Enjoy the entire lower level of our home while feeling very much on your own with a private entrance. The space is about 900 sq. feet and includes a very spacious bedroom with a 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.
We do provide a continental breakfast, 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, such as mini quiches and waffles. There is yogurt in the fridge as well as juice, cream, milk and jam. 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 20.00 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 negotiable.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unit is located in a private neighborhood very close to downtown. The host has taken great pains to include everything one might need while traveling. In addition, the furnishings were beautiful, the bed very comfortable, and the complementary morning muffins amazing. We will definitely stay here again.
I very much enjoyed my stay at this lovely place. It is nicely done with modern, eclectic elegance. It is one of those places where you feel that the owner has thoughtfully provided for her guests. Shar provided home-baked muffins, coffee, yogurt, granola, assorted cereals and milk. The bathroom is newly done and (like the rest of the place) was immaculate. In addition to being gorgeous, the place is very comfortable and well-located. I was getting my freshman settled in at Western and it was just a brief drive over to campus. Shar was quickly responsive to communications in advance and stopped by to introduce herself and offer any assistance I would highly recommend staying here!
This was a wonderful place to stay. So warm and comforting and cozy. Shar went out of her way to make us feel right at home, allowing us to have our kids hang out with us to finish up wedding prep stuff and actually spend the night one night on a comfy airbed. Loved all the home made goodies every morning! Wish I knew about her place the last 4 years while the girls were going to Western.
This was our third stay at the White Orchid and we were not disappointed. It was clean and welcoming as always. In every place I've ever stayed, there are usually suggestions I can think of to make the place better, but that's not he case here! Everything about the place is exactly what I like. Thank you Shar for making such a safe, clean and warm space for weary travelers like ourselves. We make this trek a few times per year from the Portland, Oregon area to visit our son who is a WWU student and we are very grateful that this apartment has been available for us. The location is superb for visiting the university and for popping over the Canadian border into British Columbia for the day which we have done twice now during our stays. The hotels we have tried in Bellingham have been overpriced and not very clean or nice. If you want a nice place to stay in Bellingham, look no further! This is the one!
Shar's bottom floor unit was perfect for the 3 of us- 2 adults in the bedroom and my son on an inflatable bed in the large open living room area.
We especially liked that the entire living room, which is spacious, has windows all around to let light in if you open the shades.
The small kitchenette and dining table fit us 3 perfectly. I thought it would be strange not to have a kitchen sink, but in the end I appreciated it because then I didn't have to do the dishes, which is something I usually do but don't want to, if I"m on vacation (Shar took them to clean each day, and returned them).
Shar provided some breakfast foods which were perfect to start the day- milk, cream, coffee, yogurt, granola, cereal, and some freezer things like mini-quiches. Maybe best of all she provided each day a delicious homemade treat for breakfast- muffins, or banana bread. While I like eating out on vacation, I prefer a somewhat leisurely morning where I don't have to run out for food first thing. The breakfast options were perfect. The flat-screen TV with cable was also helpful to give us a bit more sleep-in time (my son watched some shows in the morning on some days.) The house is located in a pretty nice neighborhood spot- on a quiet lane so not busy traffic, also it's up a bit on a hill so if you look out the back, by where you park, you can see lots of forest and trees (amongst houses) as far as the eye can see, up to the snow-capped mountain. All in all, a great location and stay! Thank you Shar for your hospitality!
Thank you for lots of freedom, yummy muffins and great night(s) sleep.
Our daughter's wedding was amazing.
We'll see you on our next advanture to B-Ham!
Luke & Tanna
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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