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Private Hot tub at Sunny Knoll, view to Canada
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Private Hot tub at Sunny Knoll, view to Canada
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One of three private entrances.  This one enters through the library.
Deck , faces west to sunset and Haro Straights
Relaxation calls.
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A great escape
Larger of the two bedrooms.; featuring two beds, down comforters, sitting area with tv.
New Kitchen as of 2016!
bathroom
Stone path from your private deck to the hot tub and shower house.
Beaches ready for exploration.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

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Very good - based on 8 reviews
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cass_sea
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Staying in Paradise”
Reviewed 28 April 2011 for a stay in April 2011
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After making it to the top of a very steep driveway, you are close to the highest point on San Juan Island, and consequently have quite possibly the best view on the island! There is a beautiful moss covered rock outcropping ideal for watching the sun set from. There is an outdoor hot tub for watching the night sky, and the garden this time of year was full of fragrant hyacinth and other beautiful bulbs. Indoors, there are large windows to further enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. There is an impressively large library to peruse including fiction, non-fiction, children's stories, etc. which occupied me for hours. The walls are nicely decorated, and the furnishings are inviting. The kitchenette is not ideal for full-on cooking, but suffices quite well for making a quick breakfast. The owner, Liza, is warm and welcoming and I greatly look forward to staying there again next time life brings me back to the San Juans.

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Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists
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Management Response
28 Apr 2011
Thanks Cassie, you are a Gem!!
I hope to see you again... I can still see your cosmic headband in my minds eye..and I know you are juts across the water although the sky is so low today I cant see the observatory..

Love and best to you,
Liza
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yovercast
Durham, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Total Zen”
Reviewed 17 March 2011 for a stay in August 2010

Myself, partner and out 2 children,ages 8 & 10, have a magical time at Sunny Knoll. Our accomodations were more than comfy with plenty of space to spread out. There is an awesome sauna in the main room that will take the stiffness out after a day of hiking and exploring the island. The outdoor hot tub gives you an open sky of stars to view. You are going to see more shooting stars than any where else. Whale watching from the shore was breath taking. The best part of Sunny Knoll was Liza, the owner. A true, pure spirit and our children still talk aboout her. We will return to Sunny Knoll soon.

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Location Cleanliness
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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Rugged travelers
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elizabeth...
Portland, Oregon
1 review
“Scenic, peaceful mountain retreat- with lovely jacuzzi!”
Reviewed 24 February 2011 for a stay in February 2011

My husband, 2 1/2 year old daughter and I were looking for a guest house or B&B that we could have for a weekend getaway in the San Juan Islands (our first trip there). As most B&Bs are either closed to children or outrageously expensive, I thought we were going to have to stay in a bland hotel/motel until I stumbled across this fantastic mountain guest house-- with a jacuzzi under the stars too! (which was a key thing I wanted)

The location- was fantastic! Up in the hills overlooking rolling hills of trees that trickle down to a view of the Puget Sound, it was intimate, quiet, peaceful and awe inspiring. While it sounds so remote, it took less than 10 minutes to drive from the guest-house to Friday Harbor-- so it was also incredibly close to town!

The guest quarters were lovely. Beautiful, immaculate and welcoming. There's a great family library you can peruse, 2 bedrooms, and a nice shared bathroom. The only downside of the entire guest quarters was the very small 'kitchenette' which consists of a small counter-top fridge and convection-oven/microwave, along with some plates, cups and silverware. No sink or stove-- so all dish washing must be done in an outside wash-basin or rinsing glasses in the adjacent bathroom sink. While this isn't our optimal layout (we like to cook), it's easily remedied by a) bringing a cooler for additional cool-storage and b) planning menus that don't require significant cooking (sandwiches, charcuterie, salads, etc).

The landscape space surrounding the location is lovely. A lovely deck overlooks broad swaths of grass next to the house which provide ample room for kids to play, along with a swing, a basketball 1/2 court, and a lovely view area to overlook the mountains. The area must also be home to a resident deer family, because each day as we arrived/departed, we saw them trotting around-- and one night while we were in the jacuzzi they wandered into the field and checked us out for a few minutes.. Truly a lovely experience. My favorite part however, was sitting in the fantastic jacuzzi and looking up at the stars, which are unsullied by light pollution and subsequently gorgeously bright and sparkling.

Liza, the proprietress, was absolutely wonderful. She actually went to the library and checked out a bunch of books for us to read to our daughter-- what a personal, thoughtful touch! Such a kind and wonderful lady. It was a pleasure to meet her.

If you are looking for a location where you can escape and truly relax and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature, I HIGHLY recommend this location. If you appropriately plan for the limited cooking situation, you will find that everything about this guest house makes it a perfect mountain retreat.

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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
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