When your tastes run to the contemporary, you’ll find this sophisticated Doe Bay cabin a jewel of design integrity (To learn about the architect's concept, go to www.archdaily/157449 - Nami an is the featured property!)
Nami An has a distinctive minimal esthetic with Asian influences. This "cabin" on Doe Bay is a light-filled volume of space, created with the vision that every detail should be precise and harmonious.
The Asian theme begins when you remove your shoes and don slippers (thoughtfully provided,) to tread lightly on the bamboo floors. Furnishings are sleek and contemporary; shoji screens take the place of swinging doors. Bathing is a special experience as well - you’ll step up to sink down into a deep Japanese soaking tub. One side of the shower is a glass wall with a view into a small fenced garden.There’s even an outdoor shower in this courtyard where you can fee completely part of the natural atmosphere.
The main level of the home encompasses the bathing room and powder room, a well-equipped kitchen with paperstone counters, the dining area, and a bedroom with a floating queen-size futon bed. Upstairs, there's an open loft with an additional bed and a folded futon; shoji screens are installed to provide visual privacy for those sleeping on this upper level. But do note that Nami An is intended for two or three adult guests to enjoy. (The sides of the stairway are open and not suitable for small children.)
Nami An has a beautiful waterfront outlook where nature abounds. Complete privacy is provided to the left of the home by a wooded area that attracts deer, eagles, and rabbits. The two neighboring homes to the right may be screened from view with the use of window shades and shoji screens.
Forward of the home, there is a cleared path that leads to a rocky outcrop at the shoreline. When the water recedes in low tide, you can clamber along the waterside and study the wide diversity of sea creatures left behind in the pockets of the rocks.
Nami An has a great location on the sunny southeastern tip of Orcas Island, within a short walk of Doe Bay Resort where there's a convenience store, post office, kayak rentals, and good restaurant. It's a 15 minute drive to Olga and Moran State Park (super hiking!), about 30 minutes from Eastsound Village where there are lots of shops and dining, and a 45 minute drive from the Orcas Ferry Landing.TripAdvisor property ID 1990536...Read more
Left on 10/12/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | velvet b.Reviewed Oct 12, 2012Stayed Oct 2012
We arrived late. It was very dark and a light was not left on for us. We had a flashlight in our car and liked the simple code on the lock box because of our level of frustration at trying to find this out of way spot in the dark. Once inside and lights on we relaxed. The bed was very comfy so had a good nights rest and woke up to our surroundings. We were delighted by the glass doors opening up to the outdoors. And that view! We found the drive to the stores not an issue and also brunched at Doe Bay which was a highlight. Our stay included a birthday with our daughter and it was fun to be able to relax with her at Nami-an and have her stay over with us.We took full advantage of the access to the water taking our morning coffee to sit on the rocks and watch the sunrise. My husband had to be in touch with his work and appreciated the wifi connection. All in all it was a great and calm stay (except for our arrival) Maybe suggest people arrive in daylight when possible if they are new to the site. My favourite thing about this place was the access to the outdoor surroundings and the shower!
Left on 08/14/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Robin F.Reviewed Aug 14, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
Everything about the house is lovely, and it presents a walkway down to a rock above the beach where we sat with morning coffee and evening ale and watched a school of porpoises lobtailing. Renters should know that there are neighbors very close by; the photographs do not show this, and we felt, initially, that we had been misled. Also, the Doe Bay festival was on during our visit, which meant the noise level was much higher than we bargained for. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the location. We had a daily herd of deer that grazed in front of the house; eagles flew by, and plenty of interesting seabirds for us to learn about swam in the channel. Ultimately house itself is so peaceful that you find you don't notice the neighbors, or mind the festival (which was itself peaceable, and silenced by 10 PM). We especially loved the Japanese bath; we recommend trying it!
Left on 08/10/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 10, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
Doe Bay is lovely; location near Eastsound was great. Wonderful view from rental. Two other residences very close. Compact home as generally described in rental info, very clean, nice linens and towels; comfort somewhat compromised by small spaces and sparse furnishings. Overall, worked well for us for our short but terrific stay on Orcas Island. Would recommend to others, but with caveat about uniqueness.
Left on 08/07/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Terry G.Reviewed Aug 7, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
If you like the idea of a smaller "Jewel House" where everything is just perfect, this is the house. For two people it's great. We found it very, very relaxing and fun to stay in, and we enjoyed the area where it located. We loved Orcas Island, and this house and we expect to return!
Left on 07/11/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 11, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
It's a great rental. Clean, huge windows, amazing views, awesome RAIS wood stove. It's a big bare. There is no place to really lounge around, but that's also consistent with the modern/minimalist design and Japanese influence. It's a beautiful modern cabin, for simple easy living.
Good eye! Nami An has been featured in numerous architectural articles, we'll see that you receive information. So happy to hear you had a great time on Orcas!
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Seattle, WA, United States
“Nami-an is a Showcase to Nature”
Left on 09/08/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 8, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
The house is as beautiful as the pictures with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the view. The property also has a relaxing area to have a campfire outside. We enjoyed watching the deer and rabbits from the deck. The only thing missing was a dishwasher,
but everything else we needed was there. The property is on the water with a small rocky beach, but you would need to be very careful climbing down steep rocks. This is a great place to stay if you want to spend lots of time at Moran State Park which is a
short drive away. We enjoyed renting kayaks there, enjoying the view from Mt. Constitution, and hiking. The nearest grocery store was in Eastsound about a 30 minute drive away. So, be sure to stock up on groceries. Then, get ready for a relaxing and peaceful
So glad you enjoyed your vacation at Nami An! Just a note about the market - in addition to the primary grocery in Eastsound, there is a small convenience market within a short walk at Doe Bay as well as at Rosario Resort.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Mercer Island, WA, United States
“Doing Nothing at Nami An”
Left on 07/27/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 27, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
The weather was less than perfect during our stay, but we enjoyed it nonetheless, thanks to the beautiful views which could be enjoyed from any room in the house. The kitchen is well stocked if you want to cook in and Doe Bay Resort Cafe is just a meander down the road if you don't. An 11:00 am checkout time would have made our departure less rushed (doing and putting away the dishes, gathering garbage, packing etc. took some time), but we made it out at 10:01 on the dot. We plan to return next summer, if we can.
Hi Geraldine, We appreciate your comments and certainly understand the minimalism character is not for everyone! As a result of your comments, the owners have installed a reading chair and screens to block the view of the neighboring home in order to provide more comfort for future guests.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Bend, OR, United States
Left on 09/29/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 29, 2010Stayed Sep 2010
Generally, I enjoyed the stay. The view of the water is beautiful but the property is quite a distance from the village of Eastsound. The house is cute but very small. I agree with another reviewer that the pictures imply more privacy than actually exists. Off season nights were cool and wet so it would have been nice to have fire wood supplied for the wood stove, or at least told where to source for the small firebox. Firewood available in town was too large. I enjoy cooking and found cooking utensils to be garage sale quality. I find that to be common with vacation homes, but always disappointing. While I wouldn't return to this property, I'm certain it would be very suitable for many people. The home is well maintained and comfortable.
Left on 04/14/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 14, 2010Stayed Mar 2010
Very "open" layout house. But there are two neighbors very close by (not visible in the marketing pictures of the house). The net result is that you have no privacy from neighbors or even from other people with you in the small house. The internet is erratic. We choose the $1000 deposit option, took about 3 weeks for the money to get returned. The view directly ahead to the water is nice, and the japanese interior is interesting.
Homes near the waterfront are often built near the other - draw-down blinds are now installed on the windows to afford greater privacy. WIFI and ethernet cabling are both provided and the owners report that Internet connection is reliable. We apologize that you experienced difficulty and that your deposit was not returned within ten days. We are investigating the circumstances to prevent this from occuring in the future.
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