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Orcas Island, Garden Retreat #248

4.5714
(7 Reviews)

Capacity

3 Bedrooms
3 Bath
Sleeps 8

Search Availability

About

Garden Retreat is a very comfortable and well equipped home, located 3/4 mile from the laid back Doe Bay Resort that offers a variety of entertainment, an outstanding restaurant and also has a beautiful beach, salt water soaking tubs and sauna next to a lovely stream with views of Doe Bay. Also offered seasonally are massage, Yoga services and Kayak rentals and tours.

Now to the home, which is delightful in its own right. It uses a reverse floor plan with most living space upstairs to take advantage of the garden views and a large delightful deck for dining, entertaining, or just sipping wine in the evening. This area of Orcas Island enjoys some of the warmest weather, delightful surroundings and wonderful morning sun. You'll enjoy strolling through the lovely large gardens, which have organically grown peaches, apples and pears, along with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries that are available for guests to pick in season.

Inside upstairs, you will find a large living room, dining room and kitchen combination great room concept. Down the hall are the Master Bedroom with its own private full bath and a second bedroom with a shared guest bath. The master has a new luxury pillow top king bed and the second bedroom enjoys a comfortable full-size bed with windows overlooking the garden. Outside on the large deck is a full compliment of outdoor furniture for your lounging enjoyment.

Downstairs you'll find the third bedroom with a new Queen pillow top bed and its own bathroom along with a second activity room/game room with games galore. There is also a queen size Aerobed for additional sleeping accommodations. Talk about a good layout for family fun with separation privacy. Great for two families to enjoy. Excellent quality furnishings throughout including large screen new Smart Tv's upstairs and down. Outside is an underdeck patio to shade you from the sun that occurs so often given the normally wonderful Orcas summer days and evenings.

San Juan County VR Permit #PPROVO-17-0019

LIMITED AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES (IMPORTANT NOTICE, PLEASE READ)

Northwest Island Escapes makes every effort to provide, and provide timely maintenance and service for, all the amenities listed in this property description. However, at times, due to events out of our control, these services may not be as fast or reliable as our guests are used to on the mainland. Please Read your contract for important additional information about the availability of these services.

Features

Amenities

  • Private Acreage
  • Central Heating
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Propane BBQ
  • Inland Scenic

Location

  • Orcas Island

Rates and Fees

  • 3 Night Minimum Peak
  • 2 Night Minimum Shoulder
  • 2 Night Minimum Quiet
  • $49 Damage Waiver
  • 3% Admin Fee
  • $500 Security Deposit
  • $250 Checkout Cleaning

Notes

  • Near Moran State Park
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • No Smoking Allowed

Availability

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Reviews

Great vacation place

August 2019
, half moon bay, CA United States

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
4
Location
5
Property condition
4

Our family enjoyed the trip very much. Good location and nice setting. We even picked some fruits off from the trees in the garden.

Manager's Response

General Manager Response - We want to thank Kathy for her very positive review and hope that she will one day come back to visit this wonderful property once again.

Garden house

August 2019
, Bend, OR United States

Overall
4
Services from rental manager
3
Cleanliness
2
Location
4
Property condition
3

The house is large and spacious. House did have lot of bugs in it. Cell phone reception is minimal and internet is ok at home. Big sign says keep gate on driveway shut so that was annoying. Someone whether it was owner or house keeper showed up prior to us even leaving. Also, the additional paperwork you have to do for the home is ridiculous too.

Manager's Response

General Manager Response - We are sorry that Sam did not have a truly wonderful stay like so many other guests to Garden Retreat. We do understand that there was an ant issue during his stay and have engaged the local pest control service for remediation. This temporary issue has now been resolved. The San Juan Islands are a somewhat remote location and cell phone coverage can be a challenge. This is certainly no fault of the home or its particular location. This home has extensive, beautiful gardens. If the entry gate is not closed after each arrival and departure, the local deer population will consume the gardens in short order. We don't believe asking for guest cooperation in this regard is reasonable. The owner's gardener arrived prior to the guest departure, again to maintain the gardens in their best appearance for guests to enjoy. We can't speak to paperwork, other than to say we have very few complaints about the processes we follow. We are sorry if Sam thought them unusual. We do thank him for recommending this wonderful property for other guests to visit.

Wonderful property!

August 2019
, Portland, OR United States

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
5

The home was perfectly suited for our needs. The home is on a large lot with plenty of space for rambling and berry picking. It was very clean upon arrival and has a nice, open layout. It is just a short 10 minute drive to Moran State park and close to Obstruction Pass, Doe Bay and other scenic options. We loved the house and would definitely consider staying there again the next time we make it up to Orcas!

Manager's Response

General Manager Response - Jeff, we thank you for your glowing review! We do our best to ensure that every guest has a similar stay at Garden Retreat. We particularly appreciate that your group enjoyed the gardens and yard. These are quite unique in the Island and this owner has done everything to make them beautiful including hiring a gardener to visit periodically during the season. We hope you will be able to visit this home again in the future.

Great spot and responsive management

July 2019
, Decatur, GA United States

Overall
4
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
4
Location
4
Property condition
4

We had a wonderful stay here and would definitely recommend it for a family get-together on Orcas. The common areas are spacious and the downstairs room is nice for giving teenagers their own space. There is also a nice big deck and yard to explore for the littles; our 2-year old was very excited to pick raspberries in the berry cage!
There weren't many reviews of the property when we booked, so to provide a few more details:
- The house is comfortable and more spacious than the photos suggest.
- It is only 3/4 miles from Doe Bay Resort, which is great for the view, restaurant, spa, and other amenities. Keep in mind the road there is quite busy and there is no shoulder. We didn't feel comfortable walking with small childen but biking was ok.
- We had a miscommunication with management and there were no air mattresses when we arrived (apparently you need to specify when booking) but even on a Sunday afternoon they were responsive and delivered them quickly.
- The house is close to Moran State park and we spent a lot of time at the lake and going on small hikes. We were told by Doe Bay staff that you can also access some trails from nearby Pickett Lane, although we didn't end up trying it.
- the kitchen was large and well stocked with gadgets, pots/pans, and appliances but did not have any basic food prep supplies (e.g. salt, pepper, oil).
- overall the house was very clean although we did find a pair of a previous guest's underpants under one of the beds (!).

Manager's Response

General Manager Response - Laura, thank you so much for your positive and thorough review. Thankfully Garden Retreat is now getting quite a few reviews, which we know can be very helpful for future guests. A quick comment, our agency believes that for guest protection, any open food products should not be left in the house due to contamination risk. If food, oil, even spices are open in the home and left, there is always a risk. Hence we do not currently supply these items. We are looking into a way to provide some spices that are single packaged to avoid this issue. OH MY, we are truly sorry about the item left under the bed. Our housekeepers are trained to check under the beds, but we obviously missed this time. Our apology

Hope you can come once again to Garden Retreat and we will provide a truly perfect house for your arrival next time.

Perfect place for a long stay

July 2019
, Chicago, IL United States

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
5

Stayed for a week with 3 adults and 3 kids. Good space for that. A baby gate would have been great to have with the house. Everything else though was well fenced and perfect for amusing kids for the week. Pro tip is that you can check out DVDs from the local library.

Manager's Response

General Manager Response - Thank you Justin, for such an excellent and helpful review. Please come visit us again at Garden Retreat.

Last minute booking for a big party

August 2018
, Tumwater, WA United States

Overall
4
Services from rental manager
4
Cleanliness
5
Location
4
Property condition
4

We were attending a wedding and booked pretty late for up to 8 people. The house was large, lovely and beautifully maintained, although one light was out in the master bathroom, and there was a vase of dead flowers on the table. The beds were lovely and comfortable and the place was very quiet. I would suggest perhaps providing a privacy screen for anyone who is sleeping on any of the couches. Also, because the closet is locked off in the master bedroom, there was no place to hang up any of our dress clothes for the wedding. We had trouble using the direct TV to watch a movie. Perhaps you could leave some directions. We did not explore the grounds or cook there. The kitchen appeared to be well appointed. I think that the price of the house was fair, but I did not expect a $250 cleaning fee and a non-refundable damage deposit. AT $25/hr, that would pay for 10 hours of cleaning. And a damage deposit should be refunded if there is no damage. Overall, I think the total price was too high. I would recommend it for a lower price, and with the modifications mentioned above. I also think a sauna or a hot tub would be a reasonable amenity in a location so remote.

Manager's Response

Thank you for writing your review and complimenting the home you stayed in. We will address the light bulb out in the master bathroom and appreciate the report. This home does have extremely comfortable new beds. The owner spent a lot of time and energy setting this home up for vacation rental service. We will put better directions as to TV usage and where to find movies. The homes do not provide pay-per-movie services, so you are on your own for movies, other than Netflix and Amazon which have many free movies and, of course, you can use your personal account to purchase movies. When it comes to pricing within the reservation, there are no hidden fees. Everything is spelled out in detail prior to you pushing the booking button. If I may explain, we pay our housekeepers $35/hour which is the going rate in the Islands. There is a limited pool of qualified housekeepers such that they make more than mainland housekeepers. We send a team of two for this size house and they work anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to make the house sparkling clean for the next guest. Hence, the $250 departure clean charge that was outlined in your reservation is very reasonable. The security deposit you thought should be returned was only $49. In fact the security deposit for this home is $500 and if you had posted that, it would have been returned in full if no damage occurred. You didn't pay a security deposit, you purchased a damage waiver which covered up for up to $500 of accidental damage. That's why it wasn't returned.

We appreciate having had you visit our wonderful Orcas Island and your positive review of Garden Retreat!

General Manager

Nice, Clean and well laid out.

July 2018
, Gig Harbor, WA United States

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
5

highly recommend!! This home had no reviews but was one of the only left on the island so we took it. Glad we did!! Very clean home and well taken care of. Easy to find and just a short walk to Doe Bay Resort. Separate living space upstairs and down for those who want adult space and child space. Peek aboo view of the water is nice but you cannot go wrong with any view on Orcas. If you come in at night be aware that the instructions sent to us said that the Key box was on left side of the door.... but it is on the right. At night it can make initial entry complicated. Also, there are 2 potential front doors. One up top and one entering the daylight basement ... Daylight Basement is the lock box entry but that was not detailed on instructions. Great place none the less.