Our walk-in intern barn has bunks as well as double beds (bring all your own bedding or sleeping bags), for a rustic camping experience with some basic comfort. Sleep under the metal roof and enjoy the sounds of the forest. The outdoor kitchen includes food preparation and clean-up space, as well as solar and wood cooking options. Bring your own kitchen gear and matches, et
Our walk-in intern barn has bunks as well as double beds (bring all your own bedding or sleeping bags), for a rustic camping experience with some basic comfort. Sleep under the metal roof and enjoy the sounds of the forest. The outdoor kitchen includes food preparation and clean-up space, as well as solar and wood cooking options. Bring your own kitchen gear and matches, etc. Odds and ends of random pots and pans are around. Endless firewood (and a bucket of kindling) are included.
The homestead is a quiet retreat (NOT a party spot). Loud voices, radios, and significant drinking are not allowed. We encourage you to come if you want a peaceful time in forest and field, with respect for our home, our neighbors, and other guests. 9 PM to 8 AM is silent time here. We try to keep our car trips in and out to a minimum, to reduce the impact on our fine neighbors. We have a path that bypasses our neighbors, so you can get to the beach and elsewhere via foot and bicycle with low impact. If you want or need to be in and out frequently with a car, please find another place to stay.
The homestead is a mile as the crow flies in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and we are 3/4 mile from the Guemes Island Resort, which is next door to a county park with launching opportunity for your kayaks and other small boats, as well as beautiful beach walking. It and other nearby points on the island are great jumping-off points for visiting nearby and wilder islands.
The island has multiple land trust sites that are great for hiking and enjoying nature, including Guemes Mountain, Peach Preserve, and Kelly's Point. The homestead guidebook includes details on these and other opportunities to enjoy the island.
Ian is a nationally known expert in renewable energy, and has been living off-grid at the homestead since the early 1980s. He wrote Wind Power for Dummies, was an editor with Home Power magazine for 20 years, and taught workshops in Central America and elsewhere to help people learn about how to use renewable technologies. He currently consults with homeowners and businesses, and sells renewable energy systems. As a bonus for your stay, Ian will give your group a tour of the renewable energy systems at the homestead. These systems include solar electricity, wind electricity, solar and wood hot water, solar cooking, wood heat, rocket stoves, and more. Just ask when you arrive or before, and we will schedule a time for this tour. As part of your reservation, you'll get to pick the brain of a renewable energy and off-grid living expert!
If you're interested in experiencing saw milling, offer to help for 3-4 hours, and Ian will likely be willing to fire up the mill. He's excited about turning local logs into boards, live-edge slabs, and pieces for benches and tables. He also enjoys building rustic furniture, and offering to help a bit might encourage him to show you what can be done. Workshops on building your own bench have happened in the past, and custom rustic furniture is available.
Our garden and orchard are overflowing in the summer and fall, and some things are available all year. We plants lots so we can share the abundance with family, friends, neighbors, and guests. Ask what's available when you are staying with us, and enjoy. And if you like getting your hands dirty, there's always weeding and other garden tasks available if you want to make a contribution.
If the cost of staying at the homestead is truly a challenge for you, you can ask for a discount for your children, or for options to work trade for some of the cost.
NOT a party spot.
Not a place for lots of car trips in and out.
Bikers/hikers can ask for 25% discount code before booking.
Book a separate tent site for friends/family who want to camp near you.
We love kids enjoying our place. Ask me about discounts if needed.
Questions always welcome.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Rustic Barn w/ Outdoor Kitchen in Washington.
Places to see near Guemes North Homestead
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A fantastic camping experience
Oh my goodness, this is a magical place! The Rustic barn was perfectly as described. We LOVED having the kitchen space (sink with ample counter space, potable water, and a one-pot little fire stove) with some comfy outdoor chairs to sit in and sip our morning coffee. The host maintains some gorgeous walking trails that we thoroughly enjoyed. And the very best part (for the adventurous hearts) is the AMAZING treehouse playground that is a fun adventure for all ages! We are absolutely planning to visit again and stay a little longer at this magical place!
Beautiful and inspiring stay
This was our second time staying at Ian’s and has been my favorite camping experience in recent memory. You won’t find a more beautiful, thoughtful and playful place by which to enjoy nature, especially if you have kids. I’m not an orthodox backpacker who has anything to prove to myself about roughing it. ;) As a mom with her two kids, the amenities (solar powered rocket stove, rainwater sink, solar powered charging stations, comfy bed [byo sheets or sleeping bag of course!] clean and tidily kept composting toilet) made things just so much easier on the “caring for smaller people” front. We had time to relax, play, go to the beach and marvel at all the wonderful ways Ian has cared for this land. The swings and treehouses and pond and trails were the delight of my children and myself. This property is also a model for what sustainable living can be. I believe Ian is truly inspiring and this place is magical.
Ian's Robinson Crusoe design sensibilities are REALLY FUN. He has created imaginative play areas (think: giant teeter totter, zipline), a gorgeous (and private) composting toilet (complete with woods view and flag tied to toilet lid which informs approaching users that the toilet is occupied).
He was happy to discuss his solar, wind, and water collection strategy - which mattered a lot to me.
The hike to Guemes Mountain produced a view much like Mt. Constitution, albeit with far fewer visitors. There was live music of very good quality at the grocery store/restaurant.
Had a great time. Thanks, Ian.
Pretty freaking fantastic! Everything there is so cool. I loved the deep pond with the platform (and rope swing and slide). The barn I slept in was awesome and had a cool history. Ian was friendly and generous with firewood. The rocket stove is so cool! Bring matches. I didn't, and my lighter was too short so I used a piece of kindling which worked fine. The creepy sound in the middle of the night is a barred owl. Look up a recording before you go. You're welcome. Other than that, it's very quiet and peaceful. Unless you can convince the host to fire up his sawmill (took approximately .02 seconds), and in that case he has ear coverings. It was awesome. I loved the composting toilet (affectionately named The Palace). Beautiful view. 10/10 pooping experience.
This is a very special place! We loved the outdoor kitchen and spent much of our time cooking or gathered around the beautiful wooden table in the garden. The property has lots of quirky structures, from ziplines to star viewing platforms and it's evident that the place is kept and shared in care. We joined Ian for milling and got to take home some cool wood pieces.
We had a wonderful stay at the Barn at Ian’s homestead! It's a beautiful place to relax, rejuvenate and refresh.
Ian is a great host. He was quick to answer our questions. He lives off the grid and gave a tour of the property, which is solar and wind powered, and it was an amazing experience!
Highly recommend this property. We will be back!
What a fun adventure! We booked a few nights at the last minute so we could go to a place without forest fire smoke. Ian was very quick to respond to my questions. The place itself was so unique, like no other place we've been to. It was like camping with a bit of a twist. Around every corner on the trail was a new surprise. Such a beautiful place and well taken care of. We loved that it was all off the grid with solar and wind power. Ian even fired up his sawmill which was an extra treat since my husband has worked in the lumber industry for 25+ years. We forgot matches, which is a must have but were saved by some extras left by a previous camper. I highly recommend this place if you don't mind gravel floors and open air windows! We will be back!