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The Gnome House

While we were on Orcas island, we stayed at a place called "The Gnome House".  I found it on Craig's list, choosing it, because the pictures looked beautiful.  Also, we could bring our dog....and there was a kitchen,  and a hot tub, and it was on an organic farm, that we were invited to explore as much as we wished.   I was a little nervous though, having never chose a vacation home this way before.  Architecturally, the house was a gem...very cute.   

We all loved the cozy wood stove and the well stocked library shelves.  We really didn't have any plans, other than to laze about with some good books and to enjoy each other's company, away from technology. 

 The house was a small A-frame with the living area and kitchen on the lower level and a spiral staircase that led to the bathroom after a couple steps, and a sleeping nook for the kids, that was literally in the wall, after a few more steps. At the top, there was a loft for Derek and I.  It was such an efficient use of space! Because we were on an island, we had to be conscientious about limiting our water use and electricity.  I am trying to keep that conscientiousness with me, now that I'm off the island.  It's a good way to live, even if you don't have to.

Derek taught Trent how to make a fire and we made s'mores at the outdoor fire pit.  Genevieve, our poodle, found a friend while she was there...a neighbor dog named Cedar. And Trent discovered Harry Potter on the library shelves.  He's hooked. This little squirrel was carved into the banister.  The attention to architectural details around the house was amazing.  That detail didn't really extend to the cleaning though, or to the grounds.  All I can say, is um....shabby.  I'm tall, so I notice dust up high.  I try to be understanding, that it's hard for some people to clean up high.  But I think that gnomes must clean the gnome house.  I did love the house, and we did enjoy our stay.  But I was surprised and a little disappointed when we pulled onto the property, to drive past junk, just laying about...rusty old farm implements, plastic buckets, gas cans.  Our dog immediately fell into a slime pond when we arrived.  It had so much green stuff floating in it that I don't think she could tell the difference between it and the grass!  I don't like to focus on the negative, but I would feel bad if someone booked a stay at the Gnome house, based on my recommendation, and was subsequently disappointed.  I would give it one thumb up. Good, but not perfect.

Close by, was a restaurant called The Deer Harbor Inn.  Such a treat!  We cooked most of our meals at the house, which allowed us to go for higher quality when we did dine out. I loved doing it this way.    We wanted to visit some beaches and weren't really finding any on Orcas island.  We were told that we needed to go to San Juan island for the beaches.  So we took another boat the next morning, to San Juan island.  That was my favorite place.  I'll save it for tomorrow...and then I'll be done with vacation posts. 




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Reader Comments (8)

What a shame about the house, as it looked so enchanting at first. I don't know how comfortable I'd be staying in a shabby/dirty place even if it was quirkily pretty. (Mind you, my own holiday house is usually very dusty as it isn't used often.) And I had to laugh at needing to go to a different island to visit a beach! But it does seem like you had a wonderful time :-)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I am IN LOVE with that house. I want to live in it. I would have to read The Hobbit over and over again while living in that house. It is just perfect (minus the dust and junk). Seriously. I want to live there. Those pictures are just perfect too. The one with Grace and Trent at the table and the dog playing on the floor is perfection. As is the one of Trent reading in the stairwell. That should be framed or something. Love it.
And now I think I'll have to make salmon tonight. :)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat

What a beautiful house! Such a shame that the cleaning side let it down. It's pointless renting out a gorgeous place if the dirt lets it down.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

What a beautiful vacation cottage. I especially loved the little breakfast nook area. . . and the fire pit for smore's! Sounds like a fun getaway.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Magical! I love the photo of trent with the staircase behind him.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

What wonderful family time! Thanks for the truthful review of the Gnome House - I was about ready to look for it online. ;) Your pics make it look charming, which is probably how your kids will remember your stay!

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

What a great find! We love finding little cabins and retreats in the woods. It sounds like a perfect vacation.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

Oh, but I don't want you to be finished. Dawn, I blush, worrying that if you ever come to my house, you'll want to run screaming from all the dust and thirty years of wear. But I did love that Gnome house. And living in the semi-country as we do, I would be resigned to the gas cans and farm junk. That shot of Trent on the stairs was wizard (smirk). And it just looked so cozy and magical. Thank you, thank you for taking these pictures and sharing this family time. I'm so far behind in reading, but my kids are all gone now, and I'm finally winding down. Coming along on your quiet, peaceful time is helping so much!

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristenD

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