Farmhouse w/ fantastic views & beach

Farmhouse overlooking pastureFarmhouse on bluffThe end of the rainbowFeed the alpacasEagles perched above the beachEnjoy our cozy living roomFarm character of upstairsFeed our AlpacasWonderful setting for planning retreatsWomen's RetreatGroup dinnerA perfect Wedding venueWedding with the alpacasWedding ReceptionSunset over Useless BayAnother magnificent sunsetAlly and baby MaxApples always a treatStairs to the beachStairs to the beachLow TideWedding set upGreat private beachLow tide goes for milesPrivate Beach
“ Excellent ”
22 Reviews
7224 Maxwelton Rd, Whidbey Island, WA 98236


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 8
Type: Cottage
Per night: $198 - $280
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Whidbey Island vacation cottage rental
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. A few chickens roam the property and provide a fresh eggs for that morning omelet.

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.
Area Information
Whidbey Island was recently named by The New York Times as one of the 5 best places in the world to visit. There is hiking, bicycling, kayaking, shopping in quaint historic towns, wineries to visit and on and on.

Maxwelton Aerie is located 15 minutes from the Mukilteo / Clinton Ferry and 30 minutes from the Keystone / Port Townsend Ferry.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Dec 01 2014 Mar 31 2015 $198 $225 - - -
Apr 01 2015 May 26 2015 $228 $258 - - -
May 30 2015 Jun 30 2015 $270 $270 - - -
Jul 05 2015 Sep 01 2015 $280 $280 - - -
Sep 06 2015 Oct 31 2015 $228 $258 - - -
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 10.7
Deposits: 50% deposit upon booking. Remaining balance due 7 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 $145 Above rates are for four guests. Additional fee of $25 per night for each additional guest up to 8. Rates represent a cash discount (Payment by check) When using charge cards add 3%


  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • View (Ocean)
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • View (Water)
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Oceanfront
  • View (Mountains)
  • Waterfront
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Blender
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • CD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Gas Grill
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (4 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (8 miles)
  • Boating
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Horseback Riding
    (4 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (8 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Hiking
    (1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (4 miles)
  • Winery
    (8 miles)
  • Whale Watching
  • Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (4 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
This working alpaca ranch is surrounded by natural wonders. Very private with 740 feet of bluff waterfront and 25 acres.

Boat launch nearby at Maxwelton Beach
Golf coarse nearby

Historic beach village of Langley just 15 minutes away.

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Whidbey Island, Washington

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Claire Mack

Seattle, WA


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 many fun discoveries. We will definitely return!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:

So glad you had a memorable wedding and the weather was perfect. Come back to celebrate your anniversary next year and enjoy our remodeled upstairs with new dormer windows for additional views to the pasture and useless Bay.

Azalea Alvarez

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fabulous find

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!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:

So glad you had a great time at the farm. I enjoyed meeting your beautiful show dogs and hope you will come again.

Sherri Moran

Salem,Oregon USA

best vacation

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.

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:


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.


Stacy Nichol

Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Fabulous family retreat

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!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:

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.

Isabelle ribeiro

Tsawwassen, BC

Beautiful place.

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!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:

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.


Carolyn Hamm

Silver Spring, MD

A visit with the Alpaca Whisperer

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!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:


Thanks so much for your nice comments about the farm. Bill is a treasure and loves sharing his knowledge of everything alpaca.. We both wish you the best on your own alpaca adventure. You will love having alpacas a part of your life. Carolyn

Peggy Sullivan

Mercer Island

Alpacas, llamas & views oh my!

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.

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:


So glad you are making the farm a regular vacation spot and are now joining our group of families who say summer is not complete without their trip to the Aerie.

Jan DeLacy

Black Diamond, WA

Serenity and Beauty and Activity

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!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:

Jan, Thanks so much for the nice review. I am so glad you and your friends had a great time and choose Maxwelton Aerie as the place you come to recharge your batteries.


Robin Saenger Messerla

St. Louis, MO USA

Awesome Getaway Spot!

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!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:


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!!!

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!!

Carolyn Geise

Owner's reply:


We are so glad that you had a good time at the farm. It's a great pleasure for us to share this wonderful place.

Laurie Roth

Seattle, WA, USA

we love this place!

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

Seattle, WA

Perfect for kids and adults!

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.

Tricia Treacy

Seattle suburbs

Great place for families!

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!

Anne Siems



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!


Graham, wa

Quiet getaway

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!


Maple valley


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.


Seattle, WA

The Most Perfect Girls Getaway Weekend Ever!

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

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.

Melanie Rios

Eugene Oregon


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.


Olympia, WA

Alpacas and a cozy farmhouse

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!

Leslie S.

Seattle, WA USA

The most beautful wedding ever

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.

Sherry Danza

Seattle, WA

A Little Piece of Paradise!

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.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

What a truly magical place this is. We came seeking peace and relaxation and that is exactly what we found. A time and place to replenish our much depleted batteries.
G. Spear Seattle

We decided there was no higher purpose for a summer day as lovely as this one. The day was spent admiring the textures of sunrise over the Maxwelton Valley, roaming seemingly endless beaches, and visitng with family. Maxwelton Valley came out in full glory this evening. Not a cloud remains in the sky, the bay is perfectly calm and the house is filled with the light of summer. We thouroughly enjoyed the views from every window of your home, your wonderful library, the sun melt at days end as witnessed from the hammock. Weve never seen a house in a more beautiful setting! B. Light, Seattle

An evening sunset,
A morning sunrise,
Eagles soar and
Waves wash beneath
A task of heaven,
Paradise on earth,
Peace, tranquility,
Joy deep in my soul
Truly moments to treasure.
Chris from ABC

We had the most marvelous time! The weather was gorgeous, bright sunny skies. The sunsets were awesome. We picked blackberries and made a pie, beach combed and had many a croquet tournament, read books, played games and just enjoyed each others company.
J. & C. Nelson, Redmond

Life flows into us here. L. Sindell, Seattle

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