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Little Tiki Cottage in Fairhaven

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Come enjoy this fun, private, tiki-themed studio cottage in Bellingham's Fairhaven district. Relax on the shady patio which is bordered by golden bamboo, grill your dinner and enjoy the tiki bar. The cottage is located behind the main house, and is not visible from the street. It has it's own private sidewalk and entrance. The interior is light and airy, with many windows. The furniture is rattan and wicker. The comfortable and versatile daybed can be arranged as two twins or one king bed. Many people have remarked on the comfort of the bed. For extra guests there are 2 cot-sized foam mattresses that fold up when not in use. They can be used together as a full sized bed, or separately. The layout of the cottage is designed to make maximum use of the space (approximately 400 sq. feet). The hallway holds the closet and a large mirror. The stacking washer/ dryer are in the bathroom, which has a shower, no tub. There is a tankless water heater. ( Be advised; you may not be able to do laundry, shower, and wash dishes simultaneously :) ! ) That having been said, the supply of hot water is endless.

The main room has a full kitchen. For those enjoy cooking on vacation there is everything you might need to make delicious meals. It comes stocked with basic seasonings, oil, vinegar, tea, and coffee. There is a coffee maker, toaster, microwave, blender, and small food processor in addition to the 4 burner stove with oven. You can bring home large amounts of fresh local produce from any of our nearby venues, which include 2 farmers' markets during the warm seasons, and 'Joes' Gardens' (the pride of the neighborhood!).

The TV swivels so that it can be viewed while snuggling in bed, or from the sitting area. Full cable package is included, as is a blueray dvd player. You can also hook up your device if you wish to stream internet programs. Wifi is provided.

The cottage is VERY thoroughly cleaned between guests. The cleaning fee covers only part of the cleaning cost, but I keep a spotless rental and it usually takes 3-4 hours to clean.

Keywords: Small, studio cottage, secluded, Fairhaven, affordable

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2016

About Helen

I'm a nurse and I love this area. I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, walking and hiking. I also love to ballroom dance. I'm gregarious, and am always happy to meet my guests and help make their stay here unforgettable. That having been said, I'm generally not at my best in the morning; my company manners improve greatly by noon :) (I work the evening shift and am not asleep 'til the wee hours in general).

My very elderly mother has come to join me these past few years, and we live in the main house together.

Helen purchased this studio in 1998

Why Helen chose Bellingham

Bellingham abounds with cultural, athletic, and other activities. My place is close in to a multitude of activities, from shopping at local bookstores, art shops, enjoying great coffee in the local coffee shops, shopping at the Farmer's Markets or Joe's Gardens, to walking and biking the nearby trails; either easy or challenging as you prefer.

What makes this studio unique

My back yard is large and private. It's undergoing some changes, including accomodating my enthusiasm for vintage trailers. My guests always remark on how quiet and peaceful the cottage is, despite the fact that this is a college neighborhood. With my home fronting the street, I take the brunt of any noisy, youthful exuberance.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Little Tiki Cottage in Fairhaven
average rating of 4.894737 based on 38 reviews

Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This property was the perfect place for us to visit our son at WWU for the special family weekend. The location was ideal and the cottage was very cozy. We would love to return on future visits. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whimsical and charming South Pacific decorations. Surrounded by trees and greenery.

  • 5 of 5

Bed was comfortable, water was piping hot, forced air heat was a plus, and the kitchen was well stocked with stainless steel sauce pans as well as oil, vinegar, and some spices. The skillets were made of teflon. All in all, a calm and peaceful place to have a stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and quiet

  • 4 of 5

We found Helen's location perfect for walking to Fairhaven and WWU. Kitchen was well equipped , very neat and clean. I would recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

Travelled to Washington to visit our son and to hike. This little cottage was just what we were looking for. Very cute and cozy.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great size and space for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my mom on a girls weekend and it was just right. Has everything you need and comfy bed! Super easy process and would stay again! Thank you Helen.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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great place!

  • 5 of 5

Helen is a great host and her cottage is ultra-cute, quite, clean (as a whistle) and thoughtfully accessorized. I completely loved it.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bellingham International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Several in Fairhaven
Nearest Ferry
0.75 Miles
Alaska State Ferry
Nearest Train
0.75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Several in Fairhaven
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Mt. Baker
Nearest Beach
0.85 Miles
Marine Park, Boulevard Park
Car: not necessary

Open air theater in season, many and varied superb restaurants, art shops, coffee houses, nearby, Walking and biking trails nearby, Easy access to Vancouver B.C., Seattle is 1 1/2 hours away, Mt. Baker Theater is an historic theater with a variety of marvelous stage shows, Western Wa. University has a summer theater season, Local pubs offer a large variety of microbrew beer and other libations, Boulevard Park is one of many lovely parks on the bay and nearby. Interurban trail can take bikers and hikers far away; trail heads are very close. A map of the Greenways Trails is provided.


Rates & Availability

Happy Valley Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning $48 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.9%

Please leave any dishes washed and in the drainer. Leave keys on the kitchen counter. Owner does laundry and olther cleaning. The cleaning charge is $85.00 for stays longer than 3 weeks.
Rates are subject to change until booked

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Happy Valley Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Sink, toilet, shower, no tub. Large, adjustable shower head. Stacking washer and dryer. Always clean.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Studio - This is a studio with either 2 twins or a king bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The daybed with pop-up trundle converts to either one or two singles, or a king bed, but not all three. The patio includes a tiki bar.

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