|Per night||$185 - $245|
|Per week||$1,100 - $1,450|
Large main room opens through lovely french doors to large patio including dining table to enjoy outdoor living. Concrete countertops and high quality stainless steel appliances (including Bosch dishwasher) for the vacationing cook. Cozy propane fireplace set in a modern, concrete wall. Sparse and tasteful furniture including an iron sofa loaded with pillows. Beautiful gardens. The master bedroom has a balcony that has a peek-a-boo view of Camano Island, Mount Baker, and Puget Sound.
Terri Davis Smith
Langley Village: Post office, ATM, excellent restaurants, Fedex/UPS, internet
cafe, several theatres including the Clyde Movie Theater, library, antique shops, art galleries, retail stores, The Star Store, and more!
Public beach, kayaking, wildlife viewing, whale watching, fishing, hiking, 10 minutes to bowling alley, golf, skate park, bike rental, public marina.
|Jan 01 2016||May 31 2016||$185||$185||$1,100||$4,000||-|
|Jun 01 2016||Sep 30 2016||$245||$245||$1,450||$5,500||-|
|: 4 p.m. : 10 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 10.4 %|
|Deposits: Nightly rental deposit--$200.00 Weekly/Monthly rental deposit--$400.00|
|Payment Options: Mastercard, Personal Check, Visa|
Posted March 19th, 2007 in Washington
March isn't the best time of year to vacation in the Seattle area (you're more likely to avoid the infamous rain if you plan trips for the summer), but I enjoyed the weekend I spent up in Langley, WA. It's a small town (population barely over 1,000) overlooking Puget Sound on the southern end of Whidbey Island.
Langley is only about ten minutes from the ferry that crosses from the island to Mukilteo (a suburb north of Seattle and slightly south of Everett), so it's not very far out of the city if you're in Seattle for business (or live there and just want an escape). Yet the southern end of Whidbey has a delightfully rural feel with many old barns still dotting the landscape. In fact, the vacation rental I stayed at was converted from a barn.
I found the “Barn at Langley” through a vacation rentals site that lists rentals by state and town. I had been browsing when I came across this description of a renovated barn. If you've ever seen the HGTV show “Rezoned,” you've probably seen homes converted from old public buildings (libraries, fire stations, schools, etc.) and farm buildings (silos, barns, and the like). I've always been drawn to the converted barns because I love high ceilings and big open living areas. Needless to say, when I saw a vacation rental born from an old barn, I decided to sign up.
Since this is the off season, it was no trouble getting a weekend (even though I was only making a reservation a week or two out). Prices were a little lower, too, than they are in the summer. Since I was going to be in the Seattle area ahead of time, I drove out to Ballard and picked up the key from the owners the night before. (They'll also arrange to meet you at the rental, if you're coming from out of town or can't pick up the key ahead of time.)
The drive and ferry ride were uneventful (the directions they provided made it easy to find the place). As mentioned, I was impressed by how close it was to the city.
The vacation rental is tucked into a little residential area a couple of blocks up from downtown (such as downtown is in a city of 1,000). Langley sports a stretch of waterfront and two streets with a grocery store, a few restaurants, and several artsy shops-this isn't a big town. I did get a kick out of the puppet shop though as it was a bit different than the ubiquitous glass, soap, clothing, and candle shops one finds in small tourist towns. Whether you want to shop or eat or get a drink at the pup, everything is conveniently located within a short walk from the home.
But let's talk about the rental itself. This is why I chose Langley after all. In short, the architecture is cool and I really enjoyed just kicking around the house in the evenings.
It wasn't a huge barn, and they obviously added onto it during the remodel, but from inside the kitchen/dining/living room, you can definitely tell it was a barn. It has high ceilings that slant upward, coming together in kind of a cupola (where's my dictionary of barnology when I need it?) with lots of high windows that bring in plenty of light. A big support beam runs across, giving an authentic feel. The Nerf basketball hoop mounted on the beam is a nice touch for the kids (and, okay, I shot a few hoops too).
The remodeling/renovation seems to be quite recent. There are beautiful new hardwood floors and a stylish kitchen with concrete countertops, stainless steel appliances, and open cabinets where the dishes are on display (makes finding what you're looking for easy). There's a gas fireplace against the wall under the stairs leading to the loft, so you can stay cozy while you cook and hang out (it does take a while to heat the great room area due to those high ceilings, but the bedrooms have their own baseboard heaters).
Speaking of bedrooms, the home has two. The downstairs one has bunkbeds and a fold-out couch, as well as a TV and DVD player with a few movies. The master bedroom is upstairs in the loft and features a walk-in closet and private bathroom. You could sleep six in the rental without any trouble (seven if someone wants the daybed style couch in the living room). The master bedroom also has a balcony with a table and two chairs. From this pleasant perch, you can see a bit of the water (Puget Sound).
The recent remodeling shows in the bathrooms as well; there are handsome pedestal sinks and the downstairs bathroom has a large free-standing bathtub with an old-fashioned shower set up (everything is obviously new, but it looks like it comes from a different time period).
Outside lies a nicely landscaped yard and patio with plenty of room for hanging out (there's a table for outdoor dining) or for the kids to play (I found a Frisbee lurking in a corner by the fence). There's a barbecue in a storage area if you'd like to grill a meal (but there are plenty of restaurants in town to pick from too).
So overall this vacation rental was quite pleasant to stay in. There's no phone or Internet though, so you probably won't want to make this a working vacation. Bring a book, take a hike, watch the whales, and come to relax.
Prices are $170 a night during the off season and $225 a night during the summer.