USA Washington Eastsound Orcas Island Listing #23562

Gafford Guest House - Eastsound, WA

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44 reviews
Max. occupancy: 9 4 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed 5 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms No pets  4WD/traction may be required in winter
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Welcoming Orcas Island home w/bay views and contemporary features

If sunlight is your fancy, this beautiful ranch-style home is the one for you. The large windows throughout the house boast ocean and bay views, and the expansive deck that surrounds the house is a perfect place to wind down after your busy day in Eastsound. The wood floors, granite countertops and professional piano perfectly accentuate the gorgeous views outside, and the kitchen and living room both have everything you need to feel right at home.

What's nearby:
This home is right in between Turtleback Mountain Preserve and Moran State Park, so wildlife sightings are almost a guarantee no matter what time of year you are visiting. It is also a short drive into the town of Eastsound, where the local restaurants and shopping are second to none.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Full kitchen (dishwasher)
Extra table/folding chairs available

County permit number: PPROV0-14-003

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.


Common areas

Game room



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

Kitchen & dining






Ocean view

Water view

Mountain view


Internet : Other



DVD library

DVD player

Wireless router

Netflix streaming

On-site activities

Board games





44 reviews

Lisa C. Jan 2023
What an incredible view! The energy, personality and beauty in this house made for a wonderful stay to celebrate my sisters soon to be wedding! We were comfortable and everyone had what they needed to cook, celebrate and be comfortable. The support team was on call and quickly helped us out when some minor questions arose. I’d recommend making some new signs around the house and laminating them with polished information to give an elegant touch!
Manager response:
Hi Lisa, thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback, we are glad to hear you enjoyed the views and location of our home. We appreciate our guests' preferences as a means to improve, and we have forwarded your comments about the signs of the home to our property management to consider and make necessary upgrades in the future. We will be sure to follow up with the appropriate parties regarding your experience and hope to have the opportunity to impress you better in the future.
Kyle P. Oct 2022
Great stay. Thanks!
Sidney A. Oct 2022
Location, view, setting.
Paul T. Oct 2022
House was even nicer than the pictures. It was perfect for our family of 8 ( 4 couples). Clean, beautiful location with a great kitchen and deck.
Catherine M. Sep 2022
Stunning views of the water, beautiful sunsets from the deck. The house has everything you need and close to town.
Sydney W. Sep 2022
We loved the view, the deck and the number of bedrooms that provided the family with a beautiful venue. Easy access to town, but away from the busy-ness.
Ian W. Aug 2022
This place is in a great spot and the view is incredible. However, the house and furniture are a bit tired. The washer, dryer and dishwasher were all broken, the dishes were dirty, the outside furniture was ripped, the dining room chairs were broken and there were some stains on the bedding and couches. We also found some surprise kitchen trash that wasn’t ours. For the price, we expected a little higher quality accommodations. The place has so much potential, just needs a facelift.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review Ian. We sincerely apologize for the issues with the washer, dryer, and dishwasher and we are sorry about the cleanliness issues and concerns you encountered during your stay. We are disappointed that we were not notified about this as our team could have assisted in resolving these matters. We hope that the refund provided to you offers some resolution. The washer and dryer have both been repaired for future guests. We hope to better impress you in the future!
Vance R. Aug 2022
Very nice sized home for an extended family retreat. Very quiet setting and nice views. Very clean and everything worked.
EVAN M. Jul 2022
We loved the Gafford House. It is very roomy with lots of bedrooms, a big kitchen and a very impressive deck! Loved sitting out on the deck watching the sunset each evening over the beautiful water below, with mountains in the distance. It is a stunning setting. The house was very clean and well appointed. We would stay there again if visiting the island.
Josh F. Jul 2022
The house is really large and lots of open space.
Great views, large decks and well equipped.
Good place for kids.
Donna H. May 2022
The house was perfect for our family, very clean and spacious, and the view was amazing.
Sharon P. Apr 2022
This lovely home is well appointed and thoughtfully designed for comfort and relaxation. Large open spaces and multiple rooms and bathrooms accommodated our two families with plenty of space to gather and spread out. We look forward to a return visit.
Rhonda R. Mar 2022
This is a perfect home for a group. Nice large kitchen and dining area. Very open and comfortable. 10 minutes to a quaint town or enjoy a beautiful drive with breathtaking views and lots of wildlife. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable time. Can't wait to return.
Thomas T. Oct 2021
The Gafford Guest House is perfectly locate to Eastsound for convenience and to Moran State Park for fun. It's also situated in a wonderfully peaceful surrounding with a killer view. The house is very roomy and well outfitted. Extremely comfortable and livable. We appreciated the ample supply of necessities like paper towels, trash bags, soap (dish & hand), Kleenex, etc.

The range was a bit worn from a lot of use but served it's purpose for us. When we arrived we couldn't get any light in two of the bedrooms and one of the bathrooms but that was easily fixed by finding the electrical panel in the laundry room and resetting the tripped breaker. Both very minor issues for such a big house. I would however install a privacy lock on the downstairs Powder Room to avoid any embarrassment if you're travelling with non-family members who are prone to opening closed doors without knocking.

At the Gafford Guest House you definitely get a BIG bang for your buck. Wonderful accommodations. I would definitely recommend staying here if it's available. We would definitely do so again if we were to returned to Orcas Island. Maybe next time we'll bring more people, this house can definitely handle it!
Pamela G. Aug 2021
We loved the house, especially the deck, the view and the well stocked kitchen!
Darcy J. Aug 2021
Bath, kitchen towels, linens are thin and garbage. Pillows couldn’t be more flat. House wasn’t clean had dead bugs stuck to microwave light, over cook stove! I cleaned it bf I could even cook. 1 tv, small in corner it’s worthless. The living couch fell apart during our stay. This is a great house. Great house. But needs somebody to refresh linens; towels everywhere; furniture; get a big tv Mount it in the room nobody uses; get rid of the heart cake pans and get kitchen utensils, serving bowls, a cutting board that isn’t chipping bc it’s so old, in the house! Super high price point with very low quality furnishings. Come on you can do better
Manager response:
Hi, Darcy! We are sorry to read you had some disappointments with your accommodations. We will be replacing any tired linens and towels. Staff is going through the kitchen inventory to ensure all necessities are provided. Thank you!
Ernest B. Aug 2021
Beautiful view of Crescent bay. Wonderful wrap around deck. We spent most of our time outside on the deck. Days were sunny or partly sunny. We were 9 people and found the kitchen well equipped for family of amateur chefs.
Manager response:
We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us. We passed your comments along to our local manager to review and we appreciate guest’s preferences as a means to continually improve. We look forward to hosting your next stay!
Gayle K. Jul 2021
The home size for 8 people was great! We loved the quiet location, views both day and night and layout of the home. My only feedback would be trash instructions and upgrade of kitchen tools, pans and towels and dishrags. Otherwise, all good
Manager response:
Hi, Gayle, we appreciate you taking the time to review your recent stay at Gafford Guest House! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay, though we apologize for the issues that prevented you from having the perfect vacation experience. Please know that trash pick-up for this home is on Mondays and this information is provided in your confirmation email and Vacasa Trip Manager. We have passed your suggestions to the local manager for review and we hope to host you again soon!
Judi W. Jun 2021
We loved the many rooms for our large family. The home was clean, and the kitchen was well-stocked. The view was perfect and the location was close to town and kayaking. We will definitely return. It was the perfect location to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday with grown children.
Bill C. Jun 2021
Wonderful space for friends to get together. We loved the views
Ann G. May 2021
This is a large, rambling house that would be marvelous for a large group. Plenty of room to spread out, lots of games, a piano, and a deck that is to die for. A few updates are in order: the sofa and some small appliances should be replaced, the towels should be newer and softer at this price, and the cleaning was not thorough in some places. All in all, I'd recommend it for a group that's wanting to relax thoroughly and appreciate a truly stunning view and landscape.
Manager response:
Hello Ann! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback as we are always seeking the opportunity to improve for the future. The house manager has been aware of your suggestions and will work to update the home as appropriate. We hope to host you again soon!
GAIL D. Apr 2021
We really enjoyed our stay at Gafford Guest House. Comfortable home comfortable beds and beautiful scenery. The home was spotless when we arrived.

Feedback would be to include instructions as to how to operate the remotes for the TV. Other than that all was great
Michael S. Feb 2021
Great house in a great location (close to Eastsound) The house had plenty of space for our group to both relax and run around.
Gwen M. Jan 2021
Loved the setup of the house! It is beautiful with a gorgeous view from the deck and main floor living space. A couple of areas of improvement: master room bed is small so keep that in mind. It has both a head board and foot board so if you’re anywhere close to 6’ tall, it is an issue. The kitchen has a ton of cooking and backing items, but is missing essential ms like serving platters and enough silverware for a large group. We only had three adults, two children and two infants and barely made it through two meals. The quality of some other items should be attended to such as tge toaster and coffee maker. Similar to other reviews, the water pressure and hot water were a bit of a concern. The master bath is a rain shower with very little water pressure even if using the handheld. Overall though, great stay. I would come back.
Manager response:
We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, Gwen. We are sorry to hear that the home had some items that needed attention. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and have forwarded this information to the local staff so they can ensure these concerns are addressed for future guests. We are also excited to report that a new Queen bed has been purchased for the home. We look forward to hosting you again for another great getaway!
Christian M. Jan 2021
Fantastic view of the water from the deck and several bedrooms of this spacious home. Well appointed kitchen with plenty of room to hang out, exercise, read or watch movies. Excellent collection of family board games, too! Close to a small convenience store and a 1.5 mile walk each way to Main Street. Great for storm watching or enjoying the sun.
Todd Maiden FBO E. Dec 2020
Beautiful home. Clean. Well stocked kitchen re cooking. Lovely porch and afternoon / sunset views to west overlooking Eastsound. Nice piano, despite my limited abilities.
Leah U. Nov 2020
The most beautiful home with great views and such a beautiful interior
The furniture is lovely and we enjoyed the spacious yet cozy feel of this home. The open floor plan with a huge gourmet kitchen allows us to entertain and enjoy each other’s company. Beautiful fireplace and plenty of chairs too! Just can’t wait to go back!
Carli R. Oct 2020
This was a lovely home. We went as two small families and it was just perfect. The view is incredible. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment. The location was perfect— easy access to takeout and groceries in Eastsound, as well as to Moran State Park. We truly enjoyed a relaxing visit in this comfortable, spacious home.
Karen H. Oct 2020
Lovely home! Private, great views, deer in the yard, fully stocked! We’ll be back!
Diana B. Aug 2020
Incredible view, great deck, wonderful layout for families, central location - win win win! Could not recommend this impeccably situated and appointed home more.
George R. Aug 2020
Our family had a wonderful week at the Gafford Guest House. The kids had plenty of room to spread out and play on the enormous wraparound deck, and my wife and I were able to relax and enjoy the view. Very close to restaurants and outdoor activities, we could have stayed another week and not run out of things to do!
Chris R. Aug 2020
Katherine K. Aug 2020
This property was a mixed bag for us.

Pros: amazing deck with a stunning view and beautiful sunsets. All four bathrooms were very nice. It’s location to both Cascade Lake and Eastsound were extremely convenient.

Cons: we had trouble getting in. We found the lockbox on the rt hand side as directed and it wouldn’t open. We called vacasa and waited on hold for 20 min. No one ever answered but in the ensuing chaos of my husband chasing our three year old around the property, my husband found a SECOND lockbox that did work with the code. I mean... maybe mention that in the instruction email? Later, we tried to use the WiFi and the network didn’t exist. We tried calling the local property manager listed in the book at the rental. She didn’t answer and has never returned our call. A few hours later, we found a card in the corner stating a different network than was listed in Vacasa’s vacation details. That worked. In addition to just an annoying check-in situation, there were things about the house that felt cheap for the price we paid for this rental. The TP provided was the kind that is thin and rough (cheap), all beds were full beds including the master. The master is a sleigh bed that is tiny and short. Since it’s a sleigh bed my husband couldn’t straighten his legs (he’s only 6 foot). The chairs on the beautiful deck were uncomfortable and the kitchen felt super aged. The dishwasher falls open and the appliances feel ancient. The gorgeous bathtub has no grip on the bottom so my son was slipping everywhere. The overall effect was that although the house is expensive and gorgeous, it was like death by a million paper cuts. For this price, the master should have a king, the guest rooms should have queens. The deck should have comfortable chairs and the kitchen shouldn’t feel like a garage sale of old gadgets.

All that being said- gorgeous view and orcas is of course a wonderful place to visit.

We’ve had problems with vacasa in the past. We rented with them a few weeks ago and received a text 10 minutes before arrival notifying us there would be no stove. No sorry, discount or attempt to have someone come fix it.

Combined we’ve learned that we will return to the San Juan Islands, but we will not rent from Vacasa again.
Manager response:
Thank you for choosing to stay with Vacasa! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the home. We apologize for any issues you encountered with check-in and we are sorry you were not able to reach our staff. We are currently in the process of hiring and training many new team members to ensure we can continue to deliver our world-class customer service through these incredibly busy times. We appreciate your feedback, and I have passed this information along to the local staff so they can ensure future guests do not have a negative experience with us. We hope to have the chance to impress you in the future!
Catherine M. May 2020
Great place for families cooking together and enjoying a beautiful view from the deck.
Jeffrey C. Aug 2019
Great house for a larger group. 11 of us stayed for 3 nights. Big, open kitchen and family room, huge deck, and wonderful views of the water. Remarkably quiet with no other houses or cabins in sight. Highly recommend.
Barbara A. Aug 2019
This is a large, beautiful home conveniently located near Eastsound. It was perfect for our family of four adults and three children and I would happily stay there again with a large group. There is a good view overlooking the water of East Sound however since the view is toward the west it would be good to have shades on the west- facing windows in the living/dining/kitchen area and some umbrellas on the deck for protection from the direct afternoon sun.
Melanie K. Aug 2019
We loved the view and the close proximity to everything.
V. Vance R. Aug 2019
Very conveniently located between Eastsound and Rosario’s. Very clean with great view. Very roomy.
Shoshanah H. Jul 2019
Really lovely and spacious home with a great view from the deck and top story. Rooms are all roomy and comfortable. Some of the mattresses could be better, but otherwise, no complaints. The driveway is a little steep, but totally manageable with our low clearance vehicle. The back yard is super steep and a bit wild- but really lovely to look at and full of deer in the evening. The deck is really nice, roomy and in great condition. We didn't want to leave.
A few things- the kitchen is very very well stocked with dishes and pots and pans etc... but for some reason short on dishtowels- so bring some with you or bring paper towels. Otherwise plenty of linens. Location is great- very short drive to groceries and Eastsound. About 20 minute drive from Moran State Park.
Dallas N. Jul 2019
View was wonderful
Victoria K. Jun 2019
Spacious and beautiful.
Manish N. May 2019
This vacation home is better than the pictures. There were 4 toddlers in our group and kids also loved it.