Farmhouse w/ fantastic views & beach
From $265 / night
|Per night:||$265 - $365|
|Per week:||$1,680 - $2,250|
Pets allowed: Yes
NOTICE --- WE ARE REMODELING THIS WINTER --
We are putting on a new roof and adding dormers which give us windows over the valley as well as two new bathrooms. Pictures to follow as soon as the work is done. This summer will be wonderful at the farm.
Maxwelton Aerie Alpaca Ranch farmhouse is nestled on a bluff overlooking both the Maxwelton Valley and Useless Bay. It perches like the eagles nest beside it taking in magnificent views of the sun rising over the steaming pasture and wetlands, alpacas grazing just outside the window and velvet sunsets over the mountains and sound. Leave the cares of the world as you ascend the driveway to the little red farmhouse. It's the simplicity of the place with the wonders of nature on every side that takes you back to the joy of discovery. Just one and one-half hours from Seattle and you're in a different world. After a night or more in this heaven, you'll leave with a sense of well-being, and a renewed spring in your step.
The original farmhouse is surrounded by a cottage garden with roses, herbs and cutting flowers. There are large expanses of grass and native plantings.
The alpaca pasture is just outside the living room window. Learn about these beautiful, gentle animals and the wonders of their fiber. Watch the marsh birds in the wetland pasture, walk the Maxwelton salmon stream and visit the neighboring Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom site. Explore sea life at the large expanse of beach frontage.. Enjoy farm produce form our farm, neighboring farms or the local market. Maxwelton Aerie is a perfect spot to learn about the special nature of our beautiful Puget Sound farm life..
Maxwelton Aerie is a great place for memorable experiences with family and friends. Perfect for grandparents and three generation retreats. Many families return year after year. The size of the property and the privacy make it a perfect place for family birthday parties, anniversaries or other special events.
Note: as a working farm we have restrictions on pets. Animals cannot run free on the farm and prior approval is always required.
Maxwelton Aerie is located 15 minutes from the Mukilteo / Clinton Ferry and 30 minutes from the Keystone / Port Townsend Ferry.
About the owner
|May 25 2015||Oct 18 2015||$350||$350||$2,250||-||3 Nights|
|Sep 04 2015||Sep 06 2015||-||$365||-||-||3 Nights|
|Oct 19 2015||May 26 2016||$265||$295||$1,680||-||2 Nights|
|Nov 25 2015||Nov 28 2015||-||$320||-||-||3 Nights|
|Dec 20 2015||Jan 02 2016||-||$320||-||-||3 Nights|
|May 22 2016||May 24 2016||$365||-||-||-||3 Nights|
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|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 10.7|
|Deposits: 50% deposit upon booking. Remaining balance due 20 days prior to occupancy. Damage Deposits for events depend upon type and size. $300 - $500|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, Personal Check, Visa|
|Other Fees: Cleaning fee of $175 Above rates are for 8 guests. Additional fee of $30 per night for each additional guest including children 8 and over. Pet fee $50 Rates represent a cash discount (Payment by check) When using charge cards add 3%|
- 3 Queen Beds
- 3 Twin Beds
- 1 Sofa Bed
- 1 Crib
- Hardwood Floors
- View (Mountains)
- Beach Towels
- Parking Included
- View (Ocean)
- High Speed Internet
- View (Water)
- Linens Provided
- Pet Friendly
- Full Kitchen
- Alarm Clock
- Hair Dryer
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Coffee Maker
- Gas Grill
- Shopping Area
- Grocery Store
- Gym/Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Movie Theater
- Whale Watching
Golf coarse nearby
Historic beach village of Langley just 15 minutes away.
Many places to hike, Kayak rentals in Langley
Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Whidbey Island, Washington
Perfect spot to create wonderful family memories
July 22, 2015
We were a family group of 6 adults and 3 small children, joined for two of the 6 days by 2 more adults with 2 small children. Due to the thoughtful renovation of the upstairs, the house feels spacious and easily accommodates extra people willing to sleep on floor mats or a couch. Carolyn personally greeted us at the house to give us a detailed orientation and was readily available by phone during the week. We found this to be an enchanting home and property. The decor of the home is utterly lovely, warm and welcoming and Carolyn has thoughtfully provided for every imaginable way visitors might like to spend their time. As my son put it, it is not a hotel in the form of a house, but rather an inviting and clearly well-loved home. We loved the gardens spilling with cutting flowers, the comfortable outdoor furniture and hammocks, the space for children to run and explore. Bill, the caretaker, gently guided the children (and adults) to become comfortable and familiar with the alpacas and llamas as individuals, and when asked, provided a wealth of information about these endearing animals. This marvelous opportunity is a unique benefit of this property. We spent hours on the shell-covered beach and enjoyed it despite the abundance of seaweed, likely an effect of the hotter than usual weather. We ate most of our meals outdoors, and we will remember peaceful evenings on the lawn watching the sunsets evolve over the Sound and the distant Olympic Mountains. We expected to enjoy our family week, but it was definitely enhanced by spending it together in this magical place. I hope that we find a way to return here someday!
Thank you for taking time to write this thoughtful review which captured so well the type of experience we try so hard to provide for our guests. We are finding may of our guests consist of parents from the midwest or back east who come out to be with children and their families who have moved to the Seattle area. A you described so well, our place provides a great place for families to reconnect and spend quality time together. We hope this becomes an annual event for your family.
Lee Van Blerkom
Mercer Island, WA USA
wonderful family escape
May 28, 2015
We had an amazing time at this magical red cottage. Carolyn and Bill welcomed us with flowers and a wonderful care package. Our kids loved feeding the Alpacas and Llamas, and Bill was incredibly patient and kind in introducing the animals to our kids. My wife and I enjoyed it too - Tarzan the llama is a stud! The western views are superb, and we had great sunsets. The walk down the stairs to the beach is totally worth it; we spent a couple of hours each afternoon searching for crabs, having fun on the huge sandbars at low tide, and admiring the eagles, osprey, and other birds that are a near constant presence. We did not see the house pre-renovation, but can easily say its wonderful now. The upstairs with dormers and 2 new bathrooms is incredibly charming, and we enjoyed our family time in front of the fire in the main room downstairs. The kitchen was well equipped. Thanks Carolyn and Bill for a wonderful vaca. We'll be back!
July 29, 2014
We had our small wedding at the farm and it couldn't have been more perfect! The setting is absolutely gorgeous, from the water views to the alpaca pastures and all the lovely gardens and green space in between. Our kids enjoyed the swing and hammock under the big walnut tree, and we lounged on the abundant lawn furniture, feeling blessed to have found such an ideal setting to experience our special day in. The house too, was very well appointed, full of charming and comfortable furniture and other personal touches. We had everything we could possibly need and more...so many fun discoveries. We will definitely return!
Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 11, 2014
Great getaway location, beautifully appointed cozy home with all the comforts of home. Lovely gardens, easy walk down to the beach area and a convenient base from which to explore Whidbey Island!
August 12, 2013
Relaxing place with a great view.Fun time watching the grand kids feed the alpacas and llamas. Bill is so patient with us and so knowledgeable. This is the third time we have been here and it is never a disappointment. I love the old, updated farm house with a piano and no TV. Wonderful.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We love that people come back year after year and make a trip to the farm an important part of their summer. Bill is a jewel and he loves sharing his knowledge of the alpacas and the natural environment with our guests, especially the children.
Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Fabulous family retreat
August 3, 2013
I stayed with my husband, 16th month old and 4.5 year old at Maxwelton Aerie Alpaca Ranch for 4 nights at the end of June. We really lucked out that the dates were available because the rest of the summer was all booked up. We now know why this place is so popular. It provided my family with a very private location with beautiful views and grounds. The house itself had so much character and so much space! Definitely meant for a larger family or 2 families staying together. My kids definitely enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny. I brought some toys for them to play with, but they weren't needed at all. The house had lots of books, puzzles, stuffed animals, and other kids' things that they constantly had something to entertain them when we were inside. Most of our time was spent outside though, because the property has beach access (not to mention 2 hammocks that got plenty of playtime). My son absolutely loved looking for little crabs and other creatures. We ate supper outside every night because the yard is just so enchanting (and the kitchen was well stocked for cooking our own meals). Another highlight for us was the proximity to grocery stores/restaurants/other entertainment. Everything that we needed to access was usually no more than a 15 minute drive away. We went into Langley for lunch daily. The alpacas were also pretty special. My son enjoyed feeding them with the help of Bill, the caretaker, and learning all about them. They are very friendly and gentle creatures, and surprisingly quiet too! We would love to return again when the kids are older. The reason we didn't give it 5 stars was because there were no curtains/blinds in the bedrooms upstairs. My kids are used to sleeping in dark rooms... much easier to get them to go to bed in the summertime and to sleep in later. It was also a little stressful initially organizing payment. Everything on the web and contract indicated that we could pay by credit card, but Carolyn was initially very hesitant about it (because we are from Canada). In the end, we did pay by credit card and Carolyn was an excellent and thoughtful host. From leaving us a beautiful welcome card and gift, to offering up her stock for making s'mores, she was fantastic! Thanks so much Carolyn for providing our family with such a memorable holiday on our first trip to Whidbey Island!
Thanks for you kind review. You will be pleased to know there will be curtains on the upstairs bedrooms soon. You're the 3rd guest to ask this month when no one mentioned it the last 14 years. More babies I guess. This fall we are adding more windows upstairs so will get curtains for all of them. No worry about the Canadian charge card. Now that we are getting many guests from Canada we have it all worked out. Hope to see you again soon.
May 28, 2013
We had a wonderful time at the farm. The children loved it and didn't want to leave the place to explore the island. The house is very comfortable, and has a lot of charm. The highlight was feeding the alpacas, Bill made it such a exciting experience for the children. Looking forward to our next stay!
Thanks for you nice comments. So glad we were able to get you in before we began the new roofing project. Next time you visit you will see quite an upgrade to the upstairs. New windows to look out over the valley and insulation on the roof to moderate the temperature upstairs. Looking forward to your next visit.
Silver Spring, MD
A visit with the Alpaca Whisperer
April 14, 2013
My cousin, Mother and I stayed at the extradinary Maxwelton Aerie Alpaca Ranch in November. After a long talk about alpacas and all things fiber with Carolyn Geise, we headed out from Seattle to Whidbey Island for a never to be forgotten experience. We loved the Ranch at first sight, and immediately felt at home with alpacas and cozy farmhouse overlooking the sea. We were up early to meet Bill Frasier and watch alpacas who were trained to to enter their own feeding station and eat breakfast. We learned so much from Bill that we were inspired to start our own alpaca farm in Texas! The farmhouse was very comfortable, and we enjoyed playing the piano and singing after dinner. The wireless network access was great and we were connected with family and friends on the mainland. Thank you Bill and Carolyn for a wonderful experience!
Alpacas, llamas & views oh my!
March 27, 2013
This is our second stay and we had a great time all over again. the llamas and alpacas are so fun to watch and feed and the views can't be beat. We will be back again next year too.
Black Diamond, WA
Serenity and Beauty and Activity
March 14, 2013
Three friends and I stayed two nights at Maxwelton. We loved the rustic but comfortable farmhouse, and the company of the 20+ alpacas and their two llama guards who raised their heads and stared whenever we came into view. The beds were comfortable, and the farmhouse was clean and well stocked with games, books, and information about local places to visit. The walks on the beach were fantastic. We enjoyed the 100+ well build stairs down to /up from the beach. The view from the house over Puget Sound is spectacular. The kitchen had all the amenities one might expect and more. A lovely space to relax, read, eat, rest, walk, talk, and gawk. Can't recommend it enough!
Robin Saenger Messerla
St. Louis, MO USA
Awesome Getaway Spot!
August 24, 2012
The Maxwelton Aerie Alpaca farmhouse on Whidbey Island is a perfect place to get away! The quaint cottage is warm and relaxing and the property views are breathtaking. We recently stayed there with five of our friends for 10 days. Having only one restroom was the only downside....but even that didn't hinder the wonderful time we spent there! I highly recommend this vacation spot. Can't wait to go back!
So glad you and your friends had a good time at our little piece of heaven. We are working on a second restroom but need to upgrade the septic system first and that is a challenge so can't promise when it will be finished. We do bring in an upscale port-potty with running water for larger groups. Look forward to your next visit.
Seattle WA USA
A farm by the ocean... what magic!!!
March 26, 2012
Hi Carolyn... I just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful and unique home!! We all had such a magical time there. My daughter who is 6 has said since she was very young that she wants to become a farmer, and my husband and son and I have all said we want to live near the ocean... you have the fortune to have both!! And now we realise... it is possible to have both. Also, I can't say how much we appreciated having Bill there. He was so fantastic with the kids - so patient and kind and engaging. And I can't tell you how much I learned about Alpacas and Lamas!!! So again, thank you for your flexibility and generosity in opening up your amazing world to us. Best Naomi and gang!!
Seattle, WA, USA
we love this place!
September 3, 2011
Beautiful sunsets, an amazingly outfitted kitchen complete with all the fixings to make a pie or any kind of dinner, and access to the beach. What could be better on Whidbey. This was our fourth or fifth stay, and we love it. The animals are a hoot, and Bill, the caretaker, is the best.
Debbie Leslie Whittington
Perfect for kids and adults!
May 4, 2011
Our stay in the farmhouse was the PERFECT setting for my family vacation. My parents were visiting from the east coast and this property was the full northwest package. As my dad said "I wouldn't change a thing". Beautiful views of the sound, eagles, alpacas, misty valley, sunrises and sunsets, mountains. My 18 month old daughter loved feeding the alpacas and Bill (the Alpaca caretaker) was so great. He spent about an hour with us telling us all things alpaca. You will enjoy your stay and will not want to leave.
Great place for families!
April 9, 2011
We're not too far from this property, but it felt like we were worlds away. Fantastic location. Great access to the beach. Wonderful care giver who looks after the alpacas, as well as visitors. Just an all around delightful experience. Every imaginable amenity, though no tv for family movie night. Great place to unplug, unwind, connect and enjoy your surroundings. Rooms upstairs are a bit drafty. This will be a regular vacation spot!
January 2, 2011
Here is a place with all great stuff you need for cooking -including top of the line knives! The surrounds are gorgeous and the Keeper of the Alpaca's is incredible as an all around help and teaching all of us and the children about alpacas. Going with two families in the winter doesn't give many options for space to retreat as the bedrooms are too cold to be inviting. Otherwise a spectacular spot!
September 30, 2010
We loved our trip at the alpaca farm. It was my husband and myself and our children 10, 4 1/2, and 2 1/2. The beach was just a short walk down the stairs and the scenery was beautiful. The nice part was we didn't watch any TV the entire time. We played at the beach, played games indoor and out, and feed the chickens and alpacas. My kids wanted to stay longer. It was so quiet, and we got away from the phones ringing and video games. It truly wonderful!
June 3, 2010
We love maxwelton aerie. This is our second time staying here. The decor is wonderful. The kitchen well stocked. The grounds are beautiful. Bill, the caretaker alpaca man, is great and attentive. Fresh eggs in the morning are the finishing touch.
The Most Perfect Girls Getaway Weekend Ever!
May 19, 2010
In celebration of my mother's 60th birthday, her sister and nieces flew in from all over the country and we gathered here for a perfect weekend of walking on the beach, eating outside in the garden looking at the water and gazing across the sound at the peninsula mountains. We relaxed and talked, strolled through the gardens, met and fed the alpacas (with Bills kind help), searched for eggs and later, for the perfect shells on the beach. We enjoyed camp fires at night and waking to the rising sun. We couldn't have been more relaxed and it couldn't have been a more perfect weekend. We will certainly be back, maybe to celebrate another milestone, maybe just to have another perfect weekend.
Chris and Carissa
Kingston, WA USA
Peaceful Island Retreat
April 7, 2010
My wife and I treated ourselves to a long weekend at the Farmhouse for our first anniversary. We had a no stress, peaceful, and rejuvenating stay. Close by walking trails, amazing scenery, and the cluster of alpacas made the trip perfect. The Farmhouse was very clean, cozy, and had all the necessities (including wi-fi) to make the trip complete. We'll be sure to return for another getaway in the future. Whidbey Island is our new favorite place thanks to this visit.
March 10, 2010
The alpaca farm is perched on top of a bluff, with eagles landing in nearby trees almost at eye level. The place feels like home, not like a typical sterile vacation rental. The view from the dining room table and kitchen sink is of the Olympic Mountain range. My family all loved the place as we celebrated my mom's 75th birthday.
Alpacas and a cozy farmhouse
November 17, 2009
Our stay began with a lightning storm over the water. The house was cozy and warm, a perfect perch to watch the wild weather. Lots of games, books, and alpaca-watching! The kitchen is the best equipped of any rental I've ever had. Fresh eggs were delivered to our door. We're coming back as soon as possible!
Seattle, WA USA
The most beautful wedding ever
September 16, 2009
I almost don't want to share how beautiful this was, because I don't want to have to compete with everyone to rent it again (and again). First of all, the Alpaca ranch manager and the owner of the ranch and house are both wonderful people. Friendly, kind, and accomodating. We had our wedding in the backyard overlooking the water, and my family stayed in the farmhouse for 4 days before the event. In the middle of wedding planning mayhem, I visited the ranch to get my mother settled there. It was as if I had entered a dreamy relaxing, blissful world. The flowers, the setting, the house itself. All of it was amazing. I highly highly recommend it to everyone who can appareciate nature, quiet, and beauty.
A Little Piece of Paradise!
June 12, 2008
Of course I new the farm would be very nice but really pictures do not describe how really beautiful this farm is and so clean. You won't even believe it's a working farm. The landscaping is incredible, everywhere you look inside the farmhouse there is another piece of artwork to look at. If you have children Carolyn and her team have provided so many games for the children to play as well as for the adults. My friends and I played monopoly and we had such fun and laughed so hard! None of us had played for years! It's so warm and cozy in the farmhouse and oh the beds are so comfortable with lots of blankets to keep you warm. What a great kitchen to prepare food. With all the utensils one might need to create that fabulous meal away from home. I can hardly wait to go again, it was truly a delightful and relaxing time.
Life flows into us here. L. Sindell, Seattle
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