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San Juan Island, Channel House #333

4.8523
(88 Reviews)

Capacity

3 Bedrooms
2 Bath
Sleeps 6

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About

WATERFRONT VACATION RENTAL HOME ON SAN JUAN ISLAND

This San Juan Island vacation rental home offers sweeping views across San Juan Channel to Orcas Island and other surrounding islands. Floor to ceiling windows invite the exquisite beauty of nature into your living room, kitchen, and dining areas - the waterfront is so near that it feels like part of the living room! The natural environment surrounding this home provides frequent sightings of deer, eagles, porpoise, seals, sea lions, and on occasion, Orca and Minke Whales. This home is an ideal setting for those who enjoy reading, fishing, cooking, hiking, and just relaxing to the sound of the sea.

The living room opens to the deck and is furnished with wall-to-wall carpeting, leather seating, DVD/CD & i-pod player. Wool Pendleton and fleece blankets are thoughtfully provided to keep you cozy while sitting outside by the fire pit or at the waterside bench. Two queen-sized bedrooms face the water and enjoy their own private decks, reading areas & radios. The master bedroom features a seating area and the master bath offers a walk-in shower. A third bedroom contains two twin beds, a second DVD player and a concealed Maytag washer and dryer.

Gourmet cooking and entertaining are encouraged in this vacation home's well-equipped kitchen that offers a bread machine, ice maker, service for 12, serving dishes, candles, new dishwasher, high-tech induction stove top, seasonings, two ovens, & cookbooks. There is a gas BBQ just outside and sage, thyme, rosemary, chives, mint and other spices growing in containers for your use. A wood stove in the dining room (free firewood is provided) adds to a cozy evening environment.

Reach the rocky shoreline on an easy path down 4 steps; you might fish for your dinner as fishing, crabbing, and shrimping gear are provided. Hikers will enjoy discovering the Old Growth Forest Reserve just three blocks away. At Channel House, you can blissfully escape from the world but if you decide to tune in there is a new 55" HDTV for internet, movie channels, and Blueray DVD that can be used with 3D or regular video discs. Cell coverage can be spotty so there is a land line with free long distance calls to US, Mexico and Canada.

Channel House is located at the end of a private road, just 2.5 miles from the ferry landing and the Town of Friday Harbor, where you will enjoy many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions.

San Juan County VR Permit #99CU026

• Travel Insurance – Unexpected Things Can Happen, We Highly Recommend You Purchase Travel Insurance.

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.

SITE ADVISORY: ALTHOUGH ACCESS TO THE SHORE IS VIA A GENTLY SLOPING TRAIL, THIS HOME IS NOT SUITABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN AS THERE ARE HIGHER SECTIONS OF THE PROPERTY NEAR DEEP WATER. IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT SPECIFIC WATER OR ROADWAY CONDITIONS, PLEASE DISCUSS THEM WITH A RESERVATIONIST BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR BOOKING.

Features

Amenities

  • Waterfront
  • Close Up Water View
  • DVD Player
  • WIFI internet
  • CD Player
  • Wood Stove
  • Blu-Ray DVD Player
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Propane BBQ
  • Outdoor Dining Table & Chairs
  • Child Cautions

Location

  • San Juan Island

Rates and Fees

  • 4 Night Minimum Peak
  • 3 Night Minimum Shoulder
  • 3 Night Minimum Quiet
  • $75 Damage Waiver
  • $195 Checkout Cleaning
  • 3% Admin Fee

Notes

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • No TV Cable or Satellite Service
  • Steep Driveway
  • No Smoking Allowed

Availability

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Reviews

Highlight of our vacation

September 2019
, Loveland, CO United States

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

Our time at the Channel House was amazing. From the side deck we watched a mother deer and her three children graze, watched her fend off an interloper, we watched stars and listened to a sea lion grunting at the edge of the water, although we couldn't see him in the dark. The next morning from the lower bedroom deck we watched a family of otters, a mother and four! juvenile otters, play and hunt for fish. The mommy otter successfully caught a fish and gave it to one of the juveniles. After quite a tussle with the other juveniles to keep possession, he successfully claimed and ate it. It is so unbelievably beautiful, peaceful and wild here. We loved our stay and hated for it to end. The reservation process was smooth and the agents I worked with were so pleasant and helpful. Thanks to the family that owns the Channel House for opening it's doors to visitors!

SJI Tranquil Paradise

August 2019
, Huntington Beach, CA United States

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

Stunning and mesmerizing view. I could sit for hours and watch the ripple of the water, boats passing by, deer feeding on the property, changing colors..... a perfect place to relax.
The home had everything we needed and then some. It’s in a great location to get into Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. I wish I were staying longer!!!

You will not be dissapointed

July 2019
, Bedford, United Kingdom United Kingdom

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

Channel House is the perfect get away, the property is really high quality with all the amenities you would expect but the 'wow' factor is the perfect location with amazing views you will not get tired of. We had 5 nights of BBQ's on the deck followed by drinks around the fire pit - heaven.
Plenty to do during the day, recommend bike rides, kayak tours and great hikes.

Amazing Views

July 2019
, Winchester, OR United States

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

Our four night stay was a great and memorable experience. There are many awesome things about this home and the property..However, there are a few things to be aware of prior to renting..
The upstairs master bedroom is a loft and there isn't a door for privacy. if your staying there with another couple you may need to be cautious about walking around the bedroom without clothes on.. we weren't aware of this prior to arrival..
Also, the driveway is very tight for parking and turning around.
The walk from the parking area is steep and loose gravel, you need to be cautious not to loose footing.
Overall, it's a Beautiful place and setting..

Great for a family

July 2019
, Houston, TX United States

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

We stayed at this rental for a week with our daughter, her husband, and their two boys, age 2 and 6. There was plenty of room for all, and everyone loved the house and the great view. We've stayed at many rentals in the islands over the years, and this house was by far the best equipped for kitchenware, linens, etc.

Great view

June 2019
, Albuquerque, NM United States

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

Great view. House located in the woods. Tricky, steep driveway. Could not get in the house on arrival. Finally realized that the door was swollen shut - had to slam it open with our shoulder each time. The refrigerator makes a loud clunking noise ever 15 min which would wake us up all night. And how old is that pink sculptured carpet in the bedroom and bathroom (yuck). Furniture is old fashioned, broken down and worn. Stayed in Sidney at a gorgeous waterfront house for a lot less money. We love San Juan Island and the views but the Channel House could do with some improvements.

San Juan Adventure

June 2019
, Glen Ellyn, IL United States

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

I’ve been renting vacation homes for over 20 years and this was by far the most well equipped home I’ve stayed in. Everything was well stocked, it was very clean and the pictures are accurate. It’s a lovely home situated in a perfect spot on the island - very short drive to Friday Harbor, beautiful view of the San Juan Channel and very private

Amazing View!

June 2019
, Snohomish, WA United States

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

Convenient, beautiful view and fully equipped. We had an amazing stay and memories that we will carry on forever. Only warning is the driveway it’s steep and limited for a larger vehicle. No issues just be aware.

Beautiful San Juan

April 2019
, Seattle, WA United States

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

Lovely house, great views and we got visits from a seal each morning!

Manager's Response

Thank you for this sweet review, and for mentioning your new seal buddy! We do have a lot of beautiful, friendly critters here in the San Juan islands. The home does have such glorious views and we appreciate your comments so much. We hope to welcome you again to one of our vacation rental homes in the San Juan Islands.
~NW Island Escapes

Channel House #333

March 2019
, Seattle, WA United States

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

Overall everything was fine. Our only issue was the directions for getting to the house. We arrived at 8:30 PM so it was very dark. The directions told us to turn right at Washington Way then directly left--which we did. The directions further indicated that there were two paths, one left and one right and we were to take the right one---that was all wrong, unfortunately. The directions should have read, turn right at Washington Way, then immediately left, continuing to bear leftist past a tiny sign "221". Thereafter turn sharply to the right, and downhill past the grassy knoll------

Manager's Response

Thank you for your comments about Channel House. We agree, it certainly can be dark here on our rural island, no street lights, on a spring night. We have installed a fire department blue-and-white reflective signpost with the home number at this home to alleviate this issue. We hope to welcome you in the future to one of our vacation homes here in the San Juan Islands.
~NW Island Escapes

Friday Harbor beauty!!

October 2018
, Las Vegas, NV United States

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

WE love this home. The view was over the top along with the fire pit. House was very clean. Did not try to understand the TV system. However, it would have been nice to watch the news!

ChannelHouse

September 2018
, Asheville, NC United States

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

We had a delightful time staying at the Channel House on San Juan. The views are spectacular and the house is very comfortable. We loved everything about it.

Great Location But Significant Issues

September 2018
, Gualala, CA United States

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

The home's location is outstanding and the view is incredible. We saw a whale pass right in front of the house our first morning. The home is spacious and has great outdoor spaces. Well equipped kitchen and comfy beds. Very good WiFi.

The cons include: the house smells extremely musty. The mildewy smell was pervasive and lingered on all the clothes in my suitcase. It was a trigger for my asthma and detracted from the experience. If you have any respiratory issues, I would not recommend this house. I gave a high rating for cleanliness independent of the mustiness.

Also, if you have mobility issues, please be aware their are three sets of stairs in the house (two for the master bedroom and bath only). If you have a large vehicle, as we did, you will need to park up the very steep drive off the property and hike down to the house. We had to use 4WD to get out and almost got stuck before we figured parking out. Loading and unloading was not fun but we love to hike so we managed.

If I had known about the $75.00 non refundable damage deposit before I selected the house that would have dissuaded me from booking it. The norm is a refundable damage deposit, which is fair.

Overall, I would not recommend this house given the drawbacks.

Manager's Response

Thank you for your review of the comfortable home called Channel House on San Juan Island. It is truly a beautiful setting as you noted, and the whales do pass by the front of the home for the lucky visitor! The home is indeed very roomy with lovely grounds, a well supplied kitchen, very nice beds and good WiFi service. The musty smell you reported has not been noted by any other visitors so, while we recognize it was not something you enjoyed, we have to believe it was of a transitory nature. The home owner himself stayed at the home shortly after your group left and also did not report any unusual or unpleasant smells, so it apparently was something which dissipated rather quickly. And our island is very hilly, as you also noted. We do hope you will feel welcome to visit the San Juan Islands again in the future.

Channel House is Awesome!

August 2018
, Ridgewood, NJ United States

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

We loved our stay at Channel House! In fact, we can't stop thinking about it! The location is so perfect that it makes it a little difficult to ever want to leave the house to explore the island. We forced ourselves to explore and we loved San Juan Island, but nothing beat relaxing, fishing and crabbing with the kids down at the waters edge in our own backyard. The house itself is comfortable, clean and spacious. Hope to return one day soon!

A Peaceful Retreat!

August 2018
, London, United Kingdom

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
3
Location
5
Property condition
4

My family and I had a lovely stay at Channel House - four blissful days of quiet repose on the waterfront, complete with orca, eagle, kingfisher, deer, crab, and other wildlife sightings! The house was well-equipped and our baby loved the outdoor spaces. Perfect location as just a short drive (and an hour's walk) from Friday Harbor. Only slight hitch we had when we arrived was that the wifi code provided prior to our arrival was incorrect but with a location as pretty as this, who needs wifi?!

Exceptional San Juan Island find

June 2018
, Jamesburg, NJ United States

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

We have stayed in many vacation rentals and this is in our top 3 ! Very comfortable home, over the top views, beautiful grounds, daily deer visiting, eagle sitting in pine above deck, great location w/ balance of nature and short distance to Friday Harbor...easy to find. Driveway a bit tricky...but adds to the uniqueness of the home. This house was simply wonderful for our group of 5. Soo happy we did not settle and stay in Friday Harbor...

impressed

May 2018
, Lincoln, NE United States

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

great vacation at a great place

Perfect spot for our family

March 2018
, BOULDER, CO United States

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

We loved this house. It was cozy, inviting and the views are amazing. Close to town, but it felt remote and private. SJI was wonderful of course, and this property helped us even enjoy the rainy days spent inside. We weren't bothered by the dated interiors that some have mentioned - it is helpful to know about that in advance in case you are expecting something different, but overall we found the property charming. We'd rent here again.

Manager's Response

Dear Guest - thanks so much for visiting us at the Channel House! We appreciate your stay and we're so glad you had so much fun. Best, General Manager

Wonderful Vacation House

September 2017
, Washington DC, United States

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

Channel House was wonderful. It had everything we needed, plus an incredible view. We really enjoyed our time there.

Great Place!

August 2017
, Snoqualmie, Washington United States

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

We really enjoyed out stay. Beautiful waterfront location. We used the crab pot that was there and caught a few crab! Very convenient location. 15 minutes or less to anywhere we wanted to go. Enjoyed the daily visits from the deer.

Great views of the water

August 2017
, Sammamish, WA United States

Overall
3
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
3

Location near town with breathtaking views of the sound were the highlights. Kitchen was well-stocked with plates and any cooking gadgets you might need to prepare a gourmet meal. Very comfortable home. Giving it 3 instead of 5 stars because master bedroom and master bath are in bad need of updating (pink shag carpet in the bathroom).

Manager's Response

Dear Guest - thank you for choosing to stay in the San Juan Islands and for the opportunity to serve you! We also appreciate your feedback here. The channel house is a gorgeous property in a stunning location as you note. The master bed/bath carpet is certainly a vibrant pink and while many guests have enjoyed the island "classic" feel it imparts, we understand it wasn't to your liking. I hope you will accept our apologies, and reach out to us when you visit next time. We have the largest pool of homes in the Islands to select from and our very knowledgeable staff is more than capable of assisting you in locating something more to your liking. Best Regards, General Manager

Awesome Home and location!

July 2017
, Sherwood, Oregon United States

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

Love this vacation home and will return. It is tranquil, killer views, and many wildlife sightings. Our favorite was watching the kingfishers hunt for fish from the pole over the water.

Channel House

July 2017
, Clackamas, OR United States

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

Fantastic location and view! We would definitely rent again!

Channel House #333

June 2017
, Henderson, NV United States

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

Awesome views, comfortable house, great vacation.

Stay at Channel House

June 2017
, Sequim, WA United States

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

We had a wonderful time! The views from the home are incredible. The rooms are very comfortable.

Best Part of Our Cross Country Road Trip

August 2016
, Charlotte, NC United States

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

Channel House was wonderful in every way. We had never been to San Juan Island and were unsure about the location. It was perfect. The house was clean and had everything imaginable to make our visit comfortable. Views, oh my! Clean, comfortable, well equipped, and perfectly situated on a lovely island. While this house is not new, it is well maintained and cared for. Our stay at Channel House was the most relaxing part of our cross country road trip.

Wonderful stay

September 2016
, Boise, Idaho - ID United States

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

Excellent facilities
Excellent location

Wonderful Vacation

August 2016
, Little Rock, AR United States

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

This is a wonderful vacation house for a family get-together: clean, comfortable, convenient. Its location overlooking the water is phenomenal. There are several features that future renters may wish to know about. The master bedroom has no doors and is open to the living room. The bunk beds do not un-stack. It is also a "light" house; the drapes on windows do not block out the light. Once accustomed to these features, we had a wonderful vacation with our grown children.

Great place for our mini family reunion

June 2016
, Stowe, VT United States

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

Great spot just 5 minutes to Friday Harbor yet very private setting. Plenty of space to gather as a family or to find that quiet spot of your own. Beautiful views with plenty of wildlife right out your doors.

Perfect - Relaxing Location by the Sea!!!

June 2016
, Kingston, WA United States

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

If you are looking for a 4 adult 2 child rental on San Juan Island close to Friday Harbor this is the perfect place for you! Easy access to all areas of the island, quick drive to Friday Harbor and all of it's wonderful restaurants, and PEACE when back at home base! House is beautiful and in great condition, VIEW is Amazing!, fire pit is wonderful & the owners kindly supply wood. 2 main bedrooms overlook the water with comfortable beds & each have their own deck. Bed room by front door has bunk beds that the kiddos loved. Come! Relax! & Enjoy!

Great stay at this home..will be back!

June 2016
, fredericksburg, TX United States

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

We have visited San Juan Island several times. This was the first time we have stayed in this home...and plan on booking it again. The view was breathtaking and the home had everything we needed. Very clean, comfortable and roomy. Sunsets looking over the water in the evening were gorgeous! So relaxing to sit by the fire pit in the evening or just enjoying some quiet time on the deck. It's just a few miles outside of Friday Harbor, so getting into town was quick. Although you do have neighbors, this home feels very secluded and private. The only thing I would suggest is not be bring a large SUV...the driveway has a sharp turn and it would be a little tricky getting down to the house. We had a midsize SUV and were able to maneuver it around the corner. I would highly recommend this home!

Fabulous Home!!

June 2016
, St .Charles, IL United States

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

We had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying the island. The house was perfect!!

Best Place to Stay on San Juan!!

May 2016
, Boise, ID United States

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

The Channel House was absolutely amazing! It was very secluded, yet only 8 minutes from Friday Harbor. The house was spotless and the kitchen was load with spices, stainless steel cookware, outdoor WEBER grill. The linens were top notch and the beds were very comfy. The views were amazing from any one of the 3 decks. The property manager (VacationRentals) were so great to work with. We've already booked a return vacation in September.

Amazing deck views!

August 2015
, Logan, Ut United States

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

I was more than happy upon our arrival! We had 2 local fishermen (friends of our guests) that were blown away by the deck and view, they kept saying, this is really nice. House is clean, fully stocked and awesome. Closeness to the city of Friday Harbor was great, only about 5 minutes away.

Idyllic Getaway

August 2015
, Gaithersburg, Maryland United States

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

We really enjoyed our stay at Channel House. Absolute peace and quiet, forrest on one side water on the other, the views were as amazing as advertised. Tastefully and comfortably furnished interior, lots of games, books, dvds and music, it was perfect for us with our two teenage daughters. Plenty of room for 6 if the bedrooms are shared. Close enough to town for a long walk or short bikeride. Well furnished kitchen. Simple check in and checkout. Loved it.

Channel House

August 2015
, Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada

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

This property has a beautiful view and is located in a quiet area close to town but not too close. The home is large and has multiple spaces for people to enjoy time together or apart. The only downside is that we spent most of our first evening trying to get internet service. After four hours of phone calls and a visit from a property management staff member, a new router was installed and the issues were resolved. We appreciated her effort, just wish it had been addressed before our arrival as apparently it had been an ongoing problem. New screen doors that open easily are needed! On a happier note, the sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking and worth the rental cost.

Channel House #333

July 2015
, Chesterfield, Missouri United States

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

Beautiful home and breathtaking views.

channel house 333

July 2015
, bethlehem, pa United States

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

an enjoyable, relaxing, slow paced vacation

Fabulous View and Seclusion

July 2015
, Medford, OR United States

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

This house was beautiful with an outstanding view of the ocean. Lots of wildlife including deer coming right up to the deck and literally eating right out of our hands! The deck space was awesome and big. The house was very clean and the house was stocked nicely. The driveway is a bit tricky to get into if you have a large vehicle but manageable. Overall a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back.

Spectacular Family Trip

June 2015
, Orlando, FL United States

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

Everything about our stay was amazing. The house was clean and comfortable and the views were AMAZING!! Each morning we were greater by a doe and her three fawns, not to mention the otters, bald eagles and a few minke whales. We greatly enjoyed exploring the tidal pools in the to is and found and enormous sea urchin! Thank you for sharing this beautiful spot with us...we will be back!!

A Little Taste of Heaven

September 2014
, Austin, Tx United States

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

Our family stayed at Channel House for six nights and had a wonderful time. The location of the house was awesome, the view breath taking. We saw eagle, seals and swimming deer from the balcony. The Channel House description was accurate regarding the location, layout and amenities. The property was clean and well maintained. We would highly recommend this property to everyone. We hope to be back at the Channel House very soon.

Perfect in every way

October 2014
, lehi, Utah United States

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

LOVE this place! This was our second time here and we'll be back again! Always immaculately clean, has everything you need for your stay. AMAZING location! Quiet. Incredible views, and choose enough to town that is still convenient.

Another great stay at Channel House

September 2014
, Ashland, OR United States

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

This was our 5th or 6th stay at the Channel House. It's a great place in a great location.
I understand a kitchen update/grade is planned for next season. That would be good as Cooktop is somewhat hard to use(reason for the 4 rating on general conditions).

Great Vacation House

September 2014
, Reno, NV United States

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

We had such a great time on the San Juan Island and we loved our rental house. It is way better in person and the views from the deck and windows are fantastic. You can look out and see all the boat, ferries and marine life go by.

Serene Getaway

August 2014
, Sebastopol, CA United States

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

The location of this house is incredible, nestled in the trees with 3 decks looking out to the waters & wildlife. The house was beautifully maintained & offered many amenities not provided by other rental properties-shampoo, soaps, lotions. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, serving pieces, spices, coffee & tea. There was nothing more we could have asked for. We used the propane BBQ & ate on the deck while watching the sunset. The location was quiet & serene. We would definitely recommend this property to a friend & would love to come back. We would also recommend dinner at Duck Soup Inn - cozy restaurant with a delicious fresh menu.

Family Vacation

July 2014
, Sebring, FL United States

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
3

We had a great time and the views from the house are outstanding. We had a bonfire every night. only problem was that we didn't see any Orcas.

Paradise on San Juan Island, WA

July 2014
, Millington, NJ United States

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

The Channel House was a great place for a mini-reunion during a wedding weekend. The location was perfect and the scenery was awesome. The home is cozy, relaxing and fully equipped~we watched a seal frolic outside our window and enjoyed a bonfire in the evening. Three decks were divine. Mountain views and privacy in the woods. Truly heaven on earth. Close to Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort. Whale watching and hiking was fun.

Blow You Away Vistas!

July 2014
, LA GRANGE, TX United States

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

We loved our stay in this beautiful location. The view is spectacular and the home is well equipped and welcoming. It is nestled in a steep wood with wildlife and lots of outside spots to relax and enjoy! We would highly recommend.

Channel House continues to shine.

September 2013
, Ashland, OR United States

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

I think this was our 5th stay in the Channel House. You can feel your blood pressure drop as walk in the door. A very serene & relaxing setting.

Friday Harbor Vacation

August 2013
, Redding, CA United States

Overall
5
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
4
Location
5
Property condition
3

Our stay at the Channel House #333 in Friday Harbor was fantastic. We had a wonderful week with family and everyone had a good time. The weather was perfect with no rain which gave us the opportunity to walk to town, about 2 1/2 miles, nearly every day. We never lacked for things to do and we were torn between relaxing at the house or exploring the island. The house was very comfortable and well equipped and the views were awesome from every room. We loved to sit by the fire pit in the evening and watch the ferries and boats go by and see the gorgeous sunset to the west. My photo of the sunset by the way, was selected to be shown on our local TV station as Picture of the Day. We also had a little otter out in the water that loved to pop his head up and give us a show now and then. We even had a deer that liked to visit and came right up on the deck a few times. We also loved the fact that we could hop on the ferry and go to Orcas Island or any of the other inter islands with no charge. If anyone is looking for a relaxing vacation, this is the place to go; you can either do nothing but laze around the house or you can explore the island for all that it has to offer.

Right on the water

September 2013
, Corvallis, OR United States

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

A pleasant house, very clean, with extraordinary views from many rooms. The kitchen is the most well-stocked one we've ever found in a vacation rental - a plethora of pans and equipment, and good variety of spices on hand. Our one and only problem was that the propane grill didn't work properly - but we didn't discover that until our last night, so management did not have a chance to correct it for us. Wifi was strong and we didn't miss the TV. It's a good place to stay, and comfortable.

Manager's Response

So sorry that the grill didn't work properly - new burners have now been installed so that future guests will not be inconvenienced. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

fantastic holiday home in gorgeous setting

August 2013
, Hungerford, Berkshire United Kingdom

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

A wonderful home cromnhome with wildlife literally on the doorstop.

Views! Views! Views!

July 2013
, La Quinta, CA United States

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

This is all about the views! We loved sitting on the decks or in the living room watching the ferries, sail boats and wild life. We even had a very curious & friendly deer welcome us the first morning.
The house was nicely furnished and had a well stocked kitchen. We would come back again. The driveway was a little difficult to maneuver with two cars but not impossible.

Terrific rental

July 2013
, Black Mountain, NC United States

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

This house was in a beautiful spot and was the best stocked rental we ever had. They had thought of everything--binoculars, books and brochures about the area, nightlights in the bathrooms, plenty of towels, lots of coat hangers, etc. The only thing missing was a supply of coffee filters....a minor thing! We spent hours on the decks enjoying the view. We would recommend this rental to anyone.

Great Location!

July 2013
, Cottonwood, CA United States

Overall
4
Services from rental manager
5
Cleanliness
4
Location
5
Property condition
3

This was our second stay at Channel House. Great views with a great deck overlooking the water. Fishing from the rock bank is good and the fire pit makes for great evenings. Any minor issues with the house were handled quickly and professionally. We will be back.

Beautiful

October 2012
, Boise, Idaho United States

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

Rain or shine, great place for a vacation getaway.

A week at Channel House

September 2012
, Redding, CA United States

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

We had a wonderful family reunion with our grown children at the Channel House. It was even more beautiful than the photos. We went to Friday Harbor daily for groceries, bike rentals, and cafes. Picked black berries and made cobbler, watched whales on the South side of the island and were lucky to see the super pod of about 10 whales. Took the ferry to Orcas Island for a day of exploration. So many wonderful memories.
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Great Experience at Channel House #333

August 2012

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

We loved the quiet secluded feeling but still enjoyed a fabulous view. It was so nice to have the house stocked with anything we might need but did not think to bring (binoculars, games, etc.)

Beautiful location and home!

August 2012
, Woodland, CA United States

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

We had a lovely time at the Channel House in Friday Harbor. The home is beautiful and spacious. The location is stunning with great views from inside the home as well as from the deck, fire pit area, and down along the shore. The only bad remark was that there were a few light bulbs out in the kitchen, dinning area, and bathroom.

August vacation stay

August 2012
, Placerville, CA United States

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

Great location - loved the view; the home was very comfortable and quite lovely.

Our recommendations are minor: window shade on upstairs window needed. Property management company should provide more toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags. We purchased these additional items.

Manager's Response

We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Channel House! To address the paper stock, we do provide a "start-up" supply of these items. We regret that there was an inadquate quantity for the week your family was in residence.

Perfect!

July 2012
, Powell Butte, OR United States

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

Our vacation rental experience was in a word "perfect". Relaxation, nature, excellent food, sights to see and things to do. The location was unbelievable and the home surpassed our expectations. We just may have to do this again next year!

True Paradise

July 2012
, Highlands Ranch, Co United States

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

Words cannot express how amazing this property and it's view is. Relaxing was the theme of our stay and it was incredibly peaceful to sit and watch the sailboats go by, the fish jumping out of the water and the sun setting behind the mountiain. The view was equally incredible from inside the house where my parents enjoyed the view while reading and relaxing. The house has everything you could need. The only thing I would point out is that one of the queen bedrooms is a loft and open to the living area below. Besides that, the beds were incredibly comfortable, the shower (atheist upstairs)was awesome and the thoughtful extras were apppreciated. It is also convenient to town. The only thing I would have enjoyed was some window coverings on the slider upstairs.....there is a lot of daylight in July and it made sleeping, or rather sleeping in past 5am a tad more difficult. But no complaints, I would HIGHLY recommend this house to anyone. I just can't see how it could be any better!

Manager's Response

Thank you soooo much for your kind comments! We are very happy to learn how much your family enjoyed your time in Channel House. (When you return, you'll find window coverings upstairs, too!)

Beautiful location, exceptionally well-stocked kitchen

July 2012
, Dallas, TX United States

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

We highly recommend Channel House #333 on San Juan Island. Beautiful location! If you can pull you eyes away from the views from the decks, the house is well stocked with games, a ping pong table, rods, reels, crab pot, etc., and a kitchen that is extremely well stocked -- with gadgets, utensils, pots and pans -- for any meal you might wish to prepare.

Our visitors included a bald eagle and the resident deer. While we weren't able to go crabbing per se (it was out of season), we were able to use the crab pot to draw in sea stars to check out.

The property is ideally situated between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor for easy access to both.

The house was well documented with instructions for every appliance. (Only the internet information page was missing. Our connection was slow and probably could have been reset. We were so busy with other activities that we didn't even try to contact property managers about it to see if they could have bumped up the speed.)

Thank you for sharing you property with us! We will recommend it to friends and family.

Another great visit to the Channel House

June 2012
, Portland, OR United States

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

This is our second time staying at the Channel House and it was even better than the first time. We noticed several nice improvements including a new stove and dishwasher. We never get enough of the great views and the house always seems cozy, comfortable, and well supplied with everything needed. The only thing that was missing were blinds in the master bed room. It got very sunny in the morning. Overall we had a really great experience and would highly recommend it.

Manager's Response

As we want you to sleep in when you're on vacation, you'll find new blinds in the master bedroom when you return!

Fantastic Get-Away in Friday Harbor

May 2012
, Nampa, ID United States

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

What an outstanding location! Right on the water with an incredible view, nicely-furnished and family-friendly floorplan, spacious decks, and some fun amenities like a firepit, ping-pong table, and horse-shoes. We loved every minute of our stay and enjoyed sitting on the rocks on the water's edge or on the decks watching sailboats, seals, and sunsets. Even if the weather had not been postcard perfect, this was a perfect place to unwind for a few days.

Manager's Response

Now that's what we love to hear! Hope to see you again!

Return to Channel House

September 2011
, Ashland, OR United States

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

This was our 3d or 4th visit to Channle House so, needless to say we quite like it. The new "house book" is a bit daunting & somewhat off putting. I don't really expect that we were supposed to check the huge inventory list, but one felt uneasy in not doing so.
I did like the reporting form that was provided. A great property in which we had a great time. We will return.

Perfect for the homebody at the right time of year

September 2011
, Portland, Oregon United States

Overall
4
Services from rental manager
3
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
4

From the driveway, the initial exterior appearance of the home lends to an old, box-shaped rustic home, having wooden shingles with a heavy weathered appearance primarily due to pine needles. This sightly discouragement will help to keep others at bay
for it is the interior layout, decor and added furnishings which make for a simple but aptly useable home. If a negative feature were to exist, it might be the overall size of the kitchen - smaller than the pictures portray but none-the-less serviceable and
more than adequately stocked. I only wish I had used less time for island activities and more time enjoying the serenity of this home's location. Since I had no unusual or "out of the ordinary" interaction with the property management, they are rated middle
of the road. My early Sept trip was devoid of wildlife viewing (as compared to the ads abundant description/selling enticement); if the pricing of the home is even remotely based on this favorable feature, perhaps the late season should start sooner.

Channel House Review

August 2011
, Arlington, TX United States

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

Excellent location

July 2011
, San Dimas, California United States

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

Location, location, location. Amenatities were great. Clean linen. Clean Bath. Clean Kitchen. The only things a person needs during their stay is food and drinks if you're eating in. Excellent resturants in FH. TV reception is non existant but who needs TV when you have a garden view on the water good music and a good book. Plenty of DVD's and CD's. One of the top 3 vacations we have had in 30 years.

The Channel House was just what we were looking for in a vacation. It's a very comfortable house in an absolutely great location. Fantastic views with generally only the sound of far off boat engines to break the peace and quiet.

July 2011
, Washington, DC United States

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

Wonderful stay, Orca's off the beach on the first evening

May 2011
, Ossining, NY United States

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

My wife and I visited the San Juan Islands from NY for the first time in May of 2011. Our treatment by Windermere on the web site, on the phone and in their offices was uniformly excellent. The house we rented was just as described and we had a wonderful time. To crown it all, we saw a pod of Orcas about 200 yards offshore the afternoon we arrived. Add to that Seals and porpoises every day, lovely and quiet spaces through the trees and across the channel.

Thank you......Bob and Kate Willemann

Manager's Response

And thank you! Come back to see us soon.

Wonderful Place for a Weekend Stay

September 2010
, Seattle, WA United States

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

Great views in a very private location. Watch the little ones on the rocks.

Say Yes ! to SJI and here's the reasons why.

August 2010
, Folsom, California United States

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

Everything about this trip really shines. The Island is extreamly clean and well kept with awesome weather in August (this was our experience) and wonderful food in Friday Harbor. Great hiking with fantastic views and we saw Orcas on our whale watching boat trip that you can take out of Friday Harbor. All in all - an absolutely wonderful place to stay and play !

Julie and Stanley (Kevin) Miles

July 2010
, Chattanooga, TN United States

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

August 2010 Vacation at Channel House #333

August 2010
, Portland, OR United States

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

The Channel House was a great place for a vacation get away. The location was great - quiet but close into Friday Harbor. The view of the San Juan Channel was spectacular from the three decks and the living room and bedroom windows. The house was clean and well furnished with only a couple of minor things that were not working or needed repair (one burner on stove was intermittent, post on master bed was temporarily propped up) but these were very minor in light of the house and the entire package.

Manager's Response

Please note that there is now a brand new induction stovetop and the master bed frame has been repaired.

July 2010
, Newport, RI United States

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

End of October on San Juan Island

October 2009
, Humble, TX United States

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

An absolutely perfect location to get away from it all. The Channel House is secluded with spectacular views. But for a nearby neighbor running a chain saw for a short while and the distant hum of the ferry's, we didn't hear another man made sound. Wildlife viewing was abundant. We scrapped our plans to visit the other islands and extended our stay for a day to take advantage of this great location. The absence of TV reception was a plus!

relaxing week

September 2009
, Scottsdale, AZ United States

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

A hot tub would make the house even better

Gorgeous location

September 2009
, Mercer Island, WA United States

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

Home was clean and well designed, view was wonderful, and location was convenient to other island interests. Would love to come back.

Great Water Views

September 2009
, San Marcos, TX United States

Overall
5
Cleanliness
5
Location
5
Property condition
5

Home worked well for two couples since 2 bedrooms had water views and both seemed like master bedrooms. Great views from decks & house. Split level with steps between areas of the house. We used the downstairs bedroom with 4 stairs up to bath on main level- a handrail would be helpful when using steps at night. One evening while we were enjoying the side deck a bald eage flew through the trees in front of us. We took a whale watching trip with Western Prince II & saw whales from L pod. Also visited Lime Kiln Park & saw whales from shore- Great experience. The reservation agents were very helpful & I would recommend booking a home through Windermere SJI

August 2009
, Placitas, NM United States

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

great time had by all.

August 2009
, Atkinson, NH United States

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

great home and location. Owners must be travelers because they seemed to have thought of everything you might need from binoculars/blankets/puzzles/games, etc. Beautiful sunrise and watching the ferry going to Orcas Island. Saw an eagle, multiple seals from our decks. overall beautiful place

Great stay

August 2009
, Austin, TX United States

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

We loved everything about our place, so much so we reserved the house for next year.

July 2009
, Gilbert, AZ United States

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

This property a180* view worth a million dollars. The stay was so fabulous and relaxing. The decks let us view the bald eagle, sea otters, sunflower starfish, and fantastic sunsets.

July 2009
, Hopewell, NY United States

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

We should send you some better photos to showcase this property.

Top Rate

July 2009
, Cottonwood, CA United States

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

Location, scenery, everything about our vacation rental from Windermere SJI was Top Rate. The web site photos and description was a perfect representation of what we found when we arrived. Very relaxing with beautiful views and great amenities. A word of caution should be provided for guests checking into #3 Channel House in regards to the driveway. The steep switchbacks can be difficult to negotiate in a full size truck, especially in the dark! There are no signs or posts, or mention in any of the literature to warn you that you can go over the edge very easily! This was our second stay at a Windermere SJI Vacation Home and we have always found them to be very accomodating, great to deal with over the phone and by e-mail! Great working with you and we will be back!

Very Relaxing

June 2009
, Whitefish, MT United States

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

My husband and I came here to celebrate our 20th anniversary and were so happy with our choice in rental houses. We loved being on the water. The house was spacious and clean. Just perfect! We brought our kayaks and got to experience the whales up close. Spectacular animals.

A truly magical getaway, I only wish it were my home!

June 2009
, Easton, PA United States

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

We were truly captivated by the natural beauty of the San Juans. The location and design of Channel House #3 allowed us to enjoy every minute of the day to its fullest. Each evening we sat outside, roaming from deck to deck and eventually settled around the fire ring once the sun set, which wasn't until 9:30-10:00 pm! The owners have really thought of every amenity possible (although wine glasses were missing!), personal touches, art work etc accentuated the open design of the house, views were nonstop! And great beds, linens and pillows which are important to me, I slept so well! We really were sorry when our stay came to a close. Thanks for making such a place possible for travelers to stay in. I am from the Adirondacks (Lake George) and found many similarities in the landscape, perhaps that's one of the reasons San Juan Island mesmerized me so. We will be back, for a longer time period! Thank you again.

Manager's Response

Thank you very much for your kind words. Regarding the lack of wine glasses: because the dishwasher kept breaking the tall stemmed glasses, we bought a dozen stemless wine glasses last year, and bought another dozen stemless glasses this year that are also thin and suitable for wine(note from owner).