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 9 AM is silent time here.
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. It and other nearby points on the island are great jumping-off points for visiting nearby and wilder islands.
The Guemes Mountain Trail is part of 600+ acres of preserved land on the east side of the island, and affords wonderful views of the islands after a short (1.2 mile) hike up the 668-foot "mountain". The trail head is about 4 miles from the homestead.
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 teaches workshops in Central America and elsewhere to help people learn about how to use renewable technologies. He also consults with homeowners and businesses, and sells renewable energy systems. As a bonus for your stay of 2 nights or more, 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 or all of the cost.
- 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.
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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!
We loved our stay! The kindest hosts and a one of a kind accommodation in a beautiful setting. Matched the description yet exceeded expectations. Wish we could have stayed longer! Perfect for anyone whose travel style matches the description.
Magical experience for everyone!
Fabulous, magical and inspiring experience! Ian was the most gracious and uplifting host; we thoroughly enjoyed all that his beautifully maintained property has to offer, from the treehouses, trails, to pond and zip line, lovingly tended garden and orchard, not to mention comfortable rustic barn with all the right amenities.
We had a fun time exploring the island and its beaches and forests. Ian also let us help out with the sawmill
and it was a really interesting experience. His property is all solar and wind powered and many of its features are truly inspiring. We can’t wait to go back!
The Rustic Barn was the best! It rained hard the weekend we were at the Homestead. My Scout BSA girls were grateful to have a dry place to play games and hang out. When the rain wasn't coming down the girls were exploring the grounds. Playing on the zipline at Sophie's treehouse. Getting a tour of the sawmill by Ian, our host. They walked to the beach. They insist we need to go back next summer. Ian was very helpful and welcoming of our group.
Beautiful property! Laid back peaceful vibes all around. Ian was there off and on to answer questions or give helpful tips but allowed us privacy as well. Everything you could need is right there on the property..