HOUSE AND CABINS

FAQ

How many people can be accommodated?

A maximum of 14 people can be accommodated on the property at any one time, including visitors,  children and babies. This is due to septic limitations as well general wear and tear. We have a septic system located at beach level which we cannot overload.  The Whidbey Beachfront House comes equipped with 2 king size beds in separate bedrooms, 3 queen beds in separate bedrooms, 2 twin bunk beds, 1 twin captains bed with twin trundle, one queen sleeper, and a daybed.

Do you allow pets?
I’m afraid that we are not able to accommodate pets.

Do you have any bedroom floor plans available, and/or a layout of the property?
For Bedroom layout, please see complete bedroom descriptions at bottom of this page, or this floor plan. Here is an architectural sketch of the property layout.

Can we have our wedding here?
Sorry, we cannot accommodate weddings.

Are there any other booking restrictions?
Our family enjoys sharing our vacation home with our guests who appreciate its amazingly peaceful setting and treat the house and property like their own. However, we no longer accept bookings from unrelated groups of young people, for bachelor party weekends, or for parties where alcohol, drugs, or loud music are the major draw. 14 people is the maximum number of guests we can accommodate, including visitors.

Can we tour the property prior to booking?  We are not set up for tours and the property is often booked on weekends. We have provided this website to answer any questions you may have, as well as provide a “virtual tour” with plenty of pictures. For longer stays of one month or more, we can sometimes arrange for an on-site visit if requested.

Is there a grocery store nearby?
Yes, there is a wonderful supermarket (the best on the island) less than 10 minutes away. They have bulk food, gourmet ingredients, great produce, seafood, and meat dept, a large organic section, artisan breads, and an in house bakery.

What about internet access?
We have broadband DSL and WiFi throughout the property (even at the beach).  In 2015 we added additional wifi transmitters so that coverage is good on all parts of the property.  We get excellent cell phone reception on the property as well.

Please tell me about your pool.
Our private 20 x 40’ deep water outdoor pool was originally built in 1960. It is fully fenced, locked, and heated by solar panels.   Water levels range from 3 on the east end to 10’on the deep end, and an adult must be supervising at all times. It is a fabulous place to relax in the summertime and in 2014 we replastered the entire pool surface,  added modern blue tiles.  Other recent upgrades have been upgraded the pool deck,  pool plumbing, and bathroom.

I’ve heard that you’ve been busy! What renovations have you made?
2001   Interior remodel of beach cabin to create the bedroom area.  Interior wall with recycled windows and door added.  Installed Bosch dishwasher,  new stainless sink, and solid surface countertop.

2002    Upgraded septic system- installed 3 stage sand filter system located under the large lawn at the beach and pumped to the elevated garden area to north of the lower wood shed.  System services all 3 structures.  Installed lawn and planted gardens.  Installed granite tile counters in main house, new sink and faucet.

2003  New refrigerator,  washer,  dryer,  and new Toto toilets in every bathroom.   Teak dining table and bench for main house.

2004  New Hotspring hot tub,  Satellite TV,  2 new gas fireplaces,  bedrooms upgraded with goosedown comforters,  Egyptian cotton sheets,  new duvets,  new towels,  new lighting.

2005  New concrete stairs and handrails to beach.   Oak card table and chairs in atrium.   Huge invasive ivy removal project and new plantings.   New Adirondack chairs at beach.

  • Bulkhead replacement-  we lost the old creosote pilings in the Superbowl storm Feb ’06,  and replaced it with an attractive low concrete seawall.

2007-8   Major remodel of main house.   The entire lower level was removed down to dirt.  We then excavated 3-4 feet and poured a new foundation underneath,  so that there is a “new house” underneath the upper section.  Upstairs full bath was reduced to a powder room,  with former shower now a kitchen pantry.  New roof deck, stainless barbeque,  outdoor furniture,  46” surround sound HDTV theatre.   All new utilities and electrical/plumbing in preparation for kitchen remodel in 2009.

2009-10  Our big kitchen remodel.   The kitchen was expanded significantly, with professional appliances, luxury finishes, and a new picture window opening beach views to the north.

In record time (6 weeks) our team of Whidbey craftsman completed the kitchen.  We also restained and refinished the hardwood floors in the kitchen and living room.   The beach cabin was repainted,  new flooring and baseboards installed,  and the built-in sectional in the cabin was completed.  New “slate” roof using material made from recycled tires on the main house.

2011  New front door on main house with stained glass insert and integrated keyless entry lock.

2013  Major upgrade for main house living room, re-routing fireplace venting to outside,  which allowed us to install a 40” flatscreen TV above the fireplace.  Built in window seat provides comfortable place to stretch out and relax as well as hidden storage below for TV cable box and DVD player.

2014  Repaved most of the beach driveway and house entrance.  Installed new second Bosch dishwasher in main house kitchen.  Replastered and retiled the pool, first time in 54 years!   Installed screens on all opening windows.

2015  New tiled shower enclosure and granite counter top in lower beach cabin.  Improved wifi coverage on all parts of property by installing additional wifi transmitters.

Is your kitchen fully stocked?
Yes.  The following list is for the main house only. The Beach Cabin kitchen is similarly stocked but is not listed here.

Kitchen:

  • Electrolux ICON dual fuel 6 burner range
  • Futura Futura Italian range hood with remote blower
  • 36” Sub Zero All- refrigerator
  • Summit freezer drawers with ice maker
  • 2 Bosch stainless dishwashers
  • 2 stainless sinks with Kohler pull out faucets
  • Large granite island with 4 “spinney” stools
  • LG Microwave
  • Blender, small Cuisinart food processor, Electric rice cooker/steamer, Popcorn maker, Panini press, waffle irons, ice cream maker, and other small appliances
  • Drip coffee maker, Bodum coffee plunger, and coffee bean grinder
  • Ample pots, pans, turkey roasting pan, baking equipment, salad bowls, utensils, etc. in new pantry
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, silverware, coffee mugs, plastic kids cups and bowls, and ample wine glasses
  • Cordless telephone with intercom to and from cabins (answering machine is Off but can be turned on if desired)
  • Refrigerator and pantry are stocked with ample basics, including condiments, flour, sugar, spices, vegetable oil, salad dressing, etc.. Please feel free to use anything you need- just replace anything that is used up.
  • Cookbooks- Joy of Cooking, Betty Crocker, Best of Whidbey, and several James Beard cookbooks
  • DSL modem for high speed internet access, both plug in and wifi (no password

Living Room:

  • Stereo with CD Player and about 30 CDs ranging from classical to rock to jazz
  • Large screen TV, DVD and VCR, Satellite TV. Good family movie library.
  • 2 couches, 2 chairs, and side tables.
  • Antique Persian carpet and Striped wool carpet.   Library with diverse selection of novels and books, local and international guidebooks, reference books. Please leave these at the house when you leave for other guests to enjoy.

Dining Room:

  • Teak trestle table with 6 chairs and long bench seat. Accommodates 10-12 people.
  • 2 cushioned chairs and tile topped wicker table. Square birch game table which expands to a rectangle, with matching chairs- can be overflow seating for meals or kids seating.

What are the bedrooms like?
Master Bedroom: California King bed with Ralph Lauren duvet and 800 thread count linens, modern Paloma gas fireplace, floor to ceiling wood windows looking west to beach, water, mountains. Elevated bath area with soaking tub and views through bedroom to the water and mountains beyond. Includes steam shower, double sinks inset in green granite slab counters. Separate walk-in closet.

Bedroom 2: Queen bed plus two stacked twin bunk beds separated by privacy curtain, large dresser, built in Lyptus desk, built in reading lights, night stand, beautiful beach and water views.

Bedroom 3/Family Room: King bed which transforms into a sofa, and day bed. 46’ LCD HDTV with 5.1 surround sound system. Sweeping water and mountain views. Exterior door opens to covered porch and hot tub. Cork floating floors throughout room and hallway areas.

Bedroom 4: This small but very cool bedroom is elevated 3 wide stairs above Bedroom 3/Family Room, and its clear fir French doors opens directly into Bedroom 3. Captains bed has twin mattress on top and 2nd twin mattress in pull out trundle drawer. Great water and forest views from this room as well.

The bathrooms look nice in the pictures. Details please!
Powder Room (upstairs): Toto toilet with Softclose seat, seafoam green granite slab with undermount sink and glass 1×1 accent tiles, Grohe faucet, Lyptus custom cabinetry by Whidbey cabinetmaker. Compact hair dryer.

Main Bathroom (downstairs): Kohler Tea for Two tub with shower, Toto toilet with Softclose seat. Rectangular undermount sink bowl on seafoam green slab granite counters. Pratt and Larson porcelain tiles with glass tiles accents, heated floors, ample storage cabinets, compact hair dryer.

Master Bath Zuma soaking tub with custom slumped glass shelf opening to bedroom and views beyond. Steamist steam shower tiled enclosure with Grohe double shower heads. Pratt and Larson oversized rectangular porcelain tiles with glass accent tiles. Heated floors. Double sinks in Seafoam green slab granite counters. Lyptus cabinetry, vanity seating, compact hair dryer. Toto toilet behind separate clear fir door.

Laundry Room: 2 Large capacity front load washers (new in 2008), and matching large capacity dryer (new in 2008), laundry sink with mirror.

Deck: Quality deck furniture- David O. Smith teak table and 10 matching teak chairs. Teak loveseat and 2 matching chairs with pads. Large stainless steel gas barbeque connected to household propane- new August 2008.

Lower deck: Hotspring Hot Tub with Ozonator , Large covered porch with chairs