What a glorious fall! Brilliant colors, warm days, cool nights. Every room in this private suite is south-facing and overlooks the lake: a spacious living room, covered deck, brilliant blue bedroom with a memory-foam bed, and stunning, spa-like bathroom. Visit Bellingham's trails and sample its many restaurants, visit WWU, go mountain biking or hiking or sailing, and come back to a private, comfortable spot. Curl up with a book or a movie, or get out in nature or in town. You're welcome here.
This modern award-winning home is on the north shore of Lake Samish, with views to the south across the lake to Blanchard Mountain, site of some of the best mountain biking in the Pacific Northwest. Lake Samish is nestled in a ring of mountains just south of historic Fairhaven and laid-back Bellingham.
The suite is a four-room space on the separate lower level. It consists of a living room, a covered deck facing the lake, a bedroom, a cozy play cave under the stairs, and — across the breezeway — a newly installed bathroom with a brilliant silver shower and heated floors.
A wall of books backs a bright-orange L-shaped Italian leather couch. Watch BlueRay DVDs, Amazon Prime, or Netflix on the large-screen TV once the sun sets behind the Western Red Cedar that frames your view of the lake.
There is a kitchenette in the corner. This isn't a full kitchen, so we recommend you visit Bellingham — a locavore's dream destination, with microbreweries, distilleries, food trucks, fine dining, seafood, and a honey mead bar tucked into an artist's alley.
The bedroom has a queen-sized bed with a new memory foam mattress. A small child seeking a cozy space can curl up in the playroom under the stairs, with the stuffed animals, pillows, toys, and children's books collected there.
Access to the bathroom requires a trip outside, under the breezeway, so robes and slippers are provided. This five-foot voyage is rewarded by a glittering, silvery shower set in a black and white room, with heated concrete floors, a custom-made cherry vanity, and a dual-flush black toilet.
Head down the hill, past the herb garden, to the lake ... on the left is a large grassy area with two tables made of reclaimed lumber that seat 24. On the right are corten steel planters with our veggie garden. And right in front of you is the dock and, of course, the lake. Swimming season typically starts in May and ends in October. Bring your swim suits, water toys and sunblock. The suite comes with beach towels for your use.
Heading back to the room from the lake, feel free to rinse off in the outdoor shower. If you head out for a bike ride, you can hose off your bikes and hang them up in the covered space just outside your suite when you return.
SPECIAL REQUESTS: Please let us know if you have special requests, such as bringing a pet, making a last-minute booking, early or late arrival or checkout, booking the space beyond the calendar availability shown, making a long-term booking, or anything else. We are happy to consider all requests, and will do our best to fulfill your wishes.
Disponible para huéspedes
My daughter and I (and our two indoor cats, Luca and Sasha, and lovable Golden Retriever, Alex) live on the top two floors of the house, and you may hear us as we go about our day. The downstairs floor is for your exclusive use, and the upstairs two floors are for ours. The beach and property are shared with us, and with the tenants of the cottage that's also on our property.
To get to your suite, park in the driveway and head down the stairs (this space is not wheelchair accessible, unfortunately). As the house is sited on a steep slope, and faces due south, the suite gets plenty of light.
Access to the beach is down several stairs and then down a gravel path. This can be a bit tricky if you're unsteady, but is quite manageable for those with standard mobility.
The door lock is opened with a code that you'll get in advance of your arrival.
Atención a los huéspedes
The door has a coded lock, so we can arrange for you to arrive without needing to meet me for a key.
I work at home, on the top floor, so am often available by phone, email, text, or personal visit if you need anything. We respect your privacy and won't knock or enter unless asked to, although we might go rushing past your door on our way to the beach. The beach and dock are shared with us and with our long-term tenant, who lives in a cottage on the far side of the property.
Otros aspectos destacables
There is a station in the living room with a microwave, mini-fridge & freezer, coffee maker, and electric kettle. You can eat at the table on the deck, down by the lake, or on the couch in the living room. I provide coffee, tea, cocoa, and instant oatmeal.
Our neighborhood is very safe, and our home is particularly safe as I work at home.
This isn't an allergen-free space, as we have cats and a dog. Although I don't seek out products with scents, I don't strictly avoid them, either.
The bathroom is not shared, but the lakefront is.
No need to wash your dishes yourself as I'll just run them through the dishwasher. Instead, please put them in the bus tub provided. If you need to have them washed during your visit, just let me know and I'll come and get them. At the end of your stay, please put used towels and robes in the hamper in the bathroom, so I don't waste water washing unused linens. If you use a second bed, please strip the sheets and put them in the hamper, again so I know to wash them.
As we're all sharing the lakefront and the property generally, we ask (and promise in return) that we all keep reasonable hours, avoid excessive noise and loud music, and generally be respectful of each other's privacy and quiet enjoyment.
You can have non-overnight guests, but please communicate with us in advance so we know to expect others. Please arrange any gatherings of more than four guests with us before booking.
Please, no smoking in the suite or on the deck and (rather obviously) no illegal behavior.
Fireworks are illegal here, and in the late summer the county may impose a burn ban which is well enforced on the lake. Try not to annoy the neighbors; I have to live with them. Thank you.