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Craftsman Guesthouse/Private/Wooded acreage/Hike, Bike, Ski, Read, Relax

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

The world if full of delightful places; we have found this to be one of them.

Our Guesthouse is a tidy little craftsman home, trimmed with locally milled alder which was logged when the home was built in 2014. We charge $100/night plus cleaning with weekly discounts.

The Guesthouse is set on 2 wooded acres in the Foothills area of Whatcom County, 100 yards from the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River and 20 miles from the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. Fishing or walking the river are options. Eagles are abundant during the winter salmon runs and our area is a favorite location for photographers. We've viewed beaver swimming upstream, we've had black bear and cougar through the property, and resident deer and eagles. It's pretty wonderful.

The Guesthouse sleeps 4 comfortably with a downstairs bedroom and upstairs loft. The loft is reached by a steep stairway so please monitor if you have small children. Regrettably, the maximum number of guests, whether adult or child, is 2/bed, 4 total.

There is a full kitchen but currently no television or clothes washer/dryer. Verizon Wireless gets good reception but we can't speak for other providers. High-speed internet, coffee, pancake mix and oatmeal are always provided. Regrettably, no pets.

You'll find a highchair and Pack 'n Play in the closet that may prove useful to parents of a young child.

Situated on a dead end country road, the house is nestled between the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River and the northern flank of the Van Zandt Dike in an area that boasts delightful views and abundant wildlife. Bike the road, walk the trails and river, watch the eagles. It is a quiet space with pleasant country neighbors.

While it's just fine to sit inside and watch the sun go down, a significant number of guests come to either hike the trails, ski the slopes or photograph the eagles. There are several excellent locations for the latter within a very short distance. We'd be glad to help you locate them.

Our guesthouse is a convenient location for a number of noteworthy outdoor events that occur in our county over the course of the year. In February, the Mt. Baker Ski Area--which holds the record for the greatest seasonal snowfall in a single year--hosts the Legendary Banked Slalom, a 3-day event that has made Mt. Baker famous. We are 40 miles from the ski area, an hour-long drive that is staggering in its beauty.

Winter transitions to spring in late May with the incomparable Ski to Sea Race, a multi-sport event that draws international competitors, hundreds of participants and exploits the full range of our area's recreational offerings: skiing and snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, running and biking. It all culminates in Fairhaven and is a signature event unlike anything else. We hosted a team this year for the first time!

And, in June, the metropolis of Deming hosts the Deming Logging Show, another iconic event that dazzles the crowds whether or not you've ever fired up a chain saw. You'll find the logging show grounds just 10 miles west, in the opposite direction from Mt. Baker.

Later in the month the Baker Blast, at the Northwest Soccer Park, holds forth and draws hundreds of youth from both the northwest states and from Canada. The soccer fields are another 10 miles beyond the logging show grounds.

Snuggled in between these unique events is the ongoing charm and beauty of our area. Our road alone features a number of trails through both undeveloped DNR land and land held in trust by the Whatcom Land Trust. A rather spectacular seasonal display of Chum salmon can be witnessed in early winter by lucky visitors if your timing is good.

Other nearby destinations lie only slightly further afield and include the idyllic Silver Lake Park, the charming little towns of Maple Falls and Glacier and, of course, the incomparable Mt. Baker National Forest with its abundant year-round recreational offerings: downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and sledding in winter and vast hiking trails and biking opportunities in the spring, summer and fall.

And, as board members of the Friends of the Deming Library, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the location--a mere 5 miles away--of one of the most extraordinary country libraries in the state. The community built it and owns it and it boasts a delightful children's area, current technology, gracious librarians and 6-day-a-week access. It is directly across from the Nooksack Casino in beautiful downtown Deming.

Getting around

The growth of the Bellingham International Airport now means that direct flights to Bellingham are often a reality. Otherwise the airport connects easily with the Seattle International Airport. Our airport, which is just north of the city of Bellingham, is 50 miles south of Vancouver BC and 90 miles north of Seattle.

We are 23 miles due east of the airport. It's a pretty straight shot on roads that are well maintained and offer 55 mph speed limits. Our little country road is also well maintained as well, although you'll have to slow down a bit as you travel down it to reach our guesthouse. Always watch for deer.

In summary, although we are nestled into a fairly secluded area of the county we are easy to access year-round. In fact, the drive to reach us, particularly if you come up the South Fork Valley, is worth the time it takes: rivers, mountains and glaciers are visible from nearly all routes...unless you're driving at night, of course.

While there is a Whatcom Transit bus stop at the head of the road (3 miles away), you are really pretty limited in your choices. You'll need a car.

More Details

Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, A little French and even less Spanish.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger

We have lived adjacent to this property for 36 years. It's wonderful. Louise is a Washington native but Leaf had to return to the NW, the birthplace of his parents, after a childhood in Southern California. We retired a few years ago after careers in nursing (Louise) and school counseling (Leaf). Our two fine sons live within striking distance in Seattle and life has been very good to us. Making the guesthouse available for travelers has proven to be a lot of fun with a surprising number of guests being international travelers. We never imagined how satisfying this whole enterprise would be.

Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger purchased this house in 2013

Why Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger chose Deming

We bought it five years ago but actually owned the property a decade earlier. This time around we had the original home removed--burned, actually, by our fire district in a practice burn--and started over.

What makes this house unique

Same benefits as exist in the whole area: quiet, secluded, ample wildlife, charm. Beavers swim up the river on occasion and we've been visited by bear and cougar. We even managed to snap a photo of both. Eagles abound and a surprising number of guests are here to photograph them during the winter salmon run. Long winter nights are made warmer with the location of a fine little brewpub up the road. Life is very good here and it's a joy to share it. A highchair and Pack 'n Play are in the closet for the use of parents of young children.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Brian and Ron were really something special. They gave new meaning to the words "hiking enthusiasts". Full of information about local hikes and routes...even though they lived on the other side of the country. I requested some of their maps, data, etc. for use with future guests because it was publishable quality. They could guide.

But I miss the point of this review: they were outstanding guests, vibrant, savvy, courteous. Really excellent fellows. It was, honestly, transforming to have them stay at our guesthouse. Consider yourself lucky if they grace your home. I'd love to see them return and reveal their next adventures.
Jul 2014
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Deming House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, sink and toilet. No tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Don't mean to put you off, but no parties or gatherings. It's really quite a charming area. You have access to the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River, a mere 100 yards away. Hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking Bellingham Bay. Eagles abound in the winter. Several charming restaurants within easy striking distance and a delightful brewpub a short ways up the road. For parents of infants, we have a highchair and Pack 'N Play that may be useful.


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Craftsman Guesthouse/Private/Wooded acreage/Hike, Bike, Ski, Read, Relax
average rating of 4.9384613 based on 66 reviews

Beautiful. Accommodating. Quaint. True Home away from Home.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a wedding weekend in Acme, WA, and we couldn't have asked for anything more. The house is situated in a beautiful forested area, with access to the river through a small trail. With outdoor games, tons of local and interesting books to read, and a house full of everything you could possibly need to make your stay enjoyable, this was the perfect getaway. The house is far enough from town to give you peace and tranquility, but there are amazing locally-owned stores close enough should you need any last minute items.

Leaf and Louise immensely exceeded expectations for accommodating our diverse needs. They prepared the house with all essentials you could possibly need (coffee, tea--the blueberry was to-die-for!, pancake batter, sugars, salt, bathroom toiletries, etc.). They even provided the bride a special 'Congratulations' gift.

We cannot speak highly enough of this location. If we lived closer, we would make it a point to come back to this spot. The bride raved about it so much that both families requested the properties' business cards to hopefully stay there in the future.

Thank you so much for your hospitality and flexibility, Leaf and Louise. You definitely made our trip to Deming as enjoyable as it could possibly be!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica, we are immensely touched by your thoughtful review! It was a complete pleasure playing a part in such an important event. You were a delightful guest and it goes without saying we'd love to host you again. In the words of the immortal Spock, "Live long and prosper!"
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Beautiful gateaway 1hr near Mt Baker

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful and cozy place to stay! The photos can’t do the justice, it is fairly Spacious inside. We arrived around 2pm in the afternoon and had a warm welcome by the owner Leaf. He even brought us wine to apologize the cleaning was being late. (The place is already really clean). The owner Lewis even make out of her way to take us to a trailhead for a little short hike around the area to see the valley, very kind of her. The beds are very comfortable, and kitchen is very well stocked. We were there for Mt Baker Snowboarding and comes back to the cabin for overnight and making meals. We had such comfortable stay, will come back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved your home! We both slept really well with the windows open smelling the flowing river air!

Our plans are to come back in the near future! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a total pleasure, Theresa. We enjoyed the brief but memorable visit. Hope to see you again.
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Amazing area, beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed on Leaf’s property a total of 4 nights. Our goal was to get away from the noise of the city (Houston) for a little adventure into the mountains. I’ll have to say that we chose a perfect location. The house was beautiful and amazingly clean. We have no complaints and hope to revisit in the future. It’s crazy how much of a change there is from city to countryside. We slept with the windows open at night and were blessed with cool air and the sound of the nearby river.

This home is a true refresher and a place to unwind and relax.

We did a bit of hiking and Leaf was kind enough to recommend a few places. His home his also about an hour and some minutes from the border so if you want to venture further north it’s easily accessible.

Amazing hospitality, amazing home, amazing sights.

5 stars through and through.

Thank you Leaf for having such a spectacular home, and letting us stay with you.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a complete pleasure having you and Brendan stay, Lauren. You made the most of your visit and come back any old time; there must be something left that you didn't see although you gave it a superb effort.
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A gem and perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Though we live near in Bellingham, our Thanksgiving escape was everything we needed and wanted, and more, because of our hosts' hospitality and humanity. Wonderful, short stay. Everything a prospective renter will read in reviews is right as rain.

We will be back and look forward to smelling the lavender next door on a warm summer day.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your thoughtful words, Jennifer. It was a pleasure having you and your family stay over. And a treat to have someone from Bellingham. Live long and prosper!
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Lovely retreat

  • 5 of 5

Very nicely equipped and maintained guesthouse in a beautiful and peaceful setting. We had a great stay and will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure talking to you and David, Laurie. I really enjoyed hearing of your experience abroad. Warm regards.
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Bellingham International Airport
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Well, nearest fine brewpub: North Fork Brewery
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Alaska Ferry, Lummi Island Ferry
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Amtrak Station, Bellingham
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 9
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Il Cafe Refugio, North Fork Beer Shrine
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Larrabee State Park: good kayak put-in, gorgeous
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $40

Check in/check out is flexible if no one is on either side of your booking. Otherwise, check in at 1 pm, check out at 11 am. While it accommodates 4 people most comfortably, there are occasions in which we accept more (Ski to Sea is an example). In this case, we charge an additional $35 per person which includes the additional cleaning fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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