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The Seaside Forest Studio began as an artist's studio, every aspect custom designed. From the loft bed surrounded by windows, to the fully equipped kitchen, slate-tiled shower and red brick floors, everything was added with careful thought. This is a unique space!
The Studio is 512 square feet with an added 60 feet in the sleeping area above. There is a queen-sized bed in a hanging loft, best for those comfortable climbing a ladder up and down, to sleep surrounded by windows and trees on all sides. There is also a Euro-lounger/sofa in the main room that folds into a comfortable full size bed, with a memory foam topper. The main room has a window seat, as well as a custom reading nook with games for all ages stored below. Peter's handmade beautiful, live-edge cedar table seats four (five, if you'd like). The kitchen is fully equipped with sink, stove, oven, refrigerator, and cooking implements. The bath has a full shower, beautifully tiled. The studio has both electric heat and a wood stove. There are two entryways, with a curved wood deck at the front entrance (and a large granite boulder to sit on as well). Parking is just outside the back door.
We care about beauty, connection, real things, and the studio reflects that; much of its features were made by us or locally sourced. You'll eat at Peter's table, hang your coat on a fir tree we found in our woods, use Aimee's homemade soap in the shower, see our art on the walls, sleep in a loft built by a dear friend, and enjoy a fire with wood from our property.
A short walk down the driveway or steep beach trail offers views of both Chuckanut and Pleasant Bays (we live on a point, so there is water on both sides). Just up a winding brick path, you'll find the hot tub (older design, very simple) behind our house, on a deck under tall fir trees with peekaboo views of the water. Our property is a haven for wildlife: the studio is surrounded by a forest that's home to many kinds of birds, including raptors, owls, and songbirds. Raccoons and deer wander through, and we're close to the seashore where seals swim, herons squawk, and crabs scuttle under eelgrass forests.
The Studio shares the woods with our home, so we're available for questions and concerns. Our home is situated on a knoll overlooking the water, while the studio is in a forest below. The two structures are separated by a driveway and woods, out of sight of each other. We do share a common driveway, our cars blocked from the Studio's view by a neatly stacked woodpile. Note there is no pavement on our property – the gravel driveway is wooded, so you'll have the forest all around you, and under your feet as well!
• The ladder and hatch to the loft is for reasonably agile people - others might want to consider sleeping on the sofa bed below.
• Cell service is spotty at the Studio; though we have wifi, texting and phone reception is unpredictable.
• Our property is bordered by a forest to the west; woods, road and Chuckanut Bay to the north; Pleasant Bay to the south; and the Burlington Northern railway to the east, just beyond and below the studio and driveway. Trains pass by frequently and the freight engines rumble and can be noisy (though they thankfully seldom blow their whistles here). There is occasional work on the tracks below the studio (about 4-5 days/year at entirely unpredictable times). Most guests find earplugs helpful with the intermittent passing trains, or get accustomed to it as background noise. We live in a neighborhood, so sounds of children playing and neighbors talking mingle with owls hooting, coyotes yipping in the distance, a nearby neighbor's rooster, and geese honking overhead.
• Our property is dark at night, with some outdoor lighting, but not a lot. We love the darkness – better to see the stars and moonlight – and hope our guests will enjoy this respite from city lights as well.
• Though there is a small private beach below the Studio, it is for local community use only. Other beautiful beaches are a short walk or drive away. We've got lots of suggestions!
• We ask for a two night minimum stay on weekends, but are happy to accommodate one night stays during the week.
• Though we do accept well-behaved dogs, we prefer smaller, non-shedding breeds, as dog hair can be invasive.
• The Studio and our other rental, the Pleasant Bay Lookout, were featured in the Aug-Sept 2014 issue of Bellingham Alive magazine! You can do a web search for the digital copy to check it out (pages 51-56).
• VRBO reviews of others' Studio stay are found in the review section: lots more comments from the Studio guest book are in the Owner Info section.
The Seaside Forest Studio is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and those who want unique accommodation in a beautiful natural setting.
There is not a bedroom per se, but a hanging loft above the main room, accessed via a ladder. The queen size bed takes up most of the loft, and is surrounded by windows that look out at cedar, fir, madrona trees. ...moreless
The bathroom consists of sink, toilet, spacious slate-tiled shower. We provide soap and linens, and shampoo and conditioner should you forget yours. ...moreless
The Seaside Forest Studio is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and those who want unique accommodation in a beautiful natural setting. Note there is no pavement on our property – the gravel driveway is wooded, so you'll have the forest all around you, and under your feet as well!...moreless
The studio has a nice, eclectic library available....moreless
Guest can use a small Bluetooth enabled stereo. Most laptops, music players, and smart phones can either use Bluetooth or a cable (provided) to connect. It also can be used to charge a smartphone....moreless
There is a large screen for watching DVDs, but no television/cable...moreless
While we don't store them in the studio, we do have Legos, Playmobil, puzzles and other high quality toys your children might enjoy. Just ask....moreless
We have a small library of DVDs. Feel free to bring your own!...moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Duty Free Shops
Local Services & Businesses
The studio nestled in the woods on a bluff over the beach. There is not a beach view from the studio itself...moreless
There are tennis courts in Fairhaven, a ten minute drive away. ...moreless
Pool / Spa
Guests may use our hot tub. It's an older model without jets and sculpted seats, just hot water under trees & stars. Just let us know when you'd like to use it, as it is located behind our house. ...moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Spring Apr 1 - May 20, 2015 2 night min stay
Memorial Weekend May 21 - May 25, 2015 3 night min stay
Spring May 26 - Jun 18, 2015 2 night min stay
Summer Jun 19 - Sep 22, 2015 2 night min stay
$160 Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$145 Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Pet Fee$25 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$250
Cleaning Fee$60 + tax
$60 Cleaning Fee
11% Sales and Lodging Tax
$250 Reservation/Security Deposit
Upon email confirmation of stay, guests will receive a booking confirmation, invoice and rental agreement (including our cancellation policy) to sign and send along with payment. Booking is solidified only when payment is received.
2 night minimum stay on weekends; one night stay is ok on weekdays.
Send an inquiry & we'll email you an invoice. Full payment upon receipt is preferred. If reservation is made less than 30 days in advance, full payment is due within 5 days. Otherwise, 50% of fees are due within 5 days of receiving invoice, with balance + security deposit due 30 days prior to arrival.
Check in time 3:00pm. Check out time 11:00am. We may be able to be flexible - just ask!
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The Chuckanut area and Bellingham region are an outdoor recreation and nature lovers' paradise. We're the Northwest epicenter for sea, mountain, lake, and river activities, as well as island hopping and visiting local farms of every variety (vineyards, vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy). If you'd prefer a more urban vacation, Bellingham has great markets, diverse shopping opportunities, varied restaurants and nightlife, great local breweries, and one of the most beautiful university campuses in Washington state. We're situated equidistant to Vancouver BC and Seattle, so big city attractions are just a 90 minute drive away!
Year Purchased: 1964
About the owner: We feel so fortunate to live on this special property, purchased by Peter's forward-thinking parents in 1964. Peter is the communication and development director for a regional nonprofit. Aimee is founder and lead teacher for an environmental education and service-learning program. We value giving back to our community and sharing the gifts we’ve received, both in our work and personal lives. Our vacation rentals are an expression of that ethic. We feel grateful to be able to share the gifts of this property: the peace and privacy of the forest, proximity to the sea on both sides, Chuckanut Mountain's trails and vistas, our hot tub under the trees, and all that Fairhaven and Bellingham have to offer.
Why the Owner Chose Bellingham: This special place is an extension of who we are. Our family history is intertwined with these trees, the cove below our house, the trails along Chuckanut Mountain. Peter played and daydreamed here as a boy, worked on the property beside his dad as a young man, and, together with Aimee, took over the care of the property as an adult. We have raised our own children here, and our family history continues with a strong sense of place.
The Unique Benefits at this Studio: We have deep roots here, and want to share the gifts of this property: the peace and privacy of the forest, proximity to the sea on both sides, Chuckanut Mountain's trails and vistas, our hot tub under the trees, and all that Fairhaven and Bellingham have to offer. A bonus of living here is the beautiful design of all three buildings on the property, a design sense begun by Peter's parents, and continued forward as we've added structures and spaces.