I have never posted a review of a B&B before. We've stayed at many over the years including in Canada and throughout the U.S. Most have been very enjoyable experiences. However, our stay at Kangaroo House this past week borders on the sublime and so I have to post here so that others may share in our fabulous experience.
The Inn is over 100 years old and has a character to it that you seldom experience. The rooms were wonderful, the common living room and study exuded a warmth that soaked you to the marrow. The grounds were impeccably maintained and thoroughly enjoyable. We have experienced these in other bed and breakfasts and that's why we often choose to stay at these inns rather than hotels.
But what sets this place apart are the owners. Charles and Jill. While we only had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Charles as Jill was away during our stay, we also felt that we began to know Jill as well through her recipes that Charles lovingly prepared and through our talks with Charles and other guests. The warmth of the place just draws you in and leaves you feeling special.
As a foodie, I would be extremely remiss in neglecting a review. My stars, the food was better than any restaurant I've been to. I suppose what made it so special is not really knowing what we would be having for breakfast rather than ordering a favorite meal. Each day the food was clearly lovingly prepared and artistically presented - it was a sensorial delight to say the least. Charles shops daily the night before to find the freshest ingredients for the next day's breakfast.
We usually only come over to Orcas Island every few years, but based on our stay here last week we have already reserved our next stay at the Kangaroo House later this year.
Another feature we liked is that it is near Eastsound so that you can walk into town on a groomed trail and/or also take this same trail from the Kangaroo House to North Beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic Craftsman Bungalow was built as a vacation hotel by a stone mason in 1907. In a later incarnation, colorful resident and steamship captain, "Cap" Ferris brought a baby orphaned kangaroo to live with him and his family. The locals dubbed the sprawling lodge the "Kangaroo House" Since then it has become a B&B and is the longest continually operating bed & breakfast in the San Juan Islands. We have 5 Rooms/Suites, all with Private Bathrooms, King or Queen beds and some with additional beds and DVD players/movies, Free WiFi, Garden Hot Tub, and an exceptional, filling, breakfast made from scratch including wholesome, local fruits, meats, vegetables and herbs from Orcas Island's own farms and gardens. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast On Orcas Island Eastsound, WA