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Susan Gudgell

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Cottage-in-the-Barn on Dragonfly Farm

53 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Go back in time on our quintessential island farm: sweet accommodations, garden at your doorstep, pond with kayaks and canoe, and complete tranquility and privacy. This charming cottage has all amenities in a pastoral setting; the perfect secluded hub for your island adventures, equally well-suited for a family vacation or romantic get-away. Tucked away in a valley below our main house, it is adjacent to our garden with produce for your table. Feel free to stroll to the bluff for views of West Sound, or take the canoe and kayaks for a spin. Fall asleep to the lullaby frog chorus. With the pond and plethora of beautiful vegetation, our 25 acre farm has become a bird sanctuary, with hundreds of species throughout the seasons. This one bedroom plus loft apartment is well-appointed with quality furnishings including antiques. Queen bed in the bedroom and two twins in the loft above (accessible by ladder). Full kitchen, propane barbeque, flatscreen and blue-ray player for entertainment, wireless internet connection, and warmth from the wood stove. AND our 25 acre farm adjoins Turtleback Mountain Preserve! This island treasure has amazing hikes which vary from old forested areas to phenomenal vistas of neighboring islands and beyond. We are located just five miles from the ferry, five miles from the main village of Eastsound, and a mere 1 1/2 miles from the waters at West Sound, including a marina and private dock for moorage.

If the Cottage is booked for your desired dates, please check out our delightful NEW listing on VRBO, #702366.

Keywords: apartment, condominium, bungalow, cottage, barn, farm

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Susan Gudgell (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Susan Gudgell

We are long time Orcas Islanders -- Wally grew up on Orcas and Susan was drawn here because of summers with her grandparents on nearby Samish Island. The natural beauty was our initial attraction in building a life here, but the wonderful community of eclectic neighbors have kept us here. It has been a great place to raise our family.

Susan Gudgell purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Susan Gudgell chose Orcas Island

We both have long family histories in the islands. We heard about this property 20+ years ago, tucked away on Turtleback Mountain, and came to take a look. Standing on the bluff, looking at West Sound to the south, and the moonrise over Mt. Woolard to the east, we said, 'this is where we want to spend the rest of our lives.' Pure magic.

What makes this cottage unique

Experience serenity here on the farm, taking walks to view lovely vistas, gathering your salad from the garden, breakfast from the chicken coop, and paddling around the pond. For your adventures, this is centrally located on Orcas Island, close to the ferry, close to Eastsound, and just minutes from Turtleback Mountain Preserve. Less than 15 miles from historic Rosario Resort and Moran State Park.


based on 53 traveler reviews

Cottage-in-the-Barn on Dragonfly Farm
average rating of 4.943396 based on 53 reviews
Seattle, Washington

Lovely week away --

  • 5 of 5

This is such a wonderful and special little cabin. My husband, toddler, pup and I all really enjoyed our week there -- eating at the outdoor table, exploring the property and just relaxing on gorgeous Orcas Island. A wonderful secluded spot while still close to Eastsound. Really highly recommended - we can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach, California

Perfect stay for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

We all loved our stay at the Dragon Fly Farm. My kids loved the farm and enjoyed collecting eggs from the chicken, eating strawberries straight from the garden, and canoeing and kayaking in the pond. The property is perfectly located close to town and the Turtleback mountains. The little cabin is adorable and complete paradise, with amazing views all around, and everything you could want right in the house.

My kids enjoyed running around the property so much, as city kids they thought this place was amazing. They kayaked and canoed twice a day and loved the pond. I enjoyed morning coffee on the porch, looking out at the amazing view. We wished that we had stayed longer and plan to go back next summer again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Cottage & I Was Not Murdered by Hill People = 5 Stars

  • 5 of 5

This is really a beautiful property. You don't even feel like you are staying in a barn. It was clean and well-prepared. Plenty of room for a family of five or a group of five, husky lumberjacks. Basically, it houses five people. There was even classical music playing when we entered. There is a lovely pond mere steps from the front door and a luscious garden. Having seen many horror films, I naturally assumed I would be murdered in my sleep by cannibalistic hill people or werewolves, but much to my surprise there were none. Just hummingbirds every morning as we drank coffee, and the occasional faun sipping at the pond. It was a little warm (in late August) but the innkeepers were kind enough to leave us some fans to circulate the air. The entrance to Dragonfly Farm is gated, so you definitely feel safe from lecherous town folk and those Amway people. They also have a nice hen house with live chickens. At first I thought they were wax chickens, but as it turns out they're real. You are mere minutes from town so civilization isn't too far, and Orcas Island is a great getaway with lots of opportunities for hiking and enjoying lush scenery. I would definitely return here.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Dragonfly Farm is a great get-away-from-it-all experience. Nestled part way up Turtleback Mountain, it is quiet and remote, yet an easy drive into Eastsound and other west side spots. The Cottage is rustic on the outside (like a barn), but very modern and well maintained on the inside. Having the pick of the garden and fruit trees is a bonus. About an acre pond near the cottage is pretty as well. The loft with two twins is accessible by ladder so could be limiting for some folks. Over all a great place and we hope to return someday. Joe

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz

Lovely Cottage Stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay, we absolutely enjoyed Dragonfly Farm! Beautiful property filled with fruit trees, blackberries and a lovely garden. The cottage was tastefully decorated, with everything we needed and felt very private. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil haven

  • 5 of 5

The "barn" cottage is beautifully furnished with lots of attention to detail. The kitchen is well stocked with all the essentials and the location is perfect for those looking for a peaceful private getaway. Being able to browse from the lush orchards and garden was an added bonus. Our children loved the pond with kayaks and canoe as well as visiting the chickens. A truly unique and bucolic place to stay on Orcas.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Eastsound Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Madrona Bar & Grill, Lower Tavern
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Orcas Landing
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Orcas Island Country Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
West Sound Cafe
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
West Sound
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtleback Mountain Preserve
Car: necessary

Whale watching, historic areas, scenic mountain hiking


Rates & Availability

Eastsound Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Quiet Season
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.1%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Eastsound Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Pastoral views with marine views just steps away, pond with kayaks/canoe, garden, privacy, adjoins wildlife preserve with hiking trails.

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