Hipcamp host Ian W.
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Our walk-in intern barn has bunks as well as double beds (bring 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.

The homestead is a mile in two directions

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Our walk-in intern barn has bunks as well as double beds (bring 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.

The homestead is a mile in two directions from the Pacific Ocean beach, and we have a gorgeous three-mile loop walk that takes you on over a mile of wild beach with island views. 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 (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.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
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: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

    Activities

    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

    Biking
    Boating
    Fishing
    Hiking
    Paddling
    Swimming
    Wildlife watching

    Terrain

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

    Beach
    Forest
    Swimming hole

    The vibe at Rustic Barn w/ Outdoor Kitchen

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    Hipcamper Nikolette
    Nikolette M.
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    August 27th, 2019

    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..

    Salmon and corn on the fire, no bbq available so be creative 😊The gate. If arriving at night go past the mill area 😂The pondCocktail hour and campfire
    Property
    Guemes North Homestead
    State
    Washington
    $55/night
    1 Site
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