The Snow Goose is a quiet, light-filled, guesthouse on an organic fruit & herb farm. It is favored by artists, readers, writers, hikers, and those looking for a retreat. It includes a fully furnished kitchen, a gas fireplace, a huge deck overlooking the Olympics & farmland, and a bbq. The property is visited by rabbits, eagles, herons & snow geese to name a few. Enjoy dazzling sunsets & starry night skies. Drive, bike or hike to local towns & wildlife refuges. Exhale
The guesthouse is organic in and out. Free fruit, herbs and walnuts are available in season. It is FULLY furnished (including CDs, games, books) and has a tv for viewing DVDs (many adult and kid DVD's provided).
The huge south facing deck overlooks Camano and Whidbey Islands, acres of fields, and the Olympic Mountains. It is a private haven and includes a charcoal barbecue (guests provide charcoal) and a work bench.
The kitchen has everything you need to prepare and serve food and is stocked with basics (salt, jams, etc.) coffee, creamers, & bread/muffins/or rolls (in the freezer). The kitchen sink is extra deep and suitable for art projects.
Outdoor chairs are available to use throughout the yard, and a swing set makes a great viewing spot for sunsets.
Originally a shed, the guesthouse was raised by previous owners, and left unfinished inside. Using the barn and the surrounding fields as inspiration, and simplicity and sustainability as guiding principles, I created a comfy guesthouse.
The browns and grays of the barn, the silver of the corrugated roof, the copper/rusty metal tools and pipes, and the greens of the vegetation dictated my color palette.
I trimmed the window with wood from the barn, and salvaged many items from the barn, including the tub, sink and mirror in the bathroom, the kitchen table and the green bookcase.
The kitchen cupboards were assembled from a reclaimed workshop shelving system, and the sink and counter were purchased at salvage stores.
I replaced deteriorating pvc plumbing with copper, and designed bathroom sink and tub faucets, and the shower rod to be an extension of the plumbing.
Most overhead light fixtures came from salvage stores, but I purchased the barn lights new.
The on-demand water heater has proven to be tricky but I think/hope/pray it is finally working correctly.
Household items are mostly mine. Some came to me from my daughters, sisters and parents.
I surrounded the house with low maintenance and native plants.
The guesthouse is an ongoing project and I welcome thoughts, ideas and suggestions.
Next? I'm thinking the deck needs a simple, corrugated, one-of-a-kind awning......
The interior of the BARN is off limits.
The BASEMENT is for the use of the owner but does have an area to the left of the door where useful items (including deck chairs, high chair, child safety gate) for guests are stored.
The garbage can is stored there as well.
Please, no kids or dogs in the basement.
I have provided a manual for the house, and am also available via text/phone when not on the property.
The BARN is off limits.
DOGS, maximum 2, are welcome on approval, for a fee of $25 for one, $40 for two.
Please, no dogs on the bed.
SMOKING is allowed outside only. Please dispose of butts responsibly.
No internet STREAMING.
I am a designer and landscape gardener, food (oysters!) and art lover (Andy Goldsworthy), read voraciously and travel when I can.
I embrace all kinds of people - all ages, races, faiths and orientations are welcome at my place. I speak a bit of French and Greek and stumble thru Spanish.
My property is a work in progress. The gardens now reward me with fruit, herbs, nuts, and flowers, and the buildings become more inviting as I improve them day-by-day.
The guesthouse was a shell when I bought my place, and the old barn it faces became my inspiration for its design. I trimmed the windows, and built walls with barn wood, used silver accents to mimic the barn roof, installed copper water pipes that extend into handmade fixtures, and installed a bathtub and sinks I found in the barn.
I have provided guests with a manual for when I'm not around. When I am around I will be at your service.
A favorite quote (from the movie South Pacific): "You've got to have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna make your dream come true."