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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 83 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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 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

Owner
Shar Van Winkle
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2017

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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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:
  • 83 m²
House Rules:
  • 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

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveller reviews)

Modern Spacious Quiet Private Retreat Centrally located. The White Orchid.
average rating of 4.923077 based on 72 reviews
5

Loved everything!!! Wish we had found this gem 4 years ago.

  • 5 of 5

Shar was great! She communicated well, met us when we arrived and fulfilled our every request. The accommodation was perfect...cozy, well appointed, and modern. Shar provided many extras; fresh banana bread and fruit, teas, coffee, hot and cold cereals and much more. Our stay was short as we celebrated my daughter's graduation. I would recommend this to any visiting WWU family or my Canadian friends across the border who like to visit Bellingham. Thanks for everything Shar!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with me! I wish you had found me sooner too...but I was happy to meet you and to know that your stay went well. I think this is a pretty great spot for families. Thanks for the great review!
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5

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place. Very quiet area. We loved this place and will use again. Very clean and Shar has decorated it so nicely. This is not a place where you would cook a big meal. But there is no need to, great restaurants nearby. There is amply food there for breakfast and a kruerig coffee maker and large selection of tea bags.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Well appointed, quiet location and all around wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay; everything we needed was there and the location was central and also so quiet. We would definitely stay here again; thank you to Shar! :)

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I am very happy you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you again. Thanks for booking with me!
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5

Can't find a better place or folks

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here a week while I was looking for a place to live. You simply cannot find a place that is cleaner more inviting and more centrally located then The White Orchid. Superior digs overall, with a lot of thought put into the comfort of the guest. Extra special touches included home made muffins and fruit in the morning with a lovely selection of foods to tide you over if you don't feel like eating out. Great getaway too. It was so quiet at night and the bed is so comfy I slept phenomenally well. (Can't say that about any other VRBO or ugh! Airbnb). The whole family was amazing. I felt instantly at home. Wish they'd adopt me. ;) Thank you one and all...

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Well located, nicely appointed large space

  • 4 of 5

We spent two nights here while visiting friends in Bellingham. It's a quiet location with easy access to downtown and Fairhaven. The space was generous and very comfortable for two people. The kitchen was amazingly well stocked for cooking although we didn't do much - fun to look at everything there. Liked the array of breakfast items and treats, which were better than you usually have. We had muffins one morning but not the second one. The bedroom is great with a nice bed and linens. The bathroom is thoughtfully stocked with everything you need, including plush towels. We didn't get to meet the owner but did hear a dog barking early one of the mornings.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so sorry to hear that you didn't get your breakfast goodies on your second morning. I was unavoidably called away while you were here and had instructions for my husband to bring muffins or banana bread for each day. Also had arranged for a person who was supposed to pick up the dog and take him for a few days. Things don't get done quite like i like them sometimes when I have to be away. I would like to offer you a free night stay if you would like to come again. And I promise no barking! Again, my apologies. Shar
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5

Comfortable, cute, perfect

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying at Shar's house during my trip to Bellingham. Everything was SO clean and cute. She has great taste and is also a fantastic baker. Would love to stay here again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would welcome you back anytime! Glad you had a good trip to Bellingham and enjoyed the breakfast muffins! I am fussy about the cleaning, I clean like I would want it if I stayed somewhere :)
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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
 
Summer
30 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$132
A$936
A$2,408
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
A$132
A$936
A$2,140
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee A$60.2
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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