Island getaway, wood fire, hot tub, pet friendly
|Per night||$149 - $175|
PRIVATE romantic island getaway, totally quiet, no traffic or city noises.
Lots of morning light, spectacular sunrises, as the cabin faces east (Sorry, no sunset view).
Relax in the log rocking chairs or curl up in the day bed by the real wood-fired stove in the living room, which heats the whole house. Enjoy the real outside fireplace on those cool nights in autumn.
This unique all-cedar craftsman home truly shows character.
Located on a hillside top of Lummi Island in a private location (not on waterfront).
With towering trees and a view facing east across the water towards Mt. Baker.
Great sunrise view through the large dormer bedroom windows.
ADULT GETAWAY: Very private location backs up to woods, no neighbors.
No neighbors, privacy fenced patio & hot tub. Makes a totally awesome couples' getaway. There have been many honeymooners and anniversary guests. No shared areas; you have the whole house, deck, patio, and an authentic Japanese WOOD HEATED HOT TUB. Soak in the hot water while the fire crackles under the night star-filled sky without city light pollution.
Due to safety concerns with the multi-story balcony and wood stoves,
NOT SUITABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN.
Since you are on an island in the woods, the only noises at night are the hoot of an owl or the wind in the trees.
During the day, you can hear the flapping of the eagles' wings as they soar overhead.
All knotty pine interior, the cottage is nestled in the woods on a hillside in quiet setting.
Hike the woods on a nearby trail close by to the top of the island mountain at 1,200 ft, with incredible views of all the islands, then soak in the private hot tub, with no noisy pumps just, the sound of the fire. Bath robes furnished. Natural flannel sheets and organic cleaning supplies used.
Fully furnished kitchen, with dishes, utensils, pots & pans, coffee, and tea.
Enjoying the view of the water and mountains from a built-in seating area.
Eat on the picnic table on the very large deck.
WIFI PROVIDED, be on line and cozy by the crackling fire. FIREWOOD PROVIDED.
Long burning compressed logs for all night fire.
NETFLIX MOVIES on the smart TV. NO TV stations or cable TV available.
Wood and rock flooring (no carpeting anywhere).
Rate is for 2 adults only, slightly higher for additional guests.
Outside covered smoking area.
There are LOTS OF STEPS, which some might find it a challenge, and a steep driveway.
PET FRIENDLY: Fenced yard books up to the woods, so your dog can run free.
CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR OPEN DATES BEFORE WRITING, PLEASE!
Lummi Island is the easiest of the San Juan Islands to get to, yet a world away from the hustle and noise of the mainland. A very quiet setting where the only sounds are the birds and the wind in the trees. Skies are without city light pollution.
A true island surrounded by water, with sunrise views of snow-capped Mt. Baker (10,781 feet) facing east.
Very little car traffic, watch for the deer on the roads
Things to do nearby:
Lummi Island is nature lover's delight, a quiet and peaceful place to reconnect with nature, and your partner.
There is a hiking trail to the top of the island with an incredible view of all the San Juan Islands and the surrounding Salish Sea.
Frank's Beach is an afternoon sun beach on the west side of the island, and is a good place to view sunsets over Vancouver Island.
Bring your dog for a walk: Franks' Beach is off-leash. You can also walk your dog off-leash on the old gravel road that leads to a wonderful beach area at Smuggler's Cove. The Curry Preserve also has a nice hiking trail in the deep woods.
|Sep 01 2015||May 12 2016||$129||$149||-||-||2 Nights|
|May 13 2016||Sep 08 2016||$149||$175||-||-||2 Nights|
|Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 8.5%|
|Deposits: Damage deposit $100. Advertised rate is for 2 adults ' $25 per night per extra person|
|Payment Options: Mastercard, PayPal, Visa|
|Other Fees: CLEANING FEE: $60.00 PET FEE: $30.00 EARLY CHECK-IN FEE: $50.00 ADVERTISED RATE IS FOR 2 ADULTS ONLY. $25 per night HOLIDAY RATE: Legal holiday night rates are slightly higher. WEEKLY RATE: Requires Friday and Saturday to be in the same weekend. CANCELLATIONS: 100% refund with 30-day notice. Cancellations with less than 30 day notice: refund is subject to property being re-rented to others. Full refund if re-booked. No refund if less than a week advance cancellation, future credit only|
Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Lummi Island, Washington
Hasn't refunded my deposit
May 8, 2016
I stayed here for 3 nights with some friends and we had a very nice stay. I most likely would've been back, it is a beautiful property, but Grant has not refunded my damage deposit. It has been 2 months and I have tried contacting him, but have not gotten a response. We did NOT cause any damage to the property and we cleaned the heck out of the house before we left. I hope that this is just a fluke and he is not stealing other people's money without them noticing.
Nice, but dirty.
May 2, 2016
Very friendly and helpful owner. Parts of house not clean. Need to clean up cushions at kitchen table. Paid for cleaning, 80.00 I think. Peaceful place.
Lakewood, WA USA
April 15, 2016
The owner allowed us to check in a few hours earlier, the rental is rather rustic but nice and the hot tub was amazing. My fiancé was the one who set it up and he did say it took him a while to really get it going (so that the water was hot enough for it to be therapeutic), but was able to bring my dog. I let him off leash and we enjoyed the two nights thoroughly. They have pots, pans, knives, dishes, blankets and a nice indoor fire as well. So leave your cookware at home! There's two great places to grab food from (and then a small grocery store) so you can enjoy the atmosphere more. There's a few public beaches, but seriously enjoyed the mountain view from the kitchen, playing games and just enjoying the alone time and the cabin. Would go again to Lummi Island for sure! AND, now we know where we want to stay EVERYTIME.
Vanessa Di Benedetto
olympic peninsula, washington
everything we were looking for
December 19, 2015
this cabin provided a perfect space for all of the things we came on vacation to do. neither of us, nor our dogs, are accustomed to so much space and comfort! the hot tub was even better than I had hoped for, the kitchen was outfitted to allow for almost non-stop baking and cooking to indulge in. wood stove kept the whole house warm. felt fairly quiet there, and the owner gave us good suggestions for places to go and walk with our dogs in between the almost incessant rain. very grateful that the owner worked with some of our special needs... very personable. thanks so much for sharing this special get-away with us.
Didn't actually stay...
July 22, 2015
We were looking forward to a few quiet days in this cabin but, after several cordial emails and no actual confirmation from the host, he just stopped returning my messages. He seemed to be put off when I mentioned a possibility that we would try to make a reservation at The Willows restaurant. In fact, his last message informed me he didn't think anyone who would eat there would be happy with his accommodations. It took weeks of me asking for confirmation (while other summer rentals in the area filled up) before he stopped responding. I'm still confused by the whole interaction and would not recommend his business.
May 5, 2015
The owner was friendly enough.. The cabin was clutted( junk) not clean( to normal rental standard) It was cheap, so you get what you pay for.
Relaxing and Beautiful
March 18, 2015
Excellent place to relax and get away.
Abbotsford, BC Canada
Looking for awesome cabin adventure?
January 12, 2015
An adventure getting there and an adventure being there. Wood burning heater, totally cool wood-burning hot tub (!) idyllic setting with quality decor and craftsmanship. Had a great time enjoying the fire, drinking coffee and enjoying an evening glass of wine. Read a great book and simply had fun being together. It was also fun meeting Grant! May not be for everyone but if you are looking for a cabin-in-the-woods back-to-basics down time, with an elegant twist, this is your place!
Our 2nd stay was just as great as our first :)
January 9, 2015
For 5 days around New Years my partner and I stayed at Grant's lovely cabin. It was our second visit (our first being on the labour day weekend) and the second visit was just as great as the first. We arrived to the wood fired hot tub being warmed, the inside wood stove all crackling and bright and the lights on to welcome us (as we arrived just at it was getting dark). The kitchen is stocked with all the pots, pans, cutlery, and dishes you would need to make meals. There are more than enough bedding, pillows and towels. All you need to bring are your clothes, food and anything you may want to drink :) Even though the master bedroom has a great comfy bed with a beautiful wood beamed ceiling to look up at, my partner and I spent lots of lazy afternoons cuddling and napping in the great daybed (which is on the main floor) because it is set up right next to the cozy wood stove. The yard is so lovely and it's ultra private so you can spend time in the wood fire hot tub wearing nothing but your birthday suit ;) I recommend this getaway house for adults who are looking for a relaxing, restorative vacation. We are a couple but as the house would comfortably house and sleep 5 I would recommend it for a group of friends or family members as well. My partner and I will definitely be back!
Eclectic wonderland, had a great time.
January 1, 2015
We stayed at Grant's cabin before Christmas, as temperatures were falling off. He had it warm for us when we arrived and showed us around, providing instruction on the wood stove and hot tub, among other things. Everything was in order and we were able to keep the place warm enough with the wood stove. It took a little effort, but was fun and uncomplicated. Grant also did a great job of keeping in touch and making himself available if had any questions or issues. Much appreciated!
Cozy Private Cabin
November 19, 2014
We enjoyed stoking the pot belly wood stove and the complete privacy when we stayed in this Lummi Island cabin. Be prepared to dress warm on the frosty mornings while the cabin heats. Turn on the electric kitchen stove and bake up some biscuits while sipping coffee in the breakfast nook. The wood heated hot tub is as innovative as it gets!
Great Weekend of Quiet Relaxation
November 15, 2014
Firstly, the place was great- very nice hot tube, outdoor fire pit with a beautiful view, and very quiet and secluded. This was our first experience with Lummi Island. The island has some nice little beaches and the hike up to Baker Preserve is highly recommended. We came for a few days of quiet relaxation and left satisfied!
Our mini vacation
November 3, 2014
The cabin was more than i expected it to be. So peaceful and serene it all was from the swaying of the trees to the warmth of the wood fired hottub. Grant you have made this a lovely place to want to be and we hope to get back here.
fall family getaway
November 1, 2014
We booked in Oct. when we were free and could meet up with family. The island was peaceful and charming, the property was also charming. The views from the cabin were spectacular. Everything we needed was there. We hiked to the highest point on Lummi, enjoyed the beach, saw Eagles & seals, and did some off-island travelling as well, but always a joy to come home to the cabin. We thoroughly enjoyed our getaway!!
Olympia, WA USA
October 3, 2014
My husband and I enjoy taking a short getaway in early fall, someplace close but new to us. We love the San Juan Islands, and had never been to Lummi, so we did a search and booked this rental. It was lovely! Grant has put a lot of time and effort into restoring the house, which has a lot of character and lovely unique touches throughout. It was quiet, peaceful and private, with a lovely view from both floors across the water to the mountains. Grant was there to meet us, show us around and answer any questions we had. He had the fire going in the house as well as the wood-heated hot tub, and had recommendations for a hike and a beach visit if we were interested. The only reason I'm giving 4 instead of 5 stars is that I personally didn't like the water! I would bring a filter pitcher to improve the taste.
Glad you had an enjoyable anniversary get away .The cabin is not well water ,the source is a community water association,
The water reservoir is filed with clean water run off from
The old growth Forrest 'making it pure . Its still treated like all water systems do
I will take your suggestion and have a filter pitcher available for guest use
PEACE & QUIET
September 27, 2014
We stayed at Grants place a few weekends ago. We were looking for a quiet place with a beautiful view. We found more than that at Grants...His house is beautiful even has a wood fired hot tub outside. The house is located very close to awesome hiking trails....EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!! Thanks again Grant we had a great time!!! Your friends, Rob & Julie Etherton
Mary Jo Redlin
Aldergrove, BC Canada
August 22, 2014
Hi there, I am writing my review about renting the Eagles nest on Lummi Island. I did not rent it for myself but rather for my daughter and her new husband to enjoy. They came back full of good things to say about their visit and particularly enjoyed the abundance of wildlife and natural flora. They would like to return again next year and do more hiking about the island. Thank you for making the whole experience easy for me. Even to the phone calls with specific, time saving directions to the Island. I am confident I can call you again and arrange more getaways... Mary-Jo Redlin
Unique cabin on the hill side
August 17, 2014
First, I would like to say that the cabin was beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed the small island experience and the convenience of it being such a short drive to a city. The only problem I had was the lack of cleanliness in the kitchen and laundry room, as well as some advertised amenities that were not there.I realize this is not a 5 star resort, but I do expect a certain standard of cleanliness as Well as having the basic essentials such as hand soap in the bathrooms ( that is all I would like to say about that). The items that weren't there as advertised were a DVD player, Stereo, charcoal grill and dishwasher (was very evident it has been out of service for quite a while). On a more positive note, the owner was very easy to deal with and have us lots of information about the island and things to do during our stay. The rustic charm of the cabin was refreshing as well as waking up to beautiful views of mount baker. I would recommend this place for a "guys vacation"
August 12, 2014
A relaxing, down to earth place to stay with a lovely interior and an excellent view. The wood-fired hot tub is a real treat!
Lake Stevens, WA
July 31, 2014
We loved the location of this rustic cabin and the master bedroom was very comfortable. However, the bed in the second bedroom was very stiff and hard. Numerous things were disappointing and led us to believe the place had not been cleaned. The place was advertised as having bathrobes which we planned to use only to find feminine hygiene products in the pocket of one of the robes, the closets were exceedingly dusty and dirty, and there was food stuck on some of the silverware. A big sign on the front of the dishwasher said broken. There were no kitchen towels to be found, and the claw foot tub had a huge red streak down the inside from dripping water. The towels were dried on a clothes line and no fabric softener had been used so they were very scratchy and hard. Very dusty throughout.
Seattle WA USA
Great private quiet getaway.
July 23, 2014
Very quiet and serene in the woods on the hill facing north overlooking the bay. Very comfortable beds. Great kitchen with all you need. Gated dog-freindly yard and house. Indoor and outdoor wood stoves and a wonderful wood-fired hot tub in a secluded location. My wife and I loved it and will go back again soon.
Sedro Woolley, WA
SO PEACEFUL, SO STRESS FREE!
July 16, 2014
My husband and I both agree this is the best choice we have ever made for a mini vacation! And it was only a little over 35 miles from home! The view was so spectacular, the sounds of the birds was so relaxing! And the hot tub was very romantic! We were so thankful to find a place we were able to take our kids with us. Our kids are one nine year old rat terrier and a one year old Great Dane / German Shepard mix. They truly enjoyed it to! Thank you so much, Grant for sharing this place with us! We will definitely be seeing you again!
Awesome island get away
July 10, 2014
My wife and I had been searching for a local retreat to take one of our last vacations of the summer before our first kiddo arrives in September. Despite our unusual booking (Saturday - Tuesday), Grant was really accommodating with our schedule. He also was there to greet us, give us a tour and let us know of some great hikes, local beaches, and cool spots around the island. We loved the house (awesome workmanship!), the unique hot tub and the beautiful views from the spacious deck. Our Dogue de Bordeaux was also very happy, exploring the dog friendly and beautifully landscaped fully-fenced yard. Thank you Grant for allowing us to stay and relax this past weekend - we would highly recommend your beautiful property to anyone looking for an island getaway!
Couldn't have asked for anything better!
July 3, 2014
Grant had the hot tub and fire going when we got there. The house is amazing! So quiet and what a view! Couldn't have picked a better location for our 14 year wedding anniversary. You must visit! Thanks again Grant!
Marta Chojnacka Michalik
Fun and Relaxing
July 2, 2014
Before I been to this cabin in November loved it and now I came back again with a friend of mine and we had a blast!..Love the cabin feel and all the surrounding beaches and outdoors. We wished the Netflix didnt stop and the dishwasher worked, but everything else was EXCELLENT :) Would come back again.
Des moines Wa
quiet and relaxing and very dog friendly
June 18, 2014
My girlfriend and I were looking for a quiet weekend with our dogs when we came across Grants cabin on the internet. He was offering a pretty good deal so we decided to try it out. I'm sure glad we did, first and foremost our host was great!! He had both the fire pit and the tub going when we arrived and was gracious enough to walk us and our beagles around the property and through the woods....the area is beautiful an quiet with lots of birds and other wildlife. After walking us around the woods he showed us the cabin. Being a handyman, I admire all the work that has been put into this place... The cabin was clean and inviting, and offer some awesome views of the water. We especially liked the stainless steel countertops....being self proclaimed "foodies" my girlfriend and her sister whipped up some of the most amazing kalbi chicken, and we were even able to grill some rabbit on the deck.....the island itself is nice and quiet, and its people were all so nice..the beach near the church is an awesome area for beachcombing...and there really isn't anything better than stargazing from the fire pit, or the hot tub.. all in all we had a great time and will most likely be back...
Relaxing, wonderful location
June 9, 2014
This is a wonderful, open, light-filled house. We enjoyed staying here with our two children. It is a great family place with so many options: coffee on the deck at sunrise, tromping on the shore, hiking (just minutes away), a fire in the evening, games inside for rainy days, curling up with a book! Thank you so much for sharing. This is a magical island.
New West, BC
Never got to rent it, no one replies to email
June 4, 2014
I tried numerous times to rent this place for my honeymoon but no one bothered to reply to my emails. It was very frustrating because I even went so far as to take the ferry out to Lummi and look at the place! But it doesn't matter how nice it is if no one can be bothered to reply. :(
Terry A Ramig
May 23, 2014
I was looking for a peaceful location, and this was it. The cabin has a rustic feel with a beautiful view from sunrise to sunset. The bed was much more comfortable than I'd expected, and was greatly appreciated! Watch out for the driveway ~ Grant had warned me of it, but I still managed to dislodge the front bumper of my rental car on one of the landscape railroad ties when leaving. Definitely put a spoiler on my visit. : (
Incredible Lummi Island Getaway
March 22, 2014
We stayed at Grant's cabin for three nights and it was an absolute pleasure. Grant was there to meet us the first day of our stay. He had the cabin and hot tub heated up upon our arrival. We enjoyed hearing all about the how Grant found the cabin and all the work he did on it. He also gave us some great suggestions on things to do on the island. The property has an incredible view of the water and Mt. Baker in the distance. We were content to spend most of our time in the cabin cooking (the kitchen had pretty much everything we needed), hanging out by the fire, watching movies and soaking in the hot tub. The cabin is truly a unique and wonderful place. We had a great time. Hopefully we'll back again someday.
Cloverdale, B.C. Canada
FANTASTIC DOGGIE VACAY
March 8, 2014
We and our dogs had an excellent adventure during our 2 day/nite stay. We explored the Island top to bottom and the dogs sniffed every crevice. We plunged our tired bodies into the hot tub in the evening while the dogs snoozed by the fire. We slept like the dead in the comfy beds.We were completely de-stressed by departure time.
North Bend, WA USA
No stay, but helpful and apologetic proprietor
February 27, 2014
Unfortunately, the proprietors double booked our dates at the rental and we could not go as planned. The good news was that the owner did everything within his ability to make it right. I am looking forward to visiting in the future. Five stars for great customer service. I gave three
February 17, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at Grant's. It's a very rustic, cozy cabin we will be going back for sure. Our dog enjoyed having the run of the forest too.The island is very quiet with beautiful beaches. If you're a rock hound you will love spending time combing the shores. You can actually hear the wings of the eagles soaring by while enjoying the silent wood burning tub. This is a perfect home away from home.
Quiet and Peaceful
January 24, 2014
We had a wonderful peaceful time at Grants cabin. The house was warm and the hot tub was ready for our use. Grant goes the extra mile to have things warmed up and ready for you when you arrive. We live in a small town with little traffic compared to the Seattle area. Lummi Island was so quiet it made our small town seem busy. If you are looking for a place to relax, read and rest then this is the place. As someone else said this isn't a 5 star hotel it's a rustic cabin in the woods with a view of the Puget Sound and on good days a wonderful view of Mt Baker and the snow covered mountains.
Orangeville, ON, Cda
Great Weekend Getaway
January 14, 2014
Grant provided us with a great chalet that was comfortable and had everything we needed for a weekend away. The folks on Lummi Island were really friendly making us feel right at home.
Perfect place to unwind
January 9, 2014
We stayed 3 nights at this wonderful getaway. It was a perfect respite from busy city life. The island itself is quiet and quaint. Perhaps now my favorite of the San Juan's. The chalet is nestled on the top of a hill with a stunning view of the water and mountains. The cabin itself is rustic and cozy and the perfect place to let yourself unwind! Most of our time was spent in front of the fire, in the soaking tub or cooking in the kitchen. Everything was as promised and easy to find. **The Bakers Preserve Trail is a good hike with a view of the islands and there's plenty of beaches to walk along and explore. We didn't get a chance to eat at the Willows Inn, but the reviews are reason enough for us to want to visit Lummi again.
Vancouver, BC CAN
Wonderful Weekend Getaway
January 9, 2014
This was a cozy home with a lot of character. It was quiet and very peacefull. A perfect place to spend time reading or playing cards. The wood burning stove and hot tub kept everything at the right temperature. We enjoyed our two nights and hope to try it in the Spring or Summer as well.
seattle wa usa
dissillusioned by ad,
November 24, 2013
Rustic but not clean, consider bringing your own sponge and sanitizing the kitchen and utensils before cooking with them. Bring additional kitchen towels there was only one. No heat except wood stove, despite the fact that there is a gas stove present but the owner is too cheap to fill the propane tank. i guess he thinks you would like to spend your vacation time stoking the fire all night long instead of enjoying a romantic evening. The kitchen ware was like camping quality. I wont be back!
Lummi Island is great.
November 19, 2013
The island is amazing. The house had it's up and downs though. Parking at the house is very difficult especially at night. The outdoor bonfire and wood heated hot tub was great. The house is charming. It's not exactly what you see in the pictures. The owner is a very nice man. My only recommendation is I would like to see the house cleaned up in detail. Other then that, it was great.
Philip Van Dyken
Wonderful weekend getaway
November 16, 2013
This cabin was a perfect getaway for my wife and I. We loved the view of Mt Baker, the woodburning stove, the well laid out kitchen, and the cozy living room. When we needed to get outside, the hot tub heated with a wood burning stove was the perfect excuse.
November 8, 2013
We had a great time at the cabin. Very rustic but with everything you could need at the same time. Will be back for sure!
November 5, 2013
We had a great time at Grant's Cabin. We arrived to a warmed up cozy house and a piping hot hot-tub. The views from the balcony in the morning are simply breath-taking. Perfect place to come for a romantic getaway!
Perfect QUIET Fall Getaway
October 18, 2013
Thank you Grant. It was the perfect few days on the island Beautiful quiet and peaceful. Thank you for sharing the love of your land and home with us!
Debra Lynn Glasser
Absolutely wonderful place
September 30, 2013
This is a rustic and well appointed cabin in the hills of Lummi Island, both as charming as can be. The host had the wood fires burning: 1 in the cabin and the 2nd in the outdoor hot tub that was hot upon arrival so it couldn't have been warmer or more welcoming. He loves dogs and enjoys having a place for other dog lovers to come. I visited when the car ferry was not running so he picked me up and drove me to and from the ferry landing (the cabin is a few miles away) including a second trip to get off Island as the ferry was delayed for a storm. That just made the experience all the more adventurous and fun. He even made me breakfast Sunday a.m.! It was a very special time and I can't wait to go back! It is perfect for a retreat which I did or a romantic getaway.
Autumn Cymny Tranquilino
September 18, 2013
It was enjoyable and quiet. The kitchen had what I needed to cook with. The river nearby was very beautiful. My only complaint was the neighbors using their chainsaws in the late morning during my stay.
September 5, 2013
We had a great time exploring the island, finding a winery and going on the artist tour! We recommend you bring bikes, the hills are a blast!
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
July 28, 2013
Pros: The amazing view of Mount Baker framed behind the tall trees, the privacy of the property with the lush evergreen trees and fences, the fresh air, the allure of a hot tub heated by a hand fashioned wood burning unit, the helpfulness of the owner, some charming antique pieces scattered around the log home. Cons: too rustic for city dwellers like myself , worn out furnishings, bed linens and towels, tired looking flooring and wall paper, spider webs, dust and general feeling of uncleanliness and sadly, mouse droppings in the upstairs bathroom, hot tub area was surrounding by firewood and debris and the water looked dirty and the hot tub requires about 4 hours of wood burning time before it gets hot and it did not stay hot for the the next day unless you keep adding wood throughout the night.
vancouver, bc canada
rustic and quiet hideaway
July 3, 2013
an amazing getaway with a short ferry ride 10 minutes from the canadian border. so much more affordable and shorter ride than our own vancouver islands. the home was truly rustic and romantic and most importantly, cozy and comfortable. the outdoor hot tub was amazing and also, the fire pit perfect to warm up to. a perfect mini vacation! thank you grant for your kindness.
Seattle, WA USA
July 2, 2013
This is your destination for peace and tranquility. It's is a wonderful place to spend some time away and leave the rest of the world behind. Grant is very friendly & easy to work with. It was so nice to have the fire lit in the yard when we arrived. The views from all over the property are amazing. And we really appreciated the artful decor both inside and out. We brought our dog and he loved it at least as much as we did. It's absolutely a big 'Yes' to recommend this sweet retreat, and we'll certainly be back!
Joshua Del Begio
Spacious & Private
June 25, 2013
A dog owners paradise. If your not set on beach front, you can't really do any better than grant's castle on lummi island. I would definitely return.
Maurice Gerard Rome Jr.
June 14, 2013
Cabin was great but could have been cleaner
May 20, 2013
We loved our two days at Lummi Island, we stayed at the cabin almost the entire time, reading enjoying the real wood fire sitting in the big rockers or listening to the birds outside in the tall evergreen trees on the large sweet patio. My hubby went in the unique hot tub, he loved it. We messed up and left all our clothes at home, but no worries, did not seem to miss them much, it was a wonderful two days. The bed upstairs was so comfy, we slept like rocks. We rented electric bikes at the Willows Inn and got a little exercise, that was fun. You need to bring your food along and cook it yourself, which is real easy in the wonderful kitchen with the big picture window looking out at the water and trees. Grant was also sweet and kind and very thoughtful. We will be back to enjoy another getaway again one day. Cheryl and Traddus Suddarth
PEACE & QUIET
May 14, 2013
My husband 66 & I 57 found such enjoyment here doing absolutely nothing......simply watching the sky for eagles.... the water for boat crossings.....the landscape for deer......stoking the pit fire & soaking tub......cooking lovely meals with an inspirational view that made being stuck in the kitchen a delight ......eating, drinking & breathing in the ocean air..... Just about everything you could need is provided, kitchen lacked a few incidentals (storage wrap, foil, roasting pan, not much else) there was even a well seasoned cast iron skillet, my favorite...... Our great dane Rommel could walk about off leash; yet slept through the deer visiting..... We watched the Rhododendrons bloom out in our 7 day stretch of beautiful unseasonably warm weather.....Gorgeous pink at the pit fire & romantic red from the master deck..... We WILL return!.... A note to help others: the stairs to the upper 2 bedrooms could pose a problem for elders, narrow, shallow stairs...... the steep terrain of the property is nicely terraced & eases you into more exercise than the Stairmaster, so allowing you to continue to eat all the proper vacation food...... laundry facilities are working & adequate but needed the wood stove to dry things thoroughly in less than 2 hrs..... if you're fussy about soaps of any kind; bring your own...... the deck is large & inviting but needed (my opinion) a comfy luxurious place to land & perhaps nap......next visit we will bring a hammock....The bed was all cotton sheets, a real plus for me with skin issues........THANK-YOU GRANT
April 11, 2013
When en route to the property we were notified by Grant that there was a carpenter ant infestation in the house. Since there are no real stores on the island he asked if we could pick up ant poison before we got on the ferry. Not a good first impression. When we got there, the (flying) ants were all over the kitchen. Trying to make a romantic dinner that night was nearly impossible, as the ants kept getting in the way and on our food. We didn't make any more meals for the rest of the weekend. The shower water pressure was not great. The wood-fired hot tub was a cool experience, but didn't make up for the other negatives. Overall, I think the property was overpriced for the quality and cleanliness. We made it known that we were not happy with the carpenter ant situation, but were only refunded $50. Will not be staying there again. That being said, the house is cute and the view is great. It really needs some upkeep and a complete deep cleaning, though.
Seattle, WA USA
Great rustic retreat
April 2, 2013
-Quiet hillside property -Nice fenced area for our 75lb dog to explore -Cozy den -Very comfortable bed -Wood fireplace and hot-tub made for a lot of fire-stoking! I smelled like smoke at the end of the weekend. Plenty of wood ready, though! -Kitchen appliances aren't the latest and greatest, but that's not what we were there for - they worked fine for us! -Responsive and friendly owner -Nice 8-mile biking loop on island's North side
Glad you enjoyed times by the real wood fires
Its a lot of work for us to get , split and stack all the firewood
We have an older gas stove with old fashioned pilot light so guests can cook if the
power goes out , which does happen here in the forrest on an island
Did you know that you cannot bake in the newer gas oven if the power is out ?
Its always nice to bake a pie , cookies and warm up the kitchen if snowed in and power is out
March 9, 2013
My boyfriend and I were so excited to go away. Grant quoted us $99/night and when my partner called to book, Grant asked what the occasion was. My boyfriend told him I had a few days off from teaching and how happy we were to be able to get away. Grant said he would send us an invoice. After a few days, we still had not received an invoice so I followed up. Grant responded that he could not give us the deal of $99 if it was a school break. I was really shocked that he not only went back on his original quote to us but more so that he didn't even have the common decency to tell my partner he couldn't give us a special rate or at the very least to email after changing his mind. Very unprofessional not to mention rude and unkind. I couldn't trust someone doing business in such a manner. He would rather make $30 extra dollars than honor his word and treat people right.
Kellan Blaine Pattison
nice secluded ,romantic
March 8, 2013
Pefect cabin for a romantic getaway!
March 7, 2013
we enjoyed are stay very much, the wood fire hot tub was lovelly, the bed was comfy, also the wood stove was nice, it was great to make our meals there,had a nice walk and took lots of pictures, very spacious place,nice and quiet,we hope to go back some day soon.
February 27, 2013
Very nice get away spot. Hope to come stay here again in the future.
Ellensburg, WA USA
Lovely Lummi Island escape
February 26, 2013
This was our second visit, and we had a lovey 4 nights on Lummi Island at this great place. It was great to relax in the hot tub, and later sit in the rocking chairs and be cozy by the wood stove. The place is great! Our dog enjoyed the fenced yard and the view from the deck - especially when the deer were walking up the road. The views of Mt Baker were glorious. The island has lovely hiking trails through the forest, and the beach by the church is public and easily accessed. The place is well set up. The kitchen is spacious and the bbq is nice. Grant is so welcoming and helpful. We want to make it an annual event.
Frank John Corbino
February 20, 2013
Excellent place to go for some peace and quiet. Grant was a wonderful Host showing us everything we needed to know about the place and trails. We would like to return in the summer. My dog absolutely loved it, running free and exploring. The wood fired hot tub was sooooo relaxing!
Wenatchee, WA USA
February 17, 2013
The quiet location and the view of Mt. Baker and The Sisters was a one of a kind experience. Very comfortable place to get away from it all. We would go back again, next time in the summer.
Surrey, B.C., Canada
February 14, 2013
My boyfriend and I were looking for a romantic getaway and we found it in this property. It was rustic, had a beautiful wood burning fireplace, many unique features, cozy, and well equipped. We loved the setting of the property. It was very private, surrounded by trees, had a bit of a water view and the island itself was beautiful. Great value.
January 7, 2013
Very nice cabin on Lummi Island. Enjoyed all of the amenities. Our only problem dispite several email promises , we have yet to receive our $100.00 deposit. I would hate to turn this in to a legal matter. Very nice cabin though. What a shame the owner is not more business minded.
December 16, 2012
My husband and I enjoyed the stay on Lummi Island. The island, water, beaches are beautiful. The hot tub was wonderful on the chilly nights. The cabin comes decently furnished/clean, it feels more rustic than anything. The rooms are spacious, loved the hardwood floors. Sitting in the rocker in front of the fireplace was my highlight.
December 1, 2012
Comfortable, warm wood stove, funky, charming, great place to relax. I would stay here again.
Quiet, rustic retreat
November 27, 2012
A nice, quiet location on quaint Lummi Island with a generous amount of space. A short drive from Downtown Vancouver Canada, door-to-door in 3 hours. The owner was by a few times as he was doing some work on the place but he wasn't too intrusive. The wood-fired hot tub was a bit tricky to light but worked as advertised. November was a very cold time to go as you do not get afternoon sun, but the wood-burning fireplace heated things up nicely, as did the hot tub. Would go again during warmer time of the year.
Portland, OR USA
November 20, 2012
We came up from Portland and stayed for two days with our golden retriever. This is a lovely two-story nicely finished log cabin with a homey feel but modern conveniences including wifi. There is lots of beautiful wood detailing throughout the cabin. Full kitchen with cookware and dinnerware, three different sleeping areas (in addition to the couch), cozy couches and rocking chairs, beautiful lamps. The wood stove in the living room was plenty to heat the house while we were there. The bed in the main bedroom was comfy, there was a soaring cathedral ceiling and lots of light in the room, it had a beautiful view out over the Sound and there was lots of closet space (the clever use of cabinetry makes tremendous use of the A-frame walls upstairs). There is a huge deck with a picnic table. The wood-fired hot tub was incredible, the water was hot and ready for use when we arrived in the afternoon (thanks to Grant, who thinks of everything), though we didn't use it until the next morning and the temperature was still perfect. The firepit just inside the gate provided great ambiance next to the little pool - I wished I had brought marshmallows and skewers for roasting. There is a little mountain slope behind the property that our dog loved exploring. Just bring your toiletries, your hiking shoes, and your favorite vacation foods (though there is a small grocery store with basic selections near the ferry dock). This home away from home is an incredible value and we hope to return soon.
Joan Pettley Govedare
Whidbey Island, WA USA
October 28, 2012
We found this cabin to be delightful in every way. We especially enjoyed the VERY comfortable bed, and the nook in the kitchen. The wood stove was easy to use and efficient. The owner was very helpful and we look forward to a return visit.
Great get away with the dogs!
October 14, 2012
We had a lovely stay at this Lummi Island cabin. We appreciated the beautiful views of Mt. Baker and the fabulous sunrises. Our dogs loved the the walks through the woods and hanging our on the beaches on the west side with views of Orcas Island and the San Juans. We discovered public beach access at the church. The cabin itself was cozy and rustic, just right for a weekend get away.
Perfect Romantic Getaway
September 22, 2012
My (new) wife and I visited Grant's hideaway as our honeymoon treat. Bear in mind, we had a simple wedding - a JP and witnesses, and wanted an uncomplicated getaway. We could easily have taken off to the 4 Seasons in Whistler or a Fairmont property via my employment, but wanted something more private and intimate. After viewing the photos on this site and speaking with Grant, I knew I had the right place and the right host. When he understood our occasion, he offered special extra touches, that were massively appreciated. When we arrived, Grant had the outdoor chiminea going, the hot tub, and the woodstove - very welcoming. He gave us a warm welcome, a quick orientation, and then made a friendly departure. So much kinder and more personal than anywhere else I have stayed. In the spirit of fully equipped cabins, all we had to bring were our food and beverages - everything else was there. The place has great sight-lines for privacy and views... a fantastic combination. We loved the warm wood heat, and the fun of stoking the fires, among many other charms. If you are expecting a 5-star hotel, remember that this is a privately owned and maintained property. There isn't a cleaning staff to whisk through between each guest - just the owner - so we made sure to leave the place cleaner than when we arrived, which we believe is implied in the contract of a well-maintained vacation rental at a reasonable price. It was such a good value that it only seemed fair. If you'll be offended by the odd cobweb or a bit of dust in a corner, save yourself the angst, then double (or triple) your budget. But if you'd like to enjoy a relaxing, trouble-free holiday in a clean, well-equipped yet rustic setting, you may just owe it to yourself to spend a few days here... We'll certainly be back!!!
Humboldt County, CA USA
Sorry to be the dissenting voice
September 11, 2012
When my adult daughter and I saw all of the 4- and 5-star reviews, we decided to try out the place, even though it was the most expensive weekend of the year. I agree with other reviewers that Grant is friendly and I agree that the view is lovely, but that is the end of my agreement. The driveway is difficult, especially in the dark. The house was not clean. We had to clean the refrigerator before using it and the dishes, although stacked neatly on the shelves had remnants of dried egg and other food on them, as did the flatware. We washed everything before using it, which seemed an unfortunate use of vacation time. The stove was also dirty, but I did not spend a lot of time cleaning it. The light switches, countertops, and kitchen table all seemed to have a greasy film. There was a sponge but it was so dirty, I did not use it. Grant had a lot of paper towels and while I resist using them at home, I used them instead of dish towels or the sponge. The area near the door between the kitchen and the living room smelled like gas. Of the three beds, one upstairs bed was so hard that it was not useable for an adult and the room had a film of dirt, along with cobwebs and a tattered lampshade that looked like it came from a haunted house. The other upstairs bed was closer to comfortable but smelled very strongly of laundry detergent, which should have been welcome, but was overwhelming. The third bed is a daybed in the living room, which is reasonably comfortable, but there are no window coverings, which makes it feel quite exposed and makes it very bright in the morning. Rather than continue the list of disappointments, I will explain that I booked and paid for four night, but left after two nights. We probably would not have stayed that first night if we had arrived earlier and we probably would not have stayed the second night if we could have found a place to stay. We surrendered and even though we could not find a room in any lodging, we left.
Cabin in the woods
August 9, 2012
Lummi island is unique and the people on the island were so friendly. Our chalet felt more like a cabin although much hard work and love has gone into it. I gave it a three star because we felt that the only thing lacking was a good scrub down and decluttering of the cabin, especially the kitchen area.
Kirkland, WA USA
Relaxing and comfortable cabin
August 6, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Grant's cabin on Lummi Island for two nights at the end of July. We brought our two dogs, and it was, as advertised, very pet-friendly. The cabin was quite spacious and relaxing, and the deck was wonderful. The only problem I had was that the house could have been cleaned better from the previous guests.
July 31, 2012
Very cool place. My wife and I shared a quiet getaway and this place was perfect. Enjoyed the hot tub! Appreciated that it was pet-friendly, even though we left our dogs at home. We hope to come back with our whole family sometime soon!
Beautiful and Comfortable
July 23, 2012
We had a lovely time here. I am from Bellingham and went over to visit friends. Since I was bringing my dogs, I decided to stay here, and it was perfect! I just told my friends where I was and they came to visit me instead! Beautiful views from the house and deck. Hot tub was enjoyed in the evening, along with roasting marshmallows in the outdoor fireplace. Grant was very helpful and gracious. I would recommend very highly.
July 22, 2012
Hello- Please heed warning. When we found this rental we loved it.. great price, perfect setting. Talked to Grant made us feel like family.. we explained to him our big travel plans that ended with a romantic stay at his cabin.He Said we sounded like great people, two romantic travelers, and was excited to meet us. We give him a deposit and he gave us a verification number and we set off for our trip. We are getting ready to board the fairy to go across to the Island and I give him a call and he says "oh didn't you get my email. I said "No, We have been traveling, camping, kayaking, and we haven't had service. He than continues to tell us that he and his spouse talked it over and there was someone who wanted to the cabin for longer than we did and he decided he wanted he more money instead of keeping his word. I asked him if he was serious and if he knew of any place else on the island or had made any other arrangements for us. He said no and that he didn't care about a verification number and that he would refund our money. I mentioned to him that it wasn't a good business practice and he did't care. We eventually found a place to stay from some wonderful people on the island and after telling our story to a few people of the locals they mentioned to us that he was not a man of his word, did not hold good business practices, had no character and that they were not surprised at all that he did this. I understand unforeseen circumstances but this was purposeful. To take someones money and than email them that they didn't have a place to stay 2 days before they were to arrive on a REMOTE ISLAND is crappy. He didn't even give us a phone call after he knew that we didn't have wifi. Don't rent from this guy. He worthless and you may not even have a place to stay once you get there. If i could give him no stars I would.
Surrounded by Cool Forests and Warm Fires
July 7, 2012
My wife recently stayed an entire week at Grant's cabin with our two little girls (5 & 3) and we had a wonderful time. If we did nothing else, just being surrounded by one of the greenest forests have even seen- was great. We spent a week in absolutely no hurry at all. This was the perfect place to do so in midsummer (when back home it was 100 degrees plus!) Stoking fires on the patio, in the hot tub, and in the house... cooking fun meals on the grill and in the kitchen, etc. However, we also explored quite a bit of the area in that week. The girls loved playing at the church beach, the estates shoreline, the shore north of the ferry dock, the hike up to the top of Lummi Peak, and just watching the wildlife throughout the island. As it was our first time anywhere near the area, we also took day trips off-island along the cascades to check out the mountains a bit more closeup... and a trip down Chuckanut Drive to view the San Juans from that vantage point, as well as to have a meal of fresh shellfish at one of the restaurants near Taylor Shellfish Farms. Perhaps the best way to understand the experience would be to check out the photos posted via Instagram on my phone from the week at Flickr (account "nashworld"). I have hundreds of other pics from a professional camera setup that will be there in the next few weeks, but this set of 140 iPhone shapshots might give you a more visual review. Lastly, Grant was a fantastic host throughout. He met us at the cabin, gave us a tour of all of the details... and had fires on the patio and in the hot tub to greet us. Amazing atmosphere from the start. He even gave a quick courtesy phone call after a couple of days just to make sure everything was going well. This is an amazing area, a friendly host, and a property that truly integrates itself into its surroundings. We still have a lot of this planet to see, but when we get back to this area, we'll certainly cross our fingers that Grant's place isn't booked. Enjoy...
Seattle, WA USA
Cozy cabin nestled in the woods-very dog friendly!
July 7, 2012
My boyfriend and I recently stayed here with our dog for our 3 year anniversary and it was amazing! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful house, inside and out. Grant and his dog Emma greeted us when we arrived and showed us the property and surrounding area which was really nice because you could get a feel for the area and get a crash course on how to work all the fireplaces! Grant has masterfully restored the house himself and each room has something unique about it, it's just amazing inside, plenty of room for about 5-7 people, or a family, or a perfect quiet get-away for 2. We brought our own food to BBQ(there's 2!) and I loved prepping food on the huge stainless steal kitchen counter that looks out into the bay. Inside was great for rainy days, but the beauty of this place is the outside. There isn't a bad view from the property and the big deck is great for relaxing in the sun and looking out at the mountains and ocean. The wood fired soaking tub was perfect for relaxing in the day or watching the stars at night. There's lots of places to walk around and go hiking, the dog loved it! But the best part is being able to shut yourself off from the outside world even though your so close. Once you shut the gates to the lower patio you really can't be seen by anyone and it feels like your own private oasis with a spectacular view! The only bummer was having to leave so soon. Grant was super nice and accommodating and we will definitely be returning here for a longer stay! I've already recommended this rental to lots of family and friends. It's not too far of a drive from Seattle, and only a short trip from Bellingham!
not to be trusted
July 5, 2012
We had a reservation and had paid our deposit and had a conformation number and were bumped because somone whated the place for longer, which was a more profitiable indevor for the owner so he just passivly emailed us and said sorry but you are being bumped
Brandy Nielsen Hackman
Las Vegas, NV
Great little hide away
June 29, 2012
This was the perfect little hide away for our anniversary trip! We enjoyed the privacy that all the trees provided and the hot tub was so fun. It was perfect to stoke the fire in the cabin, curl up with a blanket and enjoy the peacefulness. The hike just down the road was awesome too! Thanks, Grant!
Will give away your reservation.
June 27, 2012
As of 2 weeks ago I contacted "Grant" about staying at his "Romantic Chalet", listed the dates (July 7-9) and came to an agreement at pricing and that payment would be made by check with initial deposit via Paypal. Three days go by (not unusuall because his communication is horrible) and then he asked me if I could add the 6th on as well. I inform him that I work that evening and couldn't possibly do it. So 2 days go by and no contact, I send him an email asking for paypal information and go on his website and he gave my reservation away to someone who would take Friday and Saturday! When I called him on it all he said was "something else came up" and "sorry". Well Grant, you are sorry, a sorry excuse for a human being whose word apparently means nothing. I'm sorry my schedule doesn't fit in with you making the most money, but being a cop it's really hard to get time off. I made my reservation two weeks before the people you gave it to, and ruined a rare piece of free time for me.STAY AWAY FROM THIS GUY, HE WILL GIVE AWAY YOUR RESERVATION WITHOUT EVEN TELLING YOU, AND DOESN'T EVEN CARE!
Boise, ID USA
We'll be back!
June 14, 2012
We loved our stay in this charming, rustic cottage. Rain or shine, this was the most relaxing, comfortable place we have ever stayed anywhere. The gardens and view are beautiful in this natural setting. The convenience of bathrooms on both floors was a real plus. We loved the big eat-in kitchen and roomy living room - all with beautiful views of the trees and water. There are so many charming details to this house that can't be seen in the pictures provided in the listing. Grant is a wonderful host and has covered every detail for his guests. We can't wait to come back and stay longer.
Deb Sampson Anderson
Very Relaxing and Serene!
June 5, 2012
Had a great time here. The view was great and the place very relaxing. The dog enjoyed laying in the sun on the deck. Next time I would like to bring a couple friends. All in all a great retreat!
Lovely, Peaceful Stay
May 4, 2012
My husband and I recently enjoyed a wonderful few days at this lovely cabin. Rain or shine, it's a great place to escape from it all and relax! We'll definitely be back. Thanks for the hospitality Grant! :)
Nasty Pig Gary
A GRAND chalet in the WOODS!!!!!
April 22, 2012
Really really enjoyed your Chalet in the woods, very peaceful and quiet and well worth the trip to Lummi Island, WA,,,,, walking down to the beach and just sitting watching the eagles sore around, waves splashin on the shoreline and the ferry coming and going was a delight!!!!!!!! I will be back,,,,, Thanks Grant for a fine stay at the Chalet,,,,, Wish I stayed up all the time to enjoy every minute I could!!!!!!
Lummi island love!
February 18, 2012
This adorable house hand built by grant himself, just radiates tranquility and comfort. My husband and I had a wonderful time at the house using the woodfire stove hot tub and playing in the woods behind the house with our dogs. I highly recommend staying here.. grant is just great!
So quiet, so lovely.
February 9, 2012
Oh what a great getaway! Grant was a perfect host. The cabin is beautiful and the hot tub is dreamy. Grant gave us some very helpful suggestions of island sights and hiking trails. As enthusiastic as we were, the cabin was just way too cozy to leave! Will definitely be back.
Truly unique and adorable cabin
February 9, 2012
Grant was so accommodating in every way possible - had the place warmed up for us with his adorable wood burning stove, the hot tub was heated with fire - everything felt woodsy and relaxing. So quiet, you can't see your neighbors! We did a bonfire on the nearby beach, had amazing night in the hot tub under the stars, read by the wood stove and basked in the quiet and beautiful mornings. It was an amazing vacation and we are recommending to all our friends!
perfect new year's getaway
January 7, 2012
Loved the laid back ambience. Simple pleasures ie. wood fireplace & hot tub, claw foot bath, cozy down duvets. Setting was beautiful high on a wooded hillside with water & Bellingham views. Stayed 3 nights but could have stayed longer - so soothing. Kitchen could have used a little more polish but everything one needed to make home cooked meals was there. Grant was a "host with the most" - very accomodating. Charming atmosphere.
Cozy, comfortable, woodsy retreat
December 24, 2011
A lovely place with lots of character and warmth. Short, charming ferry ride to get to the island. Grant was at the chalet to greet us and let us know how things work; his enthusiasm for the place is fantastic. He had lit all the fires, including the outdoor fireplace for us. The woodstove kept the place cozy-warm and we also fed the hot tub fire to keep it sweltering. The log bed in the master bedroom is lovely; nice water views from upstairs and down. There are some cool touches like the tin ceiling in the living room/dining room and clawfoot tub in the upstairs bathroom. Perfect romantic getaway spot. One wish: glass cups and wineglasses as there were only plastic, and a thermometer in the hot tub. We used the sightseeing sheet Grant provided to check out some spots on the island. There are some neat beaches (yes, even in the winter), one with sandstone, another with funky fishing shacks and paraphernalia. Note that the local cafe/pub, the Beach Store Cafe, is open only a few days per week, so if you're there for a short stay and want to check it out, find out the hours. Townspeople are friendly. . Overall - loved it!
Mission, British Columbia
BEAUTIUL AND RUSTIC
November 10, 2011
My fiance and our dog Chelsey had an amazing time. Loved the hot tub and the beautiful wood stove. Went down to the beach to enjoy the sunset and enjoyed the sunrise from the bed room. Seen lots of deer aswell :-) We will definately come back.
Bellingham, WA USA
Bad Business Dealings
September 9, 2011
Owner was very deceptive in dealing with me. His vacancy calendar showed there was a vacancy Labor day weekend 2011. I sent him an email asking to reserve the place for that weekend about 3 weeks before the weekend. No response , I called him and he said he would send me a bill. No response. Long story short I called and emailed up to a few days before the weekend with the assurance I had a place to stay. A few days before the weekend he tells me that some "distant relatives" were coming in and would stay and the place was not available. This is not good business practice and screwed up our weekend plans.
Would be lovely with a few updates
August 25, 2011
Let me start by saying, the owner, Grant was really nice and picked us up from the island taxi we took, he also bought us a picnic lunch so we could hang out locally, while he cleaned the place after his previous guests moved out. He also had helped us with suggestions about a way to get to Lummi from Orcas. The deck is phenomenal and the views from there are lovely. Sunrise is fab on the island (but in the woods is not the ideal place to view it, in my opinion, too many tall trees). Go down to the water for breathtaking views of sunrise. Outdoor firepit was great, nice to watch the stars. Free Wifi is a nice add. It is a great spot for 2, maybe 3 adults at best. Here is why, second bedroom bed is not a queen as stated, second bath has a tub only (so no shower). We had two families (so 4 adults) in there (our fault) so its less than ideal. Also, we could not use the hot tub (apparently it generates too much smoke). Grant, please do not take this the wrong way, but I would suggest getting rid of the bathrobes (discolored and stained), replacing towels (also discolored), new linens, new bath rugs (discolored). Updating the hair dryer (very very old GE model). Periodic decluttering from what guests (I assume) leave behind). Having shared the cost between two families, it was a good deal I would say.
Seattle Wine Gal
North Bend, WA
We fell in love here, and are now getting married!
August 9, 2011
I'd like to share an email I recently wrote to Grant, the owner of Waterview Chalet in the Woods. Hello Grant, my name is Barbara Evans. Last year on Oct 15th, I rented your cabin with my (then) very new boyfriend. I admit that we fell deeply in love there, and had the most memorable weekend imaginable. We have now been together for almost a year, and are so in love that we will be married soon. We would first like to thank you, and let you know that a weekend of true romance and new love that started in your lovely home, has since developed into our dreams come true. We are so happy, and think and speak fondly of your home on Lummi often. The second thing we are wondering is if it is available to rent the first week in Oct this year, to share the anniversary of the day we met one year earlier. It would mean a lot to us to secure a reservation to spend our anniversary where we first fell in love. Please advise, and we will happily go about the reservation process. Thank you so very much, we appreciate everything, and can't wait to meet you again and thank you in person! Barbara and Miguel
If you like woods stay here
July 19, 2011
On the inside this house is cozy and quaint; and outside, the wooded mountainside setting is ideal for humans and dogs. If you like stoking fires you will be in heaven. You can have fires inside and out and even the hottob is fire-heated. The island is think with flora and fauna. We saw deer and racoon families within our first hours. Grant, the landlord will give you great tips for your optimal stay. Parents, kids and dogs will love the place.
June 23, 2011
This was a fun, eclectic cabin nestled nicely in the woods! We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen with great views of the water. The wood stove heated up the house really nicely. Our dogs thoroughly enjoyed running in the woods behind the house. We had a fun night on the patio with a bonfire and smores! The owner Grant is a very nice, friendly gentleman who has done a good job fixing up the cabin. The only downside is not much sun because of tree coverage. Overall a great place at a good price!
Fabulous place to stay
June 23, 2011
I booked this as a place to get away for 3 days over my wife's birthday. Absolutely exceeded our expectations. This is a terrific property with everything you need. Wonderful views, supremely restful, quiet and a great place to recharge. Already booking a return for later this summer.
Morro Bay California
Peaceful, Beautiful, Relaxing and PERFECT
June 20, 2011
This Chalet was enchanting, We stayed for 3 Perfect days, we were greeted by Grant, who was seriously so kind and charming, he is the owner and quite a great host. He gave us instruction about the Chalet, showed us where everything was located, and all that you need is there in the Chalet, It is absolutely a wonderful place to stay. The view is breathtaking, the Chalet has so much personality, we did NOT want to leave. We made so many wonderful memories. We will go back many times. Thank you Grant! Mark and J.
June 20, 2011
We stayed at this cozy, rustic cabin for 3 nights, and wished we could stay longer! We had our two little boys and our older dog. We felt safe on the fenced-in property. We made good use of the fire pit every evening. The view from the deck, kitchen, living room and bedrooms is beautiful! Grant walked us through a list of things to do and see on the island, including Frank's Beach--we went there every day. It's beautiful, quiet and the view of the San Juan Islands is lovely. We did some fly fishing, and even saw a seal swimming by. Checking out the tide pools at low tide was also a hit. We pretty much fell in love with Lummi Island. It is nice and small, very easy to get to from Seattle, the tiny car ferry is adorable, and the people are very nice. We'll probably be back.
June 10, 2011
I have twice made reservations and pre-paid the full amounts only to have our reservations cancelled and refunded with hardly any notice and ridiculous explanations given. This owner is completely disorganized and unreliable. You take your chances making holiday plans with this guy.
Amanda Leigh Julison Sell
Great Retreat with Dog
May 10, 2011
Fun and funky cabin. Great touches like a cool tin ceiling and a clawfoot bathtub made this place special. It has everything you need. It is a great place for dogs to come, with a gaited property.
April 18, 2011
We had planned to stay but never got the chance as the owner cancelled our reservation when he got a better offer from someone else - even after we paid the $100 deposit! The guy offered me a discounted rate but then cancelled when he realized it was a holiday weekend and others were willing to pay more. Absolutely infuriating.
Loose and lovely
March 28, 2011
We came to the area because our son had a sudden health problem. This is not the way you want to start a vacation but the house and surroundings were quiet, stress-reducing and wonderfully relaxing. It's a funky, fun and very comfortable place - and Grant was wonderful to deal with throughout. I hope to come back when we have less on our minds.
Beautiful views, clean/warm/cute rooms
March 14, 2011
This place is awesome! SO peaceful and beautiful!! The entire shalet is clean and maitained well. It is thoughtfully equipped with all that you will need to stay warm, and cozy. The living room has rocking chairs, and there is a very spacious deck with grill. The view is BEAUTIFUL from the living room, and attached deck, and both the rooms have the beautiful view to wake up to. The kitchen had a booth like in a diner, and it had all spices, condiments, etc that you may need to cook meals. The entire place had the traditional charm to it. Picture perfect!!! Thank you Grant!
March 14, 2011
There is everything you want for a fun/peaceful time. Went with friends and had a lot of fun. Will definitely want to come back again.
Loved the Hot Tub!
February 27, 2011
We had a great time and really relaxed. Enjoyed the wonderful hot tub and the place was warm and cozy with the wood burning stove. The bed was super comfy and all in all we would go back for sure!
Brian and Debbie
Rustic Romantic Getaway
October 17, 2010
We spent 3 beautiful quiet romantic Autumn days at this picture perfect cabin on Lummi Island. Thank you Grant - we had a wonderful relaxing 3 days.
Lummi Island Chalet
October 5, 2010
This was a great place to stay. Authentically a chalet in the woods. The hot tub was great. Nothing better than waking up to deer walking around the house, and listening to the eagles fly above.
Beautiful views and comfy beds
September 23, 2010
This is a great place to rent with many conveniences, great views of the water and mountains, good climbs straight up and down if you're into walking, and a great home style atmosphere. The bedrooms have great windows and beds! The views are incredible from every room.
view beautiful, owner over-bearing
September 16, 2010
The house was nice & the view was incredible but there was a dirty sock in the downstairs bathroom and other evidence the place hadn't been thoroughly cleaned before we arrived. The hottub looked undesirable. Location was pretty far from main part of island which is ok if you know ahead of time. This place would have received 4 stars if the owner hadn't been so over-bearing and controlling. We were treated like irresponsible high school students, the deposit wasn't returned for nearly a month, and additional fees were added right before we came. The owner had to be reminded that a deposit had been paid on 3 different occasions. I recommend the place, not the owner.
August 14, 2010
My husband and I rented this home for a couples retreat, and had a wonderful time. It was *so quiet*, so peaceful and so beautiful. All we could hear were the birds! The home is delightfully put together, with Grant's thoughtfulness evident all over the home. This is just what we look for with a rental home: spotlessly clean, carefully arranged, extremely comfortable (great bed!) with heavenly view. Grant recommended a hike to the top of Lummi, that gave us a breathtaking view of the San Juans. Wow! The feeling on Lummi is so relaxed, friendly, and happy. We loved our retreat in the woods!
Wonderful week in the woods
August 11, 2010
Our family (with 2 teenage boys) stayed at the "Waterview Chalet in the Woods" for a week in August 2010. There was plenty of room for the 4 of us, and we slept great because it is so quiet on the island! We spent the week whale watching, hiking, and kayaking, and just plain relaxing. I would recommend the chalet to anyone who doesn't want the bustle of a resort, but doesn't want to "rough it" either.
rundown and shady owner
July 27, 2010
the photos are way more appealing than the actual house. the hot tub is dirty and nearly impossible to keep hot. the grounds are strewn with piles of garbage and the house is hard to access. the owner hinted strongly that he wanted us to leave a tip and when we didn't (we were disappointed with the house), he invented a bunch of comical reasons to keep money from our damage deposit (on top of a $50 cleaning fee). I am a professional travel writer, have stayed in hundreds of hotels and rentals and have never been subjected to such shadiness. look elsewhere. not only is the house disappointing, but the owner will take advantage of you given the chance.
Steve & Darlene
July 19, 2010
We came down to relax and take it easy and it is exactly what we were looking for. A great deck with a view, fire pit and hot tub. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepair our meals. We decided to get some local seafood and cook instead of going out for dinner ... a good choice. The rest of the cabin was comfortable and clean. Such a great location to get away from everything. We will be back. Thanks Grant.
Chalet Dogwood Terrace
July 19, 2010
Clothing optional, dont think so, neighbors were nearby with kids. Dog poop in flowers, trashy hill, couldn't get in driveway, showers leaked on floor, this place needs some help. Takes forever to get deposit back on time.
Salt Lake City Ut.
June 26, 2010
Very clean and cozy. Loved the hot tub could use a blow dryer
June 15, 2010
Sent an email asking for a date. They responded saying the date would be fine. But when I called them to make final arrangements they said they could not do just one night. Their ad did not have a minimum stay requirement listed.
brad and donna barry
cabin in the woods
May 20, 2010
This cabin was just perfect...... so peaceful and quiet you could hear the birds fart..LoL.. just kidding about the birds,loved sipping coffee in the morning by the fire...I want to go baaaack!...Thanks Grant
Vancouver, BC, Canada
April 27, 2010
house was great, nice and quiet. Would have liked a working stove and bbq
Relaxing getaway on a quiet island
April 21, 2010
The property was very clean and welcoming, and owner Grant was extremely helpful. Spacious home great for a couple, but could accommodate a larger group. Pet friendly! Would like a modern spa (rather than wood-fired type) for more spontaneous use. Lummi Island is quick and easy to get to.
Seattle, WA USA
Stay Clear of this Property
March 8, 2010
At the last minute, I needed to cancel my reservation. In doing so I notified the proprietor of this at which point Grant became incredibly unresponsive - to the point of total silence. When I asked about a refund to my "100% refundable deposit" I was surprised to not hear from him. To this date he has not refunded my deposit. Stay clear of this property - as the owner will make this experience your worst nightmare!
Very Romantic and Peaceful
December 15, 2009
Thanks Grant for sharing your romantic dream house with me. The Chalet in the Woods was a dream come true. Very nice and clean, better than some motels I have stayed at before. I was so amazed of the time you spent putting this Chalet in the Woods together, that pair of driftwood rockers by the fire was very very nice. The snow topped fir trees were worth picture taking. Forgot to mention that HOT TUB, enjoyed it even when it was cold outside and the snow falling. Never had such a great time in my life. Very relaxing, peaceful, and a dream on a island come true. It seemed to me that I was the only one on the island. I will be back, SOON. Thanks once again for a nice getaway.
Nice place for Meditation Retreat
November 11, 2009
I came for a week in November for a personal retreat. Grant very kindly met me and showed me how the systems worked - wood heating and kitchen. I had a nice quite week. The cabin is comfortable, private, and quite. It is not modern and has "character". I'll likely be back.
Seattle, WA USA
Wonderful weekend getaway
September 30, 2009
We really enjoyed our weekend at this property! The inside of the cabin was very homey and clean. The woodburning fireplace and hot tub were perfect as fall was setting in. We also took our bikes and spent a day biking around the island. The views were beautiful and the ride was only moderately difficult.
Sammamish, WA USA
September 10, 2009
This is a nice and very quiet spot with a very cool design. I really enjoyed the outdoor fireplace and the views,and the owner's hospitality. The gas grill is old and missing lava rocks, was difficult to get it up to temperature. Also, the hot tub was really an antique and probably could only fit 2 people (literally, picture a big barrel). Ask for pictures if you're serious about access to a hot tub during your stay - it was one of my criteria and the reason I chose this place, and ultimately the hot tub was a disappointment.
Seattle, WA USA
August 25, 2009
Very private cabin surrounded by trees. Loved the layout. Would have loved to have a more modern hot tub instead of a wood burning one. However, the cabin was clean, relaxing and comfortable. Loved the privacy most of all!
August 18, 2009
The cabin was definitely rustic. Nice deck and view. No oven except a small "convection" oven the size of a large toaster oven (and a microwave). Main problem was the smell of cat urine, so we had to leave windows open and fans blowing, even on cool days.
B N C & L Hernandez, C Manzano, K Campbell
Seattle, WA USA
Lummi Island Chalet
July 31, 2009
Gorgeous view from all windows and decks, outdoor wood fired hot tub / campfire area in the woods were a definite bonus, community lake and frank's beach were a hit, great cabin, very comfortable and relaxing, wonderful island to visit, quiet, owner is easy to work with / personable, overall a great trip (although we wish we could have stayed longer)!!!!
July 27, 2009
Nestled into this island getaway you will find deer walking nearby. Breathtaking sunrises that highlight Mt. Baker. Swimming lake nearby. Unmatched island charm. The amenities, provided supplies, and warm hospitality make it a must do holiday. Thanks, Grant.
Ted and Priscilla
June 27, 2009
My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Chalet and had one of the most relaxing vacations ever. What a beautiful spot to watch the water from. Enjoyed the hot tub, both decks, the outdoor fireplace, and to my delight there is also a claw foot tub in the second floor bath! Grant the owner is very accomadating and what a gem of a home for the price. We will definitely be back!
Opportunity to Relax in a Rustic Setting
May 31, 2009
We were first attracted to this vacation listing as we have several (right now six Chihuahua's) and the Waterview Chalet in the Woods is listed as pet friendly. Grant, the owner is extremely co-operative. We found everything as listed. This chalet is not modern. It is rustic, but in my opinion, that bring a great appeal. It was our first opportunity to holiday with our Chi's and that we could do in a very relaxed and wonderful environment. Scenery is magnificent. Jeff
April 28, 2009
This beautifully conceived, constructed and finished all wood chalet is a place for experiencing peace. It is a perfect retreat site with quiet, bountiful views of beauty for meditation yet with all the amenities that allow a variety of lifestyles to be fully expressed in comfort. The fully equipped kitchen and all the overall details of this more-than-any-rental pleasure is a fine bargain and a meaningful investment in thoughtful leisure. There's even excellent high speed wireless internet for emergencies and fine cell phone reception. This pet friendly perfection was also enjoyed as much by our pampered pets as by us!
New York, NY
The Perfect Escape
April 14, 2009
I needed a place to escape NYC and this is the perfect place. The house is beautiful and was everything I needed it to be. The view is fantastic and the hot tub was great plus Grant was excellent to work with.
April 5, 2009
This home is well kept, and very relaxing and cozy. We spent three quiet days -- the views from all the windows are wonderful, whether it's sunny or snowy. The island is quiet but lovely, with lots of deer, bird varieties and very nice people. Thanks for a great stay!
Melrose, FL USA
Family Reunion Perfection
January 22, 2009
We enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks Grant Bowery (owner), VacationHomeRentals (website) and Washington Financial (transaction) for a perfectissimo First-Time-Visit to the Pacific Northwest!!!! Lummi Island Loveliness.... Karen & Ted
December 3, 2008
My husband and I enjoyed our seclusion and privacy...already planning to come back in January. This cabin provided us everything that we hoped for; plenty of rooms, nice big kitchen, bathrooms and a firewood hot tub etc...Thank you so much Grant, we are looking forward next month.
Private, cozy retreat
November 27, 2008
The cabin is beautiful, with charming attention to detail. Perfect if you're looking for a secluded, comfortable weekend to sit in front of the fire and relax in the woods.Definitely keeping this place in mind for the next weekend trip.
Quiet and beautiful
October 6, 2008
My husband and I had a four day retreat here and loved the seclusion, the beautiful view of Mt. Baker and the cozy cottage. I spent most of the time snuggled on the day bed by the wood stove. We enjoyed the wood heated hot tub, but if you want instant gratification, it's probably not for you. For us it was an adventure. I wrote a more detailed review on my blog. You can email me if you want the link.
Giddings, TX USA
September 10, 2008
This vacation rental was somewhat of a disappointment to us. Even though it was pet friendly, we did not care for the pet hair all over the cushions in the kitchen and living room. The rustic cottage had spider webs everywhere. We felt the cottage was not very clean and we were charged a cleaning fee. The bathroom toilet upstairs kept clogging up and the shower in the bathroom downstairs had problems with the hot water handle. We felt the owner was still living in the cottage and only moved out for the days that we were there. We were looking forward to using the hot tub, but found it to be out of order when we arrived and no explanation was given for it not working. The deck was nice and had a nice view of the water.
August 4, 2008
Only stayed for two nights, but absolutely loved it. Charming location, comfortable cottage. We hope to come back for a longer stay soon.
San Antonio, TX, USA
July 28, 2008
We spent 3 relaxing weeks here and loved it. The view of the water and Mt. Baker from the deck accompanied by the sound of the fountain can't be beat. On warmer days, my 10 year old and I enjoyed swimming in the lake at the top of the hill. It gave her a great chance to meet and play with other kids. Lots of nooks, crannies, and warmth here. Although there is a lovely fenced area for dogs, our 8 lb. Doggie could find ways under the fence when he set his mind to it.
Not What I expected
May 30, 2008
The owner was gracious and very accomodating. A wonderful host but the property needs a lot of clean up. The place is funky and has lots of character, we did love that. The pictures on the web site did not correctly show what the rental is like. It is rustic at best and needs a thorough cleaning. I never expect things to be "perfect" but this was far from it. We washed any dishes before using. The upstairs bathroom with its broken door and faucet were virtually useless to us.