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Seashell Cottage - 3rd Cottage From the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath 3rd From Beach, Large, Private Yard, Walk To Beach

January through March, book 2 nights and get a 3rd night free. Contact us to send an exact quote. For long term stays, rates start as low as $1495 per month depending on occupancy. Contact us for an exact quote.

Seashell Cottage, an original Birch Bay beach cottage, lovingly restored with modern appliances and furnishings while leaving the original character of the cottage. The living room and kitchen of Seashell Cottage has Western Red Cedar on the walls and Alaska Yellow Cedar on the ceiling.

Living/dining room plus separate family room, full kitchen, walk in tiled shower in 3/4 bath with heated floor, off master, main bath old fashioned claw foot tub plus shower, queen in master, king in 2nd & third bedrooms or choice of two twins each, two queen American Upholstery sofa sleepers, living & family plus one twin sofa sleeper. American Upholstery is like a bed, not a sofa bed. Tiled seasonal porch leads to patio with 6 burner Weber Platinum BBQ plus picnic table (propane provided) winter, firewood provided. Well equipped kitchen with name brand small appliances, Kitchenaid standmixer, hand mixer, blender, coffee grinder etc., cupboard full of matched dishes, pots, pans, plenty for larger groups, up To 11. We make it so all you have to do is bring your clothes and some food! We even go the extra mile, providing locally baked, huge cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Patti

We purchased Lora’s Cottage in 2004. We own 3 cottages all on Lora Lane. We rent 2 of them almost exclusively vacations. After retiring, we moved into the 3rd cottage. Our other cottage is Lora's Cottage, VRBO # 594108.

We believe in being locally connected and belong to the Birch Bay and Blaine Chambers of Commerce, Bellingham – Whatcom Tourism and Go Northwest.

Patti purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Patti chose Birch Bay

It is centrally located in Birch Bay to shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Particularly, of course, the beach is even easier! It is big enough for our growing family - grandkids. They are mysteriously drawn to that special shop called the 'C' Shop! It has such a village atmosphere, family oriented and that appealed to us, too, and no railroad tracks between us and the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

We liked the charm of the home. It has the unique flavor of old Birch Bay, very calming with Alaska Yellow Cedar on the Living Room ceiling and Western Red Cedar on the Living Room walls.


Birch Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep tub, own label soap & bath beads
    Master Bedroom Bath - toilet , shower , En Suite
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Can have twing beds if desired.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Can have twin beds if desired.
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , American Upholstery Queen Sleeper Sofa has no bars under it.
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , American Upholstry Queen Sleeper Sofa has no bars under it.
  • Living room also has a twin size sleeper sofa. linens and pillows are provided for sofa bed as well as all beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Clean single story house, kitchen constantly receives praise from guests for being well stocked.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Seashell Cottage - 3rd Cottage From the Beach
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 11 reviews

Lots of space!

  • 4 of 5

We rented Seashell Cottage for a Christmas gathering so we needed lots of beds, which was a primary selling point. A cafe with espresso was a short walk away (although closed for the holiday!) The cottage is old and a bit funky but with up-to-date appliances and a fully equipped kitchen. It is very close to the beach but too cold to enjoy in December! The owner was very helpful when we had questions. Parking for four cars and arrangements were made for the fifth car when it came for dinner.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and charming

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is lovely, well equipped and comfortable. There was ample seating for 8 of us to hang out in the living room. The owners set up the cottage beds just how we wanted them. They handled any issues- few and minor- quickly. The beach was close and easily accessible.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very disappointing - no privacy from owner

  • 1 of 5

The house was ok, but right from the start we felt monitored by the owners. My family, including my elderly father and my siblings age 50+, were all were appalled by the lack of privacy, whether we sat out front or on the side patio. A guest arrived and was still getting hugs and unloading when the owners came over to tell him to move his truck, and that wasn't the only time they watched us and came over to enforce rules. We have never encountered anything like this before in Birch Bay in the 40+ years we have been coming here. This is the first negative review I have left for any of the Birch Bay places we have stayed at. I do not recommend staying here unless they promise not to stay across the street.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the benefits of staying at Cottages By The Beach is the owners are nearby and available. Unfortunately, the above guests did not expect staff on site and brought two pets to a no pets property. The guests also hooked up their RV to our RV hookup, after inquiring about the cost of the service. The guest was billed for the RV hookup and charged a fee for the guest lease violation.
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Very cute cottage - AMAZING location

  • 5 of 5

This was perfect for our family gathering. Good for kids and adults. Kelvin & Patti have done a great job updating it so far.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments. We enjoyed having you stay at Seashell Cottage!
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Flood escape

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a flood at our Adult Family Home and needed to evacuate immediately. Patti and Kelvin were so gracious. They allowed us to move in immediately and were so sympathetic to our situation. They provided us with cinnamon rolls and were available to help with anything we needed. They went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable despite the unfortunate situation that brought us there. We will forever be grateful to them for their hospitality and would definitely recommend their cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so delighted we could help you! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting your residents!
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Lora's Cottage

  • 3 of 5

The unit was clean and efficient. The owners were very accommodating and friendly. The beds were comfortable. Now for why I gave it three stars. The furnishings were very outdated and the house was in need of repair. This was our first visit to Birch Bay and our expectations were not met. There was no sand beach and there were very few walking areas that weren't on the Main Street. We are family that likes to walk and it wasn't enjoyable sharing the road with motor vehicles. To sum it up I have learned from this experience to dig deeper and ask more questions before I book another vacation. Also the reviews on this page are not for this property. In their defense they did call after I booked to make sure I knew that. The reviews are for another property that is much bigger and nicer.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The C Shop
Birch Bay Waterslides
The Market at Birch Bay
"We often shop here since we live in the area. It has a lot of the better quality food items..."
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
80 Metres
Will'O Pub
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Plover, Lumi Island, Tsawwassen
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Dakota Creek
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I - 5
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Vonna's Purple Fin
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mt. Baker
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Birch Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
"C" Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Bay Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Yarn Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Birch Bay Waterslides
Car: recommended

Our restaurants and cafes are right along the beach and within easy walking distance, Birch Bay state park has beach and forest trails, The Water slides are always a favorite, Eagles & herons within sight and sound of the cottage, many of our guests plan day trips to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., our Canadian guests love to shop. Lynden is a Dutch themed town with cafe's and shops. Sand castle contests, 4th of July activities and Polar Bear Plunge are some highlights of the year. Birch Bay is an Audubon Birding area. Some of our guests plan whale watching expeditions or salmon fishing charters, Birch Bay is noted for clamming and crabbing and when the season is on, we have even been known to bring fresh crab to our guests!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.5%

Rates subject to change until booking is confirmed. Weekly rate for each guest above 6 ranges from $100 to $145 per guest (contact us for the rate calculation).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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