine, but if your stay ends up landing on a period with snow/bad weather, you would want 4-wheel drive to get to the house; it is a fairly hilly, unpaved road for the last 1/2 mile.
Absolutely no communication skills. We had no idea that she had issues finding things to do in Colombo. We are in a central location an all you need to do is ask. She left us a negative review which we will take seriously and strive to address to our ability.
It was a pleasure to host Nadine and her husband at Villa Shenandoah. They were a really friendly couple. We wish to see them with us again.
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Nadine and Bob were clean, respectful, trustworthy guests. I sure hope they come back and stay with us!
Nadine and Bob were fantastic guests! Clean and cordial, and I'd have them back anytime!