Classic Cottage on Whidbey Island


Text by Alice Doyle / Photography by John O’Hagan

Crab Point guest house takes a page from classic cottage beach dwellings of the early 1900s with historic details and rooms designed to take full advantage of the island views.


What do you need to create the ideal guest cottage experience—a pristine setting with beautiful views and a home that is both lovely and functional to satisfy even the pickiest of visitors. Joanne and Bruce Montgomery had an enviable location to work with on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound, about 25 miles north of Seattle. They also had the good sense to engage Ross Chapin, a local architect who specializes in small space design.