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“Disappointing place and an owner with an attitude” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Sleeping Sea
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Sleeping Sea
Portland OR
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6 reviews
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“Disappointing place and an owner with an attitude”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2009

We knew this would be a working farm and were prepared for rustic country living, but this place was a disappointment. The apartment we had rented was much smaller and shabbier than the owner had led us to believe. The bunkbed for the kids was squeezed into one end of the kitchen (not in a separate familyroom as advertised). It was literally inches from the stove and had a big sign on it saying it wasn't safe! The whole place smelled of mold; the furniture was shabby, mismatched and much of it was covered in bedspreads. After a quick walk through we decided we needed to find someplace else to stay, but it was high season and nothing was available. Once she understood we weren't thrilled, she became very hostile. She refused to give us the 10% discount for paying by check and insisted we pay by credit card. She told us that to save water she didn't want us to bathe every day and urged us to use paper plates rather than wash dishes (and we would have to take our trash to the dump and pay a fee to dispose of it.). When we said the kids might really need daily baths, we got a lecture on our wasteful American ways. Eventually it became clear that this was a big issue for her because the less water each renter used, the more renters she could put on the property at any one time without running out of water. (Hence she was not really interested in using less water, just making more money off of the water she had.) She later apologized for her hostility, which we appreciated. But nonetheless we won't be going back unless the housing is improved, the regs are loosened up a bit, and someone with more "hospitality managment" ability is in charge. Too bad, because the idea of hosting guests at an organic working farm is wonderful and the land is lovely.

Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
4 Thank mamamakesuphermind
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Abigail'sBeachHouse, management at Sleeping Sea, responded to this review, March 17, 2009
Guests concerns are noted and valid. This visit occured during the high season on Orcas when lodging is very limited. Unfortunately the guest could not find alternate accommodations. The house they rented is no longer in use, in fact it has been gutted and completely remodeled for family members. After 10 years of continuous rentals, it was time. Furthermore, vacation rentals will no longer be offered at the farm because it is time to focus on what island life is about, farming and friends. "Owner with an attitude" has happily retired. New owners Sarah and Zach only offer select lodging in our two new cottages to farm and eco friendly guests who express genuine interest in organic and sustainable living.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2006

WOW! What a beautiful, charming oasis! My two kids and I spent a night here last month and had a wonderful time. My daughter adored the farm animals and my son wanted to adopt the pet turkey. Our "room" had a full kitchen and a living area overlooking the barnyard. Fresh eggs were plentiful and when my daughter asked the owner, Shana, for shortening, she returned with a quart of oil and a stick of butter! Orcas island is magically beautiful and the farm is the perfect base from which to explore it. Shana was very helpful recommending activities and restaurants and is happy to provide what you need. Go here if you want a real vacation!

  • Liked — the peaceful farm atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Sleeping Sea

Property: Sleeping Sea
Address: 412 Eastman Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9389 (Formerly Once in a Blue Moon)
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Eastsound
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Eastsound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sleeping Sea is sure to deliver a family vacation that everyone will love or a refreshing escape for two to relax away from it all. There is always something explore, learn, and take home from your stay. But better yet, lay back and nod off while listening to the sheep graze outside your door or the water lapping the shores. ... more   less 
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Sleeping Sea Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA

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