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Rustic. Artistic. Island living. The perfect relaxing get away.

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Queen Beds, 1 bath, nestled in the woods with decorative garden and views

Built in 1979 as a pole barn, this building used to house cars, trucks, horses and a stained glass studio. Through patience and vision, it has been through remarkable changes to become the amazing spot it is today. Parking in the carport, or across from it, the first thing you’ll notice is the glass garage door and temple-style carport. The door leads into “man zone” complete with simple work out equipment, a tool bench, a pull out twin bed and a fire place. Art decorates the walls. Some was done by my dad, but most was borrowed from his artistic friends on “long term loans” and never returned. Based on how much he has, I don’t think they noticed he never gave it back.

Through the barn door, is the main living space. There is a dining area on your right, a sitting area on your left, the kitchen and the only bathroom. Each building on the property is heated by wood stove, but this wood stove is by far the most awesome. You can cook on, and in, it as well as use the bread warmer. I love this stove! Bring your fire-making skills, although there are step by step instructions in the folder on the dining room table. In the summer you probably won’t need a fire, but in the winter, it should be the first thing you do in the morning, and you should be sure to keep the fire stoked throughout the day to maintain your comfort level. There is nothing like a wood burning stove to create a cozy, comfortable atmosphere!!

Depending on the time of year, the sun sets between late afternoon and early evening hitting the side porch perfectly. I highly recommend you structure your day to be sitting on the deck once the sun hits and until it sets. It’s warm, peaceful, and the view of the ornamental garden, waterfall and koi pond brings the serenity most people are searching for in their lives. Play music or enjoy the silence; some light h’ourdevers and your favorite beverage….it’s perfect. The switch to the waterfall is behind the door, outside at ankle height. Please turn it off when you’re not enjoying it. The waterfall boulders are all cemented in, so if you have small children, they should be able to play in the waterfall without destroying it. Please be attentive, respectful and cautious, but enjoy yourselves.

There is a reading nook above the bathroom, with a plethora of pillows and extra blankets. We can’t keep our kids out of that area, but please evaluate and educate your party before allowing them to go into the reading nook. It’s a long fall down.

The upper studio has several relaxing spaces: the master queen bed, the reading library, the TV area, the work space and the view. There is a peek-a-boo view of the Lopez ferry terminal, and in the far distance you can see the Olympics which is just magical when the alpenglow hits it. There is another queen bed; a custom made murphy bed from a recycled armoire. This allows you to add the bed if you need it, or put it away if you don’t. Both beds are in the same general space, so if you come as too separate families, you're all sleeping in the same room so make sure you like each other.

The lighting in The Roost is spectacular, creating the perfect ambiance for every occasion. Push a button on the light switch. Then the button vertically from the button you pushed can be turned to dim or brighten. I'd be more specific, but after 11 years of this lighting, that's the most specific I can be. Just push buttons. :)

Every fixture, every door, every piece of wood has been carefully selected over the years and rarely bought new; it's like the ultimate in upcycling! Each comfort chair was the favorite of one of my relatives, going as far back as my great grandmother and father. I love visiting with friends as we all nestle into a different favorite chair.

A common myth is that summer is the best time to visit. Yes, it's beautiful. The garden, the water, the's breathtaking. But it's also busy as our 4000 person island shoots up to a population of over 14000 in the summer months. Do yourself a favor, and come, at least once, in the fall or winter. The grey days, the fog socked cabin in the woods, the brisk outside air shocked by the warmth of the inside fire. Play board games, read books, sit....all to the crackle of the fire. Trust me....

And then don't tell anyone so we can keep the serenity of the off season. :)

The Nest

From The Roost, you look out over a building nestled into the hillside with a dirt roof. This is the Nest. The hot tub is on the other side of the Nest along with an outdoor shower. Feel free to enjoy the outdoor amenities.

Things you need to know:

• There is NO dishwasher. In light of this inconvenience, we have provided the nicest possible view to look at while hand washing all your dishes.

• The hot water runs around the house 3 times before it gets anywhere so be patient. This applies to the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and the shower.

• The water is completely drinkable, and I think really, really good. So enjoy it.

• There is a dog on the property named Polly. She’s very friendly and thinks you’re inviting her in when the door is open; she’ll make herself right at home. Just tell her to go away if you don’t want her around.

• If you have kids with you please keep an eye on them at all times to ensure that they don’t bother the animals (there are chickens and ducks) or range into off-limits areas (the upper house and surrounding spaces).

• The property manager is Matt and he will be happy to help you with whatever you need. You can contact him at if you have questions or issues with any aspect of the property. There is a family that lives on the property as well. Please respect their space by not going up the driveway past The Roost or down the little grass lane at the top of the hill that The Roost is situated on.

• There is onsite laundry, but it’s under The Roost where the horses used to live. You’re welcome to use it, but be warned it's very "barn like" down there.

• The reading nook is NOT for sleeping. Use at your own risk.

• Quiet time is from 8pm until 7am.

• Did I mention this place is rustic? This is a cabin in the woods. Nature is everywhere, outside and inside the structures. Since the fire place is the main source of heat, there is dust. Unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of all the dust without increasing our rates. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and cozy, but if you’re looking for all the amenities of the city, this may not be the place for you.

Everyone who has visited has commented on the uniqueness, beauty and restfulness of The Roost. We hope that its serenity is exactly what you're looking for in a peaceful and relaxed vacation.

More Details

Danielle Rosellison
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Danielle Rosellison

I moved to Orcas Island when I was ten years old and graduated high school on the island in 1998. Like many Island Girls, I wanted to get as far away as possible and went to school in Chicago for a few years. By the time I was 20, I figured family was a little more important than I thought it was and I moved back to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Bellingham where I've been since.

Danielle Rosellison purchased this cabin in 1991

Why Danielle Rosellison chose Orcas

My parents bought this property to get away from city living in 1991. My brother and I recently inherited the 8.5 acres and, due to it's magic, look forward to it being a place of peace for generations to come.

What makes this cabin unique

Interested in some pocket-farm goodies? Contact our resident baker and chicken mama Heather, for prices and availability on fresh sourdough bread, baked sweets and farm-fresh eggs raised right here. Please contact her via email: heatherdotimmooratgmaildotcom

Besides that, there are too many to count. You'll see...


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Orcas, Washington

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • There is one bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 1 murphy bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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Rustic. Artistic. Island living. The perfect relaxing get away.
average rating of 4.825397 based on 63 reviews
San Francisco, CA

A slice of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I expected to like this place, but WOW! We were both stunned by the beauty, whimsy, craftsmanship, setting and perfect peacefulness of this incredible gem. It's a treasure. The barn is beautifully cared for--we wouldn't change a thing.

  • Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a peaceful place. Loved it! We will be back!

  • Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we came for, peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was rustic, eclectic and cozy. The reading nook was well used with awesome old chairs and a cozy warm fire (with a great book selection). We were kid free but the accommodations would be great with our kids too, we’ll bring them back with us next time.

My only suggest to future guests would be to bring coffee. The cabin has a full beautiful eclectic kitchen with condiments, cooking spices, etc..... but bring coffee if you drink it because you’ll want to wake up, relax and enjoy the beauty of the location with your significant other instead of running down to local grocery (15 minutes) to grab coffee. It’s still worth it, just be more prepared than I was.

  • Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet get away!

  • 5 of 5

We needed time away from things and this home provided just that. It was quiet, cozy, rustic, and well, perfect. We will definitely stay here again in the future

  • Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place. So cozy. A great place to recoup.

  • 4 of 5

The access due to the snow was concerning at first. Not sure how you share it is a place for those stable in their feet. Had we brought out parents we would have had to find a different place and for fit our stay here.

  • Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very peaceful and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our weekend stay. We fell in love with this place right away. We stayed in February so the wood stove was an essential part of our stay, and it was awesome. What a great stove! Oh, and Polly? What a sweetheart! She's a nice bonus for us dog lovers. She hung out by the stove for a while, soaking up all the belly scratches she could get. Love this place.

  • Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Nearest Airport
9.6 Miles
Orcas Island Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Orcas Island Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
6.7 Miles
Orcas Island Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Orcas Hotel
Car: recommended

Orcas Island is a magical place; the feeling of serenity will overwhelm you as soon as you get off the ferry (if the ferry ride hadn’t done it already). With not much open after 9pm and no stop lights on the island, come expecting the true meaning of “island time”. This is a place to relax, re-center yourself and get back to a simplistic lifestyle while enjoying nature.

I would encourage people to do as little as possible while on the island: walk, read, sit. However, if you want to “do things” on your vacation there is plenty to do on our small island. Water activities including whale watching, kayaking, or sailing are common attractions. You can also walk onto the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island for free. The main town is right at the ferry dock and offers shopping, restaurants and “town” activities.

Moran State Park is approximately a 35 min drive away offering: Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands with breathtaking views, Cascade Lake for swimming, a playground and renting paddle boats, and Mountain Lake, an easy, flat 4 mile loop hike.

To know the best things on the island, ask any working islander (cashier, server, etc.). They’ll happily tell you the latest and the greatest!!

Check out everything you need to know about making a ferry reservation at You leave from Anacortes and I highly recommend making a reservation!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Orcas, Washington

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$331.73

We love our pets as much as other people do. However, please leave your pets at home. There are NO PETS allowed on the property from VRBO clients, your guests or others you have invited to the property. This is to protect you, our property and your pet. Thank you for your compliance. If we find out there was an unapproved pet on the property, you will forfeit your entire security deposit and be subject to any additional charges for damage done.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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