Hipcamp host Ian W.,
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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 or all of the cost.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Ian a message!
  • 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.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Rustic Barn w/ Outdoor Kitchen in Washington.

Swimming hole

Places to see near Guemes North Homestead

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Hipcamper Travis
Travis E.
recommends this listing.
April 12th, 2022

Private space and great outdoor kitchen! Hiking and exploring the many sustainable aspects of the property. Easy access to many trails and beaches on the Island!

Hipcamper Amy
Amy B.
recommends this listing.
April 9th, 2022

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.

Hipcamper Haley
Haley H.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Rashmi
Rashmi K.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Kelly

Unique adventure

Kelly M.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2021

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!

Inside the loft of the Rustic Barn you will find a pool table next to the bed!The kind of trails you will find on this property are well maintained as well as beautiful!The view from the bed in the loft of the Rustic Barn through the large open air window.This is the Palace which was always clean!
Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan R.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Adelia

Beautiful island adventure

Adelia L.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2021

It's a Beautiful open space to relax and unplug, lots of thing's to do and explore on the island. Ian is a wonderful host, we can't wait to come back!

Hipcamper Sarah

Magical experience for everyone!

Sarah F.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper jacquelyn
Jacquelyn L.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2020

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.

Helping out at the sawmillCooking in the kitchen outside the barnafternoon walk to the beachhappy Scouts BSA troop
Guemes North Homestead
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