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

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View of home and yard. Ferry dock in the distance.


Last updated: 04/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

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

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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. 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.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, Can respond to Emails in Japanese.
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2143 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great spot for kids. Big yard and 200 ft of beach to explore....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Wheelchair ramp on back deck. Bathrooms are not completely wheelchair accessible. Elevated toilet seat is available....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    on main floor with bathroom next to it...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Spacious bedroom with easy chair and walk in closet & bath...moreless

  • Master Bedroom walkin closet: 1 baby crib

    Baby crib in Master Bedroom walk in closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Second floor bedroom with Sink - no bathroom...moreless

  • Mezzanine: 1 double

    There is a double mattress on the floor on the Mezzanine...moreless

  • Apartment: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Separate apartment with bath and TV- ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bath: toilet, shower, jetted tub


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Next to 2nd bedroom...moreless

  • Separate Apt: toilet, shower


Other Amenities

  • Perfect for retreats.


  • Books:

    Lots of books on local area, various novels, and a selection of books written by the members of the owner's family....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Samsung Smart Blu-Ray DVD - Includes Pandora radio and other features....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Large room in outbuilding that can be used as a yoga studio or game room....moreless

  • Games:

    Scrabble game and deck of cards....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Mt Baker Cable - limited channels....moreless

  • Television:

    39' flat screen hidden behind cabinet...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    200 feet of no bank waterfront on Hale Passage. Plus boat ramp....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining room table for 8 plus bar that sits 2 next to it. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Non-functioning fireplace...moreless

  • Garage:

    Not available for renters....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant floor heat...moreless

  • Internet:

    Century Link internet with speeds of 1-1.5 mb. This speed does not lend itself to satisfactorily stream video. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets provided but no housekeeping during stay...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Seating for 8 ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking on site for four cars and room for boat on a trailer....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line telephone with long distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig Coffee maker and a dozen coffee cassettes and creamers....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    12 place settings. Stainless steel cookware and ceramic frying pans. Additional plates are also available....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large light kitchen with double oven and propane cook top. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double Oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Olive oil, vinegar, salt, paper, sugar, flour, spice rack, baking soda, baking powder...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Combination toaster/toaster oven...moreless


  • Boat:

    Bring your own boat and launch from the concrete boat launch on our beach. Two mooring buoys available. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck table with 6 chairs and benches to sit on. Plus 2 zero gravity lounge chairs and a chaise lounge....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several Golf courses are within 30 minutes drive of the Gooseberry Dock....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have 2 inflatable kayaks and an inflatable dingy available for guest's use. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large and fairly level lawn for outdoor games and running around....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    2 courts at the local elementary school playground....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2017
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$2,100 $6,300

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$2,100 $7,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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13.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bellingham, WA
1.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Beach Store Cafe
1.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Lummi Island Ferry
16.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
North Bellingham Golf Course
18 Miles
Nearest Train
Bellingham Amtrak
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 5
1.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Beach Store Cafe
69 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mount Baker
30 Metres
Nearest Beach
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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Lummi Island, WA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.”

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Speaks: english, Can respond to Emails in Japanese.
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/09/2017

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  • View of home and yard. Ferry dock in the distance.

    View of home and yard. Ferry dock in the distance.

  • Deck and view

    Deck and view

  • Sunrise from yard

    Sunrise from yard

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Dining and living room.

    Dining and living room.

  • View from window seat. Mt Baker in the distance.

    View from window seat. Mt Baker in the distance.

  • Kitchen


  • 2nd Floor Bedroom

    2nd Floor Bedroom

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    Bathroom 1

  • Separate apartmt and game room at the end of the building. Garages not included.

    Separate apartmt and game room at the end of the building. Garages not included.

  • Inflatables available for guest use.

    Inflatables available for guest use.

  • Home from the beach

    Home from the beach

  • Beach in front of home

    Beach in front of home

  • Wheel chair ramp off of back deck.

    Wheel chair ramp off of back deck.

  • Living room and kitchen from 2nd floor

    Living room and kitchen from 2nd floor

  • TV hidden in cabinet

    TV hidden in cabinet

  • Kitchen and Dining area from 2nd floor

    Kitchen and Dining area from 2nd floor

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • 2nd Bedroom on 1st floor

    2nd Bedroom on 1st floor

  • Utility Room

    Utility Room

  • Yoga/Game room

    Yoga/Game room

  • Apartment


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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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