Tranquil, sophisticated bit of Island-life. Spacious, 2-story getaway. Completely restored, lots of windows, indoor-outdoor connections & decks. Enjoy the writing study with view. Cyclist’s paradise, near the vineyard, about a mile from the Village.
An iconic 1909 Farmhouse, in a pastoral setting, recently restored and furnished. High ceilings, historic yet modern-feeling, uncluttered space. 1,000 sq. ft, 2 stories with the bedroom, writing study with long-range view and half bath on upper level and living room, spacious kitchen, full bath and large entry and storage area on first floor. Opens to arbor covered walkway and wood deck, accessed though 3 glass doors from the house. Overlooks fields, apple orchard and long-range views to the often-dramatic western sunsets. Covered, east-facing front porch off the living room overlooks the lawn and some of the property’s extensive garden borders – perfect spot for the morning’s coffee.
A laundromat is a block away.
The TV has basic cable. ( TV has a VGA port for streaming from a laptop.) A DVD player is included - library loans DVD's.
Farmhouse has wireless internet connection; the modem extending device is on outside east, 2nd floor of barn so reception increases a bit for devices in line with sending unit.
Cell service on Lopez is variable. Verizon, our provider for example, enables us to get - typically - 1x bars in places around the farmhouse and a bit better in the driveway. From our residence, we have to go into the south field to get a connection. Our urban area kids chide us for not using our iPhone - they don't get it! There are lots of "really good service" places on the island, and in the Village.
To make this “your” getaway, reserving the Farmhouse for occasional and exclusive use throughout a season is possible.
Guests are welcome to enjoy the entire house, deck, porch and gardens surrounding the Farmhouse.
Rental of the Farmhouse is for two guests. It can accommodate a couple of toddlers or young children, 3-7 yr, if the guests provide appropriate bed or sleeping bag. Bedroom with double bed is on the 2nd floor, adjoining the writing study space. It can be used for extra sleeping accommodations. There is a gate at the top of the stairs.
Solely for parties renting the Farmhouse, 2 other facilities are available.
The delightful 2-story Bunkhouse, adjoining the Farmhouse deck with access to Farmhouse bath, can provide additional accommodations (3 max). Attractive option for kids 8 and older: it has (2) kid-sized beds on main floor and a double bed in the loft. Rental/night with guest-provided bedding/sleeping bags and towels would be $25/night/person. Contact host about Bunkhouse reservations.
The nearby, detached North Cottage may also be secured to provide additional accommodations for parties renting the Farmhouse. It sleeps 2 on sofa sleeper, has its own bath with shower. $125/night, includes bedding and towels. Contact host to arrange North Cottage reservations.
No more than 6 guests total can be accommodated for Farmhouse stays.
Interaction with guests
If you have booked a stay, let us know what ferry you will be on and when you are about to disembark, if your cell phone permits, give us a call. This will give us 5 minutes or so to walk up to the gate to greet you and show you around. We stay in the passive solar residence on the property, southwest from the Farmhouse and lower down in the field. Guests can see our green roof from the Farmhouse’s higher elevation. We will be available during your stay for information about Lopez Island as we go about our property and horticultural maintenance and other projects on site. Personal interactions work, as does email and phone to the land line, but not texting.
Other things to note
The Farmhouse is on the northeast edge of the Fisherman Bay watershed. Views overlook the agricultural valley that extends south to Bay and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Lopez Island Vineyards is nearby.
The Farmhouse is well set back from the road, and screened with a thick stand of evergreens, but as in many early farm houses orientation to the island's byways was a standard design principle. Fisherman Bay Road is a primary connector to Lopez Village to the south, as well as to the marina and related functions along Fisherman Bay. Ferry traffic on Fisherman Bay Road is episodic with the ferry schedule. Center Road parallels Fish'bay Rd to the east and is the island's major north south arterial; ferry traffic is more substantial on Center Road. Bicyclists elect Fisherman Bay as the preferred route. BTW, the speed limit in and near the Village is 25 mph.
Night skies and darkness: The night skies here can be quite dramatic, since the level of ambient lighting from street lights, homes, etc. is quite low. Friday Harbor, to the west, does emit a bit of a glow but otherwise, the stars are visible and often feel quite close. Guests, particularly in late fall and winter, will benefit from having a flashlight or phone light for nighttime navigation.
Visitor's are asked to leave the place as they found it – put furniture back, dishes away, lights and heat off. A simple check list is provided.
Please, no drugs, pets or smoking - in the house or on the property.
Food should remain on the 1st floor level. Please respect the quietude of the site and surroundings. We request no shoes in the house, as there are hardwood floors throughout. Please bring slippers or socks to wear inside. Please always, always, always close the driveway gate to keep the deer in the natural landscape beyond the fence!
Please give us a call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) when your ferry arrives and we will walk up to meet you at the driveway gate. Normal check in is 3 pm and afterwards. In some cases, we may be able to accommodate somewhat earlier arrivals - please inquire ahead of time.
Architect/Urban Designer, professor emeritus Univ of Washington, married to Meg, landscape designer and horticulturalist, we recently completed our new passive solar/rammed earth residence on Lopez Island (along with restored farm house, studio spaces and several architecturally-interesting cottages for family gatherings). Design is a big deal for us - intentional, visual, efficient, sustainable.
We moved to Lopez Island full time in 2008, having owned the farmhouse and property since 1989 as a family get away project. Meg traded her landscape design professional world to launch Fisherman Bay Botanicals on Lopez Island, propagating plants and selling container gardens and my outdoor steel sculptures. We love building, design and the arts. We have been building and curating this Lopez property for the past 7 years, enjoying the progress and our annual family reunions. We love the tranquility and the setting, and decided to share a bit of it by renting the Farmhouse to occasional guests.
Granddaughter Fiona in pic; grandsons Zach 10 and Josh 6/7