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Chuckanut Seaside Forest Studio

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Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bellingham studio description

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!

Other considerations:

• 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.

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Property Type

  • Studio
  • 572 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking is allowed but only outside....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Well-behaved pets are allowed with deposit....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1

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          • 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

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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          • The bathroom consists of sink, toilet, spacious slate-tiled shower. We provide soap and linens, and shampoo and conditioner should you forget yours. ...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • 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

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                The studio has a nice, eclectic library available....moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Games are provided....moreless

              • Stereo:

                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

              • Television:

                There is a large screen for watching DVDs, but no television/cable...moreless

              • Toys:

                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

              • Video Library:

                We have a small library of DVDs. Feel free to bring your own!...moreless

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities

              Attractions

              • Arboretum
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Duty Free Shops
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beachfront:

                The studio nestled in the woods on a bluff over the beach. There is not a beach view from the studio itself...moreless

              • Downtown:

                Downtown Bellingham is a 20 minute drive. ...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                The studio is located on the lower flank of Chuckanut Mountain. A 40 second stroll will offer views back to this forested lowland foothill of the North Cascades...moreless

              • Ocean View:

                There is no view of the sea from the studio itself, but a 40 second stroll will offer lovely views of & access to the Salish Sea...moreless

              • Village:

                Historic Fairhaven Village is a ten minute drive from the studio. ...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Ice Skating
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Paragliding
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Racquetball
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Skiing
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Tubing
              • Whitewater Rafting
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 5 people

              General

              • Clothes Dryer:

                We can offer use of our dryer to long-term guests. ...moreless

              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                Chuckanut Mountain offers the best fitness anywhere! Just put on your shoes and walk (or hike, bike, paddle)!...moreless

              • Heating:

                Wood and electric heat....moreless

              • Internet:

                We have wifi available, but reception can be spotty....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                All linens are provided....moreless

              • Living Room:

                One half of the main room of the studio is a living room....moreless

              • Parking:

                There is room for one car for parking next to the studio. With prior arrangements a second car can be accommodated....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Towels are provided....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                We can offer use of our washing machine to longer-stay guests....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Wood stove and firewood are available from October-March....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                French press coffeemaker and grinder. Good quality coffee beans provided....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Dishes and utensils provided for eight....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Well-equipped kitchen....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                Gas oven....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Salt, pepper, some spices, sugar, oil, vinegar, flour, coffee, cocoa and tea (and perhaps a few goodies)....moreless

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                There is a deck right outside the front door....moreless

              • Golf:

                Lake Padden Golf Course is a 15 minute drive. There are other golf courses as well. ...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                There are plenty of nearby places to launch your small boat. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Small grill/briquettes included with rental. ...moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                Mount Baker is 1.5 hours away...moreless

              • Tennis:

                There are tennis courts in Fairhaven, a ten minute drive away. ...moreless

              Pool / Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    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

                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Holiday
                  Nov 24 - Jan 4, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $130 $150
                  Fri, Sat, Sun

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

                  Spring
                  Apr 1 - May 20, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $145
                  Memorial Weekend
                  May 21 - May 25, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $160
                  Spring
                  May 26 - Jun 18, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $145
                  Summer
                  Jun 19 - Sep 22, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $145 $160
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $130 $145
                  Fri, Sat, Sun

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Pet Fee $25 + tax
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
                  • Cleaning Fee $60 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 10.5%

                  Notes:

                  $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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                  Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                  Location

                  14 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Bellingham Airport
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Fairhaven district of Bellingham
                  30 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Anacortes Ferry to San Juan Islands & Victoria
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Lake Padden Golf Course
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Amtrak Station
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Interstate 5 (exit 250)
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Fairhaven district of Bellingham
                  59 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Mt. Baker Ski Area
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  One mile south

                  Car: Recommended

                  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!

                   

                  Owner info

                  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.


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, spanish

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                  Photos

                  • Seaside Forest Studio

                    Seaside Forest Studio

                  • The Studio (note the pop up clerestory where the queen size bed is located)

                    The Studio (note the pop up clerestory where the queen size bed is located)

                  • Main room: woodstove, bookshelves, ladder & loft. The sofa can become a bed.

                    Main room: woodstove, bookshelves, ladder & loft. The sofa can become a bed.

                  • Window seat (drawers underneath), mirror, coat tree

                    Window seat (drawers underneath), mirror, coat tree

                  • Windows wrap around the loft bed, trees on all four sides

                    Windows wrap around the loft bed, trees on all four sides

                  • Stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer. Lots of cupboard space!

                    Stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer. Lots of cupboard space!

                  • Path to hot tub. Our house on left. It's a 35 second walk from studio to hot tub

                    Path to hot tub. Our house on left. It's a 35 second walk from studio to hot tub

                  • Studio parking area

                    Studio parking area

                  • View of Chuckanut Mountain, taken about 100 feet up the road from our driveway

                    View of Chuckanut Mountain, taken about 100 feet up the road from our driveway

                  • Chuckanut Mountain view from island. Our property is in the trees on the right

                    Chuckanut Mountain view from island. Our property is in the trees on the right

                  • Our location means you can access the Salish Sea & North Cascades the same day!

                    Our location means you can access the Salish Sea & North Cascades the same day!

                  • This unique space – Pleasant Bay Lookout – has expansive forest & sea views, and is available for an extra fee. Contact us for pricing, availability, and more photos.

                    This unique space – Pleasant Bay Lookout – has expansive forest & sea views, and is available for an extra fee. Contact us for pricing, availability, and more photos.

                  • Our home is on Chuckanut Point, where the arrow is pointing!

                    Our home is on Chuckanut Point, where the arrow is pointing!

                  • Front door and hand crafted cedar table

                    Front door and hand crafted cedar table

                  • Seating nook, ladder to loft, dining room, window seat, kitchen beyond

                    Seating nook, ladder to loft, dining room, window seat, kitchen beyond

                  • Ladder and opening to loft

                    Ladder and opening to loft

                  • Kitchen and bath beyond

                    Kitchen and bath beyond

                  • Bath (there is a beautifully tiled spacious shower as well, not pictured)

                    Bath (there is a beautifully tiled spacious shower as well, not pictured)

                  • Hot tub sunk in deck, surrounded by trees, peek-a-boo view to the water beyond

                    Hot tub sunk in deck, surrounded by trees, peek-a-boo view to the water beyond

                  • View of Chuckanut Bay, taken about 100 feet up the road from our driveway.

                    View of Chuckanut Bay, taken about 100 feet up the road from our driveway.

                  • Nature Conservancy owned Chuckanut Island, 20 minutes from our home via kayak

                    Nature Conservancy owned Chuckanut Island, 20 minutes from our home via kayak

                  • Chuckanut Mountain has hundreds of stellar trails.

                    Chuckanut Mountain has hundreds of stellar trails.

                  • The farms, small towns, & open skies of Skagit Valley is just 20 minutes away

                    The farms, small towns, & open skies of Skagit Valley is just 20 minutes away

                  • Fragrance Lake, a 2.5 mile hike from the Studio, is beautiful in every season

                    Fragrance Lake, a 2.5 mile hike from the Studio, is beautiful in every season

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                  Speaks: english, spanish
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