We’ve a day left, and I’m trying to focus on being here. I’m sad to know it is ending.
It’s been an amazing stay so far! We enjoyed the rain, the sun, the ocean... the alpaca, stars, and so much wildlife. Today a small dear walked past the bushes while I was having my morning coffee. I really appreciate how kind Bill was I letting me hang out and watch the Alpacas. They are pretty amazing and sweet!
Both owner and caretaker were wonderful. I could have spent hours talking to both and am leaving wanting more. The home was great for all of us -teens and adults. We fished, kayaked, hiked, and did some great runs on the island. Every book in the library that I picked up had a thought it provoked that needed thinking. I wish I’d brought my bike, but mostly just wish we could stay longer. It feels safe. I know myself a little better than I did when I came.
The house is fully equipped for a large family or group of friends who love to cook and eat together, sit by the fire and read/play board games, take long walks on the beach and enjoy feeding and interacting with the alpacas on the farm.
My husband and I just enjoyed our 3rd stay here and it gets more magical every time. We originally discovered the aerie when looking for the perfect wedding venue, and we were so lucky to have found such an incredibly beautiful location as a backdrop for our special day.
Since then we've come knowing that our souls will be completely relaxed and rejuvenated after spending a few days here, walking the beach at low tide, strolling around the garden and finding all the special touches and an abundance of wildlife. I can literally spend a whole day just moving about the property, watching the changing light, visiting the alpacas, lounging in one of the 3 hammocks, and sinking deep into nature's rhythms. At the end of the day, the sun sets perfectly over the water in front of the house in a breathtaking display, complete with lots of birdlife and moon and stars to follow.
The house itself has been lovingly renovated with so many charming touches, both modern and cozy - and we're always impressed at how it has EVERYTHING we need, including access to any additional items we may have forgotten to bring like raincoats and sun hats and so much more. Views, views, and more views out every window let you enjoy the land even when you're indoors.
I highly recommend staying for an extended period and bringing friends and family to share this special space. It's perfect for all ages - lots of touches for kids and a wonderful library for a rainy day. We hope to bring artist groups to enjoy a creative retreat sometime in the future. I would give Maxwelton Aerie 100 stars if I could!
Just returned from our first ever 3-generation family vacation week - I hope to make this a family tradition and would love to return every summer!
Maxwelton Aerie has everything that I wanted - water and mountains on one side, farmlands on the other. Birds galore, from resident eagles and osprey to tiny wrens and hummingbirds - I counted 27 species on the property. A beautiful and comfortable house with together and alone space for everyone. It took us all week to discover what the house had to offer, which was everything we needed (and more). My only negative experience - the 4.6 earthquake that shook me up the first night!
I slept every night with the windows wide open, arose early and headed for the Adirondack chairs in my PJs and sweatshirt, with coffee and binoculars, to greet the day. I could have spent the entire week on-site, but did enjoy a few outings: birding at Deer Lagoon, visiting Dave Mackie Park just down the road (easy beach access and a playground for the little one), exploring Bayview Corner (breakfast at Whidbey Donuts is a must, and The Goose Grocer is great for provisions), walking the trails at Greenbank Farms (and a Whidbey Pie to go), one dinner splurge at Prima Bistro in Langley.
A key ingredient to our enjoyment was Bill, the alpaca whisperer. It was a joy to see how well that man knows his flock, and he is just as magical with children. My 2-year-old grandson was walking among the alpacas to pour the pellets in their troughs on the first day, and feeding them by hand on the second.
Thank you, Carolyn and Bill, for the best week ever!
The Aerie was such a lucky find for out group of 9 knitters! Bed for everyone, a well equipped kitchen, and large comfy living room/dining area with lots of natural light from both east and west. Outside, lots of sitting space in the garden and overlooking the alpaca pastures. Antique quilts and freestanding soaking tub were such special features that we all appreciated. The house and property have such character- a magical farm-meets-beach feeling unique to south Whidbey. Can't wait until our next visit-