USA Washington Orcas Island Eastsound Listing #23568

Whale View Waterfront Cottage - Eastsound, WA

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28 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 3 Queen Bed, 2 Futon 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms No pets  4WD/traction may be required in winter
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Adventure cabin on the water, perfect for wildlife viewing

Dine with the eagles, whales and other wildlife on the wraparound deck of this beautiful Orcas Island cottage. The "A" frame and wooden interior enhance the rustic feel of this house, while the fully stocked kitchen, comfortable living room, and upright piano give the home a cozy feeling. The interior features coupled with the expansive views to the north make this the person spot for your next family vacation.

What's nearby:
This home is placed perfectly for watching wildlife and overlooking the sea-life from the hillside above the ocean. Eastsound proper is just a short drive away where you can stock up for your adventures at Country Corner Market and Deli, or check out the local shopping.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Limited or no TV reception (VCR and DVD movie library)
Not suitable for trailers of RVs/semi cabs, etc. A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.

Parking Notes: Parking for two normal sized vehicles (3 with organization,) and 1 extra space in the driveway above the house. Not suitable for trailers or RVs/semi cabs, etc.. There is a reasonably level access from the gravel parking area onto the west side of the deck into the house.

Water Access: No Beach access in front of house or along property line, approx 15ft cliff, great views.
North Beach Public Access is nearest beach.

County permit number: 2003CU008

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Wood stove

Kitchen & dining






Water view


Mountain View


Internet : Century Link



DVD library

DVD player

VHS library

Wireless router


On-site activities

Board games





28 reviews

Amy S. Jul 2021
What a lovely secluded place. We enjoyed our stay very much...the view is second to none. the furnishing is somewhat outdated but all in all we were comfortable.
Donald E. Jul 2021
Great view from the deck. Lots of very relaxing nights after a full day of adventure.
Patrick L. Jun 2021
Amazing experience to be nestled in the trees just above the sea looking out to Mount Baker.
Courtney E. May 2021
This home is clean and we'll stocked. We had everything we needed from the time that we arrived. The view of the ocean and mountains is amazing!! We saw deer, seals, dolphins, eagles, and otters all in one day!
Elizabeth S. May 2021
This house was awesome for our party (3 adults, 2 kids- 5 and 3). I was nervous about it being on a cliff side but my kids did great with the rule of staying on the deck. We enjoyed the fire pit too. The initial drive was a little stressful/confusing, google maps stopped working, so make sure you have the written directions. Great location for getting into town. Can't beat the views!
Zachary P. Nov 2020
Could not have asked for a better place to stay! Hassle free checking in/out! Wonderful ocean views and great set up of the house. Definitely want to return soon!
Jodi Z. Oct 2020
This house was a retreat after several months at home during the pandemic. We experienced every type of weather possible during our 2-week stay. Watching wildlife and passing boats was a great way for us to spend time on the decks. We saw eagles, seals, deer, and a weasel. This location is an excellent base for hiking or exploring the San Juans. I wish we were still there!
Martin W. Oct 2020
What a perfectly relaxing stay we had! The breathtaking views complemented the very comfy and cozy house. Wished we could’ve stayed longer, but we look forward to returning....soon!
Marie W. Aug 2020
The wifi is unreliable for computer use, but the phones worked most of the time. The trees dropped sap on our car, so I'd recommend having a tarp with you for that. The kitchen is small, but overall we enjoyed the space and loved the view.
Manager response:
Hi, Marie! We apologize for the difficulties you had with the internet; our internet provider was not reliable at this time, but it seems to be resolved, and we are hopeful for upgrades next year. Thank you!
Andrew M. Aug 2020
Would return! A father/son get-away! Well supplied, clean, comfortable & met all our needs. Had a knockout expansive view of mountains, islands and the sea. Quite, somewhat remote & private and a fine NW beach near by! Loved our time there! Only thing better would have been whale sightings and a stopper for the bath tub! 🤗
Subhasish C. Jul 2020
We loved our stay here, beautiful house, a little bit frozen in time with CRT TV and VCR - which my 13 year old son have never seen but enjoyed the older movies on them anyways. The view is amazing, and the house is spacious and well stocked. It also had lots of movies and books. We did have trouble with the internet, there were none the 1st couple of days and it's a bit slow, but both the property manager and owner were very gracious in helping me solve it with Century Link. The LTE signal is not so good either, but we were glad being able to detach completely from work/ email. I would highly recommend this place.
Barbara S. Aug 2019
The view is stunning from here. There’s a lovely neighborhood beach a short walk away. Great location, less than 15 minutes to Eastsound, short drive to Moran State Park.
Laura Jacobs A. Aug 2019
This house was just the right place for our family to relax during our visit to Orcas Island! The views were stunning! We saw sea lions, porpoises, and deer. And we loved supping coffee on the deck in the morning while listening to water against the shore.
CARRIE K. Jun 2019
It was wonderful! It was perfect for a family reunion/vacation to celebrate my 60th birthday with my husband and two grown children and their S.O. Grocery store and town 15 mins away with anything we needed. Plenty of room and privacy. Beds were very comfortable. Spectacular views! We loved sitting on the deck in the evening! Spent 3 nights there! Wish we had stayed longer! Thank you!
Robert A. S. Jun 2019
Great home in an unbelievable location. Just sit outside and watch the ocean below. No need to move from the home. If you decide to get up, which we did, go to the private (community) beach nearby or Moran Park for hiking. Thoroughly enjoyed everything about this home. It was everything we expected. It was not modern, but who needs modern with these breathtaking views!
Eric J. Jun 2019
Absolutely gorgeous spot and very private. House very comfortable. Definitely recommend.
Adam L. Oct 2018
Great views, great deck, easy to find. Clean and comfortable. We were 7 adults and fit great. Nice having two showers—we ran the Moran Relay that weekend and definitely be needed them. Thank you!
Thomas U. Sep 2018
It was convenient to pickup the keys in town and head out to the cabin. It is much larger than the pictures make it look. It's right on the water and we were treated to Orcas, Dolphins and Seals throughout our stay. The only thing that makes it a 4 vs a 5 is the location. The view is fantastic but it's about 15-20 min back into town if you want to get supplies. The community beach was very nice and private. Definitely would recommend. The contract was a little confusing, I thought we had to clean up the place but possibly didn't, we did anyway, yay. There were 8 of us and we had room for everyone. The owner was good to warn us about getting reservations for the Ferry, there were indeed some people at the terminal who didn't get on the boat, reserve early!
Ramiza K. Aug 2018
We loved everything about this house. It was perfect for three friends and two ten-year-olds. The house was clean and well-equipped, and the views are spectacular. The community beach is lovely. We saw lots of wildlife right at the house, including dolphins and bald eagles. We're already talking about coming back!
Swanson . May 2018
We were treated to beautiful views of the water and mountains from this property. Mt Baker was out in all of its glory. There was enough space for our group of 5 adults and 2 kiddos to sleep and hang out. Kitchen was a bit small but we made it work and were still able to cook our meals just with fewer chefs in the kitchen. ???? We did have some troubles with the dishwasher working properly, even with following the directions provided on how to use it. We ended up hand washing most of our dishes. Also, we did not notice the fine print stating that toilet paper, paper towel, dish and hand soap were not provided. I have stayed in many rental properties and that was the first time I have had to bring my own toilet paper. Make sure to stop in town and pick some up before heading out to the house. We enjoyed walking down to the beach front. One other sort of interesting thing was the inventory list of every single item in the house. Overall a good experience.
Natalie W. May 2018
We loved that the cabin was close to town, but very secluded and peaceful. We grilled fresh oysters and watched seals and birds from the deck, and explored the lower beach and found starfish, anemones and other sea life at low tide. Plenty of room and all the amenities we needed - but we were only there at night for the most part. We explored a few islands in our time in the SanJuans and enjoyed coming back to our "home base" for a relaxing evening. Thank you for sharing your little slice of Heaven!
Shanie R. Apr 2017
We stayed here for a family get away with adults and also young children. There were great toys, books, chairs, and puzzles for the kids to play with which they absolutely loved! There were areas outside the house with steep drop-offs that made us nervous, but we just made sure to keep close watch on the young kids. There were fences up for safety in some areas to help with this, but not all. The view was amazing, the pictures really don't do it justice. We saw tons of dolphins and sea lions right from the balcony. Very peaceful and quiet area, with a secluded feel. We used the fire pit for marshmallows and smores at night which was very fun. Plenty of rooms and areas to lounge so you never felt crowded. The house heats up quickly with heater adjustment for every room which was great. One note is they do not have any paper towels, so if your planning to do your own cleaning or just want paper towels to use make sure to bring your own. We would recommend this place to anyone! Very reasonably priced and a great stay. The hosts even met us on the main road to help us find the house location in the dark since it is pretty tricky to find which was a big help!
Lynn L. Jul 2016
We enjoyed a fun week with family in this great house! We had beautiful views of the mountain and sunsets, enjoyed watching the harbor seals, and were visited by many deer. We had plenty of room for all of us. We had 3 little ones under 6 so we loved the beach at Moran Park. We enjoyed Eastsound and traveling around the island. The deck is great! The hardest part was finding it the first time. Thank you for a great stay. The house was immaculate when we arrived.
Roseann D. Jul 2016
We just returned from a stay here with two children. Like the other reviews said, the first time you drive here it can be tricky to find. That said, it feels very private and secluded, and in a very scenic and quiet part of the island. We like to stay in areas like this, so it suited our taste. The house itself was very well-appointed and extremely clean. We had everything we needed... our favorite part was watching the sunset late into the evening from the wrap-around deck. We saw a couple dolphins and sea lions in the waters below us, and many black tail deer came around the house to my daughter's pleasure. The photos of the deck and the view don't do this justice- It's so lovely and peaceful, we looked forward to coming home each day and gazing out into the waters. We also loved the private beach at the end of the road, and spent many mornings exploring. We would highly recommend this with children though it does have a steep downstairs (with a door), so you will need to be mindful depending on ages. But there was a high chair and a play area with toys upstairs which was a nice benefit. We loved our stay! Hope to be back.
. Aug 2015
Everything said by other reviewers is true - a gorgeous location, peaceful, wonderful views. The kitchen is small if you're accustomed to a gathering spot for cooperative meal preparation. The main problem is how little in basic supplies like soap, paper products, etc. are provided. The lengthy instructions sent ahead of time mention this, but it's odd compared to other VRBO properties we've enjoyed. The property is some distance to the nearest store. If you arrive late to this property and forget or can't get to the store for such things, it's inconvenient as is having to make up beds required of guests at this property. Plus, it's not gracious and welcoming. If it costs a bit more to provide such amenities, many like us would not object.
Mary G. Aug 2015
Our family get together included 2 parents and 3 twenty-something kids. Everyone loved this rental. It's secluded, has beautiful views of the surrounding water, opportunity to see wildlife and includes access to a community beach. Just walking around in this small community is fun and interesting. The house has lots of nice porch space, good separation of bedrooms and a large room on the bottom floor for tv or movie watching with maybe 100 videos. There is also a nice laundry area and plenty of books to read. You'll find a fire pit behind the house if you want to roast hot dogs or marshmallows. You can't miss the wood in the shed, but you'll need kindling. There is a wood stove inside if needed. The house has nice, comfortable beds and furniture. There's plenty of room for 6 people to have a place to sit in the living room, if you have more some might want to go downstairs to the family room or sit on the kitchen table chairs. There's a great loft area upstairs outside the bedroom, with children's toys and an area for reading. Follow the direction provided by the rental agency and you will find the house. It's not hard but we wondered if we were on the right road, there aren't many street signs. After that, everything was lots of fun!! Keep the kitchen trash can away from the wall heaters, we melted one and found a replacement at the local hardware store in town. It would be good if there was a sign on the trash can, we were not thinking about that outcome and it got cool at night so we turned on the heater for a while. We left our trash in a 33 gallon bag in the trash can behind the house because the recycling center hours did not work with our departure. The management company was good enough to dispose of it for us and we were only charged $12 for that large bag. A good service and reasonable cost. I think everyone on the island pays by the bag for garbage disposal. Our visit was in early September, 2015. This rental was a very good value for the money spent and a wonderful stay for us!!
Joyce C. Sep 2014
Four longtime friends had a wonderful short stay in September. Quiet and cozy. Loved the deck overlooking the beautiful water.
David M. Aug 2014
Beautifully situated on the northeast side of the island, it has 2 sides with unobstructed view of the water. Not overly large, but it was comfortable for the 6 of us and accurately described. We were visited by bald eagles, harbor seals, and a mink. It has a secluded feel even with the neighbors. The drive from town seems long at first (gravel road with turns and 15 mph speed limit) but isn't a factor. Many of the roads on the island are slow and this house is closer than many. Look out for turkeys on the road! We would like to return.