We had a wonderful time at the Benton Street Retreat. The house fit our families very easily, and we really enjoyed the abundance of living areas, both indoor and out. It’s also really close — a short, pleasant walk — to the La Conner waterfront.
I’ve stayed in various vacation rentals over the years and never before felt that the photographs didn’t do justice to a house, but that was definitely the case here. It’s situated on a hilltop in a quaint, idyllic neighborhood. The interior is very light and airy, impeccably decorated with local art and a nice assortment of books. Just a beautiful house with gorgeous views from every single room. Extremely clean throughout, with comfortable luxury bedding and really nice bathrooms.
Charlotte and Allan were the ideal hosts, very kind and accommodating without seeming prying or overwhelming in any way. Charlotte was eager to share fresh salad greens from the yard and local organic strawberries, and yummy muffins from a neighbor. Allan was a great source of information about local activities, shops, and restaurants. He also made his bocce court and croquet set available to us, which was tons of fun for young and old alike.
I can’t say enough about the size and layout of the house; we had seven people staying there, spanning three generations, and we were very comfortable the whole time. We also accommodated about 20 people for a barbecue one evening, but with the abundance of living areas, both indoors and out, at no point did it seem crowded.
My kids really enjoyed picking and eating strawberries and other garden plants, watching (and talking to) birds, looking out over the countryside, and finding bugs out in the yard. For me, the highlight at the Benton Street Retreat was mornings on the balcony, practicing yoga or drinking coffee while listening to birds and enjoying the morning sun. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I only wish we could’ve stayed longer.