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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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.
We had a wonderful time at this darling cottage in the woods. My husband, 15 month old and I were very comfortable and enjoyed exploring the island.
Nadine's place was absolutely lovely...honestly, the pictures cannot do it justice. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and were great for birdwatching. The wood stove kept the whole place nice and cozy during our winter stay. And the view from the bedroom was amazing! We could wake up with the sun reflecting off of the sound. Nadine was very accessible and called us after we arrived to make sure everything we needed was in place. We will definitely be back! Thanks for a wonderful holiday.
We had a wonderful time at Nadine's home! The house is truly beautiful and very isolated from any kind of outside noise (roads, boats, planes etc.). It is definitely a great choice if you want to spend a very quiet vacation.
It was very well furnished and so cozy that we didn't even once eat at any of the great restaurants on Orcas. We just felt so great in the house that we wanted to spend as much time there as possible.
The only thing to keep in mind is that there is no division between the floors so that if one part of the party wants to sleep and another make noise it might be an issue. We had a toddler with us so we had to be very quiet when she was sleeping. That did not prevent us for enjoying the stay anyways because all we wanted to do was embrace the silence anyways.
The small dirt roads near the house are very quiet and beautiful so if you like walking you won't have to worry about cars at all. Doe Bay for example is a short walk from the house.
Obstruction Pass State Park is just a short drive and Moran State Park is not very far away either.
My wife and I visited Winterpond for our first wedding anniversary. We had a pleasant and comfortable stay. The house is beautifully decorated, is peaceful and has a distinct charm. The well-stocked kitchen, the quietness of the surroundings and warmth from the wooden stove kept us from leaving the coziness of house throughout the stay. We would recommend the place for someone looking for relaxation and to rejuvenate.
Nadine is a delightful person. She was flexible with our stay. She advised us wisely to not start our trip on a snowy day and instead offered to extend our stay or even refund if the weather doesn't get better. We are glad the weather cleared up and we were able to make the travel. She was diligent to all of our needs and helped us feel at home during the stay.
Was looking for the perfect winter, quiet getaway and Nadine's house was it. The view is beautiful, clean and stocked with everything we needed. Nadine is very accommodating, will definitely come back.
Nadine was a great host! She communicated well and had a wealth of knowledge about what to see and do, especially island hoping using the ferries. Her place is clean and tidy and we felt right at home. I would recommend Nadine and her Serene Bungalow location and would stay there again.
Response from Nadine:
Well, thank you for your stay and recommendation. I am very impressed that you hiked Mt. Si.
Cheers and best wishes for your holidays.
My boyfriend and I visited Nadine's "Serene Orcas Island Vacation Home" for my birthday. We found it pleasant, private, clean, and well appointed. The kitchen was well stocked and there were well designed, personal touches throughout the home. We enjoyed the location because it was quiet and removed from the most populated areas of the island, but still a quick drive to Moran State Park and Mt. Constitution, as well as Eastsound and other Orcas Island hotspots. We would stay at "Winterpond" again in a heartbeat! Thanks Nadine for a wonderful stay.
Nadine was a great host! She was flexible with our arrival schedule and very helpful in pointing out everything in the home. Beautiful house, walking distance to Fremont. Wonderful stay!
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.
Villa Shenandoah Team
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!