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Cottage-in-the-Barn on Dragonfly Farm

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 easily, 5 or 6 cozily)

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. Queen bed in the bedroom, two twins in the loft above (accessible by beefy ladder with security gate at the top), and full sized leather sofa bed in the living room. Can sleep 5-6 cozily. Full kitchen, propane barbecue, flatscreen and blue-ray player for entertainment (no cable or satellite), wireless internet connection, and warmth from the propane heating 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

More Details

Susan Gudgell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 Eastsound

We both have long family histories in the islands. We heard about this property 25+ 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.


Eastsound Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Please be courteous of neighbors. No loud noise 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Tidying up upon departure is very helpful to us. Please strip beds, run dishwasher, and leave things as you found them.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full tub/shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(88 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.931818 based on 88 reviews

Lovely cabin!

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is very nice. We arrived on a cold day and were happy to find a propane stove. It quickly warmed up the cabin and was easy to use with the remote thermostat. The cabin had everything we needed and the beds were very comfortable. High winds cut out the power on the island for a few hours and when I contacted the owner about it, she was very quick to respond. Only thing we thought was missing was a pantry or a few empty kitchen cabinets for the food we brought, there is a pantry but it was filled with towels and other items. Would love to come back during the spring or summer so we can enjoy the vegetable garden and some fresh eggs from the chickens.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Cottage in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

We checked into the Dragon Fly Cottage after passing the rustic automatic entry gate. It was dusk, a week before Christmas. We arrived with rabbits and wild birds around the front porch, it was an animal sanctuary. The cottage was all lit up with the fireplace going and Christmas music playing, it was very quaint. All the right touches, including BBQ. We enjoyed our own homecooked breakfast as well as dinner each night. Truly a cozy little island retreat!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and quiet, but close to town.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We were lucky enough to have a sunny afternoon and hiked up to Turtle Head. Do that if you can, it’s a beautiful view. The trailhead was right up the road from the property. It’s only a few minutes into town if you want to grab groceries or dinner. We liked feeding the chickens and chilling by the stove with a hot cup of coffee. Super cute, quiet and cozy. One tip, book your ferry the day you book your trip. We didn’t and then couldn’t get reservations the week of.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location for a family get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cottage with everything you need while away from home. Our kids loved the loft bedroom and want to come back to see the garden and chicken coop in full bloom!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and so peaceful - I could have stayed a month! This was a great home base to explore Orcas. Perfect for a family of 4. Our kids loved the farm setting and the loft bedroom. Super comfortable beds. Well stocked kitchen. Updated bathroom. Loved the garden and fresh picked tomatoes! We will be back and will stay longer next time!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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OMG!!! Quiet, special, beautiful, love!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been visiting the San Juan Islands since we were kids. We, also, had brought our children to Moran State Park and many other great places. We are voting this lovely, well-appointed cabin one of our best places we've stayed. Beautiful gardens, sassy, sweet chickens (you can visit them anytime!), privacy (but, felt like if we needed anything, the owners would be there), and the cabin! Comfortable bed, great sheets and comforters, we slept like babies. And the whole property was so serene. What a grand birthday it was. Thank you Susan and Wally😊?

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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




Additional information about rental rates

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

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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