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200 Feet Of No Bank Waterfront. Great Family Gathering Place.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,143 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom And Two Bath Home With Separate Apartment With Bath Available

Check out a 3D tour of the home at

You may need to copy and past this link into a browser. Or go to our website www dot bumsteadspit dot com and select 3D tour from the menu bar.

The base rate is for 6 persons. Each additional person is $50 per night up to a total of 10 people. Children are counted in the total number but children under the age of 2 are free. Our off season base rate for 6 persons is $250 a night and our high season rate is $350 a night for 6 persons.

Important: We limit the total number of persons on the property including day guests to 12 people, due to the limits of the water and septic systems and out of respect for the neighbors. So if you are thinking about a wedding or some other sort of large gathering this is not the right home for you.

If you have a group of 14 that wish to spend the night then you might consider also renting the cabin that is next to our home but with different owners. It sleeps 4 and the VRBO listing for it is

Bumstead Spit Beach House is one of the most unique properties on Lummi Island.

Very private, it’s nestled on two acres, well away from the road and includes 200 feet of level, pristine beach (with a boat ramp and two mooring buoys). This property is perfect for boaters, kayakers and canoeists. Launching and recovering your trailerable boat is a snap. It’s an easy put in for kayaks, canoes, rowboats or stand-up paddle boards. You can leave your boat on a buoy or pull it up to the top of the ramp for easy access. From the beach you can make sure the ferry is running and on schedule.

If you aren’t a boater you can at least enjoy a parade of boats as they pass by the house: yachts of all description, sailboats, purse seiners, Lummi Nation crab boats, tugs and work boats. The orange inflatables are the Coast Guard fast response boats which can hit a top speed of 46 miles per hour. The equally fast moving black bottom boats are Homeland Security and Customs. During the whale season the large whale watching boats will steam by.

Our beautifully decorated family friendly home looks across Hale Passage at Portage Island, Bellingham and Mt. Baker. The home comfortably sleeps 8 people with a minimum four night stay in high season and 2 nights in off season.. Sorry, but we do not allow pets.

Seaside living is enhanced with dramatic view-capturing windows, vaulted ceilings, an open loft, and warm wood detailing. French doors lead to a huge deck for great indoor-outdoor access, and there is even another deck down in front at the beach edge.

There are two bedrooms on the main floor each with its own bath. Up a spiral staircase to the loft you’ll find another double bed with a sink and there is also a double mattress on the mezzanine In the outbuilding there’s a studio with a hide-a-bed and bath with shower. There is also a multi-purpose room great for yoga or for the kids to spread out their toys and games. We reserve the two car garage for our own use (boat and tool storage).

We have two inflatable kayaks and an inflatable dingy(along with life preservers) for your use. Bicycles can be rented on the island. However, there is one bicycle on the property available for guest use.

We are located within easy driving, walking or cycling distance from the ferry landing, grocery store, post office, library and the Beach Store Café. All located less than 1 mile away.

A short 10-minute ferry ride takes you from the Mainland to Lummi Island, which has a year round population of 900 people. Day trips can easily be made to Vancouver BC, Seattle or Mt Baker. You are a half hour from shopping destinations in Bellingham, Lynden, and the Canadian border.

Saturdays feature a seasonal farmer’s market from June through August. You can purchase fresh produce, pastries, and the local artists have their work available for sale. On the island you will find two restaurants, The Beach Store Cafe and the almost world famous Willows Inn featuring 2015 James Beard award winner—Blaine Wetzel, and a weekend sandwich shop located next to the Islander store. The Islander is a general grocery store which also carries beer and wine.

During the summer months the unique reef net fishing fleet catches salmon in Legoe Bay on the west side of the island.

Two churches on the Island hold services Sunday mornings--Island Chapel meets at the Lummi Island Grange Hall across the street from the post office and about a block north of the ferry dock. The charming century old Congregational Church is a short distance away on Legoe Bay Road.

The Island has a number of great massage therapists who can provide in home service. You might want to consider using Lummi Island Concierge to take care of your meals for the first day or two. You’ll find our kitchen well-equipped with some basic staples on hand: cooking oil, sugar, flour, salt and pepper, baking soda and baking powder and coffee.

All Lummi Islanders agree that when we get off the ferry and drive onto the island we can feel the energy shift to a calmer, mellower vibration. Bumstead Spit Beach House can be your launching point for water sports, beach combing, hiking, biking or browsing on the island. Or, if you choose, you can just stare at the view from the deck or the beach and ponder how you might be able to move to an island some day soon.

More Details

Richard Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Can respond to Emails in Japanese.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Richard Smith

Our extended family includes: a novelist, an architect, a chiropractor, a housing manager, an aircraft mechanic, a retired insurance peddler, a volunteer coordinator for our land trust, a few stay at home moms, CEO of a software company, a college administrator, a community activist and a whole bunch of really cool grade and middle school kids.

Richard Smith purchased this house in 2014

Why Richard Smith chose San Juan Islands

The Smith Family is a bit obsessed with Lummi Island having first purchased waterfront property here in 2001. Now, as a group, we have three houses and another six acre view plot. We couldn’t resist Bumstead Spit Beach House. We know that it is truly unique for many reasons not the least of which is the ease of launching and recovering a boat from our own private boat ramp. Even without the concrete ramp it would be an easy place to get boats of all sizes in the water because of the gentle grade and the size of rock on the beach which gives great traction. There is rather deep water directly in front of the house but to the south it is quite shallow at low tide and one can walk out a great distance. Also the water is a bit warmer there making wading and even swimming more pleasant. With a large extended family who congregate on the island on most holidays and for summer vacations Bumstead Spit, in addition to our other two homes, provide us with room to sleep almost everyone in comfort. And, who knows when another Smith will want to move to the island full time.

What makes this house unique

There are only an handful of homes on Lummi Island that are right on the beach, have privacy and a yard big enough for activities like volleyball, badminton or croquet. On the entire island there are only four or five places where one can ramp a boat. There are even fewer places that enjoy a more than 180 degree view. From Bumstead Spit Beach we can see all the way to Vancouver and the ferry docks on both sides of Hales Passage. To the east we look between the Lummi Nation and their Portage Island across Bellingham Bay to Bellingham and Fairhaven. Beyond is magnificent Mt Baker and other Cascade Mountain destinations. To the south Eliza Island and in the distance Chuckanut Drive. The house is built on the back edge of the spit up against a steep hillside which blocks noise from the road above. At low tide a long beach walk is possible. The house is amazingly comfortable and inviting. It’s five minutes to the ferry dock. From the mainland side it’s only thirty minutes to downtown Bellingham.

But why leave? Stare at the view. You’ll soon have what a lot of us have: “Lummiitus” defined as “having no desire to leave the island.”


Lummi Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2143 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Next to 2nd bedroom
    Separate Apt - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , on main floor with bathroom next to it
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Spacious bedroom with easy chair and walk in closet & bath
    Master Bedroom walkin closet - 1 baby crib , Baby crib in Master Bedroom walk in closet
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Second floor bedroom with Sink - no bathroom
    Mezzanine - 1 double , There is a double mattress on the floor on the Mezzanine
    Apartment - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Separate apartment with bath and TV-
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Perfect for retreats.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

200 Feet Of No Bank Waterfront. Great Family Gathering Place.
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Top notch!

  • 5 of 5

I wish I could stay forever! The house is beautiful and the island is serene and quiet. We had eagles right outside the back of the house, watched the ferry come and go, and enjoyed walks in the beach looking for treasures. There are many beautiful books to enjoy in the window seat. The kitchen is well equipped and lovely as well.!The Cafe in town has amazing food! Our host was welcoming and accommodating. We are all leaving here much calmer and happier people!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being such understanding guest and being very gracious when we had temporary water problems.
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Making memories with our family Easter weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted a weekend getaway where we could make some family memories for spring break and we ended up with a beautiful weekend at Lummi Island. The house is very warm, welcoming, and was very accommodating for our family. We didn't even use the two additional rooms in the external building, yet still had ample space to sprawl out and be cozy. I could see that if we had stayed longer than two days how those extra rooms could come in handy. The yard was a big plus for us and provided us with ample room to play bocce and have an incredible Easter Egg hunt. The beach was incredible, and such a beautiful view from the house and the yard, I had a hard time not just looking at the water the whole time. While it's April, and the nights were pretty chilly, the owners were great and provided us with firewood so we enjoyed some great nights out on the beach with a warm fire and the perfect ambiance. We did the hike to the Overlook that's just a couple miles up the road and it was a good bit of exercise with an amazing view over Puget Sound. Even the complainers in my group enjoyed the view ;) The amenities and decor in the house were great, and everything felt very comfortable. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the breathtaking sunrise on Easter morning where the sun rose behind the glorious horizon with MT Baker as it's focal point. The owners were nothing short of awesome. They were very open with communication, and very accommodating for us, and made us feel very welcome. I highly recommend this property, and personally look forward to going back, and maybe we'll find the last 7 candy filled Easter eggs that we couldn't locate in the yard/beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So lovely inside and out

  • 5 of 5

The view is amazing. Fun rocky beach to explore. The house is relaxing, cozy nooks to lounge in throughout the house. Uptairs is a really fun kids' room that I really enjoyed as an adult as well. The furniture is just luxuriously comfortable and the decorating is beautiful. Great place for a getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house, clean and well appointed with great views. Has front lawn (for games), beach for swimming(water is cold, but shallow) and launching boats.

Very tranquil

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to rest!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed staying here in the middle of a summer tour! Great views, tranquility, and relaxation! The house itself was better than the pictures can show! Cozy and modern at the same time with awesome views of Mt Baker.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic time.

  • 5 of 5

Great weather helped, but the home and view were outstanding. We enjoyed our time and facilities were great: clean, well-maintained, and Richard was great to work with. I would recommend this property to others: in fact, a friend came to visit and wants to rent for her family to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13.5 Miles
Bellingham, WA
Nearest Barpub
1.1 Miles
Beach Store Cafe
Nearest Ferry
1.1 Miles
Lummi Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
16.5 Miles
North Bellingham Golf Course
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Bellingham Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
Beach Store Cafe
Nearest Ski
69 Miles
Mount Baker
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
out the back door
Car: necessary

There are three land trust preserves on the island that allow visitors to take hikes on the trails. Mtn biking not allowed on the trails.

Curry Preserve – 2449 N. Nugent Road

(lower entrance, park in the mowed areas to the right and left of the driveway) and Tuttle Lane (upper entrance, park in the pull-off on the east side of the road).

Exploring the Curry Preserve can take as long as you want and is easy wandering on footpaths through the fields and forest. The Trust’s Community Garden and Orchard project is located near the Nugent Road entrance.

Otto Preserve and Heritage Trust Resource Center – 3560 Sunrise Road.

The trailhead is beyond the parking lot. A trail map is posted in the kiosk. The main Loop Trail is a lovely walk through mature forest and is well protected in light rains due to many sheltering trees. The Loop Trail, together with the Baumgart Woods and Walden Walk side trails, are an easy 1.4 mile walk.

Baker Preserve – Seacrest Drive, about 1/3 mile south of the Sunrise Road intersection, on right.

A trail map is posted in the kiosk. This is a vigorous hike up a steep, winding trail. The hike is 1.64 miles to an overlook with views of the San Juan Islands. Sign-in at the trailhead kiosk is required to help the Trust manage this special property.

Trader Joe's, 2410 James St, Bellingham, WA 98225 18 miles

Costco Bellingham, 4299 Washington 539, Bellingham, WA 98226

Community Food Co-op Cordata, 315 Westerly Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226 16 miles


Rates & Availability

Lummi Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $190 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

Property use is limited to the number of persons on rental agreement. If you plan on having day guests then you must list their names and ages on the rental agreement. Maximum number of persons allowed on the property is 12 including days guests unless you have owner's permission for more. Violation of visitor policy could result in loss of Security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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