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Shar Van Winkle

Member since: 2015
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Speaks english

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

51 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Puget holiday house

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 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

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
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Shar Van Winkle (Owner)
Member since: 2015
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Speaks english

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 Bellingham

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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Reviews

4.9
based on 51 traveller reviews

Modern Spacious Quiet Private Retreat Centrally located. The White Orchid.
average rating of 4.9215684 based on 58 reviews
5

Beautiful, spacious, well appointed private apartment.

  • 5 of 5

Shar was very fast and easy to work with. Her place was super clean, organized and beautiful. Great place!!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Easy location for WWU visit

  • 5 of 5

The White Orchid was the perfect size for my son and I. Comfy bed and nice size air mattress (the nice high ones). Would recommend for a comfortable place and easy homebase from which to visit the town. Went to Whatcom Falls park for a run. Nice trails.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I was happy to meet you both and am very glad you enjoyed your stay. I welcome you back anytime! Shar
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4

The property is spacious, well decorated, and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lafayette, CA
5

Classy, Elegant and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Hadlock, WA
5

Wedding prep place

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you found me now, and am happy that everything worked out well for the wedding! Hope to see you again.
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5

Best in Bellingham!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always glad to have you! Thanks 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:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
30 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$133
A$940
A$2,417
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
A$133
A$940
A$2,148
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee A$60
Tax Rate 8.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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:
  • 900 sq. ft.
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 ...
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
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