This homey cottage, high on the west facing bank between Freeland and Greenbank is situated on one of the most exceptional spots on Whidbey Island. With panoramic 180 degree Sound and Olympic views and a private stairway to 4+ miles of sandy walking beach, the cottage provides an ideal getaway for couples, families and artists seeking solitude and inspiration. Enjoy dramatic sunsets, campfires by the beach, hikes through the nearby old-growth forest in South Whidbey State Park. If that?s not enough there?s also outstanding salmon fishing from the beach, and a fine private perch to sit and enjoy a good book while keeping an eye on the shipping lanes. The cottage is nestled in a bald eagle reserve and adjacent to protected tidal lagoons, ensuring both privacy and abundant opportunity for wildlife viewing. A historic fixture on the Island, the cottage was lovingly and meticulously restored in 2000 and features a real wood burning stove**, oak flooring, modern appliances, TV, DVD, CD player, washer/dryer and a rich assortment of games, books and puzzles. When not enjoying the outside activities and views, guests will appreciate the interior paintings and photographs of Bart Rulon, naturalist and renowned local artist. 4 night minimum in July/August
Bedding Configuration: 1 Queen, 3 Twin
Additional Features: * Culture: Near Restaurants * Entertainment: CD Player, DVD Player, High Speed Wireless Internet, Satellite TV, Stereo, TV, VCR * Geographic: Medium Bank Waterfront * Kitchen: Coffee Maker, Cookware, Microwave, Range, Refrigerator, Toaster * Living: Washer/Dryer, Woodstove * Outdoor: Charcoal BBQ
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Perfect Weekend on Whidbey!
MAria B. from Bellvue, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in July, 2016 We had a fantastic time at this property. The house is in great condition (it's small, but you'll be outside the whole time), beautiful views, nice grassy property, and a quick walk down a path to the beach. The beach is STUNNING. Almost no other people there, beautiful sunsets, and you can walk quite a bit before you hit private property. Josh at Tara Properties was great. Super responsive, helpful, and even came to make sure we arrived safely and to see if we needed anything (and gave us crabbing tips). Thank you for a lovely weekend!
Property Manager Response: Response from Tara Property Management South Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the home and the surroundings. We're also so glad that Josh was so helpful to you during your stay. Thanks again for your comments!
Reviewed by: Patrick N. recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in July, 2016 This is a small, bright and cheery, well maintained cottage above a classic Northwest beach on the Puget Sound. There are minor things I could quibble with, but overall a very pleasant and relaxing place to stay.
Property Manager Response: Response from Tara Property Management South Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and were able to relax and have a good time. A note to future renters, if any issues arise during your stay feel free to call our office and we'll be happy to resolve them.
A guest from seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in May, 2016 This little cabin had everything we needed! Grassy areas fir frisbee, beach access for beach combing and picnics and a terrific view. The deck is great for taking in the ships going by and beautiful peaks beyond. Lots of bird song and frogs and wave sounds at night. The main bedroom is sunny and a very comfortable room to sleep in. My 10 year old boys loved the loft to play and sleep. Yes the couch has no support but who sits on the couch when you have all the beautiful outdoor space!
Property Manager Response: Response from Tara Property Management South Thanks for your review! We are so glad you had such an enjoyable experience!
A guest from Woodinville, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in April, 2016 We loved the spectacular view, great location, well-equipped kitchen, and enjoyed the wood fire placethough no dryer, washer, no phone connection
Property Manager Response: Response from Tara Property Management South WE are very happy these folks enjoyed the home. There is a washer and dryer in a separate little out building as indicated in the check in packet and property description. Sorry these guests missed that. I have hilighted it in the check in packet for better visibility.
Mitch F. from Bellingham, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in November, 2015 we only used the cottage for extra beds to supplement the adjacent homes we rented for our large meeting. Bed it was perfect for that.
Joe S. from Minden, NV recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in September, 2015 My husband and I loved he place. The fishing was amazing and the cabin was very quaint. I would make one small suggestion-New living room furniture (couch and rattan chairs very uncomfortable)
John S. from Portland, OR does not recommend this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2015 Great location, views, ambiance. Interior furnishings in very poor condition and need to be replaced. Double bed pushed against a wall means one person has to crawl over the other to get up. All screens broken and kept in closet,
Do not stay Here or deal with Tara net/whidbey Vacations!!
Stacey L. from Seattle, WA does not recommend this property. Stayed for 2 days in August, 2015 This cottage description is misleading and was unsafe for occupants. They state it is a loft but fail to mention that the stairs are extremely shallow in depth and straight vertical . There should be a warning for anyone over 70 or small children in the description . Also , the stairs down to the beach were broken and the entrance into the parking area was over grown so you couldn't park there without damaging your vehicle . If that wasn't enough they advertise it as having a washer and dryer but you have to go to a caretakers house near by which was conveniently not mentioned . Finally when asked how far it was from coupeville before booking they lied and gave me a time that was half of what it actually took and what mapquest stated. DO NOT STAY!
Property Manager Response: Response from Tara Property Management South We apologize to this guest for any inconveniences they encountered! It is our top priority to keep all our guests very happy and hope they want to return over and over again. This home does have a loft as advertised and it is a ladder type stairway up to the loft. There is a trail/stairway to the beach and it is in the woods, so it isn't a paved trail. It is a combination of dirt trail and wood stairways. This guest had initially inquired on a different property and was given the distance the other property was from Coupeville, but then when she decided to book, that property was already booked. She in turn decided to book this property and didn't realize it was 4 minutes further from Coupeville, than the other property she initially inquired on. This home does have full access to a washer and dryer in a building separate from the cottage that is just a few feet outside the front door. We apologize again and encourage all our customers to ask any questions about the properties they rent. We are always happy to discuss details as we know all our properties very well! :)
A guest from Silvana, Washington does not recommend this property. Stayed for 4 days in July, 2015 This is an amazing little spot if you want a view and relatively easy beach access (it's a small hike down to the beach). It's a little rough around the edges upkeep and amenities-wise. If you don't mind steep, ladder-like steps (up to the three-bed loft area), you'll be ok with that part. The kitchen had a vintage blender that didn't work, so one of our party couldn't make her smoothie in the morning. The Teflon fry pans are sketchy. The handle fell off the spatula when one of us tried to make scrambled eggs...stuff like that. Shower water pressure is quite weak. But the sheets and towels were clean, and the place was generally clean. Lights running down to the beach path were broken/not working. Street sign for Smuggler's Lagoon was completely hidden from view (down in the weeds)as driver is approaching. Parking area is ample. View is spectacular but deck needs upkeep/TLC. Bunnies, birds, deer roaming about. View is of shipping lanes, so fair bit of maritime activity in view. You can hear the tides/waves coming and going. Location is just really ideal. With a bit of extra attention, the whole place could be ideal. It's close, but not quite there. I'd recommend it to some friends, but not to others, depending on their standards.
Alison M. from Portland, OR recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in July, 2015 I booked at the last minute and everything went very smoothly. The cottage is very sweet and cozy. My son and I stayed here for a couple of days and it was just perfect. It is tucked away and feels private even though there are other houses around. The views are beautiful and the beach feels wild and peaceful. I went out on the back patio one morning and there was a deer just hanging around. It is a great little place. The only improvement I can think of is getting a nicer shower head for the shower, as the one in there has those thin streams that sort of sting. I highly recommend it! Very romantic.
Deborah W. from Bremerton, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in June, 2015 This cottage on a bluff high above Puget Sound was a hit with three senior women -- plenty of charm; well-equipped kitchen; deck with view of water, eagles, deer, passing ships, and distant Jefferson County; very quiet neighborhood; conveniently located to Greenbank, Langlely, Freeland. Coupeville and Port Townsend ferry; also wi-fi and CD player we used and gas fireplace and TV we didn't. The photos and description were accurate.Two FYI caveats: the stairs to the sleeping loft are very steep and narrow. and the road and path to the beach are also very steep.
A guest from Seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in December, 2014 Location, location, location. The best part about this property is that it is steps away from the beach. There is a winding path down to the beach from the backyard of the property, and that beach adjoins South Whidbey State Park. The view from the cottage is breathtaking. It is small and cozy and very clean. I wouldn't recommend it for more than two people--it is pretty small. The rental company is very responsive, via email and phone. We had a small problem when we arrived on Christmas day with the code on the door not working (probably due to a power outage), but we called the emergency number and reached a very friendly, helpful person (Melanie!) who reset the code and wished us a Merry Christmas. I would only make two suggestions for improvements to the cottage: both the sofa and the mattress should be replaced. Other than that, we had a great time and would stay here again!
Reviewed by: Dean K. recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in October, 2014 It was wonderfull. I spent very little time researching this trip. I went on the price and the Pictures. I didn't even read the whole description. Mostly relied on the photos to be accurate. This cabin exceeded my expectations.
A guest from mount vernon, WA does not recommend this property. Stayed for 2 days in October, 2014 The location was very remote with good beach access; However, the blankets and bedspreads did not appear well laundered.We also had to pay a housekeeping fee and did not become aware until after we had signed the contract that we were also responsible for stripping the bed linens, laundering the towels, doing the dishes and putting them away. If one forgot the password for the lock on the door after hours or on the weekend, you had to pay a fee to have assistance. Therefore, it was not the relaxing get-away we had desired.
Property Manager Response: Response from Tara Property Management South Our apologies go out to the guest for any inconveniences they encountered, and we always appreciate feedback. We do have some standard check out procedures that are common for vacation rentals, however we do not require that you wash all the towels and linens. It is nice if 1 load is started in the circumstance that we have another guest arriving the same day as your check out, however it is not required. We also do NOT have a charge for forgetting pass codes on your door. We can easily, remotely, produce new door codes for you at any time for no charge. This guest was not charged any additional fees that are not disclosed on the quote or on the listing, prior to booking the house. Our contract does say there can be a charge for lockouts, meaning that if our staff has to travel to the house and unlock a door during off hours, there may be a charge. However this cottage has an electronic lock on the door, so there are no keys, therefore the codes are generated remotely and there will not be a charge for lockouts. It is an adorable cabin, and we strive to give our guests the best service possible. Thank you!
Sheri C. from Mount Vernon, Washington recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in September, 2014 The house itself is charming, and has an incredible view! I have never seen a more beautiful hardwood oak floor, and everything was clean. The bed was firmer than I like. The couch was softer than I like. The deck chairs need a good scrubbing. I think if you really wanted that view, the property is worth what I paid.
Jennifer P. from Skokie, IL recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2014 This is a wonderful one bdrm cabin with a loft with 3 twin beds. The beach access is amazing. Lots of stairs but worth the climb back up. The loft with twin beds is up a almost ladder-like staircase (be careful if you have small children). The cabin is well-stocked to make meals at home. The laundry is in a separate building but worked fine.
Reviewed by: Tracy L. recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in July, 2014 We loved the cottage! It is quaint, provided everything we needed and was so relaxing. We would definitely stay here again!
Elizabeth G. from Seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in June, 2014 Pictures of the cabin do it justice. It's a great spot in the summer as there's plenty of space to be outside and on the long beach. The house is showing signs of wear and tear. A bit of paint, getting the electric stove to work (all burners), and having a safer "enclosure" plan for the deck (it's just yellow rope), and replacing the couch that you literally sink into would do the house a world of good. But, in the end, the size and space worked great for our family. I would not stay here if our kids were younger (less then 4yo) as the stairs to the loft are quite steep.
A guest from Seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in May, 2014 We stayed here over a long weekend. The location is nice and what we were looking for--secluded and quiet. The deck provides great views and there were many birds to watch from the windows. It's a quick walk down to a very quiet beach directly from the backyard. It is a 10 minute drive to a large grocery store and banks. Its a 20 minute drive to downtown Langley which is a nice place to walk around and get food.The house was nice enough. There was adequate room for our small family of 4. The loft is unique in that it feels separate from the main living area so our kids were able to nap and sleep there without a problem of noise. The main floor bedroom is very small but the bed was comfortable.The living room has nice windows looking out on the water but you lose this as soon as you sit on the couch which is too soft. We made use of the wood stove which was cozy and really warmed up the house.The kitchen was not great. The pans are all in poor condition and some items felt unclean (french press, tea kettle). There were basics missing to make a longer stay comfortable (e.g. measuring spoons, plastic wrap/tin foil, reusable storage containers-the things that are nice to have when you plan to cook in the house). I tried to make a pie but there were many things missing so it required a lot of improvisation.There was some confusion on the agency's part about our request for early check in but it got cleared up for our arrival. It became a problem again when we got locked out of the house due to a non-functioning access code. Fortunately we got a quick response from the rental company who reset the locks. Overall a nice play to stay but we may look to another location next time we make the trip.
Karen R. from Olympia, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in April, 2014 Generally, we were happy with the accommodations, although the rental was very small. We couldn't even fit our suitcase in the bedroom. There were some ants in the kitchen when we arrived, and continuously throughout our stay, although their numbers stayed small. The beach was lovely, and we enjoyed the wood stove. Mostly, though, I was miffed by the three additional mandatory fees, which increased each night's stay by nearly 50%--and then the requirement to do a fair amount of cleaning before we left (one of the fees was an $80 cleaning fee).
Jon A. from Shoreline, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in January, 2014 We looked for a place to get away for the weekend for the kids and for the Seahawks game. The location was great, close to the ferry and right above the beach. The kids had the whole beach, which was sandy and full of driftwood, to themselves. Plenty of yard also to mess around in and play catch. The house is small and cozy, but we fit fine with our 4 kids. Everything but the food in the kitchen. A few cautions about the house. The heaters are very hot, so don't put anything near them or things will melt. Also, the stairs leading up to the upstairs are very steep with no grips on them. We were constantly worried about the kids going up and down them and did have our 7 year old fall down them with an expensive Kindle (bye bye Kindle). We would also suggest the owners level out the kitchen table - its angle makes playing board games difficult. Other than that, the house is great. Thanks so much!
A guest from Seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in December, 2013 This cozy cabin is in an excellent location: just steps away from the beach (with access to South Whidbey State Park) and a short drive to Freeland and Langley. Beautiful views of the water from the living and dining areas. Everything in good condition. Wood burning stove to keep things toasty at night.
Cathryn A. from Coupeville, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 1 days in September, 2013 I have stayed before and I love the location. I think however that some attention should be paid to the stairs, they were in rough condition in 2011, and are worse now.
A guest from Federal Way, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in September, 2013 Fabulous little cottage, great character, wonderful view. Perfect for single, a couple, or a small family. Really enjoyed it.
William T. from Everett, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in August, 2013 The cabin needs a new stove-the only large burner works erratically. The locking system did not always work. The blackberries need trimming (or even better eliminating). Most importantly, however, we love the cabin and enjoyed ourselves immensely. This is the second time we have stayed there.
Jenny H. from Colorado Springs, CO recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in July, 2013 We loved the whole experience. The house was sweetly decorated, clean, and had everything we needed for a great getaway. The staff was helpful and easy to get hold of. Everything was just as advertised. I want to go back!!
Laurie C. from Kamloops, BC recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2012 We enjoyed our stay at Smugglers Lagoon Beach Cottage very much and would definitely go again. Our only feedback would be the masterbed was uncomfortable. Everything else was as described. It was a lovely place to stay as a family.
A guest from Woodinville, WA does not recommend this property. Stayed for 7 days in July, 2012 The owners need to do some upgrading to continue renting itThe couch is so worn out you could barely use it.The television got 1 regular channel and 5 religious channels onlyThe picnic table, the only outdoor eating spot, is broken.The gutters were full to overflowing and had plants growing in them
Reviewed by: gary s. recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in May, 2012 Very nice and quiet cabin with a fantastic view of Puget Sound and the passing cruise ships. It was fully stocked with all the kitchen and bath essentials needed for our weeks stay. We seen three deer laying in the front of the cabin when we drove in and five otters passed through the back of the cabin that same night, not to mention the rabbits, chipmunks and eagles in the area. Only one good TV channel though, otherwise very relaxing.
A guest from Murray, UT recommends this property. Stayed for 5 days in April, 2012 We loved our stay!! I do wish that the house was little more clean and it said we could not bring dogs but we found dog hair and dog chews and toys all over the house. I loved the location and the beach. It also seems the communication with the realtors could be improved. I would stay there again but not for the price I paid.
A guest from pullman, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 5 days in October, 2011 Pros:The beach cottage was lovely, with hardwood floors throughout. The wood stove made it very cozy. We did bring our own firewood and left extra behind for the next guests. It was just me and my husband, so we didn't explore the upstairs loft. The view was incredible! We loved watching the ships go by, and the beach was nice to walk and talk on.Cons:There was no wireless internet reception and there was not really any cable tv as promised. The channels were through a converter box and 5 of them were evangelical, the other 2 were a weather cable weather station and re-runs of "Two-and-a-half men" and "The big band theory", back to back to back to back to back to back, you get the idea. The kitchen needs more sturdy silverware to eat with and appliances were sparse. The small, small blender did not even work.
Reviewed by: A guest recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in August, 2011 Our only problem was that there was no extra key left on the refrigerator for us. Otherwise, we enjoyed our stay very much
A guest from Edmonton, Alberta recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2011 the cottage was just what the doctor ordered for our family - a chance to step back and rest in a great setting.
Alan P. from New West Minister, BC recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in August, 2010 We found the $90.00 cleaning fee unreasonable for a 2 day stay. The rate per night was actually $210.00 and even though the property was lovely, it was too highly priced. Next time we will be aware of the cleaning fee and look for something a little less expensive.Hotels and B&B's include the cleaning, why not private rentals?
A guest from Seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in July, 2010 Floors were quite dirty, and the bbq needs replacement, but otherwise a beautiful property in a stunning location. I'd definitely recommend to others!
Steve B. from Portland, OR recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in September, 2009 Great location with territorial view and easy walk down to the beach. Very comfortable for three guys out to do some fishing.
Vince T. from New York, NY recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in August, 2009 Perfect little get away cottage. Private, easy access to a beautiful beach. Plenty of wild life. Beautiful ocean view from cottage and beach. Romantic enough for me to propose to my finace right on the beach. Looking forward to coming back here.
Loved this place and the property management company! Would go again in a heartbeat.
A guest from Seattle, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in October, 2008 Our stay was wonderful. The only negative was a mishap with the cleaning people, so the place hadn't been cleaned when we arrived. The property management company was horrified by this -- clearly, it was just one of those things that occasionally happen and not a standard practice. They made it right and we heartily recommend them and the property. It's a sweet, comfortable place -- great location right above the beach and near a beautiful state park.
Janie W. from Seattle, recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in July, 2008 The cottage was cozy and comfortable. The perfect place for 2 people. The view was spectacular. We were lucky and had fabulous weather the entire week. We thought that the deck and deck chairs needed to be powerwashed. A small outside table would be nice as well as wine glasses in the kitchen. Otherwise it met our expectations. We would consider renting again.
Rich H. from Kirkland, WA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in May, 2007 The house has a long series of stairs to get down to the beach, great view, but some of the stairs were in need of maintenance. The loft with the kids' beds has a VERY steep staircase, it worried us at first for the kid's safety, but they LOVED it and it worked just fine.
A guest from Forest Grove, OR recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in March, 2007 The cabin was very secluded but close to all things fun on the Island. This was the ideal place to relax and enjoy the quiet. I never once heard my daughter say she was bored.