The homestead is a quiet retreat (NOT a party spot). Loud voi
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 in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and is 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 (like kale -- please don't buy any before you come!). 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.
The island is great for biking, though it averages about 60 feet ascent per mile, so be prepared for some work.
Natural features you'll find at Cozy Tiny House in the Woods in Washington.
Places to see near Guemes North Homestead
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We absolutely loved our stay at the Jess cabin! It was the perfect place to spend a winter weekend. We got a great tour of the property from Ian, who was the most wonderful, welcoming host. The trails (and zip line!) on site were so much fun and it was a close walk to the beach as well. Cannot recommend it enough!
We visited the weekend after Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time staying at the Jess cabin! Ian is a thoughtful and knowledgeable host, with plenty of stories and details to share about the homestead. The composting toilet was a highlight (one of the most pleasant outdoor toilet experiences ever), and it was a treat to get warm and dry at night with the wood stove after a rainy trip to Guemes mountain. We are very grateful that Ian and Lisa are willing to share the homestead with visitors. Thank you!
My son and I had a great four-night stay at the homestead. It was peaceful and quiet just like we hoped. Highlights were the rope swing and zipline. Ian showed us some of what he was working on and we were able to help out. We'll definitely be back. Thank you Ian!
Attention to detail
Amazing stay. Our second time, last time we camped, this time we took the cozy tiny house. Fit us perfectly (couple and a 3 year old). The attention to detail and design of the cabin is incredible - the kitchen, toilet, balcony, heating, solar-powered everything, rocket stove, fire pit, bench... also our friends came with us and camped in their tent in a space near the cabin which was perfect. What an incredible 4th of July weekend! Thank you so much Ian!
Really unique spot and a chance to get out to an island I wouldn't have had any excuse to otherwise go to.
Ian possesses a wide range of self-reliance related knowledge and is genuinely approachable and interested in sharing this.
Cabin is really cozy.
If anything about this set up interests you, go.
Exceptional off-grid escape
Wow, the homestead is an incredible place. Ian is a gracious and accommodating host. This trip was just what I needed - a few peaceful, disconnected days in the wilderness. I spent hours just exploring the property and all its neat spaces.
The cabin is adorable and sturdy. The woodfire stove keeps the place nice and toasty during colder months. The sleeping nook is super cozy and a great reading spot.
This trip was about relaxation but I will definitely be going back again to learn more about Ian's projects and get him to fire up the mill.
Heavenly birthday weekend getaway
Cozy, quiet and very comfortable cabin with an off-grid setup. Ian was a great host from start to end, ensuring we had everything we needed but also giving us plenty of privacy and space. Definitely take a tour of his homestead if possible to appreciate the hard work and skill that has went into building this space. I dream of having something comparable one day. Thank you Ian and helpers for making our stay very cozy. We can’t wait to visit again during warmer months to take advantage of swimming and some of the other amenities.