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The Bungalow on the Shore In West Sound

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Baths With Roomy Great Room, Wrap-Around Deck, And Water Views.

Launch your island explorations from the Bungalow in West Sound! Totally refurbished, this shoreline home is comfortable, fresh and charming, in a style we call "beachy elegance." Gorgeous views across Deer Harbor Road to the waters of West Sound. Southern outlooks include the boat masts in the harbor, sunsets to the west, and bucolic orchard. Dock/beach/mooring buoy are just a short stroll down the street for boat moorage, beach combing, clamming, and sailing. Within walking distance of Kenmore Air's landing dock at West Sound Marina. Orcas Island Yacht Club is next door, and the charming West Sound Cafe (for summer dinner service) is around the corner. Summer sailing lessons available in the harbor too. Dine on the roomy deck or lounge in the Adirondack chairs with the the soothing sounds of the creek next door as it tumbles into the sea. Relax in the cool evening air enjoying the charming ambiance of the propane fire pit. Plus, brand new, four person hot tub! Families will love playing in the large level yard, observing abundant wildlife including families of deer, perhaps an otter, mink or raccoon, and a plethora of birds. Cozy and secluded for a couple or small family, yet with sleeping quarters and dining areas for eight or more. Two bedrooms with queen beds downstairs, plus large loft room with an additional two queens. Loft also serves as a rec room, with roomy TV viewing area, games and game/project table. Well-appointed kitchen with new propane range and hood, and new barbecue just outside. Great room is a terrific gathering place year around, and a panel of windows across the space frames the picture-perfect view. Coffee/tea service is provided, all bathroom amenities, and laundry room products. Pet friendly too! Our reviews on the Bungalow and our six other vacation rentals speak to our efforts to provide our guests with the best possible experience during their island stay. As life-long islanders, we enjoy welcoming visitors to our beautiful corner of the world, and can lead you to island backroads as well as beautiful and more well-travelled trails. We look forward to hosting you!

Susan Gudgell
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

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 bungalow in 2015

Why Susan Gudgell chose Orcas Island

The West Sound Hamlet has always held a special place in our hearts. We have a dock there, and Wally spent part of his childhood years living in the neighborhood. In fact, his family used to have Thanksgiving with the family who owned the Bungalow at the time. We hope someday to relocate there, and were thrilled when this wonderful home became available.

What makes this bungalow unique

The Bungalow is unique, as it has access to all that West Sound offers -- beautiful views, marina, dock, public beach, sailing, a cafe -- yet is tucked privately on a large lot surrounded by lush vegetation. The large level yard is promising as a future garden, and the home's floor plan is cozy and easy to navigate, yet has plenty of room for a family or group. What really topped it off for us is the stream and salt-water estuary on the property's boundary, offering a lullaby of sound day and night.


Eastsound Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathrooms, one in the master bedroom with large walk-in shower, and another with tub/shower enclosure. No bathroom upstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Loft with large bedroom area, rec room, etc.
  • Two bedrooms downstairs, each with queen bed. Plus two queen beds in the loft upstairs. Plenty of room for sleeping bags too!
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Community dock, mooring buoy, beach all available just across the street. Summer youth sailing lessons in West Sound just steps away.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

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The Bungalow on the Shore In West Sound
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 42 reviews

The Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Bungalow is the perfect place for a family vacation. It easily sleeps 6-8 people and is great for kids as they can have the upstairs room to themselves-sleeps up to 4. The living area is spacious and the kitchen fully equipped to cook up a gourmet meal. Better yet go fishing, get a salmon, grill it on the grill on the deck and eat outside at the picnic table and enjoy the view. You are about 15 minutes by car from East Sound, the main town on the island but away from the tourist crowds. I consider this a plus. The golf course, Deer Harbor and the ferry are 10 minutes away. This was our annual family vacation and we totally enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Classically charming with all the modern amenities. It was perfect for our Orcas island retreat.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bungalow Afterglow

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights at this property with our daughter, son-in-law and their boys. Location is perfect--the West Sound is quieter and more serene that the East, but retains all the charm that has made Orcas Island so loved.

One always enters a sight unseen rental with trepidation. Are the photos enhanced? Does the plumbing work? etc. This residence exceeded expectations on all fronts. The setting is lovely (next door to the island yacht club), the view of the sound a delight, the large mowed lawn with trees trimmed by deer. A bald eagle fished nearby. Perhaps the best part was the owners' attention to detail. Everything room was well appointed, the kitchen everything one might want (even stocked with herbs). The home has a "lived in" feel--not new and shiny, but comfortable so that one feels immediately at home. The three days of spectacular sunshine might have influenced our glowing opinion, but on a foggy day this would be a perfect place to read a book or share stories.

Thank you, Susan. Hope to visit the island again

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect multi-family house! Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5


This house is very well cared for, and very clean. Susan makes sure the house is running well, and quickly resolves any issues. There is a high chair, cots, and toys for the kids. Super thoughtful!


It's very close to the ferry -- which makes a great location when you are arriving late in the day, or need to depart early. It's also short drive to Turtleback Mtn.-- which the Moms/Dads would hike/run early in the morning. It's straight up to the top for unbelievable views and a heart-pumping workout!


The huge lawn in the front of the house was perfect for our kids -- 2, 5 and 7 years old. There is even a rocky little beach across the street (you would need to be with kids to cross road) -- that's perfect for throwing rocks in the water; and watching sunset with a glass of Prosecco :) The lovely view of the water/marina can be seen from most of the rooms, kitchen and deck. Although the house is located on the road, it is very quiet and we never heard the traffic. The lawn is big enough that we never worried about the kids being too close to the road either.


My Mom stayed in the downstairs queen, we stayed in the other master bedroom and put our son on the cot (provided by house) -- which was uber-cozy! And my sister's family stayed on the upper floor (with it's own living room) in the two double beds. The top floor was also great for giving the kids a place to play (be loud) that wasn't in the kitchen/living room area. The upstairs is huge and is perfect for families that need some space. There isn't a door, so sometimes the noise from the living room would carry upstairs. However, the living room does have french doors that really modified the noise.


Susan was patient and enthusiastic in giving us great recommendations, and always promptly answered my million questions before our arrival! We had a 2 year old and a 70+ year old grandma with us, so our activity was minimal (the house is great for just chilling out)-- but here's what we enjoyed during our four day stay:

- Mt. Constitution Drive / Picnic

- Moran State Park -- waterfall hike (easy) + playground area (Moms walked around Cascade Lake, while Dads played with kids at beach/playground)

- Hike to Obstruction Pass Beach (easy)

- Rented kayaks for one hour in Crescent bay (younger kids hung with a parent, then we switched)

- Dinner at New Leaf Cafe

- Ice Cream in East Sound

*I highly recommend this property!*

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Location

  • 4 of 5

The Bungalow was just right for a girl's weekend celebration.

As stated in the reviews we had read, the kitchen is well-stocked and the great room is spacious. The upstairs also has an abundance of room.

The disappointment was the the mattresses downstairs. They are so bowed that it really isn't a comfortable slumber. The rooms are all clean and fresh.

Having stayed the first weekend of May, the hot tub and bbq weren't ready for use. The hot tub had a film of scum on the top and there was not propane for the bbq we had planned.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We will definitely check out the mattress situation -- in our dozens of comments we haven't heard of this before, but want to ensure everything is as comfortable as possible. I wish we could have addressed any issues with the hot tub and barbecue; we have contact information at the house and are poised to assist with guest concerns around the clock. We have amped up our hot tub cleaning schedule between visits and the barbecue works year around. There is a hose on the side leading to a 500 gallon propane tank next to the house, so perhaps the absence of a small tank at the barbecue itself caused the assumption it was not fueled. We always appreciate constructive feedback to act upon, and are glad you enjoyed our home otherwise.
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Fabulous vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

The Bungalow is a wonderful place for a family vacation. The setting is so beautiful and peaceful and the large yard is perfect for kids to run and play. The house is clean and well maintained with a fully equipped kitchen. Sitting outside on the deck facing the marina as the sun sets is the perfect way to end the day. We loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Eastsound Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Madrona Bar & Grill, Lower Tavern
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Orcas Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Orcas Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
West Sound Cafe (summer only)
Nearest Beach
West Sound
Car: necessary

The Bungalow has close access to the beach, trails at Turtleback Mountain Preserve with stunning views of the region, five miles from the charming main town of Eastsound, marina and public dock just steps away, and the charming West Sound Cafe in the summer. Truly centrally located for your island explorations!


Rates & Availability

Eastsound Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Dec 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.1%

Deposit fully refundable up to 30 days prior to scheduled arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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