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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house

Overview

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 downstream or at local lakes in season (please note: the Middle Fork is restricted) 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. 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. While we can occasionally accommodate groups in excess of 4 we don't encourage it and please be aware that there is an additional charge for each guest beyond the first 4 and it gets a bit crowded.

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

Owner
Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, A little French and even less Spanish.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger

We have lived adjacent to this property for 35 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 have been 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 Northwest & Islands

We bought it four 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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Map

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

Amenities

Deming House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, sink and toilet. No tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Craftsman Guesthouse/Private/Wooded acreage/Hike, Bike, Ski, Read, Relax
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 61 reviews
5

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: Jun 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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5

Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly appointed and the hosts really make you feel at home. This is the best base for exploring the area with tonnes of resources to help you plan. The kitchen was great and had everything we needed (and more!), the bed was super comfortable, it was quiet and relaxing. We could have spent the whole time on the couch looking at the view :)

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Rosie. You were both a delight!
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5

A wonderful spot, great build quality, things to do, and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Leaf is a very nice guy, and gave us everything we needed for a great time! A bonus that it was right off of the Nooksack River (even saw a bald eagle in flight!), and close to small stores/restaurants for food. The games they had inside and outside were fun.. would use again and recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad it worked out Jacob. Happy anniversary....again!
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5

Peaceful, clean, well appointed. Private. It was everything that I needed.

  • 5 of 5

Thank-you for offering me the peaceful and private retreat that I so needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure Suzy. Glad that it worked out for both of you.
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Quiet Getaway

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was perfect for our recent trip to the area. We used it as our home base to explore the surrounding area, and it was so nice to return to a quiet, secluded space each day. Leaf was an amazing host and went out of his way to make sure our stay was pleasant. It was refreshing not to have TV for a few days, but I did miss having cell phone service.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Connie for your kind words, it was a pleasure having you stay. And, yup, the cell phone part is tricky, depending on service provider.
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5

Super cute gem!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was lovely from the driveway, and charming all the way through. The owners were gracious hosts, and yet maintained distance such that we had complete privacy.

My husband and I stayed after a day of hiking Mt. Baker, and could easily imagine returning with our son for several more nights. Just a super spot!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa, it was a pleasure, you two were grand! Glad the weather was at it's best. Love to again have you visit.
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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.