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Modern Spacious Quiet Private Retreat Centrally located. The White Orchid.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 977 sq ft
Property type house

Overview

About the property

Relax And Enjoy Your Own Floor In Our Completely Remodeled Mid Century Home

The Space

Enjoy the entire lower level of our home while feeling very much on your own with a private entrance. The space is 977 sq. feet and includes a very spacious bedroom with ample closet space, queen bed, high quality mattress, down comforter and down pillows. (We have down alternative bedding if you prefer.) Separate bathroom and large living room or lounging area with remote control fireplace for lovely ambience and cozy warmth when you need it. There is an HD flat screen TV and DVD player with cable including HBO, and we offer free wifi. There is a mini kitchen with an apartment sized refrigerator with freezer, a cafe table and two chairs for dining or working and a mini kitchen on one end. The rooms are meticulously cleaned after each guest. The bathroom has a walk in tiled shower in soothing grays and white. Hairdryer provided. Plenty of fluffy white towels and linens.

Continental breakfast provided, usually muffins or banana bread or something like that.... as well as stocking the freezer with breakfast items that you can make yourself in the toaster oven, in case I am not here. Cream, milk and jam is provided. Everything is locally sourced and organic whenever possible.

The mini kitchen has a toaster oven, Kuerig coffee and tea machine, electric double burner cooktop, filtered water, and is equipped with all dishes, utensils, and barware. All areas are kept super clean. There is no kitchen sink, we will pick up clean and restock the dishes while you are out for the day.

Laundry facilities are available for guests staying longer than 7 days. Iron and ironing board available upon request. We have a new queen airbed available as well as a new twin airbed for extra guests. There is a 10.00 extra charge per person per day, this covers setting up the extra bed(s), food, extra linens, etc. If your stay is more than two nights the extra night charges after two nights are not applicable.

For kids: Toys, books and puzzles, Pak n Play sleeper and toddler mattress and bedding upon request. If you want the Pak n Play set up in advance please let us know. If you are coming with small children do let us know.

The private entrance is in back of the home. There is a driveway on the north side of the house, follow the line of shrubs to parking in the back. There is a guest parking sign in front of the gate.

We will check you in or you can use the coded lock box if we are away. We will give you the code once reservation is paid.

The neighborhood is very quiet and safe. We are located on a dead end private lane which is walking and child friendly. We are very centrally located, close to downtown, historic Fairhaven and Western Washington University, the Aquatic Center, shopping and restaurants.

Since our space is large, you can feel free to have others come in for a visit. No parties please.

Interaction with Guests

We realize that people that people often get away to avoid chatter, (and sometimes other people!) After check in any further interaction will be upon your personal preference. There is a lock box with key, we will provide the code before your arrival. There is most often someone here or nearby during the day. Please call or text me if you need anything at all.

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is super safe and quiet. We are on a private lane that dead ends, which makes for safe walking and playing for children. We are very centrally located, close to downtown, Western Washington University and historical Fairhaven. Lake Padden and Lake Whatcom are nearby, as is Bellingham Bay. There are multiple parks and walking trials nearby as well. Chuckanut mountain is just a few minutes away and has wonderful hiking, or just take a leisurely drive to see the beauty of nature and the water. Restaurants and shopping are just minutes away.

Getting around

The bus stop is approximately 2 blocks away. Taxi services available with a phone call. There are times I can pick up or drop off at the airport for an 8.00 fee, just ask.

Other Things to Note

Check in is at 3:00. Check out at 12:00. Later checkout can be arranged if no guests are scheduled for that day.

More Details

Owner
Shar Van Winkle
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Shar Van Winkle

Hi there,

Welcome to Bellingham. My husband and I have lived in Whatcom County all of our lives and in Bellingham for about 15 years. We like to golf, travel, read, spend time with family and friends, see movies, and spend time out in the San Juan Islands. We have three daughters and two beautiful grand daughters. We hope you enjoy the area. We will make sure your stay here is comfortable.

Why Shar Van Winkle chose Puget

We live in Bellingham because of the peaceful non hurried lifestyle, clean air, and the beautiful surroundings of water, mountains and trees. We also love the proximity to Vancouver B.C, the gorgeous Skagit Valley and Seattle. This property is very centrally located to the area with easy access to 1-5.

What makes this house unique

One of the special things about the space is the decor, attention to detail, cleanliness, and the cozy natural gas fireplace. The central location is a bonus as well. We are always nearby to respond to any of your requests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a wonderful stay here! Shar was an excellent host -- welcoming, friendly, and attentive. She took great care to make sure the apartment had everything for a pleasant and comfortable stay (which included providing a delicious selection of breakfast items). She was also kind enough to respond to my reservation at the last minute when I encountered passport issues on my way to BC -- on New Year's Eve, no less. The space itself is spacious (large living area and separate bedroom -- with such comfortable bedding!), incredibly clean, and beautifully furnished and decorated. Turned out to be a great place for a relaxing solo retreat (spent several cozy evenings working in front of the fireplace), and would make a lovely weekend getaway for a couple, too! The location is nice, as well -- about a 30 minute walk into downtown, and just a few minutes walk to Whatcom Falls Park. Thank you, Shar, for a lovely Bellingham experience! I will happily recommend your place to friends and family in the future.



Shar
Dec 2014
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Puget, Washington

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 977 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , walk in tile shower, clean!
  • Completely new bathroom with new towels, walk in tile shower, very clean with good lighting. A makeup mirror is provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Queen air bed available for set up in fireplace room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Large bedroom with queen bed. Beautifully furnished with high quality Sealy Posturpedic mattress, new linens, down comforter and pillows. Down alternative available upon request. There is a twin air bed as well as the queen air bed for additional guests. it has worked out quite well so fat, to have them both set up in the fireplace room. There is a full length in the bedroom which is nice for those dressing to attend special events.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Reviews

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Modern Spacious Quiet Private Retreat Centrally located. The White Orchid.
average rating of 4.914634 based on 89 reviews
5

Very comfortable, great attention to detail, friendly

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here during a very cold weekend in Bellingham. We were comfy and cozy. We really appreciated all the nice touches including breakfast items, good coffee and tea, with easy to use Keurig, convenient food prep options. There is not a full stove, so don't plan an extravagant feast, but there is a one-burner cooktop, crockpot, toaster oven, and microwave. There are plenty of breakfast choices including hot and cold cereal, peanut butter, fruit, yogurt. There's also half-and-half and a non-dairy option for your coffee and tea. The host does the dishes. :) Shar made sure the gas fire was on when we arrived and when we returned on cold evenings. The bed is very comfy and we also made use of the third-person blow up bed in the living room which was comfortable as well. Everything is in great shape and spotless. Also there's lots of handy info available for visitors. It's a convenient location too. :)

Thanks, Shar, for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 21/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! I enjoyed meeting you all and hope to see you again in Bellingham.
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Windsor, CA
5

Like a luxury hotel.

  • 5 of 5

Sumptuously decorated in a quiet neighborhood. Every detail was considered. Lovely hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 15/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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kirkland, wa
4

Beats most local hotels

  • 4 of 5

Amazing location and accommodations. With Whole Foods just blocks away it was great to stock up on snacks. The cleanliness was impeccable. We would absolutely return.

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

White Orchid is as described

  • 4 of 5

We were in a very well done basement remodel, new and modern. This 1 bedroom space was not really the main floor/1st floor of the home as advertised. I agree with another review that not having a real mini kitchen, no sink at all except for the bathroom vanity, was not my favorite idea of trying to make our meals where we stayed. But as a traveler, we adapt.

I want to know who this owner's housekeeper is because they do an amazing job. I want to borrow them or be sure whenever I use a housekeeper in the future I have this quality and attention to details and no dust bunnies anywhere. Beautifully decorated as well. I have never stayed in a cleaner and more spotless, spic 'n span unit. We truly appreciated how well taken care of this unit is.

We had a few technical issues there with no Wifi /Internet access, for nearly the entire stay and we really had to have access to the internet to work away from home. We choose a place that said they had Wifi for us but there were problems with that area and we left a day early due to not having the access we needed for the internet. Just a few hours before we left they finally got their service back, and this problem also effected their lives so they were dealing with the problems right along with us. Location in Bellingham was very good and close to town and dining out.

If we had not had the internet issues I would have checked 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: 23/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. One correction I will mention.....the space is not advertised as the main level of the home....it is advertised as “enjoy the entire lower level” of our home. I also advertise that there is no sink, that is what the basket is for that say “dirty dishes “....I do up the dishes for you, normally on a daily basis and bring them back down. I do mention that in the listing as well. Thank you for mentioning the cleanliness, we work very hard to make sure the space is clean. Our apologies again for the internet outage, we tried everything we could, several calls with Comcast.....getting a new modem as soon as we could and were unlucky enough to get a bad “new” modem from the Comcast store. I felt fortunate that the tech came out quickly after the new modem failed, and all is well now. These things happen....first time since having guests into our home, and we are sorry it happened to you. It’s never good timing for these things, but especially bad when there are guests booked.
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Seatte
5

Near Galbraith Trails

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully kept and clean. They thought of everything. From extra bedding to morning banana bread and fruit! Nice location too.

  • Review Submitted: 05/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Washington, United States
5

Wonderful getaway in Bellingham!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I come to Bellingham often as my daughter is on the Western Washington University women's soccer team. In the past we'd stayed at hotels, but Shar's place far surpasses any hotel we've stayed in. On this trip, I came alone and didn't mention anything about the possibility of my daughter staying with me, but Shar thought ahead, and when she met me, she had already set up the queen air bed in the corner of the living room, just in case my daughter wanted to spend the night. So thoughtful! The place is beautiful, with attention to every detail. The bedding is sumptuous, the towels are huge and thick, the shampoo and conditioner smell great! I love Trader Joe's, and there was a Trader Joe's quiche in the freezer, as well as Trader Joe's Belgian Waffles (my favorite). She made delicious banana bread which was wonderful toasted with butter (yum yum!) The location is in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood, but it is not far from Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, and Western Washington University. We will definitely be staying here again!!!! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 01/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meg, Thanks for your great review! I enjoyed meeting you for your short stay...and do hope you will come again!
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Bellingham International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Downtown
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Bellingham Alaska Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lake Padden
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak at Ferry Terminal Site
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
1-5
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Downtown
Nearest Ski
30.3 Miles
Mount Baker
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Birch Bay
Car: recommended

Our location is very central, near downtown the waterfront Fairhaven, Lakes Padden and Whatcom, Galbraith Mountain and Chuckanut Drive. We are just over a mile from Western Washington University. There are many activities within a very short distance. Swimming, skiing, tons of hiking, gorgeous drives and scenery, whale watching tours, the list goes on and on!

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Puget, Washington

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
AU$133
AU$941
AU$3,024
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$73.91

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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