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I am a retired P.E. teacher. Bob, my partner, is a retired geologist/glaciologist. We like to bike, kayak, social dance, hike and read a lot. And, we are tidy and quiet.
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I'm not sure where to start with Winterpond - what a beautiful home! It is everything other reviewers said which led to our booking Winterpond for a weekend in the PNW. It's the perfect escape from city living, perfectly quiet and serene. It's remote but easily in driving distance of Eastsound, with plenty of options for restaurants. We spent much of our time on Orcas hiking nearby at Moran State Park. We cooked several meals in home, enjoyed the view from the front porch, and just plain enjoyed Nadine's home. We wish we had stayed more than two nights! You will be sad to leave - highly, highly recommended staying at Winterpond. Charming, relaxing, serene and plenty of opportunity for activities on the island. We were spoiled by starting our vacation here and then heading into Seattle (hotels just seem wrong after you've stayed at Winterpond). You must see for yourself!
Thank you for your kind review and leaving my house so nice.
Our stay at Nadine's home on Orcas Island was lovely. It was as much a pleasure relaxing inside or on the deck as it was to hike in nearby Moran state park. The decor was lovely, the landscaping natural and thoughtful, and the location perfectly remote for a weekend away.
Everything was as I expected from Nadine's communication and the stay was stress free.
Simply put, I love this place. The space is beautiful and obviously well taken care of. The plot of land the home is on is quiet and secluded. Myself and my companion arrived late in the evening to a roaring fire that instantly made us feel at home. The large windows in the bedroom allowed for great star gazing and a warm light to wake us up in the morning. We utilized the great sound system (in wall sound, CD player, record player, and iPod jack), enjoyed a movie in the living room, and watched the birds over our meals in the dining room. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking supplies and the gas stove works perfectly. Nadine provided directions on how to use everything in the home (even tips on starting the best fire), and maps and brochures on things to do on the island. Overall the weekend was great thanks in large part to our stay in this beautiful home. Nadine is a great host and I would come back in a heartbeat (and have already recommended the place to friends!).
Nadine's home was everything I had hoped for and more. I love that it is tucked away and the hills, and although there are neighbors nearby, you feel like you are completely alone. Her house was gorgeous, I never wanted to leave. Nadine was available by phone and email, and gave nice suggestions of restaurants and things to do. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Nadine had all the arrangements in place for our arrival and we had a truly wonderful stay at Winterpond. The house was so charming and welcoming - it was the perfect place for a quiet getaway. Plenty of wood was provided for the stove which was much appreciated. We couldn't have asked for anything more!
We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at Winterpond. The house is beautifully decorated, so thoughtfully designed, spotlessly clean and well supplied for visitor's needs. We loved the views, the walks nearby, the comfortable living room and real dining room; everything about our stay, despite lots of rain followed by a windstorm and very cold weather. Thanks for sharing your home on Orcas! We hope to return.
What a wonderful place to spend a weekend! The home was lovely, rain was abundant and Orcas was as magical as ever. Nadine was an attentive and responsive host and we appreciated her hospitality very much, despite not being able to meet her. We would return again!
We had the most spectacular time on Orcas! Winterpond is gorgeous and exceeded our expectations. There were so many ways in which Nadine obviously went above and beyond - the plush bathrobes, the fluffy bedding, the goodies in the kitchen (pancake mix, coffee, tea) and we thoroughly enjoyed the vinyl collection and sound system! The home is full of light (naps on the couch in the sun were had!) and the wood burning fireplace was gorgeous in the evenings. I cannot say too many good things about this welcoming home, straight out of a catalogue! Wonderful!
Wow, thanks so much for your kind review. So glad you enjoyed.
We loved our stay here!- the house is beautiful and very clean. Nadine stayed close by and even came by to check on us (we had called her because we could not find the house and due to my cell phone reception we could not connect and she wanted to see if we made it okay).
Even though my cell phone reception was poor, the internet was great.
We slept great and the wood stove did a great job of heating the home.
We'Ive stayed at a number of (website hidden)'s and AirBNB's, but Winterpond was by far the nicest place we've ever been. Beautifully decorated and designed, the cottage is a perfect place to hang out while on Orcas Island. It's nice and private, and even prettier than the pictures (which is hard to believe). If I were Nadine I'd definitely charge more!
Doug, Thanks so much for such a great review. I do charge more in the summer. But as a retired teacher, I like to think I can keep it at least somewhat affordable for people like me!!
Nadine was a great guest. We didn't get to meet, but she was very easy to communicate with via messaging and left my studio in great condition. I would happily welcome her back.
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!
Nadine is the best, and Winterpond is amazing! My partner and I have both stayed there several times, and it was magical. Nadine has thought lots about what would make a guest happy, and she works hard to make everything just right.