Details + Amenities

Your home away from home

Nestled on a private lane, on Whidbey Island (near Seattle, WA), this water view home has a private beach on beautiful Holmes Harbor. Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest as you launch your kayak or make a sandcastle right on the tidal beach. This is a fantastic beach house for families, sabbaticals, or couples. All are welcome at A Home On The Harbor.

A Home On The Harbor is a family-owned and managed. Whidbey Island has brought our family years of enjoyment and peaceful getaways from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We have furnished A Home On The Harbor with comfort and simplicity in mind so that you can enjoy the beauty of Holmes Harbor with your loved ones.

  • Just nine steps to the beach. We knew this was the right property when Great-Grandma could walk to the beach with us.

Just steps to our private tidal beach

Enjoy Holmes Harbor with easy steps to the pebble strewn tidal beach. Follow a short garden path, nine steps down, and there you are! Our privately-owned beach is easy enough for our great-grandma to access. Carrying chairs, paddle boards or sand toys down is a breeze.

Clamming, crabbing and fishing are seasonally available on Holmes Harbor. You can purchase a license and get more information at our local Ace Hardware store, just three minutes away.

Our beach is an excellent place to launch your kayak or paddle board and Freeland Park boat ramp is a two minute drive away. We do not have watercraft at the home, but we encourage you to bring your own or to rent from the local rental company.

Thoughtfully designed with simplicity in mind

Uncluttered and calm, A Home On The Harbor is perfectly maintained and purposely simple. You’ll enjoy beautiful natural lighting and restful views from the windows. We selected all furnishings and supplies with your comfort in mind.

Two bedrooms (one up, one down) feature new queen-sized beds with soft, luxury linens and allergy friendly comforters. A third downstairs bedroom features two new bunk beds with new 8-inch mattresses and organic bedding. The upstairs bathroom has concrete countertops, a bath/shower and has plenty of soft organic cotton bath towels.

Build a fire and relax

The sunny and cozy cedar-lined living room has comfy seating that’s perfect for cuddling near the fire or reading stories to little ones. Our charming Vermont Castings wood stove traveled with us from New England just for this living room.

In keeping with our intentional simplicity, the house has no television, but you can use your own devices with the available WiFi and cell phone reception. There are also plenty of games, books and puzzles for your enjoyment and the kitchen opens to the living space to make conversation easy.

Guests rave about our fully loaded cook’s kitchen

The home offers a complete cook’s kitchen for your holiday use. The kitchen is well-stocked with quality stainless cookware, griddle, coffee maker and grinder, Keurig, electric tea kettle, toaster oven, microwave, blender, crockpot, and sharp knives. The pantry is stocked with dried herbs, salt and pepper, and oil and vinegar.

Grill out on the deck with the Weber gas grill as you watch for seals. We have melamine place settings for outdoor dining around the large picnic table. As the sun sets on the harbor, enjoy s’mores around the campfire. Yes, we have campfire sticks for that, too!

All guests receive paper towels, a newly wrapped kitchen sponge, soaps and cleaning supplies. It’s all ready for you to just bring your own groceries and go. You won’t need to worry about a thing.

Extra space for kids to hang out

The downstairs family room has a couch and a table for games—the perfect space to host energetic young ones on a rainy afternoon. It also has a ¾ bath and extra-large capacity Maytag washer/dryer with eco-detergents.

Freeland Park is just a short stroll down the beach from the house. Have fun at the dock, boat launch, picnic tables, and new playground equipment. Enjoy chatting with fishermen (or throw a pole over yourself) and let the little ones burn some steam at this fantastic little waterfront park.

Grilling and outdoor dining in a peaceful seaside setting

The spacious wraparound deck for is great for dining, grilling on the Weber gas grill, or enjoying coffee at sunrise. Listen to the waves hit the shores and keep your ear peeled for the resident bald eagles.

The large grass yard is ready for lawn games and energetic kids. It’s also popular with the island deer, so keep your camera ready. Apples, blackberries, herbs and rhubarb are available for your seasonal use. Pie pans are in the kitchen if you’d like to try your hand at making a pie!

The perfect island location

Come and unwind with an easy island getaway in the perfect location. Enjoy strolls on the beach, birdwatching and campfires in our quiet and peaceful neighborhood, all within a 3 minute drive –or even a walk– to dining, antique and gift shops, coffee, ice cream and the grocery store. We are centrally located in South Whidbey within a short drive to Langley, Greenbank Farm and Coupeville.

Amenities at a glance!


Upstairs: One queen bedroom, one full bath, kitchen, dining and living areas.

Downstairs: One queen bedroom, the bunk bed room, 3/4 bath, family room and laundry.

  • Parking for two cars
  • Wraparound deck
  • Weber gas grill
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Fire pit
  • Garden with herbs, rhubarb, blackberries, and apples to pick (in season)
  • Easy access to private beach
  • Grassy play area on a private lane
  • Clamming shovels and pails
  • Beach chairs + beach towels
  • Beach toys for the kids
  • Nearby Freeland Park, Dock & Playground
  • Beautiful water views
  • Wood-burning stove
  • Free WiFi
  • HEPA air purifer
  • Games, puzzles, and books
  • Portable fan
  • Lanterns for power outages
Bed + Bath
  • Quality beds/mattresses
  • Luxury linens
  • Extra blankets
  • Blackout bedroom blinds
  • Organic cotton bath towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Tub mat
  • First aid supplies
  • Drip coffee maker/grinder
  • French press
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • Electric tea kettle
  • Hand mixer
  • New convection oven
  • New dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Electric griddle
  • Blender
  • Toaster oven
  • Crock Pot slow cooker
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Spices
  • Cooking oil
  • Vinegars
  • Assorted coffees/teas
  • Culinary knives
  • Stainless steel cookware
  • Stoneware place settings
  • Melamine place settings
  • Cutlery
  • Large-capacity washer + dryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Eco-friendly detergent
  • Dish soap and new sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
For the little ones
  • Baby gates
  • High chair
  • Pack ‘n Play
  • Crib bedding
  • Step stool
  • Potty seat
  • Beach toys
  • Nearby playground at Freeland Park